WEAR 2017 Expert Speakers

  • Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco

    Hosts Fashion is your Business

    Produced by MouthMedia Network, Fashion Is Your Business is the fashion industries globally leading podcast.   The informative and fun weekly show is produced and hosted by Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco.  Fashion Is Your Business (“FIYB”) features discussions inspired by recent news, useful in-depth interviews with industry leaders and innovators.

  • Vikrum Aiyer

    Senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council President Obama's Administration

    Vikrum Aiyer was as a senior official in the Obama Administration, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce. Previously he served as President Barack Obama’s senior advisor for innovation and manufacturing policy in The White House National Economic Council. Presently he leads strategic communications and public policy for the on-demand logistics and delivery platform, Postmates Inc. 

    As Chief of Staff, Aiyer served as the principal political and policy advisor to the U.S. undersecretary of commerce for IP, where he coordinated a $3.2B budget, in support of the bureau’s 13,000 employees, to execute the daily operations, policies priorities, and global communications of the president’s intellectual property agenda. In 2016 Aiyer lead a U.S. delegation to Cuba to reset relations between the two nations' IP offices, and separately serves on Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Taskforce, to accelerate progress towards a cure. While at the White House Aiyer also steered investments in several advanced manufacturing technologies including smart fabrics, autonomous vehicles, high performance computing, and next generation semiconductors.

    As a former press & communications advisor to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), Aiyer has managed strategic communications campaigns and led speech writing teams for Congress, federal agencies, and trade associations, including the State Department, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and the Democratic National Conventions in 2012 and 2016. In 2015 Forbes Magazine named Aiyer to the 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

  • Stephanie Battista

    Founder Humanity Innovation Labs

    Stephanie, a self-starter and versatile leader who is able to guide and collaborate with cross functional teams to deliver and measure human-centered design solutions. As the founder of the labs she articulates what people value and need as well as assess the business impact and implications of technology, and design. Her role is to develop holistic user experiences as well as implementing strategy for innovative preventive (physical + mental) wearable products, services and systems. 

  • Susan Bernard

    Founder Textile Instruments

    Susan P. Bernard – is first generation American with a rich family history of entrepreneurial success.  Having started at the age of 5 as a concert pianist, her ability to identify with cultures as well as seek opportunities worldwide planted the seed for her successful career. Her drive for perfection and a desire to create lead Susan to not only initiate business plans but to also capitalize on valuable opportunities.

    As a concert pianist, Susan perfected her desire to excel and was rewarded for her talent by winning several international piano competitions.   Susan’s unique ability to analyze situations and determine a course of action led her to conclude her talents can be most effectively used in the electronic component industry.  Combining her double degree in Business Administration and Piano Performance from the University of Miami, Susan exceled as a component distributor and expert in supply chain.  During this time, Susan gained experience working with global companies including manufacturers and uncovered the nuances of shipping commodities around the globe.  Ms. Bernard started as a component broker and in less than 10 years was Chief Information Officer of Solid State Inc located in Bloomfield NJ. Building on her knowledge of supply chain expertise, using her language acumen, and employing her passion for business development, Susan started her own company called SPB Global.  By the age of 35 built her first million dollar business.This company has seen significant year over year growth because of Susan’s ambition and attention to detail.  She has identified specific market issues that help separate her company from the competitor including maintaining a clean supply chain.  Recently published in Electronic Sourcing Magazine North America with an article called, “Keeping Fakes out of the Supply Chain” Susan was highlighting the specialized knowledge that can came from her expertise in industry and business concepts. 

              Textile Instrument LLC is Ms. Bernard second business that has projections of reaching extreme growth. With IOT and wearables being the hot trend , she was ahead of the curve when she licensed 9 patents from Nasa Langley through the Technology Transfer mechanism . Not only did her exclusivity to invent and work with the passive sensors set her apart, her team was able to develop an improvement to the original patents setting her down a new platform of business in Smart Textiles. Textile Instruments is amongst the first companies to join the AFFOA out of MIT “ Advanced Functional Fabrics of America Institute “ and is actively participating in the first round of Project Calls. Susan also serves as a Trustee within the ProMedica organization and has a continued commitment to develop and implement strategic initiatives set forth by the Executive Team. Susan has been called a true Renaissance Woman – a woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.  


  • Alicia Berry

    Social VR Technical Program Manager Facebook

    Alicia Berry is the Social VR Technical Program Manager for Facebook. Her team recently launched Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s first Social VR platform. Before Facebook, she was the Senior Producer on DomiNations, an international real time strategy mobile game and shipped The Elder Scrolls Online as a Senior Producer at Bethesda Softworks. Before gaming, she was a Director on Digital River’s adtech platform, DirectTrack and the Director of Operations for DVD Empire.

