Board Chairman 2006-2008
Mr. Akhavan is currently a Partner at Long Arc Capital, a growth oriented, Private Equity firm based in New York City. Prior to joining Long Arc, he was the CEO of Unify Inc. (now part of ATOS), a global software and services company serving more than 75% of the largest global brands in over 150 countries. His extensive international experience encompasses an array of senior positions in the broader Telecom-Media-Technology space, including CEO of T-Mobile International, COO of Deutsche Telekom, and CTO and CIO of Teligent Inc., a publically listed wireless Competitive Local Exchange Carrier based in Virginia, USA. He began his carrier at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a Mission Telemetry Engineer, followed by management positions at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Mr. Akhavan is currently a member of the Board of Directors at InContact Inc. (USA), Servion Inc. (India), and is the Chairman of the Board at BlackPoint Cyber (USA), in addition to holding a number of other prominent advisory positions.
Mr. Akhavan holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and an MS degree in the same fields from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
General Manager E/E Architecture, Technologies
After completing his studies in Electrical & Telecommunications engineering, Martin Arend started his professional career at Atlantik Networxx in the area of bluetooth technology.
Martin joined BMW Group in 2003 as Automotive Specialist for telephone and telematic systems, moving into the role of heading CE Connectivity Group. Between 2014 and 2015, he worked as Head of Sensors and Algorithms for ADAS before he took over the department E/E Architecture and Technologies at BMW Group Research and Technology Munich as General Manager.
His research interests include the Internet of Things and its application to the Connected Car and its architecture, as well as M2M connectivity, 5G, security and privacy.
Senior Director, Legal Counsel
Mr. Michael Atlass is Sr. Director and Legal Counsel for Qualcomm. His focus is on Standards, Open Source, and Intellectual Property rights policies, laws, rules and regulations. He has provided counsel for the past ten years advising on the intersection of these areas of law in the development, distribution and use of proprietary and Open Source licensed software, and in the creation of and participation in Open Source community projects. Currently involved in 5G standards work in this position.
Mr. Atlass serves as Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Open Source Sub-Committee of its Standards and Open Source Committee.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Atlass represented large corporate clients as in-house counsel and in-house patent counsel, providing years of service to Control Data, Honeywell, Digital Equipment, Medtronic, and Unisys.
Graduated from University of Miami, School of Law, and University of Miami, with a BS in Computer Studies, Mr. Atlass has been admitted to practice Law in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota and is a registered US Patent Attorney, practicing as registered in-house counsel in San Diego, California.
Dr. Steve Babbage is a Distinguished Engineer at Vodafone. He is the head of security and mathematics in Vodafone Group Research and Development, and chief cryptographer for the Vodafone Group. Since 2002 he has been the chair of ETSI SAGE (Security Algorithms Group of Experts), the group that specifies all standardised crypto algorithms for 3GPP. He is a member of the GSM Association’s Fraud and Security Advisory Panel, and the co-chair of the security group in NGMN’s 5G work programme. He previously worked at Racal Comsec Ltd, a company developing communication security equipment for use around the world. Steve has an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Director of Marketing
Anritsu EMEA Ltd
Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the area of advanced RF and wireless signalling systems. After graduating from Southampton University in electronic engineering, Jonathan worked in R&D for the UK Ministry of Defence (now Qinetiq) developing advanced millimetre wave communications systems. After a stint at Motorola as application engineering manager, in 2001 he moved to Anritsu. There, after performing business development and sales management roles, Jonathan was appointed Director of Marketing for the EMEA region. With a deep experience of testing 3G and LTE technologies from early R&D to operator deployment, he has highly regarded knowledge in the field of advanced testing methods.
Jonathan is a full member of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and a Chartered Engineer.
Paul Bradley is Gemalto's 5G Strategy Director and has held various consulting and product management roles in the digital security field since joining the company in 1999. Prior to his current role, Bradley was Technical Director for the North America region and led technical teams deploying innovative, pioneering security solutions for some of the world’s first LTE networks. Bradley has a BSc. in Applied Science (Computer Science & Software Engineering) from Trinity College / Dublin Institute of Technology.
Mobile Networks and 5G
Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Starting from a system architecture perspective, his coverage area includes RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, LTE Advanced, software-based mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to mobile networking. Gabriel has more than 15 years’ experience as a mobile network analyst. Prior to joining Heavy Reading, he was Chief Analyst for Light Reading’s Insider research service; before that, he was editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor.
Vice President, General Manager of CTO Group
As Vice President, General Manager of CTO Group, Sean Cai is responsible for innovation, new technology development, as well as global marketing strategy. He leads a team of end-to-end technical experts in the United States and Europe, working closely with global operators to provide the latest solutions in ICT transformation. Sean regularly participates in various industry forums. He has been a key contributor to the development of leading 4G solutions, such as TDD / FDD LTE, multiple-antenna technologies, Small Cell, virtualization of network functions and solutions, and next-generation technologies such as 5G.
Sean has over 20 years of professional experience in telecommunications industry, specializing in advanced wireless products research and ICT network solutions development. Prior to joining ZTE in 2002, he held various senior positions in infrastructure system development with AMCC, STMicroelectronics, and Nortel, and has been awarded multiple international patents in telecommunications.
