Global Spectrum Series

Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of speakers who participated at this year's conference.

Speakers

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner, FCC

 

Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.

Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.

A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.

Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Congresswoman Doris Matsui

Co-Chair, Spectrum Working Group, House Energy and Commerce Committee

 

Congresswoman Doris Matsui has represented the city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas since 2005.  She was appointed to the exclusive House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2008, which holds jurisdiction over issues impacting the daily lives of every American.
 
As a Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Congresswoman Matsui helps to craft legislation and policy initiatives to address the most critical challenges facing the technology industry and our economy.  On issues such as spectrum policy, broadband adoption, cyber security, cloud computing and preserving an open Internet, she is a leader in Congress.

In her role as co-chair of the bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee Federal Spectrum Working Group, Congresswoman Matsui has introduced a number of bipartisan legislative proposals to bring new licensed and unlicensed spectrum to the marketplace for consumers and innovators.  In 2012, she first introduced bipartisan legislation to reallocate the 1755-1780MHz band paired with the AWS-3 spectrum band for commercial purposes.  As a result of her efforts and the collaboration between Congress and federal agencies these bands are scheduled for auction on November 13. 

Congresswoman Matsui also introduced bipartisan legislation to create a federal spectrum incentive system.  This legislation, the first of its kind, would allow participating government agencies access to a portion of the revenue from the auction of their relinquished spectrum, incentivizing them to free up additional spectrum for commercial use.  She has also introduced legislation to allow for unlicensed spectrum sharing in the 5GHz band.

In 2011, Congresswoman Matsui was selected to serve as co-chair of the Congressional High-Tech Caucus, a bipartisan caucus that is dedicated to leading conversations with the nation’s high tech leaders on a number of issues, including innovation and job creation.

After growing up in California's Central Valley, Congresswoman Matsui met her husband, the late Congressman Bob Matsui, while earning her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  During President Bill Clinton's first term in office, she served as one of eight members of the President's transition board.  She later served for six years as Deputy Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

Congresswoman Matsui has a son Brian Matsui and a daughter-in-law Amy Matsui.  She has two young grandchildren, Anna and Robby.

Gedeon Santos

Gedeon Santos

Chairman, COM/CITEL; & President, Indotel, Dominican Republic

 

Gedeón Santos was born on October 22, 1964, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Mr. Santos and his wife Ana Aurelia Báez Suberbí have three children: José Guillermo, Juan Carlos and Gedeón David. He is the author of: “The Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) against Poverty and aware of Globalization” and “Global System in Crisis”, as well as many other books related to Economics, Politics, and International Business.

Mr. Santos graduated from the “Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo” with a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and a Master in Economics and International Relations. He has been a college professor, a worldwide and local speaker in multiples events and former teacher of the Diplomatic and Consular School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic. As a journalist, he has been a columnist for several newspapers in which he has published dozens of research papers and general interest articles as well as a panelist and guest of many radio and television programs.

As a civil servant he held the positions of Vice Minister for economic and administrative affairs in Foreign Affairs Ministry during the period 1996-2000, deputy to the “Parlamento Centroamericano (PARLACEN)” from 2004 until 2013, and currently he is the President of “Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL)”. As a chairman of the board of Indotel, he is the chairman of the Permanent Executive Committee (COM/CITEL) for the period of 2014-2018.

As a politician he joined the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) at age 15 and has since occupied half leadership positions until become a member of the Central Committee and secretary head of Political Training of the Party. He has also been a member of the Secretariats of international affairs, press and advertising, manager and then director of the “Vanguardia del Pueblo” newspaper and founder of the Institute of Political Education Juan Bosch professor. In the past campaign he served as official spokesman for the candidate, as a team member of the government program committee and member of the communications strategy commission.

Luis  Lucatero

Luis Lucatero

Chief of Regulatory Policy, IFT Mexico

 

Luis Lucatero is the Chief of Regulatory Policy at the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico. In the last two years Mr. Lucatero lead a number of research projects that greatly influenced the depth and scope of the recent Telecommunications Constitutional Reform in Mexico. Among these projects is the creation of a nationwide nondiscriminatory wireless wholesaler using 90MHz in the 700MHz band. Prior to Mexico’s Constitutional Reform Mr. Lucatero led an international effort to accelerate the global adoption of the Asia Pacific band plan in 700MHz. This initiative was designed to trigger economies of scale for a market of nearly 4 billion subscribers under the same standard and thus set the basis for the viability of ultra-low-end smartphones close to 30USD. Mr. Lucatero studied physics at Hokkaido University in Japan, and did graduate studies of nonlinear optics at Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Hector Bude

Hector Bude

Chairman, CITEL Working Group for the Preparation for WRC-15

 

Hector Bude De Leon studied Electronics at Domingo Savio, a Salesian Institute in Montevideo and Engineering in the University of the Republic (UDELAR).

He has developed his work in the field of administration and management of the radio spectrum since 1991 when he joined the National Communications Authority (DNC), which in 2001 became the actual Communications Regulatory Agency (URSEC) of Uruguay.

For nearly two decades he was the Head of Radio Frequencies and today he is the Head of the Frequency Management Department and also is one the members of the Management Committee of URSEC.

Within the PCC.II of CITEL (Inter American Telecommunication Commission) he has been y several positions, including Vice-Chairman for the period 2010-2013 and Vice-Chairman of the Working Group for the Preparation for the Regional and World Radiocommunication Conference for the period 2008-2011.

Today he is the Vice-Chairman of PCC.II for the period 2014-2018 and the Chairman of the Working Group for the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference.

Daniel Duguay

Daniel Duguay

Director General of the Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch, Industry Canada

 

Mr. Duguay was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the University of Ottawa, completing his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Lauda). He completed a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University, in the area of Nanotechnology. Mr. Duguay furthered his academic career as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, developing mathematical models and statistical methodologies to support the design of degradation-resistant polyurethanes for medical devices and other applications.

Making a transition to the private sector, Mr. Duguay worked at Nortel Networks in various engineering, new product introduction and management roles associated with a range of products, including GaAs Semiconductors, Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) Filters, Advanced Phased-Array Radar and 10Gb high-speed optical modules. Mr. Duguay was then involved in a number of start-up firms in the area of advanced photonics and nanotechnology-based products. Building on his S&T and product-commercialization experience, Mr. Duguay was principal at c2iConsulting, which provided services for assessing the manufacturability of new products. Mr. Duguay has also been a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa, where he developed and taught a graduate level course in semiconductor manufacturing and nanotechnology.

In 2004, Mr. Duguay joined the Government of Canada as Program Manager for the Climate Change Action Plan, a program that supported the development of advanced technologies in the areas of energy, environment and climate change. In 2005, Mr. Duguay was called to support the workings of the Federal Government’s National Advisory Panel on Energy Science and Technology, a 10-member panel of prominent Canadian and international experts asked to identify Canada’s energy technology priorities and mechanisms for their support and commercialization.

