GSMA Thrive brings you thought leaders and top executives who are shaping the future of Asia-Pacific and beyond. Watch their sessions to gain essential insights into their work, the future of telecoms and tech, and its impact on the wider world.
Muhammad Rachmat Kaimuddin is a seasoned leader with an engineering education background and financial management experience.
He received his Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, and his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, California.
Rachmat previously served as Director for Finance and Planning for PT Bank Bukopin Tbk starting in 2018. From 2014, he served as a member of the Board of Commissioner for the same bank, up until his appointment as Director.
Rachmat started his career as a Senior Associate at the Boston Consulting Group. He has also worked as Managing Director of PT Cardig Air Services, Chief Financial Officer of PT Bosowa Corporindo, Managing Director of PT Semen Bosowa Maros, Vice President of Baring Private Equity Asia and Principal of Quvat.
Jie YangChairmanChina Mobile
Mr. Yang Jie is Chairman of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd., in charge of the overall management of the Group. He is also Executive Director and Chairman of China Mobile Limited.
Mr. Yang formerly served as Deputy Director General of Shanxi Posts and Telecommunications Administration, General Manager of Shanxi Telecommunications Corporation, President and Chairman of China Telecommunications Corporation, and President and Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom Corporation Limited.
Mr. Yang graduated from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications majoring in radio engineering in 1984 and obtained a doctorate degree in business administration from the ESC Rennes School of Business, France in 2008. Mr. Yang is a professor-level senior engineer with extensive experience in management and telecommunications industry.
Ruiwen KeChairman and CEOChina Telecom
Mr. Ke joined the Board of Directors of the Company in May 2012. Mr. Ke obtained a doctorate degree in business administration (DBA) from the ESC Rennes School of Business. Mr. Ke served as Deputy Director General of Jiangxi Posts and Telecommunications Administration, Deputy General Manager of Jiangxi Telecom, Managing Director of the Marketing Department of the Company and China Telecommunications Corporation, General Manager of Jiangxi Telecom, Managing Director of the Human Resources Department of the Company and China Telecommunications Corporation, Executive Vice President of the Company, Vice President and President of China Telecommunications Corporation and the Chairman of Supervisory Committee of China Tower Corporation Limited. He is also the Chairman of China Telecommunications Corporation. Mr. Ke has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.
Mrs Yoriko GotoChair of the BoardDeloitte Tohmatsu Group
Yoriko Goto has been the Chair of the Board at Deloitte Japan as of June 1, 2018. She was also appointed as a member of Deloitte’s Global Board in June 2018 and joined the Deloitte Asia Pacific Board in November 2018. She was a Senior Advisory Partner of Deloitte Japan’s Financial Services Industry (“FSI”) practice until June 1, 2018. Prior to her role of FSI Senior Advisory Partner, she served as the FSI Leader. In her role as the FSI Leader, she led setting the firm’s strategy and direction, as well as the execution of strategies focusing on financial industry. Yoriko has more than 35 years of public accounting experience in Deloitte, including 9 years in New York, focusing on the accounting and auditing of Japanese and multinational financial institutions. She served as Lead Client Service Partner on several G-SIFIs. She is the first female appointed to Deloitte Japan’s Board of Directors. In 2019, she was appointed as a Vice Chair of 30% Club Japan, which is Japan chapter of a global campaign led by chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. Yoriko graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Keio University in Tokyo, and she is a member of the board of trustees of the university.
Jianzhou WangSenior AdviserGSMA
Mats GranrydDirector GeneralGSMA
Ping GuoRotating ChairmanHuawei
Born in 1966, Mr. Guo holds a master's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Mr. Guo joined Huawei in 1988 and has served as R&D Project Manager, General Manager of Supply Chain, Director of Huawei Executive Office, Chief Legal Officer, President of the Business Process & IT Mgmt Dept, President of the Corporate Development Dept, Chairman and President of Huawei Device, Rotating CEO of Huawei, and Chairman of the FC. Currently, Mr. Guo serves as Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating Chairman of Huawei.
Cristiano AmonPresidentQualcomm Inc
Cristiano Amon serves as president of Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business. Amon also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.
Amon served as co-president of QCT for three years and prior to this was senior vice president of Product Management with QCT, managing the Company’s wireless chipset portfolio. Amon joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and during this time he has held several other business and technical leadership roles at the Company.
Prior to joining Qualcomm Amon served as the chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom Inc.
Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
Andy Penn became the CEO and Managing Director of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, on 1 May 2015. At Telstra Andy is leading an ambitious change program transforming Telstra to be positioned to compete in the radically changing technology world of the future with 5G at its core.
Andy has had an extensive career spanning 40 years across 3 different industries - telecommunications, financial services and shipping. He joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2014 he took on the additional responsibilities as Group Executive International.
Prior to Telstra, Andy spent 23 years with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, part of the AXA Group, one of the world’s largest insurance and investment groups. His time at AXA included the roles of Chief Executive Officer 2006-2011, Chief Financial Officer 2000-2002, Chief Executive Asia and Chief Executive Australia and New Zealand. At AXA, Andy was instrumental in building one of the most successful Asian businesses by an Australian company that was sold to its parent in 2011 for more than A$10bn.
Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria; Board Director of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA); Chairman of the Australian Government’s Cyber Industry Advisory Panel, created to guide development of Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy; Patron, on behalf of Telstra, of the National and Torres Straights Islanders Arts Awards (NATSIAA); Life Governor of Very Special Kids and an Ambassador for the Amy Gillet Foundation. He serves on the advisory boards of both The Big Issue Home for Homes and JDRF.
Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, nearly doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings more than 35 years of technology and leadership experience.
Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.
Gelsinger earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications.
Karl J. WeaverGlobal Business Development Directoraitos.io
Karl J. Weaver is a bilingual-Mandarin speaking, senior wireless industry, mobile payments & device security executive in the smart card/semiconductor sectors. He joined aitos.io in February, 2020 as Global Business Development Director, based in Shanghai. Aitos.io supplies an SDK embedded into cellular IoT modules to allow Apps & services to directly run on the Blockchain with trusted identity and data privacy. Karl spend the last decade working for Rivetz Corp, ARM /Simulity Labs and Oasis Smart SIM in promoting design-in of mobile payment and mobile device security technologies on Smartphones, as well as an Ex-Pat assignment, working 5 years in Beijing, China for Gemalto (and Trustonic) to help standardize contactless Mobile NFC payments and TEE embedded device security. Karl studied Mandarin Chinese Language under scholarship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education @ National Taiwan Normal University from 1982-1985, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Salve Regina University and Certification in Broadband Wireless Communications from the University of Washington.
Olivier LetantSVP Strategy & OperationApigate (An Axiata Group Company)
With nearly 20-year experience in the TMT industry, both in executive positions and in a management consulting capacity, Olivier has led and advised leading companies in the Telecommunications, High-Tech, FMCG and luxury industries on strategic and commercial topics ranging from corporate strategy/long-range planning, new market/technology strategy, performance improvement, business transformation and organizational turnaround, and corporate finance / M&A and corporate valuation. For the past few years, he has been heavily involved in identifying new investment opportunities in digital services and tech start-ups, with a focus on eCommerce, mobile payment and digital advertising, both in Asia and in Silicon Valley. He is an active participant in the start-up and scene, corporate innovation panels and corporate venturing / venture capital and has advised and mentored several start-ups.
Hui XueCTOAsiainfo Security
Hui Xue is the CTO of AsiaInfo Security. He is a seasoned security academic and an experienced engineering leader who took leading roles in multiple security companies in silicon valley. His research interests include 5G security, big data anti-fraud, mobile security, browser security, system and network security, etc. He published on top system and security conferences including OSDI, NDSS, Usenix Security, ASPLOS, BlackHat and Virus Bulletin. His research headlined US-CERT, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Yahoo, etc. He is an inventor for multiple patents and an Apple-acknowledged contributor to multiple security improvements for iOS. He spoke in multiple conferences and also helped organizing a few. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He also worked as a visiting scholar in University of California, Berkeley.
Ye OuyangCTOAsiainfo Technologies
欧阳博士在工业/学术界获得多项荣誉，近期奖项包括TMForum电信业未来数字领袖大奖, 美国杰出亚裔工程师奖, IEEE国际大数据会议最佳论文奖等；并在众多国际电信标准或学术组织任职；著有30+篇论文、 40+项专利、 10+项国际标准、5本书籍。欧阳晔博士拥有中国东南大学学士学位、美国哥伦比亚大学硕士学位、塔夫斯大学硕士学位和斯蒂文斯理工学院博士学位。
Sameer VuyyuruHead of WW Telco Business DevelopmentAWS
Bell BehFounder & CEOBuzz AR
Gopal VittalMD & CEO India & South AsiaBharti Airtel
Gopal Vittal is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel's India & South Asia operations.
Under the leadership of Mr. Vittal, Airtel had achieved a life-time high revenue market share. Airtel was recognized as the second most valuable brand in the country. In 2018, Airtel was also ranked 10th 'Best Company to Work for' and the 'Best Employer in Telecom' in India. In the last six years, he has strengthened the operation while driving transformation of the telco to be a strong digital services player.
Mr. Vittal was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel's International strategy and data expansion. He also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08).
In addition, Mr. Vittal has also been with Hindustan Unilever for over a 20 years. He led several national and global assignments across sales, marketing and general management. In his last four years he was the Head of the US$ 3.5 Home and Personal Care Business driving accelerated growth from 5% to 15%.
Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM, Kolkata.
Sandeep GuptaEVPBharti Airtel Limited
Sandeep Gupta is working with Airtel’s Network service group as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Architecture. Over last eight years of engagement, he has given strategic direction for transformation of Airtel’s wireless network by driving spectrum strategy, device and network ecosystem, and conceptualizing new initiatives for customer experience.
Sandeep has also delivered Airtel’s global engineering & customer experience lab, which is being used for seeding of new technologies and validation of commercial solutions before their mass rollout in the network.
Sandeep has been associated with Telecom Industry for more than 29 years and has wide experience in technical marketing, business development, product management, designing of solutions & services. Prior to Airtel, he has served various organizations in senior management positions such as Director for Solution sales in Huawei, Head of product marketing in Motorola, while starting his career with C-DoT, India’s premier telecom R&D design center.
Sandeep is also holding key position and engagements with various industry associations such as Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), ORAN, TIP, Seamless Alliance and COAI, driving standardization, harmonization & innovation.
Sandeep holds Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics & Communication from IIT Roorkee and MBA in Finance & Marketing from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon.
Edward TianChairmanCBC Capital
Edward Tian, born in Beijing in 1963, holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from Texas Tech University, USA, serving as Chairman of CBC Capital and Chairman of AsiaInfo Group.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Tian was engaged in the creation of AsiaInfo Group and served as CEO. AsiaInfo Group was public listed in NASDAQ in March 2001, and become the first public listed high tech company in China (NASDAQ: ASIA). In Jan. 2014, AsiaInfo privatized and Mr. Tian was serving as the Executive Chairman of the company till now. On December 19, 2018, AsiaInfo Technologies Limited (01675.HK) became listed on the main board of the HKE, and Mr. Tian served as the chairman.
