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​Clare M. Allocca
Senior Advisor for Standardization - Standards Coordination Office, NIST

Clare leads and supports extensive standards development activity as well as associated standards and conformity assessment policy. She has standards experience across a range of issues including quantum technologies, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. Clare currently holds several standards-related leadership positions: domestically, Clare is Chair of the US TAG (Mirror Committee) to ISO-IEC/JTC1/WG14 Quantum Computing and Secretary of the US TAG to ISO/TC276 Biotechnology; internationally, Clare is Manager of ISO/TC276/WG3 Analytical Methods; Manager, ISO/TC212-TC276/JWG6 Quality Practice for detection of SARS CoV-2; and Vice Chair, International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Standards Committee. Clare has over 30 years of experience in program and strategic management and R&D for biotechnology standards, quantum computing standards, advanced materials, manufacturing, cyberphysical systems, surface engineering, and measurement technology. Previous positions include Chief of the US Measurement System Office, Director of the NIST Foundations for Innovation Program, Senior Technical Advisor of the NIST Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, and Program Manager for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing in the Advanced Technology Program.   
​​​​​​​​ Emelie Bratt
Lead Standards Development Manager, British Standards Institution (BSI)

Emelie Bratt is a lead standards development manager at BSI (British standards institution). For close to 9 years she has been heading up standards development efforts in a variety of subject areas with a focus on emerging technologies. Her current portfolio includes coordinating UK priorities as well as managing national committee contributions to international standards on quantum computing, artificial intelligence trustworthy software and more. She has held committee manager roles for both UK and international technical committees. Over the years Emelie has also gained working knowledge of the valuable connections between industry driven standards creation, regulatory development and compliance. ​
​​Richard Ednay 
Technical Director, Optical Technology Training Ltd. 

Richard has more than 35 years of experience in fibre optics. He has been actively involved with International Standards development in fibre optics and fibre optic systems, primarily within IEC TC86 but also with ISO/IEC, ITU and the TIA. He has a particular focus on matching communications systems requirements with the performance characteristics of fibre infrastructure, so that it all works when you connect it up! In 1989, Richard co-founded Optical Technology Training Ltd. (OTT) to provide quality training in fibre optics. OTT now design and develop world leading certification programmes in fibre optics installation (COFI), fibre characterisation (CFCE) and Optical Networking (CONA, CONE). These certification programmes are available from OTT’s licenced training delivery partners around the world. 
Andre Girard
Senior Consultant, Fibre Optic Telecommunications

Dr Andre Girard gained his Ph.D. in 1979 in laser development from the National Science Research Institute in Quebec, Canada. During his career he managed military sub-contracts of up to $150M (Martin-Marietta, US) and $6M (Oerlikon-Buehrle, Switzerland), with NATO secret clearance, during cold war and was a professor at Quebec University (Solid State Physics). He was also a Group Leader at the Federal Government Canadian Research Energy Diversification Laboratory (Montreal, Canada). He joined EXFO in 1994 as director of the new Scientific Division, launching a new Windows based modular fiber-optic testing product line before retiring in 2012. He has authored many technical publications and international standards and has just published the book “The Great Adventure on Optical Fiber”.
Barbara Goldstein
Associate Director, Physical Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Ms. Barbara Goldstein serves as Associate Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory, the largest operational unit at NIST consisting of approximately 1300 staff and associates and three joint institutes, and which is responsible for realizing and disseminating rigorous measurements to support commercial, defense and research enterprises.  Ms. Goldstein manages the “NIST on a Chip” program which is establishing a new paradigm for precision measurement dissemination through a suite of deployable, fit-for-purpose, quantum-based standards to be embedded in products or installed at user sites. Ms. Goldstein is contributing to the emerging quantum economy through international standardization activities.  She leads a Standards Ecosystem Task Team for the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, and a Standardization Outlook and Maturity Assessment subgroup of the UN-based ITU-T Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks.  She’s been accepted as a 2021 Department of State Embassy Science Fellow for a mission in The Hague to advance QIS collaborations in the region.
​​Bilel Jamoussi
Chief of Study Group Department, TSB, ITU

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries. Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.
​​​​​​​​​​​​ Bernard Lee 
Director of Technology & Innovation, SENKO Advanced Components
Bernard is currently the Director of Technology & Innovation at SENKO Advanced Components. He started his career in optical communications when he was a Senior Research Office for the European Union IST project known as DAVID in 2000. In 2003, he joined Telekom Malaysia R&D where he has held various technical and management positions there including the Head of Photonic Network Research and also Head of Innovation and Communications. Bernard then joined the parent company, Telekom Malaysia (TM) in 2010 as the Assistant General Manager at the Group Business Strategy Division. Bernard is also an Expert at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited by the Engineering Council of UK, a Professional Engineer  (PEng) registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and also a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). ​
Andrew Lord
Senior Manager, Optical Networks and Quantum Research, BT

