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Speaker Biographies

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Confirmed Speakers

Nigel  Jefferies

Nigel Jefferies

Chairman, WWRF

 

Nigel Jefferies is a senior standards manager with Huawei Technologies and Chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum, a global partnership between industry and academia to develop a research agenda for mobile communications. Previously he was Head of Academic Relationships within Vodafone Group Research & Development and a Principal Mathematician at Racal Research Ltd. In the past he led the European-funded IST project SHAMAN, which studied the security of future mobile systems, and ran the Secure Applications Steering Group for Mobile VCE. Other collaborative research projects on various aspects of security for mobile communications include 3GS3 in the UK-funded LINK programme, and ASPeCT and USECA in the European ACTS programme. His research interests include cryptography, security of systems and applications of mathematics to telecommunications. He received a PhD in functional analysis from Goldsmith's College, London, and an MA in mathematics from the Queen's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Chartered Mathematician.

Peter Zimri

Peter Zimri

Councillor, ICASA

 

Peter Zimri has broad experience in the information communications technology (ICT) sector and is particularly passionate about postal, telecommunications and broadcasting technical, regulatory and policy matters.

He has been a chief director: radio and satellite communications at the Department of Communications and senior manager: frequency management at the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA), a predecessor of ICASA.

During his tenure at these entities, he was involved in developing and implementing the National Table of Frequency Allocations, related policies and regulations as well as migration processes, and the licensing of radio frequency spectrum.

Zimri has not only been involved in the ICT regulatory and policy environment in South Africa but also across markets on the continent. As a consultant, he has advised licensees on ICT regulatory and policy affairs to ensure that they adhere to the terms and conditions of their licences as well as other relevant legislation.

Amongst various other standards and ICT (Telecoms & Broadcasting) industry bodies, Peter served on the boards of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), Number Portability Company (NPC), and South African Communications Forum (SACF).

Peter holds a master’s degree in management in ICT policy and regulation from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Graduate School of Public and Development Management. He also holds various electronic-engineering qualifications and credits in telecoms- and broadcasting-related programmes from Wits, the University of Pretoria, the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Telkom SA, Rohde & Schwarz and Oracle SA.

Siyabonga  Cwele

Siyabonga Cwele

MP, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa (tbc)

 

Dr Cwele is currently serving as the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. He holds an MBchB Medical Policy from the University of KwaZulu Natal and an MPhil in Economic Policy from the University of Stellenbosch. He has been a member of the ANC provincial Executive Committee in KwaZulu Natal since 1990; a Member of Parliament since 1994 and Member of the National Assembly since 1999. He served as Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and prior to his appointment as Minister of State Security, he served as Minister of Intelligence from 2008 to 2009.

Nomvula Paula Mokonyane

Nomvula Paula Mokonyane

MP, Minister of The Department of Communications (DoC)

 

Ms Mokonyane was appointed as the Minister of Communications on 27 February 2018. Ms Mokonyane was the Minister of Water and Sanitation with effect from 26 May 2014 to 26 February 2018.

She has been a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature from 1994.

Ms Mokonyane is a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC). She is also a head of the Gauteng Organising and Campaign Committee.

Academic Qualifications
Ms Mokonyane received training in Local Government, Planning Management, and Community Development in Sweden.

She completed a Certificate course in Emerging Economics from the Wharton Business School at Pennsylvania University in the United States of America (USA); a Certificate in Economics and Finance from Harvard Business School, and a Certificate in Project Planning. She also studied Leadership and Governance at Harvard University in the USA.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities
Ms Mokonyane participated actively in the struggle against apartheid from the age of 15. During that period she became a member of the Young Christian Students and she was a founder member of the Congress of South African Students.

She is a former activist and leader of the civic movement, Kagiso Residents Organisation; a former shop-steward and leader of the Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union of South Africa now the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union. She has served in various leadership capacities in the ANC and its alliance structures, including as a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP), NEC member of the ANC Women?s League (ANCWL) and NEC member of the ANC since 1994.

Ms Mokonyane has served in the Gauteng Legislature in various portfolio committees and becamewas a member of the United Democratic Front,a member and organiser of the Federation of Transvaal Women chairperson of the ANC?s West Rand branch deputy chairperson of the ANCWL; a member of the SACP Central Committee and a member of the ANCWL NEC.

She has also served as a chairperson of the Housing Subc-Committee; as Member of the Executive Council(MEC)of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment from 1996 to 1999; MEC of Safety and Liaison from 1999 to 2004; and as MEC of Housing from 2004 to 2009.

Ms Mokonyane championed the process that led to Sterkfontein being awarded the status of a World Heritage Site and she established three Metro Police structures during her tenure. She also established victims support centres at police stations; and established a one stop centre at a provincial level for victims of sexual offences and domestic violence, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, called Ikhaya le Themba- 'Home of Hope'.