Henry Justin Calvert
Henry joined the GSMA in December 2013, and will be responsible for the delivery of the Network 2020 programme, a key pillar of the GSMA’s strategic focus.
Previously he worked for the SingTel Group and has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, both in Networks and IT portfolios and has been involved in the deployment of mobile networks in over 10 operations across 10 different countries. Henry designed and built Optus’ 3G + LTE mobile network, all IP network and managed the product development transformation. He is the creator and board member of the network sharing Joint Venture between Optus and Vodafone Networks Pty Ltd (Australia).
Henry has represented SingTel Optus as a board member and Chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and previously held an Executive Management Committee position in the GSMA, representing the SingTel Group's interest.
He lives in the English Lake District with his wife and two children prior to 15 years working across the southern hemisphere. He has a lifelong passion for coaching and supporting Rugby Union.
Chief Marketing Officer
Huawei’s Wireless Network Business Unit
Mr. Chaobin joined Huawei in 1998 to work on UMTS signal processing algorithms. In 2000, he was named Head of Huawei Wireless Research, where he contributed to the WCDMA/HSPA/LTE evolution.
He is the founder of Huawei’s Mobile Innovation Center, which invented the pioneering SingleRAN solution. From 2008 until 2011, he served as Head of Huawei’s LTE Product Line and Huawei’s R&D center in Sweden.
From 2012 to date, his responsibilities have included strategy, planning and marketing for radio access and PS core network products. He received a Masters in Telecommunications from the University of Science and Technology of China.
Spectrum Strategy Director
BT Group plc
Chris Cheeseman is responsible for BT Group’s spectrum and future wireless strategy. He has in-depth experience with international spectrum work in the ITU, CEPT and other groups.
Chris serves as BT’s Deputy Board Director of NGMN and co-leads its spectrum activity. In the UK, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and regularly deals with Ofcom and the government on a wide range of spectrum and regulatory issues.
During his career with BT, he has gained over 30 years of experience in wireless communications since graduating from Queen Mary College (London University) in 1985.
Chris is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Mr. Chiung-Jang Chen has been with Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories since 1995 and now is the senior manager of B4G/5G research project. He is responsible for radio standards and pilot trials of emerging technologies to support Chunghwa Telecom's network migration planning. He received his Ph.D. degree in Communication Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in 2005, and won the CIEE outstanding young electrical engineer award in 2006 and the IEEE Taipei section best impact award in 2010. He has been Chunghwa Telecom's representative to NGMN since 2015.
Executive Vice President
Samsung Electronics CO., Ltd
Dr. Kyungwhoon Cheun received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University in 1985. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1987 and 1989, respectively.
He served as a Professor at the University of Delaware from 1989 to 1991 and then at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) from 1991 to 2014. While at POSTECH, he headed the national ITRC center for Broadband OFDM Multiple Access (BrOMA), an eight-year research program supported by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy.
Aside from his academic achievements, he has contributed to many break-through innovations as an engineering consultant in diverse industry areas of wireless communications and audio signal processing. He was on leave at Witechs and NSystems in San Diego, where he developed efficient receiver algorithms for WLANs and WCDMA.
From 2004 to 2011, he served as the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Pulsus Technologies Inc., taking the lead in developing sound processing algorithms and sigma-delta modulation-based full digital audio amplifier SoCs. Since 2012, he has been with Samsung Electronics, leading research and development for next generation cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
Currently, he is an Executive Vice President of the Next Generation Communications Business Team.
Alex Jinsung Choi
CTO, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate R&D Center
Dr. Choi joined SK Telecom in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Head of Technology
Strategy Office. He is responsible for building the company’s technology roadmaps and strategies aimed at securing technology leadership in the rapidly-evolving mobile marketplace. In line with the company’s efforts to open a new 5G era, his focus is currently on developing next generation network and future ICT technologies including 5G, NFV/SDN, SDDC, Hadoop, Cloud & Big Data, Quantum Communication, Video Cloud, Media and IoT.
Choi has over 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Before joining SK
Telecom, he held various key positions at LG Electronics including EVP & Head of Mobile
Communications Business Unit, EVP & Head of Mobile Core Technology Lab and SVP & Head of
Next-Generation Telecommunications Lab.
Choi is credited with developing the world’s first LTE handset modem chip and launching LG’s first Android smartphone. He has also actively participated in global standardization activities through 3GPP/3GPP2, NGMN, OMA and ITU.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Control and Instrumentation Engineering from Seoul National
University, a Master's degree in Computer Engineering and Doctor’s degree in Electrical
Engineering from University of Southern California.
Director of Innovation
Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Claus Dietze is Director of Innovation within the R&D organization of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, a position he has hold since January 2014. In this position, he is responsible for defining a strategy for “5G security” at Giesecke & Devrient.
Since 1996, Claus Dietze has held several positions at Giesecke & Devrient, including Product Manager Payment and Project Manager within the telecommunications domain. In 2002, he joined the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in France, supporting standardization committees dealing with smart card technology and 3GPP smart card applications until 2003. From 2009 to 2013 he was Director and Head of embedded development for mobile devices and software security.
Director of Global Advisory Services
Sandro Dionisi graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Sandro has over 25 years of experience in various telecommunication fields. He started working for Telecom Italia (previously SIP) in 1983, where he has been involved in several network divisions covering different levels of responsibilities.
