EN-IoT Summit-Speakers



KC Liu  |  Advantech


K.C. Liu founded Advantech in 1983 and has been the Chairman ever since. From 2013 until now Advantech was recognized as a Top 10 Taiwan Global Brand by the prestigious brand-consulting firm Interbrand.
Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative, embedded and automation products and solutions; offering comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, and global logistics support through its extensive global network.


Chaney Ho  |  Advantech

Executive Director of Board

As the Director of BOD of Advantech, Chaney Ho is in charge of the company’s global sales and marketing strategies. He is also leading the company in its new branding mission toward “Enabling an Intelligent Planet.” As a result of his leadership, Advantech has received recognition through the years from the prestigious brand-consulting firm Interbrand as one of the Top 10 Taiwan Global Brands.


Dr. Allan Yang  |  Advantech

Chief Technology Officer

Joined Advantech in Feb. 2014, Allan believes that the next big wave of Information and Communication Technology lies in Internet of Things, in which all industrial and business segments adopt connectivity and intelligences in ways that are yet to be fully exploited. Allan expects to solidly implement Advantech’s innovation platform to induce more creative service-ready solutions, and speed up solutions development pace helped by robust corporate technical foundation services and efficient solutions development processes.


Jonathan Ballon  |  Intel

Vice President, Internet of Things Group

General Manager, Vision Markets & Channels

Jonathan Ballon is vice president in the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and general manager of the Vision, Markets and Channels division at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for a global team chartered with driving and accelerating innovation and growth in various market segments. His team is a pioneer in artificial intelligence and deep learning applications with computer vision capabilities, supported by software tools & a robust ecosystem. Additionally, he leads the IoT channel routes-to-market and is responsible for Intel’s China engineering teams and business. Jonathan is passionate about the application of technology towards our environment, human productivity, safety, education, health and longevity.


Dipesh Patel  |  Arm

President, IoT Services Group

Dipesh is the President of IoT Services Group at Arm. Prior to this, he served as the EVP Incubation Businesses responsible for development of new businesses to create solutions to enable the Internet of Things. He was previously EVP Technical Operations, responsible for Arm's infrastructure used for IP development. Before this role he was general manager of the physical design group. Dipesh joined Arm in 1997 and has held senior management positions working primarily in System on Chip (SoC) related activities including vice president of technology for physical IP and director of research.


Ken Sun │ Microsoft Taiwan

General Manager

A 17-year business professional with passion leading sales and marketing, developing partners, and building operational teams in delivering long-term growth and profitability for employees, partners and customers. Extensive experience in the field of test and measurement, industrial automation, energy management, consumer electronics, semiconductor in Asia working in multi-national organizations. Talent themes that describe me: Achiever, Activator, Learner, Maximizer, and Competition.


Dr. Ralf Koeppe│Bosch Rexroth


From 2005 to 2011, he headed the R&D department of KUKA Roboter GmbH. And was responsible for the R&D of KUKA Laboratories GmbH from 2011 to 2014. Since 2014, he has been the Vice President Engineering and then CTO from 2017 at Bosch Rexroth.
Ralf Koeppe began his professional career in 1992 at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and completed his doctorate at the ETH Zurich in the field of robotics. He received the Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award (2002), the DLR Innovation Award (2002) ,and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Early Industry Career Award (2008).


Alfee Lee│Fujitsu Asia

CTO, Head of Digital Innovation Center

Alfee’s key missions are to Develop Fujitsu Regional Digital initiatives such as SMART Plant, Cities, Workplace, by integrating ICT solutions, Industrial solutions and Design Thinking approach to offer customer a suite of offerings base on their needs for Digital Transformation. He also work with Fujitsu Lab to develop further product offering to the Asia market.


Hajime Sugiyama │Mitsubishi Electric

IIoT Evangelist, Factory Automation

Hajime started his career in PLC production planning. He led the Big3 Powertrain Plant Project in USA, and has 6+ years in Europe and 20+ years in Automation, helping customers with IIoT installations. Hajime is one of the leading global speakers for e-F@ctory, Mitsubishi Electric’s IIoT initiative.


Tom Moore │McAfee

Vice President of Worldwide OEM Sales

With strong worldwide background in OEM and software licensing, Tom specializes in general management, sales, and business development with track-record of success across global markets in both public and private companies. Expert in building and managing technology sales and marketing teams to develop new markets, secure new customers and establish presence in new markets.


Dr. Peter R.G. Bak │ Humber River Hospital


+25 years of experience in health care software development, product commercialization, consulting and executive leadership;
PhD in applied engineering from Imperial College, London and has published various papers on healthcare related topics.


