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AKnowledge Partners to Present at Enterprise IoT Summit 2017


Chief Executive Officer Homaira Akbari to speak on IoT in the Board Room, and Achieving Data Integrity and Security in IoT

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Dallas, TX – AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms, today announced that its CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, will be presenting at Enterprise IoT Summit 2017, which is being held March 28 – 29, 2017 at the Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX.
In her March 29 keynote presentation, “IoT in the Board Room,” Dr. Akbari will discuss how the disruptive nature of IoT is being perceived in Board Rooms of large corporations, and what the corporations are doing to realize the full value of IoT. Dr. Akbari will also moderate a panel of experts discussing “Achieving Data Integrity and Security in IoT.”

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About Enterprise IoT Summit 2017
Produced by industry leading news and information providers, RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights, the Enterprise IoT Summit 2017, scheduled for March 28-29th in Austin, TX, uniquely offers attendees with a practical guide to digital transformation using internet of things (IoT) technology systems and solutions – from the device to the datacenter and cloud featuring over 125 speakers including a dozen leading industry analyst.  Register to attend Enterprise IoT Summit 2017.

About Dr. Homaira Akbari
Dr. Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Big Data and Analytics, and Supply Chain Visibility. Dr. Akbari serves on the Board of Directors of several Fortune 500 companies including Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO), and Veolia (Euronext: VIE).

About AKnowledge Partners, LLC
AKnowledge Partners, LLC, is a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms.  AKnowledge Partners services have guided clients in the technology sectors of The Internet of Things (IoT), Security, Big Data and Analytics.

Homaira Akbari joins the board of Banco Santander


Madrid, September 27, 2016. The Board of Directors of Banco Santander has agreed to name Homaira Akbari as an independent member of the Board. Ms. Akbari was nominated by the Bank’s Appointments’ Committee, filling the vacancy left by Angel Jado who has resigned from his position. Her appointment has received the necessary regulatory approvals and will be put forward for ratification at Banco Santander’s next general shareholders meeting.

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Following Ms. Akbari’s nomination, the Board of Directors of Banco Santander will increase its diversity, with greater international and sector representation. The bank will now have six women on the board, or 40% of its members, among the highest presence in international banking. The Board will continue to have 15 members of which a majority (eight) are independent.

Homaira Akbari has dual American and French nationality, earned a Ph.D. in particle physics from Tufts University and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has had an extensive corporate career in France and the United States. Ms. Akbari is CEO of global advisory firm AKnowledge Partners, which specializes in The Internet of Things, Security, Big Data and Analytics. She is a board member at several technology companies as well as the French service and utility company Veolia Environnment.

Banco Santander’s Group Executive Chairman, Ana Botín, said: “The Bank is very proud to have Homaira join our board of directors. Her skills and professional experience will be extremely useful for Santander as we move ahead in our digital transformation. Her broad cultural and professional background will make us a better bank”.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to Angel Jado for his commitment, dedication and the significant contribution he has made to the Bank. Over the years, his advice and strategic vision were very valuable to the board and to me personally”. Mr Jado was a member of the board of directors in two different periods throughout the Group’s history, from 1972 to 1998 and from 2010 to 2016.

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.52 trillion in managed funds, 12,500 branches and 190,000 employees at the close of June 2016. In the first half of 2016, Santander made underlying profit of EUR 3,280 million.

IoT Magazine Cover Article features Dr. Homaira Akbari


More with Homaira Akbari

By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

In this issue’s cover story, Homaira Akbari talks about how health care will be the next big vertical for the Internet of Things. That’s because the IoT, she points out, can be used for everything from patient monitoring to asset tracking.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s possible in health care using the Internet of Things. At a past IoT Evolution event, one speaker talked about IoT ingestibles that allow doctors to see inside their patients’ bodies for diagnosis and treatment.

IoT devices can also be attached to the outside of our bodies to address health issues – and I’m not just talking about fitness trackers, and glucose and heart monitors. For example, a company called Ekso Bionics has created the Ekso GT, an FDA-approved exoskeleton for people with spinal cord injuries or those who have suffered a stroke. This is essentially a robot that is strapped on to the user’s body in an effort to help the patient gain mobility and strength.

“Ekso GT enables functional based, intensive, over ground gait training and is designed to support the re-learning of correct step patterns and weight shifts, potentially mitigating compensatory behaviors,” the company explains.

This product is available today, in Canada, most European countries, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States, and it’s being offered by more than 150 rehabilitation institutions.

Speaking of movement, I didn’t include this part of our discussion in this issue’s cover story, but Akbari and I also talked a bit about how the IoT will enable companies that have traditionally sold products to expand into the business of selling services. That, of course, moves these businesses from a one-time sale scenario into a recurring revenue model.