From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Tian has been the CEO of China Netcom Company Ltd. and the Vice Chairman and CEO of China Netcom Group (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (HKSE: 0906; NYSE: CN). Mr. Tian also used to be the Vice Chairman of PCCW Limited from 2005 to 2007.
In July 2006, Mr. Tian resigned from China Netcom Group and established China Broadband Capital Partners, L.P. (CBC Capital) as the chairman. CBC Capital is China's first equity investment fund focused on the Telecom, Internet, Media and Technology (TMT) sector.
Mr. Tian is also serving on board as the Independent Director of Lenovo Group Limited and China Minsheng Bank.
Zhengang PanIEEE Senior Member, VP and Head of Advanced Comm. Tech. LabCentral Research Institute of UNISOC
Zhengang Pan, IEEE Senior Member, VP and header of Advanced Comm. Tech. Lab, Central Research Institute of UNISOC, is now leading the frontier research and standardization of 5G and beyond, cross-domain innovation of the application of communication technologies in vertical markets, etc. After receiving his Ph.D degree in year 2004 from the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Pan has been working in DoCoMo Beijing Lab, Hong Kong ASTRI, and China Mobile Research Institute, all in wireless communication R&D domain. Dr. Pan was also the vice-chair of technical WG of China IMT-2020 PG, and has witnessed and participated the whole process of the development of 5G technology from concept to standard to product.
Dr. Pan Dr. Pan is expertised in many technical fields including signal processing of wireless receiver, multiple antennas systems (MIMO), channel codec，cross layer optimization and so on. Dr. Pan has published 120+ papers in top journals and international conferences, and filed 100+ patents with 60+ granted so far.
Zhiqin WangVice PresidentChina Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT)
Ms. Wang Zhiqin is the Vice President of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). She is the Chair of the Wireless Technical Committee of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) and Vice Director of the Wireless and Mobile Technical Committee of China Institute of Communications (CIC). She has long been dedicated to the in-depth studies on mobile communications technologies and standards, serving as Chair of the IMT-2020（5G）Promotion Group in China.
Xiang ZhangExperimental Working Sub - Group Head of IMT-2020 Promotion GroupChina Academy of Information and Communications Technology(CAICT)
主要研究方向包括复杂信道建模、性能和射频OTA测试方法等。具备丰富的开发与测试经验，主持 “LTE-Hi公共测试验证平台”、“5G大规模天线信道模拟器研发与验证”、“5G大规模MIMO OTA测试系统开发与验证”等国家科技重大专项。发表了SCI检索论文11篇、EI检索论文13篇。其中1篇获得“第12届北京青年优秀科技论文评选二等奖”，2篇获得“北京市青年通信科技论坛优秀论文奖”。作为责任客座主编，组织SCI检索国际期刊“International Journal of Antennas and Propagation”的专刊“Advanced MIMO Techniques in the Heterogeneous Networks”的征集、审稿和出版工作，引导学术和产业界开展复杂场景信道建模讨论，获得编辑部的良好评价。由于科研成果突出，被评为中国通信学会青年委员会委员，中国通信学会高级会员。作为第一完成人，累计申请发明专利20余项，已授权8项，剩下正在陆续授权中。获得软件著作权7项。2018年获国家技术发明奖二等奖。
Claire ZhangSecretary-GeneralChina Europe Innovation Center
张晨 - 英博创新副总裁、深圳中欧创新中心秘书长, 有丰富的海外科技项目培育与落地经验；与瑞典、芬兰、丹麦、英国等欧洲国家科研机构、知名高校、产业园区、创新企业、中国使领馆、国际协会均有深入合作。
Renfeng ZhuangDeputy General ManagerChina mobile Internet Company
Chengzhi YuDeputy GM of Government and EnterpriseChina Mobile
俞承志，博士，高级工程师，国务院特殊津贴专家。现任中国移动通信集团公司政企事业部副总经理，兼任数字中国产业发展联盟副理事长、中国 5G 应用产业方阵副理事长、北京电信技术发展产业协会互联网+联盟理事。
Huidi LiEVPChina Mobile
Mr. Huidi Li is Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation. He previously served at Shenyang Institute of Automation Chinese Academy of Sciences, InterDigital as Senior Engineer, former Lucent Technologies Bell Labs as researcher, UTStarcom as Director and Vice President, Lenovo Group as Vice President and General Manager of New Technologies and High-End Product BU, and Chief Technology Officer of Lenovo Mobile. Mr. Li also served as Assistant President of China Mobile Communications Corporation.
Mr. Li holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Mobile Communications from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a doctoral degree in management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has extensive experience in telecommunications technology, operations and management.
Li YuDeputy General Manager, AI and Smart Operation CenterChina Mobile
Xin DongCEOChina Mobile
Zongfu YanManaging Director and Principle ResearcherChina Mobile Fund Management Co., Ltd.
Mr. Yan Zongfu is an expert who enjoys special allowance of the State Council. He was the deputy chief engineer of China Telecom System Integration Company, and the general manager of China Telecom ICT Product Operation Center.
Mr. Yan has more than 20 years of ICT experience, has presided over more than a dozen national key ICT application projects.
Mr. Yan joined China Mobile Fund CO., LTD. in 2017 and served as the chairman of the technical committee of the company. He was responsible for the work of the research department and has participated in the field investigation of more than 100 projects covering 5G, IoT, AI, cloud computing, big data and other fields, and given professional evaluations.
Mr. Yan received a bachelor’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, a master’s degree from Renmin University of China and a doctor’s degree from Beijing Institute of Technology. He has won the first prize of ministerial science and technology progress award 2, the second prize 1 and the third prize 2. He also has a national invention patents.
Bin ZhangGeneral ManagerChina Mobile, Information Security Management and Operations Centre
ZHANG Bin, General Manager of Information Security Center of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd., Senior engineer, Member of National Information Security Standardization Technology Committee (TC260), Member of Communication Science and Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Vice Chairman of Network Governance and International Cooperation Committee of China Cyberspace Security Association, Vice Chairman of Personal Information Protection Work committee of China Internet Association. He has been engaged in communication network planning, information promotion and network security management. He has published many academic papers in IEEE and other important academic conferences and core journals, while enjoying the State Council Special Allowance, and has rich experience in technology, operation and management of the information and communication industry.
Yuhong HuangVPChina Mobile Research Institute
Tao SunProfessorChina Mobile Research Institute CMRI
Hui QiaoGeneral managerChina Mobile IoT Company
Dr. Qi BiPrincipal Wireless ExpertChina Telecom
Dr. Bi is the Chief Expert of China Telecom and chairman of the expert committee of China Telecom Research Institute, leading R&D activities with responsibilities in wireless communications. His current focus is on 5G and 6G innovations related to technologies, standards and trials in China Telecom.
Previously, Dr. Bi worked at Bell Labs for 20+ years and was awarded the prestigious Bell Labs Fellow in 2002. Other awards included Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards in 2000 & 2002, the Bell Labs Innovation Team Award in 2003, and Asian American Engineer of the Year in 2005. He is an IEEE Fellow, and served as a member of the IEEE evaluation committee for the communication society of IEEE.
Dr. Bi received his M.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He holds 47 US patents, 63 European patents and 65 Chinese patents. While in China Telecom, one of his 4G innovation projects resulted in successfully deployment in 75% of China Telecom’s markets, and won the GTB Innovation Award at London in 2014. Most recently, he was awarded “outstanding contribution award for Innovation and entrepreneurship from oversea talents” by the Beijing Municipals.
Leping WeiChairman, Technology Steering Advisory CommitteeChina Telecom
Juntao SunGeneral Manager for Operation SupportChina Telecom
Shaoai ShenAdviserChina Telecom Group
Shen Shaoai is a consultant of the Technology and innovation department of China Telecom, she has more than 30 years of experience in mobile network operation. She was a member of GSMA PSMC/TG from 2013 to 2019, and has been a member of GSMA SG since 2019.
Jianjun ZhaoMember of the CommitteeE-Surfing IoT Technology Company
Wang QingyangDirector, Mobile Communication Research InstituteChina Telecom Research Institute
Lei CaoDeputy Managing Director of 5G Innovation CenterChina Telecommunications Corporation
Dr. Lei Cao is the Deputy Managing Director of 5G Innovation Center of China Telecommunications Corporation, as well as the permanent member of China Telecom Technology standing committee. He is engaged in the research of modern communication network, especially mobile network, for decades and has profound experience in computer science and communication technology. Since 2006, Dr. Cao has been heading the framework design of China Telecom mobile network. In 2018, he successfully guided China Telecom 5G Technology White Paper, which is assumed 1st 5G technical whitepaper issued by mobile operators worldwide. Due to his outstanding contributions to the telecommunications industry, Dr. Cao is honored tens of provincial and ministerial Science and Technology Progress Awards.
Guiqing LiuExecutive Director and EVPChina Telecommunications Corporation
Mr. Liu joined the Board of Directors of the Company in August 2019. Mr. Liu is a professor-level senior engineer. He received a doctorate degree in engineering science from National University of Defense Technology. Mr. Liu served as Deputy General Manager and General Manager of China Unicom Hunan branch and General Manager of China Unicom Jiangsu provincial branch. He is also a Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation. Mr. Liu has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.
Yunqing ChenVice PresidentChina Telecom Research Institute
现任中国电信股份有限公司研究院副院长，教授级高级工程师，长期从事电信运营宽带网络领域的研究，曾获2008年度政府特殊津贴，目前任中国电信科技委数据专业组副组长，中国互联网协会标准工作委员会副主任，CCSA TC614“ 网络 5.0 技术标准推进委员会”副主席等职务，在未来网络，下一代互联网，IP网络架构，智能自治网络等子领域均有较深厚的研究和积累。
Yongsheng ChiVice PresidentChina Unicom Network Technology Research Institute
迟永生，中国联通网络技术研究院副院长，教授级高工，1985 年毕业于南京邮电学院。获澳大利亚国立大学国际管理硕士学位。中国通信学会和中国通信标准化协会理事。国务院政府特殊津贴获得者，先后获得过国家优秀设计金奖和国家咨询一等奖十余项。进入通信行业 30 余年，长期从事移动通信网络规划设计和新技术研究工作。近年领导多个研究团队，在网络技术发展演进、未来网络架构、移动通信网络、物联网、5G创新业务等方向开展技术及应用研究。
Shouye MiaoDirector, 5G co-construction & sharing working groupChina Unicom
Haifeng ChenGeneral managerChina Unicom IoT Company
Chen Haifeng, senior engineer, IPMA(A-level), is currently the vice president of China Unicom’s government & enterprise customer business group, executive director and general manager of China Unicom IoT CO.,Ltd, and president of China Unicom Internet of Things Research Institute.
