Ambassadors

Ambassadors of the Open Voice Network

Ambassadors support the concept, direction, and work of the Open Voice Network. Each with notable platforms and influence, they are important to the outreach of the Open Voice Network through their public support and promotion.

Peter Bentsen, VP of Aloha Health Network

Technology innovator, proud Dane and digital Viking, conversational AI and digital health ambassador, patient-, privacy- and security advocate; Peter Bentsen is driven to enable AI for Healthcare & Life sciences, in particular, to enable scale efficiencies, free up frontline resources to focus on patient-centric, outcomes-based healthcare.

Dr. Ahmed Bouzid, Founder and CEO of Witlingo

Dr. Ahmed Bouzid is Founder and CEO of Witlingo, a company that builds tools for publishing Voice First experiences, such as Alexa skills, Google actions, Bixby Capsules, Microcasts, and Audio streams. Prior to Witlingo, Dr. Bouzid was Head of Product at Amazon Alexa and VP of Product at Genesys.  Dr. Bouzid is also an Editor at The Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective and a contributing author at Opus Research.  He holds 12 patents in Human Language Technology and was recognized as a “Speech Luminary” by Speech Technology Magazine and among the Top 11 Speech Technologists by Voicebot.ai.

Donald Buckley, Emerging Voice Tech in Entertainment I SVOD AVOD CTV PVOD OTT

As Chief Marketing Officer of Showtime Networks Inc., Donald Buckley led marketing for series including Homeland, Billions and Shameless, Showtime Sports and Showtime Documentary Films. He created and led the marketing organization that launched Showtime’s Streaming OTT service in 2015. Previously, as Warner Bros.’ SVP, Interactive Marketing, Buckley founded its Interactive Marketing department. Among the hundreds of movies released during Buckley’s tenure were the Harry Potter and The Dark Knight franchises. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently advisor to a number of media companies and startups in voice-tech, gaming, TV, content, social, data security, app development and research.

Vicki Cantrell, Chief Executive Officer of Vendors in Partnership

A global executive and strategist in the retail industry, engaging stakeholders to collaborate in all aspects of successful new ventures from launch to results, and promoting thought leadership. Deep expertise in building/executing strategies to meet evolving needs, enhance customer acquisition, service & loyalty, and determine optimal organizational structure in ever-changing environments.

Andre Costa, Director of Growth at Skilled Creative

Andre Costa educates executives, marketers, and emerging technology professionals on the power of Voice as a channel and as a user interface. He is driven to always communicate what’s possible today, what’s the long-term vision, and leading with creative leadership.

Benjamin Falvo, CIO Howl & Co-Host of Voice Spark Live

Intrapreneurial and strategic CIO / CTO with 20 years of leadership experience across agency, startup, corporate and nonprofit environments, including numerous high-profile global projects for Fortune 500 clients. He leverages a unique blend of skills at the intersection of technical leadership, creative direction, product management, and operations management. Ben has a history of ideating, designing, building and deploying highly engaging, user friendly digital products and experiences across web, mobile, voice, and event platforms. Ben is a weekly co-host for the Voice Spark Live Podcast covering thought leadership in AI and Voice First topics.

Wijnand Jongen, CEO of Thuiswinkel.org, President of Ecommerce Europe

Wijnand Jongen is bestselling author of the book ‘The End of Online Shopping: the future of retail in an always connected world’ and highly sought-after keynote speaker alongside his work at the Dutch e-commerce association Thuiswinkel.org and Ecommerce Europe.

Roger Kibbe, Voice and Conversational AI Technology and Strategy Leader

Roger Kibbe is a leader in voice and conversational AI technology and a business strategy leader. He has a successful history of working with companies from early-stage startups to Fortune 500. Currently, Roger is Senior Developer Evangelist at Viv Labs and Principal at Voice Craft.

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald, Conversational AI Evangelist & Executive Consultant

Leading new media veteran who helps companies onboard the new conversational channel. Founder of Project ZIlver: empower older adults with speech technology. Also founder of the Voice Commons: national, private by design, and open smart assistants for all. More at lens-fitzgerald.com.

Janice Mandel, Communications Advisor + Storyteller

Janice is deeply committed to inclusivity and appropriate use of data in voice. She provided years of writing for global consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, led a health care startup, and managed content for VOICE Summit 2018 and 2019. Janice was recently appointed to the George Washington University Digital Marketing Certificate Program Advisory Council. She continues to advise startups and early-stage firms and take on freelance projects in her spare time.

Gwen Morrison, Partner at Candezent Advisory

A partner with Candezent Advisory, Gwen is the past Co-CEO of The Store, WPP’s global retail practice and serves as a board member of several retail tech start-ups.

Nick Myers, Founder & CEO of RedFox AI

Nick Myers is a TEDx and International Keynote Speaker and has been featured in publications such as PR Daily, In Business Magazine, and the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing for his work with Artificial Intelligence and voice assistant technologies.

Michael Novak, Digital Transformation Executive

Previous Global Solution Architect of Big Data & IoT CoE and Project Manager of SmartCities at SAP, Michael works with individuals, startups and enterprises in leveraging tech to drive business decisions.

