Commonwealth Spectrum Management Forum 2019

Ade Ajibulu

Ade Ajibulu gained a Masters in economics at Cambridge and has over 25 years experience in economics and business strategy in the communications sector. Starting out at Analysys, Ade advised telecoms operators, ISPs, and regulators on business planning and economic modelling. Moving to Ofcom, Ade led the economic analysis in many of Ofcom’s ground-breaking spectrum management programmes, including auctions and spectrum trading.  Most recently, Ade has been working as a consultant and in association with Coleago in these same areas, focusing on spectrum strategy, auctions and the emerging dynamics of 5G.

Herman Schepers

Herman is a global public policy and government affairs professional with over 20 years experience of leading technology policy and advocacy work with governments, international institutions and regulators in APAC, EMEA and LATAM. He is the founder and director of Policy Impact Partners; a bespoke consultancy that supports regulators and some of the biggest names in tech (including Microsoft and SoftBank) on digital and connectivity policy.

Before founding Policy Impact Partners he was responsible for spectrum and broadband advocacy at the GSMA. In this role he led the global campaign to secure more spectrum for broadband services at the UN’s World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015. He also designed and coordinated multiple advocacy programmes across key markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific to advance digital inclusion.

Herman has built a strong global network of senior level contacts both in government and across industry, and has a trusted reputation for effectively advocating policies that align business and societal goals. Earlier in his career Herman established and led the EU public affairs technology practice in Brussels of the global communications consultancy, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. He also held operations, strategy and policy positions at British Telecom, and worked for the Dutch Industry Federation. He has an MSc in Political Science and International Economics and an MBA.

Honourable Minister Hew

Former Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer of his family’s group of companies, that include Hew’s Hotel & Restaurant Supplies, Macdonald’s, the Office Bar, and Hew’s Janitorial, and co-owner of Bon Vivant Kitchen studio along with his wife Cynthia, Joseph “Joey” Hew brings a wealth of successful business experience to public life.
Mr. Hew is a past President of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, and headed the Cayman Islands Restaurant Association for five years until it’s amalgamation into the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, where he continued to serve as a Director. In addition he has been Deputy Chairman of the Trade and Business Licensing Board, as well as the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands. Mr. Hew is a current member of the board for the Cayman Island Hospice, and a Past president and still an active member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.
In 2013 he sought office as a George Town candidate under the banner of the Progressives and in winning his seat was named Councillor to the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport. In the May 2017 elections Mr. Hew was successful once again winning his seat as the representative for George Town North and currently holds the office of Minister with the responsibility for Commerce, Planning, and Infrastructure.

Kirk Sookram

Kirk Sookram currently holds the position of Executive Officer – Technology & Engineering at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been employed with the Authority since its inception in July, 2004, starting as a Telecommunications Engineer, advancing to Manager, Spectrum Management and Monitoring and, in 2015, to the position he currently holds.

Kirk is a national of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. His qualifications include a Bachelors of Science Degree (with Honours) in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science Degree (Distinction) in Operational Telecommunications from Coventry University, United Kingdom. During his tenure at the Authority, he has specialized in spectrum management, wireless technologies, telecommunications regulation, ICT and broadband development, cost modeling and policy development.

Kirk also currently serves as the Chairman of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force established by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

Marc Eschenburg

Marc Eschenburg is a Partner at Aetha Consulting, a specialist telecommunications strategy consultancy which advises players in the industry on major strategic and regulatory decisions.
For the last years, Marc has been very active in the area of spectrum management, advising operators and regulators on issues such as spectrum valuation, spectrum strategy, auction support and spectrum pricing. His particular area of expertise lies in overseeing the development of spectrum valuation models ahead of auctions and he has supported spectrum managers and bidders in preparations for over 30 award processes across the world.

