Kathy Fish

Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer
Procter & Gamble Company

Kathy Fish is the Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company, leading the Company’s innovation program and strategy; its nearly $2 billion annual investment in R&D; and over 6,900 global R&D employees. Kathy is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and liaison to the Board of Director’s Innovation and Technology Committee.

Youngjin Yoo

Professor in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems
Case Western Reserve University

Youngjin Yoo is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Information Systems at the department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. An Association of Information Systems Fellow, he is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK. and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK.  He is the founding faculty director of xLab at Case Western Reserve University.

Anand Swaminathan

Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Anand helps organizations across industries unlock the potential of digital and technology, focusing on innovation. He helps clients evolve their operating models and transform their businesses to effectively serve their customers while scaling operations efficiently.

Anand is the coauthor of Digital @ Scale: The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company (John Wiley & Sons, 2017), which serves as a playbook for senior leaders in organizations to achieve the full-scale benefits of digital. He serves clients across the consumer, energy, hospitality, advanced industries, and financial-services sectors.

Jean-François Barthelemy

Chief Technologist,
NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Jean-François (J.F.) Barthelemy is on special assignment with the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA HQ as Agency Digital Transformation Lead. He is responsible for assessing the state of the Agency’s Digital Transformation initiatives and to recommend how to effectively integrate the diverse initiatives.

Prior to that assignment, JF was the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) Chief Technologist since January 2015. He advised the LaRC Office of the Director and Senior Staff on technology matters and provided technical leadership for planning, management and evaluation of comprehensive, Center-wide advanced technology development activities. Prior to that, J.F. was Deputy Director of the LaRC Systems Analysis and Concept Directorate and then of the LaRC Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication, Business Development.

Alex Foessel

Lead Architect for Automation to Autonomy
John Deere

Alex Foessel is lead architect for Automation to Autonomy in John Deere. Previously, in Brazil, he formed and directed the Technology Innovation Center, and led Customer Support for Latin America. Earlier, based in Germany, he oversaw the market launch of the consumer autonomous mower (Tango) in Europe. Other experiences include roles in Enterprise Advanced Marketing and advanced technology development. Alex holds a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Electrical Engineering degree from Catholic University in Chile. Alex is passionate about inclusion and diversity of thought in organizations. He is also a rancher raising Angus cattle in Chilean Patagonia, and a proud John Deere customer.

Bob Graf

Vice President, Data Science & Analytics,
The Lubrizol Corporation

Robert T. Graf is vice president, data science and analytics for The Lubrizol Corporation. He joined Lubrizol in 1985 and has held a variety of technical management roles throughout Lubrizol including a two-year assignment with GE-Lubrizol, a joint venture company. In 2004 he was named vice president of research and development for Lubrizol Additives, and in 2008 he was named to the executive leadership team as corporate vice president, research and development. He was named to his current position in 2017. Dr. Graf earned his Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and 1983 respectively, and his Bachelor of Science in polymer science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980.

Socka Suppiah

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer,

Socka is responsible for Saggezza’s global operations and strategic business development. He is the fuel in the Saggezza fire and makes sure Saggezza can function on three continents without a hitch. Prior to co-founding Saggezza, Socka was a key member of Cymbal Technologies’ leadership team and consulted for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Cosmin Laslau

Director, Research Products,
Lux Research

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.
He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.

Joshua Ness

Senior Manager,
Verizon 5G Labs

Joshua Ness is a 5G Labs Manager with Verizon in New York City. He works with enterprise, startups, and academic teams to drive innovation around 5G. He also works to educate, inspire, and connect the dots for businesses interested in moving forward with emerging technology.

Erin Spring

Director, New Ventures
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Erin Spring has worked in a variety of roles at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company since 2004. She has defined her career as a strategic and innovative leader, with the ability to set strategy and lead a diverse team to deliver on corporate growth initiatives. She was a key leader in building Goodyear’s New Business Innovation capability from the ground up. Today, she leads Goodyear’s New Venture team, focused on building solutions for the future of mobility, across the FACE trends (Fleets, Autonomous, Connected, Electric). New Ventures includes four Innovations Labs globally (San Francisco, Akron, Luxembourg and Shanghai) to connect, prototype and pilot with emerging customers, start-ups and others transforming the mobility ecosystem. New Ventures also has a global incubation team to operate and grow new solutions in-market.

Erin began her career at Goodyear as a Materials Development Engineer, utilizing machine learning techniques to predict performance of tire materials. She then led the Materials Testing organization and implemented lean concepts to drive efficiencies and deliver testing results on-time.

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