2018 Advisory Board & Speakers

  • Chris Althaus
    Chief Executive Officer, AMTA

    Chris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005.

    AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering all aspects of the mobile ecosystem such as telecommunications policy, mobile network infrastructure, radiofrequency spectrum, health & safety, product stewardship / e-waste and recycling, national security, content regulation and consumer awareness & education.   

    Prior to joining AMTA, Chris held Chief Executive roles with leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry and the Australian forests and forest products sector.

    Chris has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University; Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra; and Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

  • John Baker
    SVP / 5G Business Development , Mavenir

    Dallas-based John is a veteran of the mobile industry, a board member for 5G Americas, and a sought-after industry speaker. He heads up the business development team at Mavenir, a software company intent on disrupting the market.

    A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change the way operators think about the deployment of their wireless infrastructure—taking a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

    Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies including GM Mobility Infrastructure, Spirent Communications, VP& GM Network Solutions, CommScope, VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia and VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an honors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.

  • Professor Iain Collings
    Deputy Dean, School of Engineering, Macquarie University

    Iain has over 20 years’ experience in research, development and teaching. He has held positions of: Head of Department and Professor of Engineering at Macquarie University; Deputy Chief of Division at CSIRO; Research Director and OCE Science Leader of the Wireless and Networking Technologies Laboratory at the CSIRO ICT Centre; Associate Professor at the University of Sydney; Lecturer at the University of Melbourne; and Research Fellow in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing. He has published over 300 research papers in the area of wireless communications, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

  • Maurie Dobbin
    Managing Director, Teleresources Engineering

    Maurie is the founder and Managing Director of TeleResources. He possesses over thirty years of experience in telecommunications markets and is an acknowledged expert in the wireless communications industry. Maurie has consulted to many of the world’s international telecommunications operators, major manufacturers and government organisations since 1981. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on topics ranging from business strategy through technology developments to providing superior customer service. Maurie has many years of experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams engaged in major telecommunications technical studies and projects.

  • Jessica Gilroy
    Founder, Catalyst VR

    Jessica specialises in creating 360 video content for brands and their agency partners including the likes of Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Jameson Whiskey and Time Out as well as VR activations for Taste Festival, TAB and Cricket Australia.

    She began her love affair with VR over fifteen years ago when she was first introduced to the medium at the London College of Communications and later during her Film degree at the University of Westminster, however the technology had a long way to go back then.

  • Julian Gorman
    Head of Strategic Engagement for Asia, GSMA

    Julian is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of experience working in the mobile industry leading Group and operator business transformation initiatives and establishing new digital business opportunities.

    He has pioneered new business and innovation in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. He has always been at the forefront of establishing partnerships and disrupting conventional business models including launching award winning start up programs in Indonesia and Myanmar.

    Julian has been recognised for his innovation in digital women, health and agriculture services with industry awards and grants. He now leads the Strategic Engagement team in APAC engaging CxO leaders across the region to optimise member participation and commitment to GSMA programs while providing a trusted channel for exchange of ideas, priorities and focus.

    Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia and is now based in Singapore..

  • Toby Harris
    Regional Representative, MulteFire Alliance (Asia Pacific) - Sydney

    Toby Harris is the Head of Sales for Nokia’s Oceania Market Unit, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  He commenced in the role on 1 February 2018.

    Toby was previously based out of Hong Kong, where he was responsible for Nokia’s global business with CK Hutchison, a multi-national conglomerate that includes the “3” group of operators. He has a strong telco sales and management background that spans over 20 years across Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Joining Nokia in 1995, Toby began in GSM R&D in the UK, before moving to Australia in 1998 where he held several roles, including the local CTO. He remains passionate about the ever-changing role in society that the communication industry has, and the need to develop this ecosystem further to fulfil its potential as 5G emerges.

    Toby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Surrey University. He is a dual Australian / UK citizen and lives in Sydney with his family.

  • Latif Ladid
    Chair, 5G World Alliance (Luxembourg)

    Currently, Latif is the Chair of 5G World Alliance, the Chair of IEEE COMSOC IoT and 5G sub-Committees, the Chair of ETSI IPv6 ISG and the Co-Chair of  IEEE COMSOC SDN-NFV subcommittee

    He works on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects: 6INIT, First Pioneer IPv6 Research Project; 6WINIT, Euro6IX, Eurov6, NGNi, Project initiator of SEINIT, and SecurIST.

    Among his projects, he initiated the EU project u-2010 to research Emergency & Disaster and Crisis Management. He also re-launched the Public Safety Communication Forum, and supported the new IPv6++ EU Research Project called EFIPSANS, and the new Safety & Security Project using IPv6 called Secricom.  He has co-initiated the new EU Coordination of the European Future Internet Forum for Member States called ceFIMS.

