Aaron Au, a renowned expert on mobile telephony in Hong Kong, is currently working as Editor for the technology section of HK01.com. He had a reputation of delivering exclusive sneak previews on yet to be announced devices when working as a reporter in his early career. Aaron is a member of the judging panel of GSMA Global Mobile Awards since 2010, and was also a member in the judging panel of the previous GSMA Asia Mobile Awards. In the past 10 years, Mr. Au has been taking different roles in the development of mobile telecommunications industry in Hong Kong, which includes working in some of the major network operators, and as a member of the press. Mr. Au has completed his Bachelor degree in Communication Studies from York University in Canada.
PhD, Consultant & Founder
HEALTHTRONICS Advisory & Consultancy
Adesina is passionate about making digital health innovations work for patients, hospitals, citizens, governments, companies, start-ups and international organisations.
Adesina offers unique knowledge about digital health innovation, implementation and entrepreneurship by combining knowledge from diverse multidisciplinary subjects and areas. He speaks on digital health innovation at conferences such as the Digital Health Assembly and Digital Health Investment Summit.
Adesina is an Advisory Board Member of an EU WELCOME project on digital health wearable technology, and a non-Exec of Comuzi, a London-based Creative Innovation firm. He co-hosts Digital Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship events in London with Simmons & Simmons and a Mentor on MassChallenge Accelerator Programme.
Adesina since 2012, a GSMA Global Mobile Award Judge, and as a Competition Judge to 1776 Global Challenge Cup in 2013 and ICT Achievers Africa Awards between 2008 & 2010. Between 2009 and 2012, he was an Ambassador to Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit, where he was awarded for ‘thought leadership’ on mobile-phone-medical device convergence.
Dr Iluyemi trained as a Dental Surgeon with postgraduate qualifications from Royal College of Surgeons and Universities of London and Portsmouth. He has a PhD in Health Informatics (eHealth innovation and policy); he is Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, a UK Council for Health Informatics Professionals Level 3 Registrant.
Adrian Di Meo
Chief Information Technology Officer
Telefonica Argentina S.A
Chief Information Technology Officer (CTIO) – Telefonica Argentina S.A
Main responsibilities: Lead and direct the teams that engineer mobile networks (2G, 3G, 4G), fixed networks (broadband, basic telephone service), commercial and support systems for Telefonica de Argentina with the following objectives: definition of the strategy of technological evolution, its implementation and the operation of such technology.
– Chief Technology Officer (CTO) – Telefónica Argentina S.A.
Leading working teams managing the Mobile (GSM/UMTS/4G) and Fixed Networks for Telefonica Argentina aimed at the following objectives: Network strategic definition and implementation, network roll out plan and operation of the network.
-VP Network access & transport & acting VP support – Leading teams aimed at (a)Planning & optimization of 2G/3G/LTE access, Fix access (ADSL, VDSL, Fttx), & the converge transport network backhaul and backbone, (b) Vendor management, (c) Overall technical strategic in access, (d) Budget planning & monitoring, (e) Quality assurance, (f) Project management support, (g) Process review and implementation of change.
-VP Network Coordination & acting VP implementation – Leading teams aimed at (a) Budget planning & monitoring, (b) QA (c) Project mgmt support, (d) Process review & implementation of change, (e) rollout of 2G & 3G NW, (f) site acquisition for NW elements
Quality Assurance Manager – Leading teams aimed at (a) improvement of processes /services in technology management, (b). M of improvement projects, (c) collection & preparation of indicators &metrics reflecting the customer’s experience in the use of different services, (d) solution of technical claims, (e) interrelation with Customer Mgmt, Marketing & Sales in order to understand problems & prioritise the solution thereof.
-Access Network Chief – Leading teams aimed at (a) planning of GSM, UMTS & TMDA national networks (b) start-up & 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, (f)- PM of special indoor special coverage solutions.
Dr Adriana Nugter has been involved in the wireless industry for more than 20 years. Adriana’s expertise is wide-ranging and includes strategic, general and operational management, industry relations, public policy, stakeholder management, standardisation, data protection, regulation, certification, strategic marketing, interoperability, all in varying international and intercultural settings.
Vice President, ICT
Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific
Ajay Sunder is Vice President, for the ICT practice at Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Frost & Sullivan’s Telecom research and advisory services across the region.
Ajay was previously with the Consulting team and has worked with telecom operators, regulators and government bodies in the region. He has led strategic consulting projects on market entry strategy, new services/product roadmap for some of the leading telecom operators/vendors in the region.
Ajay is also frequently featured in leading media, namely Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNBC, BBC, Singapore Business Times and Straits Times.
Prior to Frost & Sullivan, Ajay worked as an Investment Manager with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the economic development agency for New Zealand in promoting investments in ICT sector and raising Capital for the New Zealand tech start-ups.
Ajay earned his Bachelor of Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India.
Ajay is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
Senior VP, Research Director and Head of Fraud and Security
Al Pascual is Senior VP, Research Director and Head of the Fraud & Security practice at JAVELIN. He brings his industry experience and passion for fighting financial crime to bear – having served in roles with HSBC, Goldman Sachs, and FIS – when conducting in-depth research and advising clients on issues that directly affect the security of financial transactions. His thoughts on a variety of fraud and security issues have been covered by media outlets such as Fox News, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Wired.
Founder and Managing Director
Alan Goode is the founder and managing director of Goode Intelligence – a research and consultancy company specialising in mobile / wearable security, authentication & identity and biometric authentication and identity.
He has more than ten years of research and analysis experience and seventeen years of management and technology consultancy with experience of strategy and deployment.
He is an experienced security manager and senior technical consultant, previously holding the following roles: Head of Information Security at T-Mobile UK, Security Practice Manager at Atos Origin, Head of Digital Security at De La Rue Identity Systems (including biometric passports), and Security analyst for Citibank (Payments).
Frequent speaker and conference lead including Judge at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015; speaker on wearable biometrics at Connect ID and Biometrics & Identity Conference 2015.
Connectivity for Refugees, UNHCR
Alan Vernon is currently the Project Lead for UNHCR’s new Connectivity for Refugees initiative. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Vernon was the Deputy- Director of the Division of Information Systems and Telecommunications in UNHCR Headquarters, the UNHCR Representative in Malaysia, and the Director for Organizational Development and Management in UNHCR Headquarters. Mr. Vernon previously served as UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka as well as field assignments in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Alec Barton is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Developing Telecoms (www.developingtelecoms.com), the online news portal for the telecoms industry in developing and emerging markets. Developing Telecoms addresses the unprecedented transformation and empowerment of emerging markets through mobile phone technology and wireless internet access.
A digital and print media and marketing expert, Alec has an intimate understanding of contemporary marketing and communications strategies combined with an in-depth knowledge of telecoms technology and business strategies. His particular interest and focus is on developing and emerging markets and he has travelled regularly and extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa for more than 30 years.
He is a well-known writer and commentator on telecoms and has more recently discovered a role as a conference speaker and moderator as well as being a judge for industry awards.
Prior to founding Developing Telecoms, Alec was the CEO of Icom Publications Ltd., a print magazine publishing business he founded in 1986. During this time he launched a range of successful business-to-business magazines including Asian Communications, Middle East Communications and the APT Yearbook, in addition to publications for the satellite, broadcasting, healthcare and energy sectors.
Alec Barton has worked closely with many industry associations including the GSMA, ITU, the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity and the African Telecommunications Union. He studied Politics at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a BA (Honours) degree. He is based in London, England.
Alejandro D’Agostino is a tech reporter based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 16 years of experience. He works (and worked) at several media outlets like the newspapers Clarin and Cronista; the websites RedUSERS, TyN Magazine, iEco.com.ar and Periodismo.com; the magazines USERS and Muy Interesante, among others. Currently, he works at iProfesional.com.
Throughout his career he made reviews of devices and apps, did interviews with Argentinian and international personalities, and wrote special reports about the main topics of technology.
Additionally, he works as a consultant about journalism, digital media, SEO, web design, social media and technology-related content marketing. He was recognised with the Sadosky Award and won a mention at the Eset Journalisim Latin American Security Prize.
He also works as a teacher at the Journalism School of the Universidad de Ciencias Sociales y Empresariales (UCES) in two subjects: Multi-platform Digital Journalism and Journalism Practice II.
Global Adviser, Community Engagement
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque is the Global Adviser for Community Engagement at the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Prior to working for OCHA, Alexandra worked on humanitarian communications for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Alexandra also spent over three years in Sudan, working in the field of media and development, first as Country Director for BBC Media Action and later as Radio Producer for the UN peacekeeping mission. In 2002, she co-founded the non-profit organization Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), and later produced and directed documentary films. Alexandra has also worked in the Philippines,
Iraq and South Sudan. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Alexandra received her MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
Head Climate Change Lead
Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Alexios is the World Bank Group, Trade & Competitiveness (T&C) Global Solutions Lead for Climate Change, heading the T&C team of the Istanbul Operational Center, and supervising the efforts on Climate Competitive Industries, Special Economic Zones, and Manufacturing.
Alexios has led projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change 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. Before joining the World Bank Group Alexios served as director of an energy consulting company based in London.
Alexios 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 in Greece.
Frecuencia Online and M2CNews
Anabella is a journalist specialised with more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, technology and broadcasting. Anabella is based in Buenos Aires and has broad experience in the area mass media.
Anders Frick is a Senior Analyst with a Master’s degree in Media Technology from Linköping University and MBA degree in Technology Management from National Chiao Tung University. Before joining Berg Insight, he worked as Editor-in-Chief and innovation journalist for some of Sweden’s top media outlets. His areas of expertise include IoT, mHealth, media, entrepreneurship, big and open data. He has long experience as project manager and technical communicator, and is interested in management and likes to inspire other people and share experiences from previous jobs, studies and other cultures.
He speaks fluent Swedish, English, French, and pretty good Chinese (Mandarin) after travelling and living almost three years in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. He believe in openness, transparency, and the power of internet. Follow Anders on Twitter: http://twitter.com/frick
Director and Founder
Andrew is Director and Founder of Appsafrica.com a pan-African mobile and technology news and advisory service. Appsafrica.com provides strategic, tactical and operational advisory services for mobile and tech ventures planning to launch or expand in Sub-Saharan Africa with a team of experienced advisors who have launched services across the continent. Andrew is passionate about Africa with extensive experience in mobile software, mobile money, mobile insurance and VAS services across Africa.
Chief Commercial Officer
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP)
Mr. Andrew Young Meng-cheung joined Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) in September 2011.
As the Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Young is responsible for formulating and executing strategies and policies to engage with technology companies and institutions to enrich the ecosystem for technological innovation. He is also responsible for drawing up strategies for strategic partnerships with industry associations, universities and research institutes both locally and internationally to facilitate technology transfer and commercialisation. Mr Young is in charge of the Incubation Programmes and Corporate Venture Fund to nurture Tech-Entrepreneurs as well as International Partnership.
Mr. Young brings more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions in the high technology industry and a strong network of contacts in Hong Kong and overseas. In his past work exposures, Mr. Young has successfully identified business opportunities, associated with technology and diverse fields covering biotechnology, engineering, material science, design and soft technology.
Mr. Young obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of South Australia.
Andy has worked as an analyst, advisor and consultant to the mobile industry for over 18 years. With local experience in Latin America and North America, Andy has worked extensively with service providers, device manufacturers, technology vendors, and financial institutions in both mature and growth markets. Currently, Andy is a Principal Analyst at Machina Research focused on the rapidly evolving M2M ecosystems in the Americas with particular focus on mobile health solutions, smart city innovations and the M2M devices space.
Journalist and Web Editor
Andy Favell is a London-based freelance mobile/digital consultant, journalist and web editor. He has been writing about business and technology since the 1990s, writing for numerous titles. As a web producer/editor has worked on websites for the BBC, Channel 4 and was the editor of mobiThinking for six years. He also advises companies on their mobile/digital strategy, prepares web content, conducts research projects and writes in-depth papers.
He is on the judging panel for the Global Mobile Awards, Meffys and EMMAs and is the UK Expert for the UN-backed World Summit Awards.
Andy passionately believes that mobile technologies are the catalyst to bridging the digital divide in the developing world, bringing improvements to health, education, political and financial inclusion. He encourages western companies, governments and NGOs to come together to invest more of their expertise and wealth in long-term, sustainable initiatives that use technology to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
Professor of Technology and Professor of Marketing
New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and the Director of the Center for Business Analytics at NYU Stern
Anindya Ghose is Professor of Technology and Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and the Director of the Center for Business Analytics at NYU Stern. He is the NEC Faculty Fellow at NYU Stern. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Wharton School of Business. He currently serves as a Scientific Expert with Cornerstone Research. In 2014, he was named by Poets & Quants as one of the “Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide” and by Analytics Week as one the “Top 200 Thought Leaders in Big Data and Business Analytics”. He has consulted in various capacities for Berkeley Corporation, CBS, Dataxu, Facebook, NBC Universal, OneVest, Samsung, Showtime, and 3TI World, and collaborated with Adobe, Alibaba, China Mobile, Google, IBM, Indiegogo, Microsoft, Recobell, Travelocity and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from IT investments, internet marketing, business analytics, mobile marketing, digital analytics, social media, and other areas. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER award and has been awarded 14 grants from Google, Microsoft and several other corporations. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Tap: Unlocking The Mobile Economy.
Media Partners Asia
With more than nine years of experience in media and telecoms, Aravind is focused on research and consulting services across advertising, broadcasting, digital media (including over-the-top video), pay-TV, telecommunications, fixed service service satellite and video technology sectors.
Aravind’s geographical expertise stretches across all of Southeast Asia, India, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. He also specialises in corporate strategy, market & consumer research, asset appraisal and M&A-related commercial & technical due diligence as well as IPO-related independent media consultant (IMC) work.
He has spoken and presented at a number of key trade and industry forums and presents regularly for clients and internal events hosted by media & telecom companies.
Aravind is based in Singapore. Previously, he was an Analyst at the Screen Digest group.
Ari Lopes is a Principal Analyst at Ovum Americas team. He leads Ovum’s research and consultancy projects in the region and is based in São Paulo, Brazil. His research focuses on the following topics: Latin American ICT trends, LTE, mobile broadband development, mobile and fixed broadband pricing strategies and enterprise telecoms, including Internet of Things.
Ari has 14 years’ experience in telecoms and internet sectors, having held positions in Finance and Pricing departments at Vivo, Brasil Telecom and Oi in Brazil and senior financial analyst in Google Ireland. He is a regular speaker and moderator at influential conferences like Futurecom, Andicom, LTE LATAM, Andean Telecom Forum, Mexican Telecom Forum, Broadband LATAM, among others. Ari is a member of judging panels in awards like Glomo, at Mobile World Congress, and BSS/OSS LATAM.
Ari holds an Economics degree by University of Campinas, Brazil, and a master’s in Communications Management by University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Vice President, Partnerships
Rutberg & Co
Attilio Zani is Vice President, Partnerships at Rutberg & Co. where he is responsible for building commercial partnerships between wireless and adjacent verticals. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zani held a number of positions spanning media, technology and telecommunications. Most recently he was responsible for building global collaboration between Mobile Network Operators at the GSMA, before that he was part of the GSMA’s corporate business development team.
In his 25-year career Mr. Zani has worked with several start-ups, The Economist newspaper and Reed Elsevier Group where he was responsible for go to market strategy and business development.
Educated in Bristol (United Kingdom) Mr. Zani studied surveying, engineering, economics and subsequently pivoted towards his vocation in telecommunications and digital.
Avinash Kalyana Sundaram
Enterprise Mobility Research, IDC Asia/Pacific
Avinash Kalyana Sundaram is a Research Manager for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Enterprise Mobility group. Based in Singapore, Avinash is responsible for the development of the region’s Enterprise Mobility programme and is also involved in building IDC’s IoT research. His coverage includes trends influencing enterprise mobility like BYOD, tablets in the enterprise space, EMM vendor ecosystem, mobile security, managed mobility services, and so forth.
Prior to this, Avinash also worked as a Research Manager for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Client Devices group. He was involved in building IDC’s successful research tracker programmes and producing core market data used across all of IDC’s Asia/Pacific research reports and consulting projects. In that role, he was responsible for research and analysis on trends, market sizing, and forecasting for the Asia/Pacific tablet market. Before that, Avinash was part of the Asia/Pacific PC Tracker team, with his responsibilities spanning across client communications/servicing and creating qualitative reports for the PC tracker programme.
Avinash holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University in India. He has studied in a unique MBA program called S3 Asia MBA that was conducted across business schools in Shanghai, Seoul, and Singapore, with internship stints at an education start-up in Mumbai and Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority as part of his MBA.
Chief of Research
Ben Wood is Chief of Research at CCS Insight. He oversees all aspects of research produced by the company. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the mobile sector, having worked at Vodafone, Lucent Technology, Mobile Streams and Gartner. He is best known for his knowledge of and passion for mobile devices, and more recently, wearables. He has a personal collection of nearly 1,000 mobile phones dating from the mid-1980s to the present day. You will seldom see him using the same device from one week to the next.
Bill is a former CTO at one2one/T-Mobile UK (now part of BT/EE), the world’s first 1800 network. Bill also served a term as CTO at the GSMA and acted as Chair of the judge’s panel for the Global Mobile Awards for several years. A wireless Industry veteran, Bill worked on first generation analogue cellular with Cellnet (02) and has been involved in mobile for over 30 years. Bill formed Azenby as a consulting house to the mobile industry in 2002 and Azenby is also an incubator company spinning off three very active start-ups. Bill previously worked as a technical partner in a New York based VC and has been assumed NXD and Board Advisory roles with a number of hi-tech start-ups over the years.
As eMarketer’s digital marketing analyst for the UK market, Bill is on the cutting edge of research trends and best practices, offering a rich understanding of the UK digital landscape and its impact on marketing and media. With over 16 years’ experience in the technology sector, having previously worked at research firms Ovum and Gartner, Bill provides marketers with a clear sense of what the transition to digital means for them. A prolific writer and highly regarded speaker, Bill has spoken at countless industry events and is a regular contributor to the press.
