2017 Global Summit
Cape Town, South Africa | May 9-11
Michael A. Calabrese directs the Wireless Future Program at New America, a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. As part of the New America’s Open Technology Institute, he develops and advocates policies to promote ubiquitous, fast and affordable wireless broadband connectivity, mobile broadband competition, and more efficient spectrum use, including the reallocation of more prime spectrum for unlicensed access and dynamic spectrum sharing.
Mr. Calabrese has served as an appointed Member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an Invited Expert on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012.
Mr. Calabrese has previously served as Vice President of New America (2003-2010), General Counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, director of domestic policy at the Center for National Policy, as a counsel at the national AFL-CIO, and as a clerk to California Supreme Court Justice Allen E. Broussard.
Calabrese is a graduate of Stanford Law and Business Schools, where he earned a JD/MBA degree; and a graduate of Harvard College, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Government.
Richard Chisala, Jnr. MIEEE – CTO at C3 Ltd and Chairman Ultimate Internetworking Solutions (UltiNetS) an internetworking and web technologies consultancy social enterprise. Richard received BSc. and MSc. in Electronics & Communications Engineering and Telematics from Newport University and Middlesex University, UK in 1996 and 1998 respectively. He is currently studying for an MBA in International Business with the University of Cumbria, UK.
Richard worked as Systems Engineer and Lecture for Middlesex University between 1998 and 2000 responsible for management and support of the University Technology Research & Development facilities teaching network modelling and simulation. Richard worked as Systems Integration Engineer at Intel Corporation, Reading UK (2000 – 2003) responsible for integration and engineering for content distribution infrastructure and data centre services. He then worked as a Technical Design Architect for the BBC responsible for strategic IP design for new media and digital content acquisition, syndication and delivery for the BBC.
Until Q2 2010, Richard worked as Principal Consultant with Siemens AG, providing internetworking design solutions for media, broadcasting, government and financial industry. Since 2009, Richard has served as consulting special ICT Advisor to the Government of Malawi in public finance management systems, telecom regulation, e-government and broadcasting. He also served as Chief Technical Advisor to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) during the 2009/2014 General Election.
Between 2010 and 2014, he served as Non-Executive Director and Chairman (Technical Sub-Committee) for Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Board spearheading regulatory framework transformation, TVWS pilot, Digital Migration, GE-06 Spectrum and Frequency Band Planning.
Between 2014 and 2016 Richard was Technical Consultant at Accenture UK responsible for end to end solution delivery and technology integration in the UK largest ultra-fast broadband Internet infrastructure expansion and transformation program at Virgin Media and now working on building a countrywide TVWS broadband network in Malawi – probably the largest in Africa. Richard holds a number of professional certifications in Internetworking and Communications technologies. He is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), past President of the ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM).
Mr. Chijioke Egejuru is an Investment Officer within the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group and is involved in the financing of productive business enterprises in emerging markets across the globe by making long term investments in the private sector. Chijioke is part of the Africa team responsible business development and deal execution covering countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. He began his career in IFC in 2008 and has since been involved in the financing of several infrastructure and telecommunications projects. Prior to 2008, he worked with a Nigerian boutique investment bank and financial advisory firm, Frontier Capital Limited. Chijioke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield University in England.
Paul Garnett is the Senior Director of Affordable Access Initiatives at Microsoft, where he focuses on new technologies and business models that will enable billions more people to affordably get online. Paul and his team work with Internet access providers and other partners to deploy new last-mile access technologies, cloud-based services and applications, and business models that reduce the cost and improve the quality of Internet access.
So far, Microsoft and its partners are delivering Internet connectivity to communities in over 20 countries, across 5 continents. These projects are leveraging new wireless technologies like TV white spaces to reduce the cost of Internet access. Microsoft has announced that it intends to support 20 more projects in at least 15 countries around the world by the middle of 2017. As part of its Affordable Access Initiative, Microsoft also recently launched a grant fund to help cultivate small companies with solutions that bring affordable Internet access to underserved markets.
Throughout his career, Paul has consistently been drawn to the challenge of universal access. Prior to joining Microsoft, Paul spent 17 years in Washington, DC, where he focused on telecommunications law and policy. As Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, at CTIA-The Wireless Association®, he represented the U.S. wireless industry before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Congress. Paul also worked at the FCC in its Wireline Competition Bureau leading complex rulemakings on universal service and intercarrier compensation regulations. Paul was an Associate in Swidler Berlin’s telecommunications practice and a Consultant at Price Waterhouse advising on the privatization of state-owned telecommunications and utility monopolies.
Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Union College and his law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Kalpak S. Gude is President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organization advocating for laws and regulations supporting more efficient and effective spectrum utilization through sharing. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. Prior to joining the DSA, Mr. Gude was the Vice President Legal Regulatory at OneWeb, a low-earth-orbit satellite broadband provider seeking to bring internet connectivity to unserved and underserved regions of the world. Prior this role, Mr. Gude served in several senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., overseeing complex regulatory issues in the Media and Wireline Competition Bureaus. Mr. Gude also served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intelsat. He holds a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, and a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Gude has held various board positions in the satellite and telecommunications industry and was named a co-Satellite Executive of the Year 2007.
