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Industry Overview Session

Mark Burk, Industry Analyst, M:Metrics, Inc.
Mark focuses on mobile content consumption trends, handsets and mobile TV for M:Metrics. Most recently, Mark worked as a technology strategy analyst at the mobile communication research house Informa Telecoms & Media, where he published analysis on business models, company and value-chain strategy, handset and network technologies. He was project leader for Informa's strategic reports Mobile TV – Broadcasting and Multimedia and Multimedia Handsets & Devices: Video & TV and co-authored strategic report titles such as Future Mobile Handsets, the Mobile Application Platforms and Operating Systems (MAPOS) and the Ultra Low Cost Handsets reports. He holds an honours degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Philip Kelley, Director, Mobile TV Standardization, Alcatel-Lucent
Philip Kelley is Director, Mobile TV Standardization for Alcatel-Lucent's Convergence Business Group. Philip Kelley has over 20 years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Systems, including positions in marketing and business management within Alcatel, Thomson, McDonnell Douglas and Alstom. He is Secretary General of the French “Forum de la Télévision Mobile”, and Chairman of the work group of the Digital Video Broadcasting consortium which is currently standardizing Satellite Services to Handheld devices (DVB-SH). Philip joined Alcatel in 1992. His previous responsibilities within Alcatel-Lucent include the positions of Director, New Applications for the Mobile Communications Group, Business Development Director for Intelligent Networks and Director of Marketing for Network Applications. Philip holds an engineering degree from France's Sup’Aéro and an MA from Columbia University (New York).

Kari Lahtinen, Business Development Manager, Elisa Corporation
Kari Lahtinen joined Elisa in January 2000 and his career in Content Management business unit spans over 7 years. In his current position as a business development manager he is responsible for bringing new Mobile Content and Internet services to the market. He has previously worked at business development unit in Elisa, as well as a Purchasing Manager at Esso Finland and development manager at Finnish Slot Machines (RAY). Kari Lahtinen has an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Vincenz Wagner, VP Sales & Business Development, Jamba

Vincenz Wagner is Vice President Sales and Business Development for S-EMEA and Latam at Jamba! GmbH, a leading international mobile content provider owned by Fox News Corp. and headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Previously he was a senior consultant for du, a recently-launched mobile network operator in Dubai, U.A.E. Vincenz has extensive experience in the mobile entertainment industry, having held management positions at Lanetro – Zed in Madrid and CELLUS, where he started-up Spanish operations of a premium sms service company. He has also participated in numerous entrepreneurial ventures in the mobile and internet industry. Vincenz’s management experience extends into the think tank/consultancy sector. For nine years, he managed an EU-funded international consultancy operation specializing in European-Latin American relations. He has also worked on Wall Street and has undertaken research activities for a leading US public policy think tank. Vincenz holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA in International Relations from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C./ Bologna, Italy, and a degree in Economics from the University of Cologne in Germany.

Application Innovation Session

Gianluca Ferranti, Director of Marketing, Reitek S.p.A.
Gianluca Ferranti has over 14 years of experience in the ICT industry. He spent the early years at the head of a strategic business unit part of an international business, providing telecom building blocks to OEM and VAR customers like Nokia, Marconi, Siemens, Lucent, Tektronix, and Cisco. Gianluca brings his strong analytical skills and expertise in business development, marketing and management combined with a broad knowledge of TLC market, both fixed and mobile. Gianluca holds an MBA from MIP—Business School of Politecnico di Milano; he is now president of Alumni MIP Association.

David Springall, CTO, Yospace
David co-founded Yospace in 1999, which is leading the revolution in user-generated content sharing on mobile and is the company powering 3's SeeMeTV and O2's LookAtMe! propositions. David is responsible for the company's technology platform and for its strategic vision. Prior to Yospace, he consulted in the then emerging field of internet technologies to enterprises including British Telecom, Ericsson, Unilever, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, HM Customs & Excise, and Hitachi.