Bill Siwicki is Managing Editor of “Healthcare IT News” at HIMSS Media, where he covers digital and mobile health news and trends. Siwicki also is an adjunct faculty member in mobile marketing at the Kellestadt Marketing Center at DePaul University in Chicago. Previously he was Editor, Mobile, at “Internet Retailer” magazine, where he covered mobile commerce and mobile marketing for 10 years. Follow Siwicki on Twitter at @SiwickiHealthIT.
Senior Technology Analyst and Editorial Director
Bob Offutt brings over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, IT management and Travel Industry dynamics. His strength is aligning technology and business perspectives, recognising that technology can enable business direction and conversely, business needs drive technology direction.
Bob currently is a Principle of Travel Technology Consulting and the senior Technology Analyst and Editorial Director, Technology Edition for Phocuswright. Prior to this, Bob was the Chief Architect and Senior Vice President for Sabre-Holdings where he defined the strategy and plan to migrate from a monolithic Mainframe environment to Distributed Open Systems and a Service Oriented Architecture.
Before being Sabre’s Chief Architect, Bob founded and led Sabre Labs, a technology incubator that made Sabre the industry leader in new online products and services. Prior to this, Bob was the Senior Information Technology official for the U. S. Coast Guard.
Bob has also served on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound, George Washington University and the University of Southern California.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Masters Degree in Management Science from the U. S. Navy Postgraduate School.
Boris Metodiev is a research manager on 451 Research’s Mobile Telecom team, responsible for mobile and connected devices. His areas of expertise include mobile devices, smartphones, handsets, e-readers, tablets and connected consumer electronics. Metodiev focuses primarily on mobile vendor strategies, mobile OS and ecosystems, and device patents licensing and litigation.
Boris joined 451 Research with the company’s acquisition of mobility research firm Yankee Group in 2013. Prior to joining Yankee Group’s research team, Metodiev served as a product development manager of the firm’s Forecasts and Monitors. He built Yankee Group’s quantitative database structure and Excel tools for its data products. He also led and developed many of the publication processes used to publish Yankee Group’s 3.2 million data points each quarter, which provide consistent product creation, streamlined editorial process and fast go-to-market capability. Boris joined Yankee Group in September 2003 doing data research for the Telecommunication Strategies Europe and Broadband & Media Europe Decision Services.
Boris holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics and finance from Huron University USA in London.
Chief Technical Officer
Bryn Jones is Three’s Chief Technical Officer. He leads a team of over 1100 people and is responsible for the development and deployment of Three’s network. In his time as CTO Three has become the UK’s most reliable network as rated by consumers and now carries 42% of all UK mobile data traffic.
He has overseen the rollout of 4G, which Three offers to customers at no extra cost, and the introduction of Voice over LTE technology and Wi-Fi calling.
Bryn has nearly 30 years industry experience with equipment suppliers, systems integrators and operators.
Before joining Three in 2012, Bryn spent 11 years at Virgin Media in a number of technical and business roles helping to launch and run the worlds’ largest MVNO, his final role being Technical Director for Virgin’s Mobile and National Broadband divisions.
Global Business Collaboration, Global Business Group, KT Corp.
Mr. Byungki Oh has over 27 years of experience in mobile communications industry encompassing various areas in the RF network engineering, technology strategy and management, international standardisation, international roaming, development of corporate strategy, advanced technology, devices & services and global business development and collaboration.
Mr. Oh is currently Vice President of Global Business Collaboration, Global Business Group, KT Corp. At this post, he supports CEO and Top management as an Executive-aide for Global Business Affairs. He also manages Global Business Development, Collaboration and Alliance at a Corporate Level.
Mr. Oh has been a main interface to GSMA and manages KT Executives representation at the Board of Directors of GSMA, Chief Strategy Officer Group (CSOG) and Product & Service Management Committee (PSMC). He personally was a member of Service Review Group (SRG) of GSMA. He was a leader of GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative, Embedded Mobile Program, and Applications Efficiency Task Force.
Mr. Byungki Oh was graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook with a Master of Science degree in Technology Management (MSTM) in 2004, from University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with a minor in Computer Science in 1988. He was a registered Engineer-in-Training in the State of Nevada, U.S.A.
Lead Analyst for Enterprise Services
Camille Mendler has 20 years’ multi-disciplinary experience in global telecommunications. As a member of the Enterprise team, she directs and executes client-facing initiatives in high-growth areas, notably SoHo / SME services, telco cloud strategy, and the Internet of Things.
Prior to Ovum’s merger with Informa Telecoms & Media, Camille launched and managed ITM’s Enterprise Verticals research practice. She has also held senior roles at Yankee Group, where she inaugurated research on telecoms managed services and the telco cloud.
Previously, Camille was director of strategic marketing at Dynegy Communications / iaxis, an international wholesale operator. Other roles include contract negotiator for data centre, bandwidth, and dark fibre assets, for which she has testified as an expert witness. She has served as an advisor to the International Telecommunication Union and the Open Society Foundations.
Camille is a judge of the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards and Informa’s Cloud World Forum Awards. She is a frequent speaker, moderator, and commentator on telecoms industry issues.
Camille earned a fellowship in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Russian from Northwestern University.
Carina Goncalves Silva
Frost & Sullivan
Carina has a Master in Marketing from ESPM and is graduated in Psychology from PUC, São Paulo, Brazil. Carina began her professional path within GMattos, a consulting company specialized in the electronic commerce industry. She then acquired further experience in the Telecommunications sector working for Axoon Telecom in different areas such as strategic analysis, product development and Marketing. Since 2013, Carina has been working in Frost & Sullivan as an industry analyst and has expertise in collecting and analysing data on market conditions and business opportunities, author market studies, develop relationships and conduct interviews with major market players in the Telecom sector. Currently monitors markets in the Telecom industry such as Mobile Services, Fixed Telephony, Fixed Broadband and Pay TV.
Founder, Wearables London and CEO
With a background in the European telecommunications sector, Carl Thomas started a Wearable technology company called Audiowings; evolving headphones, enabling us to Hear how we Feel, so we can Feel what we Hear. Recognising a gap in the ability to obtain relevant information on the Wearable Technology market, he also founded Wearables London – the largest regular Wearables-focused event in Europe, providing insight and education on the prescient themes in the wearables industry. A thought leader on the evolution of personal technologies, Carl has given numerous talks around the world on the evolution of technology.
Creative Strategies Inc.
Carolina Milanesi is a principal analyst at Creative Strategies Inc. She focuses on consumer tech across the board; from hardware to services she analyses today to help predict and shape tomorrow. In her prior role as chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Milanesi drove thought leadership research; before that, she spent 14 years at Gartner, most recently as VP of consumer devices research and agenda manager. Reach her at @caro_milanesi.
Rethink Technology Research
Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless.
As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, Cloud-RAN and other technologies.
She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses.
Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.
Wireless Industry Partnership
Caroline, known as the ‘connector’, has been in the mobile industry since 1995, as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. Recognising the importance of mobile developers in the ecosystem, she started WIP in 2006 to build and grow developer communities through Agency (WIP Factory) and Community activities and events. WIP was the first developer marketing agency and works for clients around the world including AT&T, Facebook, GSMA, Immersion, Intel, Orange, Microsoft, NBC, Nokia, PayPal , Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, Sears and many others.
Caroline founded one of the world’s first regional mobile associations in 2001, and spearheaded the development and fundraising of Wavefront, a wireless accelerator. She started in mobile with Anderson Consulting (Accenture). Caroline also worked for a Hong Kong consultancy marketing an industrial park in China in the late 90s. She received her MBA from Dalhousie University. Caroline was named by Fierce Wireless as one of the Top Ten Women in Wireless for 2009. She is a Member of the ICT Advisory Board for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), and Judge for the last several years for GSMA Mobile Awards and speaks at many events.
Cathy Boyle is a principal analyst for eMarketer. She researches and writes about trends in mobile marketing and advertising, mobile media consumption, mcommerce, wearables and emerging technology. Cathy is also a skilled marketer and creative director with more than 20 years of experience delivering brand messages to audiences across multiple media platforms, domestically and globally.
OBE CEng FIET FRSA M.Inst.ISP – Director
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 in 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 and is a Director of Azenby.
He was Chairman on the GSM Association Security Group for 25 years. He worked within GSM and 3GPP security standards, first chairing the Algorithm Expert Group way in 1986. He is Chairman of the ETSI TC CYBER. He was awarded an OBE for services to Telecommunications Security in 2015.
EVP Global Director of Creative Technology
Chris is an Award-Winning Creative Director, Noted Speaker, Author and Mobile & Wearable Technologist. Chris has been featured by Business Insider, and Yahoo as one of “The industry’s leaders on the top issues, challenges and opportunities in the fast-changing world of mobile marketing.” Chris is an accomplished author on the increasing relevance of mobile, particularly in the health, wellness & fitness space. The Guardian awarded “How Mobile Became Mighty in Healthcare” to their Top Ten Best Healthcare Stories of the Year.
Chris is a two-time Cannes Lions Speaker, for the inaugural Cannes Lions Health Festival Chris co-chaired with Google for the keynote on future trends in mobile marketing. And most recently spoke with Kim Kardashian at Cannes Lions on how to connect with audiences through mobile gaming mechanics such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation techniques. Chris has been named to PM360’s Healthcare Elite Digital Crusader Award honoring the most influential digital minds in health, and is the winner of the Boldest Digital Health Influencer award by New York City Health Business Leaders, recognizing the Best of the Best in digital health. Chris’ work has been recognised and featured by Google, McKinsey and Wharton in their book pharma3d.com
Co-founder, VP and Chief Analyst
Chris Jones was one of the founders of analyst firm Canalys and is based in Palo Alto, California. Chris specialises in automotive and mobile technology.
Since co-founding Canalys in 1999, Chris has led the launch of several research areas. In 2000 he pioneered market-specific analysis in smart phones and handhelds, helping Canalys become the leading global provider and standard source of smart phone data and analysis. In 2003, he initiated Canalys’ research into LBS and GPS navigation and in 2013, Chris initiated Canalys’ wearable technology analysis.
In 2016, Chris launched the Canalys Autonomous Vehicle Analysis service. Chris leads a global team of analysts providing ongoing analysis of this highly dynamic and geographically diverse market. Research topics in 2016 included analysing automotive OEM’s AV strategies, AV R&D, urban mobility services, V2X, the role of carriers, the opportunity (and challenges) in China and forecasts by level of autonomy.
Chris took his own advice and has ditched his own car – he commutes by bike and utilises ride and car sharing services. The family car sits idle most of the time, like all other cars, getting a serious workout when taking the family to the mountains, the beach or his two kids’ sporting events.
Colin is a well-known mobile media entrepreneur in Asia, and he presently leads the APAC regional business unit for InternetQ PLC [LSE: INTQ] a London-listed, mobile advertising and digital entertainment powerhouse that has offices across 30 cities.
With a 15-year career spanning all things Mobile, he has presented at many International conferences; including the Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), RBC Capital Markets Technology, Internet, Media and Telecommunications (New York); the Social Media World Forum (SMWF) Singapore, the MEF Global Forum (San Francisco) – and also at GMIC (Beijing).
From 2011-2015, he acted as Chairman of MEF Asia (the Mobile Ecosystem Forum) serving four consecutive terms of office. In his capacity as Chair, he attended key regulatory meetings and round-tables, specifically on the topic of Over-The-Top (OTT) services and telecommunications. For his services, he has formally been granted the honorary title ‘MEF Asia Chair Emeritus’ by the Association.
Having lived and worked in Asia for the past 22 years, apart from the subject of football – he usually tweets on social media, digital content and mobile industry matters, especially those related to the burgeoning ‘App Economy’.
Franklin Heath Ltd
Craig Heath has worked in computer security for almost 30 years now, on UNIX, enterprise Java, mobile, and embedded device platforms. Today he provides independent security consultancy, as well as chairing the IoT Security Foundation’s working group on Vulnerability Disclosure and volunteering at Bletchley Park, the home of the World War II codebreakers.
Having experienced every stage of product creation from strategy, through requirements management, architecture and design, down to low-level implementation, Craig believes a broad perspective of the context in which technology is deployed, including economic and social factors, is necessary to ensure that security measures are effective as well as correctly implemented.
Craig has co-authored several computer security publications, including the book “Symbian OS Platform Security” and the Open Group’s “Technical Guide to Security Design Patterns” and “Guide to Digital Rights Management”, and has contributed to many published security standards and recommendations. He also enjoys public speaking and helping those new to computer security to cut through the hype and appreciate the fundamental principles which lie behind the practice.
Dan is a member of Forrester’s Business Technology Futures team, which serves CIOs and their business partners by predicting the long-term business impact of information technology. Dan evaluates and guides the CIO and strategy teams to manage the diverse demands on the business technology agenda. Dan’s particular focus is on the internet of things (IoT), the mobile mind shift in the B2B space, social collaboration, and the implications of digital ecosystems on the connected business.
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 as a strategic marketing consultant. 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.
Dan holds an M.Sc. in Economics and B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies, both of which are part of the University of London.
Retail Technology Specialist
Consumers in Motion
Dan Hodges is an executive and business strategist in the media, mobile, technology, retail and advertising industries. Consumers in Motion Group is a business-consulting firm that identifies technology and trends and develops business solutions for the media, retail, political, CPG, QSR industries and government.
As an expert in media, consumer trends and innovation, Dan is a sought-after speaker and is widely published in trade and industry journals. His teams have won innovation awards from both the Mobile Marketing Association and the Internet Bureau of Advertising. He is President of the Location Based Marketing Association in New York, judge of the first Global Mobile Awards: Best Use of Mobile for Retail, Brands & Commerce at GSMA Mobile World Congress and is member of the American Association of Political Consultants.
Director of Group Architecture
Dan Warren joined Capita as Director of Group Architecture in 2015. He guides future projects founded on internal expertise and identifies new capabilities that will help Capita maximise potential from both existing and fresh market opportunities, spanning areas including the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, data analytics and automation. Dan is also a Mobile Innovation expert on Capita’s Create Tomorrow website.
Prior to Capita, Dan was Senior Director of Technology at the GSMA. Dan led the GSMA’s definition of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for the global industry, as well as being lead technology expert Internet of Things, Wi-Fi Roaming, IP interconnect and the emerging topics collected under the banner of 5G. Dan was listed in Global Telecoms Business ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for 2009, 2010 and 2012, as well as being a regular speaker and moderator at Mobile World Congress. Dan has also held roles at Vodafone and Nortel, and completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics and a degree in Mathematics.
Dana is the research director for Analysys Mason’s network innovation research programmes. Her area of expertise is intelligent fixed and mobile network infrastructure. Her team’s focus is software-controlled and -enabled networks and next-gen mobile and wireless infrastructure, including NFV, SDN, cloud and 5G. Her goal is to help customers strengthen their link in the communications value chain while evolving their business operations to benefit from, rather than be threatened by, market shifts.
Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Dana worked for 16 years as an analyst, consultant, and research manager at RHK and Ovum on topics spanning optical networking, IP/Ethernet services, fixed and mobile access, and data centre infrastructure; optical components; communications service provider revenue and capex/opex; green networking; software-controlled and virtual networks; cloud enablement; video optimisation; big data analytics; and professional services. Prior to becoming an industry analyst, Dana worked for 16 years in the communications industry. Her vendor experience includes product marketing management at Tektronix and Telco Systems and software quality assurance at Information Builders. She began her career at what is now Verizon Communications as a network engineer. Dana holds an MS in Management from MIT and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.
Global Program Director
Digital Health, Frost & Sullivan
As Research Director with Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting and research firm, Daniel has nearly 20 years of experience in a multitude of healthcare sectors, as well as background working directly in industry. He specialises in solutions reaching across the continuum of care, including consumer digital health, and has advised clients in areas including mobile health, telehealth, pharmaceuticals, and medical technologies. Daniel manages Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Health practice, assessing new innovation, business model, and global opportunities as part of the digital transformation of healthcare.
Next Generation Infrastructure, Ovum
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 picocell solutions for CDMA EVDO, HSPA/HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), LTE-Advanced and 5G. Daryl’s research includes not only what infrastructure vendors are developing, but also how mobile operators are deploying and using these wireless network solutions.
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 on trends impacting the wireless infrastructure market. He is also sought out by trade publications to comment on mergers and acquisitions, new product announcements, and market developments as they relates to his coverage area.
Director of Innovation
David G.W Birch is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); was found one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), was voted one of the European “Top 40” people in digital financial services (Financial News), was listed one of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders (Hot Topics) and was rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments).
Executive Director, Apps and Media Research
David MacQueen is Executive Director for Strategy Analytics Media team, providing insight and strategic advice on all aspects of consumer mobile data products and services. Key areas of research include virtual and augmented reality, mobile advertising, games, music, social networking, TV and video.
Mr. MacQueen has a decade of experience at a senior level in the mobile media sector. Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, David spent 3 years at Screen Digest, where he built and subsequently headed up the ‘Mobile Media Intelligence’ service, providing data and analysis on the mobile sector for media companies. Before that, David started up The Games Kitchen, a mobile games development company, which in its 5 year lifespan attracted clients including Disney, Panasonic and Sega.
Director and Principal Consultant
David has over 30 years of law enforcement, investigation and fraud management experience including multiple international assignments. He spent 5 years in Customs Investigation before 6 years of commercial investigation in industries including banking & financial services, technology, engineering and offshore.
