Over the last 17 years, the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards have become regarded as the world’s leading mobile awards. Importantly, the Awards are highly respected and regarded as a hallmark of industry achievement because of the independent nature of our judging panels.
This year’s judging process involved more than 170 globally based judges from across the world, including many of the world’s leading journalists, analysts, academics and independent subject matter experts.
While the majority of categories are voted on and decided by independent journalists, specialist analysts and academics – experts in each of their fields – one category, the Best Technology Breakthrough Category is judged by 16 mobile network CTOs, equivalent CTOs and their teams.
The ‘Best Mobile App for Consumers’, and ‘Best Mobile App for Enterprise’, as part of the Best Apps category, is based on a combination of market statistics and success of apps downloaded in 2011 across the world’s leading app stores, and data is kindly provided by leading Apps market analyst, Distimo. The categories for ‘Best Overall Mobile App’ and ‘Most Innovative Mobile App’ are voted on by a panel of expert independent judges.
To launch our new award for ‘Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets’, the GSMA was also delighted to welcome Cherie Blair, a long time champion of the GSMA’s mWoman programme on to the judging panel.
To all of our judges, we owe our gratitude for their time, dedication and patience devoted to the task of voting in the awards.
The full list of 2012 Global Mobile Award judges, as follows:
Honorary Chairman of the Judges
Bill Best is a 40 year veteran in the telecom industry with over 27 years specialising in mobile. Bill is a former CTO of One2One (now T-Mobile UK), FirstMark Communications and the GSM Association. Bill has also worked as a Venture Partner with Saturn Ventures, a New York based VC. Earlier in his career Bill worked at Cellnet (now 02) and started his career with BT. Bill has recently teamed up with a group of like-minded colleagues to form Azenby.
Periodista argentino especializado en tecnología móvil.
Dr Terry Ahn
Dr. Terry Ahn is Executive Vice President of KT. He heads Mobile Smart ECO BU and responsible for developing smart eco business and innovating current mobile services through global collaboration and industry convergence.Before he joined Mobile Smart ECO BU, he has led Mobile R&D Laboratory and Strategy Planning Office Group at KT. He has global influence in the wireless field through GSMA EMC member activity and various global business collaboration including WAC, Asian app market collaboration, etc. Terry Ahn graduated from Seoul National University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education. He holds a Ph.D. & M.S. in Applied Physics from Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
Internet & Mobile Marketing
Association of the Philippines
Jojit is a recognized pioneer in Mobile Marketing, the world over. Currently, he heads the Mobile Advertising Group at Smart Communications. He also is the General Manager and VP of Wolfpac Mobile Inc., a 100% owned Smart subsidiary focusing on mobile and web applications and platforms. Jojit concurrently occupies both posts for the Smart organization.
As a recognized expert in the industry, Jojit currently sits as an alternative board director of the APAC chapter of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). He likewise is the current Chairman of the MMA Philippine Council and a Director of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) where he was previously the Vice President in 2010. He has participated and spoken in numerous local, regional and global Mobile Marketing and Telecom conferences as well as judged in various Digital Awards competitions
Jojit’s work in Mobile Marketing has likewise gained local and international recognition. He was recently accorded the Mobile Marketing Leadership Award by the CMO Council Asia. His team in partnership with Unilever took home the Best Mobile Advertising Campaign trophy in the 2009 GSMA Mobile Asia Awards. Other awards include IMMAP Boomerang Gold awards, finalists in the MMA global awards and GSMA Mobile Asia Awards.
Jojit has over 15 years experience in digital, sales, marketing, product, project, brand, content, advertising, pr and events management environment in the telecom industry. Prior to Smart, Jojit was the head for content and marketing for Wireless Services Asia. He likewise co-founded Solar Interactive and was part of the pioneer team of zed Philippines as its marketing manager. Other previous posts include being the Advertising Manager of NEXTEL Philippines and as an Account Manager with McCann Erickson Philippines servicing its Telecom account.
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Banerjee focuses on service provider IT, including all aspects of telecom software research. Banerjee examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service, and infrastructure management. His area of focus includes all aspects of BSS, OSS, SDP, Cloud Computing, digital commerce, revenue assurance, service assurance, and elements that span both the infrastructure and network software markets, such as data warehousing, analytics, and business intelligence. He is the Chair of Global Service Provider IT events run by Light Reading. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, Banerjee was the VP of Next Generation Software Systems at Yankee Group, leading and overseeing all aspects of their telecom software
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Alec Barton is the founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Developing Telecoms (www.developingtelecoms.com), the market leading web site and e-newsletter covering the growth of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in emerging markets, which he set up in 2005. In addition he is Chief Executive of ExhibitChoice, a communications company providing marketing, public relations, research, media and consultancy services in the telecoms and healthcare sectors, and owner of the Developing Telecoms portfolio.
A veteran of the international business publishing sector, prior to his present position for 17 years Alec was CEO of Icom Publications, a company he founded in 1986. During this time he developed and operated a portfolio of over 30 business-to-business magazines, yearbooks, newsletters, conferences and exhibitions. Over many years he has worked closely with international organisations including the ITU and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity as well as many other industry organisations and trade associations. He is a well established writer, analyst and consultant, having covered the telecoms sector for over 25 years and is known as an authority on the development of ICTs in emerging markets. He has a passion for emerging markets and has travelled extensively in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Millennium Villages Project
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Bain & Company
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Dan is a principal analyst advising tech industry Vendor Strategy Professionals. He is part of a team that defines the future of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry by predicting and quantifying the impact of emerging market trends and technologies on communication providers’ business models, revenue growth, and profitability. He meets frequently with leading suppliers and enterprise users to understand and influence their strategy, products, and execution. Currently, his research centers on the changing market environment for communication service providers and their equipment suppliers. Dan analyzes the potential for cloud computing and the emerging business models for communications service providers as well as the role of network outsourcing. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and Forrester events and is widely quoted in the business and IT industry press.
Dan has been in the ICT sector for more than a decade and a half. During this period, he held positions in investment banking, industry research, and vendor strategy and operations. Prior to joining Forrester, Dan worked at Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise division, T-Systems, as a strategic marketing consultant. The role involved strategy planning and communication initiatives. Before Deutsche Telekom, Dan worked as an EMEA consulting director for telecommunications and networking at the research firm IDC and as a research director at Ovum. Dan also worked for more than half a decade in the investment banking industry as an equity analyst for Nomura International in London and for Credit Lyonnais Securities in Paris. His focus was on Pan-European telecoms, both integrated and pure mobile operators. During that period, Dan participated in several equity capital markets and private equity deals.
David G.W. Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.
Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a “grade-A geek”, by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as “one of the most user-friendly of the UK’s uber-techies” and in Financial World as “mad”, Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his thought leadership blogging at Tomorrow’s Transactions.
He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect and Financial World. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.
Geoff Blaber is director of devices, software and platforms at CCS Insight where he leads the research in these areas. Geoff is a well-known member of the analyst community and provides regular commentary to leading organisations such as Reuters, the Financial Times and the BBC.
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Group Director, Telematics and Navigation, ABI Research
Based in Brussels, Bonte is responsible for ABI Research’s global telematics and navigation coverage which includes LBS, consumer and commercial telematics, navigation and GPS technology. Particular topics of interest embrace consumer navigation devices and telematics, outdoor GPS, digital maps, traffic information, navigation content, ITS, PC-based location applications, automotive operating systems, automotive infotainment, and person tracking.
Past Experience, Memberships, Accolades and Media
Dominique’s background includes a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He worked for Orange and BT in Belgium, as well as holding a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.
Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Technology Officer for Telstra and is responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business.
Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town.
Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year. He was listed in the 2010 Global Telecom Business Power 100 rankings (at number 32) and was named by Smart Company as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
Chris Brennan is a freelance journalist and editor who has worked across a broad spectrum of publications. In 2012 he originated and lauched an iPad based publication called Padder for Dennis Publishing in the UK.
CEng FIET FRSA M.Inst.ISP
Charles worked in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of the United Kingdom Government for twelve years, and is a Professional Electronic Engineer. He previously was Head of Security for the UK mobile operator one2one, and worked within British Telecom for twenty years before that, in the last few years in the Chairman’s Office. He has worked in many security areas over the last 40 years, including Cryptographic systems, secure designs, policies, auditing, and mobile radio for over 30 years. He now runs his own Company Zeata Security Ltd.
He has been Chairman on the GSM Association Security Group for 25 years. He has been working within GSM and 3GPP security standards, first chairing the Algorithm Expert Group way back in 1986, which designed the GSM algorithms and protocols. He also wrote the X400 (1988) Standards that became the X509 Public Key Standards. He is Chairman of the NISSG, a group that was set up to co-ordinate security standards amongst the three European Security Standards Organisations and other bodies outside Europe. He is also Chairman of ETSI OCG Security, which is responsible for security within ETSI. and was on the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA, The European Network and Information Security Agency.
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Distributed Learning Initiative
Judy Brown is an Educational Technology Consultant who retired as the Emerging Technology Analyst at the University of Wisconsin System Administration in 2006. In early 2000 she founded the Academic ADL Co-Lab with the U.S. Department of Defense at the University and served as the Executive Director of that Co-Lab.
Brown has been involved in technology and learning for over 25 years and with mobile learning since 1996. Since 2006 she has worked entirely in mobile learning with corporations, academia and government. Judy served as a MASIE Fellow for the MASIE Consortium on mobile learning and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and mobile learning workshops. Brown was the lead for the PC Week Corporate Partners and served as a judge for the Best of Comdex. Currently Judy has returned to ADL full time on the Emerging Learning Technologies Team as the Mobile Learning Lead. She serves on the Army Education Advisory Committee and coordinates the mlearnopedia.com and cc.mlearnopedia.com sites plus adlmobile.wikispaces.com.
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Nielsen Norman Group
Raluca Budiu is a User Experience Specialist with Nielsen Norman Group. At NN/g she consults for clients from a variety of industries and presents tutorials on mobile usability, usability of touch devices, cognitive psychology for designers, and principles of human computer interaction. She coauthored the NN/g reports on mobile usability, iPad usability, and the usability of children’s websites.
Budiu previously worked at Xerox PARC, doing research in human-computer interaction. At PARC, she built computational models of how people search for information in visualizations of large data structures. She also explored new ways of measuring information scent and conducted research on interfaces for social bookmarking systems and on the cognitive benefits of tagging. Budiu was also a user researcher at Microsoft Corporation, where she explored future directions and made strategic recommendations for incorporating user-generated content and social web features into MSN. Budiu has authored more than 20 articles and conference presentations on human-computer interaction, psychology, and cognitive science. She holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
An LA-native currently stomping the grounds of San Francisco, California, Jaymar Cabebe writes about mobile apps, software, and other manifestations of tech-geekery for CNET.com. In his free time, he likes to trek outdoors, explore local hole-in-the-wall eateries, and train in mixed martial arts. Through it all, his goal is to gain experience points and slowly boost his overall power level.
