Global Spectrum Series

Speaker Biographies

 

Speakers

Gabriel Contreras  Saldívar

Gabriel Contreras Saldívar

President, IFT

 

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Juha  Sipilä

Juha Sipilä

Prime Minister of Finland ,

 

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Fernando Borjón

Fernando Borjón

Director, Promtel, SCT Mexico

 

Fernando Borjón is Director General of Promtel, a new government organization to promote investments for telecommunications infrastructure in Mexico as well as to guarantee the deployment of the Red Compartida project, a wholesale mobile network using the 700 MHz band focused on increasing competition and coverage in the telecommunications Mexican market. Mr. Borjón is a former commissioner of the Mexican Regulator for Telecommunications the IFT and has an 18-year experience at the government in the telecommunications sector. He was chairman of the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), chairman and vice-chairman of the ITU Council and was recently appointed chairman of the ITU Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations (EG‑ITR). Mr. Borjón holds a Masters Degree on Industrial Measurement Systems from Brunel University at London and a Bachelors Degree on Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana at Mexico City.

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Deputy Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU

 

Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for the application of the Radio Regulations and for technical and administrative support of ITU World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences, Radiocommunication Assemblies and Study Groups. The Bureau also carries out the international regulatory processes for registration of frequency assignments and satellite orbits and assists administrations in their coordination and implementation of frequency spectrum and orbit requirements as well as in resolving cases of harmful interference. It provides the specialized technical secretariat for the work of the Radiocommunication Study Groups and the Radiocommunication Assembly in the development of recommendations for spectrum utilization and radio system characteristics.


Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for more than 25 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. This includes the provision of guidelines and tools for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, financing policies and strategies, development of telecommunication and IP-based networks, promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, as well as the use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. Mr. Maniewicz is also responsible for the Union's activities in the promotion of access and use of telecommunications and ICTs for groups that have been marginalized in their access to current mainstream ICT services, including women, youth, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people living in remote communities.


Before becoming Chief of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies at ITU’s BDT, 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. Previously, Mr. Maniewicz was Head of Human Capacity Building, where he was actively involved in promoting projects and activities in developing countries specifically related to Training, Human Resources Management and Development, Organizational Development and Managerial Development for Telecommunications. He was directly involved in the development of models and guidelines for the transformation of telecommunication organizations to better face a changing environment towards competition. He has helped governments, regulators and operators of developing countries in the definition of their organizational and managerial strategies and policies, the identification of their HR and Organizational Development needs, including training of top level managers of telecommunication organizations in modern management and competitive transformation related aspects. He has also broad experience in project management in various fields such as rural telecommunication development, frequency management and monitoring, transformation of the telecommunication sector, strengthening of regulatory agencies and transformation of telecommunication operators, among others.


Héctor Bude

Héctor Bude

Chairman, WG for WRC-15 CITEL, Head of Spectrum Management Department , URSEC

 

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

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

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

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

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

Istvan Bozsoki

Istvan Bozsoki

Head Spectrum Management and Broadcasting Division, ITU

 

Mr Istvan Bozsoki joined the ITU in 1997 to work at the Space Department of the Radiocommunication Bureau and he was dealing with coordination and notification of satellite systems. In 2007 he moved to the Telecommunication Development Bureau and is responsible for spectrum management and broadcasting issues. Since April 2013 he is Head of Spectrum Management and Broadcasting Division. After obtaining his degree in telecommunication engineering at the Technical University Budapest in 1980 he spent 17 years at the Hungarian Communication Authority and he was dealing with technical and regulatory aspects of the spectrum management. Among others, he was responsible for the development of a computerized spectrum management system. Later, he was appointed as director of international affairs. He has a master degree in radiocommunications and broadcasting.

Martha Suarez

Martha Suarez

Director General, ANE

 

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Mindel De La Torre

Mindel De La Torre

Chief International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

 

Since October 2009, Mindel De La Torre has been Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In that role, she leads the FCC’s efforts internationally – both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. She oversees the International Bureau’s functions with regard to licensing of international and domestic satellites, international long distance, international broadcast stations, and submarine cables. Ms. De La Torre was previously at the FCC between 1994-1998 as Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Division of the International Bureau.

