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2021 Featured Speakers

View speakers from our 2021 event, and check back here for more information on the speakers that will be joining us in 2022.

Brian Aggeler
Chargé d’affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy
Brian Aggeler is the Chargé d’affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris from 2019 to 2021 and the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs there from 2017 to 2019. Prior to his arrival in France, he was Director of the Office of Assistance Coordination in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, leading an office of 70 in Washington and two regional hub offices in coordinating all U.S. government assistance to the Middle East to reflect policy priorities.
A career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, he previously served as Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, overseeing the planning and implementation of over $700 million in annual civilian assistance programs managed by several U.S. agencies. He has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia. Other previous assignments have included Political Counselor in Hanoi, Vietnam, Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and other tours in Delhi, Chennai, Budapest, Ouagadougou and Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African Republic. He is married to Senior Foreign Service Officer Angela Aggeler. Their daughter Madeleine is a writer in Austin, Texas.
Karen Chupka
Executive Vice President, CES

Karen Chupka is executive vice president, CES for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the US trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

She oversees the sales, marketing, conferences, operations and management of CTA’s events including its annual tradeshow, CES.

Under Chupka’s leadership, CES has been named as the largest annual North American tradeshow by Tradeshow Executive Magazine and Tradeshow Week since 2001.

Chupka has been with CTA for 30 years and has held numerous roles within the organization including vice president of business development, director of industry relations and education, and director of marketing for CES.
Luca Comparini
Executive Partner, Blockchain Practice Lead Europe & France, IBM
Luca Comparini is responsible for Blockchain for IBM France since September 2015. With more than 15 years of experience in IT infrastructure, he defines himself as a "business-oriented geek" passionate about the Open Source ecosystem and innovation areas, such as Blockchain technologies, connected objects and cognitive computing.

He joined IBM in Milan in 2007 as an IT Architect, in charge of virtualization and IT infrastructure consolidation. He then held various positions in Europe around the areas of innovation and open-source software, within Lab Services (2009-2013) and the team in charge of developing the ecosystem of partners and start-ups (2014-2015).

In his academic career: in 2007 he obtained a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2007, then a Master in General Management in 2009 from MIP (Business School of Politecnico di Milano) and in 2017 an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Steve Koenig
VP, Research, Consumer Technology Association

Steve Koenig is VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.
He leads CTA’s industry research including consumer and business studies, technology forecasts and business intelligence. Koenig speaks and writes frequently on technology trends and their impact on consumer behavior, business opportunities and economies.  
Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.
Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel
Co-Founder and CEO, Arianee

Pierre-Nicolas Hurstel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Arianee, the leading NFT platform for fashion & luxury industries. He graduated from Toulouse Business School and also completed an executive program from Columbia University in Digital Business Strategy. During his almost 10 years living in NY he successfully launched and led fashion & luxury events and businesses. In 2018, his early interest in Blockchain and NFTs led him to co-found Arianee. Hurstel is well-versed in working with the world’s leading luxury brands, helping them to transform their organizations by leveraging talents and digital innovations.
Cédric O
Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, France
Professional Career
• Secretary of State for Digital Affairs (2019 - 2020)
• Joint advisor to the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, in charge of public participation and the digital economy (2017 - 2019)
• Head of the factory of the future (2014 - 2015), then supervisor (2016 - 2017) at Safran
• Parliamentary assistant, then adviser to Pierre Moscovici (2010 - 2014)
• Employee for an SME (2007 - 2010)
Gary Shapiro
President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES®  – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry.

Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers.
Céline Talabaza
Chief Executive Officer, Noble Panacea
Céline is the Chief Executive Officer at Noble Panacea, which she co-designed with Sir Fraser Stoddart, the Founder and 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Audrey Bois Nicolaï, the Head of Brand Development. In October of 2019, she launched Noble Panacea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as an allegory of the sculpting prowess that Noble Panacea’s molecular technology truly is: an art masterpiece. She comes with fifteen years of experience in brand development and strategy crafting in the beauty industry. She made her debut globally at top multinational corporations such as L’Oréal, LVMH, and Unilever where she led these functions across international markets in Paris, Madrid, New York City, Singapore, and most recently, Zurich.