GSMA IoT Conference Sessions at MWC Barcelona 2021

GSMA IoT Conference Sessions at MWC Barcelona 2021

Start: Tuesday 29 June 2021 13:00

End: Tuesday 29 June 2021 18:00

The IoT conference sessions at MWC Barcelona 2021 cover three key vertical industries – manufacturing, automotive and aviation -all of which are being transformed by mobile-enabled IoT solutions. Each session will focus on the latest business experiences, live case studies and future opportunities brought to you by leading industry experts and their partners in the mobile ecosystem. 

MWC Barcelona Conference sessions are available for the following pass types only: Intelligence Pass, Leader’s Pass, VIP pass.

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5G IoT FOR INDUSTRY 4.0

13:00 – 14:00 CEST | Tuesday 29 June | Aud B, Hall 2

Manufacturing is undergoing a major generational shift. Industry 4.0, the digitisation and advancement of the manufacturing processes and ecosystem, is set to create far more flexible, efficient and sustainable production lines. 5G for IoT underpins this transformation by enabling manufacturing companies and their supply chain partners the opportunity to utilise emerging technologies such as AI and machine vision to give vastly improved visibility over all aspects of their business. This session will focus on how modern 5G networks are able to provide a tailored, capable and intelligent solutions to enhance the end to end manufacturing process.

Agenda and Speakers

Agenda

Time
CET
Topic Speaker
13:00 Opening Keynote Aruna Srinivasan, Executive Director, IoT, GSMA
13:05 Panel 1: 5G Networks for Industry 4.0 Moderator: Angus Ward, CEO, Beyond by BearingPoint

  • Andres Escribano, New Business & Industry 4.0 Director, Telefonica
  • Bosco Novak, EVP Technology Systems, Rohde & Schwarz
  • Hakim Achouri, 5G Solution Architect, Airbus
13:25 Keynote Elise Neel, VP, Verizon New Business Incubation, Verizon
13:35 Panel 2: Business Drivers & Opportunities for Manufacturing in the 5G Era Moderator: Tom Loozen, Global Telecommunications Leader, EY

  • Elise Neel, VP, Verizon New Business Incubation, Verizon
  • Nicolas Damour, Director, Technology Partnership Development, Sierra Wireless
  • Stephane Gervais, Executive VP Strategic Innovation, Lacroix Group

Speakers

Andres Escribano

New Business & Industry 4.0 Director & Joint Chair of GSMA 5G IoT Manufacturing Forum, Telefónica

Andres Escribano

Responsible for developing new business opportunities at global level in IoT, 5G & new connectivity, AI & Blockchain. During the last 2 years responsible for the Industry 4.0 Business area.

Responsible for connectivity business in Telefónica during the last 4 years (18 Mll IoT lines around the world), including the Telefónica IoT Platform Global Product Area (KITE), IoT Partners Program & Business Technology Area) and part of the IoT World Alliance Executive Board, GSMA Connecting Living Group.

For 8 years he implemented and managed the ERP/PDM information systems in EADS (Airbus), later he joined Telefónica in 1999 where he was responsible for IT and Security in Quam Switzerland (TEF Mobile Operations). For 8 years in different organizations in Telefónica (Spain and Latam Corporation & MNCs), managed the Presales Area in the Corporate/Multinationals segment, focus in the B2B business.

Angus Ward

CEO, Beyond by BearingPoint

Angus Ward

Angus is the CEO of Beyond by BearingPoint, a rapidly growing ecosystem orchestration and digital platform provider, powering organizations to launch new services at speed and grow revenue by utilizing its digital platform and SaaS BSS

Angus brings 30 years of consulting and solutions experience to his role, supporting organizations across multiple industries in shaping strategies and adopting platform-based business and operating models with differentiating partner ecosystems. Key clients have included BP, BT, Boeing, Ministry of Defence, NTT and Tata Communications as well as key ecosystem partners like Amazon Web Services.

Angus’s extensive experience and knowledge over a range of fields has established him as a thought leader, quoted often by newspapers and prominent industry publications, on the topics of business model reinvention, digital platform business models and the role of the ecosystem in the evolving digital economy. Working closely and collaborating with industry bodies such as TM Forum, analysts, research firms and academic organizations such as MIT and Wharton, he regularly presents on the key trends and issues affecting telecoms and technology.