Colm Healy, CEO, XIAM
Colm, 42, co-founded Xiam Technologies in 2004. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, he has over 7 years experience in the mobile marketing and content industries. A seasoned executive, Colm previously held senior positions with Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Bank of Ireland in Dublin, New York and London. Colm holds a Masters Degree in Management Science (first class honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin and is a graduate of the Stanford University Leadership 4 Growth program.

Anssi Tauriainen, CEO, Aito Technologies
Anssi has over ten years’ working experience with Nokia in various business management and research & development positions globally. He has implemented over 30 successful customer projects. Anssi holds MSc. in computer sciences and is also a PhD student specializing in business and network management integration.

The User? Session

Dean Bubley, Founder, Disruptive Analysis
Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. He primarily specializes in mobile, wireless, networking, and telecoms fields, with further expertise in certain aspects of the software, semiconductor and IT hardware sectors. He is the author of the Disruptive Wireless blog at: disruptivewireless.blogspot.com. Formerly, he was an equity analyst, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business unit and held the titles of Chief Analyst and Director of Consulting. Mr. Bubley has extensive experience in both published analytical research and bespoke consultancy, and has regularly spoken at industry conferences and events. He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.

Piotr Cofta, Ph.D. Chief Researcher, Security and Trust, BT
Piotr Cofta is responsible for research in convergent security and trust, specifically in trust, identity and privacy. Previously he has been working for many years for Nokia and more recently for Media Lab Europe, concentrating on the relationship between technology and society. Dr Cofta has recently finished his book Trust, Complexity and Control: Confidence in a Convergent World that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. He is an author of several publications and patents. He is an Associate Editor for the Electronic Commerce Research Journal. Dr Cofta is a contributor to several international standards such as OMA and JCP; he publishes and speaks frequently. Piotr Cofta received his PhD in computer science from the University of Gdansk, Poland. He is a member of BCS and IEEE.

Matt Millar, Director, Mobile and Devices, Adobe Systems
Matt Millar is working to create new business ecosystems around Flash with Operators, Handset manufacturers and content providers in the EMEA market. He began this role after Adobe acquired Mobile Innovation, the company he co-founded in 2002 and of which he was CTO. Mobile Innovation was a leading designer, developer and integrator of user interface, user experience and software application platforms for mobile devices.  Matt is passionate about the user experience, and is a mobile pioneer. Mobile Innovation began working with Flash on mobile in Europe following Macromedia's successful launch of Flash based ecosystems in Japan. His Symbian OS / EPOC engineering experience began over ten years ago when he developed his first commercially available title and he has since worked on a succession of innovative devices including the Psion Series 5MX, the Nokia 9210 and the Nokia 7710. Matt graduated from Oxford University in 1994 with a BA (Honors) in Physics. Before embarking on his professional software engineering career he worked at Price Waterhouse, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having qualified in 1997.

Taranjit Batra, Vice President Sales, South Asia, Kirusa
Taranjit S Batra has over 25 years of successful sales, marketing, management, and finance experience in multinational corporations globally. Prior to joining Kirusa, Taranjit was General Manager of Sales for Eaton Powerware Channel Operations. He was directly responsible for growth of business into various verticals with focus in the IT and Telecom segments. Mr. Taranjit Batra was the Divisional Manager for Emerson Electric, a leading supplier of Hardware to the Telecom Industry, where he led the sales and business development efforts to various wireless carriers for the Indian sub continent. Mr. Taranjit has also helped marketing and management positions at Eaton and technical sales positions at Larsen & Toubro Ltd., India. Mr. Taranjit holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi.

