IoT World Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce and welcome the leaders of IoT and digital transformation to the esteemed IoT World Advisory Board, leveraging across our IoT World Series of world-renowned conferences, exhibitions, media and research.

The IoT World Series brings together leaders across the IoT landscape, covering horizontal technologies to vertical industries, focusing on the development of the market. 

Our mission is to serve the IoT community in the best way possible, by connecting industry experts from around the world. Advisory board members will contribute to creating valuable content for our event programs as well as our media. Our long-term goal is to build an industry-leading media and events platform for everyone in IoT, facilitating the collaboration for the IoT ecosystem, by working closely with the members of our advisory board.  

Looking toward 2021, we will work together to share best practices, and spearhead digital transformation, serving a better future for the Internet of Things.


Lutz Beck is the chief information officer for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). In his role, Beck is actively transforming the organization by implementing the IT strategy, “Building the Intelligent Company” and by leading DTNA’s digital transformation efforts. He values disruption, innovation and changing the game. 




Brenna Berman serves as CEO and executive director of City Tech. Prior to joining City Tech, Berman served in Chicago in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, which she joined in 2011. She served as the chief information officer for the city and commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to 2017. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective and innovative city government. During her tenure as CIO, Berman delivered on the mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics into many city departments, drove IoT innovation for the city through unique partnerships at City Tech and the founding of the Midwest IoT Council, and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urban-scale sensing with the Array of Things. Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Berman built a career promoting government innovation more than 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. Berman earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Ankur Bhan is a strategic thought leader with more than 20 years of international work experience in setting up global professional service practices and technology-led businesses from the ground up. Currently, Bhan is founder and head of Nokia’s WING Business, where he conceptualized a disruptive approach to global enablement of IoT services and successfully realized the concept to market leading product, organization and business execution. As head of WING Bhan is responsible for leading the business vision and driving its worldwide business growth and overall P&L management. Previously, Bhan held leadership roles in business strategy, portfolio management, consulting services and engineering at Nokia and Infosys. Bhan holds a degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology in India and an MBA from London Business School.



Steve Brumer is a partner at BH IoT Group, a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy and execution services. With more than 30 years M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.





Mandy Chung is the founder and executive director of Women in IoT, a global organization aiming to empower, inspire and connect women to make a difference in the IoT and tech industry. With teams in San Francisco, London and Taipei, Women in IoT hosts events every month to help women pursue their entrepreneurial and career success. Since 2015, Chung has helped more than 500 IoT and hardware startups around the world to connect with necessary resources including design and manufacturing partners. In 2019, she was the head of business development and tech scout of a VC focused on smart city projects. Acknowledged for her experience in the global startup scene, the U.S. Department of State nominated and sponsored her to visit startup ecosystems in four U.S. cities, through the International Visitors Leadership Program (2017).  


Frédéric Desbiens works at the Eclipse Foundation as the program manager for IoT and edge computing. His job is to help the community innovate by bringing devices and software together. He is a strong supporter of open source. In the past, he worked as a product manager, solutions architect and developer for companies as diverse as Pivotal, Cisco and Oracle, among others.  After hours, Desbiens will typically be found reading a history book, playing video games or watching Anime.  




Dr. Maxime Flament represents 5GAA, the global cross-industry association for the development of connected and automated cars, where he works as chief technology officer since April 2018. Flament worked previously as head of the Department for Connected & Automated Driving (CAD) at ERTICO – ITS Europe, the European association promoting research and deployment on Intelligent Transportation Systems. For 15 years, he has been a leading contributor to many European activities on road safety, connected vehicles, automated driving, large-scale pilots and digital mapping. Flament holds a Ph.D. E.E. and M.Sc. E.E. from Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He also holds an “Ingénieur Civil” degree from the Free University of Brussels (1997). In 2001, he was a visiting researcher at Stanford University, CA, USA. 


Ken Forster is a digital industry veteran and executive director of Momenta Partners. He’s been building ‘connected’ products, services and businesses for more than 25 years. An engineer by training, a strategist by vocation and a marketer by heart, Forster has a multidisciplinary and multicultural background. He has held senior leadership roles at Syngenta, Coca-Cola, Philip Morris and ThingWorx, co-founded three industrial automation companies and was an early leader in open architecture control systems at Lockheed and Wonderware.  


