Aya Aker, CA-AM
Partnerships Development Manager
Cambridge Assessment English

Aya Aker is a Partnerships Development Manager, responsible for development and management of strategic partnerships for Cambridge Assessment English. She has experience managing international and academic alliances since 2010. She is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), and achieved an MA from the University of Southampton, a BSc from the University of Toronto, as well as a Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Project Management from the University of Westminster. As a goal-oriented creative thinker, Aya is able to take collaborative ideas and turn them into actionable partnership objectives. Due to her determination, influence, and expertise, Aya has a high success rate of meeting alliance goals.

Bruce A. Anderson
IBM General Manager
Global Electronics Industry

In his role as the General Manager for the Electronics Industry, Bruce is responsible for IBM's worldwide business across all High-Tech industry segments, including: consumer electronics; medical devices; office, industrial, and network equipment; electronics suppliers; electronics manufacturing services; and semiconductor. Bruce drives business strategy and offerings for all IBM brands into this client set in all geographies. Bruce leads a community of over 4,000 IBMers across the Global Electronics Community.

Bruce has a deep understanding of the marketplace opportunities and challenges facing electronics firms, and consults extensively with senior executives as they strive to optimize and transform their organizations, operations, and business models. Through global relationships, market expertise and deep industry insights, Bruce and his team help companies around the globe improve product development, enhance customer engagement, accelerate speed to market, and reduce operational costs to sustain excellence and profit in today's highly competitive marketplace.

Bruce has spent more than 30 years assisting companies in their use of technology to solve business problems and gain competitive advantage. He was previously Vice President and Partner for IBM Global Business Services, where he led the Industrial Sector consulting practice focused on supply chain strategy, process re-engineering, and systems implementation.

Bruce has authored and contributed to many thought leadership papers and solution offerings in the electronics industry. They are available at: ibm.com/electronics. Bruce is an active member of the Consumer Electronics Association, and is a member of IBM's Industry Academy. Bruce and his wife Sara reside in Chicago, and remains active with the College of Business Supply Chain Management program at his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

Doug Barta
Chief Information Officer

Doug Barta currently serves as Chief Information Officer at PAREXEL, a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions and services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 80 locations in 51 countries around the world, and has approximately 19,000 employees.

Previously Mr. Barta served as CIO of Guy Carpenter, a Marsh & McLennan company and a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services.

Prior to that, Mr. Barta was with Fidelity Investments serving as Chief Operating Officer of Fidelity Investment Management Technology where he ran operations for Asset Management's technology division. Mr. Barta also served as SVP IT Transformation and as SVP CFIT, Fidelity's financial systems business where he held leadership responsibility for Fidelity's ERP and reporting environments as well as spearheading the effort to create and deploy a comprehensive cost and profitability platform.

Prior to Fidelity, Mr. Barta served as Managing Director of The Hackett Group, where he ran the World Class IT and the Business Intelligence Practices. Prior to Answerthink, Mr. Barta was a founding member and EVP of Nauticus Networks, Inc., a tier-one networking equipment startup that was acquired by Sun Microsystems. Prior to Nauticus, Mr Barta served as a key executive in Legacy Technology, Inc., a boutique consulting firm specializing in business intelligence solutions for F1000 companies (acquired by Answerthink Consulting Group). Mr Barta began his career as a hardware engineer with DEC's MicroVax division.

Mr. Barta received a computer design engineering diploma from Cornell University in 1986 and completed his MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

Tiffani Bova
Global Customer Growth & Innovation Evangelist

Tiffani Bova is author of the Wall Street Journal best seller Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business. A noted influencer in Indirect Channels and Alliances, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work, and Sales, Tiffani regularly contributes to Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Marketing Matters on Wharton Business Radio—SiriusXM and Huffington Post. Her podcast "What's Next! with Tiffani Bova" became one of the top 100 business and marketing podcasts on iTunes in 2017, and won top Sales and Marketing Podcast by Top Sales Magazine. Tiffani was recently recognized as one of Inc. Magazine's 37 Sales Experts.

