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Alok Shah
VP, Networks Strategy, BD, & Marketing
Samsung Electronics America
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Alok Shah

VP, Networks Strategy, BD, & Marketing - Samsung Electronics America

Alok Shah is the Vice President of Strategy, BD, & Marketing for Samsung Electronics America, where he steers strategic direction, leads all aspects of corporate communications, and monitors regulatory and public policy for Samsung’s North American Networks division. Previously, Alok led technical marketing, including consumer messaging, market requirements, and regulatory impact, for Samsung’s US Mobile division.

Alok, who joined Samsung in 2011, has more than 20 years of strategy, technical marketing, product management, and engineering experience in the wireless industry. Prior to Samsung, Alok served as Senior Product Marketing Manager at Freescale Semiconductor, where he managed multiple network processor product lines, and Principal Technology Analyst at Vanu, Inc., where he was responsible for developing technology strategies, partner ecosystems, and market and competitive intelligence for a disruptive mobile infrastructure vendor. Alok previously worked in various engineering and product management roles at Vanu and Motorola.

Amit Dhingra
Global Head, Network Services
Tech Mahindra
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Amit Dhingra

Global Head, Network Services - Tech Mahindra

Amit is leading our global business in Network Services Business, which is one of the leading growth pillars for Tech Mahindra. Amit did his engineering in Electronics & Communication and he holds MBA degree from London Business School.

An accomplished leader with extensive expertise and experience across global markets, Amit has led large and diverse global programs during his career spanning over 25 years. Before joining Tech Mahindra, Amit spent more than 15 years at Nokia in different roles spanning from Strategy for Global Services to Heading Managed Services Business and very recently as the CTO driving automation. Amit has a proven leadership track record of developing strategic business choices, growing business in telecom environment and successfully turning around businesses to profitability. A proponent of developing new use cases and adopting new technologies in delivery, he works to drive grassroots innovation with a top-down agenda.

Andres Escribano
New Business & Industry 4.0 Director & Joint Chair of GSMA 5G IoT Manufacturing Forum
Telefónica
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Andres Escribano

New Business & Industry 4.0 Director & Joint Chair of GSMA 5G IoT Manufacturing Forum - Telefónica

Andres Escribano is New Business & Industry 4.0 Director in Telefonica Tech. He is responsible for developing the new business verticals for IoT, Artificial Intelligent and Blockchain, and lead the Industrial IoT Solutions business, including 5G for enterprise Solutions. He is co-chairman in GSMA Smart Manufacturing Group.

Previously, was responsible for the Global IoT connectivity business in Telefonica during 4 years (more than 18 Mll IoT lines around world), including the Telefonica IoT Platform Global Product Area, IoT Partners Program & Business Technology Area).

For 6 years, he implemented and managed the ERP/PDM information systems in EADS (Airbus), Later he joined Telefonica in 1999 where he was responsible for IT and Security in Quam Switzerland (former O2 group). For 9 years in different organizations in Telefonica (Spain and Latam Corporation & MNCs), focus in the B2B Business.

Andrew Kowalik
Head of Strategy, Industrial Markets
Nokia Enterprise
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Andrew Kowalik

Head of Strategy, Industrial Markets - Nokia Enterprise

"Andy Kowalik is the “Head of Strategy - Industrial Markets” in the Enterprise Business Group at Nokia. In that role, Andy focuses on developing and executing strategies to address Enterprise customers in Industrial Vertical Markets with specific attention on Industrial Automation, Industrial IoT and next generation connectivity and business optimization solutions.

Prior to that role, Andy was a Strategy and Insights Leader at Ingersoll Rand, where he developed corporate strategies and new business development growth initiatives. During this time, Andy also led various strategic initiatives including the company’s overall digital transformation and IoT strategy.

Andy has over 20 years of experience in various corporate strategy and digital / communication capacities. In addition to his current position at Nokia, he has also had leadership roles in sales and marketing, strategic marketing, and engineering for AT&T Bell Labs, Tyco International, Lucent Technologies and Ingersoll Rand.