When David joined Vodafone, mobile was still analogue! He worked closely with the industry and law enforcement to develop investigation and fraud management strategies for mobile. Telecoms successes include:
- early detection and management of SIMbox bypass, saving £15m per year
- reduction of subsidy abuse, saving £22m per year
- developing a credit card fraud solution with a major Card Issuer, saving £2m per month
Whilst Vodafone Group Fraud Manager, David was seconded to Turkey and India to help establish their Corporate Security functions and also performed fraud reviews for partner networks. He was a long-standing contributor to GSMA Fraud & Security Group and for several years was part of the management team and chaired the workgroup responsible for Security & Fraud Risk Assessments.
He is now working as an independent fraud and risk consultant and campaigning in UK to make use of the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize the profits of Telecoms Crime.
TMT writer, Analyst, Editor
A highly experienced and accomplished business and technology journalist, David Pringle runs Pringle Media, which provides analytical, writing and editing services to organizations in the telecoms, media and technology sectors. A regular moderator of panel discussions at major industry conferences, David has worked on Mobile World Live television at the past six editions of the Mobile World Congress. Based in London, David also serves as an associate senior analyst at telecoms research and advisory firm STL Partners.
Prior to founding Pringle Media in 2009, David worked at the GSMA, providing media relations support to the CEO, chairman and other senior executives in the mobile industry. Between 2000 and 2005, David was the European technology and telecommunications correspondent for The Wall Street Journal covering Vodafone, Nokia, Ericsson, British Telecom and other major multinationals. He has also served as deputy editor of Information Strategy, a pan-European title owned by The Economist Group.
Founder & CEO
David is a mobile phone and IoT security expert who runs Copper Horse Solutions Ltd, a software and security company based in Windsor, UK. His company is currently focusing on security and privacy research for the Internet of Things, including connected car security.
David chairs the Device Security Group at the GSM Association and sits on the Executive Board of the Internet of Things Security Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University and teaches Mobile Systems Security at the University of Oxford.
Vice President - Mobile Telecom Channel
Based in Dublin, Declan Lonergan is a vice president of 451 Research’s Mobile Telecom Channel.
Declan produces and manages research that improves service providers’ and technology vendors’ business results. He helps clients make critical decisions regarding the deployment and marketing of innovative consumer services.
Declan has 20 years of experience in the communications industry. He spent several years with BT, where he held management positions in radio systems procurement and access network planning. Lonergan is a respected influencer in the communications industry. He has produced several authoritative studies and managed high-profile consulting engagements on behalf of the world’s leading service providers and technology vendors. Lonergan is a regular speaker at the industry’s leading international conferences.
Before joining 451 Research, Declan was director of wireless research and consulting at Strategy Analytics. He has a BEng degree in electronic engineering, majoring in telecommunications, from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and an M.Sc. degree in strategic information systems management from Sheffield Business School in the U.K.
Senior Research Director
Joining Infonetics Research/IHS in December 2008 and leveraging 21 years of telecom industry analyst and marketing experience, Diane Myers is widely regarded as one of the VoIP and IMS industry’s top analysts. She is a meticulous researcher with expertise in identifying new markets, product positioning, messaging, strategic planning, competitive analysis, enterprise trends, and service provider go-to-market strategy.
Diane leads IHS Markit’s carrier VoIP/IMS and enterprise communications coverage, authoring numerous market share and forecast reports, service provider and end-user studies, and analyst insights notes. She specialises in PBXs and UC, SBCs, service provider VoIP and IMS equipment, UCaaS, SIP trunking, residential VoIP, Diameter signaling, and adoption trends of service providers and businesses.
Prior to Infonetics/IHS, Diane was the Strategic Marketing Director for VoIP application software vendor BroadSoft, and the Program Manager at Stratecast Partners, where she provided strategic analysis and quantitative assessments of communications services to incumbent service providers and competitive operators. Diane is also a former senior manager at FORE Systems (Marconi Communications), where she helped build the Market Intelligence Group.
Diane received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.
Global Business Unit Director
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
Dominic Sunnebo is a technology analyst with Kantar, having over 12 years’ experience working directly with the world’s leading technology companies across mobile, wearables and emerging technology. His opinion is frequently sought by major media outlets, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg & Sky. This is the third year Dominic will be a judge at the GLOMO awards, utilising his industry knowledge to carefully evaluate new innovative products from the category.
Managing Director and Vice President
Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, is responsible for ABI Research’s global automotive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT. Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held 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 Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering at the University of Leuven and has earned several marketing and business degrees.
CTO / Senior Executive Vice President Institute of Convergence Technology
Dongmyun Lee received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University in 1985 and the M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1987 and 1991 respectively. He joined KT in 1991 and has worked on the broadband ISDN, CDN, and enterprise total service businesses. After leading the technology strategy team during 2003~4, he has been in charge of BcN group in KT until 2007. During 2008~2009 he led the next generation service development TFT where his group developed SoIP and web-based services on telco platform. In 2010, he was in charge of fast service incubation for enterprise customers. During 2011~2012, he has been in charge of the technology strategy office and in 2013, of the Infra Laboratory. Since 2014, he is in charge of ICT(Institute of Convergence Technology) as CTO, primarily involved in KT 5G initiatives of implementing and deploying infrastructures and services on top for upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
For the last twenty years, Dragan Petric has been working as a tech journalist, editor and analyst, with special interests in telecommunication technologies and services, mobile devices, consumer electronics, startups and digital economy. In addition, he authored five books and published thousands of articles in many magazines and newspapers in Europe and United States.
He attends the biggest global tech trade shows every year, like CES, Mobile World Congress and IFA, as well as numerous technology spectacles, premiers and conferences throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. As a rule, he reviews the latest flagship smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other gadgets among the first few in Europe and at times, the world.
Currently, Dragan serves as Executive Editor at Bug, the leading tech magazine in Croatia and as Mobile Devices Expert Group Manager at EISA, the most trustworthy association of tech magazines in the world, known for the famous EISA Awards which are being given to the world’s best consumer electronics products each year.
Furthermore, Croatian Journalists’ Association presented him with four awards: as best tech journalist in Croatia, as best magazine editor and two awards for best published articles.
Dragan was born on May 31st, 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. He has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb where he attained the Bachelor of Science degree in 2002.
Guardian Media Network
Ed is an experienced writer, specialising in content, news, copywriting, news, SEO and features.
With more than a decade of experience as a journalist, he has worked on a range of business magazines, contract publications, newspapers, branded content production houses and online news services. The subjects Nick has covered in detail include: the advertising, media and marketing sector; infrastructure, particularly energy and transport; the mobile sector; parenting; banking; SMEs and business; government and public affairs; music and film.
Nick has also worked as an analyst, covering the marketing and advertising sector and tracking the drift to digital by brands and consumers focusing on digital advertising, ecommerce, mobile advertising, banking and social media. He has edited and managed others to produce news and features and hosted marketing and infrastructure events.
Eduardo is the Founder and CEO of Teleco, a consulting company and leading telecom Brazilian information portal (www.teleco.com.br). He is a telecom engineer with extensive experience in telecommunications including, managing start-ups and projects in cellular, data, transmission and satellite networks.
His former experience includes managing positions as VP of Operations (Bechtel Método Telecomunicações – BMT), Director of Operations (Pegasus Telecom) and Radio Networking Manager (Ericsson).
Principal Analyst/Manager, Advertising Research
Eleni Marouli is a principal analyst and manager in the media group at IHS Markit. She leads the analysts in the Advertising Team and sets the research agenda for all ad-funded media-related research on traditional and digital platforms. Her work focuses on emerging advertising formats such as online video, programmatic buying, advertising technology and branded content. She has played an integral role in expanding the online advertising intelligence in IHS, most notably introducing programmatic buying data in the service and deciphering the advertising technology landscape.
In addition to her topical expertise, Eleni also specialises in the Latin American region, where she tracks advertising from legacy media to emerging advertising platforms.
She is regularly quoted in the press and frequently appears on business programmes for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Sky News.
Eleni holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in Greek and Polish and has an intermediate knowledge of French and Spanish.
Principal Analyst and Founder
Sky Light Research
Emmy Johnson is the Principal Analyst and Founder of Sky Light Research, specialising in wireless backhaul equipment and the applications that drive them. This includes, microwave point-to-point radios, millimeterwave point to point radios; and wireless Ethernet point-to-point bridges. She has 20 years of experience as a market analyst with firms such as Cahners In-Stat Group and Synergy Research Group where she was the lead analyst covering a wide range of wireless and data networking technologies. This diverse background has given her a solid understanding of core network technologies.
Her credentials include being quoted in and writing for publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Wireless Broadband Business, Wireless Week, Fierce, Microwave Journal, Business Communication Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Network World, Electronic News, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition, she is regularly invited to speak at various industry conferences around the world. Emmy graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science Degree and earned a Masters of Business Administration.
Enrique Blanco Nadales
Chief Technology Officer
Enrique Blanco was born in Madrid in 1959. He has a degree in Physics from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Masters Degree in Management (PDG) from IESE Business School (University of Navarra). He also received a Master Degree in Technology from the EOI.
He joined Telefónica 30 years ago after 3 years working for ITT in digital switching software design. He has mainly developed his professional career in Telefónica’s Spanish operating business, working in the technology area from 1986 to 1999. He then moved to Telefónica International where he was responsible for Networks and Platforms.
He returned to Telefónica’s Spanish operating business to take up several Director roles in the operations division related to development and management systems, partners and networks. He was then appointed Director of Operations and Engineering, with a team of about 18, 000 employees.
In September 2011, Enrique Blanco became the Chief Technology Officer within the Global Resources Division of Telefónica SA.
Mobile Software, Enterprise Mobility & Connected Devices, VDC Research
Eric Klein is a market research and consulting professional who specialises in the design, analysis, and delivery of project-based research. Over the past 15 years, Eric has worked with a wide array of firms across a number of industries, leading quantitative and qualitative research in areas such as innovation in enterprise software, supply chain risk management, manufacturing operations/automation, and IT spending research. Eric has worked in a variety of market research and management roles, providing market data and competitive intelligence to Fortune 500 firms. His previous employers include: AMR Research, The Yankee Group, and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS). Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston University.
Senior Analyst - Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies,Lead, and Lead Analyst
ConsumerMetrix, Strategy Analytics
Eric Smith is a Senior Analyst in the Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies service within Strategy Analytics. With a specialty researching Tablets and 2-in-1 computing devices, he focuses on market sizing, forecasting, connectivity trends, and usage profiles. As Lead Analyst for the Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix service, Eric is also responsible for reporting on consumer survey work to explore user behaviors in consuming and purchasing media content, using and purchasing devices, and brand perceptions. He has been widely quoted in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NPR, and The New York Times.
Eric was previously an analyst in Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service primarily covering Game Consoles and PCs for 2 years before joining the Tablets service. He also spent 8 years as an Economic and Political Advisor at the Consulate General Japan in Detroit, delivering qualitative analysis of economic and political trends for Japanese diplomats.
Eric holds a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Japanese from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
Ernest has turned an unabashed interest in gadgets into a career in telecoms for the better part of a decade. Leveraging unrivalled data insight to help networks, retailers and manufacturers deliver leading offers to consumers, he is always at the forefront of identifying key trends in the communications industry.
With over 25 years of experience of international deal making and marketing, 11 of which in digital media and international product marketing and business development at Apple Computer in California and Paris, Ferhan Cook is helping entrepreneurs in international access and investor access in Turkey and other international markets.
Ferhan is the co-founder of London-based m-Spark.org, a newly created virtual start-up accelerator and advisory, designed to help social entrepreneurs in strategic business modeling, investor pitching and partnership/investor matching. m-Spark.org focuses especially on mobile and internet powered social impact projects, across the world as well as in Turkey. m-Spark.org’s acceleration model is personal and hands-on, aiming to lead the carefully-selected entrepreneurs to success, focusing on whichever area they feel they most need the help for. (www.m-spark.org).
For the past 3 years Cook has been a founding member of Galata Business Angels, Turkey’s first angel network. Cook is interested in helping build bridges between regular investors and impact investors, and to help grow this emerging ecosystem in Turkey. She is starting initiatives in this area, including a partnership with the newly created Sabanci University Social Investment Program. Ferhan Cook is also associated with various social entrepreneurship and impact investor networks around the world, such as Ashoka London and Istanbul, the Clearly Social Angels in London, and TONIIC in Vienna and London.
Phone and Tablet Editor
Gareth has been in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade, being a foundation part of a site that went from a startup to one that regularly commands over 20 million readers per month.
He’s reviewed every top phone available in that time, watched and opined on the rise of the smartphone (and even still owns a Palm Pre), and is a regular commentator for the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and ITV on all manner of tech issues – and spends a large part of his time being quizzed by most on whether the new iPhone is any good.
As a keen runner, Gareth is also TechRadar’s Running Man of Tech, and can be regularly found testing the latest fitness band, smartwatch or integrated headpiece during marathons and ultra-distances – and is still waiting for the ‘true’ personal trainer in a wearable.
CEO – Cova Division
In a career that encompassed a dozen start-ups, Gary held leadership roles with Verizon and AT&T for the first 14 years of the wireless industry. Then managed technology oriented research practices for Nielsen, Milestone Group and ITG/MScience, and lead software/internet ventures: Shoptok, Birdstep and Handmade Mobile. He has also been on the boards of several tech sector start-ups, including Onavo (acquired by Facebook), OpenSignal, Cenoplex and Adello. Gary attended the Univeristy of Colorado-Boulder where he earned a BS in Finance and later, the University of Colorado-Denver for an MS in Marketing.
Head of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Liaison Office
Gary Fowlie is the Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations. ITU is the specialised agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technology.
Mr Fowlie led a UN inter-agency effort to ensure that science, technology and innovation were adopted as key catalysts for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His work focused on information and communication technology (ICT) targets in the areas of education, gender equality, infrastructure (universal and affordable access to the internet) and as a means of implementation across all 17 sustainable development goals. The UN sustainable development agenda, an agreed blueprint for sustainable development in all nations, came into effect on 1 January 2016. It recognises ‘global connectivity and ICTs as having great potential for human progress.’
Prior to joining the UN and ITU, Mr. Fowlie worked as an Account Director for the global technology practice of the consulting firm Hill and Knowlton. At the United Nations he was responsible for the communications and marketing strategy for the UN World Summit on the Information Society. From 2005-2009 he occupied the post of Chief of Media Liaison for the United Nations in New York. He is an Economist and Journalist, having worked for the news service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Economist.
Mr. Fowlie is a graduate of the Universities of Alberta, Alabama and the London School of Economics.
As Senior Analyst for the Mobile Workforce Strategies service, Gina Luk analyses all aspects of the enterprise mobile and wireless ecosystem, from mobilising line-of-business and communication applications, to wireless equipment & devices, and mobile enterprise and SMB value-added solutions.
Before joining Strategy Analytics, Gina was a Telecom consulting and research manager with AMI-Partners, where she leaded and managed multi-country Telecom consulting projects across multiple geographies. Gina’s key role was to develop various practice and programme of Telecommunication market coverage, and led several research initiatives in the Telecom and Networking space. Prior to joining AMI, Gina was with Flextronics, a global provider of vertically integrated advanced design and EMS to OEMs, where she was in charge of Flex Infrastructure (Telecom) go-to-market strategy and many wireline & wireless projects with major telecom equipment vendors. She helped expand the company’s product mix in emerging markets (China, India & Brazil) and its strategic advisory engagements.
Gina also worked at IDC Telecom team where she was the lead analyst of optical networking, mobile operators’ services and carrier equipment markets across the region. She was responsible for tracking, analysing and forecasting the LAN, WLAN, WAN, and Managed Services markets.
Gina holds an MBA and a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Vice President, Product
A Product visionary with a career spanning over a decade in technology leadership, Gino Micacchi is Vice President, Product for Softonic. A member of the Softonic Executive Team, Gino is in charge of defining the vision for product development and a roadmap of innovative products and services for the company.
Gino began his career at a startup, Tipic Inc, creator of Splinder (the largest blog community in Italy at the time) and has gone on to collaborate with various high-profile startups on product design and mobile apps UX, among them MusixMatch, the world’s largest lyrics catalog.
Both an executive and an entrepreneur, before joining Softonic, Gino was Founder and Head of Product and Marketing for Mobnotes, a disruptive startup in the geo-targeted mobile advertising space. Prior to joining Softonic, Gino served as Advisor at the venture capital firm 360 Capital Partners, working actively with the start-ups in their portfolio and supporting the product strategy definition and business development for crowdsourcing retail marketing platform BeMyEye.com.
Gino holds a Bachelors in Telecommunications from University Federico II (Naples) and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan).
Chief Operating Officer – Technology
Günther Ottendorfer was named Chief Operating Officer, Technology, at Sprint in August 2015. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s network, technology, and product development organizations, including related strategy, network operations and performance, as well as partnerships with network, technology and product vendors.
Günther started his international career in the telecommunication sector over 20 years ago. In 1996 he became a founding member of mobile operator, max.mobil, in Austria. He gained considerable management experience as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for T-Mobile Austria, as CTO for T-Mobile Germany and as European Technology Director at Group level for T-Mobile International. In 2011 Günther became Managing Director — Networks at Optus Singtel, Australia’s second largest telecommunications provider with over 11 million customers in cable, fixed, mobile and satellite Networks. In addition, he spearheaded the nationwide introduction of LTE and TD-LTE which Optus pioneered as one of the first providers globally. In 2013, he joined Telekom Austria Group as Group CTIO driving major wireless expansion, convergence and network function virtualization projects across the countries of the group.
Günther studied computer science and graduated with distinction from the Technical University of Vienna while working in parallel as a software developer for GSM.
Haig brings over 25 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. As a consultant he has advised over 50 leading 3G/4G service providers and OEMs on strategy, business plan development, technology assessment & selections, spectrum acquisition, as well as partnership development, M&A and investments.
Haig’s areas of focus include analysing the challenges of network densification as 3G and 4G networks evolve into 5G. He customises the Wireless 20/20 WiROI Tool to analyse the trade-offs of the latest Wi-Fi, DAS, Small Cell, and Cloud RAN technologies in order to help clients realise opportunities while optimising their network densification strategies, including implementing RAN sharing as well as “Carrier Neutral” approaches of building 4G and 5G networks.
