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Speaker Biographies

Speakers

Andreas Geiss

Andreas Geiss

Head of Spectrum Policy Unit, European Commission

 

Andreas Geiss is currently Head of Unit for Radio Spectrum Policy in DG CONNECT 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.

Philip Marnick

Philip Marnick

Head of Spectrum, Ofcom

 

Philip is Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding, licensing, monitoring and enforcement.

Philip is also Chairman of the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) bringing together all the EU’s national spectrum authorities and the Commission.

Philip has over 30 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy in both. Philip has worked in both start-up (from initial concept to sale) and large corporates in companies ranging from UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).

Pilar del Castillo

Pilar del Castillo

MEP, Rapporteur for the Telecoms Package, European Parliament

 

Former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport from 2000 to 2004, Dr. del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004. She belongs to the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.
She is the European Parliament's rapporteur on the European Electronic Communications Code.
She has also been the rapporteur of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation; the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems for the ITRE committee; the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications' (BEREC); the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the Report "A Digital Agenda for Europe: 2015.eu, to name just a few examples.
Del Castillo is the Chair of the European Internet Forum and member of the European Energy Forum and of the Transatlantic Policy Network.
Del Castillo is Professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the Executive President of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000. She is the author of numerous publications and member of various national and international political science and sociology associations.

Jonas Wessel

Jonas Wessel

Chair, RSPG

 

Jonas Wessel is Director of the Spectrum Department at the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). He is also Chair of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) for the 2018-2019 period. The RSPG is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy. Jonas holds a MSC from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Industrial Engineering and Management. Jonas started his professional career as a strategy consultant, working mainly with business development in the telecoms and IT-sector.

In 2003, he joined the PTS as advisor on radio spectrum policy issues. After several positions within the Agency, including responsibility for auctions, he was assigned Director of the Spectrum Department in 2014. Jonas has been one of the driving forces behind the transformation of spectrum management in Sweden and has also been working with these issues internationally, mainly through the RSPG where he has been a delegate since 2004. He was Vice Chairman of the RSPG for the 2016-2017 period.

Branimir Stantchev

Branimir Stantchev

Head of Sector 'Wireless Broadband' at the Spectrum Unit of DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Branimir is responsible for the development and implementation of EU-level spectrum policy for wireless broadband and 5G as well as the integration of research and innovation policies. Specific topics include the 5G spectrum roadmap, harmonised spectrum allocation, coordination of authorisation rules, spectrum management for vertical sectors, international cooperation.

Branimir has been working for the European Commission since 2008.
He started his professional career in 1995 at the Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems at the Dresden University, Germany. From 2000 until 2008 he worked with the companies Philips, Qimonda and Signalion (later National Instruments) in Germany in the area of wireless equipment design, manufacturing and marketing. He has made contributions to Wi-Fi standardization.
Branimir has a PhD degree in mobile communications from the Dresden University.

Alexander Kühn

Alexander Kühn

Chair for WRC-19 Preparation, CEPT

 

After a state exam of law at the University of Osnabrück, Mr Kühn has been working since 1998 in the area of legal internship (e.g. at Regional Court) of the Federal Network Agency, Germany; changing to national and international spectrum regulation on different levels in 2005. Nowadays he is the deputy head of section for international affairs and utilization concepts. His responsibilities cover strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU. Doing this and having been active in the preparation of three WRC’s, national and on CEPT CPG level, Mr Kühn participated in a number of international Groups, also as Head of the German Delegation. He has also chaired several groups and subgroups in the ITU and CEPT. Since 2005 he is responsible for national preparation of the WRC’s and served as CPG Vice-Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and as CPG chairman from 2013 to 2015.
Mr Kühn has been appointed as Chairman of the CEPT CPG in March 2016.

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

MEP, Shadow Rapporteur for the Telecoms Package, European Parliament

 

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri is a Finnish Member of the European Parliament (S&D). She is a member of Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) committee and vice member of Employment and Social affairs (EMPL) committee. Digital affaires and telecommunications market are important subjects for her.

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director of International Policy, Ofcom

 

Chris Woolford is Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where his responsibilities cover the UK’s international spectrum interests, especially in relation to the ITU, CEPT and EU. He is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Executive Team and Strategy Steering Group.

Chris is active in various European spectrum committees and currently represents the UK on the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). He has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European and international spectrum initiatives and led the UK delegations to WRC-15 and WRC-12.

Before joining Ofcom, Chris worked in various UK Government Departments, including 6 years at Oftel, where he worked on different aspects of telecommunications regulation. Chris has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

Gerry Fahy

Gerry Fahy

Chairperson & Commissioner, ComReg

 

Gerry Fahy was appointed as a Commissioner in ComReg on September 2nd 2013 and was appointed Chairperson on 01 March 2017.

Gerry has a background in Engineering from UCD and is a 38 year veteran of the Irish Telecommunications Industry. He received an MBA from UCD in 1992.

Gerry spent his early career with the fixed incumbent building out transmission networks. Gerry has spent the bulk of his career in the Cellular industry. Gerry played a key role in the Sale of Eircell to Vodafone in 2001. Gerry was a member of the Vodafone Ireland Board and the Executive Team. As Strategy Director Gerry was also responsible for regulatory matters and acquisitions.

Gerry was Chair of the Telecommunications and Internet Federation within IBEC from 2004 to 2009 and led the establishment of significant industry consensus in respect of rural broadband requirements and delivery.

Following his departure from Vodafone in 2011 Gerry acted as an independent telecommunications consultant until his appointment with ComReg in 2013.