Andy holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from NYU / Polytechnic University as well as an MBA in Finance from The Stern School of Business at New York University.

Arunav Roy
Business Head, Communications Technology Providers
Tech Mahindra
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Arunav Roy

Business Head, Communications Technology Providers - Tech Mahindra

Arunav Roy is the Business Head for Tech Mahindra’s Communications Technology Provider (CTP) business in North America and leads the charter for growth with Network TEM’s, Device OEM’s, Chipset makers, Digital Platform players & IOT Solution Integrators.

Arunav is an accomplished business leader with an extensive experience in international business development, technology provider segment and has played a pivotal role in the growth journey of Tech Mahindra’s 5G Engineering, Devices, Network & IOT business. In a career spanning over 16 years, Arunav has held various pivotal positions within Tech Mahindra, IBM, GE and KPIT. He comes with a strong background of telecommunications and technology provider ecosystem.

Azita Arvani
General Manager, Rakuten Mobile Americas
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Azita Arvani

General Manager, Rakuten Mobile Americas

Azita is a high-energy business-focused technology executive, with 20+ years of experience in business development, partnerships, and strategy in information & communications technology and telecom fields. She has extensive experience in F500 companies as well as rapid-growth startups. She creates and implements business strategies powered by latest technologies and strong partnerships to deliver business growth and efficiencies, while also being an independent board member of public company, overseeing the innovation agenda.

She founded the largest Scout and Scale innovation operations in the industry and has evaluated hundreds of emerging technology innovations in areas of 5G, cloud, AI/ML, IoT, digital health, and AR/VR, among others, to leverage in next generation products and services.

Azita has been a guest speaker at many international conferences including: Mobile World Congress; Strategy & Innovation World Forum; IoT World; AI World Forum; and IBF Mobile & Wireless Investing Summit.

Caroline Chan
VP and GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group
Intel
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Caroline Chan

VP and GM, 5G Infrastructure Division, Network Platform Group - Intel

Caroline Y. Chan is vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the group’s Network Business Incubator Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for driving new services running across the network infrastructure, working closely with network service cloud service providers and enterprises. Chan and her team will lead pathfinding of advanced technology solutions that are enabled and accelerated by 5G capabilities such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Immersive Media, Cloud gaming, and others.

CP Gurnani
MD and CEO
Tech Mahindra
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CP Gurnani

MD and CEO, Tech Mahindra

A lifelong learner and a disrupter is what best describes CP. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.

In a career spanning 40+ years, CP has held several leading positions with Hewlett Packard Ltd, Perot Systems (India) Ltd. and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP has also served as a Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2016-2017. An outstanding people manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He has always focused on his team’s strength to bring out the best in them. 'Work hard and play hard' is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.

Cristina Rodriguez
VP, Data Platforms Group and GM, Wireless Access Network Division
Intel
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Cristina Rodriguez

VP, Data Platforms Group and GM, Wireless Access Network Division - Intel

Cristina Rodriguez is vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the group's Wireless Access Network Division (WAND) at Intel Corporation. She is also general manager of the Austin Design Center. She leads Intel’s efforts in the wireless access network including, innovative solutions for highly scalable, fully virtualized networks, as well as highly optimized custom deployment models with a focus on 5G, the next generation of wireless networks. Rodriguez is responsible for strategy, roadmaps, product definition, forecasting, investment decisions and profit and loss for the business.

Deepak Aggarwal
SVP, Corporate Strategy and Growth
Tech Mahindra
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Deepak Aggarwal

SVP, Corporate Strategy and Growth - Tech Mahindra

Deepak is a versatile techno Business professional with entrepreneur orientation having close to three decades of experience in R&D. Currently; he is overseeing Tech Mahindra’s ‘5G for Enterprise’ initiative with E2E digital solutions, relevant to 5G, Edge and OT in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Transport & logistics and Media & Entertainment.

