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Paige Atkins

Paige Atkins

Associate Administrator, NTIA


Paige Atkins is the Deputy Associate Administrator for Spectrum Planning and Policy, Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) within the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Ms. Atkins leads OSM’s efforts for international spectrum policy, strategic planning, and spectrum affairs and information programs. Prior to joining NTIA, she was the Vice President of Cyber and Information Technology Research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, where she led a broad portfolio of research, to include efforts to mature and demonstrate spectrum sharing approaches and technologies. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Atkins served as Director for Strategic Planning and Information, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), leading the development and execution of resourcing strategies, business practices and strategic alliances to provide enhanced information and communications capabilities and services to our nation’s warfighters and national leadership. She joined DISA in 2006 as the Director of the Defense Spectrum Organization. In that role, she provided executive leadership to DoD’s center of excellence for electromagnetic spectrum engineering and management, policy development, information systems, modeling and simulation, and operations support. Prior to DISA, Ms. Atkins served in several industry and government leadership and engineering roles within Cisco Systems, Inc., Scitor Corporation, the DoD Joint Spectrum Center and Gould Ocean Systems Division. In 2011 Ms. Atkins was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, and has been hand selected to support multiple Defense Science and Business Boards addressing spectrum management challenges and opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in engineering administration from George Washington University.

Carmelo  Rivera

Carmelo Rivera

Chair for WRC-19 Preparation, CITEL


Bio to be uploaded shortly.

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission


Andreas Geiss is currently Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy in DG INFSO of the European Commission. His responsibilities include the implementation of the inventory in accordance with the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme.

Andreas has been working for the European Commission since 2002. He started his professional career in 1991 at the German Regulatory Authority in the area of telecommunications. From 1994 until 2002 he worked for the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO), where he was project leader for many projects dealing with terrestrial and satellite mobile communications. He has been involved in the European preparations for World Radiocommunications Conferences since 1995. Andreas is a telecommunications engineer by profession and enjoys all sorts of sports in his spare time.

Charla  Rath

Charla Rath

Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon


Charla Rath joined Verizon in January 2010 as Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, where she leads a team engaged in the development of Verizon’s public policy positions on long term spectrum policy issues. Previously, as Executive Director – Spectrum and Public Policy at Verizon Wireless, Charla worked with the company’s business development and network planning groups to address policy and regulatory issues related to the acquisition of spectrum.

Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Charla was Vice President – Strategic Affiliations, of NextWave Telecom Inc. and Vice President of Freedom Technologies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based telecommunications consulting firm.
Charla also served as advisor to FCC Chairman Alfred C. Sikes on common carrier and spectrum policy issues and as a primary specialist in spectrum and internet policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Charla is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, which advises the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at NTIA on a broad range of spectrum policy issues. She has an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from The George Washington University and a B.S.F.S. (Foreign Service) in international economics and finance from Georgetown University.

Carl Povelites

Carl Povelites

Assistant Vice President Public Policy, AT&T


Carl Povelites is currently the Assistant Vice President, Public Policy, Mobility, for AT&T. He leads a group of professionals responsible for the development of public policy initiatives for AT&T’s wireless business to advance and facilitate AT&T Mobility’s business initiatives on a wide-range of issues, from spectrum policy to emerging devices and technologies to safe driving. In 2011 he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to serve on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Council. With over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, Carl has had the opportunity to participate in and actively shape its extraordinary growth.

Carl joined AT&T Mobility (f/k/a Cingular) as Executive Director of External Affairs in December 2000. Prior to joining Cingular, Carl was Vice President - Regulatory Affairs for Evolution Networks, a start-up fiber-optic networking company. He began his telecommunications career as a pricing analyst for Contel Telephone Operations in 1986, joining GTE Wireless in 1990 responsible for state regulatory and legislative activities. While at GTE Wireless, Carl’s responsibilities expanded to include state and federal regulatory and legislative activities as the Assistant Vice President – Government Relations. Carl has also held marketing positions in the home health care industry with Everest & Jennings and Inspiron as well as service engineer positions in the oil service industry with Dowell Schlumberger. He earned his Bachelor’s degree, a double major in economics and management, and an M.B.A. from New Mexico State University.

