Speakers 2018

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 has recently been 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 he was engaged as Regional Business Director with P3 Group, a highly regarded global communications engineering and consulting services provider. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Tony served as a board member and director of TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG). TCCA is working with standards bodies including 3GPP and ETSI as well as other stakeholder groups worldwide to drive the development of common, global, mobile broadband technology standard 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, harmonised spectrum in which future critical communications broadband networks can operate.

Jeppe Jepsen, Board Director, TCCA

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 TCCA right from the beginning in 1995 – he is a Director and member of the Board and he acts as 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.

Mladen Vratonjic, Chair, 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 for 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).

Kevin Graham, Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum

Francesco Pasquali, Chair, TETRA Industry Group (TIG), TCCA

Philippe Agard, Chair, Broadband Industry Group (BIG), TCCA

Philippe Agard has been Vice President of Public Safety and Defence Markets at Nokia since 2013. He also chairs the critical communications Broadband Industry Group (BIG) a working group of The Critical Communications Association (TCCA), formed to encourage broadband vendor cooperation in the development of common global critical communications solutions. As such, he is a board member of TCCA. Philippe has spent his entire career within Alcatel, Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia. He previously held several positions of director in the Mobile Networks Business Group, finance and vertical markets activities. Philippe graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) in France and gained an International Diploma from Imperial College (London) and a Diploma of Advanced Economic Studies (DEA) from Dauphine, Paris. He also graduated from IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale), which translates as the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence, in 2013.

Trevor Evans, Chair, Security and Fraud Prevention Group (SFPG), TCCA

Tero Pesonen, Chair, Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), TCCA

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. Most recently, Tero 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. He has been the Chair of the TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG) since September 2014, 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 holds Master’s of Science degrees in electrical engineering and in economics.

Robin Davis, Chair, Transportation Working Group, TCCA

Robin Davis is an independent government 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 is currently Chairman of the TCCA Transportation Group, a role he has undertaken for the last ten years.

Nick Smye, Chair, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Group (SCADA), TCCA

Nick Smye is a Principal Consultant with Mason Advisory. Nick has more than 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 TCCA’s SCADA, Telemetry and Smart Grid Working Group and has written a number of articles and whitepapers on IoT related subjects.

Hannu Aronsson, Chair, Apps Working Group, TCCA

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

Harald Ludwig, Chair, Technical Forum, 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.

Barbara Held, Head of Directorate, Strategy and Central Management, BDBOS

Barbara Held is currently Head of Directorate – General Strategy and Central Management at the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS). This department is the single point of contact for all end-user requirements and requests. In addition, it is responsible for the implementation of the agency’s strategy and the further development of the public safety digital radio network. Barbara joined the BDBOS in August 2012 as Head of Directorate - General Affairs. Following her academic career in Communication Science at Freie Universität Berlin, Barbara 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 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 “Police Information Matters” Unit in the BMI, serving as Head of the German delegation in the relevant EU-Council working groups (Schengen and DAPIX). In 2012, Barbara 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 a TCCA Board Member and Director.

Adrian Scrase, CTO & Head of Mobile Competence Centre, ETSI & 3GPP

Adrian played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Coordination 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 standardisation.

Nina Myren, Head of Section, Department for Public Safety Communications, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)

Nina Myren is Head of Section in the Department for Public Safety Communications in the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection. She has had different leadership roles in connection with the establishment of and later business development in the Norwegian nationwide TETRA-network, Nødnett. Nina Myren has an MSc from NTH and holds a Master's degree in Technology Management and Telecom Strategy from NTNU.

Terrance Lai, Senior Telecom Manager, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Mr Terrance Lai, Senior Telecom Manager at CLP Power Hong Kong Limited oversees all telecommunications infrastructures and services, including fibre optic, microwave, data communications, telephony and radio networks, covering 100+ transmission substations and thousands of distribution substations where hundreds of 11kV Pole Mount Switches are communicating seamlessly through TETRA over a decade of operation. Mr Lai has been in telecommunications field for over 20 years with extensive experience from erection of communications infrastructure to operation of all telecommunications networks in CLP Power. CLP Power is the Hong Kong utility subsidiary wholly owned by CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia. CLP Power operates a vertically integrated electricity supply business in Hong Kong, and provides a highly reliable supply of electricity and excellent customer services to 6 million people in its supply area.

Alexander Van Overveld, Head of Public Sector, Global Services Portfolio, Nokia

Alexander Van Overveld leads Nokia’s public sector services portfolio business development effort. He engages with government entities across the world on the advances and benefits of telecommunications to improve the services they deliver to their citizens and agencies, with a strong focus on public safety and smart cities.

