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RadComms2013: Session chairs and speakers

Session chairs

Chris Cheah, Full-time Authority Member, ACMA

Chris Cheah has been an executive board member of the Authority since its inception on 1 July 2005. Chris was previously head of the Telecommunications Division of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, advising the Australian Government on the full range of telecommunications issues. He has also held positions with AUSTEL (the predecessor to the Australian Communications Authority) and Telstra.

James Cameron, Part-time Authority Member, ACMA

James Cameron 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. James has also represented government agencies in Parliament, in the media, at conferences and internationally.

Rosemary Sinclair, Part-time Authority Member, ACMA

Rosemary Sinclair is CEO of Immediate Solutions, a boutique consultancy practice focused on strategy development, technology impacts, stakeholder engagement, governance and government relations. She is a Member of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency and recent past Chair of the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry Review Committee. Immediately prior to her ACMA role, Rosemary was Director, External Relations, at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales. 

Day one

THEME: Is the Spectrum 'value' debate settled?

Opening address:

Chris Chapman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ACMA
Chris Chapman commenced as the inaugural Chairman and CEO of the ACMA in February 2006, and as an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007. Chris is a seasoned executive with management experience across the media, broadcasting, online, telecommunications, film, sports rights, infrastructure and finance development. Before joining the ACMA, Chris held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of SportsVision Australia and Film Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council. Chris has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program

Keynote speaker:

Dr Jeff Cole, Director and Research Professor, Center for the Digital Future, University of Southern California Annenberg
Jeff Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology issues both in the US and internationally for the past 25 years. An expert in the field of technology and emerging media, he serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around the world as they craft digital strategies. Since 2004, Jeff has been the Director of Center for the Digital Future. The Center is a research and policy institute committed to work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximise the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies.

Session one: Spectrum crunch?
Chair: Chris Cheah

Philip Bates, Director, Analysys Masson
Philip Bates has been a Senior Manager in Analysys Mason's consulting division since 2008. His consulting experience includes a variety of market forecasting and strategy projects for satellite operators around the world; due diligence, regulatory and licensing projects for mobile operators in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia; market forecasting projects for satellite operators and work on the supply of, and demand for, next-generation access products in Europe. He has worked in the telecoms and data networking industry for 25 years and has previously held posts with BT, ICO Global Communications and a number of technology start-ups. He has wide-ranging knowledge of wireless communications technologies, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, GSM, UMTS and satellite. Philip holds an MA in Engineering from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET. 

Håkan Ohlsén, Director, Spectrum and Radio Technology Strategy, Ericsson
Håkan Ohlsén joined Ericsson Sweden early in 1995, working with radio interfaces for the 3rd Generation/IMT-2000 mobile systems. In 1996, he started work at the Ericsson office in Japan and participated in the standardisation of WCDMA and the set-up of 3GPP. Since 1998, he has been at the Ericsson Headquarters focusing on access standardisation strategies. In 2004, he was elected Vice-Chairman of ITU-R WP8F that is today WP5D, the ITU group responsible for IMT and its evolution. Currently, Håkan is Director, Spectrum and Radio Technology Strategy in the Ericsson Group Function Technology, based at the Ericsson Hanoi office. He took his PhD in Solid State Physics at Uppsala University in 1986, and continued with research at the Swedish Institute of Microelectronics in Stockholm. In 1990 he was appointed an Associate Professor at Uppsala University.

David Ball, Chief Technology Officer, NewSat
David Ball has 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors with a significant portion of his career specialising in satellite communications. David has held senior positions in sales team management, product development, engineering and space systems development. Before joining NewSat, David was the Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific for Intelsat and also held that position for PanAmSat prior to the merger between PanAmSat and Intelsat in 2006. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Communications Engineering) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Deakin University.

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 national body representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry and operates programs covering telecommunications policy, infrastructure (networks and spectrum), health/safety, recycling, and law enforcement/national security. In 2013, the role of mobile broadband in Australia’s economy is a central theme for AMTA. Before joining AMTA, Chris held chief executive roles in 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.

