Martin Schäfer

Martin SchaeferMartin Schäfer, Global Governmental Affairs and Issue Management Agricultural Solutions at BASF. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.

Peter Federman

Peter Stanley Federman is a doctoral student in public administration at the University of Kansas, having previously received his B.A. from Tufts University and his M.P.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. His research considers questions of bureaucracy and democracy, including how administrative officials and elected politicians make decisions that impact the public. He brings expertise in bureaucratic politics, executive decision-making, and digital dashboards to the Track Trump project and sees this dashboard as an important and necessary tool of accountability in a democratic society.

Maica Gil

Organizer of the SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum
Co-Founder at Heroikka

Maica’s extensive experience in entrepreneurshipgovernment and non-profits, has helped her create a platform for diverse international organizations to collaborate, share resources and give visibility to various projects and initiatives, start-ups and businesses specific to women at the SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum.

As Co-Founder at Heroikka, Maica is passionate and committed to closing the gap by connecting women-led projects, funding and support systems around the world.

She is also on the Board of Directors for the “Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations” and Co- Founder of the California – Spain Chamber of Commerce.

Arndt Peltner

* July 19th 1968


Since 09/96 Freelance correspondent for German and Swiss radio and newspapers (i.e. SWR, DeutschlandRadio, SRF, Nürnberger Zeitung). Covering events in the US, but also in conflict and post-conflict regions.

Since 11/96 Founder, producer and host of Radio Goethe,
a music show on currently 40 stations in the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland.

From 9/01 to 06/10, producer and host of Radio Goethe Magazine,
a news magazine show with support of the German Federal Government.

From 03/05 to 08/14, producer and host for the Lufthansa Inflight program “Country”.


Media Award, Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, 2016
Marler Medienpreis of amnesty international, 2012
RIAS Berlin Radio Award, 2011
Merit of Order of Germany, 2004
Silver Reel Award of the NFCB, 2004
Radio Award of the BLM (Bavaria), 1997

Janina Rumker

Regulatory and Clinical Affairs Manager of PROSYSTEM AG

Studied Biomedical Engineering at University of Applied Sciences Hamburg with focus on medical device technology. Her professional focus is on clinical evaluations as well as clinical investigations. She has been author and co-author of a wide range of clinical evaluation reports, following the requirements of the MEDDEV 2.7.1 guideline. Moreover, as a mentor and trainer she imparts her knowledge at different conferences and seminars.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kowalewski


Professor for Embedded Software at RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Kowalewski is full professor for embedded software at RWTH Aachen University. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Karlsruhe University, Germany, and a Dr.-Ing. and a habilitation degree in control and safety engineerig both from Dortmund University, Germany. From 2000-2003 he was researcher and group manager in the Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering division of Robert Bosch GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany, working in the area of automotive software engineering. Prof. Kowalewski was chairman of the technical committee “Cyber Physical Systems” of the German Society on Measurement and Automation (VDI/VDE-GMA) and head of the steering board of the technical committee “Automotive Software Engineering”, German Society for Computer Science (GI) until last year. His research interests are in software and systems engineering for embedded and cyber-physical systems, in particular formal methods for program analysis and synthesis, design and validation of safe and reliable systems, and model-based control software design. For his teaching in embedded software, he received the Informatics Europe Curriculum Award 2012.

Ronald Grasman


Senior Manager, U.S. Fuel Cell Vehicle Operations, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA)

Ronald is heading the North American Fuel Cell Operations of Mercedes-Benz. He relocated from MBRDNA’s mother company Daimler AG in January 2013, where he was responsible for managing the Mercedes-Benz fuel cell and battery electric vehicle demonstration projects from 2007-2012. Ronald began his career with Daimler AG in 1996 as a Powertrain Engineer and has since then held various engineering and management positions within the company before moving into the field of powertrain electrification, hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles.

He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and in addition earned an MBA from the European School of Business at Reutlingen University (ESB).

Ronald lives in Redondo Beach, CA with his wife and their daughter and son.

Howard Schmidt


Retired Cybersecurity Adviser for both President G.W. Bush and
President Barak Obama

Partner Ridge Schmidt Cyber LLC

Howard A. Schmidt, CISSP, CSSLP. Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator. Honorable Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement, and corporate security spanning more than 40 years. He brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations through his distinguished career. He currently is Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt is responsible for coordinating interagency Cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector Cybersecurity partners.

Previously, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt also bring to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.

Howard is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is married to Rosemarie J. Schmidt, a forensic scientist and researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics. Together, they are proud parents, and happy grandparents.

Kurt Roemer


Chief Security Strategist
Citrix Systems

Kurt Roemer is Chief Security Strategist for Citrix Systems. Kurt Roemer leads the security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO Office, Mr. Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. An information services veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Mr. Roemer’s credentials include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation, he served as Commissioner for the US public-sector CLOUD2 initiative, and he led efforts to develop the PCI Security Standards Council Virtualization Guidance Information Supplement for the payment card industry while serving on the Board of Advisors. Mr. Roemer regularly contributes his expertise on security-related topics in global online, print and broadcast media.

Joerg Borchert


Vice President
Infineon Technologies

Joerg Borchert is Vice President of Chip Card & Security ICs for Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Borchert studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, then achieved his PhD in Economics before he joined Siemens AG in 1988. In 1992 he joined Siemens Semiconductor which became Infineon Technologies in 1999. A US resident since 1998, Borchert now leads a team working on chip-based security for the smart grid and mission critical embedded systems. Along the way, he contributed to four patent filings in this area and was instrumental in the implementation of smart cards for payment applications and the U.S. electronic Passport program.

