Speakers

Gabby Nizri

Co-Founder and CEO, Ayehu

Ayehu

With nearly 20 years’ experience in technology innovation, Gabby is the driving force behind Ayehu. His multidisciplinary background in product engineering, sales and professional services brings together key elements necessary to deliver the company’s IT process automation solution that has proven to be a force multiplier for businesses facing operational IT and cyber security challenges. Since co-founding the company, Gabby has advanced his thought leadership in IT automation and been dedicated to setting the company on a path to strong growth and validation. He is an official member of the Forbes Technology Council and regularly contributes to key technology publications and audiences. The Ayehu platform continues to earn accolades from customers, partners and industry experts including Gartner, Red Herring and Deloitte. Prior to founding Ayehu, Gabby held various operational and management positions at successful Israeli technology enterprises including Infogate Online Ltd, Webmaster and Walla Communications.

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Stan Black

SVP and Chief Security and Information Officer , Citrix

Citrix

Stan Black, CISSP, is the SVP and Chief Security and Information Officer at Citrix where he is in charge of the secure delivery of applications and data. Black has merged the role of CIO with CSO to create one larger global technology and security organization. By doing this, he is breaking down traditional IT silos, transforming his organization from a traditional IT shop into a more strategic technology and security team that proactively defends information and mitigates threats. Black and his team stop 54 billion attacks per quarter. His organization also monitors the global threat landscape and manages incident response and physical security to protect the safety of Citrix employees. Black is a seasoned security veteran with more than twenty years of experience in cyber security, reducing business risk, threat intelligence, corporate data protection, infrastructure simplification and crisis management. Past positions include Chief Security Officer at Nuance Communications, and Chief Risk and Security Architect at EMC and RSA. His experience has provided him the opportunity to deliver durable security and risk solutions to global 1000’s, countries and public agencies around the world. In 2018, he was named a Cyber Security Excellence Awards Gold Winner. Black holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Bishnu Nayak

CTO, FixStream

FixStream

Bishnu has a flair for all things Cloud technology, Big Data and APIs. Bishnu is the CTO of FixStream, an emerging AIOps startup in Silicon Valley where he guides FixStream’s overall technology, product strategy and roadmap, R&D and engagement with technology partners, enterprise customers and service providers. Prior to FixStream, Bishnu spent thirteen years at AT&T in various executive architect and strategist positions. While in AT&T, he has led AT&T Big Data Platform strategy and delivered a Cloud Big Data PaaS using Openstack and Hadoop. Prior to that, Bishnu led the AT&T Cloud Computing Center of Excellence with a large team of cross-organization SMEs to develop the company handbook for “Applying Cloud Architecture and Principles” and a broad set of operating practice papers covering cloud fundamentals, practices, policies, governance, design patterns and guidelines for cloud applications and service delivery. Bishnu has also led AT&T Mobile Center of Excellence (MCoE) to deliver a PaaS for development and testing of mobile applications across platforms and devices using a common set of tools, standards and practices. Additionally, Bishnu successfully delivered solutions architecture for AT&T U-Verse mobile, AT&T Developer program, API monetization, M2M Billing, mHealth and LTE monetization etc. He was also heavily involved in AT&T Foundry innovation program and adoption of Agile methodology for software delivery in AT&T. Bishnu is very passionate about cutting-edge technologies and is very active in various industry recognized communities, blogs and forums. Due to his technology influence and presence in the industry, he was invited to become a member of the Forbes Technology Council (ForbesTechCouncil.com) where he has been actively participating and contributing since 2016.When Bishnu is not busy researching and experimenting the latest cool technologies, hes a gourmet cook in the kitchen and is an avid St louis Cardinals baseball fan.

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Sameer Padhye

Founder & CEO, FixStream

FixStream

Sameer is Founder and CEO of FixStream, Inc. Prior to FixStream he served in a variety of senior management roles at Cisco Systems Inc. for twenty years. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco. He also chaired the company’s strategy board in this area. Earlier he worked as Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, and was responsible for marketing Cisco Systems® products, services, and solutions to a worldwide base of service provider customers. At different points he was responsible for enterprise and service provider sales in different theaters including Vice President of Sales in the Cisco Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Japan and AsiaPac region. Currently he is based in Cupertino, California, where he is responsible for FixStream Inc.’s global operations. Sameer is an avid badminton player and early in his career worked as a commercial airline pilot.

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Frank Yue

Solutions Architect, KEMP Technologies

KEMP Technologies

Frank Yue is a technology evangelist that translates products and technologies into business needs and values. Mr. Yue looks at the evolving technology landscape and how it impacts IT architectures and organizations. He writes blogs, produces white papers, and speaks at conferences and events related to application networking technologies. Mr. Yue has over 25 years of experience building large-scale networks and working with high performance application technologies focusing on optimizing end-to-end application access. Mr. Yue is currently a Solutions Architect for Kemp Technologies and has had various technical and marketing roles for application networking and security companies. Mr. Yue is a scuba diving instructor and background actor when he is not discussing technology.