Chief Research Officer
As Chief Research Officer, Stuart Carlaw leads ABI Research’s analyst teams covering global connectivity markets. Stuart’s primary responsibility is the management of industry research content, and he also regularly interfaces with clients and the media.
Past Experience, Memberships, Accolades and Media
He brings to the task a deep understanding of the critical issues and technologies, stemming from his immersion in these markets for over decade as both an analyst and an engineer.
Prior to joining ABI Research, Stuart was a Telecommunications Technician in the British Army, and then Senior Analyst and later Wireless Research Director at IMS Research. At IMS he was the primary Bluetooth analyst, and responsible for all short range wireless research.
He has been quoted and published in a variety of industry and general media, including CNBC, BBC TV, BBC Radio 5, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, EE Times and many more, and has spoken, moderated or participated in many industry events.
Stuart earned a B.Sc (Honours) in Physical Sciences and Business Management from De Montfort University
Mr Lucio Carlos Mercado
Mobile Networks Engineering and Planning
Telefónica Móviles Argentina SA
He is an electromechanical engineer, with specialization in electronics, with post degrees in management at IAE Business School and IDEA. He has 30 years of experience in telecommunication networks with emphasis in wireless access networks, mobile networks, transmission and value added services. He joined Telefónica Móviles Argentina in 2005, occupying management positions in strategic network planning and transmission network planning. Previously developed his career in Movicom BellSouth from 1989 until 2004, where he held various management positions in network planning of mobile communications networks. Previously to working in the cellular business, he developed a career as RF design and development engineer in different companies in Argentina between 1982 and 1989. Since April 2008, is Director of Planning and Engineering for Movistar mobile networks.
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Senior Analyst – Mobile Content & Applications Intelligence Center
Informa Telecoms & Media
Pamela is senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, with a focus on mobile messaging. In her role, Pamela produces analysis of the messaging market for the Mobile Content and Applications Intelligence Center. Her areas of expertise cover all aspects of mobile messaging in the consumer, enterprise and marketing industry sectors globally, including SMS, MMS, mobile e-mail, mobile instant messaging and Rich Communications Suite. She also co-edits Mobile Media & Messaging, a continuous research service published by Informa.
Pamela has covered the telecoms sector for 15 years as an analyst and journalist, and previously worked for Informa as editor of the Mobile Media and Mobile Games Analyst continuous research services. She is the author of Informa’s Mobile Messaging 2010 (2nd edition) report, published in 2010, and also co-authored Informa’s Mobile Content & Services Report (7th edition), published in 2009, and Informa’s Mobile Games report, published in 2005.
Pamela is also co-authoring ITM’s upcoming report – Voice and IP Messaging: Operator Strategies to Combat the Threat from OTT Players. This report will be published in January 2012.
Pamela holds a BA (Journalism) from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Jim Cook is an experienced mobile industry executive and the Editor of MobiAD News (www.mobiadnews.com). His mobile expertise spans 10 years in mobile content, mobile technology, mobile commerce, and mobile advertising.
Prior to getting involved in mobile, Jim worked at Apple Computer and Hewlett Packard Europe in the product marketing and e-commerce areas. Jim was also on the executive team of mobile startups PacketVideo (mobile video) and Cambridge Positioning Systems (location based technology), and he has consulted for numerous mobile technology companies in the area of product strategy and business development.
In 2007 he co-founded MobiAD News, an online publication and newsletter focused entirely on mobile advertising and marketing. Jim also co-founded and was the first Chairman of the Mobile Council of the Internet Advertising Bureau (UK).
Matt Cooksley is a partner at Cairneagle Associates, a UK-based strategy consulting, venturing and advisory firm. Cairneagle combines leading edge strategic, financial and operational disciplines to support its clients in their key corporate decision making processes with a commitment to maximise the long term value of their businesses.
Matt has 15 years’ experience advising businesses, investors and entrepreneurs, as a strategy consultant, investment banker and venturing expert. Much of his career has been focused on telecoms and clean technology, and he has supported the GSMA in developing its Green Power for Mobile initiative. Matt has worked with many of the leading international telecoms firms, as well as having completed over 25 carbon and clean tech projects in the last 5 years.
Matt also helps to run a cloud computing firm, Make Positive. Make Positive has recently launched the world’s first end-to-end BSS solution for telcos built entirely in the cloud. It provides customer management, order management, product catalogue management, enterprise rating and billing, and is available to telcos on usage or subscription based payment terms. It is an ideal solution for both tier 1 operators looking to reduce costs and increase functionality, as well as early stage telecoms companies wanting to maintain a flexible cost structure and increase time to market.
GSMA Mobile Apps Briefing
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Teresa Cottam is the Research Director and co-founder of Telesperience, a European analyst firm that specialises in advising how communications service providers can make better use of software and data in order to improve their operational efficiency, commercial agility and the customer experience they deliver. Prior to founding Telesperience, Teresa was an Associate Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason and before that she was Research Director at the specialist BSSOSS firm Chorleywood Consulting. She began her career in telecoms with a five year stint at Ovum working across both the telecoms and IT portfolios. Teresa’s vision for Telesperience is to provide good quality, practical and accessible insight for the global BSSOSS community. This is achieved via the popular blog Microsperience, the Telesperience podzine and research programmes, and the business-to-business wiki Wikisperience. More information about Teresa can be found at the Telesperience website (www.telesperience.com) or on LinkedIn. You can also follow her on Twitter (@teresacottam).
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Mobile Marketing Association
Rohit Dadwal is the Managing Director of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Asia Pacific Limited. Rohit oversees the MMA’s activities in Asia Pacific, managing the operations out of its regional headquarters in Singapore.
Rohit has extensive expertise in the economics of mobile, direct and digital marketing, consumer privacy and the government regulation of markets. A highly visible industry advocate with over 17 years of experience in the internet, digital and mobile spheres, Rohit has been instrumental in the MMA’s growth in the region, forging relationships with industry leaders and key stakeholders, and positioning MMA as the authoritative global voice in the mobile marketing and advertising industry.
Prior to taking charge of MMA’s APAC activities, Rohit spent 9 years working with Microsoft where he served as the Director of Platform and Mobile Services and contributed to the growth of MMA as a Global and APAC board member. In the past, Rohit has also worked with Bharti-British Telecom ISP services – India and with IPSII, an affiliate of VSNL, the largest internet service provider in India.
An enthusiastic evangelist of mobile marketing, Rohit sits on the board of the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and is an Advisor for the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) and IDBYTE. Rohit also sits on numerous corporate advisory boards of MMA’s member companies.
Asia Cloud Computing Association
Per has held leadership positions growing telecom and IT businesses in Asia for 20 years. In 2010 he co-founded the Asia Cloud Computing Association where he currently serves as Executive Director and CEO. He is also the founder and CEO of Springpoint, a company linking innovation companies with the Asian mobile market place.
Per started his career in Asia at the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Swedish Trade Council before taking on senior management positions in technology companies and organizations such as the GSM Association, Actix, SmartTrust and Ascom Wireless.
Per holds a degree in History of Ideas and Chinese, which has helped shape him as a successful entrepreneur with a focus on translating technology into business benefits and how to create value, in an Asian context. He has a strong track record in growing companies from the early stages to profitability and, in some notable cases, very successful exits.
Chief Technology Officer
Christian Daigneault is the Chief Technology Officer of CSL Limited since 2007. In these three years with CSL, Christian has orchestrated a full network transformation that enabled a few industry firsts and several technology awards: the first All IP HSPA+ network in 2009 and the first LTE/DC-HSPA network in 2010. The implementation of these technology innovations at the right time ensured that CSL customers enjoyed the best broadband experience to meet continuously raising expectations while at the same time reducing the cost of operation.
Christian came to CSL with a strong telecommunications background in developing and operating wireless networks in Canada, China, Brazil, Algeria, and Europe. Prior to joining CSL, Christian was Deputy CTO for Wataniya Telecom, the largest operator in Algeria. Before that, Christian was the Director of RF Engineering and Operations at Telus Mobility in Canada, and Director of Technology for Telesystem International Wireless in several of their international operations.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada) and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Government of India
Dr Ruchi Dass
Dr Ruchi Dass is an award winning Physician from India with a Post Graduate in Preventive and Promotional Healthcare and with medical technology applied expertise. Dr. Dass has been involved in Healthcare IT, e-learning and ICT projects for the public/private sector in India. During this period, she has managed several projects that seek to use mobile phones and wireless technologies to accelerate the achievement of the United Nation’s health related Millennium Development Goals across the world.
Prior to becoming a “Thought leader” for m-Health, Dr Dass led the Business development and Operations of Lifetime Wellness Rx (An Apollo Group Initiative). Apollo Group is the largest private Healthcare chain in Asia and third largest in the world. Lifetime Wellness Rx deals with Wellness, Prevention and Disease management and thereby serving consumers, business and social causes in India. Dr Dass is a part of the ICT4D team India and recently judged the most coveted “GSMA’s Best mHealth Innovation Awards 2011” in Barcelona, Spain identifying the excellence and innovation in mobile communications that can be of significance to Healthcare.
She is on the International Editorial Review board of International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, USA and is also a Council Member with the renowned Gerson Lehrman Group. Dr Dass has represented India’s efforts towards bridging the economic and digital divide in Healthcare internationally to help adopt low cost healthcare solutions and systems across 53 Commonwealth countries. Today, Dr Dass serves on selected Advisory Boards of leading mHealth companies and takes care of the consortium called “Healthcursor” — an organization oriented towards facilitating innovation around technology driven healthcare for the underprivileged across the World.
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Group Director, Security & ID
As Group Director, Security and ID, John Devlin focuses his research and management efforts on markets and technologies for smart cards and chip cards, authentication, identification, payments, and data protection. He also heads ABI Research’s services covering Mobile Money, RFID, and Security.
John is an experienced market analyst and research director with strong relationship-building and sales skills. His research focus has been on mobile, contactless/NFC, smart cards, payment acceptance and ID. From 2001 until he joined ABI Research in 2010, he held positions of increasing seniority at IMS Research in the UK, eventually becoming Research Director, Financial & I.D. Technologies Group, a new business area which he developed for the firm.
Prior to his work at IMS, he served as Business Development and Technical Sales Engineer at PPC Cranfield Ltd, addressing western European markets for the company’s high precision, engineered composite machine bases and components.
John has spoken, sat on panels, and chaired a number of industry events, including Cartes, SIMposium, The Smart Event, NFC World Congress, NFC Payments Europe, and The Smart Card Club. He has chaired industry roundtables and taken part in GSM Association (GSMA) webinars that involved companies such as Barclays Bank, HSBC, Ingenico, MasterCard, Orange, Samsung and Velti. John has served as a judge for the GSMA for its Best Mobile Money Service since its inception and is a panel member for the SIMAlliance’s SIMagine industry awards.
He has also been quoted widely in industry publications such as Smart Insights, Payments, Cards & Mobile, NFC Times, Smart Card News, SecureID News; Card Technology Today, and others.
John earned a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from De Montfort University.