  • Srijanani Bhaskar

    Business Development Manager DuPont

    Srijanani has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, followed by M.S. and Ph D degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since joining DuPont in 2011, Srijanani has worked on a broad spectrum of technologies, such as Advanced Anticorrosion coatings, Energain™ Lithium Ion Battery Separators, Ice-o-phobics, Lithium Ion Battery Electrolytes and Seeds and Beads. Her key interests are exploring materials at the interface of biology (medical and agricultural) and materials, and coming up with creative solutions for complex problems quickly. She is currently a business development manager at DuPont focused on smart textiles and wearables.

  • Gajanan S. Bhat

    Head, Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors The University of Georgia

    After earning his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in textile and polymer engineering, Dr. Bhat joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in August 1990, where his research covers nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers. As the director of UTNRL he has focused on production of nanofibers from thermoplastic polymers by meltblowing. In July 2016, he joined UGA as the Head of the TMI department. Dr. Bhat has published more than 200 research papers and has three US Patents. He has served as the president of the Fiber Society and is also an active member of INDA, TAPPI and the Textile Institute. Some of the awards/recognitions he has received include:

    Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni by Georgia Tech (1996)
    Distinguished Achievement Award from the Fiber Society (1999)
    Fellow of the Textile Institute (2005)
    TechniTex India Research Achievement Award (2008)
    TAPPI NET division Technical Achievement Award (2014).

  • Jonathan Bohbot

    Electrical Engineering Graduate McGill University

    Jonathan Bohbot is a recent graduate from the department of electrical and computer engineering at McGill University who completed his master studies and who is interested in embedded systems, and in creating a variety of smartphone/tablet applications such as those monitoring the health and wellbeing of people using body sensors.   

  • Cédric Brochier

    CEO Brochier Technologies

    Since 1890, the Brochier family is part of the textile universe in Lyon (France), in both tradition and innovation.

    Tradition, first: the Brochier family started with silk weaving, using the Jacquard process developed in Lyon (and considered as the precursor of modern computing!).

    Innovation, then: adapting the Jacquard weaving process, Cédric Brochier developed in 1999 an innovative, unique process to weave optical fibers, leading to the development of a luminous, flexible textile: the “Lightex”. Today, the Lightex is used by Brochier Technologies to conceive technical luminous textiles, used for lighting, sensors, transports, healthtech, cleantech and wearables.

    However, Cédric Brochier did not forget family tradition: the Lightex and the silk fabrics are still made in France.

  • Stacey Burr

    VP General Manager, Digital Sport adidas

    As VP, General Manager of adidas Digital Sport, Stacey Burr leads the creation, development and operations of miCoach® wearable sports electronics, digital sport and app experiences. Their aim is to build a deeper connection to consumers through sports coaching and fitness services, which ultimately lead to  positive fitness behavior change.

    Stacey is a leader in the field of wearable sensing technology.  Following a career at DuPont, she founded and served as CEO of Textronics Inc, a pioneer in electro-textiles. Textronics led the commercialization of e-textiles with the first wearable sensor garments for fitness and health. In late 2008 she successfully sold the Company to adidas. 

    Her team at adidas subsequently developed and launched the miCoach® Elite athlete monitoring system in 2013.  Major League Soccer, in the United States, adopted the miCoach Elite system across the entire league, making MLS the first professional Smart League.  

    Ms. Burr has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an M.B.A, with a marketing and operations emphasis, from Purdue University. She is the co-inventor of 16 patented materials and process technology innovations in wearable electronics. Stacey chairs the Smart Fabrics and the Wear Tech UX annual conferences.  In addition to her position with adidas, she also stays active in the fashion tech and consumer health venture start-up communities.

  • Lisa Calkins

    CSO Exadel

    Lisa Calkins is CSO of Exadel, a global software engineering company that offers custom development services to enterprise clients. Lisa brings with her over 20 years of experience in software development and consulting. Prior to Exadel, Lisa was CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting, one of the nation’s leading software consulting companies, where she helped drive the success of hundreds of development projects. As CSO of Exadel Lisa has proven that determination, the creative spirit, and surrounding herself with brilliant people can produce great technology solutions for real-business challenges. Lisa holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Churchill

    Director of UX Google

    Dr. Elizabeth Churchill is a Director of User Experience at Google. Her current work focuses on designer and developer tools for the connected ecosystems of the Social Web and Internet of Things. 

    For 2 decades, Elizabeth has been a research leader at well-known corporate R&D organizations including Fuji Xerox’s research lab in Silicon Valley (FXPAL), the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), eBay Research Labs in San Jose, and Yahoo! in Santa Clara, California. 

    Elizabeth has contributed groundbreaking research in a number of areas, publishing over 120 peer reviewed articles, co-editing 5 books in HCI related fields, contributing as a regular columnist for ACM's interactions magazine since 2008, and publishing two textbooks, Foundations for Designing User Centered Systems (2014) and  Designing with Data (2017). She has also launched successful products, and has more than 50 patents granted or pending.