Printing company Heidelberger Druckmaschinen is an example of a company that is moving in that direction. The German company in May announced its selection of PTC’s ThingWorx technology to enable it to remotely monitor and service more than 25,000 printing devices and software modules. ThingWorx helps power Heidelberg Remote Service, an offering that is today used in 50 countries with as many as 3,000 remote sessions per month and through which the company can resolve more than 70 percent of issues.

“We have successfully connected over 10,000 machines and 15,000 systems with the new

solution and as the global leader in our market, we can give our customers excellent support,” said Uwe Galm, vice president, system service and head of operations at Heidelberg. “With the ThingWorx platform, ongoing consultation as needed, and regular function and security updates through PTC Cloud Services, we are well positioned for the future.”

While plenty of companies have put in place successful IoT implementations, Akbari noted the challenge they face in doing so due to the fragmentation of the IoT marketplace. The fact that some companies have had to put together IoT solutions with piece parts of different vendors’ solutions, and that there is no standardization in the IoT, has resulted in lost time and money for some early adopters, she said. For example, one company had already spent $20 million on developing an IoT solution that failed to meet requirements before they engaged Akbari to help get on the right track. The problem, Akbari explained, was that the company had built some parts of the solution itself, and those parts were not performing well, and it selected platforms that were not capable of interfacing with other systems at a reasonable cost.

In light of this, many IoT solution providers have moved to put together 95 to 98 percent of what customers need for an IoT deployment, Akbari said. But the ideal IoT marketplace scenario, she added, would be to have a collection of players that each focus on a core competency, but whose different solutions could easily integrate with one another and with customers’ legacy systems. She referred to this idea as the move to horizontal models.

Some industrial equipment has been in existence for 70 years, and it’s going to stick around a while, added Akbari, so you can’t force feed these companies all the pieces of an IoT solution, and you need to be able to integrate with that legacy embedded base. To this point, Akbari offers elevator KONE as an example.
KONE earlier this year announced its selection of IBM as an IoT partner. IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud Platform will enable KONE to collect and store equipment data, build applications, and develop new solutions empowered by the newly connected elevators and escalators. But Akbari said KONE has elevators that were put in service as far back at 1912, which she added shows the complexity of IoT and the requirement that it address a variety of equipment and systems even within a single customer deployment.

Link Labs Appoints Industry-Leading Advisory Board


Telecom, Industrial Controls, Logistics, and Retail Industry Veterans to Guide High-Growth IOT Innovator

Annapolis, MD, August 16, 2016 – Link Labs, Inc., a leading innovator in low-power, wide-area technologies and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today the formation of a new industry-leading Advisory Board. The Board will help the company navigate rapidly accelerating growth and allow it to further its product development initiatives across several IoT segments.

Bob Proctor, CEO of Link Labs, stated: “We are honored to have such an experienced group of successful executives add their unique insights and deep industry experience to Link Labs’ transformative technology offerings. The experience and relationships this group of distinguished executives bring to Link Labs will help us realize the tremendous growth potential inherent in the company today.”

Link Labs inaugural Advisory Board is comprised of the following professionals:

Dr. Homaira Akbari
Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of the Internet of Things, Cyber Security, and Supply Chain Visibility. She has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales, SA, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari also served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions, and successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS), and Veolia (Euronext: VIE).

Mr. Jack Holmes
Jack Holmes served as President of UPS (NYSE: UPS) Freight, one of the largest less-than- truckload carriers in the United States, from 2007 until his retirement in June of 2016. Widely respected for his business acumen, he was named to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May, 2013. He began his UPS career in 1979, and was promoted and served as President and COO of multiple UPS locations before leading the transition team for UPS’s largest-ever domestic acquisition, the 2005 purchase of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight. He currently serves as co-chairman of the NFAC’s Conditions, Performance and Data Subcommittee, is a director of the American Transportation Research Institute and the United Way of Greater Richmond.

Mr. Gene Wojciechowski
Gene Wojciechowski is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Newgistics. He has extensive experience in eCommerce and supply chain technology through decades of working with both startups and industry leaders such as Walmart, Staples, GE, UPS, and Ford. Prior to joining Newgistics, he has held numerous executive positions including Vice President, Technology at Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), VP and CIO of Walmart.com (NYSE: WMT) for six years, and CIO of UPS Freight Services for more than six years. He has a 30 year track record of measurable success in both domestic and international eCommerce.

Mr. Kenny Young
Kenny Young has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Communications Corporation since August 2008, and served in other executives roles at LCC from May 2006 to August 2008. Prior to joining LCC in 2006, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Media’s (NASDAQ: LCAPA) Connectid mobile content subsidiary, as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Liberty Media’s TruePosition location based services organization. He spent over 16 years with the now combined AT&T Corporation (NYSE: T) and held senior management positions with Cingular Wireless, SBC Wireless and Southwestern Bell Telephone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of
Globalstar, Inc. (Amex: GSAT).