Director, Structured Finance & Insurance Department, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Mr. Alexander Hadden is a Director with the Structured Finance & Insurance Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. In his current role, Mr. Hadden originates and underwrites project finance, commercial finance and risk sharing frameworks for investments in emerging markets. Most recently, he has been active underwriting investments in mobile and fixed broadband operators (using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum ) in East Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Previously, with OPIC’s Investment Funds Department, he monitored the performance of OPIC financing for private equity funds, including investments in East African telecommunications. Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Hadden was a capacity building specialist with the public-private partnership (PPP) unit at Tetra Tech Inc and a lending analyst at Citibank. He received his master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Ira Keltz is Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. In this role, he assists in managing several divisions of engineers, attorneys and economists in the development of telecommunications policies for spectrum use in the United States. Mr. Keltz is responsible for balancing complex engineering, policy, economic and public interest issues to implement national spectrum policy for non-Federal spectrum users. This includes allocating spectrum for licensed services, setting technical rules for unlicensed devices, and implementing procedures for equipment certification.
Mr. Keltz previously served as Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology’s Electrical Compatibility Division and Deputy Chief of its Policy and Rules Division. In addition, he has been a Senior Technical Advisor in the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, where he managed the implementation of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System.
Mr. Keltz has been with the FCC since 1994. Prior to the FCC, Mr. Keltz held positions with Loral Advanced Projects and LSA, Inc. Mr. Keltz holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Agostinho Linhares
Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil)
Agostinho Linhares is Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting at Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil). He received his PhD degree in Telecommunications from University of Brasilia (UnB) in 2015 and M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications from University of Campinas (Unicamp) in 2003. He joined Anatel in 2005 and previously to his current position, he has worked in the Enforcement Division, Spectrum Engineering Division and Board of Directors Advisory. Before Anatel, he worked at Petrobras as a Telecommunications Engineer developing projects related to optical communications systems, RF links and IP Networks. He is the Coordinator of the Brazilian Communication Commission – Radiocommunication Sector (CBC-2), participates in ITU-R and ITU-T Study Groups, and was Head of Brazilian Delegation in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). His research interests include sharing and compatibility between radiocommunication systems, human exposure to EMF and spectrum management. Additionally, he is a reviewer of Conferences and Journals on Wireless Communications.
Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Standards, Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company)
Chuck is Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Standards at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. His responsibilities include driving roadmap & vision around future wireless products and services, and he leads the team that represents HPE in various wireless standards bodies and spectrum regulatory fora. He joined Aruba in 2007 and led the company’s global Customer Engineering team for six years. Prior to joining Aruba, Chuck served in a variety of technical leadership roles at inCode Wireless, BellSouth.
Mr. Mario Maniewicz
Deputy-Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau, which plays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Among his various duties related to that position, he was responsible for the overall organization and running of the recently held World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).
Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for almost 30 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility at ITU headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices in Peru, Chile and Brazil, leading activities towards fostering global telecommunications development.
During his tenure at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, as Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, Mr. Maniewicz directed ITU’s efforts to assist developing countries in bridging the digital divide by promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment.
Previously, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies at ITU’s Development Bureau, where he was responsible for the Union’s activities in the policy and regulatory domain, human capacity building, ICT statistical data collection and analysis, and other development domains, including Internet and IP networks development.
Earlier, Mr. Maniewicz was Head of Human Capacity Building, where he was actively involved in promoting projects and activities in developing countries specifically related to Training, Human Resources Management and Development, Organizational Development and Managerial Development for Telecommunications.
Originally from Uruguay, Mr. Maniewicz is an Electronic Engineer specialized in Telecommunications. Before joining the ITU he held both technical and managerial positions in the main telecommunication operator in his home country. He also worked as assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Uruguay’s main University.
Frank McCosker is General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He is responsible for designing and implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces and dynamic spectrum allocation. He is also finding new and smart ways to make access to finance more affordable for the ICT ecosystem in African countries.
Frank McCosker has previously held the role of General Manager of Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in Munich, Germany, in 2000. For the next four years he was responsible for the overall East European Sales, Marketing and Services business and managed the Headquarters team. From 2004 until 2013 he held the role of Global Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts, Multilateral Organisations for Microsoft with responsibility for Microsoft’s engagement with multilateral organisations United Nations, NATO, European Institutions, World Bank including all the International Financial Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations and the bilateral providers of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Dr. F. Mekuria
Chief Research Scientist, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist, CSIR, South Africa. (firstname.lastname@example.org). He leads the 5G and Affordable Broadband Networks research at the CSIR. He is the proponent of a 4th leg for the 5G standards aimed at DSA technologies for addressing the next billion underserved population in emerging economies. He has a PhD from Linköping University, in Sweden, and has a past as senior research Engineer at Ericsson Mobile Communications R&D lab in Sweden.
