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CWIC 2020: At the Edge

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We’re delighted to announce that we’re bringing the leading Cambridge tech conference into the Digital World: Welcome to CWIC 2020 Virtual Conference! Early bird tickets are available until 10th August.

About the event

Join us at CWIC 2020: At the Edge on 22 September 2020 for an immersive event and networking experience.

The world is at the edge of great change, with new technologies offering radically different operating models to businesses. The processing capacity of both low-power devices and data centres has increased dramatically over the past decade, and rapid, high-bandwidth connectivity means that consumers no longer notice where or what is processing their demands. They just know that their needs are being met more quickly and in a more personalised way than ever before. And they hope more than trust that it is being done in a secure, sustainable manner.

These new business models, exemplified by the rise of "X as a Service", are being tested by a few and early successes suggest that adoption will be required by all. Those who can successfully innovate soonest will thrive. The CW International Conference will introduce cutting-edge use cases to explore:

  • Which technologies are enabling the shift from "X as a Product" to "X as a Service"?
  • How will business models and internal processes need to change to keep ahead of the competition?
  • What challenges lie down this path, and what technologies are there which can alleviate their impact?
  • With sustainability now central to firms' decision making, how can technologists ensure that this shift in business model has minimal impact on the planet.

Earlybird rate available until 10 August.

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Kieran Arnold - Director & GM of westcott 5G, Satellite Applications Catapult

Kieran has held various senior technical and executive roles over the past 30 years which included R&D Chief Technical Officer for Orange / France Telecom R&D and Head of Payload Systems Engineering, Airbus Space & Defence. He is currently Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity in the Satellite Applications Catapult and General Manager of the Westcott Site where they host their 5G testbed. Kieran leads on two major 5G projects, firstly a project funded by SEMLEP for Milton Keynes Smart City 5G deployment and a DCMS funded project for Dorset Council providing rural connectivity using satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Lucy Baker - Service Technology Director, CTIO BT Enterprise, British Telecommunications

Lucy Baker is the Service Technology Director, CTIO Enterprise & the lead within BT Enterprise on 5G Technology use case development for the Health sector. Lucy drives the 5G technology roadmap and working together with customers develops the use cases. From 2016 to early 2019 Lucy worked as Head of Customer Engagement for the Emergency Services Network, a programme to deliver a world leading voice and data networks, transforming the way that Britain’s Emergency Services work.

Edwin Bijerk - EMEA IoT Healthcare Lead, Intel

Ben Brabyn

Ben Brabyn, former Head of Level39, launched his first digital business in 2001. The world’s first crowdfunding business, Bmycharity combined payments, social networking and data analytics, enabling 800,000 donors to deliver more than £50 million to UK charities. The business was sold to Help for Heroes, the leading charity for British service men and women.

Shortly afterwards, Ben survived a brain tumour while launching his next digital business, an e-commerce site, and also advised various energy, healthcare and social media businesses on strategy, finance and business development. After this, Ben worked for the UK government as of COO of UK Trade and Investment’s Venture Capital Unit, leading a team of VC and sector specialists. The unit established relationships between global investors and a wide range of UK entrepreneurial businesses.

Ben started his career with five years in the British Armed Forces as a Royal Marine Commando. After leaving the Royal Marines as Captain, Ben joined JP Morgan as an analyst working in New York, London and the Middle East.

Ben is an ambassador for the Royal Navy and Heropreneurs, and joined Level39 as Head in February 2016, supporting 200 high-growth technology companies who are transforming the security, productivity and reach of global financial services and other sectors. Ben has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Literature from Edinburgh University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.


Afzal Chaudhry - Director of Digital & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Afzal Chaudhry is a Consultant Nephrologist and the Director of Digital and the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (CUH).

From an education perspective he is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and has completed a MA in Medical Education, being admitted as both FHEA and FAcadMEd.

On an informatics front Dr Chaudhry leads the CUH eHospital programme, delivering a hospital-wide HIMSS Stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of the Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He is also an Associate Site Director for the Cambridge Health Data Research UK site.

