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

Speakers
Neil
Neil
Abroug
National Coordinator, French Quantum Strategy Office

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations

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.

Melchior
Melchior
Aelmans
Consulting Engineer, Juniper Networks

Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

Melchior Aelmans is a Consulting Engineer at Juniper Networks where he has been working with many operators on the design and evolution of their networks. He has over 20 years of experience in various operations and engineering positions with Cloud Providers, Data Centers, and Service Providers. Melchior enjoys evangelizing and discussing routing protocols, internet routing (security), data center architectures and the Quantum Internet. He also participates in IETF and RIPE, is a regular attendee and presenter at conferences and meetings, authored several technical books and blogs, is a member of the NANOG Program Committee, board member at the NLNOG foundation and MANRS Steering Committee member.

Reza
Reza
Azarderakhsh
CEO and Founder of PQSecure and Professor at FAU

Panel 3: Quantum Data Centers

Dr. Reza Azarderakhsh is the CEO and Founder of PQSecure with the main focus on development of quantum-safe cryptographic solutions for tomorrow’s data today in-transit, at-rest, and in-use. Dr. Azarderakhsh is well-known 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.

Simon
Simon
Baier
FWF Erwin-Schrödinger fellow, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Innsbruck

Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

Simon Baier is an Erwin-Schrödinger fellow of the Austrian Science Fund and pursues cutting-edge research in the field of quantum networks.
He received his PhD in experimental quantum optics in 2018 from the University of Innsbruck. For his PhD thesis on quantum simulations with ultracold dipolar atomic gases he was awarded with the IQOQI dissertation prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Following, he became part of the Quantum Internet Alliance, a quantum flagship program of the European Union, to work on the vision of large scale quantum networks. First, at QuTech at the Technical University of Delft he and his colleagues realized a multi-node quantum network with the experimental platform of solid state qubits embedded in diamond. In 2021 the team made headlines by demonstrating for the first time entanglement generation between quantum network nodes that do not share a direct connection – a prime building block for a future quantum Internet.

Subsequently, Simon moved his expertise to a new experimental platform and now holds a postdoc position at the University of Innsbruck. Currently his focus lies on creating long-distance quantum network links via the efficient light-matter interface offered by cavity-interfaced trapped ions.

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

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations

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

Johannes
Johannes
Borregaard
Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

Keynote – The Quantum Internet Division of QuTech: Who, what and how

Johannes Borregaard obtained his PhD in theoretical quantum optics from the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Anders Sørensen. This was followed by a two-year postdoc position (2015-2017) in the group of Prof. Mikhail Lukin at Harvard University, Boston and a three-year postdoc position (2017-2020) at the Centre for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory (QMATH), Copenhagen before joining QuTech in 2020 as an Assistant Professor. In 2022, he was appointed the Division Research Lead of the Quantum Internet Division of QuTech.

Johannes’ focus early on has been to consider quantum technology in realistic settings subject to experimental imperfections. In his research, he tries to bridge the gap between quantum software and hardware working in the intersection of mathematics and physics. A substantial part of Johannes’ research evolves around quantum networks in a broad sense. This includes protocols for long-distance quantum communication and quantum sensor networks for enhanced metrology. An integral part of this is to exploit novel applications of quantum networks whilst outlining protocols for the implementation with specific hardware.

Thierry
Thierry
Botter
Executive Director, European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC)

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations
Panel 4: A survey of industry trade groups

Dr. Thierry Botter is Executive Director of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC), an industry association designed to boost European-industry competitiveness in quantum technologies. QuIC operates as a collaborative hub, bringing together SMEs, large corporations, investors, research organisations. Dr. Botter was previously deputy-Chief of Airbus’ 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. Prior to joining Airbus, Dr. Botter was a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working on the development of space-based quantum sensors. He 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.

Manjari
Manjari
Chandran-Ramesh
Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

Panel 2: Venture Funding and Quantum

Andersen
Andersen
Cheng
CEO, Post-Quantum

Panel 3: Cybersecurity in Quantum Communication

A computer auditor by training, Andersen was Head of Credit Risk at JP Morgan, Head of Corporate Development at LabMorgan (JP Morgan’s FinTech investment unit) and also COO of the Carlyle Group’s European Venture Fund. More recently, Andersen ran TRL, a provider of ultra-secure solutions to government – TRL was subsequently sold to L-3, the US Defence Group.

10 years ago Andersen established Post-Quantum, a start-up working to develop encryption capable of withstanding a quantum attack, and the firm is a frontrunner in NIST’s global competition to identify a new cryptographic standard to replace RSA and Elliptic Curve for public-key cryptography. Most recently, using many of Post-Quantum’s R&D innovations, the Company founded Nomidio, a quantum-ready SaaS based biometric authentication and verification business that works to provide a secure way for people to log-in to accounts without all the problems of passwords.

Julia
Julia
Cramer
Assistant Professor, Leiden University

Women in Quantum

Julia Cramer is one of the co-founders of WIQD and assistant professor of science communication at Leiden University, the Netherlands. After obtaining her Ph.D. in quantum physics, Julia refocussed her research efforts to science communication. Julia is interested in how quantum physics is communicated to the general public and how this influences the acceptance of new quantum techniques in society.

Francisco
Francisco
da Silva
PhD student, Blueprint Team Member, QuTech

Talk 6: How to build a Blueprint for a quantum internet

Francisco received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. He joined QuTech as a PhD student in Stephanie Wehner’s group in September 2019. Since then, Francisco has been a member of the Blueprint team, where he uses simulation and optimization tools to help come up with a detailed plan for how quantum networks can be brought to country and eventually continental scale.

Hugues
Hugues
de Riedmatten
Group Leader, ICREA Professor, ERC Starting Grant Award, ICFO

Talk 1: Towards a quantum repeater
Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

Oscar
Oscar
Diez
Head of Quantum Computing, European Commission

Panel 3: Quantum Data Centers

Dr. Oscar Diez is the head of quantum computing at the European Commission (EC), the executive branch of the European Union (EU). Previously, Dr. Diez was head of datacentre at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and a Master’s degree in Open eGovernment from the University of Stockholm.

