2019 SPEAKERS: More TBA!

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Sessions and speakers subject to change.

Keerti Melkote

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

President of HPE Intelligent Edge and Aruba Founder

Keerti Melkote is the Founder of Aruba and President of the Intelligent Edge business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His vision to secure and deliver amazing customer and workplace experiences to all industries has not only enriched IT professionals’ lives but also their end customers.

Keerti founded Aruba Networks in 2002 and brought to market Aruba’s industry-leading mobile-first solutions, with the core mantra of “Customer First, Customer Last”. Leading Aruba through its IPO in 2007, followed by the company’s acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2015, Keerti then brought together all of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Intelligent Edge portfolio under Aruba.

Keerti leads Aruba’s strategic direction and operations, focused on a new era of smart digital experiences. Prior to founding Aruba, Keerti held leadership roles in product management, technology marketing and engineering at large tech companies such as Intel, Cisco as well as startups such as Shasta and Tahoe Networks.

He received his MSEE from Purdue University where he was honored as a Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2017. He has a BS in ECE from JNTU, Hyderabad and has been granted multiple patents for innovations in technology.

Keerti serves as the Chairman of the Board of Chargifi, a wireless charging startup and as an advisor to several transformative startups across the globe. He’s also an active contributor and advisor to several charities focused on education and literacy.


Ray O'Farrell


EVP & Global CTO 

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Executive Sponsor, leading the integration efforts of VMware’s expanded Cloud-Native Apps business unit. In this role, O’Farrell will envision and extend the company’s strategy and operating model for delivering the Kubernetes platform of the future.

Prior to August 2019, O’Farrell served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, where his main focus areas was to ensure VMware’s long term technology leadership through research and innovation programs, with the primary goal of positively impacting and shaping the future of VMware, its ecosystem and its customers.

Prior to his role as Chief Technology Officer, O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.

O’Farrell joined VMware to lead the ESX Storage team during the early development of the ESX platform. He helped build a large ecosystem of partners in storage and helped expand the portfolio, which today includes products such as VMFS (Virtual Machine File System) and VMware vSAN. During his tenure at VMware, O’Farrell built and managed a global R&D organization and held engineering responsibilities across the entire VMware portfolio. His responsibilities spanned management of all of the components of VMware’s flagship vSphere and suite products, including core compute, networking, storage and Cloud management. O’Farrell also spearheaded the Dell Technologies IoT division.

O’Farrell has over 20 years of software engineering and product delivery experience. Before VMware, he developed and shipped development tools and operating systems for real-time, embedded and DSP systems at a number of companies including Industrial and Scientific Imaging (Ireland), Ashling Microsystems (Ireland), Improv Systems (United States) and Microtec/Mentor-Graphics (United States).

O’Farrell holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electronics and a Master’s of Engineering in Computer Science, both from the University of Limerick in Ireland.


Nicole Eagan



As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the Darktrace company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named the 'AI Leader of the Year' in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.25 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won more than 100 awards and the company has been named one of WSJ's Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.


The following keynote speakers are listed in order of presentation:

David Twohy

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

VP, Pointnext Sales, North America

David Twohy is currently Vice President of Pointnext Sales for North America.  He leads a team of over 375 employees and is responsible for a multi-billion dollar orders target.  Responsibilities include direct and indirect sales, pursuit and solutioning, and driving a services led approach into the HPE organization.       


Prior to this role, David led the HPE U.S. Transformation team where he was responsible for helping clients define and accelerate their Digital Transformation Initiatives, as well as sales transformation of HPE’s U.S. sales force. 


Other leadership roles at HPE have included:

  • VP, Worldwide Technology Services Channels organization.  In this capacity, he helped HP’s channel partner community to grow their HP services sales and delivery capabilities, and also to establish HP ServiceONE as the premier Channel Program in the industry.  His team delivered $3B of annual orders. 

  • VP, Americas Channel and Mid-Market sales for Technology Services.  He managed a staff of 100 sales professionals and drove a $1B of indirect business for Hewlett Packard. 

  • VP, U.S. Large Account Services responsible for HP’s 65 largest clients in the U.S.


Dave is a member of HP’s Winners Summit, which recognizes the top 4% of HP’s global sales force.  He joined HP in 2001.


Before joining Hewlett-Packard, David was an Executive Director with Cybersource, a leader in eCommerce Payment solutions.  David also spent 12 years with IBM in various sales and management positions.  In his 10 years carrying a sales quota, David achieved 100% Club status all 10 years.  He was also recognized with a Gold Circle membership, which is awarded to the top 2% of IBM’s global sales force.  


He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, as well as ITIL and MCSE certifications.  He is a regular speaker at Partner events, Executive Briefings, CIO Roundtables, and HP Customer Advisory Councils.


Christopher Kajfosz


Cyber Special Agent

Christopher Kajfosz will be presenting as one of the security panelists speaking about Cyber Warfare at the General Session.


Trevor Samhammer

Department of Homeland Security

Intelligence Research Specialist - Cyber Crimes 

Trevor Samhammer got his start in cyber with computer hardware, networking and CCNA courses in high school, before joining the military following 9/11. In 2013 the Army assigned him as cyber intelligence analyst supporting U.S. Cyber Command (US CYBERCOM) and then U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (US INDOPACOM) for the DIA. In 2017, he joined the CA Army National Guard's Cyber Protection Team and deployed for a 400 day cyber operations support mission to the NSA and US CYBERCOM.

