Joe Jensen

Joe is Director of Americas Market Development for Corning.  With 18 years of telecom experience in engineering, product management, and product development, Joe pioneers FTTx architectures, optical solution advancement, and design optimization for today’s evolving networks.  This approach to optical network evolution helps make fiber based access networks more accessible by using innovation to lower barriers to deployment.  His most recent areas of contribution focus on converged network architectures and defining potential impacts of next generation networks such as 4G densification and 5G on both the carrier infrastructure and investment business case.  Joe obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NCSU and Executive MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and is a Board Member for the North American Fiber Broadband Association.

Jack McDougle

Jack McDougle is a champion of innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures; working with business, government and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years to develop and implement breakthrough ideas that create sustainable competitive advantage. He focuses teams to thrive in complex environments, think with a global perspective and flexibly adapt to change while generating creative, viable approaches to

challenging situations.

Jack founded Blutre Strategies in 2009 as a personal initiative to drive innovation and improve quality of life through economic capacity building, both in the U.S. and globally. One of his projects included serving as Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness where he engaged more than 150 CEO’s, university presidents and labor leaders to formulate and lead a National Manufacturing Initiative – convening key thought leaders across the U.S. to construct strategies and programs enhancing U.S. manufacturing, increasing exports and creating jobs. This bipartisan public policy agenda was shared with officials and business leaders throughout the country. Prior to Blutre, Jack served as Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce and at the US Department of State.

Jack earned his M.B.A. in strategy and finance at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

George Karayannis

George Karayannis has over 25 years of emerging technology and sustainable solutions leadership experience at Fortune 100 firms & high-tech startups.   Mr. Karayannis currently leads Panasonic’s CityNOW Smart District efforts in North America and serves on the City of San Jose’s Smart City Advisory Board.


Mr. Karayannis previously held leadership positions at Schneider Electric, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, and several high tech startups. He co-founded a grassroots non-profit organization developing sustainable national energy policy, was elected a town councilman, and served on an ICBM launch crew in the US Air Force.


Mr. Karayannis has authored a book on the ISO 37120 standard for Smart City indicators, is restoring a 100-year old opera house to LEED Gold, has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a BA from the University of Dayton, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Adam Newman

Adam Newman is a Manager in Deloitte’s Government and Public Sector practice where he leads energy reform and smart city projects throughout the world. He has also worked on domestic smart energy projects supporting city governments and utilities. He has designed and implemented smart energy solutions focused on connecting customers in new ways to on and off-grid energy services. He is currently managing a large energy reform program in Southern Africa, where he is leading an effort to integrate battery storage and PV in a distribution network and expand grid-based electricity access to peri-urban areas. Prior to joining Deloitte, Adam was an advisor to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Scott Sizer

Scott Sizer is the P3/Joint-Ventures Policy Coordinator for Fairfax County. In this position, Scott helps to facilitate public-private partnership and joint-development projects across the County agencies that have the primary project development and construction management responsibilities, as well as the additional County agencies that provide support for these projects. Currently, there are over 40 projects currently active or recently completed in Fairfax.

Scott began his career with Fairfax County in 2001 serving as a planner with the Fairfax County Park Authority, Geographer with the Department of Information Technology, Management Analyst for the Department of Systems Management for Human Services, and most recently as a Revitalization Program Manager in the Office of Community Revitalization. Scott moved into his current role in January, 2016. Prior to coming to Fairfax County, he worked for Geographic Technologies Group in Goldsboro, NC and for Loudoun County, VA.
Scott received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University and graduate degree from West Virginia University and is a Certified Public Manager.

Sandeep Naganur

Sandeep heads service initiatives around IoT security for Subex. In this role, Sandeep works with businesses to outline and implement IoT security solutions and allied services. An IoT security leader with vast experience in the field and consulting, Sandeep has been consulted by firms across the globe to understand the changing operational threat environment and ways to stay ahead of hackers and geo-political agents.

Preetham Naik

In his current role, Preetham charts a IoT security roadmap complete with milestones for entities as diverse as enterprises, smart cities, government agencies and utility firms in North America and Europe. Preetham has closely studied vulnerabilities in security frameworks, applications, devices and data connected with IoT deployments and works to derive approaches to address them.

Kristin Dillon

Kristin Dillon is a  mission-focused, strategic, and a team leader with experience in large-scale change management. One of her key strengths is leading large, dispersed teams across a variety of disciplines. Kristin has a proven track record of driving cost-effective results. In her role, Kristin gets to connect big-picture visions on-the-ground implementation by designing strategies that influence communities across the country. Kristin is passionate about making life better for others and helping the company do that most effectively.

Erwin Gianchandani

Dr. Erwin Gianchandani is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Deputy Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). In this role, he contributes to all aspects of the management of the CISE directorate, including strategic and human capital planning, formulation and implementation of the directorate’s more than $900 million annual budget, and oversight of day-to-day operations. In the last several years, he has led the development, launch, and implementation of several new NSF investment areas, including Smart & Connected Communities and Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research.

Previously, Dr. Gianchandani served as the Deputy Division Director for the CISE Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS). Before joining NSF in 2012, he was the inaugural Director of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), providing leadership to the computing research community in identifying and pursuing audacious, high-impact research directions. Prior to that, he was the Director of Innovation Networking at the University of Virginia, reporting to the university’s Vice President for Research.

Dr. Gianchandani has published extensively and presented at numerous international conferences on the subject of computational systems modeling of biological networks, with the goal of better understanding disease mechanisms and identifying therapeutic targets. Dr. Gianchandani earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in biomedical engineering and his B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia.