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Speaker Biographies

Full speaker biographies will appear here shortly, please check back regularly for updates.

 

Confirmed Speakers

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

CTO, ETSI; and Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP

 

Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

He played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

Bharat Bhatia

Bharat Bhatia

President, ITU-APT Foundation of India

 

Mr. Bharat Bhatia has over 40 years of experience in Telecom and ICT policy, regulations and spectrum management.

Mr. Bhatia is the President of ITU-APT Foundation of India and is leading India’s spectrum initiatives for 5G at the ITU and the APT. Mr. Bhatia also currently heads International spectrum and Regulatory team at Motorola Solutions’ Government Affairs and leads a global team of Spectrum and regulatory resources in Motorola Solutions.
Mr. Bhatia is also the of the PPDR working group under the ITU study group 5D that is responsible for all spectrum issues for 5G as well as Chairman of the APT Task Group on Public Safety and Disaster Relief communications-PPDR and Chairman . He is also the founder President of the Core Group of Telecom Industries Association of India (CTIA).

Earlier he was also the President of TEMA (Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India) and a Vice President of Association of Telecom Industries of Singapore (ATIS).

Mr. Bhatia is an expert on spectrum, ICT Policy, Regulations, public safety and emergency and disaster relief communications. Mr Bhatia works closely with many Asian, European and African governments on issues of Policy and regulations concerning PPDR, Spectrum, ICT technologies and services..

Mr. Bhatia regularly attends and speaks at various Global conferences and meetings and has been actively participating in various ITU and Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) meetings including all World Radio Conferences during the last 18 years. He was a senior regulator with the Indian Government for 22 years as a spectrum regulator and Telecom policy specialist and was actively involved in opening of the Indian telecom to the private sector, including the first ever GSM metro licensing in India through a beauty contest in 1992 designed by him. He was also a key architect of India’s first ever National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) in 1981 and the first ever published NFAP in 2000.

Mr. Bhatia was the key originator of ITU World Radio Conference Resolution (WRC) 646 on PPDR approved at WRC-2003. He was also the key originator of the WRC Agenda under which Resolution 646 on PPDR was successfully revised to include 700 and 800 MHz bands at the WRC-15 He has made presentations on the issue of PPDR at numerous global and regional conferences around the world during last 15 years. He was also invited by the ITU to help develop the emergency communications plans in various AP countries. In particular He was involved in the development of National Emergency Telecommunication plan for Samoa.

Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Bhatia was with government of India for 22years as a spectrum regulator and Telecom policy specialist. He was also actively involved in formulation and implementation of of India’s ICT policy. He regularly attends various ITU and Asia Pacific Telecommunity conferences and meetings and has attended various World Radio Conferences

Mr. Bharat Bhatia holds a B. E. degree from University of Delhi in Electronics and Telecommunications and is a fellow member of IETE, the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers. Mr. Bhatia has completed a number of management courses from various institutes and universities including National University of Singapore and George Washington University.

T. V. Ramachandran

T. V. Ramachandran

President, Broadband India Forum

 

T.V. Ramachandran, a.k.a. “TV”, is one of the forerunners of digital network and mobile communications in India with 50-year-long experience. TV currently heads India’s Broadband India Forum and provides consultancy in ICT fields as an independent consultant.

A holder of a Master’s degree in Physics (Wireless and Electronics) from Madras Christian College, TV was the very first CEO of one of the earliest cellular ventures in India, Sterling Cellular (predecessor of Vodafone India), and led the establishment and successful launch of the largest Indian cellular network of the time.

TV was the first Director-General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and championed the voice of the Indian mobile industry from a professional point of view. After which he played a critical role as Resident Director of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations for Vodafone India.

TV regularly publishes articles and commentaries in India’s leading newspapers and professional journals on telecom and infrastructure. TV provides substantive inputs for government policies and regulatory consultations and he was invited to sit on the High Level Government Forum for 5G Development by 2020 in India.

TV is an Honorary Fellow at the Institution of Engineering & Technology, London, since 2013, and was awarded the Voice & Data Lifetime Contribution Award at the Telecom Leadership Forum in Delhi, in 2015.