Nenad Ilic is an Internet of Things specialist with more than a decade of successful experience. He has been delivering projects in the field, starting from embedded systems up to cloud technologies. Ilic currently works as an IoT architect at Amazon Web Services, where he’s involved with the customer across the industry as well as internal service development based on customer feedback. He’s generally obsessed with technology and in his free time likes to experiment with his electric skateboards.



Dr. Andrei Khurshudov specializes in big data analytics, the industrial Internet of Things, cloud storage and computing, in-memory computing, and data storage technology. Khurshudov is a director of IoT analytics at CAT Digital, a digital technology arm of Caterpillar. Khurshudov’s organization focuses on data analysis and predictive modeling for a million connected machines and devices. He has spent more than 10 years at Seagate, where he was a chief technologist and managed various R&D organizations in such areas as big data analytics, cloud technology, quality and reliability, and others. In the recent past, Khurshudov served as a chief data officer at Formulus Black, a New Jersey-area startup that is developing software for in-memory computing, and as a CTO and chief data officer at Alchemy IoT, a Boulder-area startup creating cloud-based analytics solutions for the Internet of Things. Khurshudov has a Ph.D. in engineering and also worked at such companies as IBM, Hitachi Global Storage, and Samsung. Khurshudov has numerous publications, patents, conference presentations and a book. 



Evan Kirstel is a B2B thought leader, top 10 technology ”influencer” and enterprise industry insider with a direct social media following of more than 500,000. He continues to build an influencer network of fellow B2B thought leaders to help brands achieve massive visibility and scale across the social media landscape. You can also find him co-hosting the Enterprise Communications podcast series “TalkingHeadz.”




Pierre Lebas works at Microsoft as IoT architect, he’s enabling partners customers on Azure IoT with a particular focus on intelligent edge. Before joining Microsoft, he spent more than 15 years in the semiconductor industry, developing experience in embedded systems for industrial applications, particularly on energy and smart building verticals. He loves architecting technical solutions together with business cases to reveal the actual values of technologies. He’s passionate about engineering and how it is transforming business and people’s life. 



Lou Lutostanski is the vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) for Avnet. In this role, he works across the company to help customers bring new IoT products to market, from idea to production. This includes working with entrepreneurs, startups, leading technology OEMs and other IoT innovators to implement IoT strategies leveraging Avnet’s global reach and product development expertise. Lutostanski understands the challenges businesses face with emerging technologies, like IoT and artificial intelligence. To simplify the complexity of IoT and AI implementations, he helps customers focus on their business use cases. Through Avnet’s extensive ecosystem, Lutostanski and his team are able to provide the technology, including the hardware and software, as well as the relationships and expertise to bring their IoT solutions to life – through one partner –  lowering costs and speeding up time to market. Lutostanski has 30 years of experience and industry knowledge. He joined Avnet in 1987 as a system sales manager. Throughout the next 13 years, he gained increasing responsibility as a field application engineer; sales manager; branch manager; and vice president, area director. Lutostanski left Avnet in 2000 and spent 12 years at Motorola/Freescale where he served as the global vice president of sales covering Hewlett Packard and Motorola, and then as vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. Since returning to Avnet in 2013, he has served as vice president of sales for the Americas and as vice president of demand creation for the Americas. Lutostanski graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He resides in Austin, Texas. 

Chuck Martin is editor of the AI & IoT Daily at MediaPost and writes the daily Connected Thinking column. He is a New York Times NY Times best-selling business author and his latest book is “Digital Transformation 3.0” (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things.) He is CEO of Net Future Institute and a frequent keynote speaker internationally. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmartin and contact him at [email protected] 


Dave McCarthy is a research director within IDC’s worldwide infrastructure practice focusing on edge strategies. In this role, he provides both qualitative and quantitative analysis of distributed computing paradigms that extend beyond a centralized data center and cloud infrastructure. Benefiting both technology suppliers and IT decision makers, McCarthy’s insights delve into how edge computing complements IoT, AI and other next-generation technology to accelerate digital transformation initiatives. His research is available via syndicated research programs (subscription services), data products (IDC Trackers) and custom engagements.  


