Speakers 2018

Harald Ludwig, Technical Forum Chairman, TCCA

Harald Ludwig is the founder and managing director of Arico Technologies, a company offering consultancy, training and project management services for the professional mobile radio industry. He has expertise in the fields of system and application design, test and integration, tender specifications writing and bid evaluation, general and technical training, intellectual property rights and licensing, critical communications and mission-critical public safety communications, broadband technologies, international standardisation and interoperability testing. He has more than 20 years of experience in the professional mobile radio industry, e.g. in development and testing of safety-critical communication systems, integration of command and control systems and end-to-end design of nationwide public safety systems. Harald was appointed chairman of the TCCA Technical Forum in 2006. The Technical Forum is responsible for the interoperability of TETRA equipment, including infrastructures, radio terminals and applications. He is now looking into interoperability aspects of Mission-Critical LTE.

Dr Barbara Held, Head of Directorate Operations, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS)

Barbara Held is currently Head of Directorate operations at the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) which is responsible for running the digital network and the tactical coordination with the users. She has joined the BDBOS in August 2012 as Head of Directorate General Affairs. Following her academic career in Communication Science at Freie Universität Berlin, Barbara Held was hired in 2000 by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) to work for the Federal Coordination Board for the ICT in the German Government (KBST). Among her tasks was the promotion of Open Standards as well as the management of several eGovernment projects. From 2004 to 2008 Barbara Held was seconded as National Expert to the European Commission (DG Entreprise and DG Informatics) covering various topics in the area of cross-border data exchange. Back in Berlin she became member of the unit “Police Information Matters” in the BMI,serving as head of the German delegation in the relevant EU-Council working groups (Schengen and DAPIX). In 2012 Barbara Held attended a six month course in “International Security Policy” at the German Federal Academy for Security Studies (Berlin). She holds a PhD in Communication Science and is board member and director of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA).

Faisal Nazir, Senior Solutions Architect, Motorola Solutions

Faisal has 20 years' experience in high technology and public safety. He has worked for Motorola Solutions, Booz Allen (Strategy&), Redhat, and worked in a number of sectors including Public Safety, Telecommunications, Finance, Media, Enterprise. Faisal has experience of Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Video Analytics, Safe Cities and Quantum Computing, and a Masters in Physics (Quantum Mechanics) - Imperial College.

Hannu Aronsson, Chair, TCCA Applications Working Group & Head of Applications Technology, Portalify Ltd

Hannu Aronsson is the chair of the TCCA Applications working group, and Head of Applications Technology at Portalify Ltd, part of Sepura and Hytera. Hannu Aronsson has extensive experience in mission critical data applications, from standardization to planning, designing, developing and deploying mission critical operational apps up to nationwide solutions.

Jeppe Jepsen, Director of International Business Relations, Motorola Solutions

Jeppe’s host organisation is Motorola Solutions and since joining Motorola in 1979 he has been involved in System Engineering, International Business, Marketing and Sales. His international experience ranges from the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America. He has been based in Chicago, Copenhagen and now Brussels. Jeppe has held several positions in the TETRA and Critical Communication Association right from the beginning in 1995 – he is a Director in Association and member of the Board and he acts as the TCCA Director of Broadband Spectrum. Jeppe is also the elected Chairman of PSC-Europe’s Spectrum group. His specialty is Public Safety; an area where he has spent the last 39 years of his career. Jeppe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Martin Whitcroft, Business Development Manager for Private Broadband Solutions, Motorola Solutions

Martin Whitcroft is the Business Development Manager for Private Broadband Solutions at Motorola Solutions, representing the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region. Martin is a Chartered Engineer with 27 years experience in many wire line and wireless communications technologies with specific focus on Public Safety LTE over the last 7 years. He is based in the United Kingdom and has had extensive business travel across Europe, Middle East and Africa where he has been instrumental in winning and delivering key Private Broadband Solutions.

