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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

 

Mr. Mario Maniewicz was elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He took office on 1 January 2019.

Mario Maniewicz is an electronic engineer specialized in telecommunications. He has been with the ITU for over 30 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility in the Radiocommunication and Development Bureaux as well as in ITU Regional Offices.

As Director, Mr. Maniewicz is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau, which organizes 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 satellite orbits.

Hector Huici

Hector Huici

Secretary of Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Modernization of the Argentine Republic

 

Hector Huici born in Buenos Aires, married with three children. Lawyer (UBA, 1989) with a Magister Degree in Administrative Law (Universidad Austral, 1992).

From 10 December 2013 to 18 January 2016, he was a legislator in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires for the PRO party. Before that, he devoted himself to the private practice of law with particular focus on regulated industries, mainly in the energy and telecommunication sector. He was a partner at the M&M Bomchil law firm between 2005 and 2013.

As regards the public sector, he worked at the former National Telecommunication Commission and the Energy Secretariat.

He teaches in public and private universities, both at graduate and postgraduate level. Additionally, he is the author of numerous articles on his specialty for local and foreign media.

Agostinho Linhares

Agostinho Linhares

Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, ANATEL

 

Agostinho Linhares received his PhD degree in Telecommunications from University of Brasilia in 2015. He joined Anatel in 2005 and has already worked in the Enforcement Division, Spectrum Engineering Division, Board of Directors Advisory and, currently, is Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting. Before Anatel, he has worked at Petrobras as a Telecommunications Engineer developing projects related to optical communications systems, RF links and IP Networks. He is the Coordinator of the Brazilian Communication Commission - Radiocommunication Sector (CBC-2) and is responsible for the Brazillian preparation for WRC-19. Additionally, he participates in ITU-R and ITU-T Study Groups, and is the vice-chairman of PCC.II/Citel for the period 2014-2018. He was Head of the Brazillian Delegation for WRC-15.

Arturo  Robles

Arturo Robles

Commissioner, IFT Mexico

 

Arturo Robles Rovalo is a Commissioner at the Federal Telecommunications Institute since April 2017. He is a Telecommunications Engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He studied the Joint Doctorate in Telecommunications at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has a research proficiency in Signal Theory and Communications by the same university. He has completed a diploma in Telecommunications Management in Spain and in Digital Market Regulation in Belgium.

He has worked for European operators in the areas of strategic development and technological evolution, as well as for global consultancies specialized in the technological, economic and political-regulatory analysis of multinational telecommunications and information technology projects. Additionally, he has served as the Strategic Director at Détente Group for the deployment, evaluation, policy design and international coordination of satellite systems for national security. In 2015, he joined the Federal Institute of Telecommunications, where he held the position of Deputy General Director of Research in Prospective.

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.

Hector Bude

Hector Bude

Head of Spectrum Management Department, URSEC; , Representative, WG for WRC19 preparation, CITEL

 

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 in 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.
He was also the Vice-Chairman of PCC.II for the period 2014-2018 and the Chairman of the Working Group for the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference.

Allan Ruiz

Allan Ruiz

Executive Secretary, COMTELCA

 

Allan Ruiz, born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He received his degree as Electrical Engineer from the University of Costa Rica in 1988 and his Master Degree in Telecommunication form the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros en Telcomnicaciones (Universad Politécnica de Madrid) in 1993 he also got a Diploma as Network Architecture from the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications, Télécom Paris in 1991.

He is a self-motivated, success-driven, detail oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience in information and communications technologies in the private and public sectors focusing on ICT networks, spectrum management, wireless, fixed and mobile, broadcasting, digital television, satellite, and broadband. He has been responsible for the planning and implementation of many diverse projects in the areas of: network operations, network planning, sales, pre-sales, post-sales, product manager, project manager, marketing and policy maker.

He represented Costa Rica in different international telecommunication organizations such, CITEL (COM/CITEL as the Chairman), ITU (ITU council member), World Radio Communications Conferences and at the OECD infrastructure Chapter. OECD Ministerial Meeting 2016. He worked with several large global corporations, including Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Intel, General Electric and ICE (Costa Rican telecom operator). As well as international organizational organizations as World Bank and currently with the Interamerican Development Bank as a broadband consultant, the International Telecommunication Union as a Consultant for the Central American region on spectrum management on wireless broadband, broadcasting, satellite, aeronautical and maritime issues and public policy development. He was the Spectrum Director and Deputy Minister of Telecommunications at Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications in Costa Rica and he is the current Executive Secretary of COMTELCA (Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones) that covers Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Osamu Kamimura

Osamu Kamimura

Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office, Softbank

 

Mr. Osamu Kamimura is Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office at SoftBank Corp. and is responsible for international standardization and domestic regulatory activities relating to SoftBank's mobile telecommunications business. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Based on his knowledge obtained through his experience in several mobile operation companies, he has played a key role in various activities such as the development of ITU-R Recommendations and domestic regulations for "AXGP", which is a mobile telecommunications system based on next generation PHS, enhanced to incorporate LTE technology.
He currently leads SoftBank's international standardization and domestic regulatory activities for 5th Generation Mobile Communications System (5G) as well as activities towards future WRC meetings for SoftBank's HAPS project.