Before returning to the FCC, she was president of the Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG), a consulting firm in the Washington DC area. Her work at TMG included advising businesses, international organizations, and regulators on issues relevant to liberalization and commercialization of the telecommunications sector. Ms. De La Torre managed a variety of teams responsible for telecommunications projects, including advising telecommunications agencies in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East regarding key restructuring and regulatory issues, redrafting and updating telecommunications laws and involvement in third generation mobile issues.

She has been a member of various U.S. delegations to ITU conferences, such as the
World Conference on International Telecommunications, World Radiocommunication Conferences, World Telecommunication Development Conferences, and Plenipotentiary Conferences. She has also participated actively in regional telecommunications organizations, such as CITEL and APEC.

Ms. De La Torre also worked at the Department of Commerce – for over four years at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and for three years in the General Counsel’s office.

Ms. De La Torre has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Texas. She is a member of the Texas bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Having lived overseas most of her life, she speaks fluent Portuguese, French, and Spanish and is proficient in Italian.

Oscar Leon*

Oscar Leon*

Executive Secretary, CITEL

 

*Opening Address via video link

Oscar has over 18 years experience in the ICT sector, has extensive experience in project management and implementation of new business and appropriation of new technologies. He is an Electronic Engineer Graduate Telecommunications Project Management and Master in Business Administration.

He was Director of Projects Solutions Providers of MICROSOFT, he worked in the Colombian telecoms regulator, was Manager Regulatory Claro (America Movil COLOMBIA) has advised three Ministers of Communications. He was Director General of the National Spectrum Agency of Colombia for nearly five years and was elected Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission since September 2015.

The engineer Oscar Leon has been an international speaker in the development of wireless broadband services. The areas covered include both electromagnetic fields and their relationship to human health, spectrum auctions, and strategy for developing countries

He has been awarded:
1. Medal of Merit First Class Communications gold for his contribution to the development of ICT in Colombia.
2. The Medal of Merit Communications - third class in bronze by the excellent results in the spectrum auction for the fourth mobile generation.
3. San Gabriel Military Medal for supporting the military communications service.
4. Appointed by the International Telecommunication Union for the Americas as Vice President of Group
5 - Environment and Climate Change, which studies the relationship between radio and health fields.

María Elena Estavillo

María Elena Estavillo

Commissioner, IFT

 

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Tarcísio  Bakaus

Tarcísio Bakaus

Coordinator of Spectrum Allocation and International Spectrum, ANATEL

 

Tarcisio Aurélio Bakaus was born in Curitiba, state of Paraná, Brazil, in 1972.

- Graduated in Telecommunications Engineering in 1994, at Telecommunications National Institute - INATEL/MG - Brazil .
- Post-Graduated in Marketing in 2000, at Dom Cabral Foundation - FDC/MG - Brazil.
- 12 years of experience in telecommunications companies in the private sector ( Technical, Comercial, Marketing and Business areas).
- In 2007/March started to work at the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency – ANATEL in the User´s Relationships Departament
- By 2010 was invited to work at the Anatel´s Spectrum Management Department and started to work at the Science Services Study Group 7 at the ITU-R and at the Permanent Consultative Committee II of Citel and at WRC-12 was responsible for Brazil's positions on items of scientific services.
- From 2013 has been the coordinator for the preparation of the Brazilian delegation and its positions for the World Radiocommunication Conferences and has been the Brazil Head of Delegation in many of CCP.II Citel´s meeting and at the Conference Preparatory Meetings (CPMs).

Raul Lazcano

Raul Lazcano

Head of Regulatory Policy and Research, Ministry of Telecommunications, Chile

 

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Glenn Fallas

Glenn Fallas

Director, Directorate General of Quality and Spectrum, SUTEL

 

Electronic Engineer, with a degree on Telematics and Telecommunications Project Management.

 Mr. Fallas has more than 10 years of experience in regulation of the telecommunications sector, including the areas of quality of service, operators-users relations and spectrum management. 

In the spectrum area, has extensive experience in spectrum planning, administration and monitoring, bidding process formulation and auctions, and also was the leader of the interdisciplinary group in charge of the design and implementation of the National Frequency Monitoring System and its administrative database. 