    A Distinguished Scientist and Speaker of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the CHI Academy, Elizabeth is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the ACM. She served in the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee for 8 years, 6 years of those as Executive Vice President. Elizabeth sits on the advisory board of a number of University Departments, and was the 2016 recipient of the CITRIS and Banta Institute Athena Award winner for Executive Leadership. 

  • Ilan Cohen

    Sr. Manager of Hardware Outreach Indiegogo

    Ilan Cohen is Indiegogo's Sr. Manager of Hardware Outreach. He is a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category and focuses on helping hardware-based companies and product entrepreneurs launch great campaigns. He is passionate about making hardware entrepreneurship more accessible democratizing access to capital.

  • Ben Cooper

    Managing Director IoClothes

    Ben is a passionate product and business developer driven by the need to find practical solutions to real world problems. He is currently Managing Director of IoClothes, a strategy and project management services company helping bridge the gap between apparel, footwear and textile companies and technology companies. Previously, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation's Global Innovation Center. He led the product research and testing initiatives for Timberland, Vans and The North Face innovation, and VF’s wearable tech exploratory group. Before that, Ben co-founded the "smart" infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile products space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led fast-paced multi-million dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense

  • Yogi Dandapure

    Innovation Director, Whitespace Innovation and R&D lululemon Athletica Inc.

    Yogi Dandapure is Innovation Director, Whitespace Innovation and R&D at lululemon Athletica Inc. In this role, Yogi is responsible for bringing Advanced Technologies and Advanced Materials to lululemon.

    In his 10-year tenure with lululemon, Yogi was responsible for many technologies that lululemon has commercialized.

    He is also a faculty at Wilson School of Design in Vancouver BC.

    Yogi holds a Master of Technology in Textile Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).


  • Nicholas de Monchaux

    Author Fashioning Apollo

    Nicholas de Monchaux is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society and shortlisted for the Art Book Prize, as well as the recently published Local Code: 3,659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, Fall 2016). His design work has been exhibited at the Biennial of the Americas, the Venice Architecture Biennale, SFMOMA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He is a Fellow of the the American Academy in Rome.

  • Candice Decaire

    Partner Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

    Candice Decaire practices intellectual property law, with expertise in patent and trade secret protection. Ms. Decaire has counseled and represented clients in litigation, appeals, arbitration, ITC investigations, and inter partes review proceedings concerning diverse technologies such as computer hardware and software, biologics, pharmaceuticals, carpet, thermal imaging/night vision equipment, "bullet proof" armor, industrial bearings, aircraft equipment, and medical devices. Ms. Decaire also advises clients about strategies for protecting and profiting from intellectual property and data, with particular focus on the Internet of Things and wearable tech, including assessment and mitigation of risks of infringement or misappropriation, and data privacy and security issues. Ms. Decaire helps biotech and other clients with IP and licensing policies, strategies, and agreements, including as to due diligence and investigation of validity and freedom to operate. 

  • Michelle Farrington

    Director, Energy Harvesting and Wireless Charging Strategy Analog Devices

    Michelle Farrington is responsible for the Energy Harvesting and Wireless Charging strategy at Analog Devices, focusing on providing system level power solutions for IoT sensors and Wearables.  Michelle is also leading the development of sensor and actuator systems for smart textile applications.  She has a BSEE and an MBA from Northeastern University and an MSEE from the University of Virginia. 

  • Stacy Flynn

    CEO & Co-Founder Evrnu

    Stacy is a textile and apparel specialist with an MBA in Sustainable Systems and a BS in Textile Development and Marketing.  Over the past 20 years she developed a diverse background working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations.  She is a global systems specialist with an intimate understanding of global textile and apparel supply chains. Throughout her career, Stacy has developed several large scale programs from concept to in-store implementation and deployed micro programs for start-ups. She specializes in materials reuse to reduce waste and the negative environmental impact of fabrics and garments.  She is a future-state visionary who is not confined by current reality limitations when a global imperative must be met. Stacy believes and lives by the notion that the ideas and intentional actions of individuals aligned on a mission working together as an interdependent team have the power to change the world for the better. 

  • Steven Frumkin

    Dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology Fashion Institute of Technology

    Steven Frumkin is the dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology. Frumkin spent more than 30 years in the textile, apparel, and retail industry and has been responsible for product design and development; research and innovations; sales and marketing; financing, sourcing and U.S. customs regulations; and strategic development. Frumkin has served on the advisory boards of a number of textile, apparel, and related industry companies, and has consulted in India, China, Trinidad-Tobago, and Japan.

    The recipient of a 2004 Fulbright Scholar Award, Frumkin has worked on projects for the U.S. State Department and United States Agency for International Development (WINROCK) in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In 2007, he was awarded a U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his work in Central Asia. In 2003, Frumkin was appointed the associate director of the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection, a federally-funded research initiative to develop protective clothing systems for military and civilian first responders.

