Keynotes Speakers and Tutorial Instructors - ICEDEG 2019



Alberto Jimenez is the IaaS Product Leader for IBM Cloud Hyper Protect. In that role, he is responsible for IBM’s global product strategy and execution for the segment. Over the years, Mr. Jimenez articles and quotes have been published in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, TechCrunch, Re/Code, Reuters, Yahoo Finance, CIO Magazine, USA Today, Finextra, Business Insider and In 2016, he was selected by FinTech News Magazine as one the “20 Biggest names in the Payments industry”. He is also the author of a number of whitepapers including Citigroup’s Finding the Flows: The Next Challenge for Mobile Wallets in Emerging Markets; IBM’s Mobile Payments Adoption in Developed Markets; IBM’s Cash Replacement through Mobile Money in Emerging Markets; and IBM’s Deconstructing the Mobile Money Value Chain through Cloud. Mr. Jimenez is a frequent speaker at large international conferences including Money2020 in the US and Europe, Mobile World Congress, Sibos, Cartes, ETA’s Transact15, and Payments Innovation World in Sydney, just to mention a few. He has been an active thought leader in academia and has presented at a number of institutions including: The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, The School International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current role, Mr. Jimenez ran the IBM Watson Commerce Product portfolio and before that he was Director of Global Mobile Solution for Citigroup. He began his career at Wells Fargo Securities doing Equity research. Mr. Jimenez is a graduate from Harvard University and Emory University. Mr Jimenez lives in New York City with his wife and two children.




Sean A. McKenna is a Senior Research Manager at IBM Research in Dublin Ireland.  He leads a team of scientists and engineers developing computational and analytics-based solutions to challenges driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). Current research areas include employing cognitive computing to combine physics-based and data-driven models for solutions in energy, water, buildings and environmental domains. Prior to joining IBM in late 2012, he was a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in the Geoscience Research and Applications Department.  My work there included flow and transport in porous media with applications in spent nuclear fuel repositories and CO2 sequestration.  Between 2003 and 2012, he also led the development of the open-source water quality event detection software, CANARY, which won a 2010 R&D 100 Award and a 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Technology Transfer in partnership with the US EPA National Homeland Security Research Laboratory. He has previously been an adjunct or visiting, faculty member at the University of New Mexico, the National University of Singapore, the University of Texas at Austin, and New Mexico Tech. Sean has a BA from Carleton College, an MS from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.  He is the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer for the International Assoc. of Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG).


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Dominik Dahlem is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Ireland and the Manager of the Health and Person-Centered Systems research group. He is working on improving Healthcare and Social Care for vulnerable populations, he is a technologist with an eye for innovation and a passion for Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining. His professional aims are to understand vertical business domains through the lens of data, improve data capture, write better algorithms, and ultimately deliver better products generating meaningful actionable insights. Dominik cares deeply about the explainability of AI taking into account human- and socio-centric considerations as well as ethically sound AI deployments. His previous tenures brought me on a journey through academia at Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland) and MIT in Cambridge (USA), to industrial research at IBM Research (Ireland), and building data-driven products at a startup called Boxever (Ireland). All the while he has been interested in the intersection of science, technology, and society. Whether it is the study of geographic reach or facets of how people utilise space in contemporary USA using telecommunication data in collaboration with AT&T, or revealing statistical relationships of human health conditions, he thrives when I am working in multi-disciplinary teams on relevant and innovative projects. His work featured in the popular media (New York Times, Esquire, Wired), as well as in academic fora, such as Scientific Reports. Areas of Expertise: AI and Data Mining in Travel/Transportation/Healthcare, Analysis of Networks, Scalable Algorithms, High-Performance Computing. Current position: Director of Machine Learning and Senior Principal Machine Learning Engineer at Optum --


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Soon Ae Yang is a NIPA Advisor to High National Studies Insitute (IAEN), Ecuador...Soon-Ae Yang is an E-government Advisor, dispatched to IAEN by NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) in Korea. She is advising on the development of education and training courses for government officials and E-government policy research. She worked as an E-government Advisor in Timor-Leste for two years in 2013-2015. Since she received her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, she had worked in the field of ICT planning and E-government policy in universities and research institutes in Korea including NIA (National Information Society Agency) and KLID (Korean Local Information Research and Development Institute). 




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