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With the exponential growth in the IoT industry, large industrial manufacturers and technology giants are looking to leverage IoT to transform real estate. Buildings of the future will inevitably incorporate IoT platforms which combine smart applications and cloud technologies. The benefits are numerous: energy saving, improving occupant well-being (more relevant than ever in a post- Covid world) and better utilisation of office space. However, IoT in the building brings with it complexities around data management, questions on the return on investment as well as privacy and legal concerns. How do you balance the challenges with an improved user experience? And what will be the IoT footprint in 2020 and beyond when it comes to real estate?

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Greg Day

VP & Chief Security Officer EMEA

Palo Alto Networks

Greg Day is VP and Chief Security Officer for Europe, Middle East, Africa at Palo Alto Networks. Member of Global IP Advisory Committee, to the Board of Directors of Palo Alto Networks (UK) Ltd He is a respected thought leader and advocate for stronger proactive cybersecurity, who has lived and breathed cybersecurity since the dawn of the industry. In fact, he developed his own behavioural security solution as long ago as 1995. His personal mission is about increasing the understanding of the challenges and opportunities from how cybersecurity empowers organisational change and growth. Greg’s desire to educate organisations on these issues stems from many years working at the frontline of cybersecurity prevention and remediation as a former CLAS information security consultant vetted by the UK government and a leader of several consultancy practices. Wanting to give back to the industry, for over 20 years he has worked closely with many law enforcement agencies on improving the prevention and detection of cybercriminal behaviour. This has included previously teaching malware forensics to agencies around the world, as well as working in advisory capacities for the Council of Europe on cybercrime, the UK National Crime agency, and currently sitting on the Europol cyber security industry advisory board. Greg’s passion -after flying drones, golf, skiing and sailing – is building stronger mutual understanding between non-technical and cybersecurity leaders within organisations. As part of Palo Alto Network’s Office of the CSO team, Greg is a regular writer and contributor of essays and blogs on cybersecurity issues, as well as a keynote speaker and expert panellist on industry forums across EMEA. He currently chairs the global CSO community I-4 members advisory committee. On policy, Greg acts an industry advisor within many crucial cybersecurity organisations, including being the chair of TechUK Cybersecurity AI Working Group, given evidence both in the UK Parliament and Brussels, and working as a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for Cyber Security.

Simon Mulcahy

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer


Simon Mulcahy is Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer of Salesforce. He is responsible for building next generation solutions to transform industries and for growing Salesforce’s reputation and capabilities as trusted advisor to the C-suite. This includes capabilities such as ‘Ignite’ (Salesforce’s Strategic Innovation Practice, helping top customers reinvent business and operating models); Futures LAB (Salesforce’s strategic foresight and scenario planning team); Salesforce’s Innovation Centers; and teams focused on advisory and thought leadership. Mulcahy has held numerous leadership roles at Salesforce. From 2016-2018, he was Chief Marketing Officer, leading Salesforce’s global marketing organization. Before that, he was General Manager of Salesforce’s Financial Services business, defining the vertical go-to-market and product strategy, launching the Financial Services Cloud. Until 2008, Mulcahy was Head of Technology Industries of the World Economic Forum (known for its annual summit in Davos that attracts CEOs and world leaders). In that role, he worked closely with CEOs of leading global technology companies, as well as prominent thought leaders and government leaders. Earlier in his career, Mulcahy was a strategy consultant, and before that, a British Army Officer. Mulcahy is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He has an MBA from Columbia University, London Business School and INSEAD, and an honors degree in economics & politics. He speaks fluent French and German.

Claire Curry

Head of Digital Industry, Bloomberg NEF

New York Office

Claire leads a team of analysts in the Digital Industry research group at Bloomberg NEF. This global team analyses developments in digital technologies and business models to assess what impact they might have on the future of electricity, oil & gas, mining and manufacturing. The team’s work covers the Internet of Things, data analytics and machine learning, blockchain, cybersecurity, and autonomous robotics. The team’s work evaluates the digital strategy of industrials, start-ups, utilities, investors and tech firms. Previously Claire was a senior member of the advanced transport analyst team at BNEF conducting analysis of lithium-ion battery technologies & costs. Claire regularly presents at conferences, publishes research notes and helps clients navigate the world of start-ups, strategy and technology platforms. Claire holds an MSc from Imperial College’s Sustainable Energy Engineering and a Chemistry BSc from Durham University.

Dave Hopping

CEO and President

Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA

Dave Hopping joined Siemens in 1989, and is the President and CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA. He is responsible for the smart building and smart grid portfolios that include building IoT, automation, fire safety, security, energy, low and medium voltage, digital grid, and control components. Together, Smart Infrastructure intelligently connects energy systems with buildings to help customers create an environment that intuitively responds to their needs and better uses resources. Hopping is also CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure – Regional Solutions and Services for the Americas. Previous roles include Vice President of Siemens Building Technologies’ Building Performance and Sustainability business line and Head of the Building Automation business unit. All but four of his more than 30 years of industry experience have been with Siemens. During this time, Hopping has steadily held successive leadership positions in Sales, Operations, and Management across the country. In addition to his business leadership responsibilities, Hopping is a board member of the Siemens Foundation, where he previously served as chairman. He also formerly served on the board for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Alliance to Save Energy, and UI LABS’ City Digital project. In the past, he has served as the Chicago City Ambassador for Siemens Corporation, USA, and he is currently Siemens’ Executive Sponsor for the City of Chicago. Located in Siemens Smart Infrastructure’s U.S. corporate headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA, Hopping earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D

General Manager, AI Applications


Kareem Yusuf leads the AI Applications business at IBM, focused on enabling clients to leverage intelligent insights to transform how they operate, especially in asset-intensive industries. His team owns a portfolio of market-leading business applications including Maximo, TRIRIGA, Sterling, Engineering and Weather Business Solutions offerings. Kareem has been with IBM for over 21 years and has held senior leadership positions in a variety of disciplines across the company. These have included Offering Management, Software Development, SaaS Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Field Technical Sales. Kareem has a Ph.D from the University of Leeds, focused on Decision Support Systems for Civil Engineering construction. He maintains an active interest in all things technical, with a particular interest in digital media and programming languages. He is a TED Speaker and also the author of “Enterprise Messaging Using JMS and IBM WebSphere.”

Alex Webb


Bloomberg Opinion

Alex Webb is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Europe's technology, media and communications industries. He previously covered Apple and other technology companies for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

Katerina Megas

Program Manager, Cybersecurity for IoT


Katerina Megas is Program Manager for the NIST Cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) program. With a Masters in Information Systems, PMP and ScrumMaster certifications, she has over 25 years of experience developing and leading technology and corporate strategies for organizations in both the private and public sectors. She has over 25 years of experience working in a wide range of technology areas ranging from organizations' development and execution of technology strategies to achieving their CMMI certification. She loves traveling and appreciates her wonderful colleagues who cover for her at work while she piles her family into a minivan taking road trips across Europe and the U.S. in search of the non-touristy experience.

Elisa Costante

VP of Research


Elisa Costante holds a PhD in computer science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. She is an expert in IT, OT and IoT security and privacy. As Vice President of Research at Forescout, she drives the execution of pioneering theoretical and experimental work addressing the cyber security challenges posed by the IT/OT/IoT convergence.
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