Board

The NGMN Alliance is constituted through NGMN Ltd. with registered office in Reading, United Kingdom. NGMN Ltd. is represented and managed by a board of directors (Board). The current Board Members and their Alternates are presented below.

Maqbool Aliani

VP of Spectrum Management and Radio Access Technology, Ligado Networks

Maqbool Aliani is the Vice President of Spectrum Management and Radio Access Technology at Ligado Networks, where he is responsible for technology development activities, global standards activities and technical regulatory programs including spectrum planning & engineering. Maqbool  has 20 years of experience in spectrum engineering and radio access network (RAN) design. Work experience includes direct work on deployment of numerous wireless networks, extensive review of new network technologies and protocols, and management of key coordination discussions with both private and government actors. Maqbool also served in various technology and engineering roles at both Sprint Nextel and Nextel from 1998 to 2006.

Chiung-Jang Chen

Senior Manager, Chunghwa Telecom

Mr. Chiung-Jang Chen was with Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories since 1995 and now is the senior manager of B4G/5G research project. He is responsible for radio standards and pilot trials of emerging technologies to support Chunghwa Telecom's network migration planning. He received his Ph.D. degree in communication engineering from National Chiao Tung University in 2005. He received the CIEE outstanding young electrical engineer award in 2006 and IEEE Taipei section best impact award in 2010. He also has been contributing to 3GPP RAN and SA standardization since 2011.

Rachid El Hattachi

Senior Vice President, Deutsche Telekom AG

As Senior Vice President Technology Architecture & Blueprints at Deutsche Telekom AG, Rachid is responsible for group-wide Technology Architecture and development of innovative technologies for Fixed and Mobile. Previously the Director of Innovation and Service Excellence at T-Mobile Netherlands with vast experience in Network Architecture, Strategy, Engineering, Quality Assurance and investment management. With more than 15 years of experience, Rachid has held multiple expert and managerial positions at Telfort (now KPN), Nokia and o2 (now Telefonica). Rachid has a Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, mobile communications from Delft University of Technology.

Javan Erfanian

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff,
Bell Canada Enterprises

Javan Erfanian is "Distinguished Member of Technical Staff", within Wireless Technology at Bell Mobility - Bell Canada. In his role, he primes the end-to-end strategic wireless technology direction, while working with the global community on standards, industry activities, research and vision of the future. Javan grew up in Iran and studied at Calgary and Toronto universities in Canada. He has many publications and has received many citations in literature on pioneering research. He has taught at University of Toronto and has given many seminars around the world, specifically on wireless technology evolution, serving the future mobile society, and requirements of a user-centric future. Javan has been active at IEEE Communications Society for many years in such roles as Distinguished Lecturer, Canadian correspondent, leading international conferences, co-author and co-editor of wireless technology book of knowledge, WCET industry advisory board, and a recipient of several international awards including a Millennium Medal in 2000.

Gerry Flynn

Director Corporate Technology, Verizon Wireless

Gerry Flynn is Director of Corporate Technology at Verizon Communications leading Verizon’s Wireless Standardization work in Industry Forums and Partnership Projects and a key part of Verizon’s Advanced Technology Strategy team. He is the primary GSMA contact for Verizon’s participation in Programs and Working Group Projects and a member of the GSMA Product and Services Management Committee. He and his team are currently focused on the evolution of LTE Networks in 3GPP for System Architecture, RAN and Core IP based services and applications. During his 30 plus years of Wireless Industry experience, Gerry has advanced through a combination of Technical, Business, Regulatory and Operations positions of increasing responsibility and has been awarded several patents.  Gerry has a Bachelor and Masters degree from Fordham University and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Juan-Carlos Garcia-Lopez

Director Radio Access Technology and Planning, Telefonica

Juan-Carlos graduated from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and has more than 25 years of experience in different Engineering, Technology, Business Development and Research & Development positions.  He has international experience across Europe and Latam in fiber access,radio access and transport networks.  Juan Carlos has recently taken over a position as Radio Access Networks Director at Telefonica’s Global CTO Organization, and been assigned as Telefónica’s delegate at GSMA PSMC (Product & Service Management Committee).

