TitleEtc:Affiliate Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), USA
Bio:Elizabeth M. Adams is a Responsible AI leader recognized as one of Forbes "15 AI Ethics Leaders Showing The World The Way Of The Future." Elizabeth is a highly-sought-after resource for executives, small business owners, non-profits, educational institutions, and community leaders who are looking to expand their knowledge of AI Ethics and Leadership of Responsible AI™. For over two decades, she has studied the science of business and technology influences on society while leading large-scale technology initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and various government organizations. As a scholar-practitioner, Elizabeth has developed her expertise working with technical and non-technical leaders, creating alliances with community that translate theory into results. Elizabeth is pursuing an executive doctoral degree at Pepperdine University with a research focus on Leadership of Responsible AI™. Elizabeth is an Affiliate Fellow at Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered AI, the CEO of EMA Advisory Services, and happily serves as a mentor to women all over the world.
TitleEtc:Senior Investment Officer / Global Lead Broadband Investments, IFC - International Finance Corporation, USA
Bio:Ariana is the global lead for broadband and TESCO investments at the International Finance Corporation. For the past 12 years, she has focused on TMT investments globally, covering multiple segments of the digital infrastructure space, including mobile network operators, tower companies, broadband operators, and data centers. Prior to joining IFC, Ariana worked in equity research. Ariana holds an MBA from Purdue University, USA and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania (her native country). She is currently based in Washington, D.C., USA.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, EdgeConneX, USA
Bio:Mr. Brouckman has over 30 years of experience in telecommunications, software, and data centers. Prior to leading EdgeConneX, Randy was a Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence at TDF Ventures. Randy has served as CTO, COO, and CEO at several successful public and private enterprises, including BSG Clearing Solutions, Telispark, Wireless World Solutions, and Iridium, where he led a successful reorganization of the company. Randy also worked with Nextel to start and lead its Nextel Ventures division. Randy started his career with Bellcore, progressing through a number of management roles culminating in his position as Executive Director of Network Operations Systems.
Randy has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award Winner.
TitleEtc:President & CEO, Involta, USA
Bio:James (Jim) Buie, President and Chief Executive Officer, has been a driving force in accelerating Involta’s growth trajectory. He joined Involta in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and steadily took on more responsibility to help the company profitably grow while expanding nationally. He played an instrumental role in the acquisition of the company by global investment firm Carlyle. He’s also transformed the company’s hybrid cloud, security, and strategic consulting offerings through strategic acquisitions and partnerships. He is very active in Involta Cares, the company’s philanthropic platform that extends resources across the communities Involta serves.
Before joining Involta, Jim held executive roles at ViaWest, Comcast, and AT&T. Jim serves on the boards of the Idaho Tech Council and the Sun Corridor, the economic development leader in southern Arizona, and numerous other industry and regional technology organizations focused on developing the technology workforce.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, Mobi, USA
Bio:Justen Burdette is the CEO for Mobi, the regional wireless provider for Hawaii. Mobi is a member of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA).
Mobi launched in 2005 and has seamless roaming agreements to provide coverage across the United States, throughout the Pacific Rim, and around the globe. Customers can try or switch to Mobi in seconds, from anywhere, using the Mobi app and eSIM — account creation and billing is handled entirely through Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Justen previously served as vice president for product at Tucows (Nasdaq: TCX), where he helped lead the growth of its Ting Mobile wireless service, prior to its acquisition by Dish. He also led the product launch of its FTTH service, Ting Internet, and helped lead the development of its in-house BSS/OSS, which has since become a standalone SaaS startup, Wavelo.
Mobi is based in Honolulu.
TitleEtc:President & CEO, Vantage Data Centers, USA
Bio:As president and chief executive officer of Vantage Data Centers, Sureel Choksi is responsible for the company’s vision, strategy, and overall leadership in addition to sitting on the board of directors. With more than 23 years of experience as an executive in the Internet infrastructure industry, Choksi is an accomplished leader who has transformed Vantage from a regional data center owner and operator to one of the fastest growing global providers.
Prior to Vantage, Choksi was an operating executive at Silver Lake Partners and the CEO of Elevation Data Centers. He also previously held several executive roles with Level 3 Communications, including CMO, CFO, president of wholesale markets, executive vice president of services, group vice president of corporate development, and treasurer.
