Chris LewisLewis Insight
Chris is a highly regarded and experienced Telecoms Industry Analyst covering the depth and breadth, demand and supply of the ICT sector on a global basis for 30 years. He is one of the few industry analysts who can draw together the many varied technology and business components helping shape telecoms in the context of the future digital marketplace.
Chris is a frequent public speaker at industry and client events around the world with a reputation for honest, sometimes irreverent, insight built on unparalleled understanding of industry evolution and dynamics.
Having been registered blind for over 30 years, he now brings his technology knowledge to help the RNIB and Vision 2020 leverage telecoms and communications technology for the blind and partially sighted community. He has also returned to playing blind cricket with the London Metro team and is continuing with blind golf, tennis and riding tandems - beware in West London!
Graham is CEO and co-founder of BWCS and leads the Telecommunications and Transport Practices. Graham's psychology degree from Oxford University underpins his ability to build bridges between technologists and their customers, translating the needs and drivers of each to build business success. Graham's approach is grounded in international hands-on experience in telecoms in addition to his prolific international consultancy portfolio.
Graham is visionary in his approach to looking at technology markets and developing new market concepts. His blend of creativity and technical insight has led him to develop innovative services which give his clients real strategic advantage. Recent projects include a successful 3G licence bid in Macau, ISP cost modelling for Ofcom, fibre access deployment strategy for Japan's NTT and marketing strategy for on-train Internet service for the international high speed train operator Thalys. His early career was with Logica and Nortel Asia-Pacific. Graham enjoys playing the drums.
Howard WatsonHoward Watson CEO BT, Technology, Service and Operations and Group CIO
Howard is CEO of BT’s Technology, Service and Operations division, and Group CIO. In this role, Howard is in charge of the company’s ‘engine room’; thirteen thousand staff and eight thousand contractors responsible for BT’s core networks and IT systems across the globe. The division manages the company’s internal and external platforms – including TV, Mobile and Conferencing – as well as BT’s world class research and development arm at Adastral Park, Suffolk. BT TSO
Previously, Howard was BT’s Chief Architect and MD Global IT Systems, and led the technical teams behind the launch of BT Sport in August 2013. In this role he also transformed the way software development is carried out at BT. He joined BT in October 2011, bringing 30 years of telecoms experience with him, including time spent at Virgin Media and Telewest, and as MD of Cartesian, a telecommunications consultancy and software company.
Howard possesses a broad knowledge of technical and operational leadership with expertise in engineering, strategic development and business transformation. His areas of expertise include telephony, digital TV, IP services, high definition TV and ‘ultra’ high speed broadband. He also has experience of integrating networks and IT from his time in the cable industry, experience that will prove useful as BT integrates its network with EE’s.
Howard is 53 years old with three children, and is also a qualified pilot.
Martin TaylorMartin Taylor, Chief Technical Officer of Metaswitch Networks
Martin Taylor joined Metaswitch in 2004, and headed up product management prior to becoming CTO.
Previous roles have included founding CTO at CopperCom, a pioneer in Voice over DSL, where he led the ATM Forum standards initiative in Loop Emulation; VP of Network Architecture at Madge Networks, where he led the company’s successful strategy in Token Ring switching; and business general manager at GEC-Marconi, where he introduced key innovations in Passive Optical Networking.
Martin has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. In January 2014, Martin was recognized by Light Reading as one of the top five industry “movers and shakers” in Network Functions Virtualization.
Mirko VoltoliniHead of Network On Demand, Colt
Mirko Voltolini is Head of Network On Demand at Colt, responsible for leading the effort to architect and develop the Colt network and product portfolio to deliver an online digital customer experience where customers order, design and manage their network services on demand. He is responsible for the strategy, architecture and development of the network technologies enabling Colt software defined on demand network, the IT orchestration and monitoring capabilities and the management of the on demand product portfolio.
He joined Colt in 2002 and has held several senior roles in the technical development and engineering areas. Prior to joining Colt Mirko worked at GTS/Ebone, Italtel and ICT Consulting, an independent telecom consultancy company.
Mirko holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico of Milan.
