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John W. Brown

John W. Brown
Silent Factor

John W. Brown, President and CEO Silent Falcon UAS Technologies: John has executive responsibility for all company operations. He has over 35 years senior management experience in corporate finance, investment banking and private equity investment, and extensive experience in the management, oversight and financing of technology focused businesses. Prior to joining Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, Mr. Brown was CFO of Bye Aerospace, a founder of Sandia Capital Partners, LLC, a technology focused investment and advisory firm, and Chief Operating Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities, LLC, the investment banking affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Brown is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and a BBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico.

Luay Shawwa

Luay Shawwa
NIMA Ventures

Mr. Shawwa has over 25 years of experience in technology, and business development.
He is the chairman & CEO of NIMA Ventures specializing in technology commercialization in the areas of biotech, security, cloud computing and IOT.
He spent over 10 years at the University of New Mexico in several senior management positions developing and managing state-of-the art network infrastructure to solve mission critical needs and services. He was responsible for design, implementation and operation of the campus-wide network infrastructure, which he expanded in the early 90’s from 1,700 to over 18,000 network connections over 3 years.
Mr. Shawwa has been serving in senior consulting roles to a number of fortune 500 companies in the areas of enterprise networking, systems management, security, e-commerce, and large scale system architecture design, development, and deployment.
He has worked at an executive level with Eastman Kodak, US Internetworking, New York Life, AT&T, IBM, ADT/Tyco, and Scheidt & Bachmann USA to develop, manage and implement large scale successful innovative solutions and strategies to solve both technology and business problems.
Adjunct faculty member in the areas of information systems, Internetworking, security, client server computing, and business process engineering. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science degree with honors in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, along with numerous publications and awards.

Khalid Alhashash

Khaled Al-Hashash

Khaled Al-Hashash had spent 10 years in knowledge economy literatures with knowledge governments building, knowledge industries and knowstructure on various capacities including director of National Knowledge Economy Project NKEP and consultant. During this period, he has made significant contributions to the public economic sector (Oil and Industry sectors) and education sector. He was appointed as knowledge economy advisor for CBA Dean, and consultant at the Excellence Center in Management 2008 – 2014. His specialty areas are Knowledge government building, knowstructure designing, knowledge driven education reforms, knowledge based industries and SMEs. Al-Hashash has also consulted for many government departments and private organizations in GCC region. Main initiatives and contributions in the knowledge management field are:
• Contemporary roles of government in the Knowledge Economy Era conference Feb 2016
• Knowledge Index for Public Economic Institutions KIPEI
• RML project (First project aimed with measuring the productive knowledge in public economic institutions: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, and Public Authority for Industry)
• Education reforms based on knowledge economy perspective
• Economic Activities Act
• Founder and chairman of Islamic economic society
• Founder and general secretary of Kuwait Award for Knowledge Economy
• Kuwait Knowledge Economy Center
• Chief Knowledge Officer CKO (international license)
• Diploma in Knowledge management, 2 years, (underdevelopment)
AL-Hashash trained more than 10 public organizations on knowledge management applications, he published his first book entitled “Knowledge Economy: Sustainable wealth), and now working on publishing another book about Knowledge governments: Master roadmap.

Mark Deakin

Mark Deakin
Edinburgh Napier University

Prof. Deakin Inter-disciplinary in nature and cutting across scientific and technical boundaries, the Centre for Sustainable Communities (CSC), studies the on-going restructuring of the telecommunications, energy, food, water and waste management sectors championed by the European Commission (EC). In particular, that on-going restructuring, which the EC champion as a cornerstone of the Smart Cities and Communities Programme and Regional Specialisation Platform designed to sustain growth. More specifically, that programme and regional specialisation platform, which is designed to sustain growth as part of a climate change adaptation accelerating the transition to a post-carbon economy.
CSC’s studies of this on-going restructuring in the telecommunications, energy, food, water and waste management sectors include the:
• SmartCities and CLUE (CLimate neutral Urban Environment) projects commissioned by the EC;
• Smart and Sustainable Cities Study conducted on behalf of the European Investment Bank;
• Smart Accelerator project carried out for the Edinburgh Centre of Carbon Innovation;
• Smart City Food Governance Symposia, conducted under the auspices of the 2015 Milan World Expo;
• S3 (Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth) platform procured by the European Commission.
The findings of these explorations are captured in a Book Series on Sustainable Urban Development (4 Volumes). Books from CSC on the smart cities and communities programme include: From Intelligent to Smart Cities, Creating Smart(er) Cities and Smart Cities: Governing, Modelling and Analysing the Transition. Recent books on regional specialisation platforms, sustainable growth, climate change adaptation and role of the built environment in accelerating the transition to a post-carbon economy include: The Mass Retrofitting of an Energy Efficient – Low Carbon Zone and The Governance of City Food Systems.


