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Building Value Through The 6G Creation Process

While technologists and researchers are excited by the possibilities inherent in future generations of telecoms, business leaders are cautious about more demands for up-front investment and uncertain gains. We need new economic and commercial models to ensure the industry thrives; models which don’t wait for 6G but which will enable companies to make the most of new capabilities as they emerge.

To enable this, we need to build a fresh dynamic in telecoms; closer collaboration between technical and commercial leaders to enable a shared understanding of where value may lie in the next generation, what customers in the public sector, enterprises and consumers need and how to deliver those requirements. This generational change is something that goes far beyond pure technology but can and should involve policymakers and regulators; business decision-makers; and operational systems.

In Washington DC significant decision-makers will be debating essential questions for the progress of the telecoms industry: Join us to have your say.

What to expect:

  • Interactive conversations and public debates on essential policy, commercial and technology issues.
  • High-level meetings to dig deeper into sensitive concerns.
  • Networking with a wide variety of stakeholders from across North America and beyond.
  • Live demonstrations of cutting-edge technology.

2024 speakers include

Eben Albertyn

EVP & CTO, Echostar

As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eben Albertyn oversees network technology strategy and operations for DISH Wireless.

Before joining DISH, Eben held executive leadership positions at telecom companies in Africa and Europe, including MTN South Africa, Airtel Africa and Vodafone Netherlands. He was most recently Executive Director of Technology at VodafoneZiggo, a joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global, in the Netherlands.

Eben earned his Master of Engineering in Electronic and Telecoms Engineering from Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. He enjoys basketball and adventures with his wife, their three children, two dogs and a cat.

EVP & CTO, Echostar

David Young

Managing Director, Next G Alliance

Managing Director, Next G Alliance

Narothum Saxena

Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellular, Board Member, NGMN

Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellular, Board Member, NGMN

Mischa Dohler

VP Emerging Technologies, Ericsson

VP Emerging Technologies, Ericsson

Thyaga Nandagopal

Division Director for the Division of Innovation and Technology Ecosystems, NSF

Division Director for the Division of Innovation and Technology Ecosystems, NSF

Jefferson Wang

Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud First, Accenture

Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud First, Accenture

Amanda Toman

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Anne Neuberger

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Ms. Neuberger is the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies in the White House. Previously, she served at the National Security Agency (NSA) for over ten years in a variety of senior intelligence and cybersecurity roles. Most recently, she served as director of NSA’s Cybersecurity organization and deputy director of NSA’s intelligence operations, leading an organization of over 20,000 people globally. In both these roles, she drove major change initiatives across operations and technology. She also served as NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer building NSA’s enterprise risk management program and Director of NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, which leads its private sector outreach. Prior to NSA, she served as the Department of the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a White House Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2020, Ms. Neuberger was awarded DoD’s and NSA’s highest civilian awards, the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and NSA’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 2017, Ms. Neuberger was awarded a Presidential Rank Award.

Before her government service, Ms. Neuberger was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, where she directed technology and operations. Ms. Neuberger is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned an MBA and Masters of International Affairs.

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Thomas Rondeau

Principal Director, FutureG Office, US Department of Defense

Dr. Tom Rondeau is the Principal Director for the FutureG Office for the US Department of Defense, serving in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In this role, Dr. Rondeau is responsible for the research, funding, and execution of programs to advance warfighting capabilities using future-generation wireless technologies.

Before assuming his role as Principal Director of the FutureG Office, Dr. Rondeau spent more than six years as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) program manager, where he led efforts that challenged and advanced studies in a variety of warfighting domains, earning him the Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Rondeau led the GNU Radio project, consulted on wireless communications problem sets, and worked as a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Rondeau holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, where his dissertation won the Council of Graduate Schools’ 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in math, science, and engineering.

Principal Director, FutureG Office, US Department of Defense

Agenda

  • September 24, 2024

  • September 23, 2024

speakers

Bhushan Joshi

Head of Sustainability & CSR NA, Ericsson & Chair, Green G Working Group, NGA

Bhushan Joshi is the Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Ericsson in Market Area North America, where he helps drive the global strategy around corporate responsibility, climate action and digital inclusion. With over 15 years of professional experience, he is a recognized expert in corporate sustainability, business development, energy management, renewable energy, sustainability reporting, strategy development and program management.

At Ericsson, Bhushan focuses on developing strategies to help telecom service providers achieve their energy and sustainability goals amid the transition to 5G and the growth in mobile data traffic. He serves as Chair of the Next G Alliance Green G working group, positioning North America as a global leader in environmental sustainability for wireless technologies like 6G. Bhushan has been recognized for his innovative work, winning Ericsson’s 2021 Top Performance Competition for the USA 5G Energy-Smart Factory’s sustainability impact.

An experienced public speaker, Bhushan has presented at prestigious events like Mobile Word Congress Americas, Techonomy, Network X, GreenBiz and IEEE conferences. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from Duquesne University and engineering degrees from Ferris State University and Bharati Vidyapeeth University. Bhushan enjoys welcoming new connections on LinkedIn to discuss his passion for creating a more sustainable world.

Head of Sustainability & CSR NA, Ericsson & Chair, Green G Working Group, NGA

Bruno Fromont

Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat

Bruno Fromont is Intelsat’s Chief Technology Officer, leading spectrum strategy, asset planning, product development and innovation. Given his deep technical expertise and strategic vision, Bruno is uniquely qualified for this leadership role. As CTO, Bruno engages in technology initiatives across the company in support of our businesses and next generation infrastructure.