Ms Mokonyane initiated the championing policy and the housing delivery strategy; she promoted and fostered partnerships and ensured that there was an administration that served people with care. She was committed to promoting women enterprises in the construction and housing sector and led the Twenty Priority Township Programme, which was aimed at renewal of Gauteng's old townships.

Ms Mokonyane was the premier of Gauteng from 6 May 2009 until 20 May 2014.

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Deputy to the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

 

Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau, which plays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Among his various duties related to that position, he was responsible for the overall organization and running of the recently held World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for 30 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility at ITU headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices in Peru, Chile and Brazil, leading activities towards fostering global telecommunications development.

During his tenure at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, as Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, Mr. Maniewicz directed ITU’s efforts to assist developing countries in bridging the digital divide by promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment.

Previously, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies at ITU’s Development Bureau, where he was responsible for the Union’s activities in the policy and regulatory domain, human capacity building, ICT statistical data collection and analysis, and other development domains, including Internet and IP networks development.

Originally from Uruguay, Mr. Maniewicz is an Electronic Engineer specialized in Telecommunications. Before joining the ITU he held both technical and managerial positions in the main telecommunication operator in his home country. He also worked as assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Uruguay’s main University.

Alexander Kühn

Alexander Kühn

Chairman, CPG , ECC / CEPT

 

After a state exam of law at the University of Osnabrück, Mr Kühn has been working since 1998 in the area of legal internship (e.g. at Regional Court) of the Federal Network Agency, Germany; changing to national and international spectrum regulation on different levels in 2005. Nowadays he is the deputy head of section for international affairs and utilization concepts. His responsibilities cover strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU. Doing this and having been active in the preparation of three WRC’s, 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.

Lebo Masalesa

Lebo Masalesa

Executive: Network Management, Telkom SA

 

Speaker bio will appear here shortly...

Byungsuk Kim

Byungsuk Kim

Director of Next Generation Technology, KT

 

Dr. Byungsuk Kim is a Director at KT(Korea Telecom) Network Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in research, product development, spectrum strategy and strategic planning in Telecommunications.
He has been working on 5G network and technical strategy since 2015, and managed projects to develop KT 5G-SIG(Special Interest Group) specifications and 5G trial systems based on the specifications for world’s first broad-scale 5G trial service at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Prior to joining KT in 2011, Dr. Kim worked for Samsung Electronics in Korea and Telcordia Technologies in U.S.A. His areas of expertise include IP networking, multi-RAT interworking, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies.

Percy Nhau

Percy Nhau

Internet Society of South Africa

 

Percy Nhau is a programmer, and Internet access for the marginalised activist. He has been involved in the development of apps for the informal sector that are easy to use on mobile phones and also develop websites that are conforming to the needs of those that run small businesses. His work is also focused on civic awareness and activism. He is part of a campaign to encourage communities to learn more about effective online activist. He has always sought a unique perspective on how local actors experience and remember the cultural dynamics of Internet-born activism and how these experiences shape the identities of a generation that has essentially come of age in cyberspace, the so-called digital natives or millennials. Accessing to information is one of his passions and the internet has proven to be a very useful tool in enabling small business and communities to access information and so it is his endeavor, together with like minded organization to campaign to ensure that internet access is affordable.

Percy completed his Honor’s degree in Information Technology at the National University of Technology in Zimbabwe and then went on to do Software Development Qualification with NIIT. Currently in addition to being involved in programmes of awareness on the digital divide between those with more resources and those that have less, he engages in researching on how internet technologies can help speed up development.

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.

Kezias Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU

 

Kezias Mwale is the coordinator for radiocommunications affairs at ATU since 2012. Prior to the ATU appointment, he was head of spectrum planning and licensing at the Zambia ICT Authority (ZICTA). He has been a keen and active contributor to national, regional and international spectrum management successes including development of the first Zambian national spectrum plan; the SADC spectrum plan; the GE-06 Plan and WRCs. He holds Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunications (2002), Master in Broadband and Mobile Communications (2008) and Master in Business Administration (2017).

Ross Bateson

Ross Bateson

Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA

 

Ross has worked for the GSMA as a special adviser on government affairs since 2007. Recently his projects have included defining use of the Digital Dividend with the mobile and broadcasting community in Russia, Eastern Europe and the CIS, and coordinating political engagement on the GSMA's Mobile Broadband project in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to the GSMA Ross worked at telecoms consultancy Access Partnership where he served as a director charged with government affairs and as the lead financial analyst at TelecomFinance. Ross holds an Honours Degree from Manchester University.

Juanita Clark

Juanita Clark

CEO, FTTX

 

Juanita Clark is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FTTX Council Africa, head quartered in South Africa.
The FTTX Council is a not for profit organisation that works closely with public and private sector representing the role of fibre optic infrastructure in telecommunications networks.
It seeks to establish an efficient telecoms environment through the development of best practises, standards policies and guidelines. It forms part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance (FCGA) representing more than 550 companies and stakeholders in the fibre optic industry globally.