In 1999, he was nominated Head of Fixed Access and Transport Network and in 2002 he was responsible for the Regional Network Territory in Italy. In 2003, Sandro was in charge of coordinating the international network infrastructures and operations of Telecom Italia for both fixed and mobile services, including Europe and Latin America.
Sandro Dionisi has been an active member of several international fora and standardization bodies within the ITU and ETSI. In February 2008, he was appointed Director of Telecom Italia Lab, where he is in charge of research, innovation and engineering for both fixed and mobile networks within the Telecom Italia Group.
Rachid El Hattachi
Rachid El Hattachi, took over the position of Chief Technology & Information Officer of T-Mobile Netherlands, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom in July 2016. He is also responsible for DT’s group-wide 5G development. Prior to becoming the CTIO of T-Mobile Netherlands, Rachid was Senior Vice President Architecture, Innovation and Engineering at Deutsche Telekom AG. He was responsible for group-wide technology architecture and development of innovative technologies for fixed and mobile as well as engineering activities. Rachid was also deeply involved in Network Architecture, Strategy, Engineering, Quality Assurance and investment management. With more than 15 years of experience, Rachid has held multiple expert and managerial positions at Telfort (now KPN), Nokia and o2 (now Telefonica). Rachid has a Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, mobile communications from Delft University of Technology.
Stefan Engel-Flechsig is practicing lawyer admitted at the bar in Cologne/Germany. His special focus of work is with ICT regulation, standardization and strategy in the global networked economy. He has over 25 years specialized experiences in computer science, law and mobile commerce. He has held various leading positions in the German Federal Government and in the wireless as well as the IT security industry. With his specialized legal expertise he supports global industry organisations in the ICT area. He is supporting the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance since its launch in 2006 in all legal issues.
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology
Ulf Ewaldsson is a Swedish businessman and the current Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of the telecommunications company Ericsson.
Ewaldsson holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the Linköping University of Technology, Linköping.
Ewaldsson has worked at Ericsson for most of his professional life and was appointed to his current position in 2012.
As a CTO at Ericsson, Ewaldsson leads the technology strategy and has operational responsibility for the Ericsson product and technology development process (R&D and Product management). His role also includes engaging with customers, industry regulators and industry standardization groups.
Previously, Ewaldsson was Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson’s Business Unit Networks. In this position, which he held from January 2007 until February 2012, he was instrumental in helping to create some of the products that reflect Ericsson’s technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio- access network; the multi-standard RBS 6000; and the antenna-integrated radio unit.
Ewaldsson also serves on the board of ASSA ABLOY, KTH Royal Institute of Technology as well as the board of the Telecom Management Forum. He is involved in the European strategic work regarding ICT and Telecom, taking part in the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) headed by the European Commission in Brussels. Ewaldsson is the Chairman of Ericsson’s Research Board and a member of the Ericsson LG Board in Korea, as well as many other internal Ericsson boards. He has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations, which has taken him to leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hungary and Sweden.
Ewaldsson was selected as the 47th most powerful person in the global telecoms business by the magazine Global Telecoms Business in September 2014. He has launched a number of global concepts such as Service Provider SDN and “50 bn Connected Devices by 2020”, which has won global recognition. He has revamped and structured Ericsson's technology management, including partnership strategies as well as the architecture and execution of development projects. Ewaldsson has taken thought leadership and created a leadership position for Ericsson for the next generation mobile systems, called 5th generation, or 5G.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2 billion subscribers.
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2011 the company had revenues of SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm, and NASDAQ, New York, stock exchanges.
Telecommunications & Technology
Dr. Michael Fritsch has over 20 years of experience working in the telecommunications and technology industry as a management consultant and advisor. He has worked for top tier consulting companies like Arthur D. Little, booz&co, Oliver Wyman and Boston Consulting and as a line manager. He specializes in product and technology strategy, company optimization and transformation and implementation of large technology programmes. Recent activities have focused on mobile network strategy to cope with fast growing data traffic, small cell deployment and backhaul and WiFi offloading. His clients include mobile and fixed operators as well as IT and technology providers in Europe and Middle East. Mike has a degree in Communications engineering and a PhD in optoelectronics.
Bill Geary is Vice President of Business Development at MPEG LA, where he is responsible for creating and launching new patent pools for worldwide nonexclusive licensing. The pools cover industry standard technologies consisting of thousands of patents owned by hundreds of leading companies and universities. He has been involved in the formation and operation of patent pools in a wide variety of technologies for more than 20 years, including electronics, mobile communications, consumer products, computers, semiconductors, displays, software, multimedia, streaming, audio, video, content protection, cybersecurity, solar electric panels, batteries, chemicals, gene patents, and biotechnology.
The MPEG LA patent pools address standards patent licensing and royalty stacking using an innovative and proven model that received approval from the U.S. DOJ and international regulators, balancing risk and reward for technology innovators and users.
Before joining MPEG LA, Mr. Geary was General Patent Counsel in the Samsung Electronics Washington, DC office where he handled worldwide patent licensing and litigation for eleven years and negotiated hundreds of patent license agreements and directed dozens of litigations in the U.S. and overseas.
