Speakers

  • Chris Althaus
    Chief Executive Officer, AMTA

    Chris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005.

    AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering all aspects of the mobile ecosystem such as telecommunications policy, mobile network infrastructure, radiofrequency spectrum, health & safety, product stewardship / e-waste and recycling, national security, content regulation and consumer awareness & education.   

    Prior to joining AMTA, Chris held Chief Executive roles with leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry and the Australian forests and forest products sector.

    Chris has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University; Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra; and Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

  • John Baker
    SVP / 5G Business Development , Mavenir

    Dallas-based John is a veteran of the mobile industry, a board member for 5G Americas, and a sought-after industry speaker. He heads up the business development team at Mavenir, a software company intent on disrupting the market.

    A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change the way operators think about the deployment of their wireless infrastructure—taking 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, Spirent Communications, VP& GM Network Solutions, CommScope, VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia and VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.

  • Professor Iain Collings
    Deputy Dean, School of Engineering
    Macquarie University
  • Hussein Dia
    Chair, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Program Leader (Future Urban Mobility), Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

    Hussein is a Civil Engineer with three decades of experience in Intelligent Transport Systems and transport modelling. He has worked extensively in academia and has strong collaboration with both the public and private sectors, including strong engagement with industry research. His research interests are in smart infrastructure systems and the convergence of technology, infrastructure and human elements in urban environments. His current work is focused on disruptive mobility and harnessing digital innovations to unlock potential opportunities for low carbon mobility in tomorrow's smart cities. His standing in this field is demonstrated by more than 100 publications including a book on Intelligent Transport Systems published in 2014. His most recent book, Low Carbon Mobility for Future Cities, was published in 2017.

    He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He currently serves as Senior Editor for the international journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems.

  • Clive Dickens
    Chief Digital Officer, Seven West Media

    Clive joined Seven West Media in 2015 as the CDO and as a non-Executive Director at Yahoo 7.  He oversees all strategic and operational aspects of Seven West Media’s digital content and digital revenue activities.

    His career to date has been a unique Digital/Broadcast media hybrid – never very far from Broadcast Content nor from a Digital team and boasts over 30 years’ experience, which has taken him from New York to Los Angeles, Mumbai to Johannesburg, Budapest to Berlin and London to now Australia.

    Clive’s first digital role was in 1995 with the multi award winning team at Capital Interactive part of then one of the largest Broadcasters in the UK. 

    He was also an advisor to the founders of the world leading mobile company Shazam used by more than 700 million people in over 60 countries and was recently valued at $1bn. Since Shazam, Clive has also advised a number of other successful digital start-ups, helping them achieve growth, maturity, IPO or exit.

    In 2008, Clive co-founded Absolute Radio for the Times of India - the World’s largest English language newspaper publisher as COO. Absolute Radio has a world leading reputation for Digital, Social, Mobile innovation with more than 77% of its audience via a digital platform. Absolute Radio pioneered the new 'In-Stream' premium marketing platform.  Clive was also a Founding Director of UK Radio Player Ltd, a joint venture between UK Broadcasters and the BBC that is used each month by 6m users to simplify discovery of live Broadcast Content.

    In April 2013, he relocated from the UK to Australia to take the reigns as Director of Digital and Innovation at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), overseeing strategic and operational aspects of the company's diverse and multifaceted digital content and free-to-air television platform. During the 20 months Clive was at SCA, his digital team achieved a 700% increase in digital traffic, which in turn drove 50 % increase in digital revenue and EBITDA by over 90%.

  • Maurie Dobbin
    Managing Director, Teleresources Engineering

    Maurie is the founder and Managing Director of TeleResources. He possesses over thirty years of experience in telecommunications markets and is an acknowledged expert in the wireless communications industry. Maurie has consulted to many of the world’s international telecommunications operators, major manufacturers and government organisations since 1981. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on topics ranging from business strategy through technology developments to providing superior customer service. Maurie has many years of experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams engaged in major telecommunications technical studies and projects.

  • Jessica Gilroy
    Founder, Catalyst VR

    Jessica specialises in creating 360 video content for brands and their agency partners including the likes of Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Jameson Whiskey and Time Out as well as VR activations for Taste Festival, TAB and Cricket Australia.

    She began her love affair with VR over fifteen years ago when she was first introduced to the medium at the London College of Communications and later during her Film degree at the University of Westminster, however the technology had a long way to go back then.

