Speakers

Dr. Qammer Abbasi
Senior Lecturer
University of Glasgow

Dr Abbasi is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) with the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, U.K., deputy head for Communication Sensing and Imaging group and lead research investigator for healthcare and Internet of things use cases with Scotland 5G Center Urban testbed. He has  grant portfolio of £6M and contributed to more than 350+ leading international technical journal and peer reviewed conference papers and 10 books and received several recognitions for his research including URSI Young Scientist Awards, UK exceptional talent endorsement by Royal Academy of Engineering, National talent pool award by Pakistan, International Young Scientist Award by NSFC China, 7 best paper awards and best representative image of an outcome by QNRF. In addition, his work received media coverage by Analog IC tips, Microwaves & RF newsletters, Vertical news, Pakistan Dawn news, BBC news, Scotland TV, Chinese news and many other media houses. Dr. Abbasi is an IEEE senior member and is chair of IEEE AP/MTT Scotland joint chapter.  

Majed Al Amine
Head of Global 5G & Edge Computing Solutions
Google

Bio coming soon! 

Arvinder Anand
VP Architecture, Technology & E2E Solutioning 
North America Digital Services

Ericsson

Globally recognized trailblazer in Digital Transformation, spearheading transformation in Cross-Domain Solutioning and Sales Fulfillment. Proven leader in business development and fostering engagement with Product Units, specifically in delivering cutting-edge deliverables in 5G Automation. Passionate about using adaptive and strategic technology innovation to drive forward-thinking outcomes.

Azita Arvani
General Manager
Rakuten Mobile

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. 

Dave Bolan
Research Director
Dell’Oro Group

Dave Bolan joined Dell’Oro Group in 2017 and is currently responsible for the Mobile Core Network market research, as well as our Advanced Research report for Multi-Access Edge Computing market research programs. He previously covered the Carrier IP Telephony, and Wireless Packet Core markets for Dell’Oro Group. Mr. Bolan’s research and analysis has been widely cited in leading trade and business publications. Mr. Bolan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

 

Paul Challoner
VP Network Product Solutions
Ericsson North America

Paul Challoner, Vice President, Network Product Solutions for Ericsson North America, based in Plano, Texas is responsible for radio products including 4G, 5G, IoT & Open RAN. Prior to his current role, Challoner worked as Head of Product Line Wi-Fi and Head of Ericsson’s CDMA Product Line.

Challoner currently serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the CBRS Alliance, Large Company representative, for the Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum and on the Board of Governors for 5G Americas.  He joined Ericsson in 2010 from Nortel where he held executive roles leading the GSM product line, Intelligent Networks and Broadband Wireless businesses. He has global experience working in the US, Canada, France, India and the UK. With 25 years in the telecom industry he possesses extensive industry experience and has innovated bringing numerous radio products to market specializing in the field of wireless communication.  

Challoner holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University, London, UK.

Jonathan Chen
Product Manager
Quectel

Jonathan Chen has over 17 years work experience in covering cutting-edge wireless technology and mobile systems including WCDMA, LTE, WiFi and 5G.  He currently leads Quectel’s R&D team in LTE-A and 5G module design.  The team provides support for customers to enable them to embed Quectel modules and serves 800+ 5G customers in worldwide. 

 

Mark Cotteleer
Managing Director - Supply Chain and Operations
Deloitte

Dr. Mark Cotteleer is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s industry-leading Supply Chain and Network Operations (SCNO) Consulting practice, where he specializes in “Digital Supply Networks.”  Along with his team, he collaboratively works with clients and other stakeholders to identify, choose, and deploy solutions in pursuit of true operational and organizational value.  His approach combines a deep technical understanding with a human-centered approach to technology deployment.  Immediately prior to joining Deloitte Consulting, Mark was a research director for the firm, leading Deloitte’s well-regarded Center for Integrated Research. 

 

Bob Everson
Senior Director, 5G Architecture
CISCO

Bob Everson is the Senior Director - 5G Architecture for Cisco Systems; leading strategy, architecture, technology, and systems development. In this role he is responsible for defining and developing mobile network solutions across both the service provider and enterprise domains.

Bob’s experience spans diverse areas including early work in large-scale IP networking and massive-scale data center architectures, to more recent focus on secure software-defined mobile networks, 5G systems and applications, and Open Virtual RAN systems. Throughout his career, he has remained keenly focused on finding the optimal intersection between innovative technologies, the broader systems they impact, and the businesses that are built on them. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and loves getting outside perspectives to calibrate his thinking.