Mr. Geary is a registered patent attorney and he graduated from Tulane University (BS Electrical Engineering), Washington & Lee University (JD), Florida Institute of Technology (MBA), and did post-graduate work in electrical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Technology Officer
Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s most colorful and respected executives. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and thoroughly non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.
Within the industry, Ibrahim has held leadership roles and chaired many events in the IEEE and received the IEEE Canada's Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001.He serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s “GTB Power 100,” a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry
Board Chairman 2006
In 1993 Olaf entered the telecommunications industry at E-Plus in Germany and became, after holding of several management positions, member of the management board, responsible for network development. During this period, he joined in 2005 the initiating team of NGMN as the KPN representative.
In 2007 he was co-founder of P3 communications GmbH and is as managing director responsible for the international business development.
Director of the Wireless Signal Technologies group
Dr. Osvaldo Gonsa is Director of the Wireless Signal Technologies group by Continental AG in Frankfurt. He has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Yokohama National University in Japan (1999) and holds an MBA from Kempten School of Business in Germany.
Dr. Gonsa has a long carrier with telecom equipment manufacturers and operators, and worked in standardization in the areas of core and radio access network. He is holder of numerous patents and is co-author of several books. Since 2015, Dr. Gonsa leads Continental’s effort in the area of mobile communication for Connected Car and Autonomous Driving.
Chairman of the 3GPP SA
Erik Guttman is a telecommunications and networking standardization expert employed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. He currently serves as chairman of the 3GPP Service and System Aspects Architecture working group. This working group is responsible for standardization of new system features for ongoing development and maintenance of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and interworking with other access systems. Previously active in the IETF, Erik Guttman served as Working Group Chairman for the SVRLOC and ZEROCONF working groups. In the past decade, Erik has also led and coordinated engineering teams developing advanced development of requirements and products for automatic configuration, software deployment and IT infrastructure automation.
Chair, Member of Executive Committee
Professor Youngnam Han received his B.S./M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University. He earned Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
He has worked as a researcher, engineer and scholar, as Section Head of a government- sponsored research institute, ETRI, as Principal Engineer at Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, Dean at the School of Engineering, as Dean of Academics and Student Affairs at ICU, Korea, an as Professor at KAIST.
He published over 200 papers, including IEEE transactions and conference proceedings. He was TPC Chair for IEEE VTC Spring 2003, a General Chair for IEEE VTC Spring 2014, and served as a TPC member of many conferences such as IEEE ICC, Globecomm, VTC, and the like. He is currently serving as Co-Dean of CLKIP, Chong Qing, China.
He is a member of Korea's 5G Strategic Committee of MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning).
Head of Intel’s Next Generation Wireless Architecture and IP
Intel Deutschland GmbH
Josef Hausner is responsible for the architecture evolution of Intel’s cellular modems covering wireless standards ranging from GSM, 3G, LTE, Cellular IoT standards like NB-IOT, to 5G. Josef joined Intel in 2011 with the acquisition of Infineon’s Wireless division where he was Vice President Concept Engineering defining cellular and connectivity products including algorithms, chip architectures, as well as complete SoCs and platforms. In 2004 Josef became a Full Professor for Integrated Systems at Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, researching on Integrated Systems and Circuits for Multi-Standard Wireless Communications, speaking and chairing sessions and symposia at conferences as well as at technical and industrial fora.
Josef holds a Dr.-Ing. degree in the field of microwave technology from the Technische Universität in Munich. He is a member of the IEEE, VDE, and the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG), serves as curator of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) and is elected board member of the ITG Germany.
Senior Legal Counsel
Adrian Howes is a Senior Legal Counsel at Nokia where he has been since November 2014. At Nokia he works on IPR related issues including policy, standards, arbitration, litigation and general advice. Prior to joining Nokia he worked at a US pharmaceutical company and the law firm Bird & Bird on IP-related matters. He is an English qualified lawyer and has degrees in Law and Chemistry from the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, respectively.
Deputy General Manager
China Mobile Research Institute
Huang Yuhong, graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) and got her master degree in Digital Mobile Communications. She has been working for China Mobile since 1996. Huang Yuhong has been responsible for the technology introduction strategy of GSM900/1800 dual band network, GPRS, CMNeT, IP dedicated network and 3G, some specifications and trials as well as other key projects. Currently her work mainly focuses on radio technology study and standardization work related to wireless access network. In addition she is Board Alternate of NGMN
Head of R&D Technology
Luke Ibbetson has been with Vodafone since 1996 and currently heads the Vodafone Group Strategy and R&D organisation, responsible for all aspects of network research and strategy including Vodafone’s participation in international standards & industry alliances, definition of the architectural blueprint for future networks, trials of emerging / disruptive technologies and concepts and long term spectrum planning. Luke is leading Vodafone's 5G programme, Chairs the NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks alliance) 5G Requirements and Architecture work, and is Vice Chair of the NGMN 5G “Board Committee” charged with overseeing the entire 5G programme. Luke is also a proud pioneer of Narrow Band IoT technology for Low Power Wide Area networks, and is Chairman of the GSMA’s NB-IoT Forum.
Chairman of the NGMN Alliance, Director of Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Deutsche Telekom AG
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has been Director of Technology at Telekom Deutschland GmbH since April 2010. In addition, he is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Deutsche Telekom AG, a position he has been holding since February 2012.
