Speakers

Listen to our subject matter experts from across the NTT Group discuss innovation insights and trends, and how they will impact your organization today and tomorrow.

Our speakers

Alex Bennett

Senior Vice President GTM Intelligent Workplace, NTT Ltd.

An expert in the digital workplace, Alex engages regularly with clients and analysts to communicate how technology underpins, transforms and empowers individuals and teams for competitive advantage. Regarded as a workplace thought leader, contributing to industry blogs, webinars and attending partner advisory councils for global leaders such as Microsoft and Cisco.

Alex has a passion for the use of digital technologies in smart buildings and how they can seamlessly integrate with modern collaboration tools; both of which ensure the attraction and retention of skill and human capital in the organization. The output being improved employee experience and increased business value.

Andrew Briggs

Chief Global Business Officer, NTT Ltd.

Andrew’s role is to maximize sales, profitability, and client satisfaction for our global and international clients. He uses his knowledge and expertise of the IT industry to empower the sales teams to boost their sales performance, with specific focus on our global and international clients.

Andrew was previously Dimension Data’s Group Executive for Global Business. He joined Dimension Data as part of the Merchants acquisition in 1997. After relocating to South Africa to set up the Merchants business, he was appointed Customer Interactive Solutions and Converged Communications lead in 2003. In 2008, he was appointed Group Executive of Sales and moved back to the UK.

Brent Waters 

Distinguished Scientist, NTT Research 

Dr. Brent Waters earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2004. From 2004-2005, he remained post-doctoral at Stanford University and then worked at SRI as a Computer Scientist. In 2008, he joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2019 Dr. Waters was recruited to NTT Research as a Distinguished Scientist. His research interests are within the realm of cryptography computer security. His work focuses on Identity-Based Cryptography, Functional Encryption, and code obfuscation. Recipient of numerous awards and invited papers, he is noted as a founder of Functional Encryption and Attribute-Based Encryption.

Debra Bordignon

Senior Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Technology, NTT Ltd. Australia

Debra shapes portfolio strategy through exploring disruptive technologies, market opportunities and our evolving society needs.

Debra and her team created and operate the first NTT Client Innovation Centre (CIC) in Sydney Australia. This facility and the engagement model brings together a wealth of innovation assets from across NTT R&D, NTT Opcos, universities, technology partners and our start up eco-systems - to explore opportunities to accelerate transformation, to lead change in markets and to incubate new commercial offerings.

The Strategy, Innovation and Technology Office shapes co-innovation agendas with NTT clients and eco-systems. They focus on transformational themes and emerging technologies in the areas of health, wellness and ageing, higher education, government, livable cities, industry, food, energy, financial services, professional services and trade.

Debra’s career in ICT has spanned 30 years, encompassing sales, consulting, strategy and IT advisory, management, executive leadership and non-executive directorship.

Hideo Mabuchi 

Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford University 

Dr. Mabuchi received his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University (1992) and his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (1998). He spent nine years as a faculty member at Caltech with appointments in Physics and in Control & Dynamical Systems. He then moved to Stanford University as Professor of Applied Physics in 2007. Since September 2010, he has served as Chair of the Applied Physics Department. Selected honors include an A.P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, an ONR Young Investigator Award, a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the inaugural Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lectureship awarded by UCSB.

Jason Goodall

Chief Executive Officer, NTT Ltd.

Jason was appointed to Chief Executive Officer following the merger of 31 companies to create NTT Ltd. He is a people-first leader, and his open-door policy, fun, personable nature and authentic leadership style make him a leader people can relate to.

Prior to this role, Jason was the CEO of Dimension Data. In 1998 Jason was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of OmniLink, a Dimension Data subsidiary that later merged with Internet Solutions. From 2001-2003, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Internet Solutions. He first joined Dimension Data as the Managing Director of Middle East & Africa in 2003. In 2010, Jason served as Group Chief Operating Officer, and in June 2016, he joined Dimension Data’s Board of Directors.

Joe Alexander 

Distinguished Scientist, NTT Research

Joe has both long and distinguished academic and pharma careers. His Ph.D. is in Biomedical Engineering, having specialized in cardiovascular dynamics and trained with Dr. Kenji Sunagawa in the laboratory of the late Dr. Kiichi Sagawa. He has also helped train astronauts like Dr. Chiaki Mukai for the Neurolab Spacelab Mission and collaborated with The National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center as a Visiting Researcher supported by the Science and Technology Agency of Japan.

Following academia, Dr. Alexander entered Pharma – first Merck, then Pfizer. During his 18 years at Pfizer, he worked in various capacities including Field Medical Director, R&D, Business Development, and Medical Affairs. In Pharma as in academia, his passion for modeling and simulation was clear and extended across therapeutic areas. He is credited with creating several Pharma modeling platforms including The Lyrica Virtual Lab, The Neuropathic and Neuropathic-like Pain Virtual Lab, and The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Virtual Lab. Finally, Dr. Alexander is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) with a compelling interest in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and medical devices.

