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Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Unit, Spectrum Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Andreas Geiss is currently Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy in DG INFSO of the European Commission. His responsibilities include the implementation of the inventory in accordance with the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.

Andreas has been working for the European Commission since 2002. He started his professional career in 1991 at the German Regulatory Authority in the area of telecommunications. From 1994 until 2002 he worked for the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO), where he was project leader for many projects dealing with terrestrial and satellite mobile communications. He has been involved in the European preparations for World Radiocommunications Conferences since 1995. Andreas is a telecommunications engineer by profession and enjoys all sorts of sports in his spare time.

Peter Stuckmann

Peter Stuckmann

Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT , European Commission


Peter is managing the Commission's policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation programme.

Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managing the office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinating the Commission's digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included Digital Single Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, the Copyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme.

Between 2010 and 2014 he had different roles in the Commission's telecoms policy Directorate. These included Head of Sector "Spectrum Policy", penholder of main elements of the Commission proposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany and Austria.

Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.

Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Branimir Stantchev

Branimir Stantchev

Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission


Branimir is responsible for developing and implementing EU-level policy initiatives with focus on wireless broadband and broadcasting. These relate to harmonised and flexible use of spectrum, in particular for mobile broadband, as well as a long-term strategy for the future use of UHF broadcasting spectrum, including the 700 MHz band. He has coordinated the work of the Radio Spectrum Committee.

Branimir has been working with the European Commission since 2008.

He started his professional career in 1995 at the Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems at the Dresden University, Germany. From 2000 until 2008 he worked with the companies Philips, Qimonda and Signalion in Germany in the area of wireless equipment design, manufacturing and marketing.

Branimir has a PhD degree in mobile communications from the Dresden University. He has made contributions to Wi-Fi standardization.

Philip Marnick

Philip Marnick

Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom


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).

Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Chairman, ECC, CEPT


Graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC) in 1991, Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management. In his position, he is directly responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of allocation and for the coordination of French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was Chairman of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12) and, as French representative in RSPG, has chaired several RSPG working groups dealing with EU interests in international meetings and cross-border issues.

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

Chief Technology Officer , ETSI


Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

He played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, 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 Acting 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.

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom


Chris Woolford is Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where his responsibilities cover the UK’s international spectrum interests, especially in relation to the ITU, CEPT and EU. He is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Executive Team and Strategy Steering Group.

Chris is active in various European spectrum committees and currently represents the UK on the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). He has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European and international spectrum initiatives and led the UK delegations to WRC-15 and WRC-12.

Before joining Ofcom, Chris worked in various UK Government Departments, including 6 years at Oftel, where he worked on different aspects of telecommunications regulation. Chris has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

Takehiro Nakamura

Takehiro Nakamura

VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory, NTT DOCOMO, Inc


Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and General Manager of 5G Laboratory in NTT DOCOMO, INC.

Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced, 5G and C-V2X/Connected Car technologies.

He has been engaged in the standardization activities 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 contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman from March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman from April 2009 to March 2013.

He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Application Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

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.

Alexander Kühn

Alexander Kühn

Chairman, CEPT CPG19


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, 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 national preparation of the WRC’s and served as CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and as CPG chairman from 2013 to 2015.
Mr Kühn has been appointed as Chairman of the CEPT CPG in March 2016.

Bo Andersson

Bo Andersson

Rapporteur for 5G, RSPG


Bo Andersson has been the Chief Economist of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since 2006.

Mr Andersson has more than 20 years of experience from infrastructure industries. Bo Andersson has a Ph.D. in economics from Stockholm School of Economics and has a background as a researcher. He has written several papers and journal articles on price formation and competition in deregulated markets. Prior to his current position as Chief Economist he has worked as a market analyst in the power sector and as a consultant, working primarily with infrastructure issues, for different government agencies and industries.