Haig has served as an expert witness for major OEMs in US patent re-examination and litigation cases. His areas of expertise include Wi-Fi and broadband wireless technologies, including the integration of these technologies in smartphones.
Prior to his consulting career, Sarkissian was VP of Sales and Marketing at Data Race and held senior management positions at AT&T. He holds a BSEE from Pratt Institute and an MSEE from Polytechnic University and holds 9 US patents.
Chief Technology Officer
Hatem started his professional career with Etisalat in 1995 as part of the Mobile team, where he played a major role in building and maintaining excellent network performance which positioned Etisalat as one of the leading mobile networks in the region.
In 2004, Hatem was seconded to Mobily’s launch team as Director Mobile Network Development. In this capacity he was responsible of all Mobile Network activities from planning, implementation, and operations. He successfully played a major role in launching a commercial network within 6 months period; a remarkable achievement and considered to be one of the fastest telecom launches in the world.
Hatem joined du in 2007 as Sr. Vice President Network Development, where he was responsible for Fixed and Mobile Network Development. Hatem’s experience has helped du to position itself as a strong contender in the market.
Late in 2012, he moved to head the Enterprise Business Unit at du and became Executive Vice President Enterprise Business leading a large team of Sales, Marketing and Broadcasting. He built the foundation of the Enterprise Business division from process, culture, focus and strategy.
Hatem is currently CTO Etisalat International aligning with all local CTO’s for the overall strategy and creating value out of synergy.
Hatem is a graduate of Etisalat College of Engineering, Sharjah and holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering in Communication with 2nd Class Honors. He was also awarded by the Global Telecom Business as one of the 40 under 40 telecom leaders in the world.
Director of Group Strategy and CTO
Helene has held the position of Director of Group Strategy and CTO with responsibility for Commercial and Technology strategy since 2015 and before that was director of CTO with responsibility for network and IT strategy and architecture.
Helene has been with meteor and eir since 2001 hand have held a number of positions in that time working across a large number of areas within IT and Networks.
Helene has worked in the telco industry since 1991. Prior to working for eir Helene held technology management positions in Sonofon, DK (now Telenor), Network Consultant for Bell South, US and fixed core network designer for Ericsson, DK.
Lately Helene has been responsible for the development of eir’s strategy and solution in connection with Ireland’s National Broad Plan, fibre rollout strategy and mobile strategy as well as the modernisation and simplification of eir’s system stacks.
Helene Graham is an MScEE from Aalborg University, DK with specialisation in Telecommunication she has a diploma in Accountancy from Copenhagen Business School and is a graduate in Business Administration and Organisational design from Alborg University, DK.
President, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
Chief Scientist, Telstra Corporation Ltd
Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers.
Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business.
Before 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 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 is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
Hugh is a leader and pioneer in the mobile industry. He has over 20 years extensive senior management / board experience in the Telecoms & digital media. In addition to his role at Pocket App He is also an experienced Non-Executive Director.
Hugh has built & led successful teams in both large corporates & entrepreneurial SME’s. Prior to Pocket App Hugh’s most recent exec roles have been as Chief Commercial Officer (Interim) for Nominet, the UK Internet registry and CEO at 5th Tier, a software / technology play in the mobile advertising market, for Mobile Network Operators & the digital media marketplace.
Previously Hugh built & led teams at both O2 Telefonica and Microsoft. At Microsoft, he launched the mobile services business, whilst at O2 he grew their digital P&L from start-up to £300m+ T/o in just 6 years. Hugh led the introduction of the first text voting on TV screens for media companies within the UK and the launched the O2 brand online. He also launched Mobile advertising at both O2/Telefonica Group and Microsoft. In his earlier career, Hugh worked for both Independent News & Media and Cable & Wireless.
Hugh is a Non-Executive Director at The Association of Online Publishers Awards and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Independent accessibility specialist
Ian’s background is from both gaming and web products at the BBC, where he became involved with accessibility, in particular for pre-schoolers with profound motor and cognitive impairments. He has since worked across UX and accessibility across wide range of organisations and industries, across web, apps and games, has developed award winning assistive technology apps, and now works in the wider industry on both advocacy and consultancy, working with developers, academia and industry bodies to raise the profile and understanding of accessibility issues in the games industry. Examples include co-authoring a White House policy briefing, organising global accessibility hack events, leading work on industry best practice guidelines, and advising on government funding processes.
Volans Consulting Limited
Ian Volans is an independent consulting working at the intersection of mobile and broadcast. He entered the mobile industry in 1985 when he joined a UK start-up called Vodafone. Subsequent in-house roles at One 2 One (now part of UK operator EE) and GSMA together with consultancy assignments with Motorola and in the field of mobile device interoperability have contributed wide-ranging experience of the technical, commercial and regulatory landscapes of the mobile sector.
During a sabbatical from mobile in 2002, he developed extensive broadcast experience while managing television production and video news distribution for the Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay of the XVII Commonwealth Games. This role entailed co-producing some 50 outside broadcasts with the BBC, including the official send-off for the relay from Buckingham Palace.
Since 2005, he has been advising IBC, the international broadcast technology conference and exhibition, to ensure the event remains abreast of the latest developments in the consumption of digital multimedia on mobile and IP-based devices.
Director, Head of Telecommunications Industry
World Economic Forum
Isabelle is responsible for leading the agenda of the Telecommunications industry within the ICT Community of the Forum. As part of her role, Isabelle manages the portfolio for the telecoms community, as well as the delivery of the industry’s initiatives both in the sector and in the broader ecosystem.
Prior to this role, Isabelle was Head of International Affairs & Regions at the GSMA, where she was responsible for governments and institutional relations at global level. As part of her role, Isabelle managed the delivery of industry programmes and lead global and regional advocacy campaigns to help shape the mobile agenda, both in the private and public sector.
Before joining the GSMA, Isabelle worked as a public affairs consultant in Brussels and specialised in the field of Telecommunications and Communications policies. As part of her position, she was responsible for preparing and running a mobile awareness campaign commissioned by a group of investors in mobile infrastructure in order to promote a new economic model to regulate competition.
Isabelle gained a Masters Degree in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics. She read Modern Languages and Politics at the University of Westminster and was an Erasmus scholar at the Fachhochschule of Cologne and Università di Torino.
Director, Operator and Mobile Media
Jack Kent is a director in the IHS mobile team leading its research on mobile content, apps and services. Jack joined the company in 2008 and launched its coverage of the mobile applications business in 2009. Jack has written a number of industry reports investigating how smartphone applications, social networks and messaging platforms are changing the mobile landscape.
Jack has led a number of consultancy projects on subjects ranging from the market for children’s mobile entertainment to the potential of the applications business for media companies in the Middle East. Jack’s research and analysis includes studies of media companies’ mobile strategies, how media companies providers can best monetise mobile apps and an investigation of mobile network operators’ response to the booming smartphone and tablet apps business.
A regular speaker at industry conferences, Jack is widely quoted in coverage of mobile media by trade publications and leading news organisations including the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Reuters, Sky, and CNBC.
Jack holds a degree in English Language and Literature from King’s College London and has previously worked for GfK NOP market research group.
Community Engagement Advisor
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
Jacobo has been working at the intersection of media, communications and technology in the humanitarian sector for the last 12 years. He has designed and led assessment teams and rolled out humanitarian media and communication programmes in response to natural disasters and armed conflicts in more than 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. He’s passionate about information and communication as forms of aid in their own right.
Jacobo is PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and was board member of the infoasaid project – an Internews-BBC Media Action partnership (2010-2012) that focused on improving how humanitarian organisations communicate with crisis-affected populations. He has also served as Technical Reviewer for DFID’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (2015) and on the judging panel for the Best Use of Mobile in Humanitarian Situations in the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (2012-2014 and 2016).
Among other publications, Jacobo co-authored a chapter for the IFRC 2013 World Disaster Report on “Communities, Communication and Technology”. He holds an MA in International Relations and a BA in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
Founder and Director
James Cooper is the founder and director B2B media companies focused on the app industry.
The company provides lead generation and content marketing services to a global client list of leading mobile advertising and app development companies.
App Promotion Summit – http://apppromotionsummit.com is an app marketing event focused on all aspects of mobile growth and distribution, running in London, Berlin and NYC. Sponsors and partners include the likes of Google, Twitter and App Annie.
Previously James worked at Guardian News & Media where he was Head of Strategy and as a management consultant on projects for many of the world’s leading technology media, technology and telecoms companies.
James Moar is a Senior Analyst with Juniper Research, with a primary research focus on devices and wearables. In addition to this, James covers a range of cross-platform consumer technologies. James has previously worked for the FMCG sector, conducting consumer analytics and new product development research. James holds a MLitt in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews.
Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher, Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr Jane Vincent is an industry practitioner and freelance academic researcher as well as guest teacher in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jane has published widely on the topic of the social practices of information and communication technology users and her academic career since 2001 builds on over two decades of senior industry involvement in the development and implementation of digital mobile communications in Europe.
She has jointly edited volumes with Peter Lang, Routledge and Springer on topics including participation in broadband society, social robots from a human perspective and about smartphone use. Jane currently participates in international projects researching children and older people’s use of ICTs, students’ use of digital and paper technology for reading and writing, and ageism in media.
Global Program Director - Digital Transformation
Frost & Sullivan
Jean-Noël, a fluent English and French speaker, has 15+ years of experience in the fields of corporate strategy, sales optimisation and marketing strategy. He has created and managed software development centers and deployed worldwide software services in global smartcard, telecom and financial institutions including Gemalto, Morpho, Giesecke & Devrient, Oberthur, NXP, Inside Secure, Infineon, Atmel, ASK, Orange, Vodafone, Deutsch Telekom, Telefonica, NTT Docomo, VISA, Mastercard, American Express and RBS.
In recent years, Jean-Noël has focused on smartcard personalisation from secured smartcard data generation through to end user delivery. He has worked in multiple countries including the USA, UK, Poland, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Singapore.
He has especially focused on Fintech, Blockchain, BYOD, mobile and converged security, emerging payment solutions and mobile payment, biometrics.
He recently worked for a European government to create a digital roadmap. He has provided strategic recommendations to support the digital roadmap of the country. More precisely, key segments have been selected where the government should capitalise on to optimise the effort and accelerate the adoption and deployment of digital services for future growth.
Vice President, Network Research
Jennifer P. Clark is Vice President, Network Research for 451 Research. She heads the Network research practice, providing actionable insight into network technology and infrastructure, examining the challenges facing both enterprises and network operators in provisioning the local, wide-area and radio access networks, and the solutions and technology that will meet the demands of 4G and 5G mobile networking, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Jennifer’s personal areas of research include software-defined networks (SDN), network functions virtualisation (NFV), network orchestration, mobile backhaul, network policy management, the Evolved Packet Core, DNS, IPv6, carrier Ethernet, and core and edge routers.
Jennifer started her industry research career with Yankee Group, which was acquired by The 451 Group in 2013. Prior to joining Yankee Group, she was Manager of Network Planning and Strategy for Wang Laboratories’ corporate data network. She began her career at Wang with responsibility for the domestic and international rollout of Wang’s packet network, connecting more than 250 locations in 14 countries. Before joining Wang, she was a member of the IT research and development division of Commercial Union Insurance Companies.
Clark is a highly regarded speaker at industry seminars and conferences, and is frequently cited by the commercial and trade press. She has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a member of the IEEE.
She holds a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Jenny is a senior analyst serving B2C Marketing Professionals. Jenny’s research focuses on emerging marketing tactics, with a primary emphasis on emerging interfaces, mobile marketing, and gamification strategies. Her research examines the consumer adoption and usage of devices and features, and results in strategic guidance to companies on the organisational maturity, strategic frameworks, and vendor partnerships and technologies required to successfully deploy mobile marketing tactics.
Jenny’s expertise has been widely recognised through media interviews on CNBC, NPR, AdAge, industry presentations at CTIA, Mobile Media Upfront, and SM2 Innovation Summit, honours including Mobile Marketer’s “Mobile Women to Watch 2016,” and as a contributing author to major publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, and CMS Wire.
Editorial Director & Publisher
IoT Now & VanillaPlus
Jeremy Cowan is the founder of Prestige Media Ltd and co-founder of WeKnow Media Ltd, the parent companies of VanillaPlus, IoT Now and IoT Global Network. Launched in 1999, the VanillaPlus portfolio includes VanillaPlus Magazine, VanillaPlus Black Book (original analysis of the year in communications solutions), and VanillaPlus Bites, a free html news service, as well as VanillaPlus.com featuring Digital Editions, Video Interviews, News, Features, and Webinars.
From 1993-99, Jeremy was managing editor of the communications division at Nexus Communications responsible for 12 communications publications including Mobile Europe, Mobile Asia Pacific, Mobile & Cellular (UK), Mobile Middle East & Africa, Mobile Latino America, Communications News, Cabling World, and Network Europe.
Jeremy is Founding Partner of SystemiQ, a new firm dedicated to building sustainable, market-based economies; programme director of the Energy Transitions Commission; lead author of the Better Growth, Better Climate report of the New Climate Economy project; director of the Sustainable Business Commission and advisor to multiple governments, companies and foundations on system transformation and resource productivity.
Jeremy spent over 20 years at McKinsey, developing and leading its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice (SRP) from 2007-2015. SRP is accountable for McKinsey’s client and knowledge agenda on green growth, including resource productivity, resilience, climate policy, environmental finance, land-use and ecosystem service strategies, circular “closed loop” business models, clean-tech and energy policy.
Jeremy serves clients across multiple industries, including energy, finance, consumer goods, land-use and high-tech. He also works extensively with governments in both developed and developing countries.
Jeremy also completed a year’s sabbatical from McKinsey, during which time he led the New Climate Economy Project on behalf of the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate. The purpose of this Project is to help senior economic decision-makers identify and prioritise actions that can deliver better growth and lower climate risk. The Commission’s flagship report: Better Growth, Better Climate was launched in September 2014.
Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer
Jim Morrish is the co-founder and Chief Research Officer of Machina Research. He is a respected IoT industry expert, with over 20 years’ experience of strategy consulting, operations management and telecoms research.
Jim is a co-author of the Ignite|IoT project management framework and the accompanying book entitled “Enterprise IoT”. He is a member of the Global Advisory Body for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) India IoT Panel and regularly participates as a judge for IoT industry awards. He is also Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Business Strategy Task Group and co-Chair of their Business Strategy and Solution Lifecycle top level Working Group. Jim is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the IoT Asia conference and is responsible for the addition of the terms Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking and Subnet of Things (SoT) to the lexicon of the IoT. He holds an MA in mathematics from Oxford University.
Senior Vice President
Network Technology R&D Center, SK Telecom
Mr. Jin-Hyo Park as the Senior Vice President of Network Technology R&D Center is currently responsible for developing Mobile Networks and Device technologies at SK Telecom.
He joined SK Telecom at 1997, and worked for the IRIDIUM project and 3GPP standardization. From 2004, he has not only contributed commercialization of WCDMA and HSDPA/HSUPA, but also took a responsibility for the R&D strategy of SK Telecom. Since 2009, he has successfully led the Korea-first LTE launch, the world-first multi-carrier deployment, the world-first nation-wide HD Voice (VoLTE) commercialization, the world-first LTE-A (Carrier Aggregation) commercialization, and directing LTE evolution and beyond LTE-A of SK Telecom as head of Access Network Lab.
He became head of Network Technology R&D Center as Senior Vice President in 2013. His current interest mainly focuses on next generation communication system like LTE-A, B4G, SON/SDN/NFV and next Device technologies.
He received a Bachelor degree in the department of Mathematics and a Master degree in the Information & Communication Engineering at Korea University.
Senior Lecturer in Education
University of Bristol
Dr Wishart is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol. She became involved in mobile learning through her interest in using handheld devices to support teacher trainees on placement in schools.
Her research showed that, while mobile devices can be useful in supporting both learning and teaching, the applications the trainees used most involved information management. These included the calendar to manage their schedule, spreadsheets to manage class grades and making notes or taking photos to record events. However, in the current school culture in England, where there is debate over using mobile phones in school, trainees tended not to feel comfortable about using a handheld device in a classroom context. This led Dr Wishart to research further into social and ethical issues associated with using personal devices like mobile phones to support learning and to develop support for new researchers and teachers in addressing the new ethical concerns.
Her research interests lie primarily in the psychology of mobile learning and in the corresponding pedagogy of using handheld devices for teaching. She is Membership Secretary of the International Association of Mobile Learning.
Phones, Wearables & Tablets UK Editor
John got his first phone aged 12 (the Motorola T180) and since then he’s been fixated on all things mobile, churning his way through a multitude of handsets, tablets and wearables. Signalling his arrival at TechRadar by becoming a Guinness World Record holder in his first week, John hasn’t looked back.
Jonas Wennermark is an industry analyst within IoT and M2M. He joined Berg Insight in 2016 and his areas of expertise include automotive telematics, telematics-based auto insurance, UBI and cellular IoT terminals. Prior to joining Berg Insight, Jonas worked as an Inventory Manager at the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo Car Corporation. He is also the proud holder of a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Manchester where his final year project aimed to set an upper limit on violation of CP-symmetry in strong interactions.
During 2016, Jonas has been the lead author of two market reports titled “Insurance Telematics in Europe and North America” and “The Global IoT Teminal Market”. His current connected car project will result in the third edition of Berg Insight’s “The Global Automotive OEM Telematics Market” report.
Jordan has spent the past several years conducting market research in the telecom, financial services and technology sectors with FM Global, OnProcess Technology, Yankee Group and currently, 451 Research. At 451 he leads the firm’s payments coverage with a particular focus on digital transformation and emerging technologies across the commerce value chain.