Clive CarterDirector of Strategy, Ofcom - leading Ofcom’s Strategy and Policy team
The team is responsible for developing Ofcom’s overall strategy, ensuring it is prepared for emerging market development, and leading on key strategic and emerging policy issues. Clive led the Strategic Review of Digital Communications including the reform of Openreach governance. The team has also advised the Government on its broadband universal service policy. In the past, Clive has been involved in policy issues across all of the digital communications sectors, including Ofcom’s UHF spectrum strategy, the News Corp / BSkyB public interest test and Ofcom’s work on superfast broadband.
Dr. Steffen RoehnCEO and Founder, Roehn Management Consulting GmbH
Former CIO, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile
Various Supervisory and Advisory Board Positions, TM Forum Ambassador
At the beginning of 2013 Steffen Roehn founded Roehn Management Consulting. His company focuses on supporting CEOs of technology startups and companies to grow or restructure, advising CIOs/CTOs in major strategy changes and supporting them in transformations and effective security. He also takes accountability as CxO for transitional phases. His most recent references stretch from global telecommunication companies, insurance companies, High-Tech companies to household appliances. Currently he supports the Reliance Industries Group Mumbai, India) in launching a pan-Indian 4G and FTTx operator from scratch (Reliance Jio). He serves as supervisory and advisory board member of various technology and startup companies.
Dr. Steffen Roehn joined the Deutsche Telekom Group in November 2000 as Board Member IT at T Mobile Germany. In addition to this function, in 2006 he was appointed CIO of T-Mobile Europe and member of the Executive Committee of T-Mobile International. He served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Deutsche Telekom Group from May 2009 until December 2012. He served as supervisory board member of the TM Forum and was appointed as TM Forum’s ambassador in May 2012.
Prior to Deutsche Telekom Steffen successfully advised telecommunications, hightech, financial services and consumer goods industry companies as CEO of the Diebold Management Consulting Group and Principal of global Gemini Consulting. Steffen has a PhD in physics from University of Mainz, Imperial College London and the European Research Lab CERN in Geneva.
Akira TadaExecutive Strategist, Digital Transformation, SoftBank
Akira Tada has focused on “strategic change” throughout his professional career.
Most recently he managed the strategic alliance between IBM and SoftBank to develop AI/Cognitive Market together.
He developed FinTech market in Japan as the CEO of PayPal Japan – JV formed by eBay and SoftBank, leading the big boom in Japan happening.
At SoftBank, he was once the head of Group Management which became the foundation to sustain SoftBank long-term vision.
He joined SoftBank Group through acquisition. Akira was the GM of Corporate Strategy, Japan Telecom.
Before joining SoftBank, he was in various business development area with strategy to make it happen. Those were high-speed optical transmission market around 1990, call center hospitality market to lead CRM emerges, new competition in CLEC market and Cable TV telephony market right after NTT divestiture, WiFi market to substitute 3G widely available.
Simon AspinallChief Revenue/Marketing Officer for SWIM.AI
SWIM.AI is a silicon valley software business whose solution combines edge computing, analytics and machine-learning for real-time edge data. Simon Aspinall has previously served as SVP Software Sales and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Virtustream, an enterprise cloud business (ultimately acquired by Dell/EMC for $1.2bn), helping Virtustream grow from a start-up into one of the leading enterprise IAAS cloud providers.
Prior to Virtustream, Simon had over a decade of experience as an executive at Cisco Systems, Inc. holding multiple sales, business development and marketing roles - including leading marketing for Cisco’s Cloud, Mobile and Telco Data Center businesses. Earlier in his career Simon worked at Mercer Management Consulting advising Telecoms Operators on new solutions, markets and channels.
Simon holds a masters degree in Engineering & Computing Science from the University of Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD
Phil SkipperHead of M2M Business Development, Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
Phil joined Vodafone in July 2013 as Head of M2M Business Development. He is fully responsible for developing M2M solutions and capabilities on a global basis. "M2M adoption will continue to accelerate with smaller organisations being able to harness the advantages of M2M technology to drive greater efficiency and value for their customers. As Head of Business Development for Vodafone M2M, I’m particularly excited to play a key role in developing this important application area" he says.
Phil has a wealth of experience in a broad range of industries including defence, FMCG and media. Prior to joining Vodafone Phil was responsible for Markets and Portfolio within the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities organisation. Prior to that he held the position of Director Electro Mobility for Siemens and has worked for a number of well-known blue chip organisations including Landis + Gyr and Mars in the UK, USA and Switzerland.