Principal, Vinodrai & Associates Inc, WWRF Steering Board Member
Vino is one of Canada’s leading experts in the mobile radio industry with more than 40 years of experience ranging from spectrum engineering, standards development, new wireless services and satellite communication. He launched his consulting business in early 2006 following his retirement from Bell where he worked for 16 years. For the last three years he led Bell University Laboratories responsible for research at various Canadian universities in wireline, wireless, internet and portals across Canada. For Bell Mobility he was responsible for advance wireless technology research, standards work with Standard Associations such as TIA, 3GPP, ITU; future technologies, health-related issues and spectrum planning. He was also member of Canadian delegation to Global Standards Collaboration.
He was also the Board Member of CITO. He also worked for Ontario Government for ten years in Telecommunication. He is Adjunct Professor, Booth School for Engineering and Public Policy, McMaster University.
He is also a very active member of Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF)(www.wwrf.ch ). He was the Treasurer of WWRF. He is also leading a project in WWRF in creating Regional Research Centres in South Africa and South East Asia. For the last year he has been involved with others in organizing a series of workshops across the world on “The Future of the Wireless Internet Communication in the 2020s” (Also known as 5G)
Vino represented BLACBERRY at International Telecommunications Union's (ITU), Intellect and Ofcom, and Global Standards Forum from 2006 - 2011. He has also worked for Industry Canada on a number of projects. He has also worked with IBI Group for Toronto Transit Commission on their 20 technology outlook project. Currently he is working with Motorola Solutions on use of Mobile Broadband applications for Public Protection and Disaster Relief at ITU.
He was also contributing to the Canadian delegation input to ITU on Vision for IMT beyond IMT Advance. This work will contribute greatly towards Broadband Commission for Digital Development set up by UN Secretary General. (http://www.broadbandcommission.org/)
Prior to joining Bell, he worked for over ten years for the Ontario Government. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology , Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), European Engineer, and the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Vino obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of London, United Kingdom.
Nigel Jefferies is a senior standards manager with Huawei Technologies and Chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum, a global partnership between industry and academia to develop a research agenda for mobile communications. Previously he was Head of Academic Relationships within Vodafone Group Research & Development and a Principal Mathematician at Racal Research Ltd. In the past he led the European-funded IST project SHAMAN, which studied the security of future mobile systems, and ran the Secure Applications Steering Group for Mobile VCE. Other collaborative research projects on various aspects of security for mobile communications include 3GS3 in the UK-funded LINK programme, and ASPeCT and USECA in the European ACTS programme. His research interests include cryptography, security of systems and applications of mathematics to telecommunications. He received a PhD in functional analysis from Goldsmith's College, London, and an MA in mathematics from the Queen's College, Oxford, and is a visiting professor at Kingston University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Chartered Mathematician.
Secretary General, ITU
Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU at the Busan Plenipotentiary Conference in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015.
Prior to his election, he served two terms of office as ITU Deputy Secretary-General (2007-2014), as well as two terms as elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1999-2006).
He is committed to further streamlining ITU's efficiency, to strengthening its membership base through greater involvement of the academic community and of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and to broadening multistakeholder participation in ITU's work.
He is married with one son and two grandchildren.
Philip is Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding, licensing, monitoring and enforcement.
Philip is also Chairman of the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) bringing together all the EU’s national spectrum authorities and the Commission.
Philip has over 30 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy in both. Philip has worked in both start-up (from initial concept to sale) and large corporates in companies ranging from UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).
Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC
Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). Mr. Knapp has been with the FCC for nearly 36 years. Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994 – 1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses. Mr. Knapp received a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.
VP and Managing Director of Samsung Cambridge and Samsung Aalborg; Chairman, CW
Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded. He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies.
Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.
Principal, Analysys Mason
Janette Stewart is a Principal at Analysys Mason, where she specialises in advising clients on wireless technology choices and spectrum issues. She has around 20 years’ experience in spectrum policy, spectrum management and radio engineering. Janette began her career working for the UK spectrum regulator where she held various roles, latterly Senior Spectrum Engineer in the 3G Auction Team, where she worked on UK spectrum plans for the 3G 2.1GHz licence award. Since joining Analysys Mason in 2001, her consulting experience includes researching market opportunities within the wireless sector, wireless network business planning, spectrum strategy, valuation and technology evolution. She has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients including national regulators, fixed and mobile network operators, wireless industry trade associations and spectrum users. Projects have included advising regulators on digital TV switchover, advising regulators and operators on 4G licence awards, 4G spectrum valuation and 4G technology and business plans.
Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU
Senior Project Manager at the EBU's Department of Technology & Innovation with the focus on the audiovisual media distribution models and the associated market evolution. This includes technical, regulatory, and policy issues as well as spectrum management aspects of both broadcast and broadband platforms.
Special interest in the role that wireless distribution platforms play in making public service media universally available.
Regular contributor to regulatory and standardisation forums and international trade events.
Maintains working relationship with broadcast and telecommunications industries, market analysts, national regulatory authorities, and the European Commission.
Chairman, WG for preparation of WRC-15, CEPT
After a state exam of law at the University of Osnabrück, Mr Kühn has been working since 1998 in the area of legal internship (e.g. at Regional Court) of the Federal Network Agency Germany; changing to national and international spectrum regulation on different levels in 2005. Nowadays he is the deputy head of section for international affairs and utilization concepts. His responsibilities cover strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU. Doing this and having been active in the preparation of three WRC’s, on national and on CEPT CPG level, Mr Kühn participated in a number of international Groups, also as Head of the German Delegation. He has also chaired several groups and subgroups in the ITU and CEPT. Since 2005 he is responsible for the German preparation of the WRC’s and served as CEPT CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013. Mr Kühn has been appointed Chairman of CPG in June 2013.
Director Government Affairs EMENA, Qualcomm
Luigi Ardito is currently working as Director of Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Qualcomm and drive Qualcomm spectrum and regulatory policy agenda in Europe and MENA dealing with various government entities and industry organizations. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Luigi worked for over a decade at Sony Corporation both in Japan and in the UK. Luigi gained also professional experience at France Telecom and at the Italian Public Broadcaster RAI.
Luigi has extensive experience in the Media and Telecom industry as well as the Semiconductor Industry gained through his assignments at Qualcomm, Sony, France Telecom and RAI. He holds an Electronic Engineering Degree gained at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and a Master of Business Administration gained at the Henley Management College in the UK.
French head of delegation in ITU-R WP5D, ANFR
Having graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 2000 (Telecommunications engineering degree) and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et des Applications (ENSEA) in 2009 (PhD), he successively worked for Inmarsat, Thales Communications, Sagem Defense & Securite before joining Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) at 2012, as a spectrum engineer. He was the spokesman in AI 1.1 of the WRC-15 dedicated to the identification of the new frequency bands for the Mobile (IMT) networks below 6GHz. He's currently involved in technical and spectrum issues related to 5G in CEPT (ECC/PT1) and ITU-R (WP5D). In addition to his ANFR responsibilities, he's also lecturer in ENST Bretagne (Spectrum management for mobile networks) and ENSEA for MSc courses (digital communications, radiocommunications, mobile networks engineering).
5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey
Stuart started his career as an Electronics Design Engineer and has spent over 30 years in the technology industry with experience in electronics and ICT R&D; ranging from Industrial Systems to complex ICT and Consumer solutions and has managed international teams covering both commercial and technical disciplines. Prior to working with techUK, Stuart worked with the ICT KTN Company Ltd, Freescale Semiconductors, Motorola and Compair Industrial. Prior to working with the WTIC, Stuart worked with techUK, the ICT KTN Company Ltd, Freescale Semiconductors, Motorola and Compair Industrial.
Stuart's passion is to grow the UK technology industry through innovation, encouraging increased investment into the sector, fostering collaboration to stimulate UK world leading R&D and chairs multiple industry initiatives connected to the technology sector and the adjacent industries that increasingly rely on advanced technology solutions.
Outside of work Stuart enjoys football, music, snowboarding and cycling.
Principal Network Architect, BT UK
Andy Sutton is EE’s (BT) Principal Network Architect with responsibilities for RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, mainly in radio access, transmission and transport network strategy, architecture and design. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN architectures and protocols, RAN dimensioning and QoS, mobile backhaul ,microwave and millimetre wave radio systems along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, France Telecom Group, H3G and EE. Andy is a Visiting Professor with the Department of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford and a research mentor at the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. Andy is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums, he was recently elected as Chairman of the ETSI ISG NGP.
VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory in NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies.
He has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He is currently the leader of 2020 and Beyond Ad Hoc(20B AH) in ARIB and Acting Chairman of the Strategy & Planning Committee in 5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan.
He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999. He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman during March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.
Deputy Head of Unit, Dir E, Network Technologies, European Commission
Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then worked as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes. In 1994, he joined the European Commission and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of unit for research and policy in the field of Internet of Things systems. He is currently Deputy head of unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. He is responsible for the definition and implementation of the research strategy related to future networks under the 5G Public Private Partnership and to systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness. He is also responsible for the 5G/IoT standardisation and IPR related work.
Group Chief Operations Officer, Inmarsat plc (on behalf of ESOA)
Ruy Pinto joined Inmarsat in 1990, as a senior software engineer supporting the Inmarsat satellites. For the last twenty years Ruy Pinto has been working at Inmarsat in various technical and managerial roles. In 2000 Ruy Pinto became Director of Satellite Operations and Navigation with responsibility for control of the fleet of Inmarsat satellites and development and maintenance of all satellite control functionality. From 2009 to 2011, as Vice President of Satellite and Network Operations Ruy Pinto managed network and satellite operations, spectrum management and yield optimisation functions for the Inmarsat product portfolio plus navigation services. Ruy Pinto was Group CTO for Inmarsat from 2012 to 2013 and is currently the Group Chief Operations Officer for Inmarsat, responsible for operations engineering plus all satellite and network operational functions across the Inmarsat Group. Finally Ruy Pinto is a Non-Executive Director of the Catapult Space Applications Centre.
Previously, Ruy Pinto worked with VSAT data communication networks and data communications software as a project manager for the deployment large scale VSAT networks. Ruy Pinto has a background in electronics and satellite data communications having graduated in Electronics Engineering in 1981, followed by a post-graduate degree in Digital Telecommunications Systems.
Vice President, Telefónica Europe
Dr Short has held positions in Electronics and telecommunications for 40 years. He has had experience with 5 Generations of Mobile technology and mobile data services. including the establishment of a new 5G innovation centre based at Surrey University. He has been involved in mobile licence bids, network launches and in recent years Innovation for business development in areas as diverse as Mobile Messaging, Mobile TV, Digital health, Connected Cars, Smart Metering, Smart cities and Emergency services.
He is a former elected Chairman of the global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and a past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET - 2011/2012).
He holds Visiting Professor positions at the Universities of Surrey, Leeds and Lancaster, and was awarded the CBE in 2012 as a national honour for services to the Mobile industry.
Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group
Dr. Bashir Gwandu: The Chairman of Commonwealth ITU Group (CIG), was the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), was also the Chairman of Radiocommunications Advisory Group of the ITU (the RAG), and the Vice Chairman of ITU-R Joint Task Group 4567 (JTG-4567). Gwandu has served as the Vice-Chair of Committee 4 of the ITU Radiocommunications Assembly 2012 (RA-12). He became the Chairman of the CIG in March 2012. He was the Acting CEO of the Nigerian Telecoms Regulatory body, the NCC, from June to July 2010. After receiving his BSc in Physics from UsmanDanfodiyo University, Sokoto and an MSc in Applied Physics from the University of Jos, in addition to a brief Engineering service at the Tactical Air-command, Makurdi and lecturing at UsmanDanfodiyo University, Sokoto, he proceeded to the United Kingdom where he attended MSc Courses in Power Electronics and Drives and MSc courses in Communications Engineering; he further obtained an MPhil degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, all from the University of Birmingham. He returned briefly to Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto to lecture before going back to the UK to study for a PhD in Electronic/Electrical Engineering at Aston University and subsequently undertook an MBA Finance course at the Birmingham Business School.
Dr Gwandu has designed many devices that are used in the telecom industry some of which have been patented in Europe and United States. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) in the UK, and has published over 40 Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research papers in world-class Electrical Engineering journals and conference proceedings. Since 2002, Dr Bashir Gwandu has been involved in research work on Regulation of Utilities.