She co-founded the organisation in 2010 after realising the need for grass roots awareness and education with regards to the role of fibre optic networks in the telecommunications industry. She brought with her more than 20 years of technology industry experience and expertise.

Ching-Tarng Hsieh

Ching-Tarng Hsieh

Research Consultant , ITRI

 

Dr. Ching-Tarng Hsieh has more than 30 years experience in information and communications technologies including WiMAX, WLAN, 5ESS, 4ESS, cdma_2000, and UMTS systems. He has worked in systems engineering, architecture, software development, and project management with extensive experience in switching system and protocol software development. His current responsibilities include international collaboration and 5G standards.

Dr. Ching-Tarng Hsieh received his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked at Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies for 15 years before joining the Industrial Technology Research Institute and is now a research consultant at the Information and Communication Laboratories. Dr. Hsieh is also an adjunct professor at National Chiao Tung University.

Paris Mashile

Paris Mashile

Councillor, ICASA

 

Since Mashile joined ICASA as a councillor in 2004, just four years after the regulatory authority was formed through a merger of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 2000, the ICT landscape has changed dramatically.

Shortly after joining the authority, Mashile was appointed ICASA chairman, a position he held from 2005 to 2010 leading a team of nine (9) Councillors in decision making on matters pertaining to the licensing and issuance of Electronics Communication Network and Service, (ECNS &ECS) Broadcasting and Postal service licences; developing regulations on markets where there is lack of effective competition, Interconnections, Universal Service Obligation, Protecting and Promoting consumer interests through enforcement and monitoring of compliance of licence terms and conditions imposed on operators, management of scarce resources such as frequency spectrum and numbers and right of way.

The remit encompassed facilitating the convergence of the telecommunication, broadcasting, and IT sectors. When his tenure ended in June in 2010 he joined Sentech, the signal distributor as a non-executive director and for a whil as the acting Chairperson. During that period he was working fulltime as a Programme Director at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on Digital Multimedia Communication.

Councillor Mashile has long held a passion for ICT. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in the field of Fibre Optics Communications from Washington University in St. Louis. MO, USA and a Master of Science in Physics in the field of Semiconductor Laser Physics from Lancaster University in the UK. His undergraduate degree was a BSc (Hons) in physics and electronic engineering (combined from Leeds University in the UK)
It’s been just over 17 months since Paris Mashile re-joined the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as a councillor.

He is responsible for the engineering and technology portfolios, in which he deals with spectrum, Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Cybersecurity, 5G forum, Call Termination, IT related projects a member of ARC and ITRC

He was acting as the Chairperson of the Authority from September to December 2017 until a permanent chairperson was appointed by the Minister of Communication.

Bashir Patel

Bashir Patel

Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA

 

Bashir Patel is Inmarsat’s Regional Advisor for the South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) region. He is widely recognized as a highly experienced executive in ICT, satellite systems and defence aerospace. He has over 35 years experience in the high tech industry, working mainly in the telecom sector including satellites and defence industries, both in management consulting as well as in regional regulatory policy, business and market development. He has been working with the Governments throughout the regions and launched satellite communications technologies as far back as mid 1980’s. He is a passionate technologist with experience gained from his time spent in advance aerospace projects in BAe Systems, Inmarsat, ICO Global Communications and prior to re-joining Inmarsat in 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), dealing with 54 Commonwealth Governments around the world.

Fisseha Mekuria

Fisseha Mekuria

Chief Research Scientist, CSIR Meraka Institute

 

Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR Meraka ICT Institute, South Africa. He leads the 5G and Affordable Broadband Networks research at the CSIR. He is the proponent of a 4th leg for the 5G standards aimed at technologies for addressing the next billion underserved population in emerging economies. He has a PhD from Linköping University, in Sweden, and has worked for 10 years as senior research Engineer at Ericsson Mobile Communications R&D lab in Sweden, where he developed over 12 US/EPO patents. He has been working with the mobile and internet service industry in developing countries: Setting up next generation network labs in Africa, Development of mobile applications programming courses, Network resource sharing for affordable broadband connectivity, and development of telecom regulatory frameworks and capacity building for telecom regulators in Africa. He is at present leading the disruptive technology research in dynamic spectrum sharing and affordable network technologies. The project made headlines as the only emerging economy technology patent contribution for smart spectrum sharing, and the group lead by him has successfully completed the international qualification process and standardization of white space spectrum databases in competition with 7 global technology companies, qualification process was led by the EU-UK Ofcom regulator. Dr Mekuria is also involved in postgraduate skills development in wireless communications with a number of African universities through his engagement as Adj. Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science, South Africa.

Alison Gillwald

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director: Research, ICT Africa

 

Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA) and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice where she convenes a transdisciplinary PhD programme focusing on The Digital Economy and Society. A former regulator she was appointed the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) after heading up the the policy department at the first broadcasting regulator the Independent Broadcasting Authority, established in the wake of the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994.