University of Tempere

Dr. Ari-Veikko Anttiroikois an Adjunct Professor in the School of Management at the University of Tampere, Finland. Anttiroiko holds a PhD (Administrative Sciences) and MPhil (Philosophy) degrees, both from the University of Tampere. He has also received a licentiate degree in social sciences from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Anttiroiko has written extensively on various contextual aspects of local development, including such topics as public sector innovation, platforms for local economic restructuring, creative city development, smart city development and international city branding. The most recent research includes the application of flow paradigm to local economic development in the book entitled ‘New Urban Management: Attracting Value Flows to Branded Hubs’ (Palgrave, 2015).
Further info: http://uta-fi.academia.edu/AriVeikkoAnttiroiko


Henry Janzen
Project Manager

Henry Janzen is a project leader at Daimler Trucks North America launching and managing powertrain projects for heavy duty commercial trucks. Henry has fifteen plus years of heavy duty commercial bus and truck development. Projects include being the lead engineer on a ground up New Flyer Invero urban bus structure design, and developing next generation Daimler truck cab structures. Through his many years of leading innovative design projects, Henry understands the need for innovation and has the skills to implement complex technically challenging projects. Henry is currently enrolled in Engineering Technology Management Master’s program at Portland State University and has Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, graduating with distinction.


Nick Nigro
Atlas Policy

Nick Nigro is the founder of Atlas Public Policy, a technology firm whose mission is to equip businesses and policymakers to make strategic, informed decisions. Atlas helps address today’s social challenges by building open-source tools to access and interpret the flood of publicly available data and information. Atlas arms its audience with the information necessary to encourage the use of new technologies and products along with changes in consumer behavior.
Prior to creating Atlas, Nick was the Senior Manager of Transportation Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), where he developed C2ES’s strategy to save oil and reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. He led two multi-year initiatives focused on innovative business models and state policy frameworks to accelerate the deployment low-carbon vehicles.
While at C2ES, Nick wrote 14 reports on private finance, electric vehicles, lifecycle emissions from vehicle and fuels, federal transportation legislation, ridesharing, and related topics. He also managed a comprehensive report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation.
In a prior life, Nick spent six years as an engineer and manager in the high-tech industry at Oasis Semiconductor in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was a strategic part of Oasis, helping it grow from 15 to almost 100 employees in under four years, and led projects with the largest impact on company revenue. While at Oasis, Nick developed a reputation for successful and timely client delivery.
Nick holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker
Modern Energy Insights

Mr. Walker is the founder of Modern Energy Insights, Inc., a boutique consulting firm which specializes in leading and providing support for regulatory proceedings and operational efficiencies for utilities and municipalities throughout the United States. MEI works extensively providing subject matter expertise in various aspects of utility operations – specifically focusing on all regulatory aspects associated with General Rate Case filings and complex operational and risk issues. In addition, Mr. Walker specializes in integrating the use of modern technologies to promote operational efficiencies and awareness.
Prior to founding MEI in 2011, Mr. Walker was an integral part of three gas and electric investor owned utilities in the Northeast United States. He has held leadership positions in Asset Management, System Operations, Regulatory and Legal Services and Emergency Management. Immediately prior to founding MEI, Mr. Walker was the Vice President of Asset Strategy and Policy for National Grid – USA. In that capacity, he was responsible for the development of asset strategies and regulatory policies for a $3 billion five-year capital investment plan in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. To execute these strategies he was the lead corporate officer responsible to; negotiate with respective state commissions to recover the costs associated with more than a billion dollars of unremunerated capital investment, establish appropriate rate recovery strategies to maximize the return on equity (ROE), ensure appropriate revenue requirement adjustments to maintain adequate ROE, develop and establish recovery mechanisms for modernization and integration of renewable resources, and develop and establish recovery mechanisms for transmission investments.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for GridWise Alliance, Inc., the electric industries leading coalition of more than 40 members based in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder of the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a formal collaboration among 18 countries to modernize the world’s electric energy system. The formation of GSGF was announced in 2010 at the inaugural Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu. In 2008, he was appointed by then-Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman to the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee representing investor-owned utilities throughout the United States. He was also an advisor for the development of the mega-watt scale integration lab developed by the Department of Energy in Golden, Colorado.
He holds a Bachelor of Electric Engineering from Manhattan College and a Juris Doctor in Law from Pace University where he was the technical editor on the Environmental Law Review and received an Environmental Law Certificate. He has completed the Distribution Systems program from Siemens – Power Technologies International. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.