Angus Ward is also a Chartered Accountant and has published research within the BearingPoint Institute.

Bosco Novak

EVP Technology Systems, Rohde & Schwarz

Bosco Novak

“Making ideas real and bringing tomorrow’s technology into today’s infrastructure.” Within Rohde&Schwarz, Bosco Novak is responsible for the Technology Systems division, designing and implementing technology solutions for industry, critical infrastructure and governments.

Bosco is a veteran in the telecom infrastructure market. Prior to joining Rohde&Schwarz he held various executive positions at Ericsson, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.

Over the past years, Rohde&Schwarz has received multiple national and European awards for their extensive supply chain operations. The company is utilizing their own factory network as a platform to develop, pilot and industrialize the new technologies for industry 4.0, e.g. IIOT, Network and Wireless Technologies, Big-Data Analytics, Process Automation, IT- and cyber security, network testing and optimization. In its Bavarian plant, Rohde&Schwarz operates its own 5G network which allows the direct connection between the first-hand operational experience with the product development labs.

Elise Neel

VP, Verizon New Business Incubation, Verizon

Elise Neel

Elise Neel, VP, Verizon New Business Incubation, is harnessing her fiercely curious builder mindset to scale new software automation businesses fueled by the orchestration power of the 5G future.

Elise’s team houses industry experts across strategy, product, technology, sales, marketing and R&D in the areas of location technology, aerial and terrestrial robotics, industrial IoT, and other emergent technologies. Bringing to bear her experience in new business development, big data platforms, geospatial intelligence, analytics, and IoT, the transformative work she’s leading is directly fueling Industry 4.0.

In addition to leading NBI, Elise is the Global Co-Lead of the Women’s Association of Verizon Employees (WAVE) employee resource group. With more than 13,000 members in 32 countries, WAVE is a pivotal advocate for women at Verizon, arming members with real-life skills, training, and leadership development opportunities.

Hakim Achouri

5G Solution Architect & Co-Chair of GSMA 5G IoT for Manufacturing Forum , Airbus

Hakim Achouri

Hakim Achouri joined Airbus 1.5 years ago as a 5G Solution Architect in the Digital Transformation & IM Teams. His work consists in building the strategy, roadmap and the right architecture towards a 5G connected Factory and he also acts as a Technical Authority on the 5G Connected Aircraft building data & user centric solutions for factory digitalization, Aircraft remote predictive maintenance and future seamless passenger connectivity. Before this he worked 6 years in the UK for McLaren Applied Technologies as a Principal Telecommunication Engineer, building solutions to connect Trains (Virgin Trains, Japanese Bullet Trains, Formula 1 telemetry). Before this he spent 10 years at Orange R&D in the Wireless Access Networks Teams doing research and building innovative solutions for fast moving vehicles connectivity V2V/V2X. Hakim has several patents around multiple wireless links aggregation, handovers, etc.

Nicolas Damour

Director, Technology Partnership Development, Sierra Wireless

Nicolas Damour

Nicolas Damour is Director for Technology Partnerships Development at Sierra Wireless, responsible for innovation projects with industry partners and market adoption of next generation IoT technologies and services. He has been working at Sierra Wireless for ten years, strengthening the company’s position as global provider of field-to-cloud IoT solutions that include hardware, connectivity and cloud services. He is currently chairing the GSMA IoT Terminal Steering Group.

Stephane Gervais

Executive VP Strategic Innovation, LACROIX Group

Stephane Gervais

Stephane Gervais has more than 25 years of experience working in the high-tech industry for multi-national companies in Europe and in Asia. He is now EVP Strategic Innovation at LACROIX Group : Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), new technologies, electronics, smart mobility and smart city are some of his favorite’s topics.

Stéphane holds a Doctorate degree (Ph. D) in Electronics from the University of Bordeaux (France) and an MBA degree from Newcastle University, Australia.

Tom Loozen

Global Telecommunications Industry Leader, EY

Tom Loozen

Tom leads an integrated team of telecommunications professionals working in more than 150 countries, and is responsible for driving the industry growth strategy through innovative solutions across Consulting, Tax, Assurance and Strategy and Transactions. Combining the strength of the broad range of EY services, he leads strategic conversations to address clients’ most complex business challenges, shaping and delivering unique value propositions.