Pierfranco Rodi, Senior Researcher, Telecom Italia Innovation Laboratories
Pierfranco Rodi received the degree in Computer Science at University of Pisa in 1986, then he joined Telecom Italia innovation laboratories (former CSELT) in Turin. He started his activities first within the Data & Knowledge Base Dept. and then within the Multimedia Services Dept. working on multimedia services on broadband networks. In 1999 he joined the Mobile Services Dept., where he focused his interest in the mobile value added services, coordinating projects aimed at developing innovative software prototypes and evaluating user acceptance of them. Currently, he’s working in the Innovation Trends Dept. as a senior researcher, dealing with trends analysis and foresight activities with particular focus on innovative mobile service and social impact of them. He has been responsible of several internal and EU funded projects, producing two international patent applications and some scientific papers presented at international workshops. He’s author of the book “Generazione Mobile” (Mobile Generation), an in depth analysis of the social aspects of the mobile phone revolution.

Community Goes Mobile Session

Stuart O'Brien, Editor, Mobile Entertainment Magazine, Intent Media
Stuart gained a BSC in Media Studies at South Bank University before joining Daily Mail & General Trust subsidiary Market Tracking International as a media analyst in July 1998. In November 2000, he started work at Informa Media Group as an analyst within the company’s reports division. Between November 2000 and January 2002, he wrote more than 20 titles encompassing the video game, Internet, film, music and television industries. Stuart’s work within the video game industry saw him promoted to reporter for Games Analyst, an Informa Media Group newsletter, from where he moved on to become senior reporter on Informa Telecoms Group publications Mobile Games Analyst and Mobile Media. Stuart left Informa in July 2004 to join Intent Media, where he is now editor of mobile content trade magazine Mobile Entertainment, which launched in March 2005.

David Springall, Chief Technology Officer, Yospace

David co-founded Yospace in 1999, which is leading the revolution in user-generated content sharing on mobile and is the company powering 3's SeeMeTV and O2's LookAtMe! propositions. David is responsible for the company's technology platform and for its strategic vision. Prior to Yospace, he consulted in the then emerging field of internet technologies to enterprises including British Telecom, Ericsson, Unilever, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, HM Customs & Excise, and Hitachi.

Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, CEO of Comsys
Konijnenberg is CEO of COMSYS, a Dutch company (with offices in : UK, Ger, Sui, Pol) offering telecommunication products and network services (Interactive Calling Applications and Mobile Video Platforms, Speech Technology solutions, multimedia contact centers and VAS) in the converging arena of IN, 3G, IMS and SIP. Furthermore Konijnenberg is founding Director of 3G MEDIA CONSULT based in The Netherlands. In 2002 Konijnenberg published a book on i-mode via Academic Services. More recently he was involved in various innovation projects such as the recent Dutch Mobile TV trials. Gerrit has been active as MEF (Mobile Entertainment Forum) member in creating awareness and setting up lobbying activities concerning the changing EU TV regulations via his MEF MobileTV Innitiative. With the support of Ericsson and Endemol and other members a series of activities is planned for the next year. Konijnenberg is also participating in the Ad Funded Mobile initiative.

Peter Karney, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, NEC
Peter Karney joined the Value Added Service (VAS) team of NEC in October 2005 as the Senior Technical Marketing Manager. The VAS team are dedicated to specifying and promoting the range of innovative solutions that are predominately marketed towards Mobile Operators and MVNOs. These products include: mobile browsing solutions for i-mode and WAP, DRM, Streaming, Mobile Advertising, Voice Applications, messaging and Contactless applications. Prior to joining NEC Peter worked for Vodafone for ten years where he was a key member of the international team which established networks in, the Netherlands, Egypt, Hungary, Kenya and Malta. Peter also worked for Vodafone Global Product Marketing based in London where he was the overall project manager for the RBT roll-out across 17 markets. Outside of work Peter’s interests include: sailing, travel, photography and on occasions bit of website development. – www.i-report.biz

Mashups: Web Meets Telco Session

Luca Filigheddu, CEO, Abbeynet
Luca Filigheddu is a recognized expert in VoIP technologies and applications. He joined Abbeynet on May 2000, as CTO, overseeing technical projects and various groups of researchers. In his current role as CEO - Technical Operations, and as a Member of the Board of Directors, Filigheddu carries executive authority and is responsible for strategic marketing planning, Research & Development, business development, large accounts relationships, commercial negotiations and he oversees the planning of product deployment. Filigheddu graduated cum laude at the University of Cagliari in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications.