Robbert
Robbert
Dijkgraaf
Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, Netherlands

Opening

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist, and the current Minister of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. From July 2012 until his inauguration as minister in January 2022, he was the director and Leon Levy professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and a tenured professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Bob
Bob
Dirks
Systems Architect Quantum Technology, TNO

Panel 3: Quantum over Satellites

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.

Andrey
Andrey
Dremlyuga
Director Business Strategy, QRate

Panel 1: National Networks: Strategies And Evolution

Andrey is responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy of QRate. He has profound experience in managing of sales and marketing activities in top-tier telecom and IT vendors of complex high-tech solutions. Before joining QRate, Andrey has worked both on the customer and on the supplier sides in various Eastern- and Western-European countries.

Being highly oriented on innovative technologies, he has identified quantum industry as the best place to be for the years to come. Andrey’s current goal is to market QRate solutions both online and offline: QKD, QRNG and Quantum Laboratory for Universities.

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

Panel 1: Building Quantum Communication Ecosystems

Kees Eijkel is Business Development Director at QuTech, the Delft quantum institute founded by the Technical University of Delft and TNO. Before that, he was president of Kennispark Twente, the science park and innovation ecosystem in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology. His education is in Mathematics (MSc University of Amsterdam) and Engineering (PhD University of Twente). Kees has held several positions in organizations to support commercialization and startups, including public venture funds.

Florian
Florian
Elsen
Project Manager, Fraunhofer ILT

Panel 2: Fiber and Photonics

Florian Elsen is project manager in the field of optical quantum technologies at Fraunhofer ILT, one of the world’s premier laser technology centers. The focus of his work is on the development of nonlinear optical quantum technologies, like entangled photon sources, quantum frequency converters and nonlinear sources and interferometers for quantum imaging applications. Since 2019 Fraunhofer ILT and Qutech are working together in the project QFC-4-1QID on the development of low noise quantum frequency converters (QFC) for the quantum internet demonstrator in Delft. Here, recently a QFC system with record low noise counts was demonstrated. In addition, ILT is working together with German industry within the BMBF project HiFi towards a higher degree of integration and commercialization of QFC.

Previously, Florian worked on the development of application-adapted lasers and frequency converters for industry and science at Fraunhofer ILT. Florian completed his masters degree in physics at RWTH Aachen University in 2012.

Martin
Martin
Felle
Product Manager, Quantum Sensing, ID Quantique

Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

Martin is a technology professional with diverse expertise in Quantum Technology, information security and business consulting. Beginning his career as a PhD researcher with the Toshiba Research Labs at the University of Cambridge, working on applications for cutting-edge quantum communication technologies, he went on to work as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte Switzerland, delivering impactful information security projects for NGOs, FSIs, and manufacturing firms.

From 2013 to 2017, at the University of Cambridge in the Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory, Martin researched entangled light sources for quantum information technologies. The key results were the successful design, growth and implementation of highly entangled telecom-wavelength single-photon-pair sources, based on InAs Quantum Dots on GaAs and InP substrates. The InAs/InP QD research yielded very positive results, leading to the development of a highly-coherent telecom C-band Entangled-LED. The technologies developed in this PhD are important candidates to support quantum cryptography and cloud-based quantum computing in the near future.

In May 2021, Martin joined the growing ID Quantique family. Today, he serves as a Product Manager in IDQ’s QSensing division, presenting their Quantum Sensing products to the global quantum community.

Eden
Eden
Figueroa-Barragan
Associate Professor at Stony Brook University and Joint Appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Panel 4: New Technology Routes
Panel 2: Testbeds in the US and Europe

Terrill
Terrill
Frantz
Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Panel 3: Testbeds in China and other Asian countries

Dr. Frantz is a professor at Harrisburg University where he engages in numerous areas within the quantum ecosystem: He designs and teaches quantum programs and courses from PhD to High School levels, leads algorithm research projects, investigates the labor market, participates in workforce development projects, engages in standards development, and follows multiple aspects of technological and business developments in China. He is the Vice-Chair of the US TAG to JTC 1/WG 14 on Quantum Computing, which is the United States representative body for ISO quantum standards. Moreover, Dr. Frantz lived and worked in China for 15 years, having returned to the US in 2018. He was a management professor at Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen and a Vice President of Information Technology at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong (as well as New York and London). He has been teaching a graduate-level course on Managing China Cross-Border Development in China and Denmark for the past ten years. While in China he was a regular subject-expert guest for China Radio International (CRI, English) Beijing. Dr. Frantz holds Doctorate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Pepperdine University.

Florian
Florian
Fröwis
General Manager, ID Quantique Europe

Word from ID Quantique

Florian is fascinated of quantum physics because of the philosophical challenges it offers and the enormous benefit in terms of technology it promises for all of us. After having studied physics in Innsbruck and Geneva, Florian started a position as Collaboration Manger for public funding project at ID Quantique. Recently, he has initiated his transition to become General Manager of a new competence centre of quantum communication, IDQ Europe, which will soon start its operations in Vienna, Austria.

Santanu
Santanu
Ganguly
Systems Architect, Cisco Systems, UK

Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

Santanu works as a Systems Architect at Cisco Systems, UK with a cumulative experience of over 21 years. He has held several senior-level positions at various Silicon Valley vendors for over a decade. Santanu has a background in industry, research and development in network architecture, silicon photonics, quantum technologies, mathematics, astrophysics, cloud and security. His work experience spans multiple European nations including Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In his current role, Santanu is part of a steering committee leading global projects related to quantum technologies. He is also the author of the recently published book “Quantum Machine Learning: An Applied Approach”, published by Apress (Springer nature).

Lawrence
Lawrence
Gasman
President, IQT Research

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

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

Marc
Marc
Geitz
Innovation Architect, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories

Panel 1: National Networks: Strategies And Evolution

Physicist and professional in the telecommunication industry with 20+ years of experience. Working for the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin since 2013, with focus on information technology, communication systems, quantum communication and quantum computing.

Barbara
Barbara
Goldstein
Associate Director, Program Manager, NIST

Panel 2: Standards organization
Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations

Ms. Barbara Goldstein serves as Associate Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory, the largest operational unit at NIST consisting of approximately 1300 staff and associates and two joint institutes, and which is responsible for realizing and disseminating rigorous measurements to support commercial, defense and research enterprises. Ms. Goldstein manages the “NIST on a Chip” program which is establishing a new paradigm for precision measurement dissemination through a suite of deployable, fit-for-purpose, quantum-based standards to be embedded in products or installed at user sites.

