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Alfonso Valdes, Managing Director of Smart Grid Technologies, University of Illinois

Alfonso Valdes is responsible for a portfolio of diverse research activities, including the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center and the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid (ICSEG). These projects unite interdisciplinary teams concerned with multiple aspects of security and resiliency in emerging Smart Grid systems, from aspects of demand response to the integrity of grid-scale wide area measurement systems.

He was formerly a Senior Computer Scientist in the Computer Sciences Laboratory at SRI International, where he led several projects in information security for such clients as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy. His recent research has focused on critical infrastructure systems in the oil & gas and electric sectors. He is a co-inventor on two patents in cyber security.


Bart de Wijs, Head of Cyber Security, ABB

Bart de Wijs is Head of Cyber Security for ABB's Power Systems and Power Products divisions. In this capacity he represent these two divisions in the ABB Group Cyber Security Council which is a cross-disciplinary team staffed with resources from various corporate functions. Additionally he is a member of the ABB Cyber Security Response Team handling vulnerabilities and incidents. Within the divisions he leads a team of cyber security specialists dealing with the different aspect all the security related concerns potentially affecting ABB customers (e.g. security in our products and services, security in our infrastructure used to serve customers). He is a member of various cyber security expert groups as well as an ABB representative in public private partnerships and information sharing initiatives. 
Between 2007 and 2010 he was responsible for cyber security in the Power Generation business unit, before he started to focus on cyber security in 2005 he was responsible in the Benelux organization for Technology and System Support as well as consulting customers on automation system architectures including their networks and interconnections. 

Koji Nakao, NICT Japan

Koji Nakao received the B.E. degree of Mathematics from Waseda University, in Japan, in 1979. Since joining KDDI in 1979, Koji has been engaged in the research on communication protocol, and information security technology for telecommunications in the KDDI laboratory. In 2003, Koji moved to the KDDI head office to construct and manage its security systems. In 2004, he started to additionally work for NICT (National Information Communication Technologies). As for international standardization activities, he has participated on ITU-T since 2002 and is currently a vice-chairman of SG17 (Security) in ITU-T. In his present positions as "Information Security Fellow" and "Distinguished Researcher", Koji manages all the security issues required in KDDI and the research activities for network security technologies in NICT respectively.
Koji received the IPSJ Research Award in 1992, METI Ministry Award and KPMG Security Award in 2006, and Contribution Award (Japan ITU), NICT Research Award, Best Paper Award (JWIS) and MIC Bureau Award in 2007 and The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prizes for Science and Technology: Research Category) in 2009. He is a member of IPJS and IEICE. Koji has also been a part-time instructor in Waseda University and Nagoya University.

Olivier Rochon, Security Solution Manager, Itron

Olivier Rochon is heading the European security engineering team at Itron, a global technology company delivering solutions to utilities for energy and water measurement & management. He is involved in several European standardization committees in the field of cyber security such as CENELEC, ESMIG, SG-IS and DLMS UA. His fields of expertise are cyber-security, smart metering, communication protocols & networks and data collection and management systems. He was previously Solution Consultant for Smart metering systems and product management director. He has several years of experience in the energy metering and management areas. He is graduated from engineering school Ecole Centrale Marseille in Electrical Engineering.

Paolo Giubbini, ENEL Distribuzione S.p.A.

Paolo Giubbini, is responsible of Engineering metering apparatus department of Enel Distribuzione S.p.A. After a brief experience (1990-92) in the development of CAD system in 3D for thermoelectric energy plants, his main activity was on distribution/power line carrier communication and its use for remote management of energy meters. He is president of the CEI/CT 13 and SC13A Italy and member of some WGs of the IEC/CENELEC and Eurelectric association.

Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of IoT in Symantec

Shankar Somasundaram leads the product management and engineering teams for the Internet of Things (IoT) group at Symantec. As part of his role, he is responsible for building products in security, analytics and management for IoT and working with other teams like marketing and sales to grow the business. Prior to this role, he helped start the Advanced Threat Protection offering and was part of the Business Development team for a number of teams at Symantec. Prior to Symantec, he has worked in Product Management and Engineering roles in a number of companies like Qualcomm and InterDigital, where he worked on the iPhone 3G modem. He has also started and run an enterprise software company and worked in Venture Capital firms in London. He has a Masters from Rutgers in Electrical Engineering and a MBA from London Business School.