Pamela Kumar

Pamela Kumar

Director General, TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India)

 

Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry. She is also the Founding Chair and current President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI) and the Bharti Chair Visiting Professor at UIET, Panjab University. She has been on the Governing Board of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and Punjab Engineering College.

She spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in
Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett
Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She set up the R&D centers of Network
Programs and Alliance Semiconductors in India and continues to mentor several
start-ups . She holds 3 US Patents and 5 pending patents in Networking
Accelerators. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 70+ Local and Global
forums.

Samant Khajuria

Samant Khajuria

Senior Specialist Cybersecurity, Terma A/S

 

Dr. Samant Khajuria is Senior cyber security specialist at TERMA A/S with the responsibility of product security and strategy. His role deploys information security information security expert knowledge across the organization to provide agile, responsive information security support to meet those customer needs. Additionally, the role is an anchor point of bringing knowledge across a wide area of projects, in various stages of the project lifecycle from proposal to maintenance, e.g. security engineering, security architecting, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, incident response, authorization and accreditation, embedded cybersecurity. His current research focuses on applied cryptography, system integrity, Cyber-resilience - Supply Chain, IoT and wireless communication in defense sector.

Samant received his Ph.D degree in Cryptology and Wireless Communication from Aalborg University in 2013. Between 2013 - 2018, he worked first as assistant and afterwards associate professor at the Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies, Aalborg University Copenhagen Denmark. During his academic career, he was involved in various EU research projects, and published books and papers in International Journals and Conferences in the field of Cryptography, Access Control and Privacy.

Yi Shen  Chan

Yi Shen Chan

Director, Plum Consulting

 

Yi Shen Chan is a Director at Plum Consulting and is a specialist in policy and regulatory issues in the telecoms, media and online sectors. His experience covers radio spectrum policy and management, digital broadcasting, economic regulation of telecommunications networks and infrastructure, and competition issues in the communications and audio-visual sectors.
Yi Shen is an expert in spectrum management issues and has led a range of projects on the valuation and pricing of spectrum for mobile and other uses. His expertise covers both theoretical and practical implementation of spectrum pricing approaches such as administered incentive pricing (AIP), cost recovery, benchmarking analysis and market valuation. More recently, he has been involved in various projects on the technology, policy and regulatory aspects of 5G, with a specific focus on supply- and demand-side issues and measures to facilitate 5G deployment. As a key member of Plum’s spectrum advisory team, he has provided advice to governments, regulators and industry players around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK.
His previous experience also includes roles within regulatory authorities in Singapore and the UK. Yi Shen has an MSc in Media and Communication Governance (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from the National University of Singapore. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Bipin  Pradeep Kumar

Bipin Pradeep Kumar

Co-Founder and Director, Gaia

 

Bipin Pradeep Kumar is the CoFounder and Director at Gaia, a startup in the IoT space focussed on data driven insights. Gaia has its products in over 128 cities, 32 airports and 1500 trains. It has won several accolades including the NASSCOM Emerge 50 - that recognises top 50 emerging product companies of India, as well as recognition as one of India's Emerging 20 companies by the Mayor of London. Just prior to founding Gaia, he was with Reliance Jio. Earlier, Bipin has been part of 2 Mobile telecom-related start-ups. He has provided solutions and worked on new products with several telecom and mobile related companies in India and S Asia.

Bipin is the Chairman of the Smart City Group for TEC, DOT, Ministry of Communication and IT, Government of India. He also serves as an Expert with United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. Academically, Bipin has a dual MBA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service & School of Business and ESADE Business School, and an MSc from the University of Wales

Nigel Jefferies

Nigel Jefferies

Chairman, WWRF

 

Nigel Jefferies is a senior standards manager with Huawei Technologies and Chairman of the Wireless World Research Forum, a global partnership between industry and academia to develop a research agenda for mobile communications. Previously he was Head of Academic Relationships within Vodafone Group Research & Development and a Principal Mathematician at Racal Research Ltd. In the past he led the European-funded IST project SHAMAN, which studied the security of future mobile systems, and ran the Secure Applications Steering Group for Mobile VCE. Other collaborative research projects on various aspects of security for mobile communications include 3GS3 in the UK-funded LINK programme, and ASPeCT and USECA in the European ACTS programme. His research interests include cryptography, security of systems and applications of mathematics to telecommunications. He received a PhD in functional analysis from Goldsmith's College, London, and an MA in mathematics from the Queen's College, Oxford, and is a visiting professor at Kingston University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Chartered Mathematician.