Since 1989, Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has held various managing positions at Deutsche Telekom AG. From 2002 to 2007, Bruno Jacobfeuerborn was a member of the management team in his capacity as Managing Director of Technology, IT, Procurement and, until 2004, Customer Service at T-Mobile Netherlands in The Hague. At the same time, he headed the International Service Management unit at T-Mobile International.
Subsequently, he was a member of the management team and Managing Director of Technology, IT and Procurement at Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa in Warsaw until June 30, 2009. Since July 1, 2009, Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has been responsible for Technology (both mobile and fixed network) in Germany.
Senior Vice President
Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T Services, Inc.
Tom is responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of AT&T’s mobility network and the wireless device requirements and certification.
Tom and his team also lead the architecture development for AT&T’s access technologies.
Tom serves as the Chairman of the 5G Americas Board of Governors and sits on the Board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks organization.
Previously, as Vice President -Service Realization, Tom was responsible for the delivery of the video architecture and platform supporting the evolution of the UVerse service.
He was also responsible for the design and delivery of the mobility packet core as well as the transition of that platform to the user-defined network cloud.
Tom has 31 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and served in a number of leadership roles in AT&T, Cingular, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Cellular One, and Southwestern Bell Telephone.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri, in Rolla, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
He also holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Deputy Head of Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger
European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
Thibaut Kleiner is the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. He has worked since 2001 for the European Commission. The first ten years of his career in the Commission were spent in the area of competition policy (merger, antitrust and state aid). He was in 2007-2010 Member of the Cabinet of Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for competition. In charge of state aid, he supervised banking and restructuring cases for more than one trillion euros during the financial crisis, as well as high-profile energy and tax cases. He was then Head of Unit for coordination in DG Competition. In 2011, he moved to the digital policy area, as advisor of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda, and supervised Internet policies at large (Internet governance, cloud, cybersecurity, data). From 2014 to 2016, he was Head of Unit in charge of network technologies (5G, Internet of Things) in DG Connect. An economist by training, Thibaut Kleiner holds a Master from HEC Paris and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
Network Technology Planning, Verizon
Adam Koeppe is the Vice President of Network Technology Planning for Verizon. In this role, he is responsible for the infrastructure roadmap for all elements of the Verizon Wireless radio access network, enhanced packet core, and the IMS core. Additionally, his team is tasked with charting the path to future spectrum acquisitions, developing next-generation industry standards, and defining and designing 5G, the Internet of Things, and virtualized networks for Verizon.
Chaesub Lee, PhD, is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. He took office on 1 January 2015. Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 27 years, specializing in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.
He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years.
Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Korean Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).
Within ITU, Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.
He acted as Vice-Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 13 'Future Networks and Cloud' from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile telecommunications to ensure their smooth international deployment in the coming years.
Garrett Lees is currently the Sr. Director of Keysight Technologies’ Operator Industry Solution Vertical. In this role, he leads a cross functional team that develops and markets solutions for mobile network operators and their ecosystems. Prior roles include Agilent Technologies’ director of marketing for mobile broadband products, director of product management for signal source and analysis applications and several other leadership positions in both sales and marketing covering wireless, digital and services businesses at Agilent and Hewlett-Packard.
Mr. Lees holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from the College of William and Mary and has taken executive education coursework at Harvard Business School.
Board Member 2006-2008
In 2003, Dr. Horst Lennertz, then CTO of KPN Mobile in the Netherlands, initiated, together with his former colleague Hamid Akhavan, then CTO of Deutsche Telekom, the first “round table meetings” with CTO`s from other mobile operators. Idea of these meetings was to share technical experiences between operators, to jointly discuss the future of mobile technology and to form the expectations towards 4G. In 2006 he was founding member of NGMN.
In 1992 Horst Lennertz was initiator, cofounder and CTO of E-Plus Mobilfunk, the third mobile operator in Germany. Before his career in the mobile Telco business, he acted for more than ten years as a Member of the Board for the German Energy providers PreussenElektra (now E.ON) and ÜNH (now EWE-AG). He was member of various Supervisory, Advisory and Associations Boards.
The doctorate degree was granted by the RWTH Aachen University before the start of his professional career in the energy distribution business in 1973 at ABB Germany.
Wireless Industry Partnership
Caroline, known as the ‘connector’, has been in the mobile industry since 1995, as a coder, funder, community builder and entrepreneur. Recognizing the importance of mobile developers in the ecosystem, she founded WIP in 2006 to build and grow developer communities thru Agency (WIP Factory) and Community activities and events. 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.
Senior Vice President
Orange Labs Networks
Alain Maloberti graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, 1977) and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom Paris, 1979).
He joined France Telecom in 1979, and has since 1983 been involved in studies and the development of digital cellular networks, notably as Chairman of the technical committee SMG2 of ETSI (definition of the radio aspects of the GSM system) from 1985 to 1995.
He was Director of the Technical Development of the France Telecom mobile network in France from 1994 to 2003, and then headed up network development at the corporate level of the Orange Group (the mobile subsidiary of the France Telecom Group).
In 2006, mobile and fixed operations of the FT Group where merged both at the national and corporate levels, and Alain Maloberti is currently Senior VP Network Architecture and Design for the fixed, broadband and mobile networks of Orange.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Peter Meissner serves as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the NGMN Board. He is responsible for the overall management of NGMN’s operations, the definition of the strategic direction towards the Board, the co-ordination of projects and work streams of the 5G work programme, as well as the representation of the NGMN Alliance in the telecommunications community.
