Speakers 2019

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.

Alia AlSabt, Head of Business Development, Professional Communication Corporation, Nedaa

Alia Al Sabt is Head of Business Development of Professional Communication Corporation - Nedaa, the TETRA Network Operator in Dubai. Alia graduated from Zayed University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Integrated Communication (marketing, advertising and public relations). She has more than 10 years of marketing and public relations experience. Currently, she is responsible for the marketing and business development opportunities in the corporation.

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.

Marc Balliet, Public Safety Business Consultant, Nokia

Marc has spent his entire career with Alcatel, Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia. He held several management positions spanning from R&D on terminals to program management of wireless (2G, WiMax, 4G) network rollouts in various counties. Since 2016 he is focusing on business development for Critical Communications, helping public safety agencies use broadband networks and digital technologies to improve the effectiveness of first responders. Marc holds a Master's degree in Telecommunication and is PMP certified.

Angelo Benvenuto, Head of Marketing, Homeland Security, Leonardo, Leonardo

Angelo Benvenuto holds a degree in electronics from University of Genoa, Italy where he graduated cum laude in 1985. He started his career in Marconi Italiana and worked with several companies earning an extensive and composite experience in information and communication technology in a number of industry sectors ranging from transportation to services automation and manufacturing. In 2003 he joined SELEX Communications, now Leonardo, holding various positions in technical sales and marketing in both the military and professional sectors. Currently he is responsible for marketing for Homeland Security and professional communications is involved in project opportunities generation in sectors of professional communications security and command and control.

Arnie Beticon, Director for Engineering and Sales, Microdata Systems and Management

Arnie Beticon joined Microdata Systems and Management Inc in 2010, where he managed a division for unified collaboration solutions. He is presently the director for engineering and sales and is in charge of both local and international partnerships. He is responsible for overall operations, strategic planning, go-to strategies and innovation for overall solution architecture to cater to the company’s clientele. Experienced in many aspects of information technology, he has a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of technologies such as voice, video and data communications, network designs and security including wireless technologies, etc.

Bharat Bhatia, Head, International Spectrum and Regulatory Team, Motorola Solutions

Mr Bharat Bhatia has over 40 years of experience in Telecom and ICT policy, regulations and spectrum management. Mr Bhatia currently heads the International Spectrum and Regulatory Team at Motorola Solutions’ Government Affairs and leads a global team of spectrum and regulatory resources at Motorola Solutions. Mr Bhatia is also the President of ITU-APT Foundation of India and is leading India’s spectrum initiatives for 5G at the ITU and the APT. Mr Bhatia is also the Chair of the PPDR working groups under the ITU WP5D and the APT Task Group on PPDR. Mr Bhatia was a senior regulator with the Indian Government for 22 years as a spectrum regulator and Telecom policy specialist and was actively involved in the opening of the Indian telecom to the private sector. Mr Bhatia is an expert on spectrum, ICT policy, regulations, public safety and emergency and disaster relief communications. He was also responsible for developing India’s national frequency allocation plans. Mr Bharat Bhatia holds an engineering degree from University of Delhi in Telecommunications and is a fellow member of IETE and has completed management courses at National University of Singapore and George Washington University, USA.

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.

Francesco Calabrò, CTO, Cyber Security Division, Leonardo

As Product Manager, Francesco manages the family of products and solutions for control rooms and video analysis for safe cities, major events, critical infrastructures protection (oil & gas, utilities, ports, roads, airports) and border security management. As CTO, he manages the product evolution roadmap, defining the related innovation needs. In this position, his role is to also maintain current information about technology standards and compliance regulations (e.g. GDPR), to define the technological choices for the platform as per surveillance (radars, sonars, UAS, electro optics), perimeter security (fencing, intrusion detection systems, cameras, AI based video analysis), access control (including biometrics -face recognition- and screening and detection of dangerous substances), command and control, communications, cyber security (including cyber intelligence), security services (risk management, consulting and security forces). Francesco has been project manager for joint work on development in CCLS of automated adaptive stochastic control for the operating systems of buildings, campuses, micro-grids, cities and other collections of buildings at the Center for Computational Learning Systems in the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Christophe Calvez, Head of Security, Airbus Defence and Space SLC