Frequently supports the country representation in terms of spectrum management at CITEL and ITU, and had proposed improvements to the National Frequency Allocation Plan which have resulted in the availability of more spectrum for IMT applications and other modifications in order to comply with the international standards.

 Head Costa Rica’s number portability project, which involved the technical requirements, the management of the operator’s positions and requests, as well as the direction and coordination of the number portability committee among other requirements for its implementation. Also imparted local courses on telecommunications regulation and spectrum management.

Mario de la Cruz Sarabia

Mario de la Cruz Sarabia

President, CANIETI

 

Mario de la Cruz Sarabia is the President of the National Chamber of Electronic Industry, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CANIETI) since march 15th of 2016. Before that, he was the National Digital Strategy Vicepresident in the CANIETI.
He also is the Head of Government Affairs of Cisco Systems, position that allows him to impulse IT, regulatory and corporative policies trough institutional relations.
De la Cruz has a 20 years trajectory in private sector and public service, standing out for his knowledge and contributions to the national growth of México.
During this time, he participated in the financial sector in Banamex-Citibank and the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in the team that elaborated the World Development Report. In the public sector he has been Economic Development Secretary and President of the Mexican Association of Economic Development Secretaries, being the first President elected by unanimity.
Economist from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), he also graduated with honors from the Marshall School of Business of the University Of Southern California (USC) where he obtained an MBA. He also has studies in telecommunications sector in the ITAM, business development in the IPADE and in energetic industry in the University of Texas at Austin.

Ricardo Castañeda

Ricardo Castañeda

Director General of Spectrum Engineering, IFT

 

Ricardo Castañeda is the General Director of Spectrum Engineering in The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, the Mexican telecommunications regulator. Mr. Castañeda is a telecom and electronics engineer, with specialization in telecommunications by The Instituto Politécnico Nacional and have several studies regarding spectrum technologies, regulation and telecom public policies.
Mr. Castañeda have more than 15 years of experience in telecoms sector, playing different roles and responsibilities in the private and public sectors. He is specialized in spectrum regulation, as well as spectrum planning, engineering and optimization.
As part of the Mexican telecommunications regulator, Mr. Castañeda has participated in the development of numerous public policies, technical rules and studies related with the use, planning, and regulation of spectrum in Mexico.

In international matters, has represented Mexico in several conferences and meetings. Collaborates actively in specialized organisms like ITU, CITEL and in bilateral Mexico – USA authorities’ workgroups for spectrum sharing in the border zone with United States.

Alejandro Navarrete

Alejandro Navarrete

Head of Radioelectric Spectrum Unit, IFT

 

Since September 2014 Alejandro Navarrete is the Head of the Spectrum Unit at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) in Mexico.
Under his responsibility relies spectrum planning, regulation and management, including spectrum auctions, for granting commercial concessions for telecommunications and broadcasting services. During 2013 he worked as the Head of the Radio and Television Systems Unit also at IFT and as Deputy Director General of the same unit at the former Federal Telecommunications Commission.
From 2004 to 2012 Mr. Navarrete was the Director General of the Telecommunications Research and Innovation Center (Cinit) of the Telecommunications Industry National Chamber (CANITEC). There he developed strategic planning in regulatory and technical issues associated to cable telecommunications networks.
Before that, Alejandro Navarrete acted as Head of Staff of the Undersecretary of Communications at the Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT) and Director of Television Services at the same ministry. In addition, he has more than 28 years of teaching experience at undergraduate level in private universities in Mexico. He is author and coauthor of textbooks in mathematics and technology and has been part of academic, commercial and regulatory consultative councils in Mexico. He participates as speaker in for a related to telecommunications and broadcasting topics in Mexico and abroad.
Alejandro Navarrete has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Electronic Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a master in science degree in Electrical Engineering with major in Communications and Signal Processing from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York, U.S.A.

Karim Lesina

Karim Lesina

Vice President, International External Affairs European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America, and Trans-Atlantic Relations, AT&T

 

Karim Antonio Lesina is the Vice President of AT&T, covering International External Affairs for the European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions and in charge of Trans-Atlantic Relations. In this role he leads AT&T's advocacy in those regions. AT&T is a premier global communications company, providing wholesale services and mobile roaming services to over 220 countries and territories, and providing business enterprise services to countries representing over 99 percent of the world’s economy.