Nick Smye, Principal Consultant, Mason Advisory

Nick Smye is a Principal Consultant with Mason Advisory. Nick has over 35 years’ experience in the communications industry. He previously worked in the electricity industry for nearly 10 years, where he gained valuable first-hand experience in the design, development and planning of mobile and fixed radio communications services. Nick now focuses on public sector, delivering major projects for clients including major emergency service organisations, and government departments. He is currently chair of the SCADA, Telemetry and Smart Grid Working Group.

Tero Pesonen, Board Member and Director, TCCA, and Chair, TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group

Tero Pesonen has been involved in various management and leadership tasks in global positions involving strong customer intimacy, strategic business orientation and wide-ranging solution development. He has been involved with the Professional Mobile Radio communication business since 1997 and in particular with promoting and organising TETRA Interoperability activities. Over the years he has acquired and developed a deep understanding of the models to use public safety applications. Most recently, Tero Pesonen has been involved in ground breaking work related to new opportunities in mission critical broadband. Tero works closely with major public safety and critical infrastructure operators and users in creating advanced solutions to meet mission critical requirements. Since September 2014 he is the chairman of the TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG) where he is strongly involved in bringing different stakeholders together to create a common critical broadband future. He is also a TCCA Board Member. Tero Pesonen holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Economics.

Terry Costa, VP Marketing and Business Development, Expway

Terry Costa is VP Marketing and Business Development at Expway, the Broadcast-Multicast expert and leader. Expway delivers content (talk, video, data) efficiently and cost effectively to the end-user devices, whether mobile or set-top boxes, with consistent high-quality-of-experience. Expway allows security agencies to make MC-PTT a reality and enables mobile carriers, device manufacturers, and content delivery networks to monetize the mobile video-streaming explosion. Terry is based on California. He brings Expway a wealth of marketing and business development experience, gathered through many years of growing start-ups from the unknown early stages to leaders in their market. Terry started his career at Hewlett Packard, and is a Carnegie Mellon University alumnus, where he received both his engineering degree and MBA.

Zoltan Wirth, Vice President and Head of Networks, Airbus Defence and Space, Secure Communications

Zoltan Wirth is Vice President and Head of Hybrid Networks at Airbus Defence and Space, Secure Communications. During the last 20 years, he held a number of international corporate and business unit leadership positions in the areas of telecommunication, security solutions and public sector related IT solutions and services. Prior to his current role, he had various global assignments within Airbus and Siemens AG, such as Head of Region Middle East and APAC, Head of Global Operations at Airbus Secure Land Communications, Head of Global Sales Civil and National Security at Siemens, Global Practice Leader Public Administration, Healthcare and Mobility within Siemens IT Solutions and Services, global Business Segment Leader Security Solutions of Siemens Building Technologies headquartered in Zug Switzerland. He is specialized in the fields of IT driven hybrid and security solutions, business transformation strategies and collaborative knowledge management. Zoltan Wirth studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical Universities of Karlsruhe, Vienna and Budapest. He currently lives with his family in Munich, Germany.

Simo Ruoko, Managing Director, Roger-GPS Ltd

Simo Ruoko is Managing Director of Roger-GPS Ltd. www.gps-repeating.com and Maktub Consulting Ltd. Roger-GPS Ltd. is the leading European GNSS repeater manufacturer, production in Finland and distribution in 65+ countries. Simo started as Roger-GPS managing director August 2011 and bought the company with Elina Avela (Beaconsim) Aug 2012. Maktub Consulting (from 2007) is focusing on developing SME companies strategy and go-to-market activities in exports. Simo is working with several mission critical market solution providers to open exports business outside Finland. Before starting as entrepreneur Simo has worked in business line management, business development, sales and product line management in various companies including Intel, DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), Nokia Networks (IN and TETRA business) and Emerson Network Power. Simo together with Elina Avela and Tero Pesonen are the three musketeers organizing the CCF http://criticalcommunicationsfinland.fi/ activities for critical communication conferences.