Rüdiger Martin

Rüdiger Martin

Policy Officer Spectrum Management, European Commission

 

Responsibilities
EU level spectrum policy development and implementation for short-range devices including RFID and ultra-wideband technologies as well as shared use of spectrum as a horizontal topic and spectrum issues falling under the Radio Equipment Directive.
Past
Rüdiger has been working for the European Commission since 2008. He joined the Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) to work as a scientific programme officer on research funding and research policy in the area of network technologies. Since beginning of 2015, he continues his professional path in spectrum policy. Before joining the Commission, Rüdiger worked for several years as a researcher in the area of performance analysis of network technologies, an area in which he also received his PhD. He studied computer science and mathematics in Germany and the US.

Kumar Singarajah

Kumar Singarajah

Global Spectrum & Policy Regulator, ESOA

 

Kumar Singarajah is the Director, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development at Avanti Communications. He joined Avanti in January 2007 and is on the company’s senior management executive 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 University, 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 and formerly Chairman of SAP REG an EC initiated body to represent European satellite industry views to the European governments.

Gilles Brégant

Gilles Brégant

CEO, ANFR

 

Gilles Brégant graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1986) and from Telecom ParisTech (1988). Following a 8-year-career at France Telecom research center, Gilles Brégant was appointed technical adviser to the Minister in charge of Research (1996-1997). He had to coordinate international projects and themes in relation with Information Technology. He then worked for the department of Trade and Industry as deputy director in charge of Prospective. He was appointed secretary general of the ministerial task force “Digital Economy” (2001-2005). He was then appointed Technical Director of Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (the French Media Regulator) in 2005. Since 2011 Gilles Brégant is the CEO of ANFR. He was Chairman of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) from November 2012 through 2015.

Michael Daum

Michael Daum

Director, Technology Policy, CELA Privacy and Regulatory Affairs‎ , Microsoft

 

Michael Daum is a Director of Technology Policy in Microsoft’s Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group in Redmond, Washington. Michael’s primary responsibilities revolves around domestic and international spectrum policy and related issues that underpins connectivity to the cloud and to user equipment. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Michael served as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in her Washington DC office for almost a decade. Michael staffed the Senator on Information and Communications Technology policy issues, other issues of interest to the tech community (high skills immigration, patent reform, capital formation, etc.), and on aviation policy.

Michael began his career as an engineer designing, building, and testing laser and electro-optic systems. After receiving an M.B.A. in the early 1990s, he decided to change course and became a project manager at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards of Technology Advanced Technology Program. Subsequently, Michael was loaned to work successively in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the White House National Economic Council on issues where technology intersects policy.

Andy Hudson

Andy Hudson

Head of Policy, GSMA

 

The GSMA represents the interests of nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Andy has global responsibility for spectrum and regulatory modernisation, as well as the regulatory and policy aspects of the future networks, IoT and identity programmes.
Previously, he was Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom for three years, where he led the Mobile Data Strategy, including the release and sharing of public sector spectrum for civil use, and the 2.3/3.4 GHz auction team. Before that, Andy spent 12 years at Vodafone, where he held various senior product development, corporate strategy and public policy roles. As Head of Spectrum Policy, he was responsible for managing spectrum policy and auctions across the Vodafone Group. He was frequently in Brussels and further afield supporting Vodafone’s local operating companies, and over four years he managed the acquisition or renewal of spectrum in over 20 countries for a total of €9.5bn.
In 2000, he was part of the senior management team which spun an internet payments and encryption company out of NatWest. He was formerly a management consultant and a research scientist at Sharp Laboratories of Europe and Sony Corporation, based in Japan. He has a doctorate in Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA. He is married with two boys (17 and 13) and lives in a small village close to Oxford.

Jakob Blaavand

Jakob Blaavand

Director of Mathematics, Smith Institute

 

Dr Jakob Blaavand is the Director of Mathematics at the Smith Institute. He works in the field of spectrum auction design and verification, offering independent advice, verification and testing of auction rules, algorithms and software in auctions worldwide. He was a key member of the Smith Institute’s team conducting a major verification project for the US 600MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction, being responsible for the design of a comprehensive testing plan and the verification of all optimisation aspects for the reverse auction and station repacking as well as the forward auction software.

Recently, Dr Blaavand co-authored a paper with colleagues at the Smith Institute on the use of mathematical optimisation tools in spectrum management to quantitatively establish benefits and consequences of spectrum policies through scenario analysis. The paper was published in the Colorado Technology Law Journal (http://bit.ly/ctlj-blaavand).

The list of recent clients Dr Blaavand has consulted for include the Federal Communications Commission, GSMA, the Danish Energy Agency, ComReg and ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada), working on projects ranging from optimising spectrum frequency assignments to providing advice on auction designs and verifying spectrum auctions. Besides his spectrum work, he has consulted for National Grid in creating machine learning forecasting models for non-renewable embedded generation and optimisation tools for balancing electricity networks, and for Coca-Cola European Partners to determine weather-impact on sales of soft drinks.

Dr Blaavand joined the Smith Institute in 2015, having completed his DPhil in differential and algebraic geometry at the University of Oxford. During his studies he taught mathematics to undergraduates at the University of Oxford and Aarhus University, Denmark, for a total of 7 years.

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

Chief Technology Officer, ETSI

 

Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

He played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

Stéphane Ros

Stéphane Ros

Industrial Telecoms Officer, SNCF

 

Stephane ROS is the industrial telecoms officer for SNCF, in charge of delivering future services based on networks, whether they are wired or wireless, internal, external or hybrid, from optical fibers to GSMR and IoT.
Stéphane ROS also created and currently manages the SNCF’s spectrum bureau, in charge of collecting the SNCF needs and representing them in the external and official forums.

René Dönni Kuoni

René Dönni Kuoni

Vice-Director & Head of Telecoms Services, Ofcom Switzerland

 

René Dönni Kuoni holds the position of the Director of the Division “Telecom and Postal Services” at the Swiss Federal Office for Communications (OFCOM Switzerland), where he is a member of the board.

He joined office in 1995 and was involved in preparing the telecommunications market opening in Switzerland as of 1.1.1998. He also took part in the Negotiating Group on Basic Telecommunications within the framework of the General Agreement on Trade in Service (WTO GATS).

