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Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General of DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Roberto Viola holds a Doctor degree in Electronic Engineering (Dr. Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

He is Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT, in the European Commission, with responsibilities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services Directorate, Cooperation Directorate - International and Inter-institutional relations, Stakeholders cooperation, Digital Economy & Coordination Directorate – Digital Single Market, Copyright, Innovations and Knowledge Base, Media & Data Directorate.

From 2005 to 2012, he was the Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM (Italian media and telecom regulator).
He was Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, and Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators). He was Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007.
He served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004, in charge of inter alia, regulation in terrestrial, cable and satellite television, frequency planning, access and interconnection of communication services, cost accounting and tariff in telecommunication and broadcasting services. From 1985-1999 he served in various positions as a staff member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in particular, he has been Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services.

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Member, European Parliament

 

Bio to be added shortly.

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry

Chief of Staff , FCC

 

Mr. Berry has served as the Commission’s chief of staff since January 2017. Before that, he served as chief of staff to then-Commissioner Pai. He previously served as the Commission's general counsel and deputy general counsel. Prior to joining then-Commissioner Pai's office, he was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP. Mr. Berry has also worked at the United States Department of Justice, serving as counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy and an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel. Earlier in his career, Mr. Berry clerked for United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Additionally, he worked as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice. Mr. Berry received his J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Johannes Gungl

Johannes Gungl

CEO, RTR, Chair, BEREC

 

Mr Johannes Gungl is CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR).

Johannes Gungl looks back on more than 15 years of experience in the Austrian Telecommunication Industry working in the field of legal and regulatory affairs for several fixed-line and mobile operators.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of RTR in February 2014, he served as General Counsel and Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for Orange Austria. In this role he was directly involved in the precedent-setting merger of Orange Austria with Hutchison, which was cleared by the European Commission (EC) following a phase II investigation and the Austrian Competition Authority. Between 2006 and 2008 Johannes was General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Competition Law to Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Corporation in Vienna. Before that he worked for the Austrian mobile operator tele.ring as Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs until the merger with T-Mobile Austria in 2006, which was also cleared by the EC in a phase II review.

Johannes Gungl holds a law degree from the University Graz and a post-graduate degree for European Law from the University of Innsbruck.

Jonas Wessel

Jonas Wessel

Chair, RSPG

 

Jonas Wessel is Director of the Spectrum Department at the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). He is also Chair of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) for the 2018-2019 period. The RSPG is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy. Jonas holds a MSC from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Industrial Engineering and Management. Jonas started his professional career as a strategy consultant, working mainly with business development in the telecoms and IT-sector.
 
In 2003, he joined the PTS as advisor on radio spectrum policy issues. After several positions within the Agency, including responsibility for auctions, he was assigned Director of the Spectrum Department in 2014. Jonas has been one of the driving forces behind the transformation of spectrum management in Sweden and has also been working with these issues internationally, mainly through the RSPG where he has been a delegate since 2004. He was Vice Chairman of the RSPG for the 2016-2017 period.


Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)

 

Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016.

Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

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.

Patrick van Niftrik

Patrick van Niftrik

Chair, ITU Working Group, ESOA

 

Mr. Van Niftrik is Vice President Spectrum Management & Development, EMEA. In this role he is responsible for spectrum management and ITU related activities with focus on orbital assignment and spectrum utilization issues and proceedings for the EMEA region. He currently also acts as Chairman of ESOA's ITU Working Group.

Mr. Van Niftrik has also worked in a number of other roles such as Sales- and Capacity Management engineering. He joined SES in The Hague, The Netherlands, in August 2000 after having worked for three years in Madrid, Spain, on the precursor of the European satellite navigation system GALILEO.

He holds a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, and is currently working from the SES Office in The Hague.

Catherine Bohill

Catherine Bohill

Director Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica

 

As Director of the Spectrum Centre of Excellence in Telefonica, Catherine’s mandate is to seek innovative approaches and best practices for Spectrum optimization and acquisitions. The group she leads is charged with valuating spectrum opportunities and preparing for upcoming auction processes.

With 21 years of experience in the Telco World, Catherine has spent 14 of those with Telefonica in M&A and leading the wholesale team in Latam. Before joining Telefonica, she worked for DaimlerChrysler & Nortel in Germany, the World Bank in Washington DC and also spend a fascinating gap year lecturing in the University of Havana. Catherine has a BA in European Business and a Diplom Betriebswirt (FH) from the European Business School (FH Reutlingen) and a Masters in Finance from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

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.

