Opening Ceremony

11 February 2015

Andrzej Halicki

Company:
Administration and Digitization of the Republic of Poland
Function:
Minister of Administration and Digitization of the Republic of Poland
Location:
Poland

Iwona Wendel

Company:
Ministry of Infrastrucure and Development
Function:
Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development
Location:
Poland

Responsible for the management and implementation of operational programmes that support innovation, new technologies and  commercialization of research and development (OP Innovative Economy and OP Intelligent Development), investments in broadband Internet infrastructure, electronic services, availability of public sector information, digital competences of citizens (OP Digital Poland), socio-economic development and increase of competitiveness in five eastern regions of Poland (OP Development of Eastern Poland and OP Eastern Poland).

MAGDALENA GAJ

Company:
Office of Electronic Communications (UKE)
Function:
President, UKE
Location:
Poland

Magdalena Gaj has been working in public administration for over 12 years. She has a long experience of holding the highest state posts. Since the beginning of 2012 she has been the President of the Polish NRA (Office of Electronic Communications – UKE). From 2009 to 2012 she was the Undersecretary of State responsible for the Polish telecom market. Both in the Ministry and in the Regulatory Authority, she has dealt with investment barriers in the telecommunications sector. Ms. Gaj was the key leader in the digitization process in Poland. Thanks to her commitment and determination the switch-over process was carried out smoothly and efficiently.
During her work Magdalena Gaj has been recognized as a talented manager capable of reconciling the interests of consumers, the government and operators. Her commitment to supporting activities in the ICT sector in Poland has been rewarded by many prestigious domestic and international bodies.

Prof. Fátima Barros

Company:
BEREC
Function:
Chairman, BEREC
Location:
Portugal

Fátima Barros is professor of Economics and, since May 2012, she is the Head of the Portuguese National Regulatory Authority for Communications. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from CORE, Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium, and a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal. Previously to this appointment she was the Dean of Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics (2004-2012) where she holds a professor position since 1992 and teaches in the Masters of Science in Management and MBA programs. She has several publications in leading international scientific journals in regulation, competition and contract theory. Until May 2012 she was a Board Member of several international academic and business institutions. In December 2013 she was elected Chair of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) for 2015 and Vice-Chair for 2014.

Karin Ahl

Company:
FTTH Council Europe
Function:
President, FTTH Council Europe
Email:
info@ftthcouncil.eu
Location:
Sweden

Karin Ahl is the President of the FTTH Council Europe since March 2012. Karin started to get engaged with the FTTH Council Europe in 2009 and was elected Chair of the Business Committee in 2010, contributing her first-hand knowledge in business cases and business models from her daily work as business developer at Rala Infratech in Sweden. In 2011, Karin was elected as a Member of the Board and Treasurer, and since March 2012 she has held the position of President.

European Commission

11 February 2015

Anna Herold

Company:
European Commission
Function:
Member of Cabinet, Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, European Commission
Location:
Brussels

Anna Herold is currently Member of Cabinet of Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society. She has been previously Assistant to Deputy Director-General of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission and before that she was in charge of electronic communications policy design in the Unit of this DG responsible for Regulatory Coordination & Business, where she led a policy outreach team on the Telecoms Single Market initiative. She has worked for the European Commission since 2003, previously dealing with media and audiovisual policy as well as competition policy. Anna holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence and has written widely on media law and policy, international trade and competition law.

Executive Panel

11 February 2015

Anne Berit Rørlien

Company:
Viken Fibre
Function:
CEO, Viken Fibre
Location:
Norway

In 2004, after being a consultant in Accenture ANS for 7 years, I got the opportunity to build up a FTTH business in Energiselskapet Buskerud (EB), a regional utility company in the Oslo-area of Norway. At that time, the FTTH rollout in Norway was in the very beginning, and xDSL and coax were the leading broadband technologies.
In the period of 2005-2012, I led EBs FTTH-company to grow from 0 to 22.000 customers, and to achieve revenues of 30 million euro. The company became a regional marked leader during this period.
A key role to this success was the partnership with Altibox (Lyse owned company), which delivers an innovative FTTH-concept and highly competitive broadband services.
Since January 2013, I have been the CEO of Viken Fiber. In 2013, Viken Fiber became the biggest sFTTH Company in Norway through a merge between four regional FTTH companies in the Oslo-area of Norway (Lyse Energy (71%) and Energiselskapet Buskerud (29%) own Viken Fiber). Viken Fiber build and operate fiber optic network, deliver the Altibox broadbandservices and perform customer services to 108 000 customers (pr 31.12.2014). For the last two years, the company has succeeded to both have a strong growth and increased the operational efficiency. In 2014 yearly revenue was 120 million euro. Viken Fiber has an ambitious growth strategy for the coming years.
Through my experience as a top manager the last ten years, I have gained a deep understanding of how to succeed with a profitable investment in FTTH in the Norwegian market. I have experience in both strategy development and how to operationalize strategies. I strongly believe in deliver high quality customer services as competitive advantage.

