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RadComms 2017: speakers

Keynote speakers

Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield


Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts
Mitch Fifield was sworn in as Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament on 1 April 2004 and re elected at the 2007, 2013 and 2016 elections. He was appointed as Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts on 21 September 2015, and reappointed on 19 July 2016.

Mitch is also a member of the Prime Minister's Leadership Group and the Senate leadership team, as Manager of Government Business in the Senate. He previously served in the social services portfolio as Minister for Disabilities and Ageing.

Before entering parliament, Mitch was a senior political adviser to former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello and held senior advisory positions in the Victorian Kennett and New South Wales Greiner governments. He has served as a reservist in the Australian Army Psychology Corps and studied politics at Sydney University.

Mitch was an Ambassador for the not-for-profit school music organisation The Song Room and an Advisory Board Member for the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project for Indigenous students. He was a founding director and is the current chair of the Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation.

Nerida O'Loughlin

.Chair, ACMA
Nerida O’Loughlin commenced as Chair of the ACMA on 14 October 2017.

Nerida has been a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications since 2011. She led the Digital Television Switchover Program until 2013 and has since been responsible for a diverse range of policy, program and project areas. She also served as interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency from 2016 to 2017.

Nerida was a General Manager in the ACMA from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, she held senior positions in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, predominantly across the technology and cultural sectors.

Rod Sims

.Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five-year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Before his appointment to the ACCC, he was Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. He was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming ACCC Chairman.

Rod holds a first-class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

Professor Katina Michael

.Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong
Katina Michael is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. She has a PhD in automatic identification innovation, a Masters in Transnational Crime Prevention and a Bachelors of Information Technology. She began her career as a Graduate Engineer for Nortel Networks in 1996 and stayed with the company for six years working in pre-sales engineering throughout Asia and North America.

In academia, Katina has authored seven books, guest-edited 12 special journal issues and written over a hundred peer-reviewed papers. In 2008, Katina attained a significant Australian Research Council grant on the topic of Location-Based Services and Telecommunications Policy in Australia and has been researching the social implications of emerging technologies for 20 years. She is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and a Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.


Dr Akram Al-Hourani

.Lecturer, School of Engineering, RMIT University
Dr Akram Al-Hourani has been a lecturer at the School of Engineering, RMIT University since 2016. He was previously with the University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow. He obtained his PhD in 2016 from RMIT, and has a total of 12 years of combined engineering, management and research experience.

He has published more than 30 journal articles and conference proceedings, including three book chapters. His current research interests include the applications of stochastic geometry, automotive radars, millimetre-wave communication, energy efficiency in wireless networks, Internet of Things and UAV communication systems.

Chris Althaus

.Chief Executive Officer, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
Chris Althaus was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005.

AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering all aspects of the mobile ecosystem. This includes telecommunications policy, mobile network infrastructure, radiofrequency spectrum, health and safety, product stewardship/e-waste and recycling, national security, content regulation, and consumer awareness and education.

Prior to joining AMTA, Chris held Chief Executive roles leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry, and the Australian forests and forest products sector.

He has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University; Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra; and Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Matt Branda


Director, 5G Technical Marketing, QUALCOMM Technologies, Inc.
Matt Branda leads the Technical Marketing activities for 5G at Qualcomm. Since joining Qualcomm in 2013, he has been responsible for developing a rich portfolio of technical marketing content on advanced 4G LTE and 5G NR wireless technologies. Matt also leads all external communications on Qualcomm’s 5G technology and R&D leadership. He brings over 17 years of experience in technical marketing, product marketing and business development for industry-leading chipsets and technologies.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

David Brumfield


Executive Manager, Spectrum Management Policy, ACMA
David Brumfield has over 20 years experience in communications policy and implementation, working on issues such as commercial television equalisation and the expansion of the community broadcasting sector in Australia. He was a key contributor to the regulatory framework designed to limit electromagnetic interference (EMI) to radiocommunications, which has culminated in Australia’s EMC framework.