Dr. Andreas Mueller
Chairman of the Board, 5G-ACIA
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Dr. Andreas Mueller

Chairman of the Board, 5G-ACIA

Dr. Andreas Mueller is the Head of Communication and Network Technology in the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and at the same time the Bosch Chief Expert for Communication Technology for the IoT. In addition to that, he is coordinating the Industrial 5G activities of Bosch across the different business units. He also serves as General Chair of the “5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation” (5G-ACIA), which has been established for driving, shaping and promoting Industrial 5G worldwide. This is done by providing a global forum for discussing related technical, regulatory and business aspects and by bringing all relevant stakeholders together.

Dr. Mike Short CBE
DIT Chief Scientific Adviser, UK
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Dr. Mike Short CBE

DIT Chief Scientific Adviser, UK

Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade as the department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017.

Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice. He advises on the technical aspects of future trade deals as DIT looks to create new arrangements following Brexit, and works with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.

Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK and led Digital and 4G/5G research and development for Telefonica Europe. In recent years he has led the development on collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles. His career also includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile technology, has chaired the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and been President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Mike also represents DIT as a Board member of Innovate UK (part of UKRI), Healthcare UK and sits on the Space Sector Council. He is on the Examining Board for UCL postgraduate Telecoms courses and is a visiting Professor at the universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds, Lancaster and Salford.

He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa
National Technology Officer
Microsoft India
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Dr. Rohini Srivathsa

National Technology Officer – Microsoft India

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa is the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. In her role, she is responsible for driving innovation and growth through ‘tech-intensity’ – across customers and partners, in industry and the government. Rohini began her career in R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and has 25+ technical publications in ACM/IEEE and other journals. She engaged with CxOs across emerging markets during her strategy consulting career at the Boston Consulting Group and IBM Global Business Services.

Rohini is a thought-leader, and a business and technology advisor to multiple entities: Wiley Innovation Advisory Council, ECE department at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT Technology Review Insights, NM-ICPS - Dept of Science and Technology of the Government of India, SRITNE at the Indian School of Business. She holds an MBA from Wharton and earned her PhD in Computer Engineering from UT Austin.

Ferry Grijpink
Sr Partner, Mckinsey
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Ferry Grijpink

Sr Partner, Mckinsey

Ferry helps lead the digital and analytics work within the High Tech, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications Practices. He advises telecommunications companies on strategy, marketing, and operations, including mobile operators that are launching adjacent businesses in areas such as mobile health and money services. He also coleads McKinsey’s research on deploying and commercializing next-generation infrastructures, such as fiber and mobile broadband and 5G networks. From 2013 to 2018, Ferry relocated to Singapore to lead our High Tech, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications Practices in Southeast Asia.

Ferry brings a long record of tangible client impact in both the consumer and enterprise sectors. In Europe, Ferry’s recent contributions include developing an internet-protocol television go-to-market strategy and portfolio realignment for a large European incumbent, refining the enterprise migration strategy for an emerging-market telecommunications company, and helping a mobile broadband operator shape its strategy to prepare for 4G-spectrum auctions.

Iqbal Arshad
Founder and CEO
xCoefficient
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Iqbal Arshad

Founder and CEO - xCoefficient

Iqbal Arshad has shaped some of the most exciting technological developments of the past decade. He led and created numerous industry-first product categories, including the original Droid smartphone, Google's first Android tablet computer, and the first Android Wear smartwatch. He has served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering & Product Development at Lenovo, Google, and Motorola. He is currently the founder and CEO of xCoefficient helping companies to transition their products and services to connected platforms by leveraging Mobile, Cloud, and AI technologies. Iqbal was named among Crain’s Chicago Business' “40 Under 40.” He is a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, founder and advisor of the AI lab at Northwestern, and adviser to several early stage startups. He holds a BSEE from the University of Miami and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University.

