2022 ICCA Judges

Discover which industry experts have joined the 2022 judging panel.

More to be announced soon!

       
Anton Willem Abrahams, Director & Past Chairman, The Australasian Critical Communications Forum

Anton Willem Abrahams is a director and the past chairman of the Australasian Critical Communications Forum, a chapter of TCCA. Anton has over 40 years of global experience in the mobile radio industry starting with Philips in Australia followed by a number of years with the Philips Mobile Radio Management Group in the UK based in Cambridge and Singapore in the eighties. He was involved in the creation of the Simoco brand following the acquisition of the global Philips’ mobile radio business in the late nineties and was employed as its managing director of its Asia Pacific operations followed by his posting as regional director with U.S based ComNet Ericsson that became M/A-Com, now Harris and MCS Digital in Australia.  He also worked a number of years as the regional director for Telecom Australia International (Telstra) in its establishment of South Asian joint ventures and served as board director of GSM cellular and satellite network operations.

Dr. Bego Blanco, Lecturer and Researcher, University of the Basque Country

Dr. Bego Blanco is a lecturer and reasearcher in the University of the Basque Country with 15 years of experience in mobile networks, with a special focus in 5G and next generation emergency networks. She has cooperated in several international projects in the area of critical communications and interoperability, such as H2020 5G SESAME, 5G ESSENCE, MCOP and MCS TaaSting and has participated in the last ETSI MCX Plugtests. Her current research interests involve the virtualisation of intelligent mission critical deployments over beyond-5G networks .

Robin Davis, Executive Director, Actica Consulting

Robin Davis is an independent advisor and technology advocate, who has advised government bodies and many public safety agencies around the world on the deployment of large scale leading edge technology projects and programmes. Specific to mission critical communications he has a detailed understanding of operational systems, LTE, TETRA radio, broadband and complex control room integration. His experience covers working across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He is a specialist in providing business case justification, benchmarking and procurement support for complex technology programmes and is currently advising various government, public safety, transport and utility organisations. Robin has held the role of Chairman of the TCCA Transportation Group for the last ten years.

Berit Isaksen, Legal Executive Director, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection

Berit Isaksen is Legal Executive Director in the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), Department for Emergency Communication.

Berit has been working with Nødnett since 2006, and has extensive experience in contract management, public procurements and regulation of electronic communication.

She has also several years of experience from the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom).

Berit is chairperson of the TCCA's Legal and Regulatory Working Group, which was established in 2021.

Iain Ivory, Founder and Partner, Hermitage Comms

Iain Ivory is an IT & telecoms specialist with over 30 years’ experience working with critical communications users. His current focus is providing support to government and public sector bodies to understand the impact of current and future technology trends, particularly in the areas of cloud adoption, migration and security, and has been involved in the evolution of new communications solutions through the TCCA Critical Comms Broadband Group (CCBG). He previously led the TETRA business of Motorola Solutions, overseeing the development of a broad range of TETRA terminals and actively involved in key TETRA projects in the UK, Europe, and Asia. Iain has been an active member of TCCA for almost 20 years and was a founding member of the TCCA Marketing Group.

Philip Mason, Managing Editor, Critical Communications Portfolio, Mark Allen Group

As Managing Editor for MA Exhibitions’ critical communications portfolio, Philip leads on content for Critical Communications Today and Land Mobile magazines, as well as the BAPCO Journal. He began his time at Mark Allen Group in 2016, following a decade of writing about – and for – the UK emergency services.

Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority

Mr. Edward Parkinson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FirstNet Authority. He is responsible for overall management of all FirstNet Authority operations and the agency’s strategic direction, to include its unique public-private partnership to deploy and improve the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He previously served as Acting CEO from October 2018 – May 2019. Before joining the FirstNet Authority, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including national security, emergency preparedness, and cybersecurity. Previously Mr. Parkinson served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specializing in public policy. Mr. Parkinson holds degrees from Georgetown University (M.A), and WITS University, (B.A., Hons)

Alison Port, Director of Commercial Program Delivery, NSW Telco Authority

Alison Port is the Director of Commercial Program Delivery at NSW Telco Authority, having changed recently from her Director of Engineering role. NSW Telco Authority is a government body that manages the NSW Government Radio Network and delivers mission-critical operational communications to Emergency Service Organisations and other government agencies. 

Alison has 18 years experience in the telecommunications industry, starting as a Radio Frequency Engineer and later moving into leadership roles. Throughout this, she has strived to maintain her technical skills and is well-versed in P25, 3G, 4G and 5G wireless technology.

With 1st class honours degree in Telecommunications Engineering, a degree in Commerce and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Alison has expertise in telecommunications engineering, strategy, people management and commercial management.