Jordan is frequently engaged by the media to share his insights on the payments ecosystem. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, TIME, Businessweek and The Financial Times, and has appeared on radio and television interviews with the Associated Press, CBS and American Public Media. McKee is a regular speaker at client and industry events and has delivered keynotes and moderated panels at SXSW, Money20/20, Interop and ETA TRANSACT. Additionally, Jordan is a judge for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards and SIIA CODiE Awards.
Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in marketing from Bryant University.
Founder & Principal
Scarantino Consulting LLC & EightTen
Josef Scarantino is Founder and Principle of Scarantino Consulting LLC, which specialises in advancing the mission of businesses, organisations, and educators through diversity, innovation, human-centreed design, and social entrepreneurship. Collaborating with a range of partners from Fortune 500 companies to national non-profits and state and federal governments, Mr. Scarantino and team develops experiential opportunities to drive social impact forward. Josef is also the Founder of EightTen, a social enterprise aimed at developing innovative solutions to combat disengagement in the labour force of people with disabilities. EightTen works with a wide range of actors in disability from mentoring organisations to apprenticeship programs for youth in transition.
Josef brings nearly 20 years of experience in innovation through a wide range of social impact ventures including an international pan-disability organization, an open education foundation, a national military engineering association, an East African peace institute, and multiple advisory roles, board positions, and mentorships. Josef is most interested in building engaging programs and partnerships around cross-sector efforts that accelerate social impact through design thinking methodologies.
Jun Wen Woo
Analyst, Broadband and Mobile Media
Jun Wen is a media analyst at IHS Markit Technology. Her research and analysis focuses on digital video markets in the Asia Pacific region. She plays a key role in forecasting trends in the countries for which she is responsible for. She also covers the mobile content and services market, where her research and analysis include studies on mobile operators and media companies’ mobile content strategies, the impact of over-the-top messaging and communications apps and how mobile content providers can best monetize mobile media. As a frequent industry commentator, Jun Wen has been quoted by publications such as Associated Press, Forbes India and Gulf News.
Jusy Hong is responsible for mobile devices, networks and media in the Asia Pacific region, covering mobile handset shipment, production, technology & media trends as well as companies’ strategies. Jusy also coordinates wider consumer electronics research in Asia. In his previous roles at IHS, Jusy was a leading analyst of TV research in IHS for 7 years, when he was responsible global demand, technology and eco-system analysis of television and PDP panel research as well as large area LCD panel.
Jusy joined IHS in 2004 as an analyst started working on the global monitor market, PDP and public information market. Jusy’s work is concentrated in the areas of demand forecasting, competitive analysis, pricing and new technology trend analysis. He also serves as project manager for numerous consultancy projects around displays technology, market and consumer trend, feasibility study and cost analysis for industry leading manufacturers, government institutions and investment companies.
He frequently speaks at major industry events around the world such as including SID, KDC, IMID. Based in South Korea, Jusy speaks fluent Korean, English and Japanese and has a broad network of key contacts in Korea and Japan.
Consumer Electronics Analyst
Karissa Chua specialises in Consumer Electronics at Euromonitor International. As the industry analyst, Karissa oversees the company’s annual research initiatives in over 46 countries and provides in-depth data and analytical insight across the consumer electronics market such as connected devices (smartphones, wearables, and computers), in-home entertainment and the smart home.
In her global role, Karissa covers the competitive landscape, key industry trends, impact of changing consumer behaviour on the industry and the growth potential of emerging technologies. Karissa actively publishes her opinions and analysis on trends and developments influencing the growth of consumer electronics across the regions. Her contributions can also be found in respected publications such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC News and The Japan Times. She also regularly engages in discussions with leading electronics players.
Prior to her current role, Karissa held a global position at a market intelligence provider where she was heavily involved in the quarterly market sizing, forecasting and identifying the growth opportunities for manufacturers and channel partners in the computers and enterprise security market. Karissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the National University of Singapore.
Senior Vice President
Karl Spangenberg brings 25 years of experience in general media management, advertising sales, business development, strategic marketing, online market research and media consulting. Since 1995, he has held leadership positions at four start-up companies: Infoseek (1996 IPO and later sold to Disney); @plan (1999 IPO, 2001 sold to DoubleClick and later sold to Nielsen Net Ratings); Lightningcast (2002 strategic partnership with AOL Entertainment and later sold to Advertising.com); and The Hotel Networks (2004 sold majority stake to Liberty Media and later sold to LodgeNet).
As Vice President, Advertising and Commerce at AT&T, Spangenberg drafted a strategy for cross-platform, integrated advertising and commerce while serving as lead advertising liaison between AT&T and Yahoo for revenue on the broadband portal. He also worked at various magazine companies in general management and advertising sales roles including U.S. News & World Report, TIME magazine, BusinessWeek and Datamation magazine.
Foundation for Futuristic Cities
Karuna Gopal, is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, columnist, keynote speaker and advisor on smart cities. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a Think Tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.
Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the 100 Smart Cities Mission of Government of India and has been an invited speaker at the launch of the mission by the Prime Minister. At the event, her innovation “Citizens for City” a disruptive tool to engage citizens in governance, has been recognised as a national best practice and her publication “Scult your City – 2009” has been reprinted and distributed to all invitees at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
She is an invited author for International Publications like FuturARC and has been Interviewed widely both by National and International Media. Her articles have been incorporated into Parliamentary Documentation of Lok Sabha for their policy relevance. She chairs and addresses conferences around the world and is a special invitee to meetings of FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) exploring investments into India.
She is also a sought after mentor for Tech fests, Business fests and Hackathons at institutes of higher learning like IITs and IIMs .She lectures senior IAS officers at India’s Premier Academy at (LBSNAA), Mussoorie on topics related to Smart Governance. Currently she is Expert Mentor for Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (TEP) at ISB.
Ken’s involvement over the past few years has been specifically in the area of private equity investing in the mobile sector, and his previous experience in developing telecoms, IT and web commerce business strategies spans 25+ years. His focus has been on the emerging new media content, applications and commerce methodologies, and the merging of these with the ubiquitous, personal access of mobile.
Ken’s Company, WebMobility Ventures, focuses on private investing and advising companies on bringing innovations in multimedia mobility to market. He has also been an Investment Advisor to Ascension Ventures who manage early stage EIS and SEIS funds. Prior to that he was Chairman of WirelessWorks with The Vesta Group, managing the investments of one of Europe’s top networked venture capital funds, Frontiers Capital. Previously, he was VP of Business Strategy for Wireless Internet at Nortel Networks.
Ken has held numerous industry positions including chairman of the Mobile Data Association, vice chair of the UMTS Forum Market Aspects Group, and in 2001 was named to the GSM Association ‘roll of honour’ for “longstanding commitment to the GSM industry”. In 2004 Ken launched and produced “Cool and Connected” a ‘Wearable Technology Fashion Show’ and in 2006 the “Innovation Showcase” of emerging key technologies at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona and also at the International Broadcasters Conference in Amsterdam.
Senior Vice President Engineering Services
Deutsche Telekom AG
Klaus-Jürgen is responsible on Deutsche Telekom Group level for Engineering Services. In this role he develops network solutions for access, transport and core to all DT affiliates in Europe.
He has been with T-Mobile, later Deutsche Telekom since the early days of GSM in 1991, has held several management positions in the Technology area. During the last 15 years he has been working for the DT Group headquarters.
He was responsible for GPRS/UMTS/HSPA introduction and optimization and has been leading the activities for definition and introduction of LTE.
Masters & doctors degree in telecommunications
Global Certification Forum (GCF)
Since 2013, Lars Nielsen has been the General Manager of Global Certification Forum (GCF) and is currently involved in expanding the certification scheme’s global outreach to cover India, Middle East, Brazil and Africa, as well as the developing IoT industries.
Prior to joining GCF Lars had a career spanning nearly 30 years at Motorola with wide-ranging experience within development, testing, quality and compliance of mobile devices as well as the management of international regulatory and policy issues.
Lars is well known within the mobile community having participated in the work of GCF since the organisation was founded in 1999 and served as Motorola delegate on the Board of Directors when GCF was incorporated in 2008.
At Motorola Lars chaired the Mobile Terminals Working Group of DIGITALEUROPE and was instrumental in establishing the MoU on a common mobile charger solution in the EU. Active across the mobile industry, Lars participated in working groups for bodies as diverse as the ITU-T, ETSI, CENELEC, PTCRB as well as served as Bluetooth Qualification Expert.
Lars is a resident of Denmark and lives at the border to Germany close to Flensburg.
Wbird and founder of Swedish M2M Service Enablers and THINGS.
Magnus Melander, is a Swedish entrepreneur and ICT professional with 34 years of international experience. Magnus is Sales Director at the connected car company Springworks, the owner of the consulting firm Wbird, he is co-founder and evangelist at the hardware hub THINGS and serves at the boards of THINGS, Evothings, Clue, April Systems, Possio and Mobile Institute Stockholm. His focus is on IoT/M2M and he founded the Swedish M2M Service Enablers (SMSE) alliance 2012, today having 65 members and 18 partners.
Magnus was Partner at BrainHeart Capital, a VC devoted to wireless technologies, which he co-founded 2000 and he is currently advisor to Instabridge, Springworks, Talkpool, WSI and La-Yin. Magnus ICT industry experience includes senior international positions with IBM, Apple and 3Com.
Magnus is a frequent speaker at international industry events and writes his IoT blog connectcompute.com and the Internet of Everything Chronicle.
Manager, Latin America
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo Kawanami is Manager for the Latin American region. He tracks, analyses and provides guidance on technological and business trends in the TMT industry and is responsible for Pyramid`s market sizing and forecasting for Latin American countries. Aside from regularly contributing to research on mobile, fixed, media and smartphone markets, Marcelo has authored and worked on numerous reports and projects analysing traditional and emerging technology services and their implications to the overall communication markets. Marcelo focus his research on technology services, covering business models and innovation in areas such as big data and analytics, cloud computing, managed services and FTTH/B. Marcelo has presented at numerous industry conferences including LTE Latin America, ABTA and Futurecom, among others.
Prior to joining Pyramid Research, Marcelo worked as a global manager for research & development at Teleperformance, where he was responsible for providing market intelligence and strategic analysis for the global collaboration and communications services markets. Before this engagement, he worked at Frost & Sullivan as manager in the ICT group for Latin America. Marcelo has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia and an MBA from the Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas.
Executive Vice President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies
Executive Committee of the Orange Group
Mari-Noelle Jégo-Laveissière was promoted as Executive Vice President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies on March 1rst, 2014. She is part of the Executive Committee of the Orange Group.
She held various executive positions in the Group since she joined the France Telecom Group in 1996: Senior Vice President of International & Backbone Network Factory, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Vice President for the Home marketing Division of Orange France, Head of a French region where she was in charge of technical & commercial entities for mass markets and business clients.
Mari-Noelle obtained an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Paris. She is post graduate in Quantum Chemistry with a doctor’s degree from the University of Paris XI-Waterloo University and from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She is a Board member of Engie and Valeo.
Mariano Amartino is the Managing Director of Wayra, Telefónica´s OpenFuture start-up Accelerator running operation on 12 countries in the region where Wayra has a portfolio of more than 600 innovative companies in 20 different digital industries. From 2009 to 2011, when he joined Wayra, Mariano was the CEO of Hipertextual taking it to be leading blogging network in Spanish language. He currently serves as board member and advisor for several startups and still blogs at uberbin.net one of the first Spanish blogs where he covers Online Communities, Internet and New Media topics.
Mark H. Mortensen
Practice Head, BSS
Mark is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason’s Customer Care, Service Fulfilment and Digital Economy Platforms research programmes, which are part of the Telecoms Software research stream. His interest areas include customer self-service, new telco businesses entering the digital economy value chain, and network planning and optimisation. The first 20 years of Mark’s career were at Bell Laboratories, where he distinguished himself by starting software products for new markets and network technologies and designing the interaction of BSS/OSSs with the underlying network hardware. Mark was Chief Scientist of Management Systems at Bell Labs, and has also been president of his own OSS strategy consulting company, CMO at the inventory specialist Granite Systems, VP of Product Strategy at Telcordia Technologies, and SVP of Marketing at a network planning software vendor. Mark holds an MPhil and a PhD in physics from Yale University and has received two AT&T Architecture awards for innovative software solutions. He is also an adjunct professor at UMass Lowell in the Manning School of Management, specialising in business strategy. Mark has also participated on the GSMA Global Mobile Awards judging panel.
Global Head of Digital Strategy, Enzen
Professor of Practice ISM , Warwick Business School
A 30 year experience professional in Information Systems Strategy and Transformation, Mark is currently Global Head of Digital Strategy Center of Excellence at Enzen, a premium energy and utility smart business systems and operations international consultancy. He is also Professor of Practice in Information Systems Management at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK.
He is an accomplished author with two books on building the Digital Enterprise with Palgrave Macmillan and a career that spans many top 1000 companies in private and public sector and across 20 countries. His expertise is in digital technology change, Telecoms, Mobility, AI automation, Industry4.0, Internet of things, VR/AR, cyber security, CX agile design and enterprise and innovation leadership.
Mark is an acknowledged expert with speaking, quoted and published in the FT, WSJ,
NYT, Bloomberg, Scientific American, New Scientist, Nature, as well as international media including BBC, Sky, The Street, TRT and many others. His current client work and 3rd book is in Artificial Intelligence and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
At Enzen he leads the Digital Strategy services and Innovation Lab across international clients and engagements.
650 Labs and Milestone Group
Mark is the Founder of 650 Labs and Milestone Group. Since 2001, he has led/supervised engagement teams on more than 200+ clients globally, working on a myriad of growth and revenue-related initiatives including strategy, innovation, business and corporate development, alliances/partnering and international expansion. His clients have included, Chase, Cisco, GSMA, Intel, MasterCard, McDonalds, Microsoft, Norsk Hydro, NTT, Occidental Petroleum, Rabobank, SAP, Shell, SITA, Standard Life, Swisscom, Tata, Toyota, Union Bank of Switzerland and Volvo.
Prior to founding both 650 Labs and 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, organisational change and leveraging technology for business advantage.
Mark is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at industry conferences globally. Mark is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico and an occasional guest lecturer at leading business schools globally.
Close to Market Analytics
An experienced business and technology journalist with an analyst background, Marlène runs Close to Market Analytics, which provides editorial and analysis services to organisations in the telecoms and mobile innovation space, including RCR Wireless/IIoT 5G Insights, Vision Mobile and Berghs School of Communications.
MBA FRSA, Director
The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK
Professor Martin Charter MBA FRSA is the Founding Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) that was established in 1995. He is a former Visiting Professor in Sustainable Product Design at UCA and presently Professor of Innovation & Sustainability at UCA.
Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in a wide range of topics related to sustainable business with particular expertise in sustainable innovation and product sustainability. Martin has sat on many international expert committees and advisory boards including World Resources Forum and Eco-innovation Observatory. He led and participated in UK government funded missions and expert groups focused on eco-design and ‘circular economy’ to Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
He is the organiser of the Sustainable Innovation series of international conferences that is now in its 20th year. Martin has authored research on new ‘green’ business models, sustainable innovation, product design and remanufacturing and marketing & sustainability; and was the convenor of ISO14006, member of ISO and was UK expert to ISO TR 14062 and is presently an expert to BS8001 (‘circular economy’) and IEC/ISO JWG ECD – 62959 (eco-design).
Martin has recently co-founded the Farnham Repair Café and has a growing interest in grassroots innovation. Martin is an author and editor of many publications including Sustainable Solution, Greener Marketing and Eco-innovate and is a regular speaker in conferences worldwide.
Senior Vice President, Internet
Martin is a well-known figure in the mobile industry. He holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from City University in London. He was at Ovum for 17 years, where he built up the mobile practice, was director of research and established the Wireless Intelligence joint venture with the GSM Association. At CCS Insight, Martin focuses on Internet services and experiences, and the wider role of mobile across various sectors of the economy, including machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and the “Internet of things”.
Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture
Matt Beal currently serves as Director, Technology Strategy and Architecture for Vodafone Group. In this role, Matt oversees the global strategy and development of technology transformation and modernisation initiatives. Current initiatives range from Cloud and Network Virtualisation to 5G, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Technology simplification. Having worked across a variety of start-up, competitive and incumbent carriers, Matt is experienced in large-scale technology transformation and corporate consolidation.
Matt joined Vodafone in 2014 from CenturyLink where he held the role of Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Product Development. During his six years at CenturyLink, Matt led the strategy, development and implementation of CenturyLink’s network virtualisation, fibre access, cloud and IP TV solutions and assisted in the consolidation of Qwest, Embarq and Savvis.
Prior to CenturyLink, Matt led significant transformation and network implementation initiatives, including BT’s 21st Century Network programme, with earlier start-up work at WilTel Communications, now a holding of Level3. Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St Louis, where he also pursued Doctoral studies before beginning his telecommunications career.
Matthew has been Technology Editor at Travel Trade Gazette, part of independent publishing house TTG Media, for the past five years. He writes about a range of topics to help readers stay up to date with the latest trends and disruptions, with recent features covering hackathons, big data, booking platforms, artificial intelligence, smart cities, mobile technology and much more. This year he was nominated finalist in the “Travel Trade Writer of the Year” category for the Travel Media Awards, as well as a finalist in the “Responsible Business Journalist of the Year” category for the Business Travel Journalism Awards. He has also held editorial positions at United Business Media and Informa, working on publications spanning the maritime, construction and aviation sectors, and previously at Alcatel in Paris, France.
Mauro T. Fukuda
Technology & Service Platforms Director
Mr. Fukuda has more than 27 years in the telecommunications industry in the areas of technology (network and systems), planning, projects and Network operation, having occupied various executive positions in Brasil Telecom and Oi. Currently responds by the area of Technology and Service Platforms at Oi, responsible for technology definitions, network architecture and strategy for the mobile and fixed network, as well as for planning and design of the operator’s video services platforms.
