- AI City Managing Director EMEA, Nvidia, Nvidia
Charbel joined NVIDIA with a mission to drive EMEA strategy and GTM for AI City and Intelligent Video Analytics. Prior to this he held senior executive positions including President of Schneider Electric City business globally, General Manager for Cisco Systems Smart Cities Emerging Market and EMEA, and executive positions in Accenture Government Services plus senior executive roles for startups in Europe and US.
Charbel has spent over 20 years in companies from global Fortune 100 corporations to technology startups, bringing transformation to living and working conditions in urban environments. A recognized industry leader on topics such as Future/smart cities, digital transformation, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence.
A strong believer in the potential for positive change as technology is applied in the modern world, Charbel is currently a board member of Future Cities Catapult, as well as serving on the boards and advisory councils of many startups and TechHubs. Charbel has an MBA in global operations and BS Computer Science. He speaks English, French & Arabic.
Charles has a bachelor's degree in Physics, and a master's degree in Mathematics from Technical University of Denmark. He has recently started a PhD project at the University of Cambridge on the topic of deep learning microscopy; a collaboration between the Laser Analytics Group and the Artificial Intelligence Group. As a member of the open-seneca team, he has been responsible for data analysis and software.
Lorena Gordillo Dagallier
Lorena completed her undergraduate degree in General Engineering and has recently started a PhD at the University of Cambridge in paper diagnostics. Her research will focus on developing low-cost sensors made of paper to use in resource-limited settings for the detection of diseases. Lorena leads the open-seneca team, along with designing the hardware for a sensor that measures the local environment (i.e. air pollution and road surface quality).
- Principal Corporate Strategy, u-blox UK
Paul is part of u-blox Corporate Strategy Team looking at new markets, technology opportunities, as well as business analytics. In the distant past he worked for Xerox research before moving to Philips research where, over 25 years, he headed a number of research teams including early work on: semiconductor modelling, requirements engineering, phone browsers and wearable electronics. In 2008 he was part of the management team that spun out a software GPS technology from NXP/Philips. The company, Geotate, was acquired by u-blox in 2009. In addition to working at u-blox, Paul is a part-time assistant Professor at the Dept. of Fashion Design, Shih Chien University, Taiwan, where he teaches a masters workshop on Electronic Fashion.
- Director, Business Enablement for Connectivity Management for IoT Services Group, Arm
Bee Hayes-Thakore is director of Business Enablement for Connectivity for the Internet of Things Services Group (ISG) at Arm.
Bee has significant experience in driving technology and operational innovation globally, forging growth through strategic partnerships and new business models.
In her role, Bee leads new business initiatives that remove the significant challenges businesses face when deploying connected products and services for IoT globally. She works extensively with Arm partners to enable secure, robust and enterprise grade IoT solutions.
Bee joined Arm in 2014 and has led the global marketing programs for the fast growing IoT Services group since its inception. Previously at Arm, Bee was responsible for CPU product marketing for Arm Cortex-A and Cortex-M processors for the mobile and embedded markets.
She brings over 18 years of thought leadership to Arm, addressing hardware and software development challenges in various industrial sectors and how industrial connectivity and the networks of IoT have evolved.
Her previous roles include head of university program and head of global technical marketing for Premier Farnell Plc, where she oversaw the launch of Raspberry Pi, a number of significant tech M&A activities in Asia. Bee has an entrepreneurial background, having founded engineering consultancy Big On Good Solutions, specialising in robotics, mining and pharma services. She has led products from concept to scale-out production for varied innovative technology partners such as NASA, LEGO, AIRBUS, X PRIZE Foundation and Shell.
She is also an active citizen scientist and a board director for The Planetary Society and the UN World Space Week Association. Bee was noted for two consecutive years within the Top 5 Technologists in the UK for IoT in 2015 and 2016 by DiversityUK. Her previous work has been recognised by the WES Young Engineer of the Year award in 2008, and the prestigious Asian Women Award in 2010. The MT and Sunday Times recognised her within their '35 under 35’ in 2009.
Johanna completed her undergraduate in Physics and she is currently starting a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research will focus on terahertz spectroscopy to explore the role of vibrational dynamics for the stability of biopharmaceuticals. She is also part of the CamBike Sensor Team.
Abhi has a long heritage with CW having previously founded the CW Handset Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2008, now called Future Devices. Prior to CW, Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has a MBA in International Marketing and, interestingly, was approached by Cambridge University Press (alongside a colleague at the time) to write a book on Mobile Handset Design which was successfully launched in New Delhi. Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impaired through inclusively designed smartphones. He held senior management roles at Powermat and Silicon Valley mobile touchscreen technology provider, Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi created and is leading the CW Unplugged programmes in alignment with the UN SDG’s goals of creating Impact Innovators and the ‘Hive’ programmes a new form of co creating and co innovation in digital connectivity with some largest global brands in the world. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility and smart city infrastructure scale up Conigital and Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners AIP with 2 Billion Euros of assets under management for Infrastructure Investment.
- CEO, Camnexus
PhD in Chemical Engineering of the University of Cambridge. She is director and co-founder of Camnexus, a technology transfer platform for sustainable development based in Cambridge, and member of the Centre for Global Equality (CGE) Global Goals Innovation Cultivator. With a vast international experience in the pharma, oil & gas and mining industry, Jessica has managed commercialisation of R&D results and projects for 10 years. She led and supervised international engineering and R&D projects for multinational companies (Bayer Corporation in the USA, Procter & Gamble Latin America, 3M Chile, and Air Liquide Germany and France). In France she led the electronics engineering team of Air Liquide ALES, Grenoble, in the design, fabrication and deployment of the first automated filling plant for remote areas in North Africa, Asia and Brazil. Jessica has been awarded with several innovation awards at the University of Cambridge and awarded the second Innovation Prize for Engineers by 3M. She has been recently recognised in the list of five World Class Chileans Abroad, awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the Direction of International Trade (DICOEX) and has been sponsored by the University of Cambridge Tier 1 Visa Entrepreneur.
Francesca van Tartwijk
Francesca has a BA and MSci degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and is now starting her PhD project at the University of Cambridge. Her project will focus on phase transitions of the protein FUS in neurons, and the role of its disturbance in disease. She has been the Project Manager of the CamBike Sensor Team.