Abhi Naha is the CEO and founder of the Product as a Service Consortium and CCO of CW Cambridge Wireless. Naha was the CEO and founder of Zone V, a Cambridge startup backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visual impairments through inclusively designed smartphone software. He held senior roles at Powermat, San Jose-based Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Naha is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility scale up Conigital, Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners with €3 billion of assets under management and an Ambassador for the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute. Naha studied electronics and electrical engineering, has an MBA in international marketing and was approached by Cambridge University Press to co-author a book with Peter Whale of Qualcomm on mobile handset design.  

Stephen Olsen is a noted embedded industry expert with extensive experience in embedded software development, thought leadership, product management and communications. He is currently a principal field application engineer with BlackBerry QNX. Prior to QNX, Olsen worked with several other real-time operating system vendors in many roles, including product line manager, consultant, system architect, engineering manager and technical marketing. Outside of these companies, he co-chaired VSIA’s Hardware dependent Software (HdS) design working group, worked on the MRAPI specification for the Multicore Association, and authored many papers on safety certifiable systems, system architecture, USB, multicore/multi-OS design and power management. He was awarded a patent on debugging hardware accelerated operating systems. 



Olu Orugboh is the CEO and founder of Synergy Solutions, a digital innovator, focused on bringing the latest thinking in customer and end-user experience using cutting edge digital technology. Orugboh is a senior leader and seasoned professional with more than 20 years’ experience, leading businesses through change, transformation and migration into digital environments. She has assisted a range of companies from high-growth scale ups to FTSE listed companies both in the UK and Internationally to embrace digital technology safely while remaining resilient and responsive to the rapidly changing environment. Orugboh has deep international experience, assisting enterprises to turnaround their failing operations through to putting in place infrastructures to support growth initiatives and introduce digital innovation. She is a mother of two and is currently working on her other passions which are to help nurture young girls and women from disadvantaged backgrounds to embrace technology and encourage businesses to adopt emerging digital technology. She provides advice on women’s entrepreneurship using tech, is focused on driving diversity and inclusive practices within the tech sector, and is also on the board of CW (Cambridge Wireless) 

Chris Pearson is the president of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As president of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Pearson represents the organization’s Market Representation Partner interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA Super Mobility, LTE World, 5G World North America and 5G Forum USA. 



Chris Penrose is the COO of FogHorn Systems. He has responsibility for leading FogHorn’s go-to-market efforts across business development, technical sales, strategic partnerships, 3rd party distribution, marketing, advertising and public relations globally. Penrose also leads strategic planning for the firm. He and his team create and deliver solutions all over the world to help customers across industry verticals achieve their desired business outcomes. Previously, Penrose served as president of AT&T’s IoT Solutions organization, building AT&T’s IoT business from a startup into one of the most successful IoT operations in the world. Penrose is also known for championing the use of technology to advance human progress. His drive is to connect everything and use data to create insights and action to create a more sustainable society.  


Tony Pisani Sr. is an IoT product manager at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he directs technical product innovations globally and the go-to-market strategies for Cisco’s Edge Intelligence Software, a SaaS solution running on Cisco IoT hardware for connecting industrial things and easily processing data at the edge. Pisani has created innovations in industrial automation, consumer products, field service and the energy management industries concentrating on three principles – focus on the customer, create conveniences that customers are willing to pay for, and continuously apply new technologies and ideas to problems that haven’t been solved. He holds an MBA in strategic management from the University of Wisconsin and an undergraduate degree in information systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  



Bill Pugh has more than 25 years of experience in developing strategies for various platforms and deployment of networking technologies for several private and public companies. Most recently over the past seven years, he’s been working with cities on strategies for executing smart city initiatives around streetlights, smart parking, intelligent traffic, digital twins and security best practices.  






