Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers
Head of Global Innovation Ecosystem, Fidelity Investments
I am a troublemaker and curious about technology. It all started with welding my own toys, and it then became writing software (a much safer interest that gave my mum peace of mind).
Chief Creative Officer, Chobani
Leland is the Chief Creative Officer of Chobani. In 2017, Fast Company ranked Chobani as the 9th most innovative company in the world; Fortune selected it as a “Brand that Matters”; Fortune selected it to its “Brands Changing the World” list.
Innovation Catalyst, Dare to Try Program, Pfizer
John is a middle child, Frankenstein lives in his basement, he eats Reese’s cups by the bagful, and he likes to make stuff. John is a founding member of the Pfizer Dare to Try team responsible for accelerating innovation in the everyday across the 91,000-person organization.
Oseas Ramirez Assad
Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist
Oseas Ramírez Assad is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur with a 20-year track record of spearheading innovation at startups and within large enterprises.
Passionate about the intersection of cutting edge technology, human development, entrepreneurship and innovation, Oseas sits at the board of the startups he co-founded, advises large corporations internationally on innovation topics and is a public speaker in the USA and Europe.
Business Development Director, Smartlink Solutions
April Bertram is the Business Development Director of SmartLink Solutions at GOJO Industries. April joined GOJO in 2002 to lead the product development efforts for the Healthcare vertical market. Since then, she has reinvented the GOJO innovation process, from the front end of innovation, to market and product development, through to strategic portfolio management.
Research & Development, Director, Open Innovation, Clorox
Andrew has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, UK. He began his professional career as an Agrochemical Formulator with Novartis then spent 10 years at Rhodia in various R&D, Business Development and Marketing roles. Andrew joined the Clorox Company in 2011 where he is currently Director of Open Innovation.
Senior Director, Innovation Strategy and Programs, Cisco
Alex Goryachev is an entrepreneurial go-getter. He takes risks, thinks ahead, and loves making way for new innovations. Over the past 20 years, he’s made it his business to turn disruptive concepts into emerging business models.
Senior Innovation Strategist, Robert Bosch LLC
Kyle Joseph joined Bosch as a senior innovation strategist in August 2017. In this role, Joseph works cross-functionally with internal business units to develop new digital revenue streams with a central focus on connectivity. In addition, Joseph is a core team member of the Chicago Connectory, an IoT innovation co-creation space which connects Bosch with external partners, growth-based startups and creative innovators to accelerate the development of IoT solutions and business models
Woojin Kim, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance Communications
Dr. Kim is Chief Medical Information Officer at the Healthcare Division of Nuance Communications. He was a co-founder, member of the Board of Directors, and Director of Innovation at the Montage Healthcare Solutions, which was acquired by Nuance in 2016.
Senior Vice President & General Manager Web Performance & Security, Akamai Technologies
Ashutosh (Ash) Kulkarni is Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Web Performance and Security Division at Akamai. Mr. Kulkarni leads the Akamai team responsible for the technology and solutions that enable customers to provide a fast, reliable and secure experience for their websites and applications.
Enterprise Agile Leader and Transformation Coach - Speed to Market Innovation Group, Wells Fargo
Dana Mata is an Enterprise Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Change Management Practitioner, and Certified Executive Coach. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, coupled with a track-record for developing leaders and delivering exceptional outcomes and comprehensive value through tailored solutions connecting people, process, and technology.
Senior Director, Product Development, Cleveland Clinic
Jim is the Senior Director of Product Development at the Cleveland Clinic. In his role, he has responsibility for the development and implementation of population health collaboration with health plans. For 2018, he and his team have launched a co-branded Humana | Cleveland Clinic Medicare Advantage HMO and D-SNP products, as well as a Cleveland Clinic + Oscar health plan for the individual market.
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions
Mohan Nair brings broad experience to innovation, having been a high-tech entrepreneur, computer scientist, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator. Recognized in Forbes.com as a pioneer in cultural transformation of organizations, he enables innovation, accelerates solutions and creates emerging healthcare companies. As Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, the head of Innovation Force at Cambia Health Solutions, author of three books and a Tedx talk on transformation, Mohan is a business transformation enthusiast.
Business Unit Director, Transformative Technologies, Moog Inc.
James joined Moog Aircraft Group in 2013. He holds the title of Business Unit Director, Transformative Technologies. His responsibilities include new capabilities development, business development, innovation strategies, and scenario based strategy designs.
Innovation Leader, Office of the Future, HP
Hardy Simes is Innovation Product Manager for Office of the Future at HP. In this role, he is responsible for driving the Commercial PC organization’s innovation strategy worldwide. This includes managing a cross-organization innovation funnel to build future services and product concepts that empower the evolving workforce, create an engaging workplace, and enable the changing nature of work.
Research and Development Director, Discovery and Disruption, PepsiCo
Alex received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nevada Reno in 1999 as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota in late 2001. His first profession role was at Clorox Services Company in the Brita Water Filters Division where Alex developed new products and technologies.
Senior Director - IoT, Newell Brands – First Alert
Bruce leads the technology strategy at Newell Brands/First Alert, bringing Intelligence of Things products to market. Bruce has a deep and wide history across technology shifts such as mobility, VoIP, IoT and AI. He holds 6 patents in domains such as real-time communications, security and mobility.
Sector Lead, Innovation, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Direct global innovation, technology development and process improvement operations for Northrop Grumman’s Technology Services sector, cultivating ideas for the development of technology differentiators, augmenting business strategies, addressing internal challenges and enhancing employee engagement.