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.

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).

Leen Segers

Leen Segers

Co-Founder and CEO, LucidWeb

 

Leen has been building startups in technology and media for almost ten years. From evangelising social media to monetising online video, she has experienced the front lines of the startup world. In 2014 she joined Tech.eu, the premier publication covering the European technology industry in depth as a COO. Convinced that the future of mobile video will be immersive, she founded LucidWeb, a VR and WebVR consulting and software development company. LucidWeb is research partner and co-publisher of "The VR Fund European Industry Landscape" and Tech.eu's investment analysis "State of the European VR Industry". Leen is co-founder of the Women in XR Europe initiative, counting more than 500 female members across Europe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Tobias Miethaner

Dr. Tobias Miethaner

Head of Digital Society, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

 

Dr Tobias Miethaner has been Head of the Digital Society Directorate-General at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure since August 2014. Before that, he worked first as a legal advisor and head of the policy and party work unit of the Executive Committee of the Christian Social Union party (CSU). After graduating with a law degree from Regensburg and Aberdeen University in 2004, he completed a two-year practical legal training in Regensburg and Cape Town. From 2006 until 2008, Dr Miethaner then did a doctorate and worked as an academic assistant to Professor Dr Hand-Christoph Grigoleit. After completing his doctorate, he worked as a public prosecutor at the prosecutor's office München II from 2008 to 2011.

Darko Ratkaj

Darko Ratkaj

Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU

 

At the EBU's Technology & Innovation department I work on transmission technologies for audio-visual media content and services, the related regulation, and the market evolution.

In particular I am interested in wireless distribution platforms, including 4G/LTE and 5G, but also terrestrial radio and TV networks. The main objective is to ensure that public service content can be made universally available taking into account both the technological developments and the changing audience behaviour.

I maintain working relations with the broadcast and the telecommunications industries, market analysts, national regulators, and the European Commission.

I often contribute to regulatory and standardisation forums and trade events.

I hold a masters degree in electrical engineering from the university of Zagreb, Croatia.

Marc Eschenburg

Marc Eschenburg

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Marc Eschenburg is a Partner at Aetha Consulting, a specialist telecommunications strategy consultancy which advises players in the industry on major strategic and regulatory decisions.

For the last years, Marc has been very active in the area of spectrum management, advising operators and regulators on issues such as spectrum valuation, spectrum strategy, auction support and spectrum pricing. His particular area of expertise lies in overseeing the development of spectrum valuation models ahead of auctions and he has supported spectrum managers and bidders in preparations for over 30 award processes across the world.

Richard Womersley

Richard Womersley

Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom

 

Richard is Director of Spectrum Services for LS telcom. He has 20 over years consulting and business experience working in the radio spectrum management, public telecommunications, digital broadcasting and satellite industries. He has worked for regulators, network operators, financiers, governments and end-users on issues covering national and international policy; regulation and its impact; pricing, auctions and licensing; cost modelling and tariff setting; planning and consultation; network specification and procurement; and digital switch-over. His work has been international in nature having taken him to every continent except Antarctica. Richard is also an experienced trainer having been running courses on spectrum management and policy for over 15 years.

In addition to providing consultancy advice and training, Richard’s career has embraced roles in a military communications company, as a transmission manager for BBC World Service and business manager for the UK’s largest broadcast infrastructure provider ntl: (now Arqiva) giving him a broad perspective on telecommunications and broadcast technologies and industries, their commercialisation and their regulation.

Lasse Wieweg

Lasse Wieweg

Global Coordinator, GSA Spectrum Group

 

Lasse Wieweg, Director, Government and industry relations at Ericsson, has worked with telecommunications his whole professional career, starting in 1973 with Ericsson. In 1986, following some over-seas assignments, he took up a position at the Frequency Management department within the Swedish Telecommunications Authority (now PTS).  In 1994, he took up a new position within the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), on Frequency Management for the Swedish Defence Forces. Since 1997, Lasse is back in Ericsson, particularly addressing international policies in the Radio Regulatory and Spectrum domains within the Ericsson Group Function in Stockholm, Sweden.