In May 2006, Mr. Duguay joined the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada, where he helped support the launch of the Office. As its first Director of Strategic and Horizontal Policy, Mr. Duguay oversaw diverse policy issues including innovation and procurement, SMEs in public procurement, green procurement, aboriginal/minority suppliers, defence procurement and supply-chain issues.

Mr. Duguay joined Industry Canada in early 2008 as the Director of Science and Technology Policy, where he oversaw the development of S&T policies, as well as the monitoring of key S&T metrics in Canada. In late 2008, Mr Duguay was appointed to lead up the government’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy which provides the framework for using federal defence procurement to lever long-term industrial and regional development within Canada. During his tenure, Mr. Duguay oversaw the creation and implementation of the most substantive round of IRB Policy changes in the policy’s history – along with an overhaul of the policy’s operational framework.

Mr Duguay was appointed as the first Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Affairs, Communications Research Centre (CRC) Canada in March of 2012, where he supported the most substantive restructuring of the CRC in its history. As EVP, Dan was instrumental in the implementation of new corporate structures, enhanced business processes, as well as the development of a new R&D priorities and program framework. In early 2014, Dan was seconded to the engineering, planning and standards branch, where he led the development of recommendations to the Minister for the allocation of spectrum in support of new public safety broadband services in Canada.

Dan was appointment acting Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards, SITT, Industry Canda, in June 2014.

Mr. Duguay is an avid aikido practitioner, music photographer, and cyclist. He is married to Nicole and they have three children.

Gary Epstein

Gary Epstein

Head of Incentive Auction Task Force, FCC

 

On April 17, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski welcomed Gary Epstein back to the FCC as Senior Advisor and Chair of the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force.

Chairman Genachowski said, “I’m very pleased to welcome Gary back to the Commission. Gary is one of the country’s top experts on media and communications law and policy, with deep experience in the key areas needed for incentive auctions to succeed. I look forward to putting his management experience and substantive expertise to work as the Incentive Auction Task Force carries out its vital responsibilities to unleash more spectrum for mobile broadband and help address the looming spectrum crunch.”

Before rejoining the FCC, Epstein was the Managing Director and General Counsel of the Aspen Institute International Digital Economy Accords (IDEA) Project, a year-long project designed to identify ways to promote innovation, market access opportunities and promote the free flow of communications across borders on an open Internet.

Epstein was the founder and Global Chair of the Communications Practice Group of Latham & Watkins, a national and international law firm. For 25 years, he was the Global Chair of the Communications Practice Group. He founded and led the firm's Telecommunications Law Practice. His practice focused primarily on advising companies on United States regulations of telecommunications, satellite and broadcast providers. He also advised non-US governments and investors on privatizations and restructurings of telecom sectors. Epstein advised companies on such policies as US ownership restrictions and authorizations for international services.

Epstein also was team leader of the Economics and International Trade Team of President Barack Obama's Transition Team and as Executive Vice President of SkyTerra Communications, an advanced satellite company developing an integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network. Epstein also served as the Digital Television Coordinator and as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.

Epstein graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with highest honors. He graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD, with honors. He is married to Jeralyn Epstein and has two children.

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson

President, 4G Americas

 

Chris Pearson is the President of 4G Americas. In his role as the spokesperson and senior operating officer of the corporation, he is responsible for the strategic planning of the organization and providing executive management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing and public relations as well as public and regulatory affairs. As President of 4G Americas (formerly called 3G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents 4G Americas’ Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.

Mr. Pearson lead the organization from its inception as the GSM family of technologies market share grew from 10% to over 75% in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to 3G Americas from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic management of the technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.

Mr. Pearson has more than 23 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including Mobile World Congress, CTIA and 4G World.

Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.

Fernando Carrillo

Fernando Carrillo

Director General for Spectrum Planning, IFT Mexico; and, Vice Chair of the Permanent Consultative Committee II, CITEL

 

Fernando Carrillo was recently appointed as Director General for Spectrum Planning at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), the telecommunications and broadcasting regulator body in Mexico. Before such appointment he has occupied several senior positions at the IFT and at the former Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL). In these institutions he has served for the last 17 years.

His main duties involve the design of the spectrum policy in Mexico, as well as conduct the preparatory works towards the ITU World Radio Conferences.

Among the most relevant achievements in his career during his service at COFETEL/IFT are the following:

• Leader of the technical-regulatory team that prepared the study and report for the adoption of the APT band plan for the 700 MHz band in Mexico;

• The elaboration of the first integral study, diagnosis and action plan for the recovery and reassignment of IMT spectrum in Mexico.

• The elaboration of a study for the effective access to sites for the installation of base stations for the mobile service;

• Promoter of the new provisions that, due to the recent constitutional reform on telecommunications in Mexico, modernized and streamlined the domestic legal framework for licensing and regulation of radio spectrum and satellite communications.

• As national representative at the ITU World Radio Conferences of 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2012, the last two as Head of Delegation.

• As part of the negotiation team of multiple bilateral agreements and protocols with the USA for the shared use of frequency bands on the common border.

• Serviced as Chair of CITEL’s former Permanent Consultative Committee III- Radiocommunications, during the period 2001-2002.

Mr. Carrillo has a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering at the National an Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Pierre de Vries

Pierre de Vries

Co-Director, Spectrum Policy, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

 

Pierre de Vries is a Senior Adjunct Fellow and Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He researches the intersection between technology, commerce and government policy. His current work focuses on ways to maximize the value of radio operation, e.g. by clarifying the rights and responsibilities of wireless systems, and decentralizing spectrum management decisions.

De Vries was a Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Center of the University of Washington (Seattle) from 2007 to 2010, and served as a technology advisor on spectrum matters to Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington DC. He was a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles from 2006 to 2007.
Prior to this Dr de Vries worked at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA where he served variously as Chief of Incubation, Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Policy, and Director of User Experience Design. His work there included creating the company’s first integrated user experience design team, developing the Trustworthy Computing Framework, managing incubation projects in the office of the CTO, supervising the start-up of the European Microsoft Innovation Centre, and leading the company’s work on unlicensed spectrum policy. Previously, De Vries worked for Korda & Co, a London-based seed capital company and technology consultancy, where he advised corporations on the business impact of new technologies, evaluated venture capital investments, negotiated investments and relationships, and served on start-up boards.

He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford. He is named on six U.S. patents.

Charla Rath

Charla Rath

Vice President - Wireless Policy Development, Verizon Wireless

 

Charla Rath joined Verizon in January 2010 as Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, where she is engaged in the development of Verizon’s public policy positions on spectrum and other wireless issues. Previously, as Executive Director – Spectrum and Public Policy at Verizon Wireless, Charla worked with the company’s business development and network planning groups to address policy and regulatory issues related to the acquisition of spectrum.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Charla was Vice President – Strategic Affiliations, of NextWave Telecom Inc., where she established a business alliance of small carriers and coordinated advocacy on spectrum auction and financial issues. As Vice President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based telecommunications consulting firm, she advised governments and companies worldwide on a range of telecommunications structural, regulatory and business strategy issues.

Charla also served in the government as advisor to FCC Chairman Alfred C. Sikes on common carrier and spectrum policy issues and as a primary specialist in spectrum and internet policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Early in her career, she worked in both the United States and Europe on projects related to the impact of information technology on the financial and education sectors.