Andrew joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has worked on a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks. He currently heads BT’s optical core and access research including quantum communications. He has published over 100 research papers. He was General Chair for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2017 in Los Angeles. He is Visiting Professor at Essex University, a Senior Member of the IEEE and Chartered Engineer and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology. He won the prestigious BT Martlesham Medal in 2018. He is currently project manager for the EU Metro-Haul Project and the UK-f​unded AIRQKD projects.
​​Peter Knight
Professor, Imperial College London

Sir Peter Knight is a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College. He retired in 2010 as Deputy Rector (Research) at Imperial. He was knighted in 2005 for his work in optical physics. Knight was the 2004 President of the Optical Society of America and 2011-2013 President of the Institute of Physics. He is Editor of Contemporary Physics, Chair of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategy Advisory Board, chairs the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory, was until 2010 chair of the UK Defence Scientific Advisory Council and remains a UK Government science advisor. His research centres on quantum optics and quantum technology. He has won the Thomas Young Medal and the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Ives Medal and the Walther Medal and Prize of the OSA, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and the Faraday Prize of the IET.

​James Nagel
Lead Photonic & Laser Systems Engineer, L3Harris Technologies

Dr. James Nagel is a Lead Photonic & Laser Systems Engineer at L3Harris Technologies Space and Airborne Systems, with over 15 years of experience across large and small businesses in both the commercial and aerospace industry. His primary technical expertise covers the field of lasers and optics at the component and system/application level. Specific areas include photonic devices, nonlinear optics, fiber lasers, free-space optical communications, LIDAR and remote sensing applications, as well as quantum communications. In his current role, Dr. Nagel is responsible for optical communications and networking efforts within L3Harris, leading multiple customer-funded and Internal Research & Development programs and serving as the Chief Technologist of L3Harris’ Quantum Communications Solutions group. He holds a PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. Since its establishment in 2019, James also serves as co-chair of the ITU-T Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks (FG-QIT4N).
Andrew Ochoa
Director of Partnerships, Strangeworks Inc.

Dr. Andrew J. Ochoa is the Director of Partnerships at Strangeworks and is responsible for facilitating the intersection of quantum hardware and software partners with customers of the Strangeworks platform. He holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. His expertise is in the field of spin-glasses and quantum annealing, in particular optimization algorithms and benchmarking. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association and organizes PAR 7130 for Standard for Quantum Technologies Definitions. This standard addresses quantum technologies specific terminology and establishes definitions necessary to facilitate clarity of understanding to enable compatibility and interoperability.​​

​​Momtchil Peev
Quantum lab, Huawei 

M. Peev has studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. There he received his PhD in theoretical Solid State Physics. He has conducted research in the theory and application of symmetry methods and, specifically, group theory to solid state systems. Later he focused on research in the field of mathematical methods, related to the foundations of Quantum Mechanics, more specifically phase-space representations of low dimensional quantum systems. Since 2001 he had been responsible for Quantum Information Theory support for practical QKD, development of QKD protocols, design and development of QKD networks at AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology. He participated actively in the management team of the FP6-IP SECOQC, and led the network implementation sub-project. Subsequently he led the AIT contribution to the Tokyo Network (2010, Japan Tokyo). He co-authors more than 80 publications, many on QKD Networks and security of QKD. Since September 2015, he is an Expert in Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH and heads the Quantum Communication Network project there. Together with his team he participated in the Telefonica-UPM-Huawei field demonstration, featuring seamless interoperation of CV QKD distribution and network management in the SDN (Software Defined Networks) paradigm. M.Peev participates also in Steering Committee of the present EU Quantum Flagship Project (CiViQ) and leads the Work Package “Specification of Networks and Systems” working in close collaboration with major European Telecommunication Operators. M.Peev is a founding member of ETSI, ISG QKD that has been initiated in October 2008. Since December 2012 he is a vice chairman of this group (together with N. Lutkenhaus – vice-chairman, A. Hasekioglu – vice chairman and A. Shields – chairman) putting strong emphasis on the analysis and potential standardization of QKD Networks.
Richard Pitwon 
CEO, Resolute Photonics

Dr Richard Pitwon is the founder and CEO of Resolute Photonics and has more than 20 years transformational expertise in optical and photonic system interconnect, integration and architectures for data centre, IoT and data-communications applications. He previously led the photonics research and development groups at Xyratex and Seagate for over 12 years. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the IET (FIET) and Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP). He has generated over 54 patents, authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications including 4 international standards. He is the current chair of the IEC international standards subcommittee on fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components (SC86B), as well as secretary of the IEC optical circuit boards standards group and principal UK expert on international standards group (IEC / BSI) for Photonic Integrated Circuits (SC86C/WG4) and embedded devices (TC91/WG6). He is also the chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics chapter, where he founded the IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics.
Peter L. Pondillo​​
Senior Manager, Standards & Policy, Corning