Before joining EY, Tom held various leadership positions with a major global consultancy and in the telecoms industry, including Global Telecom Industry Lead; Telecom, Media & Technology Lead for the Netherlands; and Chair of the Diamond Client Forum, a global community of the largest accounts across industries.

Tom holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

 

Aruna Srinivasan

Executive Director, IoT, GSMA

Aruna Srinivasan

Aruna Srinivasan is the Executive Director of IoT Capabilities at the GSMA. Ms. Srinivasan directs the IoT Big Data, Edge Computing and 5G IoT Manufacturing initiatives, working with mobile operators and ecosystem partners to develop new technology enablers and drive market adoption. Ms. Srinivasan has over 18 years of strategy, technology and programme delivery experience with the GSMA, Third Horizon Consulting, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia Gas Lighting and Arthur Andersen Consulting. She holds Bachelor of Software Engineering and Master of Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

TRANSFORMING AUTOMOTIVE & MOBILITY WITH 5G

14:30 – 15:30 CEST | Tuesday 29 June | Aud B, Hall 2

Mobile technologies are propelling smart mobility, revolutionising not only the automotive industry, but the entire mobility ecosystem – changing forever how we travel across roads and cities. Already today, 4G LTE networks offer the benefits of a connected vehicle market and a smoother travelling experience. With 5G, the market will scale to its full potential, enabling fully autonomous and connected driving, and delivering societal benefits, value-added services and business opportunities at large.

This session will focus on the progress and opportunity created by 5G and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) for automotive and wider transport solutions, and how these technologies are creating safer, greener, more efficient and more convenient travelling experiences for everyone.

Agenda and Speakers

Agenda

Time
CET
Topic Speaker
14:30 Welcome and Introduction Richard Cockle, Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data, GSMA
14:35 Presentation Johannes Springer, Program Lead 5G Automotive Program, Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Systems International
14:45 Panel Discussion Moderator: Shahid Ahmed, Group EVP New Venture and Innovation, NTT
 
Nicolas Damour, Director, Technology Partnership Development, Sierra Wireless
 
Bernardo Campillo Soto, Head of Industry Partnerships, Telefónica
 
Abel Carbonell, Head of Electronics, Applus IDIADA
15:15 Presentation Spencer Rosen, Head of Business Development, Connected Infrastructure, HARMAN Samsung
15:25 Closing Richard Cockle, Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data, GSMA

Speakers

Abel Carbonell

Head of Electronics, Applus IDIADA

Abel Carbonell

Mr Abel Carbonell is the Head of the Electronics at Applus IDIADA. He studied Electronics Engineering in Barcelona’s UPC ‘Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya’. He’s having more than 25 years’ international experience in automotive engineering, testing and homologation services. In the recent years, he has been leading the global development of new services and test facilities for Connected and Automated Vehicles at Applus IDIADA where he manages a multidisciplinary team of engineers devoted to the design, integration and validation of electronics automotive systems. Recently, he has leaded the implementation of two open air laboratories in Applus IDIADA automotive proving grounds in Spain and UK, that will provide unique capabilities for connected vehicle testing.

Johannes Springer

Program Lead 5G Automotive Program, Deutsche Telekom AG / T-Systems International GmbH

Johannes Springer

Johannes Springer is responsible for the 5G Automotive Program at Deutsche Telekom.

Johannes studied Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering at Berlin Technical University. After his doctorate in 1992 he was in charge at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH) as head of department in the Institute of Ergonomics and Industrial Engineering. In 1998 he joined Deutsche Telekom Group in various management positions. From 2004 to 2010 he worked as CTO/COO for Toll Collect, the GNSS and mobile networks based electronic tolling operator for trucks in Germany. From 2011 to 2016 he was Vice President Technology and Solution Design within the Strategic Business Unit Connected Car in T-Systems.

Johannes is active in various organizations, e.g. NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Network, Co-Lead in V2X Task Force) and DGON (German Association of Navigation, Advisory Board).
In 5GAA (5G Automotive Association) he works in the Working Groups “Use Cases” and “Business Models”, and since 2018, he is the Director General of the 5GAA.

