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As Vice President, Digital Economy for SAP, Dinesh Sharma is charged with driving thought leadership, awareness and adoption of SAP solutions for the Digital Economy across industries and lines of business. Previously, he was the Global VP leading Internet of Things product marketing, where he established SAP’s strategy and positioning for this high growth area. A senior technology executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Dinesh has managed worldwide business units for large technology companies and founded technology start-ups, including Dynamic Pictures, Inc., which he sold to 3Dlabs. While at ATI and AMD, he drove an increase in market share from 12% to 47% in under two years, while delivering a 5X growth in revenue. Prior to SAP, he held leadership roles at startups in virtualization, big data and distributed computing with heavy emphasis on building Cloud infrastructure and platforms. He has captured over $30MM in venture funding in his entrepreneurial career.

Nils Herzberg is the SVP and the Global Co-Lead for the Go-to-Market (GTM) for Internet of Things (IoT) at SAP. Nils and his team is responsible for driving SAP‘s IoT solution management and GTM strategy focusing on key scenarios, market units and industries. Previously before his role, Nils has served in a number of senior management positions at SAP since 1997. Most recently, he was responsible for SAP‘s global industry solution management and GTM strategy focusing on the manufacturing industries. He came to SAP from the aerospace industries and strategy consulting. He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technical University in Berlin, a Masters in aerodynamics from Cranfield Institute of Technology in England, and a MBA from INSEAD in France.

Thomas Rinn is a Senior Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and is the Global Head of two Competence Centers – Operations Strategy and Engineered Products/High Tech. He provides consulting to companies in different industries – including high tech and aviation – and has a broad expertise on innovation topics. Thomas has published a wide variety of articles, book contributions and interviews on various topics. He joined Roland Berger more than 16 years ago and is heading the Stuttgart office. He holds two degrees in Business Administration, an M.B.A. from Portland State University and a "Diplom-Kaufmann" from the University of Tuebingen.