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Our Panelists & Moderators

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Spectrum is infrastructure

Panel 1

Challenges of network deployment and future spectrum access for 5G

Panel 2

Internet of Things: technology, regulation and spectrum

Panel 3

DTT of the future – more or less?

Keynote: Spectrum is infrastructure

Rupert Pearce

Chariman, ESOA
CEO, Inmarsat plc

Rupert has been CEO of Inmarsat plc, the world’s leading global mobile satellite communications network operator, since 2012, having joined as Group General Counsel. He was previously a partner at Atlas Venture, a venture capital company, working on investment, divestment, M&A and corporate finance transactions and was an equity partner at international law firm Linklaters. Rupert has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London lecturing on the Entrepreneurship program, and is co-author of ‘Raising Venture Capital’.

Rupert is currently Chairman of ESOA, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, which represents more than 20 international satellite operators; Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (ITU and UNESCO) aiming to boost the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda; Steering Committee member of the Smart Africa Initiative, a body committed to foster ICT development throughout Africa.

Panel 1: Challenges of network deployment and future spectrum access for 5G

Moderation: Saul Friedner

Associate Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom AG

Saul is an experience radio spectrum and wireless technology expert having worked in the industry for over 15 years. Saul started his career in spectrum regulation with the Radiocommunications Agency (which became Ofcom in 2003) working across different technology sectors such as PMR, Fixed Links and Broadcasting. He moved into consulting in 2007 and worked at Mott MacDonald in their policy and regulatory practice where he focused on numerous spectrum and wireless technology studies. Saul has joined LS telcom from Real Wireless where he gained extensive experience working on a variety of projects for a mix of regulatory, government, public sector and enterprise clients. Some of his projects involved assessment of spectrum policy and strategy, wireless technology assessment and roadmaps, network dimensioning, socioeconomic analysis for 5G, technical feasibility studies and many more.

Emmanuel Fassurier

Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, ANFR

M. Emmanuel Faussurier graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications de Bretagne – Brest (France). He also holds a master degree in Energy economics.

M. Faussurier had its first work experience on interconnection studies for a telecommunication operator and then on radio field survey for a major equipment manufacturer.

In 2002, he joined the Agence nationale des fréquences (ANFR). M. Faussurier has chaired several groups within CEPT, in relation with UWB applications and automotive short-range radar (SRR) systems, on Reconfigurable Radio Systems (RRS) and Licensed Shared Access (LSA), and more recently on M2M via satellite. At national level, he is responsible for the National Table of Frequency Allocations and is involved in various spectrum planning studies.

Dr. Nick Munn

Head of Spectrum Policy, UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Nick, a veteran of the UK's 3G mobile licence auction, has been leading the UK government's spectrum policy team since 2014 and was a contributor to the UK's recent 5G strategy. Nick has previously worked for government on a range of issues from innovation policy and R&D tax credits to business finance and copyright modernisation.

Dr. Guillaume Lebrun

Director of Spectrum and Technology Policy, QUALCOMM

Guillaume is supporting European governments and regulatory bodies such as CEPT/ECC, European Parliament and national discussion groups by providing technology expertise and market analysis. Mr Lebrun is actively involved in the European discussions around 5G, the Electronic Communication Code and investment in future communication infrastructure. He is also leading cooperation within the mobile industry by engaging in various forums such as Digital Europe, Bitkom and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

He started his career as a researcher in MIMO and OFDM technologies before focusing on regulatory topics upon joining Qualcomm. Guillaume holds a PhD from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and an engineering degree from l’Ecole National Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris, France.

Ulrich Rehfuess

Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia

Of his more than 20 years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and lately Nokia, he spent most of that in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, EDGE, UMTS with HSPA, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced.

Since 2011 he is responsible for spectrum policy within Nokia’s CTO and Bell Labs team. Ulrich is vice chair of the BITKOM spectrum working group in Germany and chairs the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.

Panel 2: Internet of Things: technology, regulation and spectrum

Moderation: Martin Sims

Managing Director, PolicyTracker

Martin Sims was the lead consultant for the Nigerian regulator in the country’s 2.3 GHz auction in 2014, developing auction software as well as specialised training for staff. He has the same role for Nigeria’s 2.6 GHz auction and has also been an auctions advisor to the government of Pakistan. Martin has delivered specialised auctions training for the regulators in Tanzania and Thailand, as well as running the Spectrum Auctions Masterclass public training course since 2009. He is the co-author of Understanding Spectrum Liberalisation (CRC Press 2015).

Since setting up PolicyTracker in 2004, Martin Sims has specialised in analysing spectrum issues, writing extensively on the subject, producing research reports for a range of clients and consulting for regulators and operators. He has set up training courses on auctions and spectrum management generally as well as delivering bespoke training for regulators. Until recently he pursued a parallel career as an academic, specialising in telecoms and broadcasting policy while working at the University of East London and other institutions.

Dr. Simon Dunkley

European Regulatory Director, Silver Spring Networks Ltd

Dr. Dunkley has worked in the Silver Spring Networks London office since 2011. Simon is actively engaged in both CEPT and ETSI workgroups and was closely involved with studies to investigate the release of the 870/915MHz band; indeed his contribution to the utility community for this work was recognized in him being named one of the ‘40 Most Influential People in European Smart Grid’ in 2015 by Metering and Smart Energy International. Simon is a committee member of the influential Low Power Radio Association (LPRA) and is also Secretary General of the TALQ Lighting Consortium.