Charla has an MA in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University and a BSFS (Foreign Service) in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.

Gerry Oberst

Gerry Oberst

Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy, SES

 

Gerry Oberst is responsible for regulatory matters at SES, where his title is Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy. Gerry took this position after a long career as a partner in the Hogan Lovells law firm, in both Washington, DC, and Brussels. During his 30 years of private practice, Gerry advised many clients in the spectrum field as well as governmental agencies, including numerous projects for the European Commission. He is a prolific author and for twenty years wrote the global regulatory column for Via Satellite magazine. While in Brussels, he was the chairman of the European Satellite Action Plan Regulatory Group. He now works in Brussels and Luxembourg, and soon is moving to Washington, DC.

Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken

VP Advanced Technology, Sinclair

 

Mark Aitken has served as Vice President / Advanced Technology since July 2011 and prior to that, he served as Director of Advanced Technology. Mr. Aitken is Chairman of the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) TSG/S4 (Mobile DTV standardization activity) and has been involved in the broadcast industry's migration to advanced services since 1987 with his participation in the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Mobile 500 Alliance, an industry organization focused on developing the Mobile DTV "ecosystem." Mr. Aitken is also a member of the NAB TV Technology Committee, which is focused on the broader technical issues of our industry. Prior to joining Sinclair, Mr. Aitken held various positions with the Comark Communications, Inc. division of Thomson Broadcast formerly known as Thomcast, including Manager of the Systems Engineering, Radio Frequency (RF) Engineering and Sales Engineering groups, as well as Director of Marketing and Sales Support which included DTV Strategic Planning responsibilities. Mr. Aitken is currently a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. He is the author of many papers dealing with innovative RF product developments, advanced digital television systems design and related implementation strategies. He holds patents for various RF devices and was a recipient of the "Broadcasting and Cable" Technology Leadership Award in 2008.

Robert Yates

Robert Yates

Co-President , LYA International Inc.

 

Mr. Yates has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry and is an expert in spectrum auctions, licensing, spectrum license valuation, telecom and licensing policy and regulation as well as wireless and network technologies.

Mr. Yates has developed a unique approach for business case development including network models driving spectrum usage based on subscriber demand characteristics. He has participated in many spectrum licensing processes, developed auction strategy, bidding tactics, including game analysis, valued licenses and assessed the financial viability of mobile and fixed wireless services. Since 2003, he has supported bidders for their entire spectrum auction process, from the initial public consultation to auction training and preparation, simulations and mock auctions, bid room support and post auction review.

Mr. Yates is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platform and LYA’s Auction Management Tools. Recent auction projects have included preparation for major CCA auctions as well as a very large SMRA auction, leveraging the unique abilities of LYA’s Auction Platform.

Mr. Yates’s international experience involves mobile licensing and spectrum auctions in addition to investment due diligence reviews in Asia and Latin America as well as in the US and Canada.

Mr. Yates holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, both from Toronto University as well as an MBA from Concordia University.

Preston Padden

Preston Padden

Executive Director, Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition

 

Preston Padden had a 38 year career in the media business holding the following positions: Assistant General Counsel, Metromedia; President, The Association of Independent Television Stations; President, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; Chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); President, ABC Television Network; and Executive Vice-President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Padden worked directly for leading industry CEO’s including Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger. He also served on the Boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America. In his career Mr. Padden helped to launch the Fox Broadcast Network, secured waivers of multiple Federal regulations for News Corporation (including a waiver of the Federal Statute prohibiting foreign entities from owning U.S. broadcast stations) and secured legislation extending by 20 years the term of U.S. copyrights.

From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Padden served as an Adjunct Professor of Communications Law at the University Of Colorado and as a Senior Fellow at the Law School’s Silicon Flatirons Center.

Currently, Mr. Padden serves as the Executive Director of the “Expanding Opportunities For Broadcasters Coalition”. And Mr. Padden serves on the Advisory Board of Grotech Ventures, a private equity investment firm.

Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez

Director of Operations & Engineering, KJLA-TV

 

Eddie Hernandez has held key positions in the broadcasting industry for 22 years. Currently Managing Operations and Engineering for 3 broadcast channels in the Los Angeles DMA. KJLA is a multilingual, multicultural television station. KJLA is the flagship station for the LATV Network, a national entertainment network serving U.S. born Latinos, which is distributed via digital multicast services in over 45 markets. In addition to their primary channels, two of which are HD, KJLA, KXLA and KVMD presently carry up to 11 additional SD programs each of multicast multilingual content. All are carried in Los Angeles and surrounding counties on approximately 2.8 million cable homes and 2 million DBS satellite homes, in addition to operating over the air.

Paige Atkins

Paige Atkins

Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Planning and Policy, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA

 

Paige Atkins is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Planning and Policy, Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Ms. Atkins leads OSM’s efforts for international spectrum policy, strategic planning, and spectrum affairs and information programs. Prior to joining NTIA, she was the Vice President of Cyber and Information Technology Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, where she led a broad portfolio of research, to include efforts to mature and demonstrate spectrum sharing approaches and technologies. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Atkins served as Director for Strategic Planning and Information, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), leading the development and execution of resourcing strategies, business practices and strategic alliances to provide enhanced information and communications capabilities and services to our nation’s warfighters and national leadership. She joined DISA in 2006 as the Director of the Defense Spectrum Organization. In that role, she provided executive leadership to DoD’s center of excellence for electromagnetic spectrum engineering and management, policy development, information systems, modeling and simulation, and operations support. Prior to DISA, Ms. Atkins served in several industry and government leadership and engineering roles within Cisco Systems, Inc., Scitor Corporation, the DoD Joint Spectrum Center and Gould Ocean Systems Division. In 2011 Ms. Atkins was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and has been hand selected to support multiple Defense Science and Business Boards addressing spectrum management challenges and opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in engineering administration from George Washington University.

Brent Skorup

Brent Skorup

Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

 

Brent Skorup is a research fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research topics include radio spectrum rights, antitrust, new media regulation, and telecommunications.

His work informs policymakers, scholars, and the public about technology issues and he has authored pieces for law reviews, The New York Times, WIRED, Re/code, Reason, and elsewhere. In addition, he has provided expert commentary for news outlets including C-SPAN, CNN Money, Meet the Press, and The Washington Post.

Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law. He was formerly the Director of Research at the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, a law and economics research center.

Jonathan Spalter

Jonathan Spalter

Chair, Mobile Future

 

Jonathan Spalter, Chair of Mobile Future, the U.S. mobile technology association which focuses significantly on spectrum management policy, has been chief executive in technology and internet companies based in the U.S. and Europe, and has served as a senior national security and technology official in the United States Government.

Spalter was CEO of Snocap, the digital music licensing and company founded by the creators of Napster. Spalter has also held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the Fortune 100 global media, telecommunications, and entertainment group, where he was CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide, Executive Vice President for Business Development and Strategy at VivendiUniversal Net, and Group Senior Vice President for External Affairs.