As Manager of the Spectrum Management Policy Branch within the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division, David deals with broadcasting carriage policy and spectrum licensing policy, as well as allocations.

David has managed or supervised more spectrum allocations than anyone in Australia, including sale of the spectrum now used for 3G mobile telephony, and the ACMA’s digital dividend, recent 1800 MHz and residual 700 MHz auctions.

He holds a Master of Arts Degree from Sydney University, a diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

James Cameron


Acting Deputy Chair, ACMA
James Cameron is Acting Deputy Chair of the ACMA, having been appointed as an Authority Member in August 2013.

James has over 20 years Australian Government public policy experience, including senior executive roles in the telecommunications, radiocommunications, broadcasting and digital economy fields. James has held executive positions managing government policies and programs supporting Australia’s arts and sports sectors and, immediately prior to joining the ACMA, was Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission.

Linda Caruso


Executive Manager, Spectrum Review Implementation, ACMA
Linda Caruso heads the Spectrum Review Implementation Branch at the ACMA, where she is responsible for leading the agency’s spectrum reforms through the design of new spectrum licensing arrangements, the annual spectrum work plan and spectrum pricing activities. Linda previously led the ACMA’s research program, its international engagement strategy, and economics and pricing analysis.

Prior to the ACMA, she held positions in the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, and at Telstra, in public policy design and implementation and regulatory advice roles, working across a range of infrastructure industries and with a diverse mix of industry and community stakeholders.

Carsten Clemens


Engagement Leader Australia–New Zealand, Bell Labs Consulting
Carsten Clemens has worked for over 20 years in the telco industry. He started his career as SW design engineer and later joined Siemens in Germany as Project Manager for large telco network deployments. He joined the Mobile Radio division of Siemens as Release Product Manager.

He relocated to South Africa as Regional Product Manager for Africa and the Middle East, before moving to Australia as Product Manager for Australia and New Zealand. In Singapore, he was head of Nokia’s Asia Pacific Radio Solution team, before becoming APAC Head of Technology Vision & Innovation.

Carsten holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science.

Todd Essery


General Manager 5G & IoT, Chief Technology Office, Telstra
Todd Essery currently leads the 5G & IoT Technology Strategy team in the Telstra Chief Technology Office. He has over 16 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, beginning his career at Telstra Research Laboratories (TRL) before immigrating to Canada where he worked on handset requirements and mobile network design with TELUS Mobility.

In 2016, Todd’s team at Telstra lead the first live 5G NR trial in Australia, demonstrating 5G capabilities in a real world environment, including speed and beam steering tests. Recently Todd’s team has been leading trials of Celluar-V2X technology over Telstra’s 4G network to enable safe connected transportation.

Todd graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and has an MBA from Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne).

James Evans


Strategic Network Evolution, Ericsson Australia and New Zealand
James Evans is responsible for Strategic Network Evolution at Ericsson Australia and New Zealand. James has been with Ericsson since 1995, and has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry in the Asia–Pacific region, Europe and North America. He has worked on the introduction and evolution of mobile networks with major operators in the Asia–Pacific and US, and contributed significantly to regulators and government departments in technology leadership roles, R&D and operations. Moving from 2G, 3G and 4G mobile radio systems, he is now looking towards 5G.

James graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Electronic & Communications (Honours) and received a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew Findlay


Executive Director, Vertel
Andrew Findlay has been formally involved in the radiocommunications industry since 1996, when he joined what today is known as Vertel. Andrew has led the development of Vertel from a site and two-way radio company to a niche telecommunications carrier. He is focused on achieving Vertel’s vision through strategic alliances with major customers in the education, health and government sectors, as well as driving a culture of innovation within Vertel and across the telecommunications industry.

As well as championing Vertel, Andrew is on the APAC marketing group for the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), is a committee member for the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) and is a representative for commercial radio users to the ACMA.