Ms. Goldstein is contributing to the emerging quantum economy through international standardization activities. She leads a standardization outlook and maturity assessment subgroup of the UN-based ITU-T Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks, and developed a standards landscape through the Quantum Economic Development Consortium. She led the development of e-commerce standards that have been used in hundreds of thousands of business transactions; led roadmap efforts for the Internet of Things and factory automation; and developed and led the NIST Technologies for the Integration of Manufacturing Applications program which competitively awarded a cost shared research portfolio of approximately $150M. Prior to joining NIST in 1992, she implemented information management systems at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), and managed computing facilities at the Israeli Land Authority in Jerusalem.

Cordell
Cordell
Grant
CEO and cofounder, QEYnet

Panel 3: Quantum over Satellites

Cordell Grant has been at the forefront of the small satellite industry for almost 20 years. He has overseen cutting-edge programs such as Canada’s first nanosatellite, the world’s smallest space telescopes, the first nanosatellite formation flying demonstration and the world’s first high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring satellite. Fascinated by both space and cryptography his entire life, Cordell has combined those passions as CEO and cofounder of QEYnet, a start-up working to commercialize space-based quantum communication.

Constantin
Constantin
Häfner
Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Fraunhofer

Panel 2: Fiber and Photonics

Prof. Constantin Haefner is Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and Full Professor for Laser Technology at the renowned RWTH Aachen University. With over 600 employees and more than 19,500 m² of floor space, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is one of the world’s premier laser technology centers. Core competencies include the development and technology transfer of state-of-the-art laser beam sources and their applications in various markets such as industrial production, aerospace, energy, e-mobility, environmental technology, medicine and life sciences, as well as development of photonic solutions for emerging markets such as quantum technologies. Before returning from California to Germany in 2019, Haefner was Director for Advanced Photon Technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Prior at LLNL, he led the development and delivery of the world’s most powerful petawatt peak-power laser system (HAPLS) and, as chief scientist, oversaw the development and construction of the world’s most energetic petawatt laser system, ARC. Haefner has received several awards, including Fellow of the Optical Society of America for “Pioneering the Next Generation of High Average Power Petawatt Laser Systems,” the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Tech Transfer Award for Outstanding Commercialization Success, and the R&D100 Innovation Award. He graduated in physics from University of Konstanz in 1999 and received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 2003.

Ronald
Ronald
Hanson
Principal Investigator, QuTech

Talk 2: A three node network and teleportation

Ronald 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.

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.

Rick
Rick
Hao
Partner, Speedinvest

Panel 2: Venture Funding and Quantum

Passionate about scientific breakthrough technologies and a desire to support the most scientifically and technologically ambitious ventures, Rick invests in startups that are using deep technologies to solve big and practical problems with technically ambitious solutions.
Rick leads and manages the firm’s investment thesis in all deep tech sectors, including AI, Quantum technologies, Material Science, Cyber Security and Biotech. He has led Speedinvest’s investments in Pimloc, MyDataModels, PoroTech, TurinTech, KETs, Bitfount, Tenyks, Breathe Battery Technologies and several other deep tech investments.

Rick is driven by intelligent software that leverages machines with data to augment human intelligence. He believes technology can help address some of the world’s largest problems, from financial services, healthcare, mobility, robotics, cybersecurity and automation. He looks for entrepreneurs who can gather unique data, deliver smart software, and create compounding value for customers.

Born in China, Rick grew up in Beijing and attended Edinburgh University, graduating at the top of his cohort with a Master of Computer Science with Distinction. He also received an MBA from Imperial College London.

Georg
Georg
Harder
Head of Hardware Development, VeriQloud

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

In 2016 I finished my PhD in quantum optics in the group of Christine Silberhorn, in Paderborn, Germany. After a short post-doc in the same group, I started working for VeriQloud at the end of 2017. At VeriQloud, I am responsible for the hardware development of our quantum key distribution system.

Michael
Michael
Hayduk
Deputy Director, Information Directorate, AFRL

Panel 1: Defence Applications of Quantum Internet

Dr. Michael J. Hayduk is the Deputy Director, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York. The directorate’s mission is to lead the development and integration of Air Force warfighting information technologies for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, and Cyber. Dr. Hayduk plays a key role in overseeing an annual budget of over $1.8 billion, leading the activities of over 1,200 scientists, engineers, administrative and support personnel.

For the past eight years, Dr. Hayduk was the Chief of the Computing and Communications Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, New York. The division’s mission is to lead the discovery, development and integration of affordable computing, networking and communications technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. Dr. Hayduk was responsible for defining, planning, budgeting, advocating, managing and directing the execution of the research program and leads all aspects of personnel management within the division Dr. Hayduk joined the Air Force through the Palace Knight educational program in 1991 and was assigned to Rome Laboratory. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he served as a research engineer where he developed ultrafast solid state pulsed lasers for optical communication systems. As a team leader Dr. Hayduk led the development of microwave photonic components and subsystems for use in radio frequency sensors. Dr. Hayduk became the acting Chief for the Electro-Optic Components Branch in 2007 in the AFRL Sensors Directorate which developed components and subsystems for advanced radio frequency and electro-optic AF sensor systems. In 2007 he became the Chief of the Emerging Computing Technology Branch in the AFRL Information Directorate which performs fundamental and exploratory research and development in nanocomputing, quantum computing, computational intelligence and optical computing for advanced computing architectures. Dr. Hayduk has published more than 50 journal and conference papers and holds one US patent.

Freeke
Freeke
Heijman
Co-Founder & Director, Quantum Delta NL

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

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

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

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

Tom
Tom
Horner
Science Communication Manager, LioniX International

Panel 2: Fiber and Photonics

Tom Horner works across application areas in the sales and marketing team. He is responsible for highlighting the value that integrated photonics brings in key applications fields including communications, metrology, biosensing, medical imaging and AR/VR. With a background in physics, Tom has worked in communications in academic, commercial and charity roles to promote the value of science and engineering to different groups of users. As a recent convert to integrated photonics, he has been distilling the answers to key questions like “Why integrated photonics?” and “Why silicon nitride” taking a deep dive into the technological and application centric sides of LioniX International’s offering.