Kiran Kuchi

Kiran Kuchi

Founder and CEO, WiSig Networks

 

Prof Kiran Kuchi is a member of faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad (IITH). He is also the founder and CEO of WiSig Networks, a 5G wireless start-up based out of Hyderabad.

Prof. Kuchi has been leading Indian 5G research and standards development efforts through his leadership role in TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society, India) and participation in 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Program), a body that develops 5G standards and specifications. Prof. Kuchi’s team introduced a number of key 5G/IoT technologies in 3GPP, including a new waveform that doubles the transmission power of handsets and IoT devices, a key feature that increases the communication range of 5G networks.

Prof. Kuchi spearheads the Government of India funded “Indigenous 5G Testbed” program, a 40 Million USD research grant given to several IITs to develop “An End-to-End 5G system”.

Prof. Kiran Kuchi lived in the USA between 1995-2008 before he moved back to India to join the IIT system. He holds both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA in 1998 and 2006, respectively.

Prof. Kuchi is the author of more than 100 international patents, many of them related to 5G technologies.

Sudhir Dixit

Sudhir Dixit

Vice Chair Americas, WWRF and Co-Founder, Basic Internet Foundation Oslo

 

Sudhir Dixit is a Co-Founder, Senior Fellow and Evangelist at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, and heads its US operations. He is also associated with the Academy of Finland Flagship Programme, 6Genesis, led by the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. From 2015 to 2017 he was the CEO and Co-Founder of a start-up, Skydoot, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO of the Communications and Media Services for the Americas Region of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA, and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Labs India in Palo Alto and Bangalore. Before joining HP, he held various leadership positions at BlackBerry, Nokia, NSN and Verizon Communications.

He has been a technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, and is presently a Board Member & Working Group Chair at the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). He is also the Vice Chair for Americas at the WWRF. He is on the editorial boards of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal. He is a Co-Chair of the Industry Engagement Committee of the IEEE Future Network Initiative and is on its Industry Outreach Board (IOB). In 2018, he was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society. From 2010 to 2012, he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis, and, since 2010, he has been a Docent at the University of Oulu, Finland. He has published 8 books by Wiley, Artech House and Springer. A Life Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of IET and IETE, Dixit holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Peter Lindgren

Peter Lindgren

Professor, PhD - Multi Business Model Innovation and Technology, Aarhus University

 

Peter Lindgren holds a full Professorship in Multi business model and Technology innovation at Aarhus University, Denmark – Business development and technology innovation and is Vice President of CTIF Global Capsule (CGC). He is Director of CTIF Global Capsule/MBIT Research Center at Aarhus University – Business Development and Technology and is member of Research Committee at Aarhus University – BSS.
He has researched and worked with network based high speed innovation since 2000. He has been head of Studies for Master in Engineering – Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University from 2014 – 2016 and member of the management group at Aarhus University Btech 2014 - 2018. He has been researcher at Politechnico di Milano in Italy (2002/03), Stanford University, USA (2010/11), University Tor Vergata, Italy (2016/2017) and has in the time period 2007 – 2011. He has been the founder and Center Manager of International Center for Innovation www.ici.aau.dk at Aalborg University, founder of the MBIT research group and lab - http://btech.au.dk/forskning/mbit/ - and is cofounder of CTIF Global Capsule – www.ctifglobalcapsule.com.
He has worked as researcher in many different multi business model and technology innovations projects and knowledge networks among others E100 - http://www.entovation.com/kleadmap/, Stanford University project Peace Innovation Lab http://captology.stanford.edu/projects/peace-innovation.html, The Nordic Women in business project - www.womeninbusiness.dk/, The Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF), FP7 project about ”multi business model innovation in the clouds” - www.Neffics.eu, EU Kask project – www.Biogas2020.se, Central Project, Motor5G, Recombine. He is cofounder of five startup businesses amongst others - www.thebeebusiness.com , www.thedigibusiness.com
He is author to several articles and books about business model innovation in networks and Emerging Business Models. He has an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to research. His research interests are multi business model and technology innovation in interdisciplinary networks, multi business model typologies, sensing-, persuasive- and virtual- business models.

