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BlackBerry Summit Speaker Lineup: U.S. DHS, Govt. of Canada, Mercedes-Benz, AWS, Adobe, Siemens, Spotify and More

After unveiling a powerful agenda for our biggest event of the year, I am pleased to share with you the lineup of thought leaders from around the world who will assemble at BlackBerry Summit 2023, on October 17 in New York.

With a central theme of ‘Trust’ as the key to unlocking business value in the digital era, BlackBerry Summit will reveal the global trends and innovations that will shape the future in a world driven by rapid technological developments and affected by a digital trust deficit.

Speaker Lineup

Our very own John Chen will deliver the opening keynote, providing an update on BlackBerry strategy and vision, and setting the stage for our guest speakers to share their perspectives on the future of IoT, IT, and Cybersecurity.

  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman Siemens, Chairman Northvolt, Board Member, Former co-CEO of SAP
  • Honorable Dana Deasy, Board Member Deutsche Bank USA, SAIC, Chairman Intangic, Adjunct Professor Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sami Khoury, Head, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
  • Kenneth Bible, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Raj Thuppal, Chief Information Officer, Department of National Defence, Canada
  • Philipp Skogstad, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
  • Sarah Cooper, General Manager Industry Products, Amazon Web Services
  • Máuhan Zonoozy, Head of Innovation, Spotify
  • Innocent Muhizi, CEO, Rwanda Information Society Authority, Rwanda
  • Zina Cole, Partner, and Wendy Zhu, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Kristin Lee, Senior Features Editor, MotorTrend
  • Goldy Hyder, President & CEO, Business Council of Canada
  • Michael Tremblay, President & CEO, Invest Ottawa, World Economic Forum Fellow
  • Dr. Steven Gottwals, Technical Director Security Solutions, Adobe

In addition, attendees will get a ringside view as we showcase the BlackBerry innovations that will transform your digital agenda – across edge intelligence, AI cybersecurity, embedded systems, quantum solutions, edge-to-cloud platforms, and more.

It is a privilege to host this distinguished group of customers, partners, and friends, as speakers at BlackBerry Summit. I hope you will also join us at the event to contribute your perspectives on our shared future and to experience the latest and greatest from BlackBerry.

Stay tuned as we announce more speakers and event experiences in the days and weeks ahead.

To register, view the detailed event agenda, and be among the first to know as we announce additional unique details, visit

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Neelam Sandhu

About Neelam Sandhu

Neelam Sandhu is Chief Elite Customer Success Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, at BlackBerry, reporting to the CEO. As Chief Elite Customer Success Officer she leads the strategic relationships, sales, and co-sell, and customer success, including strategic product engineering, with BlackBerry’s top customers and top target customers, driving them to gain long-term competitive advantages by leveraging the breadth and depth of the BlackBerry platform. As Chief Marketing Officer she leads marketing across channels, including public relations, social media, editorial content, branding, advertising, web, and corporate events.
Neelam is also Head of Sustainability, responsible for corporate sustainability, at BlackBerry, and has delivered the company’s inaugural ESG report and its carbon neutral status. Additionally, she assists the CEO on some operational tasks.

Since joining BlackBerry in 2009 Neelam has held various positions, based out of the company’s United Kingdom, New York, and California offices. Her responsibilities have included Brand Management, Brand Messaging, Marketing Operations, Go-To-Market Planning, Corporate Strategic Initiatives, and CEO Office Business Operations. Neelam is a Member of the DPI Advisory Council, which serves the Government of Canada, and is on the Board of AFCEA DC, which serves the U.S. Government. Neelam won the FedScoop Best Bosses in Federal IT award in 2022. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, with Honors, in Business Management, from the University of Leicester and an Executive Certification in Financial Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.