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

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

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

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

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

Bernd
Bernd
Jungbluth
Head of SMI Quantum Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

Panel 1: Building Quantum Communication Ecosystems

Bernd Jungbluth is head of the Strategic Mission Initiative Quantum Technology at Fraunhofer ILT, one of the world’s premier laser technology centers. As such, he is responsible for the programmatic direction of the institute in this area and coordinates the establishment of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering CQSE as a project for economic structural change in the Rhenish lignite mining area. With a project volume of 115 million euros, CQSE is to provide the impetus for the development of an innovation ecosystem that combines the competences of the Fraunhofer Institutes in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Forschungszentrum Juelich and enables companies to play a leading role in the application of quantum technologies and the future production of quantum computers. On board are more than 20 technology companies from the region who support the project application.

Previously, Bernd dedicated himself to the development of application-adapted lasers and frequency converters for industry and science at the 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. Bernd completed his physics studies at RWTH Aachen University in 2000 and received his PhD from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2010.

K
K
Karunaratne
Vice President of Engineering, Qubitekk, Inc.

Panel 3: Cybersecurity in Quantum Communication

Mr. “K” Karunaratne holds the position of Vice President of Engineering at Qubitekk Inc, a company building devices and building blocks for commercial Quantum Sources, Sensing and Networking. Mr. Karunaratne’s background is in Systems Engineering with specialties in low noise high speed amplification. He has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of positions for academia – large research groups – federal government and private industry – as a consultant his areas of expertise have been beneficial to a diverse range of fields – bioscience – drug discovery – medical products – spaceflight – network security. Currently he represents Qubitekk on several IEEE groups related to Quantum and manages the Engineering group. He has over 14 awarded patents.

Hyungsoo (Hans)
Hyungsoo (Hans)
KIM
Director & Leader of Quantum Infra Innovation Team, KT

Panel 3: Testbeds in China and other Asian countries

Hans (Hyungsoo) Kim has worked at KT (Korea Telecom) R&D part from 1993. He had successfully led outstanding projects in relation to B-ISDN (Broadband-Integrated Digital Network), NGN (Next Generation Network), IP QoS (Quality of Service), Smart Grid, 5G and AI. Now he is responsible for leading the Quantum Technologies, as a Director of Quantum Infra Innovation Team in KT.

Dr. Kim has a Ph.D. in electronics engineering from Kon-Kuk University.

In addition to his role in KT, Dr. Kim has participated ITU-T based international standards activities, since 1997. Now he is working as a vice-chairman for ITU-T Study Group 13 and Chairman of Working Party 1/SG13. He is also leading the QKD network-related Y.38xx series standardization in ITU as an editor, including ITU-T Recommendation Y.3800 (the world first QKD network standard).

Carlos
Carlos
Kuchkovsky
CEO, QCentroid

Panel 1: Building Quantum Communication Ecosystems

Carlos Kuchkovsky began his career as a multiplayer mobile video game developer. After that Carlos has worked for BBVA in a number of senior positions, positioning BBVA as a leader in quantum computing, AI, blockchain, digital identity, new business, and digital platforms among other areas.

Carlos has held different board positions on international associations at Hyperledger, INATBA, Alastria, Strategic Advisory Board of the European Commission Quantum Flagship, and member of The Future Council on Quantum technologies from World Economic Forum, working on the evolution of blockchain, AI, quantum technologies, and Web 3.0.
He has published scientific and tech papers and created and led over 30 patents. He also lectures in International MBAs in fintech, deep tech, and new business models.

Currently, he is leading QCentroid, and Remotefulnes, mission-oriented Web 3.0 ecosystems, with the purpose of accelerating sustainable transformation through new ways of working, tech, science, and data.

Ben
Ben
Lanyon
Senior Scientist, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

Talk 7: A trapped-ion telecom quantum repeater node

Ben is a Senior Scientist at IQOQI Innsbruck. He is exploring and developing novel approaches to build quantum networks and hybrid quantum systems. Specifically, he is working on an optical interface to allow trapped ions to communicate with a broad range of other examples of quantum matter. A long term goal is to develop the ability to distribute entanglement over arbitrary distances and to apply this capability to enable new quantum-enhanced measurements. He currently leads a team of 1 postdoc, 3 PhD students and a Master student. Future ESQ postdocs would have the opportunity to learn about, and contribute to, a broad range of topics in Dr. Lanyon’s new research team, including atomic physics, non-linear optics, cavity-quantum electrodynamics and quantum information science.

Julien
Julien
Laurat
Professor of Physics, Sorbonne Université

Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

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.

John
John
Leiseboer
CTO, QuintessenceLabs

Panel 2: The role of QKD in Quantum Communication

John Leiseboer is founding CTO at QuintessenceLabs Pty Ltd, and is responsible for the research, design, and development of key management, comsec, and infosec products. He is a member of the OASIS KMIP and PKCS11 Technical Committees, and has contributed to the development of NIST, IETF, and IEEE standards, including SP 800-90B and C, and IEEE 802.6. John has worked in the fields of communications and information security for over thirty-five years, designing and architecting commercial and military communications and information security hardware, software, and systems. He has experience in applying conventional, classical cryptography as well as leading-edge quantum key distribution technology to innovative security product designs. Prior to joining QuintessenceLabs, John held senior positions in a number of technology companies working in commercial and military sectors, including RSA/EMC, Boeing, HP, and Plessey Defence Systems. John obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney, specializing in electronics, communications, and digital systems.

David
David
Levonian
Physicist, Harvard University

Panel 4: New Technology Routes

David Levonian is an experimental physicist with a background in quantum optics, quantum memories, and quantum networks. David’s expertise lies at the intersection of quantum science and engineering, and he is passionate about realizing applications of quantum technologies. During his PhD research at Harvard, he helped develop a novel integrated nanophotonic quantum repeater platform based on color-center qubits in diamond. Using this system, his team was able to perform the first experimental demonstration of memory-enhanced quantum communication, a major milestone towards large-scale quantum networks based on quantum repeaters.

