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Paul Germeraad, PhD - Technology/Innovation

Paul Germeraad

Paul Germeraad, PhD, specializes in the development of leading edge Intellectual Property (IP) assessment tools, ensuring clients create and obtain maximum value from their intellectual property. Dr. Germeraad is currently president of Intellectual Assets, Inc.

As chief operating officer for Aurigin Systems, Inc., Dr. Germeraad focused on the commercialization of the company's intellectual asset management software for the competitive intelligence, licensing, and R&D communities. He served as vice president, corporate research, at Avery Dennison. Previously, Dr. Germeraad was director of James River Corporation's flexible packaging technical center. Earlier, he held R&D and management positions at Raychem Corporation.

Dr. Germeraad is past chairman of the board of the Industrial Research Institute. He also served as a Licensing Executive Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. trustee and vice president of education. Dr. Germeraad holds 10 U.S. patents and 12 foreign counterparts. His articles have been published in les Nouvelles and Research Technology Management. He is a contributing author to two books, has authored refereed articles, and addressed the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).

Dr. Germeraad holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and an LLB degree from La Salle University. He received his BA in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher Meyer, PhD - Product Development

Christopher Meyer

Christopher Meyer, Ph.D. is the Chairman of the Strategic Alignment Group, Inc. He is internationally recognized as an expert in creating rapid growth by aligning purpose, strategy and structure. His landmark book, Fast Cycle Time (Free Press, 1992), has been used by Apple, Applied Materials, Biogen Idec, Cisco Systems, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, Intel, Lam Research, Nabors Industries, Polycom and Procter & Gamble to reduce time-to-market and drive profitability. In the case of Quantum Corporation, implementing Fast Cycle Time drove revenues from $300MM to over $1B in just over two years while reducing time-to-market from 24 to 15 months.

Dr. Meyer guides executives in strategy development with a focus innovation speed and effectiveness. Through executive coaching, hands-on consulting and education, he provides a pragmatic structure to transform vision into action.

Previously Dr. Meyer was Vice President of Human Resources at Silicon Graphics Computer Systems and Organization Advisor for Zilog and for Exxon Chemicals. He is an active member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel investing group, and serves as the strategy member on the deal selection committee.

Combining a Wharton education with a Ph.D. in organization behavior, Dr. Meyer employs his unique background to help leaders simultaneously confront the behavioral challenges that often derail well-conceived strategy and growth. Working with individuals and executive teams, he has helped leaders at Texas Instruments, Polycom, Sun Microsystems (Oracle), and Informatica use growth inflections to drive change for their personal and professional advantage. His Harvard Business Review articles, “How the Right Measures Help Teams Excel,” and “Understanding Customer Experience” are standards in the field.

Donald Robinson, PhD - Cybersecurity

Donald Robinson

C. Donald Robinson, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for defense at CSRA where he is responsible for the technical aspects of the corporate new business portfolio, technical innovation in key programs, and the overall technology strategy and development.

Previously, Dr. Robinson worked in the Northrop Grumman Corporate Analysis Center where he developed and executed strategic advocacy campaigns for key programs. Projects included: missile defense, cyber operations systems, radar and sensor systems, space systems, battle management command and control, and unmanned systems. Each of these projects involved direct advocacy to both the Pentagon and Congressional stakeholders. He was also responsible for analysis and reports to Congress on cyber policy and legislation.

He has also been a program manager profitably delivering technically advanced IT enterprise services and cybersecurity solutions. Projects spanned advanced research, product design, development, integration and test and operations and maintenance. He has worked on multiple contract types for both military and international customers. Key customers have included the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Missile Defense Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and other agencies in the U.S. Government.

Formerly he was the principal technologist for cybersecurity for the $10B Information Systems Sector within Northrop Grumman. Working for the Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for directing internal technical investments, defining technology roadmaps, investment strategies, and business development in cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. Previously within Northrop Grumman, Dr. Robinson was a capture manager for the cybersecurity portfolio successfully winning multiple programs. As an engineer, he developed architectures for advanced command and control systems for the U.S. Navy, developed distributed classified development environments, and designed interfaces between operational C2 systems of record and national intelligence collection systems.

Dr. Robinson holds a PhD in systems engineering and master’s degree in statistics from the University of Virginia. His bachelor’s degrees are in physics, mathematics, computer science, managerial economics and applied mathematics. He also attended Oxford University.