Jacob Groote
Executive Vice President, 5G - KPN
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Jacob Groote

Executive Vice President, 5G - KPN

Jacob joined the KPN Research lab in 1990, after finishing his PhD in Physics. The main topics of his research at KPN were how to use Artificial Intelligence tools within network and service management as well as how to improve billing and customer services within KPN. His career continued as member of the board of Division Fixed where he was responsible for all IT projects as CIO of the division. Later on he moved to different positions within operational departments and serving especially business customers of KPN.

Since April 2012 he is responsible for Mobile Operations, including quality management of all mobile services and service development and roll-out of new technologies. In April 2014, he finished the roll-out of KPN’s nationwide 4G network, which was completed in 15 months. Since January 2016, he is heading the department of Service Platforms within KPN NIO, and is responsible for overall quality and technical product management and innovation of KPN’s services including TV, VOLTE, Roaming, etc.

Recently he moved from the Operations to the Commercial part of KPN. Product management Business Market are his responsibilities within the Business Market division. After the summer break of 2019 he started with the business implementation of KPN’s 5G services.

Jagdish Mitra
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Growth
Tech Mahindra
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Jagdish Mitra

Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Growth - Tech Mahindra

As Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Growth of Tech Mahindra, Jagdish Mitra leads the global agenda of business growth - driven by strategy, powered by Digital, and manifested in brand experiences. He is currently elected on the prestigious Executive Council of NASSCOM, the governing body for NASSCOM. He is driving conversations on the future of the workforce and reskilling, and actively working towards cross border collaboration.

Janne Kari
Head of Industry, ICT and Digitalisation
Business Finland
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Janne Kari

Head of Industry, ICT and Digitalisation - Business Finland

Janne Kari manages a team promoting ICT and Digitalisation investments to Finland in Business Finland. Business Finland is a publicly-owned company developing Finland's industries and society.

Janne Kari has helped several international corporations utilise Finland's talent pools, research and partner ecosystems.

He has an extensive experience in ICT industry, having previously worked for Microsoft (Ireland) and Nokia Mobile Phones (UK, Finland) in various software development and business development roles, e.g. Nokia's 3G market development and mobile devices.

He has a Master of Science degree from Helsinki University of Technology. He has two US patents in the area of Internet communications.

Lakshmanan Chidambaram
President, Americas Strategic Verticals
Tech Mahindra
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Lakshmanan Chidambaram

President, Americas Strategic Verticals - Tech Mahindra

Lakshmanan Chidambaram (popularly known as CTL), is a strategic thinker, business and digital transformation leader at Tech Mahindra. As the head of Tech Mahindra’s enterprise business in the Americas region, he has P&L responsibility for one of the largest business units, and is responsible for the company’s growth and expansion across verticals. In this role, CTL is also responsible for executing on Digital Strategy and drive growth through Artificial Intelligence & Analytics, Customer Experience, Digital Engineering and Tech Mahindra’s Platforms.

As a strategist, CTL advises Tech Mahindra & its portfolio companies in the capacity of a member of the board of Tech Mahindra Americas, Mad*Pow and Citisoft. In this role, he provides business insights and drives vertical centric go-to-market differentiated solutions to enable Tech Mahindra to realize its stretched growth objectives.

Manish Mangal
Chief Technology Officer, Network Services
Tech Mahindra
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Manish Mangal

Chief Technology Officer, Network Services - Tech Mahindra

Manish is and accomplished telecom industry veteran with 20 years of professional experience. Held various leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies leading technology initiatives from incubation to operationalization that transformed businesses and increased enterprise value. Manish is an expert in leading large and global teams, developing end to end technology solutions, and creating / managing strategic partnerships that directly improve enterprise value.

He is skilled in analyzing industry trends, assessing threats & opportunities and developing fact-based actionable plans targeted towards business owners and CEOs to increase enterprise value and fulfill company's business missions.

Manish is an inventor of 60 patents issued by the US patent office.