Tony Gray, Chief Executive, TCCA

Tony Gray has worked in the mobile communications industry throughout most of his career of over 40 years to date. During this time, he has held senior engineering, management, and consulting posts throughout Europe, the Middle East and around the world. He has worked as a consultant on a wide variety of public safety and other critical communications-related projects globally, and in June 2017, was appointed as CEO of TCCA, the global representative body for all those with an interest in the provision of wireless communication services in mission critical or business critical environments. Previously Tony was engaged as Regional Business Director with P3 Group, a highly regarded global communications engineering and consulting services provider. Preior to his appointment as CEO, Tony served as a board member and director of TCCA, and was founding chairman of TCCA's Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG). TCCA is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner (MRP) and is working with standards bodies including 3GPP and ETSO as well as other stakeholder groups worldwide to drive the development and adoption of common, global, mobile broadband technology standards and solutions for public safety and other critical communications users. TCCA is also engaged with global regulators to find appropriate, and as far as possible harmonsied, spectrum in which future critical communications broadband networks can operate.

Mladen Vratonjić, Chairman of the Board, TCCA

Mladen Vratonjić has more than three decades’ experience in telecommunications, including ten in public safety. He was responsible for all telecommunication systems for the Serbian police and fire brigades including the emergency call centres and Serbia’s public safety TETRA network. He is an expert of Geneva DCAF (Democratic Control of Armed Forces), former chair of the Western Balkans Telecommunications Committee for improvement of cross-border cooperation, and is vice-chair at EENA (European Emergency Number Association).

Steve Mills, Global VP Sales, Newtec

As Newtec’s Global VP Sales, Steve manages the whole sales cycle from first contact to business win. His expertise includes end-to-end communications platforms across a wide spectrum of business models, including critical communications, B2B, B2C and bespoke national infrastructure for Government and Defense. Prior to his role at Newtec, Steve served as Head of Sales, Secure Communications, at Airbus Defence and Space and previous to that as Senior Director Business Development in the Global Government team at Inmarsat. Before entering the commercial world, Steve had a 16-year military career during which he specialized in beyond line of sight communications, operations and information security. During this time, he held various posts including sea going operations, NATO appointments in the UK and Italy and embedded strategic and tactical support roles within UK’s central command, where he focused on satellite and mission critical communications.

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

Dr. Bego Blanco currently works as a lecturer and researcher in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her research interests include the application of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) frameworks to 5G networks, as well as the QoS assurance and multicriteria optimization of such complex environments. Recently, she has been more active in the deployment of Mission Critical verticals over 5G architecture. In this respect, she has participated in several 5G related R&D projects and, among them, she is currently involved in the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) www.mcopenplatform.org project.

Jochen Probst, Head of Division Radio Terminal Equipment Management, German Public Safety DIgital Radio (BDBOS)

After finishing his studies at the University Würzburg in 2001 Jochen Probst started his professional career at the mobile network operator Vodafone as a planning and project engineer in the department “Radio Network Planning“. In 2007 he became a consultant in the Hessian Department of the Interior with focus on the project digital radio network for Public Safety organizations. That was shortly followed by a position at the newly established Federal Agency for Public Safety Radio in Berlin in 2008. After contributing to various fields such as radio network planning and the network roll-out he became head of division “Terminal Equipment Management” in 2015. The division is responsible for the nation-wide harmonization of all radio terminals and control rooms and their relevant operational-critical and tactical-operational parameters. At the moment the development and introduction of new radio terminal models which support TETRA as well as broadband is his main focus.

Antti Kauppinen, Head of Department, Suomen Erillisverkot Oy

Antti Kauppinen has been working in State Security Networks Ltd. and VIRVE for 17 years. During those years Antti has held several positions. In his current position as Head of Department Mr Kauppinen is responsible for leading a project team that will able the public safety users to migrate from narrowband TETRA to commercial broadband services. Antti holds Master’s degree in Science (Economics) and Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Information Technology).

