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­­Sujeet Chand, Ph.D | Chief Technology Officer, Rockwell Automation

Sujeet Chand, Ph.D, has been the Chief Technology Officer of Rockwell Automation Inc. since September 2005. He leads the Rockwell Automation Technical Council and drives technology leadership and vision through technical innovation, engineering best practices, and companywide technology roadmaps. Dr. Chand is also responsible for the evolution of the next-generation architecture and platforms for Rockwell Automation. He currently holds 15 patents, has published more than 75 technical papers in research journals and conferences, and has received several distinguished honors for his engineering practices and technology leadership. Dr. Chand holds a Ph.D Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.



Colin Chummers | Vice President Supply Chain Operations, Cisco Systems

Colin Chummers is responsible for leading Cisco's Network & Partner Services (NPS) and Americas Manufacturing Operations on the Supply Chain Operations Team. Over his 16+ year career at Cisco, Colin has broad supply chain experiences across the globe, including lead roles in Global Planning & Fulfillment (GP&F), Global Manufacturing Operations (GMO), and prior experience in our regional operations team during his time in Hong Kong. He has distinguished himself by successes in many complex assignments internationally and through his leadership excellence. With a strong record of accomplishments, he consistently drives superior outcomes, creates sustainable change and real transformation, and has been at the forefront of managing some of our most complex projects, relationships and issues. 

Colin holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University. He is from a small town outside of Chicago, IL and now lives in San Francisco with his wife Lisa and 16-year old daughter, Taylor. He enjoys exercising, traveling and his family time when not working. 



­­Matthew Eggers | Vice President Cybersecurity Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Matthew J. Eggers is vice president of cybersecurity policy in the Cyber, Intelligence, and Security division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Eggers also leads the Chamber's Cybersecurity Working Group, which focuses on developing and advocating the Chamber's cyber policies before Congress, the Administration, and the business community. He handles homeland and national security issues, such as cybersecurity, chemical security, and pandemics, on behalf of the Chamber's approximately 200 National Security Task Force members. Eggers guides the Protecting America's Cyber Networks Coalition, a partnership of 50 leading business associations representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, on policy development and media outreach. In the 114th Congress, the Chamber led the industry's efforts to pass cybersecurity information-sharing legislation—the top cyber policy priority of the coalition. Eggers is a graduate of the executive leaders programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Naval Postgraduate School, specializing in cybersecurity and homeland defense, respectively. He earned his MA in international commerce and public policy from George Mason University and his BA in history and political science from Indiana University.



Daniel Foster | Distinguish Architect, IoT Smart Communities and Venues, Verizon Connected Solutions

Daniel Foster is a distinguished architect in the Verizon Products and New Business IOT group with a focus in solutions engineering for the Smart Communities organization. This organization creates innovative IoT solutions for the public sector and enterprises with large campus environments. Examples include video surveillance, parking, traffic, lighting, kiosk and fleet management solutions. Foster holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alabama, an MS in Computer Science from Troy State University, and an MBA from Elon University. 



Jason Handley, P.E. | Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology & Operations, Duke Energy

Jason Handley, Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. He is a respected utility industry professional based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jason has over 22 years of utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distributed intelligence, and operations management. Jason excels at understanding the increasingly complex utility environment, managing the new digital utility workforce, and delivering on the execution and financials of technology projects. In his current role, Jason identifies and develops new technologies impacting the electrical grid and oversees all of the ongoing operational aspects of new technology pilot projects in Duke Energy’s Smart Grid Emerging Technology group. In addition to being a past Chairman of EPRI’s IntelligGrid Program Advisory Committee P161 and serving on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Jason serves on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee, the SAS Utility Advisory Board, the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, and numerous other committees. Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and his MBA at Wake Forest University. He has been a registered professional engineer since 2002 and received his electrical contractor’s unlimited license in 2009.



Donald R. Leavens, Ph.D | Vice President and Chief Economist, NEMA

Donald R. Leavens, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's Vice President and Chief Economist, heads an in house consulting operation known as NEMA Business Information Services, which provides econometric modeling, macroeconomic forecasting, market research, economic analysis, and industry data collection services to a wide range of businesses including many of the world's largest companies.  The Wall Street Journal has acknowledged NEMA/BIS as consistently among the most accurate forecasters on its panel of nationally recognized economist forecasters. He is a frequent speaker at industry and company events where he focuses on the economic outlook and business trends.

In addition, he oversees NEMA's information technology systems and NEMA's Intelligence Website, which provides member companies actionable industry information, analysis and trends on a daily basis. He serves as an observer on the board of the Industry Data Exchange Association, IDEA, which operates an industry data warehouse and EDI services for the electrical industry.

Prior to joining NEMA, he served as Director Tax Policy Research for the National Association of Realtors and Director Federal Budget Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has held academic appointments at George Mason University and Virginia Tech. He has also written articles on public choice and public finance economics that have appeared in academic journals and has contributed articles to several books.  In addition, he has served as a member of the Governor of Virginia's Advisory Board of Economists.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.  He also received a master's degree in economics from Virginia Tech and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia.