Nicole Raimundo Coughlin is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the chief information officer for the town of Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Coughlin is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. By fostering partnerships both locally and nationally, she uses her private-sector background to fuel civic innovation in ways not previously seen in local government. Coughlin is frequently a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies. Prior to her work in government, she spent more than 15 years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally. 



Rajesh Ramachandram is the chief digital officer of ABB Industrial Automation globally leading the digital vision, strategy, platform engineering, thought leadership,  and execution of ABB’s digital portfolio and business growth to move up in the customer’s value chain, thereby addressing the needs of digitalization and Industry 4.0 to bring immense value to customers. Ramachandram brings nearly three decades of global technology and business leadership experience with a successful track record of building and transforming technology innovation driven organizations and businesses with some of the world’s best organizations including Oracle, eBay and Siemens. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering, an M.S in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and an executive MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He represents in many industry forums and academia.  



Wesley Rhodes is the vice president of technology transformation at Kroger where he’s accountable for providing a pipeline of new innovations and profitably transforming the customer’s journey and the associate’s interactions into one cohesive experience throughout all of Kroger’s digital and physical properties through leveraging an expansive partner ecosystem and the very latest in technologies, paradigms, methods and science. Prior to joining Kroger, Rhodes spent 18 years with IBM where he served in numerous capacities including as the chief technologist in artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as the chief technology officer (CTO) for Sensemaking, as the CTO for corporate strategy, as the deputy CTO for the US and NATO National Security and Defense, as director of the network science research center, as well as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity and disaster recovery. Rhodes holds numerous academic appointments, is a former Prince of Wales Fellow at MIT and has graduate degrees from the University of Houston, the University of Western Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and from the University of Maryland, University College.



Dr. Trent Salvaggio is the executive director of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium, a global industry non-profit whose members include Cisco, Fortinet, Microsoft, MIT Sloan School of Management, Rockwell Automation, and the New York Academy of Sciences. An award-winning innovator, he is responsible for leading the organization in its cross-industry efforts to inspire, create, and grow the organizations and workforces needed to drive IoT enabled digital transformation. Prior to his current role, Salvaggio was a professor at the College of Charleston School of Business, where he published original research and taught courses in management, leadership, organizational behavior and business strategy. He also served in a variety of senior-level leadership positions with multinational and Fortune 500 corporations driving enterprise-wide change digital transformation and development efforts. Salvaggio earned a Ph.D. from Trident University International for research surrounding leadership and innovation in virtual environments as well as an MBA and BA from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. 





Robert Schmid, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s chief futurist, also known as ‘Mr. IoT,’ is a pragmatically audacious executive helping companies break into the digital age. As a founder and leader of the Internet of Things (IoT) practice at Deloitte, Schmid follows his passion in all things digital, including IoT, wearables, social, mobile and cloud computing. He works with clients from the strategy, through to pilot and implementation phases creating value in a new and challenging area, leads Deloitte’s strategic alliance with PTC and is a frequent author and public speaker. He also hosts a weekly video series, “Coffee with Mr. IoT,” during which guests discuss the latest technologies and innovations in the world of connected things. Prior to Deloitte, Schmid was the chief executive officer and founder of ‘c1oudbase,’ a value-based consulting business focused on digital and tech, and the chief information officer for Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest third-party video game publisher. 




Hardy Schmidbauer is senior vice president of Kudelski IoT, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD) company providing secure IoT solutions and services. He is a seasoned executive in the wireless, semiconductor and loT sectors, with a 20-year career spanning project management, design engineering, marketing management, product management and entrepreneurship. He played an instrumental role in the development of the wireless loT ecosystem through management, R&D and marketing roles in support of LoRa, LoRaWAN and other wireless protocols. Among the companies he has worked for are Silicon Labs and Semtech Corp. 




Jason Shepherd is vice president of Ecosystem at edge orchestration company ZEDEDA. Prior to joining ZEDEDA, Shepherd was CTO for the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT Solutions Division. His proven track record as a thought leader in the market is evidenced through his leadership in building up the award-winning Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program and establishing the vendor-neutral, open source EdgeX Foundry project to facilitate greater interoperability at the IoT edge. Shepherd is a board member for LF Edge and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Industrial IoT influencers in both 2018 and 2019. He holds 14 granted and 25 pending U.S. patents. 