In addition to developing and implementing market access strategies to enable AT&T’s global expansion to satisfy customer needs, other responsibilities for Mr. Lesina include ensuring compliance with international telecom regulations, and advocacy on a wide range policy matters related to the stable growth, innovation and investment by the information and communications technology sector.
Mr. Lesina is based in AT&T’s Brussels (Belgium) office. He is an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Vice Chair of the Board of of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and Chair of the Presidency Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He is a Board Member of the European Internet Foundation, of the Transatlantic Business Council, of the EU Brazil Association, of AHCIET and member of the GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer Group for Central and Latin America. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, TPN, WEF, etc.

Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Lesina held senior positions with another leading US-headquartered ICT company (Intel Corporation), and a number of leading public affairs agencies in Brussels. Born in Dakar (Senegal) Mr. Lesina is an Italian-Tunisian national and has a Master Degree in Economics of development at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
Mr. Lesina also recently joined the Advisory Council of the “Global Free Speech and the Internet” of the Media Institute.

Jose Luis  Ayala

Jose Luis Ayala

Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America, Ericsson

 

Mr. Ayala joined Ericsson USA in the year 2000, and transferred to Ericsson Latin America in 2002, where, he developed his career in the areas of Sales, Engineering and Business Development.

Since 2010, Mr. Ayala is responsible for leading Ericsson strategy regarding Telecom policies which favor the mass adoption of broadband services in the Latin American region. In his role, Mr. Ayala has supported several Governments across the region in areas of Telecom policies, spectrum management, national ICT plans and, mobile broadband strategies.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr. Ayala built a solid career in leading Telecom Operators based in Central America, United States, and Spain.

A national of El Salvador, Mr. Ayala is a Telecommunications engineer with over twenty years of experience in the industry, and has strong background in areas of Mobile and Fixed Broadband, IMS Softswitch, IP, and Transport systems.

Mr. Ayala holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology University, under a Fullbright Scholarship.

In addition, he received a fellowship from Hispano-American Telecom Association AHCIET, and resided in Madrid, Spain.

Celedonio  von Wuthenau

Celedonio von Wuthenau

Director, LAT Government Relations, Nokia

 

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Gabriela  Manriquez

Gabriela Manriquez

Head of Government Affairs, Qualcomm

 

Ms. Manriquez manages the Qualcomm’s policy and regulatory agenda for the advancement of the company’s wireless technologies, products and services in Latin America. She participates in the activities of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Inter-American Commission of Telecommunications (CITEL) and other international fora. Ms. Manriquez serves in the International Community Foundation's board. She also serves in the University of California San Diego’s Alumni Board, and as a mentor at mystartupxx.com. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 1998, Ms. Manriquez worked as the Director of International Projects for NextWave Telecom, based in San Diego, California. In 1995, she worked at the Federal Communications Commission's International Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Manriquez received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego and a Masters in International Management degree from University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy.

Qualcomm Incorporated is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.

Fabio Leite

Fabio Leite

Global Spectrum Regulatory Policy , ESOA

 

Mr. Fabio Leite holds a Master’s degree of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Telecommunications (1980).
In his professional life, he has held different positions in the radiocommunications field in both public and private sectors in Brazil, in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - the United Nations agency responsible for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), as well as in the global ICT industry. 
Mr. Leite worked for EMBRATEL, the Brazilian long-distance telecommunication carrier, where he was responsible for the system engineering of BRAZILSAT, the first Brazilian domestic satellite system, successfully launched in 1985.
Since 1980, he participated in many ITU radiocommunication conferences and meetings as member of national delegations, responsible for technical and regulatory is¬sues. In 1986, he was has elected Vice Chairman of the ITU Radiocommunication Study Group responsible for satellite services.
His career in the ITU started in 1987 where he held several functions, such as Radiocommunication Engineer in the Space Services Depart¬ment of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Counsellor for mobile and fixed services in the Study Group Department of BR and Project Manager of ITU’s third generation mobile communications project, namely International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) in the Office of the Secretary-General. As of 2005, Mr. Leite held the positions of Chief of the Informatics, Administration and Publications Department and of Deputy-Director of BR.
Mr. Leite was Senior Advisor to Rohde & Schwarz from 2014 to 2015.
On May 2015, Mr. Leite joined Inmarsat where he is responsible for regulatory and market access matters.