Sameer Sharma

Sameer Sharma

Regional Director a.i. ITU Regional Office Asia-Pacific, Bangkok , ITU

 

With the focus of achieving the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, Mr. Sharma is responsible to the ITU Member States, Sector Members and Academia in the Asia-Pacific region to develop the digital economy through Digital Transformation using ICTs.

Mr. Sharma is the ITU’s Asia Pacific region focal point for Cybersecurity and his role includes developing National Cybersecurity Strategies, establishment of CIRT and Child Online Protection (COP) framework. He has also assisted several countries to establish Emergency Communications framework as well as network restoration.

Mr. Sharma’s technical experience includes migration of legacy networks to Next Generation Networks, Conformance and Interoperability, Type Approval, Interactive Terrestrial Transmission Map, National Broadband Policy frameworks and Wireless Broadband Master Plans, IoT, IMT/5G and bridging the standardization gap.

Mr. Sharma is also passionate in promoting digital inclusion through developing policy frameworks on ICT for persons with disability (accessibility) and ICT for empowerment of women and development of digital skills and innovation.

His work related to the digital economy includes cross sectoral work on e-health, e-agriculture by working closely with members from the private sectors and the academia, alongside the UN/ International agencies including UNESCAP, UNODC, INTERPOL, UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, FAO, APT, APNIC as well as other academia’s such as Oxford University, in order to promote cross sectoral collaboration

Prior to ITU, Mr. Sharma has worked as an Advisor for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), General Manager for Celcom, Malaysia and Director for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He also has an extensive experience working in the Television and Radio broadcasting industry. Mr. Sharma holds an MBA in Telecom Management and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications (Honors).

Hendrik Berndt

Hendrik Berndt

Vice President for Europe, Middle East, Africa, WWRF

 

Dr. Hendrik Berndt is Vice-president of the Wireless World Research Forum for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He dedicates himself to positions as Senior Advisor to partners in Asia, the Americas and Europe to contribute to solutions for the bigger global societal ICT challenges. Berndt is advisor to the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) Japan. He has been continuously appointed to support the European Commission for establishing next generation mobile communication system research directions, currently with focus on Beyond 5G. Since 2015 Berndt serves as board member of the IEEE ComSoc Industry Communities Board, vice chairing its Special Interest group for 5thG. Additional he holds the position as Senior Consultant for the chair of Communications Technology (ComTec) at the University Kassel. Berndt is founder of the 2015 established International Institute for Innovation Aysén–Patagonia. From 2001 until 2014 Berndt held the position as CTO and CSO of DOCOMO’s Communications Laboratories Europe, in Munich, Germany. From 2000 to 2010 he has been teaching con-currently as Visiting Professor at the Global Information and Telecommunication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Berndt was stationed in the US from 1993 until 2000. During these years he worked within Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ; as Executive Director of Advanced Technology for Global One in Reston, Virginia; as invited member of Sprint's Office of Network and Architecture Planning in Kansas and held the position as Chief Technology Officer of the TINA-C headquarters in New Jersey, USA. His recent publications are directed towards 6G.