He held several executive management positions such as Corporate VP at France Telecom, CTO at Orange Switzerland and General Manager Systems Engineering at E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH. Since July 2006, he has been running his own company as a Business Consultant, focusing on innovation, strategy, and organization development in key areas of the telecommunications industry. With his experience and personal network he provides support for several enterprises as Board Member or in mission critical projects.
Rohde & Schwarz
Anton Messmer, born in 1958, has been working since 1989 for Mobile Radio T&M Products at Rohde & Schwarz in Munich. Currently, he is Vice President Mobile Radio Testers.
Anton Messmer studied electrical engineering and in 1989, he joined Rohde & Schwarz as Product Manager Mobile Radio T&M Products. Before assuming his current position of Vice President, he was appointed Head of Product Marketing and Director Mobile Radio Testers. He significantly contributed to the success of Rohde & Schwarz by introducing the R&S CMW500 Wideband Radio Communication Tester, which is the world's most widely used T&M platform for development, production, and service.
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Mobile Networks, Nokia
An inventor and technology visionary, Hossein leads long-term technology evolution and drives transformational innovations for the Mobile Networks businesss group. Having held several management positions in BT, T-Mobile and Sun Microsystems over the last 25 years and as an active adviser and board member of several technology start-ups, he brings in-depth technology expertise, customer focus and innovation to Nokia. Hossein joined Nokia in 2010
Vice President, General Director
NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and General Director of 5G Laboratory in NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced, 5G and Connected Car technologies.
He has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He is currently the leader of 2020 and Beyond Ad Hoc(20B AH) in ARIB and Acting Chairman of the Strategy & Planning Committee in 5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan.
He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999. He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman during March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.
Senior Executive Vice President
Mr. Seong-Mok Oh is Senior Executive Vice President and the Head of Network Group at KT Corporation. He has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunication field covering practically all aspects of KT’s wireless network, with a specific focus on the network design. His major responsibilities include the provisioning of the company’s best-in-class broadband network, incorporating both wire-line and wireless infrastructure.
Under his leadership, KT was able to successfully commercialize the most innovative technologies such as LTE Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation for the first time in the world. KT’s untiring efforts to make cutting-edge technologies quickly available for end-users resulted in two prestigious accolades in MWC 2014, ‘Outstanding LTE Contribution’, and ‘Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology.’
Prior to his current position, as the Head of Mobile Network Business Unit he played a crucial role in the world-first commercial deployment of centralized radio access network (C-RAN) architecture for 3G and LTE network. It was recognized as “The Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network by an Operator” with an LTE Award 2012.
He serves as the board member in a number of domestic and international industry organizations. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Steering Committee for Global TD-LTE Initiative. Also, in 2014, he was appointed as a Director on the‘5G Strategy Promotion Committee’ that supervises all relevant 5G-related activities led by the Korean government. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electronics Engineering.
CTO, EVP and Member of Board of Directors, NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Seizo Onoe was named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors in June 2012. Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and General Manager of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took positions as General Manager of the Radio Access Network related development departments from July 2002 to June 2008.
He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA/ HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.
Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization’s Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.
Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 90 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC), where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.
With more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA Super Mobility, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA.
Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.
Head of Infotainment Development
After completing his studies in Electrical & Telecommunications engineering, Alfons Pfaller started his professional career at Carl Zeiss in the area of signal and image processing.
He moved to Siemens Semiconductor in early 1996, where he worked mainly in the field of chip design.
At the end of 1997, he joined Ericsson's Cellular Radio division to work as Software and System Architect, designing and developing the first UMTS cellular systems. In 2000, Alfons Pfaller took over the lead of several software groups in the field of UMTS base station product development.
In mid-2003, he moved on to Audi Electronics Venture GmbH. Working in the field of strategic engineering, he the focused on setting up the in-house software development for Audi.
In 2005, he took over the lead of the Infotainment System Applications group, where he in charge of project management for all Audi infotainment systems worldwide.
Alfons Pfaller has been the head of Infotainment Development since April 2014.
Standardization and Intellectual Property Senior Manager
Dr. Ir. Serge Raes has been responsible for the coordination between Intellectual Property and Standardization for the Orange (formerly France Telecom) Group since 2003.
He also serves as Rapporteur on Patent Issues at the ITU, chairing the IPR Ad Hoc Group to the TSB Director since 2004 and has been ETSI IPR Special Committee Vice-Chair since 02/2010. He is one of the two NGMN IPR Forum Co-Chairs.
He was Professor in Radio Communications for 12 years at the Belgian State University of Liège (Montefiore Institute) and has gained wide experience in corporate standardization and intellectual property from the manufacturer, operator, SDO and Patent Pool perspectives over the past 30 years.
Giovanni Romano is currently coordinating Telecom Italia activities on technical standards related to radio access and spectrum. The role implies the identification of requirements to be transferred to standardisation fora such as 3GPP to define new technical solutions for the radio interfaces of GSM, UMTS, LTE, 5G/IMT2020 and their evolutions, and the evaluation of technical solutions under development.