Rob Fitzpatrick, Director Infrastructure and Transport Logistics, NICTA
Rob Fitzpatrick has an extensive background in business and technology in the ICT sector globally, including management, consulting, start-ups and business development for large corporates.  Rob operates at Board & C-level in medium to large corporates across multiple sectors, bringing deep expertise in commercialisation and growth businesses, transforming existing organisations and industry, and creating new enterprises. Widely travelled, with a strong track record as a business builder, Rob has a detailed understanding of research and higher education, retail, telecommunications and the information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

Session two: What is the spectrum value proposition?
Chair: Chris Cheah

Phil Manners, Director, Centre for International Economics 
Phil Manners is a Director with the Centre for International Economics. His work is focused on economic analysis of government policies and infrastructure evaluation, pricing and regulation. It has included economic appraisal in major microeconomic policy areas including changes to the NSW land use planning arrangements, operating rules for the Sydney desalination plant, the $8 billion North West Rail Link project and options for water allocation in the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Phil is currently leading a team including Analysys Mason and Evans and Peck to advise ACMA on the economic impacts of the mobile broadband sector and the implications of alternative spectrum allocation scenarios. He holds an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Ian Harvey, Executive Officer, Australian Commercial & Entertainment Technologies Association (ACETA) and Executive Director, Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG)
Ian Harvey has a 25-year history of working in and around the Australian music industry having commenced his career with Yamaha Music Australia in the 1980s. Since then, he served for more than a decade as the Executive Officer with the Australian Music Association and three years as the Chief Operating Officer of a Melbourne based tertiary creative industries college. Ian has been working with AWAG since it was established in 2006.  AWAG was formed in a response to the emerging ‘digital dividend’ process with the intention of ensuring that radio microphones distributors and users were appropriately represented during that process and the subsequent transition period through to December 31 2014.

Mark Burgess, Chief Executive Officer, Police Federation of Australia (PFA)
Mark Burgess joined the New South Wales Police in 1988. He has worked in general duties policing, intelligence, beat policing and liquor licensing. Mark was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. From 1996–98, Mark worked in the NSW Police Royal Commission Implementation Unit on all the reforms flowing from the recommendations of the Wood Royal Commission into NSW Police. In May 1998, he was elected President of the NSW Police Association and in December 2000 stood down to take up his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the PFA. The PFA is the national umbrella body representing all state, territory and federal police associations and unions in Australia and has over 58,000 police officers as members. Mark is also on the Executive committee of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA) representing the Australasia region. ICPRA represents in excess of 1.5 million police officers across Australasia, South Africa, North America, the UK and Europe.

Mark has a Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies) from Newcastle University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Charles Sturt University. He was awarded the Australia Police Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2007.

Stephen King, Professor,  Department of Economics, Monash University
Stephen King's main areas of expertise are in microeconomic theory, competition economics, regulation and industrial organisation. His research has been published widely, including articles in major international economics journals as well as Australian and international law journals. He has contributed to the Australian economics debate through published journal articles, books and popular writings. In addition to his role at Monash University, Stephen is a part-time Member of the Economic Regulation Authority of WA, a Member of Australia's National Competition Council, and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He has advised numerous government agencies and private businesses on competition issues.

Session three: Unchanging Spectrum Management
Chair: Chris Cheah

Drew Clarke, Secretary of the Department of Communications
Drew Clarke was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in March 2013 (name changed to the Department of Communications following the September 2013 Federal Election). The portfolio includes the ABC, SBS, Australia Post, the ACMA, the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency and the National Broadband Network Company (NBNCo). Drew was previously Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. His earlier appointments include leadership roles in energy policy, AusIndustry and science agencies. He holds a MSc from Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2009 for his work in energy market reform and clean energy.

Day two

THEME: Maintaining the momentum—First principles thinking

Session four: What is the future of traditional broadcasting in the face of new technology and business models?
Chair: James Cameron

Julie Flynn, Chief Executive Officer, Free TV Australia
Julie Flynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, the industry body that represents Australia’s commercial television licensees. In her time as CEO, Free TV has been at the forefront of the transition to digital television services and has developed an industry voice to market the strengths of free-to-air television in an increasingly competitive market. Julie joined Free TV after a distinguished career as a journalist and media executive. She was a senior executive at Radio 2UE and is also known for her work as a reporter and commentator in the Canberra Press Gallery with the ABC, the National Times and 2GB. Julie has won a Walkley Award for radio news reporting and was President of the Canberra Press Gallery.

