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Claire Fletcher

Editor

Data Centre Review

An editor within the data centre space for the last five years, Claire is no stranger to this rather niche, yet booming industry.

With a degree in journalism and media, Claire also has experience in various other newspaper, magazine, digital and radio journalism. She is also a qualified English teacher and has taught English as a second language all over the world.

Currently heading up the editorial team on Data Centre (DCR) and Electrical Review (ER), Claire oversees the production of the magazines, as well as the running of the websites, social media and most recently a huge push on digital activity.

As editor on Electrical and Data Centre Review, Claire also hosts a bi-weekly ER podcast alongside co-host and contributing editor, Jordan O’Brien, where they chew the fat on all things electrical – watch this space for the DCR version.

“Some of the technology I’ve seen coming out of this industry is phenomenal, and some of the most amazing thinkers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting have come from this industry too.

“There is always something new happening and particularly in the wake of Covid, has only served to highlight how not only important, but vital our industry is, as well as proving a catalyst for the essential growth and development we’re seeing at the moment.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting our very first DCR Live and can’t wait to find out what the experts really think when it comes to the burning issues our industry is currently facing.”

Emma Fryer, Associate Director, TechUK

Emma Fryer

Associate Director

TechUK

Emma Fryer is Associate Director at techUK, the trade association for the UK technology industry.

Emma has worked in and around the technology industry for the last 15 years in a range of non-technical roles that include research and report writing, policy work (from political liaison to detailed negotiations) and project management.

Her first degree was in English at the University of Durham, followed some years later by a second degree in Environmental Science at the University of London. She is now completing an MSc in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University.

She spent five years representing the technology sector in policy matters relating to climate change. Her focus was split between encouraging government to make their policy tools fit for purpose and explaining how the intelligent use of ICT can reduce net carbon emissions.

More recently she has focused on Data Centres. She manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee and, with their support, has achieved some major outcomes for the sector, the most significant of which was negotiating and implementing the Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres. This, after a four-year marathon of evidence gathering and policy dialogue, was confirmed in December 2013 and came into force on 1st July 2014. It is worth around £200M to the sector. In recognition of her work she won the DataCenterDynamics Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013. TechUK also won the “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 in recognition of way the CCA campaign had been managed.

She has also produced a significant body of work including formal and informal policy responses, white papers, overviews, briefings, high level thought leadership papers and illustrated infographics explaining complex technologies in laymans’ terms – plus everything in between.

Emma is a judge for both the leading industry awards providers: BroadGroup and DataCenterDynamics. She is a regular speaker at industry events.

Ian Bitterlin

Consulting Engineer

Critical Facilities Consulting

BSc(Hons) BA DipDesInn
CEng FIET MCIBSE
Consulting Engineer

Formerly Visiting Professor, University of Leeds
Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Data Centre Industry’ at Data Centres Europe 2009
Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Data Centre Industry’ at DatacenterDynamics, 2015
Expert Member of TCT/7 – EN 50600, Data Centre Infrastructure
Expert Member of ISO/IEC 30134, Resource Efficient Data Centres
Member of BSi Committee IST/046 – Sustainability for, and by ICT
Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer, ATD #1177

Stijn Grove

Managing Director

Dutch Data Centre Association

Stijn Grove is the Managing Director of the Dutch Data Center Association, DDA, which is the national trade association for Data Centers in the Netherlands. He also heads theDigital Gateway to Europe organisation which promotes the Dutch data hub. The DDA connects the market-leading Data Centers in the Netherlands to strengthen economic growth and drive awareness of Data Centers. DDA stimulates interaction between its participants, partners, government, interest groups and platforms. It promotes the role, impact and significance of Data Centers in our society and represents the interests of the DDA participants. Digital Gateway to Europe organisation promotes the Netherlands as the international digital hub. Next to his work for the DDA and Digital Gateway to Europe Stijn is member of the standards working groups in The Netherlands and in Europe, leads the European data center trade association panel, is chairman of the KickStart Europe Conference, and is the co-initiator of the Digital Infrastructure Netherlands foundation, the umbrella organisation for the Dutch digital infrastructure sector. Stijn Grove has previously worked for Compuserve/UUNET, Verizon Business, Samsung Telecom, Colt and EvoSwitch Data Centers in Senior Management roles. He is an avid industry blogger, columnist, jury member and event speaker.  