Maximilian (Max) Hille
Analyst & Mobile Practice Lead
Max Hille is analyst and mobile practice lead at Crisp Research AG, an IT research and consulting company.
He takes care of market research initiatives and consulting projects mainly in the areas mobile business and enterprise mobility. Before that Max worked as a research manager in “Cloud Computing & Innovation Practice” of Experton Group AG.
He is also a product manager of the research Web service Crisp Analytics. His main subjects are mobile user experience, mobile application performance, mobile development platforms, enterprise mobility and mobile collaboration. Max is a member of the jury at the Global Mobile Awards 2016.
Michael Azoff (PhD, MIEEE) has been working as an IT industry analyst since 2003, bringing over 20 years of experience in pure and applied research and consulting in the IT industry. Michael is a member of Ovum’s IT infrastructure solutions group, providing research, advice, and consulting for enterprise users of technology and IT vendors, serving technology decision makers, senior managers, and team leaders. He leads the research on software development and lifecycle management as it applies in enterprise IT, and increasingly as it applies in the world of product lifecycle management, analysing trends and key paradigm shifts. His research coverage includes: software security; agile, lean, and DevOps methodologies and processes; mobile and web app development platforms; QA and the software testing lifecycle, and application performance management.
Author and Speaker
Michael Bayler is a renowned business thinker, author, speaker, consultant and leadership mentor, inspiring strategic transformation across enterprise, technology and marketing.
He has ignited change programmess for many of the world’s largest brands. His clients include Coca-Cola, the BBC, Unilever, Diageo, Discovery Networks, Telefonica, FremantleMedia, PayPal, Bacardi Global Brands, Warner Bros. BSkyB, British Telecom, Sony Music, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.
Mike is the author of THE LIQUID ENTERPRISE – How The Network is transforming value, what it means for business, and what leadership needs to do about it, and the co-author of PROMISCUOUS CUSTOMERS: INVISIBLE BRANDS – Delivering Value in Digital Markets.
Founder and president
Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and president of Senza Fili. She is an expert in wireless technologies and has helped clients worldwide to understand new technologies and customer requirements, create and assess financial TCO and ROI models, evaluate business plan opportunities, market their services and products, and estimate the market size and revenue opportunity of new and established wireless technologies. She frequently gives presentations at conferences, and writes reports, blog entries and articles on wireless technologies and services, covering end-to-end mobile networks, the operator, enterprise and IoT markets. She has a PhD in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego (US), an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK), and a BA/MA in philosophy from the University of Bologna (Italy). You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancee Ruzicka is the Founder of ICT Intuition, LLC. With 25+ years of experience in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) engineering and operations, Ms. Ruzicka is a trusted advisor to executives in the areas of ICT strategy and planning, market research, product development, digital business transformation and ICT solution integration. She has delivered strategic and tactical planning, technical and operational due diligence, process optimisation, technology evaluation and operational transformation.
Ms. Ruzicka has held the titles of Program Manager, R&D Manager, Software Manger, Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, Senior Technical Staff, Director, Program Director and Strategy Consultant in a variety of networked industries including: Telecommunications, OSS/BSS, Power and utilities, Defense and Government, and Software Development.
As the founder of ICT Intuition, Ms. Ruzicka is pursuing a new model of customized strategy consulting and research across connected digital industries. Initial focus areas include operational architectures, OSS/BSS, SDN, orchestration, integration, network virtualisation and data brokerage to deliver ICT strategies that make connected solutions available, reliable and secure. Ms. Ruzicka was awarded dual Master’s degrees in Management and Computer Resource Management; with an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
Neha Dharia is a Senior Analyst in Ovum’s Consumer Services research practice, with a focus on mobile media, social networking and communications. Neha drives Ovum’s location based services and OTT communication research stream and has written a series of reports around the impact of OTT on SMS creating thought leadership in the industry. Her other work includes market sizing, forecasting and in depth research on topics such as location, digital games industry, mobile payments and mobile VAS. Neha’s research is frequently quoted in the international press and often contributes to the broadcast media. Her reports have been instrumental in driving change and creating thought leadership especially in the messaging industry.
Neha’s experience in consultancy includes projects with leading mobile network operators, OTT players and vendors. This experience has enabled her to gain a deeper understanding of consumer needs in terms of wireless content and value-added services, and the consequent conversion of these needs into market opportunities for the client. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics as well as a Master of Science degree in Development Studies.
CEO & Founder
Digital Tourism Think Tank
With a background in destination marketing of more than a decade, Nick is one of the tourism industry’s leading experts on destination marketing. As founder of the Digital Tourism Think Tank (#DTTT), the leading platform connecting destinations worldwide on topics around digital trends and transformation, Nick has worked with hundreds of destinations helping to navigate the complexities of an increasingly digital visitor experience.
Through his work heading up the #DTTT, Nick has led the industry to think about ‘Destination Transformation’ and the impact the ‘always on’ visitor, the multi-touchpoint path to purchase and the need for organisations to think differently about their approach. At the core of Nick’s message and expertise is the need to stay current, on par with consumer trends, and foster a culture of innovation to remain competitive.
Nick and his team connect thousands of tourism professionals each year, through the flagship #DTTT Global, #DTTT Content Campus and leading industry sessions at WTM London, ITB Berlin, ATM Dubai and WTM Africa. Fostering partnerships with both industry leaders and digital leaders, Nick and his team lead the conversation on digital in tourism.
Nick Hunn is the founder and CTO of WiFore Consulting. For the past twenty years he has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, smart energy, LPWAN, wearables and mobile health.
Nick has been closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Health Alliance, the ZigBee Alliance and other medical, smart energy and standards groups. He has a wide ranging career across many technical sectors, having helped design laser gyroscopes, high power X-Ray generators, semiconductor processing equipment, robot vision systems, sperm and embryo freezers, smart meters, wireless technology, telematics systems, and also big data analytics.
He is the author of “The Essentials of Short Range Wireless” – a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technologies to product developers. He regularly writes about technology on his blog at www.nickhunn.com. Nick has an M.A. from Cambridge University and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mobile Insight Analyst
Nick is a mobile insight specialist that has been tracking the wireless industry since 1997, when even the iPhone was just a twinkle in a visionary’s eye. Nick applies these years of experience to helping companies gain a better understanding of the mobile opportunity and develop their mobile strategy, and help raise their brand awareness and market visibility with compelling reports.
Nick also provides strategic counsel and help increase market visibility for big and small companies around the world. As a trained journalist-turned-analyst he has specialist skills in creating research and developing data, and then applying analysis and insight to convert into reports/white papers/documents/presentations for companies looking to enhance their market positioning, company expansion, market understanding, product launch, or for PR and marketing purposes.
Areas of mobile specialty include: advertising & marketing, commerce & payments, content & services, apps/app stores, Internet/portals, mobile operator strategy, social media, messaging, networks, OTT, 3G/4G/LTE, and devices.
Research Director APAC
Nicole Peng oversees Canalys’ market-leading mobility-focused advisory services, providing clients with expert advice on mobility trends and strategies. Over the past nine years she has worked with many of the largest global technology vendors. Her expertise spans in many areas of the mobility segment, in particular focusing on technology vendors’ business strategies, the mobile strategies of Internet Service Providers and operators, and ecosystem, channel and consumer trends, both in Asia Pacific and worldwide. She leads a team of analysts in APAC covering various research areas, including smart phone, PC and wearable (smart watch, VR, AR), autonomous driving, social robotic, cloud and data centre as well as IoT. She runs and contributes to a variety of consulting projects and is frequently quoted in the top-tier press.
Nicole joined Canalys in 2007 and established Canalys’ Chinese office in Shanghai in 2011. She currently manages the Canalys China operation.
Spastic Children’s Foundation of Turkey
Nigar Evgin is working in the Spastic Children’s Foundation of Turkey since 2003 as General Director. The main target group of the foundation is people with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The aim is to integrate people with CP to the social life by providing them essential services. The facility has units for the diagnosis, early intervention, rehabilitation, special education and schooling. In particular, the integration of the assistive technology and electronic devices in the educational process is getting more and more important in the recent years. The foundation puts big importance to the international relations and grand programs.
Nikki Baird focuses on trends impacting the consumer-retailer relationship, along with their supply chain and marketing implications. She has written research and articles on topics ranging from in-store marketing and technology, store performance management, supply chain and multi-channel fulfillment, retailer-manufacturer collaboration, merchandising, and loyalty and promotions management. She has been quoted as a subject matter expert in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio.
Nikki brings perspective from all sides of the retail technology equation: she served in technology roles at both a large and a small retailer, and she has provided advisory and consulting services for Fortune 500 retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. Prior to co-founding RSR, Nikki was an analyst at both Forrester Research and Retail Systems Alert Group, where she covered extended retail industry topics like supply chain, RFID, retail operations, POS, and in-store management. Prior to that, she was director of marketing for StorePerform, and director of product marketing for Viewlocity. Nikki also spent several years at PwC Consulting.
Nikki has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, focusing on operations and IT. She also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and Russian, with a minor in physics, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She writes a weekly blog for Forbes.
Travel Tech Consulting, Inc.
For over two decades, Norm has been an analyst and consultant focused on emerging technologies and how they impact business practices in the global travel industry. After senior positions with United Airlines and Sun Microsystems, in 1995, Norm founded Travel Tech Consulting, Inc., a firm that helps clients create, define, utilise, market and purchase, next generation travel software systems and solutions.
Norm is a recognised industry expert on emerging technology and trends such as mobile and social media.
Director of Research
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Ozgur Aytar is the head of research at Pyramid Research, a GlobalData company. She is responsible for the company’s syndicated product portfolio including forecasting products and qualitative analysis. She has authored numerous reports focusing on service provider strategy. Ozgur has over 18 years of experience in providing advisory and consulting services to telecom operators, media companies, regulators, and leading equipment vendors and device manufacturers. She has led or contributed to projects focusing on competitive analysis, market sizing and segmentation analysis, market entry strategy, license/spectrum valuation, market opportunity assessment with a focus on emerging markets and emerging technologies. Prior to Pyramid Research, Ozgur was a Director of Wireless Research at FastTrack Wireless, Inc., where she developed and managed forecasts and reports on mobile operator KPIs, mobile devices and vendors. She began her communications career at The Strategis Group as an analyst. Ozgur holds a Master of Arts in Management from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Gettysburg College.
Pamela Clark-Dickson is a lead analyst in Ovum’s Consumer Services practice, heading the Communications and Social Networking team. Her focus is on telco and OTT communications services (messaging, VoIP and video), application-to-person (A2P) communications, social media, rich communications and WebRTC.
Pamela’s most recent research includes: OTT Messaging Forecast: 2016-20, and OTT Communications: Nexmo targets simplicity with cloud-based messaging and voice. In addition, Pamela regularly produces assessments of the strategies of telcos, OTT communications providers and social media companies with respect to next-generation communications services, and research on the enterprise messaging market, including telco and vendor strategies for the provision of A2P messaging services. She is a regular speaker and chair at industry conferences, and is frequently called on to provide media comment on topical and trending developments. Her experience in consultancy comprises multiple projects for operators, vendors and telecoms suppliers, including the production and delivery of workshops, webinars and white papers.
Pamela has covered the telecoms sector for almost 20 years as an analyst and journalist, and joined Informa in 2002; prior to the 2014 merger of Informa Telecoms and Media and Ovum, Pamela worked as a senior analyst in ITM’s Mobile Content & Applications Intelligence Centre, and as editor of a number of industry newsletters. She currently edits Ovum’s Consumer Telecoms newsletter. Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
Patrick Michael Scodeller
Chief Operating Officer
Singapore Internet Exchange Limited
Mr Scodeller joined M1 in August 1995. In January 2013, he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the day-to-day activities of the main operational support functions, departments and infrastructure within M1, namely Engineering, Information Systems and Customer Service. He was a key member of the senior management team that planned, built and launched M1’s networks from inception.
He has more than 36 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including various positions held with Telkom in South Africa, Cable and Wireless plc in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong Telecom CSL Limited in Hong Kong and in Malaysia.
Mr Scodeller is an Incorporated Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a member of the Board of M1 TeliNet Pte Ltd (formerly known as Wireless Intellect Labs Pte Ltd), and currently the Chairman and a member of the Board of Singapore Internet Exchange Limited.
Pedro Ozores Figueiredo
Brazil Telecom & IT Correspondent
Business News Americas
Pedro Ozores Figueiredo is the Brazilian ICT correspondent for Business News Americas, Latin America’s leading bilingual business information source. The journalist has been covering the regional telecom and IT markets for the past five years. Prior to that, he worked for Globo TV, among others. Pedro holds a degree in Journalism and a masters degree in international relations.
Founder and President
Peng Zhang is the founder and president of GeekPark. He has been working in the media industry for more than 18 years and started his own magazine Business Value in 2009. Peng has witnessed and experienced the growth and the transformation of the IT industry in China. His penetrating observation towards different Internet companies has made him to found GeekPark in 2010, which aims to discover promising start-ups, promote geek culture, accelerate tech innovations in China via online contents, regular events, start-up consulting services, and investment. His efforts have drawn amount of attention from the industry, the annual Innovation Awards has been viewed as Oscar Awards for newly born technical products in mainland China; the annual GeekPark Innovation Festival in every January has become a ritual for geeks and innovators to celebrate in their own way. Tesla founder Elon Musk, Google previous CEO Eric Schmidt and Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak all presented at GeekPark.
Co-Founder & MD, SpringPoint
Co-Founder, Asia Cloud Computing Association
Per has held leadership positions in mobile tech businesses in Asia for 20 years. He has a strong track record in growing companies from the early stages to profitability and, in some notable cases, very successful exits. He is the Co-Founder and MD of SpringPoint, a business consultancy linking innovation with the mobile marketplace in Asia. In 2010 he co-founded the Asia Cloud Computing Association, now a leading authority on Cloud in Asia and in 2015 the MENA Cloud Alliance. He is Chairman of the ICT Business Council at the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong / Macau and advisor to several early-stage technology companies.
Per started his career at the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Swedish Trade Council in Hong Kong and Taiwan before taking on senior management positions in technology companies and organisations such as the GSM Association, Actix, SmartTrust and Ascom Wireless.
Per has a degree in Chinese and History of Ideas from Stockholm University and Xiamen University.
FindBiometrics & Mobile ID World
Peter Counter is the managing editor for FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World, two leading identity management industry websites dedicated to thought leadership and vertical market news. With thoughtful and incisive content published daily, both websites have earned a strong reputation in the global identity technology community for bringing biometrics news to new audiences.
As managing editor for FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World, Counter regularly offers expert observation and editorial for the biometrics industry. Through his writing and content management, readers have come to rely on FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World to provide them with the identity industry narrative as it unfolds in a time of unprecedented growth.
A long time culture and technology writer, Counter has written for MOTHERBOARD and TMCNet. He has reported on vertical markets as diverse as dark fibre, call centre solutions, satellite technologies, robotics, FinTech, Internet of Things, telematics, IPTV and healthcare tech. Beyond technology, Peter Counter is a prolific television critic and mental illness awareness advocate.
Chief Analyst at Current Analysis, Peter Jarich manages the firm’s syndicated research across service provider and enterprise markets, including enterprise and service provider infrastructure, enterprise and IT services, and consumer markets. This role sees Peter directing the company’s analysts across the breadth of its research while taking a lead on cross-cutting research topics like 5G and IoT. Peter holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Group Editorial Director
Petroc is the Group Editorial Director at Communications Day, the premier source of news and business intelligence for the telecommunications industry across Australia, New Zealand and the broader APAC region. Its readership includes government ministers, C-suite executives and senior regulators. Recognised as an expert in telecoms technology, commercial dynamics, policy and regulation, Petroc leads an international team of telecom-specialist journalists to write and edit CommsDay every working day, as well as the longer-form CommsDay Magazine. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at CommsDay’s regular industry conferences and the author of the annual P3 CommsDay Mobile Benchmark, the most comprehensive independent analysis of Australia’s mobile networks ever produced.
Based in Sydney, Petroc has been working in telecoms at Communications Day since early 2008. He previously worked in Japan, the UK and Hong Kong as (variously) a teacher, accountant and Japanese translator. In his spare time he has been a United Nations Online Volunteer since 2009, and now does regular pro bono work for the Diplomacy Training Program, a pan-Asian NGO based in Sydney.
PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer
Phil Marshall is the Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer of Tolaga, where he leads its software development, and directs Tolaga’s thought leadership for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and mobile industry research. Before founding Tolaga, Dr Marshall was an Executive at Yankee Group for nine years, and most recently led its service provider technology research globally, spanning wireless, wireline, and broadband technologies and telecommunication regulation. He serves on the advisory boards of several start-up companies, is an affiliate of Silverwood Partners, and was a non-Executive board member of Antone Wireless, which was acquired by Westell in 2012.
Marshall has 25 years of experience in the 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 and Telecom New Zealand. 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 specialties are in radio engineering, system dynamics and stochastic geometry, and his operational experience is primarily in communication network design, security and system optimisation.
As part of ABI Research’s Digital Security research practice, Senior Analyst Phil Sealy’s research focuses on the primary markets for smart cards and secure ICs, reporting on new and emerging sectors, products groups and technologies.
The Digital Security Practice focuses on end-to-end security research, from the silicon all the way up to cyber-based applications, analysing technology trends as well as industry-specific implementation.
Director of ICS and 5GIC
University of Surrey
Rahim Tafazolli is a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, Director of ICS (formerly known as CCSR) and the founder and Director of 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, UK. He has over 25 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications.
He is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to International conferences and workshops. He is a co-inventor of more than 30 granted patents, all in the field of digital communications. He is regularly invited by many governments for advise on 5G technologies.
He is a Fellow of Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe’s leading research groups.