Chen Haifeng is a senior planner of the Smart City of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, a model worker of China Unicom, and a leader in innovation in Guangzhou. He has won the China Smart City Innovative Person Award and Cloud Computing Big Data Innovative Person Award.
He has long been engaged in technology and management of mobile networks, data network planning, IT informatization construction, etc. in telecommunications operators. He is a technical architect in the fields of cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data, and smart cities.
Dr. Xiongyan TangChief Scientist of Network Technology Research InstituteChina Unicom
Dr. Xiongyan Tang is now the Chief Scientist and CTO of the Network Technology Research Institute of China Unicom. He’s also a guest professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He’s a member of the Telecom Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. He is a board member of Open Networking Foundation (ONF). He has more than 20 years of experience in technology management and R&D of innovative telecom technologies and services. He received his PhD degree in telecom engineering from BUPT in 1994. His professional fields include broadband communications, optical transmission, IP networks, Internet of things, SDN/NFV，5G and intelligent network.
Xin WangGSMA-TSG RCS ChairmanChina Unicom
中国联通 国际标准专家 GSMA-TSG RCS组主席。
长期跟踪 GSMA 国际标准，现担任 GSMA-RCS 项目组主席、UEX 项目组组长、RMS 项目组副组长。主导发布 GSMA 全网通终端标准、GSMA 终端用户体验性能评测、GSMA 终端 AI 性能评测等多项技术标准。主要科研方向：5G 终端、5G 专网、终端 AI 性能等领域，受理专利及 SEP 国际标准必要专利累计40余项。”
Feng XiaoVice ChairmanChina wanxiang Holding
Steve Alexander is currently Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems.
Steve is a seasoned technology industry veteran with vast experience in the networking and communications space. Prior to joining Ciena he spent 12 years at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, reaching the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. Steve’s passion and commitment for his profession is reflected in the numerous roles he has held at industry bodies throughout his career. These include, serving as a member of the Board of Governors of 5G Americas , a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions (ATIS), a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council (TAC-4) and a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication. Steve is an IEEE Fellow and is a recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award. He has been an Associate Editor for both the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications & Networking and for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, and has published and presented numerous conference papers and journal articles.
Although he holds the title of Chief Technology Officer, internally Steve is affectionately known as Ciena’s ‘Chief Trouble Shooter’, a tribute to his ability to solve even the most complex of problems. He is also regarded as the company’s ‘Chief Talker’, due to his many speaking commitments at industry conferences and trade shows.
Bill HuangFounder & CEOCloudMinds
Ray DolanCEOCohere Wireless
Wei LiuVice PresidentDell Technologies
Taylor LamTMT Industry LeaderDeloitte
Taylor Lam has worked at Deloitte in Beijing, Boston, Hong Kong and New York for 29 years and has been based in Beijing since July 2005. Taylor is the China Firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Leader. He specializes in managing mega size and complex engagements, and has been the lead partner of China Telecom, China Unicom, CNOOC and CRRC, each of which is a Global Fortune 500 company.
Tonny XueCyber Service Leader, Greater ChinaDeloitte
Tonny Xue, Deloitte Greater China Cyber Leader, is in charge of Deloitte's cyber risk, digital and technology risk practice in the Chinese market.
As an expert in cyber and technology risks with more than 24 years of profound professional experience, Tonny has been dedicated in the services including business security, data security and privacy, IoT security and security operations. He has served many large financial institutions, telecom, high-tech and internet companies, car makers and manufacturers, assisting them in addressing cyber, technology and digital risks and establishing long-term cybersecurity mechanism.
In respect of cyber risk service, Tonny has been leading the professional team in China to provide cyber risk planning and transformation services, advising on implementing network authentication, building and deploying data security and privacy system, strengthening cybersecurity infrastructure, establishing cloud security framework, and deploying cloud-native security as well as cloud security monitoring. He has been facilitating businesses on security event analysis, threat intelligence, and incident response through Deloitte's Security Operations Centers, and has been leading to deploy security operations centers and optimize security monitoring.
Dr. Tony HuDean of Deliotte 5G Network Generation Application AcademyDeliotte China
Dr. Hu has nearly 20 years of professional experience in e-commerce, business process optimization, information systems planning and implementation consulting and project management. In the ERP era, Dr. Hu has made great achievements in business process optimization, system solution design and system implementation, and ERP project management. He has participated in or led the implementation of more than 20 projects involving multiple industries and fields, such as telecom operation services, import and export trade, non-ferrous metals, construction and design, manufacturing of electronic communication equipment, home decoration and retail, automobile manufacturing and so on. In the post-ERP era, Dr. Hu actively participates in the planning, construction, implementation, supervision and other work of enterprise e-commerce systems, assists enterprise informatization to carry out the integrated development of “backstage, middle and front desk”, and actively explores how to transplant “Internet genes” into traditional Enterprise business, promoting the digital transformation of traditional industries in the era of mobile Internet.
Konstantinos ChalkiotisVice President 5G Solutions / Access & Home NetworksDT
Dr. K. Halkiotis has joined Deutsche Telekom Group Technology in 2013 as Vice President in Mobile Access. His primary function was to define the strategy, architecture, innovation and blueprints for Mobile Access Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group. As of the beginning of 2016 he is also responsible for the architecture of the fixed networks within Deutsche Telekom Group Technology. Since 2018 he took over the responsibility of Access & Home Networks in DT group defining the strategy, architecture and innovation for access and home Networks in Deutsche Telekom Group.
Currently he is Vice President responsible for E2E 5G Solutions as well as for Access and Home Networks in Strategy & Technology Innovation and working for Technology Architecture & Innovation (TAI). His primary function is to define and revise the architecture, strategy, steer the innovation and define the high level design (including the standardization) for E2E 5G Solutions in Deutsche Telekom Group.
Main technologies addressed are LTE-A, LTE – A Pro, NB-IoT/LTE-Cat-M and 5G technologies
He has nineteen years working experience in Telecommunications.
He worked in Cosmote Greece from 2001 – 2013 when he moved to DTAG. Also, he was the head of EMF Department in Greek Atomic Energy Commission from 1998 – 2000.
He has 27 published articles in per reviewed scientific journals, 2 books published, participation in development of IEEE C95.1/2005 and 57 announcements in International Conferences.
Also, he holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering & Computing, he is also Alternate Board Member for Deutsche Telekom in NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks).
Axel MennekingVP Startup Incubation & VenturingDeutsche Telekom
Located in Berlin, Axel Menneking is head of Startup Incubation & Venturing at Deutsche Telekom. In his role he leads the international activities of the corporate tech incubator hubraum and is Managing Director of the Startup Seed Investment Fund of Deutsche Telekom.
Before joining hubraum Axel Menneking had various leadership roles in product marketing and product management in fast moving consumer goods, strategy consulting, internet startup and telecom environments. Axel studied Industrial Engineering and Management and holds an Executive MBA of ESCP Europe Business School.
Steven PaisopoulosStrategic Partner for Deutsche TelekomACG
Dr. Petja HeimbachVice President Communication Products, International Delivery Deutsche Telekom AG
Petja is responsible for Communication Products at Deutsche Telekom. His main objective is to lead DT’s transition towards IP communications, accompanied with the adoption of new market models. He held several leading positions at DT in Marketing and Product Management. In addition Petja chaired the “IP Comms Leadership Team” @GSMA – a collaboration platform for the world’s leading Mobile Telecommunication Providers to deliver enriched, quality communication services to the billions of people using Operator services every day (www.gsma.com/rcs). Earlier in his career, he assisted local Telco carriers as strategy consultant and led a start-up for digital media production. Petja holds a PHD from the University of Göttingen and degrees in Business Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Dr. Zexiang LiChairmanDJI
Albert KimCEODoubleMe, Inc.
Aliona YurlovaStrategic Account ManagerDP World
Aliona Yurlova is a Strategic Account Manager at DP World – Global Ports Operator enabling smarter trade and tech-optimized supply chains world-wide. She coordinates strategic international partnerships, focusing on a more effective use of tech innovation in logistics and consequently more value-added shipping services. Specializing in International Commerce since 2009, she holds MA in International Economics and is fluent in Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian and French. Taking into account her six years' professional experience in China, Aliona also publishes articles on prevailing trade and logistics tendencies regularly featured in ES, ENG and CN media (i.e. El País, The Loadstar, Marine Insight, Portal Portuario). Passionate about international commerce, smart logistics and tech.
Tony PoulosEditor in ChiefDisruptive.Asia
Tony is a renowned speaker at telecom, digital services and banking industry events worldwide. He is guaranteed to keep audiences attentive, stimulated and motivated. He has presented at Mobile World Congress, CommunicAsia, Asian Carriers Conference and numerous regional events featuring billing, revenue management, fraud, payments, digital transformation, mobile banking and the Internet of Things.
Tony has broad experience in video productions such as interviews, panels, news coverage, customer testimonials, product launches and software demonstrations. He acts as video anchor for Disruptive.Asia, previously for TelecomAsia and TelcoProfessionals and was AsiaPacific correspondent for TelecomTV.
In 2011, Tony was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in the telecom software industry. The rankings, determined by an independent panel of editors at the publication Billing and OSS World, highlighted the industry leaders and visionaries that have had a significant effect on the direction and development of business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS).
Åsa TamsonsSVP and Head of Business Area Technologies & New BusinessesEricsson
Åsa Tamsons is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies and New Businesses and member of Ericsson’s Executive Team. With focus on technology and innovation, her team is responsible to drive growth in new areas for Ericsson by identifying, developing and scaling new businesses that support Ericsson’s customers to capture the full potential of 5G, IoT and future technologies. Her business portfolio spans Ericsson’s IPR and licensing, the IoT business, the Dedicated Networks business and a number of other emerging businesses in incubation stage through the innovation hub Ericsson ONE.
Before joining Ericsson, she was Partner at McKinsey & Company, serving tech, telecom and industrial companies around the world with expertise in growth strategy and B2B sales transformations.
Fredrik JejdlingEVP & Head of Business Area NetworksEricsson
Fredrik Jejdling is Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson’s largest business area, where he has full P&L responsibility. He brings to this role years of customer experience from diverse markets. He also oversees the global supply chain and Ericsson’s radio and transport portfolio across all mobile technology generations, including 5G commercialization globally.
He runs a global unit of 30,000 employees as well as Ericsson’s global sourcing with 20,000 suppliers. Jejdling joined Ericsson in 2006. He has held several executive positions in services, finance and had led the sub-Saharan Africa and India regions, where he saw technology innovations such as mobile money influence the lives of many.
Before Ericsson, Jejdling held senior positions at Tele2 Group and Lux Asia Pacific.
Jan KarlssonSVP & Head of Business Area Digital ServicesEricsson
Jan Karlsson is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Digital Services (since August 1, 2018). Ericsson Digital Services provides solutions that realize our customers’ digital transformation including software and services in the areas of monetization and management systems (OSS/BSS), telecom core (packet core and communication services), and cloud & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure.
