GTB London - GOWI Live

2017 Speakers

Mark Stevenson
Futurist, entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation

Mark Stevenson is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on technology and societal rends – helping you see where the world is going – and how to adapt. His many advisory roles include Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Earth Challenge, Civilised Bank, Atlas of the Future and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Read a full interview with Mark Stevenson here

Dr. Changsoon Choi
Senior Manager
5G Tech Lab, SK Telecom
Dr. Changsoon Choi is currently a Senior Manager of SK Telecom, where he is leading 5G radio access network R&D and standardization. Dr. Choi has previously worked in the fields of LTE-Advanced and beyond, millimeter-wave communication, S/W-based telecommunication infrastructure with NFV/SDN and technology strategies for next-generation infrastructure/services including connected cars and media. His industrial experience includes affiliations with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, with Leibniz Institute Innovation for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) GmbH, Germany, and with NTT DOCOMO communication laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany, where he worked on 5G, Beyond LTE-A and multi-gigabit wireless LAN/PAN systems, particularly, Gbps OFDM and MIMO/beamforming techniques. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. His doctoral dissertation concerned millimeter-wave wireless communication systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 international papers and 40 patents applications.
Marin Curkovic
Marin Curkovic was born in Split (Croatia), but has lived mostly in Germany throughout his life. After earning his diploma in business administration at the University of Mannheim, he signed on at MEC, one of Germany’s largest and media and communications agencies as a trainee. Within four years, Marin Curkovic became Head of Strategy & Business Development for MEC, before spending one year as a Managing Partner for Maxus Germany. Since February 2017, he is now the CEO of AdScanner, a company he Co-Founded with his brother in 2012.
Dino Alfaré
Head of Railways Systems Execution
AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd
As head of the railway systems execution at AlpTransit Gotthard, Dino Alfaré is responsible for the main contractors for the railway system of the Gotthard base tunnel and the Ceneri base tunnel, the new railway link through the Alps. The railway systems is consisting of railway track, catenary, 50Hz power supply, safety systems and communication system. With the opening of the Gotthard base tunnel, the world longest railway tunnel, 4G mobile communication was introduced. The background of Dino Alfaré is project management in railway systems infrastructure and power plant projects.
Roman Pacewicz
Roman Pacewicz is currently the Senior Vice President of Offer Management & Service Integration for AT&T Business Solutions. In this role, Roman is leading the team responsible for the transformation of the AT&T Business value proposition through the creation and development of the next generation services platform, Network on Demand. Additionally, his team is responsible for product prioritization, positioning, pricing, and experience integration across the entire AT&T Business Solutions portfolio. Prior to his current role, Roman was Senior Vice President of Marketing & Global Strategy. In this role, he was responsible for the marketing functions including channel marketing, brand and product positioning, advertising, market insights and global business development. Roman has also served as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Application Services where he was responsible for managing AT&T’s portfolio of growth services inclusive of Hosting, Applications Services, Security Services, Digital Media Solutions, Unified Communications and Telepresence. Additionally, he served as Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing where he was responsible for developing and marketing services for the Small, Medium, Government, Education and Medical Markets. During his 20+ year career, Roman has also held key leadership positions in Sales, Product Management, Systems Development, Engineering and Operations. Roman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children and resides in Dallas, TX.
Sorabh Saxena
As the Senior Vice President of Software Development and Engineering at AT&T, Sorabh Saxena is leading AT&T’s transformation to a software-based company. He leads the delivery of AT&T’s Integrated Cloud (AIC), APIs, Data, Business Functions and other software platforms. Additionally, he manages delivery and production support of AT&T’s software defined network.
Gilbert Owusu
Head of Practice, Business Modelling & Operational Transformation
Dr. Gilbert Owusu heads the Business and Operational Transformation Practice in BT, an award winning practice delivering innovative solutions for transforming BT’s business and operations. He has a strong track record in applying new and emerging technologies to service operations. His research on the application of artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics, production management and operational modelling technologies to the telecommunications industry has been published widely in books, conferences and journals.
Dr. Kevin Smith
Transmission Futures and Innovation
Kevin graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics. He gained a Ph.D. from Imperial College, London, and following post-doc at St. Andrews, he joined AT&T Bell Labs as a research scientist. In 1989, he joined BT to lead research into ultrafast optical processing and transmission. From the mid-1990s, following increased engagement with emerging Internet technologies, he led evaluations and trials of high-speed routers and switches, now part of BT's core networks. More recently, he has been working on high-speed optical transmission, helping to evolve BT's core optics to 100G and beyond. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored many research papers in advanced networking.
Dr Hubertus von Roenne
VP Global Verticals / IoT

