Azita Arvani is General Manager of Rakuten Mobile in the Americas, building the business and overseeing its development, strategy, and deployment. Deploying the latest digital technologies including 5G, AI, IoT, cloud, and AR/VR, Arvani has created new businesses, developed products, and built partnerships for both established Fortune 500 companies as well as rapid-growth startups. Prior to Rakuten, Arvani served as Head of Innovation Partnering & Venture Management at Nokia. Arvani has also held senior leadership and advisory roles at Docomo, Xerox, and Upek (now part of Apple), among others.
Chief Technology Officer
City of San Leandro
Mr. Tony Batalla is Chief Technology Officer for the City of San Leandro, California. He has helped launch a free, public Wi-Fi system and Citywide IoT network utilizing the City’s fiber optics network. He oversees all aspects of technology, including infrastructure, service delivery, and data management and acts as the senior advisor for City Council on technology issues and policies. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BS from the University of San Francisco. He has co-authored comprehensive papers on public Wi-Fi and IoT for the NIST Global City Teams Challenge program.
Director of Network Strategy
Yves Bellégo is currently director, network strategy at Orange Group. He began his career in 1988 in IT engineering. In 1991, he joined the research centre of France Telecom, where he worked on the standardisation of GSM. He accompanied the phases of GSM, UMTS and LTE deployment and expansion with various positions in radio engineering, spectrum strategy and network strategy within France Telecom, Nortel and Orange.
President & CEO
Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)
Steven K. Berry is president & CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) the nation's leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural, regional, and nationwide markets in the United States. A seasoned lawyer who worked for Congress, the Executive Branch and as a partner at Holland & Knight law firm, Berry has held positions as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for three associations, including NCTA, CTIA-The Wireless Association, and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
Division Manager Wireless
Justin Brewster is the Division Manager Wireless at Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., where Justin leads a talented operations team responsible for designing, constructing, and maintaining the wireless networks for Cellular Network Partnership dba Pioneer Cellular. The Pioneer Cellular network covers 40 counties in Oklahoma and 15 counties in Kansas with CDMA 1xRTT/Voice and EVDO, 4G LTE as part of the Verizon LRA program, as well as 4G LTE using Pioneer’s own spectrum and EPC.
SVP of Wireless Technology & Experience Delivery
New Peak Interactive
Mike Goslin is an innovator, entrepreneur and experienced executive currently working on an unannounced project. Previously Mike led Advanced Development for Disney’s theme park and consumer products division where he worked on several groundbreaking projects focused on Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence, with the goal of bringing Disney magic into the homes and everyday lives of people around the world.
Senior Vice President, Product Management, IoT & Mobile Solutions
Adam Gould brings over 30 years’ experience in multiple aspects of the international telecom industry. In addition to holding over a dozen patents in a variety of telecom areas from both large corporations and startups, Mr. Gould has held leadership roles in the areas of product management, engineering and as Board Director. Mr. Gould holds a BS in electrical engineering from MIT and an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Drexel University.
Matt Hamblen is an award-winning journalist and a veteran of wireless and components coverage for Computerworld. He has written extensively about 5G chips and base stations, covering Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei, among others. Appearing in videos and print and his own smartcityscout.com website, he has explored Internet of Things topics such as security that affect cities, manufacturing and transportation. Matt lives in Harrisonburg, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley.
Fierce Telecom Group
Linda Hardesty is editor-in-chief at Fierce overseeing the telecom group comprised of FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, and FierceVideo. She's been a trade journalist since the mid-1990s covering the business and technology of telecommunications networks. Prior to Fierce, she wrote for SDxCentral, Communications Technology/CableFax, and Cable World. She can be reached at lhardesty at questex.com
Ahmed Hmimy, PhD
Director, DCCS Solutions Architect
As a solution architect of Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions, Ahmed is responsible for strategic direction of CommScope’s in-building wireless solutions. He works with MNOs, neutral hosts and enterprises to define solutions that meet business and technical needs of stakeholders. He has more than twenty years’ experience in system engineering, operation, research and development, and product management. Ahmed holds an BSEE from Alexandria University School of Engineering and MSEE and PhD from Southern Methodist University (SMU).
Director of Solutions Marketing
Kashif is the Director of Solutions Marketing with VIAVI Solutions and has more than 20 years of experience in mobile networking and wireless technology. His expertise in RF, DAS, HetNets, and LTE, comes from developing, managing, supporting, marketing, and consulting on major mobile communications projects.
His industry experience also includes various senior roles at MobileNet, Tektronix Communications, Ericsson, and Nortel. Kashif has also authored patents for wireless products.
Co-Founder and CEO
Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia is co-founder and CEO of Starry, Inc., a wideband hybrid fiber wireless internet service provider, pioneering the deployment of next generation, high-capacity, point-to-multipoint, fixed wireless broadband using millimeter waves. Starry is re-imagining how consumers connect to the internet by developing an eco-system of products designed to make broadband access simple and affordable. Starry is currently serving customers in the Boston, New York City, DC, Los Angeles and Denver metro areas, with an expansion and spectrum access roadmap that covers more than 30 million households nationwide.