Victoria
Victoria
Lipinska
Quantum Lead, KPN

Panel 3: Cybersecurity in Quantum Communication
Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

Dr. Victoria Lipinska is a quantum advisor at Dutch telecom provider KPN. She is responsible for leading projects related to quantum communication, which involve implementation of quantum key distribution and quantum internet. She holds a PhD in applications for early quantum networks from QuTech in the Netherlands. Prior to that she worked in the field of quantum information in various scientific institutes around Europe. Her goal is to make practical and accessible quantum communication a reality.

Peter
Peter
Lodahl
Professor and Director at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Panel 4: New Technology Routes

Peter Lodahl is professor in quantum physics and technology at the Niels Bohr Institute and Director of the Hybrid Quantum Networks Hy-Q Center of Excellence. He received a PhD in quantum physics in 2000 from University of Copenhagen and subsequently held postdoc positions at Caltech and University of Twente. He was the first to demonstrate that light emission can be fully controlled by the use of intricate photonic nanostructures. This fundamental principle ultimately enables a full deterministic quantum interface between light and matter, which he subsequently exploited after founding his own research group in Denmark in 2005. His group develops fundamentally new quantum hardware for the emergent field of quantum-information science such as: deterministic single-photon sources, spin-photon interfaces, and photonic quantum gates. The application areas include quantum simulators, quantum repeaters, and quantum key distribution towards the ultimate vision of a quantum internet.

Peter is the recipient of the ERC consolidator grant (2010), ERC advanced grant (2015), and the EliteForsk Award for 2016. He has published 110 publications in leading scientific journals, given 150 invited colloquia and conference talks, holds 5 patents on photonic quantum technology, and co-founded a quantum-tech start-up company. He is an elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Andrew
Andrew
Lord
Senior Manager Optical Networks Research, BT

Panel 1: National Networks: Strategies And Evolution

Andrew joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has worked on a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks. He currently heads BT’s optical core and access research including quantum communications. He has published over 100 research papers. He was General Chair for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2017 in Los Angeles. He is Visiting Professor at Essex University, a Senior Member of the IEEE and Chartered Engineer and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology. He won the prestigious BT Martlesham Medal in 2018. He is currently project manager for the EU Metro-Haul Project and the UK-funded AIRQKD projects.

Cathal
Cathal
Mahon
Senior Executive Advisor, University of Copenhagen

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

Cathal J. Mahon is a technology expert with extensive experience as an investment manager for venture capital funds specializing in high-tech start-ups – including quantum – and, prior to this, from a variety of managerial and R&D positions in the telecommunications industry. More recently, he served as interim CEO at Qubiz: Quantum Innovation Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 2016 to 2019 and is currently responsible for the commercialization of quantum technology-based intellectual property created at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is also a member of the Danish National Metrology Institute’s Quantum Metrology Advisory Board.

Cathal J. Mahon has a scientific background in both engineering and physics holding a M.Sc. in physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. He also holds a graduate diploma in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School – where he has been an external lecturer – and is the author of a textbook on the emergence of strategy in organizations.

Pascal
Pascal
Maillot
Deputy Head of Unit HPC and Quantum Technologies, European Commission

Panel 2: Testbeds in the US and Europe

Pascal Maillot is deputy Head of Unit of the newly created High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology unit in Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission. He is in charge of the one-billion euro Quantum Flagship initiative launched in October 2018 with its first 20 projects.

He graduated as a computer engineer in 1998 and had several positions in the private and public sector as telecom project manager and cyber-security analyst.

He then moved to the quantum domain and focuses specifically on the future “quantum internet” interconnecting quantum computers, simulators and sensors via quantum networks to distribute information and quantum resources securely all over Europe.

Denis
Denis
Mandich
CTO, Qrypt

Panel 4: Quantum Clouds

Denis is a physicist and CTO of Qrypt, a post quantum cryptography company. He is a founding member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium and the Mid Atlantic Quantum Alliance where he is the co-chair of the Crypto Working Group. Denis served 20 years in the intelligence community working on sensitive technology programs in partnerships with National Labs, academia, and large industrial partners. He has patents in quantum entropy and encryption. He works on the American National Standards Institute Quantum Computing Risk Study Group advising the financial community and the ITU-T Quantum Information Technology for Networks advancing international telecommunications standardization.

Celia
Celia
Merzbacher
Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Panel 4: A survey of industry trade groups

Dr. Celia Merzbacher is the Executive Director of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium that aims to enable and grow the U.S. quantum industry. QED-C is supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and more than 150 industry, academic and other members and is managed by SRI International. Previously, Dr. Merzbacher was Vice President for Innovative Partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a consortium of the semiconductor industry. In 2003-2008, she was Assistant Director for Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Dr. Merzbacher began her career as a materials scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., where her research led to six patents and more than 50 technical publications. She has served as Chair of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, on the Board of Directors of ANSI, and on advisory boards of several university research centers.

Michele
Michele
Mosca
CEO and Co-founder, evolutionQ Inc.

Panel 4: A survey of industry trade groups

Dr. Mosca is a founder of the Institute for Quantum Computing, Professor in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

He is globally recognized for his drive to help academia, industry and government prepare our cyber systems to be safe in an era with quantum computers. He co-founded evolutionQ Inc. to provide services and products that enable organizations to evolve their quantum-vulnerable systems and practices to quantum-safe ones. He was a founder of the ETSI-IQC workshop series in Quantum-Safe Cryptography. He co-founded softwareQ Inc. to help organizations benefit from the power of quantum computers.

He worked on cryptography during his BMath (Waterloo) and MSc (Oxford) and obtained his Doctorate (Oxford) on Quantum Computer Algorithms.

His research interests include quantum computation and cryptographic tools designed to be safe against quantum technologies.

Dr. Mosca’s awards and honours include Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications (since 2000), 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), SJU Fr. Norm Choate Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a Knighthood (Cavaliere) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2018).

Prineha
Prineha
Narang
CTO, Aliro Quantum, Evolution of the Quantum Internet

Panel 4: New Technology Routes

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

Reza
Reza
Nejabati
Chair Professor, Intelligent Networks
Head of the High-Performance Network Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Bristol, UK

Panel 3: Quantum Data Centers

Reza Nejabati am currently a chair professor of intelligent networks and head of the High-Performance Network Group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Bristol, UK. He is a visiting professor and Cisco chair in the Cisco centre for Intent Based Networking in the Curtin University, Australia. He has established successful and internationally recognised experimental research activities in the areas of “Quantum Internet” and “Autonomous Networks”. Building on his research, he co-founded a successful start-up company Zeetta Networks Ltd.