In 2017 Dr Chaudhry was recognised as the UK ‘CCIO of the Year’; in 2018 he received a Special Recognition Award in the UK Government sponsored Public Sector Paperless Transformation Awards; and in 2019 he was recognised as both ‘CDO of the Year’ and ‘Digital Ambassador of the Year’ at the national Digital Technology Leaders Awards.

Nationally Dr Chaudhry chairs (i) the UK Renal Data Collaboration harmonising data flows from all UK renal units, and (ii) the Renal Association Clinical Data Standards Group providing oversight for the UK Renal SNOMED CT subset. He is also: (i) Vice-Chair of the PRSB (Professional Record Standards Body), (ii) a member of the steering group for the national NHS Digital Academy, (iii) a member of the UK HIMSS Advisory Council, and (iv) a member of the KLAS International Advisory Board.

Informatics related papers cover areas such as clinical data visualisations (Nephron Clin. Pract. 2011), autoimmune vasculitis (NEJM 2012), HLA matching at transplantation (Transplantation 2009, 2011, Hum. Immunol 2011, Cell Stem Cell 2012, Kidney Int. 2014) and acute kidney injury (BMC Nephrol. 2013).

Gerry Collins - Director of Product Management, Intelsat

Gerry is Director of Product Management in the Networks Division of Intelsat. In this role Gerry drives Intelsat's strategy to build new and enhanced connectivity services by combining the power of Intelsat's High Throughput Satellite (HTS) fleet with the values of terrestrial communications networks. In particular Gerry has a focus on how satellite can augment the value proposition of 5G networks and services.

Gerry's career so far has spanned both the satellite and cellular industries and he was most recently Director of Business Development at iDirect and Head of Remote Solutions at Altobridge (the former acquired the latter in 2014). Prior to this Gerry held senior positions in Nortel's cellular infrastructure business in Europe over a period of 12 years and worked in the Engineering divisions of cellular operators in France, the UK and Hong Kong.

Gerry holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

Jennifer Didoni - Head of Cloud Portfolio, Vodafone

Jennifer Didoni is the Head of Cloud Portfolio Management for Vodafone Business Cloud and Security business unit. Jennifer manages Vodafone Business’ global portfolio of cloud offerings across small to medium sized businesses, public sector, national and multi-national corporates. This portfolio covers traditional IT and hosting solutions, SaaS solutions, public cloud partnerships, managed and professional services for cloud, co-creation and low latency applications and Vodafone’s market leading Multi-Access Edge portfolio.

Jennifer joined Vodafone in 2009 as the Business Manager for Vodafone’s Global Chief Technology Officer, and she has since held several roles for Vodafone Business in product and portfolio management. In addition to running Vodafone Global Enterprise’s product portfolio, she has also led the IoT Product Management portfolio, launching innovative solutions such as Internet in the Car and Narrowband IoT.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Jennifer held roles at IBM, Vail Resorts, Context:Travel and taught at The Emma Williard School and The American Overseas School of Rome.

Jennifer is an American and an Italian citizen, residing in the UK. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Alistair Elliott - CTO, Pod Group

Alistair is an accomplished telecoms professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry, having worked with a wide range of telecoms businesses from multi-national network operators to innovative disruptors. With deep technical and commercial knowledge,  Alistair heads up Pod Group’s solutions business where he is the principal strategist and architect for Pod Group’s technical services. Alistair works with Pod Group’s technical partners to customize and deliver new customer services such as eUICC subscription management, private networking and security monitoring services.  Alistair is also responsible for Pod's Global network architecture, deploying new network services and managing integration with key MNO partners.

Alistair has a keen interest in global climate issues, and in building the IoT to tackle the major world crises we face. He regularly participates in industry forums and events and has represented Pod on panel discussions, roundtables, webinars and in the media.