Wei Zhang │ DHL Consulting Asia-Pacific

Project Manager

Wei has over 10 years of experiences helping companies across different industries to develop their Supply Chain strategies and optimize logistics operations, in ASEAN, Greater China and Europe. He holds a Master degree of ICT in Business from Leiden University in the Netherland.


Nicole Denil │Microsoft

GM, Global Channels for IOT

Nicole has been with Microsoft for 14 years, and has held positions across Latin America, Cloud and Enterprise, OEM,. Prior to IoT, she was the Devices Sales Director for Latin America. She was a pioneer in launching Azure in the Americas for DX and EPG. She also was the co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing at Sitemasher, a cloud-based CMS (content management system later acquired by Salesforce). Prior to joining Microsoft, Nicole served Rockwell’s Automation and Software divisions for 10 years. Nicole tallies more than 24 years of experience in high-tech and international business and has an Master’s Degree in International Business.


Reenita Das │ Frost & Sullivan

Partner, Senior Vice President, Transformational Healthcare

Reenita Das is an industry expert with +25 years of healthcare marketing and consulting experience which include engaging with global clients and startups to develop and implement growth strategies. She is a passionate visionary, futurist, innovator and thought leader working towards changing healthcare. Das currently serves as Transformational Health Partner and Senior Vice President and is the first woman Partner at Frost & Sullivan.


Robbert van Rooij │ INTER

Managing Director

Flexible, enthusiastic, driven and performance-oriented;
Accelerator in the field of system integration, with a focus in healthcare and control rooms.


Harald Verloop │ Alphatron Medical

Group BV CEO

CEO and Co-Founder of the Alphatron Medical Group;
Has built a successful medical company in the past 18 years;
Supplier of hardware and software solutions for medical and automated care processes.


Mingyeh Hsieh │ HwaCom Systems Inc.

Vice President

Mr. Hsieh is a professional manager with over 27 years experience in business management and operations, and has been work across Asia and Europe region. His professional specialities include Business development, Project management, IT strategy and planning, Customer Relationship Management , and technology integration. He also has extensive industry experience in telecommunication, Electronic Hi-tech, manufacturing, and Government industry. His recent position is as Vice President of HwaCom Systems Inc. in Taiwan.


Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee │ 128 Technology

Vice President – Product Management

Ritesh Mukherjee is Vice President of Product Management leading technology strategy at 128 Technology. His expertise includes routing/switching, SD-WAN, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV, and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Ritesh was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei leading their Technical Solutions Team. Prior to that he was Manager, Product Management at Cisco responsible for LISP, Multicast, Routing, and other technologies across IOS, NX-OS, and IOS-XR. Ritesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.


Sergey Kravchenko │ Kaspersky Lab

Senior Business Development Manager

Sergey is responsible for business and project development of new age security for embedded, Telecom, IoT and Automotive fields. He was engaged in research of expert systems and artificial intelligence, implemented automation in processes of analysis and data collection in the oil and gas industry, worked as consultant in the field of information systems development and implementation. After he became interested in global technologies development and global cyber threats he joined Laboratory research team to work on creating software, processes and data protection systems for connected devices.


Satyajit Dwivedi │ SAS

Director of Global Practice, Process Sensor and IOT

Satyajit has more than 24 years of Industry experience in Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Government, Transportation and Defense. He is focused in areas of Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Process Re-engineering, Business Performance Improvement with Big Data Analytics.
Satyajit has rich experience in working with Apex Ministries - Energy, Power, Urban Development, Transport, Information Technology, Municipal and Urban Local Bodies, in conceptualizing & executing modernization programs for Process Restructuring initiatives Industry 4.0 programs / Smart City/Smart Grid / Connected Factory Programs, Horizontal Transfer initiative, Energy Forecasting & Optimization and Asset Modernization.
In SAS, Satyajit has been associated in design and development of Analytics for IoT platform for Connected Vehicle, Connected Factory targeted for achieving Asset Performance Improvement and Production Quality Improvement. He has spearheaded the implementation large scale analytics solution deployment as a part of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Manufacturing and Telecom sector.
Satyajit has spearhead large scale multi-billion dollar greenfield power projects involving commissioning of High Tension Lines, Substations & Control Rooms, PLC, SCADA and GIS systems.
14th year in SAS, he has established various practices and competencies in Government, Manufacturing, Defense Oil & Gas and Utilities. He is a thought leader and has represented SAS in World Economic Forum, World Smart Grid, IoT Events, Energy Summits and Maintenance / Reliability Congress. He is invited as speaker for leadership talks and guest faculty in leading Business / Technology Schools. He is an Electrical Engineer and a dual (Finance/Systems) major Management Graduate. He is member of IIC, ISWM and GARP


Roland Ducote│ Arrow Electronics

Marketing Director, Global IoT Solutions

From the Arrow Electronics IoT Global Solutions Group, Roland brings over a decade of diverse sales and technical marketing experience. He began his career with Arrow in 2000 and has served in a variety of sales, marketing, and operations roles. Based in Denver, Roland has covered a wide range of product lines including FPGA’s, embedded computing, wireless, and storage technologies.


