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Speaker Biographies


Pearse O'Donohue

Pearse O'Donohue

Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Pearse O'Donohue is Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market as regards 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. Before becoming Director, Pearse was Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, dealing with the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software.

Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance. Before that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT.

Prior to joining the European Commission, Pearse held posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation.

Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr

Commissioner, FCC


Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.

Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.

Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.

Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Commissioner Carr lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.

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.

Takehiro  Nakamura

Takehiro Nakamura

SVP and General Manager of 5G Labs, NTT DOCOMO


Mr. Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now SVP and General Manager of the 5G Laboratories in NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

Mr. Nakamura has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He has been the Acting Chairman of Strategy & Planning Committee of 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan since October 2014.

Mr. Nakamura has also been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999, including as a contributor to 3GPP TSG-RAN as chairman from April 2009 to March 2013.

He is also very active in standardization of C-V2X/Connected Car in ARIB and ITS Info-communications Forum in Japan. He is now a leader of Cellular System Application Task Group of ITS Info-communications Forum.

Carlota  Reyners Fontana

Carlota Reyners Fontana

Head of Unit, Investments in High Capacity Networks, DG Connect, European Commission


Carlota Reyners Fontana is Head of Unit of the Investments in High Capacity networks in DG Connect at the European Commission. The unit is in charge of developing and implementing a consistent EU Broadband policy and stakeholder relationships to support the cost-effective deployment and take-up of very high-capacity broadband networks required for the Digital Single Market.

The unit leads for the deployment of broadband networks on the current and future use of EU-level financial resources, such as the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and the Structural and Cohesion Funds.

Until December 2017, Carlota was Deputy Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy unit and leading the negotiations of the European Electronic Communications Code, in the areas of access regulation, spectrum and universal service. Between April 2012 and November 2014, she was Member of cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, Commissioner responsible for Digital Agenda under the Barroso II Commission. She joined the Commission in 2000 in the Competition Directorate General where she dealt with antitrust and cartel investigations in several sectors until 2006. During a leave from the Commission, she worked for about four years as an in-house competition lawyer of a leading European telecommunications company.

Before joining the Commission, she was a lawyer in the EU Competition team of a Brussels based law firm. She holds a law degree from Madrid University and a Master in European law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Mauro Martino

Mauro Martino

Head, Office of Spectrum Management , AGCOM


Mauro Martino is currently head of the Telecoms Spectrum office in AGCOM, the Italian National Regulatory Authority for telecommunications and broadcasting. He is responsible for telecoms spectrum management and policy issues.

He joined AGCOM almost 20 years ago soon after its institution and since then he has been responsible for spectrum management and licensing procedures preparing for the AGCOM decisions. Some of the main proceedings he carried out are those regarding the regulation and licensing of UMTS, Wireless Local Loop, Radio-LAN (Wi-Fi), BWA at 3.5 GHz, LTE at 800 and 2600 GHz, the 900 and 1800 MHz band refarming, the GSM and BWA renewal, up to the recent award procedure of the 5G pioneer bands at 700 MHz, 3.7 GHz and 26 GHz, which raised 6.5 billion euros.

At EU level, from its creation in 2002 he is member of the Radio Spectrum Committee, that deals with the spectrum harmonisation and implementing measures, and from 2008 of the RSPG, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, advisor to the Commission for spectrum policy issues, within the Italian delegation.

Over time he was also member or chair of numerous Working Groups in Berec (former ERG), IRG (Independent Regulators Group), RSPG and Cocom, dealing with spectrum management or mobile market issues. In 2005 he chaired a Working Group that developed a Common Position on International Roaming after the first pan-European market analysis, and paved the way to the EU Regulation, and was the first proponent in 2008 of the so called “local break out” solution, that was later introduced in the EU Roaming III regulation in 2012. He assisted the AGCOM chairmanship of ERG in 2007 and RSPG in 2009 and 2012, and was member of the related leading groups.

Before joining AGCOM in 1999, he had worked for more than 10 years in the private sector, with leading companies in the telecommunications and ICT sectors.

Catherine  Bohill

Catherine Bohill

Director, Spectrum Strategy, Telefonica


As Director of Spectrum at Telefonica, Catherine works to pursue efficient and innovative approaches to Spectrum assignment and use. Working within the Corporate Strategy team and supported by regulatory, network and local teams, Catherine’s mandate is to optimize the management of current spectrum and contribute to defining the future pipeline across Telefonica’s footprint. Over the last 5 years Catherine’s team has valued spectrum in Telefonica’s 17 countries of operation, participating in primary and secondary market transactions both in auction and beauty contest scenarios. The spectrum team also leads Telefonica’s spectrum strategy towards WRC preparation and works closely with the GSMA in the pursuit of ever more efficient use of the radio-frequencies that are essential to improving the service we provide to over 300 million customers worldwide.

