Keynote Speakers

Latif Ladid

Biography Highlights

  • Founder & President, IPv6 FORUM,
  • Founding Co-chair, IEEE 5G World Forum
  • Co-Chair, IEEE Blockchain Forum
  • Former Chair, IEEE IoT World Forum
  • Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society
  • Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award
  • Member of 3GPP PCG (Board) (
  • Chair ETSI IPv6 Industry Specification Group :
  • Member of UN Strategy Council Member of Future Internet Forum EU Member States (representing Luxembourg).
  • Former VP, Ericsson Telebit, Denmark/Sweden
  • Former VP, Develcon, Canada
  • IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award, 2002
  • IPv6 LifeTime Achievement Award, 2016.
  • Research Fellow @ University of Luxembourg (since 2006) on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies Projects.

Keynote Title: IPv6-based Blockchain & IoT


Blockchain, AI and IoT represent the three greatest innovations of our time. Blockchain gives us a payment and data-integrity platform that can help build trust in digital environments. AI gives computers an unbounded intelligence that is starting to rival the human mind. IoT takes the Internet to the next level. At present, there is very little crossover between the three disciplines. Each offers a vastly different value proposition to its users, who, in turn, must acquire different skillsets and master different technology.
Blockchain as an end-to-end Internet application requiring routable IP address space to identify the source and destination IP addresses for better traceability and transparency where needed. Now since the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) has run out of routable address space back in February 2011, the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) comes with a virtually unlimited address spaces with 2 to the power of 128 (340 Trillion Trillion Trillion) address space restoring thereby the end to end model offering routable address space for applications like Blockchain to scale. The use of new IPv6-based technologies such as Multicast (BIERv6) and Segment Routing over IPv6 (SRv6) enhances further the deployment of Blockchain, unlocking new applications of the Blockchain technology have extended to various social and economic solutions in trade and supply chain management, financial services, manufacturing, art and media, smart cities, property and title transfers, management of the integrity of elections, and improving the quality of healthcare while reducing the risk of errors, as well as many others.
The construct of global economy is primarily based on a set of contracts, transactions, and records that govern our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets, establish, and verify identities and document sequences of events. They govern interactions among nations, businesses, communities, and individuals. Blockchain has in recent years, emerged as the foundational technology offering solutions to improve business value chains, enhance efficiencies, enable a system of trust based on consensus, while unlocking further economic activities without the need for a trusted third-party intermediary. This technology is additionally shaping the third generation of web services referred to as Web3 or the “Internet of Value/Trust” while unlocking new economic prospects.

Soumya Kanti Datta
CEO and Founder of Digiotouch, France


Soumya is an entrepreneur, investor, and a secure software developer. At Digiotouch, he is on a mission to deliver secure, trustworthy, and sustainable solutions for the Next-Generation Internet (NGI). He is enthusiastically talks about Extended Reality (XR) and Quantum Computing. He has more than a decade of experience in AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and IoT. IEEE elevated him to the grade of IEEE Senior Member in recognition of his significant contributions to IoT. He has delivered keynote & invited talks, panel discussions, and tutorials in 70+ international conferences and events. Soumya is the recipient of many awards for his research and leadership from IEEE WF-IoT 2019 (Ireland), IEEE ICII 2018 (USA), EU Datathon 2018 (Belgium), IEEE TenSymp 2018 (Australia), IEEE ISCE 2017 (Malaysia), and IEEE GCCE 2015 (Japan). He has been an active contributor to international standards including W3C Web of Things Working Groups on WoT architecture and Things Description, IEEE P2145 on Standard for Framework and Definitions for Blockchain Governance, and oneM2M IoT.

Keynote Title: Pioneering a Secure, Trustworthy, Sustainable Next-Generation Internet


The Internet has become firmly weaved into the fabric of our daily lives and is recognized as a key for fueling educational, socio-economic, cultural, and business activities. Yet, there is an erosion in trust on the innovations that power the Internet and applications. There are reasons for it, including: rapid spread of misinformation, dominance of gatekeepers distorting the market, non-transparent use of personal data, insecure digital products & services.
With half of the humanity accessing and consuming services over the Internet, it is high time to reimagine and reengineer the Internet for the third millennium and beyond. The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a broad umbrella of technologies that are already shaping the future Internet ecosystem. In this visionary talk, Soumya will explore four key pillars for pioneering a secure, trustworthy, sustainable NGI – decentralization & trust, security & resilience, collective intelligence, and inclusion & sustainability.
Fostering such NGI will pave the way for a trustworthy, open, inclusive society, and become an essential driver for the long-term competitiveness of the global economy. Let’s engineer an Internet of Humans and Internet for Humans.