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Meet the NFC Innovation Award Judges

Nitesh Patel

Director - Wireless Media Strategies
Nitesh Patel leads research in consumer mobile media and mobile payment sectors. Nitesh focuses on mobile media and content, mobile payments, mobile advertising and location-based services.

Ethan Imboden

VP Creative
San Francisco
As Vice President & Head of Venture Design at frog, Ethan Imboden oversees the firm’s work at the intersection of design and entrepreneurship. As part of his role, Ethan leads frogVentures™, which invests frog’s capabilities into shared-risk opportunities and ensures that frog’s portfolio companies start smarter, build faster and establish crucial design and strategy capabilities to support their growth. A designer and founder himself, he offers over 20 years of experience in guiding product innovation and entrepreneurial ventures.

Randy Vanderhoof

Executive Director
Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance.  The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 200 member firms working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, and widespread application of smart card technology in North America and Latin America.

Katina Michael

Dr Katina Michael is a senior member of the IEEE and is on the board for the IEEE Council on RFID. She is also the Associate Dean International at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Paul Gosden

Terminals Director
London UK
I start in the mobile phone industry working for Nokia and then moved to the GSMA. I have been involved in mobile device development for more than 20 years.

Prashant Mehta

Vice President, Global Service Line Lead – Systems Integration & Data
Gurgaon, India
Prashant Mehta is a Vice President working with SapientNitro in the Gurgaon, India office. He is the Global Service Line Lead for Systems Integration & Data Service Lines which focusses on IoT, Data , Integration, Infrastructure and Bespoke software development. He has over 20 years of experience in leading teams & delivering large scale, complex, omni-channel digital transformation programs in the Banking, Financial Services, Healthcare & Retail industries across Fortune 500 clients. His current interests are in the areas of Data, Integration, Digital Marketing, Omni-channel solutions, Cloud, Devops and the Internet of Things.

Greg Pote

Greg is the Chairman of APSCA, the business association for payments and identity, from secure smart chip-based applications to the latest digital security approaches. Greg is also President of ID4Africa, a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital identity in the service of development in Africa.

Don Tait

Principal Analyst, Cybersecurity & Digital ID
United Kingdom
Don Tait brings over seventeen years of market research experience to his role as principal analyst within the IHS Technology group. He specializes in the areas of smart cards, payment and banking cards, NFC, and contactless credentials.

Phil Sealy

Senior Research
United Kingdom
As part of ABI Research’s Digital Security research practice, Senior Analyst Phil Sealy’s research focuses on the primary markets for smart cards and secure ICs, reporting on new and emerging sectors, products groups and technologies. The Digital Security Practice focuses on end-to-end security research, from the silicon all the way up to cyber-based applications, analyzing technology trends as well as industry-specific implementation.