Marc has over 10 years of telecommunications & media industry research expertise, which include engaging executive teams within the information
and communication technologies industry to design, manage and execute on growth strategies. Experience base covers a broad range of
technology markets with a specific focus on IT and telecommunications, domain expertise spans the entire ICT ecosystem including mobile &
wireless, cloud services, 4G networks, gaming and fixed broadband strategies. Significant regional experience having worked in the US, Latin
America, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Multi-lingual client support in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai and Japanese. Frequent
subject matter expert on international TV broadcasts of CNN, CNBC, BBC Global and Channel News Asia. Presented at over 75 international
conferences on telecommunications and digital media trends in 36 different countries. Lead overseas market analysis for the largest mobile social
gaming company in Japan. Specialties: market research, strategic consulting, mobile & wireless communications, Asia Pacific, Latin America
He leads the 5G and Affordable Broadband Networks research at the CSIR. He is the proponent of a 4th leg for the 5G standards aimed at
technologies for addressing the next billion unconnected population and promoting digital inclusion. He has a PhD from Linköping University, in
Sweden, and has worked for 10 years as senior research Engineer at Ericsson Mobile Communications R&D lab in Sweden, where he developed
over 12 US/EPO patents. He has published over 60 peer reviewed publications, worked with mobile and internet service industry: Setting up
next generation network labs, Development of mobile applications programming courses, Network resource sharing for affordable broadband
connectivity, and development of telecom regulatory frameworks and capacity building for telecom regulators in Africa. He is at present working
on disruptive 5G research in dynamic spectrum sharing and extending 5G to accommodate affordable broadband network technologies and
setting up 5G test-beds for testing relevant use cases and accelerate a smooth migration to 5G. The group lead by him has successfully completed
the international qualification process and standardization of white space spectrum databases in collaboration with the UK Ofcom regulator and
is working on developing smart spectrum toolboxes for 5G use cases. He is a member of advisory board for a number of EU FP7 projects and
is a Judge for the GSMA global mobile awards in support of Green technologies for future wireless networks. Dr Mekuria is also involved in
postgraduate research development in wireless communications with a number of African universities through his engagement as Adj. Professor
at the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science, South Africa.
Currently Vice President & General Manager for Africa at BBC Studios, seconded from London to set up the company’s first African office.
Managing the full scope of content and television channels on the continent. Experienced in managing P&L, strategy, content sales (syndication),
advertising, sponsorship, Marketing, format sales, licensing and meeting financial targets. In addition, Business development and identifying
new partners on the continent (OTT, SVOD, DTT, IPTV, MNO). Leading a team across London and Johannesburg. A self-starter, entrepreneurial,
collaborative, solutions-orientated with high EQ skills.
Mehdi Bennis (S’07, AM’08, SM’15) received his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering jointly from EPFL, Switzerland, and the Eurecom Institute,
France in 2002, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu in December 2009. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Oulu,
an Academy of Finland research fellow and head of the intelligent connectivity and networks group (ICON). His main research interests are in
resource management, game theory, and machine learning in 5G networks and beyond. He has co-authored one book and published more than
200 research papers in international conferences, journals, and book chapters. He was the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the
IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the
Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, and the 2017 all-University of Oulu research award
A governance and ICT4D expert with more than 10 years experience in Public Sector Management Reforms and the role of information technology
in corporate and government. Worked with a team that develop the Performance Contracting Guidelines and Citizen Service Delivery Charter for
the government of Kenya. Trained Provincial and District heads of departments, Constituency Development Funds coordinators and Civil Society
members on Performance Management System and Resolution on Public Complaints.
