Doug Finke is the Chief Content Officer for Global Quantum Intelligence (GQI), a leader in business intelligence focused on the quantum industry. GQI was formed as a merger between three quantum analyst organizations including the Quantum Computing Report (QCR), which Doug founded in 2015. Previously, Doug was employed in the computer, semiconductor, and storage industries for over 30 years where he helped drive the growth of many new technologies during this period. Doug has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the startup company, IntelliSense and helped sell the company at a valuation of $750 million. As Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at the semiconductor startup ChipWrights, Doug helped raise $25 million in venture capital funding. Other important firms for whom Doug has worked include IBM, Intel, and HGST/Western Digital. Doug holds degrees in computer engineering and management from the University of Illinois and MIT, respectively.
Rob Hays is CEO & President of Atom Computing, a company building highly scalable, gate-based quantum computers with atomic arrays of optically trapped neutral atoms, empowering researchers and companies to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs. Rob has over 20 years of technology leadership, pushing the limits of computing performance and accelerating innovation. Rob was previously Chief Strategy Officer of Lenovo’s Infrastructure Solutions Group and, prior to that, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Xeon processor roadmaps.
Dr. Eric T. Holland is the Director of Strategic Initiatives in Keysight Technologies’ Quantum Engineering Solutions group. He has extensive experience in the design, development, and deployment of Josephson junction based superconducting quantum processors. Dr. Holland’s previous roles include, serving as Fermilab’s Deputy Director of Quantum Technology as well as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Chief Quantum Hardware & Application Architect. Additionally, Dr. Holland serves on the US Quantum Economic Development Consortia Executive Steering Committee as well as is an industry executive on the Princeton Quantum Initiative. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. of physics from Saint Anselm College.
Himadri Majumdar is the CEO and co-founder of SemiQon, a spin-off from VTT in Finland. SemiQon builds silicon-based quantum processors for the million-qubit era. SemiQon operates out of the Otanano/Micronova pilot microelectronics fabrication centre in Espoo, Finland. Prior to founding SemiQon he was the Program Manager for Quantum Technologies at VTT. In his role he helped companies in quantum technology domain – especially fabless start-ups – to utilize VTT’s R&D expertise and infrastructure in quantum technologies. Himadri was also a founding member of the Finnish Quantum technologies ecosystem, InstituteQ, and led the business arm of the ecosystem, BusinessQ. His ambition is to see Quantum technology becoming a Finnish and European success story and make the European quantum ecosystem grow even stronger through cooperation within various European initiatives in the sphere. Himadri has 20 years of experience in innovation and innovation management and is also trained as an experimental physicist.
Dr. Alireza Yazdi is the founder and CEO of Anyon Systems, a leading quantum computing hardware company based in Montreal, Canada. Alireza has over 15 years of experience in massively parallel computing, computational fluid dynamics, and quantum computing. Alireza is also an adjunct professor of Engineering at McGill University, where he supervises doctoral students working on quantum computing. Prior to founding Anyon, Alireza was a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University, and RWTH Aachen.
Christian Sarra-Bournet is the executive director of the Institut quantique (IQ) of Université de Sherbrooke since its inception in 2015. IQ is a research community with 300+ members that brings together experts in quantum materials, quantum information and quantum engineering. Christian is one of the architects of the $33.5M From Quantum Science to Quantum Technologies initiative. This ambitious project was one of five selected in Canada for the inaugural competition of the Canada Research First Excellence Fund. Since then, he has made significant contributions to the development of quantum science and technology research and training, notably with the establishment of the first IBM Quantum Innovation Center in Canada and the first francophone bachelor’s degree in quantum information science in the world at Université de Sherbrooke. Christian is on the governing board of DistriQ, the Quantum Innovation Zone of Sherbrooke and the governing board of QVStudio, a quantum startups accelerator.
Christian holds a Ph.D. degree in materials engineering from the Université Laval, Canada and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Université de Toulouse, France.
Dr. May Siksik is the Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Innovation Network. Dr. Siksik has previously served as the Chief Technology Officer at Deep Tech Canada and led Business Development at the Quantum Algorithms Institute. She has extensive experience in research and commercialization and has served as part of the Expert Committee for Canada‘s National Research Council’s Applied Quantum Computing Challenge Program. May has contributed to the Canadian innovation ecosystem and to the academic community through many successful initiatives.