Adrián José Di Meo,
Telefónica UK Ltd July 2011 – present
Chief Technology Officer
Leading working teams managing the Mobile (GSM and UMTS) and Fixed Networks for O2 UK, aimed at the following objectives: Network strategic definition and implementation, network roll out plan and operation of the network.
O2 Germany. October 2010 – Jul 2011
VP Network access & transport and acting VP support
Leading working teams aimed at the following objectives: a.- Planning and optimization of 2G/3G/LTE access, Fix access (ADSL, VDSL, Fttx), and the converge transport network backhaul and backbone, b.- Vendor management, c.- Overall technical strategic in access, d.-Budget planning and monitoring, e.- Quality assurance, f.- Project management support, g.- Process review and implementation of change.
O2 Germany. June 2008 – October 2010
VP Network Coordination and acting VP implementation since September 2009
Leading working teams aimed at the following objectives: a.- Budget planning and monitoring, b.- Quality assurance, c.- Project management support, d.- Process review and implementation of change, e.- rollout of 2G & 3G network, f.- site adquisition for network elements.
MOVISTAR. March 1998 – June 2008
Quality Assurance Manager
January 2007 to June 2008
Leading working teams aimed at the following objectives: a.- improvement of processes / services in technology management (mainly Six Sigma techniques), b.- PM of improvement projects, c.- collection and preparation of indicators and metrics reflecting the customer’s experience in the use of different services, d.- solution of technical claims, with COPC (Customer Operation Performance Center) certification, e.- interrelation with Customer Management, Marketing and Sales in order to understand problems and prioritise the solution thereof.
Access Network Chief
Years 2000 to 2006
Leading working teams aimed at the following objectives: a.- planning of GSM, UMTS and TMDA national networks, which includes the management of capacity v. demand, the budgetary management of the network, and the parameterisation of the network in order to comply with the performance standards recommended, b.- start-up and optimisation of access networks, c.-certification of terminals prior to their introduction in the network, d.- formal proceedings before national supervisory bodies aimed at obtaining such technical documentation as may be necessary for the authorisation of the service, e.- managed budget in the order of 50 MM Euros as radio equipment and instruments, f.- PM of special indoor special coverage solutions.
Mobile Planning Professional
being part of a team of professionals engaged in the Planning and Optimisation of the mobile network.
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Stephen Drake is the Program Vice President for Mobility & Telecom research at IDC. In this position, he has responsibility for the Mobile Enterprise, Mobile SMB, Mobile Device coverage, IP Communication Services and also contributes to IDC’s Unified Communication research. As part of the Mobile Enterprise coverage, Mr. Drake heads up market intelligence on mobile software technologies for the enterprise and mobile operators including mobile middleware, mobile enterprise applications, mobile device management, mobile security, mobile operating environments, mobile application development markets and mobile user trends. As part of the mobile enterprise coverage, Mr. Drake is responsible for mobile device and mobile operators delivery of solutions into the enterprise and looks at key mobile software, device and mobile operator trends and strategies for the small and medium business markets. He also leads IDC’s mobile device research that tracks key mobile device technology and trends, heads up key IP Communication Services offerings, and contributes critical mobile research as part of a cross-group Unified Communication program at IDC.
Mr. Drake has more than 10 years experience as an analyst and during his tenure at IDC has served across multiple areas including its Communications research team, Software, Mobility and Telecom groups. Prior to joining IDC in 1997, Mr. Drake was a research associate with Giga Information Group (subsequently acquired by Forrester Research) where he conducted primary and secondary research on a wide array of IT topics in the end-user community, including business process reengineering and network computing.
Mr. Drake authored the Foreword to the book, Wireless Data For The Enterprise: Making Sense of Wireless Business. He has presented on a variety of mobile industry trends at major trade shows and is quoted in major financial and industry news journals, such as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, Fortune, C/Net News, Reuters, Network World, Computerworld, Infoworld and InformationWeek.
Mr. Drake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Frost & Sullivan
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Technology visionary and business partner with solid experience in Information Technology, OSS/ BSS and product development in mobile services, telecommunication and business applications / solutions. Demonstrated career success development and executing operational strategies to support the business growth, dynamics and competiveness. Extensive experience in leading operations of service platforms development, applications developments, services integration and charging and billing systems implementation / migrations / swaps of mega and mission critical systems. 22 yearsof diverse range of experience covering business/ enterprise applications, voice, mobile, internet, data, messaging and portal & e-commerce, m-payments and VAS services. Living / executing the convergence technology strategies of voice, data, pre-post, mobile-fixed – internet and telecom. Leading & participating in innovation and transformation programs.
Martin Garner (senior vice president, Internet). Martin is a well-known figure in the mobile industry. He was director of wireless at Ovum and one of the firm’s most senior analysts, where he built up the wireless practice and went on to establish the Wireless Intelligence joint venture with the GSM Association. During this time he built a strong reputation within the mobile industry and became a prominent commentator, recognised for his incisive opinions and insightful research. After leaving Ovum he established Commvine, a consultancy practice focused on Internet services and experiences. At CCS Insight, Martin continues his focus on these areas.
John Gole is the program director of IDC’s Telecommunications Practice in Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEE and MEA). He manages a team of analysts and consultants in offices throughout the region providing market analysis and strategic advice to telecoms service providers, vendors, and other industry stakeholders. Typical projects involve supporting clients across the range of their marketing activities and the lifecycle of an offering, including strategic planning, opportunity assessment, demand analysis, market segmentation, partnership strategies, competitive analysis, product positioning, market entry, and lead generation. He has an MA from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service, and he is currently completing MBA degrees jointly at London Business School and Columbia Business School.
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Alan Goode is the founder and managing director of Goode Intelligence – a research, analysis and consultancy company specialising in information security, enterprise mobility and mobile commerce.
Goode Intelligence focuses on mobile security. www.goodeintelligence.com
David Gosen is European Managing Director for the Telecom practice at Nielsen, leading a regional team working with mobile operators, device manufacturers, publishers and entertainment companies to understand how the mobile ecosystem is being impacted by changing consumer behaviour and how best to build solutions to drive effectiveness and ROI in the sector.
He has a 20 year background in consumer facing mobile, gaming and entertainment businesses and has held senior management positions in the 80′s and 90′s at British Sky Broadcasting, Mercury One-to-One, Pepsico, and Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages. In 1999 David entered the games industry as the Managing Director of Nintendo Europe where he was responsible for pan-European hardware and software product launches across the region including Gameboy Advance, Nintendo Gamecube and the global phenomenom Pokemon. He pursued his career as CEO & President at venture capital backed I-play Mobile Entertainment – a mobile entertainment company that he led to become one of the top 5 global mobile publishers, pioneering casual gaming on mobile. Before joining Nielsen, David was a Vice President at Microsoft responsible for the Xbox and Xbox Live business in Europe.
University of South Australia
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Digantam Gurung joined CCS Insight in September 2009. In his role as Analyst at CCS Insight, he is responsible for pricing analysis and positioning of mobile handsets and tablets in the wholesale and retail market. Additionally, Digantam provides research and analysis on the NFC and mobile payments market. This has included providing commentary for media organisations including the Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph.
Mark H Mortensen
Dr. Mark H. Mortensen is a Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason, Ltd. (www.analysysmason.com) leading the Customer Care and Service Fulfilment research programmes. The first 20 years of Mark’s career were spent at Bell Laboratories, where he specialised in enterprise-wide systems architecture and strategy, leading teams that brought new software products to new markets and network technologies, and the interaction of software systems with the underlying network hardware. Mark was Chief Scientist of Management Systems at Bell Labs, has been president of his own OSS strategy consulting company, CMO at the inventory specialist Granite Systems, and VP of Product Strategy at Telcordia Technologies. He is also an adjunct professor at UMass Lowell in the College of Management, specializing in strategic management of high technology companies. Mark holds an MPhil and a PhD in physics from Yale University and has received two AT&T Architecture awards for innovative communications software solutions.
Editorial director, Campaign Asia-Pacific.
Atifa has been covering the region’s marketing communications industry for 11 years, having joined Haymarket in 2000 as assistant editor on Media magazine. She became editor in 2006. In January 2011, she took on the role of editorial director for Haymarket’s Brand Media division, which includes Campaign Asia-Pacific and CEI, the region’s leading MICE magazine. Atifa oversees content for all of Campaign’s print and digital products, as well as face-to-face events in the region.
Steven Hartley is Practice Leader of Ovum’s Telco Strategy Practice. He leads a global team of analysts that provide strategic advice to the world’s leading operators and vendors. The team provides strategic analysis of mobile, fixed, and integrated telecoms industry trends; the opportunities and threats facing service providers; and evaluations of major player strategies.
Steven has more than 15 years’ experience in fixed and wireless communication market analysis. His areas of focus include market forecasting, mobile broadband, next generation migration and service strategies, and femtocells. He has spoken at leading industry events including the Mobile World Congress and regularly appears in the media.
Prior to joining Ovum, Steven worked at major industry information and analysis organizations as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers. His research areas included mobile devices and the role of Java technology in the wireless market.
Matt Hatton is a widely respected wireless industry expert with 14 years’ experience at the cutting edge of telecoms research. His current role is as Director at Machina Research, a specialist research and consultancy firm focusing on the M2M, IoT and mobile broadband markets. Prior to establishing Machina Research, Matt was Program Manager at Yankee Group focusing on the mobile services market in EMEA and most recently at Analysys Mason he was Research Director managing all research on the telco services market, with a particular focus on mobile broadband and other new emerging services and business models.
He has provided strategic advice to numerous executives (including C-level executives) at mobile operators, vendors and other players in the mobile value chain, on the deployment and marketing of mobile products and services. This has included market sizing and forecasting, providing competitor intelligence, and advising on strategies for value-added services, M2M, mobile broadband, customer retention, pricing and fixed-mobile convergence. He also has substantial experience in carrying out business case assessments for mobile operators, including due diligence on service deployments.
Matt is widely quoted in both trade publications (such as Total Telecom, Light Reading, Mobile Today, New Media Age and Mobile Europe) and the wider national and international press (including BBC, The Financial Times, CNN, The Telegraph and The Independent). He also speaks frequently at conferences and acts as a judge for a number of prestigious awards (including the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards).
Matt holds an MSc in Telecommunications (Distinction) from University College London.
The 451 Group
Chris runs the Mobile and Wireless research practice at The 451 Group, which covers hardware, software, and services for both enterprise and consumer mobility markets. His research focuses on mobile device management as well as application development platforms that target smartphones and tablets in the enterprise. Chris is primarily interested in the shift in enterprise computing from desktop to mobile.
Prior to joining 451, Chris covered worldwide smartphone trends for IDC. He focused on the convergence of mobile air interface technologies and advances in device component technologies which impacted the designs and capabilities of smartphones in both consumer and enterprise markets.
Chris is frequently quoted on mobile technology issues by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS, ComputerWorld, Fox Business, InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, MacWorld, TheStreet, Reuters and Wired. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Mobile Enterprise Magazine, a columnist for FierceMobileIT, and a judge for both the CTIA’s Emerging Technology Awards and the GSMA’s Global Mobility Awards during Mobile World Congress. Chris has presented and moderated panels at numerous events such as CES, CTIA, Interop, venture capital tech days, as well as serving as the conference director for 451’s Client Conference.