Having delivered over 300 keynote presentations on sales transformation and business model innovation to over 300,000 people around the globe, Bova is also highly sought after keynote speaker, and she has earned accolades from the best leaders in the technology world including HP, IBM, Amazon, Oracle, SAP, Oracle, Cisco, and Microsoft for her cutting-edge analysis and her skill at inventing bold strategies for growth.

Prior to working with Salesforce she was a VP, Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow at Gartner. Bova has also lived in the fast lane of high tech, leading sales organizations, driving growth and creating durable competitive advantages at Sprint, Inacom, Interland (web.com) and Gateway Computers. Throughout, she learned how to lead sales and marketing teams in hotly competitive markets, created some of the first cloud based channel programs, and completely reinvented "go-to-market" tactics in several hardware and services businesses. Her high velocity years at the front lines also gave Bova the hands-on expertise executives crave in their strategic partners and made her an authentic, passionate and brilliant advocate committed to her clients' success and prosperity.

Nancy D. Breiman, CSAP
Director, VMware Global Alliances
IBM Partnership & Alliances
IBM Corporation

As a Certified Strategic Alliance Professional (CSAP), Nancy Breiman leads a team of Global Alliance Executives responsible for the 360 degree relationship, as well as developing and driving adoption of innovation solutions in collaboration with VMware.

Her team is responsible for the Alliance strategy including joint offering development; go to market, sales enablement and sales execution. Her previous team was responsible for driving alliance joint solutions with IBM Innovation Partners; Juniper, Schneider Electric, Ricoh, HOK and Gehry Technologies. Prior to this role, she lead an alliance team responsible for evaluating and on boarding new Cloud based alliances and providing support to the IBM Global Alliance Solutions portfolio as the Cloud Center of Excellence. In her 10 years as an alliance professional she was also personally responsible for IBM's alliance relationship with both business objects and salesforce.com.

Nancy is actively involved in the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) as a member of the advisory board.

Before joining the Global Alliance organization, Mrs. Breiman held positions as the Global Client Director responsible for the IBM relationship with DHL; Vice President, WW Cross Brand Competitive Sales; Vice President, Americas Competitive Sales, Server and Technology Group; Vice President, WW Linux Cluster and High End Intel Sales and Manager of the IBM Corporate Competitive Intelligence Team responsible for the launch of IBM's eServer portfolio.

Mrs. Breiman joined IBM in July 1984 as a professional hire in sales. Since joining she has held numerous sales, marketing and management positions across IBM.

Nancy Breiman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts from the State University College at Buffalo, New York and is a CSAP Certified member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals and a member of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals.

Nancy is married and has two beautiful adult children and two dogs.

Christine A. Carberry, CSAP
Chief Operating Officer
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals

Christine Carberry is a biopharmaceutical leader with the unique ability to transform strategy into results through the power of collaboration. She joined Keryx Biopharmaceutical in the beginning of 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer. In her leadership role she serves on the Executive Committee while leading initiatives in cross-functional integration, operational excellence, and program management. She heads the Manufacturing, Technical Operations, Quality, Human Resources, and Regulatory functions.

Prior to Keryx, she served as a Senior Vice President at FORUM Pharmaceuticals. At FORUM, She established the Program & Alliance Management cross-functional matrix to integrate across the entire organization. She also led the CMC, Supply Chain, and Quality functions.

At Biogen for over 25 years, Christine held positions of increasing responsibility as the company advanced from a biotechnology pioneer to an internationally recognized Fortune 500 company.