She served as chairperson of the South African National Digital Advisory Body, which reported on digital migration in 2001and as deputy chairperson of the SA National Broadband Advisory Council established in the context of SA Connect, South Africa’s broadband policy and plan. In 2012 she served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation. She has served on the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Womensnet and the Media Monitoring Project. Currently she sits on the boards of the African Tertiary Education Networks (TENET).

She has provided technical assistance to several African countries, and regional bodies, advising the Ministry of Communication on the South Africa’s Broadband Plan: SA Connect and for the African Development Bank and Government of Mauritius on the i-Mauritius broadband policy, and sector performance and digital readiness assessments of several African countries for the African Development Bank and the World Bank. She has worked extensively with multilateral agencies such as the International Telecommunications Union, UNCTAD, the Partnership and Measuring the Information Society and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. She served on editorial and review boards of several journals and is published in the area of ICT policy, regulation and gender.

Evah Kentshitswe

Evah Kentshitswe

Manager Network Standards, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)

 

Evah Kentshitswe is an Engineer at the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority BOTSWANA, She received her B.Eng degree in Computers and Telecommunications from University of Essex and MSc in Telecommunications and Wireless Systems Management from Queen Mary University of London(QMUL). Currently she works as Manager Standards and her duties entail amongst other things to ensure that the Quality of Service rendered by licensed operators is upheld. She is responsible for assessing and type-approving the electronic communications device coming through the Botswana ports of entries. She spearheaded the establishment of the Country Code Top Level Domain Name (.BW).

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa, Qualcomm

 

Elizabeth Migwalla is Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs (Africa) for Qualcomm International Incorporated (Qualcomm). In this role, which she has held for eight years, Elizabeth interfaces directly with key government ministries, regulatory authorities as well as regional and international regulatory forums, in order to drive the adoption of advanced broadband wireless technologies and service on the continent.

Elizabeth’s distinguished career in various aspects of telecommunications engineering, operations, services and policy spans more than 31 years. She has built a reputation as one of Africa’s leading experts on communications policy through her many accomplishments during this period. In 2012 Elizabeth was named among the top 50 female executives in Middle East and Africa by CommsMEA magazine.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Elizabeth served The Boeing Company as its Regional Director for Regulatory Affairs for four years. Elizabeth also performed a similar role for ICO Global Communications for a period of five years.

Before entering the private sector in 1997, Elizabeth worked at the Kenya Post and Telecommunications Corporation, as both head of its International Services and Planning and Engineering departments. Elizabeth holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and an MBA from Bond University in Australia.

Andrew Barendse

Andrew Barendse

Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA

 

Andrew Barendse is Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs Vodacom SA where he is responsible for managing all regulatory issues in SA.

Dr Barendse offers over twenty five years’ experience in the telecoms sector, including five years at Board level (Telkom International [Pty] Ltd, International Institute of Communications) and over ten years in academia (Delft University of Technology, University of Witwatersrand). Dr Barendse is a published researcher presenting a global footprint in telecoms policy (including a five-year residence in the Netherlands).

He holds a Ph.D from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, a B.Ed from the University of Johannesburg and a National Technical Diploma in telecommunications (N6) from Western Province Technical College.

Bin Tan

Bin Tan

Engineer, Huawei

 

Speaker bio will appear here shortly...

HyeonWoo Lee

HyeonWoo Lee

Chair, Global Strategy Committee, 5G Forum

 

Dr. LEE. Hyeon Woo is currently a Professor at Dankook University in Korea and serving as a chair of 5G forum global strategy committee as well as TTA 5G. Standard group chair. He worked as a National R&D Program Director of KEIT (Korean Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology) under Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea from March 2009 to Feb. 2013.
He had been work as Director and Head of Global Standard & Research Lab. in Telecom R&D Center of Samsung Electronics Co. in Korea from Dec. 1984 until Feb. 2009
He received BSEE from Seoul National University, 1985 and MBA from Sogang University, 1989, in Korea.
He got MS and Ph. D degree at KAIST, Korea in 1994 and 2003 respectively.
Since 1996, he devoted himself to national and international standardization work such as ETSI, ARIB, TTA, 3GPP , 3GPP2 and ITU

Eckart Kruger

Eckart Kruger

Consultant, NAAMSA

 

Eckart Kruger obtained his Electrical Engineering (1976) and MBA (1983) degrees at the University of Pretoria while working for ISCOR. He started his automotive career in 1994 at BMW where he held various positions in marketing, manufacturing and legal services.
In the latter position he was responsible for vehicle compliance and approvals and was involved with the National Regulator and various Ministries, as well as authorities like ICASA, all having an influence on the vehicle industry.

