Speakers
David
Awschalom
Director, Chicago Quantum Exchange

Panel: Accelerating quantum technologies for communication and sensing

David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor and Deputy Director of the Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, a Senior Scientist/Quantum Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory, and Director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange. He is also the inaugural director of Q-NEXT, one of the new US Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Research Centers.

Before arriving in Chicago, he was the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute and Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California – Santa Barbara. He had served as a Research Staff member and Manager of the Nonequilibrium Physics Department at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He works in the emerging fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering, where his students develop new methods to explore and control the quantum states of individual electrons, nuclei, and photons in the solid-state.

His research includes implementations of quantum information processing with potential applications in computing, imaging, and communication. Professor Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize, and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.

Jaya
Baloo
Chief Information Security Officer, Avast Software s.r.o.

Panel: Quantum-safe solutions

Jaya Baloo, currently Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Avast Software has worked in the cybersecurity area for nearly 20 years. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the year award, Top 100 CISOs, and is one of the inspiring 50 in the Netherlands. Jaya frequently speaks at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, cryptography. She is a faculty member of the Singularity University and a member of various infosec boards. Jaya is a quantum ambassador of KPN Telecom and a Vice-Chair of the Quantum Flagship Strategic Advisory Board of the EU Commission.

Christopher
Bishop
Chief Reinvention Officer, Improvising Careers

Christopher Bishop is a technology futurist, TEDx speaker, LinkedIn Learning instructor, and former IBMer. He is passionate about the power of emerging technologies to positively transform business and culture.
Chris writes and speaks on future technologies including AI, crypto assets, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, and robotics. He recently recorded a live-action course for LinkedIn Learning called “Future-proofing your data science career” – due to be released in April 2020.

Other notable engagements include a Career Labs Workshop in June 2019 at the Open Data Science Conference in New York City titled “How to succeed at data science jobs that don’t exist yet.” In addition, Chris co-authored a white paper with MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland titled Blockchain+AI+Human”, describing the business possibilities as well as the powerful socio-cultural implications of connecting AI and blockchain.

In September 2018, Chris gave a talk at Accelerate AI, Europe 2018 in London titled “Your brain is too small to manage your business” describing the increasing commoditization of AI. He also moderated a series of Lightning Talks last year at the AR in Action Leadership Summit at the MIT Media Lab and delivered the Closing Keynote at the AI World Forum in Toronto in November 2018.

Kai
Bongs
Director, UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology

Panel: Quantum sensor evolution

Professor Kai Bongs is Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, where he drives the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications in climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development. Professor Bongs is Editor-in-Chief for the European Physical Journal – Quantum Technologies and UK representative on the Quantum Community Network of the European Quantum Flagship initiative. His work on translating cold atom quantum technologies to applications has been recognised by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award and the 2019 Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics.

Steve
Brierley
CEO and Founder, Riverlane

Panel: Quantum emulators and hybrid systems

Steve founded Riverlane because he believes that bringing together pioneers in software, algorithms, and architectures in one company is the only path to commercially useful quantum computers. His dream is to make quantum computers as transparent and well known as RaspberryPi.

Steve is a global leader in the commercialization of quantum computers and sits on the UK government’s Quantum Computing Expert Group. He spent almost a decade in the intelligence community and as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge leading major research projects in quantum computing.

Steve holds a Ph.D. in quantum information from the University of York. He is a big music fan and spent much of his youth playing the saxophone in jazz, funk, and soul bands.

Harry
Buhrman
Executive Director of QuSoft, Professor of algorithms, complexity theory, and quantum computing at the University of Amsterdam

Panel: Keynote

Harry Buhrman is a professor of algorithms, complexity theory, and quantum computing at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), group leader of the Quantum Computing Group at the Center for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI), and executive director of QuSoft, a research center for quantum software, which he founded in 2015. In 2020 he was elected as a member of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He built the quantum computing group at CWI, which was one of the first groups worldwide and the first in The Netherlands working on quantum information processing. Buhrman’s research focuses on quantum computing, algorithms, and complexity theory. He co-developed the area of quantum communication complexity (quantum distributed computing), and demonstrated for the first time that certain communication tasks can be solved (exponentially) more efficient with quantum resources. Buhrman co-developed a general method to establish the limitations of quantum computers, and a framework for the study of quantum algorithms.