Shen Zukang

Shen Zukang

Head of Wireless Standards, Huawei

 

Bio to appear shortly

Tonnie de Koster

Tonnie de Koster

Adviser for Digital Single Market International Outreach, European Commission, DG CNECT

 

Tonnie De Koster works in the European Commission since the early 1990ies and now holds the position of Advisor on the international aspects of the EU's digital single market strategy in DG Connect (Directorate-general for digital policy). He has previously worked on developing the digital single market strategy. In previous positions he has worked notably on designing the Europe 2020 strategy for growth & jobs and on economic coordination and surveillance in the Secretariat-general of the Commission. He also held positions as Deputy Head of Unit in charge of Innovation policy in the DG for Research & Innovation. Previously he worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner E. Liikanen in charge of information society policy and as policy assistant to the Director-General in DG Information Society. Tonnie is a Belgian citizen and an economist by training.

Debabrata Nayak

Debabrata Nayak

CSO, Huawei Telecommunication India

 

Dr.Debabrata Nayak has completed his PhD in wireless security from IIT Bombay. And has been working on security domain in last 21 years. He has been working in Huawei Telecom as Chief Security Officer. Oobtained Masters degree from NIT Rourkela, specialized in Elliptic Curve Cryptography and Internet security. And rated as Topper. Covering wide areas such as Security system Performance evaluation, Design of secure cryptographic system, Wireless Security policy design and implementation. He designed Security solution for INFINET (Indian Financial Network for RBI).IPv6 migration of INFINET.IPv6 Security for Indian financial network with C-DoT ,Leading IPv6 migration and security strategies in Huawei platform development for various products, cloud security, Currently guiding Enterprise security, Consumer security and Mobile broadband security(MBB). Working on privacy of user content. Spoke more than 100 conferences in India and abroad on network security ,Information security ,Cyber security.
He has presented 62 papers in international conferences and technical journals. He was active member of STIG (DoD) . He has worked with Motorola as Senior Security Architect, Reserve Bank of India as Information Security officer, and with Tata Elxsi as Security expert. He has extensively worked on LTE Security and WiMax Security. He was consultant to various financial institutes for implementation of standards such as BS7799 and ISO 17799. He was also involved in Ministry of Communication and IT of India for Secure mCheque project in IDRBT.Recently presented 10 Cloud computing security Paper in ITU,CJK korea, China and various international conference India like ASSOCHAM Cyber security conference,wireless vitae,Nasscom DSCI.
He was the Head of Patent /innovation Huawei India, He is the member of CII Innovation group.He is a Chairman of Global ICT Forum of India SIG.He is Co-Chairman for Assocham Cyber Law and IT act 2012 and also Co-chair continuing, Chairman for Huawei Senior security Expert Management Committee, 2012 International Association for Cryptological Research member, Motorola information assurance forum for 3 year, WiMax Forum (GWRG Group), LTE Forum (BWA Group), 3GPP SA3 Security, Cloud Security Alliance, IEEE Security and privacy and Cryptology Research Society of India , and Key member in ITU SG17 Security (Cybex- deals country specific Security), He is a member of Security Working group of TEC (DOT) NWG 17, He is a member of Assocham National security Group. Currently founding member in TSDSI cyber security group. And a certified lead Auditor of ISO 27001 :2013 from British standard Indtitute (BSI)

P Balaji

P Balaji

Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea

 

P Balaji is the Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31 August 2018.
A member of the National Leadership Team, Balaji leads the company’s Regulatory, Public Policy and Government Relations activities along with Industry advocacy, Corporate Communications, Reputation Management and CSR.
Prior to his present role, Balaji was the Director –Regulatory, External Affairs and CSR at Vodafone India. He was responsible for leading the company’s Regulatory, Public Policy & Government Relations activities and also the External Affairs function overseeing Corporate Communications, Reputation Management and administering Corporate Social Responsibility and the Vodafone Foundation in India.
Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Nokia India and Managing Director of Sony Mobile. He has spent over two and half decades in Telecom & IT handling diverse functions including sales, marketing, strategy, operations, and product management. Balaji has held senior leadership positions in start-up and turn-around ventures of TATA group, AT&T, Ericsson, Lucent and Sony, gaining rich experience and exposure to the emerging Digital landscape.
Balaji is also the Chairman of ASSOCHAM National Council on Telecommunications and Convergence, a member of National Council of apex industry chambers like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, AIMA and Telecom Sector Skill Council. He was President of Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA), Northern Region Chairman of the Telecom Export promotion council and member of Task Force forum set up by government on policy matters.
An Electronics Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Balaji completed his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in Marketing, Finance and Strategy. He loves travelling, tennis, singing and watching sports and movies.