Christophe is Head of Security at Airbus DS Secure Land Communications and a Senior Expert in security at Airbus. Since 2001, Christophe played a key role in the domain of critical communications where he held several leading positions within Airbus in development, security programme and business management. He has a deep understanding of security and mission critical communications industry due to his extensive involvement in TETRA, TETRAPOL, P25 and LTE. Christophe’s leadership and expertise helped achieve product and solution security certification as well as contribution to standardisation in ISO SC27, ETSI and 3GPP groups.

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

James Corkill, CTO, NSW Telco Authority

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.

Sohan Domingo, Software Solution and Strategy, Tait Communications

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

In December 2015, Trevor retired from the UK Home Office where he had been employed as the Operational Security Manager for the Airwave programme and latterly in some areas of its replacement the ESMCP programme. Prior to joining the Home Office, Trevor was a serving police officer for 32 years, having been engaged in a variety of operational roles. Trevor is Chair of ETSI Project TETRA WG6 (Security) and the TCCA Security and Fraud Prevention Group (SFPG) and, as such, has been appointed to perform the duties of the TEA2 Custodian on behalf of the TCCA.

Andrew Fletcher, Principal Engineer, H COM, HCOM Services & Contracting

Over 35 years in the public safety industry working for both suppliers and end user organisations. Has supported the deployment of TETRA systems for the Athens Olympics, Qatar MOI, Asian Games and the Royal Oman Police. Has supported the deployment of the Qatar MOI LTE network, and is the system designer for the Doha Metro and Lusail LRT public safety DAS systems.

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.

Andreas Gegenfurtner, President, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS)

President of the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS). Andreas Gegenfurtner was born on 30 June 1959 near Stuttgart. After acquiring his higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) in 1978, he joined the Baden-Württemberg police force. In 1987, he enrolled at the University of Applied Police Sciences in the State of Baden-Württemberg, where he obtained a degree in public administration in 1990. From 1990 to 1996, Andreas Gegenfurtner served in various capacities with the Land Police Headquarters Stuttgart. In 1996, he completed a further study programme at the German Police University in Münster. Subsequently, he served as police commander at the Land Police Headquarters in Tübingen. In 2004, Andreas Gegenfurtner joined the Ministry of the Interior of the State of Baden-Württemberg, where he initially served as policy officer for telecommunications. In 2006, he was appointed general project manager for the introduction of public safety digital radio in the State of Baden-Württemberg. From 2007 until mid-2016, he served as Vice-President of the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS). On 21 June 2016, Andreas Gegenfurtner was appointed President of the BDBOS.

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.

Catalin Gheorghiu, Business Product Manager, Airbus

Catalin has a deep understanding of mobile technologies due to his extensive experience in doing business with global consumer electronics companies. He has previously worked with Nokia, and Microsoft, holding a number of product management creation roles. Catalin’s expertise is particularly strong in product, innovation and business management. He has a track record of bringing a number of innovations successfully to the consumer and public safety market. Catalin has led the product development of award winner Tactilon Dabat, as well as new innovations in the area of mission critical field.

Kevin Graham, Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum

Kevin graduated as an Electronics Engineer and has 40 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales / marketing, executive management and advisory roles to private and public multinational companies. For the last 17 years he has run his management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been in mission critical telecommunications across APAC and USA serving enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail/transport and utility sectors. Kevin was the founding chairman of Critical Communication Industry Associations in Australasia (since 2000) and North America (2012-2015), past President and board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA). He remains a Director on the Australasian Critical Communications Forum and holds executive positions on the board of several companies in Singapore, Australia and specialist management advisory to private and public companies in Singapore, New Zealand and USA.