Dr Gwandu was the Executive Commissioner for Engineering and Technical Standards at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); supervised all Directors/Staff concerned with National Spectrum planning, monitoring, and management, Quality of Service Monitoring and Network Optimization, Equipment Conformance Assessment and Interoperability testing -Type-approval, Numbering Plan, Allocation and Management. He was the Executive Commissioner in Charge of Licensing and Consumer Affairs of the NCC until June 2007. At Licensing, Gwandu supervised the Interconnect rate determination of Sept 2006 that led to improved competition thereby leading to significant reduction in telecom Tariff in Nigeria, the re-classification of Sales and Installation Licenses to Class-Category which has encouraged SMEs entry into the market, the issuance of all the 17 Unified- and hundreds of other Licenses in Nigeria that led to increased competition, the Liberalization of International Gateway for GSM operators that allows for carrying of 3rd Party Traffic thereby reducing tariff for International Calls, the elongation of Access Validity period beyond 90days for all networks on execution of every Revenue Generating Event which has cut down consumer loses and inconveniences, the introduction of Anti- Mobile Phone Theft Scheme in Nigeria to curtail phone theft, the introduction of Tariff Comparison Platform for Consumers so as to aid choice, the abolishing charges to Customer Care Lines, the Limiting of waiting times for answer on Customer Care Lines, the Management of Consumer Parliament, and Management of the Nigerian Internet Exchange project for the ICT Industry, the Improvement of Credit Control system of the NCC to ensure prompt payment of statutory fees by operators, the first ever in-depth NCC investigation into the State of the Quality of Service (QoS) of the Nigerian Telecom Networks. He also led the development of the first ever NCC QoS Regulation, and many other regulatory frameworks of the NCC. He was involved in NCC-based training of personnel from other partner regulatory bodies in different aspects of telecom regulation. Gwandu was part of a number of Nigerian Presidential/Ministerial think-tank committees including Vision-20-2020, Nigerian ICT RoadMap, Panel on University Research funding, and the Launch Committee of the recently Launched Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComsat-1). He represented Nigeria, and sometimes ATU, at the ITU Conferences (such as WRC, WTSA, WSIS, and WTDC) and their preparatory meetings, he is a regular invited speaker at many International Telecom and Telecom Investment Conferences, and has represented Nigeria in many Forums on Telecoms Regulations, and was until recently on the Board of the NigComSat Ltd, and the Board of Digital Bridge Institute. Gwandu having skills in diverse areas of Engineering, Accounting, Finance, the Art of Regulation and Administration; the key competences required of a utility regulator, was on the Board of NCC
Internationally, Gwandu provided leadership and spoke for the African team on Agenda Item 1.4 of ITU WRC-2007, which was the turning point for Africa on ITU WRC matters. He also led the successful pursuit of the Allocation of 700MHz band to Region 1 during WRC 2012, played a major leadership role in delivering the African goals during the Johannesburg WTSA-08 and Dubai 2012 amongst many other achievements.
Founder and CEO, Copper Horse Solutions Ltd.
David is a mobile phone security expert who runs Copper Horse Solutions Ltd, a software and security company based in Windsor, UK. His company is currently focusing on security and privacy research for the Internet of Things.
David also chairs the Device Security Group at the GSM Association, sits on the Executive Board of the Internet of Things Security Foundation and teaches the Mobile Systems Security course at the University of Oxford. He has worked in the mobile industry for over 16 years in security and engineering roles.
European Cyber Security Office, Huawei
David Francis is Huawei’s Cyber Security Officer in Europe. David started his career with British Telecom as an engineer and has held several positions in the IT sector in the UK and the US since.
Prior to joining Huawei, David was a Chief Operating Officer with an eCommerce platform. Also, he has worked for Symantec for over 9 years, of which the last 5 as Vice President of Operations. At Symantec, David was responsible for the SaaS / cloud operations unit, consisting of over 300 staff globally.
Working closely with government and local authority customers, he has a vast experience with cyber security challenges and requirements for both the public and the private sector.
Chief Advanced Technologist, Executive Specialist, NEC Corporation
Anand R. Prasad, Dr. & ir. (MScEngg) from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, is Chief Advanced Technologist, Executive Specialist, at NEC Corporation, Japan, where he leads the mobile communications security activity. Anand is the chairman of 3GPP SA3, founder chairman of the GISFI Security & Privacy group and member of the governing body / council member of GISFI and TSDSI. He has 20+ years of experience in networking, wireless and mobile communications product design, development and business development in companies around the globe.