Narendra Nath

Narendra Nath

Joint Secretary, National Informatics Center, Government of India

 

Bio to be updated

Simon Fletcher

Simon Fletcher

CTO, Real Wireless

 

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking responsibility for overall technical and innovation strategy. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a thought leader regularly speaking at industry events. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on the application of open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent the past 20 years working in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for the development of 3G and 4G products and established a Core Team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems, ultimately representing NEC in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI) during the early commercial product launch. In recent times he has directed projects in the area of future cities, the application of 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. He directs the Real Wireless engagement in H2020 5G-NORMA (also serving at the project level as the Innovation Manager), 5G-MoNArch and UK5G AutoAir project establishing new techno-economic analysis tool capability. He led a study for the UKs National Infrastructure Commission on Future Communications infrastructure use cases and costs, and is now a member of the recently formed UK5G Advisory Board.

Satish Jamadagni

Satish Jamadagni

Vice President - Network Planning Engineering, Head of Standards., Reliance JIO

 

Mr Satish Jamadagni is working as a Vice President in the Network Planning and Engineering division of Reliance Jio. He has over 20 years of industry experience in the telecom domain covering Devices, Networks, Platforms and Services. He has led teams contributing towards product development and delivery, develop standards and delivered essential patents for key organizations.
He has been a member of the following industry bodies (past/present): Current Chair of Study Group ‐ Networks, TSDSI ; Co‐Chair of the Asia Regional Operators Group; Small Cell Forum (SCF) ; Active member of GTI (Global TDD Initiative) & 3GPP ‐Previously on the board of the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC) with responsibility towards VoLTE/RCS and WebRTC test standards.
Mr Jamadagni has over 120 granted/pending patents in the wireless devices/platform domain and over 25 publications in the Wireless/Telecom areas.

Shyam  Mardikar

Shyam Mardikar

CTO, Reliance JIO

 

Shyam is the President/Group CTO Mobility in Reliance Jio. As his role as Group CTO, he leads the network design and transformation towards making Jio’s mobile network fully converged, programmable and future ready for 5G services and IoT.

A thought leader in telecom, he has led many innovative changes across his present and past stints.

Shri Kishore Babu

Shri Kishore Babu

Deputy Director General, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India

 

Bio to be updated

Parag Kar

Parag Kar

Vice President, Government Affairs, India and South Asia, Qualcomm

 

Bio to be updated

Rajan  Mathews

Rajan Mathews

Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India

 

Prior to joining COAI as DG in April 2010, Rajan served in many senior executive positions such as CEO, COO and CFO of such major companies as AT&T Wireless, Birla-AT&T (now IDEA), Telargo (a JV of NTT DoCoMo), Afghan Wireless, Call Sciences, , and as a senior financial executive at Beatrice International, Columbia-Tri Star Pictures, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Rajan specializes in international operations and start-up ventures, turn-arounds, mergers & acquisitions and venture financing. He assisted in raising over $1.5 billion of financing for companies through public and private offerings of equity, debt and private placements. He has managed companies in such diverse palaces as the USA, Afghanistan, India, UK, France, Germany, Belgium Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Rajan has served and continues to serve on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. He earned both his Master of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees from Rutgers University (USA) and he is a CPA from the State of New Jersey, USA.