Before taking on his current role, Karlsson was Acting Head of Business Area Digital Services between February 1 - July 31 2018. Previvous he was Head of Solution Area Business Support Solutions at Ericsson. He also led the sales and delivery of multiple Full Stack OSS/BSS projects for Ericsson in Latin America which were among of the first of their kind to go live in the region.
efore joining Ericsson in February 2017, Karlsson was CEO of DigitalRoute, an independent software vendor focusing on data collection and pre-processing across telco and non-telco verticals.
Karlsson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ESSEC Business School in France.
Peter LaurinSVP and Head of Business Area Managed ServicesEricsson
Peter Laurin is Senior Vice President and Head of business area Managed Services, and a member of Ericsson’s Executive Team. He oversees an organization of 25,000+ people working across all geographies, applying Artificial Intelligence and Automation to design, optimize and manage networks and IT infrastructure for communications service providers.
Managed Services, one of Ericsson’s four business areas, provides services in more than 100 countries supporting approximately 1 billion subscriptions.
Peter Laurin has an extensive experience of more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry. Before his current position, he served as Head of Region Northern Europe & Central Asia, covering 22 countries and more than 3000 employees. He has held executive positions in key account management, managed services, multimedia, systems integration and cloud hosting services, and has been based in USA, UK, Malaysia and currently in Stockholm, Sweden.
Prior to joining Ericsson via the Excellerate Management Trainee Program in 2001, Laurin worked for the management consultancy firm Arthur D. Little and co-founded the mobile marketing start-up Mediatude Ltd.
He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden); Master’s in Business Administration from School of Economics and Commercial Law (Sweden), and Executive trainings from Harvard University, Columbia University, IMD Switzerland and London Business School.
David WuWireless Product Line, Senior DirectorEricsson China
Hani YassinSr. Director, Technology StrategyEtisalat International
Hani Yassin is head of Technology Strategy at Etisalat International. His responsibilities include defining group-wide mobile and fixed network evolution strategy, driving development of new mobile and fixed technologies as well as developing network strategies to achieve synergies and savings across Etisalat International Opcos. In addition, Mr. Yassin works with Etisalat International Opcos on developing network architecture framework and standards, based on latest global technology trends and best practices. Other area of focus is analyzing relevant technology processes to recommend optimizations in order to enhance functional performance and efficiency.
Previously, Mr. Yassin was head of Product and Technology Marketing at Qualcomm International overseeing the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. Mr. Yassin was responsible for defining and executing Qualcomm’s strategy to promote royalty-bearing technologies and product portfolio across the region. His responsibilities included defining market requirements for Qualcomm products, Go-to-Market strategy for Qualcomm direct customers and aligning Qualcomm product road map with regional telecom industry stakeholders. Mr. Yassin also worked with wireless operators to develop strategic plans for their network and device evolution to match their business needs and future growth.
Prior to moving to the Middle East, he assumed several leadership roles in engineering management at Qualcomm headquarters in the USA.
Adrian BaschnongaGlobal Telecoms Lead AnalystEY
Adrian leads the development of insights covering the telecommunications sector as part of the EY Global TMT team. An experienced commentator on industry dynamics and organizational strategy, he is passionate about how new forms of connectivity can shape the digital society.
Before joining EY, Adrian worked in analyst roles at various business intelligence providers, having begun his career in market research. He also established a music recording and events business, building on his personal interests.
Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.
Rahul GautamGlobal Advisory Technology Sector LeaderEY
Rahul is the EY Global Technology Sector Advisory leader, charged with setting the direction for EY services in the technology sector. He is responsible for aligning EY capabilities globally with the dynamic needs of our technology clients.
Rahul has been a leader in the EY technology, media & entertainment and telecommunications (TMT) consulting business for the past 10 years, serving as our UK & Ireland sector leader when he was based in London and as our Americas TMT Advisory Leader while based in New York.
Kris LovejoyGlobal Advisory Cybersecurity leaderEY
World-renowned in cybersecurity, risk, compliance and governance, Kris leads EY Global Advisory Cybersecurity services. She regularly keynotes at RSA, InfoSec and Security World conferences as well as appearing in publications such as Forbes, Fortune, SC Magazine, InfoWorld and USA Today.
Prior to joining EY, Kris was CEO of an AI-driven network security company. Previously, she was also the general manager of a multinational information technology company’s security services division, charged with building end-to-end cybersecurity programs for clients worldwide. In this role, she participated internally as a member of the growth and transformation team. Externally, she has served as advisor and sat on the boards of a number of public and private organizations.
Kris earned a BA in English from Lafayette College, US.
Tom LoozenGlobal Telecoms LeaderEY
Tom leads an integrated team of telecommunications professionals working in more than 150 countries, and is responsible for driving the industry growth strategy through innovative solutions across Advisory, Tax, Assurance and Transaction Advisory Services. Combining the strength of the broad range of EY services, he leads strategic conversations to address clients’ most complex business challenges, shaping and delivering unique value propositions.
Before joining EY, Tom held various leadership positions with a major global consultancy and in the telecoms industry, including Global Telecom Industry Lead; Telecom, Media & Technology Lead for the Netherlands; and Chair of the Diamond Client Forum, a global community of the largest accounts across industries.
Tom holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.
Simon TaoGeneral Manager of 5G Market EcosystemFibocom
Angie LauEditor in ChiefForkast
Alex XuFounder & CEOFuturus Technology Co.,LTD
Suren PintoCEOGlobal Wavenet
Suren Pinto is the CEO and Founder of Global Wavenet (www.globalwavenet.com) and possesses 16+ years of industry experience working with Mobile and Telecommunication operators around the world. Suren leads R&D and spearheads the strategic direction of the company, and has delivered multiple innovative software, systems, and infrastructure solutions portfolios that serve wired and wireline carriers across the world. With specialization as a telco software development vendor and under Suren’s leadership, the company today has expanded operations in four continents and in over 20+ countries. He is responsible for managing a multinational team of 130+ staff located in Wavenet offices across Africa, Latin America, Sri Lanka, and Australia.
A born entrepreneur starting his first company at age19, Suren has grown this business today into a 10+ million dollar company. His ‘innovation first’ approach has resulted in the company in winning multiple awards in Asia Pacific such as the mBillionth award, The National Business Quality Service Award by the British Computer Society and Merit Award by the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance.
Suren is passionate about driving the business towards consistently deliver on customer value through innovative digital transformation solutions and state-of-the-art technology. Suren also consults telecom organisations and regularly speaks at international conferences.
Alex Sinclair is the Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. With more than 25 years in telecommunications in general and mobile in particular, Alex has worked for a number of companies in the UK, Germany and the US. In the early 1990’s, Alex was part of the project team that launched the T-Mobile D1 network in Germany. In 1995, Alex helped Syniverse to launch their GSM clearinghouse business. Prior to joining the GSMA, Alex was Director of Network Engineering at ICO (a Global Satellite venture). Alex has served as Chief Technology Officer of the GSMA since 2005.
Henry CalvertHead of Future NetworksGSMA
Henry joined the GSMA in December 2013, and is responsible for the delivery of the Future Networks programme. A key programme of the GSMA’s strategic focus, to deliver industry scale for IP Communications and 5G, whilst considering Network Economic challenges for the Mobile industry as it transitions to a 5G Era.
Previously he worked for the SingTel Group and has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, both in Networks and IT portfolios and has been involved in the deployment of mobile networks in over 10 operations across 10 different countries. Henry designed and built Optus’ 3G + LTE mobile network, all IP network and managed the product development transformation. He was the creator and board member of the network sharing Joint Venture between SingTel Optus and Vodafone Networks Pty Ltd (Australia). Henry has been a board member and Chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and previously held an Executive Management Committee position in the GSMA.
Hong LiuHead of Technology, Greater ChinaGSMA
Joined GSMA in 2017, responsible for technical projects including 5G, AI, Edge Computing, IoT, Identity, and working groups including eSIM, Network, Terminal Steering, within Greater China Region, leads the reports on AI in Network Use Cases and Powered by SA Case Studies, and leads 5G and AI in GSMA Greater China.
Worked in China Mobile Research Institute responsible for IP Network, IMS, EPC, 5G and Standardization, etc. Head of 3GPP and GSMA within China Mobile. Participated in 10+ internal standards drafting and discussion in 3GPP, IETF, GSMA, W3C and was deeply involved in creating NGMN. Was the vice chair of 3GPP System Architecture Working Group and a winner of Chinese Outstanding Patented Innovation Gold Medal.
Jon FranceHead of Industry SecurityGSMA
Jon France is the Head of Industry Security at the GSMA, where he leads the Fraud and Security function. As a technology and security expert in a now 5G world, where reliance on digital tech has risen exponentially, Jon’s focus is on ensuring network resiliency and integrity in support of mobile operators, consumers and other stakeholders throughout the mobile industry.
Jon has 20+ years’ experience in Enterprise IT & Security within media and telecoms. Jon has also delivered cloud enablement strategies; built online product portfolios; lead development teams; run global IT portfolios and headed up incident/ crisis management teams.
Jianzhou WangSenior AdvisorGSMA
Sihan Bo ChenHead of Greater ChinaGSMA
Jan StryjakSenior Manager, Mobile operators & Networks ResearchGSMA Intelligence
Jan is responsible for some of GSMA Intelligence’s key research deliverables, including the flagship Mobile Economy series which provides the latest insights on the state of the mobile industry worldwide. He is the regional specialist for Asia Pacific and Greater China, and also produces regular reports on the development of digital societies and the transformative effects of mobile in emerging markets. Jan has over 13 years’ experience in the telecoms sector, previously as a Strategy Specialist at Vodafone UK and as a Market Analyst at Qualcomm, and is a regulator speaker at conferences and in the media.
Matthew IjiSenior Manager – Mobile Operators & NetworksGSMA Intelligence
Matthew manages the mobile operators and networks product of GSMA Intelligence with a focus on 5G. He has responsibility for the data on the GSMA Intelligence platform and leads much of the 5G research. Outside of this, he regularly authors articles and appears in the media. Before joining the GSMA, Matthew held roles within Orange and EE.
Pablo IacopinoDirector of Ecosystem ResearchGSMA Intelligence
Peter JarichHeadGSMA Intelligence
Peter leads the GSMA Intelligence analyst team, driving its content strategy and agenda. Working across the GSMA membership and broader mobile ecosystem, Peter is responsible for developing insights into the intelligence products required by the market as well as the best ways in which to deliver them. In the near-term, this means driving the rollout of new data sets and research on topics ranging from 5G and IoT, to Consumer Demand trends and multi-pay (fixed broadband, pay TV).
Sylwia KechichePrincipal AnalystGSMA Intelligence
Sylwia is responsible for M2M and IoT data and analysis within GSMA Intelligence. Prior to GSMA, Sylwia worked for Pyramid Research where she was responsible for a number of qualitative and quantitative deliverables focused on operator strategies in Europe. She holds an MA with Distinction in Communication Policy Studies and BSc in Sociology from City University.