Simon Fletcher - CTO, Real Wireless

Simon joined Real Wireless in January 2016 as Chief Technology Officer, taking overall technical and technical strategy responsibility across the company. He has chaired various conference committees including the Cambridge Wireless Annual International Conference and is recognised as a regular speaker at industry events. He is a Small Cell SIG Champion. His long-standing association with the UK innovation eco-system through roles such as Director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of practical knowledge on open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. Simon spent the past 20 years working in telecoms infrastructure systems and product development. In NEC Corporation he played a key role in the formation of Joint Ventures for development of 3G and 4G products and established a core team that developed the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI). In recent times he has directed projects on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) and then directing Real Wireless engagement in H2020 5G-NORMA, 5G-MoNArch and the 2016 NIC study on Future Comms infrastructure brings great foresight on a range of architectural evolutions underway in 5G architectures.

Caroline Gabriel - Co-founder and Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, small cells, Cloud-RAN and other technologies. She is also a senior contributor to Analysys Mason’s Next Generation Wireless research programme. She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses. Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.

Raj Gawera - VP & Managing Director, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

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.

Tilly Gilbert - Senior Consultant, STL Partners

Tilly is a Senior Consultant at STL Partners, with a focus on edge computing, AI and automation. She has recently led projects on topics like the edge computing opportunity for telcos in 2025 and the true potential of end-to-end network automation. Tilly has a BA from Oxford University and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Holmes - Programme Director for Transport, West Midlands 5G (WM5G)

Chris is the Programme Director for Transport. The Transport workstream is focussed on 3 key objectives. Firstly, to explore operational efficiencies on road and rail to improve service, reduce costs and improve environmental impact. Secondly, to provide better connection between transport services, support transport expansion and encourage use of public transport. Finally, to improve the travel experience. The key outcome of these objectives is to drive the development of new 5G enabled products and services.

Chris has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years in product development and research having worked for Ford, Ricardo Consulting Engineers and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). His most recent time in JLR saw him heading autonomous and connected car research.

Anastasia Karatrantou - Specialist Technology Partner, CTIO BT Enterprise , British Telecommunications

As a Technology Partner for BT Enterprise, specialising in 5G and Cloud, Anastasia is delivering state-of-the-art solutions for Enterprises by leveraging best of breed Infrastructure & Services to accelerate their path to Innovation and Digital Transformation. After a decade of devotion into Telecommunications, Anastasia's most ambitious goal is to empower communications through cutting edge technologies.

Yosuke Kurihara - CEO/Executive Director, Uhuru United

Yo was born and raised in Chigasaki, Japan with the beautiful Pacific Ocean and studied at State University of New York at Buffalo majoring in marketing and branding with a hell of a lot of snow and Niagara Falls nearby. Started his career as a producer at Dentsu, a creative and marketing agency group in Japan. Joined Uhuru in 2015 as a conceptor and is currently based in London leading its overseas HQ Uhuru United Ltd. while also directing data and IoT projects and innovations for the governments, local administrations, and private firms in UK and Japan. Major modes of locomotion are walking, running, and skateboarding.

Koen Mioulet - Solutions Manager Enterprise Mobile Networks, Cellnex Telecom

Koen has worked in the mobile industry for decades; starting with major vendors such as Ericsson and Nortel and consecutively for many Dutch and international players; the latter of which is Cellnex. Cellnex is a European tower company that diversified into telecom services such as critical networks for public safety and industry, indoor wireless networks and smart building and IOT. The company concentrates on full service propositions, the topic of the presentation at CWIC.

Tim Moore - VP Innovation, ghd Cambridge

Dr Tim Moore is VP Smart Devices at Coty Inc, the third largest beauty company in the world, where he is responsible for innovation and early stage development of devices and systems for beauty, including Internet of Things (IoT). Tim joined Coty through their acquisition of ghd. As the CTO of ghd he lead and built ghd’s world-class laboratory facilities in Cambridge where innovative high performance products are developed based upon a fundamental understanding of the physics of hair. Prior to joining ghd, Dr Moore was CEO of Sagentia SGAI Ltd, a technology consultancy based in Hong Kong and Cambridge focusing on the development of breakthrough consumer products. Dr Moore obtained his PhD in Microelectronics at Cambridge University.

Neeta Mundra - Banking and Financial Services Executive, NED, Salesforce

Neeta is a senior executive with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to driving business outcomes with over 19 years of global banking and insurance experience and a deep understanding of technology and financial services. She recently won the “Exceptional Women of Excellence Award” at Women Economic Forum.

