Plenary Keynote Speakers

Jin Bains
Ashraf Dahod
Ashraf Dahod

Adam Drobot

Andrea Goldsmith
Stanford University

Chih-Lin I 
China Mobile

Johann Jungwirth
Volkswagen AG
Eric Starkloff
National Instruments

Session Keynote Speakers

Mauricio Aracena
Disrupting Media and Entertainment in the 5G Era

Jyri Huopaniemi
Nokia Technologies
Disrupting Media and Entertainment in the 5G Era

Farooq Khan
Startup Forum
Anand Prasad
NEC Corporation
5G Security and Privacy
Henning Schulzrinne
Columbia University
Policy and Regulation in the 5G Era

Antonio Skarmeta
University of Murcia
5G Security and Privacy

Kapil Sood
5G Security and Privacy

Anthony Soong
Automotive Intelligent Transport
Diego González Zúñiga
Disrupting Media and Entertainment in the 5G Era

Session Speakers

Sassan Ahmadi
Open API, Unbundled, Open Source, and Testbeds 

Mahbubul Alam 
Startup Forum

Jason Chen
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Javan Erfanian
Bell Canada
Standards and Deployment

Igor Faynberg
Stevens Institute of Technology
Standards and Deployment

Petri Hautakangas
Startup Forum

Yun Chao Hu
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Alex Katko 
Pivotal Commware
Startup Forum

David Kravitz
Crypto Systems Research
5G Security and Privacy

Anurag Kumar
Indian Institute of Science
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Pamela Kumar
Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India
Standards and Deployment

Joy Laskar
Maja Systems
Startup Forum

Charles Myers
Startup Forum

Tetsuya Nakamura
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Morgan O’Brien
Policy and Regulation in the 5G Era

Chris Pearson
5G Americas
Worldwide 5G Fora Industry Session

Richard Soley
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Tom Tofigh
Open API, Unbundled, Open Source, and Testbeds 
Andreas Vogel
5G for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Session Panelists

Amruthur Narasimhan
Global 5G Tutorial Coordinator/Chair
5G Security and Privacy

 Keynote Speaker: Jin Bains, Head of Connectivity, SCL, Facebook

As the Head of the Connectivity Lab, SCL, Jin oversees and directs key aspects of Facebook’s efforts to increase access to affordable connectivity across the globe, including the use of low-altitude, high-altitude, and satellite systems.Before joining Facebook, Jin spent over ten years at National Instruments, where he served as the Vice President of R&D, RF and Wireless Products, managing a global R&D organization of engineers and driving innovation with internal experts and key outside partners. Jin began his career as an RF Engineer and R&D manager for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.Jin holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford, respectively.


Keynote Speaker: Ashraf Dahod, CEO Altiostar

Mr. Ashraf M. Dahod is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Altiostar. Before Altiostar, Mr. Dahod was the SVP & GM of Mobile Internet Technology Group at Cisco Systems which was created after Cisco acquired Starent Network in 2009. Mr. Dahod co-founded Starent Networks in 2000 and was its President & Chief Executive Officer. Starent went public on the NASDAQ in 2007. Prior to Starent, Mr. Dahod co-founded NetCore Systems, Inc. in 1996 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He has an exceptionally strong record of building successful technology companies, capitalizing on his ability to recognize market opportunities and combining it with a keen understanding of technology. He co-founded Sigma Network Systems, Inc. in 1988 and founded Nu-Link, Inc. in 1991, Applitek Corporation (renamed to LANCity) in 1981. Mr. Dahod holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Master of Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Bombay.


Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He currently chairs the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software and strategic consulting services. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies as well as the company’s CTO, from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, he was at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC now Leidos), from 1975 to 2002 holding a progression of roles. This included management of the Advanced Technology Group, and eventually as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology.

Adam has been the principal in the development of several large, scientific code systems and software for managing the design, manufacture, and life cycle support of complex industrial products. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. He is currently a member of Several Corporate Boards, and he is a member of the IEEE Awards Board and also Chairs the Awards Recognition Council for the IEEE. He is a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and has recently Co-Chaired the Working Groups that addressed: “Sun-setting the PSTN”, “Technology Futures”, and most recently “Broadband Deployment Technology Challenges”. Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he Chairs the TIA Technology Committee. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.