Luis Fiallo 
Vice President
China Telecom (Americas) Corporation 

Luis is a recognized leader in the technology sector, with over 25 years of experience in Fortune Global 500 companies and start-ups. He also served in government, as a Presidential appointee and for the former Governor of Virginia.   

As Vice President of China Telecom (Americas), Luis oversees Sales, Corporate Development and Strategy, Corporate Communication, Legal and Government Affairs, and Corporate Compliance. Prior, Luis held leadership positions at iLearning Inc., BCE Teleglobe, AppliedTheory Corporation, IBM, Sprint, and Cable & Wireless. 

Kaley Gagnon
VP of Emerging Products
T-Mobile

Kaley joined the T-Mobile leadership team earlier this year as a VP of Marketing for the Emerging Products group. In this role, Kaley leads all marketing efforts for T-Mobile’s growing Home Internet business. She has over fifteen years of telecommunications and entertainment experience, most recently as the AVP of Marketing at AT&T. In that role, Kaley led efforts to strengthen the value proposition of AT&T’s home internet and video products and services.

Kaley holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. 

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon
Chief Technology Officer
TELUS 

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. By combining insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted approach to leadership he is now Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, where he is responsible for all technology development and strategy. 

Mark Gilmour
Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions
Colt Technology Services

Mark Gilmour is Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions at Colt Technology Services, focused on leading and expanding Colt’s mobile connectivity proposition and playing a pivotal role in driving Colt’s mobile strategy. 

Prior to joining Colt, Mark worked at Ciena where his roles, amongst others, included Senior Advisor for Product Line Management (Cellular & Wireless) and Director of Portfolio Strategy for Mobile. 

He has also held various roles at mobile operators such as Three, Ericsson and Hutchison.  

Adam Gould
Senior Vice President, Product Management
Inseego

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.

Daniel Gonzalez
Business Development Manager
Anritsu Company

Daniel Gonzalez possesses over 19 years’ experience in digital and optical transport testing, development, training and execution spanning technologies including TDM, SONET, OTN, ATM, Carrier Ethernet and Physical Layer Signal Integrity.  

As a Business Development Manager for Anritsu Company, Daniel is responsible for providing technical support to sales, marketing and customers in North & South America. Daniel holds a B. S. in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University, is a member of OIF (Optical Internetworking Forum) Networking and Operations Working Group (WG), IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and Ethernet Alliance, and holds a Personal Certification for MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) Carrier Ethernet 2.0.  He also has several of his articles published in Lightwave, ISE Magazine, Mission Critical and Pipeline publications. 

Kevin Gray
VP and Market Leader, Technology, Media & Telecom
Fierce Telecom

Kevin Gray is the publisher of Fierce Markets’ Telecom group publications, and in this role oversees the editorial, operations, and sales functions of the group. He has been with the organization since 2010, previously serving as an associate publisher, managing the sales team for Fierce Telecom, Fierce Wireless, and Fierce Video. Kevin has a B.A. in Business Administration from Methodist University, and lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife, son and daughter.

 

Mark Henry
Technology & Business Strategy Director
BT

Mark Henry has been in telecommunications for over 20 years, with diverse roles in Fixed and Mobile with AOL, Orange, Wanadoo, EE and now as part of BT. Mark has played an important part in delivering many strategic projects including Local loop un-bundling, Radio Access Network sharing, Orange T-Mobile integration, Spectrum Auctions, 3G/4G/5G launch and the Emergency Services Network contract for Public safety services over LTE. Mark is currently Director of Technology and Business strategy at BT.  

Kashif Hussain
Director, Solutions Marketing, Network Enablement
VIAVI Solutions

Kashif is a 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 includes various senior roles at MobileNet, Tektronix Communications, Ericsson, and Nortel. Kashif has also authored patents for wireless products.

Nick Ilyadis
Senior Director of Architecture
Achronix

Nick is currently Senior Director of Architecture in Product Planning at Achronix. Prior to Achronix, Nick was VP of Portfolio and Technology Strategy at Marvell Semiconductor and Vice President and Group CTO at Broadcom. Nick has also held many engineering roles during his career, starting as a chip designer and moving up through management to lead both device and product engineering teams. Nick is passionate about technology and a prolific inventor with 72 issued patents across all aspects of wired and wireless communications. 

Josep Jornet
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University

Josep M. Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, the director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking Laboratory and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the SMART Center. His research interests are in terahertz communication networks, wireless nano-bio-communication networks, and the Internet of Nano-Things. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications in the last 10 years, which accumulate over 10,000 citations. 

