Fair warning, this year’s group of speakers will blow your mind. From CEOs of major leading
tech companies to the queen of shitty robots, you won’t want to miss a word from these truly
Founder & CEO
Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed. After co-founding *The Huffington Post* in 2005, Peretti launched BuzzFeed in 2006 as an experimental lab that focused on tracking viral content and making things people wanted to share. Under Peretti’s leadership, BuzzFeed has grown to over 1000 employees worldwide, more than 200M monthly unique visitors and 1.5B monthly video views, with writers and producers creating shareable and entertaining content and reporters and editors covering everything from politics to technology and investigations. BuzzFeed has also pioneered social advertising to build shareable campaigns for the world’s leading brands.
Before BuzzFeed, Peretti experimented with viral projects and studied how information and ideas spread through the web. Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design
Founder & CEO
At 35, Emma Isaacs has achieved more than most twice her age. She’s the CEO of Australia’s largest community for women, Business Chicks; has spent one on one time with Bill Gates; is a serial property investor, has raised over $10million for charity, and is mother to four children six and under.
Superwoman? Maybe. A courageous entrepreneur? Definitely. Emma can take something good
and turn it into something spectacular with no experience required. At the age of 18, she acquired a small recruitment company which, with Emma at the helm, went on to be named ‘Australia’s Favourite Recruiter’ in the SEEK Awards for three consecutive years and in 2005 won Westpac’s Small Business of the Year.
After eight years, Emma felt the entrepreneurial urge to try something new. She was invited to a small event run by a group called Business Chicks, where she learnt that Business Chicks was up for sale. So at the age of 25 Emma took a leap of faith and bought it.
Fast-forward seven years and Emma has grown the small Business Chicks group of 250 members
into a national community of over 35,000. Business Chicks produces over 60 events annually; publishes a quarterly magazine called Latte and facilitates thousands of new connections each week through its online platform.
Emma has spent time with some of the world’s greatest business visionaries, entrepreneurial minds and thought leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Diane von Furstenberg, Sir Bob Geldof, Seth Godin, Rachel Zoe and Arianna Huffington.
As a passionate philanthropist Emma wants to make a difference. She sits on the board of The Hunger Project Australia, is a past President of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and has held ambassadorships with Dry July, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and 1 Million Women.
Emma blogs at emmaisaacs.com, is a sought after keynote speaker and media commentator who’s been featured in BRW, Cosmopolitan, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, The Australian Financial Review, InStyle and Marie Claire, and has appeared on TV shows including Sunrise, Today Tonight, Sky Business News and The Today Show.
Queen of Shitty Robots
Known worldwide as the “Queen of Shitty Robots”, Simone Giertz is an inventor, public speaker and renown comedic YouTuber. Simone’s videos have seen her feature on The Ellen Show, The Late Show Mashable, Business Insider, Wired, Conan O’Brien and more.
A. William Stein
A. William Stein
William Stein (Bill) has served as Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer since November 2014 and as Chief Financial Officer from July 2004 until April 2015. Previously, he held the role of Chief Investment Officer from July 2004 until April 2014.
Prior to joining Digital Realty, Bill was with GI Partners, Digital Realty’s predecessor private equity fund. Bill has over thirty years of investment, financial, and operating experience in both large company environments and small, rapidly growing companies. Prior to joining the company, Bill provided turnaround management advice to both public and private companies. Bill has held a wide range of leadership roles, including Co-Head of VentureBank@PNC and Media and Communications Finance at The PNC Financial Services Group, where he was responsible for directing the delivery of PNC’s products and services to VentureBank’s high technology and emerging growth client base; President and Chief Operating Officer of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust (now part of iStar Financial); Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust; and a number of senior investment and financial management positions with Westinghouse Electric, Westinghouse Financial Services and Duquesne Light Company. Bill practiced law for eight years, specializing in both litigation and securities & finance.
Bill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree with Distinction from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ronan has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry and over 19 years of experience in networking infrastructure. Ronan previously was the Head of Electronic Trading Strategy at RBC Capital Markets, where he used his prior experience in network, hardware, and co-location technology to generate client-facing solutions. Prior to working at RBC, Ronan was the Head of Financial Services Development at Switch and Data and Head of DMA and Co-location solutions at BT Radianz where he serviced some of the largest trading firms in the financial industry.