Aurélio Blanquet

Aurélio Blanquet

Vice-Chair, EUTC

 

Aurélio Blanquet has an MBA in Business Administration and is graduated in Electronics Engineering.
Since 1st January is Director of the Networks Digital Platform in EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese DSO, with the responsibility for Mission Critical ICS and SCADA, Digital Grid, Connectivity, OT Cybersecurity and the supervision and operation of Critical Services.
Previously, he was Director of Automation and Telecommunications since 2007.
He was Chair of the EE-ISAC (European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Centre from 2015-2017, and is Vice-Chair of EUTC (European Utilities Telecommunications Council), Member of the Assembly Committee of ENCS (European Network for Cyber Security), Member of the Board of Directors of Prime Alliance and member of Eurelectric WG ADSM (Active Distribution System Management).

Andy Hudson

Andy Hudson

Head of Technology Policy, GSMA

 

The GSMA represents the interests of nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Andy has global responsibility for spectrum and regulatory modernisation, as well as the regulatory and policy aspects of the future networks, IoT and identity programmes.
Previously, he was Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom for three years, where he led the Mobile Data Strategy, including the release and sharing of public sector spectrum for civil use, and the 2.3/3.4 GHz auction team. Before that, Andy spent 12 years at Vodafone, where he held various senior product development, corporate strategy and public policy roles. As Head of Spectrum Policy, he was responsible for managing spectrum policy and auctions across the Vodafone Group. He was frequently in Brussels and further afield supporting Vodafone’s local operating companies, and over four years he managed the acquisition or renewal of spectrum in over 20 countries for a total of €9.5bn.
In 2000, he was part of the senior management team which spun an internet payments and encryption company out of NatWest. He was formerly a management consultant and a research scientist at Sharp Laboratories of Europe and Sony Corporation, based in Japan. He has a doctorate in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA. He is married with two boys (17 and 13) and lives in a small village close to Oxford.

Kenneth Wallstedt

Kenneth Wallstedt

Director, Technology Strategy, Ericsson

 

Kenneth Wallstedt is Director, Technology Strategy, at Group Function Technology & Architecture, where he is focusing on Ericsson’s radio and spectrum management strategy.
Kenneth has 27 years of international experience in mobile communications from various leading positions in Ericsson’s research, development and market units in Canada, Sweden, and the US. He holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Director Government Affairs EMENA, Qualcomm

 

Bio to appear shortly.

Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan

Chief, International Bureau, FCC

 

Bio to appear shortly.

Stephen Pentland

Stephen Pentland

Head of Spectrum, Vodafone Group

 

Stephen is Vodafone’s Group Public Policy Head of Spectrum and is responsible for managing the company’s spectrum and licensing policy across its 26 operating companies in Europe and AMAP. This includes setting the strategy for meeting the future needs of the business, engaging with national and regional regulators to shape policy, and managing spectrum licence valuation, acquisition and renewal activities. Stephen studied Engineering at Cambridge and worked previously in the Japanese technology sector and as a strategy consultant in the international telecommunications and media sector.

Goran Gotev

Goran Gotev

Senior Manager EU Government Affairs, Symantec

 

Goran has joined Symantec in 2018 as Senior Manager Government Affairs, where he supports the company’s engagement and outreach with the EU institutions and Member States. He has extensive experience in EU privacy and cybersecurity policy, having exercised similar roles in both the public and private sector.
 
Before joining Symantec, Goran was a senior consultant on digital policy issues with high-ranking consultancies Hanover Communications (2016 – 2018) and FleishmanHillard (2014 – 2016). In these capacities, he was entrusted to provide tailored advice to a number of European and Fortune 500 companies on issues related to cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, telecommunications and online platforms, among others.
 
Goran’s public-sector background includes a short-term assignment as an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Bulgaria (2016), where he was in charge of European Affairs, including on the country’s preparation for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU. Between 2007 and 2014, he worked for Bulgarian Social-Democrat Members of European Parliament (MEPs), including as digital policy adviser to MEP Ivailo Kalfin (2009 – 2014), who was notably the lead rapporteur on the own-initiative report on cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection and the ITRE shadow rapporteur for the NIS directive.
 
Goran holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Lille 2 University (France) and besides his native Bulgarian, he is fluent in English and French and he operates in Spanish and Italian.