Jeffrey
Cohen
Founder, Chicago Quantum and President, US Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc.

Panel: User experiences: Financial services industry

Jeffrey has 30 years in IT Management Consulting and IT Professional Services. He built businesses as an IBM Executive, Hewlett Packard Consulting Partner, McKinsey & Company Associate Principal, Siemens IT Solutions & Services Managing Vice President & KPMG Senior Manager.

Jeffrey started a quantum computing startup in December 2018 that specializes in financial portfolio optimization using classical and quantum computers, quantum secure communications, and enterprise IT management.

Jeffrey has a Masters in Management in management & strategy, finance, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a bachelor’s in arts in economics from the University of Chicago, and completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Management Science from IIT Stuart School of Business.

Andrew
Collins
Lecturer and Enterprise Developer, University of Bristol, Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre

Panel: Quantum-hubs in Europe

Dr Andrew Collins is currently a lecturer and enterprise developer for the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) at the University of Bristol. He is a visiting professor at Nagaoka University of Technology and a co-founder of SurfaceRF. He has a background in nanomaterials chemistry and has published over 41 papers in the field along with two books. Since 2016 he has supported over 40 fellows going through the QTEC business development programme aimed at taking academics in the quantum engineering and emerging technology sector and helping them to found companies. To date, the programme has seen the incorporation of 23 companies who have raised £18.5M in funding (two thirds private investment) and generated over 96 jobs.

Toby
Cubitt
Director and Founder, Phasecraft

Panel: User experiences: Pharma and chemicals industry

Toby Cubitt’s research straddles theoretical physics, mathematics, theoretical computer science, information theory, and much of Europe. He has published papers in the top-tier international journals and conferences across all four of these fields, including highly acclaimed publications in Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Toby holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich. He is Reader (Associate Professor) in Quantum Information at UCL, and head of the Quantum group in the Department of Computer Science there. He holds a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society, was awarded the 2017 AHP-Birkhauser Prize, and a Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society in 2019 for “outstanding contributions to mathematical physics, in particular the interconnections between quantum information, computational complexity, and many-body physics.”

In 2018, Toby co-founded PhaseCraft together with Dr. Ashley Montanaro and Prof. John Morton: a quantum software startup focused on tackling the biggest challenge of developing practical applications of near-term quantum computers, from developing new underpinning mathematical techniques through to software implementations on real quantum hardware.

When he’s not pursuing research in mathematical physics or developing near-term applications of quantum computers, he can often be found designing science activities for 3-5 year-olds, helped by constructive criticism from his daughters.

Kees
Eijkel
Business Development Director, QuTech, Delft University of Technology

Kees Eijkel is a Business Development Director at QuTech, the Delft quantum institute founded by the Technical University of Delft and TNO. Before that, he was president of Kennispark Twente, the science park and innovation ecosystem in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, and technical-commercial director of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology. His education is in Mathematics (MSc University of Amsterdam) and Engineering (Ph.D. University of Twente). Kees has held several positions in organizations to support commercialization and startups, including public venture funds.

Joseph
Emerson
Founder and CEO of Quantum Benchmark, Fellow, CIFAR Quantum Information Science Program, Institute for Quantum Computing & Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo

Panel: The Debate on Quantum Advantage

Joseph Emerson is a Faculty member at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Applied Math at the University of Waterloo, and is also Founder and CEO of the software start-up Quantum Benchmark Inc. Professor Emerson’s pioneering research in quantum computing has led to the current industry-standard methods for assessing quantum hardware errors and optimizing algorithm performance, which are essential technologies for quantum computing to achieve its disruptive potential. His start-up has headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, and offices in Berkeley, California. Quantum Benchmark launched its True-Q software system in March 2018 and has already established market leadership in assessing and optimizing quantum computer performance, including sales to leading quantum hardware providers and quantum algorithm developers.

