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Speaker Biographies

Please see below a list of those who spoke at the 10th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference.


François Rancy

François Rancy

Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU


Mr. Rancy was elected by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2010 to the post of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union.

As Director, Mr. Rancy is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau which organises and co-ordinates the work of the Radiocommunication Sector whose aim is to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary satellite orbit.

Previous to taking up his duties at the ITU in January, 2011, he was Director General of the French Agence nationale des fréquences. Since 1995, Mr. Rancy has served as the head or deputy head for national delegations at many ITU conferences and meetings.

Mr. Rancy graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1977 and from Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications in 1979.

Gunnar Hokmark

Gunnar Hokmark

MEP, European Parliament


Gunnar Hökmark is a Swedish Member of the European Parliament since 2004. He is the leader of the Swedish delegation to the EPP Group. Prior to his role in European politics, he was Secretary General of Sweden’s Moderate Party from 1991-2000.

Mr. Hökmark is an active member of the ITRE Committee dealing with industry, research and science, telecom and energy. In the last mandate he was the EP rapporteur on the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. Mr. Hökmark is also a member of the ECON Committee of the European Parliament dealing with economic policy, public finances and competition legislation, and is currently the Parliament's rapporteur on banking structural reform.

Kamila Kloc

Kamila Kloc

Deputy Head of Cabinet of V-P Ansip, European Commission


Kamila Kloc joined the European Commission in December 2004, first as a national expert, and since 2008 as an established official. In November 2014 she took the post of Deputy Head of Cabinet for Vice President Ansip. Prior to joining the Cabinet, she worked at Directorate General for Energy. Before that she was seconded from the Commission to work for the Polish Presidency. During that time she worked as an Adviser to the President of Polish Energy Regulatory Office. Earlier, she worked for 5 years at the Directorate General for Competition on merger and antitrust cases. Prior to joining the Commission she worked at the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection in Poland as Adviser to the President.

Kamila Kloc started her professional career in academia and taught at Warsaw School of Economics as Assistant Professor. Her professional interest concentrates on the role of regulation and competition policy in the network industries. She has written her PhD on the role of competition policy in the public utilities sector with a special emphasis on telecommunications. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California in Berkeley and a Chevening fellow at Oxford University.

Gilles  Brégant

Gilles Brégant

Director General, ANFR; and Chair, RSPG


Born in Chambéry (France) in 1963, Gilles Brégant graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1986) then from Telecom ParisTech (1988). Following a 7-year-career at France Telecom research center, Gilles Brégant led the transition project from “Minitel” electronic directory to its companion web site, He was then appointed technical adviser to the Minister in charge of Research (1996-1997). He had to coordinate international projects and themes in relation with information technology. He then worked for the department of trade and industry as deputy director in charge of Prospective. He was appointed secretary general of the ministerial task force “Digital Economy” (2001-2005). He was then appointed Technical Director of Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (the French Media Regulator) in 2005. Gilles Brégant is the CEO of ANFR since 2011. He was elected President of RSPG in November 2011.

Alexander  Kühn

Alexander Kühn

Chairman, WRC-15 Conference Preparatory Group


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, on 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 the German preparation of the WRC’s and served as CEPT CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013. Mr Kühn has been appointed Chairman of CPG in June 2013.

Lidia Kozlowska

Lidia Kozlowska

Vice-chair , BEREC


Lidia Kozłowska was appointed Deputy President of the UKE by the Minister for Administration and Digitisation on 15 April 2012.
A graduate from the Warsaw University of Technology she has a degree in telecommunications engineering. Throughout her professional career she has worked within the telco sector.
In 1996, she started working for Netia. When leaving the company in 2000 she had advanced to the position of Deputy Executive Director for Marketing. She then worked as the Vice President for Marketing at Energis, now known as GTS.
In 2003 she was appointed Director for Business Clients at Telekomunikacja Polska (Orange). Before her appointment as Deputy President of UKE she worked as an independent consultant in both Romania and Czech Republic where amongst her assignments she was an advisor for business markets at Telefonica O2.
At UKE, she supervises the work of the Department of Wholesale Telecommunications Market, Department of Technology, Department of Infrastructure Development and UKE regional offices.

Julius  Knapp

Julius Knapp

Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC


Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). Mr. Knapp has been with the FCC for nearly 36 years. Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994 – 1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses. Mr. Knapp received a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.

Rüdiger Hahn

Rüdiger Hahn

Head of Department - Legal Aspects of Telecommunications and Frequency Regulation, BNetzA


In 1990 Rüdiger Hahn entered into the service of the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and until 1992 he was the Assistant Head of Section “Principles of Regulation”. From 1993 Mr Hahn was the Assistant Head of Section “Legal Aspects of Regulation” and from 1996 he was the Head of Section “Mobile and Satellite Communications”.

From 1998 Mr Hahn was the Head of Division “Regulation and Licences” at the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts and since 2001 he has been the Director, Head of Department “Legal Aspects of Telecommunications Regulation, Frequency Regulation” at the Federal Network Agency.

