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Headliners

Prasoon Saxena

Prasoon Saxena

President, Manufacturing
NTT DATA

Prasoon is responsible for profitable growth, industry strategy and client satisfaction through modern, innovative solutions within the Manufacturing Business Unit. With more than two decades of global leadership, Prasoon is intensely passionate on driving value, innovation and trust while delivering on business outcomes for his clients. With extensive experience from the manufacturing and professional services industries, he brings a unique perspective on what’s necessary for organizations to survive and thrive.

Rockstar Insights

Hari Aburri

Hari Abburi

Managing Partner, The Preparation Company LLC
Co-Founder of MyLearningNFT LLC

With 30 years of global experience; across 55+ countries, Hari’s experience and expertise is in leading complex change or transformations, M&A’s/Integrations, and in Start-Ups. He has introduced a new approach to strategy through his agility framework comprised of three core elements: Intersections, Interfaces and Insights. Hari is a member of The Forbes Human Resources Council, The Fast Company Executive Board and Los Angeles Business Journals Leadership Trust.

Natalia Andreyeva

Natalia Andreyeva

Senior Manager, Product Management
Carrier

Natalia is a passionate innovator, product leader, and problem solver. She has 10+ years of experience in product strategy and digital business model innovation across several business verticals, including Life Science, Education, and Technology. She is currently leading an emerging line of products and, as part of those responsibilities, is exploring faster options for getting to market through strategic partnerships.

Debra Brackeen

Alp Basol

Executive Partner, Technology, Strategy & Innovation Leader
AT&T

Alp is an Executive Partner helping equip CxO’s and senior technology executives with tools and insights to deliver business results. As a CTO with experience in leading complex transformation initiatives in innovation, strategy and architecture; Alp brings with him an in depth understanding of the Retail, Restaurant, Grocery & Hospitality vertical. Most recently he has been working with customers on technology strategy to address staff retention and automation.

Debbie Brackeen

Debbie Brackeen

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
CSAA Insurance Group

Debbie leads strategy, partnerships, innovation and venture investing for CSAA Insurance Group, a $4B insurance company that offers AAA-branded insurance in 23 states and the District of Columbia. She has more than 25 years of experience at innovative high-tech companies, including Apple, Sun, HP, and eBay, and served as the global head of innovation at Citigroup.

Scott Brindamour

Scott Brindamour

Head of Product Innovation
Edge R&D and Platform Enablement
Lumen Technologies

Scott has been evangelizing technology innovation with clients, partners and product teams for more than two decades. His understanding of the business value of technology and how organizations can utilize technology to accelerate innovation and drive differentiating business outcomes.

Tom Camp

Tom Camp

Principal
Verizon Ventures

Tom has had a 26 year career in sales and business development.  He joined Verizon in 2009 and the ventures team in 2017.  He has a BS in Management and Business from National Louis University.

Rens Valk

Rick Hammond

Director, 3M Connect
3M
Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Beverly Harris

Beverly Harris

Vice President Strategic Planning & Innovation
Texas Mutual Insurance
Growth Innovation Leadership Council Member

Beverly harnesses the power of research and data to develop strategy and uses storytelling to foster organizational buy-in of strategic plans. She is passionate about innovation and strategic thinking and helping leaders become the best version of themselves as they prepare for known and unknown challenges of the future.

Michelle Harrow

Michelle Harrow

Senior Director
Talent Acquisition Innovation & Solutions
LinkedIn

Galen Hatfield

Galen Hatfield

Vice President, Technology
Pall Corporation, an operating company at Danaher Corporation

Galen has led strategy, innovation, business development and growth across an array of technology-driven businesses. He has extensive experience vetting emerging technologies and innovation portfolios, validating investment theses, and incubating businesses.

Christine Hawkins

Christine Hawkins

Director, Global Head of Business Improvement
Pure Storage

Christine is a globally recognized presenter whose current role includes aligning resources across 11 global process improvements while identifying white space opportunities. She expertly designs and leads business processes that delight customers and exceed targets.

Samantha Huang

Samantha Huang

Principal
BMW i Ventures

Samantha Huang is a Principal at BMW i Ventures, where she focuses on investments across AI and big data, autonomous driving, Industry 4.0, sustainability, and the next generation of human experiences. She also serves as Head of Content for the Emerging Venture Capitalists Association, which is the most active pre-partner nonprofit organization for empowering the next generation of venture capitalists.

Andy Kannurpatti

Andy Kannurpatti

Global Business Director, Films & Laminates
DuPont

Andy has a track record of delivering growth through innovation in many businesses at DuPont. Today, he is the Global Business Director of the Film & Laminates business which develops and markets material solutions to signal integrity and power transmission challenges of electronic interconnects that are ubiquitous today – from smartphones to electric/autonomous vehicles. With a background in R&D as well as Marketing, Andy is a firm believer in technological and business model innovation to sustain long-term growth.

Jessika Lora

Jessika Lora

Head of Innovation Strategy
General Motors

Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips

Head of Quality & Regulatory, North America
Siemens Healthineers

At Siemens Healthineers, a Top 5 Global Medtech company, Robert is responsible for regional quality operations, systems, and regulatory compliance across USA and Canada for the entire healthcare product portfolio of medical imaging, radiation therapy planning and treatment, and in vitro diagnostic devices. He has been thought leader in global Medech for more than 2 decades and frequently advises regulators and trade associations on commercial activities.

