Team

Team Description

IoTask provides visionary, innovative, actionable consulting in areas around the Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics & Sensors Networks in multiple verticals & segments including: overall innovation strategy & public policy, smart buildings & connected cities, smart manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, smart-sustainable energy, remote sensing etc.

The IoTask team is composed of well-known pioneers of innovation; the term IoT was in fact coined in the research lab of one of our founders. We initiated and directed many of the largest investments, implementations, and standards developments efforts in IoT. We understand the pivotal decisions in IoT and connected systems including the network and associated architecture, and propagating through the entire stack to the right choices on sequencing of applications, services and financing structures to offer an orderly, holistic roll-out that is a critical to accelerate IoT and to extract value for public or private entities.

IoTask’s exceptional senior leadership team combines over half a century of world-renowned leadership in IoT. The team aims to solve client problems holistically through independent analysis and execution. In particular, they combine world-leading technical know-how in end-to-end IoT with deep experiences in the analytical, managerial, financial and technology aspects of IoT. These experiences are both global and industry diverse with applications in multiple geographies and industries including but not restricted to North America, Europe, Asia and Consumer-Retail, Government.The IoTask team has decades of experience in going from the vision to the implementation of businesses around the Internet and related Innovation of Things (IoT). We were among the original pioneers of IoT with special focus on the industry verticals of finance, retail and manufacturing as well as the government. The core competence of the IoTask lies exactly in the holistic understanding and providing end-to-end holistic planning and solutions to all the challenges that the areas present. IoTask offers (a) a complete methodological guide at the policy or business-planning stage addressing all the key issues (strategic, technical, organizational) that innovation of things ventures require (b) an integrated tool-set of advisory services for the design, the deployment & the management of an innovation business.

Prof. Sanjay Sarma, Managing Director, IoTask LLC

Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and the VP of Open learning. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which is considered to be the origin of the Internet of Things industry and where he developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards used worldwide. He was also the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards and advisory boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya, ESSESS, TraceLink, Top Flight Technologies and IoTask. In all his endeavors, Professor Sarma has been at the forefront of technologies now known as the Internet of Things: RFID is a fore-runner to IoT, Senaya enables massive asset tracking, ESSESS focuses on infrared imaging and smart cities, TraceLink enables pharmaceutical applications, and MITx, which reports to Professor Sarma at MIT, delivers revolutionary Massive Open Online Courses (Courses) to millions of students around the world straight from the cloud. Over the years, Professor Sarma has been involved in other sectors as well: health care, energy (through his startups and work experience), automotive technologies, government (he is a designer of the Indian UID system) and financial technology.

Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in Internet of Things, computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Information Week’s Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.

Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner, IoTask

Gitanjali Swamy is currently a Managing Partner at IoTask, an “Innovation of Things” (IoT) company. She is an experienced finance and technology investment professional, innovator and entrepreneur. Dr. Swamy has founded, built and served as a board director in successful entrepreneurial or intra-preneurial enterprises with over a dozen institutional fundraisings and acquisitions under her tenure. She has also held investment and consultant professional roles in global market leaders such as The Carlyle Group and Booz Allen & Hamilton. She currently serves as Founder/Advisory Board Member of the U.C. Berkeley Women in Technology Center, Director of Special Projects at the Private Capital Research Institute at Harvard Business School and a Board Member of The National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Swamy is also a Board Director or Advisor to half a dozen entrepreneurial ventures.

Previously, Dr. Swamy was an investment professional with The Carlyle Group. Prior to Carlyle, she consulted with Matrix Partners, advising on investment strategy and portfolio incubation. Dr. Swamy has worked in management consulting at Booz Allen and Hamilton advising financial and technology clients on strategy, innovation and new business creation efforts. She has helped clients start and transition groundbreaking global innovative public and private sector entities such as MIT’s Opencourseware, the Auto-ID Consortium and more recently the MIT Engine investment vehicle. Dr. Swamy has held product and line-management roles at companies like Mentor Graphics, The Mathworks and held senior management positions, including Chairman & CEO, while she led the companies from inception through fundraising, team recruitment to market development of cross-border enterprises and to acquisitions.
Dr. Swamy received her B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the IIT Kanpur winning several Academic Proficiency Prizes, her Ph.D. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley, where she was an NSF Fellow and President of WICSE, and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was the CFO of the student association. She has nearly 25 publications patents in the fields of data, algorithms, technology and policy.

Mr. Athanasios (Thanos) Yamas, Managing Director, IoTask LLC

Mr.Yamas is also Managing Director at IoTask LLC. IoTask provides visionary, innovative, actionable consulting in areas like Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics & Sensors Networks in multiple verticals & segments like: ▪ overall innovation strategy & public policy ▪ smart buildings & cities ▪ manufacturing ▪ automobile sector ▪ sustainable energy ▪ remote sensing etc.