Manish Vyas
President, CME Business, and the CEO, Network Services
Tech Mahindra
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Manish Vyas

President, CME Business, and the CEO, Network Services - Tech Mahindra

An accomplished leader with extensive expertise and experience across global markets, Manish has led large and diverse global programs during his 26-year career. He has been associated with Tech Mahindra for more than 20 years and played a key role in taking their Telecom services business to wider geographies and a diverse clientele. He has been involved in creating the strategic direction to the Telecom and the Networks Services business and in driving various Organic and Inorganic growth initiatives.

Mao Mohapatra
Chief Executive, Mahindra Comviva and Head, Enterprise Mobility
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Mao Mohapatra

Mao heads Mahindra Comviva, a global leader in providing mobile solutions beyond VAS and a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra.

Mao’s career has been dedicated to the development and deployment of innovative software communications solutions in rapidly growing markets. With his deep domain expertise in telecom and experience in a range of operational and marketing roles, Mao has transformed high potential businesses into successful organizations.

Before joining Mahindra Comviva, Mao was the President and COO at Aricent, where he was instrumental in building the company from a relative start-up to a globally recognized brand. Mao was also a core member of the Center for Development of Telematics (CDOT), where he made a significant contribution to research and development in telecom switching.

Mao has been recognized with the prestigious 'Distinguished Fellow' award by The Institute of Directors (IOD) in 2012. He has been listed in “India’s Top 20 CEO 2013” by Haryana IT, Telecom, and Enabled industries Confederation (HITEC) India for spearheading the company's growth and for setting benchmarks in the mobile VAS industry.

Mao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.

Nikos Katinakis
Group Executive, Networks & IT
Telstra
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Nikos Katinakis

Group Executive, Networks & IT – Telstra

Relocating from Toronto, Nikos Katinakis joined Telstra as Group Executive Networks & IT. In this critical role Nikos is responsible for ensuring Telstra delivers next generation network technologies to create the largest, smartest, safest and most reliable networks in the world. This includes rolling out new technology developments, such as those related to 5G and Edge Compute, as well as maintaining and enhancing Telstra’s IT platforms.

Nikos was previously Executive Vice President Networks for Reliance Jio in India, where he was responsible for rolling out the first pan-India 4G LTE Network, with a focus on data management, and enhancing and stabilising the various operating platforms. Nikos has held multiple board, advisory and industry positions, such as ATIS, CATA, Masters of Electrical Engineering program at the University of Toronto, UXP Systems (a digital life company which was acquired by Amdocs), and others.

Nilesh Auti
Digital Officer & Global Head for Manufacturing
Tech Mahindra
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Nilesh Auti

Digital Officer & Global Head for Manufacturing - Tech Mahindra

Nilesh has 23+ years of experience and worked with IBM, NTT Data, TVS-Suzuki before joining Tech Mahindra in 2014. At Tech Mahindra, he is responsible for Manufacturing Industry unit growth and digital transformation solutions. He focuses on building digital CoEs, solution labs, alliances and sales.

Nilesh’s areas of expertise are Product-Production-Performance. He has hands on experience in Manufacturing operations. Deming certified for Quality, Lean Manufacturing course from Warwick, TQM trained by JUSE (Japanese Union of Scientist & Engineers). Besides TechM, he is on a Managing Committee of WEF (World Economic Forum) Industry 4.0 Lighthouse, CII’s Smart Manufacturing India. Member of IIC USA & advisory on IoT analytics, ISBLRT (Indo-Swedish Business Round Table)

Nitin Ugale
Chief of Technology for Engineering & Industrial portfolio
RUAG International
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Nitin Ugale

Chief of Technology for Engineering & Industrial portfolio - RUAG International

Seasoned leader with over 16 years of diverse cross functional experience in Marine, Machinery and Aerospace & Defense industry, Nitin is principally interested in technology and operational excellence.

Currently, he is leading and managing RUAG International Engineering Application COC, focusing on Innovation, next Generation Digitalization, IT application investments and execution for accelerating net revenue growth while optimizing operating cost.

Nitin has held several engineering and program management roles at Patni Computers, Wärtsilä AG, Sulzer AG focusing on Product Lifecycle Management, New Product Development, Technology development, Design Automation, Manufacturing Technology and Digitalization.