With over 22 years of experience in the Telco World, Catherine has spent 17 of those with Telefonica working on mobile transactions in M&A, Wholesale and most recently Spectrum. Before joining Telefonica, Catherine worked for Daimler Chrysler in Germany and Holland and with the World Bank in Washington DC. She also spent a year lecturing in the University of Havana and writing for Timeout. Catherine has a BA in European Business and a Diplom Betriebswirt (ESB Reutlingen FH) and a Masters in Finance from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. Catherine speaks English, German and Spanish - all with an Irish accent!

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).

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, Chairman, ECC, CEPT


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.

Branimir Stantchev

Branimir Stantchev

Head of Sector, Spectrum for Wireless Broadband, European Commission


Branimir is responsible for developing and implementing EU-level policy initiatives with focus on wireless broadband and 5G. These relate to the harmonised and flexible use of spectrum, in particular for mobile broadband and vertical applications as well as a long-term strategy for the long-term use of UHF broadcasting spectrum.

Branimir has been working with 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 in Germany in the area of wireless equipment design, manufacturing and marketing.

Branimir has a PhD degree in mobile communications from the Dresden University. He has contributions to Wi-Fi standardisation.

Peter Stuckmann

Peter Stuckmann

Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect , European Commission


Peter is managing the Commission's policy on 5G communication systems and the related research and innovation programme.

Before his appointment as Head of Unit he was managing the office of the Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, coordinating the Commission's digital policy initiatives. The portfolio included Digital Single Market, Broadband Policy, Telecoms, Media and Online Policy, the Copyright Reform as well as the EU ICT Research and Innovation Programme.

Between 2010 and 2014 he had different roles in the Commission's telecoms policy Directorate. These included Head of Sector "Spectrum Policy", penholder of main elements of the Commission proposal on the Telecom Single Market and the Roaming regulation, and the implementation of the EU telecom rules in Germany and Austria.

Between 2005 and 2010 he coordinated the EU R&D programme leading to the 4G mobile communications standards.

Before joining the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and management positions in industry, academia and start-ups. He holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Adrian Scrase

Adrian Scrase

CTO, ETSI, CTO & Head of Mobile Competence Centre, 3GPP


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.

Gilles Bregant

Gilles Bregant



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.

Luigi Ardito

Luigi Ardito

Senior Director of Government Affairs , 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.

Stephen Pentland

Stephen Pentland

Head of Spectrum , Vodafone Group


Stephen is Vodafone’s Group Public Policy Head of Spectrum and is responsible for managing the company’s spectrum and licensing policy across its 26 operating companies in Europe and AMAP. This includes setting the strategy for meeting the future needs of the business, engaging with national and regional regulators to shape policy, and managing spectrum licence valuation, acquisition and renewal activities. Stephen studied Engineering at Cambridge and worked previously in the Japanese technology sector and as a strategy consultant in the international telecommunications and media sector.

Michael Knott

Michael Knott

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting


Michael Knott is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in London. Mr. Knott leads the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is an experienced telecom, media and technology advisor with 20 years of experience in transaction advisory, strategy and business consulting, performance improvement and business transformation.

Mr. Knott has experience serving as a transaction advisor on a wide range of aspects, including advising buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions; providing due diligence on behalf of corporates; financing sources and private equity investors; investigating financial synergies of merger transactions; preparing corporate strategies for acquisitions; identifying target companies and post-merger integration programme management.

Mr. Knott has extensive experience providing strategic consulting, corporate and business development, business planning, financial planning, and sales and marketing consulting services for various TMT clients across the EMEA. Clients include Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, BT, Telenor, Swisscom, Eircom, MTN, Cable & Wireless, Telkom SA, Zain, Qtel, Viatel, QinetiQ, BBC, CBFW and Yota.

In addition, Mr. Knott has led a number of performance improvement and strategic transformation engagements. Clients include CME, Telefonica, BT, NTL, Dunn & Bradstreet, Logica, Orange, OTE and Eircom.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Knott held leadership roles at Booz & Company, including UK TMT partner lead and leadership roles at Accenture, including partner lead of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America TMT strategy group.