Chris earned my MBA and MS in Information Systems from Boston University. During his graduate course work, he conducted market research for Lucent Technologies, leading a team in the development of a demand creation strategy for 3G data services. While attending University of Richmond Chris earned a Bachelors degree in business with a concentration in finance.
Craig has been working in Information Systems Security since 1988; initially on UNIX systems, then on Enterprise Java and, since 2002, focusing on mobile device platforms including a spell as Chief Security Technologist at the Symbian Foundation. He has worked at all levels of product creation, from strategy through requirements management, architecture and design, down to low-level implementation. He is now providing independent consultancy on mobile security matters.
Craig is lead author of “Symbian OS Platform Security” published by Wiley, co-author of The Open Group “Technical Guide to Security Design Patterns” and lead author of The Open Group “Guide to Digital Rights Management”.
Dr Mark Heath
Dr Mark Heath is Co-Founder of Unwired Insight, which provides in-depth and insightful analysis and market intelligence for the telecommunications industry.
Mark has co-authored over 40 reports in the wireless industry, and has advised more than 250 companies worldwide, including investors, mobile operators, vendors and government bodies.
Recently, he has undertaken Expert Witness activities in major patent disputes in the telecommunications industry. Mark is a regular contributor to the Wireless Blog.
Mark has 22 years of commercial experience, in BT, O2 and Nokia, in technology strategy, business development and marketing roles. Prior to Unwired Insight, Mark held a number of business development roles in Nokia, ultimately defining strategy and being responsible for business development across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, Mark was responsible for technology strategic planning at BT Cellnet (O2) in the UK, after spending six years at BT in wireless systems research and development, where he was involved in the standardisation and optimisation of wireless systems, including GSM, DECT, IS-54, IS-95 and UMTS. He has authored several UK and international IEEE journal publications on various mobile technologies.
Mark holds BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds, winning the University prize for his telecommunications research. Mark also holds an MBA, graduating as top student from Henley Management College.
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Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)
Dr. Hukill currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) where he is involved in organizational and program development as well as member committee and governance support.
His consultancy practice includes a broad range of areas including international telecommunication policy, regulation and development (with an emphasis in Southeast Asia), broadcast television and media systems producing and training, and travel industry information systems.
Dr. Hukill has previously held positions as a professor and administrator at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and the University of Hawaii.
Magazine Innovation Centre
Samir Husni, aka “Mr. Magazine”™, is the director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, School of Journalism. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer at the School of Journalism.
Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni’s Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 27th year. He is also the author of Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today’s Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt. He is the editor of The Future of Magazines.
He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader’s Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute.
He is “the country’s leading magazine expert,” according to Forbes ASAP magazine, “the nation’s leading authority on new magazines,” according to min:media industry newsletter; “a world-renowned expert on print journalism” according to CBS News Sunday Morning and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “the planet’s leading expert on new magazines.”
Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. and International media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers world-wide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications.
He has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio’s Morning and Weekend Editions as well as On The Media.
Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others.
He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and the Magazine Association of the Southeast Awards.
Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations in all platforms.
Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas.
When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
Thomas Husson is a principal analyst at Forrester where he serves Consumer Product Strategy Professionals. His research covers mobile consumer content and services and mobile strategy for non-telecom companies. Additionally, he covers mobile location and focuses on the evolving mobile ecosystem; the impact of new entrants in the mobile space, mobile services, mobile media; and content, mobile Internet and applications, mobile commerce and payments, and mobile marketing and advertising. Thomas’ research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including the International Herald Tribune, BBC, Reuters, AFP, Les Echos, Le Monde, Il Sole 24 Ore.
Husson joined Forrester in August 2008, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the mobile industry. Thomas spent four years at JupiterResearch as a senior mobile analyst and six years at Bouygues Telecom (3rd French operator), first as Internet product manager and then as mobile multimedia product manager. Thomas has also worked in the financial services sector in Milan, Italy for one and a half years. He has been a judge in the Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress since 2008. Husson has degrees in international marketing/strategy and finance from EM Lyon (Lyon School of Management) and from Science Po Paris (Institute of Political Science).
A. Reza Jafari
Mr. A. Reza Jafari is the Chairman and CEO of e-Development International. Based in Washington, DC, USA, e-Development International is an executive advisory group that promotes, facilitates and participates in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives for Social Entrepreneurship, m-Health, Digital Health and Public Private Partnerships worldwide.
Currently Mr. Jafari is a Board member of GSMA Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of GSM Association; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITU TELECOM (International Telecommunication Union, a UN Agency); a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and Vice-Chairman of its Healthcare Committee; Founding member and a Board member of the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame; and a member of the Governor’s Council for International Business, Maryland, USA.
Mr. Jafari has spent 36 years in the IT services, competitive telecoms, media and entertainment and education/healthcare industries. His portfolio of business relationships and interests include advising established and start up companies and organizations in: mobile health, mobile banking, mobile value added services, infrastructure sharing, satellite communications, cyber security, Broadband, online and mobile entertainment and education , IT services and IP communications. He currently serves as an independent Director on the Board of two US based public companies – - TCS (TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.) and TMNG Global.
Mr. Jafari served as the Chairman and Managing Director of NeuStar International (2005 – 2008) and as the Chairman and CEO of The Omega Partners, an executive advisory group based in Atlanta, USA (2002-2005). From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Jafari held various senior executive positions at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (Currently HP Company)) including Group President of EDS’ Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Industry Group; Managing Director of the Communications and Media Industry Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa; Managing Director of Consulting Services; and President of Business-TV Networks. Mr. Jafari’s career also includes seven years as the Founder, President and CEO of Satellite Conference Network and Bankers-TV Network in New York City.
Mr. Jafari received his MBA in 1976, (Ed. S) in 1980, and his (PhD/ABD) in Instructional Systems Technology and International Business in 1981 from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
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Chris Jones was one of the three founders of Canalys in 1999 and is based in the Canalys Americas office in Palo Alto, California. Chris specializes in mobile ecosystems, applications and devices – from mobile phones to notebook computers.
Canalys is renowned for its quality, consistency, clear device segmentation, timeliness, and respected team of analysts. In 2000, Chris pioneered market-specific analysis around smart phones and handhelds, helping Canalys to become and remain the leading global provider and standard source of data and analysis for the smart phone industry with its Smart Phone Analysis service. In 2003, Chris initiated Canalys’ research into location-based services (LBS), with the successful Mobile Navigation Analysis service. Canalys produced the industry’s first quarterly shipment tracking and analysis service in this segment, which also became the recognized source of market intelligence in the LBS industry. In early 2010 Canalys was the first industry analyst firm to successfully launch a continuous information service tracking global shipments and trends in the pad market, Chris contributes to this service as well as the unique Application Store Analysis service covering best practices in application store management.
Chris has given keynote speeches at many industry conferences and has worked on numerous consultancy projects for Canalys clients over the years. Recent projects have centered on connected notebooks and netbooks, market entry strategies, channel strategies, LBS and vendor due diligence. He is regularly quoted in the influential business and trade press on mobility issues.
Prior to joining Canalys, Chris spent five years with Gartner, mainly within Dataquest’s European PC group. His principal activities were to manage Dataquest’s quarterly PC market program in Europe, to lead its research into handheld computing.
Sarah Jordan is Head of Digital Communications at Oxfam GB, with responsibility for developing and delivering a digital strategy to achieve Oxfam’s communication objectives, effectively positioning the organisation as a leading charity in the digital sphere. Through the management of a specialist Digital Communications team and delivery of core streams of work within the organisation’s Digital Vision Programme, Sarah plays a key role in conveying Oxfam’s programme work and inspiring the UK public to support and give to the organisation. As well as Oxfam’s own websites, Sarah’s remit covers digital channels such as email, mobile and social media, and she is also leading a central project to implement a CMS and redevelop the existing digital presence.
Sarah has worked in the digital environment for nearly 15 years, most recently as Head of Web & eDevelopment at Oxford University Press prior to joining Oxfam in 2009.
Helen Karapandžić (Senior Analyst) joined Analysys Mason’s Research division in April 2007. A member of the Custom Research team, Helen specialises in market analysis and proposition development. She has worked with major clients across the telecoms industry, including mobile operators, regulators and technology vendors. Throughout her time at Analysys Mason, Helen has worked across a variety of geographies, and has a particular interest in emerging markets. She has authored numerous published reports and papers on a range of mobile payment issues, and has spoken at industry conferences (including chairing the Informa Mobile Financial Services conference). This is Helen’s fourth year judging the GSMA’s Global Mobile awards. She has also judged the MEF ‘Meffys’ awards for the last two years.
Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Helen was Business Development Manager for an international asset management company, where she was responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She has also held positions with Cambridge Investment Research (an independent, Cambridge-based strategy consultancy) and eBay AG. Helen has an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.
Telecom Advisory Services
RAUL L. KATZ
Dr. Raul L. Katz is Director of Business Strategy Research at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and an Adjunct Professor in the Finance and Economics Division at Columbia Business School. He is also President of Telecom Advisory Services (www.teleadvs.com), a firm that advises technology clients in the fields of strategy, regulation and business development. In 2004, Dr. Katz retired as a Lead Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a member of the firm’s Leadership Team and Head of the US and Latin America Telecommunication practices.
During his career, he has worked extensively in the planning and development of high technology businesses, particularly telecommunications. Dr. Katz managed projects in the areas of demand forecasting, scenario planning, competitive analysis, market-entry strategy, customer loyalty and new product development. He has led engagements in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, in particular advising governments on telecommunications universal service policies, carrier privatization, industry liberalization and national software strategies. In the last two years, Dr. Katz has been particularly focused on analyzing the economic impact of broadband telecommunications. In this context, he has led a research project on the employment effects of the broadband stimulus package in the United States and studies of the economic impact of broadband in Germany, Switzerland, Rural America and Latin America.
Dr. Katz has published articles in journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Telephony, Communications and Strategy, Intereconomics, Strategy and Business, America’s Network and The Information Society. His book The Information Society: an International Perspective, focusing on the deregulation trends in worldwide telecommunications, was published in 1988. His book Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy, addressing the discontinuities in the telecommunications industry, was published in 2000, and translated into Japanese. His last book – The role of ICT in Economic development: a proposal for Latin America – was published in 2009.
Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Political Science and an M.S. in Communications Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he holds a Licence in History and a Maîtrise in Political Science from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, as well as a Licence and a Maîtrise (with honors) in Communication Sciences from the University of Paris.
Badii Kechiche is the head of EMEA research at Pyramid Research.
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Banking 4 Tomorrow
Brett King, best selling Author of BANK 2.0, is a renowned public speaker, blogger, industry analyst and an advisor to some of the world’s biggest financial services organizations and leading brands. He is also the founder of a number of non-profit associations and businesses.