Paul Miller
Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals
Forrester
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Paul Miller

Principal Analyst Serving CIO Professionals - Forrester

Paul focuses on digital manufacturing and the internet of things (IoT), with research that explores how new technologies challenge established organizations and their business models. He looks at the role of IoT in everything from simple tracking of device status to transformation of the ways in which machines are built, sold, used, and maintained. Related themes include the growing importance of digital twin throughout the life of industrial assets and the role that augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) play in the future of industrial work.

Peter N. Jarich
Head of GSMA Intelligence
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Peter N. Jarich

Head of GSMA Intelligence

Peter leads the GSMA Intelligence business, driving its content strategy, commercial strategy, and research agenda. Working with the market’s leading communications service providers (fixed and mobile, large and small), and the broader mobile industry, Peter is responsible for building an understanding of the key trends and technologies driving the market… and translating those insights into actionable intelligence. In the near-term, this means driving the rollout of new data sets and research on topics ranging from telecom network transformation, 5G and IoT, to Digital Consumer demnd trends and Fixed, Pay TV and Content services.

Pranjal Sharma
Economic Analyst & Author of 'India Automated'
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Pranjal Sharma

Economic Analyst & Author of 'India Automated'

Pranjal Sharma is an economic analyst, advisor and author who focuses on technology, globalisation and media. He serves on boards of enterprises and non-profit entities which are leveraging emerging technologies for sustainable, equitable growth. Pranjal leads public discourse at global and national platforms including World Economic Forum, St Gallen Symposium, Horasis Global Meeting and AIMA. He served as a member of the Global Agenda Council at the WEF for eight years. He is a member of its expert network and a regular speaker at Davos. He is also a member of The Outstanding Speakers Bureau.

His new book is India Automated: How the Fourth Industrial Revolution Transforming India. His previous book Kranti Nation: India and The Fourth Industrial Revolution, published in 2017 was the first to chronicle the impact of emerging technologies in India. Pranjal was also the co-author of The Z Factor.

Raahil Burhaani
Chief Information Officer - Essar Oil UK
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Raahil Burhaani

Chief Information Officer - Essar Oil UK

Raahil has a wealth of diverse sector experience working at Senior/Executive levels including Energy (Oil & Gas), Utilities (Gas & Power), EPC (Oil & Gas), Telecoms, Manufacturing and Consultancy in various locations around the world. A multi-dimensional professional with over 30yrs of industry experience in corporate CXO roles as well as Tech Startup Entrepreneur. Extensive M&A transition and due diligence experience as well as delivery experience in areas such as Corporate Performance Management, Balanced Scorecard, Business Excellence, Technology Strategy, Service Design and Outsourcing, etc.

Over the past 30 years, working at CXO levels for the likes of Enron, BG, Tata & Essar Group, Raahil have helped some of the big and successful MNCs develop and deliver business and technology strategies that drive commercial results and build long term value. Currently engaged as CIO with Essar Oil UK Ltd. Role involves key modernization programs for the refining businesses’ end to end value chain. Essar Oil (UK) Limited is one of the leading players in the UK’s Oil & Chemical Industry.

Rob High
VP and Chief Technology Officer
IBM Edge Computing
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Rob High

VP and Chief Technology Officer - IBM Edge Computing

Rob High is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Edge Computing portfolio. High has architecture and technical strategy responsibility for offerings that will enable a new generation of edge computing -- where work is placed close to where data is produced and actions are performed. Prior to this assignment he was the CTO for IBM Watson, responsible for setting the technical strategy and vision for IBM's leadership in AI computing. High is recognized as a global technical leader, author and evangelist, and was named an IBM Fellow in 2008 for his pioneering work in the field of SOA and for his leadership on WebSphere.

Robert Boyanovsky
Vice President – Mobility & IoT
AT&T Business
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Robert Boyanovsky

Vice President – Mobility & IoT, AT&T Business

Robert Boyanovsky is Vice President of Mobility & IoT. He oversees all aspects of product management supporting AT&T’s Mobility & IoT business customers. In a highly competitive market, Robert looks for new strategies to improve products, reach new customers and differentiate offers while driving revenue and operating income.

