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Mohamed Awad is associate product line director for NFC products at Broadcom Corporation. At Broadcom, Mohamed is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s NFC offerings. Prior to joining Broadcom, Mohamed co-founded Ember Europe, where he brought ZigBee to the EMEA region, and served as a director on the ZigBee Alliance board. He has also held various marketing, business development and engineering management roles for several semiconductor and networking companies, including Avici Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Mohamed holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Data Communications from the University of Massachusetts.
Ed Agis is Senior Wireless Engineering Manager in the Standards and Wireless Engineering Group for Intel. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing specifications development and certification processes in mobile wireless communication technologies. Over the past 27 years in the semiconductor industry, he has held numerous management positions in product development, business development, engineering and marketing. Ed has also served in various capacities as a liaison representative between standards bodies and in chairing technology consortium workgroups.
Ian Maddocks is an eighteen year veteran of electronic payments. As Business Leader for mobile product development at MasterCard Ian is responsible for MasterCard’s mobile contactless product Mobile PayPass. Prior to joining MasterCard Ian was responsible for EMV remote instant issuance at DCS, EMV data preparation services at StepNexus and product manager at Thales. Ian holds a B.Eng (Hons) in electronic from Sheffield Hallam University.
Hideya Yamaki is a Manager in Personal Solutions Busibess Unit at NEC Corporation and is in charge of promoting global standards related to mobile phones and other portable electronic devices. He has more than 10 years experience in managing research & development of mobile handset application and middleware.
Alexander Rensink is the strategic marketing director in the Business Unit Identification at NXP, which he joined in 2007. In his current position, Alexander focuses on the significant potential for identification technology in the mobile market and aims to further deploy NFC based solutions into mobile phones and tablets. Prior to joining NXP Identification, Alexander worked at Philips Digital Networks and later Philips Semiconductors in various marketing, business development and strategy roles. He has kick started important digital media innovations such as digital television, DVD systems and various innovations for mobile phones. Alexander has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente and obtained his Ph.D. at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Neeraj Bhatia is a Product Manager at Qualcomm, where he has been since 2011. Previously, he has worked as a Private Equity Consultant at Kurt Salmon Associates, in Investment Banking at Cappello Capital, and as a Product Line Manager at Marvell. He has an MS in Computer Networking from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Kenichi Takahira is the General Manager of the MCU Business Unit at Renesas Electronics Corporation. He is responsible for managing the Secure MCU business and products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the management and development of Secure MCU products and solutions, including smartcards, NFC, and embedded security.
Clint Chaplin is a Principal Engineer for the Standards & Technology Enabling group of the Advanced Technology Lab of Samsung R&D. In this position, Clint participates in and represents Samsung at various Standards Development Organizations and alliances focusing on wireless technologies, such as ECMA, NFC Forum, and IEEE 802.11 and 802.15. Clint has many years experience in the electronics industry, in areas ranging from Wi-Fi and UWB to personal computer design and IC patent analysis.
Yo Tabayashi works for the Global Standards and Industry Relations Department in the FeliCa Business Division of Sony Corporation. He has more than 6 years experience in Sony FeliCa Contactless technology from market planning to strategic alliance activities, and also has over 10 years experience in the smart card industry. Yo joined the NFC Forum activities in 2006 in San Diego, and has held key NFC strategy roles in Sony.
Laurent Sourgen is currently director of Strategic R&D programs for Microcontrollers, Memories & Secure Group within STMicroelectronics, and he is also involved in strategic partnerships. After graduating in Electronic Engineering, he started working with silicon integrated circuits. Over the past 20 years, he has been in charge of the team developing smartcard and other secured integrated circuits, where he designed and supervised work for different secure contact and contactless product generations. With good knowledge in related technologies and architectures, he is also involved in various cooperative R&D programs as project leader and expert. He represents STMicroelectronics in different professional organizations such as NFC Forum and Eurosmart.
Erick is Head of Mobile Contactless at Visa Inc. Erick has more than 15 years experience in product and technology innovation in mobile and electronic payments. Prior joining Visa in 2000, Erick was with Ernst & Young and Shell. After earning a BASc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Erick completed an MBA at the University of Toronto.