Hubertus von Roenne is a long-time business professional in the Global Telecoms & Internet Industries. He led major international transactions for AOL Europe and then BT. Since April 2014 he is Vice-President for BT’s Global IoT Portfolio and responsible for all of BT’s global industry (vertical) related activities.

Peter Agnew
Senior Manager, Innovation
Colt Technology Services
Peter Agnew has spent 23 years in the data and voice communication arena. Peter is responsible for innovation management at Colt, providing direction in the development of new and innovative platforms and services. Currently Peter is working ton Colt’s Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) developments with responsibility for delivering an excellent end to end customer experience, managing end to end requirements and acting as the voice of the customer. Peter is also a certified innovation facilitator.
Franz Seiser
Vice President Core Network and Services
Deutsche Telekom AG

Franz is Vice President Core Network and Services at Deutsche Telekom Group Technology. In his role he is in charge to drive the development of innovative and efficient network architectures for DT in the areas of core network and service enabling, covering both fixed and mobile networks.

Dean Bubley
Disruptive Analysis
Bio coming soon.
Luis Jorge Romero
Director General

At ETSI Luis Jorge Romero has initiated a global standardization partnership for Machine to Machine communications, and has driven the implementation of the ETSI Long Term Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future. Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefonica.

Read a full interview with Luis Jorge Romero here

Dr. Ioannis Markopoulos
Director Innovation & Project Management
Dr. Ioannis Markopoulos holds a PhD in Telecommunications from the National Technical University of Athens, Electrical Engineering Department. He is a National Technical University of Athens, Electrical Department Graduate and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Since 2007, he is also PMP certified. He has been working and leading numerous European and Domestic innovation projects in the domain of broadband telecommunications, value added services, management, etc. He has participated in the Federation of Hellenic ICT Enterprises, promoting frameworks capitalising on EU structural funds. He is currently the Director of Forthnet’s Innovation & Project Management dealing with both innovation projects that advance Forthnet operations as well as with managing internal restructuring and investment projects.
Erick Contag
Executive Chairman
Erick Contag brings over 25 years of sales, marketing, business development, strategy and corporate management expertise to GlobeNet, a fiber optic subsea cable system provider of low latency, international capacity serving the Americas. Mr. Contag has been responsible for managing C-level relationships and telecommunications / high-technology projects for start-up enterprises through large multi-national and Global 100 companies. He has proven success in starting and building high-tech businesses. In 2011, and again in 2013, Mr. Contag was awarded the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 Award, an honor bestowed upon the most powerful 100 executives in the telecom industry.
Monita Leung
Chief Executive
HKT Payment Ltd
Ms. Monita Leung joined HKT Limited in 2009. In her 15 years with HKT, Monita led the broadband marketing and played an integral part of the success of high speed broadband rollout in Hong Kong. In 2011, she has taken the leading role in the operations, marketing and relationship management of the HKT Premier, providing high value customers with best-in-class services. Since 2014, she has been involved in the planning and development of Hong Kong‘s first mobile payment service Tap & Go. She was appointed the Chief Executive of HKT Payment Limited in 2016. Before joining HKT, Monita has 10 years’ experience in the consumer credit and payment card business in Hong Kong.
Rhidian Williams
VP, X Labs
Huawei Wireless Solutions
Rhidian Williams is VP, X Labs for Huawei Wireless Solutions. He leads market engagement and cross-industry collaboration for Huawei X Labs, the cross industry mobile solutions forum. Rhidian joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd in 2017. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for over twenty years, and has extensive experience in mobile strategy, product and partner management and marketing. Prior to joining Huawei, Rhidian was at Nokia, where he was Head of CRM for MixRadio, the global music streaming service. He held senior partner management roles in Nokia and in Three UK, where he led the corporate strategy team. He joined Cable & Wireless as a graduate recruit in 1994, launching Cable & Wireless Optus’s GPRS network in 1999. Rhidian received his M.A. from Jesus College, Oxford, and also holds an MBA from Henley Management College.
Riku Salminen
CEO & co-founder
Jongla Ltd.