  • David Green

    Research Manager for the Power Supplies & Wireless Power group IHS Markit

    David is Research Manager for the Power Supplies & Wireless Power group at IHS Markit, leading a team of analysts focused on our intelligence services, research on key technology trends and consumer analysis.  David is the primary analyst for the Wireless Power Intelligence Service, providing clients with insight into the latest trends and market dynamics, and speaking at international conferences on the future of wireless charging.

    Previous to joining the team, David worked within the video surveillance research team at IHS and was responsible for authoring many of its research reports, such as Mobile Video Surveillance and Total Physical Security Equipment & Services, and managing the Security Executive Insights portfolio.  Before joining IHS in early 2013, David spent five years working as a Project Manager in an automotive technical consultancy on vehicle anti-theft, crime and security research.  Working directly with some of the largest manufacturers and suppliers within the industry, he lead numerous research, consultancy and service projects across the area of automotive security.

    David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cardiff University. He is based in the company's office in Wellingborough. UK.

  • Sim Gulati

    Founder Dropel Fabrics

    Sim was introduced to the garment industry at the dinner table, which has since translated into a lifelong passion. Upon graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in International Trade & Finance, he founded The Gulati Group, a textile sourcing and production company that produced clothing for retailers and department stores in factories across South East Asia. Over the last decade working closely with the largest fashion and sports brands, Sim noticed the lack of innovation in cotton and other natural fabrics. These insights led him to discover hydrophobic technology and founding Dropel Fabrics.

  • Drew Henson

    Founder & Director twenty2b

    Drew Henson is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur and founder of twenty2b, a lifestyle and technology product design studio based in Toronto, Canada. Armed with both a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from The University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Industrial Design from Italy, Drew balances the requirements of both fields naturally in any design strategy.

    Drew was previously the Chief Design Officer at Foream Network Technologies Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) and Director of Products for Drift Innovation Ltd. (London, UK), where Drew created dozens of designs for wearable cameras and accessories. This experience includes working directly with NASA to clear his award-winning Drift Ghost-S design for the International Space Station, where 3 Ghost-S cameras were deployed.  Drew has been awarded with an iF Design Award for Product Design, 2 Red Dot Design Awards, and was the winner of the 2010 AEA Renault F1 Innovation Design North America and a top ten Global Finalist for his ‘Dynamic Mass Distribution System’ design.

  • Pankaj Kedia

    Sr. Director & Business Unit Lead, Smart Wearables Segment QualcommTechnologies, Inc.

    Pankaj Kedia is Senior Director & Business Unit Lead for the Smart Wearables Segment at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In this role, Pankaj is responsible for leading Qualcomm’s efforts to establish and grow its presence across the wearables segments including smart eyewear, smart watches, kid/elderly watches, smart bands, smart headsets, smart clothing, and wearable accessories. Under Pankaj’s leadership, Qualcomm has enabled its customers to ship 100+ products in 30+ countries over the last 3 years. Pankaj joined Qualcomm in late 2013 in a new business development role and has led its efforts to incubate the wearables segment at the company.

    Previously, Pankaj was the director of business development and innovation at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for winning, nurturing, and launching mobility products and technologies. Pankaj launched the Intel Atom processor and led the company’s early efforts to establish its presence and momentum in the tablet, mobile Internet device, and smartphone categories. Earlier at Intel, Pankaj played an instrumental role in accelerating the deployment of Notebook PCs in the industry by defining and implementing the company’s product/marketing strategies and launching a range of products including Centrino, Pentium 4 and Pentium III processors. Pankaj joined Intel in 1996 and held a series of executive advisory, strategy, marketing, planning, ecosystem, and business development roles across the company. He holds one of the early/defining patents around implementing low power sub-systems in mobile devices.

    Prior to Intel, Pankaj was in the management consulting industry for five years leading projects in strategy, management, and information technology. Pankaj is an avid TED follower and has spoken at multiple TEDx events about the impact of mobile technologies around the world. He is frequently sought after as a speaker at industry events in the area of mobile, wearable, wireless, and Internet, and has been extensively quoted in mainstream publications.

    Pankaj holds a Master of Business Administration from Wharton, a Master of Science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology.

  • Joni Kettunen

    Founder Firstbeat

    Joni Kettunen, PhD, is a pioneer in physiological analytics and their application. His vision for incorporating heartbeat analytics and wearable technology has placed Firstbeat at the cutting edge of the industry. Specific areas of application include fitness devices, wellbeing services and professional sports. Firstbeat analytics are used by hundreds of elite sports teams, thousands of wellness professionals, and millions of consumers for better performance and wellbeing. Before founding Firstbeat in 2002, Joni published research in the fields of psychophysiology, behavioral medicine, autonomic nervous system function and stress quantification. Joni received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1999.