Thomas Hazlett

Thomas Hazlett

H.H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics, Clemson University, and author, The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone (Yale, 2017), Clemson University


Thomas W. Hazlett is the Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson University. Formerly Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission and a columnist for the Financial Times, he has written widely in popular publications, law reviews and scholarly journals. His most recent book, THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM: THE TUMULTUOUS LIBERATION OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, FROM HERBERT HOOVER TO THE SMARTPHONE (Yale University Press, 2017), has been a No. 1 Best Seller in three Amazon categories.

Rick Kaplan

Rick Kaplan

General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, National Association of Broadcasters


Rick Kaplan is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Mr. Kaplan joined NAB in October 2012 as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, and was named General Counsel in November 2014.

In his current role, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for directing NAB’s advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies. Mr. Kaplan also manages all of NAB’s legal affairs, including litigation and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Kaplan served in a number of leadership capacities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During his three-plus years at the FCC, Mr. Kaplan was the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Chief Counsel to Chairman Julius Genachowski, and Chief of Staff and Media Advisor to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Mr. Kaplan also played a leading role at the FCC in reviewing nearly every major transaction brought before the agency during Chairman Genachowski’s tenure. These included Comcast/NBCU, AT&T/T-Mobile, AT&T/Qualcomm, DISH/DBSD & TerreStar, and Verizon Wireless/SpectrumCo & Cox.

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kaplan managed the Commission’s overall policy agenda, and was responsible for policy coordination among each of the Bureaus and Offices. During that time, Mr. Kaplan worked with Congress on the passage of its groundbreaking incentive auction legislation, negotiated a resolution to the nearly decade-old TV white spaces proceeding, brought to decision rules requiring wireless carriers to offer data roaming on commercially reasonable terms, and helped navigate an evolution in the retransmission consent marketplace, ensuring that the government did not unnecessarily interfere with private market negotiations.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Kaplan practiced appellate litigation and regulatory law at Sidley Austin LLP, and served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives. At the U.S. House, Mr. Kaplan helped orchestrate the Judiciary Committee’s successful and historic litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to obtain documents and testimony from White House officials in the face of claims of executive privilege. Mr. Kaplan began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kaplan founded and operated a sports management and public relations agency that represented and served professional athletes and sports-related organizations. Kaplan earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review, and undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Gerry Oberst

Gerry Oberst

Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy, SES


Gerry Oberst is responsible for regulatory matters at SES, where his title is Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy. Gerry took this position after a long career as a partner in the Hogan Lovells law firm, in both Washington, DC, and Brussels. During his 30 years of private practice, Gerry advised many clients in the spectrum field as well as governmental agencies, including numerous projects for the European Commission. He is a prolific author and for twenty years wrote the global regulatory column for Via Satellite magazine. While in Brussels, he was the chairman of the European Satellite Action Plan Regulatory Group. He now works in Brussels and Luxembourg, and soon is moving to Washington, DC

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting


ith a team based in London and New York City, but working around the world, Mr. Marsden's practice focuses on the design of allocation mechanisms, including auctions and trading, bidding strategy, and related competition, pricing, regulatory, and public policy issues. His expertise spans multiple industries, including broadcasting, energy, mobile telephony, procurement, radio spectrum, and transport.

Mr. Marsden has 20 years of experience in microeconomics, political economy, and business consulting. He has worked for regulators and private companies in more than 40 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe. He has particular expertise in auction design and in applying economics to the telecommunications and media sectors.