Denver has been working in the Internet industry since 1994 with key companies designing infrastructure and contributing intellectual property to large-scale, global networks and services. Denver has taken engineering and leadership opportunities in emerging sectors of the Internet industry. In 1998 he joined the Globalcenter team, which was later bought by Global Crossing and then Level 3, building layer 3 and MPLS telecommunications infrastructure. In 2005 he joined Limelight Networks, Inc., as VicePresident of Network Engineering, setting the foundation for global CDN services, leading the creation of one of the largest traffic moving networks on the Internet and taking the Company into a leading role in global Internet interconnection. In 2011 Denver joined Microsoft as Senior Director, Strategy and Planning for Global Networking Services, responsible for their interconnection and cloud networking infrastructure development, helping to reshape the Microsoft networking team, acquiring top global talent in engineering and interconnection, and transforming the edge service footprint of their global services. Denver is a passionate technologist focused on the evolution of Networking-as-a-Service, the role it has in the growing cloud computing movement, and future alignment of network services with ever-changing customer needs.
Andrew (Andy) Power is the Chief Financial Officer of Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) and is responsible for the company’s financial functions, including financial reporting, capital markets, tax, investor relations, and financial planning and analysis.
Prior to joining Digital Realty, Andy served as Managing Director of the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for relationships with over 40 public and private companies, including Digital Realty. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Andy was employed by Citigroup, where he held similar positions. During his career, he has managed the execution of public and private capital raises in excess of $30 billion, including the largest REIT IPO to date, and more than $19 billion of merger and acquisitions transactions. Andy was part of the lead underwriting team that advised Digital Realty on its initial public offering in 2004 and served as a lead manager on nearly every subsequent public capital raise.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest University.
New York Road Runners
Michael Capiraso is the President and CEO of New York Road Runners (NYRR). He focuses on the overall growth of the organization, as it strives to deliver its positive impact on communities through running. Capiraso is steadfast in his commitment to spreading NYRR’s mission of helping and inspiring people of all ages and abilities through the sport. NYRR organizes a myriad of events, including youth running programs that serve 215,000 kids a year in the five boroughs of NYC and around the country, and the TCS New York City Marathon, which over the last decade has raised $200 million through its charity running program.
After earning an MBA, Capiraso studied film at New York University. He served as Vice President of Broadcast & Creative Services at Calvin Klein before moving into the sports industry to consult for Major League Baseball, and then serving as Vice President of Marketing & Executive Creative Director at the National Football League. Capiraso then became the CEO North America at WPP-PRISM, a global PR and sports marketing firm, and later took on the role of CMO at Nike owned Cole Haan, where he was charged with updating and expanding the brand.
Capiraso lives in Manhattan with his family who inspire and support his 24 yearlong TCS New York City marathon running streak.
Chris Kelsey is a 19 year old entrepreneur/investor that founded Appsitude Accelerator after running a successful app/web development & marketing company (called Appsitude) that grossed over $10m revenue in less than 2 years after leaving high school in December 2014.
Appsitude Accelerator is a global startup accelerator that refines, designs, codes, markets, and helps raise funding for startups through their global investor network.
He is also co-founder of Azgard Angels, an angel investment fund with partners including Deepansh Jain, who ran Shifu, the schedule automation app that was acquired by Paytm (lead investors include Alibaba) for $8m USD in January 2016.
PhD candidate in Plant Biology and Pathology
Philomena Chu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers-New Brunswick. She is interested in sustainable bioenergy, energy policy-making, and the intersection of science and politics. Her research focuses on developing a tiny, aquatic plant called duckweed into a sustainable bioenergy feedstock.
Philomena was a fellow in the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship project on Renewable and Sustainable Fuels—a doctoral program that trains students to conduct interdisciplinary research on clean energy by integrating science, policy, and economics. She also received the prestigious Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellowship and interned at the New Jersey Legislature where she conducted research for pending bills.
Philomena holds a B.A. in Psychology from New York University and a B.S. in Plant Biology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
John Peter (JP) Valiulis
Emerson Network Power
VP of Marketing & Thermal Management
John Peter (JP) Valiulis
As vice president, North America marketing, business development and product innovation, thermal management, for Emerson Network Power, John Peter “JP” Valiulis is responsible for evaluating new technologies and developing highly efficient and reliable controls and product solutions for mission-critical applications. Previously, he held positions in strategic planning, new-venture development, and product marketing with SPX Cooling Technologies, PepsiCo, and The Walt Disney Co. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania.
