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Board Members

 

Raj Gawera - VP and Managing Director of Samsung Cambridge and Samsung Aalborg - CW Chairman

Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded.  He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies.

Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.

 

Dr. David Cleevely CBE, FREng, FIET

David Cleevely CBE FREng FIET was appointed the Founding Director and Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge in 2009.

He is the Chairman of CRFS, which he co-founded in July 2007, and the founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004). In 1998, he co-founded the web based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and was Chairman until November 2009.

He has invested in over 35 companies and is co-founder and Chairman of five of them, including the award winning restaurant “Bocca di Lupo”. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS, formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency).

He is Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Cambridge Science Centre and is an Ambassador of the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre.

After being sponsored to study Cybernetics at Reading by Post Office Telecommunications, he joined their Long Range Studies Division. A PhD at Cambridge was then followed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

 

Zahid Ghadialy - Solutions Architect, Parallel Wireless

Zahid is a Solutions Architect with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make any cellular as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With extensive experience of over 18 years in mobile industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, Zahid is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions.

He has been involved with both innovative start-ups and established, public industry leaders from chipset and handset manufacturers to network equipment vendors, research, small cells and Wi-Fi companies, analyst and consulting firms. He is widely recognized as an evangelist for new technologies starting early in his career as a team member of the group spearheading the first 3G network rollout in Japan and in Europe. Since then he has widely disseminated various ideas and information through lectures, talks, trainings and mainly through his blogs and websites. He is also a regular speaker at many national and international conferences and events.

In addition to his full time role with PW, he is also a non-exec director at eXplanoTech, a company he helped found in 2006 and writes various blogs under the 3G4G banner. 3G4G blog is considered to be one of the most widely read independent mobile technology blogs.

Having previously worked as 'Small Cell SIG' champion at CW for nearly 4 years, Zahid is a member of Board Of Directors at CW and a SIG champion for a recently formed 'Smart and Intelligent Cities' SIG.

 

Faye Holland - Founder & Director, Cofinitive Ltd.

Faye Holland is founder of Cofinitive Ltd, a communications and engagement company based in Cambridge, UK. Faye has launched, transformed (and retired) dozens of projects and, as an experienced communicator, works cohesively at all levels of organisations and their stakeholder communities. Prior to founding Cofinitive, Faye ran the European and Asia-Pacific operations of a global media company. She worked at IBM on numerous emerging technology projects including wireless e-business, wireless broadband solutions and RFID. Faye started her career locally at PIPEX, where she was responsible for UK and Ireland marcomms for direct and indirect sales and launched the first iteration of PIPEX Dial.

Faye is locally recognised as chair of the Connectivity Group in Cambridge Ahead and spearheaded the #CambsNotspotter campaign, in which some CW members have also been involved.

Faye has recently been shortlisted in numerous awards, locally and nationally, including Unsung Hero and Women Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Sylvia Lu - Senior Engineer, Cellular Technology, u-blox UK

Sylvia is a tech enthusiast and practising engineer. She has over 10 years’ industry experience in wireless communication R&D, technology standards and innovation. Her technical background includes algorithm design, DSP development for LTE modems, receiver architecture, performance, standards and technology strategy. Sylvia represents u-blox in 3GPP standards and leads its standardisation activities for low complexity cellular communications for the Internet of Things. Since 2013, Sylvia’s interest and work has been focused on tracking trends and contributing to the latest technology development on LPWAN, connected vehicles (V2X), device direct communications, LTE in unlicensed bands, and 5G. Recently Sylvia was named as one of the best women in engineering. Sylvia holds a first degree in Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and an MSc. in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol.

 

Graham Pink - Chief Executive Officer, Orbitil

Serial technology entrepreneur and co-founder of CSR, IPICSi and Orbitil. Expert in business strategy, concurrent development process and semiconductor IC engineering.

Currently CEO of Orbitil Ltd, which provides portfolio management and decision support tools, which return fine controls to business. Led IPICSI to be the first company in the world to develop microchips in the cloud. At CSR (1999-2010) his roles included SVP Engineering and EVP R&D. The architect of CSR’s industry leading developments in silicon engineering, he grew the department to over 100 specialists with world-class performance: embedded flash, volume RF WLCSP, best in class test performance with single digit ppm defects, smallest die areas at minimal power consumption & highest class yields. CSR is the most successful fabless semiconductor company in the UK.
 