Mary Jo Potter

Mary Jo Potter

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Healthcare Angels

Rahul Ray

Rahul Ray

Senior Director & Investment Lead
Tyson Ventures, the VC arm of Tyson Foods

Over the course of his career, Rahul has overseen the deployment of $500M of capital in early and late-stage investments in technology, distribution/logistics, and Food/Ag. He serves as a board observer for a number of Tyson Ventures portfolio companies, including MycoTechnology and Soft Robotics. Rahul joined Tyson from a diverse professional background in areas including investment management, banking, and corporate finance at hedge funds, Sanford C Bernstein, Morgan Stanley and XPO Logistics.

Ali Raza

Ali Raza

Chief Digital Officer
ChampionX

Vijay Sankaran

Vijay Sankaran

Chief Technology Officer
Johnson Controls

Vijay and his team accelerate and unify product software engineering development efforts creating common software architecture to further drive the enterprise software technology strategy while expanding customer solutions through the OpenBlue digital platform. Vijay has held leadership roles in technology transformation across a spectrum of industries and most recently was Chief Information Officer and Head of Innovation at TD Ameritrade, with responsibility for digital strategy, customer platforms, software engineering, technology operations, cybersecurity, data management and analytics, and enterprise innovation. Sankaran also held executive roles at Ford Motor Company.

Taylor Shinn

Taylor Shinn

Global Vice President – Strategy – Industrial Asset Management
Baker Hughes

Elizabeth St.John

Elizabeth St.John, Ph.D.

Director, Strategy and Market Intelligence
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Christopher Spears

Christopher Spears

Principal
bp Ventures

Chris focuses on investments in transformational companies aligned with bp’s ambitions in bioenergy, renewables, and hydrogen. He is an ex founder and joined bp Ventures in 2019 after starting his career working to bring stranded energy resources to market.

Giovanni Spitale

Giovanni Spitale

Chief Executive Officer
Davis Standard

War for Talent, Labor Crisis, Offshoring, Onshoring, The Great Resignation – Giovanni has led organizations through all of them. His appreciation for collaborative teams, clear objectives, and pragmatic approach to attracting and retaining talent has enabled success in multiple companies spanning several industries.

Jeffery Torrance

Jeffery Torrance

Senior Vice President, Product Management
Qualcomm

Jeffery is responsible for the Connected Smart Systems, Connected Smart Systems product management and business development. He has more than 25 years of experience spanning across consulting, investor relations, and business management and development.

Rens Valk

Rens Valk

Venture Capitalist
Shell Ventures

Rens has been an investor with Shell Ventures focused on the transportation and automotive domain for the past five years and has been active in the energy space for nearly a decade. He has led and supported various innovation projects and investments in both companies and VC funds. He has helped start-ups grow their business while bringing innovation to corporates driving towards a decarbonized future of mobility.

Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner

Director, New Technology & Product Development
Proctor & Gamble

Rockstar Insights from Frost & Sullivan

David Frigstad

David Frigstad

Chairman
Frost & Sullivan

David is passionate about supporting companies with the generation, evaluation and implementation of innovative growth opportunities. David’s leadership has steered Frost & Sullivan to the center of an ecosystem of best practice cultivation, executive peer support, and cutting-edge insights that is singularly focused on reshaping the world through managed growth.

Chaitanya Habib

Chaitanya Habib

Research Consultant, Visionary Innovation Group
Frost & Sullivan

Chaitanya’s expertise lies in identifying and tracking emerging trends and technologies that create white-space opportunities. At her current role in Frost & Sullivan, she designs and delivers innovation workshops that enable her clients to develop robust and impactful innovation portfolios.

Richard-Sear

Richard Sear

Senior Vice President & Chief Solutions Officer
Frost & Sullivan

Richard is a world renowned innovation, technology and trend strategist having brought real practical transformations to companies and governments spanning six continents in his twenty five years. As comfortable in a pair of jeans leading CEO’s through experiential exercises as he is speaking to 5,000 people, Richard prides himself on the highly actionable nature of his work and the track record of proven products in market that have impacted hundreds of industries and peoples everyday lives.

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

Vice President, Global Client Leader
Frost & Sullivan

Ethan works with the C-suite of leading Energy and Industrial companies, helping them prioritize their most promising growth opportunities from Decarbonization and Sustainability to Automation and Autonomy. His experience integrating market potential with internal capabilities and leadership aspirations enables him to accelerate companies’ path to achieve disproportional and sustainable growth.

Krishna Srinivasan

Krishna Srinivasan

Global President
Frost & Sullivan

As the architect of the Growth Pipeline Engine, the Growth Pipeline Audit and the Frost Radar, Krishna is focused on transforming the company’s overall strategy to deliver the Growth Pipeline as a Service (GPaaS) value proposition. To that end, he is deeply involved in shaping the company’s product, sales and advisory strategies and most importantly, leads the charge with many client organizations in defining and delivering innovative growth strategies. In serving as Executive Board Member, Krishna combines his 12 years of experience as Global President of Frost & Sullivan with nearly 30 years of experience in research and consulting across multiple markets and technologies.