Spencer Rosen

Head of Business Development, Connected Infrastructure, HARMAN Samsung

Spencer Rosen

Spencer Rosen is a senior business development and strategy leader with an extensive background in technology product sales, partnerships, operations and channel distribution, and currently serves as Head of Business Development for Connected Infrastructure at Harman. He joined the company via the acquisition of Savari in February 2021. Spencer built expertise in V2X, telematics, connected infrastructure, data science, artificial intelligence, usage-based insurance, and the connected car ecosystem from leadership roles over the past 12 years at Savari, Zendrive, Verizon Connect, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and Verizon Wireless.

Across a blend of tech startup and global corporate experience, he has a proven track record of delivering strong revenue growth through multimillion-dollar programs for global automotive and telecom businesses including AT&T, Ford, GM, Honda, PACCAR, Tesla, Verizon, Vodafone, Uber and more. He draws on 20+ years of experience working with and at Silicon Valley tech startups to focus teams on solving real problems, achieving product market fit, and scaling.

Shahid Ahmed

Group EVP New Venture and Innovation, NTT

Shahid Ahmed

As the global leader for New Venture and Innovation at NTT, Shahid is responsible for driving new digital experiences, offerings and technologies that create growth and transform people’s lives and companies.

Shahid brings over 25 years of experience leading large services businesses with a focus on business transformation. Most recently he was a managing partner at Imagine Wireless, a privately held consulting firm driving digital transformation. He was also a co-founder and COO of EQITII – a blockchain-based foundation that enables enterprise businesses to securely exchange and share data.

Prior to Imagine Wireless, Shahid was a Partner at PwC responsible for several digital businesses including IoT, Emerging Technologies, and Data & Analytics. He also spent 20 years at Accenture, as a managing director for Accenture’s North America Telecoms $1B+ business. Shahid is also a visiting professor teaching Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) course at McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and is an appointee to the FCC Technological Advisory Council.

Shahid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Elmhurst College and a master’s in engineering management, from Northwestern University.

Nicolas Damour

Director, Technology Partnership Development, Sierra Wireless

Nicolas Damour

Nicolas Damour is Director for Technology Partnerships Development at Sierra Wireless, responsible for innovation projects with industry partners and market adoption of next generation IoT technologies and services. He has been working at Sierra Wireless for ten years, strengthening the company’s position as global provider of field-to-cloud IoT solutions that include hardware, connectivity and cloud services. He is currently chairing the GSMA IoT Terminal Steering Group.

Bernardo Campillo Soto

Head of Industry Partnerships, Telefónica

Bernardo Campillo Soto

Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).

In 2000 he began his professional career at Telefónica I + D dedicated to the conceptualization and development of multimedia mobile services and smart networks. In 2008 he joined Huawei Technologies where, as Product Line Marketing Manager, he defined the requirements of different value-added services for the end user through the mobile operator and managed the Innovation Service Center between Huawei and Telefónica.

In 2010 he joined Telefónica On The Spot Services where he led the development of services and the definition of the company’s value proposition, developing music and Digital Signage services with the mission of activating the point of sale, digitally transforming spaces and the relationship of brands with customers. At the beginning of 2016, he became part of Telefónica’s global IOT area with responsibility for the IOT New Business and Innovation area at Telefónica with the aim of growing Telefónica’s IOT proposal through new innovative products and finding new IOT businesses globally for Telefónica (Wearables, Energy, Drones, Blockchain, etc.). Since 2020 he is part of the new company Telefónica Tech IOT & BD, leading external communication and positioning as well as its relationship with Industry Analysts and other partners.

Richard Cockle

Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data , GSMA

Richard Cockle

Richard leads an international team developing new capabilities and revenue opportunities for the mobile sector. Most recently he lead the GSMA programme expanding the business reach of Mobile Identity services with 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries; the services are now being used by over a billion people worldwide.

With over 15 years of experience, leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the critical challenges faced by the industry. In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to essential standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are now widely deployed. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.

In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held several technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE-ENABLED DRONES

16:00 – 17:00 CEST | Tuesday 29 June | Aud B, Hall 2

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market is one of the fastest growing and innovative sectors of IoT and presents a huge future commercial and strategic opportunity for operators and their technology partners. This session will focus on the benefits of using mobile networks for secure drone identification, beyond line of sight navigation and communication to realise the potential of using drones for a range of applications including remote delivery, aerial reconnaissance, asset inspection, emergency response, agricultural automation, manufacturing and even personal transport.