He has over 25 years of telecommunication experience. In his previous role at AT&T, he led a successful, revenue-boosting mobility bundle. Under his direction, there was also an increase in operating income on a billion-dollar product line.

Robert holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Dallas and a Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Robert and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and currently reside in Dallas.

Sameer Vuyyuru
Head of WW Business Development for CSPs
AWS
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Sameer Vuyyuru

Head of WW Business Development for CSPs - AWS

Sameer Vuyyuru is currently the Head of WW Business Development for Communication Service Providers at Amazon Web Services (AWS). His team works with all of the leading players in the Telco ecosystem in the co-pursuit of transforming the way networks and network services are built and monetized in the future.

Sameer is a Customer Obsessed veteran of the Telecommunications Industry. He prides him on delivering Value through Innovation to the Telecommunications Ecosystem Worldwide. Sameer was most recently the Co-Founder and CEO of Wayz.ai, a Shanghai based AI start-up delivering Predictive Network Services for Self-Organizing Networks. Prior accomplishments in the Telco space include helping launch the first ever 40G and 100G optical transport networks, LoRa (The largest IoT Network as a Service) and numerous other innovations starting from GPRS baseband and driving through the generational upgrades all the way to 5G.

Shabbir Bagasrawala
Head of Go To Market, Altiostar
Sidd Chenumolu
Vice President of Technology
DISH Network
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Sidd Chenumolu

Vice President of Technology - DISH Network

As Vice President of Technology Development, Sidd Chenumolu leads DISH’s wireless technology team and supervises the design and architecture of the company’s end to end 5G network.

Sidd joined DISH in 2014 and has experience managing the development and deployment of Radio, RF and Network. In his current role, he advises executives on wireless strategy, spectrum and technology, and works to advance the company’s goal to pioneer the first virtualized, cloud native, fully automated stand-alone 5G network in the United States.

Steve Dertien
Chief Technology Officer
PTC
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Steve Dertien

Chief Technology Officer - PTC

Steve Dertien is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for PTC’s Office of the CTO reporting to PTC's CEO, James Heppelmann.

PTC’s technology helps companies to quickly unlock the value now being created at the convergence of the physical and digital worlds through the IoT, AR, 3D Printing, Digital Twin, and Industrie 4.0. Steve is responsible for driving the corporate technology strategy across the PTC businesses and evangelizing our strategy with PTC’s customers and partners.

Sylwia Kechiche
Principal Analyst, IoT and Enterprise
GSMAi
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Sylwia Kechiche

Principal Analyst, IoT and Enterprise - GSMAi

As the principal IoT analyst in GSMA Intelligence, Sylwia leads the IoT product development. Her responsibilities range from sizing the IoT opportunity, including the role of operators, to researching and analysing IoT technologies, applications and business models. Sylwia has also moderated and presented at a number of conferences. Sylwia previously worked in telecommunications, media and technology with Pyramid Research.

Taher Behbehani
SVP & GM, Mobile B2B Division
‎Samsung Electronics America
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Taher Behbehani

SVP & GM, Mobile B2B Division - ‎Samsung Electronics America

Taher Behbehani is the General Manager and Head of Mobile B2B Business at Samsung Electronics America. In this role, Taher runs P&L, product marketing, sales, strategic partners, customer success and business operations for the $6.5B business unit. He restructured the enterprise sales organization that serves 4,000 accounts across seven industry verticals serving small and medium businesses, large enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. He grew the business 19% annually and gained market share in software, services, and mobile platforms. Taher owns relationships with leading mobile carriers, distributors, resellers, service providers and strategic alliance partners to bring emerging technology solutions to market. Since joining in 2018, Mobile B2B business unit revenue increased 19% annually.

