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  • Jan Geldmacher - Business executive and independent board director

    Jan Geldmacher

    Business executive and independent board director Read more
    Jan Geldmacher - Business executive and independent board director

    Jan Geldmacher Business executive and independent board director

    Jan Geldmacher is a German born business executive and independent board director.

    Prior to his recent position as operating partner at SoftBank Group International, Geldmacher was president of Sprint Business. His extensive background in national and international enterprise experience in the global telecommunications industry includes having served as CEO at Vodafone Global Enterprise, chief commercial officer of the Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone in Germany, both affiliates of Vodafone Group plc. Prior to Vodafone, Geldmacher served as CEO of BT (Germany), a unit of British Telecom Group Plc. Geldmacher served as head of international networks and joint ventures at Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn before also taking on his role as a member of the executive board of T-Systems International and was responsible for managing their global telecommunications business. Additionally, amongst other board positions he headed up the board of Infonet Germany. Geldmacher started his professional career at NCR/AT&T in Augsburg and Hannover, Germany, in various sales executive positions and was also employed at AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR/Teradata) in San Diego, CA, USA.

    Geldmacher actually serves as the chairman of the board of administration for Deutsche Giganetz GmbH in Germany as well as an independent member of the board of directors for Cornami Inc., Campbell, CA and Skylo Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA. He also represents SoftBank Group on the board of directors of Boston Dynamics Inc. in Waltham, MA.

    Jan Geldmacher is married, has two adult children and lives in New York City, USA.


  • Anna Mossberg - Managing Director, Silo AI Sweden

    Anna Mossberg

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    Anna Mossberg - Managing Director, Silo AI Sweden

    Anna Mossberg Managing Director, Silo AI Sweden

    Anna is a technology leadership professional, with extensive experience in telecommunications and technology. Anna has a solid background in companies such as Telia, Deutsche Telekom and Google.

    Throughout her career, Anna has been the driving force behind data strategies of multiple listed companies, and is a strong advocate of rapid technological experimentation. Anna is a board member at Orkla, Schibsted, Swedbank and Swisscom.


  • Marc Sommer - VP INT Business Development & Operator Partnerships, Facebook

    Marc Sommer

    VP INT Business Development & Operator Partnerships, Facebook Read more
    Marc Sommer - VP INT Business Development & Operator Partnerships, Facebook

    Marc Sommer VP INT Business Development & Operator Partnerships, Facebook

    Marc is Facebook's Vice President for International Business Development and Operator Partnerships.

    Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. His work prioritizes supporting the connectivity ecosystem bringing more people to a faster internet. With 3 billion users across it's core platforms Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus Facebook seeks to advance connectivity globally.

    Before joining Facebook in 2016, Marc worked for various Telecom operators including Deutsche Telekom in Bonn as Senior Vice President for Partnerships, Mobile Telesystems in Moscow as Director for Product and Partnerships and Vodafone Germany in Düsseldorf.


  • Tareq Amin - CEO, Rakuten Symphony

    Tareq Amin

    CEO, Rakuten Symphony Read more
    Tareq Amin - CEO, Rakuten Symphony

    Tareq Amin CEO, Rakuten Symphony

    Tareq Amin currently serves as CEO, Rakuten Symphony.

    At Rakuten Mobile, Amin is leading the design and rollout of the company’s next-generation fully virtualized cloud native mobile network in Japan.  Leveraging technologies across the cloud, virtualization, OpenRAN and end-to-end automation, the Rakuten Mobile network offers greater flexibility, scalability, security and resiliency, and revolutionizes the way mobile services are provided and consumed. Full-scale commercial LTE service began in April 2020, with 5G service launch following in September of the same year. Amin is also heading the development of the Rakuten Communications Platform, a cloud-native telco platform that enables telecommunications companies and enterprises around the world to build secure and open mobile networks at speed and low cost.

    Before joining Rakuten Mobile in 2018, Amin served as Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Automation for Reliance Jio. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Technology Development and Automation organization, including innovation, development, and operations. His organization led software development, systems engineering, next-generation access networks, technical operations and R&D. Amin drove end-to-end network design and deployment to meet  coverage, capacity, and performance needs of India’s largest greenfield LTE TDD network, supporting  industry leading data connectivity and innovative services such as VoLTE/HD Voice and eMBMS.

    Prior to  this, Amin served as Vice President of Carrier Solutions for Huawei, where he led the company’s strategy for all major technologies and solution innovations, and as Senior Director of National Planning & Performance at T-Mobile, where he managed all budget allocation of capacity, performance and software development related expenditures across USA markets.

    Amin holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Portland State University in Oregon.


  • Hamish Taylor - Speaker and Consultant

    Hamish Taylor

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    Hamish Taylor - Speaker and Consultant

    Hamish Taylor Speaker and Consultant

    Hamish has an award-winning record of driving innovation and change in a number of very different environments. 

    He was trained in brand management at Procter and Gamble. After that, he became a management consultant at Price Waterhouse, Head of Brands at British Airways, CEO of Eurostar, and CEO of Sainsburys Bank – and all before he was 40! In each case, he left behind a record of significant growth/turnaround triggered by a willingness to challenge industry/organization norms and place the customer at the core of all activities.

    He has also been dubbed the “master thief” by the Inspired Leaders Network due to his record of “stealing” ideas from one environment to use in another (including Yacht designers for aircraft interiors, Disney to help with airport queuing, and rugby referees for new approaches to risk/compliance). 

    Hamish launched his speaking and consultancy career. And since then, over 250 organizations in more than 45 different countries have sought his advice and inspiration. 


  • Keri Gilder - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colt

    Keri Gilder

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colt Read more
    Keri Gilder - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colt

    Keri Gilder Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colt

    Appointed to the role in May 2020, Keri is responsible for executing Colt’s strategy which centres around transforming the way the world works through the power of connectivity.

    Before becoming CEO, Keri was Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), leading global teams across sales, presales and marketing, as well as working closely with the wider organisation to ensure Colt delivered for its customers.

    Before joining Colt, Keri held several leadership roles at Ciena but was most recently its Vice President and General Manager EMEA, responsible for guiding Ciena’s EMEA service provider and enterprise customers, as well as partners.

    Keri is passionate about promoting Inclusion and Diversity, also leading Colt’s Diversity Council, to ensure Colt is a business where everyone feels they can bring their true selves to work. Keri brings this passion to the wider industry, also supporting external mentoring and coaching initiatives. 

    Prior to Ciena, Keri worked in multiple roles for Lucent Technologies, and she has also worked for Hughes Aircraft as a Network Engineer.

    Keri has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (MIS) from New Mexico State University. 

    Keri lives in London with her husband and two children and is based at Colt’s head office in London.


  • Dr. Boris Maurer - Europe Communication and Media Industry Lead for Accenture

    Dr. Boris Maurer

    Europe Communication and Media Industry Lead for Accenture Read more
    Dr. Boris Maurer - Europe Communication and Media Industry Lead for Accenture

    Dr. Boris Maurer Europe Communication and Media Industry Lead for Accenture

    Seasoned industry and innovation thought leader and telco industry veteran. Europe Communication and Media Industry Lead for Accenture. Prior this role, Boris led Digital Transformation globally for Comms, Media and Technology at Accenture.Track record of 25 years of Top Management Consulting predominantly in Telecommunications, Software, High-Tech, Media as well as in the Public Sector.

    Prior to Accenture, Boris was a Partner at McKinsey for 14 years up until 2010.  After his time at McKinsey, he became a serial entrepreneur with focus in the IoT/AI space.

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