Jim Wheeler

Director

Control Risks

Jim Wheeler is a Director in Control Risks’ Cyber Security practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, Jim supports organisations improve their cyber security and digital risk management through a wide range of assessment, advisory, audit, compliance and resilience consulting engagements. 

Jim has more than two decades of experience supporting public sector and private companies understand and manage the risks they face from cyber threats. This includes working with the executive boards and C-Suite executives of major global financial institutions and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, helping them to address not just the technical aspects of cyber and digital security but the risk management and human elements. 

Steve Bowes-Phipps

Senior Digital Infrastructure Consultant, PTS Consulting

Board Advisor, Data Centre Alliance

Steve has over 25 years of operational systems management experience. From managing Financial Services Data Centres and IT operations in the UK and Ireland, he joined ambitious web hosting company GlobalCenter who were expanding from the US into Europe. Sitting on the senior management team, he oversaw the building of five Internet Data Centres in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris until Exodus Internet bought the company in 2001. There, moved into a more strategic role, dealing with blue chip customer issues and relationship management, process improvement and building a culture of continuous improvement. Steve spent four years at Visa Europe managing strategically important projects and processes. In 2007, joined his Alma Mater, Hertfordshire University, to become their Head of Data Centres and worked with the UK’s Higher and Further Education IT funding arm, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), to assist in embedding Green IT in UK HE and FE institutions, and throughout the EU. In 2010, the University of Hertfordshire became the first European university to comply with the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres and has won in categories at the European Datacentre Leaders Awards 2010, the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT (GEITTM) 2011 and the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2011.  Steve joined PTS Consulting as their Senior Consultant on Data Centres in January 2015 and has presented at many conferences at home and abroad on reducing DC investment risk, Best Practices in Green IT and exemplar case studies.  He represents PTS on the Board of Advisors of the Data Centre Alliance and is also involved in various industry bodies forming new international standards and metrics for IT and Data Centre efficiency. 

Amber Villegas-Williamson

Consultant

Uptime Institute

Michael Adams

CEO

DatacentreSpeak Consulting

Michael Adams is a business leader, motivator and entrepreneurial thinker with over 35 years’ experience in the global data centre and critical infrastructure industries.

Highly personable and a skilled team builder, Michael has been successful at creating lasting partnerships with OEM vendors, service providers, alliance partners, cloud providers and end users. He has also been responsible for crystallizing and delivering go-to-market strategies to motivate and drive sales teams and business development campaigns which outperform expected market growth.

He has held positions of authority in global companies, helping them develop and execute strategies for the consolidation and business transformation to meet emerging challenges. Over the past decade, Michael has provided C-level consulting services to corporate clients with multiple facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia, to develop and execute their global data centre road maps and consolidation strategies.

Johannes Opitz

VP Commercial Roaming Services

Deutsche Telekom

Johannes Opitz is Vice President for Commercial Roaming and International Mobile Wholesale at Deutsche Telekom where he leads global negotiations and strategic partnerships with world’s leading Telecom Groups. His expertise includes telecommunications, IoT, roaming, strategic partnerships & operator alliances, strategy, product development & marketing,TV & Media, corporate finance & business planning. Johannes holds a PHD Degree in Accounting & Corporate Finance. 

Terje Jensen

TERJE JENSEN​

VP & Head of Network Architecture​

Telenor

Dr. Terje Jensen is Senior Vice President at Telenor heading up both the Global Network Architect team and the 5G Readiness strategic program. The first role spans all network domains (RAN, transport, cloud platform, core) and setting directions for future technical solutions by defining targets, detailing guidelines, outlining solutions and executing pilots. This is a global team implying there are persons from all Telenor units and markets engaged. The 5G Readiness program addresses technical, commercial, strategic and business environment topics for all Telenor markets, which ensures that insights are readily available for main decisions and implementation. Collaboration with operators, vendors, industry fora and others are also part of the tasks across the different domains. Terje has more than 3 decades experience in the telecom area from a number of positions within areas like operations, planning, strategy and research. This includes engagements in several countries and international projects. He authored more than 200 publications. 