Anjab Deb

Anjab Deb
Electrotech Enterprise

Anjan K. Deb is Owner/CEO Electrotech Enterprises LLC, specializing in transmission lines, energy management, and the smart grid. He has thirty years of experience working with power companies in all regions of the world. After receiving bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MA National Institute of Technology, India, he worked at EDF, France where he conducted research on transmission line thermal ratings and studied advanced Electrotechnolgy at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, where he obtained the equivalence of Master’s degree in Electrotechnolgy. He prepared a thesis on Transmission Line Ampacity Systems and obtained a Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific University, California 1999. He has authored or coauthored several technical papers in the IEEE and CIGRE and also author of text book “Powerline Ampacity System” Theory, Modeling and Applications, CRC Press 2000. He is inventor of the LineAmps system and holds US Patent “Object Oriented Expert Power Line Ampacity System”. Important users of the LineAmps system include, Idaho Power Company (USA), Tennessee Valley Authority (USA), Burbank Water & Power California (USA), Hydro Quebec (Canada), Korea Electric Power Co (KEPCO) Korea, and TransPower (New Zealand). He is member IEEE (USA), CIGRE and Society of Electrical Engineers (SEE) France.

Dr. Ali Khan

Dr. Ali Khan

University of Nebraska

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, is a former Assistant Surgeon General and current Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Khan’s professional career has focused on health security, global health, and emerging infectious diseases. He completed a 23-year career as a senior director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he joined as a disease detective. At CDC, Dr. Khan led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and international public health emergencies, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, monkeypox, avian influenza, Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome, the Asian Tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Khan was also one of the main architects of the CDC’s public health bioterrorism preparedness program and provided scientific and strategic oversight of CDC’s malaria and One Health activities. In 2015 he supported response activities for the West Africa Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone as a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant. As Dean of the UNMC College of Public Health, his focus is on health system and community based health transformations. Dean Khan’s vision is for the UNMC College of Public Health to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the Union as a national and global model for wellness.
Dr. Khan received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has a Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. He has authored numerous papers and publications and consulted extensively for multiple U.S. organizations, ministries of health, and the World Health Organization.


Prof. Albert Shimkus
Naval War College

Prof. Albert J. Shimkus, Jr. joined the National Security Affairs (NSA) faculty in December 2006 and was appointed Course Director for the Policy Making and Process (PMP) and Contemporary Staff Environment (CSE) courses in May 2007. He now teaches in the Decision Making and Implementation (DMI) and Senior Leadership Seminar (SLS) courses. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, served as an independent duty medic at Bucks Harbor Radar Site, ME and completed a tour of duty at Bien Hoa Air Base, RVN in 1967 and 1968. After earning an honorable discharge he attended and subsequently graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Worcester, MA and Salem State College, Salem, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He was then appointed to the faculty of Salem Hospital School of Nursing. Professor Shimkus received a direct commission in the Navy as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1977 and was assigned to Naval Hospital Annapolis, MD where he practiced in the intensive care unit. He graduated from George Washington University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Nurse Anesthesia and practiced as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) for over 25 years with numerous tours in support of deployed forces. He earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1993. He had numerous leadership tours while on active duty to include executive officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy; commanding officer, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and joint task force surgeon, JTF GTMO; Navy Medicine’s team leader for BRAC 2005; deputy commandant, Naval District Washington; and commanding officer, medical treatment facility USNS COMFORT. Professor Shimkus taught in the Naval War College’s National Security Decision Making Department for 2 years as a military faculty member and in the College of Distance Education for 6 years. Professor Shimkus retired from the Navy as a Captain (06) in 2007 after a 39 year career. His areas of interest are the application of America’s soft power as an element of the national security strategy and strategic health policy.