Currently, part time Trevor remains in the Cal Guard as the Cyber Protection Team Senior Enlisted Leader, and in a full-time civilian role as the cyber intelligence analyst assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles office. He serves as a cybercrime subject matter expert and supports investigations ranging from network intrusions and malware analysis to dark web commerce and cryptocurrency. Trevor participates in incident response and conducts forensic digital evidence collection and analysis with the goal of identifying adversary tactics and applying attribution to threat actors. A founding member of the Orange County Cyber Task Force with the FBI, IRS, Orange County Sheriff Department and other local agencies, he has received extensive technical training from the DoD, NSA and HSI in network defense and digital forensics.


Jake Margolis

Metropolitan Water District

Chief Information Security Officer

Jake Margolis is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD provides water to over 19 million people in Southern California through 26 member agencies.


Jake holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems and Technology Management and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Prior to joining Metropolitan Water District, he served as the CISO for the County of Orange in California. In his capacity as the County of Orange CISO, he has over saw the development and implementation of multiple countywide cybersecurity initiatives that lead the County to receive an award from the National Association of Counties for its Cybersecurity Program.


He has also served as the Information Assurance Manager for the California National Guard and California Military Department and has served in Command and Primary Staff capacities as a U.S. Army Officer.  


Frank Ury

Orange County Sheriff's Department

Frank Ury is a known leader in the Orange County local government and technology space currently serving as Member, OCSD Technology Advisory Council in addition to 12 years as Mayor and Council Member for the City of Mission Viejo, Board Member for OCTA, Committee member for Southern California Association of Governments, Committee member for Orange County Business Council and several regional cybersecurity advisory boards. In addition Frank has significant experience in Technology Operations, Sales and Business Development with a background in developing infrastructure and IT operations strategies and roadmaps with senior positions at major companies including DXC Technology, HP Enterprise Services, Intel Corporation and Black and Decker.

Frank holds a BSEE from Notre Dame, MSEE from University of Southern California and MBA from University of California, Irvine.


Jonathan Nguyen-Duy


VP, Strategy & Analytics

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy leads the strategy and analytics programs at Fortinet where he focuses on emerging technologies and partnerships. With extensive experience working with global enterprises and nation-states, Jonathan is responsible for developing innovative security solutions addressing the challenges of digital transformation – from the IoT edge to the cloud.

Prior to joining Fortinet, Jonathan served as the Security CTO at Verizon Enterprise Solutions where he was responsible for strategic technology partnerships, the Verizon Cyber Intelligence Center, and the data science team that produces the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Before that role, he led the Security Services line-of-business and was responsible for data analytics and solutions supporting military-grade continuous diagnostics and mitigation. Jonathan also led the development of Verizon’s hosting services and business continuity practice.

Before working in the private sector, Jonathan served with the U.S. Foreign Service in Central America working on economic development and disarmament initiatives.  He has more than 20 years of cybersecurity and BCDR/COOP experience – working through many business challenges including armed conflict, civil strife, labor strikes, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, network outages and a wide range of cyber attacks. 

Jonathan is a widely published security expert and frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds BA in International Economics, and an MBA in IT Marketing and International Business from the George Washington University.  Additionally, he was granted a patent for IoT security solutions.


Dan Dulac

Extreme Networks

VP, Global Solutions Engineering & Strategy

Dan Dulac is Extreme Network’s Vice President of WW Solutions Engineering & Strategy. He is responsible for global sales engineering and solution go-to-markets at Extreme. His passion is exploring, designing and presenting solution strategies addressing today’s challenges while preparing for the needs of tomorrow.  Dan has devoted his 20+ year career in the IP networking industry after receiving his BS Degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire.


Bill Richter


President & CEO

Bill Richter is President & CEO of Qumulo, where he brings over 20 years of leadership experience to his role. Prior to Qumulo, Bill was a Venture Partner at Madrona, where he invested in and advised emerging businesses across multiple categories. Before joining Madrona, Bill was President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2014. After Isilon, Bill served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.


Kevin Deierling


Technology Executive

Kevin is an entrepreneur, innovator, and technology executive with a proven track record of creating profitable businesses in highly competitive markets.

Kevin has been a Founder or Senior Executive at five startups that have achieved positive outcomes (3 IPOs, 2 acquisitions). Combining both technical and business expertise, he has variously served as the chief officer of technology, architecture, and marketing of these companies where he led the development of strategy and products across a broad range of disciplines including: networking, security, cloud, Big Data, machine learning, virtualization, storage, smart energy, bio-sensors, and DNA sequencing.

Kevin has over 25 patents in the fields of networking, wireless, security, error correction, video compression, smart energy, bio-electronics, and DNA sequencing technologies. When not driving new technology, he finds time for fly-fishing, cycling, bee keeping, & organic farming.


Richard Walden

Operation USA

President & CEO

Richard M. Walden is President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit international relief and development organization helping communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. Walden is also an active California-licensed attorney specializing in international law, civil rights and health care issues. 

Walden is an elected member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and previously served on the boards of InterAction, a consortium of 195 international nongovernmental organizations, which he co-founded in 1984, and of the Institute for International Mediation & Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) in Washington, D.C. He has also taught conflict resolution at IIMCR seminars in The Hague and in Prague, and has served on the Advisory Board of The Asia Society. 

Prior to founding Operation USA, Walden was Commissioner of Hospitals for California during Jerry Brown’s administration. He also taught undergraduate law at the University of California at San Diego, and set up the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (CA) County’s Health Law Center. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy General Counsel of New York City Health Services Administration under Mayor John Lindsay. Walden has also been a private consultant on health care and international development issues. 

Walden has maintained membership in the State Bars of California, since 1975, and Pennsylvania, since 1972. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1972, and previously earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts & Sciences in 1968 while attending the Wharton School of Finance from 1964-66. Walden has also studied history, economics, psychology and African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and at Los Angeles. 


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