KyuHyoung Park, ICS Engineer, Daeyang Electric Co Ltd

Mr Park is an ICS (integrated communication system) engineer and a member of ICS development team of Daeyang. Daeyang has provided the ICS to most warship and submarine of R.O.K Navy for over twenty years. He began his career as the engineer at the Daeyang after graduation from university. He has participated in various ICS project for submarine and warship of the R.O.K Navy and overseas. He is handling several projects as project leader.

Mohd Rozaimi Abdul Ghani, Principal Engineer, Sapura

Rozaimi is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University who has been working in software development for 20 years, and still very much gets a charge out of designing and writing code. His accomplishments have ranged from embedded firmware to telecommunications systems, mobile/radio devices, client-server and desktop applications. His focus in the last 10 years has been in public safety and critical communications, since he was hired to lead the software R&D for Sapura’s GIRN network evolution.

Shakir Badri Serpudin, Project Director, Sapura

Shakir Badri Serpudin is from Sapura and is based in Malaysia. He has extensive experience in technology management, project delivery, system engineering, business development and finance across multiple industries, namely telco, defence & security, and railway. In his current role as the Project Director of Sapura Rail Systems, Shakir strategically oversees, monitors and manages the design, integration and implementation of various communication systems in meeting the mission critical requirements of railway operations in Malaysia. Shakir holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Mohd Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Senior Manager at Malaysia Airports, Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Johan Foldøy, Head Engineer, Technology Department, Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)

Johan Foldøy currently holds a position as Head Engineer in the Technology Department of Nkom, the Norwegian regulator. Nkom surveys and regulates the domestic providers of electronic communications. Prior to joining Nkom in 2007, Johan was co-founder and partner in a vendor-independent technology training provider company. In his current position, staying on top of mobile technology development and how this affects the market and end-users, are important topics. Johan attends 3GPP RAN and SA Plenary, ETSI STQ, ITU-T and BEREC – the European regulator’s group. He has an MSc in mobile radio and computer communications.

Tor Helge Lyngstøl, Special Adviser, The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)

Tor Helge Lyngstøl (MSc) is Special Adviser at The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB). He has formerly had the overall responsibility for conducting all activities related to realisation of the present nationwide TETRA-based Nødnett, including preparations for political decisions. He is now responsible for DSB's work to ensure that PPDR organisations in Norway get access to suitable systems for critical broadband communication in the future. DSB is a state body under the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. DSB is working to prevent crises, accidents and other undesirable incidents, and ensure sound emergency preparedness and efficient accident and crises management. DSB is responsible for Nødnett on behalf of the Norwegian Government.

Ged Robinson, Region Director, Goodmill Systems Ltd

Ged Robinson is a telecommunication professional specialising in mission critical and public safety communications. Beginning in the 1980's with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service as a communications officer, he has worked with public safety and emergency response organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. His career has spanned multiple telecom domains and technologies from HF and VHF radio, analogue trunked systems, TETRA, 3G, network management systems and transport networks, and now enterprise LTE. He has a professional qualification in information systems analysis and design, and he works with Goodmill Systems Ltd, enabling MC broadband for the most demanding users.

Ryan Darrand, IHS Markit

Terry Burnworth, President, Pyramid Architecture/Engineering & Pyramid Consulting

Terry is an architect and owner of Pyramid Consulting. Terry has been involved in hundreds of control center-PSAP consolidations and procurements. He has presented at APCO international, APCO Canada, and IWCE on public safety communication (PSC) procurement methodologies. Before starting his own AE + consulting firm, Terry was an instructor and professor at two universities. Terry has a BS in psychology, BArch, and MS. In his limited spare time, Terry owns a farm that has become a zoo with over sixty assorted and unique animals.

Sammy Loitto, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bittium

Pauline Chan, Lead Architect, Motorola Solutions

Dr Pauline Chan is the Lead Architect for Motorola Solutions and is responsible for defining technical analysis and solutions for TETRA systems. She has more than 15 years of experience in research and development of telecommunications systems through involvement in several European and International research projects. She is an External Consultant to the European Commission and has previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in the UK. She has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications in international journals, conference and research reports. Her research interests are in the areas of heterogeneous networks and public safety networks, focusing on mobility, security and QoS management

Mika Skarp, Networking Slicing Specialist, Cloudstreet

Emmanuelle Villebrun, Lead Technical Architect, French Ministry of Interior

Emmanuelle Villebrun joined the French Ministry of Interior in 2007. She had previously been working for Orange Labs in Paris as a research and development engineer and then as a project manager. Her working areas were radio access networks (GSM, UMTS, LTE, WiFi, WiMaX) and fixed-mobile-internet convergence. She is co-author and owner of several publications and patents. Since 2007 she has been working on communication infrastructures for the French Ministry of Interior, considering fixed networks as well as PMR networks. She initiated PMR TETRAPOL networks evolutions towards standards based on LTE through active contributions at international level (TCCA, 3GPP). After having led a phase 1 architecture for mission critical broadband communications, she is now working as an expert of the phase 2 broadband critical communications network developed in the French Ministry of Interior.