Axel
Foery
Executive VP Quantum-Safe Security, ID Quantique

Panel: Markets for QKD systems

Mr. Axel Foery joined ID Quantique in February 2020 bringing deep experience in the IT, telecommunications, and security fields. He started his career in the telecommunications market working for Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, and later Cisco where he built the IP Infrastructure we everyday use. During 16 years at Cisco, he successfully held leadership roles throughout Europe and was responsible for the launch of new technologies and go-to-market approaches for major global markets and verticals.

After working at Cisco, Axel became the CEO of Keymile, a Swiss and German network infrastructure vendor, serving the Energy, Railway, Authority, and Carrier markets. There, he implemented a new company strategy focusing on the mission-critical market. To cover the strong security needs of this market, he drove the joint development of a new product with IDQ and Keymile/ABB in 2016. Later, he moved into the Utility market to build the Global B2B Solution Business GTM for E.ON, a major European Utility company. Before joining ID Quantique, Axel was a strategic technology advisor in different Private Equity investments.

Terrill
Frantz
Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity, Harrisburg University

Panel: Jobs and education in the quantum technology sector

Terrill Frantz is the lead for the Next Generation Technologies / Quantum Information Science master-degree program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, where he is an Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity. He has extensive classical-computer software experience reaching over 45 years of hands-on programming and management, mainly in the international financial services industry, and he has recently pivoted into Quantum Computing. He transitioned from industry to academics in 2002, which includes 8-years as a professor of management at Peking University, in Shenzhen China. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and an EdD in Organization Change from Pepperdine University.

Lawrence
Gasman
Inside Quantum Technology, President

Lawrence Gasman is the founder and President of Inside Quantum Technology. He has authored industry analysis reports on quantum key distribution, quantum computing, quantum networks, and quantum sensors and numerous studies on high-speed interfaces for high-performance computers. He also served on a panel at the Q2B conference in 2017; the first-ever business-oriented quantum computing conference. Lawrence has been tracking the commercialization of new technologies for 35 years and has written four books in this area. His consulting work has included both major multinationals and high-tech start-ups as clients and he has also carried out due diligence work for investment banks, venture capitalists, and leading management consulting firms.

Michael
Hayduk
Deputy Director, Information Directorate, AFRL

Panel: User experiences: Aerospace and automotive

Dr. Michael J. Hayduk is the Deputy Director, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York. The directorate’s mission is to lead the development and integration of Air Force warfighting information technologies for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, and Cyber. Dr. Hayduk plays a key role in overseeing an annual budget of over $1.8 billion, leading the activities of over 1,200 scientists, engineers, administrative, and support personnel.

For the past eight years, Dr. Hayduk was the Chief of the Computing and Communications Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, New York. The division’s mission is to lead the discovery, development, and integration of affordable computing, networking, and communications technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace forces.

Dr. Hayduk was responsible for defining, planning, budgeting, advocating, managing, and directing the execution of the research program and leads all aspects of personnel management within the division Dr. Hayduk joined the Air Force through the Palace Knight educational program in 1991 and
was assigned to Rome Laboratory. Upon completion of his graduate studies, he served as a research engineer where he developed ultrafast solid-state pulsed lasers for optical communication systems.

As a team leader, Dr. Hayduk led the development of microwave photonic components and subsystems for use in radio frequency sensors. Dr. Hayduk became the acting Chief for the Electro-Optic Components Branch in 2007 in the AFRL Sensors Directorate which developed components and subsystems for advanced radio frequency and electro-optic AF sensor systems.

In 2007 he became the Chief of the Emerging Computing Technology Branch in the AFRL Information Directorate which performs fundamental and exploratory research and development in nano computing, quantum computing, computational intelligence, and optical computing for advanced computing architectures. Dr. Hayduk has published more than 50 journal and conference papers and holds
one US patent.

Freeke
Heijman
Director Strategic Development, QuTech
Special advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy on Quantum Technologies.

Panel: Quantum Policy in Europe

Freeke Heijman is director strategic development at QuTech in Delft and special advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy on Quantum Technologies. In this context she is responsible for the Dutch national policy and investments in Quantum Technology, international partnerships such as the NL participation in the EU flagship and development of the Delft Quantum Campus ecosystem. She is a 50-50 liaison between the Ministry and the QuTech Center and represents The Netherlands in European committees such as the FET Flagship Board of Funders. She has extensive experience in European and national space, industrial and innovation policies including in the role of head of unit. She graduated at the TU Delft Policy Analysis and Systems Engineering department in 1999 and started her career at KPN Research. Her passion is to drive innovation at the crossroad of academia, business and government.