Christine is a Certified Strategic Alliance Professional (CSAP). She holds an M.S. in innovation and technology management from Boston University, Certificates in Management and Biotechnology Strategy from Harvard University, and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Kenneth M. Coppins
CEO and Co-Founder
collabtogrow, Inc

Ken Coppins is the co-founder of collabtogrow, Inc and a veteran global professional services executive, management consultant, and entrepreneur. Collabtogrow, Inc., founded in 2017, is a technology-enabled managed services and advisory firm focused exclusively on assisting companies with their strategic business relationships. Mr. Coppins has an extensive business, technology, and consulting background having served in senior leadership positions for KPMG, Answerthink (Hackett Group), Kanbay, and Capgemini.

He was a co-founder of Answerthink and was responsible for the Technology service lines and established a rigorous Quality Assurance and Project Management program. During his tenure with Answerthink he was responsible for many technology alliances and partnerships including Oracle and SAP. He served as CEO of a joint venture partnership focused on offshore development and ERP maintenance and support.

Mr. Coppins has significant relevant experience managing strategic alliances and partnerships with global vendors. He has worked with the following vendors in a strategic partnering role: Axiom, Computer Associates, Cloudera, Guidewire, HP/HPE, IBM, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, Oracle, Pega, Salesforce and SAP.

Mr. Coppins graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.S. degree is Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

Steve Courtney, PhD
Senior Vice President, Global Alliance Management
Evotec AG

Steve has worked in the drug discovery industry for more than 25 years predominantly in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery leadership roles at Evotec and at the UK biotech, Oxford GlycoSciences.

Over the past 2-3 years he has played an integral role in establishing Alliance Management as a core function at Evotec, working alongside executive leadership to ensure best practices are employed throughout the broad collaboration portfolio.

Susan Hallman
Strategic Planning Director

Susan Hallman is the Strategic Planning Director for Alliance relationships at SAIC. She is responsible for relationships with those companies that are critical to the delivery of high value, repeatable solutions that enhance SAIC's value proposition to its customers and shareholders. She ensures objectives are achieved and the mutual value of the relationship is attained.

Susan joined SAIC in 2007 in the company's Homeland and Civilian Solutions business development organization where she worked to secure multiple federal contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Susan later led the Business Unit's marketing and communications team creating federal civilian targeted marketing strategies.

Prior to joining SAIC, Susan was a business services director at BAE Systems. Susan led the establishment of the Strategic Consulting Services (SCS) business unit. She developed and managed business strategies, marketing and communication plans and supported the overall business development and management of the SCS business, including P&L responsibility.

Susan spent almost 20 years with the EPA. She worked within the administration and resources management areas of the agency, as well as the enforcement area where she provided environmental compliance assistance to all federal agencies, including DoD and military services. Susan served as Senior Advisor to the EPA's first, senate confirmed Chief Information Officer advising on information resources policies and management for the Agency.

Susan earned her bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in business management.

SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAIC's approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.5 billion. For more information, visit saic.com.

Mojgan Hossein-Nia PhD
Vice President
Takeda R&D Partnership Office

Following a PhD in Biochemistry and a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine, Mojgan's early career was in research in the cardiovascular area. Mojgan spent the last 20 years of her career in Novartis Pharmaceuticals, first in the UK, and then in the US. At Novartis, she initiated and implemented strategic outsourcing models, and developed and executed processes for operational excellence. In her role as a Global Program Leader for a partnered cardiovascular program, she worked very closely with the partner to deliver on the strategy in a trusted and transparent way setting an example of how to work with partners at Novartis. In Business Development & Licensing, Mojgan led the search and evaluation of opportunities across multiple indications including cardiovascular, metabolism, and cell & gene therapies in multiple disease areas (hematological malignancies, solid tumor, transplant, cardiovascular, neuroscience & immunology). Most recently, she worked on the CAR-T program building the Program Management Office supporting the successful filing and commercialization of the first CAR-T therapy, KYMRIAHTM™, in hematological malignancies.

Christoph Huwe, CSAP, PhD
Strategic Alliance Manager Therapeutics
Bayer AG Pharmaceuticals

Christoph has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in different roles at Bayer (Germany), Berlex Biosciences (USA) and Schering AG (Germany).