  • Clare King

    Founder and CEO Propel LLC,

    Clare King is the founder and CEO of Propel LLC, Pawtucket RI, a textile technologies product innovation company focused on research and development for the US Military and Fire Service.  Propel is a key member of a multi-company and multi-university team that has developed the only commercial wearable sensor system for fire fighters. Clare is currently the principal investigator for a US Navy funded SBIR project to develop smart electrically functional uniforms to be used with the evolving multifunctional human-system interface technologies envisioned for future ship command, control and operations, and is also engaged in other smart textile efforts for the US Army and the Defense Health Agency. 

  • Dr. Patrick Kramer

    Founder Digiwell

    Dr. Patrick Kramer has a long history of work-experience in leading IT- & consulting companies like PriceWaterhouseCoopers or IBM and has been working as a manager in the areas of "Digital Transformation" and „Internet-of-Things“.

    In 2014 he founded “Digiwell - upgrading people” (www.digiwell.com) a company, dedicated to upgrade humans and organizations - to make them more productive and give them new skills.

    Since evolution is slow, in Patrick’s vision, technology will be worn more and more under the skin, adding new skills to our bodies and allowing us for new ways of interaction with machines.

    His work and insights into near- and in-body technology has been internationally recognized among others by Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, RedBull Media, PCWorld, around the world. He is a proud speaker at TEDx – Ahead of time.

  • Jens Krauss

    VP Systems CSEM S.A.

    Jens Krauss received his Master in Engineering Sciences in 1991 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), followed by a two-year research stage at the ‘Politecnico di Milano’, Italy. Back to ETHZ at the Institute of Biomechanics, Mr Krauss lead the software team of European Space Agency (ESA) human spaceflight project TVD, successfully concluded with the Space Shuttle Mission STS-78. Mr Krauss joined CSEM in 1996 and is leading today the Systems Division, with a total of 92 scientists and engineers in the strategic Scientific Instrumentation and Medical Device Technology R&D activities. Mr Krauss serves as President of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering.

  • Chris Lane

    CEO 3dMD

    With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe. Following an early career in software engineering and as a consultant with a U.K. government agency focused on the promotion of IT, Lane joined Oracle, the world’s largest business-to-business software company. During his six years with the company, he held VP positions in Europe and the U.S., including head of Consulting Operations. Lane then joined the IT team at EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s leading venture capital investors. In 1994, Lane was appointed as CEO and president of TSW International, which he shaped to be the acknowledged market leader and visionary company in the Enterprise Asset Management market. Just prior to joining 3dMD, Lane held the position of COO at ECSoft, a European IT services provider.

    Lane co-founded 3dMD in 2000 with the goal of establishing a highly-reliable, non-invasive 3D technology platform for efficiently imaging people in 3D to a level of anatomical shape precision required to fuel growth in applications such as medical, biometrics, human factors, high-end fit apparel, and anthropometrics. For the past 17 years, Lane has personally spearheaded an R&D strategy that has resulted in 3dMD becoming the benchmark supplier of high-precision 3D and temporal-3D(4D) surface image capture solutions. To maintain the company’s global benchmark status, Lane is actively involved with spearheading industry initiatives and 3dMD customer community to better understand real-world requirements and ever-changing environments.

  • Dan Ledger

    Founder Path Collaborative

    Dan Ledger is founder and principal at Path Collaborative, an advisory and research firm working at the broader intersection of wearable technology, connected health, IoT and machine intelligence.  Path Collaborative is a network of industry experts who help OEMs and service providers in the wearable technology space with product strategy, partnerships, go-to-market planning, and technology differentiation. 

    Prior to forming Path Collaborative, Dan was a principal at Endeavour Partners where he led a great deal of work and research on wearable technology. He has advised numerous startups, larger service providers, and OEMs on product definition, service design, ecosystem strategy, and go- to-market planning within this space. Dan has appeared on NPR, Bloomberg and CNN talking about the future of wearable technology. His research in wearable technology has been covered by GigaOm, The Guardian, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, TechRepublic, and CBS. Dan has multiple engineering degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters degree from MIT.

  • Mark Mordecai

    Director of Business Development Globe Manufacturing Company

    Mark Mordecai has been at the forefront of performance apparel and footwear development spanning a wide range of specialty markets including Outdoor, Marine, Team Sports, Fitness, Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue.


    He is currently Director of Business Development for Globe Manufacturing Company where he is responsible for driving Product Development and Marketing.  Globe is the oldest and largest manufacturer of NFPA certified firefighter suits in the world and produces a range of premium performance protective outerwear and footwear for first responders in factories in New Hampshire, Maine, and Oklahoma.


    Mark has led Globe’s participation in numerous government and university research and development efforts including projects for TSWG, DHS, and US Army/RDECOM in collaboration with North Carolina State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Illinois Fire Service Institute, and Skidmore College.