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 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. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Tony served as a board member and director of TCCA and was founder chairman 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.

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

Muhammad Hasan, Sales Director, MENA & Turkey, Cobham Wireless

With more than 10 years with Cobham Wireless, Muhammad Hasan is currently heading the sales team for the MENA and Turkey region based out of Dubai, UAE. He has extensive experience in delivering Cobham state-of-the-art wireless solutions to various projects in public safety, defence, oil & gas, transport and enterprise verticals across the region, covering wide range of technologies from FM, VHF, Tetra, GSM-R, GSM, UMTS, LTE to 5G.

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.

Ali Helenius, Head of Strategic Marketing and Technology, Airbus

Ali is a public safety professional with 30+ years experience from the international PMR business environment, including both operational and strategic activities. He has PMR business unit board memberships within both Nokia and Airbus, and has held senior management positions within different functional areas, covering various commercial, strategic and technical areas. Ali’s PMR career started in the late 1980's with analogue systems, the first proprietary systems and later MPT1327. He has had strong involvement within Nokia's TETRA business from day one, including the definition of Nokia's TETRA solution concept and driving the business programme which was the vehicle for Nokia's TETRA business entry. He has managed the TETRA networks product business within Nokia through the years of market growth, internationalisation and tough competition with Motorola. He has continued his involvement in the networks product business within Airbus with extended responsibilities including TETRAPOL and P25 business areas. He has been oriented towards strategy definition, business development and strategic cooperation during the past few years while these activities are the key for traditional PMR vendors within the forthcoming mission critical broadband era

Chris Hogg, Programme Manager, Global Certification Forum

Chris Hogg is the Programme Manager for Global Certification Forum (GCF) – the mobile industry’s device certification scheme. With over 300 member companies, GCF enables wireless products to be certified to industry agreed criteria. GCF certified products have an assured level of interoperability with networks worldwide. Prior to GCF, Chris actively participated in mobile standards negotiations in 3GPP, ETSI and ITU-T for a major infrastructure manufacturer. He is a Chartered Engineer and he holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a Master’s of Engineering degree from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Bidar Homsey, Director, Global Business Development, Mission Critical 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.

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.

Peter Hudson, Head of Global TETRA Terminals Product Line, Sepura

Peter is Head of Global TETRA Terminals Product Line at Sepura; responsible for product strategy, R&D, technical roadmaps, strategic partnerships and standards bodies including ETSI and 3GPP. He has been extensively involved in TETRA, DMR, LTE and enterprise applications strategy and development for Sepura. Peter has worked in mainstream telecommunications for public operators, SMEs and start-up companies, involving network management, broadband wireless and professional mobile radio for over 25 years. His involvement in TETRA has been on-going since 1994. Prior to joining Sepura, Peter held a variety of senior technical and operational positions at Radiant Networks, Simoco, Philips and BT Labs.

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.

Jason Karp, Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network

Jason Karp is one of the co-founders and principals of the Public Safety Network. In addition, Jason is Chief Legal Counsel for and serves on the Board of Secured Communications, which has created a universal platform through which all mobile device communications and applications can seamlessly integrate and run on a fully secure and encrypted basis. Jason brings more than 25 years of legal and business executive experience in the telecom, technology, media/advertising and public safety environments, having managed within large corporations, start-ups and the federal government, including the FCC, MCI and Accenture. Prior to starting the Public Safety Network, Jason was the General Counsel as well as a Senior Executive with FirstNet. In this capacity, Jason was responsible for interpreting the complex law that created FirstNet and developing and implementing the critical legal strategy and framework for successful deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. As one of the founders of the FirstNet team, Jason played a key role in architecting the first of its kind strategy and business model for creating a financially sustainable wireless broadband network to benefit public safety with dedicated and enhanced communications and tools, through a public-private partnership with industry valued at more than $40 billion. Jason received a BSE with honours in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a JD from New York University School of Law.

