Isabelle Paradis, President HOT TELECOM
The Internet of Things (IoT) is potentially the most significant driver of new developments, technologies and revenue for telecom operators since the evolution of the Internet itself. Strong words, but the increasing opportunity to derive value from the collection and analysis of data from all the objects surrounding us is rapidly moving from a vague idea to a fully realized reality.
Laureen R. Cook, Executive TMT Adviser at Extelcon Consulting. She was formerly with the IFC (World Bank), as Principal TMT Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology investment sector, where she developed new business and evaluated TMT investment opportunities in Emerging Markets; providing guidance to the regional teams on new projects and portfolio companies, structure & operational improvements, from concept through to exit. Prior to joining the IFC, Laureen was with Alcatel-Lucent as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. She holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Long Island University in New York. In June 2017, Laureen was named as one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the Telecoms Industry by Global Telecoms Business.
Laureen R. Cook, Executive TMT Adviser, Extelcon Consulting
In the next decade, the mission of the satellite industry is to enable affordable Internet services for all, which is rather similar to that of the mobile industry. To achieve this mission, industry leaders are taking a commercial approach towards reducing the costs of Space Communications by commoditizing the development of satellites so that they can be manufactured at a lower cost, with increased capacity, higher throughput, and lower latency.
Thierry Gadou, Chairman and CEO, SES-Imagotag
The next major digital battle will play out in the retail sector, which will offer telecommunications and mobile service providers many amazing business opportunities. Where once retail was purely bricks and mortar, and then it also became virtual thanks to the Internet, we are now entering an era which we can describe as truly “omnichannel”.
Stewart Bain, CEO NorthStar
As of December 2017, the world population rose to 7.6 billion people. nearly 2 billion are children, living in an era of communications technology which not long ago would have seemed like science fiction. This generation will inherit our planet’s fresh air, forests and farms, rivers and oceans, but they lack a single unifying technology to deal with the most pressing issue of all: how will they sustain their environment? If we are to bequeath a more sustainable world to our children, we must move quickly to provide a solution to preserve our planet and its surroundings.
Jennifer L. Schenker, Editor-in-Chief, The Innovator
Naveen Jain’s first company,
Infospace – which started out by
focusing on content and services
for websites –was created during
the Internet dotcom boom.
While that company had big ambitions, Jain is now literally shooting for the moon.
Kate McKenzie, CEO Chorus, New Zealand
The key to driving investment in 5G mobile networks is a shared infrastructure approach, enabling operators to spread the considerable cost of these networks amongst the industry as a whole. This is all the more necessary in smaller economies such as new Zealand, which simply doesn’t have the population or the geography of larger countries, which would sustain a market-driven infrastructure approach to 5G.
Michele M. Merrell is a senior level telecommunications and technology executive with 30 years in the corporate world. She is the President of Merrell Consulting Group, a global consulting consortium. She serves as a Board of Director for three corporations in the telecommunications industry. Michele is on the international board of directors for the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), and is the North America President for GTWN, an organization that actively promotes and mentors women in the global telecommunications and technology industries
by Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, SVP, Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer, Ericsson
When I am talking to groups about sustainability, people often ask me how highly it rates on today’s corporate agenda. Simply put, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide investors, and therefore companies, with insights into how government decision-making and company behaviour will shape the development of the global economy over the next fifteen years. It also provides a powerful framework for companies to manage their impact on society, and relate to the most important issues of our time. Continue reading
by Heather E. Hudson, Professor Emerita, University of San Francisco
Radio remains the most widely used medium in much of the developing world. More than 75 percent of households in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) have radio sets. In the past decade, cellular network coverage has expanded to include rural areas, and mobile phones have also proliferated, even among low income rural populations. By mid- 2017 according to the GSMA, there were 420 million unique subscribers in SSA, equivalent to a penetration rate of 43 percent. Thus many households, even in rural regions, have access to a mobile phone.
by Vicky Sleight, Chief Perfect Officer, Perfect Limited
So how do we move forward in this complex world? We need to create culturally competent and globally inclusive workplaces. We should all be able to work in environments where everyone can thrive, but to do that we need to lead the way and create them. Continue reading
by Dr Terri Simpkin, Managing Director, Mischief Business Engineering, (UK & Aust.)
I have spent a good deal of my professional time over the past two decades sitting on panels or delivering key note sessions on the status of workforces and the skills agenda. While the industry focus changes, by and large the topic and challenges remain the same: not enough people, mismatches of skills and lack of diversity.
by Alicia Asín, CEO of Libelium
The potential for innovation and growth that IoT brings to any sector and, in particular, to smart cities is undeniable. We are experiencing the transition into a new era connecting the physical world to the digital world. our vision of an intelligent world, with sensor- lled cities, allows us to imagine more ef cient, habitable, safe and resilient towns thanks to the new digital era. Continue reading
by Ingrid Silver, Partner Reed Smith and GTWN Regional President, Europe
Having worked closely with the telecoms sector for over two decades, I have witnessed the steady, yet quite remarkable, transformation which the industry has undergone. From an industry which primarily supplied fixed telephony voice services has emerged a fantastically diverse ecosystem embedded in almost every aspect of our daily lives.
by Dr Gabriele Suder, Professor and International Trade Consultant
European companies often nd the thought of doing business in Asia at once both stimulating and challenging, given its multi-faceted nature. With the increasing emphasis on regionalisation of trade and international investment, and the increasing number of bilateral free trade agreements in existence or on the horizon, I am regularly solicited by my Europe based clients about the secret of being successful in Asia. Continue reading
by Alison Kay, Global Vice Chair of Industry, EY
In ve years’ time, we might travel to the office in driverless cars, let our fridges order groceries for us and have robots in the classroom. Yet, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report 2017, it will take another 100 years before women and men achieve equality in health, education, economics and politics. What’s more, it’s getting worse for economic parity: it will take a staggering 217 years to close the gender gap in the workplace.