Mr. Knott holds an M.B.A. from London Business School, a M.A. in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. with honours in economics from Queen’s University.

Elio Salvadori

Elio Salvadori

Director, FBK Create-Net (representing the 5G-CARMEN Project)


Dr. Elio Salvadori is the Director of CREATE-NET Research Center within FBK; he is responsible for managing, organizing, executing and monitoring of the activities of the Center.

He joined CREATE-NET in 2005 and since then he has served different roles within the organisation: from 2007 to 2012 he has been leading the Engineering and Fast Prototyping (ENGINE) area. From 2012 to 2014 he has been acting as SDN Senior Advisor while holding a position as CEO in Trentino NGN Srl. He then moved fully back to CREATE-NET acting as Research Director till end of 2015.

Prior to CREATE-NET, Dr. Salvadori has developed a mixed industrial and academical background: he graduated in 1997 at Politecnico di Milano through an internship pursued at CoreCom, a research lab funded by Politecnico and Pirelli Optical Systems (now Cisco Photonics). Afterward he has worked as systems engineer at Nokia Networks in Milan and then at Lucent Technologies in Rome. In 2001 he won a research grant at the University of Trento to pursue his PhD on Information and Communication Technologies. He received his PhD degree in March 2005 with a thesis on traffic engineering for optical networks.

During his research career, he has been involved in several national and European projects on SDN and optical networking technologies as well as on Future Internet testbeds.

His current research interests include software-defined networking (network virtualization and distributed controller architectures), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and next generation transport networks. He has published in more than 100 International refereed journals and conferences. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Frank Kruger

Frank Kruger

Head of Digital Society and Infrastructure, German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Vice-Chair, RSPG


Frank Krüger is head of the Directorate “Digital Society and Infrastructure” at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). After training as a bank officer, he studied economics and, in 1994, began working as press desk officer at the Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. In 1998, Mr Krüger started working for the Federal Ministry of Economics in the same position. Since 1999, he has been working in the field of telecommunications, and since 2008 his focus has been on broadband policy. From 2005 to 2008, Mr Krüger represented Germany in Brussels in the fields of telecommunications and audiovisual media. In 2011, he was appointed to a Head of Division for broadband policy. In 2014, he switched to the BMVI and was appointed to a Director.

Sverker Magnusson

Sverker Magnusson

Director, Spectrum Standardisation , Ericsson


Sverker Magnusson joined Ericsson in 1995, initially at Ericsson Research where he held various positions including that of Master Researcher and Manager for Radio Network Algorithms. Subsequently he has spent more than a dozen years working with spectrum matters, in particular participating in CEPT and ITU-R meetings, and is currently Director of Spectrum Standardization at Ericsson’s CTO office. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and received a Ph.D. in Operations Research 1994 from Cornell University.

Gerard Pogorel

Gerard Pogorel

Professor of Economics & Management, 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.

Andy Hudson

Andy Hudson

Head of Policy, GSMA


The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. 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 (the auction recently ended for £1.4m). 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 14) and lives in a small village close to Oxford.

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.

Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission


Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then worked as communications engineer in industry on military infrared systems and then with the European Space Agency on advanced satcom programmes.

In 1994, he joined the European Commission and was responsible for implementation of research and policy issues in wireless communication, Internet, audio visual systems, Software and Services. He has been Deputy head of unit for research and policy in the field of Internet of Things systems.

He is currently Acting head of unit in charge of research and innovation on Network Technologies in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. He is responsible for the definition and implementation of the research strategy related to future networks under the 5G Public Private Partnership and to systems based on connected objects (IoT) in support of EU industry competitiveness. He is also responsible for the 5G/IoT standardisation and IPR related work.

Jayne Stancavage

Jayne Stancavage

Global Executive Director of Communications Policy, Intel


Jayne Stancavage is the Executive Director of Communications Policy for Intel Corporation. In this role, she leads Intel’s communication policy efforts globally, which includes regional and national levels worldwide as well as the International Telecommunications Union/World Radiocommunication Conferences.

Jayne joined Intel in 2000, focusing on communications policy. She has previously led Intel’s spectrum policy efforts supporting Wi-Fi and WiMAX technologies. In addition to her policy work, she has also worked within Intel business units where she coordinated Intel’s internal efforts to embed Wi-Fi capabilities into notebook platforms. Jayne served multiple terms on the Wi-Fi Alliance Board of Directors.