Mr. Yamas was the founder and board member of Metis consulting group, established in 2000, with presence in Spain, Belgium, Greece & Lithuania (since 2014 he exit Metis Greece & serves the rest of the companies as non-exec of their boards). From 1998 to 2014 he has set up and coordinated more than 30 complex information & communication technologies (ICTs) projects within the European Commission initiatives programs, in the areas of ▪ security & crisis management ▪ e/m-government, ▪ healthcare services ▪ smart buildings & cities ▪ social sector ▪ sustainable energy ▪ technology-enhanced learning ▪ telecom & IT ▪ travel & transport. etc. These include both private sector and public sector clients. Notable private sector clients include: TOYOTA Europe (Belgium), FIAT (Italy), IKEA (Sweden), Deloitte (Greece, Portugal, UK), Athens International Airport (Greece), Cruers Del Port de Barcelona SA (Spain), UniCredit (Italy), etc. as well as a number of s/w & web-based start-ups. Notable public sector client include the European Commission, the Scottish Government, the Ministry of Trade & Industry (UK), the Ministry of Finance (Greece), the Ministry of Tourism (Spain, Portugal, Greece), the Ministry of Citizen Protection (Greece) etc. In parallel, from 2003 he has helped found, invested in, or served on the Boards of nearly a dozen entrepreneurial ventures in Europe & USA, most of which were successfully acquired or continue to be in business in areas like in big data analytics, e-business, enterprise mobility, mobile marketing, video streaming technologies etc.

Mr. Yamas received his Master’s Degree in Science & Technology Policy, University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), UK and his Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.

Ms. Linda Bernardi, Strategic Partner

Ms. Bernardi is a founder and partner at StraTerra Partners, where she serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Ms. Linda Bernardi was the Chief Innovation Officer at IBM Cloud. She founded ConnecTerra, Inc. in 2001 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. She served as Vice president of operations for the software division, at BBN, in Cambridge Mass, managing operations in the United States, Europe and the Far East. Her involvement with the Internet started at BBN Technologies of Cambridge, MA, where she spent the first 13 years of her career. Starting in a technical consultant role involved in large scale data analysis and optimization for the defense, aerospace, semiconductor, manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, she later progressed to the position of Vice President of global business development and consulting services with management responsibilities in the United States, Europe and the Far East. Earlier in her career, she held several executive positions, serving as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Capgemini, prior to which most notably she held various senior technology positions for 12 years at the think tank, BBN, in Cambridge, Mass. Following BBN, Ms. Bernardi served as the Vice President of Strategic Development of PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) of Raleigh, NC. At PPD, she was involved in managing product strategies, clinical trials and new strategic investments in the genomic area, with special focus on global distributed data and information systems.

In 1999, prior to founding ConnecTerra, she founded Bernardi & Co. Ms. Bernardi serves as Member of Advisory Board at Cloudsoft Corporation Limited. She serves as a Member of Advisory Board at VeloCloud Networks, Inc. She serves as a Director at Meteor Solutions Inc. She serves as a Member of Business Advisory Council at Illuminate Ventures. Ms. Bernardi serves on the boards of the SETI Institute, The International Museum of Women and Emeritus Board Member at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and an advisor to a number of organizations including Astia. She serves as a Director of Cloudant, AFEI. She serves as Trustee of The Women’s Technology Cluster and Astia, Inc. She serves as a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board at Cloudsoft Corporation. Ms. Bernardi served as Non-Executive Director at Cloudsoft Corporation Limited. For the last two decades, Ms. Bernardi has pursued her interest in complex, large scale distributed data analysis and technologies that enable enterprises to obtain and leverage real-time information to significantly improve their business processes – setting the foundation for the Aware Enterprise. Over the course of her career, she has been involved in the growth of innovative high technology companies in the
7 US, Europe and the Far East. Managing strategic initiatives in large corporations, overseeing technical, consulting, sales, business development and support groups, as well as forging strong collaborative relationships with partner companies has provided she with a keen understanding of global customer needs. In 2009, she launched her leadership institute, Bernardi Leadership Institute.

Ms. Bernardi received her Master’s degree in applied statistics from UCLA in 1986.

Professor Philip Auerswald

Phillip Auerswald is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and cofounder and coeditor of Innovations: Technology, Governance, and Globalization, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press. He leads the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. His most recent book is The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy. From 2010 to 2013 he was an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on job creation and market-based solutions. Previously he co-led a multiyear study at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and George Mason University, on the topic of private and public sector coordination in disaster response; that project resulted in a co-edited book titled Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability which was published by Cambridge Press in 2006. Professor Auerswald has published over twenty books and peer-reviewed research articles; has blogged and written op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle; and has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe,and Slate. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.

Jamshed Dubash

Jamshed is a global executive focused on creating new business opportunities in the enterprise IoT/M2M market space by integrating wireless ‘edge’ sensors, big data, and advanced analytics to help companies increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Jamshed is an innovative, self-motivated, and energetic business development leader with a successful track record of leading new ideas from concept to market on-schedule and within budget. Jamshed has demonstrated the ability to operate at both tactical and strategic levels with focus on customer satisfaction, strategic partnerships, team building, and bottom-line performance. He has successfully managed large multinational projects demanding strong leadership, interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills and has extensive entrepreneurial experience in building technology startups, developing and executing business plans to capitalize on significant market opportunities.

Areas of expertise include: Manufacturing, Consumer Product Goods (CPG), and Retail markets; US, European, and Asian Fortune 100 Tier 1 customers; Supply Chain and Asset Tracking applications;
9 and M2M/IoT, RFID, Sensor, Wireless, and Semiconductor technologies. Jamshed has 7 published patents and 10 pending patents in RFID/IoT/M2M/sensors and wireless tracking technologies and applications.

Jamshed has comprehensive experience in: • IoT • M2M • Cellular • Big Data • RFID • Sensors • Wireless/RF • Supply Chain • Retail • CPG •Semiconductor • Product Marketing/Management • Process Re-engineering • Predictive Analytics •Strategy Development • Sales & Business Development • Negotiation & Partnerships • P&L Management • Start-up/Acquisition • Wireless Technologies • Building Leadership Teams • Product & Systems Development • International Business Development If you need something different, please let me know.