A regular speaker at the top global conferences for financial services, King is an acknowledged expert on wealth management, customer experience and financial services channel distribution strategy. He publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on Huffington Post (Business News), Internet Evolution, FinExtra, BankInnovation and on his own blog www.Banking4Tomorrow.com.
King also runs User Strategy, a boutique consultancy focused on improving customer interaction for leading financial services companies and businesses. King previously ran the Asia division of Modem Media and the E-Business service line for Deloitte. His clients include HSBC, Citigroup, UBS, Standard Chartered, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, EmiratesNBD, RBS, CSFB, BNP Paribas and many more.
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Evan is Practice Leader of the Enterprise team at Ovum Telecoms. In this role, he draws together our research in enterprise fixed, mobile and customer interaction services, with the goal of evolving our enterprise telecoms research and client relationships. As an analyst, Evan focuses on managed services and sourcing, enterprise mobility, managed mobility services, unified communications, and enterprise routing as they effect business processes, employee collaboration, and business to customer communications. Previously, Evan served as Analysis Director at Datamonitor, where he was responsible for Datamonitor’s technology research planning and production.
Evan has written studies covering internet-based customer service, contact center outsourcing and offshoring, and CRM in India and Asia-Pacific. Most recently, Evan has researched and published on unified communications, managed enterprise mobility, mobile unified communications, communications-enabled business processes, workplace collaboration and M2M. In addition, Evan has developed an expertise on global offshoring/outsourcing and IT services.
Prior to his previous roles, Evan led Datamonitor’s CRM, Contact Center and IT Services/BPO research programs. Before joining Datamonitor, Evan worked at Nortel Networks in its Wireless Systems Engineering department.
Evan holds a BA magna cum laude in English and European Studies from Amherst College (Massachusetts, USA) and an M.Phil. in European Politics from The Queen’s College, Oxford.
Kathryn Koegel is a media and marketing analyst and researcher who has worked in online, print, TV and now mobile. She wrote the Advertising Age Reports: Benchmarks and Best Practices for Mobile Marketing 2010 and 2011. She authored four Ad Age reports on mobile that were published through 2011 on location based services, mobile couponing, mobile metrics and mobile commerce.
At the height of the dot-com era, she was the VP of marketing for one of the first ad networks, Phase2Media. She was the Director of Research & Industry Development for DoubleClick and created their first industry trend reports. In her consultancy, Primary Impact, she works with media and interactive marketing companies to turn their data into industry insights and position themselves in the interactive landscape. Her primary research work has been accepted and published by the ARF and ESOMAR. She continues to contribute pieces to Ad Age on mobile marketing and interactive marketing technologies and also does work for the MMA.
The CMO Club
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Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Krath
SVP Radio Networks
Deutsche Telekom AG
Klaus-Jürgen is responsible for the Radio Networks of the mobile networks of DTAG/T-Mobile in Europe. This includes the plan-build-optimise for the European Radio networks but also the strategy and development of all required radio solutions and products.
He has been with T-Mobile since the early days of GSM in 1991, started as test engineer but soon took over responsibility for BSS test & integration and later for all Radio Engineering tasks in T-Mobile Germany.
From 2002 he has been managing Radio Engineering in T-Mobile International for all operations in Europe.
He was responsible for GPRS/UMTS/HSPA introduction and optimization and has been leading the NGMN activities within Deutsche Telekom.
Masters & doctors degree in telecommunications
The Open University
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication and Associate Director (Learning and Teaching) in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. She is President of the International Association for Mobile Learning, and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL). She has been working in mobile learning since 2001, leading research projects investigating learning innovation in the UK and internationally. She is co-editor of two books on mobile learning: Researching Mobile Learning: Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs (2009) and Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (2005); her work also includes guest editing of special issues on mobile and contextual learning for ReCALL (2008), ALT-J (2009) and Open Learning (2010). Recent invited scholarships and keynotes include research collaboration at the National Central University, Taiwan; a Visiting Scholarship at the University of Technology Sydney; and keynotes at EUROCALL 2008, ICCE 2009, NORDITEL 2010, mLearn 2010 and ICELF 2011. Agnes is also the author of a Policy Brief published by UNESCO on “Mobile learning for quality education and social inclusion”. Her current recearch centres on mobile language learning, informal and incidental learning, and e-book pedagogy.
Gilles Kuntz has joined Etisalat Nigeria as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in 2009, leading the engineering, project and operational team who deployed 3,000 new cells sites over the past 3 years. He leaded also the Quality of Service strategy plan, one of main differentiator of the Etisalat strategy. Etisalat network has been recognized far as the best network quality in Nigeria by the Regulator in 2011 .
Prior to joining the Etisalat Nigeria Family, Gilles was the Chief Technical Officer of CELTEL Zambia Plc (trading as ZAIN Zambia) where he successfully led the network expansion from 129 sites to 629 sites covering all 72 districts in Zambia. His responsibilities also included migrating the network to NGN technology; implementing a cost optimization strategy as well as aligning the company with the overall guidelines of the ZAIN Group.
Gilles whose industry experience spans over 20 years across Europe, South Pacific and Africa has equally held top management positions in respected multinational mobile telecommunications companies such as VIVENDI Telecommunications International; CEGETEL Group in Paris as well as, SFR.
He holds a post graduate degree in Radio Communication Engineering (ETAA) and a mini Telecom MBA. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the London Business School.
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Media Futurist, CEO of The Futures Agency
Basel / Switzerland
Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader, Author & Strategist Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral (São Paulo, Brazil)
The WSJ calls Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. He is the Co- author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (Berklee Press, 2005), as well as the author of ‘The End of Control’ (2007), ‘Music 2.0’ (2008), and ‘Friction is Fiction’ (2009, Lulu Publishing).
Gerd’s background is in the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s ‘Quincy Jones Award’ and subsequently worked 12 years as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then spent a decade as digital media entrepreneur and start-up Internet CEO, based in San Francisco. In 2001, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as a Futurist and Strategic Advisor. He now travels around the globe and speaks at major conferences and business events, company retreats and think- tanks on the Future of Business, Media, Content and Entertainment, Technology, Marketing, Advertising & Branding, Telecommunications, and Culture.
Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as online commerce models, the tele-media economy, social media and social commerce, TV & Radio 2.0, mobile content, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, consumer trends, UGC and peer production, copyright, licensing and IPR issues, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, digital content strategies, and the development of next-generation business models for the content, communications & technology industries.
Gerd’s keynotes, speeches, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for his hard- hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and motivational style. With over 1’300 engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 150.000 executives and professionals, and is considered a key influencer.
His diverse client list includes Nokia, NSN, Amdocs, The Guardian, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society, and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. A native German, he now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Wireless Industry Partnership
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Gerald Lynch TechDigest.tv Editor from 2009 to present
Colin has over 35 years experience in telecommunications having held senior management positions with a number of major organisations, including Marks & Spencer, Anixter International, Sun Alliance Insurance Group and Swiss Bank Corporation International.
He joined Arthur Andersen (later renamed Andersen) in October 1992 where, as EMEIA Director of Telecommunications, he was responsible for telecommunications strategy and planning throughout EMEIA. Whilst at Andersen, he was a board member of EVUA and led the EVUA Wireless Special Interest Group.
An independent consultant since 2001, he is currently working on a number of assignments for multi-national clients, providing support to the EVUA Board and Mobility Forum and undertakes consultancy for EVUA members.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management and a Member of both the Communications Management Association and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.
Colin is married and has two children and two step-children.
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Phil Marshall is the Chief Research Officer of Tolaga Research, where he leads its software architecture and development, and directs Tolaga’s thought leadership for the mobile industry. Before founding Tolaga, Dr Marshall was an Executive at Yankee Group for nine years, and most recently led its global service provider technology research globally, spanning wireless, wireline, and broadband technologies and telecommunication regulation.
Marshall has 20 years of experience in the wireless communications industry. He spent many years working in various engineering operations, software design, research and strategic planning roles in New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand for Verizon International (previously Bell Atlantic International Wireless) and Telecom New Zealand. In addition, Marshall was an electrical engineer at BHP New Zealand Steel before he attended graduate school. He has a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. His technical specialty is in radio engineering and advanced system modeling, and his operational experience is primarily in communications network design and optimization.
Craig J. Mathias is a Principal with Farpoint Group, an advisory and systems-integration firm based in Ashland, MA, specializing in wireless networking, mobile computing, and related technologies, products, and services. The company works with manufacturers, carriers and operators, enterprises, and the financial community on technology assessment and analysis, strategy development, product specification and design, product marketing, program management, education and training, and the integration of emerging technologies into new and existing business operations, across a broad range of markets and applications. Craig is an internationally-recognized expert on wireless communications and mobile computing technologies, and has published over 1,000 technical, business, applications, and overview articles on a wide variety of topics. He is also a well-known and frequently-quoted industry analyst and speaker at industry conferences and events.
Prior to founding Farpoint Group in 1991, Craig was Director, Corporate Development, at Stardent Computer (formerly Stellar Computer, and today Advanced Visual Systems), where he was responsible for new-product specification and corporate strategy. He was Director, Marketing, at Stellar Computer, developer of the first graphics supercomputer. Craig was also an early member of the management team at GRiD Systems Corp., developer of the first laptop computer, where, as Manager of the Network Products Group, he was responsible for the development and marketing of all communications, networking, and server products.
Craig holds an Sc.B. degree in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Brown University. He is a member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society, and the Society of Sigma Xi. He is currently a member of the Advisory Boards for the Interop conferences (Las Vegas and New York), where he Chairs the Wireless and Mobility track. He also serves as a monthly columnist for InformationWeek.com (“Mathias on Mobility”) and the Enterprise Mobility Foundation (theemf.org), ardent blogger (“Nearpoints”) for networkworld.com, Trusted Voice at itworld.com, and Expert at Focus.com. He also publishes occasional feature stories, test reports, and product reviews in Network World and other publications.
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Research Director, Enterprise Mobility and Machine to Machine services
Nick McQuire joined IDC in 2010 as research director for the EMEA Enterprise Mobility and Machine-to-Machine programs. In this role he is primarily responsible for research into the adoption, supply, and emerging technology trends in the mobile business-to-business market, including strategic guidance on purchasing and end-user trends, vendor and service provider go-to-market strategies, and market forecasting.
Before joining IDC, McQuire was a senior marketing manager in the Insight, Strategy, and Planning division of BT Global Services, where he provided regular strategic insight on win-loss activity, market/competitor analysis, and product/proposition development for the network services, mobility, and unified communications portfolios. Before joining BT Global Services, he headed up European enterprise mobility research at Yankee Group.
He has an MA in economics and international relations from the University of St Andrews in the U.K. and a BA with first class honors from Mount Allison University in Canada.
Frost & Sullivan
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BlueAid is a consultancy company with broad expertise in wireless communications and mobile handset technologies. Over the past 3 years it has expanded into consumer based healthcare data management, looking into technologies for taking data from body sensors and feeding it to mobile devices for use in remote monitoring and healthcare management scenarios.
