Digital Transformation Acceleration Forum – Government & Industry Collaboration

Digital Transformation Acceleration Forum – Government & Industry Collaboration

Start: Thursday 10 February 2022 15:00

End: Thursday 10 February 2022 16:45

Venue: Online (Hong Kong Standard Time)

GSMA Digital Transformation Acceleration Forum’s first virtual seminar for 2022 will focus on the importance of collaboration in accelerating sector wide digital transformation and growth of ecosystems across the wider economy. “Digital Transformation” began humbly 10+ years ago digitally transforming business processes to become more productive and efficient at the enterprise level. Latest development of new enabling technologies coupled with fast and robust telecoms networks, its scope of application is now much wider digitally transforming sectors, industries, societies and economies.

In digitally pioneering countries, the commercial deployment of 5G networks and services and collaborative approach to industry promotion and development have had an effect of accelerating digital transformation across sectors. To fully realize the benefits of sector wide digital transformation, collaboration between governments, industries, ecosystem players and startups plays a key role in ensuring the creation of a leading, innovative and sustainable digital ecosystem.

This virtual seminar will examine different government and industry collaboration approaches/activities to enhance digital transformation in the 5G era from the perspective of the MNO, government, industry ecosystem players and startups.

In addition, this seminar will be covering the below areas through presentations and an industry panel discussion:

  1. Telecoms industry outlook for 2022
  2. Facilitating and expanding social/industry innovation reach
  3. Promoting ecosystem collaboration across sectors/geographies
  4. Opportunities for MNOs, industry ecosystem players and startups
  5. Promoting global industry leadership and competitiveness in 5G/6G


Watch webinar recording
15:00 - 15:05

Greetings and 2022 Community Plan
John David Kim, DXAF Community Head, APAC, GSMA

Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA

15:05 - 15:20

Industry Outlook for 2022

The Telecoms industry in 2022: trends to watch

Pablo Iacopino, Head of Research, GSMA Intelligence

15:20 - 15:35

Pioneering MNO Presentation:
“DX enabled Social and Industrial Structure Innovation”
Anass Benjebbour, Director of Global Business Planning, NTT DOCOMO

15:35 - 15:50

Industry Promotion Agency Presentation:
“Collaboration, DX of the Startup Ecosystem & Metaverse”
Mr. Jongkap Kim, Chief Executive Director, Born2Global

15:50 - 16:05

Pioneering Government/Policymaker Presentation #1:
“Helping to drive DX across sectors through collaboration”*
Ms. Yvonne Lim, Director – Business & Ecosystems, BizTech Group, IMDA

16:05 - 16:20

Pioneering Government/Industry Consortium Presentation #2:
“Beyond 5G R&D Promotion & International Cooperation”
Professor Nakao, Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium

16:20 - 16:35

Pioneering Government/Policymaker Presentation #3:
“5G mmWave enabled ultra-high speed Wi-Fi services in subway systems: Innovative Government & Industry Collaboration.”
Joon Hong Ha, Director of Spectrum Policy Division, Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea (MSIT)

16:35 - 16:45

Seminar review and closing
John David Kim, DXAF Community Head, GSMA


Akihiro Nakao

Chairman, Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium

Akihiro Nakao received B.S. (1991) in Physics, M.E. (1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory, Tokyo Research Laboratory, and IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Science from Princeton University. He has been teaching as an associate professor (2005-2014) and as a professor (2014-2021) in Applied Computer Science, at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo.
From 2019 to present, he has served as Vice Dean of the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (2019-2021). In April 2021, he has moved to School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (2021-present). He was appointed as an adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo in 2019 and as a special adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo (2020-present).He is serving as Director, Collaborative Research Institute for NGCI, (Next-Generation Cyber Infrastructure), the University of Tokyo (2021-present).