 

Ibrahim Gedeon

Chief Technology Officer, TELUS

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership TELUS deployed the largest LTE cellular network to Canadians to meet the exponential data traffic growth, offering faster speeds to more than two-thirds of Canadians. Combined with 97% HSPA+ coverage, the TELUS wireless broadband network is one of the best in the world. In Q4 of 2012, TELUS successfully rolled out co-channel LTE small cells, bringing technology innovation to the next level. Ibrahim was recently the General Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Ottawa and also serves on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Washington, DC based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), the Canadian ICT Advisory Board, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business based Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM). A native of Lebanon, he has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, he received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

Luke Ibbetson

Head of R&D Technology, Vodafone

Luke has been with Vodafone since 1996 and is currently heading the Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation. Luke is responsible for all aspects of network research including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, pilots and commercial trials of emerging technologies, evolution of mobile security and defining the architectural blueprint for Vodafone’s future networks. Luke led Vodafone's exploration of alternative access solutions and directly shaped Vodafone's 4G strategy.Prior to joining Vodafone Luke worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds for over six years, undertaking contract research for companies including BT Laboratories and Cellnet (now Telefonica O2). Luke was responsible for developing one of the earliest GSM simulation capabilities and has a long term passion for all things wireless. Luke graduated from the University of Leeds with a first degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and was awarded an MSc by Research in 1992. Luke holds Chartered Engineer status with the Institute of Engineering Technology. Luke is married and has two children.

YongGyoo Lee

SVP of Network Strategy Unit, KT Corporation

YongGyoo Lee is Senior Vice President of Network Strategy Business Unit of KT. In this role he is in charge of developing network strategy which includes formation of future-proof network architecture, roadmap for next-generation evolution of KT’s network, spectrum strategy as well as technical standardization.

Currently, he is in charge of the development of KT’s 5G pre-commercial system for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. He has successfully coordinated KT 5G activities since January 2015. He is also responsible for the network strategy in IoT area, with main emphasis on NB-IoT technology and he had major role in LTE technology development activity since 2011.

Under his engagement, KT has commercialized various kinds of innovative features in LTE for the first time in the world, such as virtualized network based CoMP, wideband carrier aggregation etc. and has deployed LTE smallcell at hotspot area in main urban region. He also has been working on securing technical competitiveness of KT’s service by introducing new series of LTE-A functions.

He had professional engagement with KT in network development, operation department as well as new service incubation role with global partners. He also has technical background of mobile core network development; EPC network development, network QoS control system, service platform development. He has been worked as Alternate Board Member of KT for NGMN since January, 2015.

He made the critical contribution when KT won the "Outstanding LTE Contribution and Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology-The CTO’s choice" at GSMA MWC GLOMO Award 2014, held in Barcelona and "Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network by an Operator" at LTE Award 2012. He was also the recipient of the Best Contributor, awarded by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunication of Korean government, in year 2000.

Yu Leong Lim

VP of Strategy Planning and Engineering Development, Singtel

In the area of Strategy Planning, Mr. Lim works on common architecture for Singtel and Optus, including 5G.

Under Engineering Development, he provides project management, engineering and technology support. The services under his charge include Mobile Prepaid, SMS, MMS, RCS, Networks Big Data and Analytics, Mobile Finance (Near Field Communications, Mobile Wallet, Mobile Remittance, Mobile Banking), Telco Cloud (Virtualisation, NFVI, Orchestration) and Policy Management for mobile and fixed data.

Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Singapore and a MBA from the University of Nottingham. He holds a CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional).

Mark Lipford

Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development, Sprint

Mr. Lipford serves as the Director Global Standards and Ecosystem Development has over 25-years of experience in the telecommunications industry with 25+ years in the wireless industry.  His is responsible for working with Sprint’s Technology Development, Corporate Strategy, Product Development and Network Development teams in defining Sprint’s strategy and direction and in representing Sprint’s strategies and requirements into the industry organizations and in building strategic relationship to help drive technology ecosystems supporting these initiatives.  Mr. Lipford currently serves on the Board of the Small Cell Forum, the GSMA North American CTO group, and the GSMA PSMC committee, and TIA TR45 vice chair.  He has previously held positions as Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Technical Plenary vice chair, OMA Broadcast working group vice chair, and as a member of the OMA Board.  He has also served on the WiMAX Board and held leadership positions in 3GPP2.  Previous to his work in Global Standards, Mr. Lipford has held positions in Product Development, Technology Planning, Network Engineering, and Network operations for both Sprint and BellSouth.