Dr. Belkacem Mouhouche is a Chief Standards Engineer at Samsung Research UK. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing from Ecole
Nationale Superieure des Telecoms (Telecom Paristech) in France. During his Ph.D. he worked on 3GPP third generation systems (UMTS). He later
worked as a 3GPP standard Engineer following the development of HSDPA and LTE systems. He was also involved in FP7 European Project “End
to End Efficiency” (E3) where he worked on cognitive radio in heterogeneous systems. His research interest are in the area of advanced techniques
for the physical layer of future communication systems including MIMO, beamforming and coding applied to wireless systems. Dr. Mouhouche
was also heavily involved in the development of the latest broadcast terrestrial standard ATSC3.0 and led the broadcast activity within the 5G-PPP
project “Fantastic-5G”. He is also the technical manager of 5G-PPP project “5G-Xcast” focused on new point to multipoint techniques for 5G
Nina is the Global Head of Telecom and Media, with over 25 years investment banking experience, specialised in the TMT sector with experience
throughout the developed world and the emerging markets for over 15 years. Also responsible for coordination and coverage of financial
sponsors including private equity, institutional investors, family offices and sovereign wealth funds with a focus of transactions into Africa across
sector, but with a focus on FMCG, Financial Services, Industrials and TMT. Has led complex and plain vanilla financing transactions across the
capital spectrum, including in the public debt markets. Wide ranging M&A advisory and capital raise experience with a focus on the African
continent latterly. Diverse and broad client base across TMT within all sectors and sub-sectors and with Financial sponsors including global and
regional players. MBA from Stern New York University graduate school of business and BA in Economics and French from Columbia University
MW Transmission Planning Optimization Manager
Samuel Nkrumah served as the Assistant Manager, Transmission Planning, Design and Optimisation and currently the Transmission Planning
Manager at Airtel Ghana Limited
He has the following accrue to him:
Technologies Ghana, Glo Mobile Ghana, Airtel Ghana and AirtelTigo Networks.
planning, RF planning, Satellite communications and Project Management/Delivery.
Peter has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, gained from various local and international organisations that he has
worked for, such as; Ericsson, Neotel, Siemens and Telkom South Africa. He is currently a Senior Manager at Broadband Infraco having joined
the organisation in March-2010. He has been exposed to a range of skills and experience in the Telecommunication industry, and has worked
in various countries such as Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, India, Zimbabwe, France, Angola, Botswana and
Swaziland. He has also spoken at various local and international industry conferences such as “Mybroadband conference”, to name a few.
He has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS).
His areas of specialty are as follows:
7. Wireless Access Telecommunication Networks (2G,3G and 4G)
Ahmad is currently the Head of Networks Solutions, Global Customer Unit MTN at Ericsson. His areas of focus is People Leadership, Radio Access
Networks, Mobile Broadband & IoT, LTE Advanced and 5G. He has various experience with Middle East Operators in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan,
Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and with European Operators in Spain and Belgium.
Education Network includes:
Transactions on Education, Issue: 99, February 2010.
Global Communications Conference (Globecom ‘06), November 2006.
• Member of Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) Lebanon.
Melao is currently the Acting General Manager: Enterprise Innovation and the Head of: Enterprise IoT at MTN Business. He has previously
lead product portfolios of Mobile Voice, data, machine-to-machine and Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) as a Senior Manager for
Enterprise Mobile Solutions and as Senior Manager: Industrial & Logistics Segments. Over the last twelve years in he has developed and brought
disruptive products and services to market within the telecommunications industry across Africa. He achieved all of this through his tenures at
prestigious organisations such as MTN Business, MTN SA, Ericsson and Accenture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology
from the University of Johannesburg and he is studying further at Henley Business School for a Post Graduate Diploma in Management . The
culmination of his education and expertise allow him to employ his capabilities in navigating the complexities of industry 4.0 to monetize enterprise
solutions for MTN Business.
Ahmed is a 3G/LTE E2E Telecom and E2E network optimization expert, 4G Focused. He is currently the Customer Experience Unit Head at
Telecom Egypt. He has a vast experience in telecommunication and has worked in organisations like Vodafone, Etisalat Misr, Mobile System
International (MSI) Consultancy Ltd and currently Telecom Egypt.
Charles has worked as a specialist with MTN communication and a director, corporate communication and strategy (West Africa) at Verreaux
Technologies Limited. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hotspot Network Limited. Highly personable Project Management,
Marketing & Sales Professional, with over Twenty years of experience in various segments within the Information Technology & Telecommunications
Zoltan Miklos is the General Manager of Network Planning in MTN South Africa. He reports into the CTIO for MTN SA, Giovanni Chiarelli. His
responsibilities include planning and technology governance of mobile areas spanning from the Radio Access Network, Network Quality, Access
Backhaul, Core Transmission, Mobile Core Network, IP Data Network, OSS and Tools. Zoltan has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications
industry, and has held strategic and planning roles in fixed and mobile networks. He is a registered professional with the Engineering Council of
South Africa and holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ben has over with over 25 years’ experience in consulting, manufacturing and banking with core competencies in Technology Strategy and
Management, Electronic banking and Channels Product Management and Sales, Retail banking, Accounting and Project management.