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission


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

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

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director of Spectrum and International Policy, Ofcom


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

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

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

Robert Leese

Robert Leese

CEO, Smith Institute


Dr Robert Leese is Chief Executive of the Smith Institute and plays a leading role in shaping the way that businesses and governments harness mathematical ways of thinking. His work covers applications of data science, optimization, modelling and risk management. He has been involved with the implementation of cutting-edge spectrum auction designs since 2007, and leads the Smith Institute's work in auction verification. He has 20 years of experience in problems of combinatorial optimization and for many years delivered a Masters level course on Performance Modelling at the University of Oxford. He has worked extensively on the mathematical modelling and analysis of telecommunications systems, with a focus on spectrum management.

Working with the Smith Institute's team of experts, Robert has supported regulators in the preparation and delivery of 12 combinatorial spectrum auctions around the world. He has built up extensive experience of the design, implementation, validation and verification of the associated software systems.

Robert has an MMath from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the University of Durham and since 1993 has been a Fellow in Mathematics at St Catherine's College in the University of Oxford.

Mark  Colville

Mark Colville

Principal, Analysys Mason Limited


Mark Colville is a strategy consultant specialising in the telecoms, media and technology sectors and is part of the Regulation practice at Analysys Mason's Cambridge office. He joined Analysys Mason in 2003 and has advised a variety of clients including national regulators, fixed and mobile operators, media players, equipment vendors and investors on a wide range of projects across the globe.

Mark’s work focuses mainly on radio spectrum and wider regulatory issues across the telecoms and media industries. Amongst other topics, he has particular expertise in spectrum valuation and auction support, spectrum policy, and forecasting the future demand for spectrum. His recent project experience includes various projects assisting mobile operators with spectrum valuation in preparation for multi-band auctions. He has also recently led a project for Ofcom on calculating the benefits of changing the use of the 700MHz band to mobile, which was a key input to Ofcom’s cost-benefit analysis around the future use of the 700MHz band.. Prior to that Mark led a project for the Danish regulator on forecasting the future demand for spectrum for fixed and mobile broadband services.

Mark’s other areas of expertise include media regulation, with a focus on competition issues in pay TV markets, content rights issues and TV advertising. His wider regulatory experience includes work on a range of competition issues including wholesale pricing, predatory pricing and margin squeeze analysis and core and access network cost modelling. Mark also has extensive experience in pricing of fixed and mobile telephony services and has managed several projects to advise operators on the introduction of new tariff plans.

Mark trained as a mathematician and has an MA from Cambridge University as well as a Diploma in Computer Science, also from Cambridge University.

Vincenzo Lobianco

Vincenzo Lobianco

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, AGCOM


Vincenzo Lobianco is in AGCOM, the Italian NRA, from year 2000. Currently he is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, reporting directly to the AGCOM board on technical and regulatory issues related to telecommunication infrastructure and radio spectrum.

Before holding the post of Chief Technology and Information Officer, Vincenzo Lobianco has been, from 2006 to 2014, Director of the Electronic Communication Network and Services Directorate of AGCOM charged, inter alia, for the preparation of the frequency and numbering assignment plans, for horizontal regulatory decisions, for the monitoring and the enforcement of AGCOM decisions, notably in the wholesale telecommunication markets, regulatory accounting systems of notified operators and dispute resolutions.

Vincenzo Lobianco represented Italy in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group of EU and in several international frequency coordination meetings.

Vincenzo Lobianco holds an MS in Electronic Engineering. Before joining AGCOM, he worked for the Ministry of Communication from 1985, where we was responsible for the management of the first Italian public packet network (ITAPAC) and for the national numbering plan. He also served as the national coordinator of ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute) activities and as member of the ETSI Board (from 1999 to 2002). During years 1995-1998, he was seconded to the European Commission, where he worked as Project Officer of several projects, within the IDA Programme (Interchange of Data between Administration).

Ethan Lavan

Ethan Lavan

Member, Regulatory Working Group , ESOA


Ethan Lavan is Director of Orbital Resources at Eutelsat since 2010. Prior to joining Eutelsat, Lavan was responsible for regulatory policy and management of service and spectrum licences at global level for Inmarsat Global, the UK-based mobile satellite services operator, which he joined in 2002. From 1989 to 2001, he held various responsibilities at Alcatel Space Industries, including regulatory standards coordination for the SkyBridge broadband satellite programme.

Stephen Pentland

Stephen Pentland

Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone Group


Stephen Pentland is Head of Spectrum Policy at Vodafone Group, and is responsible for coordinating Vodafone’s access to spectrum across its 27 markets worldwide. This includes defining long-term spectrum objectives, influencing national and regional regulatory policies and licensing programmes, securing new spectrum and seeking extensions and refarming of existing licences. Stephen studied engineering at Cambridge, worked for several years in the Japanese tech sector, and has 20 years experience as a strategy consultant working internationally across the telecom and media industry.

