2023 Speakers

Dr. Jethro Beekman

VP Technology & CISO, Fortanix

Having been with Fortanix from the beginning, Jethro is responsible for the overall design and security of the Fortanix architecture and products. Both in academia and industry, he’s considered a pioneer in the confidential computing field, having published many papers, and filed several patents in the field of cloud computing security. Jethro holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Vikas Bhatia

Head of Product, Azure Confidential Computing (ACC)

Vikas Bhatia is the Head of Product for Azure Confidential Computing (ACC) and is responsible for designing products and services that organizations around the world leverage to ensure that their workloads are running confidentially on Azure by protecting data when in use. He leads a team responsible for products and services including confidential virtual machines, containers, and applications on confidential hardware across CPUs and GPUs. He is also responsible for services in Azure that leverage the confidential platform to themselves become confidential. Prior to this role, Vikas led the Product team for Project Rome in the Windows Developer Platform team. He has also done stints on Cloud Game Streaming, Xbox One and the C++ Compiler in DevDiv. Vikas has an MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Alabama.

Mike Blaguszewski

Lead Backend Engineer, PreVeil, LLC

Mike has a Masters in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology and a lifelong interest in cryptography and security issues. He has been a software engineer at PreVeil since 2018.

Dušan Borovčanin

Consult Deputy CTO, Ultraviolet

Dušan Borovčanin is a software engineer with seven years of experience in the industry. He has a deep passion for free software and open-source technology, which has driven much of his work in the field. Dušan’s focus has been primarily on developing distributed systems and secure computing solutions. He has also contributed to several projects in the Go programming language community. He is one of the maintainers and solution architects on Mainflux, one of the largest free and open-source IoT platforms.

Dušan is adept at designing and deploying complex distributed applications. His knowledge of container orchestration and management allows him to create scalable and fault-tolerant systems that meet the demands of modern cloud environments.

In addition, Dušan has extensive experience working with security and confidential computing technologies, which ensure that data is processed in a secure and isolated environment.

He worked on several projects that used technologies such as Intel SGX and AMD SEV to provide a secure computing environment for sensitive data processing.

Dušan is a collaborative team player who enjoys working with others to solve complex problems and deliver high-quality results. He holds MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad.

Andrew Brust

Founder/CEO, Blue Badge Insights

Andrew Brust is Founder/CEO of Blue Badge Insights, providing strategy and advisory services to data, analytics, BI and AI companies, as well as their partners and customers. Andrew writes about Data and Analytics for The New Stack and VentureBeat, and is a lead analyst for GigaOm in that same space. He also co-chairs the Visual Studio Live! series of developer conferences, is a Microsoft Regional Director and Data Platform MVP, an entrepreneur and consulting veteran.

Mike Bursell

Executive Director, Confidential Computing Consortium

Mike Bursell is the Executive Director of the Confidential Computing Consortium. He is one of the co-founders of the Enarx project (https://enarx.dev), and was CEO and co-founder of Profian, a start-up based on Enarx. He has previously served on the Governing Boards of the CCC and the Bytecode Alliance. Previous companies include Red Hat, Intel and Citrix, with roles in security, virtualisation and networking. After training in software engineering, he specialised in distributed systems and security. He regularly speaks at industry events in Europe, North America and APAC.

Professional interests include: Confidential Computing, WebAssembly, Linux, trust, open source software, security, distributed systems, blockchain, virtualisation.

Mike has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University, and is author of “Trust in Computer Systems and the Cloud”, published by Wiley.

Srdjan Capkun

Professor, ETH Zurich

Jay Chetty

Cloud Security Architect, Intel

Jay Chetty is a seasoned Cloud Security Architect, responsible for overseeing end-to-end security of the Intel Developer Cloud, a service offering from Intel. His experience spans multiple projects, where he has skillfully navigated the complexities of cloud-based systems to optimize security. His unwavering dedication and insightful strategies have been pivotal to their strong security architecture. Jay is an accomplished endurance athlete, reveling in the serenity offered by long-distance running, cycling, and hiking. His passion for pushing physical boundaries mirrors his tenacity in securing complex digital landscapes.

Jonas De Troy

Domain Manager Public Cloud & Edge, Proximus

Working in IT since 2002, started from a very technical scope – dealing with Microsoft & Citrix and Vmware products mainly. All with a development / automation mindset. At this moment executing a cool management function to build a Centre of Excellence for Public Cloud. A big interest in technology, innovation and Top technology, more specifically in the Public cloud area.

Suraj Deshmukh

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft

Suraj is working on Confidential Containers open-source project for Microsoft. He has been working with Kubernetes since version 1.2. He is currently focused on integrating Kubernetes and Confidential Containers on Azure.

Srini Devadas

Webster Professor of EECS, MIT

Srini Devadas is the Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has has been on the MIT EECS faculty since 1988. He served as Associate Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with responsibility for Computer Science, from 2005 to 2011.