Marc
Marc
Niklès
EVP Sales and Marketing, ID Quantique

QKD Deployments in Europe and Asia

Dr. Marc Nikles has been actively involved in the sensing industry for more than 25 years as a researcher, sales and marketing executive and successful entrepreneur. Prior to joining ID Quantique, he was Meggitt’s Energy division Global Marketing Manager. In 2000, he was the co-founder of Omnisens, a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) which pioneered long distance fibre optic sensing. Omnisens has developed and successfully marketed fibre optic based solutions for the Oil & Gas and Energy industries. For more than 15 years Marc has led the development and growth of the company from start-up to a mature SME, as General Manager, CTO and CEO successively. From 1997 until 2000 he was Program Manager aerospace sensing applications at Vibro-Meter.

He obtained a PhD degree in technical sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in 1997 for his research activities on scattering phenomena in optical fibres and the development of long distance distributed temperature and strain sensing systems.

Tracy
Tracy
Northup
Senior Scientist, University of Innsbruck

Talk 4: Entangling Ion Traps

Tracy is a senior scientist at the University of Innsbruck’s Institute for Experimental Physics. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the California Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral study in Innsbruck, where she held a Marie Curie fellowship and is currently an Elise Richter fellow. Her research focuses on optical cavities as quantum interfaces between ions and photons.

Annie
Annie
Paine
PhD student, University of Exeter

Women in Quantum

Annie Paine is a PhD student at the University of Exeter sponsored by Pasqal and supervised by Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko. Her project is focused on finding useful quantum algorithms with near-term quantum devices with an emphasis on application in differential equations. To deal with the limitations of near-term quantum devices she is particularly interested in hybrid and variational approaches. Previously she completed an integrated Master degree in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford in 2019. During her time at university she completed two internships, both of which programming related, where she gained experience programming and working in an industry setting.

Jean-Sébastien
Jean-Sébastien
Pegon
Head of Utilities & Telecom Markets, ID Quantique

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

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

Stefano
Stefano
Pirandola
CEO and founder, nodeQ

Panel 1: Why Quantum Communication?
Panel 4: Quantum Clouds

Stefano Pirandola is a world-leading expert in quantum technology,
with more than 160 publications and thousands of citations. Before becoming Professor of quantum computing at the University of York (UK), he was awarded with prestigious academic fellowships and worked as a researcher at MIT.

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 and quantum networks. 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 [Nature 532, 169 (2016)]
and contributed to develop more advanced protocols for quantum teleportation and entanglement distribution.

At nodeQ, he leads a highly-expert team specialized in the design and optimization of quantum networks for near-term quantum-safe communications and distributed quantum computing.

Dale
Dale
Reding
Scientific Advisor to the NATO Chief Scientist, NATO

Panel 1: Defence Applications of Quantum Internet

Mr Reding is the Scientific Advisor to the NATO Chief Scientist at NATO HQ in Brussels. In support of the Chief Scientist, he is responsible for the provision of science and technology (S&T) based advice to military and civilian leaders within NATO, including the study of emerging and disruptive technology trends and supervision of the S&T Advice Team.

Before joining NATO in 2019, Mr Reding enjoyed a 31-year career as a senior public service executive and defence scientist within the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). Notably, from 2013-2018, Mr Reding served as the Director-General responsible for Air Force and Navy S&T research programs, reporting to the Assistant Deputy Minister for S&T. In this role, he acted as the senior scientific advisor to the Commanders of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. From 2010-2013, Mr Reding was Director-General of Canada’s centre for military human performance research (DRDC-Toronto). Prior to 2010, Mr. Reding held a variety of scientific management and research appointments. His most notable positions were as the Chief Scientist for Operational Research & Analysis (Ottawa, 2008-2010); a Principal Scientist at the NATO C3 Agency (The Hague, 2005-2008); Director Operational Research & Analysis (Ottawa, 2001-2005); and as a Senior Scientist at the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) / United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) (Colorado Springs, 1991-1996).

Mr Reding received his B.Sc. (1981) and M.Sc. (1984) in Theoretical Physics from the University of Saskatchewan. Following this, he undertook additional graduate research in Mathematical Geophysics.

Gerhard
Gerhard
Rempe
Director, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

Talk 5: A logic gate between Neutral Atom network nodes

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.

Jelmer
Jelmer
Renema
CTO, QuiX Quantum

Panel 2: Fiber and Photonics

Jelmer Renema is the CTO of QuiX and an assistant professor of quantum optics at the University of Twente. He did his PhD in Leiden, in the group of Martin van Exter, before moving to the group of Ian Walmsley in Oxford for a postdoc. After obtaining a Veni fellowship, he moved to the University of Twente and founded QuiX in 2019.

Grégoire
Grégoire
Ribordy
CEO, ID Quantique

Keynote - From Quantum Communication to the Quantum internet

Dr. Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO, has 20 years of experience in various R&D and management roles in the field of optical measurements and communication systems. He founded ID Quantique in 2001 and has managed the company since then. Prior to this, he was a research fellow at the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva between 1997 and 2001. In this position, he actively developed quantum cryptography technology and is the holder of a number of patents in the field. Between 1995 and 1996, Dr. Ribordy worked in the R&D division of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo.

Dr. Ribordy is the recipient of several awards such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science prize, the 2002 de Vigier award and the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy 1999 prize. At the end of 2005, he was selected as one of the most innovative individuals in information technology worldwide by the World Technology Network. Dr. Ribordy, with the other co-founders of IDQ, were awarded the Medal of Innovation in 2017 and the Impact Award in 2019 by the University of Geneva.

Stephan
Stephan
Ritter
Director Applications Quantum Technologies, TOPTICA Photonics

Talk 8: Enabling technology for a quantum internet

Jesse
Jesse
Robbers
Co-Founder & Director, Quantum Delta NL

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations
Panel 2: Testbeds in the US and Europe

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

Peter
Peter
Rohde
ARC Future Fellow & Senior Lecturer, Centre for Quantum Software & Information at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Panel 1: Why Quantum Communication?