Wim Bouckenooghe

Director Core & Communication Solutions

Proximus

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Matteo Gatta

Director Technology Strategy & Innovation

Proximus

Matteo holds the position of Director Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships for the newly created Network Business Unit at Proximus (www.proximus.com, previously Belgacom). He is responsible for strategy and investment plan, leads strategic partnerships, such as mobile sharing and Fiber partnerships, and steers technology developments in networks and platforms. In his current scope, Matteo has complete responsibility on mobile networks and services, including 5G and Spectrum. Matteo fosters collaborations with start-ups and scale-ups in value chain spaces which are strategically relevant to Proximus. His current focus is on digital technologies, advanced data analytics applied to network investments, AI/machine learning applied to Telco, 5G investment plan and use cases development, Software defined access (bonding), Edge computing, SD-Wan and Telco Cloud. Prior to his current role, Matteo covered several executive positions within Strategy, driving M&A files, partnerships and moves in growth markets. Matteo led Scarlet (www.scarlet.be) through post acquisition transition period driving commercial and operational synergies. Matteo led marketing and product management at BICS (www.bics.com), seeding and growing carrier mobile data business. Matteo started his career with hands on experience in software development, product development and program management. Matteo is Board Member of BICS, Proximus Luxembourg (Tango – Telindus), Tessares and is founding director of LoRa Alliance (IOT). In the past Matteo held several Board Positions in SME or startups, including Scarlet (AltNet Telco) and Tunz (Mobile Payment, Ingenico).Matteo has strong track record of strategic projects and complex negotiations. Matteo is inspirational leader, out of the box thinker, curious by inclination with strategic mind. Matteo is quick learner with unique combination of big picture and operational management, with notable problem-solving skills. Coupled with calculated risk capacity and growth mindset, Matteo is a real corporate entrepreneur, suitable for taking existing organizations to next level of growth. Matteo has developed vast network at CxO level and within Corporate Venturing community in Belgium, Europe and US (Silicon Valley). He has broad international exposure. Matteo has University Degree (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering with full marks from University of Pavia (Italy), a Master in Information Technology from Polytechnic of Milan with full marks and holds an Executive Master in Finance at Solvay – ULB – Brussels (A score). Matteo is fluent in English and Italian, business level of Dutch and elements of French. Matteo is married with 3 children. He has double Italian and Belgian nationality. 

ANNIE TURNER

Editor

Mobile Europe & European Communications

Annie Turner has researched and written about telecoms since the late 1980s in a number of roles — as editor of business titles including for International Thomson and The Economist Group, contributor to national newspapers such as The Times and FT, and as an analyst for Market Mettle and Current Analysis.
Luk Bruynseels

Luk Bruynseels

VP Engineering​

Telenet

Luk is Vice President of Engineering of Telenet, the leading converged connected entertainment provider in Belgium spanning over 2 million fixed and nearly 3 million mobile customers and accounting for EUR 2.5 billion of annualized revenue. He, together with his team, is responsible of designing future-proof innovative solutions & networks for both the mobile and the fixed service. In his previous role as VP Mobile Technology and Roll Out, after the cable-mobile merger with Base, he was heading the integration and was responsible at Telenet for the mobile technology strategy, engineering and execution of the mobile network upgrade of the Base and Telenet network and realizing the M&A synergies. He brings a record of success and expertise in driving large technical transformation to keep the company on the forefront of innovation. Since 2020, he executes a scaled agile transformation in the network, cloud and infrastructure area. 

Simon Dredge

Senior Director - Technical Marketing

Metaswitch Networks

With over 30 years’ experience working for suppliers of the large-scale network infrastructure employed by global telecommunications operators, Simon has driven many architectural evolutions and has been at the forefront of numerous, pioneering, technologies. In that time, he has led large teams of sales engineers and marketing professionals, assuming responsibilities ranging from designing complex networks to executing multi-layer inbound lead generation initiatives. A seasoned speaker and prolific author, Simon had written and presented extensively on emerging technologies, ranging from optical transport to network functions virtualization. With the advent of 5G, he is currently focused on software defined networking and the cloudification of the mobile data plane. 