Jeanette Kennedy, International Liaison and Government Affairs, FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority)

Jeanette’s background is in public policy in the information technology and telecommunications fields. 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 realise 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 US states and territories. She previously represented Fortune 500 companies and trade associations on matters ranging from technical regulation, standardisation, trade, procurement, wireless mobility, broadband, and environmental compliance.

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.

Mika Laitinen, Security and Cryptography Architect, Airbus Defence and Space

Mika works as Security and Cryptography Architect for Airbus Defence and Space. He got his first BSc degree in Computers and Programming in 1993, then the second BEng degree in Information Technology in 1998 and the latest MEng degree is in the domain of Cyber Security. He has been working with embedded systems for over 25 years and for most of his years of experience he has worked on topics like Security architecture in mobile devices, technical risk assessments, threat modelling and product security certifications. Mika has also participated in the standardisation work in CEN, ETSI and 3GPP standardisation groups and he holds a patent in the area of mobile security.

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.

David Chater Lea, Fellow of the Technical Staff, Motorola Solutions

David is a senior technologist working for Motorola Solutions in the area of advanced system architecture and design, and a specialist in wireless communication system security. He is active in the standardisation of mission critical communications systems, and holds a number of positions of responsibility in that field, acting as vice chairman of ETSI TC TCCE, chairman of TC TCCE WG4, responsible for high speed data and broadband services, vice chairman of TC TCCE WG6, responsible for security, and vice chairman of 3GPP SA6, responsible for mission critical application design.

Andrew Lee, Business Development Director, SLW Supreme Landmobile and Wireless Corporation

Mr Andrew Lee serves as Group Finance Manager at SLW Group of Companies since 2004. He oversees all areas of finance and administration of the company and provides strategic analysis for the senior management team. He is also responsible for the SLW Group’s quality management system compliance to the ISO9001:2015 standard. In 2008, he was appointed as the Business Development Director of Segi Maju Consortium Sdn. Bhd. where he is actively involved in the company operations formulating business direction and strategies and facilitating company activity in sales, marketing, channels and support. Prior to his joining the company, he worked at a local auditing firm. He holds a Master’s degree in Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia.

Fidel Liberal, Associate Professor, University of the Basque Country

Sammy Loitto, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bittium

Stuart Longley, Senior Product Manager, TETRA Devices, Motorola Solutions

Stuart has over a decade of experience working in the two-way radio and telecommunications industry as a product manager and strategist, as well as project manager and solutions architect roles for organisations including Sepura, Zonith and the UK Ministry of Defence. Stuart has brought digital communications solutions to market for commercial, public safety, and military users. Stuart has a Master’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Bristol.

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.

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.

Tapio Mäkinen, Director, Airbus

Tapio Mäkinen earned his Master's of Science degree in 1988 from Helsinki University of Technology. He has an extensive background in IT software and the telecommunications industry. He has held various positions within Softline Technology, Nokia and Airbus. His responsibilities have included managing R&D projects, product management, business development and sales, innovation management, brand management and a wide range of marketing activities. He has worked intensively for mission critical communications solutions with TETRA, TETRAPOL, P25 and LTE users and industry partners throughout the last 20 years.

Georg Mayer, 3GPP Chair, Huawei

Eric Monchalin, VP, Head of Machine Intelligence , Atos

Eric Monchalin is VP, Head of Machine Intelligence at Atos. He is responsible for solidifying new technological and business directions for Big Data and Security Global Business Line. Eric’s career has been mainly built on numerous R&D positions in several companies, with experience in leading 100+ people organisations and managing multi tens of millions of Euros projects in international environments: technical presale, design, development and on site bring up. He is a technology-minded person who values wide range of skills and technological knowledge focused on customer wishes to turn them into reality.

Brian Murgatroyd, Consultant & Chair , ETSI TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution

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.