Devadas’s research interests span Computer-Aided Design (CAD), computer security and computer architecture and he has received significant awards from each discipline. In 2015, he received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact award in Electronic Design Automation. He received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2014 for inventing Physical Unclonable Functions and single-chip secure processor architectures. Devadas’s work on hardware information flow tracking published in the 2004 ASPLOS received the ASPLOS Most Influential Paper Award in 2014. His papers on analytical cache modeling and the Aegis single-chip secure processor were included as influential papers in “25 Years of the International Conference on Supercomputing.” In 2017 he received the IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award for contributions to secure hardware. He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow.

Devadas has taught widely in EECS, lecturing classes in VLSI, discrete mathematics, computer architecture, algorithms and software engineering. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow and an Everett Moore Baker teaching award recipient, considered MIT’s two highest undergraduate teaching honors.

Drasko Draskovic

CEO, Abstract Machines

Drasko is an IoT and cloud-computing expert with over 20 years of professional experience. He is the author of the Mainflux IoT platform and one of the main contributors to the Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry project. He is also the technical manager of CONFIDENTIAL6G, a large-scale EU research project. Drasko is the author of the book “Scalable Architecture for the Internet of Things” published by O’Reilly. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Belgrade University.

Thomas Fossati

Principal Engineer, Arm

Thomas is an engineer in the Architecture and Technology Group at Arm

Vishal Gossain

Practice Leader, Risk Analytics and Strategy, Ernst and Young

Vishal leads the risk analytics and strategy practice at EY Canada with 125 consultants. He sits on the advisory committee of MIT CSAIL, and is the EY representative to Vector.AI. His prior roles include Vice President of Risk Management at Scotiabank, head of risk management at HSBC Latin America, head of Credit Risk Management at Capital One Canada, and senior risk management roles at HSBC USA and Capital One USA.

Bruno Grieder

CTO, Co-Founder, Cosmian

Bruno is the CTO & Co-Founder at Cosmian. the leading platform to secure data & apps in zero trust environment.

When Bruno was 12-years- old, he fell into the magic potion of code and never recovered. Bruno loves developing as much as he enjoys mathematics.

Bruno began his career as a developer, held various positions at Total Energy, the giant energy company, then became Technical Director Europe at Quadrem (now Ariba SAP) before co-founding Amalto Technologies in 2005. The company quickly became the leader in e-invoicing for the Oil & Gas sector in the US. In 2018, Bruno co-founded Cosmian,seizing the potential of advanced cryptography to fuel privacy-by-default at the service of data protection.

Bruno holds a BS in Computer Sciences from Paris Dauphine and an ESSEC MBA

Suyash Gupta

UC Berkeley, Postdoctoral Scholar, Lead Architect of ResilientDB

Suyash Gupta is a postdoctoral scholar at the SkyLab, UC Berkeley. He is the Lead Architect of ResilientDB fabric. He received his Ph.D. degree from UC Davis and holds two MS degrees; from Purdue University and IIT Madras. He has co-authored a book on fault-tolerant distributed transaction processing at Morgan&Claypool. He was awarded the Best Graduate Researcher Award for 2021 by UC Davis. Suyash and his team won Best Hack Awards at BostonHacks, HackIllinois, and HackPrinceton, among others.

Paul Howard

Principal System Solutions Architect, Arm

Paul Howard is a Principal System Solutions Architect at Arm. His focus is on open-source solutions that span hardware and software. He is a founding maintainer of the Parsec project, which provides platform-agnostic interfaces to hardware security.

Rene Kolga

Product Manager, Google

Rene Kolga, CISSP, has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience in the areas of endpoint protection, insider threat, encryption and vulnerability management. Currently, he is a Product Manager at Google on the Confidential Computing team. Prior to Google, Rene worked for Symantec, Citrix, Altiris and Nyotron. Rene earned his Computer Science degree from Tallinn University of Technology.

Ben Lorica

Industry Consultant

Host of Data Exchange Podcast which features a roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of data, machine learning and AI.

John Manferdelli

Office of the CTO, Security, VMware

John Manferdelli leads confidential computing incubation in VMware’s Office of the CTO. He is a member of the Defense Science Board, chair of the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience, and has been a member of DARPA’s Information Science and Technology Study Group.

Marc Meunier

Director Ecosystem Development, ARM

As the Director of Ecosystem Development, Marc leads projects in security and networking as part of the Infrastructure line of business at Arm. To nurture a global framework for these projects, Marc sits on the governing board for the Confidential Compute Consortium and the Open Programmable Infrastructure project, representing Arm on the governing board as well as the outreach committee of the Confidential Computing Consortium.