Knud Erik Skouby

Knud Erik Skouby

Professor, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University

 

Knud Erik Skouby is professor and founding director of center for Communication, Media and Information technologies, Aalborg University-Copenhagen - a center providing a focal point for multi-disciplinary research and training in applications of CMI. Has a career as a university teacher and within consultancy since 1972; focus on ICT since 1987. Working areas: Techno-economic Analyses; Development of mobile/ wireless applications and services: Regulation of telecommunications

Project manager and partner in a number of international, European and Danish research projects. Served on a number of public committees within telecom, IT and broadcasting; as a member of boards of professional societies; as a member of organizing boards, evaluation committees and as invited speaker on international conferences; published a number of Danish and international articles, books and conference proceedings. Editor in chief of Nordic and Baltic Journal of Information and Communication Technologies (NBICT); Chair of WGA in Wireless World Research Forum; Past dep. chair IEEE Denmark. Member of the Academic Council of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, AAU.

MPS Alawa

MPS Alawa

Sr. Deputy Wireless Advisor to the Government of India, Department of Telecommunications

 

Bio to be updated

Seshadri Mohan

Seshadri Mohan

Professor, UA Little Rock

 

Dr. Seshadri Mohan is currently a professor in Systems Engineering Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where, from August 2004 to June 2013, he served as the Chair of the Department of Systems Engineering. Prior to the current position he served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Acting CEO of IP SerVoniX, where he consulted for several telecommunication firms and venture firms and served as the CTO of Telsima (formerly known as Kinera). Besides these positions, his industry experience spans a decade at New Jersey-based Telcordia (formerly Bellcore) and Bell Laboratories. Prior to joining Telcordia, he was an associate professor at Clarkson and Wayne State Universities.
Dr. Mohan has authored/coauthored over 125 publications in the form of books, patents, and papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings with citations to his publications in excess of 5570. He has co-authored the textbook Source and Channel Coding: An Algorithmic Approach. He has contributed to several books, including Mobile Communications Handbook and The Communications Handbook (both CRC Press). He holds fourteen patents in the area of wireless location management and authentication strategies as well as in the area of enhanced services for wireless. He is the recipient of the SAIC Publication Prize for Information and Communications Technology. He has served or is serving on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Personal Communications, IEEE Surveys, IEEE Communications Magazine, Journal of Mobility and Cyber Security and International Journal on Wireless Personal Communications (Springer) and has chaired sessions in many international conferences and workshops. He has also served as a Guest Editor for several Special issues of IEEE Network, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM MONET. He served as a co-guest editor of the Feature Topic “Human Bond Communications,” that appeared in the February 2019 issue of IEEE Communications Magazine. He served as a guest editor of 2015 October IEEE Communications Feature Topic titled “Social Networks Meet Next Generation Mobile Multimedia Internet,” March 2012 IEEE Communications Feature Topic titled “Convergence of Applications Services in Next Generation Networks” as well as the June 2012 Feature Topic titled “Social Networks Meet Wireless Networks.” In April 2011, he was awarded 2010 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. He received the best paper award for the paper “A Multi-Path Routing Scheme for GMPLS-Controlled WDM Networks,” presented at the 4th IEEE Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems conference.
Dr. Mohan is a co-founder of the startup IntelliNexus, LLC, the objective of which are the development of innovative adhoc vehicular networking to advance the notion of connected cars and the development of IoT and IoV applications to improve traffic safety and reduce accidents and congestion. Dr. Mohan holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster University, Canada, the Masters degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and the Bachelors degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Madras, India.

Pranav  Jha

Pranav Jha

Senior Research Scientist, IIT Bombay

 

Pranav Jha has 20+ years of research and development experience in communication and networking technologies with expertise in wireless network architectures, communication protocols and resource management algorithms. He is an active participant in the development of technical standards in the areas of fifth generation wireless communication networks and Software Defined Networking (SDN) and currently chairs two IEEE working groups, namely, SDN based Middleware for Control and Management of Networks - IEEE P1930.1 and Frugal 5G Networks - IEEE P2061.
He currently works with IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India as a Senior Research Scientist where he focusses on research programmes under the broad umbrella of wireless communication and networking, with emphasis on SDN based architectures for Wireless Networks, Public Safety Communication and Rural Broadband Communication. Pranav has multiple patents issued and pending, contribution to IEEE and 3GPP standards and research papers in these areas. He has also developed and delivered workshops/tutorials on wireless communication networks, communication network architectures, system design, resource management schemes in wireless networks and SDN.