Agenda and Speakers

Agenda

Time
CET
Topic Speaker
16:00 Welcome and Introduction Richard Cockle, Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data, GSMA
16:05 Panel Discussion: Industrial Applications for Mobile-Enabled Drones Moderator: Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Director of Communications and Strategy CIVATAglobal

  • Patrick Castagnino, Airbus
  • Toby Townrow, Drone Evolution
  • Philippe Vallée, Thales
16:30 Presentation: Commercial Drone Market Insights, Trends and the Evolution of Drone Connectivity Hendrik Bödecker, Drone Industry Insights
16:35 Panel Discussion: Future Opportunities for Mobile-Enabled Drones Moderator: Greg Hull, CEO, Stonecraft Consulting

  • Marc Beltran, BCN Drone Center
  • Hendrik Bödecker, Drone Industry Insights
  • Elena Neira, The MITRE Corporation
  • Nicholas Zylberglajt, Unmanned Life

Speakers

Patrick Castagnino

Connectivity Business Development for Digital Aviation & Co-Chair of GSMA 5G IoT for Manfacturing Forum, Airbus

Patrick Castagnino

Patrick CASTAGNINO has more than 20 years of connectivity experience working in the aviation industry with multiple roles (Engineering, customer support, Maintenance, Project & Program, Digital Transformation & Connectivity innovation…) . He is now Connectivity Business for Digital Aviation at Airbus with the role to develop the connectivity business for Airbus Commercial and global convergence for AIrbus group: 5G Connected Aircraft, Aircraft remote predictive maintenance and future seamless passenger connectivity, 5G IoT for Manufacturing, Internet-of-Things (IIoT), new technologies.

Philip Butterworth-Hayes

Director of Communications and Strategy, CIVATA Global

Philip Butterworth-Hayes

Philip Butterworth-Hayes is Director of Communications and Strategy at CIVATA Global

He is also the editor and publisher of EUROCONTROL’s Skyway publication (www.eurocontrol.int/content/skyway) and the editor and publisher of www.unmannedairspace.info and www.urbanairmobilitynews.com

For more than 25 years Philip has specialised in delivering highly complex technical and industrial aerospace information and advice to a

His background includes posts as the director of communications and strategy at the Civil Aviation Navigation Organization (CANSO) in Amsterdam, the launch editor of the European Defence Agency’s European Defence Matters, the Manager of Jane’s Air Transport Division and lead consultant for Jane’s Information Group on civil aviation consultancy studies, founding editor of Jane’s Aircraft Component Manufacturers, Jane’s World Airlines and Jane’s Airport Review, a former editor of Interavia Aerospace Review, Airports International, Jane’s Defence Industries, Jane’s Military Aircraft and several unmanned air system publications. He has been an aviation consultant to BBC Television and Time-Life books.

He has authored a wide number of reports and studies based on future markets and analysis of current aerospace trends. These include The Market for ATC Equipment (Jane’s Information Group) 1997, 1998, 2001; the Market for Civil Aircraft Maintenance and Services (Jane’s Information Group) 1997; The Market for Civil Aircraft (Jane’s Information Group) 1998; The very light jet market (PMI Media Ltd) 2006, 2007, 2008; and The growth of aircraft manufacturing in low-wage economies 2005-2009 (PMI Media Ltd) 2010.

In 2007 he left CANSO to concentrate on developing aerospace consultancy and market report company PMI Media Ltd. Over the next two years he developed the Aviation Supply Chain Intelligence database, to map global trends in aerospace manufacturing.

Marc Beltran

COO & Partner, BCN Drone Center

Marc Beltran

Marc Beltran is the COO & Partner of the BCN Drone Center. He holds a BSc & MSc in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked at the Canadian Center for Aerospace Research in Vancouver and at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in a project in cooperation with NASA

Toby Townrow

Co-Founder and Business Development Director, Drone Evolution

Toby Townrow

Toby Townrow is the co-founder and Business Development Director for Drone Evolution, a UK national drone services provider and developer of new drone tech formed in November 2018. The company recently completed its 1500th flight with a 100% safety record, having flown missions in all four corners of the UK. The Drone Evolution products team have also developed SkyWire, the world’s first tethered drone system that can be powered directly from a vehicle, capable of flying at heights of up to 120m for hours at a time. It is with this tech that Drone Evolution will be entering the 5G market, to provide automated infrastructure inspections powered by IoT.