In his twenty-five years with Microsoft, Paul has held diverse roles spanning numerous products and technologies: digital programing tools including Microsoft’s first C++ development system, the launch of MSN, Microsoft’s digital television platforms including Mediaroom (now owned by Ericsson), numerous media standards, digital rights management systems for content protection, and wireless technologies. Mr. Mitchell has also led Microsoft’s engagement strategy with the International Telecommunication Union, participating in WCIT-12, WTDC-14, and WRC-15 and associated preparatory work.
He holds ten issued US patents related to wireless communications and has 11 pending. He led the team that developed Microsoft’s TV White Space trial programs with the goal of making Internet access possible for those that remain unconnected today, and he was responsible for Microsoft’s spectrum observatory project – now transitioned to the University of Washington/National Science Foundation as an open platform for spectrum studies.
He is currently a member of the US International Telecommunication Advisory Committee for the 2016-2018 term and also serves as a Commissioner on the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. He has previously served on the board of directors of BET.com as well as Vision TV and SVOX in Canada. He holds an MPA from, and is on the advisory board for, the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Peg Molloy founded Vista to bring the benefits of health information technologies to underserved populations and unaddressed medical conditions. Vista point-of-care tools for patient assessment, clinical pathway management and health data management are used in 22 countries today, addressing medical conditions from HIV/AIDS to cervical cancer to brain health. Vista’s product portfolio includes products with US Food and Drug Administration Clearance and more than 350 peer-reviewed clinical publications. Millions of patient encounters are managed by Vista products. VistaLifeSciences has offices in Denver, Colorado, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Vista Africa has offices in Gaborone, Botswana, and is a 2016 Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative Awardee. Molloy holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A.S. from Johns Hopkins University.
Njoroge Peter Ngige
Ag. Assistant Director / Frequency Spectrum management, Communications Authority of Kenya
Mr. Njoroge Peter N. holds a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical & Communications Engineering from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya graduated in 1999. He then Join ComTec Ltd a telecoms engineering firm in Nairobi for 1 year before joining Communications Commission of Kenya in the 2000 as a graduate engineer.
He has worked through the ranks to his current position of Acting Assistant Director in charge of Frequency Planning in the Frequency Spectrum Management Department where has acquired vast knowledge and experience on Spectrum and Communications regulatory issues. He also active in ITU-R activities especially in working party 5D which deal with spectrum for mobile communications, he also chaired chapter 6 during WRC-15.
As Emeritus Exec Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, H Nwana assists with the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives and outreach to and recruitment of potential partners and members across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Nwana was Group Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom, where he ran UK’s Spectrum Policy and spearheaded UK’s dynamic spectrum management activities, specifically focusing on TV White Spaces for broadband and other applications. While at Ofcom, Nwana was responsible for multi-million pound policy projects including the UK’s Digital TV Clearance programme (part of UK’s digital switchover programme) which concluded in 2013. Nwana also oversaw the UK 4G auction that raised billions and concluded in February 2013.
Before this, Nwana was Managing Director at Arqiva and earlier in his career he worked at Quadriga Worldwide Ltd where he was instrumental in the introduction of digital technology and services to the hospitality industry across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before Quadriga, he was a venture capitalist for 2 years and, even earlier, a Senior award-winning and published technologist at BT plc for 5 years. He also holds university professorial visiting appointments. Nwana has just published an authoritative book entitled Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) for Emerging Economies: How to make TMT Improve Developing Economies for the 2020s – published in April 2014.
Martha Liliana Suarez Peñaloza, PhD. born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She received her degree as Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in 2004. During her undergraduate studies she participated in an exchange program with the Ecole Superieure Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon CPE in 2001 in Lyon, France. She received her Master degree in high frequency communication systems from the University of Marne-la-Vallee, France in 2006 and her Ph.D. degree from the University Paris-Est in 2009.
She joined the department of Telecommunications and Signal Processing at École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Électronique et Électrotechnique de Paris ESIEE and the Esycom Research Center where she worked on wireless transmitter architectures. In 2011 she was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship and worked at the Instytut Technologii Elektronowej ITE in Poland for the Partnership for Cognitive Radio Par4CR European Project. Her research interests were in the areas of wireless system architectures and the design of high performance RF transceivers.
Since 2013 she joined the National Spectrum Agency in Colombia, ANE, where she worked as Senior Adviser to the General Director and supported international activities of the Agency. Since December 2015 Martha Suarez is the General Director of ANE and she continues promoting the efficient use of the Spectrum and the mobile broadband connectivity in Colombia.
Haiyun Tang received B.S. degree from Caltech and Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley. He was a system architect at Advanced Technology Group in National Semiconductor now part of Texas Instrument, working on the early development of 802.11 MIMO systems. He was a co-founder of Adaptrum, Inc., a silicon-valley based company developing cognitive radio technology and was heavily involved in the TV White Space rulemaking in the US and worldwide. Haiyun is a world leading expert on dynamic spectrum access and TV White Space technology and has published numerous technical papers and held several patents in wireless communications and systems area.
Other Confirmed Speakers
Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana
Chief Executive Officer, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
General Manager, Technology Policy, Microsoft
Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Infrastructure Strategist, Facebook
Mr. Tim Genders
COO, Project Isizwe