Lars Nielsen, General Manager, Global Certification Forum

Lars Nielsen is the General Manager for Global Certification Forum (GCF) – the mobile industry’s device certification scheme. With over 320 member companies, GCF enables wireless products to be certified to industry agreed criteria. GCF certified products have an assured level of interoperability with networks worldwide. GCF device certification is the foundation for reliable communication services, reducing time to market and providing testing against independently validated test equipment. Prior to joining GCF in 2013, Lars worked at Motorola for nearly 30 years, where he gained in-depth experience thanks to a career spanning development, testing, quality and compliance of mobile devices, as well as the management of international regulatory and policy issues. Lars is a well-known and respected figure within the mobile industry, having actively participated in the work of the GCF since the organisation was founded in 1999.

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.

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

Francesco has been working for Leonardo since 1997, being always involved in the professional mobile radio business and in particular TETRA product management and marketing. After many years of activities on TETRA standardisation in ETSI and even longer contributing to TCCA IOP activities as one of its pioneers, Francesco has been sitting on the TCCA board as one of the Direc-tors for five mandates (October 2006 – present). Since April 2018 Francesco has also been appointed as Chair of the TCCA TETRA Industry Group, driving the TETRA industry community on common marketing efforts in support of the TETRA standard and certain updates to the standard to ensure fit-for-purpose for at least the next 5-10 years.

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.

Shanthi Ravindran, Principal Architect, Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific

Ms Shanthi Ravindran is a Principal Architect at Motorola Solutions in APAC, responsible for Motorola’s public safety software portfolio in the Asia Pacific region. Shanthi has over 30 years of experience in design, deployment and operations of 3GPP wireless networks, software and services for operators across the Asia Pacific from 2G to 5G networks. She has researched the development of 3GPP services, virtualisation, orchestration, software-defined networking, IoT, analytics and AI over the past few years. She is currently working on the application of these technologies in public safety networks and safe city solutions. Shanthi holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Kerala in India and an executive MBA degree from Aalto University, Finland.

Ken Rehbehn, Directing Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

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.

Heikki Riippa, Senior Adviser, Suomen Erillisverkot Oy

Heikki is a critical communications professional. During his years in the Finnish National Police Forces he acted in different roles on developing and coordinating ICT and mobile technologies. He also coordinated the international law enforcement technology cooperation for law enforcement agencies in the EU as an ENLETS Core Group Member and NCP. He has over 40 years’ experience (28 years in police) working on radio communications and on information technology in different roles (operator, specialist, CIO, CTO). Since the mid-1990s, Riippa has been a member of EU Council workgroups (SCHENGEN TELECOM, LEWP Radio Communication Expert Group) and other cooperation forums for mission critical communications (eg Public Safety Radio Group). Riippa was also a member of the team who procured and launched the TETRA network for Police and other PPDR agencies during the 1990s. Under his supervision (CIO and Director for Police Data Management Agency, 8 years) the first-generation mobile field command system was developed and implemented for police, fire brigades and military use. As a director/co-director of the Police Technical Centre (6 years), among a wide range of police technology procurement and logistics, he supervised police car production with all necessary communication technology and ICT solutions. During his last year in force, Heikki was working on the H2020 funded BroadMap project as a work package leader. Heikki Riippa holds an MSc from the Oulu University Information Processing Science Institute (1995).

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.

Wei Rong, Head of Bid Management and Technical Sales Support, Airbus SLC, APAC

Wei has over 15 years experience in the critical communications industry. She has participated in the process of China's digital trunking industry standardisation, as well as leading the design works for multiple large-scale TETRA networks in the region. Wei also has a wealth of experience in supporting top international events including the Olympic Games, Asia Games, Universidad and Youth Olympic Games.

Tapio Savunen, Director, Strategic Marketing, Airbus

Tapio Savunen works as Director, Strategic Marketing in Airbus Defence and Space in the domain of critical communications. He has been working within the ICT industry for over 25 years. Before Tapio joined Airbus Defence and Space, he worked for Nokia Corporation for many years, where he held several leading positions within programme and business management. Tapio holds an MSc from the Helsinki University of Technology and many international patents have been granted to him in the domain of mobile communications.