Many of Mr. Marsden's recent projects have involved policy advice, auction design, software implementation, and bidder support related to the current wave of spectrum awards worldwide. This includes the design and implementation of combinatorial auctions (both multiple-round and sealed bid) for frequencies in Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Nigeria, and the UK, and SMR auctions in Belgium, Hong Kong, Norway, and Singapore. Mr. Marsden has provided strategy advice to leading incumbent operators and aspiring entrants in more than 35 spectrum auctions since 1999, including recent and forthcoming awards in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, and the UK.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Marsden spent 10 years at DotEcon, as Director and Managing Consultant, where he was responsible for business development for auctions, public policy, and strategy projects. While there, he regularly managed projects involving teams of programmers, econometricians, academics, and technology consultants. Notably, he managed the project teams supporting Ofcom on digital dividend policy and UK spectrum auctions between 2005 and 2010. He also completed major studies for the European Commission on allocation of the digital dividend, and on spectrum trading and liberalization. Previously, he worked for Oxford Analytica as an editor and consultant, where he focused, in particular, on the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Marsden presents and publishes frequently on the topics of auctions, the communications industry, and spectrum management and allocation. He is the co-author of a book on broadband regulation (Springer, 2005). He holds an MA with distinction in International Political Economy and a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Lawrence M Ausubel

Lawrence M Ausubel

Chairman & Professor of Economics, Univerisity of Maryland, Power Auctions


Larry Ausubel is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is one of the world’s leading experts on spectrum auctions, and he has also published widely on bargaining, industrial organization, and financial markets. He is the author of several highly-cited academic articles on efficient auction design, one of which proposed a format that has become known as the “Ausubel auction” and another of which laid the foundation for the combinatorial clock auction (CCA). Recently, he served as a key member of the design team for the Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Ausubel is founder and chairman of Power Auctions LLC (, an international provider of auction design, auction software, and bidding advice. Power Auctions works extensively in the spectrum area and has completed the following engagements:

• For the United States FCC, Power Auctions performed important parts of the design of the recent Incentive Auction and implemented this complex spectrum auction on the PowerAuctions™ platform;
• For Industry Canada, Power Auctions designed and implemented the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz spectrum auctions;
• For the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Power Auctions designed and implemented the Australian Digital Dividend Auction and the 1800 MHz Regional Auction; and
• For wireless operators in Europe, Asia and Africa, Power Auctions has provided expert bidding advice in more than 15 spectrum auctions.

Power Auctions has also designed and implemented auctions in the energy and resource sectors throughout Europe, North America, South America and Africa.

Before joining the University of Maryland faculty, Professor Ausubel taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University, his M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University, his M.L.S. in Legal Studies from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

David  Salant

David Salant

Founder, Auction Technologies


David Salant is a leading expert on auctions and game theory. Salant has advised government agencies in numerous countries on the design and implementation of spectrum auctions and allocation procedures. His consulting experience includes auction theory and strategic analysis for clients in spectrum auctions such as the US Federal Communications Commission for testing new package bidding procedures, Industry Canada and the Australian ACA for their first spectrum auctions. Salant has also led or helped guide bid strategy teams for numerous US FCC auctions, including virtually all the 2G, AWS and 700 MHz auctions, for the German and Austrian 3G auctions, the Netherlands 2G and 3G auctions, for the German 4G auction, for the Indian 3G auction, for a number of Mexican 2G and 3G auctions, for the Brazilian privatization of Telebras and the auctioning of mirror concessions, the Australian 2G and 3G auctions among others. He designed and implemented the first spectrum auction for paging licenses for the Mexican Ministry of Communications (SCT) and for trunk radio frequencies for the Guatemalan Superintendent of Telecommunications. Salant also led the team that developed auction software adopted by the Italian Ministero della Comunicazioni, Industry Canada, the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport, and the Guatemalan Superintendent of Telecommunications.
Salant experience in the energy sector includes serving as Auction Manager for Northwestern Energy default service procurement. Salant served as the Auction Monitor in the Illinois default service procurement auction. Salant has advised on design of capacity markets, transmission rights auctions and Renewable Energy Certificate auctions. Salant had primary responsibility for the design of the initial New Jersey BGS auction on behalf of the PSE&G, First Energy/JCP&L, Conectiv and RECO. He has also had a key role in the auction design of the Texas, ERCOT auction of capacity entitlements on behalf AEP, Reliant and TXU. Dr. Salant bid strategy experience in the energy sector includes advising a bidder in a MISO/PJM energy procurement. has advised EPCOR in the Alberta PPA auctions, the Alberta Balancing Pool for their MAP auctions and the DTe of the Netherlands on interconnector capacity auctions.