Choksi attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurial management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, 365 Data Centers, USA
Bio:Bob DeSantis is an accomplished executive/entrepreneur who has held senior leadership positions in public, private, competitive, and regulated companies within the communications, technology, and energy industries. He has been a leader in acquiring/integrating and growing businesses and arranging for their IPOs and other strategic exits. Bob’s expertise spans strategy, operations, finance, legal, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to becoming the CEO of 365 Data Centers, Bob was the Co-Founder of Xand, which became the leading data center and managed services operator in the Northeast prior to its sale. His previous digital infrastructure experience includes serving as President and COO of cloud operator Flexisphere, CFO of DSL.net, a nationwide Internet service provider, CFO of Electric Lightwave, a metro and fiber business, EVP of core optical switch manufacturer Tellium, and CFO of Citizens Communications during that company’s transformation from a diversified utility to one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, AtlasEdge Data Centres, United Kingdom
Bio:Giuliano Di Vitantonio is Chief Executive Officer of AtlasEdge. Mr. Di Vitantonio has almost 30 years of experience in the IT industry, including 17 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he held a broad range of positions in R&D, strategy, consulting, business development, and marketing, and four years at Cisco Systems where he was Global Vice President of Marketing for Data Center & Cloud.
Prior to joining AtlasEdge, Mr. Di Vitantonio served as Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Segment at Digital Realty after arriving at the company in March 2020, through the acquisition of Interxion, where he was Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer. Over the course of his career, Mr. Di Vitantonio has played a critical role in some of the most successful data center growth strategies in the industry, through a combination of strategic insights and rigorous execution of carefully planned go-to-market initiatives.
Mr. Di Vitantonio earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Alma Mater Studiorum in 1993 and received a master’s degree in Strategy/Venture Capital from London Business School in 2001.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, Console Connect By PCCW Global, Hong Kong SAR China
Bio:Marc has been with the PCCW-HKT Group for the past 21 years, the past 14 years of which have been as the CEO of PCCW Global, during which time he has led the company through a period of significant growth and transformation. He is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Bridge Alliance, a grouping of 34 major mobile telecommunications companies spread across Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council.
TitleEtc:Managing Director, DigitalBridge, USA
Bio:Peter Hopper is a Managing Director at DigitalBridge Investment Management. Mr. Hopper is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and implementation of growth opportunities for DigitalBridge’s investment management franchise. Mr. Hopper brings more than two decades of deal making and transaction experience in digital infrastructure to DigitalBridge.
Prior to joining DigitalBridge, Mr. Hopper was Co-Founder and CEO of DH Capital, a firm specializing in assisting growing businesses in the Internet Infrastructure, Telecom, and SaaS industries. Prior to founding DH Capital, Mr. Hopper founded and served as President and CEO of DURO Communications, one of the largest privately held ISP/CLECs in the U.S.
Mr. Hopper received a Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
TitleEtc:EVP & General Manager, Data Center Services, Equinix, USA
Bio:Jon and his team connect the critical digital ecosystems needed to power the world’s digital infrastructure.
He ensures the growth and innovation for the company’s interconnected colocation business, with global responsibility for physical data center services and software engineering teams.
Jon has been with Equinix for nearly 15 years in strategy, product, engineering, sales engineering, and professional services. He also served as President of Americas, running the company’s largest region by revenue.
Jon is a passionate ally for DI&B and is the executive sponsor for Equinix’s Asian and Veterans employee connection networks. He also works closely with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF).
Prior to Equinix, Jon held leadership roles at Tata Communications and UUNET/Verizon. Jon graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied biology and computer science.
