Unmanned Systems: SWC Speaker Bios



Hans Olson
Assistant Undersecretary For Homeland Security

MA Executive Office Of Public Safety And Security

Hans Olson is the Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security, and the Senior Advisor for Antiterrorism and Cybersecurity, Executive Office of Public Safety & Security, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In this role he oversees multiple agencies and the Homeland Security Grant Process for the state, as well as develops comprehensive antiterrorism and cybersecurity policies.
Prior to his role with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Hans was the CEO of SubSea Energy North America, an innovative energy company that developed micro-hydropower systems for the Department of Defense.  Prior to this, Hans was a civilian intelligence officer with the Department of Defense and a Navy Reserve intelligence officer working primarily with joint special operations community.  He has multiple overseas tours, including two deployments to Afghanistan.


Alex Manea
Chief Security Officer



Alex Manea is BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, where he focuses on driving strategies to strengthen the company’s security posture.

As a founding member of BlackBerry Security, Alex has protected mobile, desktop and IoT devices, networks and infrastructure for over a decade. He is a Certified Software Security Lifecycle Professional and has an Honors degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

In 2015, Alex starred on the hit TV show Canada’s Smartest Person, winning his episode with the highest score of the season.


Paul Lucier
VP Sales and Business Development



Like you, global sales and business development expert Paul Lucier wants his identity and personal data to remain authenticated and secure from all threats.

That’s why he joined ISARA Corporation in June 2016 to manage their sales and business development. It was a golden opportunity to work with a team of genuine, transparent, professionals with a passion to solve complex problems and succeed on a global stage.

Drawing on over 20 years selling technology products and solutions, 14 or which were with RIM/BlackBerry in senior leadership roles, Paul has managed sales teams, launched new overseas markets, managed explosive growth and administered operational P&L. He relies on his finely tuned relationship building and networking skills to grow business and generate revenue. 


Chris Poulin

Booz | Allen | Hamilton


Chris Poulin is Principal/Director in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovations Group, where he leads the Internet of Things security strategy in Booz Allen’s Dark Labs, as well as dabbles in Machine Intelligence.

He joins BAH from IBM, where he lead their X-Force research teams and built the first prototype Watson for cybersecurity. Despite his recent roles in large enterprises, he has an entrepreneurial background, having founded, built, and sold a boutique information security consulting firm, FireTower, Inc., and served as the Chief Security Officer for Q1 Labs, a startup in the Security Intelligence space.

Chris started his security career in the U.S. Air Force over 30 years ago, where he managed global networks and developed software for the intelligence community


Jim Sproul

The Sproul Company



James Sproul is Founder and Managing Director of The Sproul Company (TSC) headquartered in Boston’s North End. James has over 25 years of experience working in business development for technology-driven companies in fast-changing, dynamic markets.

TSC leads the Rapid Autonomous Mobility Pilot Project (RAMPP), which seeks to address the challenges of urban mobility by sponsoring pilot projects in the field of connected, autonomous vehicles.  Working with the city of Boston, TSC is currently organizing a project to establish a teaching curriculum related to autonomous vehicles at the Madison Park Technical High School, providing Boston students with training that could lead them to careers in automation and other exciting technology-driven industries.


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