Kalpak Gude

Kalpak Gude

President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)

 

Kalpak S. Gude is President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organization advocating for laws and regulations supporting more efficient and effective spectrum utilization through sharing. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, SMEs, academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions to increase the amount of available spectrum to benefit consumers and businesses alike. Before joining the DSA, Mr. Gude was the Vice President Legal Regulatory at OneWeb, a low-earth-orbit satellite broadband provider seeking to bring internet connectivity to unserved and underserved regions of the world. Prior to this, Mr. Gude served in several senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., overseeing complex regulatory issues in the Media and Wireline Competition Bureaus. Mr. Gude also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intelsat, held various board positions in the satellite and telecommunications industry and was named a co-Satellite Executive of the Year 2007. He holds a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, and a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Luciana Camargos

Luciana Camargos

Future Spectrum Director, GSMA

 

Luciana Camargos is a specialist with over a decade of experience in mobile telecommunications and spectrum policy. In 2012, Luciana joined GSMA Brazil, after having worked in the UK for consulting firm Access Partnership from 2009. There, Luciana was in charge of negotiating efficient use of spectrum, as well as the entrance of new services in the market, at international meetings at the ITU, CITEL, CEPT and other multilateral organisations.

Earlier, for six years, Luciana worked at the Anatel Technical Advisory Unit on strategic spectrum planning. Luciana previously worked in Brazil as a government affairs consultant, representing the telecoms industry in Brazil and internationally as part of the Brazilian delegation, shaping the future of mobile services at international fora.

Luciana earned an MBA in telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia.

Moderators

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.

Amit Nagpal

Amit Nagpal

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Amit Nagpal is a Partner at, and one of the co-founders of, Aetha Consulting. Amit has over 20 years of experience on spectrum management issues having started his career with the Radiocommunications Agency (now part of Ofcom) in the UK. Amit advises regulators/government bodies, fixed and mobile operators, broadcasters, financial institutions and industry associations on a wide range of issues including spectrum policy development and spectrum valuation and auction support. Amit’s experience includes leading studies for the European Commission on the introduction of spectrum trading and a harmonised approach to the digital dividend. Amit has undertaken projects for clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America and is therefore able to bring a global perspective to his work.

Samer Mourad

Samer Mourad

Principal, Consulting, Analysys Mason

 

Samer Mourad is a Principal, Consulting, at Analysys Mason. He has over 15 years' experience in the telecoms industry and has managed a range of consulting projects, covering strategic, technical, financial, regulatory and operational issues. His clients include operators, vendors, governments, regulators and financial institutions in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Samer has detailed knowledge of the mobile, fixed broadband and satellite sectors. He is highly skilled in spectrum valuation and auction strategy, business planning and business modelling, technology assessment, market and commercial due diligence, service costing and litigation support.

Veronica Bocarova

Veronica Bocarova

Principal Analyst, Cullen International

 

Over 15 years of professional experience in the field of electronic communications and media regulation, monitoring and benchmarking regulatory practices at the EU and national level.
Currently responsible for developing Cullen International’s regulatory training portfolio. Has been actively engaged in capacity building initiatives for policymakers and regulators across a wide range of countries.
Contributed as one of the key experts in the consortium of Cullen International, WIK-Consult and the Research Centre for Information, Law and Society of the University of Namur in a study for the European Commission “Substantive issues of review in the areas of market entry, management of scarce resources and general consumer issues” (SMART 2015/0003).
Before joining Cullen International in 2002, Veronica worked for Ericsson business consulting practice in Stockholm.

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

CEO and Co-Founder, Coleago Consulting

 

Stefan Zehle has 29 years’ experience in telecoms gained as a Director of mobile operating company and telecoms management consultant. He gained his experience working in 56 countries in developed markets in Europe, Canada and the US and in emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East. As the 2nd person on the ground he played a pivotal role in launching Nedjma, the 3rd Algerian mobile operator where he held the combined the positions of Director of Strategy, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs. Stefan has delivered around 75 mobile licence bids and spectrum valuation projects and is a regulator contributor to spectrum conferences. Stefan delivers best practice spectrum assignment workshops and courses to regulators world-wide, including the European Commission. He is the co-author of the Guide to Business Planning, published be the Economist.

Logistics

When

Mon 12 February, 2018 09.00 to
Tue 13 February, 2018 17.30

CET

 

Where

Steigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel

Avenue Louise 71,
1050 Bruxelles,
Belgium

Tel: +32 2 542 42 42

brussels@steigenberger.com

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