TitleEtc:President & Group Chief Executive Officer, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, Singapore
Bio:Bruno Lopez is President and Group CEO of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC), one of the fastest-growing data centre providers that is powering a sustainable digital future in the evolving economy. With Bruno's strategic leadership and direction since STT GDC's inception in 2014, he has led the significant growth of the business to become a global platform with more than 170 data centres in the world's key mature and emerging markets. As an industry veteran, Bruno has held key leadership positions in the telco and data centre sector for over 25 years and he sits on the Board and chairs the Executive Committees in each of the local businesses within the STT GDC group.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, Databank Ltd, USA
Bio:Raul Martynek is CEO of DataBank and a 25+ year veteran of the telecom and Internet Infrastructure sector. Prior to DataBank, Raul served as CEO of data center operator Net Access (acquired by Cologix), as CEO of global managed hosting company Voxel (acquired by Internap), as the Chief Restructuring Officer of fiber carrier Smart Telecom (acquired by Digiweb), and CEO of telecom and Internet provider InfoHighway (acquired by Broadview Networks). Raul has served in industry-related asset management roles, most recently as a Senior Advisor for Digital Bridge Holdings LLC (which invested in DataBank), and prior to that, as a Senior Advisor at Plainfield Asset Management, a $4B hedge fund that evaluated investment opportunities in the telecommunications and Internet sector. Mr. Martynek earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Binghamton University and received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, LightEdge Solutions, USA
Bio:With three decades of expertise in telecommunications and technology, Jim Masterson brings extensive experience, leadership, and insight as Chief Executive Officer at LightEdge. Prior to joining the company back in 2004, Jim held several founding executive positions in some of the most successful and respected companies in telecom and tech at the time, including Rhythms NetConnections, USWest !nterprise Data Networking, and USInternetworking.
His vast experience has provided a deep understanding of and foresight into major trends in wire line and wireless telecommunications, managed services, hybrid hosting, and colocation. After successfully raising new capital and executing on a fresh vision and course for the organization two decades ago, Jim was able to establish LightEdge as the company you know today – a pioneer in compliant cloud and colocation, headquartered in the Midwest. Additionally, Jim is a founding member of the Whitworth University Leadership Institute advisory board and serves on the Technology Association of Iowa’s Board of Directors.
TitleEtc:Global Head of Insights and Analytics, Digital Realty, USA
Bio:Dave McCrory is Global Head of Insights and Analytics at Digital Realty. McCrory holds over nine technology patents, including the first patent on cloud computing. He has extensive leadership experience holding previous positions at GE Digital as VP of Engineering for their ML for IIoT group, CTO of Basho Technologies a Database company, SVP of Engineering for Warner Music Group, and has founded two successful companies. McCrory is also the creator of the “Data Gravity” concept.
TitleEtc:CEO & Founder, The Sun Company, USA
Bio:Joley Michaelson is the CEO of The Sun Company. She's part of the growing energy industry in a country hungry for a clean alternative. Upon leaving her executive role at Tesla in 2017, Joley founded The Sun Company, the country's first solely women-owned national renewable energy company. Through her vision, Joley has created and is delivering the future energy ecosystem and is driving adoption through innovation - including her best-in-class long-duration battery storage and a new energy network that includes the country's first Independent Renewable Energy Power Plant ( I-REPP), which will provide power to one of the world's greenest data centers. Under Joley's leadership, The Sun Company is committed to simplifying and expanding access to affordable renewable energy solutions for people around the globe.
TitleEtc:Deputy Director-General, ICT R&D and Cybersecurity Policy, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan
Bio:In June 2022, Shigeo Naito assumed the position of Deputy Director-General in charge of ICT R&D and Cybersecurity Policy, MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications). From 2021 to 2022, he was in charge of secretarial work for MIC, and as director he had the role of leading the ministry and overseeing overall coordination of the administration of each department. From 2018 to 2021, he served as the Director of the Consumer Policy Planning Division, CAA (Consumer Affairs Agency). In addition, he has a wide range of experience in ICT policies. His previous assignments include data governance policies and radio wave policies such as land, maritime, aeronautical, and satellite mobile communications.
TitleEtc:Chief Information and Technology Officer, Special Olympics, USA
Bio:Prianka Nandy oversees a team focused on digital transformation and data science initiatives, enterprise solutions, consumer digital product development, and infrastructure operations. In 2022, Nandy launched the Special Olympics Digital Center of Excellence to focus on shared technology services for its global operations.
