Seval Oz


Jaafar Elmirghani
University of Leeds

Joshua Fairfield
Washington and Lee

Jim Jefferies

Christine Miyachi
Nicholas Napp 
Xmark Labs, LLC

Conor Russomanno
Stephen Welby


Prof. Jaafar Elmirghani is FIET, FIoP, and Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems, Leeds. He has provided outstanding leadership in a number of large research projects, and was PI of the £6m EPSRC Intelligent Energy Aware Networks (INTERNET) Programme Grant. He is Co-Chair of the IEEE Green ICT initiative, a pan IEEE Societies initiative responsible for Green ICT activities across IEEE. He was awarded the IEEE Comsoc 2005 Hal Sobol award, 2 IEEE Comsoc outstanding service awards (2009, 2015), the 2015 GreenTouch 1000x award, IET Optoelectronics 2016 Premium Award and shared the 2016 Edison Award in the collective disruption category with a team of 6 from GreenTouch for joint work on the GreenMeter. His work led to 5 IEEE standards with a focus on energy efficiency, where he currently heads the work group responsible for IEEE P1925.1, IEEE P1926.1, IEEE P1927.1, IEEE P1928.1 and IEEE P1929.1, this resulting in significant impact through industrial and academic uptake. He was an IEEE Comsoc Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2016. He has published over 450 technical papers, and has research interests in green communication networks.

Joshua A.T. Fairfield, Washington and Lee School of Law

Joshua A.T. Fairfield is the William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is an internationally recognized law and technology scholar of digital property, electronic contract, big data privacy, and virtual communities. He has published articles in top law journals, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Financial Times. He is a Fulbright research grant scholar and a member of the American Law Institute.


James A. Jefferies, IEEE President & CEO

Jim Jefferies retired from AT&T and Lucent Technologies following 33 years in engineering and executive positions including fiber optic cable development and manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain management.  He managed the engineering teams that delivered the first commercial fiber optic cables for AT&T.  He served as logistics vice president, responsible for worldwide supply chain and export planning.  He has led teams in major technology transfers, transitions of information technology, and organizational change.  He has also worked in the entrepreneurial sector as Chief Operating Officer for USBuild.com in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Jim served two separate terms on the IEEE Board of Directors, as well as the 2015 IEEE-USA President.  As President of IEEE-USA, Jim supported the expanded focus on public visibility, young professionals, and humanitarian outreach.

He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MS in Engineering Science from Clarkson University.  He attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow and earned an MS in Management.

Jim is a member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu honorary society and a licensed professional engineer (Emeritus).


Christine Miyachi, Xerox

Christine Miyachi has almost 30 years of experience working for startups and large corporations. She writes a blog about software architecture: http://abstractsoftware.blogspot.com/. She is currently a systems engineer  at Xerox Corporation and holds several patents.  She works on Xerox’s Extensible Interface Platform which is a software platform upon which developers can use standard web-based tools to create  applications that can be configured to use on Xerox devices. Miyachi graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in electrical engineering. She holds two MIT degrees: an MS in technology and policy/electrical engineering and computer science and an MS in System Design and Management. See more about Chris at www.christinemiyachi.com


 Nicholas Napp, Co-Founder, Xmark Labs LCC

Nicholas Napp has been working with VR and AR systems since the early 1990s. His team at Rainbow Studios pioneered the use of VR in 3D animation production.

Nicholas has brought over 40 products to market across a wide range of consumer and enterprise markets. He is a systems thinker with broad skills in business development; product development; innovation & technology; and strategic marketing and partnerships. He is particularly focused on the integration of strategy, technology and corporate narrative to accelerate business growth.

His prior roles include leading multiple startups; Lead External Technology Scout, North America for Sony Ericsson; and Vice-President, Animation, Rainbow Studios (sold to THQ, inc.). He is also Chairman of the Board at FabNewport, a non-profit makerspace for middle school and older students.

Conor Russomanno, Director of Advanced Interfaces, Meta, OpenBCI Co-Founder and CEO

Conor Russomanno is the Director of Advanced Interfaces at Meta, one of the pioneering companies in Augmented Reality (AR). Conor is also the co-founder and CEO of OpenBCI, a company dedicated to open-source innovation of brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies. Conor studied Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University and then went on to study Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. After completing grad school, Conor taught graduate level courses in Creative Coding, Physical Computing, Philosophy of the Mind, and Human-Computer Interaction at Parsons School of Design’s MFA Design & Technology (MFADT) program, as well as New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Conor’s current career interests lie at the intersection of Augmented Reality, Brain-Computer Interfacing, and Artificial Intelligence.

Stephen Welby, IEEE

Stephen Welby is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow with more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

Prior to joining IEEE, in 2015 Stephen was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  In this role, he served as the chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Defense, leading one of the largest and most complex research, development, and engineering organizations in the world.  He oversaw a $12.5B annual investment portfolio, managed internal and collaborative research and engineering efforts, drove a culture that valued innovation, and supported the department’s global technical engagement.

Stephen has more than three decades of government and industrial experience in technology and product development, including senior leadership positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  His technical experience includes development of leading edge aeronautical and space systems, robotics, machine learning, high-performance software, and sensor systems.

Stephen holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a master’s degree in business administration from the Texas A&M University, and master’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the IEEE.