Mr. Han Zhigang is currently the Co-President of H3C Group. Mr. Han has been working in China's communications industry for many years, and has promoted the development of China's network technology research and application, network development planning, network construction, etc. He has a uniquely deep insight into the telecoms management, network technology development, network construction.
Before joining H3C Group, Mr. Han worked at China Unicom from 2006. He successively held positions as Dean of China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute, Executive Director and General Manager of China Communications Construction Corporation. In 2009, he became vice president of China Unicom, and later served as the general manager of China Unicom Network Construction Department.
From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Han served as the dean, deputy secretary of the party committee, chairman and general manager of the China Telecom Post and Telecommunications Consulting and Design Institute.
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Han served as Vice President and President of the Post and Telecommunications Design Institute in the Ministry of Information Industry.
Mr. Han graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and obtained a doctorate degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2009. He joined the workforce in 1982 and is a professor-level senior engineer and a national design master.
Vivek RavisankarCEO & FounderHackerRank
Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and Co-Founder of HackerRank, the platform used by over 7 million developers to hone their skills, and is employed by 2,000+ companies like Amazon, Lyft, LinkedIn and Dropbox to recruit top tech talent. After graduating from NIT in India, Ravisankar worked as a software engineer at Amazon, where he spent hundreds of hours interviewing other developers. To help bring efficiency, standardization and inclusivity to the technical hiring process, he co-founded HackerRank, the first Indian startup to graduate from Y-Combinator.
Past speaking: HR Main(), Collision, DeveloperWeek 2020
Mingli ZhouGeneral ManagerHaier Tianjin Washmachine Factory
2000年加入海尔，2年部件质量&6年现场质量&2年市场质量&7年全流程质量管理运营 & 2年互联工厂管理；
Yusuf DemiralHead of Data & Analytics ASPHSBC Global Wealth and Personal Banking
Yusuf Demiral is the Regional Head of Data & Analytics, WPB, ASP. He has over twenty years’ experience in Retail Banking and has undertaken a variety of roles in Data & Analytics across various geographies and disciplines. He has a track record of creating commercial value through Data Assets and developing high performing, highly proficient and diversely skilled teams.
Chunzhe HuDirector of Huawei Cloud Core Marketing Operation DepartmentHuawei
Mr. Hu Chunzhe is the Director of Huawei Cloud Core Marketing Operation Dept, in charge of the marketing communication and go-to-market strategies for all products.
Mr. Hu graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He joined Huawei in 2000, working in Data Communication for 8 years and for 12 years in the packet core domain, where he gained extensive experience in PS and MEC. Mr. Hu formerly served as the Director of 5G Core product line, R&D leader of Packet Core Gateway, Director of PS Project Management Office, and Director of Core Innovation Center with Vodafone Group.
Emmanuel Coelho AlvesCTO of Wireless Product LineHuawei
Emmanuel holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and has 25+ years working experience in telecommunications
He has joined Huawei in 2008 to focus on LTE/LTE-Advanced. Since 2016 Emmanuel is involved into 5G solution
Emmanuel has held various management positions in R&D, Products Management and Marketing for both radio and core networks
In past 25+ years he has been involved in network planning, 3GPP standardization, R4 soft-switch, IMS/NGN, 3G/4G/4.5G/5G and mobile data applications
Emmanuel has an extensive experience about the development of wireless networks based on frequent communications with operators and other industry players
Xiang FangVice President, LTE Product LineHuawei
Fang Xiang has nearly 20 years of experience in ICT wireless communications and has expertise in product services, R&D as well as regional sales. Currently he is the FDD Product Executive in Wireless Network Product Line.
Bin GanChief Marketing OfficerWireless Solution, Huawei Technologies
Mr. Gan Bin is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Huawei’s Wireless Solution. Mr. Gan leads Product Line Management & Marketing, including product planning, marketing strategy, marketing programs, brand building and demand generation across Huawei’s portfolio of wireless network products and solutions.
Mr. Gan joined Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. in 1998, and has more than 20 years of experience in wireless R&D, product planning and management. Mr. Gan Bin had been the vice president of 5G Wireless Network Product Line, responsible for 5G RAN-related work, including 5G product planning, development, marketing, and collaborative industry promotion. Mr. Gan, has a deep understanding of wireless market, technology evolution and solution requirements.
Daisy ZhuHead of Marketing OperationsHuawei Wireless Network
- Leading marketing strategy and operations across Huawei wireless products and solutions
- Previously CMO of Huawei 5G solution
- 18+ years wireless R&D/marketing experience
Stephen MiaoGeneral ManagerHuawei Wireless C-V2X solutions
Mr. Stephen Miao has over 17 years of experience in wireless R&D, product planning and management. He has been responsible for the planning of WCDMA controller (RNC) products at Huawei, and then was responsible for the mobile innovation center overseas, incubating a number of large-particle innovative products and solutions. After returning to China, he served as the product director of the LTE base station team. He is fully responsible for products and solutions related to Huawei C-V2X vehicle-road collaboration and roadside fusion perception department from 2019.
Kimberly King is a global social entrepreneur and recognized expert in the fields of leadership, public-private-partnerships and sustainable innovation eco-systems. Her passion is the intersection of business and social impact, creating ground-breaking financial and business-development strategies generating more than $4 billion dollars in revenue to date.
King is CEO of HumanTec Labs and cofounder of One Island Institute. Her diverse experience reflects 20 yrs as a leader in cross-sector and multi-stakeholder ventures. Clients and Partners include: American Express/AMEX Advisors, AT&T, AIG, Coca-Cola, the Credit Union National Association, the City of Los Angeles/LA Economic Development Corp, World Trade Center Association, and more.
Kimberly serves as a Special Projects Consultant to the United Nations and Senior Advisor to the International Women’s Think Tank and Regenerative Venture Lab. She is a media producer and Co-Author of “The Power of Team, and is an honored recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Humanitarian Award. www.LinkedIn.com/in/kimberlyking2
Jerry(Tao) LiuExecutive ArchitectIBM
Jerry Liu is a executive architect from IBM with 17 years of experience in IT. He is an innovative and client-focused thought leader and a sustained and high-value asset creator with deep expertise in IoT/Telematics, Cloud and DevOps technologies. He has been the chief/lead architect for a number of complex and large scale system integration client projects. He also keeps extending the asset with emerging technologies, like edge computing, and driving the reuse of assets in many client engagements across geographies. Prior joining IBM, Jerry earned his bachelor and master degree on computer science and application from Tsinghua University in China.
Shahid AhmedManaging PartnerImagine Wireless
Shahid is a Managing Partner at Imagine Wireless, a consulting firm driving digital transformation across the Telecoms and the Industrial sectors. He is also a co-founder and COO of EQITII – a blockchain based foundation that enables enterprise businesses to securely exchange and share data. He is also a visiting professor teaching Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) course at McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Between October 2016 and January 2017, Shahid was a Partner at PwC responsible for several digital businesses including Emerging Technologies, IoT, Data & Analytics, PwC’s Emerging Technologies Lab, and PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation.
As the practice leader, Shahid transformed PwC Consulting into a digital business. Shahid was also the New Ventures Lead helping PwC launch innovative new businesses in the consulting marketplace.
Prior to joining PwC, Shahid was a Managing Director with Accenture, where he had P&L responsibility for Accenture’s North America Communications $1B+ business. In this role, Shahid helped telecommunications clients build new digital capabilities, operate more efficiently and drive new growth. He was also responsible for the Global Network Solutions Practice helping enterprise businesses adopt IP-based architectures. During his 20-year tenure at Accenture, Shahid was involved in creating many practices including the formation of the wireless practice, the Accenture Cisco Business Group and the Accenture Alcatel-Nokia Business Group.
Before Accenture, between 1992-96, Shahid held several management positions at Sprint where he spent four years expanding Sprint’s wireless services in North America. Shahid was also responsible for rolling out the first cellular digital packet data (CDPD) network in the US to support industrial IoT applications.
Shahid is an active member of several industry groups. He currently serves on multiple advisory boards such as the Smart Network Council, Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA), Northwestern University Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) program and The Coral Group. Shahid was also a board member of Chicago Sinfonietta -- a symphony founded in 1987 to promote diversity, inclusion and innovation in classical music.
In February 2014, Shahid was appointed as an Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) advising on technology issues facing the United States. Shahid has worked on several policy issues and currently serves as the chair for IoT and 5G working groups.
Shahid was also a commencement speaker at Northwestern University’s McCormick Engineering School in June 2015.
Shahid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. He resides in Chicago.
Weichen YeGeneral Manager of Operator BUIntel China
Sean DoralProgramme Officer, Digital InclusionITU
Sean Doral is Programme Officer with the International Telecommunication Union based in Bangkok.
He acts as the lead focal point for Capacity Development and Digital Inclusion programs for ITU Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to this role, Sean supported the coordination, monitoring and implementation of ITU's programs and projects for countries in the Asia and the Pacific Region.
Prior to working with the ITU, Sean had a varied career as a radio presenter and producer with BFM 89.9 in Malaysia; working in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s International Affairs Department; and delivering training and development among other roles at Boustead Holdings Berhad.
Leo Lv, co-founder and president of Juphoon, with 20 year-experience in communication software R&D and enterprise management, used to work for Shenzhen Harbor Network, Huawei and UTStarcom, responsible for the R&D of communication software protocol stacks. Leo graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology.
Alexander SirakovSenior AnalystKapronAsia
Alex is a senior associate at Kapronasia Shanghai and has 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Before Kapronasia Alex worked at INNIMMO – a European boutique investment bank and asset manager with a focus on financial services and fintech, and consequently co-managed a project under the cap of German KfW Bank in China. Alex holds a MA in Finance.
Zhu WenPrincipal Technology Lead of Research Labs, ChinaKeysight Technology
Zhu Wen got his Ph.D degree in Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2007, and joined Agilent/Keysight Research Labs since then. Now he is the Principle Technical Lead of Keysight Labs Wireless Solution research team. His major research areas include: MIMO OTA (Over the Air) test, wireless channel measurement and modeling, channel emulation, transient signal analysis, intelligent signal recognition, etc.
Neil TrevettPresidentThe Khronos Group Inc
Neil is VP Developer Ecosystem at NVIDIA, where he helps to drive and develop the developer ecosystem that enables applications to take advantage of advanced GPU and silicon acceleration. Neil is also the elected President of the Khronos Group, where he initiated the OpenGL ES standard now used by billions worldwide every day, helped catalyze the WebGL project to bring interactive 3D graphics to the Web, chairs the OpenCL working group defining the open standard for heterogeneous parallel computation, and helped establish and launch the new-generation Vulkan API.
Kelly LiaoTax PartnerKPMG
Kelly started her career in tax advisory from 1999 and has rich working experience in mainland China, HK ad Finland.