Assia Bahri

Senior Regulatory and Spectrum Manager, Sigfox

Engineer from Telecom SudParis, I have started my career at the European Satellite Operator (SES) working on the spectrum asset management. In 2010, I joined the French regulator, Arcep, to contribute to the strategic and industrial vision regarding spectrum management and to update the French regulatory framework for wireless applications (Internet of Things, 5G, backhauling, etc.). I contributed also to the French position with regards to European framework (RSPP, European commission decisions, Telecom rules for ECS, etc.).
I joined Sigfox at the end of 2016 to contribute to the company regional development, in Africa and Middle East. I engage with the MEA countries to exchange on IoT development and corresponding regulatory framework. I have also been appointed Associate rapporteur at the ITU-T SG20 regarding the questions related to security, privacy, trust and identification.

Adrian Scrase


Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project. He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.
Adrian Scrase is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities.

Dr. Steve Methley, MBA

Director, Quotient Associates Limited

Dr. Steve Methley has over 30 years’ experience in telecommunications and data communications innovation in both the fixed and wireless areas, having led teams in the laboratories of British Telecom, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba. Steve has worked in consultancy for 15 years and was promoted to Director of Quotient Associates Ltd in 2010.
He was awarded his Ph.D. from Imperial College and his MBA from the Open University, and is a PRINCE2 qualified project manager. He has numerous of patents and published papers and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. His first book, on wireless mesh networking, was published in 2009. He continues to be an active IEEE Standards Association contributor and an independent expert in the field of Future Networks for the European Commission’s Research Frameworks, having served as evaluator and rapporteur for new proposals, assessor for live projects, and innovation expert.

Panel 3: DTT of the future – more or less?

Moderation: Richard Victor Womersley

Director Spectrum Services, LS telcom AG

Richard has over 20 years consulting and business experience working in the radio spectrum management, public telecommunications, digital broadcasting and satellite industries. He has worked for regulators, network operators, financiers, governments and end-users on issues covering national and international policy; regulation and its impact; pricing, auctions and licensing; cost modelling and tariff setting; planning and consultation; network specification and procurement; monitoring and enforcement; interference and technical investigations and digital switch-over. His work has been international in nature having taken him to every continent except Antarctica.

Richard is also an experienced professional trainer having delivered courses on spectrum management and policy for over 10 years.

Chris Vinall

Customer Solutions Architect, Cisco

Having started his career with BT, Chris has worked in the Pay-TV industry for over 20 years with NDS and now Cisco. He worked on building some of the first commercial DVB-S platforms, particularly focussing on metadata, DVB-SI and Conditional Access before moving into interactive apps for one-way platforms. His work on IP-delivered video began 15 years ago with IPTV in Japan when high-quality broadband was limited to a few select geographies.

Chris is currently working on designing the implementation of the latest virtualised, cloud-hosted video platforms that bring video delivery into the mainstream of IT-operations for Service Providers.

Alex Buchan

Head of Wireless Technologies, DTG

Alex has worked in the Telecommunications industry since graduating from Leeds University with a MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2004. On leaving University he joined the Ericsson graduate scheme spending 4 years as a 3G Systems Engineer on a variety of 3G rollout and optimization projects throughout the UK and Europe. He then moved in to the public sector and worked for the Metropolitan Police until 2012 managing the trunked radio system and control room communication systems.

Alex Buchan is Head of Wireless Technologies at Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry collaboration centre for broadcast and digital media. His main responsibilities involve working with industry groups looking at spectrum compatibility and coexistence, and developing technical standards for a range of broadcast technologies. He also coordinates and manages activities for a number of DTG working groups and collaborations.

Helen Charles

Senior Policy Adviser, BBC

Before joining the BBC, Helen worked as a senior adviser at UK communications regulator Ofcom specialising in spectrum policy. There Helen worked closely with government departments on projects to release public sector spectrum as well as on projects to facilitate and incentivise spectrum sharing. Prior to specialising in this policy area, Helen was head of office for a member of the UK Parliament.

As the BBC’s infrastructure policy specialist, Helen provides regulatory advice, advocacy, and develops policy in relation to radio spectrum and telecoms issues. Among other projects, she is currently working on issues related to 700 MHz clearance and 5G.

Miguel Jácome Henriques

Head of Licensing Division, ANACOM

Joined the ARN back in 1990 and in March 1995, Miguel became responsible for the Broadcasting Department in the Spectrum Management Directorate. In this context, Miguel has developed his professional activity in the different areas of broadcasting, namely in defining the framework policies of the service and planning the allocated frequency bands, participating in several relevant international meetings of the sector in the scope of CEPT and ITU-R, and in the preparation and analysis of public tenders, in particular DTT and DAB.

Since March 1, 2017, he is the Head of the Licensing Division of the Spectrum Management Directorate, being also the project manager for the migration of the current DTT network, due to the free-up of 700 MHz band (Digital Dividend 2).