He is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in Risk and Control of IT, Fellow of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Associate Chartered Certified Accountant of London, Lead Auditor certified in British Standard number
7799 on Information Security and Certified International Cards & Payments Professional.
He began his career in Banking as an Operations Staff before moving into IT Audit Consulting in 1994 with EDP Audit & Security Associates
where I consulted for regulators, multi-national companies and banks.
From consulting, he moved into the Manufacturing Industry as Head IT, of Honeywell Flour Mills, where he implemented full automation of the
manufacturing plant. He then moved back into the Banking Industry as Head Software/Strategy of Continental Trust Bank (now UBA) in 2001.
Thereafter, he joined Sterling Bank as Head, Technical Services, a position he held before moving to FCMB PLC in 2006.
At FCMB, Ben was involved in the Implementation of various card products (like Verve, VISA, and MasterCard), ATMs, POS, Mobile Banking,
Agency Banking, Internet Banking and Transaction Banking.
After 8 years at FCMB he joined Unity bank as the Group Head of electronic Business where he built electronic channels leading to exceptional
growth on all indices in two years.
Ben is an Accounting graduate from Yaba College of Technology. In his academic and professional pursuit, he won the following prizes;
Other ad-hoc assignments he has been opportuned to be involved in, in various capacities include:
– ICAN Faculty of Consulting and Information Technology
– CBN‘s Vision 2020 FSS Implementation Board
– EXCO of the Committee of e-banking Industry Heads
– Member of the Board of ISACA (Information Systems Audit & Control Association)
Ben has also been involved in IT Audit, IT Security, Data Integrity and Digital Banking. His current area of research interest is the utilization of
Blockchain Technology for Financial Inclusion.
He is currently married with children.
Farhad Omar is an entrepreneur, innovator and forward thinker and has always been at the cutting-edge of digital transformation. Beginning
with the launch of MobiBlitz in 2002, he was active in leveraging the converged media space and promoting the mobile handset as a
dominant player in the media arena. Farhad Omar has shifted his focus to current DTH platforms to fit in with a world model of regional
community focused stations. As the CEO of ITV Networks, he has taken the platform to 67 countries with strong regional viewership and
high brand loyalty. In keeping with these strengths, ITV Networks launched its own OTT platform in 2013. Today it has become platform
independent and is available on multiple DTH platforms and also via OTT and Livestream. All key events are available on demand, allowing
users to access content where, when and how they want. Farhad Omar is at the forefront of driving the ongoing digital revolution in media.
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Peter Zimri has broad experience in the information communications technology (ICT) sector and is particularly passionate about postal,
telecommunications and broadcasting technical, regulatory and policy matters. He has been chief director: radio and satellite communications
at the Department of Communications and senior manager: frequency management at the South African Telecommunications Regulatory
Authority (SATRA), a predecessor of ICASA. During his tenure at these entities, he was involved in developing and implementing the National
Table of Frequency Allocations, related policies and regulations as well as migration processes, and the licensing of radio frequency spectrum.
Zimri has not only been involved in the ICT regulatory and policy environment in South Africa, but also across markets on the continent. As
consultant he has advised licensees on ICT regulatory and policy affairs to ensure that they adhere to the terms and conditions of their licences
as well as other relevant legislation. Amongst various other standards and ICT (Telecoms & Broadcasting) industry bodies, Peter served on the
boards of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), Number Portability Company (NPC), and South African Communications Forum
(SACF). Peter holds a master’s degree in management in ICT policy and regulation from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Graduate
School of Public and Development Management. He also holds various electronic-engineering qualifications and credits in telecoms- and
broadcasting-related programmes from Wits, the University of Pretoria, the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Telkom SA,
Rohde & Schwarz and Oracle SA.
Blockchain Expert and Co-founder
Jacques Mouton and his London based business partner founded HUYU in 2015. A journey that has touched five continents and drawn
resources and expertise from four. HUYU uses current technologies and infuses them with Blockchain solutions. The platform will launch soon.
