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Mobile Connect: Delivering global mobile identity services


February 27 @ 11:00 am
February 27 @ 1:00 pm
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Mobile Connect, the mobile industry’s secure digital identity service, is gaining momentum.  Operators in many countries are now collaborating to offer country-wide identity services to digital service providers and consumers alike.  Mobile Connect’s unique service allows for a global interoperable solution that gives the user a simple, convenient and consistent way to log-in to all their digital services whilst reducing the risk of identity theft and enhancing consumer loyalty to the digital service provider.

This seminar, aimed at operators and digital providers looking to offer secure identity services to their customers, will highlight the growth of Mobile Connect around the globe and showcase use cases and working practices from those already deploying the service. Panel sessions will discuss the future of digital identity in the mobile space and the role that Mobile Connect is fulfilling.

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Location: GSMA Seminar Theatres, CC1 at Mobile World Congress 2017

Time Agenda & Speakers
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome & Introduction
Marie Austenaa, VP, Head of Personal Data and Mobile Identity, GSMA
11:10– 11:25 Keynote: Rationale for a ubiquitous digital identity, it’s impact on society, and the role of the mobile operators
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Advisor, and former Telenor Group CEO and GSMA Chairman
11:25 – 11:45 Keynote: The need in the market for a global solution around identity and authentication, the challenges faced by the global service providers and risks of reliance on the big market players
William Pence, Executive Vice President and CTO, AOL

11:45 – 12:00 Live service use-case: Digital transformation and the part that digital identity and Mobile Connect is playing within this in developing markets
Aamir Ibraham, CEO, Jazz
12:00 – 12:15 Live service use-case: Migrating existing authentication services into a global identity solution, the benefits to end users and industry at large
Ian Huh, Senior Vice President, and Head of Solutions Business Division, SK Telecom
12:15 – 12:25 Live service use-case: Driving user awareness and usage and strategy for future growth of services.
Burak Akinci, Director of Marketing & Big Data, Turkcell
12:25 – 12:55 Panel Discussion
All Speakers
12:55 – 13:00 Summary & close
Marie Austenaa, VP, Head of Personal Data and Mobile Identity, GSMA


Aamir Ibraham

CEO, Jazz

Aamir is the Chief Executive Officer of Jazz, Pakistan’s leading telecom operator with over 50 million subscribers. Prior to his position as CEO, Aamir was Jazz’s Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer.

Aamir has over two decades of international experience across multiple industries and continents. Before Jazz, Aamir was the Senior Vice President for Telenor Group, where he led distribution initiatives across Asia. Aamir has also held senior leadership positions at Telenor Pakistan, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar & Land Rover.  He brings with him a wealth of experience specifically in strategic marketing, sales and distribution, analytics, government and regulatory management, business planning, M&A, public relations.

Aamir is a British Pakistani, with an undergraduate degree in Accounting from The University of Texas and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. In 2012, Aamir received an Advanced Management Program diploma from Harvard Business School. He has lived and worked across multiple cultures and countries including Thailand, Pakistan, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the US.

Burak Akinci

Director Marketing & Big Data, Turkcell

Burak Akinci is the Director of Digital Communication & Big Data Services.  He is mainly in charge of management of OTT, Messaging, Insight, Mobile Life and Digital Advertising services where his role is to create new strategies, business models and new revenue sources as well as encouraging the innovation of new OTT services.

Ian Huh

Senior Vice President, Head of Solutions Business Division, SK Telecom

Ian Huh is Senior Vice President of SK Telecom, the #1 mobile network operator in South Korea, and currently responsible for the product marketing and business development of the company’s enterprise solution business. The range of the products he oversees encompasses IoT Network and Platform, Big Data, Cloud Services and Smart Grid.

Before joining SK Telecom, he worked for 13 years at Samsung Electronics semiconductor businesses, where he managed several product lines such as Mobile SoC / Modem, Flash Memory and Solid State Drives. He also worked as a product innovation specialist at Samsung Electronics’ Global Marketing Operation office.

Ian holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in Michigan, US, where he spent long hours at automotive factories to find the way to reduce the ramp-up time by collecting and analyzing the data from numerous machines. He also holds masters’ and bachelor’s degree in engineering from Seoul National University, Korea.

Jon Fredrik Baksaas

Advisor, and former Telenor Group CEO and GSMA Chairman

Jon Fredrik Baksaas is among the longest-serving top executives in international telecoms and in Norwegian business life. He served as GSMA Chairman and now acts as a special adviser to the telecommunications company’s Group Executive Management team. Jon Fredrik Baksaas was the CEO of the Telenor group for 13 years during the big transformation to a more modern and international Telenor Group.

Marie Austenaa

VP, Head of Personal Data and Mobile Identity, GSMA

Marie Austenaa leads the GSMA Personal Data programme. The aim of this programme is to drive forward a global standard for a mobile identity solution that protects the privacy of end users while leveraging network assets and inherent security of Mobile Operators.

Marie has many years experience working in strategy and business development including start-ups for Vodafone and Telenor.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

William Pence

Executive Vice President and CTO, AOL

As Global Chief Technology Officer, William Pence leads all aspects of AOL’s global technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of AOL. He also leads the newly established Area 51, focused on synchronizing innovation efforts across AOL’s venture investments, incubators, university relations, and internal R&D.

He is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry with over 25 years of experience. William joined AOL in April of 2014. Before joining AOL, William served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of WebMD from 2007 to 2014 as well as Chief Operating Officer of WebMD from 2012 to 2014. At WebMD, he led many cross-company initiatives that drove innovative new products, improved operational efficiencies and user experiences for consumers and advertiser partners. He also drove technology and corporate operations improvement through automation, cloud technology and data management systems.

William was instrumental in mobile product efforts across WebMD’s properties as well as the company’s global expansion. Prior to WebMD, William served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of pressplay, a Universal Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment joint venture, and from 2000 to 2001 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Universal Music Group. Previously, William spent more than a decade at IBM.

William received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University


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