During the Clinton/Gore Administration, Spalter was confirmed by the US Senate to the position of associate director of the US Information Agency, where he also was appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as the director of public affairs for the National Security Council staff, and chief international affairs spokesman and speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, and as special assistant to the Under Secretary for Policy at the Defense Department.

He was graduated from Harvard College with high honors, and completed graduate studies in international relations at Cambridge University.

He lives in Berkeley, California.

Erin Fitzgerald

Erin Fitzgerald

Associate, Bennet & Bennet PLLC

 

Erin Fitzgerald joined Bennet & Bennet PLLC in 2013, and assists clients with wireline, wireless and broadband issues. Prior to joining the firm, Erin was an associate attorney in Washington, DC where she represented clients in the video, satellite, wireline and wireless sectors in litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. She has worked on issues regarding Universal Service Fund reform, Lifeline service, E-Rate, Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, network neutrality, service quality requirements and E-911 requirements. Before going to law school, Erin was a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad. As a Senate staffer, Erin worked on rural policy issues and was responsible for the Senator’s telecommunications agenda.

Johanne Lemay

Johanne Lemay

Co-President , LYA International Inc.

 

Johanne Lemay is Co-President of LYA International Inc. (LYA). She is a recognised expert in telecommunications and broadcasting ranging from the development of strategy and business plans, to due diligence, market research, spectrum valuation, spectrum licensing and spectrum auctions.

Ms. Lemay is actively involved in consultations for the development of public policy in telecommunications and broadcasting. She has acted as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings on numerous occasions. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on the evolution of television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband infrastructure and regulatory framework for MVNOs.

Ms. Lemay’s international experience includes leading mandates on spectrum licensing and auctions as well as investment due diligence in mobile services and broadband networks in countries ranging from Europe, Latin America, Asia to US and Canada.

Ms. Lemay also provides strategy seminars and auction workshops to both private and public clients including telecommunications regulatory agencies in Europe, Canada and the US. She is also co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platform.

Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics Degree from Laval University (Quebec City) and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal).

Scott J. Wallsten

Scott J. Wallsten

Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

 

Scott Wallsten is vice president for research and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and public policy. His research focuses on telecommunications, regulation, competition, and technology policy. His research has been published in numerous academic journals and his commentaries have appeared in newspapers and news magazines around the world. He holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

He is also a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. He was the economics director for the FCC's National Broadband Plan and has been a lecturer in Stanford University’s public policy program, director of communications policy studies and senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a senior fellow at the AEI – Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, an economist at The World Bank, a scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a staff economist at the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Darrin Mylet

Darrin Mylet

Business Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Adaptrum

 

Mr. Mylet joined Adaptrum, a Silicon Valley-based startup exploring the applications of proprietary implementations of cognitive radio for use in wireless services and applications, in 2009. Mr. Mylet has been working globally with regulators and early adopters of TV white space policy and technology implementation.

Mr. Mylet was with Cantor Fitzgerald in 2003-2009. Mr. Mylet worked globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of (wireless) radio spectrum frequency. Started the Cantor Spectrum Exchange, the first real time spectrum management and trading exchange. Co-developed the business and technology platform for Cantor Gaming, the first commercial mobile wireless system at the Venetian Casino Hotel in Las Vegas in 2009..

Prior to joining Cantor-Fitzgerald, Mr. Mylet was with Radiant Networks, a U.K. based pioneer in “physical mesh” broadband wireless equipment vendor, where he was VP Sales & Marketing-Americas from 2000-2003.

Prior to this position, Mr. Mylet was an executive with MFS/Worldcom/MCI from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Mylet was with GTE Corporation (now Verizon).

Mr. Mylet served two Terms (2010/11-Obama) and (2009/10-Bush) for the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee administered by NTIA and was Chairperson of the Spectrum Transparency Subcommittee. NTIA advises the White House on Spectrum and Broadband Policy.

B.A. Economics Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Graham Louth

Graham Louth

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Aetha Consulting is delighted to announce the further expansion of its business and service offering with the arrival of Graham Louth as a new Partner.

Graham brings with him a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from over 20 years working in the telecoms sector: originally as a leading advisor to operators and regulators on issues such as universal service costing, interconnect price setting, retail price control, margin squeeze analysis, and market reviews (including the development and use of top-down and bottom-up, fully allocated and incremental cost models); more recently as Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom (the UK’s electronic communications regulator) in which role he has been responsible for many of the most significant developments in spectrum policy, including the introduction of spectrum trading and liberalisation, refinement of spectrum pricing, auctioning of key spectrum bands, including the UK’s 4G auction of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, and the regulatory review of various mobile network sharing and merger agreements.

Winston Caldwell

Winston Caldwell

Vice President, Spectrum Engineering, Advanced Engineering, Fox Networks Group

 

Winston Caldwell received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over eighteen years of electrical engineering experience, specializing in RF propagation, wireless communications, and antenna design.  He is the Vice President of Spectrum Engineering in the Fox Networks Advanced Engineering Group.  In the past, he has served as a Systems Engineer in the computer industry with EMC Corporation and as a Senior Data Systems and Telemetry Engineer in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company. He has been involved with the evaluation and development of new broadcasting opportunities, such as mobile TV and single frequency networks. To facilitate his up-to-date knowledge and understanding in the changing world of frequency spectrum technologies and policies, he is an active participant in the ITU, IEEE, NAB, NABA, and SMPTE.  His expertise has been utilized in the determination of compatibility requirements between the established broadcasting services and unlicensed TV band, ultra-wideband, power-line transmission, and IMT-Advanced devices. His broadcast antenna designs are currently in service at several of the Fox Networks owned and operated TV stations.

Jim Kohlenberger

Jim Kohlenberger

President, JK Strategies

 

Jim Kohlenberger is a former White House senior policy advisor to two U.S. Presidents and is President of JK Strategies- a public policy consulting practice. Most recently, Kohlenberger served as Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he helped craft the President’s innovation strategy, advanced policies to help spur a mobile broadband revolution through spectrum reform, worked to secure cyberspace, helped put the U.S. space program on a bold new course for the future and sought to harness innovation to advance economic growth and opportunity for all Americans. He also served 8 years in the Clinton White House as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President where he helped advance pragmatic telecommunications, Internet, space and innovation policies – including helping to connect every classroom to the Internet. He has also served as executive director of jobs4america – a coalition of companies creating 100,000 new broadband enabled jobs over 2 years, and served as executive director of the “Voice on the Net” or VON Coalition – a coalition of high-tech companies focused on advancing technologies that improve communications over the Internet. 

John Kuzin

John Kuzin

Senior Director - Government Affairs - Regulatory, Qualcomm

 

John Kuzin is Senior Director, Regulatory, in Qualcomm Incorporated’s Washington DC office. He represents Qualcomm on communications matters before the FCC and on other technology issues before other federal and state agencies. John works closely with Qualcomm’s business units and research and development teams to craft the company’s regulatory strategy.