BlueAid offers services around 3 core areas or “pillars” of business:
- Market Analysis – understanding markets, trends and gaps. This knowledge provides our clients with the ability to explore opportunity spaces for new and future products and services in mobile/wireless healthcare.
- Strategy – working closely with existing specialist healthcare and technology companies to look at improved business practises and how best to exploit relevant opportunities in mobile/wireless healthcare.
- Technical Realisation – fast prototyping and management of complete projects for start-up companies as an interim team; outsourcing provision for large corporates with early stage prototyping and innovation efforts.
Through intensive consultancy assignments with leading firms including GSK, Qualcomm, CardioNet, MyCa, Continua and others, blueAid has identified a need for a mass market Consumer Electronic Healthcare System. As a direct result, blueAid is now helping both corporates and start-ups to realise the delivery of these systems.
Reasearch & Development at blueAid looks at many new concepts and ideas and recently it has launched a new product for allowing people to connect to each other easily. This has resulted a new start-up Blendology and the first product SojoLife will be launching at SXSW.com this March 2012.
At Envisional Bill managed the development of artificial intelligence search algorithms for their Internet Banking Fraud application. His success at turning this company around has led to its trade sale.
Bill is perhaps best known for his work at Trigenix Limited, where he led the development of the cross-platform TrigPlayer, Scalable Server and PC-based User Interface developer tools. These were all successfully launched at 3GSM World Congress in Cannes in 2004. The successes of that effort lead to Qualcomm’s purchase of Trigenix for $36m. Bill was instrumental, together with the rest of the management team, in managing an intensive due diligence process during the sale of the company.
His journey started with Nortel creating distributed large scale, high availability voice over ATM switches – after reaching senior management level he left to join Symbionics (acquired by Cadenece) where he started his vocation into wireless applications by looking after Bluetooth for Ericsson and implementing many concepts during 1999
Bengt co-founded Northstream in 1998 and is since then the CEO of the company. He has previously held the position as CTO and Executive Director of Smartone in Hong Kong. Other management positions include Ericsson, Comviq and Netcom consultants. Bengt has also held a position in the Executive Committee of the GSM Association as well as chairing the GSM Association Asia Pacific Interest Group. Bengt is an acknowledged telecom industry thought leader that is frequently invited as speaker and moderator in conferences and strategy workshops.
Terry is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason’s Wireless Networks research programme. His primary areas of specialisation include wireless access technologies, wireless traffic forecasting and spectrum-related matters. Terry has more than 30 years’ experience in the radio communications industry. He has worked in radio planning, access network design, operations and for ten years was a Consultant with Analysys Mason. As well as writing numerous reports on the subject of wireless access technologies, Terry is regularly quoted in the broadsheet press and contributes to media analysis. He holds an Engineering Doctorate in radio propagation, is a member of the Institute of Physics, a member of the Institute of Technology and a Chartered Physicist.
Emeka Obiodu is a Senior Analyst in Ovum’s Telco Strategy practice where he focuses on the operational strategies of telecoms operators and vendors. Emeka also leads Ovum’s research & analysis on innovation in the telecoms industry.
In his work, Emeka has consulted for many multinational giants (including 8 of the ten largest global telecoms players), leading financial institutions and governmental bodies. He presents regularly at events, and has featured extensively in the media such as the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Reuters, Dow Jones, AP, and Forbes.
Prior to Ovum, Emeka worked as a telecoms analyst at Global Insight and Pyramid Research, focusing mainly on the telecoms market in the EMEA region. He has also worked for oil giant Shell, an engineering start-up setting up VSAT links in emerging markets, and a dot.com start-up. Emeka holds a BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from FUTO Nigeria and an MSc in Telecommunications from Queen Mary University of London.
Dr. Dorothy Okello is a Lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She has over 15 years experience in teaching, researching, and in conducting projects and contributing to policies in the ICT sector at national and international levels. Within the Department, Dr. Okello is Director for the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) that was established in June 2006 with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and technical input from Swedish-based IT+46.
Dr. Okello also served as the founding Coordinator of Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), established in 2000, with a mission to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by women and women organizations in Uganda. For over 11 years, Dr. Okello has been active in the area of getting more women, small-scale enterprises and rural communities engaged in the information society for development via gender & ICT policy advocacy and via program implementation and monitoring & evaluation. In addition, Dr. Okello has also served as a Commissioner with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), where she also served as Chairperson for the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) that is administered by UCC.
Dr. Okello holds a B.Sc. in Engineering (Electrical – First Class Hons.) from Makerere University, Uganda, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, United States (Fulbright Scholar), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient). In 2010, Dr. Okello was recognized as ‘Top ICT Woman – Uganda ICT Excellence Awards 2009’. Organised by the Uganda ICT Forum, the Awards recognize selected organizations, institutions and individuals whose use of ICT exhibits exceptional achievement in Uganda. She was also recognised among the Top 10 Personalities that have shaped Uganda’s ICT in 2011 by Uganda’s PC Tech Magazine.
Mobile Money Africa
Emmanuel Okoegwale, Principal Assciate at MobileMoneyAfrica.com, Africa’s leading resource for mobile financial inclusion.He is a leading voice in the emerging mobile financial ecosystem in Africa and actively building a shared agent network in Nigeria. Emmanuel is active in workshop circuits across Africa.
Senior Analyst, Mobile Content & Applications
Informa Telecoms & Media
Shailendra is a Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and works on research and consulting projects on topics including m-commerce, mobile advertising, social networking and other mobile value-added-services. He has produced research, analysis, and forecasts on a range of mobile industry topics including operator, handset manufacturer, and technology and infrastructure vendor strategies.
At Informa, Shailendra is responsible for writing executive briefs, comment pieces, and authoring management and strategic reports for the Mobile Content and Applications research portfolio. His most recent work includes a comprehensive study on the M-Commerce market and a report with in-depth analysis and forecasts on the Global Mobile Advertising market.
Shailendra has been quoted on numerous occasions in both the mainstream and trade press for his opinion and insights and regularly speaks at conferences and events. He also frequently briefs operators, policy-makers and vendors on mobile industry trends and developments.
International Finance Corp
Alexios Pantelias is a Senior Energy Specialist responsible for the Clean Energy portfolio of International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Services on Sustainability. Mr. Pantelias has worked on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conventional power generation projects across Europe, Asia, North America, Middle East and Africa. His experience covers renewable energy technologies and financing, energy management, strategy and market development.
Mr. Pantelias has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, a Master degree on Generation and Management of Energy from the National Technical University of Athens, and an Electrical Engineering degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Senza Fili Consulting
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Melissa Parrish is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research, serving Interactive Marketing Professionals. She is a leading expert in mobile marketing, social marketing, and communities. Melissa has been quoted frequently in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Fortune magazine, and she has spoken at the Churchill Club, OMMA Global, SXSW, and Social Media Week as an authority on social media and mobile marketing.
Before joining Forrester, Melissa was the director of community strategy at Time Inc. Lifestyle Digital group, where she was responsible for community and social media initiatives across the network’s 10 titles, which include Real Simple, Southern Living, and Cooking Light. Prior to joining Time in 2007, Melissa was part of Crayon, a conversational marketing consultancy, where she managed social media projects for brands like Coca-Cola and American Airlines. Previously, Melissa held senior product and community roles at Meetup, the world’s largest network of local groups, and Bolt.com, a community of more than 10 million teenagers and young adults.
Melissa earned a B.A. in drama and philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans, an M.A. in liberal studies from The New School, and an M.F.A. in dramaturgy and script development from Columbia University.
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Chris is the editor of Tap! The iPhone and iPad magazine
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Dr Dorothy Rachovides
Dorothy’s research interests are within the area of Human Computer interaction and usability and evaluation. Her PhD work is in Multimodal interaction, using gaze and two handed gestures. Since 1992 she has worked as a freelance Interaction Designer and developer for interactive promotional activities, e-learning Author, and Usability Consultant and held Research Fellow positions at Brunel and Surrey Universities. She has taught computing and HCI courses at both Undergraduate and MSc level (Lancaster University). After completing her work on the StoryBank project as Interaction Designer where she has co-designed the interface of the camera phone application, She moved to Greece where she is currently working as a freelance User Experience Consultant.
Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst with Yankee Group’s Network Research team. As a 4G mobile wireless infrastructure analyst, Ken tracks radio access network (RAN) technology solutions operators deploy to deliver value to consumers, enterprises and government. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Ken provides insight into 3G and RAN trends including LTE, HSPA and WiMAX, as well as supporting femtocell and Wi-Fi offload solutions.
Before joining Yankee Group, Ken served as a strategic marketing director for Alcatel-Lucent and as a wireless infrastructure analyst at Current Analysis. Prior to joining Current Analysis, Ken served as director of product management at Megisto Systems, Inc., a startup equipment vendor producing next-generation data gateway solutions for GSM and UMTS networks. At Megisto, he led the product management staff to define the product and provide support for the sales staff in the field. Before that, Ken worked at Visual Networks as an ATM product line manager as well as a member of the CTO’s staff. In addition to Visual Networks, his professional career has included software development and architectural design for X.25 packet switching, frame relay, and network management technologies while at GTE Telenet, Sprint and Netrix.
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David Rogers (@drogersuk) is a Director of Copper Horse Solutions Limited, a software development and services business based in Windsor. His mobile security blog can be found at: http://blog.mobilephonesecurity.org
Formerly he helped to establish the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) which aims to give developers a one-stop shop to many manufacturers and app stores through HTML5 and widget technology. He served as Chairman of the Security Group and Head of Security until February 2011. He has worked in the mobile and semiconductor industries for over 15 years in software engineering and security.
David has advised the UK Home Office and international law enforcement agencies on a number of mobile phone theft, security and forensic issues. He continues to champion the pioneering work in the mobile phone industry on embedded security within handsets. This work has led to widespread adoption of hardware security to protect security-sensitive applications such as m-payments.
David holds an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford and a HND in Mechatronics from the University of Teesside.
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Saverio Romeo is a Senior Industry Analyst with the Frost & Sullivan Europe Information & Communication Technologies Practice. He currently leads the research programme in mobile and wireless technologies within the Practice. He focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile and wireless communications in Europe. He also studies the impact of EU technology policies on the telecoms industry. During the last two years, Saverio has strongly expanded his research activities into emerging areas such as the Internet of Things, predictive analytics in the telecommunications industry and green strategies in the telecommunications industry.
Since joining Frost & Sullivan in March 2007, Saverio has authored more than 40 studies and he has been involved in numerous consulting projects. He has worked with clients such as IDA Ireland, SK Telecom, GN, Capricode, Goldman Sachs, Vodafone Group, HP, Telkom South Africa, Toshiba, Telefonica, Swisscom, Samsung and Oulu Innovation. Saverio also comments on mobile communications market in Europe for magazines, radios and television channels such as IT Europa, BBC, CNBC, ANSA, Computer World, Mobile Business, Herald Tribune International, L’Usine Nouvelle, Milano Finanza, Associated Press, Bloomberg TV and Wireless Weekly. He also participates to industry conferences as speaker and chairman.