    He holds the following positions: President and Founder of IPv6 FORUM, Chair, European IPv6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society, Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award.

    Latif is also a Member of 3GPP PCG, 3GPP2 PCG, Vice Chair, IEEE ComSoc EntNET, Member of UN Strategy Council, member of IEC Executive Committee, Board member of AW2I, Board Member of Nii Quaynor Institute for Research in Africa, and member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg.

  • Alvin Lee
    Senior Analyst, Telsyte

    Alvin is an experienced industry analyst covering the area of information technology, telecommunications and media, with a current focus on the mobile sector. Specialties: Market Intelligence, Industry Analysis, Telecommunications, Mobile, Market Research, Forecasting

  • Yonghui Li
    ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney

    Yonghui received his PhD degree in November 2002. Since 2003, he has been with the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications, the University of Sydney, Australia. Li is now a Professor and Director of Wireless Engineering Laboratory in School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the Australian Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2008 and the Australian Future Fellowship in 2012.

  • Satoshi Nagata
    Vice Chairman & Manager, 3GPP TSG-RAN & NTT DOCOMO (Tokyo)

    Satoshi received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2003, he joined NTT DOCOMO, INC. He worked for the research and development for wireless access technologies for LTE, LTE-Advanced. He is currently a senior research engineer working for 5G and 3GPP standardization. He had contributed to 3GPP over 10 years, and contributed 3GPP TSG-RAN WG1 as a vice chairman during November 2011 to August 2013, and also contributed as a chairman during August 2013 to August 2017. He is currently a vice chairman of 3GPP TSG-RAN since March 2017.

  • Amish Patel
    Lead Rail Systems Manager, Transport for NSW

    Amish is an experienced communications industry executive with over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications and Transport industry primarily within the transport sector. As the Lead Rail Systems Manager he is responsible to ensure that the most appropriate technology solutions are used across all of the TfNSW project portfolios and meet the current and future requirements for TfNSW and currently manages the Technology and Telecommunications teams with TfNSW.

    Prior to this role Amish has delivered key Technology outcome while working with some of the largest and highest profile projects in the industry including the ECRL (Epping to Chatswood Rail link) $2.7 Billion, NWM (North West Metro) $ 12 Billion, and SWRL (South West Rail link) $2.1 Billion, IWLRE (Inner West Light Rail Extension), Power Supply Upgrade $ 1 Billion, New Intercity Fleet $2.2 Billion and variety of other significant projects.

  • Adam Poulton
    One Gigabit Project Management, Launtel Tasmania (Launceston)

    Adam’s role at Launtel involves introducing Tasmanian businesses to Australia First 1gb internet service that will be available to all Pure Fibre business locations in Tasmania. He is also involved in the Bitcoin community since spotting the emerging technology and its potential in 2011.

  • Phil Ridley
    Chief Information Officer, Mojo Power

    Prior to advising and later joining Mojo as CIO, Phil held roles as Chief Technologist and Strategist at HP Enterprise, CIO of Australian Power and Gas Ltd, Group CTO of Seven Network Limited/Vividwireless, and CTO of ubowireless Pty Ltd. 

    Phil is a business-technology veteran of 30 years with experience in energy, retail, media, telecommunications, and aerospace industries.  He graduated from the University of Newcastle with BE(Hons) in Computer Engineering, and Deakin University with a GradDip in Technology Management.  He is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, authored several international patents, and is a recipient of 5 National Engineering Excellence awards including the top Bradfield award.

  • The Hon. Michelle Rowland MP
    Shadow Minister for Communications, Federal Opposition

    Michelle was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 as the Member for Greenway. Prior to entering Parliament, she was a senior lawyer specialising in competition and regulation in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

    In 2013, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications.

    In October 2015, Michelle was elevated to the Shadow Cabinet and appointed the Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism.

    Michelle was re-elected at the July 2016 election and appointed Shadow Minister for Communications.

    Michelle has served as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Chair of Screen NSW, and a Director of the Western Sydney Area Health Service.

  • Rocky Scopelliti
    Director, Centre for Industry 4.0, Optus

    Rocky is a world-renowned futurologist. His research has pioneered how demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, collectively influence the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. 

    As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured globally on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international key note speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

    More than 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy. A distinguished author, his 12-published thought leadership research reports have become internationally recognised for their influence including their contribution into the World Economic Forum’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Program.

    In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world class thought-leadership and innovation to guide enterprises on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

    In a non-executive capacity, he is director on the board of Community First Credit Union.

    Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Channa Seneviratne
    Executive Director Network and Infrastructure Engineering, Telstra

    Channa has over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications networks having worked in both Operations and Engineering across both fixed and wireless technologies. During his time in Telstra, Channa has played key roles in the introduction and operation of Telstra’s 2G (GSM & CDMA), 3G and now 4G networks.