Founder & CEO
Ali Abdullah is CEO of ClaimIt!, a hyper-local marketing and branding mobile application giving users the opportunity to win free products after watching short video ads, while enabling companies to target millennials. Since launching ClaimIt! in 2014 with co-founders, Kaza Razat and Khalid Mills, the former Google senior engineer has led the business to 250,000 subscribers with brand partners including Starbucks, Beats by Dre, T-Mobile, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sprint. The story of ClaimIt! and Abdullah’s journey from homelessness to success has been covered by CNN Money, MSNBC, Alley Watch, the New York Post and other media outlets.
Ari Ramdial is the Executive Director of the non-profit WearHacks. For the last 3 years he has devoted his time into impacting the lives of motivated youth worldwide, through campaigns, workshops and tech- marathons. His extensive experience in understanding innovative perspectives, such as human-centered design and cyber-physical systems in emerging technology has successfully launched his initiatives into traditional and new companies alike. His recent activities include product design, educational experiences and working with influential entities to change the way society sees education, and emerging technology.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jonathan A. Beckham focuses his practice on sophisticated, cross-border commercial and corporate transactions, with a focus on technology transactions, outsourcing and general corporate matters. He negotiates transactions relating to the development of Cloud infrastructure and networks, and the license of Cloud services to leading financial institutions and other enterprise customers. Jonathan has negotiated and participated in numerous merger and acquisition, corporate finance and joint venture transactions involving technology and data licenses and services as a key component and driver of transaction value and risk. He served as senior in-house counsel for Tata Communications International and Teleglobe International Holdings for approximately six years, with responsibility for a variety of commercial and corporate matters.
Allison Hoff Cohen
Toyota Legal One
Allison Hoff Cohen
Allison Hoff Cohen serves as chief privacy lawyer for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), a role she has held since 2006.
During her 14-year tenure at Toyota, Cohen has worked on a wide range of privacy initiatives, including those involving customer information protection, marketing and social media campaigns, dealer data sharing and connected vehicle technology. More recently, Cohen has advised Toyota’s new companies that focus on big data analytics as well as research and product development for artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous passenger vehicles. She also works closely with Toyota’s Government Affairs in Washington D.C. to address and inform connected vehicle policy issues and related government inquiries.
Beyond Toyota, Cohen’s work on connected vehicles includes participation in various industry initiatives to educate and raise awareness among regulators and legislators about data collection transparency. She has also played a key role, working with the automotive industry’s trade organizations and other automobile manufacturers, in helping create the automotive industry’s new privacy code of conduct.
Previously, Cohen served as counsel for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation. Before joining Toyota in 2002, she worked as in-house counsel at Daimler Chrysler Financial and as an associate attorney at the Detroit law firm of Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.
Cohen holds a B.A. with Honors from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She has been licensed to practice law in Michigan, Colorado and California.
Tata Consultancy Services
Head of N.A. Marketing & Communications
Joe King is the Head of North America Marketing and Communications at TCS. In this capacity, Joe is responsible for the Company’s branding, communications, field marketing and digital marketing programs in North America, TCS’ largest market, and works closely with the NYRR to support our year round partnership.
Alexandra Lutchman is the Operations Director of the non-profit WearHacks. She is committed to creating global impact by creating new and innovative learning experiences both inside and outside the traditional systems. Through technology focused experiences + design, her goal is to show how non-technical fields can contribute to our tech-focused society. Her comprehensive understanding in experiences and developing innovative partnerships has successfully launched the WearHacks Chapter Program, where any organization or individual can jump start the emerging technology community in their regions.
Chris Sharp has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, with an extensive background in developing technology strategies in global markets. He has a deep knowledge of the data center sector and is well positioned to expand technical innovation at Digital Realty. Most recently, he was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix, where he led the development of innovative cloud services solutions and developed new capabilities enabling next-generation, high-performance exchange and interconnection solutions, facilitating broad commercial adoption of cloud computing on a global basis. Previously, Mr. Sharp held leadership positions at top network and colocation providers, including Qwest Communications, MCI/Verizon Business and Reliance Globalcom.
Adam Rothschild is Packet’s Senior Vice President of Network and Datacenter Infrastructure; he is responsible for all facets of the company’s next-generation infrastructure strategy and engineering. Adam was previously a member of Voxel dot Net’s founding technical team, where he served as Vice President of Network Architecture. Following Voxel’s sale to Internap in 2011, he held several leadership positions at Internap, and was most recently Senior Manager of Network Architecture and Product Development.