In March 2015, Giovanni was re-elected Vice-Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group RAN for the period 2015-2017, following a first term period (2013-2015).
Since 1996 Giovanni has been active in several international standardisation fora and he is currently attending 3GPP RAN and NGMN. Giovanni also coordinates Telecom Italia’s activities in ITU-R, GCF and groups dealing with radio aspects in 3GPP and ETSI.
Until 2005 Giovanni was project leader of several activities within the R&D center of Telecom Italia, including UMTS performance evaluation, quality of service verification, standardisation, field trials and testing.
Luis Jorge Romero
Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, has more than 20-years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. At ETSI he has initiated a global standardization partnership for Machine to Machine communications, oneM2M, has overseen the rapid development of ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization, and has driven the implementation of the ETSI Long Term Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future. He is now positioning the institute to take a leading role in 5G standardization through the 3GPP global partnership project and through initiatives such as ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing Millimetre Wave Transmission and Network Functions Virtualization groups. Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefonica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefonica's participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA). Before joining ETSI in July 2011, he held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of Madrid-based Innology Ventures.
Louis “Sam” Samuel joined Cisco in April 2013 and is currently the CTO for Cisco’s Mobility Business Group. Sam is responsible for the technology evolution of the business group which covers such topics as: virtualization and orchestration of Mobility products, its Packet Core, autonomic management of cellular networks (via the application of SON technologies), Policy and Small Cell technologies.
Prior to joining Cisco, Sam held several posts in Alcatel-Lucent. Among these were the posts of Chief Architect for Alcatel-Lucent’s Software, Solutions and Services Business Group (S3G). In this role Sam was responsible for the strategic technical leadership of S3G which covered a wide remit of areas from software architecture innovation in S3G products to innovation of Services. Before this, Sam was the Executive Director of Bell Labs Ireland and UK (2008-2011) where he was responsible for the leadership and technical direction of Bell Labs in Ireland and the UK and ensuring that Alcatel-Lucent delivered on its commitments to the Irish Government. Here Sam took a small research lab and grew it to be a major contributor to Alcatel-Lucent’s technical strategy by developing key technologies for its product portfolio such as Alcatel-Lucent’s Femto product, and more recently, its LightRadio active antenna products, among others.
From 2006 to 2008, Sam was part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Regional CTO team for Europe, where he was tasked with the strategizing and positioning of products and solutions to Alcatel-Lucent’s customers in the region. Previously to this, Sam was a Technical Manager at Lucent Technologies – Bell Labs Research in the United Kingdom. There he initiated and directed research on flat cellular architectures and the application of autonomic principles to wireless networks. Sam became a Bell Labs Fellow in 2006 for his work on Flat Cellular Architectures.
Sam attended Queen Mary College, University of London, receiving an MEng in Communication Engineering in 1995 and a PhD in the application of Non-Linear Dynamics to Teletraffic Modelling in 1999.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Peter orchestrates the day-to day operations of the TM Forum. He is a respected industry thought leader and is a senior international business executive and entrepreneur with a unique wealth of experience. For 14 years, he has successfully performed in sales, marketing and general management functions of a large multinational ICT company. He also has 12 years of experience as a business-oriented CIO and as a member of executive boards in large multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and finance industries. Among his numerous career accomplishments, Peter was named the CIO/IT Executive of the Year by Computerwoche, an IDG publication. Peter also founded, successfully ran and then sold itcps Management Consulting AG, a provider of business and technology consultancy services for all industries. He is based in Switzerland, speaks several languages fluently, has conducted business globally in developed and emerging markets and also lived in a few different countries.
Additionally, Peter is a seasoned non-executive director on various boards.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise OPNFV
Dr. Prodip Sen is currently CTO for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE’s Communications Solutions Business (CSB), where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV. His current focus is to foster the generation of solutions and techniques that will accelerate the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and NFV approaches in service provider networks. Dr. Sen is part of the core group of individuals who have been instrumental in creating the NFV industry movement, and continue to energize the industry and push its boundaries. He served as the first Chair of the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV ISG) from January 2013 to July 2014. He is a former board member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
Dr. Sen and his industry colleagues subsequently created an open source activity hosted under the Linux Foundation to help accelerate the implementation of software and platforms for NFV – Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). This project which will leverage existing open source projects to create a reference platform for NFV. Dr. Sen is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for OPNFV.
Before joining HPE, Dr. Sen held various positions at Verizon, the Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY (now NYU Poly) and the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Sen is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Director of Strategic Industry Initiatives
Eric Siow is Director of Strategic Industry Initiatives at Intel Corporation where he is responsible for driving the company’s strategic 4G and 5G IPR eco-system initiatives.
Since joining Intel in 2006, Eric has travelled extensively around the globe working on strategic wireless IP and technical standards related issues. He was instrumental in promoting and driving the formation of the Open Patent Alliance (OPA) and successfully enrolled the participation of 19 global companies in the formation effort of the WiMAX Patent Pool. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) 5G IPR Forum where he leads the industry’s exploration of a potential patent pool framework for 5G technologies.
Prior to Intel, Eric was Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank where he worked with a wide range of emerging technology companies in both debt and equity financings. Eric also served as CFO and SVP of Business Development of a W-CDMA baseband company. He played a key role in helping the company close several million dollars in equity financing and the successful sale of its patent portfolio. He has been a featured speaker for finance and IP related topics in various industry and academic forums.
