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Featured Speakers

Are you ready to hear from practitioners and leading experts in digital processes and products?

Speakers span across industries and professions to give you well-rounded insight into industry cutting-edge technology, trends, and best practices. 

Nathaniel PalmerKeynote Speaker
Nathaniel Palmer
Chief Architect, Serco, Inc.

“What Process is Critical to Digital Transformation"

“Nathaniel Palmer is a visionary and a clear thinker. He is able to quickly separate value from noise and then communicate that value in simple, easy to understand business terms.” Josh Cobb, Senior Vice President, Yahoo!

Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management by independent research and named one of 2017’s Top 10 Leading Luminaries by Data Informed magazine, Nathaniel Palmer frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field. He has been featured in media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times, and has and been a guest expert on National Public Radio (NPR), as well as World Business Review, and The Emerald Planet with Internet pioneer Vint Cerf.

An active contributor to publications such as CIO, Intelligent Enterprise, KMWorld, and InformationWeek, Nathaniel has co-authored over a dozen books on digital disruption and business transformation, including “Intelligent Adaptability” (2017), “BPM Everywhere: Internet of Things and Process of Everything” (2015), “Passports to Success in BPM” (2014), “Intelligent BPM”(2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Best Seller’s List: Management Guides to IT, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007), and “The X-Economy” (2001).

Nathaniel has the led the design, architecture and execution for some of the industry’s largest and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. He was the first individual named as a Laureate in Workflow, and has served on the executive boards of Align Journal, COMNET, eDOC Journal, Infonomics, and AIIM. He holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government, and has worked within laboratories and innovation centers across both public and commercial organizations engaged in the missions and operations of healthcare, semiconductors, telecommunications, utilities, and IT.

Nathaniel is a highly sought after speaker who presents worldwide at leading industry forums, such as those by 1105 Media, AGA, AFCEA, AIIM, Comdex, Forrester, and Gartner Group. Presentation topics and areas of expertise include AI, Analytics, Digital Disruption and Transformation, IoT, Knowledge Management, Adaptive Case Management, Cloud Computing, Content Management, IT Architecture, Big Data, as well as Business Process Management (BPM).

James StephanouKeynote Speaker
James Stephanou
Vice President, Global Engineering Solutions, Merck

"From Blue Prints to Blue Tooth, Engineering in the Digital Age"

Mr. James (Jim) Stephanou is Vice President of the Global Engineering Solutions group has been with Merck since August of 2105. This global team implements capital projects, from initiation of the business case to operational qualification for Merck’s human and animal health sites. Key office locations are in West Point PA, Whitehouse Station NJ, Ireland, the Netherlands and Singapore. Prior to joining Merck, Jim worked for Bayer Corporation for over 14 years in various locations and senior technical roles in both engineer and manufacturing. Jim started his career in the petro-chemical industry in the US Gulf Coast, in various global locations, primarily in manufacturing. Jim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

Mathias KirchmerKeynote Speaker
Dr. Mathias Kirchmer
Managing Director & Co-CEO, BPM-D

“Value-Switch for Digitalization: The Discipline of Business Process Management"

Dr. Kirchmer is a visionary leader, thought leader and innovator in the field of Business Process Management (BPM) and Digitalization, successfully integrating business and technology initiatives. He has combined his broad business experience with his extensive academic research to deliver pioneering management approaches that have proven to be both, sustainable and provide immediate benefits.

Most recently, Dr. Kirchmer founded BPM-D, a company focused on enabling ongoing digital transformation and strategy execution through the discipline of BPM. Before he was Managing Director and Global Lead of BPM at Accenture, and CEO of the Americas and Japan of IDS Scheer, known for its ARIS Software.

Dr. Kirchmer has published 11 books and over 150 articles. He is affiliated faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches regularly at several other universities. In 2004, he received a research and teaching fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Natalie NixonKeynote Speaker
Dr. Natalie Nixon
Design Strategist and Hybrid Thinker, Figure 8 Thinking

“Eyes on The Prize: The Human Core in Digital Transformation"

Dr. Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker with a background in anthropology and fashion. At Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. She’s the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond; a regular contributor to INC online magazine; a Fellow at the Paris d.School and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Natalie earned a BA (Cum Laude) in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Vassar College and a PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster in London.

Kumar PeriasamyKeynote Speaker
Kumar Periasamy
Vice President, Digital Transformation, Information Technology & Security, UNFCU

“Value-driven RPA: Accelerating Straight-through Processing from 0 to 30%"

This presentation will highlight key tactics applied in an award-winning solution leveraging RPA that accelerated Straight-through processing in Banking.

Kumar is a technology practitioner delivering solutions to business challenges for over 20 years in various industries. He has travelled the technician path with passion to simplify solutions to complex problems. Over years he has exploited value of technology innovations to drive business value.

At UNFCU, Kumar leads digital transformation by aligning technology to business strategy and employing capabilities including Agile Transformation, Business Process Management, Product Management, Business Insights & Analytics and DevOps.