Dr. Peter Rohde is an ARC Future Fellow & Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Quantum Software & Information at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His research focuses of quantum computing and quantum networking, and his theoretical proposals have inspired several world-leading experimental efforts in optical quantum information processing. He is a TEDx speaker and author of the recent book “The Quantum Internet: The Second Quantum Revolution” published by Cambridge University Press. In his spare time he is a mountaineer, rock climber and adrenaline junkie.

Denise
Denise
Ruffner
President, Women in Quantum
Chief Business Officer, Atom Computing

Women in Quantum

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

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

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

Charlotte
Charlotte
Rugers
Senior Innovation Manager Quantum Technology, Defence Materiel Organization

Panel 1: Defence Applications of Quantum Internet

Charlotte Rugers studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. During her Master of Science she studied different aspects of quantum key distribution. She started her professional career at Siemens, where she and a team of network specialists tested idQuantique’s commercial Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system between the two Siemens datacenters. In 2018 she received her second MSc degree for which her thesis was again quantum related: “Risk management and the quantum threat”.

After her work as an IT consultant at Siemens Charlotte fulfilled different rolls within the Dutch Ministry of Defence and is now working at the IT innovation department (KIXS), within the Defence Materiel Organization. As a senior innovation manager she looks at the possibilities and threats of quantum technology including quantum computing, quantum sensing and quantum communications.

Babak
Babak
Saif
Program Scientist for Quantum Communication, NASA/HQ

Panel 3: Quantum over Satellites

Babak Saif is an optical physicist at NASA/GSFC and program scientist for quantum communications at NASA/HQ. He is also an Adjunct professor at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. He received his first Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in biophysics and his second Ph.D. in optical interferometry from the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. He is the recipient of the Exceptional Technology Development medal for the Opto-Mechanical sub-Nano-meter characterization of the JWST and the Exceptional public service medal for the development of the Specialized Speckle interferometry of large structures. He has served as the chief optical metrologist for the JWST, instrument scientist for atom interferometry gravity gradiometer for time varying gravity earth measurements, and recently as the program scientist for development of a space quantum link with the objective of swapping entanglements between long distance observatories.

David
David
Shaw
Director, Fact Based Insight

Panel 1: Why Quantum Communication?

David Shaw is director of Fact Based Insight and author of numerous insight articles on quantum technology. David had worked extensively in Consulting, Market Analysis & Advisory businesses 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 University, and has a PhD in Particle Physics from UCL. He is a member of the Institute of Physics.

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Andrew
Andrew
Shields
Head of Quantum Technology, Toshiba Europe

Panel 2: The role of QKD in Quantum Communication

Andrew Shields leads R&D and business development on quantum technologies in Toshiba Europe. According to Google Scholar, he has published over 500 research papers and patents in the field of quantum devices and systems, which have been cited over 20,000 times and has a Hirsch-index of >70. He is a member of the leadership team of the OpenQKD consortium in Europe and the EU Strategic Research Agenda Working Group. He was a co-founder of the Industry Specification Group for QKD of ETSI, and served for several years as the Chair. In the UK, he leads the AQuaSeC project developing next generation quantum communication technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the Mott Medal and Prize for research on quantum photonics and its applications.

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

Keynote - Enabling the Quantum Internet of the Future

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

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

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

Dong-Hi
Dong-Hi
SIM
Project Leader, Innovation Suite, SK Telecom

Talk 1: The role of a telco operator for QKD deployment and standardization

Dong-Hi Sim (a.k.a Donghee Shim) has been actively involved in the global standardization activities for more than 15 years including 3GPP, OMA, IEEE, ETSI, and ITU-T. For the last 9 years, he has been with SK Telecom to research emerging technologies to analyze future business landscapes and opportunities for strategic planning. For the last three to four years, he has been leading activities for the global standards and ecosystem development for Quantum technology at SK Telecom.

Joshua
Joshua
Slater
Quantum Communication, Quantum Internet and Networked Computing
QuTech - Delft University of Technology

Panel 2: The role of QKD in Quantum Communication

Paul
Paul
Slootmaker
Chief Information Security Officer, KPN

Panel 3: Cybersecurity in Quantum Communication

Paul is the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of the CISO team at KPN. He is responsible for the implementation of a security strategy to defend and protect the telecommunications networks, IT and data of KPN, a Dutch telecommunications operator and provider of national critical infrastructure. The mission of his team is to keep KPN secure and reliable and trusted by its customers, partners and society. Paul has worked for KPN for over 10 years, in different roles and functions varying from IT Risk & Compliance to CISO. Before KPN, he worked as IT auditor and consultant for Arthur Andersen and KPMG.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in information risk management and cybersecurity, and presented a/o at the ISF Annual World Congress 2019 and Digital Congress 2020.

Rob
Rob
Smets
Optical Network Architect & Technologist, SURF

Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

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.

Thomas
Thomas
Stengel
Senior Director of QRNG Business Development, ID Quantique

Panel 2: The Quantum Internet, 5G and beyond

Thomas Stengel is the Senior Director of Business Development globally for IDQ QRNG products for quantum enhanced security. Making existing security more secure from consumer and edge products like automotive electronics, mobile phones, IoT devices, computing; to core products in data centers and telecommunications. With a background in R&D, marketing and sales and more than 20 years’ experience in semiconductors, processors, and AI, he is now focused on semiconductor quantum technology and specific use cases.

Shuo
Shuo
Sun
Assistant Professor of Physics and Associate Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado Boulder

Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

Shuo Sun is an Assistant Professor of Physics and an Associate Fellow of JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research group studies experimental quantum optics and quantum information science in solid-state systems. Shuo Sun is a recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and is an associate editor of JOSA B.

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

Panel 2: Standards organization

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.

Murray
Murray
Thom
Vice President, Product Management, D-Wave

Panel 4: Quantum Clouds

Murray Thom is Vice President, Product Management at D-Wave, where he oversees the development of the Leap quantum application environment, Ocean tools, system software, and documentation. Previously Murray led a team engaged in customer projects related to algorithms, applications, and performance testing. Since joining the company in 2002 Murray has been involved in all aspects of systems engineering and processor development for D-Wave’s quantum computers. Some of these project areas include cryogenic refrigeration systems, superconducting electrical filters, cryogenic chip packaging, magnetic screening and shielding, QPU signals, and automated test systems.

