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A Look Ahead to WRC-23
What To Expect & Why It Matters

RECORDED WEBINAR

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

It might sound obscure, but WRC-23 and WRC-27 are the only two opportunities for global alignment on spectrum before 2030, the year when 6G is supposedly released and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are met.

In this webinar we gain insights from people closely involved in the activities around WRC-23, helping you to understand:

  • What to watch out for from the news headlines and where the likely areas of alignment and disagreement will be.
  • What new approaches are being considered and what industry dynamics have been at play leading into the WRC? Past WRCs have been quite adversarial fights for spectrum. Has the run-up to WRC-23 suggested any change in that dynamic?
  • More to the point,  the probable long-term impact of decisions made there? Why do they matter, and where will they lead the different industries that rely on spectrum?

In the course of an hour, you’ll end up prepared to understand and interpret the outcomes of this crucial event for the industry and have the chance to put your questions to the experts.

SPEAKERS & MODERATOR

Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Managing Editor, 6GWorld Read Bio
Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Managing Editor, 6GWorld

Alex Lawrence is Managing Editor at 6GWorld. His mission is to bring together stakeholders from across industries, countries and disciplines to make sure that, as technology evolves in the coming decade, it’s meeting the changing demands of society, government and business.

Before 6GWorld Alex worked at the GSMA for 9 years, researching and arranging the agenda for events such as MWC in Barcelona and Shanghai as well as specialised regional conferences. He has been involved as a professional nosy person in the telecoms sphere since 2004, with short detours through industrial O&M and marketing.

If you’d like to talk to Alex about your ideas or projects he’d love to hear from you. @animalawrence or alex.lawrence@6gworld.com.

Emin Gurdenli

Emin Gurdenli

Chairman, Azenby Read Bio
Emin Gurdenli

Emin Gurdenli

Chairman, Azenby

Emin is proud to have been part of the growth of wireless services from 2G through to 5G. He has had hands-on experience of the technology underpinning that success over the last four decades, initially, in building and operating networks, and recently, as chairman of Azenby, a wireless consulting business and of Cirrus Core Networks, a managed network-service company.

For continued success, Emin believes that the approach to 6G needs to be different, embracing diversity in access technologies and diversity in business models within a future-looking regulatory framework with flexibility and purposeful direction, if 6G is to deliver on the promise of true global reach, ubiquitous coverage and positive environmental impact.

Joe Guan

Joe Guan

Head of Policy, Greater China, GSMA Read Bio
Joe Guan

Joe Guan

Head of Policy, Greater China, GSMA

Joe manages the public policy agenda for the Greater China region. He leads engagements with
governments and regulators as well as outreach to institutions and think-tanks. He advocates for
members’ common interests, provides expert advice on policymaking and thought leadership to the
evolution of policies and regulations. Joe is also active in capacity building and policy debates at
regional and international forums. Previously, he led the GSMA spectrum policy programme in Asia
Pacific.
Before joining the GSMA, Joe worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment — in a variety of roles ranging from radio engineering, spectrum licensing, compliance,
to project management. He was heavily involved in the development of the New Zealand
government’s online register of radio frequencies and its online spectrum licensing and compliance
systems.
Joe has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, specialised
in radio engineering and digital signal processing. He is also a certified PRINCE2 practitioner with many
experiences in project and programme management.

Isabelle Mauro

Isabelle Mauro

Director General, GSOA Read Bio
Isabelle Mauro

Isabelle Mauro

Director General, GSOA

Isabelle Mauro is Director General of the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) that represents the interests of 29 global and regional satellite operators. She reports directly to their Chief Executives.

Under Isabelle’s leadership, GSOA and its member CEOs lead the effort to showcase the benefits of satellite communications for a more inclusive and secure society – vital to bridging the world’s digital divide, achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and realizing the 5G ecosystem.

Isabelle has 25 years experience in the Telecoms and Technology sector, starting at the GSMA, where she was responsible for government and international Affairs. In 2015 she moved to New York to join the World Economic Forum as Head of  Information, Communications and Technology Industries, managing the portfolio for 60+ Tech companies globally and leading initiatives on inclusive and sustainable digital transformation.

Isabelle is passionate about inclusion and sustainability. She is Chair of the High-Level Advisory Board of the DigitalGoesGreen Foundation. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Women in Tech and is a member of the UNESCO Advisory Group for the Declaration on Connectivity for Education.

Isabelle holds an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish.

Martha Suarez

Martha Suarez

President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Read Bio
Martha Suarez

Martha Suarez

President, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Martha Suarez was born in Bucaramanga, Columbia. She received her degree as an Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in 2004. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in an exchange program with the Ecole Superieure Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon, France, in 2001. She received her master’s degree in high frequency communication systems from the University of Marne-la-Vallee, France 2006 and her Ph.D. degree from the University Paris-Est in 2009. She joined the department of Telecommunications and Signal Processing at the École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Électronique et Électrotechnique de Paris (ESIEE) and the Esycom Research Center, where she worked on wireless transmitter architectures. In 2011, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship and worked at the Instytut Technologii Elektronowej (ITE) in Warsaw, Poland, as part of the Partnership for Cognitive Radio Par4CR European Project. Her research interests were in the areas of wireless system architectures and the design of high-performance Radio Frequency (RF) transceivers. In 2013, she joined the National Spectrum Agency in Columbia, ANE, where she worked as a Senior Advisor to the General Director and supported the international activities of the Agency. In December 2015, she became the General Director of ANE and continued her work in promoting efficient use of Spectrum and mobile broadband connectivity in the nation. As of May 2019, Martha has been the President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), a global organization focused on advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization, which is essential to addressing key worldwide social and economic challenges.

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