Robert Josef Simmeth│ IBM Greater China Group

Vice President, AI & Cognitive Solutions

Robert Josef Simmeth is a Vice President, AI & Cognitive Solutions, IBM Greater China Group from July 1st 2017. Prior to that, he led GCG Cognitive Solutions Team and Industry Solution & Business Development Team.  Before joining GCG, Robert was Vice President of IBM Commerce unit AP, Japan & GCG.  Before that Robert was the executive partner and VP Commerce with European IBM Global Business Services as well as FOT Transformation Leader for the Top IBM FOT accounts across Europe.


Björn Schwarz │Another Monday

Head of Strategy and Corporate Development

Björn is leading the strategy and corporate development efforts of Another Monday, a major RPA (robotic process automation) vendor. Another Monday can mimic everything a human could do with a screen, a keyboard and a mouse – it is also able to connect all possible data sources and can thus help to create holistic Industry 4.0 solutions that are also connected to management applications like ERP, CRM etc. Björn rejoined Another Monday after a stint with McKinsey New Ventures. With degrees in economics and management, he worked in international business and corporate development before that, mainly in the financial service industry. He is fascinated by the insights and impact a smart combination of data and technology can achieve.


Masato Ushijima │Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Industrial IoT Evangelist

Over 36 years' experience of embedded system development

  • RTOS, Network Protocol, and Industrial IoT
  • Joint Project (micro-MAP/MMS, HP-RT)
  • Collaboration (INTEL, CISCO, arm, DELL-EMC, HPE, HMSi, TTTech, CENIT, Forg Horn Systems, Nanyang Polytechnic University, and OSIsoft)
  • Administrative scrivener (2017 qualification acquisition), financial planner, and certified specialist of intellectual

Thilo Stieber │ Atos

Group Vice President & Global Head Automotive & Discrete Manufacturing, Chief Digital Officer Manufacturing, Retail and Transport

Thilo Stieber is globally responsible within Atos for the Automotive & Discrete Manufacturing Market and for the Digital Business Development in Manufacturing, Retail and Transport. In his roles, he supports companies in accelerating their Digital Transformation, by turning new concepts, technologies and business models into real business. With being 3 years based in Shanghai, responsible for the Manufacturing business in APAC he learned the importance of Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things for competing on a global level against well-established market leaders.


Kittichai Wutti-udomlert │ DAIKIN Thailand

Assistant General Manager

Kittichai joined Daikin Industries (Thailand) Ltd. as system engineer in IT department in 2001. In 2007 Production Engineer set up new department – Production Processing System for develop MES for production line. In 2012, Kittichai was promoted as Assistant Manager for new department – Manufactured System Innovation. Currently, he is Assistant General Manager in production engineer. He has experience in IT for manufacturing for 17 years and have experience take care in variety job include Facility maintenance, IT maintenance, IT admin, Networking, and Production Engineer.


Patrick Chen │ YCM


Yeong Chin Machinery Industries Co., Ltd.

  • 2003 joined YCM family
  •  Present: CEO

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC) | US

  • 1998 – 2003: Certified Public Accountant

TAMI|Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry

  • Executive Director

Desmond Tai │ Multitrade

Managing Director

Desmond Tai is the Founder and Managing Director of Multitrade Asiapac Sdn Bhd Group. He has been involved in Industrial automation sector for the past 20 years. Start from 1999 ,he has been involved in system consultation, design, development and implementation for industrial automation sector for both Discrete manufacturing and Process Manufacturing. Now he leading a top ranking industrial automation company in Malaysia with an engineering team which fully focus on industrial 4.0 related system which include of IOT,MES Manufacturing Execution System and Telemetry system.