Ralf BechtelRalf Bechtel
VP Global HEC Partner Delivery Management, SAP America, Inc.

“Digital Process Transformation – Industry Trends and SAP’s internal Experiences”

Ralf is a SAP veteran having served for 30 years in various functions at SAP Germany and SAP America.

His career path included leadership roles in International Consulting, Corporate Controlling, IT, Strategic Development and lately in Hana Enterprise Cloud.

Common themes in those roles were development and implementation of SAP’s solutions, and process re-engineering both for customers and internally at SAP.    

Scott OpitzScott Opitz
Co-founder and CEO, Timeline PI

“Process Intelligence in Digital Transformation”

Scott Opitz is co-founder and CEO of TimelinePI, his fifth company he founded over the last 30 years.  At TimelinePI Scott and his team are focused on developing new methods for discovering, analyzing and monitoring business processes and customer journeys.

Previously Scott served as SVP/General Manager of Altosoft Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kofax specializing in BI and analytics technologies.  He was CEO and co-founder of Altosoft prior to its acquisition by Kofax in 2013.  He served as SVP, Marketing & Business Development for webMethods following webMethods’ acquisition of IntelliFrame, an early innovator in BPM, workflow and rapid application development tools, where he was CEO and co-founder.  He has also served of CTO for Computer Network Technology Corporation (now Brocade) and VP of Advanced Technology for Conextions, Inc.

Scott is also a co-inventor on 10 patents and patent applications in the areas of mainframe data integration, business process management, automatic business process discovery, process intelligence, distributed in-memory analytics and workflow orchestration.  Scott received his BS in Chemistry from Moravian College.


Twitter: @scottopitz

Navin Maganti

Navin Maganti

“Intelligent and Actionable Business Decisions for the Digital Era”

Navin Maganti brings over 15 years of business transformation experience across Fortune 500 organizations. He is responsible to help clients realize the promise of transformation through business process management, intelligent automation and cloud adoption.

Navin is an industry thought leader in emerging Transformation strategies, methodologies, and technologies, and considers organization adoption a key ingredient to successful business transformation.

Jeffery Stollman

Jeffery Stollman
Technology Futurist, Blockchain Specialist

“Blockchain ICOs: A New Approach to Financing Innovation”

The presentation would explain how this new vehicle allows innovators to traverse the Chasm of Commercialization (the period between concept and profitability that sidetracks innovators into time-consuming searches for funding that distract them -- and often prevent them -- from developing their creative ideas.

Jeff Stollman is a technology futurist who advises clients on the viability and strategies for exploiting new technologies. He has been designing blockchain solutions for clients for over three years and has four patents pending in the blockchain area. He also assists blockchain startups on strategy, business case, and whitepaper development, including whitepapers used to support Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), emphasizing compliance with evolving WhitePaper 2.0 standards.

Christian Nascimento

Christian Nascimento
Executive Director, Premise Services, Comcast Business

“IoT Products and the Digital Experience”

Christian Nascimento is responsible for developing, launching and managing next generation service offerings for Comcast Business, with a focus on products that combine customer premise equipment, cloud services, and a digital experience. He manages all aspects of the product life cycle, from business development to launch in addition to analysis and enhancement to ensure growth.

Christian was responsible for the development and launch of SmartOffice, Comcast’s commercial video monitoring product, taking the product from ideation, to a single market trial, to a national deployment across the entire Comcast footprint. He also led the efforts to launch Motion Insights, SmartOffice’s digital motion analytics feature, and has championed the use of the product in “Smart City” initiatives, particularly Detroit’s Project Green Light. He has also overseen the market expansion of WiFi Pro, Comcast Business’ enhanced, intelligent WiFi product for SMBs.

Before joining Comcast in 2006, Christian was Vice President of Finance for Cangen Biotechnologies, a biotech start-up. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Widener University School of Business, and as a member of the Business Analytics Advisory Board. Christian holds a Bachelor of Science from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University. He resides in Audubon, PA with his wife and four children.

Annalicia GeeterAnnalicia Geeter
Senior Consultant, Navigate

“Design Thinking: Innovation hidden in plain sight - How following the journey of your customers can lead to insights for digital transformation”

Annalicia is a Senior Consultant with Navigate and has 5+ years of consulting and industry experience leading software implementations and design thinking projects to enable business initiatives and driving enterprise transformation. She is a conceptual thinker who helps clients identify and apply solutions to improve business efficiency and effectiveness through process improvement and a design led approach.

Trevor NaidooTrevor Naidoo
Senior Director, Business Value Services, Salesforce

Trevor has over twenty-five years of diverse business experience spanning multiple industries and functions.  He has worked with customers across a range of industries, including Communications, Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, Transportation High Tech, Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Retail, and Financial Services. His key work focus has always been on creating value by linking strategy to execution through technology and people initiatives.

Trevor Naidoo is currently a Senior Director, Business Value Services, at Salesforce. Previous roles include: Senior Director, Industry Strategy & Insight at Oracle, Managing Director, Business Process Management, at IDS Scheer, and Business Analyst at The South African Railroad, Spoornet.