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Kirsi Valtari

EVP

Elisa Automate

Kirsi Valtari is EVP of Elisa Automate business and CMO of Polystar. She has spent the majority of her career in the telecom industry, developing software-based businesses, telecom operations, and technologies. With a strong technology and operations background, Kirsi has succeeded with new businesses, launching go-to-markets and increasing value for Elisa’s customers. Today, Kirsi’s team is combining AI, network engineering and software to implement world class telco software for the mobile operator. 

Christian Regnier

Enterprise Technical Architect

Air France

Christian is the Enterprise Technical Architect for critical connectivity in Air France KLM CIO Group. He is also co-founder in 2012 and member of AGURRE association (Association desGrands Utilisateurs de Réseau Radio d’Entreprise – association of large users of PMR). One of the goals of AGURRE is to lobby the government and regulators to obtain spectrum for verticals operational use. In parallel, the project started in 2020 to deploy the private LTE network, and Christian is working with Air France KLM business to prepare the future regarding the 5G upgrade and IOT tests. Some Proof of concept is in preparation in 2021. 

Christian Regnier has worked for Air France since 1999 after working with a telecom provider and integrator. He is a graduate of the Grenoble School Engineers in electricity with a specialization in Signal Processing. 

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Martin Garner

Chief Operating Officer

CCS Insight

Martin holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from City University in London. He was at Ovum for 17 years, where he built up the mobile practice, was director of research and established the Wireless Intelligence joint venture with the GSM Association. At CCS Insight, Martin leads the research on enterprise use of the Internet of things. He is also COO.

Enrico Maria Bagnasco

Chief Technology Officer

Sparkle

Enrico was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Sparkle (a subsidiary of Telecom Italia) in September 2019. From July 2018 he had been TIM CTO’s Product & Portfolio Manager and from September 2016 he led TIM Technology Innovation with a focus on 5G, network virtualization and slicing, big data analytics and cognitive computing. Prior to that, he held different management responsibilities in Telecom Italia in the areas of OSS, Service Platforms and Network engineering, including IP metro, CDN, wireline broadband access, home devices, VoIP/IMS, contact centre, video platforms and IoT services. He joined CSELT (Telecom Italia’s R&D center) in 1988 and led research and standardization activities on network management and service platforms in ETSI, ITU and the TeleManagement Forum. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Torino. 

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Luis Zas Couce

Head of EMEA Telco Technology Office

Red Hat

Luis is a telecommunications leader with over 22 years of experience building and leading international teams across Europe, Middle East and Asia. His expertise is in setting up new businesses, projects and teams in the Telco industry. He has a unique ability to balance business strategy and planning with technical understanding in mobile, fixed and IoT environments. 

Fátima de la Iglesia

Business Development Manager, Telco EMEA

Red Hat

Fátima focuses on digital operations, and how the modernization of OSS/BSS systems will enable it and bring business agility and innovation to CSPs. She Works within the Telco Technology Office, collaborating with csps, network equipment providers, system integrators and independent software vendors to progress the digital transformation agenda in the industry. Before joining Red Hat, Fátima held several positions as account manager, business development and consultant in the telecommunications sector, with solid background and experience in operations transformation, OSS and customer experience solutions. Fátima holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Executive MBA in Business Administration in the IADE Business School & In Company Management Program by Instituto de Empresa Business School. 

Patrik Rokyta

Patrik Rokyta

VP, Systems Architecture

NetNumber

Patrik Rokyta is the VP of Systems Architecture at NetNumber, that delivers interGENerational signaling, security, routing and global data solutions to the telecommunication industry. Patrik has been with NetNumber since 2013.  His focus is on the use of the cloud-native technologies in the public/private cloud, and in virtual infrastructure environments. Patrik has been instrumental in helping communication service providers build economic and effective telecommunication networks including the 5G core. In addition, Patrik and his team are responsible for architectural issues in the areas of telecommunication system security, delivery and deployment automation, OSS integration, network service management, and orchestration. Prior to joining NetNumber, Patrik was with Nokia Siemens as a Product Manager with a focus on customer projects and deployments in the LTE data, VoLTE, VoIP and Unified Communications space.Patrik holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany and is based in Munich, Germany. 