Eric holds 4 patents in wireless communications. He graduated with an M.B.A in International Business and Marketing and Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Oregon.
Senior Manager Technology
Eric is senior manager technology in KPN’s CTO Office. Eric started his career at KPN in 1992 with research and development of software tools for the planning and optimization of broadband and mobile networks. Since then Eric has held various leadership positions in corporate strategy, innovation and enterprise architecture. Prior to his current role, Eric headed the KPN team in the multi-band mobile frequency auction in The Netherlands in 2012. Eric holds a MSc in Applied mathematics from Twente University and a Ph.D. in Econometrics from the Free University Amsterdam.
Technical Marketing Lead
Amdocs Network Solutions
Dr. Konstantinos Stavropoulos is responsible for product marketing in Amdocs Network Solutions, leading the definition and marketing of productized RAN and cross-domain network offerings. Konstantinos is also heading 5G thought leadership marketing, and providing expert input into the definition and positioning of all RAN/network solutions, including services.
Konstantinos has been focusing on mobile networks for more than 20 years through academic and professional roles. His experience covers diverse areas, from antenna array systems research and mobile network planning/optimization consultancy to the development, management and marketing of innovative software solutions. These solutions have supported automated network optimization, customer experience geo-location, network simulation based device interoperability and acceptance testing, service assurance and network operations, and network analytics. Konstantinos holds a PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London, has presented at tens of conference and webinar events, and has authored several articles, blogs and white papers on mobile network topics.
Vice President, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure
Prior to joining Telia Company in 2014 Mats Svärdh has held several international senior executive positions with top companies in our industry such as Vodafone, Eircell, Song Networks, and Oracle. Most recently he was the Global Director Devices and Technology at Vodafone and before that he has held roles such as CTIO Vodafone Ireland, CTIO Song Networks, Director Telecom Oracle EMEA and CTO Eircell. Mr Svärdh is well known in the industry and active at board level at a number of industry fora such as NGMN, GSMA PSMC.
Mr Svärdh holds a Master of Science, Engineering Physics (M.Sc. Eng.Phys.) from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Manager of the Industrial IoT team
ABB Corporate Research
Linus Thrybom is manager of the Industrial IoT team in ABB Corporate Research, Sweden, and coordinates the industrial communication research performed within Corporate Research globally. He joined ABB Corporate Research in 2008, working as Principal Scientist and project leader in the area of industrial communication. Linus has authored or co-authored several publications and IP filings. He recently led the 5GPPP Whitepaper on Energy & 5G. Between 1998 and 2008, he worked as project leader at Bombardier Transportation on train communication and control systems, and between 1992 and 1997, he worked at ABB Industrial Systems as HW/SW design engineer of embedded systems and communication devices, and thus has 20+ years of R&D experience in this domain. Linus received his MSc degree in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Senior Vice President Seamless Wireless Access
Orange Labs Networks
Arnaud Vamparys has been working three years as “Seamless Wireless Access” Group Strategic Program Director for Orange. Inside Conquest 2015, the strategic program objective is to become number one in mobile internet customer experience for Europe and AMEA. His previous position was Orange Labs Mass Market VP and in charge of the group historical R&D site of Issy-Les-Moulineaux – a position he took up in 2007.
Arnaud Vamparys, 43 years old, a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (X-Télécom), joined the Group in 1995 to work for the new mobile operator Itineris. He then worked in a number of positions in France, in the Netherlands and in Spain, within the mobile, internet and business markets.
As chief of engineering, he built a new mobile network in the Netherlands Dutchtone between 1998 and 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he was CTIO for Spanish ISP Wanadoo which became number two on his market after Terra (Telefonica). From 2003 to 2007, he was the VP Technology for Orange Business Services (France Telecom, Transpac and Equant) creating the Orange Business Livebox a new multimedia router product line used today by more than 70% of the French business sites.
Johan Wibergh manages technology resources, including talent development and the diversity agenda, and also manages the company's offshore IT shared service centre. He is responsible for all technology strategy and operations worldwide for Networks and IT, Consumer and Enterprise Product Development. He also manages the companies Research & Development capabilities including standards bodies and intellectual property. Johan is responsible for Technology Security and Customer Data Protection Strategy.
In addition, in his current position Johan is responsible for all senior supplier /partner technology relationships at the CEO/Senior Manager level.
Head Heisenberg Communications and Information Theory Group
FU Berlin Fraunhofer HHI
Gerhard Wunder (IEEE Senior Member, Editor IEEE TWC) studied electrical engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany, and the Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany, and received his graduate degree in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) with highest honors in 1999. He received the PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.) in communication engineering with distinction (summa cum laude) in 2003 from TU Berlin and became a research group leader at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut in Berlin. In 2007, he also received the habilitation degree and became a Privatdozent at the TU Berlin. Very recently, he has become Heisenberg Fellow, granted for the first time to a communication engineer, and heads now the Heisenberg Communications and Information Theory Group at the FU Berlin. He is coordinator both of the EU project 5GNOW (5gnow.eu) and the German BMBF PROPHYLAXE (ict-prophylaxe.de) on IoT physical layer security as well as a member of the PMT of FANTASTIC-5G (fantastic5g.eu).