Prior to this, Saverio was a Consultant at Technopolis Group in the UK. He mainly run consultancy projects for public organizations such as the European Commission and regional development agencies. The projects were related to regional systems of innovation, ICT policies and evaluation of EU Framework Programme projects. Prior to this, Saverio was a Scientific Officer Assistant at DG Information Society, European Commission. He assisted the revisions of EU Framework Programme projects in the areas of Future Technologies and Networks and Access. He also produced a piece of research on broadband in European rural areas for internal use.
At the end of 2007, he published a book review of Manuel Castells’ book “Mobile Communication and Society – A Global Perspective” in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. In 2008, he published “Biotech in Oxfordshire: An Evolving System” for the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. In September 2006, he received the Honorary Research Assistant at the Centre for Enterprise and Management Innovation at University College of London. Since 2005, he has contributed to research and teaching activities at the School of Economics, Informatics and Management at Birkbeck College. In 2010, he became Research Associate at the Oxfordshire Economic Observatory, an economic research unit of University of Oxford.
Saverio holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Naples “Federico II”, an MSc in Information Technology from CEFRIEL-“Politecnico di Milano” University, and an MSc in Innovation Management and Technology Policy from Birkbeck College-University of London. Saverio speaks fluently Italian and English. He reads French and Spanish.
Based in Qatar, the Qtel Group has a combined customer base of more than 80 million and operations in 17 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia.
Paul has more than 28 years telecom industry experience and served with Telstra (Australia), Wataniya (Kuwait) and Maxis (Malaysia) prior to joining Qtel Group in 2009.
David Sanders is a Partner of Cleantech Advisory which provides strategy consulting and corporate advisory services in the cleantech space to leading businesses, governments and early stage clean technologies. David has 25 years’ international experience in strategic advisory work and as a technology entrepreneur. Recent projects have included writing “Mobile’s Green Manifesto” for the GSMA, aimed at influencing COP15 in Copenhagen, an assessment of the potential for renewable power sources in mobile base stations in developing countries, and launching the GSMA’s Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking service. Prior to 2004, David worked primarily in telecoms, both as an entrepreneur and as a strategy consultant. David has an MBA (Finance) from Wharton and a degree in Mathematics from New College, Oxford.
Daryl covers the wireless infrastructure space at Ovum, with a primary focus on market activities as they apply to the Radio Access Network (RAN). RAN coverage includes macro, micro, and pico cell solutions for CDMA EVDO, HSPA/HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), LTE-Advanced, and WiMAX. Daryl’s research includes not only what infrastructure vendors are developing in those areas, but how mobile operators are deploying and using those wireless networking solutions.
During his career as an industry analyst Daryl has been involved in such projects as helping technology vendors develop use cases for new products and services, identifying new technology trends, and providing market sizing and market share support. He regularly speaks at industry and vendor events, where he is called upon to provide his insights on various trends impacting the wireless infrastructure market. He is also often asked for his comments by trade publications on such issues as merger and acquisitions, new product announcements, and market developments as it relates to his coverage area.
Daryl brings over 11 years of industry analyst experience to Ovum. Prior to Ovum he held similar positions with Current Analysis and In-Stat. Before becoming an industry analyst, Daryl worked at telecommunications service provider Cable & Wireless USA, where he worked on that operator’s market and competitive intelligence team.
Daryl Schoolar has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.
Patrick Michael Scodeller is Chief Technical Officer at M1 Limited, one of Singapore’s three mobile operators. He heads up teams responsible for the Planning and Operations of M1’s GSM900/1800, 3G W-CDMA/HSPA cellular networks and LTE network. He is also responsible for the Planning and Operations of M1’s International Gateways and M1’s Fixed Line business.
Patrick has over 31 years operational experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to October 1999, he was with Cable & Wireless plc, working in the UK initially with Mercury Communications, then moving to Hong Kong with HKTCSL where he was responsible for managing and implementing the world’s first digital cellular (GSM) network in an underground train system.
After 4 successful years in Hong Kong, Patrick moved first to Malaysia, in 1994, and then onto to Singapore in July of that year. During his time in Singapore, Patrick has seen M1 grow from its inception to a publicly listed company employing over 1,400 persons and with over 2 million customers since commercial launch in April 1997.
Patrick is an Incorporated Engineer and a Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
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Bradley Shaw is the hands-on, launching Managing Editor of Africa Telecoms Magazine and the Tech Editor Rolling Stone South Africa, a 3i Publishing prodigy. From its early days to date, Bradley has been intricately involved in shaping the progression of this leading publication and is at the forefront of breaking news and developing stories that affect the vast telecommunications arena on the African Continent.
Shaw is also intimately involved in the continued support in the ongoing growth and development of the 3i Publishing group itself, where his passion for business excellence is reflected in the company’s increasing and rewarding, local and international client relationships.
Recognised as a credible voice in the evolving’ telcos’ industry, particularly in the mobile market, Shaw was recently invited to be a Judge at the 2011 and 2012 Global Mobile Awards held in Barcelona, where he judged the category for ‘Best use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development’ and “Best Infrastructure Technology”, both subjects are very close to his heart.
Prior to joining 3i Publishing, Bradley was involved in the financial accounting, financial investment and recruitment industries as well as Associate Publisher of a large Business to Business publication, which has stood him in great stead for his current role and direction.
Bradley was born on the 20th May 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa and is married with one child. He enjoys playing golf, hiking in the mountains and spending time with his family when he is not at the office.
New Media Age
Ronan Shields, reporter for new media age, judging the ‘Innovation in Mobile Advertising’ category.
have 5 year’s experience of covering the sector with specific interest in the mobile ad serving space.
Will also be attending the event the conference itself where I’d be eager to make some time for anyone else interested in the same topic area.
West Wireless Health Centre
Joseph M. Smith, MD, PhD, FACC
Joe is currently Chief Medical and Science Officer of West Wireless Health Institute, and co-manager of the West Health Investment Fund, two organizations that share the mission of reducing the cost of healthcare. Recognized by HealthLeaders magazine as being one of the top 20 professionals in the US making healthcare better, Joe holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Technology developed during his doctoral research spawned a field of academic research into “repolarization alternans” and a successful start-up company, Cambridge Heart, Inc.
Joe completed his medicine internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and completed his cardiology and clinical electrophysiology training at Brigham and Women’s hospital, the Krannert Institute of Cardiology in Indianapolis, and Washington University in St. Louis. He has held academic positions at the School of Medicine (Cardiology) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, he founded the Arrhythmia Institute in Fairfax Virginia, a center of excellence in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and clinical research, has served as Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of Guidant /Boston Scientific – Cardiac Rhythm Management, and has led the Emerging Technologies group at Johnson & Johnson prior to joining the West Wireless Health Institute.
Joe has published in the areas of cardiac electrophysiology with special interest in ICD technology, catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation, and quantitative analytical techniques in biomedical signal processing, holds a number of patents in the area of signal processing and catheter and defibrillator design and has been a consultant to dozens of companies involved in the advancement of innovative medical technologies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and considers his most important contribution to be half the genome of each of his two boys, Jonathan and Andrew.
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Mobile Marketing Association
reg Stuart is a recognized leader in digital media & advertising and was selected by Ad Age as one of “10 Who Made Their Mark” in 2006, alongside Chad Hurley and Jay-Z.
He is the Global CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association, a worldwide group of Brands, Agencies, Media and Carriers who are working together to build the Mobile Marketing channel. Greg is also former CEO of the U.S. based Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group for the interactive advertising & marketing industry. He grew the IAB’s revenues with a CAGR of 37% (overall +500%) while leading the U.S. Internet Ad industry from $6 billion to $17 billion in ad spending. IAB’s customers include AOL, CNET, Google, Disney, Yahoo! & 400 others.
Greg has more than two decades of hands-on operating experience as a proven business builder in the Digital Media and Technology arenas since 1993. He has extensive experience as CEO/Director/senior executive roles with Y&R, Sony Online Ventures, Cars.com, Flycast Ad Network and other venture-backed businesses.
In the last four years he has served as Advisor, Director and angel investor to venture-backed companies, resulting in $750 million in exits, each at least a 10x multiple.
Ad Age identified his book, “What Sticks: Why Most Advertising Fails and How to Guarantee Yours Succeeds,” as the “Number one of 10 books you should have read”.
He is a member of the National Speakers Association and speaks around the world on the failings, and thus opportunities, of advertising – Istanbul, Israel, Germany, Mexico City, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Switzerland, Zurich, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, Monaco, Tokyo and others.
Greg has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and completed Wharton’s Advanced Management Program. He lives happily outside of New York City in Bridgehampton, NY with his wife Pamela, twin daughters and son.
Kris Szaniawski is a Principal Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. He heads up the research programmes and analyst team tracking the mobile networks and infrastructure topic area. Kris’s areas of expertise include network vendor strategy and managed services although he tracks and comments on a broad range of topics ranging from mobile broadband to support systems. His recent research interests include network outsourcing and sharing and mobile rural connectivity in developing markets. Kris has 17 years experience in the telecoms sector, including the last seven years with ITM and before that with Ovum and the Financial Times group.
Technology Managers Forum
Priscilla Tate, Executive Director and Founder, Technology Managers Forum
Priscilla Tate is the founder, president, and executive director of Technology Managers Forum (TechForum). Ms. Tate was a technology manager at Citibank, EF Hutton and Manufacturers Hanover prior to founding Technology Managers Forum in 1994, which has a current membership of over 800 IT managers in the New York area who work for some of the largest enterprise organizations in the world. Each year Ms. Tate produces multiple enterprise IT focused events for mid-to-large enterprise IT managers. Ms. Tate also founded TechForum’s Best Practice Awards program in 1996. Ms. Tate is a sought-after industry analyst and has been quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times and Computerworld. In addition to moderating TechForum events, Ms. Tate has moderated panels at other industry events, including the Computerworld Premier 100 and the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Ms. Tate graduated from Duke University with a BA in History and an MA in Art History. She also studied at the Freie Universitat in Berlin with a scholarship administered by the Fulbright commission. She was a Columbia Fellow and did graduate work at Columbia University.
With more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Stéphane is regarded as one of the top analysts in his field, having been the trusted advisor at some of the world’s largest telecom providers and manufacturers. Stéphane joined Infonetics Research in January 2006, after eight years with analyst firm RHK, where he developed their European optical coverage and helped carriers migrate from PSTN to next gen networks. Prior to RHK, Stéphane was an engineer and project manager with Alcatel, where he deployed the CATV optical networks that allowed the 1992 Olympics and the grand opening of Euro Disney to be televised using fiber optics for the first time.
Stéphane now specializes in IMS, mobile infrastructure, and voice over IP and circuit-to-packet migration products, services, and adoption trends of service providers. He also tracks and forecasts service provider capex, opex, and revenue. He speaks at events worldwide, and is frequently quoted in publications, including Business Week, The Economist, Financial Times, Fortune, Le Monde, Telecommunications International, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a consultant to startups, service providers, manufacturers, and the investment community, identifying new market opportunities, providing due diligence, and advising on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.
