Speakers

We are currently working on the 2017 programme. Please get in touch if you have a topic for us to debate or would like to be involved as a speaker.

If you are interested in taking part please email chris@lewisinsight.com

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

Lewis Insight

Chris is a highly regarded and experienced Telecoms Industry Analyst covering the depth and breadth, demand and supply of the ICT sector on a global basis for 30 years. He is one of the few industry analysts who can draw together the many varied technology and business components helping shape telecoms in the context of the future digital marketplace.

Chris is a frequent public speaker at industry and client events around the world with a reputation for honest, sometimes irreverent, insight built on unparalleled understanding of industry evolution and dynamics.

Having been registered blind for over 30 years, he now brings his technology knowledge to help the RNIB and Vision 2020 leverage telecoms and communications technology for the blind and partially sighted community. He has also returned to playing blind cricket with the London Metro team and is continuing with blind golf, tennis and riding tandems - beware in West London!

Graham Wilde

Graham Wilde

BWCS

Graham is CEO and co-founder of BWCS and leads the Telecommunications and Transport Practices. Graham's psychology degree from Oxford University underpins his ability to build bridges between technologists and their customers, translating the needs and drivers of each to build business success. Graham's approach is grounded in international hands-on experience in telecoms in addition to his prolific international consultancy portfolio.

Graham is visionary in his approach to looking at technology markets and developing new market concepts. His blend of creativity and technical insight has led him to develop innovative services which give his clients real strategic advantage. Recent projects include a successful 3G licence bid in Macau, ISP cost modelling for Ofcom, fibre access deployment strategy for Japan's NTT and marketing strategy for on-train Internet service for the international high speed train operator Thalys. His early career was with Logica and Nortel Asia-Pacific. Graham enjoys playing the drums.

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory

Chief Economist EY

Mark Gregory is the Chief Economist at EY in the UK & Ireland providing knowledge, analysis and insight to help businesses understand the economic environments in which they operate. He is a business economist with over 25 years’ experience in more than 40 countries as an advisor to the Governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation. This includes working with the Governments of Argentina and the World Bank to develop solutions to the debt and economic crisis in 1989 and 1990.

Mark is the sponsoring partner for EY’s Economics for Business Programme and EY ITEM Club, the UK’s leading independent economic forecast. Mark works with both the private and public sectors, supporting economic development, growth and regeneration. Mark is a key contributor to EY’s economic offering across the globe. 

Prior to Mark’s Chief Economist role at EY, he was Global Head of Strategy & Business Development for Wireless at IBM and worked with clients to understand the implications of economic and market developments for their business models, cost structures and processes. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

Phil Jordan

Phil Jordan

Global CIO, Telefonica

A leading Global CIO & Digital Leader in the Communications and High Tech Industry

Phil has a very successful leadership track record and is renowned for transforming & exploiting the value of IT in major global companies. He spent twelve years at Vodafone culminating, in 2010, as Regional CIO in Northern Europe before moving to be CIO for Telefonica O2 UK. This was quickly followed in 2011 with a move to Madrid to become Telefonica Global CIO with 20 countries, 6000 IT Professionals and a multi-billion annual IT budget. In addition to his G-CIO responsibilities, he has overseen the creation and exploitation of a wholly owned, independent but captive global technology company as CEO and now Chairman.

Under his leadership, Telefonica has had many successes in the boldest transformation in the industry, including radical business simplification, building and exploiting unique and world class Datacenters, global shared services to optimise IT spend and in the transformation of the process & application landscape to enable the business vision: to be the best Digital Telecommunications company in the world.

Recently awarded the European CIO of the Year for 2016, he is consistently voted at the very top of the CIO Top100 and in UKTECH50 for the 50 most influential people in UK Technology sector. He is a member of the board of directors for the TM Forum and has served as a non-executive independent advisor on IT to a major banking and financial services company.

Gary Miles

Gary Miles

Chief Marketing Officer for Amdocs

Gary is responsible for all of the marketing functions of the business and serving on the management team. In his previous role in Amdocs, Gary Miles was CTO and General Manager running several business lines including Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Connected Home, Mobile Engagement, matrix.org, Network Virtualization, Innovation and Strategy.

Prior to Amdocs, Gary was a founder and CEO of jNetX, which was the global leader for next-generation intelligent network platforms until it was sold to Amdocs in 2009. Before jNetX, Gary established and ran a billing and customer care company that had more than 30 GSM customers in 20 countries when acquired.

Gary holds a Masters in Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Julie Woods-Moss

Julie Woods-Moss

President, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Tata Communciations

Julie Woods-Moss is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Tata Communications, a position she has held since September 2012 & is responsible for all company-wide marketing & communications. She is also CEO of NextGen business at Tata Communications, with P&L responsibility for business with the “silicon valley’s” around the globe. She is founder of Tata Communications' "Women of Work" group, established to improve policies & programs to enable development of women at Tata.

She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Tata Group brand (valued at $21.1 billion in 2014 by Brand Finance). She is President of Woods-Moss Holdings, a company that specialises in venture development and has interest in a number of sectors, including nano technology, cloud applications services & marketing sciences.

