Speakers

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Lewis 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 Wilde

Graham Wilde

BWCS

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 Watson

Howard Watson

Howard 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.

Mirko Voltolini

Mirko Voltolini

Head 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.
Dana Tobak

Dana Tobak

CEO & MD, Hyperoptic

As joint founder and Managing Director of Be* Un limited, the record-breaking 24 Meg broadband provider of 2006, Dana took the business from start to launch in just six months. By placing the consumer at the heart of success, and generally refusing to take no for an answer, Dana has been building successful global businesses for over 20 years. Co-founder and Managing Director of Hyperoptic, Dana brings expertise in commercial agreements, financial business practice and purchasing, and an unshakeable vision for Hyperoptic's next-generation success.

Bouke Hoving

Bouke Hoving

Executive Vice President Networks & IT, KPN

Bouke Hoving is the Executive Vice President Networks & IT at KPN, the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands. He is responsible for delivering and operating KPN's networks, platforms and IT systems.

Prior to his current position he was KPN's Chief Information Officer and responsible for KPN's business transformation program called Simplification - aimed at a radical simplification of products, processes, IT and way of working. Under his leadership the program was of instrumental contribution to the step change in customer satisfaction and digital customer interaction and delivered more than euro 500 mln savings since start early 2014.

Previously Bouke undertook a number of national and international product management, business development and procurement functions with KPN and KPNQwest.

Bouke holds a Double Honours degree in Applied Physics and Business Economics from the University of Groningen.
Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Martin 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.

Thorsten Robrecht

Thorsten Robrecht

VP Vertical Network Slices, Nokia

With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Thorsten has established himself as a passionate leader, focused on generating growth by leveraging new technologies and market disruptions. In his current role, he’s responsible for Nokia’s Vertical Network Slices business – a pivotal component of the company’s end-to-end Cloud Solutions offering. Previously he was leading the company’s Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions business, Nokia’s Partner Business Unit and the Mobile Broadband Portfolio & Product Management. He played a key role in several new business incubations, optimizing and growing Nokia’s global product portfolio and was driving major mergers, divestments and acquisitions.

A highlight of this period was Nokia’s entry into the nascent LTE market – in which the company has achieved a leading position. Thorsten was a co-founder of the LTE industry alliance LSTI. Before joining Nokia, Thorsten worked in various leadership positions across a variety of technology-centric organizations. Since 2010 Thorsten has been an official Nokia executive spokesperson and since 2015 member of the TD-Tech Board of Directors. He holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Space Scientifics from the University of Aachen, Germany.
Clive Carter

Clive Carter

Director 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 Roehn

Dr. Steffen Roehn

CEO 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 Tada

Akira Tada

Executive 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 Aspinall

Simon Aspinall

Chief 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
Rosalind Singleton

Rosalind Singleton

Managing Director UK Broadband

Rosalind Singleton is a telecoms CxO with over 25 years of experience in the sector. She is also a mentor and angel investor.

Rosalind joined UK Broadband in 2013 and has been Managing Director since 2017. She has previously held senior roles at BT, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and other international operators from start-ups to incumbents.

Most recently Rosalind has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the UK5G Advisory Board. UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK, providing advice to and working closely with the Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS).

She is an active angel investor and mentor, focussing on businesses with a female founder. Her investments span wearables, software, big data and blockchain amongst others.

UK Broadband delivers wireless broadband to customers across the country through retail and wholesale services as Relish, and delivers wireless solutions to critical national infrastructure providers and local government customers across the UK.
Phil Skipper

Phil Skipper

Head 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.

Jean-Yves Charlier

Jean-Yves Charlier

Chief Executive Officer of VEON

Jean-Yves Charlier was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of VEON in 2015 and led a profound transformation of the $10 billion telecom group serving 240 million customers throughout the world. He is credited with returning the group to growth, delivering substantial dividends for shareholders whilst defining a unique digital future for the business. He also strengthened the group’s portfolio and led the successful consolidation of the Italian telecom market in a €20 billion merger with Hutchison.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive of SFR, the second largest telecom operator in France, where he led the repositioning of the business in one of the most competitive telecom markets in Europe and successfully completed the merger with Altice in a €17 billion transaction.

Leading up to his role at SFR, Jean-Yves Charlier was the Chief Executive of Promethean, a leading interactive learning company and of Colt, an alternative carrier in Europe. He also held senior executive positions at BT and Equant as well as Wang, where he started his career.

Jean-Yves Charlier has been on the board of several other companies including Activision Blizzard and Vivendi. He has won numerous industry awards and has been named one of the most influential executives in telecoms. He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton Business School.