Salant teaches Auction Design, Strategy and Implementation course at the Toulouse School of Economics. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia's Institute for Tele Information. Salant has an A.B. in Economics and and Mathematics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Chris Wieczorek

Chris Wieczorek

Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile


Bio to be added shortly.

Mike Gravino

Mike Gravino

Director, LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition


Mike was one of the early pioneers in the development of a complete digital production and playout workflow using the internet, and for two years operated this major market LPTV remotely from Connecticut to Washington, DC.

Mike is the founding investor of the new Civic Affairs TV Network, a broadcasters alternative to C-SPAN, which was suppose to launch in early 2013, but has been delayed due to the uncertainty caused by the TV Spectrum Auctions.

​As the Managing Partner of Civic Media Advisors, Mike has conducted and published innovative research into the Civic Media Digital Divide, a newly identified companion problem to the internet digital divide, and one which affects every community in the country. He has testified at the FCC about this new Divide and his methodology has been the subject of intense debate both within the FCC and industry.

Mike has performed over 100 strategic communications assignments for the Executive Branch, Federal agencies, local governments, major corporations, international agencies, new media start-up's, and national non-profits. He has had a presence in DC and on the Hill for over 30 years. He is considered an expert in civic and community information systems development.

Mike was trained in strategic communications in the US Army and at the University of Oregon.

Johanne Lemay

Johanne Lemay

Co-President, LYA


Johanne Lemay is Co-President of LYA. She is a recognized expert in telecommunications and broadcasting ranging from the development of strategy and business plans, to due diligence, market research, spectrum valuation, spectrum licensing and spectrum auctions.

Ms. Lemay is actively involved in consultations for the development of public policy in telecommunications and broadcasting. She has acted as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings on numerous occasions. Recent expert evidence mandates were focused on the evolution of television and over-the-top services, benchmarking investment in broadband infrastructure and regulatory framework for MVNOs.

Ms. Lemay’s international experience includes leading mandates on spectrum licensing and auctions as well as investment due diligence in mobile services and broadband networks in countries ranging from Europe, Latin America, Asia to the USA and Canada.

Ms. Lemay is co-leader of the development of the LYA Auction Platforms. She brings expertise in all types of auction formats from SMRA to Clock auctions including Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA) and the clock format of the USA Incentive Auction. Ms. Lemay has conducted spectrum license sales on behalf of clients. Ms. Lemay also delivers strategy seminars and auction workshops to both private and public clients including telecommunications regulatory agencies in Europe, Canada and the US.

Ms. Lemay holds an Engineering Physics Degree from Laval University (Quebec City) and an MBA from Concordia University (Montreal).

Philip  Junker

Philip Junker

Executive Director of Strategic Alliances, Verizon


Philip Junker is Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at Verizon. In this role he manages the company’s auction practice and led the Verizon bidding team in Auctions 97 and 1002. He also looks after Verizon’s large wireless spectrum transactions including purchases, swaps, leases and sales. Philip previously led the company’s LTE in Rural America program which enabled small carriers to deploy 4G wireless broadband efficiently in low-density communities across parts of 16 states. Previously, Philip led corporate strategy and marketing at ALLTEL. In his more than 28 years in the wireless industry he has held field operations and corporate leadership roles at Centel Cellular, Sprint Cellular, 360° Communications and ALLTEL. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago

John Hunter

John Hunter

Director of Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile


Bio to be added shortly.

Rob Yates

Rob Yates

Co-President, LYA


Mr. Yates is Co-President of LYA and has over 30 years of experience in the telecom industry. Mr. Yates is an expert in spectrum auctions, licensing, telecom and licensing policy and regulation, business case development, wireless and network technologies, strategic marketing and product management, market and demand forecasting, segmentation analysis, and enterprise valuation.

Mr. Yates has participated in many licensing processes, developed auction strategy, bidding tactics, including game analysis, valued licenses and assessed the financial viability of mobile and fixed wireless services. Mr. Yates has provided bid room support and analyses for clients in a number of clock and SMRA auctions.

