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Jeff Phelps, Chief Executive Officer - iWorkGlobal (San Francisco, California, USA)

Jeff Phelps is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of iWorkGlobal and is responsible for setting the strategic direction and oversight of the firm’s global operations.

His career spans 30+ years of successfully building and leading innovative human capital management organizations. Jeff is a recognized industry expert in contingent workforce management, having led organizations responsible for the design, development, implementation, and management of comprehensive workforce management programs. His client experience spans virtually every market segment and includes Fortune 500 companies as well as regional firms.

Stapleton Timothy, VP/Creative Director - Sigma Group (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA)

Tim Stapleton has worked in every category of advertising in a career that has spanned over 30 years. He has been an art director, writer, creative director and chief creative officer. He started as an intern at GSD&M, then worked at a variety of agencies such as Backer Spievogel Bates (later Bates USA), Publicis and The Richards Group before working as a Creative Director at Sigma, a fully integrated agency in Oradell, NJ. Tim’s work has been featured in Archive, Creativity and was written up in a Danish film magazine. He has received a variety of awards including Effies, Clios, National Addy’s, The One Show and a Bronze Anvil from the PRSA.

Vladislava Russeva, Public Relations - Smart Energy Group (Sofia, Bulgaria)

PR in the field of Energy and EPC companies, serious interests and knowledge in Haute couture and fashion industry.

Richard Lorenzen, Chief Executive Officer - Fifth Avenue Brands (New York, New York, USA)

Richard Lorenzen is the founder and CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands, a public relations firm in New York. He was ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 50 people in digital marketing, and Inc. Magazine named him both one of the top eight entrepreneurs on Twitter and one of the top 25 most inspiring entrepreneurs to watch. LinkedIn named Richard one of the top millennial influencers of 2016. Richard has contributed to Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post. He is also the author of the 2016 book, Surge. Richard is a founding member of the Forbes Agency Council as well as the Young Entrepreneur Council. He is part of the foreign policy think tank, Concordia Summit.

Itay Glick, Chief Executive Officer - Votiro (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Itay brings to Votiro more than 15 years of executive management experience in cybersecurity at global technology companies based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Prior to co-founding Votiro, he played a key role in managing the development of equipment for the lawful interception market on behalf of Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT).

Itay launched his career as a software engineer in an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces and was later appointed team leader. In that role, he oversaw the development and integration of projects valued at over $10M.

Itay holds an MBA from Bar-Ilan University and a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Satoa Raymon, Chief Executive Officer - Womenincharg3 (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Satoa Raymond is the creator and founder of Womenincharg3. Which is a music entertainment company, that hosts music events center around Female Independent music artists all genres.

Ilissa Miller, Chief Executive Officer - iMiller Public Relations (Mamaroneck, New York, USA)

Ilissa Miller is a highly-regarded thought leader and influencer in the global telecommunications and technology sectors. She possesses nearly two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product development, and has launched and elevated the brands of many of the most successful and innovative global and North American-based telecom companies in the industry. Ilissa’s articles have been published in Capacity Magazine, Global Telecom Business, Telecom Review North America, TMCnet, ChannelVision Magazine, Data Center POST, TelecomNewsroom and Cloud POST. A much sought-after speaker and panel moderator, she has graced the stage of a number of prestigious industry conferences and events, including Capacity North America, International Telecoms Week, ITEXPO, the New Jersey Technology Council and NEDAS. Ilissa is the founder and CEO of iMiller Public Relations, an independent public relations and marketing consulting firm focused on serving the global telecom and technology sectors.

Farhan Seth, Senior Manager - BenchMatrix Pvt. Ltd (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan)

Consultant and Senior Manager having sound knowledge of Governance, Compliance and Operational Risk Management practices. Rendered GRC consultancy services to number of Financial Institutions within and outside Pakistan. Talented team player with substantial contributions in problem solving, decision making and overall project management. Adviser to Financial Institutions on automation and standardization of existing risk management practices. Amber Daines Ungar

Amber Daines Ungar, Managing Director - Bespoke Communications (Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia)

Amber Daines is a self-made CEO, trainer, speaker, podcaster, author and media junkie who is also a proud mother to two young boys. A former international TV and print journalist turned PR powerhouse, she has worked in communications for 20 years. After her initial newspaper and TV reporting career, which took to her to posts in Hong, London and Paris, Amber returned to Sydney to work for a range of small and large PR agencies, while studying a Masters of Arts Administration. She launched her business a decade ago and works with corporates, entrepreneurs and small business leaders in media interview skills and presenting arena. A keen philanthropist and devoted print books reader, Amber is always seeking new creative ventures. She can be found at www.bespokecomms.com.au and www.howtobeheard.net. Her newest passion project is ‘The Politics of Everything’, a weekly podcast launching June 2017.