Kate Foy


Managing Director, NSW Telco Authority
Kate Foy joined the NSW Telco Authority as Managing Director in June 2016. The Telco Authority coordinates operational communications for NSW Government agencies.

She has previously held executive roles in Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, and Transport, with responsibilities for programs such as Opal, customer digital transformation, customer design and wayfinding.

Kate specialised in strategic and transformational policies and programs whilst completing a Masters in Executive Public Administration. She maintains a passion for supporting the front line to provide the best possible service to the people of NSW.

Dr Alex Grant


CEO, Myriota
Alex Grant is CEO and co-founder of Myriota Pty Ltd, which offers global Internet of Things connectivity. He was previously a Professor at the University of South Australia. In 2004, he co founded Cohda Wireless, a leading Connected Autonomous Vehicle technology company.

Myriota won the New Business category of the 2017 Telstra SA Business Awards. Dr Grant was the recipient of the 2013 Pearcey Entrepreneur Award and the 2008 Neville Thiele Award from Engineers Australia.

Dr Grant is an inventor on many patents for intelligent transport and wireless communications. He has published a book and over 150 technical papers.

Eric Hamilton


Chief Technology Officer, National Narrowband Communications
Over the past 30 years, Eric Hamilton has worked at the leading edge of telecommunications technology, covering satellites and international submarine cables at New Zealand Post Office and OTC; the internet at Telstra, Ozemail and Optus; and wireless broadband at Unwired. He is now working with the Internet of Things.

As CTO for National Narrowband Communications Pty Limited (NNNCo), Eric is responsible for the development and implementation of NNNCo’s network and infrastructure to support IoT services.

Eric has a strong focus on wireless technology, and is currently concentrating on LoRaWAN as part of the IoT solution that is being offered by NNNCo.

Eric holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.

Chris Hose


Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch, ACMA
Chris Hose is the Executive Manager of the Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch within the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division. His branch responsibilities cover both the radiocommunications and broadcasting aspects of spectrum planning and engineering that contribute to national spectrum management.

Chris has been working at the ACMA and its predecessor the Australian Communications Authority since 2000, and previously spent a short period working for a power system consultancy company in Queensland.

He has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Canberra and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales.

Anita Jacoby


Part-time Member of the ACMA
Anita Jacoby is a broadcast executive and company director with over 25 years experience in media and communications. With a background as a multi-award-winning television, current affairs and film producer, she is currently a Part-time Member of the ACMA.

Anita has created hundreds of hours of original content across almost all genres and for every free-to-air network and Foxtel. Most recently, she was Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia, responsible for the local operations of this global company.

Anita managed Zapruder’s other films for a decade alongside Andrew Denton, creating original programs including Enough Rope, The Gruen Transfer and Elders. She also held senior production roles on shows including 60 Minutes, Sunday and Witness.

Anita’s work has been recognised with numerous industry awards. She is on the National Advisory Board of Women in Media, and has been a non-executive director on a number of NFP boards including headspace and Arts Law Centre Australia.

Eric Lemond

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Country Manager, Australia, Gogo
As Country Manager, Australia, at Gogo, Eric Lemond has spent over a decade working to enable passengers to have the same digital experience inflight as they expect in their living rooms. Previously, as head of Product Management, Eric led the product launch of Gogo’s inflight WiFi service, expanded it to include streaming movies with Gogo Vision and then began building the IoT for the skies. Today, Eric is working to enable these same capabilities for Australian passengers—first launching on Virgin Australia.

Mark Loney


Executive Manager, Operations, Services and Technologies Branch, ACMA
Mark joined the Department of Defence in 1988 before moving to the Spectrum Management Agency and communications regulation in 1996, Over the last twenty one years, Mark has lead the development, implementation and delivery of regulatory arrangements for broadcasting, radiocommunications and telecommunications services. He played a key role in the establishment of Australian Communications and Media Authority in 2005 and has been responsible for service delivery in Communications Infrastructure Division of the ACMA since 2009.