Dino Flore

Dino Flore

Director General, 5G Automative Association (5GAA)


Dino Flore received a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (110/110 cum laude), Italy and a M.S. degree in Mobile Communications from the EURECOM Institute, France, in 2000.
From January 2000 to June 2003 he worked at Arraycomm as Senior Research Engineer, developing algorithms and solutions for smart antennas. In July 2003 Dino joined Qualcomm where he is currently serving as a Senior Director of Technical Standards, with a leadership role in the area of 3GPP RAN standardization. In the first two years at the company he worked as a Senior Engineer in the Engineering Service Group optimizing WCDMA networks that were just being rolled out around the world. From mid-2005 Dino moved to the Standards group, where since then he has contributed to the design and standardization of 3G and LTE systems, with main focus in the areas of mobility, inter-working between radio access technologies and self-optimizing networks. He is currently coordinating Qualcomm standards activities in 3GPP RAN Working Groups.
From August 2009 to May 2013 Dino served as Chairman of 3GPP RAN3, the Working Group responsible for the access network interfaces. In March 2013 he was elected Chairman of 3GPP RAN, the Technical Specification Group with overall responsibility for the radio interface and access network for LTE, UMTS and GSM. The group recently started working on the standardization of 5G. During his tenure as 3GPP RAN Chairman, Dino successfully managed the expansion of the LTE platform to new services, while continuing to improve its efficiency to meet the increasing mobile broadband demand.
In September 2016 Dino was appointed Director General of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), the association bridging the automotive and telecom industries with the goal to address society’s connected mobility and road safety needs through communication solutions with applications such as ubiquitous access to services, integration into intelligent transportation systems, V2X communication, vehicle safety connectivity, and automated driving.


Janette Stewart

Janette Stewart

Principal, Analysys Mason


Janette Stewart is a Principal at Analysys Mason, who specialises in wireless technologies and radio spectrum issues. She has around 20 years’ experience in radio engineering, spectrum policy and spectrum management. She is based in Edinburgh. 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 was responsible for determining UK spectrum plans for the 3G licence award, interacting with CEPT and ITU working groups. Since joining Analysys Mason in 2001, her consulting experience includes researching market opportunities within the wireless sector, wireless network business planning, user requirement definition, spectrum strategy development and spectrum valuation. 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. Recent projects have included advising on digital TV switchover strategy, award of digital dividend spectrum, technology co-existence in 800 MHz spectrum and 2.6 GHz spectrum valuation. She co-authors Analysys Mason’s Spectrum Quarterly, a quarterly newsletter on spectrum-related market developments.

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting


With a team based in London and New York City, but working around the world, Mr. Marsden's practice focuses on the design of allocation mechanisms, including auctions and trading, bidding strategy, and related competition, pricing, regulatory, and public policy issues. His expertise spans multiple industries, including broadcasting, energy, mobile telephony, procurement, radio spectrum, and transport.

Mr. Marsden has 20 years of experience in microeconomics, political economy, and business consulting. He has worked for regulators and private companies in more than 40 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe. He has particular expertise in auction design and in applying economics to the telecommunications and media sectors.

Many of Mr. Marsden's recent projects have involved policy advice, auction design, software implementation, and bidder support related to the current wave of spectrum awards worldwide. This includes the design and implementation of combinatorial auctions (both multiple-round and sealed bid) for frequencies in Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Nigeria, and the UK, and SMR auctions in Belgium, Hong Kong, Norway, and Singapore. Mr. Marsden has provided strategy advice to leading incumbent operators and aspiring entrants in more than 35 spectrum auctions since 1999, including recent and forthcoming awards in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, and the UK.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Marsden spent 10 years at DotEcon, as Director and Managing Consultant, where he was responsible for business development for auctions, public policy, and strategy projects. While there, he regularly managed projects involving teams of programmers, econometricians, academics, and technology consultants. Notably, he managed the project teams supporting Ofcom on digital dividend policy and UK spectrum auctions between 2005 and 2010. He also completed major studies for the European Commission on allocation of the digital dividend, and on spectrum trading and liberalization. Previously, he worked for Oxford Analytica as an editor and consultant, where he focused, in particular, on the Asia Pacific region.

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 holds an MA with distinction in International Political Economy and a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.



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