Between 1997 and 2002, he was project leader for tenders of mobile licenses and head of Mobile and Satellite communications within OFCOM Switzerland. From 2002 until 2013, he was the leader of economics and statistics of OFCOM Switzerland and dealt with market access issues and economic analyses, both nationally and in an international context.

Since 2013, Rene Dönni helds the responsibility for the Telecoms Division within OFCOM and since 2015 he is also responsible for the further development of the framework of the legislation on postal matters in Switzerland.
René Dönni Kuoni holds academic degrees in Economics as well as in Electrical Engineering. He is married and has 2 children.

Blaise Soury-Lavergne

Blaise Soury-Lavergne

Head of Mobile Spectrum Awards, ARCEP

 

Blaise is head of the mobile spectrum awards unit at Arcep, the French telecommunication regulator. He is responsible for designing spectrum awards and licensing mobile operators. He conducted the 700 MHz band auction in metropolitan France in 2015 and the selection process for 4G frequencies in overseas territories in 2016. Since 2017, he is co-chairing the expert working group of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) on mobile issues.
Blaise worked previously at the Directorate General for Enterprise (DGE) where he contributed to the elaboration and implementation of the French broadband rollout plan and at the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) where he represented France at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in the discussions about the access to satellite orbit and spectrum resources.

Glyn Carter

Glyn Carter

Senior Spectrum Advisor, GSMA

 

Glyn Carter is Senior Spectrum Advisor at the GSMA, where his main focus since he joined in 2012 has been on future spectrum. This includes preparatory activities for WRC-19, and before that WRC-15, including sharing and compatibility studies and other preparatory activities in ITU-R and CEPT. It also includes wider activities related to future spectrum for mobile broadband, including availability of spectrum for 5G and progressing of bands identified at WRC-15 in ITU-R and CEPT.
Glyn has been involved in spectrum management for over 20 years. Prior to GSMA, this included working as a consultant for regulators in countries including the UK, South Africa, Sweden, Japan and Jordan. He has also worked for mobile operators in countries including the UK, Romania and Portugal, where his responsibilities included technology strategy, terminals and mobile data services, as well as regulatory activities and standards. Glyn has a BSc in mathematics and a PhD in cryptography from London University.

Wladimir Bocquet

Wladimir Bocquet

Director Spectrum Management & Policy, Eutelsat

 

Wladimir Bocquet is the Director of Spectrum Management & Policy for Eutelsat. Previously at the GSMA, he was Head of Policy Planning for Government and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he provided public policy analysis and recommendations to the GSMA executive team and offers a strategic view of global policy trends to GSMA members. He started at the GSMA as a Senior Director of Spectrum Policy, responsible for building consensus on spectrum policy positions and promoting best practice in spectrum management.

In October 2008, Mr Bocquet was appointed Deputy Director in charge of Spectrum Strategy and International Planning at Orange-France Telecom Group, and he led the Orange delegation at WRC-12. He worked in Japan for several years, first in mobile broadband communication for Fujitsu Laboratories and subsequently as senior manager of broadband access technologies for Orange Labs Tokyo-Seoul (formerly France Telecom R&D).

In addition to his GSMA responsibilities, Mr Bocquet also served as a lecturer for the US Telecom Training Institute (USTTI) and other international training bodies.

Mr Bocquet earned a degree in telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France) and a doctorate from the University of Kyoto, Japan.

Mirela Doicu

Mirela Doicu

Chairperson, Policy Working Group, Small Cell Forum

 

Mirela is part of the Global Government Relations team of Nokia group, overseeing the wireless regulation and policies since 2011. She is active in several industry associations at international and European level, currently chairing the Regulatory working group of the Small Cells Forum. She is also involved in the regulatory and spectrum issues with DIGITALEUROPE.
Mirela has 20 years of experience in telecom with Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, and Orange, in regulation, business consulting, product and strategic marketing and business planning. Mirela holds a MBA in Marketing from University of Ottawa and HEC Montreal and an Organic Chemistry Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.

Vincenzo Lobianco

Vincenzo Lobianco

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, AGCOM

 

Vincenzo Lobianco is in AGCOM, the Italian NRA, from year 2000. Currently he is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, reporting directly to the AGCOM board on technical and regulatory issues related to telecommunication infrastructure and radio spectrum.
Before holding the post of Chief Technology and Information Officer, Vincenzo Lobianco has been, from 2006 to 2014, Director of the Electronic Communication Network and Services Directorate of AGCOM charged, inter alia, for the preparation of the frequency and numbering assignment plans, for horizontal regulatory decisions, for the monitoring and the enforcement of AGCOM decisions, notably in the wholesale telecommunication markets, regulatory accounting systems of notified operators and dispute resolutions.

Vincenzo Lobianco represented Italy in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group of EU and in several international frequency coordination meetings.

Vincenzo Lobianco holds an MS in Electronic Engineering. Before joining AGCOM, he worked for the Ministry of Communication from 1985, where we was responsible for the management of the first Italian public packet network (ITAPAC) and for the national numbering plan. He also served as the national coordinator of ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute) activities and as member of the ETSI Board (from 1999 to 2002). During years 1995-1998, he was seconded to the European Commission, where he worked as Project Officer of several projects, within the IDA Programme (Interchange of Data between Administration).