Tony Lavender

Tony Lavender

CEO, Plum Consulting


Tony Lavender has more than 30 years of experience in radio and telecommunications. He has worked on a wide range of communications policy, regulation and radio spectrum issues including advising UK Government on options for provision of mobile broadband in partial not spots; assessing the potential use of 3.4-4.2 GHz for IMT including options for sharing in the band; provision of expert advice on the development of a spectrum toolkit for use by regulators and governments; assessing the economic benefits of the potential introduction of licensed shared access (LSA) for mobile broadband services at 2.3 GHz in Europe; and practical guidance on digital switch over.
Tony is a member of the steering board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and a member of the UK Government’s expert panel established to make recommendations on the full value of radio spectrum.
Prior to Plum Tony worked at Analysys Mason and at Ovum. Before his consulting career Tony was at Oftel, the UK telecommunications regulator, and he has also worked for BT.
Tony Lavender is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holds a BSc eng. (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), from the University of London.

Georg Serentschy

Georg Serentschy

Senior Advisor, SPECURE GmbH



02/2014 – present: Managing Partner, Serentschy Advisory Services GmbH
I'm advising the C-level and top experts in the Telecom, Media and Technology sector
in the areas of strategy, policies, regulatory & spectrum issues, innovation and

02/2014 – present: Senior Director at Arthur D. Little
I’m a core member of ADL’s Global Competence Centre SASCAR (Strategic Advisory
Services for Competition and Regulation). Based in ADL’s Telecommunication,
Information, Media and Electronics (TIME) practice, the SASCAR competence centre
will help define socially and economically appropriate public policy and support
telecoms companies, manufacturers, governments and regulators in a global market
increasingly dependent on the digital economy.

02/2014 – present: Senior Advisor to SPECURE GmbH
SPECURE is an international spectrum consulting company specializing in spectrum
auctions and monitoring of internet connectivity quality. SPECURE is also a developer
of trendsetting spectrum auction software and internet quality monitoring platform,
NetTest. SPECURE services cover the whole lifecycle of spectrum awarding: from
design of spectrum auction rules, through auction simulation, trainings, auction
execution to evaluation of auction results. After the auctioned spectrum had been put
to operation, we

Gerry Oberst

Gerry Oberst

Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory & Governmental Strategy, SES


Gerry Oberst is responsible for regulatory matters at SES, where his title is Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy. Gerry took this position after a long career as a partner in the Hogan Lovells law firm, in both Washington, DC, and Brussels. During his 30 years of private practice, Gerry advised many clients in the spectrum field as well as governmental agencies, including numerous projects for the European Commission. He is a prolific author and for twenty years wrote the global regulatory column for Via Satellite magazine. While in Brussels, he was the chairman of the European Satellite Action Plan Regulatory Group. He now works in Brussels and Luxembourg, and soon is moving to Washington, DC.

Kezias Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator, African Telecommunication Union


He holds a Master of science in Broadband and Mobile Communications with distinction from the University of Kent, UK (2008).

He started his radio spectrum management career as a junior engineer in 2003 at the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) rising to senior engineer and manager spectrum management in 2010 – a position he held until his appointment by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) as a Radiocommunications Coordinator in 2012.

He has been a keen and active contributor to national, regional and international spectrum management successes including the Geneva 2006 Conference during which he was appointed one of the planning experts for Eastern and Southern Africa, WRC-12 and most recently the formation and running of the African Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG).

Lasse  Wieweg

Lasse Wieweg

Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson


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.

Philip Marnick

Philip Marnick

Group Director - Spectrum Policy, Ofcom


Philip is Group Director, Spectrum Policy Group at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding and licensing it.

Philip has over 27 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy. Philip has worked for UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance)

Lars Backlund

Lars Backlund

Secretary General, Broadcast Networks Europe


Lars Backlund graduated in the mid seventies from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm with a masters degree in telecommunications and microwave engineering. He has also diplomas from executive programmes at the Swedish Institute of Management and from various courses at INSEAD.

Mr Backlund has held several positions at AEG Telefunken (telecommunications) and the Swedish Space Corporation (satellite and remote sensing systems).

Mr Backlund has also represented the Swedish Government on the communications satellite board of the European Space Agency and has also been a consultant to the World Bank on various communications system study missions to South East Asia and Africa.

Mr Backlund moved Teracom in the mid 90ies. Teracom is the operator of the Swedish terrestrial broadcasting networks in Sweden. He has held positions in charge of international business development, strategic planning and regulatory affairs including responsibilities for liaison with Swedish Government Departments and Swedish National Regulatory Authorities. Mr Backlund is also responsible for Teracom’s relations with the European Institutions and is a board member in various international organisations such as DVB and DigiTAG.

Mr Backlund is currently also Secretary General of Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE) which is a trade organisation for operators of terrestrial broadcasting networks in Europe.