Sean O'Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer, mySay
As the CTO of mySay, Sean drives the company's technical strategy and vision. Before founding mySay, he ran Rococo Software, a world leader in Java/Bluetooth technology, whose software now ships on over 100M mobile phones. From a technical perspective, his interests are distributed systems and the space where the web meets the plain old telephony system.

Lee Dryburgh, Director, Bit Tech
Lee S. Dryburgh is a person-to-person communications technologist. He is both an engineering doctoral candidate at UCL (with sponsorship from Cisco) and a part-time SS7 (including Sigtran/Camel/Map) consulting engineer via his company 'SS7.net'. He has performed work for numerous operators including British Telecom, O2, Sprint, T-Mobile, Orange, Verisign, Hutchinson 3G, as well as vendors including Marconi, Nokia, Alcatel, Lucent, Nortel, and Cisco. He is an acknowledged expert in the telecommunication protocol suite, Signaling System #7 (SS7/C7), and lead-authored the bestselling book on the topic. His research focus is the future of telephony and in particular enabling conversation between relevant strangers.

Increasing Service Velocity Session
David Webby, Strategy and Portfolio Development, Nokia Siemens Networks
David Webby is a senior technical architect and program manager, currently working on the development of the global services portfolio for the group. He has more than 30 years experience of systems integration covering the complete system lifecycle from strategy through sales and delivery to support. Most recently David has specialized in end-user services and applications for GSM and 3G network operators, providing technical support for the whole system delivery lifecycle from service description through to product customization, integration, commissioning and support. With Nokia he has worked on various customer projects, including business and technical planning for early WAP deployments and design of service platforms for 3G networks. From 1974 to 1999 David specialized in data communications at Sema Group. In the last 8 years he worked on systems for mobile telecommunications network operators at Nokia. He studied at the London Institute of Education (Great Britain) after receiving a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (England).

Doug Tucker, Chief Technology Officer, Ubiquity Software
Doug has been with Ubiquity since 2004 and has been working to advance Ubiquity’s SIP SOA development strategy. Doug has more than 20 years of research and development experience, including developing one of the first IP telephony products to distribute audio and video over TCP/IP networks. In his varied engineering career, Doug has held the positions of VP Engineering, CTO, and Chief Scientist, working in both visionary architecture roles and core product development in a number of companies, including MCK Communications, Videoserver, ClearOne, PictureTel, and Codex Corporation/Motorola. He has served as a consultant specializing in VoIP product definition, architecture and development for companies such as Siemens, Microsoft, Intel, and Spectel/Multilink. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering degree from Fairfield University and is literate in a multiplicity of programming languages, development environments and communications protocols and actively participates in the standards process.

Avraham (Bibi) Rosenbach, Co-founder, CEO, and President, Personeta 
As CEO and President of Personeta, Bibi is responsible for worldwide operations. With extensive experience in international markets, Bibi is spearheading all strategy and business development activities. As principal co-founder of Personeta, he developed the initial plan for bringing the company’s innovative technology to market and oversaw the completion of Personeta’s first sales and commercial deployments with leading telecom service providers. Bibi also led the company through Series A and B funding, which enabled Personeta to expand its worldwide sales and marketing organizations. Bibi's background includes over 20 years of executive and R&D experience in communications and computer infrastructure. Prior to co-founding Personeta, Bibi served as CEO of NetXchange Communications, a pioneering company in the field of Internet Telephony. He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Gilat Communications, a leading player in broadband multimedia infrastructure solutions. He also held a senior management position at Armon Networking, later acquired by Bay Networks. Bibi holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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