Keynote Speakers

Roberto Saracco_0 Roberto Saracco

  • President of EIT Italy
  • Node Director of EIT Italy
  • In 2001 Roberto became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area.He is a senior member of IEEE, that he joined over 20 years ago. In the last 15 years he has held several leading roles and conducted a number of DLTs and DSPs.
  • He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines, six books including “The Disappearance of Telecommunications”, which was published in the USA by IEEE press, and several articles in the scientific section of daily newspapers
 Charlie-Sheridan Charles G. Sheridan

  • Co-Director of Intel Labs Energy and Sustainability Lab
  • Charles manages high value diverse research portfolio in collaboration with leading academic institutions and Intel strategic partner companies. He has participated in several European Commission research projects and consulted with the EU Commission on developing a code of conduct related to Data Centre energy efficiency
  • He also manages sustainable cities research cluster with leading academics and municipalities. His current research interests are in the domains of planetary scale sustainable cities and challenges of large scale electric vehicle integration


 Capture Wanda Reder

  • Vice President – S&C Electric Company
  • Leader of IEEE Smart Grid
  • Wanda has been the leader of the IEEE Smart Grid (SG) effort since its inception. The IEEE SG effort began under what is now the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC). This effort was the largest multiple-society collaboration that has existed under FDC, and Wanda’s efforts are largely responsible for the success of this initiative, and will be used as a model for other such large multiple-society initiatives in the future
  • She ensured the success of this collaboration by reaching out to other IEEE societies and operating units, and assuring that those who wanted to be included were welcome. She also assured that the SG initiative would be visible within and outside of IEEE by assuring that branding and marketing was a part of the initiative. In addition, a number of products were created that have helped provide visibility and assure ongoing collaboration by all those involved.


 20c7503 Steve Adler

  • IBM Chief Information Strategist
  • Steve Adler is a leader in Information strategy and technology development at IBM for almost 20 years. He is an expert in data science and an innovator who has developed several billion dollar revenue businesses on the areas of Data Governance, Enterprise Privacy Architectures, and Internet Insurance,
  • He is a internationally recognized thought leader in Open Data, Data Governance, Systemic Risk, Security and Privacy, and Internet Insurance.


 Roberto Roberto De Marca

  • IEEE Fellow
  • 2015 IEEE Past President
  • J. Roberto de Marca was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. de Marca served as Scientific Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and more recently he was a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Guest Scientist at the NEC Europe Research Labs, Heidelberg, Germany


Derrick De Kerckhove

  • Former Director of McLuhan Program
  • Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French.
  • He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila, he is author of a dozen books edited in over ten languages including English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona. Labs, Heidelberg, Germany