Rajesh Mehrotra

Rajesh Mehrotra

Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA

 

Mr. Rajesh Mehrotra is the Founder and Principal Consultant,`Redbooks Consulting Pvt. Ltd.’ - a radiocommunication/satellite Advisory. He is providing regulatory and technical guidance to global satellite organizations such as ESOA and counseling on matters concerning use and management of radio spectrum & ITU’s Radio Regulations.
He retired in 2010 from the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Space Services Department (SSD), ITU Headquarters in Geneva, as Senior Radiocommunication Engineer & Counsellor. He worked in ITU from 1997 to 2010 and was `inter-alia’ responsible for regulatory and technical analysis of space filings for `Coordination and Notification’ of satellite networks. He was ITU/BR Counsellor for WRC-03 and WRC-07.
Master of Engineering (Electronics & Communication) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India, he was Joint Wireless Adviser to the Govt. of India and did two ITU/UNDP Missions in Nepal and Bhutan as ‘Senior ITU Expert’ in 1992 & 1995 respectively.
In 2011/2012 he undertook the preparation of `A Roadmap for ITU’s Wireless Broadband Masterplan’ for the four countries, Myanmar, Samoa, Viet Nam & Nepal and also for the Asia-Pacific region, in general, as a mission under the ITU Regional Office in Bangkok.

Parag Naik

Parag Naik

CEO, Saankhya Labs Pvt. Ltd

 

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Benoit Sauveroche

Benoit Sauveroche

First Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

 

Benoît Sauveroche is First Counsellor in the European Union Delegation to India and Bhutan, based in New Delhi. He is responsible for cooperation between the EU and India in the area Communication Networks, Contents and Technology. He is involved in the policy dialogue between India and the EU in fields related to information and communication technologies (ICT). He is also supervising the EU-India ICT standardisation project, which is active in promoting closer alignment the production and use of upcoming ICT standards in areas such as Machine-to-Machine communication, 5G, intelligent transport systems and security.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Chairman, TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India)

 

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Andreas Sommer

Andreas Sommer

Team Leader and Senor Technical Advisor , Project “India-EU Cooperation on ICT-Related Standardisation, Policy and Legislation”

 

or more than 36 years Andreas Sommer is active in the global ICT sector as Senior Project Manager, Senior Consultant, Technical Advisor and Expert. Best practice experience he has gained in partially very sensitive and complex projects across different time zones with investment volumes up to several billion USD.

His strong technical, economic and commercial background supplemented by a comprehensive knowledge of international telecommunications regulations and ICT policies as well as excellent organisational, team leading, analytical, presentation and communications skills were key success factors for his proven track record. Governments, multilateral agencies and organisations, and companies from various sectors including leading ICT network operators and service providers are international clients. Contacts are operating departments, executive boards and ministers.

T.R. Dua

T.R. Dua

Chairman, ITU-APT Foundation of India

 

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Vikram Tiwathia

Vikram Tiwathia

Deputy Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India

 

Vikram, is the Deputy Director General, of the COAI. This is India’s leading industry association for Telecom, Broadband and Digital services. He interacts extensively with the ICT industry leadership and senior officials at DoT, MeitY, TRAI and other government offices for regulatory and policy matters. He is a member of the Joint Working Group on Cyber Security chaired by Chief Cyber Security Coordinator. An active member of national industry associations - CII, FICCI, Assocham, TSDSI Committees. He participates in many International Workshops / conferences being conducted by ITU, APT etc. He serves on the Board of the Global Certification Forum (GCF).
He has earlier worked with:
TATA Teleservices Limited from 2008-10;
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as their CIO from 2005 – 2008,
Indian Army (Signals).Took voluntary retirement in the rank of Colonel in 2005

Zainul  Charbiwala

Zainul Charbiwala

Co-Founder and CTO, Tricog Health

 

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Wed 5 February, 2020 09.00 to
Thu 6 February, 2020 17.30

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Delhi 110001, India

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