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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

 

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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.

Chih-Lin I

Chih-Lin I

Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute

 

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.
In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee.
She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

Jean-Pierre Bienaime

Jean-Pierre Bienaime

Secretary General, 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA)

 

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Secretary General of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), representing the digital & telecommunications industry (operators, manufacturers, research and academic institutes, verticals, SMEs) in the Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, since 2016. He is also Chairman of the 5G PPP Steering Board.

Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, Bienaimé has had responsibilities including Director Planning Department at FT, Advisor to the General Director of Moroccan Telecommunications in Rabat, Director of Marketing and Product Development for International Business Networks & Services at FT, Chief Executive Officer of Nexus International, and Vice-President International Mobile Support for Orange Group. From 2009 until 2016, Jean-Pierre has been Senior Vice-President Wholesale Strategy, Communications and Community at Orange.
Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum from 2003 until 2016, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G UMTS and 4G LTE and evolutions, and to ensure their worldwide commercial success.

Jean-Pierre is the chairman of IREST (Economic and Social Research Institute on Telecommunications), a think tank of influence based in Paris. Jean-Pierre is graduated from ESSEC Business School, from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes & Télécommunications – Paris, and from INSEAD.

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

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.

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.

Mlungisi Mkhwanazi

Mlungisi Mkhwanazi

AUTC Director, Utilities Technology Council

 

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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.

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.

Kezias Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU

 

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.

Paris Mashile

Paris Mashile

Councillor, ICASA

 

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Ross Bateson

Ross Bateson

Special Adviser, Government Affairs, GSMA

 

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Juanita Clark

Juanita Clark

CEO, FTTX

 

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Logistics

When

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

SAST

 

Where

Garden Court Marine Parade

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

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