Gary Keene
6 Feb 2019 | 12:30 - 13:00 | Main Stage | AV Magazine Add to calendar
Panel Debate: The Future of AV in the Workplace
Panel debate discussing the future of AV in the workplace. The line-up for this session is:
• Gary Keene, Audio Visual Manager, Google;
• Farooq Khader, Technical Lead, EMEA, Uber;
• Christopher Jaynes, Founder & CTO, Mersive Technologies;
• Jenny Hicks, Group Head of Technology, Midwich.
The debate will be hosted by Clive Couldwell, Editor, AV Magazine.


Gary Keene
Gary Keene
Gary Keene is part of Google's effort to design collaboration spaces that meet the evolving needs of their users. He also talks at industry conferences on the approach Google takes to managing its fleet of over 17,000 VC-enabled meeting rooms. Gary has over 20 years of AV industry experience, including spells at integrators and consultants, and is currently a non-exec Director of the AV User Group.
Jenny Hicks
Jenny Hicks
Head of Technology
Midwich Group
Jenny Hicks fell into the technology industry nine years ago, starting as a purchasing assistant for a different company, moving into sales over the next five years, focusing on interactive products. It was here that she developed a fascination with visual technology and was spurred on to challenge her technical ability.

In 2012, she joined Midwich's technical division as an IP Video Specialist where she was responsible for sales and technical support. Here she furthered her knowledge, joining a group of specialists within the Midwich Group, actively easing the ever-converging worlds of AV and IT. In 2013, Jenny became Technology Manager, responsible for all UC and Technical Video brands. After the launch of the Solutions division in 2015, she took a role managing technology specialists and technical support teams.

Following her maternity leave she returned to work in 2017 as Head of Technology for Midwich Group, working closely with the company’s international businesses, providing market and trends analysis to the Group Management team and exploring new technology ventures for the group.
Farooq Khader
Farooq Khader
Technical Lead for EMEA Workplace
Farooq Abdul Khader brings more than 15 years of international technology experience from multinational organizations such as Infosys, TCS and Mahindra Satyam. Farooq is Technical Lead for EMEA Workplace at Uber and has managed the technology implementation of 150+ offices for Uber. Farooq holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) and a Bachelors degree in Production Engineering & Management.
Christopher Jaynes
Christopher Jaynes
Christopher Jaynes founded Mersive Technologies in 2006 and now serves as CTO. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the School of Computer Science at the University of Utah and went on to receive his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he worked on artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction technologies. His work in academics and at Mersive has led to over 100 published scientific articles, over 20 patents, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award.