He has been responsible for alliances and consortia in Europe, the US and China for more than 10 years, covering various therapeutic areas.

He is also a founding member of Bayer's Alliance Community Excellence team focussing on alliance management capability development, and has served as member of the Pharma Industry Benchmarking Forum and the EFPIA Industry Liaison Group.

Sara Keen
Vantage Partners

Sara Keen is a Principal at Vantage Partners and a senior member of the alliances practice. Sara has worked with leading pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies for over 20 years to improve their approach to and results from key strategic partners. She has worked extensively with clients to drive alignment, change, and innovation as they develop their capabilities to manage differences and collaborate internally and externally.

Sara has contributed to a variety of publications on alliance management and has also spoken about alliance best practices at a number of conferences and events.

Dr. Steve Levine
Founder & Executive Director, Living Heart Project
Senior Director of Life Sciences, Dassault Systemes

Dr. Levine is the Founder and Executive Director of the Living Heart Project and Sr. Director of Life Sciences at Dassault Systèmes or 3DS. Previously, he served as Chief Strategy Officer of the SIMULIA brand from 2006 to 2013 which included development of an industry leading alliance ecosystem. In his current role, he is leading the development of medically accurate digital human models by coordinating global research and commercial medical communities toward common, shared goals. Steve is also responsible for incubating a healthcare startup community within the 3DEXPERIENCE Labs at 3DS and creating a marketplace of digital healthcare services. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Rutgers University and was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2015. Steve has nearly 30 years of experience driving innovative transformations in technology, beginning his career in health tech at startup Biosym, which went public as Accelrys in 2004 and acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2014.

Charles Onstott
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Charles is responsible for driving SAIC's technology strategy which emphasizes development of solutions and strategic alliances across a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain. He oversees SAIC's research and development, strategic alliances, product management capabilities, and the SAIC Fellows Program. During his 25 years in the technology industry, Charles has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive roles.

Prior to his role as SAIC's CTO, Charles was an SVP and Service Line Manager for SAIC's services in key emerging technologies, Cloud, Cyber and Data Science. Under his leadership SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues in these services, including expanding SAIC's cyber practice in to new areas and customers, significantly growing SAIC's cloud computing business across an array of customer markets, and leading the development of SAIC's capabilities in Data Science and analytics.

Early in his career, he was the Chief Technologist for SAIC's Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC) which was SAIC's most successful IT service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies and DoD. He has managed numerous IT service and data center consolidation projects. These projects produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while improving overall customer satisfaction.

As an early advocate for cloud computing, Charles was on the forefront of developing SAIC's capabilities in cloud computing, including providing executive oversight in 2011 for SAIC's implementation of its own Enterprise Private Cloud. In 2013, he established SAIC's Enterprise Solutions Lab which is a hybrid cloud used for research and development and is a cloud computing center of excellence. More recently, he has been focused on developing SAIC's capabilities in X as a Service delivery.

Charles has long been fascinated by the American experience of living at the intersection of advanced technology, rapid innovation, and a generally religious culture. He has two teenagers who challenge his thinking on privacy issues. In his spare time, he participates in Mountain Bike endurance races.

Joe Schramm
Vice President Strategic Alliances

Joe brings over 25 years of experience in a variety of alliances and business development roles. In his current position as VP of Strategic Alliances at BeyondTrust he has global responsibility for all channel, systems integrator and technology alliances. Prior to joining BeyondTrust, he helped direct partner programs for various high growth security and technology companies including Core Security, Endeca, Oco, Nexaweb, BusinessObjects/Crystal Decisions and SAP.

Joe holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bryant University. He is also an active member of the executive committee for White Hat USA, a community of cyber security professionals dedicated to raising funds for Children's National Health System to provide care for children in need of medical treatment. Joe is also an active member and contributor to the Association of Strategic Alliances Professionals (ASAP) and a member of the Cyber Security Committee of WashingtonExec.