Prior to joining Qualcomm in March 2010, John worked for more than a decade in Wiley Rein LLP’s communications practice in Washington, DC, representing clients before the FCC and state commissions on a broad collection of licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum and wireline matters. While at Wiley Rein, John also litigated complex technology and intellectual property cases in federal and state courts. Following law school, John worked for the Weil Gotshal & Manges firm in New York City on patent litigation matters.

In addition to his legal training, John is an electrical engineer, having worked for six years as a project manager and a systems engineer for Bell Communications Research (“Bellcore,” now known as Telcordia Technologies). John holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from Cooper Union, an M.S.E. from Princeton University, a J.D. from New York University Law School, and he is a registered patent attorney.

Leonel E.  Hochman

Leonel E. Hochman

Analyst – Strategic Planning Area, Engineering Management, CNC Argentina

 

Mr. Leonel Hochman works in the Strategic Planning Area at the “Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)” of Argentina. During the last year, Mr. Leonel Hochman has researched the technical aspects of LTE in order to regulate and make progress in the deployment of this technology and 4G mobile services in Argentina. Furthermore, Mr. Hochman has been involved in the studies addressed to estimate the potential interference between IMT and Digital Television systems within the UHF bands. The results of these studies have been dealt at the meetings of ITU JTG 4-5-6-7. He also attended and made some contributions to ITU’s Working Party 1B and Study Group 1, both of them related to spectrum management issues.

Formerly, Mr. Leonel Hochman worked in the Broadcast Area at CNC, as a member of the group which wrote ISDB-T technical standards body adopted in Argentina, among other tasks. He had served the Spectrum Egineering working team between 2004 and 2010, leading the analysis and development of antenna mathematical models and regulatory standards.

Mr. Leonel Hochman holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from “Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)” since 2004, where he is teaching “Analog and Digital Communications” since 2003. Currently, Mr. Hochman is doing a post graduate course in Telecommunications Engineering at “Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA)”, waiting for the approval of his Thesis in Micorwave Antennas to get the Master degree.

Scott Blake Harris

Scott Blake Harris

Chair, FCC's Advisory Committee for WRC-15

 

Scott Blake Harris is the Chairman of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. He has practiced law in Washington D.C. for thirty-eight years, and has had extensive communications, technology, energy, administrative, litigation, trade and national security law experience.

Mr. Harris also serves on three Federal Advisory Committees. He is Chair of the FCC’s Advisory Committee for the 2015 World Radio Conference (WRC), a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Policy, and a member of the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

Mr. Harris re-joined the firm in May 2014, having left in 2009 to accept an appointment to serve as General Counsel of the United States Department of Energy. At DOE, he began the first systematic enforcement of the Department’s energy efficiency regulations, coordinated that effort with the EPA’s Energy Star program, and created the Department’s enforcement office. He also changed DOE’s rulemaking process to allow more public access and greater transparency, and played a key role in the DOE’s efforts to tackle the legal and policy issues raised by the implementation of smart grid technologies. While in the Administration, Mr. Harris also served as Co-Chair of the Broadband Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council. He previously served in government from 1993 to 1996, serving as the first Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, and as Chief Counsel for Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Before his most recent government service, Mr. Harris was the Managing Partner of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis from the founding of the firm in 1998 until his departure in 2009. Since 2009, he has also served as Vice President and General Counsel of Neustar, Inc., and as Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. At Neustar, Mr. Harris was responsible for the technology company’s legal, policy, communications, corporate marketing, and corporate social responsibility functions. He has also been a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was Chair of the communications practice, and at Williams & Connolly, where began his career as a litigator. Early in his career he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard A. Gesell on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Harris has a long history of involvement in the legal and policy communities. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech’s Center for Wireless Communications, Chairman of the FCC Advisory Committee for the 1997 WRC, Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Information Technology and Foreign Policy, a Trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation, Co-Chair of the FCBA’s International, Online, Legislative, and Seminar Committees, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center.

Mr. Harris has received many honors during his legal career. He was honored as a “Visionary” by the Legal Times, and has received awards for Distinguished Service from the Federal Communications Bar Association, for Outstanding Service from the National Association of State Energy Officials, and for Special Achievement from the Chairman of the FCC. He has also received the Marconi-Bell Award from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers. Mr. Harris is regularly ranked among the top lawyers in Washington, DC and nationally by trade publications and the various services that list top lawyers from around the world.

Alexandre Jobim

Alexandre Jobim

President, International Association of Broadcasting

 

Alexandre K. Jobim is a lawyer specialist in constitution and communication law, especially in broadcast issues and freedom of expression. He has a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) by University of Texas. Legal counsel of the Brazilian Association of Broadcasting (ABERT). In the International Association of Broadcasting - IAB, he was Chairman of Legal Committee and Copyrights Committee and since 2000 he represents the in many events such as the Internet Governance Forum; all preparatory meetings and the Geneve and Tunis summits of the World Summit on Information Society and; World Economic Media Forum – WEMF. In October 2013 he was elected President of IAB.

Veena Rawat

Veena Rawat

Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA

 

Dr. Rawat is currently working with GSMA as their Senior Spectrum Advisor. She is internationally known for her knowledge and expertise in spectrum management, regulatory matters and ICT technologies. She has chaired over 50 ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and Citel Committees including Chairmanship of WRC 2003 for which ITU awarded her a gold medal. She was also Canada’s nominee for the position of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU in 2010.

From April 2011 to Nov 2013, Dr. Rawat worked as VP and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. This role included representation of BlackBerry's interests in ITU at executive level for issues dealing with spectrum for mobile broadband, network and mobile device security, environmental issues related to mobile devices including e-Waste, Eco rating, among others.

Before joining BlackBerry, during 2004-2011, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies (e.g., Wireless, optical, broadcasting and satellite networks) except cable.

Dr. Rawat came to CRC after spending 28 years at Industry Canada, where she held executive positions managing programs related to radio frequency spectrum engineering for all wireless and space communication services.

Dr. Rawat has had many "firsts" in her career, starting from first female PhD ever in 1973 in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Kingston, ON, to being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU's highest level meeting WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003. Dr. Rawat has been keynote and invited speaker, panelist and moderator for over 100 conferences and events dealing with technology trends, wireless technologies, radio spectrum matters, and Canadian S&T matters.

From her long list of national and international awards and recognitions, some key ones are the Officer of the Order of Canada, second highest civilian award in the country, IEEE’s Public Service in Telecommunications award, the Public Service Award of Excellence from the Canadian Government, Canadian Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100, and Woman of the Year award by Canadian Women in Communications.

Brett Tarnutzer

Brett Tarnutzer

Assistant Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Incentive Auction Program Manager, FCC

 

Mr. Tarnutzer is currently Assistant Chief in the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Bureau and the Program Manager for the FCC’s incentive auction program. He is one of the principle designers and managers of the first-ever two-sided auction of spectrum licenses seeking to repurpose broadcast television spectrum licenses for wireless broadband licenses to fill the growing demand for mobile data. He has worked in telecommunications policy, both in the public and private sectors, since 1993 when he got his Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Science Management and Policy from Northwestern University.