Stéphane was a McGowan Scholar at the McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco, where he received his MBA, and has an Engineering Diploma in Telecommunications from the Institut National des Télécommunications, France.
Stéphane Téral authors or co-authors the following services:
- Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers Biannual Database Size and Forecasts
- Fixed and Mobile Subscribers Annual Database, Size, and Forecasts
- Mobile VoIP Services and Subscribers Annual Market Size and Forecasts
- 2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX) Continuous Research Service: Surveys and Research Notes
- Small Cell Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey Annual Continuous Research Service: Surveys and Research Notes
- LTE Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey Annual Continuous Research Service: Surveys and Research Notes
- 2G/3G Optimization and 4G Self-Organizing Network (SON) Software Annual Market Outlook
- 2G/3G/4G (LTE) Infrastructure and Subscribers in Japan and China Biannual Market Size and Forecasts
- 2G/3G/4G (LTE and WiMAX) Infrastructure and Subscribers Quarterly Market Size, Share, and Forecasts
- 2G/3G/4G (LTE) Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband Biannual Market Size and Forecasts
- Service Provider Outsourcing to Vendors Biannual Market Size, Share, and Forecasts
- Fundamental Telecom/Datacom Market Drivers Biannual Analysis of Global and Regional Market Trends and Conditions
Julien is a consultant helping telecom operators launch new services and in new markets.
He was previously responsible for launching and expanding Screen Digest’s comprehensive mobile handset and smartphone coverage. He also regularly produced company reports on the mobile strategies of industry leaders such as Google, Research in Motion and Microsoft. He also oversaw the mobile venture capital funding/M&A intelligence.
Finally, Julien was in charge of bridging the Mobile and Advertising areas of expertise towards providing a comprehensive mobile advertising coverage and analysis.
Prior, Julien worked as a Brussels-based consultant for film producers and rights holders societies on issues such as European policies, tax incentives, video on demand and cinema market.
He is an MBA candidate at the Warwick Business School and holds a Master of Science in Management from the Solvay Business School in Brussels.
Mr Tillotson is a consultant and business advisor with more than twenty years experience as a telecoms and technology industry leader and strategist.
He has gained substantial management experience in a variety of board and unit director roles with Vodafone and T-Mobile. Prior to this he worked for ten years as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and McKinsey & Company.
He is currently an Associated Director with A T Kearney, supporting clients in their global Communications and High Tech practice on a variety of operational and strategy issues with a particular focus on the mobile sector.
- He has extensive governance and risk management experience gained as a statutory board director of Vodafone UK. He has led divisions varying from 150 to 4,500 directly employed personnel and has been responsible for business planning including the preparation and prioritisation of £1bn Capital Expenditure budgets.
- As the senior director responsible for Vodafone UK’s Wholesale and then Consumer divisions he has gained comprehensive P&L and operations management experience. In these roles he was responsible for the commercial management of MVNO agreements and the full marketing mix for all Vodafone UK’s consumer customers. He also has direct experience managing large customer care and logistics operations as well as deploying process improvement techniques such as 6 Sigma in these business areas.
- He is a strategic marketeer with deep expertise in mobile product and business model innovation, strategy development, deployment and launch with strong commercial acumen founded on a solid understanding of customer needs, technology opportunities, finance and economics. As Product Management Director in Vodafone UK he created, developed and launched the Vodafone Live service and the Mobile Connect Card, a precursor to the Mobile Broadband service available today. He was also responsible for expanding the reach of mobile through the development of commercial partnerships that allowed third parties to exploit mobile for their own business via SMS voting and other capabilities.
- He has deep corporate strategy and regulatory management experience spanning both his time in consulting and industry. As Strategy Director in T-Mobile UK he oversaw the establishment of the Virgin Mobile MVNO, the world’s first significant MVNO agreement, as well as the 2000 UMTS spectrum auction. Subsequently, in a similar role within Vodafone he developed the businesses FMC strategy.
- In the past 12 months he has helped clients review next generation (LTE) mobile network strategies, develop approaches to mobile data network yield management, strategic sourcing of interconnect services and for an AsiaPac mobile operator optimise their prepay business.
Mike began his career with British Telecom and after working on the first digital transmission systems he moved to the mobile division in 1984. He became one of the first members of the Cellnet team, later to become O2.
In 1989 Mike became the Technology Director and for over 10 years headed a large team responsible for the design, development, construction and operation of the 02 service.
After leaving O2 he became the Managing Director of the EMEA Division of a US based business providing design, consultancy and implementation services to operators. He has also been the Non Executive Director of other businesses in the communications industry including MVNO and VAS. Mike is now a partner with RWH Consulting and an advisor to Arcanum Communications.
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University of Wolverhampton
John Traxler is Professor of Mobile Learning, probably the world’s first, and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton. He is a Founding Director of the International Association for Mobile Learning, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and of Interactive Learning Environments. He is on the Editorial Board of Research in Learning Technology and of IT in International Development. He was Conference Chair of mLearn2008, the world’s biggest and oldest mobile learning research conference. He has guest edited three special editions of peer-reviewed journals devoted to mobile learning.
He was keynote speaker at IADIS Mobile Learning 2010 in Oporto, the ISD2010 conference in Praha, ICL2010 at Hasselt University in Belgium, the VII International Seminar on Mobile Technologies for Learning and Development, in Barcelona in October 2010, 3rd International Future-Learning Conference on Innovations in Learning for the Future 2010:e-Learning in Istanbul in 2010, and at many regional and specialist conferences since 2006. Other recent keynotes include the annual Blackboard conference at Durham University in January 2011, the Mobile & Social Learning Event in April 2011 at the 22nd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Florida. He is collaborating with USAID, UNRWA and UNESCO.
Charles Sturt University
Organisation: Charles Sturt University
Qualifications: Ph.D., Grad.Cert. Univ.L&T., B.Comm.Hons., B.Comm., Adv. Dip. Tertiary Teaching.
I have expertise and research interests in:
- mLearning (mobile learning)
- Educational technology in developed and developing settings
- Learning and teaching innovation
- Strategic learning technology and elearning conceptualisation and implementation
- Organisational and educational change management
- Distance education
- Knowledge management in educational settings
- Educational leadership and management
- Blended learning
- Online pedagogy
- Professional development
- Academic development.
I have published four chapters in books; 9 refereed scholarly journal articles; 18 papers in refereed conference proceedings; two symposia in refereed conference proceedings; 16 invited key notes, posters and presentations; 19 conference papers and workshops (not in refereed conference proceedings) ; 13 other writings, publications and educational media; and a number of research grants and projects.
I have worked both in developing settings (Botswana and South Africa) and in developed environments (New Zealand and Australia). I have built up this expertise through international consulting, contract and permanent engagements as well as through many years in tertiary education and the IT industry.
I am currently Associate Professor and Director, Strategic Learning and Teaching Innovation at Charles Sturt University in Australia. In this position I have University-wide responsibility for evaluating new educational technologies in terms of their impact on learning and teaching and I play a leading role in adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods.
More information at http://www.globe-online.com/philip.uys
European mHealth Alliance
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Katrin Verclas is the directore of MobileActive.org, a global clearinghouse of information on mobile tech for social change, and a community of more than 20,000 practitioners in this field from around the world. She is also the director of the new Open Mobile Initiative, a research and advocacy effort for increased mobile security and privacy.
University of Surrey
Jane Vincent researches information and communication technology users with the Digital World Research Centre www.dwrc.surrey.ac.uk at the UK’s University of Surrey. Involved in the mobile communications industry for nearly three decades Jane worked on the development and implementation of GSM and on numerous business transformation projects with BT and O2. Moving to work with the DWRC in 2002 she applies her knowledge of mobile communications to inclusive user design, technology and business research projects. Her most recent studies are on emotion in the everyday use of mobile phones by older people and ICT use by migrants, diaspora and global societies.
Ron Weintraub is an international consultant who specializes in dramatically improving the ICT capabilities of telecom operators. He has over 30 years of experience assessing & transforming the ICT capabilities, business alignment, strategy, enterprise architecture, infrastructure & operational models of IT units. Mr. Weintraub has been the CIO at wireless & wireline operators in Europe & Africa. He advises telecom operators, as well as system integrators & hardware, software, & network equipment vendors on ICT best practices, new ICT technology, tooling, alliances, & M&A. Mr. Weintraub also advises system integrators and product vendors on their Go To Market, Sales, & Delivery capabilities.
Mr. Weintraub has led numerous successful BSS business transformation, ICT transformation & data centre optimization programs for operators throughout EMEA. He was a senior manager of the Wind Italy launch team as well as two other mobile launches. Mr. Weintraub has also held senior Customer Care, Product Management & Sales roles. In the mid-1990s, he was a senior manager for Oracle EMEA, creating their broadband multimedia business unit. Prior to Oracle, Mr. Weintraub consulted to NATO, HQ United States Air Force Europe, HQ United States European Command, and the National Security Agency.
Core Capital Partners
For over three decades Tom Wheeler has worked on the cutting edge of telecommunications policy and business development. The former CEO of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), he has also started or assisted in the start-up of multiple cable, wireless, and video communications companies. Currently, he is a managing director with Core Capital Partners—a private equity fund investing in assists companies where technology is a catalyst of change in their business sector. He is the author of Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails (HarperCollins 2006) and Take Command!: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000). During the Obama-Biden Transition he was responsible for the Federal agencies in the fields of science, technology, space and the arts. Currently he serves on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and chairs the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Information and Telecommunications Policy as well as the Federal Communications Commission’s Technological Advisory Council.
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Mark Zawacki is the Founder and Managing Partner of Palo Alto based Milestone Group. Since 2001, Milestone Group has worked with more than 200+ tech, media and telco (TMT) clients globally on a myriad of growth and revenue-related initiatives including strategy, innovation, business and corporate development, alliances/partnering, go-to-market strategies and international expansion. Milestone Group clients have included Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, SAP, VeriSign, NTT Verio, GSM Association, Swisscom, Symantec, Trend Micro, Talend, Avocent (acquired by Emerson), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), PGP (acquired by Symantec), BigFix (acquired by IBM), Xcalia (acquired by Progress Software), Koral (acquired by Salesforce.com) and Authentica (acquired by EMC).
Prior to founding Milestone Group, Mark spent nearly a decade as a strategy consultant with the CSC Index, the strategic management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Variously based in Amsterdam, London, Sydney and San Francisco, Mark’s consulting at CSC Index focused on corporate strategy, organizational change and leveraging technology for business advantage.
Mark is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at TMT events globally. His recent conference panelist/moderator roles include Mobile World Congress, Mobile Asia Congress, AlwaysOn, Stanford Graduate School of Business Conference on Entrepreneurship, Software 200X conferences, Software Business Conference, MIT Enterprise Forum, SD Forum, VLAB, ANZA, MESDA, The World Financial Symposium and several other corporate and international economic development functions. Mark also occasionally guest lectures in several MBA programs worldwide.
Mark holds a B.Sc. in Marketing from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, where he currently serves on the Executive Advisory Council.