Thomas Bloem, Area Sales Manager, Swissphone Wireless AG

Thomas Bloem is responsible for the sales and marketing activities of Swissphone in the Benelux, Scandinavia and Middle East. He joined the company 2007 as Product Manager, where he managed the portfolio of Swissphones first generation of 2way paging terminals for emergency services. Prior to joining Swissphone, Thomas held different positions in the international product and project management at Phonak, Bernafon and Ascom.

Noel Kirklady, Business Development, Public Sector, Nokia

Noel Kirkaldy is responsible for Business Development in Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Public Sector Group of Nokia. Noel has over 30 years in the telecoms industry; having begun his career working in Europe and the US he has spent the past 25 years based in the Middle Eastern and African region. He works with commercial and public sector operators to provide commercial and market-facing expertise and engagement support for their end-to-end telecommunication and mission critical solutions. He has also been working with Governments and Regulators and associated Industry organisations to enable the allocation of additional spectrum that will be required to develop the commercial and public sector markets. Noel Kirkaldy has been instrumental in development of the use of Wireless Technologies to provide Commercial Mobile Broadband as well as Mission and Business Critical solutions in several markets in the EMEA region.

Nick Koiza, Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick leads Plextek’s business in the security market and acts as a trusted advisor on mission critical LTE communications and IoT-based safe cities solutions. He has a long and successful track record across global security & public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. Nick began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively. For more information please visit: www.plextek.com/markets/security

Selim Bouri, Vice-President and Head of Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific for Secure Land Communications at Airbus

Selim Bouri is currently the head of ME and APAC Regionals at AIRBUS Secure Land Communications, since 2017. He started his career in the Aerospace industry with Rockwell Collins on Flight Management/Avionics and Tacitical systems. He joined Nortel Networks in 2000 in Wireless Networks operations, working on the first 3G networks trials and roll our around the world with key projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. After multiple International assignments in the EMEA and APAC, he took global Wireless Bids and Marketing activities for EMEA and APAC in 2004. Selim took over global sales responsibility for the Middle East and Africa in 2007. He joined KAPSCH in 2011 as General Manager of the Middle East, Africa and Emerging Markets for Secured communications and Critical networks solutions, before joining Airbus Defence and Space.

Haitham BouZeineddine, Head of Bid for Secure Land Communications at Airbus

Haitham has over 20 years of experience across the telecommunication and public safety industries including bid and contract management, pre-sales support, solution design, and product development. Haitham’s international experience in North America, Europe, and the Middle East have shaped him to become a global leader who can support businesses develop their sales strategy, product portfolio evolution, and drive new business opportunities. Haitham is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Canada with specialization in Computer Science and Business Management. Upon graduation Haitham worked for Nortel Networks in Ottawa occupying various technical leadership positions including solution and product architecture. Haitham is currently working for Airbus Defence and Space as the Head of Bid Management and Pre-Sales Support for the Middle East and he is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Budoor Yahya Al Hosani, Senior Applications Engineer, Professional Communication Corporation - Nedaa

Mrs. Budoor Al Hosani is a Senior Applications Engineer in Professional Communication Corporation (Nedaa). Established by Government of Dubai in 2008, Nedaa works to improve the framework of private mission-critical network in Dubai from basic voice communication to data and visual communication among various organizations. Mrs. Budoor graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Dubai Women’s College in 2010. She maintained an outstanding academic achievement and was keen on researching in the field of Information Technology and Business, which leaded her to publish two research papers in IEEE - the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. In addition, she participated in numerous local competitions, conferences and programs, and graduated successfully in year 2011 from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development. In her earlier career back in 2008, she worked as an Assistant Project Manager in Roads and Transport Authority - Information Technology Department, where she gained knowledge and experience in managing IT and technical related projects as well as developing internal applications and solutions. Since 2013, she decided to complete her career journey with Nedaa, where she expanded her technical knowledge and skills base to cover Information and Communication Technology related applications.