His main field of expertise is vehicle technical compliance. As Homologation Manager at BMW, Eckart was at first chairman of the NAAMSA (National Association of Automotive Manufacturers in South Africa) Vehicle Crime Prevention Committee and since 2008 chairman of the NAAMSA Technical Committee.

In 2013, Eckart retired from BMW and accepted a position at IDIADA Spain as the Area Manager for the South African branch of IDIADA. IDIADA is a company specializing in vehicle engineering, testing and certification. IDIADA is known for developing and testing various new concepts. Enabling Connected Autonomous Driving (CAD) is one of IDIADA’s field of expertise, where test areas in various traffic conditions are simulated and development done.

Eckart also is a consultant for technical and compliance matters at NAAMSA. In this capacity, he represented South Africa at the International Association of Automotive Manufacturers, OICA, in Paris. He is involved with various automotive companies, who are at the forefront of automotive developments. OICA has a specialist work group on developing standards for Connected Autonomous Driving. Data management and security sub-groups have made great strides in defining the parameters leading to safe use of technology.

Eckart serves on the National Road Safety Advisory Committee to the Minister of Transport. There he advises on vehicle safety aspects and what can or should be done to improve safety on the roads.

Seizo Onoe

Seizo Onoe

Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO, INC. and President, DOCOMO Technology, Inc.

 

Seizo Onoe became Chief Technology Architect of NTT DOCOMO, INC in June 2017 after his 5 years tenure as Chief Technology Officer, while retaining the position of President of DOCOMO Technology, Inc. since June 2015.
Prior to his current position, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO from June 2012.
Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took the position of Managing Director of departments in charge of Radio Access Network development from July 2002 to June 2008.
He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system (1G), the digital cellular system (2G), W-CDMA/ HSPA (3G), LTE, LTE-Advanced (4G) and 5G. He has been working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and services.
He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.

Saad Ibrahim Al-Askar

Saad Ibrahim Al-Askar

Senior RadioCommunication Engineer, Spectrum Management Department, CITC, Saudi Arabia

 

Saad Al-Askar is Senior Radiocommunication Engineer at the Communication and information Technology Commission "CITC" in Saudi Arabia. He joined CITC in December 2013, since then he's been working in the spectrum management department, and has contributes to many activities related to spectrum management in Saudi Arabia. Saad is also a member of the Spectrum subcommittee in Saudi Arabia's 5G National Taskforce working towards establishing the Kingdom's 5G leadership.

Nardos Bekele-Thomas

Nardos Bekele-Thomas

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for South Africa, UNDP

 

Prior to this, she served as the Senior Director of the Office of the Secretary-General, in charge of the overall management of the Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of the Chef de Cabinet and that of the Deputy Secretary-General. Previously, she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Kenya. She also served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Benin from November 2008 to September 2013; before then she served for over four years in Kenya as Deputy Resident Representative.

Over the last three decades, Ms. Bekele-Thomas has served in various capacities in Ethiopia (1974-1982), New York, USA (1983-1987 and 1998-2004), India (1987-88), Bhutan (1988-1989), Comoros Islands (1989-1990), Republic of Benin (l990-1993) and Uganda (1994-1998), promoting human development anchored on the principles of economic, social and political rights for all. Before her assignment to Kenya, Ms. Bekele-Thomas served in New York as Country Programme Adviser for East and Central Africa in the Regional Bureau for Africa of UNDP (2001-2004).

Ms Bekele-Thomas served as Private Sector Policy Adviser in collaboration with regional and international organizations, including the African Business Roundtable (ABR) and the Corporate Council on Africa to promote trade and investment in African countries through private/public sector partnerships in the United States. She has served in technical and advisory capacity to the Government of Uganda (1994-1998), and as a member of the Presidential Advisory Group, Republic of Benin (1990–1993), in which she helped initiate and conceptualize a pro-poor programme on the Social Dimensions of Development.

Ms. Bekele-Thomas is a member of the Group of African Eminent Women; she is a recipient of the prestigious AU/DAF Award of “2015 Woman of Excellence” along with the President of Liberia and former President of Malawi. She was also honored in 2007 as recipient of the Living Legend Achiever’s Award in recognition of her service and leadership role in the promotion of sustainable human development globally, particularly in Africa.

Ms. Bekele-Thomas holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. Candidate Certificate in Economic Development, Monetary Economics and Econometrics from New York University (NYU). She is the author of several papers and monographs and she is fully bilingual in French and English.

Satish Jamadagni

Satish Jamadagni

TSIDI & Reliance Jio

 

20 years of industry experience in the telecom domain covering Devices, Networks, Platforms and Services. I have led teams contributing towards product development and delivery, develop standards and delivered essential patents for key organizations such as Reliance Jio, Motorola, Samsung.

Member of the following industry bodies (past/present):
- Current Chair of TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India) SG-Networks
- Active member of GTI (Global TDD Initiative) & 3GPP
- Co-Chair of the Asia Regional Operators Group; Small Cell Forum (SCF)
- Previously on the board of the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC)

PATENTS & PAPERS :
Over 120 granted/pending patents in the wireless devices/platform domain, Over 25 publications in the Wireless/Telecom area and active contributions to various standards bodies.