Riku Salminen is one of the industry pioneers working on new OTT messaging services. The journey of Jongla Messenger started already in 2009. Today Riku and his global team is on a mission to change how people communicate in the future and driving one of the most promising mobile messaging startups towards innovation and success. Riku Salminen has worked previously in the fields of Telecommunication, Media, Advertising, Gaming and Startups. Valuable experience to recognize user needs and solve them with the latest technology and great user experience. As an innovator and driver Riku has been his entire career involved in creating new digital innovations and businesses. More information: LinkedIn: Jongla Newsroom:

Nicolai Schaettgen
Managing Partner
Match Maker Ventures

Nicolai is an Entrepreneur with a strong background in digital industries. Today Nicolai is the founder of and Managing Partner at Match-Maker Ventures. Match-Maker Ventures is dedicated to scaling innovation by helping startups and corporates to collaborate.

Read a full interview with Nicolai Schaettgen here

Dr. Peter Meissner
NGMN Alliance
Dr. Peter Meissner serves as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the NGMN Board. He is responsible for the overall management of NGMN’s operations, the definition of the strategic direction towards the Board, the co-ordination of projects and work streams of the 5G work programme, as well as the representation of the NGMN Alliance in the telecommunications community.
Khairul Annuar Zainal
VAS Specialist at Ooredoo Qatar
Ooredoo Qatar
Khairul Annuar Zainal is a Specialist Project Planning in Ooredoo Qatar. He has more than 16 years experience in Telecommunications industry, and an expert in Value Added Services, Device Management, M2M and IoT.
Amman Abid
Head of Strategic Projects
Amman Abid has expertise in communications, managing strategic projects, business development and product management spanning two decades. Amman was appointed Head of Strategic Projects & Communication of Orange in 2014. He is responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance the Connected Objects & Partnerships’ efforts to catalyse broad impact through internal and external communication activities, and regularly acts as a spokesperson as well as organising Orange conference events. Previously, he was the Senior Orange Branded Devices Manager, where he led: Orange/Intel smartphone programme for Europe; the first Orange branded Facebook smartphone for Africa, and was the global lead for the Orange Nura smartphone - the first device-partnership programme between Orange and China Mobile to deliver premium own-branded smartphones for the European market. Amman has a master’s degree in Screenwriting from Bournemouth University and speaks English, and intermediate Urdu. Amman and his family live in London, United Kingdom
Dr. Ian Corden
Plum Consulting
Ian is a Director with Plum Consulting, with over twenty years of experience in consulting and industry in the telecoms and digital sectors. Formerly with PwC Strategy Consulting (TMT) London, and Coopers & Lybrand MCS (Telecoms) London, he has advised corporate and professional investment focused clients across numerous areas including: M&A / transactions support, spectrum auction management, regulatory policy and cost analyses, commercial / operational / technical due diligence, business and technology strategy development / alignment, strategic sourcing / vendor management, cost management, financial and operational modelling / benchmarking, portfolio management, business performance improvement, organisational restructuring, programme assurance, and expert witness. He has also advised non-telco sector clients in the development of digital enterprise solutions. Ian holds PhD and BSc (1st Class Hons) degrees in Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management. He is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK based IET.
Dr. Takki Yu
Senior Manager, Network Technology R&D Center
SK Telecom