David Roth, CEO The Store WPP EMEA and Asia, Chairman BrandZ and BAV Group

Within his many roles, David leads WPP BrandZ, the world’s largest brand equity study. He is a leading authority on digital, Artificial Intelligence and voice recognition in retail. David has authored a number of books and studies, including “A History of Retail in 100 Objects”; “The Third Era of Digital Retailing”; “Smart Shopping – How Artificial Intelligence is transforming the retail conversation” and has been featured on BBC, CCTV China, Phoenix TV China, CNBC, Yale, CKGSB and Cambridge Universities and The World Economic Forum, Davos.

Nicholas E. Sawka, Voice Spark Live Host and Voice First Influencer

Nicholas is a retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Over the past 12 years he worked on communication analysis within the Search & Rescue field. He found his passion for Voice in 2015 when Alexa was released. In 2017 he began to develop for voice and currently hosts the Podcast Voice Spark Live which focuses on voice.

Joe Skorupa, Editor at Large at RIS News

Joe Skorupa is a top influencer in retail technology as cited by independent media, a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars, and his blog, Retail Insight, was named the top retail blog in the country in 2019 by Folio Magazine.

Massimo Volpe, CEO of Global Retail Alliance

Massimo Volpe has more than a decade of experience in International Retail organizations, learning and innovation. As a citizen of the world, for work and passion, Massiamo dreams to apply his experience to unleash a real wave of inspiration on innovation in the Global Retail sector.

Scot Westwater, CCO & Co-founder of Pragmatic Digital, Co-founder & Instructor of Voice Masters

Scot Westwater came to conversational AI and Voice after helping clients succeed in the digital and user experience space for over 20 years. His commitment to helping enterprises use conversational AI to solve business problems and improve customer experience manifests itself in his support of the Open Voice Network, his book (Voice Strategy), talks, articles, and online courses.

Susan Westwater, CEO & Co-founder of Pragmatic Digital, Co-founder of Instructor at Voice Masters

After 20+ years leading marketing and digital strategy on the agency and corporate side, Susan shifted her focus to helping organizations understand and capitalize on the opportunity that is conversational AI. She is committed to education through her numerous talks, articles, book (Voice Strategy), online education courses, and work as part of the Open Voice Network.

Esther Checa, Innovation Director at t2ó

Esther Checa’s professional career has been linked to various international consulting firms within the industry of knowledge management. Since 2003 she has been working in the advertising industry as an expert designer of online marketing products, defining transformation and digital innovation for large brands. Since 2017 she has been working on conversational marketing experiences and their integration into a funnel purchase. Esther has been a lecturer in the areas of Digital Marketing Strategy, Digital Transformation, Voice Search, Conversational Marketing, Natural Positioning (SEO), Content Marketing, and Online Reputation in Search Engines in several prominent Spanish business schools since 2008. You can find her supporting different initiatives for women’s visibility in the technology industry, including organizations like Ambassador in Women in Voice Spain, Mujeres Tech, and Women in Tech Spain.

Valeria Barbero, Business Director for Mother Tongue (OMNICOM)

Valeria Barbero is Business Director for Mother Tongue (OMNICOM). Based out of New York, she heads one of the company’s largest accounts and leads the business strategy in the US. She has worked in different verticals in the broader language service industry; from software localization, to the adaptation of marketing materials, to market and cultural insights. Lately she is leading a program on the linguistic and cultural adaptation of voice-first content. She has a strong academic background in International Relations and Geopolitics. Originally from Italy, her life and career have taken her to Ireland, India, Silicon Valley, London and now New York.

Harry Pappas, Founder & CEO of Intelligent Health Association

Harry Pappas is a successful technology entrepreneur with a strong focus on the health and wellness technology sector. He is a speaker at many health and wellness conferences and trade shows around the world, and he and his team are the producers of the award-winning Intelligent Health Pavilion™, a technology-centric digital hospital.

Pappas is an internationally recognized thought leader with auto-ID, BLE, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors, voice, robotics, and wireless technologies. He is also the creator of the i-Home™ and Founder and CEO of the Intelligent Health Association, a global technology-centric organization dedicated to helping members of the healthcare community adopt new technologies while driving down the cost of healthcare.

Jonathan Ramaci, Managing General Partner at Great Product and CEO at Elements of Genius, Inc.

Jonathan Ramaci’s career is defined by taking calculated risks that have produced significant results. With an entrepreneurial vision and a solid history of leading operations and driving scalable growth, he has a background of initiating change and championing cultures of excellence. Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur who has founded seven companies, grown them to scale, and seen them through to multi-million dollar acquisitions (Oracle, Apple, Samsung). His recent work over the past few years includes the founding of Wellnest, a voice-only based system for elder and patient care. Wellnest is a patented, beautifully designed wearable that puts “voice on the wrist” and can operate anywhere over 4G and 5G. He has also lead the creation of VoxAI, a voice based AI system that can interpret up to 64 different emotions in a dialog and informs dynamic chatbots how to reply to achieve desired outcomes.