Rob Kasegrande
Managing Director
Deloitte

Rob is a managing director in Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice and leads Deloitte’s 5G and Edge Computing practice. With more than 20 years of experience in consulting, Rob specializes in bringing emerging and innovative technologies to enterprise transformation programs. As the 5G and Edge Computing leader, Rob supports clients across all industries transform their business using 5G and Edge computing, advanced connectivity and enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and AR/VR. Rob’s experience also includes business and operating model design, intelligent and cognitive automation, digital transformation, network transformation, cloud migration and merger integration. 

 

Sylwia Kechiche
Principal Analyst, IoT & Enterprise
GSMA Intelligence

As the principal analyst in GSMA Intelligence, Sylwia leads the IoT product development. Her responsibilities range from sizing the IoT opportunity, including the role of operators, to researching and analysing IoT technologies, applications and business models. Sylwia has also moderated and presented at a number of conferences. Sylwia previously worked in telecommunications, media and technology with Pyramid Research.

Erik Kling
Vice President, IoT New Business Development
Vodafone Business

Erik Kling has more than 25 years of experience in the communication technology field covering hardware, software, services and solution elements of the industry. Erik has held senior sales and product management roles at Siemens Communications and wireless startup companies along with over 15 years specifically in the IoT space. 

Erik joined Vodafone in September 2010 and holds the current position as Vice President IoT New Business Development. His responsibilities include building and developing the IoT domestic new business team including the Latin America region, driving IoT solutions into Vodafone Global Enterprise accounts along with additional customers and markets and defining, developing and nurturing the IoT ecosystem within the market place. 

Erik’s experience has spanned the globe with multiple roles in Europe, based in Spain and Germany and over 10 years in the Americas. Erik was born in Germany, lived in Spain, Mexico and Canada. 

Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombre
Chief Technology Officer
Transit Wireless

Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombre serves as Chief Technology Officer of Transit Wireless, responsible for technology strategy, including engineering, network operations, R&D, and product development. 

Jyoti comes to Transit Wireless with more than 30 years of global technology experience. She was previously CTO of Landis+Gyr, a recognized leader in smart metering technologies. Prior to that, she served in roles of increasing responsibility at Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, including as President of APAC Global Customer Delivery and Vice President of Wireless R&D. 

Jyoti’s areas of expertise are in telecommunications, wireless networks, R&D, and services. She has worked across the globe and completed assignments in New Zealand, Shanghai, Switzerland and the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Illinois and holds master’s degrees in computer science and engineering management from Northwestern University. 

Abel Mayal
SVP 5G Technology & Marketing
Airspan

Abel has been at the spearhead of cellular technology and innovation for over 20 years. His initial career started working for major traditional vendors as a technical lead for 3G and 4G around the world. Five years ago he took a quantum leap in his career, working at executive level for vRAN vendors and pushing for this new technology. 

He is currently SVP 5G Technology & Marketing at Airspan, working closely with the sales team to capture the innovation required from customers and to implement it within Airspan product portfolio. He is also leads of the Marketing team, conveying Airspan’s disruptive technology and pushing O-RAN architecture.. 

Abel holds a MsC in Communication Systems Engineering from University of Kent, UK and a Telecommunication University Degree from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Germany.

Parag Naik
Co-Founder and CEO
Saankhya Labs

Parag, the co-founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs, is a technology serial entrepreneur with over 26 years of industry experience, Prior to Saankhya he co-founded Smart Yantra technologies in 2000 and Vayavya Labs India’s first Electronic Design Automation Company in 2006. 

Parag is considered one of the foremost experts in the world on Software Defined Radios (SDR) as a technology for broadcasting, TV White Space Technologies for rural broadband and defense communications. 

Monica Paolini
Principal
Senza Fili

Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and principal 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 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). 

Chris Pearson
President
5G Americas

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. 
 

Dr. Derek Peterson
Chief Technology Officer
Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson, Ph.D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of 5G, CBRS, Passpoint, network virtualization, machine learning and convergence. He is responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. 

Lee Rudolph
VP of Mobility Core Services
AT&T

Lee Rudolph and his team have responsibility for architecture, development, and delivery for AT&T’s mobility packet and voice core platforms, business VoIP core, as well as end to end Layer 4+ service architecture and delivery. Lee’s team is driving AT&T’s transition to the future through 5G and network function virtualization, on the way to fully cloud native platform and service architectures, distributed to the edge.  

Previously, Lee served as Area Vice President Subscriber Product Engineering at AT&T, where he led a team responsible for the wireless product portfolio technical roadmap, development and certification of any devices approved to operate on AT&T’s wireless network (smartphone, IoT, V2X, etc).  

