Speakers

Bruce Albright
5G Solutions Manager
Burns and McDonnell

Bruce Albright leads Burns & McDonnell’s 4G/5G wireless business line where he is partnering with utilities to help them assess their wireless communication infrastructure. He has more than 30 years of experience in wireless telecommunications systems. His team deployed the first utility owned, private LTE network in the US for Southern Linc. Relying on his extensive experience and technical background, he enables his clients to make sound business decisions by providing practical advice on all aspects of projects including total cost of ownership, asset utilization, technology evaluation, throughput for modern utility applications, and long-term operations planning. 

Andrew Alleman
Transformative Technology Executive
Intel

Andrew Alleman is a Chief Architect for Network Solutions responsible for leading the Customer Solutions Architecture program within the Next Generation and Standards group at Intel.  In this role, Andrew is tasked with leading 5G End-to-End network architecture and execution across multiple business segments and product organizations. Previously, Andrew was CTO at Radisys, after having served as the company’s vice president of platform engineering. His technology focus areas have spanned access and core networks, network functions virtualization, SDN controlled data plane solutions, media processing, and compute, storage and switching infrastructure. He has more than 20 years of experience in networking and computer systems architecture and design. Andrew was the co-founder of Oresis Communications, a start-up focused on converged voice and data packet switching systems. His communications career started at ADC Kentrox, with a focus on data plane processing in the packet/cell access space. 

Melissa Ashurst
VP Emerging Markets
JMA

Melissa Ashurst leads JMA’s business and strategy efforts for Smart Cities, Education and Healthcare. Prior to JMA, she spent 12 years in the wireless industry with leadership positions at a national system integrator for Distributed Antenna Systems as well as AT&T in the Antenna Solutions Group where she was Southeast Area Manager, Contracts and Business Development, managing multi-million dollar capital budgets. In these roles, she has been a part of some of the most complex Cellular Network projects serving the needs of: cities, college campuses, stadiums and large public venues; and brings a unique understanding of the Carrier perspective as well as the complexities of successful deployments.
Melissa resides in the Metro Atlanta area with her husband and three boys. In her spare time, she has developed and leads JMA’s Women in Technology efforts and sits on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing.

Aniruddho Basu
SVP & GM of Emerging Business
Mavenir

As SVP & GM of Emerging Business, Ani and his team will leverage Mavenir’s existing and newly created solutions for 5G, IoT and digital transformation to generate new business opportunities for Mavenir in Enterprises and Industries. Offerings will include Enriched Communication, IoT and Private Networks, delivered with new business models, via a digital ecosystem of partners and channels. Ani holds an MBA in International Business and a BE in Electronics and Communications and brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector working for a number of multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. 

Collin Boyce
CIO
City of Tucson

Collin Boyce is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Tucson.  Before joining Tucson, Boyce spent 20 years in information technology leadership with firms in New York, Georgia, and Michigan.  His key areas of focus are workflow optimization, risk and resiliency, agile project management, contract negotiation, vendor management, and using data to drive business decisions. He is currently leading a City Wireless and Smart-City Initiative in Tucson, AZ. Boyce received his Bachelor and Master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his CIO certification from Carnegie Mellon University.    

Dr. Kenneth C. Budka
Sr. Partner
Bell Labs Consulting

Dr. Kenneth C. Budka, Sr. Partner at Bell Labs Consulting, is a strategic advisor to industrial enterprises world-wide, helping prepare their information and communications technology infrastructure to meet the technical and business challenges of the automation of everything era.  Dr. Budka is co-author of the book “Communication Networks for Smart Grid: Making Smart Grid Real”.  Ken received the Ph.D. and M.Sci. degrees in Engineering Science from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA and the B.S.E.E. summa cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, New York USA.  He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and holds 21 patents. 

Caroline Y. Chan
Vice President, Data Platforms Group
General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division

Intel

Caroline Y. Chan is responsible for driving new services running across the network infrastructure, working closely with network service cloud service providers and enterprises at Intel. Before joining Intel, Chan had a 15-year career at Nortel Networks Corp., culminating in her role as director of 4G wireless product management. She serves as an independent director on EnerSys Inc. board and on the board of the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) and CBRS Alliance. Chan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, respectively. 

Vinay Dhar
SVP Business Development, Emerging Business Unit
Mavenir

Bio coming soon!

