Board Members – Business Innovation Leaders Forum

Mark FoxChairman of the Board

Mark is best known for founding NetEvents summits, “Where Technology Leaders Meet the World’s Press”. He created a radical format in which inventors, technologists, futurists, tech VCs and analysts are invited to share common ground – discussing and debating the merits of fledgling technologies and industry trends in front of a discerning audience of international media from across the globe – North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. These boutique events have been held in as many corners of the world, as well as on-line, over the past 20+ years. These debates and discussions, and the resulting business relationships, have helped key innovative technologies and applications to evolve from concept to mainstream. These include new generations of Ethernet, mobile communications, Software Defined Networking, next generation cybersecurity and the application of AI to optimize IT solutions.

Mark’s current initiative, the Business Innovation Leaders Forum, aims to extend this silo-breaking principle to innovators from every sector of business, to recreate a dynamic culture of practical, technology-agnostic business innovation, and provide CIOs and business leaders with a  stronger voice to influence technologists in developing technologies which better match their needs.

CEO, NetEvents

Bill BurnsFounding Board Member

Bill Burns has 25+ years of experience in the high-tech sector. When CEO of Spirent Communications, a global leader in test and measurement solutions, he gained a deep understanding of the fundamental role of accurate data collection, collation and analysis across many diverse sectors. As a business innovation leader, he directs this insight into advancing the application of data analytics and automation in retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, healthcare, public and other sectors.

Responsible for Zebra’s chief technology office – on emerging technologies and solution incubation. He also leads the product & solutions group, overseeing product and solutions strategy, investments and development operations for an expansive portfolio that includes mobile computing, specialty printers, data capture solutions, location solutions, and intelligent edge solutions.

Chief Product & Solutions officer, Zebra Technologies

Dr. Ronald LaytonFounding Board Member

Dr. Ron Layton brings extensive, in-depth leadership experience in high-level physical security and cybersecurity in order to anticipate and address the financial sector’s current and future security challenges.  He regularly lectures at universities on leadership, technological advancement and cyber topics.

His previous experience includes: Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service; Office of Protective Operations as well as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Strategic Intelligence and Information Directorate. He was the first Presidentially appointed White House Technology liaison, responsible for the day to day and long term strategy for Presidential information systems in  the Obama administration. Additional leadership assignments included the Presidential Protective Division, Counter Assault Team Commander, Deputy Director of the DHS National Cyber Security Division, Electronic Crimes National Program Director, and Deputy CIO for the Secret Service.

Vice President, Converged Security Operations, Sallie Mae

Prof. Martin Curley Founding Board Member

Professor Martin Curley is a leading tech innovator known for driving pioneering advances in international healthcare. He is notable for the evolving digital transformation of Ireland’s health service and the growth and impact of Intel Labs Europe. He is currently Director Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at the Health Service Executive (HSE) and is also the Co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University.

With fellowships in Engineering and Computing and previous roles including visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre and VP/Director of Intel Labs Europe, he has authored eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Director, Digital Transformation and Open Innovation, Health Service Executive (HSE)

Kevin DeierlingFounding Board Member

Kevin Deierling, entrepreneur and multi-patent holder, stands at the forefront in the application of AI for business.

With a BA in Solid State Physics from UC Berkeley, Kevin has contributed to multiple technology standards and has over 25 patents in areas including wireless communications, error correction, security, video compression, and DNA sequencing. He is also a contributing author of a text on BiCmos design.

Senior Vice President, NVIDIA

Ramesh MarimuthuFounding Board Member

Ramesh Marimuthu is the Vice President and Head of the Americas Region, Tata Communications.

Ramesh has three decades of global experience driving sales, marketing, products, infrastructure, sourcing and management advisory. He is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of front-end management, design thinking and rapid prototyping solutions, holding more than a dozen patents for innovative products and solutions. He has also been a successful entrepreneur who built his own technology consulting business.

Ramesh has led business transformation initiatives throughout his career as the telecom industry went through several disruptive cycles. He has worked with companies such as Nokia, BT, Verizon, NEC-Netcracker, Gartner and Tech Mahindra in the past.

Vice President & Head of Americas, TATA Communications

Saqib ChaudhryFounding Board Member

Saqib is a thought leader with over 20 years of experience in Digital Innovation, Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk, Business Resilience, Data Privacy, Audit & Compliance.

He has experience in designing and delivering strategic digital solutions for organizations across North America, Middle East & Europe covering various industries including Healthcare, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Law Enforcement, Financial, & Government.

Saqib is well versed with the challenges & opportunities of Digital Transformation as it relates to disruptive technologies such as Cloud, Social Medial, Robotic Process Automation, Big Data Analytics, IoT, Mobility, and Artificial Intelligence.