For social services, he has been playing several important roles in Japanese government and also at research societies. He has also been appointed Chairman of the 5G Mobile Network Promotion Forum (5GMF) Network Architecture Committee by Japanese government. He has been appointed as Chairman of 5G/Beyond 5G committee, Space ICT Promotion Initiative Forum, International Committee, and Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium as well (2020-present). From 2020 to present, he is a chair of IEICE technical committee on network systems (NS) as well as a chair of IEICE technical committee on cross-field research association of super-intelligent networking (RISING).


Jongkap Kim

Chief Executive Director, Born2Global Centre

Jongkap Kim is the Chief Executive Director of Born2Global Centre, the Korean government’s global startup incubation and acceleration agency under the Ministry of Science and ICT. Prior to heading the Center, he worked for over 20 years at Silicon Valley as the founding member and CEO of ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of Korea) Silicon Valley, and CEO of iPark Silicon Valley, a government agency for incubating tech entrepreneurs and businesses. During his time in Silicon Valley, he was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing business strategies for deep-tech companies and advising the Korean government on policies and new programs for the development of the deep-tech industry. In addition, he worked to create investment opportunities, partnerships and strategic alliances with U.S. channel partners. He himself is also an entrepreneur with multiple startups in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara. With expertise in technology startups and global ecosystem, he has supported over 2,000 startups penetrate the global market.

He has served in various committees and councils including as the Leader Group Mentor of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Global Advisory Member of the Mobile Convergence Technology Centre of Seoul City, Member of the Council for Seoul Creative Economy, and Member of the SW Cloud ride to the World TF of the Ministry of Science and Technology. He is currently a member of the Big Data Committee of Gyeonggi Province, Global SaaS Incubating Project Committee, ICT Internationalization Project Committee and National R&D Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Personal Information Protection Commission.

He completed a Ph.D. course in Finance at Vanderbilt University and received an M.S. in Environmental Planning and Design from Seoul National University.

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian, Head of Asia Pacific at GSMA, drives collaborative efforts between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystems to advance digital economies. With 20+ years of global experience in Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy, and Digital Transformation, he’s a pioneer in forging digital partnerships and units. His fervor lies in mobile tech as the cornerstone of economic resilience, sparking dialogues for sustainable, inclusive digital nations.

John David Kim

DXAF Community Head, Head of North East Asia, GSMA

John David Kim is Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with GSMA mobile operator members, ecosystem partners and government/policy-makers in the Asia Pacific Region. His activities involve working closely with these organisations to introduce, implement and execute GSMA initiatives/programmes to foster innovative business/commercial strategies, new technology adoption/commercialization and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics such as IoT, 5G commercialization, VoLTE Interconnection and RCS etc.

With over 20 years of research and consulting experience in the ICT and Telecoms industry, especially in North East Asia, Johnny has executed and directed major research and consulting studies for MNOs, vendors and government/regulatory bodies across a wide range of areas. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked as Regional Head/Managing Director for ICT global research and consulting companies specializing in Telecoms & ICT and key industry verticals, respectively for North East Asia.

Johnny completed studies in Science and Business/Marketing at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology, respectively and has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.

Pablo Iacopino

Head of Research, GSMA Intelligence


Joon Hong Ha

Director of Spectrum Policy Division, Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea

Joon hong Ha is a Director of Spectrum Policy Division, Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea.
He is striving to spread 5G including supplying spectrum for private 5G and project of improving subway Wi-Fi quality using mmWave 5G based on new ideas and high technical understanding.

Anass Benjebbour

Director, Global Business Planning, NTT Docomo

Anass Benjebbour is a director at the 5G&IoT Business Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC. with the mission to address the needs of enterprise clients at both global and domestic markets and to develop the strategy for 5G evolution to expand the enterprise business of DOCOMO.

Prior to the current assignment, between 2010 and 2018, he was leading within DOCOMO R&D the global consensus around the 5G technical concept, the definition of the 5G requirements in standardization including 3GPP, ITU-R and NGMN, and the cross-collaboration with global vendors. He is a holder of Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering respectively from Kyoto University, Japan. He is an author of 100+ publications, 50+ patent applications, and highly cited for his work on 5G. He received several awards from IEEE and IEICE; recently the IEEE best tutorial award of 2021.