Besides her full-time role at Salesforce, Neeta is non-executive director and on the board of Young Women’s Trust (UK), on the committee of Women in Banking and Finance (Head Women on Board program), and a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation. She is very passionate about technology disruption, transparency in financial services, open banking/finance and appears in various panel discussions. She is an angel investor in fintech start-ups and is particularly interested in women led fintech start-ups.


Matthew Napleton - Sales & Marketing Director, Zizo Software

With 15 years of IT sales & marketing experience, Matthew’s primary focus is to continually increase thought leadership and global brand awareness to deliver business results. Matthew also works closely with our key technology partners, Intel & IBM, to bring the Zizo analytics platform and in-memory database services to a global audience.  In addition to this, Matthew has been working alongside global FMCG & logistics companies to harness the power of the Internet of Things through new product developments & designs, all built around data.

Chris Porthouse - Chief Product Officer, Imagination Technologies

Chris has significant experience in a number of senior leadership positions in 20 years at ARM and now at Imagination, running hardware and software businesses in everything from mobile and consumer electronics to IoT and the games industry, building trusted and long-lasting relationships with blue chip companies worldwide. Chris also has significant experience building, transforming and running world class, customer focused product teams.

Colin Smithers - CEO, Redtail Telematics

Colin completed BSc and PhD studies in wireless communications at the University of Surrey, Guildford from 1977-85. During this time he was became involved in its nascent microsatellite organisation SSTL, building flight modules for the first two satellites and being its first groundstation manager. The second satellite was launched in 1983 was heard working as recently as 2012. His PhD studies in Ultra Linear Power Amplifiers were sponsored by Philips and resulted in a patent.

He joined PA Technology in 1985 working on the design of various communications projects such as CT2 digital cordless telephone, PMR handsets (viz police walkie-talkies), a microwave oven and a novel underwater communications system for training Olympic swimmers.

In 1989 Colin co-founded and is Chairman of Plextek, one of the largest independent electronics design consultancies in Europe. This has subsequently been demerged to create four additional operating companies: Telensa street light metering and management; PRFI – boutique microwave chip designers; Blighter surveillance Systems – electronic scanning radar as used by Gatwick for drone detection; and Redtail Telematics – Telematics Service Provider for Stolen Vehicle Recovery to TRACKER Network and LoJack/CalAmp, and provision of insuretech to Admiral, ingenie, Direct Line, Acorn and to automotive OEMs such as JLR and others.

Colin was a Non-Executive Director of Amino Technologies from 2002 until 2016, assisting its growth from a small PE company through flotation to its present successful position on AIM.

Colin is an amateur concert pianist and flies gliders in national level competitions.

Stephen Unger - Independent Consultant, Stephen Unger Consulting Ltd

Until recently a Board member of Ofcom, Steve Unger set regulatory strategy for the UK, represented Ofcom internationally, and led it’s technology programme. Before becoming a regulator he spent several years in the private sector, working with technology start-ups developing new digital technologies. He now holds a variety of advisory and non-exec roles. A common theme across this portfolio is an interest in how markets exploit disruptive technologies, and how public policy can maximise the resulting benefits

Dan Warren - Director, Advanced Network Research, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

Dan Warren is Director, Advanced Network Research at Samsung Research UK.  He leads a team of researchers working on cutting-edge radio and system-level technology innovation, who are contributing heavily to EC-funded 5G projects and 3GPP standardisation of 5G.  Dan performs a strategic role identifying and progressing technological innovation and market opportunities that can be the basis of new Samsung products, covering topics such as IoT, V2X and the application of AI.  Dan is also currently Chair of the European Commission 5G-PPP Steering Board.

Prior to joining Samsung, Dan held senior roles at Capita, GSMA, Vodafone and Nortel.  Dan is a widely respected authority on technical, strategic and commercial matters relating to Telecoms, Internet of Things, Voice over LTE and IMS, Roaming and Interconnect and end-to-end network architectures, regularly speaking at global events with audiences from technologists to financial investors. Dan holds a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics from Brunel University.

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