Chloe Shaw, CA-AM
Partnerships Strategy Manager
Cambridge Assessment English

Chloe Shaw is Partnerships Strategy Manager at Cambridge Assessment English, which is part of the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) and was responsible for her organisation's adoption of the ASAP alliance lifecycle and her team's certification in alliance management. Chloe is also Chair of the Women in Leadership staff network at Cambridge Assessment and was shortlisted for an 'Unsung hero' award in the 2018 Women in International Education awards, organised by Lead5050 and the Global Leadership League.

Jeffrey C. Shuman CSAP, PhD
Principal, The Rhythm of Business
Professor of Management, Bentley University

Jeff is an educator and trusted advisor to executives who are building, leading, and managing alliances and partner networks. His mix of operational, consulting, research and classroom experiences allow him to blend the theoretical with the practical, providing useful, easily implementable and repeatable advice.

At The Rhythm of Business he partners with global companies in multiple industries to advance their alliance and collaboration management capability. Consulting engagements focus on driving results through enabling all functions of the business to work effectively with their partners throughout the lifecycle. He works with senior executive teams to shape partnering strategy, enable operational and organization readiness, and implement overarching governance. Partnering professionals benefit from his ability to quickly diagnose underperforming alliances, and accelerate the path to profitability. Customized education and training bring alliance and collaboration skills to all who interact with partners.

Jeff has been a member of ASAP since 2002. Currently part of the ASAP's Strategy Team, he is actively involved on the teams that have developed the Certificate of Achievement – Alliance Management (CA-AM) certification and the CSAP certification and contributed to The ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management. He frequently presents at ASAP and other organization's conferences and events. Together with business partner Jan Twombly, he has a rich history of developing and publishing strategic and practical thinking that advances the art and science of partnering and alliance management.

Donna Taneja, PhD
Head Center of Excellence for Relationship Management
Takeda R&D Partnership Office

Donna Joined the Takeda R&D Partnership Office in April 2018 to Head the Center of Excellence for Relationship Management. Donna has extensive Alliance Management, Global Project Management & Leadership, and Clinical Operations experience. Most recently Donna was Head of R&D Supplier Alliance Management at Shire, and prior to Shire, she was Head of Alliance Management at Daiichi-Sankyo.

Donna is passionate about leading externally-partnered relationships to success. She has broad experience in designing, implementing, and remediating alliances, and a real-world knowledge of the strengths, pitfalls, and mitigations required to allow the value of collaboration to be realized.

Donna has over twenty years of experience in managing large portfolios, leading global project teams to success across the value chain in a wide range of therapeutic areas, and building Alliance Functions de novo that have brought transformative change at an R&D enterprise-wide level.

Donna obtained her Ph.D. (University of Dundee, UK) in Pharmacology, and performed her Postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Pharmacology at Syntex CA, USA.

Jan Twombly, CSAP
The Rhythm of Business, Inc.

For nearly 20 years Twombly has served as a trusted, expert advisor to global and emerging companies. She works as an extension of the partnering and alliance management team, helping them develop their ability to accelerate outcomes from partnering and alliances. Partnering with the executive suite, she helps companies reach higher levels of alliance success by integrating partnering into all aspects of the business.

A few of the many companies she has worked with include Abbott, Astellas, AT&T, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Colgate-Palmolive, Dun & Bradstreet, EMC, Equifax, FIS, IBM, Intel, Novartis, Sanofi, Shire, and Xerox.

Twombly serves on the Executive and Management Committee of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP). She is editorial advisor to ASAP Media, which publishes Strategic Alliance Magazine, and contributed to The ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management. Together with business partner Jeffrey Shuman, Twombly has a rich history of developing, publishing, and presenting strategic and practical thinking that advances the art and science of partnering and alliance management.