Gabriela Lago

Gabriela Lago

Director, Regulatory Affairs, OneWeb

 

Gabriela Lago is Director, Regulatory Affairs for OneWeb, a pioneering startup that is launching the first truly global, high-speed connectivity global communications in space, with the mission of bringing seamless connectivity to everyone, everywhere, through a next-generation satellite constellation. Gabriela is responsible for managing regulatory, public policy and licensing matters in Latin America. With more than 20 years in the ICT industry, Gabriela’s extensive experience also includes technical project management and implementations, sales and business development activities as well as global marketing and communications. Gabriela started her career in the satellite industry with COMSAT Corporation, and continued to work with companies such as Telcordia (former Bell Labs) and Neustar in the sale and implementation of national number portability solutions. Before joining OneWeb, Gabriela advised companies as an independent consultant on their go-to-market strategies and sales in Latin America. She also collaborated with the InterAmerican Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) and the Central American Technical Commission (COMTELCA). Gabriela holds a BA from Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MBA from George Mason University.

Hector Marin

Hector Marin

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

 

Hector Marin is Senior Director, Government Affairs for Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region. In this position, his main goal is to manage the regulatory policy and strategic initiatives for the deployment and advancement of Qualcomm’s technologies and services. He participates in the activities of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other international forums.

He joined Qualcomm in August 2001 as Director of Business Development for Mexico and Central America. He has almost 30 years of experience in wireless systems, and has written several articles for specialized telecom magazines.

He began his professional career in October 1989 as a Cell Planning Engineer at Ericsson. In January 1992 he started working for Lucent Technologies as a Wireless Systems Sales Subdirector and in September 1997 he was transferred to the Bell Labs in New Jersey. Two years later he rejoined Lucent Technologies in Mexico City as the Sales Technical Support Director. Hector is Communications and Electronics Engineer graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

CEO, Coleago

 

Stefan Zehle is the co-founder and CEO of Coleago. He has 29 years’ experience in telecoms consulting and as Director of a mobile operating company. He specialises in strategy and business planning, spectrum related issues such as spectrum policy, valuation and auctions, and telecoms regulatory topics. He gained his experience working in developed markets in Europe, Canada and the US and also in emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East.

As Director of Strategy, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs, Stefan launched the third mobile operator in Algeria. He developed the strategy, designed the organisation chart, recruited other Directors and 200 staff, built the Sales and Marketing department, oversaw the development of distribution and the offer, and managed the brand creation. He also successfully challenged the regulatory status quo, transforming the interconnect landscape in Algeria by introducing best practice interconnect agreements for the first time. He filed regulatory complaints, winning million dollar cost savings.

Stefan is also the co-author of “Guide to Business Planning”, published by “The Economist”, now in its second edition (“Outstanding Academic Title, 2009” awarded by Choice, the US academic reviewers) and is an experienced conference speaker, chairing the Ministerial Programme session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Stefan holds an MBA (with distinction) awarded by the University of Westminster in 1991 and speaks French, English, and German.

Catherine Bohill

Catherine Bohill

Director, Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica

 

As Director of Spectrum at Telefonica, Catherine works to pursue efficient and innovative approaches to Spectrum assignment and use. Working within the Corporate Strategy team and supported by regulatory, network and local teams, Catherine’s mandate is to optimize the management of current spectrum and contribute to defining the future pipeline across Telefonica’s footprint. Over the last 5 years Catherine’s team has valued spectrum in Telefonica’s 17 countries of operation, participating in primary and secondary market transactions both in auction and beauty contest scenarios. The spectrum team also leads Telefonica’s spectrum strategy towards WRC preparation and works closely with the GSMA in the pursuit of ever more efficient use of the radio-frequencies that are essential to improving the service we provide to over 300 million customers worldwide.

With over 22 years of experience in the Telco World, Catherine has spent 17 of those with Telefonica working on mobile transactions in M&A, Wholesale and most recently Spectrum. Before joining Telefonica, Catherine worked for Daimler Chrysler in Germany and Holland and with the World Bank in Washington DC. She also spent a year lecturing in the University of Havana and writing for Timeout. Catherine has a BA in European Business and a Diplom Betriebswirt (ESB Reutlingen FH) and a Masters in Finance from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. Catherine speaks English, German and Spanish - all with an Irish accent!

Fernando Carrillo

Fernando Carrillo

Senior Principal Engineer - Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar/Hughes

 

Fernando Carrillo has an extensive experience in technical/regulatory aspects in spectrum planning and management, as well as satellite communications planning and coordination; experience acquired during more than 20 years of a successful career as a former official of the telecommunications regulatory bodies of Mexico and more recently as a regulatory engineer at Hughes Network Systems.