Michael G. Morgan | Partner and Co-Lead for Global Privacy and Cybersecurity, McDermott Will & Emery

Michael G. Morgan is a leader of McDermott Will & Emery's global privacy and cybersecurity practice and has been recognized as one of the nation's leading lawyers in cyber incident response. He has guided clients through some of the largest and most complex data breaches, including foreign state-sponsored attacks, breaches involving more than 50 million records, and incidents affecting people in more than 100 countries around the world. Drawing on two decades of experience in privacy and cybersecurity matters, Morgan routinely represents clients in response to cyber incidents, defense of breach-related government investigations and class litigation, post-breach remediation, and pre-breach planning and preparation.



Nazak Nikakhtar | Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Nikakhtar was nominated by President Trump to become the Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2018.  As Assistant Secretary, Ms. Nikakhtar serves as the Department’s primary liaison with U.S. industry and trade associations to help address industry concerns and support American competitiveness.  She advises the Secretary on trade and investment policy and issues impacting the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses.  She also heads the division that conducts research and analysis on manufacturing, services, travel and tourism, textiles and apparel, global trade, investment, and economic trends that impact the ITA’s mission. 

Nazak Nikakhtar was also nominated by President Donald J. Trump on April 12, 2019 to become the Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).  Ms. Nikakhtar performed the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Under Secretary for BIS until August 23, 2019.  In that role, she advanced U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring a strong and effective export control system and a reliable treaty compliance system.  Also key to her mission was the promotion of continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.  She further served as the Department’s lead on matters pertaining to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and oversaw the Department’s implementation on the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) and the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA). 

Ms. Nikakhtar joined the Department of Commerce from the international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent LLP, where she was a partner.  In private practice, Ms. Nikakhtar specialized in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, export control investigations and compliance, international and bilateral trade agreements, customs matters, trade policy, and World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement.  Ms. Nikakhtar also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.   She has been repeatedly ranked as one of the top international trade lawyers in the country.

During her previous tenure at the Department of Commerce, Ms. Nikakhtar worked in what is now called ITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Unit in the China/Non-Market Economy Office.  In that position, Ms. Nikakhtar led numerous complex antidumping cases, advised on legal and regulatory matters related to the enforcement of U.S. trade laws, and participated in bilateral negotiations on trade issues between the United States and China.  Ms. Nikakhtar also previously served at BIS as an industry analyst, where she performed key statistical analyses for the U.S. Governments’ assessment of the defense industrial base.  She received several award medals from the Department for her work on behalf of U.S. industries.

Ms. Nikakhtar earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Economics degrees from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She worked for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.



Trevor Rudolph | Vice President of Global Digital Public Policy, Schneider Electric

Trevor Rudolph is the Vice President for Global Digital Public Policy at Schneider Electric where he is responsible for directing the corporation's digital policy and regulatory strategy to enable Schneider to lead digital transformations for customers in more than 100 countries. Rudolph's expertise includes digital regulatory matters such as data governance, privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and smart manufacturing throughout Asia, the European Union, and North America. Before joining Schneider, Rudolph led a team at the forefront of U.S. Government cybersecurity as the first ever chief of the Cyber and National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget. Under Rudolph's leadership, the U.S. Government saw a 40 percent increase in the use of multi-factor authentication, a 50 percent reduction in the time to detect cyber incidents and a 35 percent increase in cybersecurity spending. Rudolph holds a bachelor's degree in government from the College of William and Mary.



Philip Squair | Vice President, Government Relations 

Please join VP Government Relations Phil Squair for a discussion of NEMA’s engagement with federal and state policymakers on the important advocacy topics of the day.





­­Michael Tschanz | Director of Technology and Analysis, Walt Disney World

As Director of Technology and Analysis, a department within Design and Engineering at Walt Disney World®, Michael leads a 70+ member multidiscipline team who develops detailed mathematical and physics models for transportation, ride and animatronic systems. The responsibilities for this team also include the development of optimization algorithms, servo controllers, interactive/immersive experiences, and material process solutions. Michael's rich and diverse background includes designs of numerous attractions at various Disney theme parks including: Test Track® Attraction; Mission: SPACE® Attraction; Toy Story Mania!® Attraction and  Expedition Everest® Attraction.  Michael also designed all the velocity profiles at our worldwide locations of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.  Prior to joining the Disney team, Michael developed precision guidance algorithms and aerospace sensor simulations for Texas Instruments.  Michael earned his BSEE from Ohio Northern University and a MSEE from the University of Texas Arlington. 



­­Jeffrey Weiss | Partner, Venable LLC

Jeff Weiss advises and advocates for clients on a broad spectrum of matters related to international trade, including technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures, digital economy, market access, customs, and maritime and logistics. Jeff provides counsel on issues arising under the World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement, and other trade agreements, as well as U.S. trade and customs law. He develops regulatory, standards, and conformity assessment strategies, and provides counsel and representation on international trade negotiations, standards development, and other economic policy matters.

Before joining Venable, Weiss served as the deputy director for Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the second-ranking official in the policy shop, Weiss served as a senior advisor to former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a wide range of economic policy issues, including U.S. port and supply chain logistics and infrastructure (e.g., the U.S. response to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy), digital economy, standards and conformity assessment, and aviation (e.g., Open Skies and unmanned aircraft systems). He also developed, coordinated, and implemented policy in these areas across the Commerce Department's twelve bureaus. Also, he served as the lead U.S. negotiator for the G20 digital economy talks, hosted by China in 2016 and Germany in 2017, which included negotiations on the free flow of data, cybersecurity, standards, competition, and privacy. From 2014 to 2015, at the direction of the White House, he led the development of the U.S. government strategy for international cybersecurity standardization.

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