InterDrone 2017 Keynotes

Keynote: Greg Agvent - CNN

Greg AgventGreg Agvent is the Senior Director of National News Technology, and leads the recently created CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting unit, CNN AIR. Greg is responsible for designing and executing the technical, logistical and production strategies to support CNN’s multi-platform editorial mission, including the implementation of unmanned aerial systems. He provides strategic vision bridging the editorial and technical worlds, with a focus on applied technologies, multi-platform production systems, newsgathering technologies, information management systems and other nascent technologies.

Based in Atlanta, he has worked extensively with both the Editorial and Technical leadership in developing and executing CNN’s broadcast coverage of virtually every significant domestic news story of the last 15 years.

Greg has led CNN’s domestic UAS program since CNN initiated its research efforts in 2013. Because of his demonstrated leadership in the field, he was named to the federal Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) and also sits on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). He is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ASTM and serves on the Advisory Board of ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence).

Before becoming Director of News Technology, Greg was Director of Planning, focused specifically on editorial content. Greg began his career as a Production Assistant at ESPN and joined CNN in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University.

Keynote: Biren Gandhi - Cisco 

Biren GandhiBiren Gandhi is a Distinguished Strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office, focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems. Currently, Biren spearheads strategy for highly disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, fog computing, drones/UAVs, blockchain, deep learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. He combines his business and technology expertise to drive the co-creation of breakthrough business models through Cisco’s Global Innovation Centers as well as other catalysts for external and internal innovation.

Biren has nearly 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. Prior to joining Cisco in 2011, Biren was divisional CTO of a few gaming studios at Zynga and before that a Sr. Architect at Facebook. He also co-founded AdMunity, a startup providing a collaborative social platform for the advertising community. Biren actively participates as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor, and investor or advisor to venture capital firms, startups, accelerators and incubators, focusing on disruptive new frontier technologies. He regularly supports a number of global and local non-profit organizations.

Keynote: Anil Nanduri - Intel 

Anil V. NanduriAnil V. Nanduri is Vice President in the New Technology Group and General Manager of the UAV segment at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for establishing Intel’s unmanned aviation systems business and pursuing opportunities for growth in this segment. This group provides ingredients and end-to-end systems for the drone ecosystem. Additionally, this group has been developing innovative new usages such as the Drone 100 aerial light show.

During his Intel career, Anil has held roles encompassing chip design, platform enabling, and technical and product marketing. Before stepping into his current position in 2012, he served as chief of staff and technical assistant to the general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group. From 2008 to 2010, Anil led netbook marketing at Intel, a role that included establishing the category and promoting its growth through marketing strategies and design wins. Earlier in his Intel career, he managed platform strategy and marketing for Intel’s next-generation mobile platform.

Anil initially joined Intel in 1997 as a chipset design engineer. In 2007, he left to serve as director of marketing at Powercast Corporation, then rejoined Intel in 2008. His contributions to Intel’s mobile platforms have earned him three Intel Achievement Awards.

Anil received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, in India; and his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds one U.S patent, with another patent pending.

Keynote: Wahid Nawabi - Aerovironment

Wahid NawabiWahid Nawabi is currently President and CEO at AeroVironment (AV). With over 20 years of experience in diverse industries such as industrials, electronics, and clean technology, Wahid is responsible for AV’s overall business, growth strategy, operations, and P&L. Prior to this, Wahid was Senior Vice President and COO of the company, where he managed all aspects of both operating segments of the company.

Wahid also managed multiple business process improvement projects, which led to significant enhancements in operational efficiency. He then led the integration of engineering, operations, supply chain and quality functional organizations into a single corporate shared services model across both UAS and EES business segments and all product lines.

Wahid joined AV in 2011 as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the EES segment where he redesigned the segment’s business strategy, launched a number of award winning, innovative new products and significantly improved its position in the market. As a former VP of the enterprise business segment at American Power Conversion (acquired by Schneider Electric), Wahid played a key role in growing the business from $50 million to more than $2.4 billion in revenue, and establishing it as a world leader in power protection. Wahid earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Maryland at College Park, in Electrical Engineering.

Keynote: Deepu Talla - nvidia

Deepu TallaDeepu Talla is vice president and general manager of the Tegra business unit at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for deploying AI technology in autonomous machines and intelligent devices, such as video analytics, factory automation, and UAVs. Previously, he was responsible for NVIDIA’s mobile business unit. Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2013, he worked at Texas Instruments for more than 10 years in various executive management and technical leadership roles."

Deepu holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electronics and communication engineering from Andhra University in India, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.