Jayne currently chairs the Terrestrial Services group (IWG-2) within the FCC’s WRC-19 Advisory Committee. She has also been a voting member of the IEEE 802.18 Radio Regulations Technical Advisory Group, the Wi-Fi Alliance Regulatory Committee and Chair of the WiMAX Forum Regulatory Working Group.

Jayne received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General, ETNO


Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016.
Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation

Stéphane Ros

Stéphane Ros

Spectrum Director, SNCF


Alexander Lautz

Alexander Lautz

Senior Vice President 5G, Deutsche Telekom


Michael Calabrese

Michael Calabrese

Representative, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance


Joost Vantomme

Joost Vantomme

Smart Mobility Director, ACEA


Joost Vantomme has over 25 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and public affairs.

He served telecommunications and postal incumbent operators as legal and regulatory/public affairs director, combined with leading policy making roles in European associations such as PostEurop and FEDMA and at UN level (UPU).

He was also member of the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Economy and Director at the EU consultancy firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies. As frequent speaker at conferences and academic audiences, he engages with stakeholders on European policy issues in the digital agenda context. Joost is author of a large number of papers on regulatory policy topics in network industries, transport and (e-) commerce.

He became director at Febiac (Belgian automotive federation) in November 2014.

Since 1 Sept 2016, he holds the position of smart mobility director at ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association where he combines his telecoms and regulatory experience with the challenges of connected and automated mobility.


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.

Marc Eschenburg

Marc Eschenburg

Partner, Aetha Consulting


Marc has worked in the telecoms industry since 2008 advising fixed and mobile operators as well as regulators. He has spent the past few years supporting operators worldwide in developing their spectrum strategy and assisting them to value spectrum ahead of auctions. Marc's other experience includes detailed geographically-based cost models of next generation networks, work on public sector interventions in broadband networks (and economic benefits thereof), as well as various assessments of economic issues within the television and media market. Marc has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Infonomics, both from Universiteit Maastricht.

Janette Stewart

Janette Stewart

Principal, Analysys Mason


Janette Stewart is a Principal at Analysys Mason, who specialises in wireless technologies and radio spectrum issues. She has around 20 years’ experience in radio engineering, spectrum policy and spectrum management. She is based in Edinburgh. Janette began her career working for the UK spectrum regulator where she held various roles, latterly Senior Spectrum Engineer in the 3G Auction Team, where she was responsible for determining UK spectrum plans for the 3G licence award, interacting with CEPT and ITU working groups. Since joining Analysys Mason in 2001, her consulting experience includes researching market opportunities within the wireless sector, wireless network business planning, user requirement definition, spectrum strategy development and spectrum valuation. She has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients including national regulators, fixed and mobile network operators, wireless industry trade associations and spectrum users. Recent projects have included advising on digital TV switchover strategy, award of digital dividend spectrum, technology co-existence in 800 MHz spectrum and 2.6 GHz spectrum valuation. She co-authors Analysys Mason’s Spectrum Quarterly, a quarterly newsletter on spectrum-related market developments

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. He is also a Senior Adviser at Flint Global.

Paul is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe's Council of Advisors. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union” and in 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Tony Lavender

Tony Lavender

CEO, Plum Consulting


Tony Lavender has more than 30 years of experience in radio and telecommunications. He has worked on a wide range of communications policy, regulation and radio spectrum issues including advising UK Government on options for provision of mobile broadband in partial not spots; assessing the potential use of 3.4-4.2 GHz for IMT including options for sharing in the band; provision of expert advice on the development of a spectrum toolkit for use by regulators and governments; assessing the economic benefits of the potential introduction of licensed shared access (LSA) for mobile broadband services at 2.3 GHz in Europe; and practical guidance on digital switch over.

Tony is a member of the steering board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and a member of the UK Government’s expert panel established to make recommendations on the full value of radio spectrum.

Prior to Plum Tony worked at Analysys Mason and at Ovum. Before his consulting career Tony was at Oftel, the UK telecommunications regulator, and he has also worked for BT.

Tony Lavender is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holds a BSc eng. (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), from the University of London.

Vesela Gladicheva

Vesela Gladicheva

Senior Correspondent, Telecoms, Media and Technology, MLex


Vesela reports on topics including telecom regulation, privacy, cybersecurity and copyright, focusing on EU regulatory and legal risk in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sectors. She holds a Master's degree in journalism from City University London, and works in English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian.



Tue 22 January, 2019 09.00 to
Wed 23 January, 2019 17.00




MCE Conference and Business Centre

Rue de l'Aqueduc 118,
1050 lxelles,

Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 21 40



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