Adam is an active participant in industry fora, and donates time and resources to PeeringDB and the Open IX Association. When he’s not working, Adam has a passion for photography, eating and learning to prepare sushi and Korean barbecue, and raising two shelter cats.
Adam avoids social media like the plague, though he maintains minimalist Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, if you’re lucky enough to find them. He studied Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Christian is a co-founder and organizer of NYNOG, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Open-IX Association. He has worked in networking for over 10 years, Previously holding roles focused on Interconnection, Peering, and Network Engineering at organizations such as Megaport, Microsoft, Twitter, and QTS Data Centers.
New York Road Runners
VP, Information Technology
Jeff Carnevale is the Vice President of Technology at New York Road Runners. He leads IT operations, system, and software development. He is poised to modernize the IT infrastructure, continue to build and expand our mobile applications, and foster technology innovation.
Since 2014, Zachary Muren has served as an Enterprise Solutions Consultant with Rackspace. In this capacity he focuses on weighing economic cost factorization relative to enterprise customer applications and transformation platform selection. Prior to Rackspace, Zachary spent 4 years at Logicworks an IT Services organization where he managed public and private cloud environments becoming intimately familiar with the cloud ecosystem. Zach started his career at Axa-Equitable building financial strategies for investors and holds a degree in Economics.
VP, Distinguished Analyst
David J. Cappuccio is a VP, Distinguished Analyst and Chief of Research for the Infrastructure teams within Gartner, responsible for research in Enterprise Data Center Strategies and Trends, data center physical design, retrofit, construction and cost models, data center cloud and hybrid strategies, power/cooling, green IT, and data center consolidation and migration strategies. His experience extends more than 45 years in the technology arena, including financial services, IT operations, market research and management consulting. Prior to rejoining Gartner in 2004, Mr. Cappuccio spent 10 years with the company, starting in 1992, in various research and executive roles, including Group VP and General Manager of Gartner’s worldwide Research organization.
Senior Advisor- Hosting and Cloud Solutions Architect
Ed Molinari has been actively involved in the Enterprise and Service Provider data center arena for over 25 years as a senior solutions architect, sales engineer, technical consultant and hands-on engineer. This experience has been focused on infrastructure technologies including all facets of data center server, storage and network components. My experience at a service provider; a systems integrator; an IT department; and a technology vendor, provides a unique blend of insight from these diverse perspectives that I leverage to bring value to my clients. I continue to be focused on next generation data center technologies including cloud computing and Infrastructure as a Service and evangelizing the vision of the Cloud Enabled Enterprise. My data center experience runs the gamut from power/ structured cabling to Monitoring/Operations to single/multi-tenant infrastructure design and monetization. I am an expert in creating hybrid Data Center Architectures that include bare metal, cloud, dedicated, virtualized and on-premise/off-premise Enterprise architectures in Hyper Scale environments extending to Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services technologies.
Senior In-House Legal Counsel
Darius Withers is Senior Legal Counsel with the Fortune 500 Global Consulting firm Accenture. Based in Accenture’s offices in the Washington DC-area, Darius oversees transactions and negotiations primarily in the State Government Contracting and Public Transportation sectors. His responsibilities include providing legal advice and support to corporate executives on government contracting issues in over twenty-four distinct jurisdictions, including advice on Software Licensing Agreements, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Outsourcing, and Cloud-based IT Services.
Darius has over twenty years of practice experience with law firms both large and small, inside government agencies and before Capitol Hill in Government Relations. Prior to joining Accenture’s In-House Legal Group, Darius represented various clients as a Senior Associate with the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren. His background includes advising clients in the information technology, banking, telecommunications, and media industries, particularly as they relate to regulatory and political matters at the federal, state, and local levels.
Darius is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D.); he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia. Mr. Withers is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the National Bar Association, and served as a member of George Washington University’s Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Withers also serves as a contributing member to the Greater Washington Urban League and the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia. He lives in the Washington DC-area with his wife and two children.
Director of Global Architecture
Ryan Woolley is Director of Global Network Architecture at Netflix, where he is responsible for the network architecture and engineering of the Open Connect CDN. He is also a member of the technical committee of Community IX, the operator of FL-IX in south Florida and CIX-ATL in Atlanta. Over the last 20 years, Ryan has been continuously involved in networking, with experience in enterprise, access, content delivery and Internet exchanges.