Daniela Genta

Daniela Genta

Chair, WRC-15 Working Group, EMEA Satellite Operators Association


Daniela Genta is the coordinator of the ITU Regulatory Working Group of ESOA, the EMEA Satellite Operator Association based in Brussels.

Daniela Genta looks back at 20 years of experience in business development and regulatory affairs in the telecommunications and space sector.
Daniela is specialized in radio spectrum policies for communications systems and market access strategy for new satellite based services. She started her career with Eutelsat in Paris positioning the company as a private satellite operator with the European Union and the National Regulatory Administrations in the context of the global liberalization of the telecommunications.
After leading the public affairs team of Solaris Mobile to the European MSS 2GHz spectrum award in 2009, Daniela joined Thales Alenia Space international business development and since January 2014 she is responsible for the Radio frequency management activities of Airbus Defense and Space. Daniela is Airbus Group’s front person at ITU and at the future WRC 15.
Ms. Genta graduated in International Law from La Sapienza in Pisa in 1995, has a post graduate degree in International Trade Law from the University of Torino and a MSS degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg.

Carlota  Reyners-Fontana

Carlota Reyners-Fontana

Deputy Head of Unit, Radio Spectrum Policy, European Commission


Carlota Reyners Fontana is deputy Head of the unit dealing with spectrum policies in DG Connect at the European Commission. She mainly deals with regulatory issues linked to spectrum management, including as part of the future Review of the Telecoms framework and the RSPP. Between April 2012 and November 2014, she was Member of cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, Commissioner responsible for Digital Agenda under the Barroso II Commission, mainly dealing with issues related to the Telecoms Regulatory framework, including the proposal for a Connected continent, spectrum, roaming, national market regulation and broadband policies. She joined the Commission in 2000 in the Competition Directorate General where she dealt with antitrust and cartel investigations in several sectors until 2006. Then, she was on leave from the Commission and worked for about four years as an in-house lawyer of the competition department of a leading European telecommunications company. Before joining the Commission, she was a lawyer in the EU Competition team of a Brussels based law firm. She holds a law degree from Madrid University and a Master in European law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Hans Borgonjen

Hans Borgonjen

Coordinator International, vts Police Netherlands


Hans Borgonjen is the Senior Coordinator international standardisation National Police Netherlands, Division MDC

The Division MDC from the National Police Netherlands delivers the Dutch Public Safety services on applications, data + mobile communication, e.g. the C2000-Tetra radio network.
My main roles:
- Vice-chairman TCCA (Tetra & Critical Communications Association) + chairman Requirements Group CCBG (Critical Communications Broadband Group).
- Dutch representative LEWP-RCEG (Law Enforcement Working Party Radiocommunication Expertgroup) + chairman of the ‘Forerunner Group’, which is focussing on future communication for Public Safety in the European member states.
- Chairman PSRG (Public Safety Radiocommunication Group), an informal platform with 17 participating countries.

Jeppe Jepsen

Jeppe Jepsen

Director, Motorola


Jeppe has held several positions in the TETRA and Critical Communication Association right from the beginning in 1995 – he is a Director in Association and member of the Board. Jeppe is also the elected Chairman of PSC-Europe’s Spectrum group.

Jeppe’s host organisation is Motorola Solutions and since joining Motorola in 1979 he has been involved in System Engineering, International Business, Marketing and Sales. His international experience ranges from the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He has been based in Chicago, Copenhagen and now Brussels.

His specialty is Public Safety; an area where he has spend the last 30 years of his career.
Jeppe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

CEO, Coleago Consulting


Stefan Zehle, MBA, (CEO) Stefan is a co-founder of Coleago, was a Director Strategy, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs of a mobile operator. With 28 years telecoms experience, he is an expert in telecoms marketing strategy, spectrum valuation, and business planning. Stefan was responsible for many successful mobile licence bids and spectrum auctions and worked in 40 countries in developed and emerging markets. Stefan holds an MBA with distinction. Co-author of the Economist’s Guide to Business Planning.

Guangyi  Liu

Guangyi Liu

Chief Technology Officer, Wireless Development, China Mobile Research Institute


Dr. Guangyi Liu is currently the CTO of the Wireless department in the China Mobile Research Institute(R&D of China Mobile), where he is in charge of the wireless technology’s R&D, including LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is very active in global industrialization activities, e.g. acting as the chair of spectrum working group of GTI(Global TD-LTE Initiative), vice chair of the CCSA TC5 WG6. Before he joined China Mobile in 2006, he had worked in Siemens and Shanghai Bell (Now ALU) on 3G R&D for few years.

Wladimir Bocquet

Wladimir Bocquet

Head of Policy Planning, Government & Regulatory Affairs, GSMA


Working closely with GSMA members, Mr Bocquet is responsible for defining and building consensus around spectrum policy positions, and promoting best practice in spectrum management.

Previously, he was deputy director in charge of spectrum strategy and international planning at Orange – France Telecom Group, and he led the Orange delegation at WRC-12. Mr Bocquet worked in Japan for several years, first in mobile broadband communication for Fujitsu Laboratories and subsequently as senior manager of broadband access technologies for Orange Labs Tokyo-Seoul (formerly France Telecom R&D).