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.

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.

Andrew Sinclair, Corporate Vice President, Motorola Solutions

Andrew Sinclair is Corporate Vice President and General Manager for the Software Business of Motorola Solutions. He is responsible for revenue and growth of the business as Motorola Solutions transforms to a cloud software, services, and devices company. His team is dedicated to delivering innovation through our software products and services to enable customers to work more efficiently and effectively to make lives better and to save lives. Since joining Motorola Solutions in 2017, Andrew has formed the Software Business, focusing on applications to serve in the areas of emergency call handling, unified communications, command & control, records & evidence, enterprise security, software deployment, and go-to-market. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Staffordshire University in the UK. Andrew has over 18 years of experience making real-time collaboration and communication tools at Skype and Microsoft. Prior to joining Motorola, Andrew was General Manager of Skype, Skype for Business, and Microsoft Teams at Microsoft.

Mika Skarp, Founder & CEO, Cloudstreet

Cloudstreet Founder and CEO, Mika Skarp is an awarded telecom network technologist, entrepreneur and executive. After a decade and a half developing groundbreaking technology-enabled business models for Nokia, Mika consolidated his learnings, experience and patents to launch Cloudstreet, the world’s first application-aware network slicing platform. An executive engineer at Nokia both in Finland and later in Silicon Valley, Mika was the founding president of the WiMAX forum; a consortium of companies and business leaders focused on supporting and promoting the standard. Whilst at Nokia, he headed up Village Connection, a novel programme dedicated to expanding wireless coverage in remote regions in the developing world. A guest member of 3GPP, Skarp is active in the telecom industry as a writer, commentator and mentor focused on digital transformation in support of net neutrality and a common, free and open internet. The founding president of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon IEEE Standard 802.16, Skarp has built a strong international network of players focused on leveraging technology to connect the world and the people in it, wherever they are. Skarp lives with his wife, son and two daughters from their home in Espoo, Finland.

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.

Alex Stefan, Head of Public Safety, Industry and Government, Telstra Corporation

Based in Brisbane, Alex leads a team that specialises in critical communications and industry capabilities in the government and public safety domain. A public safety and security industry veteran with over thirty years’ experience, Alex has held various senior executive leadership roles in Government including as CIO of the Department of Emergency Services in Queensland Government. He brings a broad understanding of government, public safety and security and other industries and related industry ICT issues, as well as experience across a range of ICT disciplines. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science from Griffith University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Technology, Motorola Solutions

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

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.

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.

Mladen Vratonjic, Chair, TCCA

Mladen Vratonjić has more than thirty-five years’ experience in telecommunications, including fifteen years 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 Vice-President at EENA (European Emergency Number Association); also used to work as an expert for Geneva DCAF (Democratic Control of Armed Forces), as public safety specialist at Motorola Solutions and served as Chair of the Western Balkans Telecommunications Committee for improvement of cross-border cooperation.

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 telecommunications, 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.

Jolly Wong, Visiting Professor, Shanhai University

Jolly is a Visiting Professor, attaching to the Institute of Smart City, Shanghai University; and the School of Telecommunications Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He is elected as a Policy Fellow at the Center for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (2016-2018). As the Chief Technology Officer of the Hong Kong Police (HKP), Jolly had oversight of ICT policies formulation and rollout of strategic imperatives. He is the innovator of the Finance-Operate-Own-Share “FOOS” business model, which has brought synergy by means of public and private sectors partnership to resolve major technology problems for HKP and to bring business benefits for both parties. The model is internationally recognised as an industry-wide success that has potential worldwide application. He clinched the Best Innovation Award at the International TETRA Awards in 2012, and the Ken Goulding Prize for Professional Excellence in 2015 from Middlesex University in London. Jolly has distinguished himself in the technology profession by receiving the Outstanding Contribution to TETRA Award in 2008, for his stewardship of mission-critical, large-scale, complex technology programmes. He continues to inspire and influence the mission critical industries globally.