Senior Manager - Wireless and Wireline Market Development
Adnan spent 20+ years in the wireless industry working with operators, chipset and network infrastructure vendors, consumer electronics/handset manufacturers, and test equipment vendors. Heading the Anritsu Market/Business Development team, he manages the strategic direction for wireless and wireline products. His broad knowledge base spans across different wireless technologies including Cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC. Frequent speaker at wireless conferences/industry events, Adnan has also authored multiple articles. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sue Marek is a Denver-based freelance writer that has been reporting on the telecom and tech industries for more than 25 years. Previously she was the editor in chief at SDxCentral and prior to that the editor in chief of FierceWireless. Sue is a frequent speaker at industry events and has moderated panels for the Consumer Electronics Show, the Competitive Carriers’ Show, The Wireless Infrastructure Show, 5G North America, DC 5G, Interop, and more.
Industry Business Development Executive
IBM Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment
Rakshit Mehta is responsible for industry strategy and solutions for Telco Network Cloud with a focus on 5G & Edge at IBM. He is also responsible to develop IBM's partner ecosystem to serve 5G & Edge use cases. Mr. Mehta provides industry leadership to IBM's participation in O-RAN Alliance which includes building collaboration across IBM Research, customers, and partners. His current focus is on building Telco Network Cloud solutions with network orchestration, service assurance, and closed-loop automation for Communication Service Providers.
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. Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University.
VP, Wireless Solutions
As VP, Wireless Solutions at ZenFi Networks, Andy Penley overseas wireless solutions sales and drives communication infrastructure solutions and product design throughout the NY-metro region. Penley has 23+ years of experience managing teams that design, build and operate evolving mobile communication networks. Previously, Penley was Director of Operations for Amirit Technologies, Director of Operations, Southeastern US for CCI, and Program Manager for Alcatel Lucent Contractor. He studied finance at The C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston.
Vice President of the Network Platforms Group and General Manager of the Wireline and Core Network Division (WCND)
Alexander (Alex) D. Quach is a vice president of the Network Platforms Group and general manager of the Wireline and Core Network Division (WCND) at Intel Corporation. As part of the Intel Network Platforms Group, he is responsible for driving Intel’s business across service provider wireline access networks (broadband, cable) as well as the wireless core networks. WCND is specifically focused on the industry transition to virtualized and cloud native solutions along with the 5G next generation core to edge network.
Founder and Director
Senior Director of Carrier Services
Rachel Rea is a seasoned technology executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the wireless industry. Her strategic vision and ability to bridge business and technology have been instrumental in helping global telecom brands achieve company goals. Rea currently leads carrier sales and operations at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), a leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider. Prior, she spent more than 13 years at Verizon Wireless, where Rea deployed thousands of macro towers, small cells and in-building networks. Rea has also held positions at Athena Wireless and JMA Wireless.
VP of Product Development
Mark Reudink is currently Vice President Technology Strategy at Crown Castle and is responsible for defining business initiatives; evaluating emerging technologies; and bringing to market solutions that leverage Crown Castle’s tower, fiber and small cell assets. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mark has held leadership roles in Engineering and Operations with major service providers and several startups. Mark holds a BS in Engineering-Physics from Pacific Luther University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. He has been granted 16 patents and has authored over 20 technical papers and presentations.
VP, Data Platforms Group and GM, Wireless Access Network Division (WAND)
Cristina Rodriguez is vice president and general manager of the Wireless Access Network Division (WAND) at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel's efforts to provide innovative network custom solutions, with a focus on 5G wireless access technology. Rodriguez is responsible for strategy, roadmaps, product definition, forecasting, investment decisions and profit and loss for the business.
Director, Radio Innovation
Olivier Simon joined France Telecom/Orange in 2002 and has been involved since 2005 in Research and Development of digital cellular networks of the third, fourth and fifth generation. In 2009, he became Radio Infrastructures Program Manager in Orange Labs, also in charge of delivering radio access network innovations to the countries of Orange group. Olivier is currently Radio Innovation Director in charge of defining the evolution of Radio Access Networks and delivering innovation in this domain for Orange.
Chief Research and Development Officer
Mariam Sorond, Chief Research and Development Officer, CableLabs, directs the development of new technologies and platforms for the industry, and partners with CEO, Phil McKinney, on vision and strategy for the future of connectivity across wired and wireless networks. An expert in mobile, wireless, fixed, and satellite networks has over 26 years of technical and strategy experience in the telecommunications industry holding leadership positions with start-ups and large companies, such as DISH, ICO, Nextel, Lucent Technologies (now Nokia), and PrimeCo.
President, Global Enterprise
Sampath Sowmyanarayan is President, Global Enterprise for Verizon Business Group. He leads a global team delivering enterprise solutions for a customer base that includes 99% of the Fortune 500. His oversight includes strategic networking, managed services, business communications, security, Internet of Things and professional services, all powered by Verizon’s global network and technology. Sampath nurture global partnerships and helps businesses unlock a wide range of applications that leverage the capabilities of Verizon’s 5G network and 5G Edge MEC platform.
Director, Network Engineering
Mike Wolfe is the vice president of Network Engineering, Wireless for CommScope, responsible for troubleshooting and solving customers’ most challenging technical problems. Mike previously worked for CommScope as a regional sales manager and has served in a variety of management and engineering roles in both the commercial and defense communications sectors. He holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University.