Laura
Laura
Thomas
VP, Corporate Strategy, ColdQuanta

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

Laura Thomas is the VP of Corporate Strategy for quantum technology company, ColdQuanta. Prior to ColdQuanta, she was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer and Chief of Base who built and led sensitive programs at CIA Headquarters and abroad in multiple, international assignments. She has expertise in emerging technology and national security, and has worked extensively across industry verticals, the U.S. Government, and with foreign partners.

Ariana
Ariana
Torres Knoop
Advisor and Project Manager, Quantum Computing, SURF

Women in Quantum

Dr. Ariana Torres Knoop has a background in computational chemistry and physics. She obtained her PhD (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam in 2016 and continue to work in the same university as a postdoc in the field of computational polymer chemistry. In 2019 she joined SURF, the IT collaborative organisation in Dutch education and research, as an advisor in HPC and Quantum Computing. She is currently the project leader and main advisor for Quantum Computing at SURF.

Ton
Ton
van 't Noordende
Founder, PHX
Investor In Residence, Quantum Delta NL Infinity

Panel 2: Venture Funding and Quantum

Ton is the Investor In Residence at Quantum Delta NL Infinity, tasked with building a connected, open, ecosystem between startups, spin-outs, venture funds and scientists in quantum technology. He invests in (pre)incorporated quantum technology ventures and runs the Infinity support program.

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

Panel 1: Why Quantum Communication?

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.

Oskar
Oskar
van Deventer
Chair CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on Quantum Technologies, TNO

Panel 2: Standards organization

• 33 years experience in ICT industry, PhD in optical networking
• R&D in voice, media and blockchain networking; self-sovereign identity
• Leading roles in European collaborative projects: HBB-Next, eSSIF-Lab
• 20 years of contributing to standards as delegate, editor and/or chair:
ITU, ETSI, DVB, HbbTV, Hyperledger, ISO-IEC, CEN-CENELEC
• Co-founder and chair of CEN-CENELEC Focus Group on Quantum Technologies
• One book, more than 150 publications, over 80 patent applications,
over 800 standardization contributions, one Guinness world record

Vincent
Vincent
van Wingerden
Technical Architect Data & AI, Microsoft

Panel 3: Quantum Data Centers

My focus is on cutting edge technologies, specifically quantum computing and how to leverage this exiting upcoming technology. I am a contributor and maintainer of the Quantum Katas, a great open source learning resource for Quantum Computing. In this role am helping customers create data architectures in Azure across all industries from Agriculture to FMCG.

Pieter
Pieter
Vermaas
Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology

Panel 1: Building Quantum Communication Ecosystems

In 1998 Pieter Vermaas joined the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Department of Delft University of Technology after obtaining his PhD on the philosophy of quantum mechanics at the Institute for History and Foundations of Science of Utrecht University. In Delft I helped creating the Dual Nature of Technical Artifacts research program (2000-2005), in which technical artefacts were analysed as having both structural and intentional natures, with functions playing an important role in relating these natures. From 2006 to 2010 I researched with an NWO VIDI fellowship the use of functions and functional decompositions in engineering design methods. My current research focusses on design and is aimed at analysing design methods for understanding what design is and for validating design methods. I helped launching the TU Delft Institute for Design for Values in 2017, and its aim to further the incorporation of moral, societal and legal values in technology through design is a key focus in my research on design methods.

Martin
Martin
Ward
Senior Research Scientist, Toshiba Europe Limited, UK

Panel 2: Standards organization

Martin Ward works as a Senior Research Scientist for Toshiba Europe in their Cambridge Research Laboratory in the UK. He is Chair of ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on QKD, which is specifying aspects of quantum key distribution including security and interoperability. He also contributes to standardisation work as a QKD expert within ISO and ITU-T. Following a DPhil on quantum optics at Oxford University, he joined Toshiba in 2001 where he led the development of telecom-wavelength single photon and entangled photon pair sources based on InAs quantum dots, before working on quantum communications.

Stephanie
Stephanie
Wehner
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology and Roadmap Leader of the Quantum Internet and Networked Computing initiative at QuTech, QuTech

Talk 3: Programming and controlling a quantum network
Keynote: The Quantum Internet and Networked Computing

Stephanie Wehner is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in quantum information at TU Delft and the Director and Research Lead of the Quantum Internet Division. Her goal is to understand the world of small particles – the laws of quantum mechanics – in order to construct better networks and computers. For her work, Stephanie has received a KNAW Ammodo Award. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography. She presently leads the European Quantum Internet Alliance in the EU Flagship on Quantum Technologies. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry.

Eric
Eric
Wille
Optical System Engineer, European Space Agency (ESA)

Panel 3: Quantum over Satellites

Eric Wille has been working as an optical system engineer for the European Space Agency since 2009. He is managing several technology development activities with European companies and research institutes in the fields of x-ray optics, quantum optics and laser communication. He is responsible for the development of a new concept of X-ray optics, named Silicon Pore Optics, which was successfully demonstrated in the past years. It became the baseline technology for ESA’s next X-ray observatory, recently selected as second large class mission of the Cosmic Vision programme. Eric was also responsible for ESA’s activities on quantum teleportation, which set a new distance world record in 2012 by teleporting quantum states of light across 143 km of open air.

Eric studied physics at the Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and University of Innsbruck (Austria), where he obtained a PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in experimental quantum optics. During his academic career, he performed research in the fields of nonlinear dynamics, semiconductor diode lasers, ultracold quantum gases and quantum optics. His publications include more than 30 scientific and technical papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Eric has always actively promoted the communication of science and technology with the general public using TV, print and digital media. He is member of the Young ESA network and active in organizing international events for young professionals within the space community.

Tian
Tian
Zhong
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

Talk

TIAN ZHONG is an assistant professor in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His main research efforts focus on developing scalable quantum technologies for long-distance quantum networks, devices for quantum storage and transduction based on rare-earth ion doped materials. Prior to joining University of Chicago, Tian completed his Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on quantum optical communications and networks. Then he did his postdoc studies at California Institute of Technology.