  • Distinguished Professor Jay Guo
    5G Lead & Director of the Global Big Data Technologies Centre, University of Technology (UTS)

    Jay is the founding Director of Global Big Data Technologies Centre and Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is an internationally-established scientist with over 350 publications and expertise in antennas and wireless communications systems, an innovator with strong and sustained industrial impact and a globally recognised R&D leader with proven track record.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is the recipient of Australia Government Engineering Innovation Award (2012), Australia Engineering Excellence Award (2007) and CSIRO Chairman's Medal (2007 & 2012). He was named one of the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia in 2014 and 2015. He joined the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council in 2015.

  • Toby Harris
    Regional Representative, MulteFire Alliance (Asia Pacific) - Sydney

    Toby Harris is the Head of Sales for Nokia’s Oceania Market Unit, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  He commenced in the role on 1 February 2018.

    Toby was previously based out of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for Nokia’s global business with CK Hutchison, a multi-national conglomerate that includes the “3” group of operators. He has a strong telco sales and management background that spans over 20 years across Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Joining Nokia in 1995, Toby began in GSM R&D in the UK, before moving to Australia in 1998 where he held several roles, including the local CTO. He remains passionate about the ever-changing role in society that the communication industry has, and the need to develop this ecosystem further to fulfil its potential as 5G emerges.

    Toby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Surrey University. He is a dual Australian / UK citizen and lives in Sydney with his family.

  • Latif Ladid
    Chair, 5G World Alliance (Luxembourg)

    Currently, Latif is the Chair of 5G World Alliance, the Chair of IEEE COMSOC IoT and 5G sub-Committees, the Chair of ETSI IPv6 ISG and the Co-Chair of  IEEE COMSOC SDN-NFV subcommittee

    He works on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT, Euro6IX, Eurov6, NGNi, Project initiator of SEINIT, and SecurIST.

    Among his projects, he initiated the EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management. He also re-launched the Public Safety Communication Forum, and supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS, and the new Safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom.  He has co-initiated the new EU Coordination of the European Future Internet Forum for Member States called ceFIMS.

    He holds the following positions: President and Founder of IPv6 FORUM, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society, Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award.

    Latif is also a Member of 3GPP PCG, 3GPP2 PCG, Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc EntNET, Member of UN Strategy Council, member of IEC Executive Committee, Board member of AW2I, Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg.

  • Alvin Lee
    Senior Analyst, Telsyte

    Alvin is an experienced industry analyst covering the area of information technology, telecommunications and media, with a current focus on the mobile sector. Specialties: Market Intelligence, Industry Analysis, Telecommunications, Mobile, Market Research, Forecasting

  • Yonghui Li
    ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney

    Yonghui received his PhD degree in November 2002. Since 2003, he has been with the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications, the University of Sydney, Australia. Li is now a Professor and Director of Wireless Engineering Laboratory in School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the Australian Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2008 and the Australian Future Fellowship in 2012.

  • Satoshi Nagata
    Vice Chairman & Manager, 3GPP TSG-RAN & NTT DOCOMO (Tokyo)

    Satoshi received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2003, he joined NTT DOCOMO, INC. He worked for the research and development for wireless access technologies for LTE, LTE-Advanced. He is currently a senior research engineer working for 5G and 3GPP standardization. He had contributed to 3GPP over 10 years, and contributed 3GPP TSG-RAN WG1 as a vice chairman during November 2011 to August 2013, and also contributed as a chairman during August 2013 to August 2017. He is currently a vice chairman of 3GPP TSG-RAN since March 2017.

  • Adam Poulton
    One Gigabit Project Management, Launtel Tasmania (Launceston)

    Adam’s role at Launtel involves introducing Tasmanian businesses to Australia First 1gb internet service that will be available to all Pure Fibre business locations in Tasmania. He is also involved in the Bitcoin community since spotting the emerging technology and its potential in 2011.

  • Phil Ridley
    Chief Information Officer, Mojo Power

    Prior to advising and later joining Mojo as CIO, Phil held roles as Chief Technologist and Strategist at HP Enterprise, CIO of Australian Power and Gas Ltd, Group CTO of Seven Network Limited/Vividwireless, and CTO of ubowireless Pty Ltd. 

    Phil is a business-technology veteran of 30 years with experience in energy, retail, media, telecommunications, and aerospace industries.  He graduated from the University of Newcastle with BE(Hons) in Computer Engineering, and Deakin University with a GradDip in Technology Management.  He is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, authored several international patents, and is a recipient of 5 National Engineering Excellence awards including the top Bradfield award.