Xochitl Monteon

Vice President Cybersecurity Risk & Governance, Chief Privacy Officer, Intel

Xochitl Monteon is Vice President Cybersecurity Risk & Governance, Chief Privacy Officer, including leading Intel Privacy Office, Cybersecurity Compliance, Cyber & Privacy Awareness, and IT Mergers and Acquisitions, within Intel’s SATG/ Office of the CTO.

Xochitl Monteon is responsible for driving Intel’s privacy strategy, managing the company’s privacy policies / procedures, ensuring IT M&A deliverables on deal value, driving privacy and cyber security related awareness training among employees, and communicating privacy and cybersecurity-related goals and values both internally and externally. She partners with cybersecurity to ensure controls are designed for managing privacy and that data assets are protected and in compliance with global regulatory requirements.

With over 25 years of experience leading privacy, cyber security risk management, IT Operations, business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber security and privacy awareness and training, and operational excellence in organizations spanning high tech, manufacturing, financial services, biotech, insurance, and healthcare, Xochitl brings a diverse view of risk and security to Intel Corporation.

Before joining Intel, she held several cyber security leadership roles at McAfee. Monteon also held various technical leadership roles at eBay, Inc and PayPal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and is a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Ron Perez

Fellow, Chief Security Architect, Intel Office of CTO

Ron Perez is an Intel Fellow and Chief Security Architect in the Office of the CTO at Intel. He is responsible for overall Intel security architecture and cross-business unit security technology roadmap alignment, with a focus on Confidential Computing and platform security for the disaggregated, heterogeneous, and distributed data center. He leads a team of senior technology leaders driving Intel’s foundational security technologies for server platforms and roots-of-trust, hierarchical memory subsystems, supply chain and life cycle integrity, and trusted execution environments in collaboration with Intel Labs and world-wide strategy, planning, engineering, design, and validation teams.

An industry veteran and proven innovator, Perez joined Intel in 2017 with a breadth of experience spanning security technology, semiconductors and cloud computing. Most recently, he was a vice president in the Visa Research organization at Visa Inc. As head of security research, he led a team conducting fundamental and applied security and blockchain research critical to Visa and its business partners in the global digital commerce community. Before joining Visa in 2016, Perez was fellow and chief technology officer in the cryptography research division of Rambus Inc. and senior fellow at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), where he led the company’s security architecture organization.

Earlier in his career, Perez was a senior manager and senior technical leader at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. During his tenure there, he led the systems solutions and architecture department, as well as multiple teams of research scientists and engineers pursuing advances in various systems technologies, including virtualization and systems management, next-generation memory subsystems, stream computing, multimedia and information theory. Perez began his career in 1984 as a software engineer at Motorola Inc. and then Tandem Computers Inc.

Perez earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been granted more than thirty U.S. patents—and more internationally—related to various aspects of security, with additional patents pending. He is also the author or co-author of more than 20 publications on topics related to virtualization and security. His industry contributions include serving as the Vice Chairman of the Linux Foundation’s Confidential Computing Consortium, co-founding and representing AMD on the board of directors of the Cyber Security Research Alliance Inc. and representing IBM as vice president of the Trusted Computing Group.

Rishabh Poddar

Co-Founder and CEO Opaque Systems

Dr. Rishabh Poddar is the CEO and Co-Founder of Opaque Systems, a confidential computing platform for collaborative analytics, AI, and data sharing at scale. Rishabh holds several US patents and has authored over 20 research papers in computer security, systems, and applied cryptography.

Raluca Ada Popa

Associate Professor, CS, UC Berkeley & co-founder of MC2 open source and Opaque Systems

Raluca Ada Popa is the Robert E. and Beverly A. Brooks associate professor of computer science at UC Berkeley working in computer security, systems, and applied cryptography. She is a co-founder and co-director of the RISELab and SkyLab at UC Berkeley, as well as a co-founder of Opaque Systems and PreVeil, two cybersecurity companies. Raluca has received her PhD in computer science as well as her Masters and two BS degrees, in computer science and in mathematics, from MIT. She is the recipient of the 2021 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship award, Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI 2021, Distinguished Paper Award at IEEE Euro S&P 2022, Jim and Donna Gray Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, NSF Career Award, Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, and a George M. Sprowls Award for best MIT CS doctoral thesis.

Nelly Porter

Head of Product, GCP Confidential Computing and Encryption

Cloud-based platform for collaboration and data protection.

Ivan Puddu

ETH Zurich

Ivan Puddu is a postdoc in the System Security group at ETH Zurich. He earned his Phd in the same lab, advised by Prof. Srdjan Capkun. His research focuses on hardware security, particularly improving and testing the limits of TEEs. He enjoys working at the interface between hardware and software, uncovering the capabilities of privileged attackers, and exploring side-channel leakage. He holds a MSc in CS from ETH Zurich and a BSc in computer engineering from Politecnico di Milano (cum laude).