Before joining Special Olympics in late 2020, Nandy served as the first Chief Data and Analytics Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), leading its data engineering, analytics, and governance practice. She was also responsible for implementing WFP’s multimillion-dollar data and analytics partnerships within its digital transformation services team. From 2008 to 2017, Nandy also held several roles within the World Bank Group, including leading development data and GIS initiatives for products such as data.worldbank.org, content strategy and information architecture, and digital governance for worldbank.org.
TitleEtc:Managing Director, GIC Real Estate, USA
Bio:Kristin is a Managing Director on the investment team at GIC Real Estate. She is responsible for private equity investments in the U.S. real estate sector overseeing direct and fund investments and leading GIC Real Estate’s global data center investments. Kristin joined GIC in 2008 and is based in San Francisco. Prior to working at GIC, Ms. Leung served as Vice President at Morgan Stanley where she covered U.S. REITs. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Kristin worked in the consulting practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and FTI Consulting focused on restructuring troubled companies.
TitleEtc:Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Meta, USA
Bio:Robert Pepper helps lead Meta’s global connectivity policy and planning activities focusing on new technology development and trends, deployment, and adoption of connectivity infrastructure, including subsea, terrestrial networks, and related infra. Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governments globally helping them develop digital. Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television. His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He currently is a Board Trustee of the Internet Society and a member of UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. Pepper received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
TitleEtc:Founder & CEO, CtrlS and Cloud4C, Singapore
Bio:A first-generation entrepreneur, Sridhar Pinnapureddy has founded and built to scale several companies in the areas of cloud computing, IT infrastructure, Internet services, green energy, and software development.
CtrlS Datacenters today boasts of creating the world’s largest Rated-4 Datacenter footprint with 8 certified operational datacenters and 21 facilities under various stages of development, taking the overall capacity to 960MW. CtrlS’ datacenters are used by over 20 of the Fortune 100 companies and most of the hyperscalers.
Cloud4C, with over 2,000 employees, is a value-driven, platform-agnostic, cloud managed services partner for mission-critical environments in emerging economies. Established in 2015, Cloud4C has a global footprint in 26 countries and 52 locations, with its headquarters in Singapore.
Sridhar is closely involved with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), served as chapter president and chairperson for TiE Global Summit. He is also an active member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), AmCham Singapore among other global entrepreneur associations.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive, Telstra InfraCo, Australia
Bio:Brendon Riley is the CEO of Telstra InfraCo, responsible for reinventing the way our infrastructure is built and managed so it can better meet the needs of future generations. By opening up new and easier ways for customers to access our assets and deploying industry-leading infrastructure products, services, and solutions, Brendon is driving greater value from this already extensive set of infrastructure assets.
Brendon previously led Telstra Enterprise where he was responsible for providing services to thousands of enterprise, government, and international wholesale customers with revenues in excess of A$8 billion per annum and operations in 20 countries.
Brendon joined Telstra in 2011 as Chief Operations Officer (COO) with responsibility for all aspects of Telstra’s operating environment. During his time as COO, Telstra deployed its award winning 4G LTE mobile network.
Prior to joining Telstra, Brendon spent more than 25 years with IBM and held a number of senior executive positions in Europe, Asia, and Australia, including the Head of Europe and CEO of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
TitleEtc:Sustainability Director, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle, USA
Bio:Jennifer Ruch joined Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) within Oracle Corporation in 2022. Embedded in OCI’s Datacenter Services division she leads sustainability and energy strategy for OCI’s global deployments. OCI is a complete cloud infrastructure platform that reduces Oracle’s customers’ environmental footprints. OCI is committed to helping Oracle reach its ambitious 100% renewable energy by 2025 goal and long-term Net-Zero by 2050 goal. Jennifer joined OCI from Equinix Inc., where she led sustainability and ESG for nearly 10 years and increased Equinix’s global presence as a sustainability and renewable energy leader in the data center space. Jennifer has 15 years of experience in energy and sustainability and holds an M.S. in Decision Analysis from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and a B.S. in Chemistry from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
TitleEtc:Chairman & CEO, Princeton Digital Group, Singapore
Bio:Rangu Salgame is the co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Princeton Digital Group (PDG), a Singapore headquartered pan-Asia digital infrastructure company and backed by global investors Warburg Pincus, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Mubadala.