Key Essential patents: Covers LTE connectivity solutions, IMS, IOT, Machine Learning(Most patents are available on Google Patents)

Simon Fletcher

Simon Fletcher

CTO, Real Wireless

 

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking responsibility for overall technical and innovation strategy. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a thought leader regularly speaking at industry events. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on the application of open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent the past 20 years working in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for the development of 3G and 4G products and established a Core Team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems, ultimately representing NEC in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI) during the early commercial product launch. In recent times he has directed projects in the area of future cities, the application of 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. He directs the Real Wireless engagement in H2020 5G-NORMA (also serving at the project level as the Innovation Manager), 5G-MoNArch and UK5G AutoAir project establishing new techno-economic analysis tool capability. He led a study for the UKs National Infrastructure Commission on Future Communications infrastructure use cases and costs, and is now a member of the recently formed UK5G Advisory Board.

Christos Bakirtzis

Christos Bakirtzis

from the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki

 

Dr Christos Bakirtzis graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Democritus University of Thrace. He did his residency in Neurology, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also holds a master degree in Social Psychiatry. He currently works as a physician in the 2nd Dep. of Neurology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with teaching, research and treating duties. He has served as investigator in many multicenter clinical trials. He is member of the committee for scientific programming of Hellenic Academy of Neuroimmunology. His fields of interests are: Neuropsychology; Multiple sclerosis; Neuroradiology.

Prebo Barango

Prebo Barango

focal point for the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative in Africa, WHO

 

Barango Prebo is a medical doctor with experience in management, prevention and control of NCDs that spans 2 decades in developing country context. His work has included design and implementation of hypertension and diabetes prevention and control interventions at district and sub district level in Malawi and Nigeria.

He has supported several countries in the African region to develop national health policies, strategies and programs to reduce the burden of NCDs including cancer in line with the NCD Global Action Plan 2013-2020; the Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs prevention and control and regional needs.

He also has worked closely with countries in East and Sothern African (ESA) sub-region of WHO AFRO and partners to develop, implement and evaluate policies, strategies and action plans for the prevention and control of NCDs in the context of strengthening the health system using the PHC approach as well as in the design planning and conduct of population based survey for NCDs and their risk factors.

Dr Barango is the focal person for the WHO-ITU collaboration; Be He@lthy Be Mobile, in AFRO. The focus of this initiative is to assist governments to use mobile components to reinforce their existing national health activities to prevent, manage, and treat Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors.

Cindy Fedell

Cindy Fedell

Director of Informatics, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

Cindy Fedell is the Executive Director of Informatics/CIO at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. She spent the last few years executing an ambitious strategy to modernise the tools clinicians’ use which means the organisation's patient records are now almost entirely paperless. Cindy Chairs the Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative aiming to transform imaging services, Chairs the Bradford Digital 2020 Board aimed at technology innovation through a partnership of health, council, industry, and academia, provides industry insight as a member of Bradford University's Computing Industry Advisory Board, is a member of the Yorkshire Digital Safety Research Group and the World Wireless Research Forum. Cindy worked with NHS Providers to establish an Informatics Leads Network and has previously participated in the ICT Council of Canada’s eHealth Skills Group. In addition to her roles in acute care, Cindy has worked in the private sector for several years as an Informatics Management Consultant and with an EPR supplier, specialising in systems design and implementation in Canada.

Mlungisi Mkhwanazi

Mlungisi Mkhwanazi

AUTC Director, Utilities Technology Council

 

A telecommunications expert with more than 21 years of experience, Mlungisi Mkhwanazi is the Executive Director at Africa Utilities Technology Council. Early in his career, Mlungisi worked in the operations environment where he started from a technician to an Operations and Field Service manager over 4 provinces in SA. He was later promoted to lead the Programme Management department in Eskom Telecommunications. He spent 9 years involved in building critical telecommunications infrastructure. Mlungisi holds a ND in Electrical Engineering, which he supplemented with Project Managament and Management Development Programme. He later obtained an MBA from the University of the Free State.

Shane Rooney

Shane Rooney

Executive Director, IOT, GSMA

 

Shane Rooney is an Executive Director at the GSMA on the Connected Living Programme. Bringing together strategies and synergies across the M2M verticals and the wider IoT ecosystems, he has a wealth of experience in Mobile Communications particularly in Enterprise Solutions and M2M having global experience in a number of operators including Etisalat , Vodafone and Hutchison. In addition he worked at Ford Motor Company innovating and pioneering Telematic Solutions and developing new revenue opportunities. He also been involved in some new innovative M2M companies working on prestigious projects with Motorola, Zumtobel and Aston Martin. He holds a PhD in Communications Engineering from Lancaster University and Business Marketing from IMD Switzerland.