  • The Hon. Michelle Rowland MP
    Shadow Minister for Communications, Federal Opposition

    Michelle was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 as the Member for Greenway. Prior to entering Parliament, she was a senior lawyer specialising in competition and regulation in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

    In 2013, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications.

    In October 2015, Michelle was elevated to the Shadow Cabinet and appointed the Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism.

    Michelle was re-elected at the July 2016 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Communications.

    Michelle has served as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Chair of Screen NSW, and a Director of the Western Sydney Area Health Service.

  • Rocky Scopelliti
    , Futurologist

    Rocky is a world-renowned futurologist. His research has pioneered how demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, collectively influence the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. 

    As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured globally on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international key note speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

    More than 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy. A distinguished author, his 12-published thought leadership research reports have become internationally recognised for their influence including their contribution into the World Economic Forum’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Program.

    In a non-executive capacity, he is director on the board of Community First Credit Union.
    Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Channa Seneviratne
    Executive Director Network and Infrastructure Engineering, Telstra

    Channa has over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications networks having worked in both Operations and Engineering across both fixed and wireless technologies. During his time in Telstra, Channa has played key roles in the introduction and operation of Telstra’s 2G (GSM & CDMA), 3G and now 4G networks.

  • Easwaren Siva
    General Manager, Technology Strategy , Vodafone Hutchison Australia

    Easwaren has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Australian telecommunications industry. He previously held senior positions at Vodafone, Orange and 3 Mobile delivering ‘first to market’ digital media and mobile data services.

    More recently, he has led the ‘transformation and growth’ technology strategy for Vodafone Australia and has played a key role in re-farming spectrum to 4G, Network Functions Virtualisation and the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure. His current areas of focus include 5G, Public Safety solutions, Mobile Edge Computing, Narrow Band-Internet of Things (Nb-IoT) and Smart cities.

  • Dr David Soldani
    Chief Technology Officer, Huawei

    David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Visiting Professor and Industry Professor at University of Surrey, UK, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia, respectively.
    Dr. Soldani has been active in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, successfully working on 500+ research, innovation and customer services projects for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G ICT systems and services, and contributing to 1000+ quality deliverables – from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation, to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, products and services with partners and customers, globally.
    He is currently back at Huawei Technologies, serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Australia. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data value, artificial intelligence, IoT and multimedia technologies.
    Prior to that he was at Nokia, as Head of 5G Technology, e2e, global, and in various technical and research management positions. Before rejoining Nokia in 2016, he was for eight years at Huawei European Research Centre, Germany, serving as Head of IP Transformation Research Centre (IPTRC), Head of Network Solution R&D and, subsequently, Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe; and represented Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe.
    He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution in the ICT industry; and in 2016, he was granted a Distinguished Talent (DT) visa for his profession by the Australian Government. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books, and holds several international patents.

  • John Stanton
    Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance

    John is a seasoned communications industry executive with over 18 years of experience. From 2006-2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.

    Prior to that, John was an executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001-2005, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. He also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999-2001.

    John joined Telstra in 1992 as a result of the merger with OTC where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992-1999, he held a number of roles with Telstra including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services. From 1996-1997 he was also Chairman of the Intelsat Board. In his early career, he worked as a journalist and as a press secretary with the Australian Government.

  • Aliesha Staples
    Managing Director, Staples VR

    Aliesha comes from a 12 year film industry and VR creation background; she is the founder of Staples VR, New Zealand and Australia’s first VR equipment rental supplier and content creation company specialising in camera movement and custom applications.

    She is the driving force behind vRemedies (www.vremedies.com), a company that creates vr tools for medical applications and was the winner of the New Zealand High Tech awards Young Achiever of the year for 2017.

  • Evan Walker
    Director, Smart Innovation Centre, Transport for NSW

    Evan’s role is to work with industry and government agencies to identify and trial future transport technologies. Before taking on this role, he worked as the Director of the Divisional Management Office for the Freight Strategy and Planning Division of TfNSW which provided him with a broad overview of Transport in NSW.

  • Mike Wood
    Chairman, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC106

    Mike is currently Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 106 which has global responsibility for EME testing standards for mobile phones, devices, wireless networks and radio communication systems.

    The current focus for TC106 is the 2020 strategic business plan and development of standards for the assessment of future 5G mobile technologies.  Mike is also active in the ITU standards and in Australia chairs the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association RF Safety Compliance Program.

  • Brendon Woods
    Associate, Program Advisory
    Aurecon