Anand has published 6 books and authored 50+ peer reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. Two of the books he co-authored on security are “Security in Next Generation Mobile Networks SAE/LTE and WiMAX”, published by River Publishers, and “Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms”, published by Artech House. He is a series editor for standardization book series and editor-in-chief of the “Journal of ICT Standardization” published by River Publishers.
He is recipient of the 2014 ITU-AJ “Encouragement Award: ICT Accomplishment Field” and the 2012 (ISC)² “Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) Award as a Senior Information Security Professional”. Anand is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).
Chair, ETSI SAGE
Dr Steve Babbage is a Distinguished Engineer at Vodafone. He is the head of security and mathematics in Vodafone Group Research and Development, and the chief cryptographer for the Vodafone Group. Since 2002 he has been the chair of ETSI SAGE (Security Algorithms Group of Experts), the group that specifies all standardised crypto algorithms for 3GPP. He is a member of the GSM Association’s Fraud and Security Advisory Panel, and the co-chair of the security group in NGMN’s 5G work programme. Before joining Vodafone, he worked at Racal Comsec Ltd, a company that designed, manufactured and supplied communication security equipment for use around the world; Steve’s department was responsible for the cryptographic algorithms implemented in all this equipment. Steve has an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD in Mathematics from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London.
Executive Director, Telecoms and UK Spectrum Policy Forum, Tech UK
Raj joined techUK (UK trade association for the digital technology industries) in September 2010. In his role, he provides industry co-ordination on a wide range of matters in digital communications, from online child safety to regulatory and policy issues in fixed, wireless and satellite networks and spectrum. In response to a request by the UK Government, he established the UK Spectrum Policy Forum which is intended to be a cross-industry ‘sounding board’ to Government and Ofcom on future approaches on spectrum allocation and regulation. Prior to this, as a Senior Civil Servant at the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills he was Director for UK Space Policy. Previously, at the Radiocommunications Agency (now Ofcom), he had responsibility for policy and licensing operations for various wireless services. He spent his early career in the communications and space industries where his roles included those of Chief Technologist at M/A-Com Ltd and Senior Programme Manager at Matra-Marconi Space Ltd. He has an MBA (Imperial College) and a B.Eng degree in electronic engineering (Sheffield University).
Head, Telecommunications Markets and Regulatory Policy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Government
Mark’s career in the Civil Service has mostly been in jobs relating to information communications and technology. Roles have included leading on Broadband Policy (2006-9) and Head of UK Spectrum Policy (2009-12) in the Department for Business and DCMS. After a short spell in BIS working on projects related to SMEs and Business Support, Mark returned to DCMS in January 2014 to lead on the development of the Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy that which was published in March 2015. He is now heading up a team with responsibility for telecommunications markets and regulation, with a focus on the forthcoming renegotiation of the Electronic Communications Framework and for 5G policy.
Managing Director, Mubaloo
Sarah Weller is Managing Director (London), of the UK's leading enterprise mobile consultancy and app developer, Mubaloo.
Sarah joined Mubaloo’s Bristol office in 2011 as Marketing Manager before being made Managing Director, London in 2013. In this role, Sarah has been responsible for quadrupling the size of the London team. Sarah is responsible for Mubaloo’s commercial team and overseeing new initiatives for the company, such as Mubaloo Innovation Lab.
In 2016, Sarah was involved in Mubaloo’s acquisition by IPG Mediabrands, the global media group. Mubaloo will be housed within Ansible, the specialist mobile division of IPG Mediabrands.
Sarah was listed in The Drum’s Top 50 Digital Women Under 30 and Mobile Entertainment’s 30 Under 30 as well as being shortlisted for Young Achiever of the Year 2015, First Women Awards.
Smart Cities Advisor, Digital Greenwich
Paul Copping is a Smart Cities Advisor in the Digital Greenwich team, serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich, population 270,000. His role is to engage with industrial partners to deploy integrated technology solutions that will result in more agile, cheaper services for Greenwich citizens. Paul is currently working on several smart city and smart mobility projects, including the “Sharing Cities” Horizon 2020 Lighthouse programme (London/Milan/Lisbon) in which he is developing an open and replicable city data platform. Paul has an MBA in Marketing and an MA in Spanish and French. He joined Greenwich in September 2014 after seven years at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL Ltd) and over twenty years of senior commercial management in the international telecoms industry, including BT and Nortel Networks.