At his core, Taher is an entrepreneur who takes a customer-centric approach to innovation. Currently, he is reimagining Samsung’s traditional business model to prioritize software, services and solutions that generate significant revenue.

Timo Harakka
Minister of Transport and Communications, Finland
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Timo Harakka

Minister of Transport and Communications, Finland

Timo Harakka is Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications. He was previously Minister of Employment. He has served as Member of Parliament since 2015. He is well known in Finland as an active debater, social influencer and cultural figure. Prior to his political career, he worked for over 30 years as a journalist, writer and TV producer. He has published several books and articles on European Union, economics, taxation and societal issues.

Timo Harakka was born in Helsinki on 31 December in 1962. He graduated from the Helsinki

University of the Arts with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 2005.

He is married with three children.

Timo Jokiaho
Chief Technologist, Global Telco Ecosystem
Red Hat
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Timo Jokiaho

Chief Technologist, Global Telco Ecosystem - Red Hat

Mr. Jokiaho is focusing on telecom network transformation through Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Working with Network Equipment Providers, System Integrators, Independent Software Vendors and Communication Service Providers, to progress NFV agenda in the industry. Red Hat has solid plans and products in telecom networking domain, combining those with industry leading Open Source development and business model. Domain focus has been NFV Readiness of Red Hat OpenStack Platform and more recently Red Hat container platform OpenShift, including networking performance, real time characteristics, availability and other important topics. This includes challenging use cases like Virtualizing Radio Access Networks (vRAN).

TL Viswanathan
Head of Digital Operations Products
Nokia
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TL Viswanathan

Head of Digital Operations Products - Nokia

As the Head of Products for Orchestration & Fulfilment, TL is responsible for building the next generation of operations for Communication Service Providers, as they transform themselves to serve Digital Native consumers & Enterprises.

From incubating new services to being a trusted advisor & business leader, he has held various positions in the 18+ years with OSS/BSS domain.

TL is a consumer tech enthusiast and a motorsport fan. He currently lives in Helsinki, with his wife and daughter.

Todd Krautkremer
Chief Marketing Officer
Cradlepoint
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Todd Krautkremer

Chief Marketing Officer - Cradlepoint

Todd brings to Cradlepoint over 30 years of executive experience in startup to growth-stage companies spanning mobile, networking, security, and cloud technologies. Before Cradlepoint, he was CMO at Pertino (acquired by Cradlepoint in 2015), a pioneer in software-defined cloud networking. Previous roles include COO at Red Lambda; CEO at Gearworks (acquired), where he received EY Entrepreneur of The Year nomination; VP of Worldwide Marketing at Packeteer (IPO, acquired); and VP of Marketing at Sync Research (IPO, acquired). Earlier in his career, Todd held software development and network engineering roles at AT&T subsidiaries and product management and sales roles at Siemens Communications Systems. He and holds two networking-related patents, and is currently a co-founder and executive board member at the Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA), a non-profit C-level mentoring organization for emerging software companies in Minnesota.

Viren Shetty
Chief Operating Officer and SVP
Narayana Health
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Viren Shetty

Chief Operating Officer and SVP - Narayana Health

Viren Shetty is the Chief Operating Officer of Narayana Health, a world-renowned healthcare group dedicated to bringing high quality healthcare to the masses. His past experience includes hospital design & construction, project planning, supply chain management, business development, hospital operations, investor relations, strategy, and healthcare policy. He is currently driving a business transformation of NH, which will use technology to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

Viren has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering

Yogesh Aggarwal
Managing Director & Head of Research, India Equities
HSBC Securities
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Yogesh Aggarwal

Managing Director & Head of Research, India Equities, HSBC Securities

Yogesh Aggarwal, is MD and Head of Research with HSBC Securities. He has been a Technology and Automobile Analyst for nearly 15 years and has worked in HSBC, Lehman Brothers and TCS in the past 20 years. Over the past decade, he has published multiple research pieces on cloud adoption, digital re-skilling, global tech-sector trends, Electric vehicles/battery technologies and challenges for EV adoption in India.

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