Peter L. Pondillo, Senior Manager, Standards & Policy, is responsible for Corning’s Global Technology & Industry Standard (GTIS) management & operations as well as the development, coordination and communication of Corning’s standards strategy across Corning’s optical fiber, cabling and consumer products.  Peter has been a project leader of numerous technical documents in IEC SC86A WG1 (Fibres and associated measuring methods), SC86C WG1(Fibre optic communications systems and sub-systems) and ITU-T Study Group 15 WP2 Q5 (Characteristics and test methods of optical fibres and cables).
Peter currently holds many leadership positions in standards:
- ANSI/USNC Council member
- Convener of IEC SC 86A WG1
- United States Technical Advisor for IEC SC86A
- Liaison officer for ITU-T SG15 and IEC TC86, SC86A, and SC86C international standard organizations
Peter received a Bachelor in Physics from Allegheny College and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University specializing in Electro-Optics.
Martin Ward
Senior Research Scientist, Toshiba Europe Limited

Martin Ward is a Senior Research Scientist for Toshiba Europe working in their Cambridge Research Laboratory in the UK. He received a DPhil in Physics from the University of Oxford and has over 15 years of research experience on quantum photonic sources, quantum optics and quantum key distribution, including electrically driven quantum dot single photon emission and entangled photon pair sources at telecom wavelengths. He is currently Chair of ETSI ISG QKD and is involved in QKD standards within ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27/WG 3, where he is a co-editor of draft ISO/IEC 23837-2, and within ITU-T SG17 and SG13.

​Ian Walmsley
Professor of Experimental Physics and Provost, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

​Ian Walmsley is Provost of Imperial College London, UK, and a Professor of Experimental Physics. He is responsible for the academic mission of the College, overseeing a nearly £1bn research, education and innovation portfolio. His research in optical science and technology ranges from ultrafast optics to quantum information science. He has pioneered quantum photonics for simulation and metrology, and is the co-founder of a start up in quantum computing, ORCA Computing. He was the Founding Director of the Networked Quantum Information Technology Hub, the largest collaboration in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which made significant progress in developing architectures, platforms and technology for quantum computing and simulation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Optical Society (OSA), the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics. He was President of the Optical Society in 2018.

​​Hong Yang
Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1 WG14, Quantum Computing, China Electronics and Standardization Institute (CESI), China

Hong Yang is the Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1 WG14 on Quantum Computing, she has more than 10 years of standardization working experience on IoT, equipment interconnection and data communications. She has led 30+ domestic standards in the areas of remote communication and information exchanges among systems, IT equipment interconnection, generic cabling, etc. She has the experience of undertaking a number of ministerial projects  on IoT, AI, connected vehicles, industrial networks, etc. Since 2018, she has been working on quantum computing standardization research under ISO/IEC JTC1,  has been acting as the convenors of JTC1/SG 2 and JTC1/AG4, which delivered a technical trend report and research report on Quantum Computing. Now she is also one of the active editors of the IEC white paper on Quantum Technologies, which will be issued at the end of 2021. She is the director of the network technology research department (IoT research center) of China Electronics and Standardization Institute (CESI) and is the Deputy Secretary General of China SAC/TC 28/SC 25 (Information Technology Equipment Interconnection Subcommittee of Information Technology Technical Committee) and a Committee Member of TC Quantum Computing and Measurement, SC Intelligent and Connected Vehicle. 
Qiang Zhang
OSA Fellow, Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China

Qiang Zhang received his B.S. degrees and PH.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Then he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, USA from Oct. 2006 to Mar. 2011. In Apr. 2011, he joined in Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale, USTC as a professor. His research primarily focuses on the field of quantum information and has made contributions to most key building blocks of the development of core components and key technology in the field of quantum communication. Examples of his key achievements include: He experimentally demonstrated measurement device independent quantum key distribution (MDIQKD) and set a world record for fiber experimental quantum cryptography realizations by extending the effective transmission distance to 509 km. He has also experimentally realized the first device-independent quantum random number generation and quantum teleportation over a metropolitan fiber network.
He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including 1 in Review of Modern Physics, 6 in Nature, 12 in Nature Sub-journals and 31 in PRL(X). He was the chair of the flagship meeting in the field of quantum cryptography, QCrypt in 2008 and 2020. Since its establishment in 2019, he serves as co-chair of the ITU-T Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks (FG-QIT4N).