Mr. Carrillo joined Hughes in September 2015 as Senior Principal Engineer in Regulatory Affairs. His duties involve performing the satellite coordination tasks for the Hughes Network Systems fleet, the development of strategies and policies to guarantee the company’s access to spectrum and orbital resources, as well as to provide support in all regulatory activities aimed to obtain the required authorizations in all countries where the company provides its services.

Last charge of Mr. Carrillo as a Mexican Government official was as Director General for Spectrum Planning at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), the telecommunications and broadcasting regulator body in Mexico. Prior to such appointment he has occupied several senior positions at the IFT and at the former regulator, the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL). His main duties in his last charge involved the design of the spectrum policy in Mexico, as well as to conduct the preparatory works towards the ITU World Radio Conferences.

In the international arena Mr. Carrillo has been part of the Mexican negotiation teams of multiple bilateral agreements and protocols with the U.S. for the shared use of frequency bands on the common border. He has also participated as national representative at the ITU World Radio Conferences of 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2012, the last two occasions as Head of Delegation. He also served as Chair of CITEL’s former Permanent Consultative Committee III- Radiocommunications, during the period 2001-2002. He is currently involved in the ITU-R preparation process towards the World Radio Conference of 2019.

Mr. Carrillo has a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering at the National an Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Jose Ayala

Jose Ayala

Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America, Ericsson

 

Jose Luis Ayala, Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America at Ericsson, is responsible for leading Ericsson’s strategy regarding telecom policies, which favour the massive adoption of broadband services in the region. He joined Ericsson in the USA in 2000, and moved to Latin America operations in 2002. In his position, Mr Ayala has supported several governments, developing successful strategies in areas of spectrum management, national ICT plans and, mobile broadband strategies. Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Ayala worked with leading telecom operators based in Central America, United States, and Spain.

A telecommunications engineer with over twenty years of experience in the industry, 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 AHCIET.

Heli Frosterus

Heli Frosterus

Spectrum Policy Principal, Ofcom, UK

 

Heli Frosterus is a Spectrum Policy Principal at Ofcom, working mainly on 5G and supporting wireless innovation in industry. She has 10 years of experience from different roles in the public sector both in Finland and in the UK. Before coming to the UK, she worked as an economist in the Finnish Competition Authority, where she handled a lot of cases on food supply chain and intellectual property rights. She has also worked in the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, managing the business connectivity market review and working on UHF band issues.
In Ofcom, Heli has worked in both Competition Group, managing the Wholesale local access market review, and in Spectrum Group. Heli has been a member in many ECN and Berec working groups as well as in the OECD. Heli has master’s degrees on economics (University of Helsinki) and EU Competition Law (King's College, London).

Paola Marquez Mantilla

Paola Marquez Mantilla

Regulation Manager, Entel

 

Alexander Kühn

Alexander Kühn

Chairman of WRC-19 Working Group, CEPT

 

After a state exam of law at the University of Osnabrück, Mr Kühn has been working since 1998 in the area of legal internship (e.g. at Regional Court) of the Federal Network Agency, Germany; changing to national and international spectrum regulation on different levels in 2005. Nowadays he is the deputy head of section for international affairs and utilization concepts. His responsibilities cover strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU. Doing this and having been active in the preparation of three WRC’s, national and on CEPT CPG level, Mr Kühn participated in a number of international Groups, also as Head of the German Delegation. He has also chaired several groups and subgroups in the ITU and CEPT. Since 2005 he is responsible for national preparation of the WRC’s and served as CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and as CPG chairman from 2013 to 2015. Mr Kühn has been appointed as Chairman of the CEPT CPG in March 2016.

Richard Womersley

Richard Womersley

Director, Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom

 

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

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

Moderators

Raul Garcia

Raul Garcia

Executive Director, National Telecommunications Program (Pronatel)

 

Raúl García Loli is an electronic engineer from the National University of San Marcos, with a degree in Telecommunications from the National University of Engineering, and extensive experience in supervising telecommunications networks. PRONATEL will specify higher levels of resource efficiency in the formulation and execution of telecommunications projects in rural areas.

Marc Eschenburg

Marc Eschenburg

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Marc Eschenburg has worked in the telecoms industry since 2008 advising fixed and mobile operators as well as regulators and other government bodies on a wide range of commercial, technical and regulatory issues. He has been very active in the area of radio spectrum policy, advising more than 30 operators worldwide on their spectrum strategy and assisting them to value spectrum ahead of spectrum auctions. In addition, he has worked with regulators and industry bodies on key spectrum management issues, including work on incentive pricing, forecasting future spectrum demand and identifying measures of efficient spectrum use. Further to his work on spectrum, Marc advises clients ahead of major market transactions and has carried out various projects on next-generation broadband as well as in the TV and media space. Marc holds a Masters in Infonomics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Logistics

When

Wed 18 September, 2019 08.30 to
Thu 19 September, 2019 17.00

GMT-5

 

Where

Lima, Peru

 

Downloads

The Global Spectrum Series Sponsorship brochure

6.° Conferencia Anual sobre la Gestión del Espectro en América Latina

 

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