Bettina
Bettina
Heim
Senior Software Engineering Manager, Microsoft

Panel: Evolution of operating systems for quantum Computers

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Bruno
Huttner
Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, ID Quantique

Panel: Quantum-safe solutions

Bruno Huttner is the Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives and a Quantum Key Distribution Expert at ID Quantique. Bruno joined ID Quantique in 2014, participating in business development and product
management in the Quantum Security division, which develops next-generation encryption, and especially quantum key distribution systems.

He then started the space programs, aiming at developing quantum key distribution globally, using satellites. Bruno is an engineer (Ecole Centrale Paris) and a physicist (Ph.D. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology). During his career, both in academia and in business, Bruno wrote many scientific papers and gave lectures at many international conferences.

Iordanis
Kerenidis
Head of Quantum Algorithms International, QC Ware

Panel: Evolution of operating systems for Quantum Computers

Iordanis Kerenidis received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004, under Umesh Vazirani. After a two-year postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Peter Shor, he joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique CNRS in Paris as a permanent researcher. He has been the coordinator of a number of EU-funded projects including an ERC Grant, and he is the founder and director of the Paris Centre for Quantum Computing. His research is focused on quantum algorithms for machine learning and optimization, including work on recommendation systems, classification, and clustering. He is currently working as the Head of Quantum Algorithms Int. at QC Ware Corp.

Carlos
Kuchkovsky Jimenez
Chief R&D and Technology Officer - New digital business, BBVA

Panel: User experiences: Financial services industry

Carlos is passionate about how exponential technologies are redefining society, business, and economics by allowing reliable interaction models. He began programming mobile multiplayer games, where he learned the importance of design and the user experience, incentive models, and the complexity of creating distributed systems.

He transitioned from a consultant-based practice to BBVA, where he has had the privilege of living the journey of transformation, as BBVA moves from a traditional financial institution to a global digital bank. He continues to be enthusiastic about the journey to digital, with the purpose of generating prosperity in society.

When travel permits, he also shares experiences, ideas, and opinions in various business schools and universities as a visiting professor. He is currently obsessed with the convergence of society, economics, and technology and how the latter is setting the pace. He has collaborated in the creation of several startups around Fintech, IoT, and new governance models that support how advances in technology and help s people make smarter decisions.

Himadri
Majumdar
Program Manager, Quantum Technologies, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Panel: Emerging technologies and companies in quantum computing

Himadri Majumdar, Ph.D is the Program Manager for Quantum Technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Dr. Majumdar leads R&D service and partnerships with companies in Finland and globally, on Microelectronics, more recently on Quantum technologies and Systems. He has 20 years of experience in R&D, Business Development and Sales of Micro, nano and printed electronics. He is a trained experimental physicist with 20+ research articles in international journals. He has also co-supervised Ph.D students as Adjunct Professor at Tampere University and Åbo Akademi University in Finland. In his current role he helps companies, especially fabless start-ups, to utilize VTT’s R&D expertise and infrastructure to create new products and pave the path for them from lab to fab.

Philip
Makotyn
Sr. Quantum Marketing Manager, Honeywell

Panel: Quantum computing: Technical and architectural trends

Dr. Philip Makotyn is a business leader at Honeywell Quantum Solutions driving to commercialize next-generation quantum computing systems. Philip has more than a decade of experience in quantum sciences and a broad background in ultra-cold atomic physics, ion-trapping, and electromagnetics. He holds a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from the University of Colorado and Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois and Elmhurst University, respectively.

Honeywell Quantum Solutions is shaping the future of quantum computing through the commercialization of trapped-ion-based quantum computers which will deliver high-fidelity quantum operations with all-to-all qubit connectivity to enable high-depth quantum circuits and novel quantum algorithm development.