Franco Pallavicini │ Net Surfing


  • Graduate in theoretical physics, Franco works in the computer industry since 1982.
  • From 1982 to 1995 at Olivetti, first as a SW developer, then as  system architect and later as R&D manager for software products development, including operating system development, computer networking and advanced computer graphics systems.
  • In 1995, together with two Olivetti colleagues, Franco founds Netsurf, a company devoted to SW development and consultancy where he acts as Project and Account Manager in a wide variety of business applications projects.
  • Currently Franco is the Netsurf President and he directly manages the “Enterprise Asset Management”  division and the strategic partnerships development.

Ryosuke Suzuki │ Bosch Japan

Smart Agriculture Solution Leader of FUJI Plantect

Ryosuke Suzuki has been working at Bosch since 2008 being responsible for business development in various fields. In 2015, he joined FUJI Project (Future with Japanese Innovation), a Bosch corporate start-up, as project leader for the agricultural IoT domain. In 2017, the project launched PlantectTM to the Japanese market: a smart solution that collects and analyzes sensor data using AI technologies to optimize greenhouse farming.


Yam Mo Wong │ ASM Pacific Technology

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Wong Yam Mo is an Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of ASM Pacific Technology which provides assembly equipment to the industry of semiconductor, LED and SMT. He joined ASMPT in 1983 and has 35 years of working experiences in semiconductor and LED industry equipment design especially wire bonder. He has been serving the roles of Chief Technical Officer since 2007. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master degree in Industrial Engineering, both from the University of Hong Kong. He also holds a Master degree in Precision Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Yasuo Miyauchi │ Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Senior Manager

Yasuo has 15 years experiences in Railway projects management especially in Taiwan market. He started his career in financial field and then entered into global business fields, such as assignments in Overseas Economic Corporation Fund (currently JICA) and in industrial plant export department. Yasuo took EMBA in National Taiwan University.


Douglas Wang │ Vodafone

Greater China IoT Country Manager

14 years working experience in global telecom market, 5 years taking the country manager role for Vodafone IoT Greater China;
Leading the Vodafone partnership with China Mobile, and continuing to support Chinese IoT companies and telematics companies expanding business in oversea


Dave Hudson │ Vigilent Corporation


Dave Hudson is the CEO of Vigilent Corporation. Prior to joining Vigilent in 2013, Dave was the founding CEO of NM Incite, a joint venture between McKinsey and Nielsen that provided social media tools and analytics for large enterprise clients.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Client Services for Nielsen’s global telecom business. Dave joined Nielsen via its acquisition of Telephia, a provider of syndicated performance data to mobile carriers. Dave worked in a variety of roles at Telephia including Senior Vice President of Sales.
Prior to joining Telephia, Dave was Co-founder and President of Blue Wireless, a startup providing application software to mobile carriers. He also spent several years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little and San Francisco Consulting Group working with global telecom clients. He started his career in research and development with Hughes Aircraft Company. Dave holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara.


Miller Chang │ Advantech

President of EIoT

Miller Chang is the President of Embedded IoT. Embedded IoT offers a wide range of hardware products with superior “Embedded Design-In Services”. Our offering ranges from boards and systems solutions, peripheral modules and software services, to intelligent displays and digital signage, and vertical focused gaming platforms. Emb’Core's vision is to develop innovative, intelligent and leading embedded solutions to help our customers build intelligent and smart applications that power intelligent cities.


Linda Tsai │ Advantech

President of IIoT

Before joined Advantech, Linda Tsai gained substantial work experience in the PC industry, serving in companies such as Quanta and Clevo. She holds an M.Sc. in Information Resource Management from Syracuse University, USA, and a B.E. of Computer Science and Information Engineering from Tamkang University. Currently the President of Industrial IoT, Linda has been in Advantech for almost eleven years, as the head of several teams including the PM team in embedded boards for AIMB and ESBC, and the iSystem Group. Under her lead, the revenue of the IMB team (AIMB/ATX) made a huge leap from USD 1.3M to 33M from the year 2006 to 2010. During her first year as the Director of Advantech Embedded Systems Group in 2010, sales jumped to USD 129.7M with a highly impressive 49% growth rate. Since then ESG has continuously been growing at a steady pace.


MC Chiang │ Advantech

Associate Vice President of Service-IoT

MC Chiang joined Advantech in 2000 and is now acting Associate Vice President of the Service IoT Group. MC has extensive work experience, from Industrial IoT, Embedded IoT, and Service IoT Groups. MC successfully established a sales team that laid solid foundations for China’s and Taiwan’s market development and growth.