Daniel Aitken, Sr. Global Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications - Integrated Device Technology (San Jose, California, USA)

Amber Daines is a self-made CEO, trainer, speaker, podcaster, author and media junkie who is also a proud mother to two young boys. A former international TV and print journalist turned PR powerhouse, she has worked in communications for 20 years. After her initial newspaper and TV reporting career, which took to her to posts in Hong, London and Paris, Amber returned to Sydney to work for a range of small and large PR agencies, while studying a Masters of Arts Administration. She launched her business a decade ago and works with corporates, entrepreneurs and small business leaders in media interview skills and presenting arena. A keen philanthropist and devoted print books reader, Amber is always seeking new creative ventures. She can be found at www.bespokecomms.com.au and www.howtobeheard.net. Her newest passion project is ‘The Politics of Everything’, a weekly podcast launching June 2017.

John Christly, Global Chief Information Security Officer - Netsurion (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)

John Christly is the Global Chief Information Security Officer for Netsurion and EventTracker, where he brings many years of experience in technical and cybersecurity related operational, project, and program management. John is an MSI Senior Fellow™ and holds various certifications including the ISC2 CISSP, PMP, Certified Fraud Examiner, AccessData Certified Examiner, HIPAA Security Specialist, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and is a Licensed Private Investigator. His experience includes several industry regulations including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, and PCI DSS. John formerly served as the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He was also the co-founder and CEO for OMC Systems, a Florida-based cybersecurity advisory firm. He also served as the HIPAA Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, a multi-hospital public healthcare system. As an accomplished author and blogger, his articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is frequently quoted in industry news sources, and is often a keynote and panel speaker at international, national, and regional events.

Sylvie Chartier, Owner and Certified Translator - Services linguistiques Sylvie Chartier (Terrebonne, Québec, Canada)

During my career. I demonstrated great strength in autonomy, initiative, efficiency and meticulousness. I have a keen eye at identify problems and providing solution efficiently. I have a methodical spirit, am flexible, and am attentive to details. My perseverance guarantees quick and professional results. I value clarity in all forms of communication. I am fluently bilingual and love to work in both French and English.

My entrepreneurship skills enabled me to found the first thrift shop in Goose-Bay, Labrador, a Not-For-Profit Organization, still operating after 22 years.

I have over 30 years of experience as a translator. I started translating various texts when I was the only bilingual person in my military unit. This experience made it so that I translated texts and documents on a regular basis. Subsequently, as a sales and marketing Coordinator and Executive Assistant there were even more translation to be done. Discovering an immense pleasure to review and translate, I decided me learn more about translation and started my own business, thus was born Services linguistiques Sylvie Chartier. The translations done are from English to French and sometimes from French to English.

Essa Bin Qasim, Chief Executive Officer - Bin Qasim Enterprises (Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)

Essa Bin qasim is a young entrepreneur from Pakistan. Essa is the founder and CEO of Bin Qasim Enterprises. The company offers a platform to international companies for investments in Pakistan. Bin Qasim Enterprises in a span of just two years has attracted businessmen and customers from around the globe. Essa is passionate about expanding his business and discovering new ideas. He hopes to make his company one of the most renowned company in the world.

Ken Kuang, President and CEO - Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC (San Diego, California, USA)

Successful business owner, seasoned senior executive, Amazon Best Seller, well sought after speaker and one of the Most Admired CEO's in San Diego. Kuang followed his entrepreneurial dream and started his own company in 2004. Now Torrey Hills Technologies has grown to a leader in the supply of quality microelectronics packaging components, such as copper tungsten heat sinks, to major manufacturers. From 2004-2013, Kuang led Torrey Hills to rank #188 in INC500 Fast Growing Private Companies in America and rank #2 in San Diego Business Journal 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego. Kuang was three times the finalist for the Most Admired CEO in San Diego. The company is now shipping world-wide to more than 60 countries.

George Georgallides, Managing Partner - XO (Chula Vista, California, USA)

George Georgallides is the Managing Partner at XO, a lead generation and strategy agency based out of Los Angeles, with offices throughout North America.