Kazu Gomi 

President and Chief Executive Officer, NTT Research and member of the Board of Directors 

Kazuhiro is responsible for the direction and leadership of the organization's mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives, as well as for fostering a culture of success. He oversees all functional areas and all facets of legal, human resources, marketing communications and finance.

Kazuhiro has worked at NTT for more than 20 years and was involved in product management and development activities at the beginning of his tenure. In 2009 he was first named to the Global Telecoms Business Power100 -- a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. Kazuhiro received a MSIE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MSEE from Keio University, Tokyo.

Kenji Sunagawa

MD, PhD, NTT Research

Prof. Sunagawa received his M.D. in 1974 from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins in 1978 and developed the concept of ventricular arterial coupling that explains how the heart quantitatively determines its contraction against natural afterload. This concept revolutionized cardiovascular physiology and has been taught worldwide at medical schools. In 1990, he moved to Osaka and chaired the Department of Cardiovascular Dynamics at the National Cardiovascular Center in Japan.

In 2004, he became Chairman and Distinguish Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Kyushu University. In 2014, he founded. In 2019, he left Kyushu University and founded the Circulatory System Research Foundation to continue his research and education of young people. He has been interested in cardiovascular mechanics and regulation while extensively applying engineering concepts to understand circulatory homeostasis and mechanisms. Those studies led him to develop neurally controlled devices (i.e., Bionic systems) to treat cardiovascular diseases. Since the late 90s, he developed a neurally regulated pacemaker, bionic baroreflex system, and smart (closed-loop bionic) neurostimulator for heart failure and hypertension, all of which had striking beneficial impacts on their clinical outcomes. Because of these contributions, he received the Paul Dudley White Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2000,

The Technical award from IEEE EMBS, in 2010. He has been a fellow of IEEE, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and Japanese Society of Circulation. He was a board member of the Japanese Society of Medicine, the Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, and served AdCom of IEEE EMBS from 2008 to 20012. He was the conference chair of EMBC’13 held in Osaka.

Marilyn Chaplin

Marilyn Chaplin

Chief Human Resources Officer, NTT Ltd.

As Chief Human Resources Officer for NTT Ltd., Marilyn leads and develops a strategy that enables execution of our new global operating company’s vision, and the realization of its long-term business objectives.
Marilyn was previously Dimension Data Group Executive for People & Culture. She has over 30 years’ experience in both the corporate and academic world. Previously, she has worked for major multinational companies where she held senior marketing and HR positions and has lectured at leading international business schools.

In 1996, Marilyn founded her own business, ICMD (International Centre for Management Development), in partnership with London Business School and Manchester Business School. ICMD was acquired by Dimension Data in October 2000. Marilyn holds a Master of Business Science (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Marilyn lives in London with her family, and outside of work enjoys traveling, cycling, and good food and wine.

Mark van Bavel

Executive Vice President of Digital Platform Architecture, NTT Ltd.

Mark looks after the global technology and architecture strategy for NTT Ltd.’s Client Delivery Platforms and Corporate IT Platforms. He started his career in Siemens Telecoms R&D as a software engineer, for 10 years, before starting his twenty-year career at Dimension Data and latterly, NTT Ltd.

Over the past twenty years Mark has had numerous roles from client consulting to leading internal platform and digital transformations as Chief Architect, Group CIO and Group CDO roles. He now oversees the IT and digital strategy and integration of 31 companies into a single NTT Ltd. IT architecture.

Matthew Gyde

CEO, Security Division, NTT Ltd.

Matt is responsible for executing the security strategy, services and go-to-market with the goal of building the world’s most recognized security business supported by a team of highly talented security professionals.

Prior to this role, Matt was the Group Executive of Security for Dimension Data. Matt joined Datacraft-Asia in 2006, as the Asia General Manager of Security Solutions, and has since held several roles during his tenure with Dimension Data. His career in IT security spans more than twenty years, providing him with a deep understanding of how security platforms should be implemented and managed to ensure clients’ business outcomes are achieved, while ensuring their risk is minimized.

Mihoko Matsubara 

Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation

Mihoko is responsible for cybersecurity thought leadership at NTT in Toyko. She previously worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense before her MA at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC on Fulbright. Her most recent experience prior to NTT includes VP and Public Sector Chief Security Officer for Asia-Pacific at Palo Alto Networks. She also served on Japanese government’s cybersecurity R&D policy committee between 2014 and 2018.

Mihoko is a prolific writer and has published articles from the Council on Foreign Relations, Lawfare, New America, the RUSI Journal, etc. She has published a book on cybersecurity, attackers, defenders, and cyber threat intelligence in Japanese, and spoken at various engagements internationally. She is Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum, Honolulu, and Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, London.

Muna Khurshid 

Vice President, Intelligent Infrastructure, NTT Ltd. 

Muna is a strategic and adaptable leader with a diverse technical and business background, specializing in strategic development and execution. As Vice President of Intelligent Infrastructure for NTT Ltd. in the Americas region, she is responsible for developing and executing NTT’s Hybrid Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise Networking GTM strategy in the Americas.