Allan Ingraham

Allan Ingraham

Principal, Economists Incorporated

 

Allan T. Ingraham is an expert on auctions, corporate strategy, and econometrics. He has applied this expertise to auctions for radio spectrum and electricity, the detection of bid-rigging and market manipulation, the analysis of various issues of corporate finance, and collective bargaining.
Dr. Ingraham has provided strategic advice to participants in dozens of high stakes auctions worldwide. His auction clients achieve market positions similar to or superior to their primary rivals while typically paying less than those rivals. He has also studied competition and regulation in the markets for both wireline and wireless communications. Dr. Ingraham has testified on issues relating to radio spectrum licensing and auction competition and the accuracy of statistical predictors. He has also developed financial models that have been used for collective bargaining in professional sports.
Dr. Ingraham has written scholarly articles on the detection of bid-rigging, the taxation and regulation of telecommunications services, the determinants of broadband adoption both worldwide and in the United States, and the effects of different auction design components on market outcomes. He has published articles in Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, Review of Network Economics, Yale Journal on Regulation, Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy, Telecommunications Policy, Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, and Virginia Tax Review.
Dr. Ingraham earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A., with honors in economics, from Colby College.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Editorial Vice-Chairman APG, APT

 

Mr. Lewis, now pursuing a career as a consultant, participates in a number of working groups and project teams on spectrum management issues and is called upon to provide consultancy advice to ITU member administrations, research institutes, industrial entities and system operators on matters related to space radiocommunications and new wireless technologies. He is heavily involved in the Study Group activities of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector.

Mr. Lewis is also heavily involved in the activities of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity where he chairs the Working Group on Spectrum Aspects of the APT Wireless Group and is Vice-Chairman of the Editorial Committee of the APT Preparatory Group for WRC-19.

Mr. Lewis, until his retirement in 2000, was Head of the Space Publication and Registration Division of the Space Services Department in the Radiocommunication Bureau at ITU where he was responsible for the processing of coordination requests and notifications for satellite networks and earth stations. He was also responsible for the maintenance of the ITU’s Master International Frequency Register for space services.

Richard Womersley

Richard Womersley

Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom

 

Richard is Director of Spectrum Services for LS telcom. He has 20 over years consulting and business experience working in the radio spectrum management, public telecommunications, digital broadcasting and satellite industries. He has worked for regulators, network operators, financiers, governments and end-users on issues covering national and international policy; regulation and its impact; pricing, auctions and licensing; cost modelling and tariff setting; planning and consultation; network specification and procurement; and digital switch-over. His work has been international in nature having taken him to every continent except Antarctica. Richard is also an experienced trainer having been running courses on spectrum management and policy for over 15 years.

In addition to providing consultancy advice and training, Richard’s career has embraced roles in a military communications company, as a transmission manager for BBC World Service and business manager for the UK’s largest broadcast infrastructure provider ntl: (now Arqiva) giving him a broad perspective on telecommunications and broadcast technologies and industries, their commercialisation and their regulation.

Elena Puigrefagut

Elena Puigrefagut

Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU

 

Elena Puigrefagut Coarasa, Senior Project Manager at the European Broadcasting Union, co-ordinates joint technical activities undertaken by EBU Members on frequency planning and spectrum management and regulation and, in particular, frequency planning studies for terrestrial broadcasting systems. She represents the EBU in a number of international committees as the CEPT, EC and ITU including ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences.
Prior to joining the EBU, Elena worked at Eutelsat, a global satellite operator, as a frequency planning engineer in the Operations Department. During this period, she was responsible for the planning of the satellites that supported the launch of digital TV across Europe in the mid-1990s.
Elena holds a Master's degree in Image and Sound (ENST, Paris) and a M.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ETSTB Barcelona).

Sergio Bovelli

Sergio Bovelli

Manager, Market Access and Regulation, Airbus

 

Sergio Bovelli, Ph.D. is Manager, Market Access and Regulation at Airbus Defence and Space in Germany. In his role Dr. Bovelli works closely with Administrations, Regulatory Authorities and Policy Makers in all regions to promote and develop new aeronautical and space technologies and communication.
With over 15 years of experience in aeronautics and space industry, he joined Airbus in 2005, where he held several positions, both technical and managerial. He is co-author of several scientific articles and holds a number of patents related to communication systems.
Sergio holds a PhD degree in “Information Engineering” and a Master degree on “Telecommunication Engineering”

Tim Miller

Tim Miller

Partner, Plum Consulting

 

Tim Miller is a Partner at Plum and specialises in the application of economic theory to telecommunications issues, with a particular focus on regulation, competition, and spectrum policy and strategy. His advice has been used by operators to lobby for changes to regulation, and by operators to form regulatory policy and strategy.

Tim has developed models and analytical tools for operators, regulators and governments around the world to assess the value of spectrum and how it should be awarded. He has also provided advice on how spectrum may be used from both a technical and regulatory perspective in mobile and fixed networks. His work considers the analysis of markets and company interactions, both in terms of their impact on spectrum awards and on regulation in general. He is adept at applying established regulations to emerging markets, particularly those in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, but is keen to develop new regulatory thinking to reflect the changing nature of today’s telecommunications markets, applied to markets worldwide.

Tim has applied game theory to market interactions to enable operators and regulators to understand likely outcomes of decisions, and how to mitigate against unwanted effects. His work has also included mobile broadband regulation, the estimation of demand for data traffic, economic impact and cost benefit analyses, the pricing of regulated services, broadcasting cost models, undersea cable disputes, mobile number portability, universal service cost calculations, and structural separation.

Tim has an MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol, specialising in auction and game theory, and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics from the same institution.

Thomas Ewers

Thomas Ewers

Head of Section International Spectrum Affairs, BNetzA

 

Head of section for international spectrum affairs and utilization concepts in the Federal Network Agency, Germany.
After a university degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Germany, Mr. Ewers has been working continuously since 1992 in the area of national and international spectrum regulation on different levels. Having started in the beginning of his career with frequency coordination issues his responsibilities have been broadened to strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU.
Nowadays Mr Ewers is predominantly active in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group and the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the CEPT and was a member of the Radio Spectrum Committee. After participating in several meetings of the ECC and its subordinate groups Mr. Ewers was Chairman of the ECC between 2007 and 2012.