Lou Feifei

Senior Program Manager, China Mobile

Lou Feifei, graduated from Rice University and got her master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has been working for China Mobile Research Institute since 2006. Lou Feifei has been responsible for NGMN, TD-LTE and 5G program management. Currently her work mainly focuses on strategy and standardization.

Gordon Mansfield

Vice President – RAN & Device Design, AT&T

 

Gordon Mansfield was appointed Vice President – RAN & Device Design at AT&T in April 2015.  In this role, Gordon leads the teams who define and validate functionality for use over the air interface within AT&T wireless network.  He has responsibility for the Radio Access Network, Subscriber Product Engineering and Measurement platforms. Prior to Gordon’s current role, he has held multiple leadership roles at AT&T since joining the company in July 2006.  He has had responsibility for getting AT&Ts small cell efforts started, defining the Radio Access Network (RAN) Strategy, Software/Hardware roadmaps and testing of new RAN products/features for use in AT&T’s network. Gordon is a past Chairman of the Small Cell Forum having led the organization from September 2012 until September 2014.  In this role, Gordon oversaw the continued evolution of the Forum which led to membership growth and broad engagement within the international mobile telecommunications industry. Gordon has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry and has served in a number of leadership roles at AT&T, Siemens Communications and the United States Air Force.

Takehiro Nakamura

VP and Managing Director 5G Lab, NTT DOCOMO Inc.

Takehiro Nakamura joined NTT Laboratories in 1990. He is now VP and Managing Director of 5G Laboratory in NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

Mr. Nakamura has been working for research and development of the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies.

He has been engaged in the standardization activities for the W-CDMA, HSPA, LTE/LTE-Advanced and 5G at ARIB in Japan since 1997. He is currently the leader of 2020 and Beyond Ad Hoc(20B AH) in ARIB and Acting Chairman of the Strategy & Planning Committee in 5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum(5GMF) in Japan.

He has been contributing to standardization activities in 3GPP since1999. He had contributed to 3GPP TSG-RAN as a vice chairman during March 2005 to March 2009 and as a chairman during April 2009 to March 2013.

Jong Han Park

Senior Manager, SK Telecom

Jong Han Park joined SK Telecom recently in 2014. Dr. Park Jong-Han is currently focusing on NFV, SDN, and Orchestration in the 5G mobile network context. Prior to joining SK Telecom, he spent a few years at AT&T Labs as a system architect where he worked on various network topics including BGP and network traffic data monitoring, network performance analysis, NFV and SDN in the context of efficient and cost effective CDN architecture. Dr. Park received his B.S. and M.S. degree in computer science and networked systems from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000 and the University of California, Irvine, in 2005, respectively. He finished his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2011.

Giovanni Romano

Radio Access Standards Coordinator, Telecom Italia

Giovanni Romano is currently coordinating Telecom Italia activities on technical standards related to radio access and spectrum. The role implies the identification of requirements to be transferred to standardisation fora such as 3GPP to define new technical solutions for the radio interfaces of GSM, UMTS, LTE, 5G/IMT2020 and their evolutions, and the evaluation of technical solutions under development.

In March 2015, Giovanni was re-elected Vice-Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group RAN for the period 2015-2017, following a first term period (2013-2015).

Since 1996 Giovanni has been active in several international standardisation fora and he is currently attending 3GPP RAN and NGMN. Giovanni also coordinates Telecom Italia’s activities in ITU-R, GCF and groups dealing with radio aspects in 3GPP and ETSI.

Until 2005 Giovanni was project leader of several activities within the R&D center of Telecom Italia, including UMTS performance evaluation, quality of service verification, standardisation, field trials and testing.

Abdul Saad

SVP & Chief of Network Engineering & Strategy, T-Mobile USA

A professional in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years, Abdul Saad has specific experience in the specification, design, development, deployment and operational management of GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Saad is responsible for the Technology Strategy, Development and Engineering of T-Mobile’s network in the USA, which is the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network in the nation, reaching nearly 312 million Americans in more than 850 metros, serving over 67 million customers and encompassing 58,000+ cell site facilities.

