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Speaker Biographies

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Michael O'Rielly

Michael O'Rielly

Commissioner, FCC


Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.

Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Carmelo Rivera

Carmelo Rivera

Chair of WRC Working Group, CITEL


In 1973 Carmelo Rivera joined the United States Navy and served for 20 years as a Telecommunication Specialist. During this time Carmelo had the opportunity to experience the telecommunications field from several different aspects, locations and platforms. While in the service Carmelo completed courses in Information Systems Management and received degrees from Central Texas College and the University of Maryland. His last 3 years in the service were spent as the Assistant Communications Officer at the Naval Testing Facility on Andros Island, Bahamas. After his retirement from military service he returned to Andros and worked in the communications department as a civilian for several more years before accepting his current position as a Telecommunication Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Radio Frequency Management Division (RFMD). RFMD is responsible for spectrum management for all Dept. of Commerce agencies including, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which encompasses the National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries, National Ocean Service, and many others. Carmelo has been the DOC representative at ITU Plenipotentiary conferences, World Radiocommunication Conferences, various ITU-R Study Group 4, 5, and 7 Working Parties, CITEL Permanent Consultative Committee II (Radiocommunications) (PCC-II), and CITEL Executive Committee (COM/CITEL), as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) representative to Asian-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) conference preparatory meetings. Carmelo was the vice-chairman of CITEL’s PCC-II (Radicommunication and Broadcasting) WRC Working group for WRC-15. Carmelo is the chairman of this group preparing for the next WRC scheduled for 2019

Derek Khlopin

Derek Khlopin

Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce


Derek Khlopin advises the Assistant Secretary and NTIA Administrator on spectrum policy, regulation and management, as well as wireless and emerging technologies. Khlopin has deep expertise in wireless communications policy in government and industry.

Prior to NTIA, Khlopin led the North America government affairs activities for Nokia Solutions and Networks (now Nokia), where he developed the company’s regulatory and policy strategy and represented the company in the U.S. before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Executive branch and other government agencies, and in industry forums. Khlopin also headed the regulatory and legal advocacy efforts of the Telecommunications Industry Association and its information and communications technology member companies, and served as attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC. Khlopin is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and its Institute for Communications Law Studies.

Tom Stroup

Tom Stroup

President, SIA - Satellite Industry Association


As President of SIA, Tom Stroup is the trade association’s lead advocate for regulatory and policy issues of critical importance to SIA’s membership, including spectrum and licensing issues, defense and public safety matters, and export control and international trade issues. He also manages the day-to-day operations of SIA, including member communications, staff leadership and organization of SIA sponsored events.

Prior to joining SIA, Mr. Stroup was with Shared Spectrum Company (SSC), a leading developer of spectrum intelligence technologies, where he served as CEO. For more than a decade, he served as the President of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA). Previous to his position at SSC, he founded and ran several companies in the technology industry, including Columbia Spectrum Management, P-Com Network Services, CSM Wireless, and SquareLoop.

Mr. Stroup holds a BS, summa cum laude, in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Verizon


Will Johnson serves as Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs. In this role, he leads Verizon’s federal regulatory and legal team and has responsibility for representing Verizon on a wide range of issues, including Internet governance and spectrum policy, before the FCC and other federal agencies. He also represents Verizon in related federal appellate litigation.

Will had previously served as VP & Associate General Counsel in Verizon's federal regulatory legal group, which he joined in 2004. Will has spent much of his time with the company focusing on broadband, video, and Internet issues, as well as network transformation and other emerging issues.

Will is actively involved in pro bono and public service efforts. Will currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C. Will also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Media Institute, a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues and focused on promoting freedom of speech, a competitive media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism.

Prior to joining Verizon, Will was a litigator at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC, and before that at Long, Aldridge & Norman in Atlanta, GA. He also clerked for Chief Judge R. Lanier Anderson and Judge Ed Carnes, each on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Will received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and German Studies from Emory University. Will grew up on a farm in Georgia.

The Global Spectrum Series



Tue September 24, 2019 09.00 to
Wed September 25, 2019 16.20




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