Lars Backlund

Lars Backlund

Secretary General, Broadcast Network Europe

 

BNE is based in Brussels and represents the commercial interests of Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators in 21 European countries with regard to policy developments and regulatory intervention by European Institutions, ITU and other organisations. Focus is to secure long-term availability of adequate spectrum for the terrestrial broadcast platforms and nurturing the long-term market opportunity for content distribution via the terrestrial broadcast networks.
Mr Backlund has a professional background in the satellite industry with the Swedish Space Corporation and as a representative of the Swedish Government on the communications satellite board of the European Space Agency. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank on various communications system study missions. Mr Backlund has recently held several leading positions at Teracom (the Swedish operator of the TV and Radio terrestrial distribution networks) including international business development, strategic planning and regulatory affairs including responsibilities for liaison with Swedish Government Departments and Swedish National Regulatory Authorities.
Lars Backlund has a Master's Degree in telecommunications and microwave engineering and also diplomas from executive programmes at the Swedish Institute of Management and from various courses at INSEAD.

Gerry Oberst

Gerry Oberst

Senior Vice President, Global Advocacy, 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.

Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson

Chief Regulatory Officer, Wireless Innovation Forum

 

With almost 35 years of spectrum management experience, Mark is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for Comsearch.  In addition to leading Comsearch’s technical and business development efforts numerous wireless and spectrum-related products and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users.  He leads CommScope’s CBRS efforts on the Spectrum Access System/Environmental Sensing Capability.  He is on the board of the Wireless Innovation Forum and is a co-chair of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired working groups related to spectrum sharing and data exchange issues.  He has led Comsearch’s spectrum management efforts including the development of spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of Comsearch’s engineering services and software products.  He has led Comsearch’s efforts in working with the American Hospital Association as their technical partner for WMTS frequency coordination.  He has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Julián Seseña

Julián Seseña

EAN Regulatory, Inmarsat

 

Julian Seseña has a Ph. degree on Radiocommunications, Master in Communications Systems and Networks, Business Degree on General Management and, among others, Yacht Captain.

He has served as Executive Director of North American Teledesic Communications Spain, Director of Telecommunications in Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, Head of Research and Development in the Spanish General Direction of Telecommunications (Ministry of Industry and Telecommunications). VicePresident of Study Group 4 of the ITU R on satellite matters. Supported Satellite Operators and satellite Organizations like SES, Intelsat, ESOA, GVF, ITSO, ESA, etc. Management of the regulatory affairs and market access for the Inmarsat European Aviation Network.

He has lectured more than 80 conferences and he has published more than 60 papers.
He has conducted a number of specific activities in the field of spectrum management, among others:
- Frequency coordination of the Hispasat satellite system and regulatory support for the Teledesic satellite constellation.
- Numerous contributions to CEPT, ITU, ATU, CITEL Organizations on matters associated to satellite regulatory procedures
- Management of authorizations for satellite services in Europe and LatinAmerica
- Spectrum planning for future generation of satellite systems and Spectrum monitoring and international spectrum harmonization for the Spanish Administration

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Jan-Hendrik Jochum

Director, Spectrum Policy & Projects, Deutsch Telekom AG

 

Mr Jochum is expert in Spectrum Policy at Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), where he is responsible for spectrum management and projects. He is leading all kinds of projects for airspace connectivity from a regulatory perspective within DT and is an expert for spectrum auctions. Jan joined DT in 2009 and works in the regulatory sector since 2014. Prior to joining DT he was working in different projects in Europe for a management consultancy. Jan holds a Master of Arts in Political Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Lasse Wieweg

Lasse Wieweg

Chairman, Spectrum Group, GSA

 

Lasse Wieweg, Director, Government and industry relations at Ericsson, has worked with telecommunications his whole professional career, starting in 1973 with Ericsson. In 1986, following some over-seas assignments, he took up a position at the Frequency Management department within the Swedish Telecommunications Authority (now PTS). In 1994, he took up a new position within the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), on Frequency Management for the Swedish Defence Forces. Since 1997, Lasse is back in Ericsson, particularly addressing international policies in the Radio Regulatory and Spectrum domains within the Ericsson Group Function in Stockholm, Sweden.

Björn Thegeby

Björn Thegeby

Senior Expert, DG CONNECT B4, European Commission

 

After a few years in the private sector, Björn Thegeby joined the Swedish diplomatic service in 1983 with postings in Riyadh, New York, Madrid, Rome and at the United Nations, negotiating the UN budget. In 1999, Björn joined the European Commission, drafting the European Biotechnology Strategy a cross-Commission project.
In 2004, he moved to spectrum issues, focusing on the introduction of service and technology neutrality and broadcasting matters. Since 2010, Björn has been coordinating the European Union approach to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences.

Simon Dunkley

Simon Dunkley

Solutions Architect, Itron

 

Simon is a Solutions Architect within Itron and has a wide remit, working with European regulators and industry to develop smart metering/ smart grid applications and legislation, as well as directing projects within Europe. He has twenty five-years’ experience working in communications around the world having previously worked for Plessey Microsystems, Nortel Telecommunications, as a consultant with UK-based Detica Ltd and for Silver Spring Networks. He is also Secretary General of the TALQ Consortium, a multi-company enterprise that has defined a Smart City protocol designed to standardise the interface between Smart City technologies. He holds two degrees in Physics from Imperial College, London and the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Amar Saïdani

Amar Saïdani

Expert, Department of Regulatory and Spectrum Resources, ANFR

 

Amar SAÏDANI is a military engineer from the French Ministry of defense seconded to the French national frequency Agency and is responsible for coordination and granting licenses for satellite frequencies declared by France to the ITU, including the satellite systems of the Intergovernmental organization EUTELSAT and the European Space Agency and the GALILEO satellite program from the European Union.
He worked for 20 years in a wide scope of EMC and spectrum issues for satellite and military programs and is still focused on spectrum management for crisis.
Since 2014, he chairs the satellite communications regulatory group of the CEPT harmonizing and enhancing the deployment of broadband satellite solutions, that recently finalized and published outcomes of the ECC report "satellite solutions for 5G".