Dr. Melissa Finley

Dr. Melissa Finley

Sandia National Labs

Melissa Finley is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the International Biological Threat Reduction Program at Sandia National Laboratories where her primary efforts focus on development and implementation of strategic and sustainable biological risk reduction programs in Afghanistan and Iraq. She has traveled extensively to both countries and works closely with government partners to build comprehensive biosecurity programs through the enhancement of laboratory security and safety, improved diagnostic methods, and strengthening veterinary sectors to improve animal health. Most recently, Melissa developed veterinary based programs that support biological risk reduction through enhancing core veterinary capabilities, promoting early detection and monitoring of infectious diseases of livestock, and establishing strategic national disease control policies. Melissa has also worked in several countries in support of global biosecurity programs. Prior to coming to Sandia, Melissa was a post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. She was also an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Practices, in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University. She received a D.V.M from Colorado State University, a Ph.D. in Physiology from Kansas State University, and is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


Van H. Brass II

Sandia National Labs

Van H. Brass II is a Member of the Technical Staff in the International Biological Threat Reduction Program at Sandia National Laboratories where he is a contributor to engagement work in Afghanistan, Mali, SE Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.   Before starting at Sandia, Van worked for the United States Department of Agriculture-APHIS-Veterinary Services.  He garnered experience in disease surveillance, disease outbreak investigations, disaster relief, and emergency response.  Van also contributed to the National Brucellosis Eradication Program, the BSE National Surveillance Program, and the National Poultry Improvement Plan.  He is a recent graduate of the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine where he completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree as well as a Masters of Public Health from the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Eng. Ghosson Alkhaled

Eng. Ghosson Alkhalid
ACICO Industries

Ghosson Ghassan Ahmad Al Khalid is currently holding the position of a Deputy CEO of ACICO Industries Company, the largest manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete in the Middle East. Ghosson is directing a one billion dollar Asset company with a turnover of 200 million dollars. “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the company and the achievements of all its executives and emplyoees,” says Mrs. Al Khaled. In addition to Kuwait, ACICO Industries is currently operating in Saudi, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.
Under its umbrella, ACICO is employing about 500 employees from at least 15 different nationalities with different seniorities (GMs, Senior Managers, Managers, Employees, and labors). During her tenure starting 2002, Ghosson’s one and only motto has been: “One Team, One Dream”. Different colors, different religions, and different races meant nothing but a motivation to unity and a drive to Success. “We are all ACICOIANs here, and we are all walking under the same path: Path of Success” she stated. Historically, ACICO’s staff turnover has been kept at a minimum level which shows employees loyalty to the firm due to being well treated and appreciated despite of getting multiple financially better offers.
Due to her strong personality and eagerness to success, Ghosson was selected in 2012 and 2013 as one of the most 100 powerful Arabian women as per the analysis of Arabian Business Magazine, in 2014 she was recognized as one of the most 200 powerful Arab women by Forbes Magazine, and in 2015 she was selected as one of the most influential Arabs under 40 years by Arabian Business and one of the most powerful 100 Arab women by Forbes magazine.
Ghosson is known for her kindness and continuous support to all managers and workers. Ghosson is a big fan of employees self-development and this resulted in people under her management getting professional certificates such as CPA, CFA, CMA, CIA, and PMPs.


Abdulla Al Najran Al Tuwaijri
Boubyan Bank

Mr. Al Tuwaijri got his bachelor’s degree in finance from Kuwait University, and attended several executive development programs at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and other reputable institutions. He joined Boubyan Bank in December 2011 with a specific agenda of increasing and expanding the retail banking business of the bank.
Under his leadership- Boubyan Bank has quickly established itself as one of the top retail Islamic banks in Kuwait targeting the upscale and affluent segment. Prior to joining Boubyan – he has spent more than 22 years with the NBK group. During his time with NBK he has held different leadership roles in retail banking in Kuwait and London across functional areas such as Sales, Marketing, Product and Branch Management etc. He is an extremely passionate retail banking professional besides being a voracious reader and a loving father of sons and a girl.