Since 2011 he leads the Trusted Computing Group as President and Chairman. The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms.

Norbert Pohlmann


Professor and Director, Institute for Internet Security
Chairman, TeleTrusT – IT Security Association Germany

Norbert Pohlmann studied Electrical Engineering, specialized in Computer Science in Aachen, and has written his doctoral thesis on “Possibilities and Limitations of Firewall Systems”.

He was founder and Managing Director at the start-up company KryptoKom. After the merger with Utimaco Safeware AG he was a member of the Utimaco Safeware AG management board from 1999 to 2003.

Since 2003 Norbert Pohlmann has been a Professor in the Computer Science Department for distributed systems and information security and since 2005 he is director of the Institute for Internet Security – if(is) at the Westphalia University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

He is a founding member of the IT Security Association TeleTrusT, which is devoted to the establishment of trusted IT networks and systems, and has been a member of its board since 1994 and chairman of the board since April 1998.

In 1997 Norbert Pohlmann won the city of Aachen’s Prize for Innovation and Technology.

For five years he was a member of the Permanent Stakeholders’ Group of the ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency).
He is a member of the academic council of the Association for Data Protection and Data Security: GDD. He is also a member of advisory board of the ISP Association eco which is the largest ISP Association in Europe. Norbert Pohlmann is also a member of the steering board: Task Force IT Security from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

In 2011 he was Professor of the year in the category Computer and Engineering Sciences.

Numerous publications, lectures and seminars on the subject of information security testify his expertise and commitment to this subject.

From March to June 2013 Norbert Pohlmann will be Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Department of Computer Science.

Dr. Kim Nguyen


Managing Director, GmbH/D-Trust GmbH
Chief Scientist Security, Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Dr. Kim Nguyen studied mathematics and physics at the universities of Göttingen (Germany) and Cambridge (UK) and received a Ph.D. in mathematics for his work on the relation be-tween classical number theory and cryptographic security of elliptic curves. After two years with Phillips Semiconductors working as a cryptographer, he joined the German Federal Print (Bundesdruckerei) in 2003. Here he was responsible for the topics of cryptographic and chip security as well as infrastructure aspects in the ePassport and eID projects in Germany. Since 2012 he is responsible for all technical security topics within Bundesdruckerei as Chief Scientist Security. In Juni 2012 he additionally took over the position of Managing Director of D-Trust, the trust center of Bundesdruckerei.

Dan Levinson


Venture Financing Professional
Comerica Bank

Dan Levinson is a venture financing professional at Comerica Bank’s Technology & Life Science group. Prior to joining Comerica, Dan was managing Israel’s Bank Leumi operations in Silicon Valley. Prior to Leumi, Dan was financing technology companies in Israel, both as a lender in two Israeli banks, and on the equity side at a Private Equity fund and at a Venture Capital fund.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Arizona State University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.

Michael J. Beckman


VP/Head of Hydrogen Fueling & Industrial Applications
Linde LLC

Mike graduated from West Point with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, then served 5 years in the US Army, leading a Combat Heavy Engineer Company as the Executive Officer during Desert Storm.  After graduating from the University of Michigan Business School with a MBA, he joined Linde where he held positions in Field Engineering, Sales, Business Planning, and Product Management before leading the Western Region as the Regional VP.  In 2009 he began leading the hydrogen fueling team for Linde in the US.  Mike has recently relocated to Linde’s US head office in NJ, where he continues to head Linde’s efforts for hydrogen fueling, while also managing a new team responsible for industrial applications.

Larry Haddad

Global Chief Marketing Manager

Vehicle Information Technology Division
Nissan Motor Co., LTD
Sunnyvale California

Nationality:  American

Larry is an automotive veteran, with over 17 years experience in connected car marketing.

In 2012, Larry was appointed Global Chief Marketing Manager – Vehicle Information Division, Nissan Motor Corporation. He is responsible for delighting customers by creating a stress free and intuitive customer experience along every touch point of the customer journey, from discovery through repurchase for the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun sales channels. In this role he also manages world-wide digital marketing, promotion and co-marketing strategies for connected cars.

From 2006 to 2012 Larry was General Manager Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan and Infiniti channels at Nissan Europe in Paris and Nissan International in Geneva.  In this role, he was responsible for Strategy and Planning for Nissan in Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and India.

Larry has championed the introduction of several iconic technologies introduced by Nissan Motor Corporation.  His most recent accomplishments include the introduction of NissanConnect; an affordable navigation and connectivity device that is the industry leading in-vehicle navigation product for B and C segment vehicles.

For the demanding Infiniti customers who have a passion for inspired performance, Larry championed the introduction of Infiniti InTouch, Dynamic Safety Shield and the award winning Around View Monitor.

For electric vehicle drivers, Larry championed the introduction of NissanConnect powered by CARWINGS; an award winning in-vehicle infotainment system designed to meet the unique product needs of electric vehicle drivers.  The CARWINGS system was awarded the Mobile world Congress Global Mobile Awards 2011 prize for the “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport”.

From 1997 to 2006, Larry was responsible for Product and Marketing strategy in Nissan North America.

From 1993 to 1996, Larry worked on Pan-European Business Strategy projects for Nissan Europe in Amsterdam as Nissan prepared its European operations for the European Monetary Union.

Before his first assignment in Europe, Larry worked in Sales and Marketing for Nissan, Infiniti and Ford Motor Company in the United States.

Larry has a passion for studying consumer behavior, ethnology and technical trends to create innovative products that meet the needs of a diverse group of worldwide vehicle buyers.

Larry has a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.