In the early ‘90s Jacques started coding websites, databases and front ends. He took a position at Softline and was soon promoted to Regional
Manager KZN – Ultra Network Solutions. A solution driven environment developing and implementing hardware and software solutions for
corporate customers. The team was able to roll out massive installations country wide and concurrently.
Jacques joined a manufacturing enterprise as Managing Member in 2000. He gained valuable knowledge on how to and how not to run a
business. Technology based solutions lead to a strategic advantage, allowing the company to leapfrog competitors.
Jacques is passionate about Blockchain and related technologies. Since purchasing his first cryptocurrency early 2017 he has been amazed at
the variety of not only the coins, but the use cases discovered for the technology. He has spent the last 3 years learning about Blockchain and
the possible uses cases. He has consulted on a few projects that come out of the UK but are to be implemented in SA.
Jacques experience includes:
Jacques views himself as a point where technology meets practical to provide a solution.
Wabo Majavu is Market Advisor, Mobile Network Operations at Intelsat, a global satellite connectivity provider. In this role Wabo drives Intelsat’s
strategy to enhance the value that the Intelsat satellite fleet can bring to MNOs and promote greater integration between satellite and cellular
services. In particular, Wabo has a focus on bringing connectivity to Africa and Non-America markets. Wabo’s career in telecommunications
has spanned both cellular and satellite, including: managing network planning and optimisation functions at MTN and Research leadership
in the development of network systems and problem solving at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Wabo holds a Bachelor of
Engineering degree from Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Witwatersrand University in South
Africa. Wabo is a regular contributor at conferences on topics such as Satellite-Cellular Convergence, Small Cells, Rural Communications & 5G
and is passionate about bridging the digital divide in developing markets. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network,
delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s
largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive
revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on
Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility
services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the
ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
Director, Business Growth
Cyber Security Marketplace, Ghana
Senior Business Development executive specialized in Digital Solutions Sales, Lead generation, New Business Acquisition, Account planning,
Sales team management, Relationship building & Management, Contract & Commercial negotiations. Focused on Transforming the traditional IT
Apps and systems to Digital Platforms, Cyber Security – securing digital assets from advanced CyberThreats, Customer experience management.
Experienced executive with business & IT leadership expertise over 2 decades of demonstrated experience in leadership roles in financial services,
business consulting, entrepreneurship and Information Technology. Demonstrated excellence teachable view, cutting across management
disciplines and industries. Take inspiring, mentoring and motivating large teams to drive value as a critical ingredient of an executive. Hold
a MSc in Engineering from UCT and a certificate in Business Innovation from Stanford University in California. Enjoyed numerous career
achievements and passionate about actions that drive business value. Adopted Agile values as 21st century way of working, thinking and doing.
Current twin-roles, first as an IT Executive in large enterprise accountable for multi-year Global IT Transformation initiative to create a digital
IT organization to support a company-wide Digitalization. Second a functional leadership role responsible globally for application delivery.
This role cuts across all operational areas of the company from South Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. As a Global IT Transformation
responsible executive, I ensure effective introduction of the new ways of working, adoption of the new emerging technology and embedment of
the improved service experience. This is to enable the business to innovate while creating an IT organization that is one with business. As an
Application Delivery lead, I am accountable for IT delivery of the new services and maintenance of the existing services across the Group. This
involves maintaining a complex stakeholder matrix and coordinating efforts across business and technical teams to ensure that all Application
Delivery related projects meet strategic objectives. This includes continuous focus on cost-effectiveness to improve the Group’s bottom-line.
Ryan is passionate about developing and implementing business strategies that utilise cutting edge ICT technologies to disrupt existing markets
and ecosystems. He is currently the EHOD: Technology Architecture at Vodacom. He was formerly the Acting Senior Manager: Network
Technology at MTN and has lead numerous strategic and innovative technology projects, including MTN SA’s 5G programme, the development
of MTN SA’s network cloudification strategy, the development of MTN SA’s spectrum strategy, the creation and supervision of MTN SA’s
innovation governance processes, the testing and development of IoT applications and communications network, and the creation of private
LTE networks for corporate customers. His relatively unique blend of commercial and business acumen, coupled with his extensive technological
expertise, enables me to rapidly assess strategic and operational business challenges and to use his strong technical knowledge and skills to
develop visionary and innovative products and solutions. He has also honed his managerial skills since being given the responsibility for leading
the Network Technology Team at MTN SA. He is a self-starter, and can always be relied upon to take the initiative to resolve issues, pursue goals
and meet objectives. He possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and is at ease interacting at all levels with both colleagues
and external parties, including senior executives, enterprise customers, regulatory authorities, and government officials. He is also comfortable
interacting with the media, including television, press conferences, and print and digital media.