Jason Eyre
Murray City School District

Jason Eyre has worked in IT for over 25 years with Private LTE being the most interesting recent career development.  Industry experiences include healthcare, government, agriculture, aerospace, information technology, software development, private corrections, and education all with a focus on data and networking. Being active in implementing the latest wired, wireless, and mobility networks has given him a unique view and perspective on both security and functionality of these tools in our world today. 

Koustuv Ghoshal
Vice President and Head Utilities, Energy & Industry Verticals
Ericsson North America

Koustuv is Vice President and the Head of Ericsson North America’s Utilities, Energy & Industrial verticals. Prior to this role, Koustuv was the head of Ericsson’s management consulting division for North America (inCode Consulting). 

He brings over 30 years of experience in the utilities, telecom and mission critical industry verticals. His domains of expertise, and areas of focus have been driving digital transformation strategies via Private-Networks in industry verticals such as utilities/energy, manufacturing, public safety, and cities 

An advocate of sustainable digital ecosystems, he has been increasingly engaged in the evolving confluence between electric power, telecommunications and electrification of transportation. 

Kevin Hanson
Business Development
Google

Kevin is part of Business Development for Google's Wireless Services team, a group focused on building out the next of generation wireless networks. Kevin has also been a part of Google Cloud's sales organization, where he transitioned strategic enterprise customers to Google Cloud Platform and GSuite. Prior to Google, Kevin's background has been in enterprise technology startups, helping build companies like MarkLogic and MongoDB. Kevin has an Electrical Engineering degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from Wharton. He lives in Redwood City with his wife and two little kids.

Lee Mabie
Digital Innovator, Designer, Maker & Marketer | VP Strategy, Product Development & Marketing
WMS

Lee Mabie is a digital transformation innovator in wireless, IoT, software and computing. Lee currently serves as Vice President of Strategy, Product Development and Marketing for Wireless Maritime Services (WMS). WMS enables digital transformation shaping the future of maritime connecting people, data and things through IoT, cellular and Wi-Fi networks at sea. Lee is responsible for new product development, entering new maritime markets, partnership development and B2B / B2C marketing for WMS. Connect with Lee on LinkedIn.

Ali Mohammed
Sr. Director Digital Innovation & Transformation
NYPA

Bio coming soon!

Kyung Mun
Principal Analyst
Mobile Experts, Inc.

Kyung Mun is a principal analyst at Mobile Experts Inc., a network of market and technology experts that analyze wireless markets.  He currently focuses on trends in 5G, Small Cells, Enterprise, and Industrial markets for wireless infrastructure.  With over 25 years in the mobile industry, he has held product development and technology strategy roles at Motorola, Texas Instruments, Alcatel-Lucent, and a few startups in between.  Kyung Mun holds electrical engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech and received his MBA from SMU.

Matthew Olson
PE
Burns & McDonnell

Bio coming soon!

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. 
 

Dan Picker
Chief Technology Officer
Inseego

Dan Picker is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in developing and deploying wireless infrastructure, software, medical devices, applications, and mobile devices. Before joining Inseego, he served as an advisor and board member, guiding companies focused on the wireless enablement of medical devices and other products that now benefit from 4G and 5G connectivity. He also holds over 20 wireless technology patents and has authored several publications.

Prash Ramani
Sr. Network Solutions Manager
Motorola

Prash Ramani has been instrumental in the introduction of Nitro - Motorola's Private LTE Solutions. In 2020 Prash rolled out the Nitro Distance Learning Solutions to school districts across the United States, helping bridge the digital divide by connecting students to their school district's network. 

Christian Regnier
Enterprise Technical Architect - Critical LTE, 5G, IoT
Air France

Christian Regnier is the Enterprise Technical Architect about Critical connectivity in Air France KLM CIO Group. He is also co-founder in 2012 and member of AGURRE association (Association of large users of PMR). One of the goal of AGURRE is to lobby the government and regulator to obtain LTE spectrum for Verticals operational use. 

Christian Regnier initiated one of the world's first POCs in 2017 of private LTE networks (at Paris Roissy airport), for which he won 2 awards in 2019: 

- the Industry pioneer disruptive excellence AWARD at the Big disruption summit & 

- the Greatest advance in the Migration to Critical Broadband by International Critical Communications AWARD. 