Hendrik Bödecker

Founder and CFO, DRONEII

Hendrik Bödecker

Hendrik is an expert in aviation law and UAV with over 10 years of experience in the field. At Lufthansa Technik he was the single point of contact to Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) of Germany, Middle East and Asia. He used this experience to form the backbone of regulatory expertise at Drone Industry Insights. Not only has he built up a portfolio in assisting clients in regulatory matters, but he also authors DRONEII’s yearly drone investment report.

Greg Hull

CEO, Stonecraft Consulting

Greg Hull

Greg Hull is a mobile industry veteran and trusted executive suite advisor on enterprise-grade products, solutions, strategy, revenue, marketing, and operational effectiveness. As an early pioneer in wireless data communications, machine to machine (M2M), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) he has been engaged in the strategic efforts to enhance the reliability and safety of complex enterprise systems, and to promote the life-cycle management of key enterprise assets and products. His industry tenure has included roles at Time Warner, McCaw Cellular, BellSouth, VeriSign, and other notable corporations in the advancement of mobile communications.

Philippe Vallée

Executive Vice-President, Digital Identity and Security, Thales

Philippe Vallée

Philippe Vallée is a graduate in engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) and from the ESSEC business school. He began his career with Matra. Philippe Vallée joined Gemplus in 1992. He held a number of positions in marketing, product management and sales in Europe and in Asia, including Vice-President of Gemplus Technologies Asia based in Singapore. He was afterwards promoted Vice-President of Marketing, and then President of the Gemplus Telecom business unit. He was promoted Chief Technology Officer of Gemalto in 2006, Then, in 2007, he was appointed as Executive Vice-President in charge of the Telecommunications Business Unit until 2013. He was the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2016, with operational responsibility for all the Company’s businesses. Philippe Vallée was the CEO of Gemalto from 2016 to March 2019, Since March 2019, he is Executive Vice-President, Digital Identity and Security, Thales.

Nicholas Zylberglajt

CEO, Unmanned Life

Nicholas Zylberglajt

Nicholas is the CEO of Unmanned Life, the leading Autonomy-as-a-Service AI software platform powering the deployment of autonomous robotics solutions for enterprise. Unmanned Life positively disrupts traditional industries such as logistics and smart manufacturing as well as pioneers new business solutions for the Cities of tomorrow. Powered by AI and 5G.

He is leader with more than 13 years of experience in the technology and entrepreneurship space, having approached the adoption of new technologies from different perspectives such as deep tech startup creation, open innovation, mentoring and supporting more than 1500 startups in their growth journey.

He has a track-record in B2B/B2G, in particular in Logistics, Telecoms and Industry 4.0.

Nicholas has been a speaker and a judge at MIT Technology Review, Lisbon Investment Summit, 4YFN, Global Innovation Summit, Dubai 10X, Plug and Play, Dubai Future Foundation, Wayra, European Parliament and more .

Nicholas is actively engaged in promoting diversity in the European Tech ecosystem and proudly count more than 1000 women founders who have been supported through the programmes he led with the support from European and international partners. Since he is CEO, the Company has adopted binding diversity targets in view of making Unmanned Life a model in Europe.

Richard Cockle

Global Head of IoT, Identity and Big Data , GSMA

Richard Cockle

Richard leads an international team developing new capabilities and revenue opportunities for the mobile sector. Most recently he lead the GSMA programme expanding the business reach of Mobile Identity services with 70 mobile operators in over 30 countries; the services are now being used by over a billion people worldwide.

With over 15 years of experience, leading vital projects in the mobile ecosystem, Richard has an exceptional understanding of the critical challenges faced by the industry. In the past, Richard led the GSMA IoT programme where he secured industry agreements to essential standards for M2M chipset design and remote SIM provisioning. These two are now widely deployed. Richard also has a wealth of experience working with governments and regulators.

In addition, Richard Cockle currently holds an advisory role with HR Tech consultancy SilverCloudHR, where he works with blue-chip companies to develop and implement their HR Tech strategies. Prior to the GSMA, Richard held several technology delivery roles in Vodafone and BT.

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