Jason Johur, Vice-Chair, TCCA Broadband Industry Group

Pierre Tane, Next Generation Mission Critical Networks Solutions Expert, Kapsch CarrierCom

As a solution-oriented Railway Dedicated Networks (RDN) Telecoms Engineer, Pierre has 15+ years of professional experience in designing and implementing complex end-to-end solutions for public and railway telecommunication networks. His strength is to never lose focus on the seamless integration and evolution between existing systems and emerging standards and to seek innovative solutions to increase networks resiliency. That is why Pierre oversees and designs concepts for the seamless migration of GSM-R networks to IP and FRMCS and is leading the definition of our next generation mission critical networks solutions aimed at public safety networks, as well as private networks for vertical industries such as utilities or public transport authorities.

Bidar Homsey, Director, Global Business Development, Mission Control Networks, Ericsson

Bidar Homsey is a telecommunications industry senior executive and has extensive experience in Public Safety and Security solutions, mobile radio technologies, as well as the management and operations of carrier and private wireless networks. Prior to joining Ericsson, Bidar has held independent ICT consultant positions, and at Telstra she held the position of the General Manager for Public Safety & Security Products. Bidar has achieved recognition for developing solutions for complex user requirements through her knowledge of the industry and understanding user requirements, technologies and business frameworks to deliver customer focused outcomes. Over the past 20 years, Bidar has worked closely with emergency service organisations and she is a public safety customer champion.

Ahmed Laslah, Director Global Business Development, Mission Critical Networks, Ericsson

Ahmed Laslah is a senior domain solution sales professional with more than 12 years of experience in mission-critical communications. Ahmed’s career achievements have ranged from delivering complex technical assignments addressing architectural and functional requirements through to business and solution development. His focus is now on costumer business development enabling business to transition from narrowband to the next generation broadband networks for mission-critical communications.

Randy Richmond, Standards and Regulatory Speiclaist, Zetron Inc

Randy Richmond started working for Zetron shortly after graduating with a BSEE degree in 1981. Since then, Randy has architected Zetron’s first and second generation radio dispatch and 911 call taking solutions, served as product manager for both product lines, and is presently Zetron’s Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Broadband Push To Talk Product Manager, and Broadband Strategy Advisor to Zetron’s parent company JVC Kenwood Corporation. Randy chaired, co-chaired and is participating in a number of NENA, APCO, NPSTC, NFPA, iCERT, PSTA and TIA TR8 Project 25 standards and requirements committees. Randy is a licensed professional engineer.

Sami Honkaniemi, CVO & Co-Founder, Mentura Group

Sami Honkaniemi has been working in the telecommunications business for more than 20 years and with critical communications networks since 2000. He co-founded Mentura Group and is currently its chief visionary officer (CVO). Mentura Group is a leading provider of service management solutions for critical communications, currently pioneering with automation solutions and migration to LTE. During his career, Sami has been deeply involved in developing the platforms and solutions for systems management and data applications on PMR systems for improving the efficiency and security of mission-critical operations. He has extensive experience in specifying, developing and deploying end-to-end architectures for network operations and various different end-user domains. His concrete approach in addition to his considerable experience and technical knowledge, have made him also a highly valued speaker in industry events.

Andrew Sinclair, Coroprate Vice President, Motorola Solutions

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

Zoltan Wirth is Vice President and Head of Hybrid Networks at Airbus Defence and Space, Secure Communications. During the last 20 years, he has 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 specialised 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.

Paul Steinberg, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions

Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Motorola Solutions, leads the company’s technology and intellectual property strategy as well as the strategic venture capital investment activities. Paul joined Motorola in 1992 as a senior software development engineer in the wireless infrastructure group. Prior to his current position, he was chief architect for carrier broadband wireless infrastructure products in Motorola’s network infrastructure unit. Paul serves on technical advisory boards for multiple companies and is a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory. Before joining Motorola, Paul was a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked on operating system development.

Francesco Calabrò, CTO, Cyber Security Division, Leonardo