Chiara
Marletto
Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Panel: Keynote

Chiara Marletto is a Research Fellow at Wolfson College and the Physics Department, University of Oxford. Her research is in theoretical physics, with special emphasis on Quantum Theory of Computation, Information Theory, Thermodynamics, Condensed-Matter Physics, and Quantum Biology. Some of her recent research has harnessed a recently proposed generalization of the quantum theory of information – Constructor Theory — to address subtle issues at the foundations of the theory of control and causation in physics. These include applications to defining general principles encompassing classical, quantum, and post-quantum theories of information; and the definition of a new class of witnesses of quantum effects in systems that need not obey quantum theory, such as gravity; and a scale-independent definition of irreversibility, work, and heat, based on constructor-theoretic ideas. Chiara’s new book about her research, “The science of can and can’t”, will be out in spring 2021, published by Penguin.

Catherine
McGeoch
Senior Scientist, D-Wave

Panel: Quantum computing: Technical and architectural trends

Catherine McGeoch received her doctorate in Computer Science from Carnegie
Mellon University in 1987 and taught at Amherst College for 30 years. In 2014 she traded academia for industry and joined the technical staff of D-Wave Systems. Her research focus is on empirical analysis of algorithms and heuristics, and more recently on performance evaluation of quantum algorithms and computing systems. She was co-founder of the DIMACS Implementation Challenges and the ALENEX conferences on
algorithm engineering and experimentation; and she is past editor in chief of the ACM Journal on Experimental Algorithmics. She has authored two books, one on guidelines for experimental analysis of algorithms, and one on adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing.

Ricardo
Pérez-Castillo
Quantum Software Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha / aQuantum

Panel: Jobs and education in the quantum technology sector

Ricardo Pérez-Castillo holds the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He works at the IT & Social Sciences School of Talavera at University of Castilla-La Mancha where he is vice dean. His member of the aQuantum scientific research team where he works on quantum software engineering. His research focuses on the migration of classical systems to quantum architectures and classical-quantum software reengineering. He is one of the promoters of the Talavera Manifesto for Quantum Software Engineering, as well as the organizer of various international workshops on this topic, like QANSWER’20 (www.qanswer.site) or Q-SET’20 (quset.github.io).

Dennis
Rot
Director Quantum for Business, Cronos Groep

Panel: Jobs and education in the quantum technology sector

With a background in Business Mathematics, Dennis has founded and run several companies over the last 20 years, primarily in the digital innovation space. His latest efforts now focus on defining and setting up a new nonprofit entity called Quantum for Business. Quantum for Business is a uniquely positioned central platform of quantum technology in Europe that educates, connects and guides frontrunner businesses who want to lead the quantum revolution.

Taro
Shimada
Corporate Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Toshiba Corporation

Panel: Keynote: Sponsor

Taro Shimada joined Toshiba in October 2018 as Corporate Digital Business Chief Strategy Officer. In April 2019 he was appointed Chief Digital Officer, responsible for supporting Toshiba’s digital transformation and spearheading strategic business creation and promotion.

In carrying out these responsibilities, Mr. Shimada draws on a wealth of experience in hardware development, including aircraft; in process consultation ranging from automobiles to precision machinery design and heavy industry; and in product life cycle management software. An expert in Factory Automation, he has advised many of Japan’s leading global manufacturers on digitization, and is currently an advisor to the Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative, and to the IoT Acceleration Lab. He has also contributed to the activities of Industrie 4.0 in Germany and Connected Industries in Japan.

Mr. Shimada began his career in1990 at ShinMaywa Industries Kobe, where he worked on aircraft for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In 1999 he joined Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, a part of Siemens, and took on a series of progressively senior post at Siemens KK, and at Siemens HQ in Germany. Immediately prior to joining Toshiba, Mr. Shimada was Executive Operating Officer at Siemens K.K.
Mr. Shimada is a graduate of Konan University. His relaxes by playing the drums, and enjoys all genres of music.

Robert
Sutor
IBM Research - VP - IBM Quantum Ecosystem Development

Panel: The Debate on Quantum Advantage

Bob Sutor has been a technical leader and executive in the IT industry for over 30 years. He’s the author of a book about quantum computing called Dancing with Qubits that was published in late 2019. This was recently rated #1 in the BookAuthority list of13 Best New Quantum Computing Books To Read In 2020.
More than two decades of his career has been spent in IBM Research in New York. During his time there, he worked on or led efforts in symbolic mathematical computation, optimization, AI, blockchain, and quantum computing.
Sutor was also an executive on the software side of the IBM business in areas including emerging industry standards, software on Linux, mobile, and open source. He’s a theoretical mathematician by training, has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He spends every free non-freezing moment he has in the NY Adirondack Mountains.