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Gadi Oren

VP of Product, LogicMonitor

LogicMonitor

In his role as Vice President of Product, Gadi is responsible for the companys strategic vision and product initiatives. Previously, Gadi was the CEO and Co-Founder of ITculate, where he was responsible for developing world-class technology and product that created contextual monitoring by discovering and leveraging application topology. With over 18 years of industry experience from IT operations management and monitoring to storage and cloud, Gadi previously served as the CTO and Co-founder of Cloudoscope. Prior to Cloudoscope, Gadi was head of Product Management for analytics and manageability BU at NetApp. He served in leadership roles for some of the fastest growing and industry-transforming companies. Gadi has a management degree from Sloan MIT and B.Sc. Eng. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Technion in Israel.

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Srinivas Mukkamala

CEO, RiskSense

RiskSense

Srinivas Mukkamala is one of the Co-founders and CEO of RiskSense a cyber security Spinoff of New Mexico Tech. Srinivas has been researching and developing security technologies for over 15 years, working on of malware analytics (focuses on medical control systems and nontraditional computing devices), breach exposure management, Web application security, and enterprise risk reduction. Srinivas was one of the lead researchers for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the US). Dr. Mukkamala has over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of information assurance, malware analytics, digital forensics, data mining, and bioinformatics. He has a patent on Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.

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Dave Damer

Founder & CEO, Testfire Labs

Testfire Labs

With over 18 years leveraging technology to accelerate growth in his first startup, ThinkTel Communications Ltd. (now DistribuTel), and since founding Testfire Labs, a software company that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to build custom productivity solutions for enterprises, Dave Damer brings to the CES 2019 audience a unique perspective from ‘both sides’ of the AI fence. Dave’s first startup, ThinkTel, leveraged a variety of technologies to accelerate its growth to a company of over 100 employees with revenues of greater than $25 million. When ThinkTel was acquired by DistribuTel, Dave stayed with the DistribuTel team where he worked with hundreds of mid-size companies across Canada. Dave discussed with those organizations the challenges of improving business productivity without burning out or overwhelming their employees with hard to learn applications or software, without sacrificing operational or employee privacy, and without blurring the lines between business ethics and customer engagement. Following his exit from DistribuTel, Dave founded Testfire Labs in early 2017. Testfire Labs is a company dedicated to helping enterprises effectively use technology to modernize the way their employees work, enhancing employee wellbeing and job satisfaction, as well as increase operational efficiency and productivity. Since Testfire’s inception, Dave has had countless conversations with executives across a variety of industries, from construction and finance to insurance and aggrotech, to educate their teams on how to best implement AI to meet their unique organizational challenges, in a way that maximizes benefits while mitigating ethical, security and privacy risks. Dave is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Computer Engineering program, a Professional Engineer, and an ongoing mentor for his alma mater’s Venture Mentoring Service. A contributor to industry publications, including Entrepreneur.com and Business2Community.com, Dave regularly shares his insights on the growing trends in artificial intelligence, how to effectively leverage AI and much more.Dave has presented on a variety of topics to various audiences across North America, including: October 2017 – Startup Edmonton Launch Party November 2017 – Capsule Tribe Festival March 2018 – PwC Executive Roundtable – Intelligence Unleashed March 2018 - ACE/Digital Alberta – Acing Digital April 2018 – AccelerateAB - The Entrepreneurial Journey with AI May 2018 – Black Dog Ventures Fast Pitch May 2018 – Startup Canada Awards June 2018 – Alberta AI Innovation Ecosystem Industry Roundtable

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John Christly

SVP of Cybersecurity and CISO, WHOA

WHOA

Mr. Christly leads cybersecurity and compliance efforts which provide support to in-house corporate teams, as well as customers and partners. He has over 27 years of industry experience including general management, revenue growth and retention, go-to-market strategy, product development, business operations, and cybersecurity strategy. He brings extensive cybersecurity expertise in both cyber attack detection, prevention, and response as well as computer, mobile, cloud, and social forensic analysis.John formerly served as the Global CISO for Netsurion and EventTracker, where he was responsible for corporate information security and compliance and he oversaw a compliance portfolio of over 13,000 customers. Previous to that he served as the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also has served as the HIPAA Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, a multi-hospital public healthcare system. As Chief of Security, he also created and led the computer forensics division for eTERA Consulting, a firm located in Washington, D.C. that served AMLAW 100 clients.He is an MSI Senior Fellowtm and holds various certifications including the ISC2 CISSP, PMP, Certified Fraud Examiner, AccessData Certified Examiner, HIPAA Security Specialist, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator. His experience includes several industry regulations and standards including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, ISO, 23 NYCRR Part 500, and PCI DSS.As an accomplished author and blogger, his articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is frequently quoted in industry news sources, and is often a keynote and panel speaker at international, national, and regional events.

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Moderator List

Paula Bernier (Moderator)

Executive Editor, TMC

TMC

Paula Bernier is Executive Editor at TMC where she writes, edits and manages editorial content for INTERNET TELEPHONY, CUSTOMER, Cloud Computing, and IoT Evolution magazine. Shes also a regular contributor to Content Boost, and TMCnet and its various channels and communities. And she speaks and moderates TMC webinars. Bernier was formerly editor in chief of xchange magazine, where she worked for more than 11 years. She’s also acted as a senior writer for Inter@ctive Week. Bernier got her start in telecom at Telephony magazine, where she spent nearly five years, leaving as the news director. Bernier also has been on the reporting staffs of various mainstream daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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