Kelly has provided a full spectrum of tax services to a number of companies, including tax compliance, tax health check, tax due diligence, tax / customs / foreign exchange dispute resolution, tax efficient supply chain planning, outbound holding structure. From 2004 to 2014, Kelly was specialized in transfer pricing providing services like transfer pricing dispute resolution, advanced pricing arrangement, cost sharing arrangement etc. Since she has a wide range of project experiences, she is especially good at providing overall tax planning service covering corporate tax, individual income tax, international tax as well as business regulatory, transfer pricing, customs, foreign exchange, investment and financing.
Kelly’s clients include a number of multinational enterprises in a wide range of industries, including infrastructure, consumer goods, retail, chemical, electric and electronics, property development, pharmacy, life science, education, logistics, TMT and Fintech, etc.
Kelly is responsible tax partner for TMT and capital market tax solution in southern China.
KU HyeonmoPresident & CEOKT
Minette NavarretCo-founder and PresidentKickstart Ventures, Inc.
Minette Navarrete joined Globe Telecom Inc. in July 2006 to start Business Development in what was then a pure-play mobile operator. Under Minette’s leadership, the team created Globe’s first digital strategy blueprint and put in place the foundation of Globe’s digital media, content, and mobile advertising businesses.
In 2012, Minette led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. (www.kickstart.ph) and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. As a corporate venture capital firm, Kickstart invests globally, providing capital, mentoring, and market access to early- to early-growth stage tech startups. Its portfolio has some of Southeast Asia’s best-performing startups: 43 companies in the Philippines, the United States, Canada, Israel, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors: Y Combinator and 500 Startups from Silicon Valley; Omidyar Network from New York; Unitus from Seattle and Bangalore; IMJ Investment Partners and KK Fund from Japan; and Wavemaker from Los Angeles and Singapore. Minette is also a member of Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council and of Globe’s Innovation Advisory Board.
Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from Philippine startups to iconic multinationals. Before joining Globe, she was Philippine Managing Director of online game publishing startup, Level Up! She previously served as Levi Strauss & Company’s Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam; and President & CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation. She cut her teeth in global FMCG giants, Unilever and L’Oréal. Minette holds a Bachelor of Science, Major in Management Engineering, from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Man Fai ChengFounder & CEOMAD Gaze Limited
Shekeb NaimAssociate Director, ICT Research and AdvisoryMarkets and Markets
Shekeb has close to 15 of years in technology market research and is helping major ICT vendors in identifying future revenue streams. His in-depth research around emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, software defined infrastructure, and its application areas within Smart Cities, Connected Healthcare, Smart Manufacturing, is helping many Technology Players to strategize for IoT monetization.
He has been working with MarketsandMarkets (MnM) since last 5 years and is responsible for creating revenue impact on the clients through use case prioritization, partner identification, customer behavior assessment, competitive benchmarking, Geo opportunity assessment, etc. Prior to MnM he has worked on the industry side with Hewlett-Packard where he was assisting the Marketing Head of Product with competitive intelligence.
He has done MBA in Marketing Management from Institute of Business Management, Kanpur and graduated with honors in B Tech, Computer Science from University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kanpur.
John BakerSVP Business DevelopmentMavenir
John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.
A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.
Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including:
GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications
VP & GM Network Solutions at CommScope
VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia
VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services
John also contributed significantly to the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.
Yukiharu TomitaCOO/CO-Investormeleap inc.
Rohit DadwalManaging DirectorMobile Marketing Association (MMA) Asia Pacific Limited
Rohit Dadwal is the Managing Director of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Asia Pacific Limited, overseeing MMA’s activities in Asia Pacific.
A highly visible industry advocate with over 20+ years of experience in the Advertising, Marketing, Internet & mobile spheres. Rohit has been instrumental in Mobile advertising Industry’s growth in the region forging relationships with industry leaders & key stakeholders.
Prior to MMA, Rohit spent 9+ years in Microsoft, where he served as the Director of Platform & Mobile Services & contributed to launching mobile advertising services in the APAC region. He has previously worked with Bharti-British Telecom ISP services - India & with IPSIL.
Rohit has served on the board of the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) & as an Advisor for the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines & IDBYTE of Indonesia . He also sits on numerous corporate advisory boards of start-up companies.
Zina Jarrahi CinkerExecutive DirectorNational Graphene Association
Kevin XuCo-Founder & Head of OverseasNEOLIX
Yao GePartnerNGP Capital
Yao has been engaged in the management consulting, investment and M&A industries for eleven years. The investment projects she has led and participated in include Bilibili (listed in Nasdaq in March 2018 with a current market value of app. $10 billion), Douyu (listed in July, with a current market value of about $2.9 billion), Unity (the world's largest mobile 3D game engine, with a previous valuation of $2.6 billion), and others. Before joining NGP Capital, Yao was the Managing Partner of Atlas Capital, responsible for fundraising, project investment and team management.
Prior to that, Yao participated in the establishment of Nanshan Capital and served as the Managing Director, focusing on the Entertainment and Consumer Industries. Yao also served as an executive director of Ourpalm Technologies, where she was fully responsible for M&A and minority equity investments in listed companies in the Chinese market. She has led and participated in M&A deals valued at more than 4 billion RMB in total. In addition, she was responsible for the business development and investment strategies of Ourpalm, both at home and abroad. Yao also worked at McKinsey as a senior consultant, where she was responsible for the TMT, retail and public sectors, with major customers including Samsung, Lenovo, China Mobile, South Beauty, the China Ministry of Commerce, the China Ministry of Civil Affairs, and the Sichuan Municipal Government. She was selected to participate in one of the first of McKinsey’s leadership secondment programs.
Yao received a Master's degree in Finance and a Bachelor's degree, with a double major in Economics and Arts, from Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management.
Dr. Luo Ning GuiAdvisorNGP Capital
Dr. Gui was the Executive Vice President, member of EXCOM(Company’s Executive Committee ), Bell Labs China & CTO, Member of Bell Labs and CTO Global Senior leadership Team responsible for CTO, Bell Labs, technology strategy, standardization, common R&D.
Demonstrated Record in Innovation, Vision & Strategy articulation to influence customers and industries, R&D Leadership and Management Innovation, R&D Management, more than 25 years of experiences.
Successfully not only invented key technologies but turn the invented technologies into products that have been deployed world wide ranging from, broadband access, switches, 3G, 4G and 5G wireless, collaborated robotics, sensorless sensing, IoT etc.
Dr. Gui has been chairman and the member of following organization:
- The Board member of China Communication Insitute
- The chairman of supervisory committee of CCSA(China communication standardization association)
- Board Member of the national information and communication network Expert Committee of China
- Member of Expert Committee of Ministry of Science and Technology of China
- The board member of the Future Forum which is the Chinese National Next Generation Wireless Forum
Chris JohnsonSVP, EMEA & APACNokia Enterprise
Chris Johnson is Nokia’s Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for vertical Enterprise markets including, Transportation, Public Sector and other key segments. Chris joined Nokia on September 1, 2017 and leads an organisation focused on bringing mission critical communications technology to our key Customers and Markets, and has global responsibility to drive sales in these defined segments.
Previously at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, he was Managing Director, for the Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa (MEMA) region. Before this he gained experience with NCR, EMC, Sequent and HP, holding IT Sales, Sales Leadership and General Manager positions across a variety of technology businesses and geographies around the world.
Chris graduated from Humberside University at Hull with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and enjoys sports, cooking and writing, playing and listening to music.
Dr. Harri HolmaFellowNokia Bell Labs
Harri Holma joined Nokia Research Center in 1994 and received his M.Sc. from Helsinki University of Technology 1995. He has been with Nokia since 1994 and has been located both in Finland and in USA during that time. Harri Holma is currently working as Fellow in Nokia Bell Labs with special interest on radio system performance. He has completed his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology 2003. Dr. Holma has edited the books "WCDMA for UMTS", "HSDPA/HSUPA for UMTS", "LTE for UMTS", “Voice over LTE”, “LTE Advanced”, “HSPA+ Evolution”, “LTE Small Cell Optimization” and “5G Technology”, and contributed to a number of other books in the radio communication area.
Jonathan WuEVPNokia Shanghai Bell
As an expert in the field of Network Telecom, Mr. Jonathan WU has accomplished plenty of admirable contributions with his 20+ years’ experience both in IT/telecommunications industry marketing. Since being EVP of Nokia Shanghai Bell, Head of Fixed Networks Business Group, Great China, he is devoting to the latest promising research and development of telecom with his eminent competence and leadership in new infrastructure, such as 5G and fiber access, fixed & Wireless Networks, etc. In addition, he is also striving to find more market potential by realizing the application possibilities in 5G era.
Abhay SavargaonkarCTO SalesNokia Software
Abhay Savargaonkar is a Telecom veteran with 30+ years of experience, spanning across incumbent state owned operator to Bharti Airtel to Nokia. He was the CTO of Bharti Airtel for the 5 yrs till Dec 2018 and was at the forefront during the fierce disruption in Telecom market in India when it went from a 8 player market to 3 players with number 2 & 3 players merging to stay afloat. He has since moved to Nokia Software as CTO for Global Sales, and is responsible for positioning Nokia Software as thought leader in the field of Cloud Native Core , AI ,Automation and transforming Service Providers to Digital Service Providers in the 5G journey.
Lucas Rondez, from Switzerland, is currently the CEO of nihub Innovation Center and Vice President of Hangzhou Young Entrepreneurs Association.
Lucas has lived in Hangzhou since 2005. His life as an entrepreneur started in 2015 when he registered an internet technology company, leading a team to develop NiHao APP, a platform for foreigners living in China. Lucas then went on to found nihub Innovation Center, a services platform for foreign entrepreneurs in China. Through investment and operational services, Lucas and the nihub team work everyday to facilitate foreign innovation in China and bridge the gap between western and foreign markets.
At nihub, Lucas and his team have successfully landed over 50 overseas high-tech projects, in industries including but not limited to artificial intelligence, big data, biomedical science, semiconductor, and other high-tech fields. At present, Lucas and the nihub team have worked with and offered a range of varying services to over 200 projects, having raised over 2.8 billion RMB in funding the various startups.
In 2017, Lucas was awarded the title of "Xihu Friendship Award", “Qianjiang Friendship Award” by Hangzhou City as a typical example of a foreigner starting a business in Hangzhou. In 2018, Lucas also received "Hangzhou's Honorary Citizen" award. Finally, in early 2019 Lucas became one of a select few foreigners to receive a Permanent Residency Card (i.e. green card) as a result of his entrepreneurial and innovative achievements.
Kazuhiro YoshizawaPresident & CEONTT DOCOMO
Hiroyuki OTOGeneral Manager of Core Network Development DepartmentNTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Hiroyuki Oto has been leading R&D projects for all of the core network nodes and operation system in DOCOMO's commercial mobile network.
