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Christoph Aeschlimann

CTO & CIO

Swisscom

Christoph is a member of the Group Executive Board and, in his role as CTO and CIO, has been head of the IT, Network & Infrastructure division since 1 February 2019. Aeschlimann studied computer science at the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and holds an MBA from McGill University in Canada. With more than 20 years’ experience in the software, IT and consulting industry, Aeschlimann had a number of management roles prior to joining Swisscom, most recently as CEO of consultancy ERNI Group AG.  

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Martin Taylor

CTO

Metaswitch Networks

Martin Taylor is chief technical officer of Metaswitch Networks. He joined the company in 2004, and headed up product management prior to becoming CTO. Previous roles have included founding CTO at CopperCom, a pioneer in Voice over DSL, where he led the ATM Forum standards initiative in Loop Emulation; VP of Network Architecture at Madge Networks, where he led the company’s successful strategy in Token Ring switching; and business general manager at GEC-Marconi, where he introduced key innovations in Passive Optical Networking. Martin has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. In January 2014, Martin was recognized by Light Reading as one of the top five industry “movers and shakers” in Network Functions Virtualization.

Juan Carlos Garcia Lopez

SVP Technology & Ecosystems

Telefonica

Juan Carlos is SVP Technology and Ecosystem at Telefonica global CTIO unit, leading technical projects like edge computing, private networks or network slicing. He is in charge of Telefonica’s participation in standardization bodies and industry fora (O-RAN, ETSI, 3GPP, etc). He represents Telefonica at the GSMA Technology Group and is chairman of the GSMA Telco Edge Cloud taskforce. He has taken other VP positions at Telefonica GCTIO unit over the years:  Technology and Architecture (2017-19), Radio Access (2016-17), Transport Optimization (2015-16), Operations and Plans (2010-11), Transport, Architecture and Plans (2008-9), Fixed Access (2006-7). He has worked in different Telefonica companies along his career: VP Engineering Access & Transport Telefónica Germany (2011-14), director Technical & Business Development Telefonica Data Europe (Italy 2000-2, Germany 2003-5), Manager Operations & Resources Telefonica Latam (1998-2000), Senior R&D Engineer Telefonica R&D (1990-97). During 1997 he worked at BellCore Labs (NJ, USA) in TINA-C, an international research project. He has a Telecom Engineering degree from the Politechnical University of Madrid and worked as associate professor of Computer Science at Carlos III University in Madrid, from 1990 till 1997. 

Alex Kazbegi

Group Chief Strategy Officer

VEON

Yogesh Malik

Independent Consultant

Previously CTO, VEON ​

John Strand

CEO

Strand Consult

John Strand has a background in sales and marketing in IT and publishing and has been consulting on strategies, sales and marketing since 1989, ending in the early 1990’s as a partner at a consultancy company. In 1995 John founded Strand Consult solely focused on the telecom sector, analysing markets and market trends, publishing reports and holding executive workshops that have helped mobile operators, mobile services providers, etc. all over the world focus on their business strategies and maximizing the return on their investments.  John is one of the best-known consultants in the business. Anyone who has met John knows that he always speaks his opinion. Being honest – and giving his honest opinion on current issues in the telecom industry has become John’s trademark – even when it means being controversial or treading on a toe or two. 

Johannes Opitz

VP Commercial Roaming Services

Deutsche Telekom

Johannes is an experienced TMT executive with a passion for delivering outstanding and trackable results. He has solid experience leading large global negotiations and concluding strategic partnerships with the world’s major telecom groups. He is at his best when setting strategy while inspiring teams to deliver results that exceed expectations.

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Steve Jarrett

SVP Data & AI Unit

Orange

Wim Bouckenooghe

Director Core & Communication Solutions

Proximus

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Matteo Gatta

Director Technology Strategy & Innovation

Proximus

ANNIE TURNER

Editor

Mobile Europe & European Communications

Annie Turner has researched and written about telecoms since the late 1980s in a number of roles — as editor of business titles including for International Thomson and The Economist Group, contributor to national newspapers such as The Times and FT, and as an analyst for Market Mettle and Current Analysis.
John Davies

John Davies

Chief Researcher

BT

Professor John Davies is Chief Researcher in BT’s Applied Research department, where he leads a team focused on IoT technologies. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Open University and University of Hull, UK. His current research interests include the application of IoT and semantic technologies to smart cities, smart energy grids, business intelligence and information integration.

John co-wrote the Hypercat IoT standard and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, is the inventor of several patents and i a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

Simon Dredge

Senior Director - Technical Marketing

Metaswitch Networks

John Davies

John Davies

Chief Researcher

BT

Professor John Davies is Chief Researcher in BT’s Applied Research department, where he leads a team focused on IoT technologies. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Open University and University of Hull, UK. His current research interests include the application of IoT and semantic technologies to smart cities, smart energy grids, business intelligence and information integration.

John co-wrote the Hypercat IoT standard and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, is the inventor of several patents and i a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

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