Director Global Operations Transformation, Orange Group
Christian is Director of Global Operations Transformation for Orange group, working on new digital paradigms for network, service platform and IT contexts. Prior to this he was Orange Group Deputy CIO, in charge of IT modernization for the whole group. In parallel, he is also an expert in Smart Cities leading many awarded winning catalyst projects to standardize the city digital journey. Christian started working in the 90’s for a software company (Steria) to develop standard of interconnectivity between banks and large accounts. He then moved to London to build the international projects for Young & Rubicam, a well-known advertising company then moved to New York to the WWHQ, to develop the first corporate Intranet. He then moved back to France to take the CIO position of Y&R group in France before becoming CIO for IBM software group/Lotus France developing lots of new concepts with the growth of Internet. In 2000, Christian joined a small French internet company ((one of the main multimedia service providers in France) as deputy general manager in charge of Operations, reshaping all operations and supporting new innovation for business. The company was acquired by Orange in 2006, and he became VP for operations for Orange Business Services.
VP, AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum
Aaron Boasman-Patel is the Vice President of AI and Customer Experience at TM Forum. In this role, Aaron is responsible for setting up and leading the Forum’s Artificial Intelligence collaboration programme and the established customer experience and analytics work, creating industry standards and best practices. Prior to this he was the Vice President of Research, Content and Media. Aaron has been working in the telecoms industry for twelve years and has also held senior positions at Informa Telecoms and Media and Clarion. He graduated with an M.A. (Oxon) from the University of Oxford.
Director CSC, ETSI
David heads the ETSI Committee Support Center (CSC) which is an International team of experts who provide comprehensive support to the numerous technical groups in ETSI. www.etsi.org
He has been active in the creation, launch and support of several relevant industry groups such as NFV, MEC, and ZSM, and is now actively involved in attracting new technical standards development work into ETSI.
Previously he was involved with the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP), supporting various core network groups and was also responsible for the launch and build of the initial M2M work in ETSI.
He has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector, which includes 19 years of experience in standardization.
Director of Technology Innovation, Telus
Jim Slevinsky is the Director of Technology Innovation at TELUS, leading a team of senior engineers focused on identifying and evaluating disruptive service and technology opportunities. He has extensive integrated experience in telecom technology development, analysis and management. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University Alberta.
CTIO, Magyar Telekom
Dr. Kim Larsen has more than 16 years of experience in the telecommunication industry, with national, as well as international senior management roles. He was the CTIO in Magyar Telekom, Hungary’s market leading telco operator. Also previously he worked for Deutsche Telekom as Senior Vice President of Technology Economics & Transformation reporting directly to the Deutsche Telekom’s Group CTO. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics and a master degree in Physics & Mathematics.
Kim is passionate about value-based technology innovations and in particular the strategic and economic impact of new technologies such as 5G and AI. He publishes and discusses his views as ‘Dr. Kim’ on his techno-economical strategy blog www.techneconomyblog.com, his AI strategy & policy blog www.aistrategyblog.comand on Twitter @KimKLarsen.
Among many things, Kim has been developing a blue print for Deutsche Telekom’s Network-centric big data architecture supporting all network needs including the diverse use cases & requirements in a modern telecommunications network. He is driving various applied machine learning initiatives, aggressive network automation and how to get more data science competences into the telecom industry. Lately, he started a debate on relevance of 5G for the mass market, the rightful expectations to its potential and last but not least the economic impact on the telecom industry.
Director Technology Strategy & Innovation, Proximus
Matteo holds the position of Director Technology Strategy & Innovation at Proximus (www.proximus.com, previously Belgacom). Matteo leads largest investment files in networks, platforms/IT and products/services incubation. His current responsibilities include technology strategy, spectrum, tecno-economics, incubation of new digital experiences, partnerships, corporate venturing and innovation incentives linked to R&D.