Rangu has been a transformative growth leader throughout his career, having made market changing impacts at Tata Communications, Cisco Systems, and Verizon Communications. He has been turning company business portfolios into high value outcomes, partnering with government and business leaders in diverse cultural environments in over 30 countries such as China, India, Brazil, and the Middle East as well as the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
Rangu is a member of the Foreign Policy Leadership Council at The Brookings Institution. He also serves on the boards of BCIU and TrickleUp, a global trade policy organization and a non-profit development organization respectively.
Rangu holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
TitleEtc:Founder & CEO, Cogent Communications, USA
Bio:Dave Schaeffer founded Cogent Communications in August 1999 and is the Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr. Schaeffer's leadership, Cogent has become one of the world's largest Internet Providers. Mr. Schaeffer has led the efforts of 13 successful acquisitions, propelling Cogent's originally U.S.-based network into Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Schaeffer has successfully founded and operated six other businesses prior to Cogent. These businesses span a wide array of industries from communications to commercial real estate. His diverse background and entrepreneurial successes have enabled him to build management teams that constructed and operate the only facilities-based, non-oversubscribed multinational network of its kind. In 2019, Mr. Schaeffer was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications.
TitleEtc:Founder & CEO, ZoomInfo, USA
Bio:Henry Schuck has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ZoomInfo (formerly DiscoverOrg) since founding it in 2007. Henry led ZoomInfo as it became the first tech company to go public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including the company’s acquisition of Zoom Information in 2019, he has overseen 11 acquisitions in total. Prior to founding ZoomInfo, Henry was VP of Research & Marketing at iProfile, a sales intelligence firm focused on the IT market.
Henry is the driving force behind ZoomInfo’s annual employee donation drive, helping raise nearly $3.5 million for youth- and family-focused charities close to his heart in the communities where ZoomInfo employees live and work.
Henry is a cum laude with honors graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.S. in Business Administration and a second B.S. in Hospitality Administration and holds a J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Henry was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2020 list.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, NEXTDC Limited, Australia
Bio:Craig Scroggie is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of NEXTDC, Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider. Prior to becoming CEO in June 2012, Mr. Scroggie served on the Board of Directors since IPO (2010) as a Non-Executive Director, including as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. With a national footprint of twelve data centres, 2 in build phase and a further 10 in planning, NEXTDC plays a critical role in facilitating the explosive demand for premium grade digital infrastructure services required for modern businesses and society.
Mr. Scroggie has more than 25 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having held senior positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation, and Fujitsu. Prior to joining NEXTDC, Mr. Scroggie was Symantec’s Vice President and Managing Director for the Pacific Region.
Mr. Scroggie currently serves on the Boards of Nitro (ASX:NTO) and Sovereign Cloud Holdings (ASX:SOV), and also serves on the University of Southern Queensland Business School Advisory Board and is Chairman of the La Trobe University Business School Advisory Board and holds the position of Adjunct Professor.
TitleEtc:Professor & Executive Director, Ostrom Workshop, and Indiana University-Bloomington Cybersecurity Program, USA
Bio:Professor Scott J. Shackelford is a Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, as well as the Executive Director of the Ostrom Workshop. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at both Harvard Kennedy and Stanford Law School.
Professor Shackelford has written more than 100 articles, book chapters, essays, and op-eds for diverse publications. He is the author of The Internet of Things: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2020), and Governing New Frontiers in the Information Age: Toward Cyber Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Both Professor Shackelford’s academic work and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards, including a Harvard University Research Fellowship, a Stanford University Hoover Institution National Fellowship, a Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship, and the 2022 Poets & Quants Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors Award.