Pamela Longstaff


Acting CEO, Free TV Australia
Pamela Longstaff is Acting CEO of Free TV Australia, the industry voice of Australia’s commercial free-to-air television broadcasters—networks Seven, Nine and Ten; Prime Television; Southern Cross Austereo; NBN and Imparja. Together, Free TV’s members provide 18 channels of content free of charge to the Australian public, as well as rich online and mobile offerings.

Pam is an MBA-qualified commercial lawyer with 20 years experience across commercial advisory, regulatory policy, business strategy, not-for-profit management and governance. Prior roles include CEO and Director, Glycemic Index Foundation; Legal and Broadcasting Policy Director, Free TV; and Senior Associate, Allens Arthur Robinson Lawyers (now Allens Linklaters).

Ian Miller


Executive Officer, ARCIA
With a long history in the radio communications industry, Ian has now taken up the role of Executive Officer of the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA). As the peak industry body for the Land Mobile Radio industry, ARCIA has been heavily involved with the ACMA in several areas, as well as working with DoCA to develop the new Radiocomms Bill.

Ian has also taken ARCIA into the discussions on Public Safety Mobile Broadband and shown that the association has many strengths beyond the LMR industry that are applicable across multiple spectrum segments.

Rosemary Sinclair

.CEO of Energy Consumers Australia and Part-time Member of the ACMA
Rosemary Sinclair has many years of senior large-scale operations, communications and strategy experience in business and government across telecommunications, media and education.

Previously, Rosemary was CEO of Immediate Solutions; Director, External Relations, at the Australian School of Business, UNSW; and Managing Director, Australian Telecommunications Users Group. Rosemary was also Chair of the federal government’s Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Review Committee from July 2011 to 2013, and has held a number of directorships on unlisted company and not-for-profit boards.

Rosemary has degrees in arts, law and business and a Masters of Commerce from UNSW. She is a Director of the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee, and is a qualified CPA and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Stanton

.Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance
John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with more than 25 years of experience. He joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010.

John is also Chairman of the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA)—a collaboration of more than 150 companies and stakeholders from academia, government and the consumer sector that is dedicated to harnessing the opportunities of the Internet of Things for the Australian economy.

From 2006–09, John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX- and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007.

John was previously a senior executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. From 1992–99, he held a number of roles with Telstra and from 1996–97 was Chairman of the Intelsat Board.

Giles Tanner

.General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA
Giles Tanner, PSM has worked in broadcasting and communications law and policy in Australia for over 25 years. As General Manager of the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division, he is responsible for discharging the ACMA’s responsibilities as radiofrequency spectrum manager as well as some of its technical regulation roles.

Since the formation of the ACMA in 2005, Giles has worked on diverse matters within its portfolio, including digitisation of television and realisation of the ‘digital dividend’ from switching off analog television.

Giles is a former General Manager and Acting Member of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), where, among other things, he led the development and implementation of the ABA’s public spectrum planning process for analog broadcasting services.

Glen Tindall

.Head, Government Sales, Asia-Pacific, SES Networks
Over the past 30 years, Glen Tindall has worked in a variety of roles within the broadcasting, defence and telecommunications sectors, encompassing RF engineering and systems engineering, and later product development, marketing and sales.

Following a five-year posting to Singapore, he recently relocated back to Australia, and is now responsible for developing and growing SES Networks’ government services business across the Asia–Pacific region.

Glen holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tasmania, an MBA from the Deakin Business School and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoff Varrall

.Executive Director, RTT
Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT’s international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry.

Geoff has been running in-depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, and has also authored five books.

His most recent book, 5G Spectrum and Standards was published by Artech House in July 2016 and he is currently working on a sequel, 5G and Satellite Spectrum and Standards.

In association with Niche Markets Asia, Geoff presents a twice-annual master class in Singapore and Australia.

Last updated: 13 March 2018