Josh Ghaim Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies
Josh Ghaim, Ph.D. is the Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. In this role, he is responsible for global research and development organization for the Consumer group. Josh is a member of the Consumer Group Operating Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee. Prior to this role, Josh held the position of Global Head Franchise R&D Consumer Group, with responsibilities for Franchise R&D Strategy, Product Development, Technology Platforms, Scientific & Professional Affairs and Consumer Science globally. Since joining J&J in 2006, Josh has held various positions of increasing responsibilities, including Vice President Global Consumer Healthcare (CHC) and Nutritionals R&D, Vice President Skin Care EMEA R&D and Vice President Global Oral Care R&D. Josh’s global background includes leadership experiences at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, leading OTC Technology Platforms, and at Colgate-Palmolive leading Global Categories and Emerging Market R&D. Josh has lived and held positions in North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, focusing on both regional and global initiatives. Josh received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals and several book chapters. Josh also holds over 20 patents across different product and technology categories.
Amir A. Ghannad
Leadership Development Specialist and Culture Transformation Catalyst
The Ghannad Group, LLC
Amir Ghannad is a frequent and highly sought-after keynote speaker at leadership summits in the US and abroad, and the founder of The Ghannad Group, which offers speaking, workshop facilitation, and consulting services, focused on guiding leaders in creating extraordinary cultures that deliver breakthrough results and unprecedented fulfillment.
For over 31 years, Amir held leadership positions in the US, Asia, and Europe with such companies as Procter and Gamble and Campbell Soup Company.
Amir’s book titled The Transformative Leader, has been shipped to 28+ countries, and is available on Amazon and at www.theghannadgroup.com, where he publishes weekly blog posts.
Chaouki T. Abdallah
Executive Vice President for Research
Georgia Institute of Technology
Chaouki T. Abdallah is the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Abdallah serves as chief research officer for the Institute, providing overall leadership for the research, economic development, and related support units within Georgia Tech.
Abdallah began his college career at the Faculté d’ingénierie of the Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon, then obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Youngstown State University in 1981, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1982 and 1988, respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he served as professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Between 2005 and 2011, Abdallah was the ECE department chair, and he served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at UNM from 2011 to 2016. In 2017-18, he served as acting president, interim president, and finally the 22nd president of UNM.
He has published eight books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests include systems theory with a focus on control, communications, and computing systems. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, national laboratories, and various companies. He served as the general chair of the 2008 CDC, the premier IEEE conference in decision and control. Abdallah, who is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, is a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of that organization’s Millennium Medal.
Henry Childs II
Minority Business Development Agency U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is focused on expanding MBDA’s impact in global markets and leading minority-owned businesses through digital transformations. To support these goals, MBDA launched the Enterprising Women of Color Initiative, Opportunity Zone Summits, and for the first time ever, MBDA announced a Virtual Business Center grant competition.
Prior to his appointment at MBDA, Director Childs served as the Economic Development Administration Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. He also served as the Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Public Liaison. In this role, Director Childs provided leadership for and coordinated the development of the policy agenda for urban America.
Director Childs holds a Juris Doctorate and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Programs
Defense Logistics Agency
Christopher Hall is the Deputy Director of the Office of Small Business Programs for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). He supports DLA leadership on small business issues and works to increase small business participation in DLA acquisitions. As a small business champion, he promotes small business utilization to strengthen the industrial base that fulfills DLA’s mission as the Nation’s Combat Logistics Support Agency.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Hall served as the Program
Manager for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program
(PTAP) at DLA. As the PTAP Program Manager, he was
responsible for oversight of the agency’s administration of this
cooperative agreement program that aims to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in government contracts.
Mr. Hall’s career with DLA began in 2003 as a Contract Specialist assigned to DLA Strategic Materials. He was stationed at DLA Energy as a Contract Cost/Price Analyst before he joined the Office of Small Business Programs to work on the PTAP in 2008.
A native of Maryland, Mr. Hall received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from the University of Maryland where he attended the Robert H. Smith School of Business and majored in Management Science and Statistics. In 2008, he received a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland. Mr. Hall is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certified in the Contracting career field and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
Vice President of Product Marketing
Advanced Control Solutions
Mr. Cale Harbour is the Vice President of Product Marketing at Advanced Control Solutions, where he works to provide innovative hardware and software solutions to customers and OEMs. Harbour has 24 years of experience in the sales, design, implementation, and support of industrial automation. He spent 14 years as a product manager and engineer for TSI Solutions, and four years as a district manager for Carolina Fluid Components. Harbour received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Berry College in Rome, GA.