    Included in these projects has been the Globe WASP System – a Wearable Advanced Sensor Platform – providing physiological monitoring and indoor location tracking designed specifically for use by Emergency Responders.


    Before joining Globe, Mark was Vice President of Marketing for Blauer Manufacturing Company, a leader in uniform apparel for public safety markets, where Mark drove innovation.


    Mark was also the founder and principal of the TechStyle Resource Group, a consulting company providing marketing, product development, and production agency services to performance apparel and footwear companies.  Among other successes, Mark started the nostalgia sportswear phenomenon by creating the Cooperstown Collection for Major League Baseball.


    Mark was also the first General Manager of Apparel for the Timberland Company, helping this footwear manufacturing company to become a lifestyle brand.  And Mark was the founder and President of Atlantis Weathergear revolutionizing marine foul weather gear with the introduction of “The Ultimate Weathergear”.


    He has been issued 19 patents covering unique technical garment and footwear solutions and has published articles on a wide range of personal protective equipment issues for print and digital media.

  • Despina Papadopoulos

    Founder Principled Design / Studio 5050

    Despina Papadopoulos is the founder of Principled Design / Studio 5050, a systems design and strategy studio specializing in wearable technologies, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structure and technological possibility. She works closely with  both technology and apparel companies on the integration of electronics and helps them identify opportunities to disrupt the supply chain.

    A leader in the wearable technology and e-textiles world, Despina developed her first “wearable” in 1995 as part of her MA thesis project at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.  Since then she has developed a wide range of wearable technology projects and solutions, including mBracelet for NCR (which presaged e-payments), fabrickit (an open source modular system that facilitates the construction of wearable projects).She also developed click sneaks, love&hug jackets, and day-for-night (an homage to Paco Rabanne). 

    Despina is a professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and founding faculty at SVA’s MFA in Design for Social Innovation Program. Despina has lectured internationally on the relationship between design, technology and ethics, including at CHI, Tate Modern, Smart Fabrics, the Jan Van Eyck Academy and the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute. Her work has been featured in publications around the world and exhibited in major museum shows, including the V&A in London, the Holon Design Museum in Holon, Israel, the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

  • Todd Peters

    CEO BrightVolt, Inc

    Todd is currently CEO for BrightVolt, the global leader in the design, development and scale manufacturing of ultra-thin film, flexible batteries. He comes to BrightVolt with a distinguished track record of building new businesses and competing in emerging markets. His deep passion for innovation, matched with his unique ability to navigate complex business and technical environments makes him a natural fit to ignite world class growth at BrightVolt.

    Significant prior achievements include leading ArcSoft’s imaging technology as President of North America and directing a new marketing strategy for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications business that resulted in a resurgence of awareness for their mobile area. Todd then spent six years directing corporate brand strategy for Intel, one of the world’s most valuable brands, and expanding international marketing and sales development for Europe, Middle East and Africa while based in Germany.

    As Staples’ VP of Brand Management, Todd oversaw all US retail technology sales and marketing. He led the strategic development of the highly memorable Staples “Easy” brand and the award-winning Easy Button campaign, which continues to enable Staples to stand out in the office superstore category and consistently results in market share gains for Staples relative to its competitors.

    One of Todd’s most notable traits is his visionary ability to define and influence long-term business success, while providing a sharp focus and dedication to leadership and operational excellence.

  • Christophe Ramstein

    CEO Myotest

    Christophe Ramstein is the CEO of Myotest, a pioneer in biomechanics-based smart coaching for runners.  Leading brands rely on Myotest software to deliver their next generation wearables, smarter shoe selection and personalized smart coaching based on each runner's unique physiology.

    Ramstein is an entrepreneurial and innovative executive with over 20 years of experience in designing and developing consumer products and solutions for mobile, gaming, PC, automotive, and virtual reality markets now shipping in 100s of millions of devices.  Prior to Myotest, Ramstein was Vice President of Engineering at Logitech, and Chief Technology Officer at Immersion.  Ramstein is the author of numerous patents, and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble, France.

  • Michael Reidbord

    Chief Operating Officer KLoog Inc.

    Michael Reidbord is a technology and apparel executive experienced in building companies in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and Europe and involved in numerous start-up successes within the technology and consumer products sectors.

    Mr. Reidbord was President & CEO of Blue Dasher Technologies, an award winning location-based services provider to the real estate, travel & tourism, retail, and engineering industries.  In 2000, Reidbord founded technical apparel producer Brilliant Asia Corporation. Within four years, he grew the company to $45 million in sales with customers including BP, Delta Airlines, VF, Disney, Securitas and Wells Fargo.

    Michael has also held senior positions in the U.S. and Europe with companies including Palm Beach and Bayer, and oversaw global manufacturing and operations for Lion/GSCM Germany: a leading supplier of technical products to police, fire, and emergency response personnel in multiple countries. 