Md Nurannabi

Md Nurannabi
Deputy Director, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)

Mr. Md Nurannabi,has joined Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission since 2008. Prior to his joining, he completed his B.Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has been performing on various areas of spectrum management and spectrum monitoring.
In 2011-2012, he had actively participated in re-farming the spectrum assignment among mobile phone operators that ensured the efficient use of spectrum. He also actively attended the cross-border frequency coordination meetings between Bangladesh and neighboring country.
As responsible for spectrum planning and policy since 2010, he has actively contributed to the development of Bangladesh spectrum policies and plans such as: National Frequency Allocation Table, Band Plans for mobile systems, spectrum regulations to use 2.4 and 5.7 GHz etc.

Ogbonnaya Anicho

Ogbonnaya Anicho recently completed a PhD in the coordination of multiple solar-powered unmanned High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) for communications area coverage from Liverpool Hope University, UK. The research examined the application of Reinforcement Learning and Swarm Intelligence based algorithms for the coordination of multiple HAPS platforms. He also obtained an MSc (with Distinction) in Telecommunications with Management from the University of Wales, Newport UK; investigated implementing Satellite Communications On-The-Move (SOTM) at Ka band analysing uplink interference and mitigation techniques. He also has relevant industry experience having worked with Huawei Technologies and other companies spanning the ICT and manufacturing sectors for over 10 years.

Peter Curnow-Ford

Peter is Founder of Viatec Associates & has held Non-Exec roles with Technology SMEs, been a board Advisor to SME and AIM listed companies and mentored many startup CEOs. He has consulted for many Investment companies, was Chair of Spectrum Access at the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, speaks at many conferences on 5G, Investment and Spectrum. He also engages with UK Goverment [DCMS] on Fibre rollout and 5G Spectrum, Policy and the 5G Testbed & Trials competitions along with Local Government Authorities.

Viatec assists organisations with decision making in the wireless/cellular, fibre, satellite & wireless infrastructure and device space, on investment, key operational and technology trends and thought leadership on wireless landscape, 5G Commercial Strategy, deployment, Spectrum access and acquisition, tower (cell site) development and funding, public safety, handsets, transport connectivity and cellular backhaul including small-cell strategies and mmWave.

Viatec is focused on the 5G wireless markets in the UK, EU, US & Canada, Africa and Asia and has active involvement in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan with technology manufacturers.

Theo Bougouin

Theo Bougouin is a Spectrum Management and Regulatory Engineer at Avanti Communications Group PLC.
He has a background in space communication systems and was responsible for the procurement of Avanti Gateways in UK and the Carrier Monitoring System.

Geoff Varrall

joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT’s international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry.

He co-developed RTT’s original series of design and facilitation workshops including ‘RF Technology’, ‘Data Over Radio’, ‘Introduction to Mobile Radio’, and ‘Private Mobile Radio Systems’ and developed ‘The Oxford Programme’, a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005.
Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology.

Dean Bubley

Dean Bubley is the founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm based in London. An outspoken analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in mobile / telecoms fields, with an eye on the broader technological and societal contexts into which they fit. He is one of the leading market observers and forecasters covering network infrastructure & software, telecom business models, voice/video communications and broadband/spectrum policy.

Diana Tomimura

Diana Tomimura is Spectrum Regulation and Policy Advisor for the Radiocommunciation Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Before joining the ITU Diana was Deputy Director of the Telecommunications Services and Universalization Department in the Ministry of Communciations in Brazil, and worked as Regulatory Specialist at the Brazilian Regulator, ANATEL. Diana has also worked as an engineer at Nokia Networks and Intelig.
Diana holds a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Bachelor in Telecomunications Engineering from the Fluminense Federal University

Davood Molkdar

Davood Molkdar is a Telecommunications expert with over 30 years experience in technology, regulatory, and commercial aspects of the industry. He has worked in a wide range of disciplines including, research, R&D, products development, system engineering, consulting, technical marketing, and business development.
He has led and been involved in design and architecture development of various end-to-end wireless networks including 2G/3G/4G, WLAN, emergency services, PMR, and IoT (cellular/proprietary) technologies. He is also experienced in spectrum management including spectrum audit, engineering analysis including interference and comparative spectrum bands regarding coverage/capacity performance assessment, management systems specifications, and spectrum products pricing and market based value determination.