Dr. Takki Yu is a senior manager in Access Network Lab of SK Telecom, while leading the R&D on advanced access network technologies. His primary interests are focused on advanced mobile communications including LTE-A Pro & 5G systems, internet of things, cell planning, software(virtualization)-based RAN, and communication signal processing. Before joining SK Telecom, Dr. Yu had extensive experience as a senior engineer in Samsung Electronics and a research scholar in Stanford University, working on development of LTE/IMT-Advanced systems. He holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Yonsei University (Korea), and he is the author or a coauthor of more than 30 patent filings and more than 10 international papers.
Jaanus Erlemann
Starman Eesti
Jaanus Erlemann is Chief Technology Officer of Starman Group. He is managing Group Business and Technology Architecture unit, which is responsible for strategic product development and technology projects and lifecycle management of group technology platforms. Before joining Starman, Jaanus held various management positions in financial industry. Between 2006 and 2012 he was CIO and Head of Administration division at Swedish independent investment manager East Capital. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board at Tallinn Stock Exchange and Estonian Central Securities Depository. Jaanus has Master of Science degree in Informatics from Tallinn Technical University.
Andy Conway
Director of Network Strategy
Telefonica UK
Andrew Conway is the Head of Network Strategy at Telefonica O2 UK Ltd reporting to the CIO. In this role, he is responsible for developing the strategy and evolution of the O2 UK core & OSS network towards 5G. Previously Andy led the Radio Access team, designing innovative capacity solutions for the 2012 Olympics and radio design of the 4G launch and the deployment of Self Organising Network (SON) solutions. Prior to joining O2, Andy held a number of senior positions in Nokia Networks and Cable & Wireless plc. Throughout his 25 year career in the fixed and mobile sector he has worked in roles in the Middle East, Scandinavia, the Baltics and the UK. He holds a master’s degree in Communication Engineering, an MBA and is a Fellow of the IET and a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.
Helmut Prattes
Product Development & Portfolio Design
Telekom Austria
In December 2016 Helmut joined the department Group Technology & Future Service at the Telekom Austria Group (TAG) based in Vienna. Helmut is part of a team who was building up a TV panel of 4.000 IPTV-households in Austria and is developing TAG’s new TV platform. Taking care of advertising and data monetization within the group he is working closely together with start-ups like AdScanner. Before joining TAG he was working for more than 13 years in different media agency networks, including IPG and groupm. From November 2009 to February 2014 Helmut was director of business planning at Mindshare and from March 2014 to October 2016 head of business development at
Osman Perksoy
VP Business Development & Sales
Osman Perksoy is VP Business Development & Sales at Telenity. Prior to this role, he served in Product Management departments at Vantiv (f.k.a. Litle & Co.) and Sonus Networks. Osman holds the position of Technology Evangelist for Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV). He has an MBA degree from University of Massachusetts and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
Tom Homer
Managing Director
Telstra UK
Tom Homer is the Country Managing Director for the United Kingdom and Director of Global Enterprise and Services for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Tom is responsible for developing and driving the business strategy across EMEA, along with Telstra’s relationship with multinational corporations in the region. Drawing on Tom’s extensive experience in the Information and Communications Technology industry, since joining Telstra in 2011 Tom has spearheaded the company’s expansion into new European territories as well as increased new business and driven significant growth. A senior technology services executive with more than 20 years’ experience in IT and telecommunications, Tom joined Telstra from Reliance where he was Managing Director of the company’s UK and Nordics operations. Additionally, he has more than 10 years’ experience managing relationships with multinational enterprises at AT&T and Cable & Wireless.
Ibrahim Gedeon

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s most colourful and respected executives. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution.