Senior Analyst – Enterprise Mobility
Raul Castanon-Martinez is a senior analyst on 451 Research’s Enterprise Mobility team. He focuses on analyzing emerging technologies around cloud communications, artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), mobile apps, IoT and their impact in the mobile ecosystem.
Raul joined 451 Research in 2013 with the acquisition of mobility research firm Yankee Group. Before that, he was Product Manager at EMOSpeech, developing market analysis in the field of emotion recognition technology to identify strategic opportunities for product development. At Xura (formerly Comverse Network Systems) he gained significant experience in product marketing working with Tier 1 mobile operators to define strategy, pricing and business models for voice and data products.
Raúl has participated as a judge for the GSMA Glomo Awards and the CTIA Emerging Technology Awards. He has been quoted in a number of publications including Bloomberg, CIO, Computer World, Fortune and Wired. Raúl holds a B.S. degree in marketing from ITESO University in Guadalajara, Mexico, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Chairman, CEO and Founder
Mr. Jafari is the Chairman, CEO and Founder of e-Development International in Washington, DC, USA. e-Development International is an executive advisory group that promotes, facilitates and participates in ICT initiatives for Transformational Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Eco-systems Development, Social Media, Connected Healthcare, Smart/Connected City, Big Data and Cloud Computing and Public-Private Partnerships.
He is the Co-Chairman of Connected City Advisory Board of Wireless Broadband Alliance; a Board member of the Forum on PPP, Medicine Division of National Academies of Sciences-Engineering-Medicine.
Mr. Jafari has served as the Chairman of the ITU TELECOM; a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission; a board member of GSMA Ltd; a judging panel member of GloMo Awards. He is a leading authority of the industry through his extensive thought leadership and contributions in the private sector (EDS, HP) and at ITU, UN Broadband Commission, WBA and GSMA.
Mr. Jafari served as the Chairman and Managing Director of NeuStar and various senior executive positions at EDS/HP including Group President of Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Industry Group; Managing Director of the Communications and Media Industry, EMEA.
He is a frequent speaker on innovation, Connected/Smart Cities, Business Transformation, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, e-Health/m-Health, mobile for development, e-Education, e-Government. He received his MBA, his EdS in Innovation and his ABD (PhD) from Indiana University, USA.
Ricardo Tavares is a seasoned telecommunications executive with twenty-years of experience in leadership positions. He is CEO of TechPolis, Inc. a global ICT consulting firm working on policy and regulation of digital services and technologies across the globe. Now based in New Delhi, India, Ricardo works with the world’s leading mobile service companies as well as chipset and equipment vendors on substantive policy and regulatory issues. A true globalist who has undertaken projects in more than 25 countries on five continents, Ricardo has played a leading role in advising key interest groups, think tanks, and governments. From 2004 to 2010, Ricardo served as SVP, Public Policy with GSMA.
Senior Editor and Chinese Editor-in-Chief
Richard Lai is a Hong Kong-based Senior Editor at Engadget as well as the Editor-In-Chief at Engadget Chinese. Over the last six and a half years, he witnessed the boom of Asian smartphone brands and, more recently, hardware startups in this part of the world. He was one of the first international reporters to reach out to Chinese mobile companies well before they drew worldwide attention, and he continues to cover their development closely by way of executive interviews and product reviews to cater to Engadget’s global readers. On top of that, Richard has a strong interest in drones, robotics, IoT, VR and AR as well.
Richard occasionally participates in judging and discussion panels at startup conferences plus tech expos, including those by CEATEC, Brinc, Global Sources, Cyberport, Silicon Dragon, RISE, TechNode and TechCrunch China. He also writes a tech column for Hong Kong luxury magazine, Keypad.
Radio Free Mobile
During Richard’s 11 years at Nomura Securities, Richard focused on the equity coverage of the Global Technology sector in Equities. For the first 8 years he covered Global Telecom Equipment as a lead analyst and included Nokia, Motorola, Lucent, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Filtronic, Alcatel-Lucent among his company coverage. During that time, Richard began looking at Handset software and over a period of 5 years became an industry leader in the space. As a result he was regularly consulted by small companies, start-ups, VCs and the like for strategic input and views on where both the mobile phone industry and the handset software space were headed.
Richard has always strived to maintain an independent and objective view and would not pull any punches when concerns arose about the viability of a company or an idea.
In 2009 Richard moved to cover technology more broadly and more globally taking on responsibility of all of technology not just communications equipment, giving up direct stock coverage and spending much more time with the clients of Nomura Securities. Richard also spent a lot of time working with coverage analysts to ensure the consistency and quality of the research product. During that time he picked up a deep and thorough knowledge of all things tech across the world which was expressed through the global daily product and occasional longer piece.
Rob Bamforth is a Principal Analyst working with Quocirca Ltd, focusing on business communications, with particular emphasis on where communications impacts people and things through mobile, visual, social, unified and machine-to-machine (Internet of Things) communications. His overall experience combines sales and marketing, with an in-depth understanding of technology development and deployment.
Rob is regularly quoted in the technology industry and mainstream business media and is a regular contributor of analytical content to various publications and frequently blogs on Computer Weekly. He regularly delivers presentations from formal keynotes at large events to informal talks at executive dining evenings.
He has written numerous articles and many reports encompassing the impact and management of mobile devices, mobile security, the cloud, the Internet of Things, unified communications and video conferencing. Rob also presents and contributes in seminars, video interviews and webinars, has been involved in industry groups such as the EVUA and Mobile Data Association and for several years has been a judge for the GSMA awards at Mobile World Congress.
Leader, Online Learning
Fraser Health Authority / Adjunct Professor, Educational Technology
Rob Power is the Leader, Online Learning with the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. He also teaches graduate-level educational technology courses in distributed learning contexts for Athabasca University, Mount Royal University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. During his professional career, Rob has taught information and communications technology at the K12 and post-secondary levels, and has worked as an instructional developer in the higher and continuing education sectors. Since 2013, Rob has taken a leading role with the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), and has served as the Chair of the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013).
Personal Website: http://robpower.weebly.com
Head of Digital Inclusion
After Cambridge University, Robin worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Now globally acclaimed as leading experts in the field, AbilityNet specialises in accessibility auditing and disabled user testing, as well as helping clients design attractive websites and apps that are both accessible and easy to use by all.
Despite being blind, Robin uses technology very effectively using speech output to access computers, the internet, his iPhone and many other technologies to assist him in his work. Current projects include raising awareness through blogging and a busy public speaking schedule in the UK, Europe and the US.
Most recently Robin came runner-up ‘UK Digital Leader Public Figure of the Year 2015’ (after the government’s own digital champion; Baroness Martha-Lane Fox) in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards– with AbilityNet winning first in its category of Digital Leading Charity.
Robin was also very proud to be one of the Global Mobile Awards 2016 judges held in Barcelona – www.mobileworldcongress.com
Independent Advisor to CTIOs
Ron is an independent adviser to CTIOs. He specialises in dramatically improving IT units as well as delivering major Business Transformation, BSS & OSS System Implementation & Integration, Software Quality Management & IT Outsourcing programs for telecom operators. He has over 35 years of experience assessing & transforming the processes, business alignment, strategy, enterprise architecture, infrastructure & operational models of IT units at mobile & wireline operators.
Healthcursor Consulting Group
Dr. Ruchi Dass, currently Founder & Managing Director at the HealthCursor Consulting Group, is regarded as one of the leading global innovators in the Healthcare ICT and Public Health sector. Dr Ruchi Dass is an award winning Physician from India with medical technology applied expertise. Dr. Dass embraced technology for the deployment of Public Health in developing countries and has been involved in several projects that seek to use digital health and innovative technologies to accelerate the achievement of the United Nation’s health related Millennium Development Goals across the world.
Analyst – Mobile Media
Ruomeng Wang is a mobile and telecoms analyst working with IHS Markit, specialising in mobile money and financial services. Ruomeng’s recent publications have focussed on handset-based mobile payments platforms – including the tracking of Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay markets – agnostic app payments services, and mobile money services provided by telecoms operators. Additionally, her work has concentrated on providing the analysis of mobile payments’ business models, development strategies, and their integration into a wider mobile ecosystem.
Prior to joining HIS Markit in 2016, Ruomeng has worked as a web editor in the technology industry, and for Harvard Business Review (China). She holds two Master degrees from Surrey University: MSc International Events Management and MSc International Business Management. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin.
As an Analyst at Canalys, Rushabh analyses worldwide mobility industry trends with a focus on smart phones, PCs, tablets and wearables. He supports Canalys’ worldwide quantitative research through shipment tracking, price-monitoring and forecasting for smart phones, PCs and tablets.
Rushabh also contributes to the qualitative analysis of vendor strategies and the latest events in the mobility industry, while maintaining a regional focus on APAC and India in particular.
He has been quoted in the media by Reuters, Forbes, The Times of India and The Economic Times.
Prior to Canalys, Rushabh worked for Panasonic R&D in Singapore as a Research Consultant, where he focused on proposing new business models and technological solutions for the Asian market.
Before relocating to Singapore, Rushabh worked as a Network Consultant Engineer with Cisco in India, where he was involved in helping enterprise customers deploy the ‘Telepresence’ UC video solution.
Rushabh has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, specialising in Networking and Communication.
Ryan Martin, Senior Analyst at ABI Research, covers new and emerging mobile technologies, including wearable tech, connected cars, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) / Internet of Everything (IoE).
Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. He has also held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups.
Ryan holds degrees in economics and political science, with an additional concentration in global studies, from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Mobile World Live
Saleha creates news stories, blogs and video content for Mobile World Live. Previously, she worked as a content editor at Contentive, a digital publishing agency. She has a BA History from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA in International Journalism from City University. @salehariaz
Sam has been working at Deloitte since completing his MBA at London Business School in 1998. He works out of London, with a focus on developing growth and digital strategies for clients in the Telecommunications, Media and Education, and Technology sectors.
He has also worked extensively advising the global Deloitte network and the UK firm on their strategy.
Latterly, Sam has been both advising clients on corporate purpose, and researching the connections between sustainable development and long term commercial success. One particularly interesting engagement was working with the GSMA on the impact that the mobile industry has on the SDGs: www.gsma.com/betterfuture/2016sdgimpactreport.
Sam lives in South London with wife and 3 daughters, and has an abiding interest in East Africa having done a VSO stint there in the early 1990s, and maintained strong links ever since.
Sam Rosen manages ABI’s teams in the areas of Mobile, Multiscreen and Cloud Video Delivery, Middleware, Conditional Access and DRM, OTT and Operator Video Strategies, Applications and Services, Consumer Electronics Enabling Technologies, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Gaming, Set-Top Box and Home Gateway, Pay TV and Broadband Services as well as Wearables and Devices. Sam’s 15+ years of experience in technology and strong industry relationships help clients to identify competitive forces and map out winning strategies in a rapidly changing market.
Sam is frequently cited in industry publications including EE Times, Communications Daily, IPTV News, Fierce Cable and Advanced Television. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and appeared as an expert on NPR. He regularly leads keynote presentations and panels at conferences, which have included TelcoVision and Cloud Computing West.
For several years prior to joining ABI Research, Sam headed his own company, Blue House Tech, LLC, carrying out contract research and analysis projects for ABI Research and others.
He started his career in design and architecture of microprocessors and moved into customer-facing field applications and marketing roles. He has helped to develop disruptive core technologies used in diverse products including VoIP, digital cameras, video broadcast equipment, set-top boxes, femtocells, wireless handsets and wireless base stations.
He has worked as a design engineer at Intel, principal architect at semiconductor IP start-up Lexra, and as a principal engineer at several wireless semiconductor start-ups. More recent positions have included those of manager, sales engineering/marketing at Faraday, and field application engineer at Ambric.
Sam has been a member of IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society since 1992, and holds a patent for a High Performance RISC Instruction Set Digital Signal Processor.
Digital Strategy and Transformation Consultant
NINE, MS Society
Sarah is a recognised industry leader with over 20 years’ digital and business experience across not-for-profit, commercial and publishing sectors, as well as being a member of the BIMA Hot 100 list for the past two years. Following several high-profile client-side roles, including at Oxfam GB and the MS Society, she now runs her own strategic consultancy with a particular focus on digital transformation, strategy and organisational change. Sarah is passionate about the application of technology for good, and firmly believes in its transformative power to make a difference to people and organisations on a day-to-day basis.
Sarah is also a strong advocate for women in the digital and tech industries, co-founding NINE, for this purpose in 2014. She has run a successful personal / professional development network for women in Oxford for the past 3 years, and mentors on a number of industry programmes to support others across the sector.
University of Southampton
Sarah is a social scientist and methodologist working to bridge the gap between accessibility and critical disability theory. She has over 10 years’ experience in digital and inclusive research. She is a Research Fellow at the UK’s National Centre for Research Methods, and the Centre for Research in Inclusion (CRI) at the University of Southampton, where she applies expertise in advanced social research methods, education, disability studies, social media and accessibility. Sarah’s work on accessibility has won the John Slatin prize, and she is an Honorary Fellow of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham. To access Sarah’s research, visit her Google Scholar page or contact: @slewth
Bio: Sascha Segan is the lead analyst at PCMag.com, North America’s leading technology product reviews site. He has covered the mobile industry for 13 years, reviewing more than 1,000 products including every generation of the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices. He regularly appears on U.S. TV channels as an expert on mobile technology in North America. Segan is also an award-winning travel writer. He lives in New York City.
Connected Vehicle Trade Association
Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.
Prior to being the President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organisation of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to these positions, he was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager for both Transportation and Aircraft Engine Business Divisions, implementing over $1 billion in advanced automation and systems.
Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is the founder and Chairman of the International Automotive Standards Organization, and the former Strategic Advisor to the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) Advisory Panel on Communication Standards to Vehicles. He co-founded and Chairs the Global Telematics Forum with trade associations from Europe, Korea, Australia, Taiwan and China.
In March 2012, and again in 2014 and 2016, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems. In May, 2016, Scott was named Chief Advisor to the Beijing Autonomous Driving Project. On June 7th, 2016, Scott was inducted into the inaugural TU Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit, Michigan. Scott was appointed as the Transportation Consultant to the Asia Pacific Economic Community for the US State Department. In October as the Strategic Advisor of the Shanghai International Automotive Group.
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Board of Directors
Seizo Onoe was named Executive General Manager of the R&D Innovation Division at NTT DOCOMO, INC. in July 2014, while continuing to serve as Executive Vice President,
a Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer since June2012.
Concurrently, Mr. Onoe also has been President of DOCOMO Technology, Inc., a NTT DOCOMO group company that engaged in R&D initiatives, since June 2015.
Research Programme Head, Asia-Pacific
Analysys Mason APAC
Sherrie Huang is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason’s Asia–Pacific research programme and is based in our Singapore office. Her research covers the entire Asia–Pacific region, and includes market data and forecasts for 17 key markets, as well as thematic reports covering key telecoms industry trends in the region including IoT/M2M, smart cities, video and multi-play, and enterprise services.
Sherrie has extensive expertise in fixed and mobile services and has covered the telecoms industry from various angles, including strategy, market sizing and forecasting, end-user case studies, cost modelling and regulatory issues. She previously worked at IDC, Ovum and ZTE in various Asia–Pacific countries in product marketing, project management, and research and consulting roles. Sherrie has a master’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Xiamen University, China. She speaks Cantonese, English, Hokkien and Mandarin.
Digital Media Planning Officer
UNHCR Middle East
Simon began his career as a molecular biologist / technology journalist focusing on the Middle East tech landscape. His analytical background steered him away from academia to become fully immersed in data-driven digital marketing and optimization. He served as the Digital Media Planning Officer for UNHCR MENA, contributed to major regional science & tech publications, and advised for Lebanese ministries, Global and Pan-Arab brands, non-profits and corporations. He’s currently working on his second masters in Information System Management and Data Science at Harvard, and consults for brands on digital marketing and performance optimization focusing on the Middle East. He remains active and deeply passionate in the tech & digital innovation scene in the GCC and Levant regions.
Senior Analyst – Latin America
Sonia is a Senior Analyst at Ovum with over 15 years’ experience in the telecom industry. Sonia is a Telecom policy and regulatory expert with a strategy, research and consulting background. She examines regulatory issues and market developments across Latin America and covers operator strategies. She focuses on operator performance, ongoing regulatory issues, spectrum auctions, network deployment, and product and service launches, and analyses key trends in Latin America.
She is a frequent speaker at several local and international forums, including Telecom Regulation Forum, Mexican Telecom Forum, MVNO Latam Summit, LTE Latam, Spectrum Forum, ITU, CITEL, European Union Parliament, AHCIET, Mercosur and Regional Telecommunications Congress.
She was responsible for regulatory evolution and strategy for the Telecom Argentina Group. She previously worked as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen and at Deloitte.
Sonia has an Accounting (Hons) and Economics degree and holds an MBA from CEMA University, Buenos Aires. In her academic career, she also participated in several high level Executive Programs, such as the Telecom Economic Regulation Executive Program of Di Tella University. Sonia is an honorary professor at post-graduate programs in key universities and telecommunications programs in Argentina.
V-One Management & Consultancy
Srushti is the Co-founder of V-One Management & Consultancy based in UAE offering consulting services in market research, marketing and corporate strategy development. She recently worked as a Senior Analyst in the Middle East and Africa team at Ovum. She has a key focus on smartphones and connected devices – from software customisation to go-to-market strategies in the region. Her recent research interests include operator device strategies, vendor pricing strategies and LTE deployments.
She has worked for HTC as a product manager, responsible for launching the first Android handset in the Middle East. She later joined Nokia, working as a portfolio manager, and then guiding the marketing team with retail data analysis and consumer insights. Prior to joining Ovum, Srushti was the Market Intelligence & Research Manager at Qualcomm, reporting and advising on current trends and challenges in telecoms. During her time there, she worked a range of topics with technology including 3G, 4G, mobile handsets, portable devices, Internet of Things, applications and ecosystems as well as business models of handset vendors in emerging markets.
