“(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.

David
David
Awschalom
Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange

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

Andersen
Andersen
Cheng
CEO, Post-Quantum

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.

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

Panel 1: Quantum repeaters and quantum memories

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.

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

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.

Terrill
Terrill
Frantz
Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Panel 4: Testbed 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.

Santanu
Santanu
Ganguly
Systems Architect, Cisco Systems, UK

Panel 3: 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

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.

Douwe
Douwe
Geuzebroek
VP Marketing & Sales, LioniX International

Douwe Geuzebroek Ph.D., studied Electrical Engineering at University of Twente and received his from the Integrated Optical MicroSystems group in. After that he joined LioniX B.V. and was actively involved in the start-up of XiO Photonics in 2008. Now he is VP of Marketing and Sales, and involved in the acquisition of new commercial and research projects. He has been involved in several research projects both national and European.

Barbara
Barbara
Goldstein
Associate Director, Program Manager, NIST

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.

Michael
Michael
Hayduk
Deputy Director, Information Directorate, AFRL

Panel 1: 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.

Marc
Marc
Kaplan
CEO, VeriQloud

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

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.

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 4: Testbed 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).

Catherine
Catherine
Lefebvre
Innovation Ambassador, US and Canada, M Squared Lasers, Inc.

Panel 2: Fiber and Photonics

Dr. Catherine Lefebvre holds a PhD in molecular physics and theoretical quantum chemistry from Université Paris-Sud and Université Laval. She pursued research as postdoctoral fellow and research associate for 9 years, at the Université de Sherbrooke, the Canadian Space Agency and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. Her field of research is in ultrafast laser-matter interaction, studying the real-time nuclear and electron dynamics in small molecules. Over the past years, Catherine has been a scientific liaison officer in artificial intelligence, bridging between academia and industry and leading strategic academic relations for the National Bank of Canada and then for ElementAI. More recently, she was scientific advisor for the Quebec Government in quantum technology. Catherine currently works as an Innovation Ambassador at M Squared Laser, a laser and quantum technology company headquartered in Scotland, where she leads research and innovation partnerships in the US and Canadian quantum ecosystem.

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

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

Panel 1: 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.

Jelmer
Jelmer
Renema
CTO, QuiX Quantum

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.

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

Panel 3: Trade and foreign policy considerations

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)”

Charlotte
Charlotte
Rugers
Dutch Ministry of Defence

Panel 1: Applications of Quantum Internet

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.

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.

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.

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

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.