Ravi Ravikanth

VP of Engineering, PreVeil Inc.

Ravi Ravikanth is VP of Engineering at PreVeil Inc, a leading provided of end-to-end encryption based document collaboration and email systems. Previously, Ravi headed Engineering at Airvana/Commscope where he was responsible for the development of 2G/3G/4G cellular systems which were deployed at several major wireless carriers.

Philip Rogers

Phil Rogers, VP System Software, NVIDIA

Phil Rogers is a compute server software architect and vice president of system software at NVIDIA. Phil is the software leader for multiple programs at NVIDIA, including Confidential Computing, Fleet Command, NVIDIA Certified Systems, and NGC. Phil is passionate about all aspects of accelerated computing, including ease of use, performance, scalability, and security.

Rolfe Schimdt

Senior Researcher, Signal Messenger

Rolfe works to bring security research into engineering practice at Signal Messenger, the world’s most widely used truly private communications app.

Felix Schuster

CEO, Edgeless Systems

Felix Schuster is an academic turned startup founder. He has worked at Microsoft Research on the foundations of Azure Confidential Computing, before co-founding Edgeless Systems with the vision to build an open-source stack for cloud-native confidential computing. Throughout his career, Felix has given technical talks at top-tier conferences, like Usenix Security Symposium, and IEEE Symposium. His 2015 paper on the “VC3” system is believed by some to have coined the term Confidential Computing.

Dr. Richard Searle

Vice President of Confidential Computing, Fortanix

Dr. Richard Searle is the Vice President of Confidential Computing at Fortanix. He is responsible for leading global projects for Fortanix customers who are deploying Confidential Computing technology to protect data in use and secure sensitive applications across healthcare, financial services, government, and military use cases. Richard is also a serving General Member’s Representative to the Governing Board and Chair of the End-User Advisory Council within the Confidential Computing Consortium of the Linux Foundation.

Shweta Shinde

Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich

Shweta Shinde is an assistant professor at ETH Zurich. Her research is broadly at the intersection of trusted computing, system security, program analysis, and formal verification.

She received her Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore and she was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley.

Ion Stoica

Professor UC Berkeley, Executive Chairman at Anyscale, Executive Chairman at Databricks, Board Member Opaque Systems

Co-creator of Spark, the machine learning framework leveraged by MC2 open source project and Opaque Systems.

Lily Sturmann

CCC and Office of the CTO Emerging Technologies, RedHat

Lily is a senior software engineer at Red Hat in the Office of the CTO in Emerging Technologies, working in security. She has primarily worked on projects related to remote attestation and confidential computing, and more recently on securing the software supply chain. Her favorite language is Rust.

Jackie Sweet

Lead Software Engineer, Dr Tavel Optical Group

Jackie is a seasoned software engineer, currently leading efforts at Dr. Tavel Optical Group.

Teresa Tung

CTO, Accenture

Cloud First Chief Technologist leading incubation and scaling of breakthrough technologies in cloud. Most prolific inventor at Accenture with 220+ patents and patent applications. Specializes in bridging the “enterprise gap” taking innovation from startups, academia, digital natives and making it work at enterprise scale and with enterprise requirements. Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Mona Vij

Principal Engineer, Intel Labs

Mona Vij is a Principal Engineer and Cloud and Data Center Security Research Manager at Intel Labs, where she focuses on Scalable Confidential Computing for end-to-end Cloud to Edge security. Mona received her Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Delhi, India.

Mona leads the research engagements on Trusted execution with a number of universities. Her research has been featured in journals and conferences including USNIX OSDI, USENIX ATC and ACM ASPLOS, among others. Mona’s research interests primarily include trusted computing, virtualization, device drivers and operating systems.

Henry Wang

Network Platform Security, Software Engineer, Meta

Jiao Wang

AI Frameworks Engineer, Intel Corporation

Jiao (Jennie) Wang is a AI Framework Engineer on the Machine Learning Platform team at Intel working in the area of big data analytics. She is key contributor in developing and optimizing distributed ML/DL framework on Big Data system and provide customer support for end-to-end AI solutions on big data platforms.

Ayal Yogev

CEO and Co-founder at Anjuna

Ayal Yogev has 20 years of experience in the enterprise security market, serving most recently as VP of Product Management at SafeBreach. Prior to that, he led the Umbrella product management team at OpenDNS, which was acquired by Cisco in 2015 for $635M. Ayal has also held senior product management positions at Lookout and Imperva, and he was part of Imperva’s IPO in 2011.

Ayal holds an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a B.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University.

Ruide Zhang

Security Software Engineer, ByteDance Inc

Ruide Zhang is the Security Architect of the Trusted Infrastructure Team at ByteDance. He leads the landing of Confidential Computing. Before joining ByteDance, he researched system security, which lies at the intersection of security, computer architecture, and programming language.