Mr Bocquet earned a degree in telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France) and a doctorate from the University of Kyoto, Japan.

Erlend  Fanebust

Erlend Fanebust

SVP, Head of Spectrum and Analytical Decision Support, Telenor


Erlend is educated as a lawyer and an economist and his Unit is responsible for spectrum policy, spectrum valuation and spectrum acquisitions in Telenor Group. Prior to joining Telenor in 2008, he worked internationally with spectrum related issues as a lawyer, as an independent consultant, and with the government. He was introduced to the field working for the Norwegian government, and served as a Norwegian representative in the EU Licensing Committee and the EU Radio Spectrum Policy Working Group on Spectrum Trading.

Ylva  Mälarstig

Ylva Mälarstig

Head of Spectrum Analysis, Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS)


Head of the Spectrum Analysis Section at PTS, which is in charge of the future use of radio spectrum in Sweden. She was leading the work of developing Sweden’s long term Spectrum Strategy and is responsible for implementing the strategy, with the aim to maximize the socio-economic benefit of radio spectrum in Sweden. Ylva is also the Spectrum draft leader at The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (Berec), and active in the RSPG

Peter  Gál

Peter Gál

Rapporteur of the WG on Spectrum issues on Wireless backhaul, RSPG


I have been working for the National Media - and Infocommunications Authority, Hungary since 2010 as an expert at the Spectrum Management Department after graduating as an electric engineer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The main field that I responsible for is the regulatory apects of Fixed Service applications above 1 GHz. Besides this I take part in the preparation for the WRC-15 being the member of the Hungarian delegation and am also included in the technological preparatory activities of some of the spectrum auction procedures at the Authority.

At the RSPG I am responsible for elaborating ’Spectrum Issues on Wireless Backhaul’ Report and lead the drafting group as the rapporteur of this issue.

Daniel  Pataki

Daniel Pataki

Vice President, Regulation, Government & Regulatory Affairs, GSMA


Daniel Pataki joined GSMA as Vice President, Regulation in March 2015. Daniel leads the GSMA’s engagement and intervention in global regulatory affairs in the mobile and ICT sector.

Daniel has a unique track record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority, chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC) and of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). More recently, Daniel was Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO).

He holds a MSc in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma from a leading French institutional programme led by Ecole de Mines, Ecole des Ponts and Sciences-Po.

He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 for his work in EU electronic communication regulation and the Order of Merit (Knight’s Cross) of the Republic of Hungary in 2005 for his work promoting the development of the information and communications technology sector.

Dean  Bubley

Dean Bubley

Founder, Disruptive Analysis


Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst with over 20 years’ experience, he specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading analysts covering mobile infrastructure, service provider business models, voice/video communications and WebRTC.

He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. His present focus is on 4G/5G/WiFi network technology and the “future of voice”, especially the evolution of WebRTC, VoIP/VoLTE, mobile broadband, service innovation, next-generation voice & messaging services. He also advises on trends in telco service creation & monetisation, mobile devices, IoT, applications ecosystems and telecoms regulation/policy.

He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as business model validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, "addressable market sizing", planning and due diligence. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors and industry associations.

His latest research reports cover WebRTC, a disruptive innovation which puts voice/video calls into the browser, and the role of “non-neutral” mobile broadband monetisation business models.

Blog: / Twitter: @disruptivedean

Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks with Granville Baird, the UK arm of US-based investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business, managed the Internet & Networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting.

He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Tor-Helge  Lyngstøl

Tor-Helge Lyngstøl

Director General , Directorate for Emergency Communication - DNK


Tor Helge Lyngstøl (MSc) is Director General of DNK, The Norwegian Directorate for Emergency Communication. DNK is a state body under the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security that is responsible for the implementation and operation of the TETRA-based Nødnett on behalf of the Norwegian Government.

Nødnett is currently under nationwide rollout. Once completed in 2015, the Nødnett system will have approximately 2.100 TETRA base stations and have more than 300 control rooms will be connected.

Tor Helge Lyngstøl has since 1998 had the overall responsibility for conducting all activities related to specification, evaluation, piloting, invitation to tender, bid evaluation, contract negotiations and implementation, including preparations for all political decisions in the Government and Parliament related to Nødnett.

Renato  Lombardi

Renato Lombardi

Chairman of ETSI ISG mWT, Huawei


Mr. Renato Lombardi is the Vice President of Huawei’s European Research & Development Centre, Vice President of Huawei’s Microwave Product Line, and Head of the Microwave Competence Centre of Milan in Italy. In these roles, he oversees the development of microwave technologies and the implementation of innovative mobile broadband backhauling networks across Europe.

Renato joined Huawei in 2008 and is credited with establishing Huawei’s microwave division of R&D in Milan, Italy. In 2011, he was awarded the title, “Fellow of Huawei”.