Graham Mitchell

Company:
Crown Fibre Holdings
Function:
CEO, Crown Fibre Holdings
Location:
New Zealand

Graham Mitchell is CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), established and owned by the New Zealand Government to invest NZ$1.3 billion ( ~ US$1.1 billion) with private sector partners to deploy ultra-fast broadband (Fibre-to-the-Premise) to 75% of the population by 2019 at an estimated total cost of ~ $US3.Sbn. The deployment is currently ahead of target and 40% complete (27% of population covered, 92% of schools and 77% of businesses passed). It has recently been announced that the ultra-fast broadband initiative (FTTP) will be extended to 80% of population. Mr Mitchell has 21 years' experience in senior executive and CEO roles in the New Zealand, Australian and United States Telecommunications Industry covering Optical Equipment Manufacturing, Retail Communications and Internet Providers, Media and Pay TV operators and enterprise equipment resellers. Mr Mitchell also has experience covering the venture capital, private equity and investment management sectors.

Dr Timothy F Murray

Company:
OFS
Function:
CEO and Chairman, OFS
Location:
USA

Timothy Murray is CEO and Chairman of OFS.  Dr. Murray has spent the past 14 years at OFS and its predecessor Lucent Technologies.
Before being appointed CEO, he was President of Operations and Engineering for North American operations for the telecommunications business of OFS and headed the Specialty Photonics business.
Dr. Murray had a range of general management, marketing, sales, business development and R&D management positions at ATMI; AMP; ICI PLC; and E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Inc.  He has managed the development, launch and growth of a number of businesses in the electronic materials, advanced electronic manufacturing services and medical equipment markets.
Dr. Murray has a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph. D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Princeton University.

Maciej Witucki

Company:
Orange Polska
Function:
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Orange Polska
Location:
Poland

Maciej Witucki began his professional career in consumer finance (Cetelem Bank; the Paribas Group) and retail banking (Lukas Bank; the Crédit Agricole Group). In November 2006 he joined TP S.A. (today Orange Polska) as President of the Board and CEO. In 2013, he assumed the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska. He sits also in the Supervisory Boards of LOT Polish Airlines and Work Service S.A. (the largest Polish HR services company).
Maciej Witucki is - among others - a member of the Management Board of PKPP Lewiatan (Polish confederation of employers). Since 2009, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States and since September 2010, President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Poland (CCIFP).

Federico Guillén

Company:
Alcatel-Lucent
Function:
President Fixed Networks Business Line, Alcatel-Lucent
Location:
Spain

Federico Guillén, Fixed Networks Business Line President, from January 2013, has been President of Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Telefonica GAM since 2009.
Previously, Federico was Vice President Vertical Market Sales in Western Europe. During the period 2007-2009, he led the Regional Support Centre for Europe & South within Fixed Access Division.
Before that, Federico Guillén was Alcatel’s Country Senior Officer in Mexico and Telmex GAM based in Mexico DF. In this period Federico witnessed the benefits of broadband in the Mexican society as a consequence of massive DSL deployments in the country.
Federico Guillén joined Alcatel in 1989 and since then, has held different management positions: Vice President Product Line Management & Strategy for Fixed Access Division based in Antwerp, Belgium, VP & GM Multiservice Access Nodes Litespan ETSI Business Unit, General Manager Alcatel eBusiness, Key Account Manager Telefónica International USA and Key Account Manager MCI International based in Miami, US.
Born in 1963 in Madrid, Federico Guillén holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering, a Master’s degree in Switching & Communication Architectures from the ETSIT and an International Master in Business Management.

Gustav Grundin

Company:
O2 Czech Republic
Function:
Chief Strategy Officer, O2 Czech Republic
Location:
Czech Republic

Dr Karim Taga

Company:
Arthur D. Little
Function:
Managing Partner and Global Practice Leader TIME, Arthur D. Little
Location:
Germany

Karim Taga is Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little and leads the Global TIME (Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media and Electronics) Practice.
He is active in this industry for 19 years already. His interests are primarily focused on three functional areas:
Growth strategies and business transformations
Corporate Finance – Transaction support
Boardroom presentation and facilitation
He acts as Jury for several telecoms awards in Asia, Europe and in the US, beside his role as an advisor in several telecommunication councils and associations as well as governments and regulators. He chairs and facilitates yearly more than 20 top executive international events and conferences on four continents.
Member of Expert Group of global telcos as well as member of Advisory Board of several Organizations on mPayment, mHealth as well as content/OTT.
Karim had a major responsibility and was in charge of more than 100 assignments in Strategy, Organization and Technology for: fixed and broadband operators, content aggregators, media players and broadcasters, suppliers as well as supported investors in corporate finance, bid management and transaction support.
Karim Taga received a Master of Science in 1989 from the Ecole Supérieure de l’Energie et des Matériaux, Orléans France with a master thesis accomplishment at the University of California Berkeley. After his studies he worked as a research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology where he developed an infrared fibre optical sensor. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 followed by an MBA in International Business from the Webster University St Louis Mi in 1993.
Karim Taga is fluent in French and Arabic (mother tongue), English and German.

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