With 26 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Stéphane Téral 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/IHS in January 2006, after 8 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 specialises in next-generation mobile infrastructure, voice over LTE and circuit-to-packet migration products and services, and adoption trends of service providers. He also tracks overall telecom economics and forecasts service provider capex, opex, and revenue, as well as outsourcing and managed services. As an advisor to startups, service providers, vendors, and the investment community, Stéphane helps clients identify new market opportunities, provides due diligence, and advises on positioning, product development, business plans, and M&A activity.
A highly sought thinker and speaker, Stéphane is quoted in prestigious publications such as The Economist, Le Monde, Barron’s, and The Wall Street Journal, and chairs and presents at events worldwide, including Carrier Network Virtualization, LTE World Summit, and Self Organizing (SON) Conference. He is also a frequent expert judge for industry and technology innovation awards, such as GSMA Mobile World Congress and LTE World Summit.
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 Télécom SudParis (formally the Institut National des Télécommunications), France.
Steve Bell is an accomplished strategy and technology analyst and speaker whose coverage at Heavy Reading includes the IoT and related technologies, focusing on their development and how communication service providers are embracing the technologies to enhance consumers, industry and societies digital life.
Steve joined Heavy Reading in 2014 having previously been an independent analyst, who had established impeccable credentials as one of the telecom industry’s foremost experts on IoT technologies and applications.
Steve’s extensive career has included working with Motorola in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., developing an in-depth understanding of the mobile industry, in particular international trends, markets and cultures. He led technology road mapping, strategy, product and business development teams that developed 2G, 3G and 4G cellular devices for the global market.
In addition, Steve is an entrepreneur who has founded two companies: KeySo Global LLC, an analysis and advisory firm specialising in strategy, marketing and innovation, with a focus on mobile technology; and My City Tag LLC, a digital city services platform with an initial market focus on parking.
Steve is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including the Mobile World Congress, IoT World, Bluetooth World and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve has spent over 15 years creating value out of emerging technology in start-up, SME, not for profit and corporates – focusing on emerging and scaling technology.
He has over 10 years of experience in mobile advertising – with previous projects on the publisher/operator side, agency/client side and for technology/data providers.
Steve has run his consulting business (A T A O) for the last 5 years, advising on mobile strategy and delivering complex initiatives. Clients include Camelot (The National Lottery); Time Inc; GSMA; AOP with 20 newspaper and magazine publishers; UNICEF (pro bono), tech start-ups such as mxData (app developer); and VC/PEs.
Steve is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Phone-paid Services Authority (a regulator) and a Board Advisor to Expressly Ltd (a tech start-up).
Previously, Steve spent 5 years at Orange/EE where he ran a business area launching and delivering mobile payments, mobile advertising, data/APIs and consumer apps. He has also served as the European Managing Director of a Silicon Valley start-up providing Wi-Fi and location-based advertising.
ATAO stands for the nature of mobile (Always There, Always On) and the strategic process (Analyse Think Act Observe).
He loves when technology works for people.
Vice President & Principal Analyst
Steve Wilson has worked in digital identity and data privacy for 20 years, holding R&D leadership and Principal Consultant roles with Baltimore Technologies, KPMG, PwC and SecureNet. In 2004, Steve founded Lockstep Consulting, and in 2014 he joined Constellation Research where he leads the firm’s work in Digital Safety and Privacy.
Steve is a passionate security innovator, responsible for several important breakthroughs in PKI, privacy and the ecology of digital identity. He has been awarded nine patents for digital identity and Privacy Enhancing Technologies.
Steven, editor-in-chief at TechinAsia, is interested in ecommerce, mobile, smartphone adoption, gadgets, social media, transportation, and cars.
Chief Research Officer
As Chief Research Officer, Stuart Carlaw leads ABI Research’s analyst teams covering global technology markets. Stuart’s primary responsibility is the management of industry research content, technology and market focus, subject matter guidance, product portfolio mix, custom and consulting as well as client engagements and strategic advisory provisioning.
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.
Stuart Corner is one of Australia’s most experienced writers and commentators on information technology and telecommunications. He started his career in IT journalism in 1984 with IDG working on Computerworld Australia. For more than 24 years he edited and produced a weekly (and in later years, daily) telecommunications newsletter, Exchange.
Today he maintains www.iotaustalia.org.au — the first news site in Australia dedicated to the rapidly growing Internet of Things market — is the editor for Telecom Review Asia Pacific, a contributor to a number of IT publications and a contributing analyst at Tech Research Asia an IT analyst, research, and consulting firm with an diverse team spread across Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan
In 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in IT journalism and was made a Life Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia.
He has twice been named Telecommunications Journalist of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group, and once by the Service Providers Industry Assocation.
Sucharita is a principal analyst on Forrester’s eBusiness team where she focuses primarily on eCommerce, consumer behaviour and trends in the online shopping space, technology developments that affect the online commerce industry and vendors that facilitate online marketing and merchandising. She is the country’s leading authority on multichannel retail topics, has authored more than 50 research papers on the topics of online and multichannel retail, and is frequently cited in leading media outlets such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and The Financial Times. She is a highly-regarded and frequently sought-after public speaker and has presented her research to audiences around the world.
Prior to Forrester, Sucharita was the director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she managed the customer acquisition, retention and market research efforts for the $2 billion luxury retailer’s online channel. Prior to Saks, she held management positions at Toys R Us, where she was a merchant in the Babies R Us division and a store manager in one of the company’s largest toy stores, and at the Walt Disney Company, where she developed and managed marketing plans for new business initiatives including the Disney Stores, the Disney Cruise Line and Club Disney. Additionally, she was involved in the expansion of Cap Cities/ABC properties, specifically ESPN Zone, ESPN Magazine and the Go.com network. She was a member of the founding team at Babystyle, the multimillion dollar, multichannel retailer of maternity and baby products headquartered in Los Angeles. She has authored two non-fiction books and has contributed to Business Week Online.
Sucharita holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Director Service Provider Analysis
Wireless Networks and Platforms, Strategy Analytics Inc.
Sue has over 25 years’ experience in mobile broadband, voice and value added IP services. At Strategy Analytics she analyses and evaluates the potential for:
- SDN enabled Services, Telco Cloud and 5G Network Slicing
- SDN/NFV impact on Network CAPEX, OPEX, TCO and margins
- Virtualisation of Radio Access Network (vRAN) and Small Cells
- Video Delivery Optimization and Content Delivery Networks
- Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming and Offload
- OSS and Network Signaling Opportunities
Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, she managed market opportunities for companies selling to Telcos, MNOs and ISPs. Sue has worked for leading vendors: Comverse (now Xura), Motorola Cellular (now Nokia), Bolt Beranek & Newman (BBN now Raytheon) and Burroughs (now UNISYS).
She has an MBA in Operations Mgt. from the Wharton School at Univ. of Pennsylvania and MA in Economics from University of Cambridge UK.
Tay Soo Meng
the Group Chief Technology Officer
Singapore Telecommunications Limited
Tay Soo Meng is the Group Chief Technology Officer of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) since September 2012. He is responsible for the Networks strategy, planning architecture and operations across both Singapore and Australia (Optus). He also provides engineering support for Singtel’s joint venture partners: India (Bharti), Philippines (Globe), Thailand (AIS), and Indonesia (Telkomsel). He was also a Board Member of Globe Telecom and OpenNet, Singtel joint venture companies.
He is the current Chairman of GRID, a Public Nationwide Radio Communications Operator in Singapore. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Ltd. since July 2013. The strategy for NGMN, an alliance of mobile network operators is to drive industry leadership in early standardization process on key mobile technologies. He was the GSM Association’s Asia Pacific Chairman in 1997, and was responsible for looking after the interests of GSM operators in the Asia Pacific region.
He obtained his Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Ovum Middle East and Africa
Thecla Mbongue is a Senior Research Analyst in Ovum’s Middle East and Africa team and has a key focus on mobile operator and vendor strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. As well as being responsible for researching the telecoms industry in sub-Saharan Africa, she also manages World Cellular Data Metrics, in which Informa tracks mobile data take-up, usage, and revenues, including messaging traffic volumes, and user data for mobile broadband and smartphones.
Thecla joined Informa in 2003. A native French speaker, she is a regular speaker and moderator at telecoms events and conferences and is often quoted in the regional and global business press.
Vice President & Principal Analyst
Thomas is a vice president and principal analyst serving B2C Marketing Professionals. Thomas’ research focuses on the integration of mobile and the internet of things into marketing and digital strategies. His coverage includes mobile marketing and advertising, mobile internet and applications, mobile commerce, and payments.
Thomas has spoken at numerous events around the world, including Mobile World Congress, Mobile Convention Amsterdam, DMEXCO, and WebSummit, and is regularly quoted in leading media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Les Echos, and Le Monde.
Thomas has nearly 20 years of experience in the digital and mobile space. Prior to joining Forrester in August 2008, Thomas spent four years at JupiterResearch as a senior mobile analyst, and six years at Bouygues Telecom (the third-largest French operator), first as internet product manager and then as mobile multimedia marketing manager.
Thomas holds degrees in international marketing/strategy and finance from EM Lyon (Lyon School of Management) and Science Po Paris (Institute of Political Science).
With over 12 years’ experience in the IT industry, Tim Coulling leads Canalys’ research and analysis into the client PC market, covering desktops, notebooks, two-in-ones and tablets. As a senior member of the mobility team his in depth research also supports Canalys’ market leading Smart phone and Wearable technology analysis services. He frequently writes analytical reports on a wide range of topics, such as vendors’ strategies, disruptive technology trends, technology channels and device launches. He supports Canalys’ client base by regularly presenting expert analysis and advice and contributes to confidential consultancy projects around product strategy and routes to market.
Prior to joining Canalys in 2008, Tim worked for an independent reseller and software developer across a range of business functions, including sales, support and operational roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Business and Management from Oxford Brookes University.
Tim Green is a journalist who’s been writing about mobile for 10 years, first as senior analyst with Screen Digest, then editor of Mobile Entertainment. Today, Tim watches the mobile payments space carefully via his Mobile Money Revolution site, and also contributes to the trade body MEF as features editor of the MEF Minute blog. Tim has written numerous reports, white papers and eBooks for clients including Boku, Bango and Gemalto. He is also an associate analyst for Juniper Research.
Senior Analyst, Online Video Research
MIDiA Research Ltd
Tim heads up MIDiA’s online video research practice at MIDiA’s London office. Tim provides analysis and insight for all companies involved in the online video space, from TV broadcasters, through production companies, technology vendors and online video services. His research encompasses the entire online video economy including streaming services, short form strategy, cord cutting, video subscriptions and ad supported models. Prior to joining MIDiA Research Tim ran a number of technology starts ups focused on the TV and film industries.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Tim helps business and technology management leaders across Asia Pacific drive better customer outcomes using technology. He helps clients focus on business technology (BT) and identifies opportunities to drive real business outcomes through the use of BT.
Tim came to Forrester with more than 10 years of ICT analyst experience with ICT vendors and IT research providers. Most recently, he was the research director of IT solutions at IDC in Australia, where he assisted ICT vendors in designing solutions to better fit market requirements and helped user clients with their strategies to improve the effectiveness of their IT functions.
Tim is a highly regarded industry speaker, presenting regularly to CIOs and senior IT and business audiences at IT conferences in Asia Pacific and across the globe.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and research from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Tom Gruba is an independent consultant with 30+ years of experience in telecommunications serving various capacities including engineering, product management, sales, marketing and innovation with broad expertise in wireline and wireless systems. While Sr. Director of Marketing in Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless infrastructure division, Tom led the launch of lightRadio™, a pioneering Cloud RAN solution. He also served as the head of product marketing at Motorola, directing the launches of LTE & WiMAX, and as CMO of their successful Canopy Broadband Wireless start-up. As an innovator, Tom created value at both AT&T Network Systems and Motorola, transforming their portfolios by adding software and support services to hardware, and instigated a corporate-wide innovation program for West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consulting firm. Tom is a proven leader and public speaker with degrees in computer science and electronic engineering technology.
Enabling companies to transform their product and service portfolios, Tom provides Marketing, Innovation, and Strategy Implementation and Training to those seeking new markets by leveraging the Internet of Things and the Cloud (Software as a Service). Beyond product and service enhancement and development, he ensures an impactful launch through expert planning and execution.
Tom is an expert in the telecoms industry. At Counterpoint Research, as the lead analyst for mobile devices in Asia, he provides detailed analysis with recommendations to major handset players, mobile operators, software firms, media services, financial firms worldwide. He was the first analyst to provide market share by profit in 2008 revealing the dominance of Apple and downfall of Nokia ahead of industry. This provided the basis to invest in smartphones at a nascent stage for companies like Samsung. Previously he was a celebrated world renowned analyst at Strategy Analytics. Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Tom worked for LG Electronics within the Mobile Communications Company. He has been in various roles including strategic planning, managerial accounting, overseas operation management and marketing. He is responsible for delivering analysis on various themes around smartphones including platform developments, opportunity assessments, vendor analysis and forecasting. He had emphasised the changing nature of the mobile device industry as a platform for various ecosystems serving content and services at the dawn of the new era.
As a result of his a passion for technology and innovation, Tony set up Juniper Research, a Technology Analyst House, back in 2001.
From its initial focus on identifying and quantifying opportunities in the mobile market, Tony expanded Juniper’s remit to the wider digital ecosystem. It now covers areas such as: Commerce & Fintech; Content & Applications; Devices & Wearables; Vertical Markets; Strategy & Competition and Enabling Technologies.
15 years later Tony still has the same passion for technology, business and the opportunities it can offer stakeholders.
Prior to Juniper Research, Tony was the Consultancy Manager at Informa Telecoms & Media (now Ovum) and previously held Marketing and Product Management positions at a number of OEMs.
Director of Innovation and Development
NPC (New Philanthropy Capital)
Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, researching and developing innovative approaches, new models and new ventures to create significant, long-term contributions to the capability and capacity of the social sector. He also leads on developing NPC’s relationships with core funders—philanthropists, foundations and businesses who have a shared commitment to transforming the social sector to achieve its full potential.
Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s Digital Transformation Programme, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in areas like the youth sector and women’s empowerment, and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also a board member of Social Value International, a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and is a regular speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.
Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in consulting, emerging technology research, and scientific and engineering innovation.
TuanAnh Nguyen is a Research Analyst with Canalys based in Singapore, where he works with the mobility team. TuanAnh does quantitative and qualitative analyses on the smart phone, tablet, PC and wearable markets with a primary focus on emerging markets and vendors’ go to market strategies. He also researches industry trends and developments in the Asia Pacific region and has strong interest in e-commerce, mobile payment, artificial intelligence and the app ecosystem. He has been quoted in the media by Forbes, CNN Money, PC World and has appeared on Channel NewsAsia.
Prior to Canalys, TuanAnh worked for a Southeast Asian Internet company Garena as a mobile game product manager where he focused on market research, digital marketing, performance measurement, understanding the Internet market in Southeast Asia and proposing monetisation strategies.
TuanAnh graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Statistics and Applied Probabilities, and minoring in Economics. He speaks fluent English and Vietnamese.
Head of Content
Wael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He has served as a technology editor for ArabNet, the premier web and mobile conference in the Middle East, and the Arab Edition of the MIT Technology Review. Overall he has written more than 500 articles on technology and web and mobile.
Currently, he serves as the head of content at STEP Conference.
Head of Forecasting & Consultancy
Dr Windsor Holden is Head of Forecasting & Consultancy with Juniper Research. With more than 17 years’ experience as an analyst, he has authored more than 65 full length reports and research suites for Juniper Research, including 4 editions of its much heralded Mobile Commerce & Fintech series. His recently published research suites include The Future of Blockchain: Bitcoin, Remittance, ID Verification & Smart Contracts; Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategies; Mobile Identity, Biometrics & Tokenisation and Mobile Money Transfer & Remittances: Domestic & International Markets.
Windsor is a regular speaker at digital commerce and Fintech events. In 2014 and 2015 he chaired sessions at the CARTES Secure Connexions event in Paris, while other recent speaking engagements include the MEF’s Consumer Trust Summit (London, November 2016), Cashless World (Brussels, November 2016) Amdocs Americas Summit (Orlando, April 2016), Biometrics 2015 (London, October 2015), Direct Carrier Billing 2015 (London, September 2015) and the mPayment Summit (London, June 2015).
Program Manager, Latin America Research
Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan
Yeswant Abhimanyu is Program Manager with Frost & Sullivan’s Intelligent Mobility (Automotive & Transportation) business unit. In his current role, he leads and manages Urban Mobility research for the Latin America region, covering the overall gamut including connected mobility, intelligent transport systems, new automotive business models, mobility strategies, future of automotive retailing and green vehicle technologies. Abhimanyu collaborates with automotive industry stakeholders on strategic projects spanning competitive benchmarking, scenario planning and growth strategies. Abhimanyu is a frequent speaker at industry leading events and a contributor to media and international publications. Abhimanyu graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering from The University of Nottingham, and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Business Management from The University of Warwick.
Zilvinas Bareisis is a Senior Analyst at Celent, global research and advisory firm specialising in Financial Services. His research focuses on payments, covering a broad range of topics, from cards to digital payments to emerging technologies such as blockchain. Zilvinas’ recent publications include reports on customer authentication, digital wallets, tokenisation, blockchain, and an in-depth analysis of the cards management and transaction processing industry.
Zilvinas is a regular speaker, chairman, and panel moderator at the leading payments industry events, such as Money 20/20, PayThink, MarketForce Payments Innovation Summit, Mobey Day and many others. He has also been widely quoted in the press, such as The Economist, The Financial Times, The Times, The New York Times, The Banker and other publications. He joined Celent from Oliver Wyman where as a management consultant he has been advising senior executives at the leading financial institutions around the world on strategic issues. Zilvinas has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and MSc in Applied Mathematics from Kaunas University of Technology.