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.





Juan Gustavo Corvalán is Co-Director of the Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Buenos Aires. Postdoctoral candidate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and visiting professor in the same University. Deputy Attorney General in Contentious Administrative and Tax Office of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Author of 5 books. First Latin American author to publish in the Annual Study of the French Council of State (year 2017 “L'algorithme et les droits del 'homme”). General Director of the “Prometea experience” implementation at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Coordinator of the agreement between the Inter-American Development Bank (BID/ INTAL) and the Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, for collaboration and academic coordination, technical and research on Artificial Intelligence in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has spoken at the UN, at the OAS, Oxford University, at the European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights, among other institutions and universities.



Sean A. McKenna is a Senior Research Manager at IBM Research in Dublin, Ireland.  Dr. McKenna has 25 years of experience in developing science-focused engineering solutions for complex problems.  He leads a group of scientists and engineers in research and technology that expands Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities through AI and Blockchain.  Application areas include infrastructure systems, manufacturing and natural resource management.  Prior to joining IBM in 2012, he was a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  He has previously been an adjunct/visiting professor at New Mexico Tech, the National University of Singapore and the University of Texas.  Dr. McKenna is a member of IBM’s Industry Academy and served as the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer for the International Assoc. of Mathematical Geosciences.






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). 





Bart Knijnenburg is Assistant Professor at Clemson University, USA. Researcher on privacy decision-making and recommender systems. Our online lives are full of small but difficult decisions. Which app should I install? Should I post this on Facebook or not? Which YouTube video should I watch? What will this e-commerce website do with my personal information? In my research, I try to understand the psychological principles behind these online decisions. Using Big Data and Machine Learning principles, I try to make these decisions a little easier with better user interfaces and “smart defaults”.






Daricia Wilkinson is a third year Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) program at Clemson University being advised by Dr. Bart Knijnenburg. Her research interests meet at the intersection of people and technology. She creates solid foundations to understand users’ needs, to deliver insightful research and effective design that acknowledges broader implications. Specifically, she works on creating usable privacy interfaces and improving the user experience of recommender systems. Before attending Clemson University, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Technology from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). She has also worked at Carnegie Mellon's CyLab as a privacy researcher. 







Moses Namara is a Facebook Scholar and third-year Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing (HCC) at Clemson University advised by Dr. Bart Knijnenburg. His research focuses on user-tailored privacy and human factor issues related to the design of privacy-enhancing and social media technologies. Specifically, his research seeks to understand users' needs, motivations, attitudes, and behaviors that foster their online privacy behaviors. This he then uses, to develop adaptive interfaces and recommendations that enhance their online privacy, ensuring that they are comfortable to adopt and use various online technologies. He completed his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen is Academic Fellow at UNU-EGOV. He is also a Researcher at the Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Estonia. He is also a former head of section at the Danish Agency for Digitisation, where he was responsible for the national citizen portal (, including project development and management, daily management and coordination of external stakeholders, redevelopment of graphical identity and information architecture, establishing measurable minimum criteria for user-friendliness in Danish eServices, and international knowledge transfer into the unit. His areas of expertise include project management and coordination, presentation skills, evaluation of ICT projects and online services, analysis and comparative e-Government, performance management, key performance indicators and tools, citizen portal functionality and structure/architecture, user-friendly and personalized service provision online, e-Voting, e-Inclusion / e-Participation and participatory design, Web2.0 / social media use in public administrations, ICT and interoperability, knowledge transfer and exchange, good practice identification and analysis, development and implementation of tender proposals, seminar and conference organization, technical assistance and knowledge transfer to SME’s in developing countries, democratization, and international trade and foreign direct investments issues. He holds a Master in Arts in International Economic Management from the University of Birmingham (UK, 2000) and a BA and BA Honors in Political Science and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa, 1997 and 1998).


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