Shehzad Khan, Business Development Lead, Public Sector Services MEA - Nokia

Shehzad Khan is Advanced Command Center Solutions Architect with Nokia and is responsible for Pre- Sales & Business Development for Public Sector solutions in the Middle East and Africa region. Shehzad has over 20 years of experience in the Telecoms and Public Safety industries in the region. He works with Public sector customers including Municipalities, Government entities and large Enterprise for their Smart City, Safe City and IOT solution requirements, built around Nokia's Integrated Operations Center and Advanced Command Center solutions.

Omar El Masri, System Engineering Manager - ME&CA, Motorola Solutions

Omar has more than 15 years experience in Public safety and wireless solutions, he has been working for Motorola solutions for 10 years supporting customers in the Middle East and Central Asia. Omar has lived and worked in various countries around the world e.g. Norway, Ireland, UK, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and UAE. Omar has a Masters degree in Digital Communication Systems from Loughborough University in the UK and is currently working for Motorola Solutions as System Engineering Manager for Middle East, Central Asia and Turkey.

Jukka Manner, Professor at Aalto University

Osku Sahlsten, Development Lead, Varjo Technologies Oy

Jeanette Kennedy, Director of International First Responder Network Authority

Jeanette has over 18 years of public policy experience in the information technology and telecommunications field. She joined the First Responder Network Authority in 2015 and has been a tireless advocate for public safety broadband, helping government and public safety leaders realize the vision and benefits of a nationwide public safety broadband network. These team efforts and actions were a critical part of First Responder Network Authority gaining unanimous “opt-in” decisions to deploy, operate, and maintain the radio access network in all 56 U.S. states and territories. She previously represented Fortune 500 companies and trade associations on matters ranging from technical regulation, standardization, trade, procurement, wireless mobility, broadband, and environmental compliance.

Mansoor Buosaiba, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Communication Corporation - Nedaa

Mansoor Buosaiba (Born Aug 1972) is the Vice Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Communication Corporation – Nedaa, one of Dubai Government entities which is established in 2008 under the law number 9. Nedaa objectives is to provide telecommunication services to all of Dubai government and semi Government and vital bodies to be used in their daily operations as well as to create telecommunication system to handle catastrophes, human and natural crises in line with Dubai government strategy. As a CEO, his role was to manage the corporate including strategic planning and implementation as well as ensuring all administration, financial and technical related policies are implemented and followed. Moreover, he is responsible for controlling the corporate resources such as Human, financial and technical resources. He has direct interaction with local departments and federal authorities and international such as TRA, and Tetra and Critical Communication’s Association (TCCA). Previously he worked as the Director of Administration department in Dubai Customs, overseeing different sections, such as project planning and development (responsible for all civil projects including Dubai Fishing harbors development in Dubai), administration services and special projects, facilities management, property management which includes income generating assets. Mansoor Buosaiba was the head of the purchasing and procurement committee in Dubai Customs. In 2004, he worked in Dubai Port Authority as a Business Information Officer where he was responsible for all of the port IT management systems development and enhancement. On the other hand, he was assigned as a project manager to deliver pre master plan for Khalifa Port and Free Zone in Abu Dhabi (2006) in 8 weeks’ time. From 1998 to 2004, Mansoor worked in Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company as Satellite Control Senior Engineer in Satellite Operations Department, he was an active member in Thuraya satellite manufacturing and launching phases. Later, his role was to monitor and manage Thuraya Satellites (D1,D2) in orbits. After graduation in 1995, he joined Dubai Port Authority as Communications and Network Engineer responsible to manage and develop IT infrastructure for Dubai Port Authority. Currently, Mansoor Buosaiba is a board member in many organizations, such as Professional Communication Corporation - Nedaa, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, and Dubai Smart Government Office. Mansoor Buosaiba completed his bachelor’s degree in United Arab Emirates from Etisalat Collage of Engineering - Sharjah (1995) and has an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Zayed University (2011). In 2007, he completed one year of Leadership Program from Wharton University, Pennsylvania, United State through Dubai Leaders Program which was sponsored by Dubai World.