Dan Biddle
Former Director of Strategic Innovation
Twitter UK
Dan Biddle is a Social Media Innovator and Strategist, delivering creative social and digital strategies and training for brands, agencies and broadcasters to optimise for the mobile, social audience. Prior to consulting, Dan was Director of Strategic Innovation at Twitter UK, driving innovation and creative solutions within media partnerships. Previous to that Dan was Director of Broadcast Partnerships at Twitter. Dan worked with TV and content partners to devise compelling new ways to pair broadcast with online audiences. As head of BBC Vision’s Social Media, he developed social media strategies for the corporation’s iPlayer and TV offerings. Dan’s an old hand at developing online communities, and was the Social Media Producer for BAFTA-winning multiplatform production Virtual Revolution.
Prof Hani Hagras
Head of the Intelligent Environments
University of Essex
Prof. Hani Hagras is Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Intelligent Environments research group and Director of the Computational Intelligence Centre at University of Essex. He authored more than 300 papers in international journals, conferences and books. He is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of IET. His research has won numerous prestigious international awards where he was awarded twice by the IEEE CIS, the Outstanding Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems in 2006 and 2013. He has also been selected by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society as Distinguished Lecturer. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, International Journal of Robotics and Automation, Journal of Soft Computing and Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence. He chaired various major international conferences. He received funding of about £8 Million in the last five years from ESRC, EU, Innovate UK, Taiwan Science Council and many industrial companies.
Alen Gojceta
Director of ICT Department
Alen Gojceta is ICT Director at Vipnet with the scope of establishing and growing a strong portfolio of commercial digital solutions and services. Alen is an ICT professional with more than 20 years in the industry, mostly on leadership positions, with a variety of experiences from entrepreneurship to sales management, including an 11 years career at IBM. Alen is an author of a number of professional articles and blog posts, mostly on marketing and technology topics. He is also an active speaker on conferences, lifelong learner and technology thought leader.
Andrew Kumar
Chief Technology Officer
Vodafone Fiji Limited
Currently been 14 years at Vodafone Fiji, headed various sections and teams within Vodafone including the first rollout of 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE-ADVANCED networks at Vodafone in Fiji. Innovation is one of my key strengths and focus areas to drive the change around us by efficient use of technology. Fundamental objective being able to seize the opportunity and capture value by providing innovative services to customers. My main area of expertise is to drive change through innovation, develop talents through people as they are at the core of all we deliver and to be the first to take products out in the market. Through this, Vodafone had remained the number 1 service provider in Fiji and received international recognitions for innovation and for having the fastest network in Fiji.
Pankaj Jain
Head of Roaming, IoT & VAS
Vodafone Ltd.
Pankaj is a Senior Commercial & Technology leader with 22 years of international experience in delivering complex Consumer & Enterprise projects and propositions for converged telecommunications services. For last 5 years Pankaj has undertaken a number of Key commercial and technology roles within Vodafone including driving Vodafone to world leading position in 4G Roaming. Prior to his roles at Vodafone, Pankaj has worked at Hutchison 3G UK & Ireland, Reliance Communication India and Comverse Ltd Europe. He has played key roles within the Commercial, Products and Technology domains for these businesses spanning all the generations of mobile technology. Pankaj was born in India, however he has been living and working within Europe for the last 18 years.
Vinay Firake
Vice President & Global Business Head
Wipro BPS
Vinay Firake is the Vice President & Global Business Head for Wipro BPS, Enterprise, which spans across the Telecommunications & Media, Retail & Consumer Goods, Manufacturing & Hi-tech and Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Life Sciences verticals. In this role, he is responsible for the worldwide P&L for these businesses and has played a key role in transforming the business to its current size & scale through vertically aligned technology platforms. With over 22 years of diverse industry experience, Vinay has previously held various roles including the Global Head of Sales at Wipro BPS, during which he expanded Wipro’s footprint across mature and emerging Markets. Prior to this, he led Wipro's European Enterprise Applications businesses and established it from its inception. Vinay has diverse experience across Operations, Finance, International Marketing, Sales, Consulting Delivery, Program Leadership, Account Management, building new practices. He has a stellar track record of growing businesses and has played a key role in establishing Wipro’s BPS footprint across the Europe, APAC, LATAM, South Africa and India markets. During his tenure as the head of Europe for BPS, Wipro’s European BPS business grew multifold from about 10 million USD in 2005 to over 200 million USD. Vinay holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engg.) degrees and is currently based in Wipro’s office in London.
Emmanuel de la Gardette
Emmanuel de la Gardette is member of the ZTE CTO-Group team. Prior of the position, he used to be the Head of the Cloud Computing department of the R &D Europe ZTE. He leads actions of evolution of ZTE Cloud products to match European market and the research collaboration programs between ZTE R&D and the majors European Operators. Now, Emmanuel is focused on the 5G Cloud computing transformation. He joint ZTE at the beginning of 2011 after 17 years in international IT companies such as Sun Microsystems and Oracle where he held managing and engineering positions.