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Director of Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Qualcomm

 

Luigi Ardito is currently working as Director of government affairs for Europe, Middle East and North Africa at Qualcomm and drive Qualcomm spectrum and regulatory policy agenda in Europe and MENA dealing with various government entities and industry organizations. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Luigi worked for over a decade at Sony Corporation both in Japan and in the UK. Luigi gained also professional experience at France Telecom and at the Italian Public Broadcaster RAI.
Luigi has extensive experience in the Media and Telecom industry as well as the Semiconductor Industry gained through his assignments at Qualcomm, Sony, France Telecom and RAI. He holds an Electronic Engineering Degree gained at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and a Master of Business Administration gained at the Henley Management College in the UK.

Ulrich Rehfuess

Ulrich Rehfuess

Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia

 

Ulrich holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his 25+ years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia, he spent 20+ years in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, EDGE, UMTS with HSPA, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for spectrum policy within Nokia, now organised within the CTO and Nokia Bell Labs team. Ulrich is vice chair of the BITKOM Spectrum working group in Germany and chairs the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.

Javier Veglison

Javier Veglison

Spectrum Management, Hispasat

 

Javier Veglison, Spectrum Management Engineer at Hispasat, the Spanish satellite communications operator, leader in the distribution of content in Spanish and Portuguese. He participates in activities related to strategy, regulation and frequency coordination of the satellite networks of the group, including participation in international forums such as ECC and ITU, such as World Radiocommunication Conferences. In addition to this, Javier also takes part in activities related with innovation within the company.
 
Javier holds a master degree in Radiocommunications (Supélec, France) and a Master in Business Administration specialized in the Aerospace industry (EOI, Madrid).

Chris Cheeseman

Chris Cheeseman

Head of Spectrum Policy, BT Group

 

Chris works in BT Group's Regulatory Affairs team where he is responsible for spectrum policy for BT and EE. He has in depth experience of international spectrum work in the ITU, CEPT and industry groups. He also engaged in national spectrum matters, including preparing for and participating in several Ofcom spectrum auctions and dealing with Ofcom and Government on a wide range of spectrum and regulatory issues. During his career with BT he has gained over 30 years of experience in wireless communications since graduating from Queen Mary College (London University) in 1985. Chris is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Reza Karimi

Reza Karimi

Director, Huawei

 

Reza Karimi is Director, Corporate Strategy – Huawei Technologies, with focus on technology standards and spectrum regulation. Prior to this, he was Technical Policy Director at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, with responsibilities in a range of spectrum management initiatives, including a review of the UK’s licence exemption framework, the auction of spectrum for 4G mobile communications at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz, and database-assisted access to TV white space spectrum. Previously, he was with Bell Laboratories at Lucent Technologies, and Motorola GSM Products Division. He received a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK. He also holds a MSc/DIC degree in Digital Communications, and a PhD in Adaptive Array Signal Processing, both from Imperial College, UK. He is the author of over sixty publications in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, and is co-inventor in over thirty patents.

David Salant

David Salant

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

 

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.

Dave Wright

Dave Wright

Director, Regulatory Affairs & Network Standards, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company

 

Dave leads Ruckus’ policy and standards initiatives, ensuring the intersection of Ruckus’ technology and product innovations with suitable regulatory environments and technical specifications. Dave is a champion of open spectrum, including both unlicensed and dynamic sharing regimes, while acknowledging the vital role that all spectrum management regimes play in our increasingly wireless world.

In addition to his role with Ruckus, Dave participates in a number of SDOs and ITOs and is currently the President of the CBRS Alliance.

Dave began his odyssey in networking/telecom/mobile/wireless in the early ‘90s while serving in the US Marine Corps. He then transitioned to the commercial sector as a systems engineer. In the intervening years he has spent much of his time in Technical Marketing, Standards Development, and Policy Advocacy. Dave is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) Emeritus (#2062) as well as a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA).

Ülar Kaldasaun

Ülar Kaldasaun

Spectrum Engineer, Inmarsat

 

Ülar’s current responsibilities revolve around spectrum usage, availability and planning at Inmarsat – market leader in the provision of mobile satellite services. Ülar is particularly focused on compatibility between satellite and other communications services and as such actively contributes to policy issues related to satellite operation, spectrum usage and interference studies on both national and international (ITU, EU, CEPT) level.
 
Ülar has more than 10 years of experience working with national and international telecommunications regulations. He has consulted for leading global providers of telecommunications services and large multinational companies on matters related to regulatory compliance, standardisation and market access. Ülar has also worked for the Estonian national telecommunications authority and participated in developing regulatory policy and ensuring enforcement in various areas including communications networks and services.

Javier Domínguez Lacasa

Javier Domínguez Lacasa

Head of Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Intelligence, Telefonica

 

Javier Domínguez is Head of Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Intelligence in Telefonica’s Corporate Unit, where his current focus is on working with the technical and business development teams on developing the Company’s awareness and thinking around innovative spectrum allocation and assignment procedures.

Javier has an Economics and Legal background and has worked in Telefonica for the last 13 years, at local and corporate level and in different regulatory roles. He has participated in spectrum auctions and spectrum policy discussions in several European countries since 2011, and he has also been engaged on a wide range of other telecom policy issues. Prior to joining Telefónica he worked for Ericsson for 5 years.

Guillaume Lebrun

Guillaume Lebrun

Director, Spectrum & Technology Policy, Qualcomm

 

Guillaume Lebrun is Director of Spectrum and Technology Policy in the Government Affairs team at QUALCOMM.
Guillaume is supporting European governments and regulatory bodies such as CEPT/ECC, European Parliament and national discussion groups by providing technology expertise and market analysis. Mr Lebrun is actively involved in the European discussions around 5G, the Electronic Communication Code and investment in future communication infrastructure.
Guillaume is also leading cooperation within the mobile industry by engaging in various forums such as Digital Europe, Bitkom and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.
Guillaume started his career as a researcher in MIMO and OFDM technologies before focusing on regulatory topics upon joining Qualcomm.
Guillaume holds a PhD from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and an engineering degree from l’Ecole National Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France.