In the past, George was the Managing Partner at Curious Ventures, a media VC fund based out of Los Angeles and New York. Prior to that, George was the co-founder of MyoStim, a cell regeneration medical startup that was awarded 2 patents.

Karen Thomas, President & CEO - Thomas Public Relations, Inc. (Melville, New York, USA)

Karen Thomas is President and CEO of Thomas Public Relations, Inc, leading agency focusing exclusively on high-technology and consumer electronics. Thomas PR has a 20 year history of successful PR campaigns for ground-breaking technology companies, including BeBop Sensors, NewerTech, OWC, GameSir, Kidz Gear, Olympus, The Great Kat, and more. Thomas PR has extensive relationships with national and international press, including The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, Fox-TV, Wired, BBC-TV, Stern, and more.

Karen Thomas is a judge for the 2017 CES Asia Innovation Awards and Edison Awards 2017 and was recently awarded the Long Island Business News Excellence in Communication Award for Best PR Campaign 2017 for the China Government's Press Event held at CES 2017. Other accolades include PR News “Movers & Shakers Award 2017,” Onalytica’s “Top 100 Influencers and Brands,” PRSourceCode Top Tech Communicators Award, and more. Karen Thomas is creator of the original, longest running party list for tech trade shows, “The Official KarenNet Party List” and has served on boards of PMDA, IPC, LISTNET and more. Website: http://www.thomas-pr.com, Twitter: www.twitter.com/thomaspr, Facebook: www.facebook.com/KarenThomaspr https://www.facebook.com/Thomaspublicrelations (631) 549-7575 kthomas@thomaspr.com.
-Long Island Business News Excellence in Communication Award
-Top 100 PR Influencer Onalytica 2015
-PR SourceCode Top Tech Communicator

Aris Jerahian, Principle, Managing Director - Silly Beez LLC (Glendale, California, USA)

An industry leader, an author and a speaker with more than 30 years of client management, marketing and consulting experience. He is the author of "Courage to Change," which aims to help readers improve both their professional and personal lives, and serves as a council member advisor for Gerson Lehrman Group.

As a brand strategist, Aris works on creating valuable consumer relationships to promote engagement. By utilizing the popularity of digital & mobile media, along with the social web, Aris helps companies understand the power of controlling their brand.

Tagui Veronica Manoyan, CEO, Creative Director - Bon Choix Couture Inc. (Glendale, California, USA)

Tagui Veronica Manoyan was born and raised in Yerevan Armenia. She came to America with her family in 1995 after graduating from The State Engineering University of Armenia where she received her degree in cybernetics and mathematics. Tagui's early technical training and background would later become useful tools for a new career in the fashion industry.

Tagui has earned the respect and recognition by many high profile celebrities and entertainment personalities in the industry.

So much of Tagui's life was about overcoming challenges. Today she continues to be motivated by finding "simple solutions to seemingly complex problems." But it was never the challenges alone that inspires and motivates Tagui. "I enjoy the challenges of solving creative problems, but more importantly is having not only a complete costume in hand, but also to see a big smile on the faces of my client. That to me is the greatest success in this industry."

Ahmed Rauf Essa, Co-Founder - Telemart (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan)

Telemart recently was awarded Acq Global Awards 2016 for Online Retail Company of the year. Telemart won brand of the year award 2015-2016 for Online Shopping which the highest honor in Pakistan which was presented by chairman senate Mr Raza Rabbani. Ahmed won ACQ Global Award for Game Changer of the year 2016. Ahmed won Retail Entrepreneur of the year award at Ceo world award 2016. Ahmed was nominated as the top 7 rising star of the world by World Retail Awards 2016. Telemart's Facebook page has the highest engagement and reach in the country. Telemart was given highest honor by the government of Pakistan for our work towards the society (CSR). Telemart is the biggest technological retail business of Pakistan. Telemart has the highest average selling price (Rs 31,000 = 310$), whereas other players have an average ranging Rs 5000 to Rs 8000 (50$ to 80$) which clearly identifies the level of trust the customer has towards Telemart.

Regina Choo, Chief Executive Officer - Re Creations Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Our compsny is a security printer. We are engaged by Singaporebear Print Banks and government to be their partners to print transport cards. We are also the appointed printer to print exclusively for a national project called Passion Cards. This is a tri party project where the government and Diary Farm Group came out with. As of now, we have a total revenue estimated of $1.5 to 2 million

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