Mr. Fromont joined Intelsat in 2000 as Program Manager of Ground Systems Engineering. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility. Those positions include Vice President of Corporate Strategy, in which he was responsible for overseeing Intelsat’s strategy and innovation – most notably the business development of the Intelsat Epic program.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Mr. Fromont held senior management positions with Aerospatiale and Alcatel Space. He started his career as a researcher in artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Mr. Fromont earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from Supelec Paris, an MSEE from Institut Polytechnique in Grenoble, France, and an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Chief Technology Officer, Intelsat

Eben Albertyn

EVP & CTO, Echostar

As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eben Albertyn oversees network technology strategy and operations for DISH Wireless.

Before joining DISH, Eben held executive leadership positions at telecom companies in Africa and Europe, including MTN South Africa, Airtel Africa and Vodafone Netherlands. He was most recently Executive Director of Technology at VodafoneZiggo, a joint venture between Vodafone and Liberty Global, in the Netherlands.

Eben earned his Master of Engineering in Electronic and Telecoms Engineering from Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. He enjoys basketball and adventures with his wife, their three children, two dogs and a cat.

EVP & CTO, Echostar

Liren Chen

President & CEO, InterDigital

Liren Chen is President and Chief Executive Officer at InterDigital since April 2021. Mr. Chen joined InterDigital from Qualcomm, where he worked for almost 25 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Head of IP, Legal Counsel. In that role, Mr. Chen was responsible for overseeing Qualcomm’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio (patent, copyright, trademark, and open source) and led technology, business strategy, product management, and global eco-system development for Qualcomm Technology Licensing. Preceding that, Mr. Chen served in various IP and technology roles at Qualcomm, including as Senior Vice President of Engineering, Legal Counsel. He holds 28 granted patents in the U.S. and over 120 granted patents worldwide.

Mr. Chen earned his bachelor’s degree in Automation from Tsinghua University, Beijing; his M.S.E.E. from the University of Maine; his M.B.A. from San Diego State University; and his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego. Mr. Chen is a member of the State Bar of California.

President & CEO, InterDigital

Ray Dolan

Chairman and CEO, Cohere Technologies

Ray Dolan joined Cohere Technologies Board of Directors in July, 2018 and took on the role of CEO in October 2018. Mr. Dolan has more than two decades of wireless industry experience. Previously, Mr. Dolan was the CEO of Sonus Networks. Mr. Dolan served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flarion Technologies from its founding in 2000 through its sale to Qualcomm in 2006, during which time Flarion pioneered the development of OFDM for cellular, which became the foundation of 4G as it is known today. Prior to leading Flarion, Mr. Dolan held executive positions at BellAtlantic/NYNEX Mobile (now Verizon). He began his career in the telecommunications industry at PacTel Cellular in Network Operations. Mr. Dolan was deeply involved in the development of IS-95A (CDMA) while Director of Technology for NYNEX Mobile in the early 1990’s. Before joining the wireless industry in 1986, Mr. Dolan served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served for more than seven years as a Tactical Jet Pilot. Mr. Dolan was an Independent Director of American Tower Corporation from 2003 until 2024. Mr. Dolan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Chairman and CEO, Cohere Technologies

Wanshi Chen

Plenary Chair, 3GPP TSG RAN

Plenary Chair, 3GPP TSG RAN

David Young

Managing Director, Next G Alliance

Managing Director, Next G Alliance

Narothum Saxena

Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellular, Board Member, NGMN

Vice President, Technology Strategy & Architecture, UScellular, Board Member, NGMN

Mischa Dohler

VP Emerging Technologies, Ericsson

VP Emerging Technologies, Ericsson

Thyaga Nandagopal

Division Director for the Division of Innovation and Technology Ecosystems, NSF

Division Director for the Division of Innovation and Technology Ecosystems, NSF

Jefferson Wang

Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud First, Accenture

Chief Strategy Officer, Cloud First, Accenture

Amanda Toman

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Head of Innovation Fund, NTIA

Anne Neuberger

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Ms. Neuberger is the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies in the White House. Previously, she served at the National Security Agency (NSA) for over ten years in a variety of senior intelligence and cybersecurity roles. Most recently, she served as director of NSA’s Cybersecurity organization and deputy director of NSA’s intelligence operations, leading an organization of over 20,000 people globally. In both these roles, she drove major change initiatives across operations and technology. She also served as NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer building NSA’s enterprise risk management program and Director of NSA’s Commercial Solutions Center, which leads its private sector outreach. Prior to NSA, she served as the Department of the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a White House Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

In 2020, Ms. Neuberger was awarded DoD’s and NSA’s highest civilian awards, the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and NSA’s Distinguished Service Medal. In 2017, Ms. Neuberger was awarded a Presidential Rank Award.

Before her government service, Ms. Neuberger was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer and Trust Company, where she directed technology and operations. Ms. Neuberger is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned an MBA and Masters of International Affairs.

Deputy National Security Advisor, The White House

Thomas Rondeau

Principal Director, FutureG Office, US Department of Defense

Dr. Tom Rondeau is the Principal Director for the FutureG Office for the US Department of Defense, serving in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In this role, Dr. Rondeau is responsible for the research, funding, and execution of programs to advance warfighting capabilities using future-generation wireless technologies.

Before assuming his role as Principal Director of the FutureG Office, Dr. Rondeau spent more than six years as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) program manager, where he led efforts that challenged and advanced studies in a variety of warfighting domains, earning him the Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Rondeau led the GNU Radio project, consulted on wireless communications problem sets, and worked as a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Rondeau holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, where his dissertation won the Council of Graduate Schools’ 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in math, science, and engineering.

Principal Director, FutureG Office, US Department of Defense

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