1984-1999, he held a number of positions at Cambridge Consultants Ltd. including managing or technical authority on numerous projects and set and maintained CCL’s right first time philosophy for digital ASIC developments. Prior to this, at Lucas Aerospace Ltd he developed gas turbine and flying control systems. Graham has a first in Engineering Science from Oxford University, and an Archery Blue.
 
He is currently Vice Chair of UKESF’s Strategic Advisory Board, a member of UltraSoC Technologies Ltd.’s Board, and CEO of Orbitil Ltd.

 

Stephen Unger - Chief Technology Officer, Ofcom

Steve Unger is Ofcom’s Chief Technology Officer, and is also the Group Director responsible for Ofcom’s strategic approach to communications regulation. His group is responsible for critically evaluating external market and regulatory developments, and leading the process of setting Ofcom’s strategic priorities. He is also responsible for several specific policy areas, including Ofcom’s work on Communications Infrastructure.
 
Steve previously worked in industry – for two technology start-ups, both of whom designed and operated their own communications networks, and as a consultant advising a variety of other companies on the commercial application of new wireless technologies.  He has a Physics MA and a PhD in Astrophysics.

 

Peter Whale - Chief Operating Officer, Iotic Labs

Peter is an accomplished leader in innovation and technology with a track record of conceiving and commercialising breakthrough technology-based products. Peter is Chief Operating Officer for Iotic Labs, provider of Iotic Space, enabling the true Internet with Things in it.

Previously Director of Product Management with Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated, Peter was responsible for innovation and product commercialisation of IP in the field of machine learning into a portfolio of products that have benefited millions of users every day around the globe.

Prior to Qualcomm, Peter was a key member of the leadership team at TTPCom, which played an early and pivotal role in the development of digital GSM and the emergence of Internet-enabled mobile phones. Peter developed and sold software solutions shipped in over 100 million handsets, and managed relationships with a number of blue chip customers.

Peter has been a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless) since 2009, and is a long-standing SIG Champion of the Future Devices SIG, having conceived and delivered many innovative and successful events along with his fellow co-champions.

Peter is co-author of Essentials of Mobile Handset Design, published by Cambridge University Press, a book that addresses the complex blend of design and technology factors needed to create great mobile devices.

Peter is a Fellow of the IET, a Member of the BCS, a Chartered Engineer, and holds an honours degree in Computer Science.

Past Board Members

 

Paul Ceely - Head of Mobile Network Strategy, BT

Paul has worked in network strategy and IP networking for over 16 years and has held a number of influential roles for market-leading fixed and mobile telecommunication providers. He is currently Head of Mobile Network Strategy for BT, focusing on continuing mobile leadership for the EE network, and now looking at the future opportunities as part of BT, including convergence, 5G and IoT.

Paul has been responsible for developing, driving and communicating the medium to long-term Network Strategy for EE since its formation in 2010 from the merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, and was instrumental in the strategy and planning that underpinned EE’s highly successful 4G launch in 2012, almost a year before its nearest competitor. Since the launch of 4G, Paul has continued to drive EE’s competitive advantage on network coverage and technology, including identifying the opportunity and developing the strategy for the 4G-based Emergency Services Network.

Paul joined T-Mobile in 2005 in the UK network transport team, and has been working on LTE since 2008, when he developed the end-to-end transport architecture and strategy as part of the Deutsche Telekom Group programme.

 

John Haine - Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

Professor John Haine is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Bristol University, and also the Chairman of the IoT Security Foundation, whose mission is promote best practice in appropriate security to those who specify, make and use IoT products and systems. John is a member of the IET and IEEE and serves on the CW Board. John has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for BT, Marconi, PA Consulting, and with start-ups including Cognito and Ionica. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A activities; and then became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. He was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access Limited, the leading manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In 2010 he joined Cognovo Ltd, which was acquired by u-blox AG, where he worked on RF platform strategy for future wireless modules. John retired from u-blox in 2015.

 

William Webb - CEO, Weightless SIG

William is CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology. He is a Director at Webb Search, an independent consultancy, and President of the IET. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit. He also led some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. Previously, William worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development.

William also spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. William has published 14 books, over 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University, a Board member of Cambridge Wireless, other oversight Boards and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. His biography is included in multiple “Who’s Who” publications around the world. William has a first class honours degree in electronics, a PhD and an MBA.