Renato has more than 20 years of experience in the microwave industry. He previously led the Microwave technical sales department for Siemens in Germany, where he was responsible for business and product management, and he was later appointed to Head of Research & Development. He was a member of the integration team for the Siemens and Nokia joint venture in 2006, and later became the Head of Product Management of the Microwave Business Line where he oversaw the product portfolio, strategic planning, as well as overall profit and loss of the product lines.

Renato graduated from the Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy with a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Luis  Lucatero

Luis Lucatero

Independent Spectrum Expert, Former Head of the Telecommunications Regulation Research Unit, IFT Mexico


Luis Lucatero is currently the personal advisor to various telecom decision makers around the world.

Between 2011 and spring 2015, Luis Lucatero was the head of the Regulatory Policy Unit of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications of Mexico, the office responsible for the design of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation.

In the last ten years, Mr. Lucatero has carefully followed the evolution of smartphone price erosion and adoption, analyzed the correlation between mobile computing power and mobile Internet traffic patterns, and studied demography-driven network architecture and spectrum scarcity.

Luis Lucatero has developed a number of innovative policies linked to spectrum management, network development, antitrust policy, and universal access. Luis Lucatero is identified in Mexico as one of the key individuals who collectively worked designing the content of the 2013 Constitutional Reform on Telecommunications in Mexico.

Before joining the Mexican Federal Government, Mr. Lucatero worked at Alcatel-Lucent in France for 12 years, where he held various positions including research scientist, network development engineer, technology marketing, network financial analysis, and global government affairs.

Mr. Lucatero studied undergraduate semiconductor physics at Hokkaido University in Japan, and Graduate Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics at Ecole Polytechnique, France.

Steve Greaves

Steve Greaves

Founder & CEO, CCS


Steve co-founded CCS in 2010 with CTO John Porter. This is the third entrepreneurial venture where the two have worked together, having previously co-founded Cambridge Broadband Networks and Adaptive Broadband.

Prior to forming CCS, Steve worked at Alcatel-Lucent as Director of Mobile Incubation Solutions, where he was responsible for commercialising technical ideas in the mobile communications space. From 2000 to 2008, he served at Cambridge Broadband Networks as VP Engineering, VP Asia-Pacific and Board Director. Before this, he co-founded Adaptive Broadband where he was Head of Research. Adaptive Broadband was formed as a spin-off from AT&T Laboratories, where Steve worked in its Radio ATM research group.

Steve started his career as a Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications at the University of Huddersfield, where he also completed his BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and his PhD.

Steve Blythe

Steve Blythe

Director of Spectrum Strategy , Orange


Steve is currently Group Director of Spectrum Strategy for Orange, which concerns the formulation of Orange’s strategic position on the technical, policy and regulatory aspects of spectrum. Recently this has involved leading various spectrum auction bid teams, providing due diligence on the spectrum aspects of M&A projects and ensuring protection of Orange’s interests with regulators and industry groups at national and international levels.

Steve is an experienced strategy professional and has been working in the field of spectrum for the last 7 years. Prior to that he held a number of senior strategy and operational roles within a variety of telecommunications companies. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School

Frederic  Pujol

Frederic Pujol

Head of the Wireless Business Unit , IDATE


Frédéric Pujol joined IDATE in November 1992. As Director of the Wireless Business Unit, he is responsible for coordinating radio technology and spectrum studies.

Previously, Frédéric acquired solid experience in mobile network architecture working for the France Telecom Group.

He holds a post-graduate degree in engineering from ISEN (Institut Supérieur d'Electronique du Nord, Lille, 1986), where he majored in Telecommunications, and from CITCOM (Centre d'Ingénierie des Technologies de la Communication, Paris, 1987), where he majored in Network Architecture.

Ruprecht  Niepold

Ruprecht Niepold

Independent Spectrum Expert, Independent Spectrum Expert


Ruprecht Niepold is an independent spectrum expert. He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe and a PhD from the University of Stuttgart. From 1977 he worked at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in applied research for industry in the field of industrial automation before joining the European Commission in 1989 where he became responsible for relations with Japan and South East Asia in the field of telecommunications policy. As of 1997 he led the unit dealing mobile and satellite communications regulatory aspects. Between 2003 and 2008 he headed the unit in charge radio spectrum policy from an EU perspective. As of May 2008 he advised the Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission) on radio spectrum policy issues.

He was also engaged in an EU/ASEAN cooperation programme on radio spectrum policy and management. He retired from the Commission in February 2014.

Javier Domínguez Lacasa

Javier Domínguez Lacasa

Head of Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Intelligence, Telefonica


Javier Domínguez is Head of Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Intelligence in Telefonica’s Corporate Unit, where his current focus is on working with the technical and business development teams on developing the Company’s awareness and thinking around innovative spectrum allocation and assignment procedures.