Georgina Martinez

Georgina Martinez

President, Auction Technologies

 

Ms. Martínez has over 18 years of consultancy experience where she has advised in over 50 auctions in the telecom and energy industries. Since 1998 she has provided end-to-end auction support for mobile companies participating in spectrum auctions and managed war rooms for bidders participating in the 2G, 3G, 4G, and AWS spectrum auctions around the world. She has also designed and managed clock and SMR auctions for energy procurement and spectrum allocation.

Suzanne  Malloy

Suzanne Malloy

Vice President Regulatory Affairs, O3b

 

Suzanne Malloy is VP, Regulatory Affairs, for O3b. Previously Ms. Malloy served as Senior Regulatory Counsel for SES, with responsibility for matters related to the Asia and Americas regions. Ms. Malloy has worked on satellite regulatory matters for 20 years, in both the private and public sectors, managing satellite and earth station licensing, satellite policy advocacy, and spectrum regulatory issues. Prior to joining SES, Ms. Malloy served for nearly 10 years as Vice President, Regulatory for DBSD North America, and acted as Senior Regulatory Counsel for Teledesic. Ms. Malloy began work in the satellite sector as Attorney-Advisor in the International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, issuing satellite licenses and participating in treaty negotiations related to satellite market access.

Amer Hassan

Amer Hassan

Principal Program Manager, Partner Engineering and Industry Alliance , Microsoft

 

Amer Hassan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Systems from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where his research focused on radio communications and information theory. Since then Amer worked at GE Research then Ericsson Research as Manager for emerging wireless technologies. His research and development focused on system designs for efficient use of spectrum. He was an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University where Amer taught error control coding and applications. Amer joined Microsoft Windows Networking as Wireless Architect in June 2000, and Program Manager for Wi-Fi devices connectivity in 2010. While in Windows, Amer led product as well as industry activities in dynamic spectrum access and coexistence. He joined Skype in 2011 where he held roles ranging from leading Strategic Alliances, Wi-Fi and TVWS connectivity for municipal deployments, and cloud based voice services. He has been involved in Dynamic Spectrum Access related areas since 2001, including early efforts on DFS in 5 GHz, UWB for devices connectivity, and coexistence across heterogeneous radio networks. He currently serves on the US delegation for ITU-D SG1 and Vice Chair of Res 9 on Spectrum Management. Amer co-founded several industry alliances focusing on connectivity technologies that had impact on improving user access and productivity. He currently represents Microsoft on the Wi-Fi Alliance BoD and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Washington. He previously served on the BoD for the High Speed Wireless Center (Lund University, Sweden), WiGig Alliance, and several other industry forums.

Lasse Wieweg

Lasse Wieweg

GSG Global Coordinator, GSA

 

Lasse Wieweg, Director, Government and industry relations, at Ericsson, has worked with telecommunications topics 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. In 1994, he took up a new position within the Swedish Defence Material Administration, looking after 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.

Jozef Svrcek

Jozef Svrcek

CEO, Specure

 

Since 2000, Jozef Svrcek worked as IT manager and IT consultant at several global corporations, for example Bayer Schering, Deloitte and Red Bull. Since 2012 he participated at several spectrum auctions across Europe.

 Recent SMRA auctions of radio frequencies (800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands) in Czech Republic (2012-2013, 2015) and 5-band CCA auction in Montenegro (2015-2016)
 SPECURE, Vienna, Austria, since 2014:
Director - spectrum auctions, auction theory, consulting
 Red Bull, Fuschl am See, Austria, 2010-2012:
Project manager, project portfolio management, vendor management
 Bayer Business Services, Berlin and Leverkusen, Germany, 2000-2007:
Project manager, managing international projects, change management

Veena Rawat

Veena Rawat

Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA

 

Dr. Rawat is President and CEO of Expert Strategies International, LLC, a consulting firm, advising GSMA as Senior Spectrum Advisor. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management”

Between 2011-14, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, Dr. Rawat was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Dr. Rawat spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions in managing radio frequency spectrum.