Rick Kaplan

Rick Kaplan

Executive Vice-President, Strategic Planning, National Association of Broadcasters

 

Rick Kaplan is the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a position he assumed in October 2012. In that role, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for developing and advancing NAB’s spectrum policy positions and its innovation agenda.

Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Kaplan served in a number of leadership capacities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During his three-plus years at the FCC, Mr. Kaplan was the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Chief Counsel to Chairman Julius Genachowski, and Chief of Staff and Media Advisor to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. As Bureau Chief, Mr. Kaplan helped create and implement policies that maximized the use of underutilized spectrum and promoted meaningful competition in the wireless industry. For example, Mr. Kaplan helped spearhead the agency’s renewed attempt to free up a sizable chunk of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz WCS band, which had laid fallow for well over a decade, and the FCC’s efforts to convert spectrum in the 2 GHz S-Band from mobile satellite to terrestrial broadband use. Mr. Kaplan also played a leading role at the FCC in reviewing nearly every major transaction brought before the agency during Chairman Genachowski’s tenure. These included Comcast/NBCU, AT&T/T-Mobile, AT&T/Qualcomm, DISH/DBSD & TerreStar, and Verizon Wireless/SpectrumCo & Cox.

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kaplan managed the Commission’s overall policy agenda, and was responsible for policy coordination among each of the Bureaus and Offices. During that time, Mr. Kaplan worked with Congress on the passage of its groundbreaking incentive auction legislation, negotiated a resolution to the nearly decade-old TV white spaces proceeding, brought to decision rules requiring wireless carriers to offer data roaming on commercially reasonable terms, and helped navigate an evolution in the retransmission consent marketplace, ensuring that the government did not unnecessarily interfere with private market negotiations.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Kaplan practiced appellate litigation and regulatory law at Sidley Austin LLP, and served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives. At the U.S. House, Mr. Kaplan helped orchestrate the Judiciary Committee’s successful and historic litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to obtain documents and testimony from White House officials in the face of claims of executive privilege. Mr. Kaplan began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kaplan founded and operated a sports management and public relations agency that represented and served professional athletes and sports-related organizations. Kaplan earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review, and undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

John Leibovitz

John Leibovitz

Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy, FCC

 

John Leibovitz is Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, where he plays an instrumental role in driving spectrum and wireless policy for the agency. Mr. Leibovitz was the spectrum team lead in the creation of the National Broadband Plan, which outlined a comprehensive spectrum strategy for the United States. As Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau, he is responsible for implementing this strategy and other strategic wireless policies.

Mr. Leibovitz oversees the Broadband and Mobility divisions within the Wireless Bureau. These two divisions consist of approximately 100 attorneys, engineers, and other professionals who administer a wide range of wireless services. These include bands used by the cellular industry, microwave backhaul, and numerous other wireless services. Mr. Leibovitz also leads many interactions with other Bureaus and federal agencies on strategic spectrum matters.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Leibovitz worked on the Presidential Transition Team, where he helped to launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group. Before that, he worked as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant in telecom with an emphasis on the wireless sector. He started his business career with McKinsey & Company in New York.

Mr. Leibovitz has written about technology and communications policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He received his B.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he received the prize for the best student note in the Yale Law Journal.

MG Robert Wheeler

MG Robert Wheeler

Deputy CIO for C4 and Information Infrastructure Capabilities, Department of Defence

 

Major General Robert E. Wheeler is currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure (DCIO for C4IIC).

General Wheeler was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. A command pilot with more than 5,000 hours in multiple aircrafts. His staff assignments include air campaign analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency, member of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Operations Group (CX), Headquarters U.S. Air Force and division chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding European security issues. He has also been the senior military adviser to the U.S. Mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The general was previously the J3N, Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, NE. In this capacity, he is the principal adviser to the commander on issues pertaining to strategic deterrence and nuclear operations. He served as the command's principal flag officer responsible for management and oversight of the nuclear enterprise. He has previously commanded the 325th Bomb Squadron and 509th Operations Group at Whiteman AFB. He commanded the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., where he was responsible for providing B-52 aircraft, aircrews and associated support personnel and resources to conduct global bomber operational taskings. He also commanded the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo where he was responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force's only B-2 wing and provided logistics support for the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing; Missouri Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit; and the Navy Reserve Maritime Expeditionary Security Division 13.

Simon Edkins

Simon Edkins

Senior Economist, Copenhagen Economics

 

Simon is a Senior Economist and Leader of the Auctions Service at Copenhagen Economics. Simon advises both bidders and regulatory authorities in the preparation and execution of spectrum auctions. As an experienced telecommunications expert specialised in spectrum auctions and spectrum management, he has extensive experience with leading, challenging and facilitating the development of coherent and actionable business plans for spectrum acquisition and technology evolution. As a consultant, Simon combines his strong grounding in economic theory, business planning / modelling principles, and strategy development with the required pragmatism to distil complicated issues into robust plans and results. He has strong programming and quantitative analysis skills and is a certified project manager. Simon has been a key member of bidding teams in many recent  high value spectrum auctions. Prior to joining Copenhagen Economics, Simon was a Senior Manager in the Spectrum Strategy and Economic Analysis team at Orange Group and holds a 1st Class Degree in Economics and Business Administration.

Howard Symons

Howard Symons

Vice Chair, FCC Incentive Auction Task Force

 

Howard J. Symons is Vice Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force. He was named to that position by Chairman Tom Wheeler in January 2014, when he joined Task Force Chair Gary Epstein in the management of the Commission’s implementation of the first-ever incentive auction.

Mr. Symons has been working in telecommunications in both the public and private sectors for more than thirty years. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, he was the Chair of the Communications practice at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Before coming to the firm, he served as Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1978 to 1981, he was a staff attorney with the public interest organization founded by Ralph Nader, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Mr. Symons has also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s National Law Center, where he taught a course in telecommunications law and regulation.

Mr. Symons graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Blaise Scinto

Blaise Scinto

Chief of Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

 

Blaise Scinto is Chief of the Broadband Division in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She develops policy and rules to facilitate rapid, widespread deployment of wireless broadband services, and oversees the licensing and administration of these services. Ms. Scinto has managed several notable initiatives in the past several years, including developing service rules for several AWS bands and the 600 MHz band, modernizing rules governing wireless backhaul services, and beginning an examination of the use of higher frequency bands to support mobile services.

Ms. Scinto has been Broadband Division Chief since 2008, and previously served in other leadership positions within the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the former Common Carrier Bureau (now the Wireline Competition Bureau). Ms. Scinto joined the FCC in 1995, and has worked on issues including spectrum policy, transactions, licensing, competition, and consumer concerns. Previously, Ms. Scinto was an associate with the Washington office of Winston & Strawn. Prior to attending law school, she worked for National Public Radio. Her B.A. in History and J.D. are from the University of Virginia.