TitleEtc:Chief Executive Officer, Digital Realty, USA
Bio:A. William Stein (Bill) is Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer and serves on its Board of Directors. Under Bill’s leadership, Digital Realty has executed a series of transformational transactions that have sharpened the company’s strategic focus and significantly enhanced its product offerings. He has overseen a quadrupling of the company’s total enterprise value, as well as its inclusion in the S&P 500 Index. Prior to being named CEO in 2014, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He also served as Chair for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), and currently on the Board of Directors for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and The Real Estate Roundtable. Bill has an A.B. from Princeton University, a JD degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MS from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
TitleEtc:Director, USGS National Innovation Center (NIC), USA
Bio:Dr. Jonathan Stock founded and runs the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Innovation Center (NIC). The Center’s goal is to identify national scientific challenges, and to pursue them with technology partners using scarce federal dollars to best serve the public. NIC partners with industry, non-governmental organizations, other Federal Agencies, and academia to improve the Nation’s ability to map, monitor, and forecast its resources and hazards. Stock holds degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Washington, and University of California, Berkeley. The Center is located at the U.S. Geological Survey in Moffett Field, California, USA.
TitleEtc:Executive Vice President of Policy, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), USA
Bio:Rob Strayer is the Executive Vice President of Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). He leads ITI’s efforts to shape pro-innovation technology policy in major global markets on a wide range of issues, including privacy, data flows, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining ITI, Strayer served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications Policy at the U.S. State Department. In that role, he led dozens of dialogues with foreign governments on technology regulation and cybersecurity issues. He was named as an ambassador by the President to lead the 90-plus person U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in 2018.
Before working at the State Department, Strayer was the general counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and previously practiced telecommunications law at WilmerHale.
TitleEtc:Partner, KKR, USA
Bio:Waldemar Szlezak (New York) joined KKR in 2019 and is a Partner on the Infrastructure team. Mr. Szlezak leads KKR’s communications infrastructure investments in the Americas. At KKR, Mr. Szlezak is actively involved in a number of investments, including CyrusOne, MetroNet, Hyperoptic, Global Technical Realty, Pinnacle Towers, On*Net Fibra Chile, and On*Net Fibra Colombia. Prior to joining KKR, he was a senior managing director with Soros Fund Management LLC (SFM) where he was responsible for originating, structuring, and monitoring the firm’s communications infrastructure and real estate investments. Prior to SFM, Mr. Szlezak served as an associate at Soros Private Equity Investors / TowerBrook Capital Partners and prior to that, in the mergers & acquisition investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston where he was involved with a number of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and general corporate advisory transactions. Mr. Szlezak holds a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in Mathematics from Knox College in Galesburg.
TitleEtc:Managing Director, Head of Communications, Global Ex-Europe, Stonepeak, USA
Bio:Andrew is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Communications Infrastructure (ex-Europe) at Stonepeak, based in New York. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ExteNet Systems, Digital Edge DC, American Tower’s US Data Center business (CoreSite), Xplornet Communications, and Cirion Technologies (formerly Lumen Latin America). Andrew previously worked at Pacific Equity Partners and McKinsey & Company in Australia.
TitleEtc:Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
Bio:Dr. Motohiro Tsuchiya is Vice-President for Global Engagement and Information Technology at Keio University and Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. He is serving as guest editorialist of Nikkei since April 2019. He authored Intelligence and National Security (Tokyo: Keio University Press, 2007, in Japanese), Cyber Terror (Tokyo: Bungeishunju, 2012, in Japanese), Cyber Security and International Relations (Tokyo: Chikura Shobo, 2015, in Japanese), Cyber Great Game (Tokyo: Chikura Shobo, 2020, in Japanese) and co-authored Cybersecurity: Public Sector Threats and Responses (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012), and 40 other books. He earned his BA in political science, MA in international relations, and Ph.D. in media and governance from Keio University. He received 15th Nakasone Yasuhiro Award in 2019.
TitleEtc:Asia Pacific Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology, KPMG Asia Pacific, Singapore
Bio:Darren Yong is the Head of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications at KPMG Asia Pacific. He is heading client and market development for the region and is part of the Asia Pacific leadership team.
A highly accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology, Darren is passionate about bringing emerging technology solutions to clients.
Darren has led key technology engagements in KPMG which cover strategy, data migration, cloud, and blockchain, among others.
He has supported clients across telecommunications, technology, banking, insurance, life sciences, energy, and retail sectors. His specializations include business strategy, transformation, cybersecurity, data and analytics, and cloud.
Prior to joining KPMG, Darren worked in the technology industry where he held key positions in some of the largest telecommunications and technology organizations.
Darren is originally from Australia and is based in Singapore.