Dr. Rawat ‘s many "firsts" in her career and her long list of national and international awards include being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU's WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 for which she was awarded ITU’s gold medal by the Secretary Genera; IEEE award for Public Service in Communications – 2012; from the Govt of Canada the highest Public Service Award of Excellence – 2011; and from Canadian Women in Communications’ Canadian Woman of the Year – 2004;

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

COO, LS Telcom

 

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

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie

Director, Coleago

 

Scott McKenzie is an experienced consultant with over twenty years background in the telecoms and high technology industries. His areas of expertise span: general management, strategic planning, operations, finance and M&A.

Early in his career, he held a variety of engineering and marketing positions with Telstra and Ericsson. After business school, he worked as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little before spending six years as an equity analyst in the City of London with the investment banking divisions of SEB and Société Générale. Upon leaving the City he became Chief Strategy Officer for the international mobile division of the Dutch telecom operator Royal KPN, where he was also CEO of the mobile wholesale business unit. He joined Coleago Consulting in 2009.
Scott spent many of his formative years in Australia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Melbourne University. He also holds an MBA degree from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Paulo Ricardo H. Bauldíno

Paulo Ricardo H. Bauldíno

Director General, Asociacao Brasileria de Emissoras de Radio e Televisao; & Representative, International Association of Broadcasters

 

Paulo Ricardo H. Balduino, Brazilian, with graduation in electronics engineering at the University of Brasilia, is CEO of Synthesis Consulting, which operates in the converging telecom and media environment. Was COO and Co-founder of Spectrum Latin America, in partnership with the European Spectrum Strategy Consultants.
His experience includes the direction of other Brazilian telecommunications companies such as Victori Communications / VICOM (today arm of British Telecom in Brazil) and Teletrim - Paging Services.

Worked long time for the Brazilian Government at the Ministry of Communications when he was in charge of the coordination of activities along the international regulation of the distinct forums of International Telecommunication Union - ITU and Inter-American Telecommunication Commission - CITEL.

He used to head Brazilian delegations at various meetings, conferences and assemblies of the ITU and CITEL on various topics, among which the planning of the use of spectrum for various services.

Currently his consulting activities include the direction of the Department of the Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters - ABERT aimed at policy, planning and use of the radio spectrum

Elena Scaramuzzi

Elena Scaramuzzi

Head Americas Telecoms, Media and Digital Economy, Cullen International

 

Elena Scaramuzzi joined Cullen International in 2009. At Cullen Elena’s activities are focused on telecommunications and media regulatory research in Latin America and Europe. Before joining Cullen International Elena worked at the international regulatory dept. of Telecom Italia, and prior to that at the World Bank in Washington DC. Elena has a degree in Political Science from LUISS University, Rome.

Cullen International provides a unique range of regulatory services on telecommunications, media, electronic commerce and postal services.

Soren Sorensen

Soren Sorensen

Associate Director, Nera

 

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Alfonso Lúa Reyes

Alfonso Lúa Reyes

Deputy General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs, SKY Mexico

 

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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. She looks forward to contributing to Session 6 on that very topic.

With 21 years of experience in the Telco World, Catherine has spent 14 of those with Telefonica in M&A and more recently 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.

Catherine is an Irish national and a firm believer of only applying spectrum caps in selective cases. That said, with 3 young boys in her household, Catherine is quite sure that caps can apply at home.

Randall Trevino

Randall Trevino

Senior Advisor, ITU

 