Prior to this role, she led NTT’s Consulting Services, Technical Services and Networking go-to-market teams. Muna is recognized for her creative thinking, out-of-the-box bold initiatives and for bringing cross-functional teams together to deliver results. She is an effective communicator and trusted advisor with a proven record of building and developing strong, diverse, and high performing teams.

Nadeem Ahmad

Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy, NTT Ltd.

As a technology professional with 25 years of industry experience, and a social constructivist at heart, Nadeem believes technology does not determine human action, but that rather human action shapes technology. Nadeem joined NTT Ltd (previously Dimension Data) over twenty years ago initially as part of the technical delivery and operations teams within the UK and Americas regions, but has spent the bulk of his time in the Group CTO Office working on business and technology innovation initiatives across the Group. As part of the former Group CTO Office, and now part of the GTM practices team,

Nadeem's role involves defining NTT Ltd's technology strategy and positioning, in collaboration with go-to-market leaders, across relevant technology domains. This includes identifying and monitoring key technology trends and emerging domains, assessing their potential to influence new solutions or services, and providing input into new offer creation. This extends to providing group guidance on emerging technology domains and translating key trends and market developments to business impact via thought leadership, internally and externally.

Rachael Broughton

Senior Customer Experience Consultant, NTT Ltd.

With over 15 years’ experience initially working within the telecommunications and banking sectors, Rachael now works globally with clients across all industry types. Rachael uses her CX expertise and leverages CX insights to deliver cross brand customer experience programmes, committed to driving quality CX measures into the heart of organizations.

Rob Allman 

Senior Vice President, NTT Ltd.

Rob oversees the group’s strategy and execution for customer experience (CX). Prior to his current role, Rob has over twenty years’ experience in the CX arena: driving performance and transformation across some of the leading brands in the world. This has encompassed designing and running BPO operations, leading consulting engagements with the Merchants Group, to leading IT services businesses in Africa, Australia and the UK with Dimension Data.

Rob is the responsible for the NTT CX Global Benchmarking Report, which is now in its 22nd year of production and is recognised as a leading source of industry insight. He is an experienced executive, global practitioner, published thought leader and global market citizen of the CX domain.

Rob Lopez

Executive Vice President Intelligent Infrastructure, NTT Ltd. 

Rob Lopez is NTT’s Global Executive Vice President Intelligent Infrastructure. Rob’s key focus is to ensure NTT transforms its services, capabilities and go-to-market to assist clients in building and managing cloud, data center, networking and security infrastructure to be responsive to their business, application and data needs, whilst reducing overall costs and operational complexity.

Rob originally joined Dimension Data Solutions as a Business Development Manager in 1992, and has held numerous leadership positions before joining the group executive team in 2013. He is now part of NTT’s senior leadership team based in London and has assumed executive responsibility for our partnership with Cisco Systems globally.

Rob received a National Higher Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Johannesburg.

Surya Ganguli 

Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University 

Surya Ganguli started as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University in 2012, with courtesy appointments in Neurobiology and Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Ganguli was a fellow of the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology in the Keck Center at UCSF. He was also supported by a career award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Interfaces in Science Program.

Before joining UCSF Surya did a PhD in string theory with Petr Horava in the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics and the Theory Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to this, Professor Ganguli spent time as an undergrad at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), mathematics and physics.

Tatsuaki Okamoto 

Director, NTT Research

Tatsuaki received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1988, respectively. He has worked at NTT since 1978, is an NTT Fellow and, presently, Director of NTT Research in the USA. Specifically, his research focuses on cryptography and information security.

In the past, he has served as President of the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (JSIAM), Director of International Association of Cryptology Research (IACR), and as Program Chair of many international conferences. His honours include the Best and Life-Time Achievement awards from the IEICE, the Distinguished Lecturer award from the IACR, the Purple-Ribbon award from Japanese government, the RSA Conference award and the Asahi prize.

Yasuyuki Kataoka

Research scientist, NTT Research

Yasuyuki Kataoka is a research scientist in Medical and Health Informatics laboratories. His primary interest is the applied R&D in machine learning applications for human performance improvement. This data science work involves time series and heterogeneous data such as vision, audio, text, and IoT sensor signals in healthcare, sports, and automotive industries. His other areas of interest include nonlinear control systems such as self-driving cars and drone systems. When not doing research activities, he enjoys participating in hackathons, where he has won prizes in the healthcare and automotive industries. He holds an MS and BS in mechanical and system engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he graduated valedictorian.

Yoshihisa Yamamoto 

Director PHI-Laboratories, NTT Research 

Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto is a director of the NTT PHI Laboratories and a professor of Applied Physics & Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He has led research laboratories focused on quantum optics and quantum information processing for more than 30 years. His current research interests are in the areas of quantum information, quantum optics, and mesoscopic physics such as squeezed states, quantum non-demolition measurements, cavity quantum electrodynamics, quantum computers, and mesoscopic electron transport and tunneling.