Anthony Ghergetta, Head of Strategic Mobile Development, The App Studio
Anthony Gherghetta is the lead mobile development strategist at The App Studio in Melbourne, Australia. Leading a team of designers and developers, Anthony is currently working on a number of new products that will redefine the way that we listen to radio in the car. Car radio is the next frontier of digital media. The traditional way of listening to radio through AM, FM and DAB channels is fast becoming obsolete as more and more cars are connected to the internet.

Joan Warner, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Radio Australia
Joan Warner is Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Radio Australia, which represents 99 per cent of all commercial radio broadcasters. Joan was responsible for the planning, rollout and implementation of DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals (covering up to 60 per cent of the Australian population) and continues the DAB+ implementation for commercial radio broadcasters across regional Australia. In her role as CEO, she also oversees the whole-of-industry marketing campaign, Radio Codes of Practice, audience survey contracts and industry copyright agreements. Joan is responsible for the annual National Commercial Radio Conference, Siren Creative Awards and Australian Commercial Radio Awards. She has worked at senior executive levels in the private and government sectors and holds four degrees including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education.

Session five: Spectrum use innovation—where is it going?
Chair: Rosemary Sinclair

Darrin M. Mylet, Business Operations & Regulatory Affairs, AdaptrumDarrin M. Mylet joined Adaptrum, a Silicon Valley-based start-up exploring the applications of proprietary implementations of cognitive radio for use in wireless services and applications, in 2009. Darrin was with Cantor Fitzgerald from 2003–09. He worked globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of (wireless) radio spectrum frequency. He served two terms (2010–11, Obama and 2009–10, Bush) for the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee administered by NTIA and was Chairperson of the Spectrum Transparency Subcommittee. NTIA advises the White House on spectrum and broadband policy. Darrin serves as an advisor to SpectrumEvolution.org.

Chris Hose, Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch, ACMA
Chris Hose is the Executive Manager, 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. He has been working at the ACMA and its predecessor, the ACA, since 2000 and previously spent a short period working for a power system consultancy company in Queensland. Chris has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Canberra, a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Economics. 

Thomas C. Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Tom Power is the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he helps develop and coordinate Administration policy on telecom and technology issues. Before joining OSTP, Tom served as Chief of Staff of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce. Earlier, Tom served as General Counsel of Fiberlink Communications, Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman William Kennard and as a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Session six: Where to from here?
Chair: Chris Cheah

David Brumfield, Executive Manager, Radiocommunications Policy Branch, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA
David Brumfield has over 20 years experience in communications policy and implementation, working on policies such as commercial television equalisation, the expansion of the community broadcasting sector in Australia and in a Parliamentary liaison capacity for a former minister for communications. He was a key contributor to the development of a regulatory framework designed to limit Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) to radiocommunications which has culminated in Australia’s EMC framework. As the leader of the ACMA’s Spectrum Marketing Team, David ran three of Australia’s most successful spectrum auctions, including sale of the 2 GHz spectrum now used for 3G mobile telephony. More recently David oversaw the allocation of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum in last year’s auction. He now manages licensing and spectrum policy matters for the ACMA. David 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.

Mark Loney, Executive Manager, Operations and Services Branch, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA
Mark Loney joined the Department of Defence in 1988 and worked in Melbourne, Washington DC and Canberra over the next nine years.  Since joining the Spectrum Management Agency in 1996, Mark has lead the development, implementation and operation of regulatory arrangements for broadcasting, radiocommunications and telecommunications services.  Mark was Deputy Head of the Australian delegation to the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva and played a key role in the establishment of the ACMA in 2005. He led the Operations Branch from its establishment in December 2009 and currently heads the Operations and Services Branch formed in 2013. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Western Australian Institute of Technology.

Maureen Cahill, General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA
Maureen Cahill is the General Manager of the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division. Maureen has worked in the communications policy and regulatory fields for more than 20 years. She has worked with the ACMA and its predecessor organisations, including the Australian Communications Authority (ACA). Her roles have ranged from managing the corporate governance functions in the ACA to leading the ACMA’s Operation Branch. Following the creation of the ACMA in 2005, Maureen has been involved in strategic management, and prior to her current appointment, led the ACMA’s then Convergence and Coordination Division. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University.


Last updated: 11 September 2013