Trevor has authored and contributed to numerous publications. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and several other universities.

Yvonne Antonucci

Yvonne Antonucci, PhD 
Professor, Widener University

"Digitalization Alignment with Business Process Management: Are Organizations Realizing Full Benefits?"

Dr. Antonucci, PhD is a full professor in the School of Business at Widener University where she is also the SAP university alliance coordinator and with the Business Process Innovation Center of Excellence Director. Her current research project is the analysis of synergies between digitalization and BPM. Her teaching areas are primarily in business process management, process analysis and design, and enterprise systems of which she has won several awards for innovation and excellence. She has received several grants and has published in numerous international journals and conferences in the area of business process management, information technology outsourcing, inter-organizational collaboration methods, and enterprise systems, and has been a frequent invited speaker to various international BPM industry events. Dr. Antonucci also serves on the North American SAP University Alliance Board and is one of the Philadelphia ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) chapter founders, continuing her service as a board member. In addition, she served on the National ABPMP Education Board where she helped develop BPM curriculum standards and contributed to the first release of the Common Body of Knowledge for BPM.

David Menichello

David Menichello, CISSP, CRISC, CISA
Director, vCISO Practice, BTB Security

Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson, CISSP
Chief Information Security Advisor at BTB Security

"Security Monitoring, Detection & Response – Effective People, Process & Technology"

David Menichello has 20 years of experience spanning roles in Information Security, IT, Risk, and Audit. He has held senior leadership positions at two Fortune 500 financial software and services companies, with extensive global experience in capital markets, banking, insurance, broker-dealers, and payment technologies.

David leads BTB Security’s CISO Advisory practice, where his focus includes working with clients on their information security strategies. By being able to thoroughly understand his client’s business environment, major initiatives, and value creation process, David helps clients develop roadmaps for building information security programs that are practical, effective, commensurate with risks, and aligned with business goals.

Before joining BTB Security, David developed information security and technology risk programs for several companies. He has also built and led high-performing global information security teams. Because much of his work experience was spent in two demanding, regulated industries (financial services and pharmaceuticals), David has an appreciation for the operational and compliance challenges that many of his clients face.
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from James Madison University in Virginia and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also studied at the European Business School in Germany. He holds the CISSP, CRISC, and CISA certifications.

Matt Wilson is the Chief Information Security Advisor for BTB, based in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Matt has spent his entire career in Information Technology, and has over 12 years of experience within Information Security. Throughout his career Matt has fostered the development of assessment methodologies, toolsets, and techniques for the delivery of security assessments, penetration testing, application assessments, compliance assessments, security awareness trainings, and policy review and development. More recently, Matt has been actively engaged in the continued maturation of BTB’s RADAR and expanding service delivery offerings.

Matt performs as a trusted advisor at many organizations, representing nearly every vertical, providing guidance on the implementation of controls to improve their security posture. By translating security requirements and leading practices into actionable objectives, Matt enables organizations to implement reasonable safeguards that align with business goals. He regularly provides value-add services in support of audit, compliance, and information security initiatives.

Organizations thrive through effective risk management. By actively engaging our customers and working with both BTB’s Service Delivery team and Security Operations Center, Matt continues to deepen his skill-set and gain unique insight into advanced attacker techniques, the disruption of active attacks, and incident response. This allows Matt to provide valuable recommendations based upon “real-world” experience. He also routinely assists clients with understanding regulatory compliance risks and builds practical roadmaps that allow clients to mature their environments.

Suk-Chung Yoon

Suk-Chung Yoon, PhD
Professor, Widener University

Xiaomu Song

Xiaomu Song, PhD
Associate Professor, Widener University

"Digital Alert System for Transportation Safety"

Dr. Yoon, PhD is the William R. Bailey Endowed Professor of the Department of Computer Science at Widener University. Previously, he served as special assistant to the President and associate provost for research and global engagement. He is also a researcher, mainly in the areas of data mining, artificial intelligence and bioinformatics. He has received several grants, including a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to revitalize undergraduate education in enterprise computing. In addition, he has twice received the IBM Faculty Award and was a recipient of the 2008 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has partnered with students on community service projects, including setting up computer labs in churches and other nonprofit organizations throughout Chester in PA.

Dr. Song, PhD is an Associate Professor of Robotics Engineering at Widener University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Widener University, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and then a Research Scientist at Northshore University Healthsystem, which is affiliated with University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He also has more than three years’ full-time industry experience in data communication and software development. Dr. Song’s research interests include pattern recognition and machine learning, from fundamental modeling issues to multidisciplinary applications in signal/image processing, robotic vision, biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Song is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Ryan RaikerRyan Raiker 
Business Consultant, TimelinePI Inc.

Ryan Raiker is an accomplished business consultant with experience working with small and medium enterprises. Ryan has several years of experience working in project management in State, and Local government. He studied Business Analytics and later earned his MBA from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Currently Ryan is focusing on Brand Management and Product Development for TimelinePI.


Twitter : @ryraiker