  • Easwaren Siva
    General Manager, Technology Strategy , Vodafone Hutchison Australia

    Easwaren has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Australian telecommunications industry. He previously held senior positions at Vodafone, Orange and 3 Mobile delivering ‘first to market’ digital media and mobile data services.

    More recently, he has led the ‘transformation and growth’ technology strategy for Vodafone Australia and has played a key role in re-farming spectrum to 4G, Network Functions Virtualisation and the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure. His current areas of focus include 5G, Public Safety solutions, Mobile Edge Computing, Narrow Band-Internet of Things (Nb-IoT) and Smart cities.

  • Dr David Soldani
    Chief Technology Officer, Huawei

    David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Visiting Professor and Industry Professor at University of Surrey, UK, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia, respectively.
    Dr. Soldani has been active in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, successfully working on 500+ research, innovation and customer services projects for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G ICT systems and services, and contributing to 1000+ quality deliverables – from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation, to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, products and services with partners and customers, globally.
    He is currently back at Huawei Technologies, serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Australia. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data value, artificial intelligence, IoT and multimedia technologies.
    Prior to that he was at Nokia, as Head of 5G Technology, e2e, global, and in various technical and research management positions. Before rejoining Nokia in 2016, he was for eight years at Huawei European Research Centre, Germany, serving as Head of IP Transformation Research Centre (IPTRC), Head of Network Solution R&D and, subsequently, Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe; and represented Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe.
    He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution in the ICT industry; and in 2016, he was granted a Distinguished Talent (DT) visa for his profession by the Australian Government. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books, and holds several international patents.

  • John Stanton
    Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance

    John is a seasoned communications industry executive with over 18 years of experience. From 2006-2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.

    Prior to that, John was an executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001-2005, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. He also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999-2001.

    John joined Telstra in 1992 as a result of the merger with OTC where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992-1999, he held a number of roles with Telstra including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services. From 1996-1997 he was also Chairman of the Intelsat Board. In his early career, he worked as a journalist and as a press secretary with the Australian Government.

  • Aliesha Staples
    Managing Director, Staples VR

    Aliesha comes from a 12 year film industry and VR creation background; she is the founder of Staples VR, New Zealand and Australia’s first VR equipment rental supplier and content creation company specialising in camera movement and custom applications.

    She is the driving force behind vRemedies (www.vremedies.com), a company that creates vr tools for medical applications and was the winner of the New Zealand High Tech awards Young Achiever of the year for 2017.

  • Mike Wood
    Chairman, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC106

    Mike is currently Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 106 which has global responsibility for EME testing standards for mobile phones, devices, wireless networks and radio communication systems.

    The current focus for TC106 is the 2020 strategic business plan and development of standards for the assessment of future 5G mobile technologies.  Mike is also active in the ITU standards and in Australia chairs the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association RF Safety Compliance Program.

  • Brendon Woods
    Associate, Program Advisory, Aurecon

    His experience covers 36 years in Senior management, Technical roles and Consultancy in the Radio and Telecommunications industry as a subject matter expert in Electromagnetic Energy in wireless technologies in various specialist technical roles. Brendan is currently working with Aurecon as an Associate, Managing there EME team in Advisory and Telecommunications.

    He is currently a member of Standards Australia and an active committee member (TC106) and represent Australia on the international stage developing the IEC 62232 and IEC62209 standards for human RF exposure measurements (base stations and devices) and member of the 5G Technical work group. Previously worked with the ITU Focus group for “Smart Sustainable Cites – Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) considerations in smart sustainable cities” (published 2014) which looked at how we plan and integrate communications into developments, and is part of an international expert group.

    In 1998 he founded a professional consultancy company - Radhaz Consulting Pty Ltd and was instrumental in setting up the foundations and innovations for EME Compliance and Management in Australia for the mobile industry and is still actively involved in driving change within the industry.

    As Managing Director and Principle Consultant he lead the company to be the leading consultancy in EME - Electromagnetic Radiation and was one of the early companies to gain Nata Accreditation in both analysis (ISO17020) and measurements (ISO17025).

    Following the sale of the company in 2010 to Service stream he joined UGL as there National EME Design Manager and Business Development Manager– covering EME, Quality management (Nata), Fuel Cells, Batteries, smart metering and Data products.

    In 2014, Brendan went back into private consultancy and became involved with international (IEC) standards and developed an EME team and expertise for Aurecon.

    His experience started with Telstra, spanning 17 years in multiple technical roles covering leading edge Electronics Design and Innovation in equipment development to RF Engineering.

    He is actively involved with Rotary and community programs.