In parallel of the project started in 2020 to deploy the private LTE network in Roissy and Orly Paris airports, Christian Regnier is working with Air France KLM business to prepare the future regarding the 5G upgrade and IOT tests. Some Proof of concept are in preparation in 2022. 

Christian Regnier works for Air France since 1999 after work in a telecom provider and integrator. Graduate of the Grenoble School Engineers in electricity with a specialization in Signal Processing. 

Marc Sauter
Head of IoT Product Management & Mobile Private Networks
Vodafone

Marc is responsible for leading Vodafone’s IoT Product Management including flagship products like IoT Management Platform GDSP, Invent and Internet in the Car (IITC). In addition Marc is also responsible for Vodafone’s Mobile Private Network (MPN) business, which includes on-campus MPN connectivity, dedicated Multi-Edge Cloud (MEC) and associated End-to-End Solutions. Previously, Marc was Head of Consulting, Innovation & Channel Management, supporting our customers driving innovation and implementing their digital transformation strategy by leveraging the latest communication technology. He was also responsible for our VGE strategy and sales channel management. 

Parag Shah
Customer Service Executive
AMDOCS

Parag Shah is customer business executive for Amdocs Open Network. 

He is responsible for overseeing business growth and client management activities in the Americas for the company’s portfolio of solutions in the areas of mobile/5G network realization, network rollout acceleration, ORAN and private networks. A seasoned and experienced leader, Parag has delivered proven results helping service providers meet their objectives with value-rich solutions. 

Previously, Parag held various management roles at Ericsson, supporting leading wireless service providers in the US and Canada. 

Sampath Sowmyanarayan
Chief Revenue Officer
Verizon Business

Sampath Sowmyanarayan is the Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Business, charged with accelerating growth and reimagining the future of the enterprise for Verizon and its global customers. Sampath is responsible for all Verizon Business’ revenues (~$32B), go to market, business development and client satisfaction worldwide across the four business units (Global Enterprise, Business Markets, Public Sector and Wholesale). Additionally he is responsible for marketing, digital, customer experience and business transformation.

Sampath is known for his ability to forge deep global partnerships that unlock a wide range of transformative applications and leverage the advanced capabilities of Verizon’s global networks, managed services, business communications, security, Internet of Things, and professional services solutions.

Steve Wimsatt
Sr. Director of BD and Strategic Alliances
CommScope

Mr. Wimsatt is Sr Director of BD and Strategic Alliances for CommScope CBRS. He leads the CBRS Specialization program and ecosystem partnerships providing LTE devices such as routers, phones, push-to-talk and laptops. He currently is a vice chair of the CBRS Alliance Business Working Group and has been actively engaged in the Public Wi-Fi market for nearly 20 years.

Sameh Yamany, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
VIAVI Solutions

Sameh Yamany, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for VIAVI Solutions where he drives technology innovation and execution for the company. He is the former CEO and President of Trendium, where he led innovations in service assurance and analytics and creation of a new paradigm in Customer Experience Assurance. Dr. Yamany's industry experience also includes his senior executive role at Tektronix Communications where he set the vision and development of the Iris wireless and wireline monitoring and troubleshooting suite of applications.

Mehmet Yavuz
CTO & Co-Founder
Celona

Mehmet is the co-founder and CTO at Celona where he provides the technology vision for the networking platform for enterprise 5G. Previously he was the CTO of Ruckus Wireless and VP of Engineering at Qualcomm Corporate R&D. While at Qualcomm, Mehmet has led LTE small cells group and 1000x initiative in Qualcomm Research including areas such as Self Organizing Networks, Neutral Host services, LTE in Unlicensed or Shared Bands, and the work on 5G Internet of Things (IoT) networks for industrial IoT applications. Mehmet has more than 160 issued patents with USPTO and received Qualcomm IP Excellence Award in 2013. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Michael J. Zeto III
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses
Boingo Wireless

Michael J. Zeto III is a seasoned corporate executive and operator with a successful track record of leading high growth initiatives for emerging businesses. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), where he is responsible for creating new revenue streams and business models that contribute to profitable growth. Integral to Boingo’s leadership team, Zeto is focused on capitalizing on the company’s unique position in the wireless industry and driving innovation across 5G, CBRS, Wi-Fi 6, IoT and smart cities.