In 2016, he launched world's first network function virtualization (NFV), which runs Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software from multiple vendors. Today, he is working on applying NFV/SDN technologies to all the other network nodes in the network.
He is also in charge of systems and architectures of the next generation mobile core network, such as 5G, IoT, and more.
Yang Chuan AnChief ArchitectNSFOCUS Technologies Group Co., Ltd
With 20-years product development working experience in telecom and cyber security industry, Mr. Yang right now leads the Nsfocus company’s technology sector, and is responsible for system technology development and security research. Before joining Nsfocus, Mr. Yang worked as title of Distinguished MTS in Lucent Technology China Bell-labs, and worked as title of Principal System Manager in Ericsson China. Mr. graduated from Harbin Engineering University, and got master degree of automation control.
Snow ZhangNVIDIA Inception Program ManagerNVIDIA
Hao XieCEOO2vr Co., Ltd.
Karan SarinAssistant Director – Radio Access NetworkOoredoo
Ian FoggVP of AnalysisOpensignal
At Opensignal, Ian and his team develop new insights and analysis using Opensignal’s mobile analytics data.
Prior to joining Opensignal, Ian created product strategy recommendations and market analysis reports for 15 years at Forrester, IHS Markit and Jupiter Research.
As Senior Director at IHS, Ian led the team responsible for forecasting mobile network infrastructure, telecom operators, mobile apps, smartwatches and smartphones.
Ian has 9 years of experience in product and marketing roles at mobile operator Three, cable operator Cable & Wireless and device maker Psion.
Ian has end-to-end expertise across the mobile and telecom market. He is an energetic and passionate speaker and is regularly quoted in business media, including: CNBC, Financial Times, BBC, AP and Reuters.
Luis Delgado5G Program DirectorOrange Spain
Yao LuDirector of Innovation and ProjectsOrange
LU Yao is Director of Innovation and Projects in Orange Sourcing Consulting in Beijing. He focuses his efforts on Asian ICT ecosystem and provides market insight and partnership opportunity to Orange global footprint. He is leading Orange Open Innovation Center China to help Chinese and overseas startups grow potential business together with Orange. Having a research background in artificial intelligence, he is passionate about high-tech innovation and is willing to share his discovery in Greater China.
Steve PapaCEOParallel Wireless
As a CEO of Parallel Wireless, Steve Papa leads the senior management team in setting the company’s strategic direction and is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first customer deployments into broad commercialization and growth. Steve has been part of reimagining the technology landscape for over 20 years. As founder and CEO of Endeca, he reimagined the database to support faceted information ultimately leading to Oracle acquiring the company as its 6th largest acquisition ever when announced (reported at $1.1 billion). He was part of the team creating Akamai that reimagined global Internet content distribution — now carrying peaks of 15 terabits/s of web traffic on any given day — and led the team at Inktomi that reimagined the network cache to create carrier class caching. Earlier he worked with AT&T Teradata where enterprise computing was reimagined with the first use of Intel processors for enterprise servers. He has a BS from Princeton University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yong CuiProfessorTsinghua University
Zhisheng NiuProfessorTsinghua University
Tingfang JiSenior Director of EngineeringQualcomm Technologies, Inc
Tingfang Ji jointed Qualcomm in 2003 and is currently a Senior Director of engineering in Wireless R&D. From 2003 to 2014, he made instrumental technical contributions towards the development of LTE/LTE-A technology and served as a vice chairman of the radio working group (RAN4) of 3GPP. Since 2014 he has been responsible for the systems group and later responsible for the overall engineering effort of a flagship Qualcomm 5G research project, which led Qualcomm's 5G NR air interface design/standardization efforts, multi-vendor pre-commercial 5G NR IODT/trials, and the on-campus 5G experimental macro networks. Before joining Qualcomm, Tingfang was a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs. As an inventor, he has more than 800 US patent applications.
Tingfang received his Ph.D degree in E.E. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001, and also holds a B.Sc. from Tsinghua University.
Yan LiSenior Director of Technical StandardsQualcomm Technologies
Yan Li is senior director of technical standards at Qualcomm Technologies. Yan has been leading Qualcomm China Standards team and overseeing standardization works in China since he joined Qualcomm in 2002. He is well connected with Chinese mobile operators, wireless communications standardization bodies, communications industry and academic institutions, in addition to a deep understanding of the current status, regulations and policies with regard to wireless communications technology in China. From 2011 to 2013, he was instrumental in supporting the launch of China Mobile’s LTE TDD services and its first LTE multi-mode smartphones by leading the Qualcomm China technical support team for China Mobile. He sits on the Board of Directors of FuTURE Forum as Qualcomm’s representative, and also serves as co-chair of joint task force on V2X (Vehicle to Everything) built by FuTURE Forum and Telematics Industry Application Alliance.
Prior to Qualcomm, Yan served as standards engineer at Nokia (China) R&D Center, and director of CDMA development at Datang Wireless Mobile Innovation Center. From 1999 to 2002, he led the development of IS-95 and cdma2000 base station subsystem and the 863 cdma2000 RNC project.
Yan’s research focuses on CDMA mobile communications system, modulation and coding techniques, synchronization techniques, security and mobile applications. He has published more than 10 papers on domestic and international top journals and holds 84 granted patents, and writes a book entitled 5G and V2X.
Yan earned a Ph.D. degree in Communications and Information System from National Mobile Communications Research Laboratory of Southeast University in 1998.
Jeff JieCOORecurrent AI
Azhar SayeedChief TechnologistRed Hat
Azhar is a chief technologist, Global Telecommunications, at Red Hat. His role is to work with communications service providers worldwide to define new architectures and develop deployment models and strategies for cloud and virtualization.
Azhar is active in open source communities such as OpenDaylight and OPNFV. Most recently Azhar drove a virtualized central office architecture as an OPNFV community project demonstrating how central offices can be virtualized to drive new cost effective ways to deliver residential, business and mobile services.
Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the networking, telecommunications and software industry. Prior to joining Red Hat Azhar was a 17 year veteran of Cisco Systems where he ran many teams and projects from software product management to engineering development and solutions delivery teams.
He has 9 patents and is author of a book - "MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization".
Aakash GanjuFounder & CEOSaathealth
Dr Aakash Ganju is a healthcare entrepreneur and the founder of Saathealth, a digital platform committed to helping communities building healthier childhoods for children. In this role, Aakash has led the design, deployment and partnerships that have led to over 60,000 downloads of the Saathealth app within 4 months of launch.
Previously, Aakash co-founded Avegen, a mission driven healthcare company that uses technology to design human centered experiences for patients. Trained in medicine and management, he has earlier led large research teams at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson and developed mobile health solutions for underserved populations in India and Africa. For the last 10 years, he has led multi-partner consortia to develop and deploy sustainable health technology solutions serving patients in the HIV and women’s health domains. In earlier roles, Aakash worked with the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action to launch a large scale maternal messaging program in India. He was also part of the Founding team that launched Together, a digital platform that uses feedback from mothers to drive improvements in providers’ quality of care indicators.
Aakash is a keen student of emerging mobile trends in India (particularly in urban underserved segments) and their implications for scaled digital health solutions. He is also the author of “A Glass Half-Full”, a recently published book on healthcare innovation in India. Aakash is passionate about the role of collaboration, technology, human centricity and win-win solutions to build healthcare experiences of the future.
Qingfeng HuangPresidentShanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd
Kyungnam (Ken) KimVice PresidentSK telecom
He currently leads the Security Labs in the T3K Center of SK telecom and oversees SKT’s physical/information security products and R&D projects, collaborating with ADT Caps and SK infosec. He has more than 20 years of R&D experience in computer vision, machine learning, unmanned systems (air, ground, space), 2D/3D sensor fusion, human-machine interface, and video surveillance. He previously held research and management positions at HRL Laboratories (Malibu, CA), GE Global Research (Niskayuna, NY), Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Cambridge, MA), and several video surveillance start-ups. He led various machine learning, vision, autonomous driving R&D teams, and made successful technology transition to government customers (DARPA, IARPA) and industrial customers (General Motors and Boeing). He holds 60+ publications and 30+ issued patents. He received PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 2005.
Ms. Anna Yip is the CEO of SmarTone, a leading mobile operator in Hong Kong known for its powerful network, superior customer service, and digital innovations. Entering the 5G era, SmarTone is blazing the trail for the new technology and Smart City development in Hong Kong.
Before she joined SmarTone, Ms. Yip was Head of Hong Kong and Macau for MasterCard Asia/Pacific and Managing Director for Strategy and Planning at the United Overseas Bank. Prior to that, she was a Partner with McKinsey & Company in Greater China where she was a co-leader of the Asia Financial Institutional Group and led the Asia Payments practice.
Ms. Yip earned both MPhil and DPhil degrees in Management Studies from the University of Oxford, and her undergraduate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with First Class honors.
Ryuji WakikawaVice President, Head of Advanced Technology DivisionSoftBank Corp.
Ryuji Wakikawa received his Ph.D in Media and Governance from Keio University, Japan in 2004. After working as a full-time lecturer at the Keio University's Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, he joined SoftBank Mobile Corp. (currently SoftBank Corp.) in 2013.
He is currently the Vice President of the Advanced Technology Division at SoftBank Corp. and is involved in the research, development and commercialization of new technologies, including 5G, IoT, HAPS and Autono-MaaS. Concurrently, he serves as the Board Director at HAPSMobile Inc.
Stephen DouglasHead of 5G PracticeSpirent
Stephen works for Spirent’s strategy organization helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies. Currently Stephen leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G, IoT and Automotive.
With over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, start-ups and network equipment manufacturers, helping them drive innovation and transformation.
Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos that prevent innovation and business success.
Chen WangSlush China CEOSlush
Global Shaper of World Economic Forum - Chen is the cofounder and CEO of Slush since 2015, which is a leading international startup and technology event in China to help connect entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and media. With 10 years’ experience living in Europe, she built the business coaching and consulting company Lite Up in Finland to help individuals and companies make scientific plan for the best results through deepening the self awareness. Clients including Deloitte and GE. Chen was awarded as Global Shaper of Davos World Economic Forum
Michael MartinDirector Radio, Transport & Network OperationsSunrise
Member of Senior Leadership Team at Sunrise Communication AG. Responsible for Radio Network Strategy, Planning, Optimization & Deployment; Transport (Transmission) Network, incl. Access Transport Network, Backbone Engineering, Fiber Implementation, Site Engineering, Transport Security Engineering; and for Network Operations and Outsourcing Partner Management.
Martin is driving strategy, design and implementation in radio and transport domains and thus implementing the currently most used and advanced 5G network (according to worldwide measurements of speedtest.net).
Running the only mobile network worldwide having achieved “Outstanding” rating in Connect/P3 Test for three consecutive years.
Joined Sunrise in September 2013 and improved key Mobile network-related customer Net Promoter Scores (NPS) since then from -52 to more than +24 in May 2019.