Ganesh Sauba

Ganesh Sauba

Principal Consultant Power and Electrification Strategic Research and Innovation, DNV GL

 

Ganesh Sauba is a Principal Consultant within the Strategic Research and Innovation group based with the Power and Electrification Division in Arnhem – The Netherlands. He has broad expertise in the Home Automation, Energy Management, Smart Grid/Home technology, networking applications, sensors, detectors and alarm systems as well as testing/certification procedures (EMC). He has worked on various 50/50 EU Funded Projects including GAP {Gas Appliance Products}, TEAHA {The European Application Home Alliance}, BeyWatch {Building Energy Watcher} and VIMSEN (VIrtual Microgrids for Smart Energy Networks). He is currently working on NobelGrid and SUCCESS again funded by the EU. Ganesh Sauba is committee member on the BSi IST/006/0-/12 Home Electronic Systems and represent the UK at the CENELEC TC205 WG16 and WG18 on Smart Meters and Smart Cities. He is also a program committee member for IEEE INTELEC & ICRERA organisations.

Moderators

Knud Erik Skouby

Knud Erik Skouby

Director Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Aalborg University

 

Knud Erik Skouby is professor and founding director of center for Communication, Media and Information technologies, Aalborg University-Copenhagen - a center providing a focal point for multi-disciplinary research and training in applications of CMI. Has a career as a university teacher and within consultancy since 1972. Working areas: Techno-economic Analyses; Development of mobile/ wireless applications and services: Regulation of telecommunications

Project manager and partner in a number of international, European and Danish research projects. Served on a number of public committees within telecom, IT and broadcasting; as a member of boards of professional societies; as a member of organizing boards, evaluation committees and as invited speaker on international conferences; published a number of Danish and international articles, books and conference proceedings. Editor in chief of Nordic and Baltic Journal of Information and Communication Technologies (NBICT); Board member of the Danish Media Committee. Chair of WGA in Wireless World Research Forum; Dep. chair IEEE Denmark. Member of the Academic Council of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, AAU.

Bashir Gwandu

Bashir Gwandu

Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group

 

Dr. Bashir Gwandu: The Chairman of Commonwealth ITU Group (CIG), was the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), was also the Chairman of Radiocommunications Advisory Group of the ITU (the RAG), and the Vice Chairman of ITU-R Joint Task Group 4567 (JTG-4567). Gwandu has served as the Vice-Chair of Committee 4 of the ITU Radiocommunications Assembly 2012 (RA-12). He became the Chairman of the CIG in March 2012. He was the Acting CEO of the Nigerian Telecoms Regulatory body, the NCC, from June to July 2010. After receiving his BSc in Physics from UsmanDanfodiyo University, Sokoto and an MSc in Applied Physics from the University of Jos, in addition to a brief Engineering service at the Tactical Air-command, Makurdi and lecturing at UsmanDanfodiyo University, Sokoto, he proceeded to the United Kingdom where he attended MSc Courses in Power Electronics and Drives and MSc courses in Communications Engineering; he further obtained an MPhil degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, all from the University of Birmingham. He returned briefly to Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto to lecture before going back to the UK to study for a PhD in Electronic/Electrical Engineering at Aston University and subsequently undertook an MBA Finance course at the Birmingham Business School.

Dr Gwandu has designed many devices that are used in the telecom industry some of which have been patented in Europe and United States. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) in the UK, and has published over 40 Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research papers in world-class Electrical Engineering journals and conference proceedings. Since 2002, Dr Bashir Gwandu has been involved in research work on Regulation of Utilities.