Link Labs is a leading innovator in low-power, wide-area network technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s patented Symphony LinkTM technology provides secure, two-way, low data rate, long range connectivity for connected devices. Link Labs has customers around the world and powers a range of IoT applications across industries, including logistics, industrial controls, agriculture, building controls, healthcare, smart cities, defense, retail, and utilities. For additional information, visit http://www.link-labs.com or follow us at @LinkLabsInc.

Media Contact: brian.ray@link-labs.com

IoT Evolution Conference and Expo Announces Special Panel with IoT Investment Leaders



IoT Evolution Conference and Expo Announces Special Panel with IoT Investment Leaders

Leading Internet of things event explores the IoT startup landscape and the potential for unique investment opportunities

Norwalk, CT—May 10, 2016—TMC and Crossfire Media announced today the special panel discussion, Money & Management: Is it Better to be Unique or Unicorns? at IoT Evolution Conference and Expo, being held July 11-14, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. IoT Evolution Expo is directed at companies interested in understanding how to develop, integrate and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) strategies. This special panel discussion will take place at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 13th.

“We have windows of opportunity in IoT that include new networks, new sensors and new solutions,” said Carl Ford, CEO, Crossfire Media, executive director of content, IoT Evolution. “I am excited that this panel is going to take us past the headlines and show how existing companies and new opportunities converge into great investments.”

With over 140 different Startups worth $ Billion, the experts in the Money & Management: Is it Better to be Unique or Unicorns special panel discussion will explore what the difference between the haves and the have mores is even when business plans are similar. These investment experts will discuss what makes compelling business cases. Are unicorns passé? Are there still unique investments opportunities, or is there nothing new under the sun?

Panelists include:

  • Homaira Akbari, President & CEO at AKnowledge Partners
  • Mike Walkley, Managing Director, Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord Genuity Research
  • James Brehm, Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist at James Brehm & Associates
  • Michael Lenoce, Managing Director at MVP Capital
  • Michael Crawford, Partner at Q Advisors LLC
  • Jeff Belk, Managing Director at Velocity Growth Fund

IoT Evolution Expo is supported by Super sponsor, AT&T, Diamond, sponsor KORE, Platinum sponsor, Eurotech and gold sponsor Ingenu.

Media Contact
Barry Harley
barry@eych2.com

IoT Expert, Dr. Homaira Akbari, Confirmed to Speak at IoT Evolution Expo


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Monday, August 17, 2015, Dallas, TX – Dr. Homaira Akbari, an award-winning thought leader in the security, Internet of Things (“IoT”), mobile and software sectors will be a featured speaker at the 2015 IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Business leaders are quickly understanding the importance and impact that IoT can have on their organization,” says Homaira Akbari, President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners. “They want to learn the benefits, challenges and trends so that they can take the next step towards integrating a successful IoT strategy. The Evolution Expo is a great place to do that. I am honored to be included in the list of subject matter experts scheduled to speak this year.”

Akbari’s presentation will take place on August 19 at 9:30 AM. In her panel speech, “Swimming with the Sharks: Finding Investors to Back Your Future,” Akbari will share insights into the investment trends and risks in IoT that will impact venture capitalists and private equity firms alike in areas such as IoT horizontal platforms, vertical applications, network and cloud connectivity, and security.

About IoT Evolution Expo

The IoT Evolution Expo Hall includes a showcase of the leading IoT and M2M solutions providers plus numerous networking and informational events to keep you meeting and talking to the industry’s leading minds and IoT strategists.

To learn more about the IoT Evolution Expo, click here.

About AKnowledge Partners, LLC

AKnowledge Partners, LLC, is a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms.  AKnowledge Partners services have guided clients in the technology sectors of The Internet of Things (IoT), Security, Big Data and Analytics. For additional information, visit www.aknowledge.us.

 

Media Contact
Brittany Mills
bmills@mobiquityinc.com

Veolia Appoints Dr. Homaira Akbari to its Board of Directors


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Monday May 18, 2015, Dallas, TX – AKnowledge Partners, LLC announced today that Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE) has appointed AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, to its Board of Directors effective April 22, 2015. Dr. Akbari was favorably voted into the Board of Directors by Veolia’s shareholders due to her strong background and global expertise in the Internet of Things (the “IoT”) and the future impact that IoT will have on existing business models of large organizations.

Veolia Group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia Group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014 Black jack.

AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, will serve a four-year term expiring at the end of the 2019 shareholders’ meeting convened to approve the financial statements for the period ended on December 31, 2018.

For the Combined Shareholders’ Meeting announcement from Veolia, click here.

(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.