Ton
van 't Noordende
Position Founder, PHX

Panel: VCs and the quantum sector in Europe

Ton is the founder of PHX (thephx.co), a global community that connects the dots between the world’s most original thinkers, scientists, creatives and artists, top-tier investors, founders, and ultra-high net worths from Europe and the US, with a yearly gathering taking place on an island near Amsterdam (Check out his essay on Medium for a complete backdrop).

Next to that, he’s the Investor In Residence at Techleap.nl working closely together with HRH Prince Constantijn of Oranje.

Founder and former Partner at Deeptech venture firm 01Ventures.

Matthias
Van Den Bossche
Director, Telecommunication and Navigation Systems R&D, Thales Alenia Space

Panel: Evolution of the Quantum Internet

Mathias Van Den Bossche is in charge of R&D in telecom & navigation systems at TAS. Mathias holds a PhD in theoretical quantum physics and has been working in the field of strongly correlated fermions for 7 years before turning to space industry. He Joined the Galileo programme in its early stages where he was in charge of the Ground Mission Segment performance, and system architecture simplification in the FOC phase. He conducted technical business development activities in Europe and America for TAS before becoming the programme manager of KASS (EGNOS in Korea). He is now especially in charge of the TAS roadmap on quantum technologies – relying for this on the long Thales history in this domain, and developing new concepts and projects.

Lieven
Vandersypen
Co-Founder of QuTech, Co-Director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Panel: The Debate on Quantum Advantage

Prof. Lieven Vandersypen is co-founder of QuTech, co-director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He received a PhD from Stanford University (2001) for the first implementation of quantum algorithms in the lab, using nuclear magnetic resonance. After moving to Delft, where he established his own group in 2003, he pioneered the control and read-out of single electron spins in semiconductor quantum dot arrays. Lieven Vandersypen is a recipient of the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize (2008) and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Semiconductor Physics (2008), was a member of the “The Young Academy” of the KNAW (2007-2012), and is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).

Araceli
Venegas-Gomez
Founder & CEO, QURECA Ltd (Quantum Resources & Careers)

Panel: Jobs and education in the quantum technology sector

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez, Founder and CEO of QURECA Ltd.

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez spent several years working for Airbus in Germany and France as an aerospace engineer, before falling in love with quantum mechanics. She then decided to follow her passion for physics and moved to Scotland to pursue a Ph.D. in quantum simulation at the University of Strathclyde.

Following discussions with the different quantum stakeholders she had over the last years, Araceli identified the need to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, as well as to raise the quantum awareness to the general public. Continuing her work on outreach advocating quantum technologies, she was named the “quantum ambassador”, after winning the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting fellowship in 2019.

Araceli founded her own company called QURECA (Quantum Resources and Careers) to create a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, and to generate global opportunities with quantum technologies.

QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck: the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.

Stephanie
Wehner
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology and Roadmap Leader of the Quantum Internet and Networked Computing initiative at QuTech

Stephanie Wehner is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology. As Roadmap Leader Quantum Internet and Networked Computing she is responsible for QuTech’s quantum networks objectives. Her passion is quantum communication in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography, the coordinator of the Quantum Internet Alliance, and has been awarded the KNAW Ammodo Science Award 2019. From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry.

Sherilyn
Wright
Quantum Information Scientist, Cambridge Quantum Computing

Panel: Markets for QKD systems

Sherilyn studied for an MSci in Physics at the University of Bristol, where she did an experimental masters on chip-based quantum key distribution in the Quantum Engineering Technology (QET) labs. Sherilyn now works as quantum information scientist at Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC), with the particularity of being part of both the theory and experimental teams. She designs novel products using quantum systems — currently a quantum random number generator, but also makes the bridge for their actual implementation in the photonics lab.

William
William
Zeng
Head of Quantum Research, Goldman Sachs

Panel: The Debate on Quantum Advantage