Javier has an Economics and Legal background and has worked in Telefonica for the last 10 years, at local and corporate level and in different regulatory roles. He has participated in spectrum auctions and spectrum policy discussions in several European countries since 2011, and he has also been engaged on a wide range of other telecom policy issues, from international roaming to regulatory cost modelling of fixed and mobile networks. Prior to joining Telefónica he worked for Ericsson for 5 years.

Simon Fell

Simon Fell

Director of Technology and Innovation , European Broadcasting Union


Simon Fell is Director of Technology & Innovation for the EBU, a position he took up in September 2013. He has more than 35 years’ experience in senior broadcasting technology roles, including at British broadcaster ITV, where he was Director of Future Technologies (2008-2009) and Controller of Emerging Technologies (2004-2006).

From 1991 to 2004 Mr Fell worked for Carlton Television, the ITV franchise holder for the London region, where he held several executive roles linked to operations and emerging technologies.

Mr Fell, prior to joining the EBU, was Chairman of the Technical Council at the Digital Television Group, the industry association for digital television in the UK. He also represented UK broadcasters on the EBU Technical Committee between 2006 and 2009.

Jussi  Kähtävä

Jussi Kähtävä

Managing Director, Allied Spectrum Associates


Jussi Kähtävä is the Managing Director of Allied Spectrum Associates, where his main area of interest is spectrum sharing and its policy implications. His particular focus area is Licensed Shared Access. He is also involved in developing cellular IoT solutions for mobile networks.

Prior to setting up his own company in 2012 he was responsible for Nokia’s global technology policy on future radio systems, with particular focus on the regulatory aspects of new technologies such as cognitive radio. He has developed an extensive insight into strategic issues related to spectrum use.

His experience in telecommunication standards goes back to 1999 when he started in Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and afterwards, in IMT-Advanced process and development in ITU Radio Communications Sector (ITU-R).

Scott Blue

Scott Blue

Senior Advisor – Spectrum Policy, Microsoft


Mr. Blue represents Microsoft within a number of international organizations including sub-groups of the ITU, CEPT, ETSI, IEEE, 3GPP and Wi-Fi Alliance. In 2004, at the IEEE 802, he proposed a real-time mapping based method for allowing license exempt devices to make use of unused television channels, which is now sometimes referred to as geolocation database driven dynamic spectrum access. Although based in the Seattle area, he spends almost half of his time in Europe and a significant amount of time in Washington DC.

Guillaume     Lebrun

Guillaume Lebrun

Spectrum and Technology Policy, Qualcomm


Guillaume Lebrun is Director of Spectrum and Technology Policy in the Government Affairs Department at QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies GmbH.

Guillaume is supporting European governments and regulatory bodies such as CEPT/ECC, European Parliament and national discussion groups by providing technology expertise and market analysis. Mr Lebrun is actively involved in the European discussion around convergence.
Guillaume is also leading cooperation within the mobile industry by engaging in various forums such as Bitkom, Digital Europe and UMTS Forum.

Guillaume started his career as a researcher in MIMO and OFDM technologies before focusing on regulatory topics upon joining Qualcomm.

Guillaume holds a PhD from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and an engineering degree from l’Ecole National Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France.


Gerard  Pogorel

Gerard Pogorel

Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech


Gérard Pogorel is Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech, France.

Telecom ParisTech is a first-tier European Research and higher education institution. It encompasses all discipline areas, sciences, technologies, social sciences, of relevance to information and telecommunications technologies and the media.

Gerard Pogorel graduated from HEC Paris Graduate School of Management and holds a Doctorate in Economics from Université de Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne..

Gérard POGOREL co-authored in 2014 a report to the Prime Minister of Italy on Broadband for 2020. He chaired the Scientific Committee of the “Spectrum & Innovation” Agence Nationale des Fréquences International Conference held in Paris in June 2013. He was a member of the Organo di Vigilanza, Telecom Italia Open Acess (2008-2012). He acted as co-founder and Chair/Rapporteur of the European Spectrum Management Conferences 2006-2011. He was previously Chair of the European Union Framework Research & Technology Development Programme Monitoring Panel, and Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the EU Information Society and Technologies Research Programme. He participates in numerous Government-level and regulation Authorities Committees and Scientific Committees on telecom and media policy and regulation in Europe, the USA and Asia. He is a member of the international panel of experts for the World Competitiveness Yearbook. Gérard Pogorel is Officier des Palmes Académiques.

He published numerous articles, books, and reports including: “Valuation and pricing of licensed shared access: next generation pricing for next generation spectrum access”, “The digital dividend: radio spectrum, mobile broadband, and the media: Towards a policy framework”, Open Society Institute (2011), “The Radio Spectrum: managing a strategic resource”–with JM Chaduc,, (Wiley-ISTEC London, January 2008), Nine regimes of spectrum management: a 4-step decision guide, Communications & Strategies, April 2007, « Competitive Compliance: streamlining the Regulation process in Telecom and Media», (Communications & Strategies, March 2006), « Digital Terrestrial Television and Digital Convergence: A European Policy Perspective » (with G. Fontaine) in «Towards Digitalisation in Broadcasting: Policy and Practice » Cave M. & Nakamura K, eds, Routledge, 2006, « Towards More Flexible Spectrum Regulation”, WIK-BundesNetzAgentur report (Bonn, 2005, co-author).

Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Chairman, CEPT's Electronic Communications Committee


Director of Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, l'Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR)

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

Amit Nagpal

Amit Nagpal

Partner, Aetha Consulting


Amit Nagpal advises fixed and mobile operators, regulators/government bodies, financial institutions and equipment manufacturers on a wide range of commercial, technical and regulatory issues. In particular, Amit Nagpal assists organisations with commercial & technical due diligence, radio spectrum policy development and spectrum valuation and auction support. Prior to founding his own consulting company, Amit was a Senior Partner at Analysys Mason, a specialist telecoms strategy consultancy, where he advised on several multi-billion dollar M&A and debt financing transactions as well as leading numerous high-profile regulatory studies. In the area of spectrum management, Amit's experience has included:

* leading high-profile studies for the European Commission (harmonised approach to the digital dividend, introduction of spectrum trading)

* supporting spectrum users (e.g. O2, KPN, UPC), industry bodies (e.g. GSM Association, UMTS Forum, TETRA Association) and regulations (e.g. Ofcom in the UK, NITA in Denmark, MinEZ in the Netherlands) on major policy issues such as (i) the future demand for spectrum e.g. for wireless broadband services (ii) liberalisation of mobile spectrum/GSM licence renewal and (iii) the award of the digital dividend (800MHz) and 2.6GHz bands.

Amit is able to bring a global perspective to his work having undertaken projects for clients in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting


Richard Marsden is a Vice President at NERA Economic Consulting, where he specialises in auctions and economic issues concerning radio spectrum. He has more than 12 years of experience in microeconomics, political economy, and business consulting. He has managed projects on regulation, competition, public policy, and business strategy for a diverse client base, including regulators and private companies in more than 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Richard has undertaken auction projects across a wide range of sectors, including airport slots, broadcasting, mobile telephony, power generation and renewables, retail sites, and wireless broadband. His project experience includes the design and implementation of combinatorial auctions (both multiple-round and sealed bid) for radio spectrum in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and the UK, and SMR auctions in Hong Kong and Norway. He has provided strategy advice to bidders in spectrum auctions worldwide, including Canada (AWS, 2008 and PCS, 2001), Finland (2.6GHz, 2009), and 3G/cellular mobile awards in Egypt, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Marsden was a Director and Managing Consultant at DotEcon, where he focused on auctions, public policy, and strategy projects. While there, he regularly managed projects involving teams of programmers, econometricians, academics, and technology consultants. Notably, he managed the project team advising Ofcom on UK spectrum auctions between 2005 and 2010. He also completed major studies for the European Commission on allocation of the digital dividend, and on spectrum trading and liberalisation.

Philippe  Defraigne

Philippe Defraigne

Director, Cullen International


Philippe Defraigne is a director of Cullen International, a company monitoring regulatory developments in telecommunications, media and electronic commerce. He is an economist by training and has spent the last 20 years monitoring telecommunications regulation and market developments across Europe. He started his telecommunications career as a researcher at the University of Namur in 1988. Between 1991 and 1994, Philippe worked for the European Commission where he was mainly involved in the legislative process that lead to the adoption of the ONP Leased Lines Directive.

Soren Sorensen

Soren Sorensen

Associate Director, NERA


Dr Soren Sorensen is a NERA Senior Consultant with more than 10 years’ consulting experience, primarily focusing on auctions. Soren’s work spans spectrum auctions in more than 30 countries, and includes auction design and implementation for regulators as well as advice on bidding strategies for mobile operators. Soren has extensive experience with advising mobile operators in combinatorial clock auctions (CCA), but has also advised bidders on simultaneous multiple round auctions (SMRA), clock auctions, sealed bid auctions and various hybrid auction formats. Alongside his work on spectrum auctions, Soren has advised clients on auction design in diverse markets such as natural gas, electricity, terrestrial TV broadcasting licences, airport slots, water abstractions rights and rough diamonds. Soren holds a PhD in economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he specialized in microeconomics, game theory and auction design. Soren has published part of his PhD thesis in Economics Letters and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie

Director, Coleago Consulting


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. 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.

Graham Louth

Graham Louth

Partner, Aetha Consulting


Graham brings to Aetha a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from over 20 years working in the telecoms sector: originally as a leading advisor to operators and regulators on issues such as universal service costing, interconnect price setting, retail price control, margin squeeze analysis, and market reviews (including the development and use of top-down and bottom-up, fully allocated and incremental cost models); more recently as Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom (the UK’s electronic communications regulator) in which role he has been responsible for many of the most significant developments in spectrum policy, including the introduction of spectrum trading and liberalisation, refinement of spectrum pricing, auctioning of key spectrum bands, including the UK’s 4G auction of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, and the regulatory review of various mobile network sharing and merger agreements.



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