Preston Marshall

Preston Marshall

Wireless Networking, Google

 

Dr. Preston F. Marshall is Principal Wireless Architect for Google Access, and is responsible for spectrum access technology for Google Access. His roles include the Technical Project Manager for Google’s Spectrum Access System, initially targeted at spectrum sharing in 3.55 GHz. He is active in research and development of evolving networking concepts, wireless, cognitive radio and networking technologies, and supporting spectrum policy and technology. He is heavily involved in the wireless technology and policy, including participation in the 2012 PCAST Spectrum Study, serving as the technical witness during the US House hearings on the PCAST recommendations, and in the process of evolving spectrum sharing policies and regulation.

Before joining Google, he was Deputy Director of the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of University of Southern California, and a Research Professor at USC’s in Electrical Engineering. For seven years, he was Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for many of the DARPA Wireless, Cognitive Radio, and networking programs.

Dr. Marshall has written numerous articles, books and chapters on the subject of cognitive radio and spectrum issues. He is author of “Quantitative Analysis of Cognitive Radio and Network Performance” (2010) by ARTECH House and the recently released “Scalability, Density, Decision-Making in Cognitive Wireless Networks” (2013) by Cambridge University Press.

Kimberly Baum

Kimberly Baum

Director, Americas, GVF Satellite Spectrum Initiative

 

Kimberly Baum currently works for SES in Washington, DC as the Vice President of Spectrum Management & Development for the Americas region. Her team is responsible for coordination of SES satellites serving the Americas, providing technical support for licensing of SES spacecraft, supporting diverse business development and sales opportunities, and defining & executing strategy on complex ITU issues affecting the satellite industry. Prior to joining SES, Ms. Baum held regulatory positions at Motorola, Inc., SES Americom, Inc. and Astrolink International, LLC. Ms. Baum also served in the Federal Communication Commission from 1994 to 2000, where she was spokesperson and lead advocate for the United States in international meetings on broadcasting satellite issues. Ms. Baum earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and George Washington University, respectively.

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Whitespace Subject Matter Expert, LS telcom

 

Robert currently works with LS telcom AG, a German company which delivers spectrum management solutions, consultancy, and hardware solutions to over 90 regulators and operators worldwide. Robert coordinates LS telcoms’ project as one of the FCC approved whitespace database administrators in the USA and on whitespace projects and strategy throughout the world. Robert was a former director at Ofcom, the spectrum and media regulator in the United Kingdom, responsible for spectrum interference investigation, enforcement, spectrum monitoring, and regulatory compliance. After leaving Ofcom Robert established his own consultancy company, Erkmar Ltd., which has worked with regulators and manufacturers worldwide in developing regulatory policy, marketing policy for spectrum related services, strategy development, market access, product development, and senior management consultancy support. Robert has an MBA and is based in the United Kingdom.

Nese Guendelsberger

Nese Guendelsberger

Deputy Chief, International Bureau, FCC

 

Nese Guendelsberger is the Deputy Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau. Previously, Ms. Guendelsberger served as the Chief of the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also worked in the Wireline Competition Bureau and in the Wireless Bureau’s former Auctions and Industry Analysis Division.

Prior to joining the FCC in 2000, Ms. Guendelsberger taught law at the University of Baltimore and the University of Ankara and was a consultant on international law matters. Ms. Guendelsberger has an LL.M. from the University of Michigan as well as law degrees from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the University of Ankara.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown

Senior Director, Technology and Spectrum Policy, Cisco

 

Mary L. Brown is Senior Director for Technology and Spectrum Policy in Cisco’s Washington DC Government Affairs office where she covers a wide range of public policy issues. She leads Cisco’s global public policy agenda for wireless technologies and spectrum policy.

During her career, she has worked as a consultant, as in-house regulatory counsel for a major carrier, and for approximately 10 years as a staff lawyer and manager at the Federal Communications Commission. She has been with Cisco for 10 years. In addition to telecommunications issues, she has substantial experience in Internet law and policy.

Ms. Brown holds a J.D. with honors from the Syracuse College of Law, and a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Steve Sharkey

Steve Sharkey

Chief Engineering and Technology Policy, Federal Regulatory, T-Mobile

 

Steve Sharkey is Director, Chief Engineering and Technology Policy in T-Mobile’s Government Affairs office in Washington, DC. He has overall responsibility for technical policy agenda and manages a team of technical experts to achieve the company’s policy goals. A priority focus is policies that ensure T-Mobile has access to sufficient spectrum as it deploys the next generation of broadband services.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, he was Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy in Motorola’s Global Government Affairs office in Washington, DC where he had overall responsibility for the company’s global regulatory and advocacy efforts. Efforts were primarily focused on policies related to spectrum management and broadband deployment and use, including working with U.S. regulators, the ITU, and other regional bodies to implement a long-term vision to facilitate a global framework for broadband growth and public safety. He managed a global technical, regulatory, and advocacy team that included expertise in a wide variety of spectrum, technology, and trade related issues.

Prior to joining Motorola, Sharkey was the lead technical representative for the Washington, DC office of AirTouch Communications. In this capacity, he worked on a number of spectrum and mandate related issues, including CALEA, TTY, and location based initiatives. Prior to AirTouch, he served in a variety of roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including in the Office of Engineering and Technology, where one of his responsibilities was as an alternative liaison representative to the IRAC, and as Chief, Satellite Engineering Branch in the International Bureau.

Sharkey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Otavio Caixeta

Otavio Caixeta

Chief of Staff, Secretary of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Brazil

 

Mr. Otavio Caixeta, an electrical engineer by training, is the chief of staff for the Secretary of Telecommunications at the Brazilian Ministry of Communications, where he has worked for the past 5 years. In this position he works to develop policies for increased telecommunications penetration and quality,. Prior to joining the Ministry, he developed software for telecommunications testing equipment.

Scott Bergmann

Scott Bergmann

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

 

Scott K. Bergmann is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for CTIA – The Wireless Association®, where he is responsible for coordinating regulatory issues for the association affecting the wireless industry, including broadband, universal service, and spectrum policymaking. Mr. Bergmann previously served for over 10 years at the Federal Communications Commission in a wide range of positions, including Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division. Mr. Bergmann received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Moderators

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

CEO, Coleago Consulting

 

Stefan Zehle, MBA, (CEO) Stefan is a co-founder of Coleago, was a Director Strategy, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs of a mobile operator. With 28 years telecoms experience, he is an expert in telecoms marketing strategy, spectrum valuation, and business planning.  Stefan was responsible for many successful mobile licence bids and spectrum auctions and worked in 40 countries in developed and emerging markets.  Stefan holds an MBA with distinction.  Co-author of the Economist’s Guide to Business Planning.

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

 

With a team based in New York City and London, but working around the world, Mr. Marsden’s practice focuses on the design of allocation mechanisms, including:
· auctions and trading design;
· bidding strategy; and
· related competition, pricing, regulatory and public policy.

His work spans multiple industries, including broadcasting, energy, mobile telephony, procurement, radio spectrum and transport.