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, CritComm Insights

Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst at CritComm Insights. As a wireless technology analyst, Ken delivers industry analysis addressing the international landscape of systems, networks, professional services, devices, and applications that provide a thriving ecosystem for public safety/industrial communications innovation. He tracks changes in mobile broadband network evolution (LTE, 5G), critical communications group voice (3GPP Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk, DMR, TETRA, and Project25), location capabilities, NG9-1-1/112, Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) spectrum issues, and public safety/industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

Ken combines decades of experience in data communications technology with an extensive background as a former 9-1-1 dispatcher and paramedic. He is currently an active firefighter/EMT with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services in Bethesda, Maryland.

Luz Fernández del Rosal, International Co-operation, BDBOS

Luz Fernández del Rosal is responsible for the coordination of the international activities and partnerships at the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio, in short BDBOS. Prior to this position in the division of Public Safety Digital Radio Strategy, she contributed to the development of TETRA and 3GPP standards in BDBOS’ international standardisation team, which she joined in 2017.

With her expertise in driving the development of common global technology standards and solutions for mission-critical environments, she is also vice-chair of the Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG) of the TCCA.

After graduating from the University of Seville as a telecommunication engineer in 2007, she worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute) in the Photonic Networks and Systems department. There she contributed and managed research projects funded by the European Commission, as well as development projects commissioned by the industry with the focus on high-speed real-time signal processing for optical communication systems.

Adrian Scrase, CTO & Head of MCC, ETSI & 3GPP

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 is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

Duncan Swan, Chief Operating Officer, British APCO

Duncan Swan took up the part-time role as British APCO Chief Operating Officer in March 2022 following his retirement as a Director with UK IT Advisory firm, Mason Advisory. 

He has nearly 40 years experience of public safety technology gained through working for Philips Communication Systems and, since 1995, delivering consultancy firstly for Mason Communications and then finally for Mason Advisory.  Duncan has provided strategic and technical input on assignments delivering mobile communications and associated technologies for public safety organisations across the world, and most recently, leading the Mason Advisory team delivering professional services to the UK Home Office Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme. 

He has been a regular conference speaker – including at Critical Communications World - and contributor/editorial adviser to industry journals.  Duncan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Jarmo Vinkvist, COO, Erillisverkot Group

Jarmo Vinkvist joined Erillisverkot Group in 2005, working firstly as VP and then COO from 2009. He is responsible for operating the Finnish nationwide Public Safety network Virve. 

Prior to joining Erillisverkot, he worked in the Telecom Cable Industry (Nokia Group, and later Dutch companies NKF and Draka) including two years as CFO for a Telecom project in Sao Paulo state, Brazil and also two years as CFO for a Telecom distributor company in Texas, USA. 

Vinkvist holds Master in Science (economics) and eMBA degrees. His military rank is Major (reserve) in The Finnish Defence Forces.

Sandi Wendelken, Senior Research Analyst, IDC

Sandra Wendelken is a Senior Research Analyst for IDC’s Telecom and Mobility team focusing on mobile and IoT services. In this position, her research covers the mobile operator market in the U.S. and globally. She provides detailed analysis on IoT connectivity services, public safety and first responder communications service offerings, managed private mobile networks, and other emerging service trends in the mobility market. Sandra brings numerous years of experience working with communications service providers and suppliers in the U.S. and globally, with a focus on public safety and private LTE/5G offerings.

Dr Jolly Wong, Director, eBRAM Centre

Former Chief Telecommunications Engineer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police (HKP), Dr Wong had oversight of ICT policies formulation and rollout of strategic programs.   

He is the innovator of Finance-Operate-Own-Share “FOOS” business model, which has brought synergy by means of public-private partnership (PPP) to resolve major technology problems and bring business benefits to the HKP.  The model is internationally recognized as an (public safety) industry-wide success that has potential worldwide application.  He clinched the Best Innovation at the International TETRA Awards 2012, and the Ken Goulding Prize for Professional Excellence 2015 from Middlesex University London.  

Jolly has distinguished himself in the technology profession by receiving the Outstanding Contribution to TETRA Award 2008, for his stewardship of mission-critical, large-scale, complex technology programs for public protection and emergency response.  He continues to inspire and influence the mission-critical industries globally. 

Professionally, Jolly is a former Vice President and Trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the largest qualifying bodies and learned societies with over 155,000 members in 148 countries.  He is renowned for his advocacy of professionalism in the ICT industry and entrepreneurship among young engineers.  Academically, he is a Visiting Professor for the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, the Shanghai University, Policy Fellow for Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge. 

Jolly was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology (2015-17), to contribute to establishing a blueprint for innovation and technology development for HKSAR Government.  In May 2019, he was appointed a Senior Adviser of Hong Kong Electric, a utility company with over 130 years’ history with world-class supply reliability, on strategic matters of innovation, technology and cybersecurity.  In April 2020, he was appointed by the Secretary for Justice as a Director of the eBRAM Centre, established to enable Hong Kong to become a LawTech centre and hub for international business dispute avoidance and resolution.  Jolly is a columnist with The Standard writing commentaries on technology and business synergies.