Dr Gwandu was the Executive Commissioner for Engineering and Technical Standards at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); supervised all Directors/Staff concerned with National Spectrum planning, monitoring, and management, Quality of Service Monitoring and Network Optimization, Equipment Conformance Assessment and Interoperability testing -Type-approval, Numbering Plan, Allocation and Management. He was the Executive Commissioner in Charge of Licensing and Consumer Affairs of the NCC until June 2007. At Licensing, Gwandu supervised the Interconnect rate determination of Sept 2006 that led to improved competition thereby leading to significant reduction in telecom Tariff in Nigeria, the re-classification of Sales and Installation Licenses to Class-Category which has encouraged SMEs entry into the market, the issuance of all the 17 Unified- and hundreds of other Licenses in Nigeria that led to increased competition, the Liberalization of International Gateway for GSM operators that allows for carrying of 3rd Party Traffic thereby reducing tariff for International Calls, the elongation of Access Validity period beyond 90days for all networks on execution of every Revenue Generating Event which has cut down consumer loses and inconveniences, the introduction of Anti- Mobile Phone Theft Scheme in Nigeria to curtail phone theft, the introduction of Tariff Comparison Platform for Consumers so as to aid choice, the abolishing charges to Customer Care Lines, the Limiting of waiting times for answer on Customer Care Lines, the Management of Consumer Parliament, and Management of the Nigerian Internet Exchange project for the ICT Industry, the Improvement of Credit Control system of the NCC to ensure prompt payment of statutory fees by operators, the first ever in-depth NCC investigation into the State of the Quality of Service (QoS) of the Nigerian Telecom Networks. He also led the development of the first ever NCC QoS Regulation, and many other regulatory frameworks of the NCC. He was involved in NCC-based training of personnel from other partner regulatory bodies in different aspects of telecom regulation. Gwandu was part of a number of Nigerian Presidential/Ministerial think-tank committees including Vision-20-2020, Nigerian ICT RoadMap, Panel on University Research funding, and the Launch Committee of the recently Launched Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComsat-1). He represented Nigeria, and sometimes ATU, at the ITU Conferences (such as WRC, WTSA, WSIS, and WTDC) and their preparatory meetings, he is a regular invited speaker at many International Telecom and Telecom Investment Conferences, and has represented Nigeria in many Forums on Telecoms Regulations, and was until recently on the Board of the NigComSat Ltd, and the Board of Digital Bridge Institute. Gwandu having skills in diverse areas of Engineering, Accounting, Finance, the Art of Regulation and Administration; the key competences required of a utility regulator, was on the Board of NCC

Internationally, Gwandu provided leadership and spoke for the African team on Agenda Item 1.4 of ITU WRC-2007, which was the turning point for Africa on ITU WRC matters. He also led the successful pursuit of the Allocation of 700MHz band to Region 1 during WRC 2012, played a major leadership role in delivering the African goals during the Johannesburg WTSA-08 and Dubai 2012 amongst many other achievements.

Miquel Payaró

Miquel Payaró

Head of Division, Senior Researcher, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

 

Miquel Payaró is a senior researcher and the Head of the Communications Technologies Division at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), which he joined in 2009. Miquel received the Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degrees from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He conducted his Ph.D. studies at CTTC under the supervision of Prof. Miguel Á. Lagunas and from September 2005 to February 2006 he held a visiting research appointment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia with Prof. Jinhong Yuan. From February 2007 to December 2008 he was a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) under the supervision of Dr. Daniel P. Palomar.

Since 2009, Miquel has led and participated in several research contracts with the industry (with companies like Aviat Networks or GMV) as well as in research projects from the Seventh Framework Program and H2020 of the EC, such as BuNGee, BeFEMTO, or, more recently, Newcom#, where he led a work package focused on experimental activities related to radio interfaces for 5G systems. From July 2015, Miquel is serving as Technical Manager in the H2020 / 5G-PPP project Flex5Gware, where flexible, reconfigurable HW/SW communication platforms for fifth-generation (5G) mobile services and applications are studied and key building blocks are prototyped. The Flex5Gware consortium includes partners like Intel, Ericsson, Nokia, NEC and Telecom Italia.

Miquel is serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and has been Guest Editor of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies 2015 Special Issue on “Enabling 5G: energy and spectrally efficient communication systems.” He has also served as part of the Organizing Committee of EUSIPCO 2011, European Wireless 2014, ICASSP 2020 and has been TPC Chair of the CLEEN 2017 workshop.

Hendrik Berndt

Hendrik Berndt

Vice Chair for Europe, Middle East, Africa , WWRF

 

Since 2014 Dr. Berndt has dedicated himself to positions as Senior Advisor to worldwide partners in Asia, the Americas and Europe to contribute to solutions for the bigger global societal ICT challenges.

He is advisor to the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) Japan and continuously appointed to support the European Commission for defining the next generation mobile system research directions.

As a founder of the 2015 established International Institute for Innovation Aysén–Patagonia, he has been supporting sustainable natural resource exploitation, by applying IoT to develop solutions for environmental issues within the uniqueness of the region of Patagonia.

He is board member of the IEEE ComSoc Industry Communities Board, vice chairing its 5G special interest group and member of the European Technology Platform NetWorld 2020 Expert Group.

Berndt is member of the Strategic Advisory Board of TOUCAN, a large research endeavors, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
From January 2001 until May 2014 Berndt held the position as Chief Technology Officer & Chief Science Officer of DOCOMO’s Communications Laboratories in Europe. From 2000 to 2010 he has been teaching concurrently as Visiting Professor at the Global Information and Telecommunication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Berndt was stationed from 1993 until end of 2000 in the USA, during these years he was working within Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ; as Executive Director of Advanced Technology for Global One in Reston, Virginia; as invited member of Sprint's Office of Network and Architecture Planning in Kansas and held the position as Chief Technology Officer of the TINA-C headquarters in New Jersey, USA.

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When

Tue 29 May, 2018 09.00 to
Wed 30 May, 2018 17.30

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Where

Garden Court Marine Parade

167 O R Tambo Parade, Marine Parade, Durban, 4001, South Africa

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