Many of Mr. Marsden’s recent projects have involved auction design, software implementation and/or bidder support related to the current wave of spectrum awards worldwide. Since 1999, he has provided strategy advice to leading incumbent operators and aspiring entrants in more than 35 spectrum auctions. He was also a lead member of the design team that developed and implemented the combinatorial clock auction, the first practical multi-round package bid format for awarding radio spectrum.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Marsden spent 10 years as Director and Managing Consultant at DotEcon, where he was responsible for business development for auctions, public policy, and strategy projects. He managed the project teams supporting the UK regulator Ofcom on digital dividend policy and UK spectrum auctions between 2005 and 2010. He also completed major studies for the European Commission on the allocation of the digital dividend and on spectrum trading and liberalization.

Mr. Marsden presents and publishes frequently on the topics of auctions, the communications industry, and spectrum management and allocation. He is the co-author of a book on broadband regulation (Springer, 2005). He is also an advisor to Forum Global on Spectrum Management conferences in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach

Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach

Senior Vice President & Co-Chair, Communications, Media, and Internet Practice, NERA Economic Consulting

 

Dr. Eisenach is a Senior Vice President and Co-Chair of NERA's Communications, Media, and Internet Practice. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School, where he teaches Regulated Industries, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Previously, Dr. Eisenach served in senior policy positions at the US Federal Trade Commission and the White House Office of Management and Budget, and on the faculties of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. Eisenach's consulting practice focuses on economic analysis of competition, regulatory, and consumer protection issues. He has submitted expert reports and testified in litigation matters, as well as in regulatory proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, several state public utility commissions, and regulatory bodies in Australia, Canada, and South America. He has also testified before the US Congress on multiple occasions. In 2006 he served as an expert witness for the US Department of Justice in ACLU v. Gonzalez, the landmark litigation on the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act.
Dr. Eisenach writes extensively on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He is the author or co-author of a number of books, including The Digital Economy Fact Book, The Telecom Revolution: An American Opportunity, and America's Fiscal Future: Controlling the Federal Deficit in the 1990s. In addition, he has edited or co-edited five books, including Communications Deregulation and FCC Reform: What Comes Next? and Competition, Innovation and the Microsoft Monopoly: Antitrust in the Digital Marketplace. His articles have appeared in a range of scholarly journals as well as in such popular outlets as Forbes, Investors Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times.

Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Eisenach was a managing director and principal at Navigant Economics, and before that he served as Chairman of Empiris LLC, Criterion Economics, and CapAnalysis, LLC. Among his other previous affiliations, Dr. Eisenach has served as President and Senior Fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation; as a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Hudson Institute; as a consultant to the US Sentencing Commission (on corporate sentencing guidelines); and as a member of the 1980-81 Reagan-Bush Transition Team on the Federal Trade Commission, the 2000-2001 Bush-Cheney Transition Team on the Federal Communications Commission, the Virginia Governor's Commission on E-Communities, and the Virginia Attorney General's Task Force on Identity Theft.
Dr. Eisenach received his PhD in economics from the University of Virginia and his BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College.

J. Armand Musey

J. Armand Musey

Managing Director, Goldin Associates, LLC

 

Mr. Musey has over 15 years of equity research, investment banking and consulting experience. Mr. Musey has completed dozens of financial valuation, strategic analyses, business development, corporate governance and business plan creation assignments in the communications industry and has experience working on numerous financing and M&A transactions. His involvement with a wide breadth of companies has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of a range of media and telecom issues and the complex web of relationships underlying the sector’s competitive dynamics and associated regulatory issues.

Prior to joining Goldin, Armand Musey founded Summit Ridge Group, LLC which was acquired by Goldin. Summit Ridge Group performed valuation and financial consulting in the Telecom, Media and Satellite sectors on behalf of investors, companies, industry associations, law firms, and government agencies.

Prior to founding Summit Ridge Group, Mr. Musey led the satellite industry research teams for Bank of America, and later Solomon Smith Barney where he also covered the wireless tower industry. He earned numerous honors as a research analyst including being named to the Institutional Investor “All American” team three times (2000-2002) and the Wall Street Journal “All Star” team. Mr. Musey was also ranked the top satellite industry analyst by Greenwich Associates. He was also President of a boutique investment bank specializing in the satellite, media and telecom industries.

Mr. Musey regularly speaks at major industry conferences and has been frequently quoted in leading trade publications and by national publications as an expert in communications finance and in corporate governance. He authored the highly regarded publication, The Spectrum Handbook 2013 and his recent industry research has been published in leading law journals. Mr. Musey is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. He is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee from 2007-2009.

Mr. Musey holds a an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a JD (cum laude) from its Law School. He also holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA (with honors) from the University of Chicago.

Charles Firestone

Charles Firestone

Executive Director Communications and Society Program, Aspen Institute

 

Charlie Firestone joined the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Charlie also served as the Aspen Institute's Executive Vice President for policy programs and international activities for three years and is currently Vice President of the Institute. Previously, he was director of the Communications Law Program at UCLA, President of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners and a communications attorney. Charlie has argued two Supreme Court cases, and has written numerous articles on communications law and policy. In the fall of 2003 he was a visiting professor of public policy at Duke University. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Duke University Law School.

Nancy Victory

Nancy Victory

Partner, Wiley Rein

 

Nancy J. Victory, chair of Wiley Rein LLP’s Wireless group, has extensive experience in communications policy. She advises a broad cross-section of the industry on the business implications of regulatory policy and represents these entities before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Administration. Rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” in her field, Ms. Victory is praised for being “highly respected for her knowledge of the telecommunications industry” (2013) and an “expert on international matters” (2010). She was also commended in the 2010 edition of The Legal 500 US as a “rising star.” In November 2005, Ms. Victory was appointed by FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to chair the FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks, which reviewed the impact of the hurricane on telecommunications and media infrastructure and made recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communication among first responders. The Panel’s report was submitted to the FCC in June 2006. Ms. Victory also served as the Chair of the FCC’s WRC-07 Advisory Committee, which provided the FCC with advice, technical support and recommended proposals for the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference. She served from 2001-2003 as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, acting as President George W. Bush’s telecommunications policy advisor and the manager of the federal government spectrum. Ms. Victory has a B.A. from Princeton University (with honors) and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude).

Walter Johnston

Walter Johnston

Chief of Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC

 

Walter Johnston is currently Chief, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division for the FCC where he is responsible for the evaluation of new technologies and services. Prior to the FCC, he served as CTO for several companies focused on data and VoIP services. He has held senior positions in Telcordia and was Vice President at BellAtlantic/NYNEX, now Verizon, where he was responsible for the development of new broadband data services including the company’s first Internet service offering. While at Verizon he also directed the trial of one of the nation’s first high speed regional Internet networks as part of the National Science Foundation’s Internet program and also established one of the nation’s largest experimental broadband networks, a statewide facility connecting research organizations throughout New York State. Mr. Johnston served as program manager for the introduction of optical technology to the Bell System while he was at AT&T. He began his career with Bell Laboratories where he was responsible for design and development of a number of computer systems automating processes within the telephone network. He has a B.S./EE and an M.S./CS both from Polytechnic Institute of New York.

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When

Wed 12 November, 2014 09.00 to
Thu 13 November, 2014 17.15

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Where

Washington Plaza Hotel

10 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Tel: +1 202-842-1300

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