Technical Advisor, European Utilities Telecom Council
Adrian Grilli is Managing Director of the Joint Radio Company Ltd (JRC) based in London. JRC is a joint venture between National Grid and the Energy Networks Association, representing UK gas and electricity generation, transmission and distribution industries’ radio communications interests. JRC’s prime responsibility is managing radio spectrum allocated to those industries by Government, and also co-ordinating their interest in wider radiocommunications issues.
As the importance of utility communications networks has grown, JRC has become increasingly active internationally, participating in a number of European and international groups investigating communications and spectrum options for smart grids. JRC has thus conducted a number strategic telecommunications reviews for utilities to develop options suited to each utilities’ unique situation.
JRC’s principle expertise is in VHF and UHF radio frequencies, their use and propagation. As renewable energy sources have grown, JRC has developed processes for analyzing the interaction between wind turbines and radio communications to reduce the potential for harmful interaction between the two.
Mr Grilli graduated from Bristol University in 1973 and commenced his career in the automotive manufacturing sector, moving to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) in 1976. During 20 years in DTI, his key technical assignments were as a Regulatory Design Approval Engineer and IT project manager. He managed the UK industrial input to the European Union Framework R&D programme and served for three years in the Cabinet Office, Science & Technology Secretariat. Prior to leaving DTI, he was Director of Broadcasting, Fixed and Satellite Communications at the Radiocommunications Agency, now part of UK communications regulator Ofcom.
Mr Grilli is a director and past chairman of the Federation of Communications Services, on the Board of the European Utilities Telecommunications Council and a regular contributor to the US Utility Telecom Council Annual Conference. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Senior Policy Analyst, ITU
Phillippa Biggs is an economist and qualified accountant at ITU since 2005. She holds a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an ICAEW accountancy qualification and a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from Oxford University, where she won the Oxford University Prize for Best Overall Performance in her Masters degree, as well as two diplomas (in Economics & Statistics) from the UK’s Open University. Prior to joining ITU, Phillippa worked for Deloitte, UNCTAD and as a consultant with UNIDO in Tanzania and Egypt. She is now an economist, editor and chief author of the State of Broadband reports (www.broadbandcommission.org), World Information Society Report (www.itu.int/wisr), the Status of VoIP Worldwide report, and ITU’s Confronting the Crisis reports (www.itu.int/crisis2009). She analyses developments in broadband, 3G and 4G and VoIP markets around the world.
The '5G Testbed' Speakers
5G Testbed and Proof-of-Concept Project Leader, 5GIC
Dr Mir Ghoraishi joined the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) at University of Surrey in 2012, where he is a senior research fellow and leader of 5G testbed and proof-of-concept projects (5GIC work area 7), which is to verify and optimize innovative solutions for 5G by implementation on hardware platforms, and to demonstrate selective schemes. Before joining ICS, he worked in Tokyo Institute of Technology as assistant professor and senior researcher from 2004 to 2012. His previous experiences are on transceiver design and implementation for wireless applications, signal processing, wireless propagation channel analysis and modelling and wireless ranging and positioning.
Solution Architect, WINGS ICT Solutions
Dr. Andreas Georgakopoulos is a solution architect in WINGS ICT Solutions. He has been involved in projects and R&D initiatives for more than 7 years through the Telecommunication Networks and integrated Services Laboratory of the University of Piraeus, Greece. Currently he is active in 5G R&D activities (e.g., services, environment conditions, ultra-dense infrastructures, spectrum aspects etc.) and intelligent management of dynamic access networking paradigms such as opportunistic networking etc. He has also participated in the GreenTouch Initiative for energy-efficient networks and Wireless World Research Forum.
CTO, Real Wireless
Simon takes responsibility for the overall technology offering and strategy of Real Wireless. Through its expert Advisors Real Wireless works with clients in the creation of wireless technologies, their deployment and optimal use. Prior to Real Wireless Simon worked at NEC Corporation leading developments of emerging global market product strategies, portfolio alignment, and innovation programmes including early 5G, Cities and IoT business. With a primary focus on infrastructure and network edge technologies he represented NEC in joint ventures developing 3G and 4G global market products; working in various Systems, Consulting and development project management roles including Steering roles in LSTI and NGMN for early LTE Proof of Concept and Trials. He is the Innovation Manager for the 5G-PPP project 5G-NORMA.