She started her career as an encryptor and is a qualified telecommunications engineer (BEng). She has more than 20 years experience in senior executive roles with leading international corporations including IBM, UPC and BT. At IBM, she was Director of Global Sales and Distribution for Mobile Solutions, Global Director of Marketing for SME’s, and Chief Operating Officer for IBM’s Emerging Markets.

Returning to Europe in 2000, she joined UPC, Europe’s largest cable company as Vice President Marketing responsible for the Broadband business and tripled the European subscriber base in three years. She joined BT in 2004 and became Chief Marketing Officer & President of Strategy with responsibility for BT’s £5 Billion products & services portfolio.

Julie is a member of the Marketing 50 and was recognised in 2012 by Women of Enterprise and Inspiration as a member of the Global Power 50. Julie has lived internationally since 1998, in Paris, New York, Amsterdam & Valencia. Now operating from the UK, Julie spends most of her time in the US and Asia. She is married, with two sons - aged twelve and fourteen. Julie stays fit with pilates & running and relaxes by writing a regular blog.

 
Akira Tada

Akira Tada

Business Development Director, SoftBank Group

Akira has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications industry.

He started his professional career at KDDI, a monopoly telcom company for internatiobal, as the network engineer . Since then his professional career has evolved with a revolution of the telecom industry in Japan, an introduction of SONET/SDH to Japan market, worked with the regulator to set interconnect rule, bringing local competition through CATV Telephony and metro fiber network, WiFi for mobile operators and strategic change at shrinking long distance telecom business. Sine he joined SoftBank through acquisition, he has held various senior position. He has led global JV with Vodafone, Verizon and China Mobile as the GM of Biz Dev. He was a big contributor to GSMA-led WAC project to deliver global mobile apps platform across global telecom companies.

He at one point served as the CEO of PayPal Japan and currently Head of IBM Watson Initiative at SoftBank.

Andy MacLeod

Andy MacLeod

Regional Technology Director for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Vodafone Group Services

Andy is responsible for all Technology activities across the 14 markets in the Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region. He joined Vodafone in August 2007 as Group Chief Networks Officer responsible for all Network Technology and Central Operations worldwide, a position he held for 6 years until he was appointed CTO of Verizon Wireless in the USA which he left in Dec 2013 when Vodafone sold its interests to Verizon .

Before joining Vodafone, Andy worked at Eircom in the Republic of Ireland, where he was Chief Operations Officer and Main Board Director. He joined Eircom from MCI inc where he was Chief Executive of Europe, Middle East & Africa leading the organization out of the Worldcom bankruptcy and into the merger with Verizon. Prior to MCI he was COO of Cable & Wireless Global, responsible for all Network and IT engineering and operational activities, having joined as CTO in 1988.

Andy's early career was with Nortel, in General Management, Product Management and Strategy roles across the world, and he began his career with Pirelli Cables in Research & Development. Andy holds a degree in Materials Science from Oxford University, and an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the elite professional engineering institution in the UK. He is married with two children and lives in Winchester, UK.
Rahim Tafazolli

Rahim Tafazolli

Rahim Tafazolli is the Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications , Director of ICS (formerly known as CCSR) and the founder and Director of 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, UK.

He has over 25 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 500 research publications. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to International conferences and workshops. He is co-inventor on more than 30 granted patents, all in the field of digital communications.

He is regularly invited by many governments for advise on 5G technologies.

He is Fellow of Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe’s leading research groups.

Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Mark Newman is a telecoms-industry thought leader with 25 years of experience delivering insight to senior level executives and audiences.

Mark’s recent research has focussed on telecoms operator business models, diversification and the intersection between Internet and telecoms.

He delivers presentations, strategy sessions and workshops to global audiences, helping them to plan for the changes that technology and new business models that will fundamentally transform their businesses.

Mark was Chief Research Officer at Informa Telecoms & Media and Ovum before leaving to set up his own research firm, ConnectivityX, in 2016.

Alex Leslie

Details to follow
Caroline Gabriel

Caroline Gabriel

Research Director Rethink Technology Research and Maravedis-Rethink

Caroline co-founded Rethink Technology Research in 2002 to focus on emerging mobile technologies. Rethink recently combined its published research activities with those of fellow 4G analyst company, Maravedis, to focus on LTE and operator strategies.

Caroline has been analyzing and reporting in the hi-tech industries since 1986 and has a wealth of experience of technology trends and how they impact on business models. She started her career as a technology journalist and then took senior roles in online publishing and research before focusing full time on wireless industry research and consultancy.


Tony Poulos

Tony Poulos

DisruptiveViews

Tony has been involved with software development in billing and RA for over 25 years. In addition to being a regular speaker and moderator at conferences worldwide, Tony has been a Contributing Analyst for IDC, is a columnist & video anchor for Telecom Asia and held several positions in the TM Forum until 2014. He is managing editor of DisruptiveViews.com.

Dean Bubley

Dean Bubley

Disruptive Analysis

Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst with over 20 years' experience, he primarily specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields, with further expertise in certain aspects of the broader technology industry.

His present focus is on wireless technology, especially the evolution of mobile broadband, service provider business models, mobile device architecture & software, applications ecosystems and enterprise mobility. He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as business models validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, "addressable market sizing", planning and due diligence.

Dean has extensive experience in both published analytical research and bespoke consultancy, and regularly speaks at industry conferences and events, and writes the well-known Disruptive Wireless industry blog. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.