Mohammed Jaffar
ex-CEO Talabat.com

Mohammed Jaffar was formerly CEO of Talabat.com an e-commerce business he acquired in 2010. Under his leadership the firm moved from a Kuwaiti domestic business to a G.C.C player in 2012. In the space of two years Talabat.com took the mantle as the market leader in its space and region. Shortly after in February 2015 Rocket Internet acquired Talabat. Rocket Internet is a German based e-commerce giant and widely viewed as the largest Internet platform outside of the U.S. and China. Talabat was purchased for 170m USD representing the largest Internet technology transaction to the date in the Arab world. Today Talabat and Mohammed Jaffar are now recognized as pioneers and key innovators of the e-commerce space in the G.C.C.
Mohammed is vice-chairman of Danah Al Safat Foodstuff Company, a Kuwaiti listed company holding prominent position as one of the leading companies in its field. He is also a board member of Al Safat Dhiafa Company, Azzad Trading Group Company, Nexgen Group Company and Tujjar Events Management & Execution Company.
Prior to Talabat Mohammed started his entrepreneurial endeavors at the brick and mortar level, establishing his own business in the F&B industry in 2008. The business continues to flourish under his families F&B portfolio.
Mohammed started his career his career in the Banking Industry and worked for four years in the Corporate Banking Division at Gulf Bank –Kuwait.
Mohammed received his education in England attending boarding school and later graduating from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Economics.


Dr. Talal Alharigi

Dr. Talal Alharigi is Certified Consultant Engineer by the Saudi Council of Engineers, Project Manager, Facilities and Hospitality Management Academy, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia. He earned his PhD from University of Dammam in Urban and Regional Planning, 2013. His publications focus on knowledge-based Development, Knowledge Cities, Googlization Factors, Urban Information Technology and Globalizing Technologies.
Activities and Societies:
Active researcher in Knowledge Based Development, Knowledge Cities, Knowledge Clusters, Knowledge Incubators, ICT, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning Interests Urban and Regional Planning, Knowledge Based Development Knowledge based Incubators, clusters, cities, precincts, corridors, parks ICT impact on urban form, spatial development, virtual urban life, NGO Traffic Safety, Healthcare engineering, Healthcare Facilities Management and Safety

Ernest Boswarva

Ernest Boswarva
Murdoch Business School


Ernest has extensive experience in the OIL and GAS sector and held various top management positions and directorships. He has been director of a listed and unlisted companies in Australia and elsewhere. He has had an international exposure working for large integrated oil companies. He has held senior positions with the National Oil Company of Malaysia, PETRONAS, as General Manager Legal of its holding company with world-wide responsibility for petrochemicals legal, as director of its Philippines Petrochemicals company and Chief Legal Counsel of a leading Oil Company in South Africa.
He has played a leading role in many cross cultural negotiations with experience in Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia, Europe, South Africa, Sub Saharan Africa, Japan, USA and South America. He is a skilled negotiator and speaker on cross cultural negotiations. He has lived and worked in Australia, Iran, Malaysia and South Africa.
His extensive international commercial experience is supported by qualifications in Law, (an LLM in Commercial Law), an MBA and an honours degree in Finance. He is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
He is an adjunct lecturer at Murdoch Business School lecturing on International Business and International Business Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Murdoch Law School. He has conducted workshops to organisations to assist them with the dynamics present in multi-cultural work-places.

Andrew Sek Hwan Hong

Andrew Sek Hwan Hong
Hyundai Heavy Industry

Andrew Sek Hwan Hong, Senior In-house Counsel – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. At Hyundai Heavy, Mr. Hong oversees the full legal aspects of international projects in the shipbuilding, offshore and onshore construction areas. He also serves as a lead counsel for compliance matters such ascorruption prevention and various international economic sanctions regimes.
In these roles, he has been extensively involved in negotiations with government agencies and business partners including major oil companies and project developers, and also in various dispute resolution proceedings including overseas litigations and ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations.Mr. Hong covers jurisdictions across the globe with the recent focus on the Middle East region.
Mr. Hong is a frequent speaker at international level conferences in particular concerning alternative dispute resolution.


Dominic Ghanbari, PhD

Dominic Ghanbari, holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was on the subject of gaining respect, and why respect is important. He holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Birmingham.
Dominic is currently working in corporate development at Agility, Kuwait. Previously he has worked as a Leadership and Organizational Behavior Professor at the American University of the Middle East, and at Mentis Consulting as a Principal Consultant, managing leadership development projects in the Middle East.
Prior to this, Dominic was a tutor and researcher at Oxford University, working with the Centre for Corporate Reputation at the Sai’d School of Business. Dominic’s other experiences include being a visiting researcher at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where he conducted research on organizational risk management.