Narothum Saxena

Vice President, Advanced Technology and Systems Planning, US Cellular

Narothum is responsible for the evaluation, architecture and integration of new and existing technologies, products, and services. Narothum has a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from Osmania University (MVSR) in India. He also completed an executive management program from the University of Chicago. He holds several patents.

Eric Smeitink

Senior Manager Technology, KPN

Eric is senior manager technology in KPN’s CTO Office. Eric started his career at KPN in 1992 with research and development of software tools for the planning and optimization of broadband and mobile networks. Since then Eric has held various leadership positions in corporate strategy, innovation and enterprise architecture. Prior to his current role, Eric headed the KPN team in the multi-band mobile frequency auction in The Netherlands in 2012. Eric holds a MSc in Applied mathematics from Twente University and a Ph.D. in Econometrics from the Free University Amsterdam.

Mahmoud Sobhi

Network Transformation and Strategy Director, VEON

Mahmoud Sobhi is the Network Transformation and Strategy Director at VEON Ltd Group HQ in Amsterdam. He is responsible for developing the architecture evolution roadmaps and spectrum strategy for the group. Before that, he held a similar role in Orascom Telecom Holding. Mahmoud comes from a mobile access background and has a vast international experience managing radio network design and engineering teams, network roll-outs, architecture and strategy formulation. Mahmoud graduated from Cairo University Engineering and holds an MBA from Maastricht school of Management.

Arnaud Vamparys

Senior VP Seamless Wireless Access, Orange

Arnaud Vamparys has been working three years as “Seamless Wireless Access” Group Strategic Program Director for Orange. Inside Conquest 2015, the strategic program objective is to become number one in mobile internet customer experience for Europe and AMEA. His previous position was Orange Labs Mass Market VP and in charge of the group historical R&D site of Issy-Les-Moulineaux – a position he took up in 2007.

Arnaud Vamparys, 43 years old, a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (X-Télécom), joined the Group in 1995 to work for the new mobile operator Itineris. He then worked in a number of positions in France, in the Netherlands and in Spain, within the mobile, internet and business markets.
As chief of engineering, he built a new mobile network in the Netherlands Dutchtone between 1998 and 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he was CTIO for Spanish ISP Wanadoo which became number two on his market after Terra (Telefonica). From 2003 to 2007, he was the VP Technology for Orange Business Services (France Telecom, Transpac and Equant) creating the Orange Business Livebox a new multimedia router product line used today by more than 70% of the French business sites.

Tim Whitley

MD Research and Innovation,  BT

Professor Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT’s R&D Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and partnerships with world leading universities. From 2007 to 2011 he was BT Group Strategy Director. Tim holds a BSc in Physics, a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems, is a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge, England and is a Board member for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Tim is BT visiting Professor with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. He is also the BT senior manager on the Equality of Access Board (EAB), the independent body established in 2006 to verify that BT is adhering to the regulatory undertakings established around the creation of Openreach. In December 2016, Professor Whitley was appointed as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the UK Government.

Henry Wong

Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Networks, Hongkong Telecom

Dr. Wong is responsible for the strategic planning of mobile broadband development, network architecture and evolution roadmap to 5G, spectrum planning and mobile/WiFi integration. Dr. Wong is the co-Chairman of the Network Steering Committee in GBL (a JV company with Hutchison) managing the technical and business plan of LTE network sharing. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Wong has held various managerial positions at Hutchison and SUNDAY overseeing the most exciting development from analogue AMPS/TACS in 80’s to LTE as of today. Dr. Wong holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester in UK, PhD in Mobile Radio Telecommunications from the University of Southampton, and MBA from the University of Hull.

Elif Yenihan Kaya

Planning Director, Turkcell

Elif Yenihan Kaya has started her professional life in 1997 as a telecom engineer in Turkcell Network Operations. She performed many roles in Operations and Planning of the Network. She undertook several managerial positions both in Operations and Planning organizations between 2005-2013. From Feb 2013 to now on, she has been the Head of Planning Division. Elif Yenihan Kaya has graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Electronics&Telecom Engineering Department and she has had her MBA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University.

Sascha Zabransky

Group Director Technology & Future Services at Telekom Austria Group and Vice President Board of Directors at Telekom Liechtenstein

Previously Sascha held the positions of Group Director IT & Cloud and Group Chief Technology Development Officer at Telekom Austria Group. Sascha has graduated from “Technische Universität Wien” and holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.