Cuneyt Songuler is a veteran developer who has experience on all layers of the IoT Technology Stack. He started his career as an embedded developer and climbed the technology stack up to cloud services in various roles. Songuler successfully released MindConnect IoT Gateway products for MindSphere, the Industrial IoT Platform of Siemens. Currently, he is designing IoT solutions for Industry 4.0 which covers connectivity, data integration, edge computing and cloud applications by using his 15 years of experience in development.




Kate Stewart is a senior director of Strategic Programs for the Linux Foundation where she’s responsible for the open compliance programs encompassing the SPDX, FOSSology, OpenChain, and other compliance and embedded related projects. Stewart was one of the original founders of SPDX, and is currently the specification lead. Since joining the Linux Foundation, she has also launched Real-Time Linux, Zephyr Project and CHAOSS projects. 




Rob Tiffany is vice president and head of IoT strategy at Ericsson where he drives Internet of Things strategy and execution. He joined Ericsson in 2018 from Enterprise IoT, where was he was founder and CEO. There he created an edge computing system powered by digital twins that targeted enterprises and industrials. As CTO and global product manager at Hitachi, he received the Presidential “Product of the Year” award for designing the Lumada Industrial IoT platform. This product landed in Gartner’s “Visionary Quadrant” and was a “Strong Performer” in the Forrester Wave. Spending most of his career at Microsoft, Tiffany was the global technology lead for IoT where he incubated the Azure IoT cloud platform and co-authored its reference architecture. Prior to Microsoft, he was the co-founder of NetPerceptor where he developed one of the industry’s earliest Mobile Device Management (MDM/EMM) platforms for smartphones. A bestselling author and frequent keynote speaker, Tiffany serves on the boards of SmartCitiesWorld, the Washington State IoT Council & Kapios Health. He’s the executive director of the Moab Foundation focused on global sustainability and is routinely ranked as one of the top IoT experts and influencers in the world by Inc Magazine, Onalytica and others. He loves to get in front of customers and deliver keynotes at industry conferences all over the world.  He’s published dozens of articles found in leading technology publications as well as seven, best-selling business and technology books. 

Rubathas Thirumathyam is a senior architect at IBM and thrives in the complex crossfire of IoT, Blockchain, AI and Cloud. His experience comes from more than 10 years of designing and implementing IT solutions, primarily within the areas of embedded and distributed systems within the transportation and energy and utilities industries. At IBM he is deeply involved with the sustainable development goals to achieve a better, greener and more sustainable future for us all. This has embarked him on a journey within the E&U industry to continue the green transition happening here. He is currently the lead architect on an IBM Platform, whose purpose is to keep the electricity grid in balance — and not at the expense of renewable energy. The platform is the link between the “intelligent net” and the “intelligent grid” and based on IoT, Blockchain and Analytics. 


Teresa Tung is a managing director in Accenture Labs, responsible for its global Systems & Platforms R&D group whose projects include semantic modeling, edge analytics and robotics. Tung leads her team in evaluating best-of-breed next-generation software architecture solutions from industry, start-ups and academia for relevance to Accenture and its clients, then building experimental prototypes and delivering pioneering pilot projects. In her role as applied intelligence innovation lead, Tung coordinates innovation for Accenture Applied Intelligence across strategy and consulting, technology and operations. She leads projects, for example, around domain knowledge graphs, model management and the digital twin, from invention through asset development and transfer in Accenture businesses. Accenture’s most active inventor with more than 150 patents filed or granted, Tung has had several leadership roles in her career. In previous roles, she led Accenture Labs research and development activities for cloud, big data, the Internet of Things and APIs, creating a wide range of key assets still in use across Accenture and with clients today. 

Jon Weiss is an innovation and technology thought leader with extensive experience in leading customer engagements. He has spent the last decade working with some of the world’s largest companies, including Fortune 50 organizations, seeking to undergo digital transformations in their manufacturing facilities, supply chain initiatives and enterprise applications. He has a passion for helping companies reduce costs, increase efficiency and create new revenue streams by leveraging emerging technologies.