    More recently, Mr. Reidbord was tasked with developing a Wearable Technology business for MediaTek, one of the world’s leading chip design companies.  He now is Chief Operating Officer of Kloog, Inc., an IoT and Wearables enabling platform based in Silicon Valley that bridges the gap between how the fashion/apparel industry functions and the engineering, design, development and manufacturing processes of the electronics business and the Founder of the Fashion Tech Consortium.   Michael also is a professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

  • Dr. Renuka Dhandapani

    Textile Chemist Cotton Incorporated

    Dr. Renuka Dhandapani is a Textile Chemist at Cotton Incorporated, non-profit company that promotes research and marketing on cotton.

    Renuka’s focus has been on wearables and 3D printing and how cotton can be used in these areas. She has been at Cotton Incorporated for four years working on new functional finishes that can improve the properties of the fabric. 

    She has a Ph.D. in Textiles Sciences from University of Georgia and a Master’s in Design and Merchandising from Colorado State University.

  • Claudia Richardson

    Leader, Materials Innovation Team Patagonia

    Claudia Richardson leads Patagonia’s Materials Innovation team with a focus on long term advancements in outdoor apparel materials and manufacturing. Through research in materials science, fiber technology, textile engineering, and finishing chemistry, her team seeks to improve technical performance and reduce environmental impact of Patagonia products. Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and has worked to solve materials problems in various fields from clean energy and battery science to consumer housewares and apparel. She joined Patagonia in 2014 to align her technical pursuits with her passion for sustainability, responsibility, and outdoor exploration. 

  • Faraz Shafiq

    Associate Managing Director, Global IoT Practice Verizon

    Faraz Shafiq is the global IoT practice leader responsible for Verizon’s enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) strategy, analytics and enablement. His key responsibilities include leading the long term IoT portfolio strategy, analytics, customer experience, and professional services.

    Faraz Shafiq joined Verizon with more than 14 years of progressive experience in technology strategy, engineering, advance analytics, professional services and product management.

    In his current role, Mr. Shafiq is developing and executing on the enterprise IoT business strategy and supporting product roadmap and go-to-market initiatives for Verizon enterprise solutions. His responsibilities include positioning Verizon as a leader in providing enterprise IoT solutions and services, leading the global IoT practice for strategy and enablement, leading the IoT analytics strategy, supporting the digital advisory and the customer experience practice, supporting the product portfolio and managing strategic partnerships.

    Mr. Shafiq also serves as an executive advisor to 5G-Map in Poland and serves on the board of a silicon valley based machine learning startup. Mr. Shafiq is an established and regular industry speaker and is viewed as a thought leader for IoT, Analytics and 5G.

    Previously, Mr. Shafiq was the lead for AT&T IoT product development and management. He was instrumental in formulating the IoT analytics strategy and offerings, IoT platform strategy and services, marketing support, driving the adoption and engagement for IoT, building and managing framework applications, and formulating strategic partnerships. Previously Mr. Shafiq led the AT&T Big Data advertising vertical with focus on the Big Data strategy and operations for the targeted marketing. Mr. Shafiq started off as a principal engineer for network engineering and played key roles in evolving AT&T network infrastructure to 4G and setting the stage for NFV/SDN. He has also led internal consulting projects for AT&T through six sigma operations excellence initiatives.

    Mr. Shafiq holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He also teaches Data Science and Strategy as well as Applied Innovation as a part time instructor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Mr. Shafiq lives in northern California and works out of Verizon’s San Francisco innovation center.

  • Sarah Tenney

    President Blue Export Group

    Sarah Tenney, the President of Blue Export Group, is a respected thought leader with a unique brand of "Aloha" that challenges university level curriculum delivery and the typical manufacturing approach to garnered systemic improvements for the Smart Fabric ecosystem in the State of Hawaii, the most geographically isolated island in the world. She invites and aligns world wide experts to build networks as they visit and advance project work in the islands.

    An avid collaborator, Tenney has raising millions of dollars to support medical, industry, and social services initiatives. As a certified fundraising professional and qualified federal contract services vendor, she is proficient in assembling industry teams across states & international borders to drive innovation projects forward and implement affordable strategies to improve US export sales utilizing Smart Fabric products. 

    Tenney is focused on bringing smart fabric & wearable experts to Hawaii to share their expertise, explore the possibilities of using activated carbon from macadamia nuts in inventions, and re-energize from all the islands offer creative professionals.

    Active in Washington bi-partisan circles, and a recognized community leader & volunteer, Sarah Tenney is approachable and open to assist those starting in, transitioning, or tenured in their vocations.

  • James Tsai

    Creative Director Nytec Inc

    Respected for his pragmatic creativity, award-winning industrial designer, James Tsai, is Nytec’s design visionary. Tsai is responsible for leading Nytec's talented crossdisciplinary creative team, driving all creative aspects for Nytec's projects, and ultimately responsible for the design quality of every product that Nytec produces.