Lee has 30 years of wireless and broadband experience, serving in numerous engineering, operations, program management and planning roles over the years including AVP National RAN Engineering, and AVP West Region Engineering for AT&T.  Prior to joining AT&T, Lee led various technical teams and delivered scaled programs with [email protected], Verizon, and GTE. 

Prakash Sangam
Founder and Principal
Tantra Analyst LLC

Prakash Sangam is the founder and principal at Tantra Analyst, a leading boutique research and consultancy firm. He is a recognized expert in 5G, IPR strategy, IoT, and AI. Prakash has >20 years of experience working for Qualcomm, Ericsson, and AT&T. He is often quoted in the media, including CNBC, and NBC, and has spoken at leading industry events, including MWC. 

Dr. Ranjan Singh
Associate Professor, Division of Physics and Applied Physics
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Associate Professor Ranjan Singh is the founder of the TeraX Labs at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is a top 1% highly cited researcher who has made pioneering contributions to the field of terahertz science and technology including innovations in metamaterial sensors, ultrafast switches, and 6G communication devices. Prior to NTU, Ranjan worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. His current research interest includes terahertz electronic-photonic hybrid technologies for 6G communications, intelligent metasurfaces for beamforming, and massive THz-MIMO. He has raised 12M USD in competitive research grants over last six years including 6.8M USD Singapore NRF-CRP grant to develop terahertz on-chip photonics for 6G wireless links. He is an elected Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA).

Stephen Wilson
Principal Analyst
Analysys Mason

Stephen is the lead analyst for Analysys Mason's Fixed Broadband Services and Fixed–Mobile Convergence research programmes. He leads Analysys Mason’s annual FTTx coverage, capex and conversion forecasts, and other recent areas of focus include examining the retail tariff strategies employed by operators for early launches of 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA). Stephen has more than 12 years of experience in the telecoms sector and is a graduate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Catherine's College, Oxford University. 

David Vásquez
Partnership Development, Industrial Applications & Private Networking
Verizon

David Vasquez looks after Verizon’s industrial-application ecosystem & partnership development. He’s tasked with aligning best-in-class applications to best-in-class, managed, private infrastructure to deliver positive, Industry 4.0 business outcomes. 

David brings decades of experience in network sales, marketing, program management, customer experience and innovation, focused on the Industrial Internet of Things and it’s promise of value to industrial control and automation systems.  

Willem Verbiest
Head of FWA Strategy
Nokia

Willem Verbiest is heading the Strategy, Upstream activities and Market Enablement team within Nokia’s Broadband Devices business unit, including FWA, ONT and Wi-Fi activities. Before he headed the FWA Product Line Management, led the Transformation of the Mobile Transport Network of a large operator and was Partner of the Architecture Consulting Practice, in Alcatel-Lucent’s consulting organization.  He ran Alcatel-Lucent’s Multimedia Integration business, including IPTV for 5 years. 

Willem joined Bell Telephone Mfg Co / ITT in 1982 and has been a pioneer in DSL and FTTH, starting with research in the eighties, evolving to Marketing and Product Line Management responsibility and General Management of Alcatel’s Access Business Unit.  He co-created Alcatel’s #1 position in DSL.  

Willem holds a MS degree in Nuclear Physics from Ghent University. He has written over 30 published technical papers, was an IEEE guest editor and speaker at a broad range of conferences and became a Bell Labs Fellow in 2018. 

 

Richard Webb
Director, Network Infrastructure
CCS Insight

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in market analysis and research, specializing in telecom networks. He started his career researching telecom trends for a business conference company before moving into an analyst role, firstly with Infonetics Research and more recently with IHS Markit and Omdia, where he was Associate Director of Research for Mobile Networks. Richard leads our research into 5G infrastructure, from the radio access network to the transport network. He has presented and moderated panels at a range of industry events, acted as judge on awards panels, and is widely quoted in technology and mainstream media. 

David Wrout
Principal Technology Partner, Production, Supply & Retail, BT’s Enterprise Unit
BT

David Wrout is the Principal Technology Partner for BT’s Enterprise Unit and is the CTIO lead for the Supply Chain, Retail and Consumer Goods section across Enterprise. Within this role, David works with BT customers to drive co development, strategy, roadmap and innovation using BT’s vast network of inhouse experts, emerging technology partners and industry leaders. Over the past 15 years, David has held a number of integral roles within BT’s Global and Enterprise unit, working closely with the company’s largest major and strategic accounts, leading customer innovation engagement. David's background spans roles in Consulting, Innovation and Client Management. As an avid sports fan, beyond the working-world often, David focuses on Rugby and Cricket.