Mr. Yates has been instrumental in the development of in-depth business cases including for wireless and mobile broadband networks driving spectrum usage based on subscriber demand characteristics. He has worked closely with clients on the assessment of competitive entry, forecasting of spectrum demand, and in the development of policy proposals in public consultations.

Mr. Yates also supports clients via expert testimony in regulatory proceedings and public consultations. Testimony has been focused on industry competitive structure, spectrum licensing, technologies and deployment in various fixed and mobile bands, auction policy and framework rules, foreign ownership, broadband network evolution, interconnection, cost structures and business economics.

Mr. Yates has contributed to LYA’s published Reports and has provided many customized analyses to clients.

Mr. Yates holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering (1979) and a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering – Management Science/Operations Research (1983), both from the University of Toronto. He completed Concordia University’s Executive MBA Program in Montreal in 1992 and has a Certificate of Competency in French from McGill University. Prior to embarking on a career as a consultant, Mr. Yates spent 10 years with Bell Canada and Nortel Networks in engineering, product management and marketing roles.

Edgar Figueroa

Edgar Figueroa

President & CEO , WiFi Alliance


As president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar has led an unprecedented period of growth for Wi-Fi®. Under Edgar’s leadership, Wi-Fi Alliance has grown to more than 700 member companies, maintained an aggressive development roadmap, and adopted a vision of “Connecting everyone and everything, everywhere.” Edgar forged numerous strategic partnerships to facilitate penetration of Wi-Fi into established and emerging markets. Edgar also defined the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program development framework, and guided the launch of several generations of interoperable Wi-Fi programs that have proliferated Wi-Fi into mass markets such as mobile and consumer electronics.

Prior to Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Cisco). He was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, Edgar held product management and engineering roles at 3M Company.

Edgar is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and various community programs in Austin Texas. In 2009, he was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame.

Edgar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.

Brett Kilbourne

Brett Kilbourne

General Counsel & VP of Policy, Utilities Telecom Council


Mr. Kilbourne is currently Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at the Utilities Telecom Council (“UTC”) where he provides legal guidance to utilities on telecommunications issues both pending before federal and state agencies and being considered in Congress.

UTC is the national representative on telecommunications matters for its electric, gas and water utilities and natural gas pipeline company members, which range in size from large combination electric-gas-water utilities which serve millions of customers, to smaller, rural electric cooperatives and water districts which serve only a few thousand customers each.

Brett received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Catholic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 from the University of the South. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Kumar  Singarajah

Kumar Singarajah

Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA


“Kumar Singarajah is the Director, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development. He joined Avanti in January 2007 and is on the company’s senior management team. He is responsible for regulatory and associated government relations activities as well as certain business development and new space system development activities at Avanti. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College / London, an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from the Open University. He has worked in senior positions in the space and telecommunications sectors for about 30 years including at Logica, SES, Inmarsat and ICO Global. Kumar is also a vice chair of the techUK/UKSpace Satellite Communications Committee.“

Rebecca  Hanson

Rebecca Hanson

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy , Sinclair Broadcast Group


Rebecca J. Hanson has served as Senior Vice President / Strategy and Policy since January 2013. Prior to that, she was a Senior Advisor, Broadcast Spectrum with the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, and served on the Incentive Auction Task Force as the point person for broadcaster participation and issues affecting nonparticipating broadcasters. Prior to joining the FCC from 2007 to 2009, she was the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Sprint Nextel, where she was responsible for the launch and long-term growth strategy for the WiMAX network and a member of the deal team leading the financing and merger with Clearwire for a national spectrum footprint. From 2006 to 2007 she was a consultant focusing on business planning and deal execution for various digital media companies. Prior to that and from 2000, she held the positions of Senior Vice President, Business Development, and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at XM Satellite Radio, Inc., where she was the lead negotiator for key strategic alliances and partnerships in the areas of programming, marketing, distribution, acquisitions/joint ventures and product development. She began her career as an attorney with Brownstein and Zeidman from 1993 to 1996 and then ShawPittman (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) from 1996 to 2000, where she specialized in the areas of technology, commercial finance, and venture capital.

Veena  Rawat

Veena Rawat

Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA


Bio to be uploaded shortly.