    Before joining Nytec, Tsai led the industrial design strategy at Microsoft for webcam, ergonomic line of PC hardware, and multiple generations of Surface input devices that shipped across the world in millions of units.

    Previously, Tsai was an industrial design program manager at One & Co, where he contributed in product roadmap planning, design strategy, and concept development through manufacturing. James has won some of the most prestigious global design awards from Red Dot, Wirecutter, IDEA, The Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, PC Magazine Editor’s Choice, People’s Choice Award at the Ergo Expo and CNET’s Most Beautiful Products. James graduated from California State University-Long Beach in Industrial Design.

  • Gary Weber

    Vice President of Design Fisher-Price Baby

    Gary Weber is the Vice President of Design for the Fisher-Price baby businesses. He leads four creative teams, developing babygear, newborn and infant toys that make the lives of families easier, more fun and full of learning. Operating as part of a multi-discipline team, Gary drives the product strategy to meet or exceed financial targets and support the brand’s mission to help parents give their kids the best possible start.

  • Jon Werner

    Innovation Explorer Sr. Director adidas

    Jon is a member of the Digital Sports team at adidas working with strategic partners, external 3rd party developers, future mobile and wearable experiences and is always searching for the next big thing at the intersection of sport and technology.

    Before adidas, Jon founded Bones in Motion, a mobile software start-up in 2003 that pioneered using GPS in mobile phones to deliver real-time fitness experiences that was acquired by adidas in 2009 and became the foundation for adidas’ miCoach mobile. He has also worked at several start-ups in consumer electronics, enterprise hardware and software and military software development. His work as a software architect for IBM brought his family to Austin, TX where he still resides. 

    Jon earned a BSCS from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1985. He holds over 30 patents covering user interface design, speech recognition, networking, mobile fitness related software and hardware and other fun stuff. 

  • Boden Westover

    Director of Marketing Catapult

    Boden Westover is Catapult's Director of Marketing, overseeing all strategic marketing initiatives for the elite side of Catapult's business. Boden has been with the company for over four years, seeing the company grow from a 15-person Melbourne-based operation to a 250-person global company. 
    Boden was previously Head of Sport for Pagemasters, a sub-division of the Australian Associated Press, leading a team in the editing and publication of a dozen major mastheads. Prior to joining Catapult, Boden played professional basketball in Australia and claims to have dropped six threes on Kevin Durant in high school.

  • Diana Wyman

    Technical Director AATCC

    Diana Wyman is the Technical Director of AATCC, overseeing textile test method development, instruction, and research. Diana has been involved in all aspects of product testing—from managing a contract lab to developing specifications for a retail brand. Most recently, she helped guide the creation of AATCC’s Electronically Integrated Textile committee, and its first test method on Conductance Changes to Electronic Textiles after Home Laundering. Diana holds a BA in Fashion Merchandising and an MS in Textiles. Diana was an active member of AATCC before joining the staff and continues to serve on textile committees of ASTM and ISO.

  • Kevin Young

    SVP, Product Experience Continuum

    Kevin Young is responsible for maintaining the health of and planning for the growth of Continuum’s product experience business. He also leads programs and project teams directly, working with clients to solve their most complex challenges. Since joining Continuum in 1997, he’s managed award-winning projects, including the MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop Per Child. He builds strong relationships with Continuum’s Fortune 100 clients, including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and American Express. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a BID in industrial design. His product design successes have resulted in 14 design excellence awards and 18 U.S. patents.

  • Dr. Min Zhu

    Assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing Fashion Institute of Technology

    Dr. Min Zhu is an assistant professor of Textile Development and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to joining FIT, Zhu served as the marketing and technical administration managers in global companies including BASF, Cotton Incorporated, and TAL Apparel Ltd. Experienced in R&D and technical marketing of functional textiles, Zhu has published multiple research papers on functional textiles, and provided consultancy on textile technologies and marketing strategies in the textile and fashion industry.

    At FIT, Dr. Zhu’s areas of interest include textile finishing, performance textiles, and sustainable manufacturing of textiles. Dr. Zhu holds a Ph.D. degree in textile chemistry in China and an MBA degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

  • Dr. Jan Zimmermann

    Head of Textile Innovation Forster Rohner

    Dr. Jan Zimmermann received his diploma in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences at the ETH Zurich and a PhD summa cum laude in Physical Chemistry from the University of Zurich.

    How this qualified him to become an expert in technical textiles is still a mystery to him, but joining Swiss embroidery specialist Forster Rohner in 2009 he soon helped the company develop a strong profile. This includes the 2010 spin out Bionic Composite Technologies as well as the more recent endeavours to close the gap between eTextile prototyping and manufacture.

    Apart from a respective amount of peer reviewed scientific publications he is author of several patent applications related to eTextiles and beyond.