About AKnowledge Partners, LLC

AKnowledge Partners, LLC, is a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms.  AKnowledge Partners services have guided clients in the technology sectors of The Internet of Things (IoT), Security, Big Data and Analytics. For additional information, visit www.aknowledge.us.

Media Contact

Brittany Mills

bmills@mobiquityinc.com

Veolia Appoints Dr. Homaira Akbari to its Board of Directors


TuesdayMay 12, 2015, Dallas, TX – AKnowledge Partners, LLC announced today thatVeolia (Paris Euronext: VIE) has appointed AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, to its Board of Directorseffective April 22, 2015. Dr. Akbari was favorably voted in to the Board of Directors by Veolia’s shareholders due to her strong background and global expertise in the Internet of Things (the “IoT”) and the future impact that IoT will have on existing business models of large organizations. 

“On behalf of all its members, I am delighted to welcome Dr. Homaira Akbari on Veolia’s Board of Directors and I feel strongly that her global expertise and insight will be of great value to our company,” said Antoine Frérot, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia.

Veolia Group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia Group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion* in 2014.

AKnowledge Partners President and CEO, Dr. Homaira Akbari, will serve a four-year term expiring at the end of the 2019 shareholders’ meeting convened to approve the financial statements for the period ended on December 31, 2018.

For the Combined Shareholders’ Meeting announcement from Veolia, click here.

(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.

About AKnowledge Partners, LLC

AKnowledge Partners, LLC, is a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies, solutions and advice to the world’s leading executives, Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms.  AKnowledge Partners services have guided clients in the technology sectors of The Internet of Things (IoT), Security, Big Data and Analytics. For additional information, visit www.aknowledge.us.

Media Contact

Brittany Mills

bmills@mobiquityinc.com

AKnowledge Partners CEO to Speak at Tech Industry Session & to Deliver University Commencement Address


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Dallas, TX – AKnowledge Partners President and CEO Dr. Homaira Akbari is among the featured speakers at the Wireless Innovation Council (the “WIC”) session which runs March 18 to 19 in Miami, Florida. The event is a gathering of high-level decision makers from Fortune 1000 and cross-functional industries who work to collaborate and uncover new innovation opportunities. The explosion of smart devices, connectivity and advanced applications has created an exciting wave of change and innovation. However, while consumers have been the primary driver of wireless innovation, corporations still have limited awareness of the potential impact of these emerging technologies and what they mean for their businesses.

Dr. Akbari will share her global expertise on the Internet of Things (the “IoT”) and the future impact that IoT will have on existing business models of large industrials and governmental agencies. Experts predict by 2020, over 50 billion “things” will be connected to the Internet, representing more than $3 trillion in economic value. Everything from digital marketing to sales force effectiveness and financial services will be impacted by what Dr. Akbari calls “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.” She predicts that corporations will need to evolve and connect various internal and external networks and relationships to develop lasting solution for “IoT” and maintain a competitive edge.

Members of the WIC include a board of directors and executives from global organizations that include Marriott, Fidelity, Pfizer, Harley Davidson, NASA, GE, UCB, Halliburton, Vitality, and AKnowledge Partners. The event is sponsored by Mobiquity, Inc.

In May, Dr. Akbari will deliver the commencement speech at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1780, Transylvania is the nation’s 16th oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Click link to Read Full Release from University.

About Homaira Akbari

Dr. Homaira Akbari leads AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies and advice to Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms in the sectors of Internet of Things, Security, Big Data and Analytics. Dr. Akbari serves on the Board of Directors of three publicly-traded companies: Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (GTO: EN Paris), and Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS). She is the Chair of Johns Hopkins Physics & Astronomy Advisory Council).

Homaira Akbari on ‘The Internet of Things: The Fourth Industrial Revolution’


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AKnowledge Partners President and CEO Homaira Akbari will share her expertise on the ‘Internet of Things’ at a technology industry roundtable presentation on March 6 in Paris, France. Akbari will share how the internet continues to impact the global economy and what it will mean for businesses and consumers long-term.

For the last two decades, there have been a large number of technological disruptions: the boom and growth of the Web followed by wireless enablement, followed by Web 2.0, followed by mobility. The next technological disruption will come from the ‘Internet of Things’ which many believe will result in an industrial revolution. According to experts’ prediction, by 2020 the number of things connected to the Internet will reach 50 billion and over 3 trillion value will be created. While the first models of the ‘Internet of Things’ have been in existence for more than three decades, it is not until now that the ‘Internet of Things’ has given birth to massive deployment of smart systems, which will ultimately have a disruptive impact on the way we live, collaborate, and conduct business.

About Homaira Akbari

Homaira Akbari leads AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm providing high-impact consultative strategies and advice to Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms in the sectors of The Internet of Things, Security, Big Data and Analytics. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Gemalto N.V. (GTO: EN Paris and GTO: EN Amsterdam), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS), and Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR).

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