Carolyn  Brandon

Carolyn Brandon

Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University; & Founder, Whitworth Analytics LLC , Whitworth Analytics LLC


Carolyn Brandon formed strategic consulting firm Whitworth Analytics LLC in 2011 to provide decision support and strategic policy counsel to companies in the high tech, broadband, and wireless sectors. She also is a senior industry and innovation fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy where she focuses on competition and regulatory policy as applied to networked industries and emerging markets.

Prior to forming Whitworth Analytics, Brandon served as vice president, policy for CTIA-The Wireless Association where she worked for five years with CTIA’s more than 200 members to develop strategic, national public policies for the U.S. commercial wireless industry. Brandon focused on policy matters impacting industry structure, competition, innovation, and technology development.

Before joining CTIA in 2004, Brandon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. boutique law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where for 12 years she represented wireless telecommunications providers in proceedings and transactions before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, U.S. bankruptcy courts, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Voted one of the “Top Ten Women in Wireless” by the publishers of Wireless Week, Brandon has served on the advisory board of the TechPolicy Summit, and was selected to represent the wireless industry on the Federal Communications Commission’s consumer advisory committee, an official federal advisory committee. She has served two terms on the executive committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association and two terms on the steering committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s computer and telecommunications committee. Her pro bono activities include representing prospective adoptive parents before the D.C. Superior Court, Family Division. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Green Hedges School, a pre-K through 8 independent school located in Vienna, Va. Brandon also serves as an advisory board member to the Northern Virginia Children’s Science Museum.

Scott Walsten

Scott Walsten

President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute


Scott Wallsten is President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and public policy. His research focuses on telecommunications, regulation, competition, and technology policy. His research has been published in numerous academic journals and his commentaries have appeared in newspapers and news magazines around the world. He holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. He was the economics director for the FCC's National Broadband Plan and has been a lecturer in Stanford University’s public policy program, director of communications policy studies and senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a senior fellow at the AEI – Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, an economist at The World Bank, a scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a staff economist at the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Amit Nagpal

Amit Nagpal

Partner, Aetha Consulting


Amit Nagpal is a Partner at, and one of the co-founders of, Aetha Consulting. Amit has over 20 years of experience on spectrum management issues having started his career with the Radiocommunications Agency (now part of Ofcom) in the UK. Amit advises regulators/government bodies, fixed and mobile operators, broadcasters, financial institutions and industry associations on a wide range of issues including spectrum policy development and spectrum valuation and auction support. Amit’s experience includes leading studies for the European Commission on the introduction of spectrum trading and a harmonised approach to the digital dividend. Amit has undertaken projects for clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America and is therefore able to bring a global perspective to his work. He recently supported a mobile operator in Colombia with its preparations for the AWS
spectrum auction.

J.Armand Musey

J.Armand Musey

Valuation and Financial Analysis Expert , Summit Ridge Group, LLC


Armand Musey founded Summit Ridge Group and has over 15 years of equity research, investment banking and consulting experience. Armand has completed dozens of financial valuation, strategic analysis, business development, corporate governance and business plan creation assignments in the communications industry and has experience working on numerous financing and M&A transactions. His involvement with a wide breadth of companies has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of a range of media and telecom issues and the complex web of relationships underlying the sector’s competitive dynamics and associated regulatory issues.

Prior to founding Summit Ridge Group, Armand led the satellite industry research teams for Banc of America Securities, and later Solomon Smith Barney where he also covered the wireless tower industry. He earned numerous honors as a research analyst including being named to the Institutional Investor “All American” team three times (2000-2002) and the Wall Street Journal “All Star” team. He was ranked the top satellite industry analyst by Greenwich Associates. He was previously president of a boutique investment bank specializing in the satellite, media and telecom industries.

Armand regularly speaks at major industry conferences and has been frequently quoted in leading trade publications and by national publications as an expert in communications finance and corporate governance. He authored the highly regarded publication The Spectrum Handbook 2013 and his recent industry research has been published in leading law journals. Armand is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and is a co-chair of its New York chapter for 2016-2017. He is also member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee from 2007-2009, the CFA Institute and the American Society of Appraisers.



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