Dr. Albert Lysko is an engineer, researcher and innovator. He is with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa since 2007, where he is a Principal Researcher.
Dr. Lysko worked in both academia and industry in both Europe and Africa. Whilst at CSIR, his leading experimental research in television white spaces (TVWS) enabled provision of the Internet to over 20,000 users in 3 African countries, setting up South African national TVWS regulation and contributed to TVWS regulations in other African countries and USA. He has authored over 70 research papers, over 24 popular and news articles, a book, 2 book chapters, 3 patents, and led producing several technology demonstrators.
His professional achievements have also been recognized through delivering plenary and keynote talks, as well as in serving in the General Chair and Technical Chair roles in several IEEE conferences with attendance of over 400 people.
Experienced Information Technology Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Business Process, Requirements Analysis, Sales, Enterprise Architecture, and IT Strategy. Strong information technology professional graduated from Milner High School.
The one policy action that would do the most to accelerate African development is connecting the unconnected. 5G is the next big thing in wireless technology. 5G network is nearing deployment, with global trials underway and deployments planned in the coming months. With speeds projected to be five times faster than 4G LTE, applications that are unimaginable with today’s bandwidth limitations will be possible on the 5G network. The next generation 5G wireless will allow virtually every industry to deliver advanced connectivity and increased intelligence across the rapidly evolving wireless edge. It is essential that the broader ecosystem across the continent pursue the endless possibilities and computing technologies that the 5G network will provide.
5G network is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. Beyond being about just a big speed boost, 5G will be extremely important as it will be the technology that self-driving cars, telemedicine services (such as remote surgery) and many others will be based on. It is the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications, which will ultimately replace 4G LTE to provide faster and more reliable service with lower latency.
Streaming without buffering and downloading large files in seconds will all be possible on 5G. Latency, or the time it takes devices to communicate with each other wireless networks, will also drastically decrease once it is fully deployed. The network will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world.
Hence, the 5G Africa conference has become so crucial in Africa at this time because publication of the first standard defining a true 5G network has been approved in June 2018. Beyond that, 2019 will see the release of the first 5G-compatible smartphones, along with 5G mobile network deployments. By early 2020, operator adoption of the new standard is predicted to be on a steep upward curve. With an estimated internet penetration of about 39%, Africa is well behind the rest of the world currently. If we don’t start preparing for 5G now, there is a fear the gap will grow even bigger. Hence, the need for this 5G Africa Forum.
Zoltan Miklos | General Manager of Network Planning, MTN South Africa
The RAN Evolution: Achieving Gbps Speed in a 4G/5G World
MTN SOUTH AFRICA
Ahmad Husseini | Head of Network Solutions, Global Customer Unit, MTN Ericsson
How to Prepare For An Effective Commercial Launch of Mobile 5G in Africa
Samuel Kwabena Nkrumah | MW Transmission Planning Optimization Manager, AirtelTigo, Ghana
A Grip On Spectrum Availability: What is The Spectrum Requirement for a Successful 5G
Lungile Mginqi | VP Applications, SAP Services & Functional BRMs, SASOL, South Africa
A Grip On Spectrum Availability: What is The Spectrum Requirement for a Successful 5G
SASOL, SOUTH AFRICA
Marc Einstein | Chief Analyst, Telecommunications and Digital Service, ITR Corporation
5G World: How is Japan Preparing for 5G Era
Charles Iyoha |Chief Operating Officer, Hotspot Network Limited
Dissecting the Issue of Regulation: Is Regulation 5G Ready?
HOTSPOT NETWORK LIMITED.
Nina Triantis | Global Head of TMT, Standard Bank
Exploring Funding Requirements for the Actualization of 5G in Africa
Ryan van den Bergh | Executive of Technology Architecture, Vodacom
5G XaaS – How the Development of an Open 5G Ecosystem will enable 4IR in South Africa
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