Keynote speakers

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Carlo Alberto Carnevale-Maffè

Bocconi School of Management

Carlo Alberto Carnevale-Maffè teaches Strategic Management at the School of Management of Bocconi University (Milan). He also taught at the “Medien MBA”- Steinbeis University (Berlin), and in executive programs at Columbia Business School (New York) and with Stern School of Business (New York). He has been member of the Steering Committee E-business Policies of European Commission, and serves in many editorial boards of management journals, such as Harvard Business Review Italy, and collaborates as columnist and commentator for financial newspapers and televisions such as CNBC Europe and Bloomberg Television. He also serves as independent director in the board of listed companies and strategy adviser for leading international companies, focusing on innovation, information technology, media and telecommunications.

He also serves as independent director in the board of listed companies and strategy.

Patrick Gruhn

Co-Founder of the start-up Replex

Patrick is a trilingual serial entrepreneur with international experience in both high-tech startups and multinational enterprises. Patrick has a MSc in computer science and a Master in International Business Management, combining his ability to connect real business problems with the underlying IT. He is currently the co-founder of a Silicon Valley Start-up called Replex which allows companies to regain control of the entire IT infrastructure and its cost base by making IT infrastructure data digestible and actionable for c-levels and devops alike as well as providing optimization strategies to maintain a constant focus on cost efficiency.

Olli Hyyppa

Olli Hyyppa is senior technology executive who has long experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), research and development (R&D) and cyber security. He has been living in multiple European countries including Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands and operated cross the globe. He is today leading global IT organization of NXP semiconductors, world 5th biggest semiconductor company with over 9B$ revenue.

Dario Pagani

Executive Vice President Information and Communication Technology – Eni

He is Eni’s Executive Vice President Information & Communication Technology & Group CIO since March 2015. Since July 2017 he is  member of the Steering Commitee of “Eni Digital Transformation”, the Programme that has the objective to identify the directives of digital transformation in Eni.

He joined Agip S.p.A. in 1982 working in upstream operations. He managed several projects related to computerized control system in the Production Department, then became the Head of application development in the Information & Communication Technology Department. In 1998 he joined EniData, the Eni Group Company for Information Technology, as Program Manager for the SAP implementation in Eni’s Foreign Branches. At the beginning of 2000, he was named Business Unit Manager of  Upstream, Engineering & Construction business areas. In 2005 he was appointed ICT Strategic Planning Manager of Eni Group and in 2008 SVP of Eni ICT Strategy & Governance.

He is member  of the Faculty SDA Bocconi, as collaborator of the Management Information Systems unit since 2011 and collaborates with MIT Design Lab since 2014, working on applications of emerging technologies on the  health and safety challenges facing the energy industry. Currently, he is the Italian Chairman of “Incontri ICT 2017” Programme Committee.

Sandeep Sen

CIO of the Linde Group

Sandeep Sen is CIO of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 60,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2016 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 16.948 bn. As Group CIO, Sandeep is accountable for the design and delivery of end to end IT solutions aligned with the overall business strategy and objectives of Linde.

Sandeep is a qualified accountant with almost 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector; initially in Finance, before he moved into SAP project management in 1998 and then into full time IT management since 2001. During this period, he has held various country and regional IT positions in the Asia Pacific region, including strategic responsibility for Linde’s captive shared service centre in India. Sandeep was appointed to his current role in December 2011 and is based in Munich.

Matthias Spott

Founder and CEO of Eightyleo holding GmbH

Matthias Spott is the Founder and CEO of eightyLEO Holding GmbH. Prior to this, he was the Co-CEO of Germany-based test & services group offering innovative solutions for various high-tech industries, e.g. automotive, aerospace, defense and security.

Matthias studied Aerospace Engineering and has 20 years of professional experience in the industry. Before pursuing his entrepreneurial path, Matthias served in various leadership roles at large international corporations for more than 12 years, and as Principal in strategy consulting firms for almost 6 years.

EightyLEO has been established in early 2015 as one of the first European New Space companies with an Integrated Product and Services portfolio to drive “Digitization from Space”. The most relevant project is the realization of a satellite mega-constellation to provide secure, global broadband connectivity for Industrial Internet of Things applications in real-time – branded under the name of Kaskilo (

Christopher Valasek

Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation

Christopher Valasek has taken on a new position as Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation, San Francisco.  Previously he was Security Lead at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he was Director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, an industry leader in comprehensive computer security services. He recently found worldwide acclaim for his remote hack on a moving vehicle. He is also heavily involved in bleeding-edge automotive security research.  

Mr. Valasek was one of the first researchers to publicly discuss automotive security issues in detail. He released code, data, and tools that allowed vehicles to be physically controlled through the vehicle’s CAN bus. Chris Valasek specializes in offensive research methodologies with a focus on reverse engineering and exploitation. He is also the Chairman of SummerCon, the United States’ longest standing hacker conference.