María Dolores Pérez Guirao

María Dolores Pérez Guirao

Spectrum & Innovation Manager, APWPT

 

APWPT is an international non-profit organisation, which is representing the needs of all users of the Programme Making & Special Event (“PMSE”) sector. PMSE is crucial on a daily basis for the production of audio/visual content. A vast array of organisations is reliant on radio spectrum for the production of content for Performing Arts, Broadcasting, News Gathering, Independent Film and TV Production, Corporate Events, Concerts, Night Venues, Sports Events, Churches, etc. Members of APWPT include PMSE organisations, users and manufacturers.

María Dolores holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and a Ph.D. degree from the Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany). She has a professional background in the PMSE industry as Spectrum & Innovation manager with Sennheiser Electronic. María Dolores has more than 15 years of experience working as a researcher and technology consultant in the areas of cognitive radio and spectrum management for professional wireless applications. Additionally, she participates in a number of standardisation groups, such as ETSI TC RRS.

Albert Nalbandian

Albert Nalbandian

Chairman, Working Group for WRC-19, RCC

 

Since 2003, Albert Nalbandian, Chairman RCC Working Group on preparation to WRC-19/RA-19 as Delegate of the Republic of Armenia participated in:
• Plenipotentionary Conference:
Marakesh, 2002, Antalia, 2006, Guadalajara, 2010
• World Radiocommunication Conference 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015
• Regional Radiocommunication Conference 2004, 2006
• Radiocommunication Assembly 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015
From February 1985, Albert Nalbandian was a Counsellor of the CCIR and later since 1993 of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau and was responsible for the work of ITU-R Study Group 1 “Spectrum management”, ITU-R Study Group 7 “Science services” and preparation for radiocommunication conferences (CPM) held in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2003.
During the 1985 – 2001, he assisted 50 ITU-R Chairmen in preparing, organizing and conducting more than 180 meetings.

Kenneth Wallstedt

Kenneth Wallstedt

Head of 5G Strategies at Group Function Technology & Architecture (CTO Office), Ericsson

 

Kenneth has 27 years of international experience in mobile communications from various leading positions in Ericsson’s research, development and market units in Canada, Sweden, and the US. He also holds some 20 patents and is the author behind numerous papers. He holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Moderators

Francois Rancy

Francois Rancy

Director, BR, ITU

 

Mr François Rancy was elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10) in Guadalajara, Mexico. He took office on 1 January 2011. He was confirmed in a second term by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14) in Busan, Republic of Korea.
François Rancy is an engineer, a graduate of the École Polytechnique (1977) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris, 1979).
From 1979 to 1997, he worked as systems engineer and subsequently Head of Department in France Télécom's research laboratories, where he was in charge of studies on national and international satellite systems and activities relating to the spectrum and the regulation of satellite systems. As from 1992, his responsibilities expanded to cover the entire radiocommunication sphere.
From 1997 to 2004, he was Director of Spectrum Planning and International Affairs at the National Frequency Agency (ANFR).
From 2004 to 2010, he was Director-General of ANFR, responsible for frequency management in France.
In October 2010, he was elected Director, BR by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.
At the international level, he led the coordination of European delegations (CEPT) at WRC-03 and chaired the European Union group on spectrum management policy (RSPG) in 2007. He chaired the ITU–R Special Committee on Regulatory and Procedural Matters from 1997 to 2003, and the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2007.
François Rancy has been awarded the ITU Silver Medal (2007) and the titles of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1998) and Ordre national du mérite (1992)

Soren Sorensen

Soren Sorensen

Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting

 

Dr. Soren Sorensen is an Associate Director in NERA's Auction Group with more than 10 years' consulting experience, whose work spans spectrum auctions in more than 25 countries, and includes auction design and auction implementation for regulators as well as advice on bidding strategies for mobile operators. Dr. Sorensen has extensive experience with advising mobile operators in combinatorial clock auctions (CCA), and has also advised bidders on simultaneous multiple round auctions (SMRA), clock auctions, sealed bid auctions and various hybrid auction formats. During the majority of these projects, Dr. Sorensen has provided on-site strategy support during the auctions. He has also developed software tools for analyzing bidding behaviour, including efficient algorithms for determining winners and prices in combinatorial clock auctions.

Alongside his work on spectrum auctions, Dr. Sorensen has advised clients on auction design and auction strategy in diverse markets such as natural gas, electricity, terrestrial TV broadcasting licences, airport slots, water abstractions rights, rough diamonds, and flue ventilation systems.

Dr. Sorensen holds a PhD in economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he specialized in microeconomics, game theory, and auction design. Dr. Sorensen has published part of his PhD thesis in Economics Letters and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier

Chairman, ECC, CEPT

 

Graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC) in 1991, Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management. In his position, he is directly responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of allocation and for the coordination of French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was Chairman of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12) and, as French representative in RSPG, has chaired several RSPG working groups dealing with EU interests in international meetings and cross-border issues.

Graham Louth

Graham Louth

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

During his 25 years in the telecoms industry, Graham has been at the forefront of regulatory thinking on issues such as network cost modelling and spectrum management.

Graham has extensive experience in all aspects of spectrum policy, management and regulation as well as having worked in areas such as regulatory accounting, incremental cost modelling (fixed and mobile), retail and wholesale price control, margin squeeze, universal service provision and tariff analysis.

Graham Louth joined Aetha in 2014 from Ofcom, where he was Director of Spectrum Policy, Mobile and Auctions. Prior to joining Ofcom in 2003, Graham worked at Analysys Mason (then Analysys Consulting).