URS REINHARD​

Chief Digital & Customer Officer​

UPC Switzerland

Urs is responsible for UPC’s holistic digital transformation and as well as running the customer service division. Prior to this, Urs held other executive board position at UPC including strategy, sales and customer service. Before joining UPC, Urs was a Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and worked for 13 years in their Zurich, San Francisco and Johannesburg offices. He advised leading companies in the telecom, high tech, media and electricity sectors, and he co-founded and built up BCG South Africa. 

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Biswajit Deva Sharma

Chairman of Technology Board

Tecnotree

Christian Freund

Expert Director

Siticom

Christian has broad experience in IT strategy, planning and procurement, auditing, M&A, IT consulting, international contracting.  He has direct experience in account management, contract management, external consulting (mainly strategy and cost re-engineering projects), and has been involved in a range of global projects and international contracting.

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JOHN STRAND

CEO

Strand Consult

John Strand has a background in sales and marketing in IT and publishing and has been consulting on strategies, sales and marketing since 1989, ending in the early 1990’s as a partner at a consultancy company. In 1995 John founded Strand Consult solely focused on the telecom sector, analysing markets and market trends, publishing reports and holding executive workshops that have helped mobile operators, mobile services providers, etc. all over the world focus on their business strategies and maximizing the return on their investments.  John is one of the best-known consultants in the business. Anyone who has met John knows that he always speaks his opinion. Being honest – and giving his honest opinion on current issues in the telecom industry has become John’s trademark – even when it means being controversial or treading on a toe or two. 

Fayçal Boujemaa

Data & AI Technology Strategist

Orange

Luk Bruynseels

Luk Bruynseels

VP Engineering

Telenet

Luk is Vice President of Engineering of Telenet, the leading converged connected entertainment provider in Belgium spanning over 2 million fixed and nearly 3 million mobile customers and accounting for EUR 2.5 billion of annualized revenue. He, together with his team, is responsible of designing future-proof innovative solutions & networks for both the mobile and the fixed service. In his previous role as VP Mobile Technology and Roll Out, after the cable-mobile merger with Base, he was heading the integration and was responsible at Telenet for the mobile technology strategy, engineering and execution of the mobile network upgrade of the Base and Telenet network and realizing the M&A synergies. He brings a record of success and expertise in driving large technical transformation to keep the company on the forefront of innovation. Since 2020, he executes a scaled agile transformation in the network, cloud and infrastructure area. 

Urs Reinhard

Chief Digital & Customer Officer

UPC Switzerland

Urs is responsible for UPC’s holistic digital transformation and as well as running the customer service division. Prior to this, Urs held other executive board position at UPC including strategy, sales and customer service. Before joining UPC, Urs was a Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and worked for 13 years in their Zurich, San Francisco and Johannesburg offices. He advised leading companies in the telecom, high tech, media and electricity sectors, and he co-founded and built up BCG South Africa. 

Luk Bruynseels

Luk Bruynseels

VP Engineering

Telenet

Luk is Vice President of Engineering of Telenet, the leading converged connected entertainment provider in Belgium spanning over 2 million fixed and nearly 3 million mobile customers and accounting for EUR 2.5 billion of annualized revenue. He, together with his team, is responsible of designing future-proof innovative solutions & networks for both the mobile and the fixed service. In his previous role as VP Mobile Technology and Roll Out, after the cable-mobile merger with Base, he was heading the integration and was responsible at Telenet for the mobile technology strategy, engineering and execution of the mobile network upgrade of the Base and Telenet network and realizing the M&A synergies. He brings a record of success and expertise in driving large technical transformation to keep the company on the forefront of innovation. Since 2020, he executes a scaled agile transformation in the network, cloud and infrastructure area. 

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ANNIE TURNER

Editor

Mobile Europe & European Communications

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Mobile Europe & European Communications

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Mobile Europe & European Communications

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