Ween Niu │ Advantech North America

General Manager , Vice President of Networks & Communications Group

Ween Niu is General Manager for Advantech North America, accountable for regional sales and marketing revenue as well as oversees strategic business planning. His career path has taken him from Acer and Twinhead where his reputation for excellence and commitment was displayed in full. Under his 15 year tenure at Advantech, his leadership and integrity has guided the business to incredible growth and expansion reaching key milestones year after year. His experience and contributions to Advantech, both locally and globally, has had a significant impact on business development and for allowing mindshare for keys to success. The advance of the American market share, which accounted for 28% of Advantech’s total revenue in 2014, continues to capture current and emerging vertical segments.


Jonney Chang │ Advantech

AVP of Industrial IoT Group

Jonney Chang is Associate Vice President of the iAutomation Systems & Solution Group (ASG) in Advantech, responsible for developing automation control solutions and HMI/SCADA software applications, formulating innovative strategies and overseeing the growth of ASG, as well as building business partnership and managing value chain ecosystem. Jonney was named to this position in September 2015.


Mike Koike │ Advantech Japan

General Manager

Mike Koike completed his MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA in 1988 and shortly afterwards joined Intel as Customer Marketing Manager for Japan. Three years later Mike joined Adaptec Inc., USA and became the great power in initiating the establishment of Adaptec Japan Ltd., and Adaptec Korea Ltd. Before Mike took the post as President of Advantech Japan in 2012, he had also served in Agilent Technologies Japan Ltd., and worked as President in the Japanese branch of Sonic Wall Inc.


Charlie Chung │ Advantech Korea

General Manager

Charlie Chung has a degree in Computer Engineering from Kwangwoon University in Korea. He began his career as an engineer for KIA Info-Systems but soon became a salesman for the Automation Group in KIA. The experience provided him with a great opportunity to accumulate marketing know-how and practical experience in business, establishing a good relationship with field customers as well as strengthening the connection with Advantech. Charlie then became a key figure in the birth and development of Advantech Korea which started as a joint venture with a small SI company in 1998. He was then the head of Automation Business with only 12 employees and began to increase Advantech’s brand exposure in the Korean industrial market. Because of Charlie’s wide experience in Korean industry, and the efforts of his team members, revenues keep growing every year with increasingly expanding business scope.


Elvin Ng │Advantech

Sector Head of Industrial IoT ASEAN

Elvin joined Advantech as Sales Manager in 1999 to lead and manage Advantech Penang office’s Sales and Operation. Prior to joining Advantech, he started his career in 1995 as a system engineer with one of well-established Industrial Automation & Solution Organization. In 2006, Elvin was appointed as Board of Director and General Manager of Advantech Malaysia and General Manager of Advantech Thailand in 2004-2007. Currently, he is acting as ASEAN Region Industrial IoT General Manager. He has over 22 years of experience in Industrial Automation industry and holds a Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University, USA.


Jash Bansidhar │Advantech

Sector Head of Industrial IoT Europe

Jash Bansidhar made his way into the world of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) by following different role paths such as project engineering & management, sales and sector leadership. In 2004, Jash came in active duty within Advantech and developed himself from sales management towards the head of Advantech’s Industrial IoT Sector in Europe, driving a team of 70 sales and support professionals that are focusing on Industrial IoT business development in the segments Industry 4.0, Smart Grids and Intelligent Transportation. As a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor in Electrical engineering, Jash always had a passion for education, technology, people and international business.


Jamie Lin │Advantech

AVP of Manufacturing Operations

Jamie joined Advantech in 2005 and held management positions at Xindian and Advansus plants in the years that followed. In 2013, he relocated to Kunshan, China, to serve as Director at the Advantech Kunshan Manufacturing Center (AKMC). Under his leadership, AKMC has been transformed into an efficient manufacturing center that has set a high industry benchmark. In 2017, Jamie was promoted to Associate Vice President of Manufacturing Operations to lead both centers at Taipei and Kunshan. Leading the implementation of the Industry 4.0 initiative, Jamie and his team have created practical production innovations by integrating Advantech’s own IoT products with customized solutions, thereby transforming traditional processes into a more intelligent and digitized form of manufacturing.


Ken Kao │Advantech America

Transportation Business Development Manager of Industrial IoT Group

Ken Kao is Business Development Manager, Advantech Industrial-IoT, US Transportation Sector. Ken has considerable experience in product management for industrial communication solutions in multiple vertical markets, including transportation, energy, security and more. He was named to CFE Media's 2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40 and regularly speaks as an Industrial Ethernet Solution thought leader.


Willy Wu │Advantech

iFactory BDM

Willy Wu is the Business Development Manager of iFactory sector in Advantech, responsible for iFactory SRP solution planning and go-to-market strategy in smart factory area. Willy's focus area includes production line monitoring, factory environment and energy analysis.