His current focus is on digital technologies (Enco.io), advanced data analytics applied to network investments, AI/machine learning applied to Telco, 5G investment plan and use cases development, Software defined access (bonding), Edge computing, SD-Wan and Telco Cloud.
Prior to his current role, Matteo covered several executive positions within Corporate Strategy, driving M&A files, partnerships and moves in growth markets. Matteo led Scarlet (www.scarlet.be) through post acquisition transition period driving commercial and operational synergies. Previously Matteo led marketing and product management at BICS (www.bics.com), seeding and growing carrier mobile data business. Matteo started his career with hands on experience in software development, product development and program management.
Matteo is Board Member of BICS, Tessares and is founding director of LoRa Alliance (IOT). In the past Matteo held several Board positions in SME or startups, including Scarlet (AltNet Telco) and Tunz (Mobile Payment, Ingenico).
Matteo has University Degree (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering with full marks from University of Pavia (Italy), a Master in Information Technology from Polytechnic of Milan with full marks and holds an Executive Master in Finance at Solvay – ULB – Brussels (A score).
Matteo is fluent in English and Italian, business level of Dutch and elements of French. Matteo is married with 3 children. He has double Italian and Belgian nationality.
Research Director, ABI Research
Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director, manages ABI Research’s telco network coverage, including telco cloud platforms, digital transformation and mobile network infrastructure. Research topics include AI and machine learning technologies, telco software and applications, network operating systems, SDN, NFV, LTE diversity, and 5G.
Prior to joining ABI Research, Dimitris was a Principal Analyst with Ovum, covering telco network infrastructure and leading research in SDN and NFV. At Ovum, Dimitris was involved in thought leadership regarding the future of networks and led more than 50 projects on behalf of Tier One operators and vendors. Prior to Ovum, Dimitris was a Senior and Principal Analyst for Informa Telecoms & Media, after having led and performed road tests on behalf of Tier One network operators around the world.
Dimitris holds a PhD in Mobile Communications and a MSc in Satellite Communications, both from the University of Surrey.
Senior Technology Expert, Telefonica
Dr Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert on network middleware and services. He is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit of Telefónica I+D. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network service abstractions and the development of APIs based on them. During this period, he was appointed as member of the High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission.
Diego is currently focused on identifying and evaluating new opportunities in technologies applicable to network infrastructures, and the coordination of national and international collaboration activities. His current interests are related to network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization, and the NFVRG within the IRTF.
Apart from this, Diego is a more than acceptable Iberian ham carver, and extremely fond of seeking and enjoying comics, and good discussions on any (in)appropriate matter.
Chief Architect of Digital Transformation & AI, Huawei Technologies
Senior Director and Product Marketing Team Leader, Blue Planet
Kevin Wade is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the Blue Planet portfolio marketing team, as well as for driving the creation of programs to drive market awareness and market share for Ciena’s Blue Planet software suite.
Kevin has more than 20 years of experience with successful start-ups and public companies in the networking industry, targeting both the service provider and enterprise markets. Kevin joined Ciena through the Cyan acquisition, where he was responsible for the company’s product marketing and field marketing activities.
Before joining Cyan in 2012, Kevin was Sr. Director of Product Marketing with Force10/Turin (now Dell Force10) and also held product marketing positions with Ascend (now Alcatel-Lucent) and Cabletron (now Extreme Networks).
An accomplished technology marketer, Kevin has presented at leading industry conferences including Supercomm, Comptel, and Cable-Tech Expo, and has published articles in trade magazines such as Data Center Knowledge and Lightwave. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University in 1993.
EVP & CTO, B-Yond
Rui Frazao is the CTO and Head of European Operations at B-Yond. Prior to B-Yond, Rui was CTO of Vasona Networks, an innovative provider of Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) solutions, acquired by ZephyrTel (2018). He also previously held various Group technology positions during his 15 years at Vodafone including serving as the Director of Network Engineering overseeing network activities across Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Rui is originally from Portugal and represented his country at the Olympics in Fencing. He’s based in Düsseldorf where he has been living for over a decade with his family.