Randall TREVINO was named Deputy Regional Director at
ITU Regional Office for the Americas in February 2013.
Prior to this appointment, he performed duties as Director of Networks and Telecommunication Systems at Vice Ministry of Telecommunications in Costa Rica; Randall was the former President of the Board of Central America
Telecommunications Commission – COMTELCA and
co-responsible for the creation of the National Broadband
Strategy in Costa Rica.
After more than thirty years’ experience in the high-technology industry, Randall worked for 13 years with ICE, The Electricity and Telecommunications Institute in Costa Rica, where held increasingly management positions in Electricity and Telecommunication areas. In 1995 he became Director of International Engineering for IMA-WorldCom in
Miami, USA with the responsibility of the development of the International Call Originating Network throughout Latin America, where he remained until 2001, and then he moved to NEXCOM-LeadCom Group Israel as General Manager and Senior Project Director successfully managing NORTEL projects for more than US$ 50 million.
Afterwards he was appointed Senior Project Director for GBM an IBM alliance Company, to manage high profile projects on CISCO Giga Routers Backbone Networks. Mr.
Trevino also has held executive positions in various companies in the private sector as Xerox, ITS Info-Comunicación, and IBS Technologies among others.
Mr. Trevino received degrees in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering - Summa Cum Laude - from Central America Autonomous University, Master Degree in
Project Management - Cum Laude - from University of Science and Technology in Costa Rica, MBA International Business from University of Miami, USA, and M.Sc.
Engineering from Purdue University, USA.

Abel Mellado Ochoa

Abel Mellado Ochoa

General Coordianator of International Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Peru

 

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Hector Marin

Hector Marin

Senior Director Government Affairs, Qualcomm

 

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Guillermo Jimenez

Guillermo Jimenez

CTO Strategic Segments (GEPS) Latin America, Nokia

 

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Ricardo Martínez Garza

Ricardo Martínez Garza

Representative, SCT Mexico

 

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Moderators

Enrique Melrose

Enrique Melrose

Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

 

“Suma cum laude” in Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico and more than six years of research experience in computer design for inertial navigation systems at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France.

Seven years in national public service on strategic planning for the Mexican transportation and communications sectors focused on infrastructure investment programs.

Nine years as international civil servant (IBI-UNESCO) defining and implementing technology transfer projects for developing countries on informatics and telecommunications.

Two years as independent consultant carrying out telematics projects in Europe and Africa.

Six years as Research Coordinator of the Mexican Institute for Communications, an advisory body to the mexican Minister of Communications and Transport.

Technical leader of the Mexican group for the design, biding evaluation, construction and launch of the second generation of Mexican telecommunications satellites and its related services.

Two years as national spectrum manager and almost five years as Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) of Mexico in charge of the technical and engineering area dealing with spectrum allocation, numbering, signalling and interconnection plans for competition.
National Engineering Award 1997. (Colegio de Ingenieros en Comunicaciones y Electrónica)
WCA Regulatory Vision Award 2002 (Wireless Communications Association) Washington, D.C.
Presently as independent ITU Consultant, teaching at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) and Member of the Scientific Committee of FORMIT, Rome Italy.

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. He recently supported a mobile operator in Colombia with its preparations for the AWS
spectrum auction.

Jorge Fernando Negrete

Jorge Fernando Negrete

Managing Director, Media Telecom Policy and Law, Media Telecom

 

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Joaquin Restrepo

Joaquin Restrepo

Head, Outreach and Publication Services Division, International Telecommunications Union

 

Joined the ITU in July 2012, acting as Head of Outreach and Publications Division at Radiocommunications Bureau, having in charge the Outreach Strategy for this Bureau.

During 2011-2012, was Senior Technical Advisor in REGULATEL. In 2010 Founder and 1st. Director General of the National Spectrum Agency, NSA, Colombia, in 2006 Director Office of International Affairs, Ministry of ICT of Colombia, in 2002 Director of Planning at COMPARTEL Program (universal service) at the same Ministry.

M.SC and Ph.D. Telecommunications, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Toulouse, France; Electronic Engineer and M.Sc. Technology Management, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia., Extensive experience in meetings and conferences on ICT multilateral ITU, CITEL, CAATEL, COPUOS, etc. Project Manager regional satellite: Satellite Andean Colombian Satellite (SATCOL). More than 20 years of experience in academic sector, devoted to R&D projects in Radiocommunications. Author of numerous scientific papers in specialized magazines as: EEE, IAF, etc. Holder of several patents in the domain of Non-GEO satellite communications.

Salma Jalife

Salma Jalife

International Affairs Coordinator , Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet, A.C.

 

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Logistics

When

Thu October 13, 2016 09.00 to
Fri October 14, 2016 17.00

UTC-6

 

Where

Sheraton Maria Isabel Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 325, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

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