Jacky ChuSenior Vice President and Shanghai Office Chief RepresentativeSumitomo Corporation Equity Asia Limited
Jacky is a management accountant (ACMA) with experience in M&A advisory, strategy consulting, operational improvement and IT systems development. Industry focus include E-commerce, Education, New Energy, Automotive, and other industrial and consumer sectors.
Agustín Moro CañadaGlobal Head of Business Development and Global Strategic PartnershipsTelefónica Open Future
Agustín is Global Head of Business Development and Global Strategic Partnerships at Telefónica Open Future, the open innovation initiative of Telefónica Group that gathers together the acceleration programs and Venture Capital funds of the company, and that operates in 17 countries. Telefónica Open Future programs commit more than €350M to investments and open innovation activities. Prior to this, he launched Wayra (Telefonica’s business accelerator for digital companies) in 12 countries throughout Europe and Latin America. He held different positions at Wayra, such as Comms& Strategic Partnerships Manager and Global Portfolio and Investors Relationships Manager.
Before this, he was Manager of Securities Markets at Telefónica, S.A. advising in Public and Private Offerings in the European, US and Latin American stock markets from 2006 to 2011. He also advised in mergers, acquisitions and block trade transactions and assisted the Board of Directors of Telefónica S.A. in corporate governance matters.
Agustín is an enthusiast of entrepreneurship, having advised many startups and entrepreneurship projects in the past years. He is a frequent lecturer in conferences and symposiums worldwide, having been speaker at international entrepreneurial events and in front of different national governments, and of the European Commission. Agustín is also teacher at different universities and business schools. He holds an MBA degree from IESE Business School.
Safi KhanRegional Product Marketing DirectorTelit
Safi Khan has over 20 years of wireless semiconductor industry experience. He is a seasoned professional in product marketing, product management, and engineering development. Before joining Telit, Safi was most recently a global product manager of embedded wireless business and North America head of product marketing at Silex Technology. Prior to joining Silex, Safi held technical marketing and engineering management roles at Qualcomm. Safi has delivered several hundred million dollars in revenue through his business and technical leadership. Safi lead cross-functional teams to bring cutting-edge cellular, Wi-Fi, and multimedia technologies and products to market. Under Safi’s leadership at Qualcomm, he successfully brought several complex high-volume smartphone chips for 2G/3G/4G/LTE and MediaFLO into production. Safi holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University Evanston.
Connie ChangSolution Architect of Technology Strategy CTOTelus
Yachen WangGeneral ManagerTencent Cloud network
Thibaud BrunelDeputy CEOUniigym
Oksana PyzikSenior teaching Fellow, Practice & PolicyUCL School of Pharmacy
Oksana Pyzik is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Global Engagement Lead at the University College London (UCL), School of Pharmacy, and since 2015 has led the "Outbreak of Infectious Disease & Global Citizenship Programme" open course focusing on epidemics & pandemics. Throughout the ongoing COVID19 pandemic Oksana has been a regular contributor on BBC, BBC 5 Live, Sky News, Channel 4, LBC, Manoto and The Observer amongst others.
Oksana is a UK registered pharmacist with experience across primary care, academia and in public health. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and her teaching and research interests lie in pharmaceutical care and the role of technology and mhealth within the global health. She is a resident Judge of the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards for Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech. Oksana has delivered over 100 presentations at national and international meetings and is a recognised voice across the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
In 2017, Oksana was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association and was also, nominated as the Global Engagement Liaison for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) - UCL - FIPEd Collaborating Centre. Since 2019 Oksana also sits on the Board of Advisors for the blockchain company FarmaTrust.
Oksana works closely with NGOs and the World Health Organisation as a global health adviser around issues such as substandard and falsified medicines, and in 2015 founded the UCL Fight the Fakes Campaign to raise awareness around the growing global health threat of substandard and falsified medicines.
Ayden YeCo-founder & CEOVeeR VR
Shekar AyyarEVP & GM of Telco and Edge CloudVMware
Shekar Ayyar joined VMware in June 2007 and serves as executive vice president and general manager of VMware’s Telco and Edge Cloud business unit, which is designed to help communications service providers as well as enterprises with integrated platforms for 5G, edge, telco cloud and IoT use cases. Ayyar also serves as general manager, Edge/IoT for Dell Technologies. Prior to July 2019, Ayyar led the company’s strategy and corporate development efforts for the past 10 years and also helped incubate the telco Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) focus area. Under his leadership, the company has executed on dozens of acquisitions including significant platform additions such as Nicira, AirWatch, VeloCloud and Heptio, as well as a portfolio of strategic investments in technology startups.
Ayyar brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in enterprise software, communications and semiconductors. Prior to joining VMware, Ayyar held senior executive roles at BindView, Instantis and Lucent, spanning product management, marketing, and business development, and was also a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Ayyar earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Ayyar serves on the Boards of Puppet and the VMware Foundation.
Zhigang ChenKOLWatercooking Communication
Isabelle MauroDirector & Head Digital Communications IndustryWEF
Isabelle is responsible for leading the agenda of the Digital Communications industry at the World Economic Forum. As part of her role, Isabelle manages the portfolio for the telecoms community and is responsible for managing and implementing the industry’s initiatives, both in the digital economy and society space and in the broader ecosystem.
Prior to this role, Isabelle was Head of International Affairs & Regional Engagement at the GSMA, where she was responsible for governments and institutional relations at global level, leading advocacy campaigns to help shape the mobile agenda, both in the private and public sector.
Isabelle holds an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics.
Qiang YinDeputy General Manager of Digital Catalyst Research InstituteWhale Cloud Technology Co.,Ltd.
Yin Qiang, born in 1978, has a bachelor degree of computer science from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has been working for Whale Cloud for over 15 years, and is now the Deputy General Manager of Digital Catalyst Research Institute, Whale Cloud Technology Co.,Ltd.
Enshen HuangFounder & CEOXENIRO
Harpinder MatharuSenior DirectorXilinx
Harpinder Matharu is Senior Director in Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx where he manages the strategic and technical marketing team. His current focus area is 5G NR, Telco Cloud, Mobile Edge Compute, Converged Access and AI/ML applications for wired and wireless networks. He has more than 30 years of experience working in different capacities within the communications industry. Matharu has published many papers, spoken at industry events, and chaired standards technical and marketing forums.
Wanbo XieHead of antenna pre-research teamXiaomi
Antenna expert, the Leader of research team of Xiaomi's Mobile Phone Antenna Department. He has been engaged in the Mobile Phone Antenna R&D work since 2006; successively served as the Leader of the antenna team of Nokia Beijing R&D Centre, hardware manager of Baidu Research Institute, and antenna experts of Huawei Beijing Institute; engaged in the development of new technologies and research work more than 14 years. Since 2016, he led the Xiaomi antenna research team to do new technology development work, including millimetre wave related pre-study; and running millimetre wave on Xiaomi's terminal successfully.
Hans NeffDirector, CTO GroupZTE
Jianli WangChief Product Planning ExpertZTE
Jianli Wang received his Ph.D from Tianjin University in 1998. In the same year, he became one staff of ZTE corporation. His main work was designing the GSM hardware system from 1998 to 2008, and the 4G based RF Platform design afterward. As the chief Engineer,it lasted till Year 2015. Now, He is contributing for 5G mmwave System as the Chief Product Planning Expert in RAN product Team.
Linna GeChief Inspector of Cyber Security ProductsZTE
Linna Ge is ZTE Chief Inspector of Cyber Security Products, She joined ZTE in 2007. Linna has been dedicated to TeleCommunication industry around 13years， she is quite experienced in telecommunication network solution and innovation.
Sihong ZhangChief Engineer, AI SolutionsZTE
Sihong Zhang is the Chief Engineer of AI solution at ZTE Corporation. He has been engaged in research on innovative solutions in the telecom field for more than 17 years, with a deep understanding of the development trend of networks. He is devoted to research in many areas such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, and vertical industry, especially the application of artificial intelligence technology in the field of industry digital transformation. He is currently responsible for ZTE artificial intelligence end-to-end solution.
Jiashun Tu Principal Scientist of NFV/SDNZTE
Mr. Jiashun Tu (Jason) has focused on research of Telecom Industry from TDM->IP->Cloud for 20+ year and now is the Principle Scientist of ZTE NFV/SDN solution. As one of the main designer of ZTE 2G/3G/4G /5G and fixed Core Network, he is now pushing the telecom network evolve to Telco Cloud and introducing Cloud, AI, BIg Data technolgy to digital transformation of vertical industries in 5G era.
Mr. Tu acts as associate rapporteur in ITU-T in Q8/SG13 (2004 study period) and Q14/SG13 (2008 study period).
Ziyang XuExecutive Director & CEOZTE Corporation
Yongtao ZhuSVPZTE Corporation
Zhu Yongtao, Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation, is also the President of the Government and Enterprise Market (China), responsible for the operation and management of government and enterprise business in China.
After joining ZTE in 2001, Mr. Zhu Yongtao served as the General Manager of ZTE Beijing Branch, Chongqing Branch, Guangxi Branch, and Zhejiang Branch. In 2016, he began to serve as the Vice President of the company, in charge of the engineering services and network construction for operators in China, gaining deep insights into the telecom industry trends, marketing, business operations, and engineering project delivery.
In 2017, he began to serve as the company's Senior Vice President. As a member of ZTE's top management, he is responsible for the operation and management of the Government and Enterprise Market (China), and promotes the company's efforts in becoming an enabler of the digital transformation of the government and enterprises and providing leading integrated ICT solutions. He proposes and plays a leading role in advancing the strategy for building a cloud network ecosystem for the government and enterprises.
With many years of experience in the telecommunications industry and expertise in operation and management, he excels in the innovation, operation and management, and leadership in marketing, engineering services, and government and enterprise business. He graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University in 2001, with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and from Tsinghua University in 2018, with an MBA degree.
Ming XiaoPresidentZTE Overseas
Mr. Xiao Ming is a Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation, mainly in charge of overseas marketing.
Since joining ZTE Corporation in 2001, Mr. Xiao has worked in Africa, the Americas, and Europe successively. During his many years of overseas experience, Mr. Xiao adhered to the attitude and spirit of "staying earnest, holding to the dream, and daring to compete" while being dedicated to the exploration, development, and growth of ZTE's overseas markets. He has amassed years of working and managerial experience in the telecommunications industry and international market.
During his tenure, Mr. Xiao built several pilot projects for ZTE Corporation, achieving steady growth in terms of operational performance and market shares. In addition, he persisted in innovation and transformation to identify new models for business development of ZTE and create value growth points.
From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Xiao achieved major breakthroughs for several projects in Belgium and Italy, with the performance increased by several times. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Xiao won the USD1 billion plus Jazztel FTTH network construction project in Spain.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Xiao successfully managed the Hutchison Drei Austria 3G network construction project. The constructed network ranked first in communication network quality assessment and user growth rate in German-speaking countries including Germany, Sweden, and Austria.
Mr. Xiao graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 2001 as an Information Engineering major.