Saqib is an Advisory Board member for IBM’s Global Security practice; board member for the Cloud Security Alliance (UAE Chapter); and EMEA CIO Executive Advisory Board member for Palo Alto networks. He is a graduate of the FBI CISO Academy (Quantico, VA) and an EMBA candidate at the University of Oxford, UK.

CDO - Head of Digital Innovation, Cleverland Clinic

Mark ParrFounding Board Member

Mark’s passion for business-led innovation is focused on delivering best-in-class technology solutions while and a key driving force behind HFW’s continues global expansion and business transformation.

Following a 27 year military career delivering command and control networks, technology solutions and information systems in support of operations globally, he join KPMG UK LLP. Initially focused on People Operations, he rapidly built his reputation as an expert in Risk Management, Cyber Security and Information Assurance and was appointed Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Information Assurance before joining HFW.

Global Director of Information Technology, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Special Advisors

To keep members not only up to date but ahead of the field, we are recruiting a community of specialist advisors. The Advisory Board includes today’s leading Entrepreneurs, Change Catalysts, Visionaries, Futurists, Researchers, Analysts, Inventors, Innovators, Financial and Economic Advisors.  This is an ongoing process. We are continually seeking fresh sources of information, advice and inspiration, and we welcome further suggestions from members. Watch this space grow and evolve.

Hiro Rio MaedaSpecial Advisor – Economic & Financial

As a managing partner of global venture capital firm, Rio is a very astute savvy investor, combining his extensive business, tech knowledge and vision to consistently spotting new innovative companies with talented entrepreneurs capable of becoming winners. Rio brings far more than investment funds to his portfolio companies – he is renowned for his “hands-on” practical approach to ensure success. DNX Ventures are based in Silicon Valley and Tokyo focusing on B2B start-ups. Rio’s portfolio focus on early-stage innovative technology startups in the USA and Israel wishing to grow globally in areas such as cybersecurity and retail technology, including:, AppDome; Ayasdi; BridgeCrew; CloudNatix; Cylance; Fyde; Klout; Mitiga; Netrise; NeuraLegion; Remotium; SafeBreach; SOC Prime and vArmour.

His previous experience includes six years at Globespan Capital Partners where he focused on tech investments and aided business development of their Japanese/USA portfolio companies including Palo Alto Networks (NYSE).

Managing partner, DNX Ventures

Tam Dell’OroSpecial Advisor – Researcher & Analyst

Tam Dell’Oro , a sought-after speaker at industry conferences and events, is frequently featured in media across the globe. She is the President of Dell’Oro Group, a research and consulting firm which she founded in Silicon Valley more than 25 years ago, whose research is held in high regard throughout the tech industry, by business leaders and by the investment community. Her research specializes in business planning and strategic competitive analysis in innovative industry sectors such as networking, cloud, cybersecurity and telecommunications.

President, Dell’Oro Group

Brad CasemoreSpecial Advisor – Researcher & Analyst

Brad has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. His current focus is on Datacenter and Multicloud Networking and related technologies and platforms. His ongoing research in IDC’s Continuous Information Service (CIS) includes market forecasts, custom consulting, and Go-To-Market services relating to all aspects of network infrastructure (software, hardware, and cloud services) used in datacenters and hybrid and multicloud environments.

VP Research, Datacenter and Multicloud Networking, IDC

Erin DunneSpecial Advisor – Researcher & Analyst

Erin Dunne’s expertise covers migration to emerging service technologies, Carrier Managed SD-WANs, Ethernet, Fiber and Cloud Connectivity, Hybrid VPNs, and pricing dynamics for network services. She has moderated and chaired numerous industry webcasts and business panel discussions, and is frequently sourced by industry media.

She has worked with Vertical Systems Group for more than 25 years and is currently Director of Research Services. She manages the delivery and support of syndicated ENS Research Program offerings – coordinating analyst resources, directing content distribution for ENS research, and assuring high quality experience for clients worldwide.

Business Innovation Leaders Forum, Vertical Systems Group
Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

Nalanie Harilela Chellaram Special Advisor - Mind/Life/Business Balance

Nalanie is a member of the Hong Kong Harilela family, famed for their worldwide business interests. She studied philosophy, psychology and fine arts in the USA before moving to Gibraltar to establish a successful fashion business.

With a growing interest in the science of yoga she became a disciple of His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda. Following his teachings, she has been accredited by the Council of Teachers of the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, USA, and a Teacher Trainer for Integral Yoga and therapist under the British School of Yoga – with more than 30 years’ experience on the international speaker circuit lecturing on Yoga and Science of Mind.

In 2008, Nalanie was recognised in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honour’s List for her ‘Services to Humanity’. She also received a “Humanitarian Award” from the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, USA. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Integral Yoga Centres in Sotogrande Alto, Spain and Gibraltar.

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