Mark Colville

Mark Colville

Principal, Analysys Mason

 

Mark Colville (Principal) is part of Analysys Mason's Regulation practice, and is based in the company's Cambridge office. He joined Analysys Mason in 2003 and has advised a variety of clients, including national regulators, fixed and mobile operators, media players, equipment vendors and investors on a wide range of projects around the world.
 
Mark's work focuses mainly on radio spectrum and wider regulatory issues across the telecoms and media sectors. Among other topics, he has particular expertise in spectrum valuation and auction support, spectrum policy, and forecasting the future demand for spectrum.
 
His other areas of expertise include media regulation, with a focus on competition issues in pay-TV markets, content rights issues and TV advertising. Mark's wider regulatory experience includes work on a range of competition issues, such as wholesale pricing, predatory pricing and margin-squeeze analysis, and core and access network cost modelling. Mark has also advised on the pricing of fixed and mobile telephony services and has managed several projects to support operators in the introduction of new tariff plans.
 
Mark trained as a mathematician and has an MA from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Diploma in Computer Science, also from Cambridge.

Mark Caines

Mark Caines

Partner, Flint Global

 

Mark Caines is a partner at Flint where he jointly leads the competition and regulatory practice.   Prior to joining Flint, Mark was a senior director at Ofcom.  He spent five years as an economic director working on competition and regulatory issues in the broadcasting and telecoms sectors and then moved into a policy director role in Ofcom’s spectrum group. Over a period of six years, he led Ofcom’s spectrum work on satellite and broadcasting and was also responsible for Ofcom’s programme of spectrum auctions.  Previously Mark was a senior consultant specialising in the energy and utility sectors.

Gerard Pogorel

Gerard Pogorel

Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech

 

Gérard POGOREL is Professor of Economics and Management-Emeritus, Telecom ParisTech, France, and an independent international expert in telecommunications and the digital economy. Telecom ParisTech is a first-tier European Research and higher education institution. It encompasses all discipline areas, sciences, technologies, social sciences, of relevance to information and telecommunications technologies and the media.

Gérard POGOREL published in 2017 a widely circulated and influential position paper 'Spectrum 5.0 Improving assignment procedures to meet economic and social policy goals' He co-authored in 2014 a report to the Prime Minister of Italy assessing the investments by operators in NGAN networks in the EU Digital Agenda perspective. He was an independent member of the Organo di Vigilanza, of Telecom Italia Open Access (2008-2012) monitoring access to the incumbent’s network. He co-founded and acted as Chair/Rapporteur of the European Spectrum Management Conferences since its creation in 2006. He was previously Chair of the European Union Framework Research & Technology Development Programme Monitoring Panel, and Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the EU Information Society and Technologies Research Programme. He participates in numerous Government-level and regulation Authorities Committees and Scientific Committees on telecom and media policy and regulation in Europe, the USA and Asia. He published numerous articles, books, and reports including: “Spectrum 5.0: improving assignment procedures to meet economic and social policy goals”, “Valuation and pricing of licensed shared access: next generation pricing for next generation spectrum access”, “The digital dividend: radio spectrum, mobile broadband, and the media: Towards a policy framework”, Open Society Institute (2011), “The Radio Spectrum: managing a strategic resource”–with JM Chaduc, (Wiley-ISTEC London, January 2008), Nine regimes of spectrum management: a 4-step decision guide, Communications & Strategies, April 2007.

His current research focuses on the design of network investments incentives, the award of frequency licences, and competitive market dynamics in the digital economy, He is a member of the international panel of experts for the World Competitiveness Yearbook. He lectures extensively in Europe, the US, and Asia. Gérard Pogorel is Officier des Palmes Académiques.

Lee Sanders

Lee Sanders

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Lee has over 15 years’ experience of advising operators, regulators and government bodies across a broad range of topics, including network sharing, next generation networks and transaction support. He has extensive expertise in spectrum issues and has led several high-profile spectrum-related studies for regulators, such as the European Commission, Ofcom (UK), NITA (Denmark) and the IDA (Singapore). Lee has also led numerous projects to advise operators on spectrum issues, in particular to develop spectrum strategies and to value spectrum. He has operators to prepare for and bid in more than 15 spectrum auctions worldwide.
Prior to founding Aetha in 2011, Lee was a Partner at Analysys Mason where he led the Spectrum Practice. Other previous employers include Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

Martin Sims

Martin Sims

Managing Director, Policy Tracker

 

Martin Sims set up PolicyTracker, the leading global spectrum policy newsletter in 2004 and is the company’s managing director. He specialises in analysing spectrum issues, writing extensively on the subject and producing research reports and consultancy for a range of clients. He is a co-author of Understanding Spectrum Liberalisation (CRC Press 2015)

Martin is also an instructor on PolicyTracker’s training courses. These include Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, which has had over 200 participants since it started in 2008. Other courses include the UK-based Spectrum Auctions Masterclass, covering auctions theory, law and valuation as well as auctions courses in Dubai, Bahrain and Mexico City. Martin has also run bespoke training courses for clients as diverse as the Nigeria and Thai regulators as well as the Thai judiciary.

Until recently Martin Sims pursued a parallel career as an academic, specialising in telecoms and broadcasting policy while working at the University of East London and other institutions. He contributed a chapter to The Handbook of Corporate Communication published by Routledge, written an academic article for the Communications and Strategies journal as well as hundreds of journalistic articles covering this field. He has an MA in Communications from the University of Westminster and BA hons from London University.

Peter Dunn

Peter Dunn

Director of Client Services, Cullen International

 

Peter Dunn is Director of Client Services at Cullen International with responsibility for managing regulatory intelligence and training services, covering competition law and the regulation of the telecoms, media, digital economy and postal sectors.

Before joining Cullen International in 2010, he worked in the UK and continental Europe for Orange and for Colt; and for Digicel Group in the Caribbean.

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Tue 19 June, 2018 09.00 to
Wed 20 June, 2018 17.00

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