Keynote Speaker: Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University

Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She also serves on Stanford’s Presidential Advisory Board, University Budget Group, and Faculty Senate. She previously served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate and as a member of Stanford’s Commission on Graduate Education, Commission on Undergraduate Education, Committee on Research, Planning and Policy Board, and Task Force on Women and Leadership. She co -founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and of Quantenna (QTNA), Inc. She has also held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and she currently chairs the Technical Advisory Boards of Interdigital Corp., Quantenna Communications, Cohere Communications, and Sequans. In the IEEE Dr. Goldsmith served on the Board of Governors for both the Information Theory and Communications societies. She has also been a Distinguished Lecturer for both societies, served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, founded and chaired the student committee of the IEEE Information Theory society, and chaired the Emerging Technology Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. She currently chairs the IEEE TAB committee on diversity and inclusion, and the Women in Technology Leadership Roundtable working group on metrics.Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE ComSoc Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award as well as Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE ComSoc and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the WICE Technical Achievement Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book “Wireless Communications” and co -author of the books “MIMO Wireless Communications” and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 28 patents. Her research interests are in information theory and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.


Keynote Speaker: Chih-Lin I, China Mobile 

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”


Keynote Speaker: Johann Jungwirth, CDO Volkswagen AG

Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Volkswagen AG, is responsible for the digital transformation of the Volkswagen Group and reports directly to Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG.Johann Jungwirth transferred from Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), where he was Director, Mac Systems Engineering for over a year. He was responsible for innovation in design and engineering in product development as well as hiring, growing and leading a multicultural research & development team and supporting the Special Projects Group.In 2009 Jungwirth was appointed as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America to head the Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, CA (USA), with additional locations. From the center in Silicon Valley, Jungwirth and his team were responsible for all research and development units in the US market such as autonomous driving, powertrain and electric drive, technology and vehicle development, as well as business innovation and user interaction design. From 2008 to 2014 Jungwirth was also Vice-President Connected Car, User Interaction & Telematics responsible for all research, engineering and product development for infotainment and connected car solutions.Johann Jungwirth was born on 3rd of May 1973, in Reußmarkt, Romania. He holds an electrical engineering degree Dipl.-Ing. (BA) from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. He also participated in the International Motor Vehicle Program of Massachusetts Institute of  Technology in Cambridge, MA (USA) and Wharton School of the University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). Johann Jungwirth is married and has three children.

Keynote speaker: Eric Starkloff, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

As executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Eric Starkloff leads worldwide sales and marketing organizations responsible for driving focus, accountability, and growth. Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held leadership positions across the marketing organization, including leading teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and CompactRIO. Starkloff invests his time in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by serving on the advisory board for the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and the board of directors for Urban Roots, an Austin-based sustainable agriculture program to transform the lives of young people. Starkloff holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.


General Chair: Sanjay Jha, CEO GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Sanjay Jha is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Appointed in January 2014, Sanjay has a successful track record of senior executive experience in the technology industry, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, which was spun out as an independent public company from Motorola Inc. in early 2011. During this period, Motorola Mobility was comprised of the Mobile Devices and Home (set-top box and cable infrastructure) businesses, as well as Motorola Mobility Ventures. He joined Motorola as co-CEO in 2008, while serving simultaneously as CEO of Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business.Prior to Motorola, Sanjay held multiple senior engineering and executive positions during his 14 years with Qualcomm, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Qualcomm Inc. from 2006 to 2008. As COO, Sanjay oversaw corporate research and development and as well as Qualcomm Flarion Technologies (QFT). Beginning in 2003 upon his appointment as President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), he led Qualcomm’s semiconductor business and oversaw the development of five generations of modem and cell site chipsets, both digital baseband and radio frequency (RF), as well as system software. Sanjay also led the formation of Qualcomm Technologies & Ventures, where he managed both the technology investment portfolio and the new technology group as Senior Vice President and General Manager.Earlier in his career, Sanjay held lead design engineering roles with Brooktree Corporation in San Diego, and GEC Hirst Research Centre in London.Sanjay was awarded a D.Sc. (h.c.) from Strathclyde University, Scotland in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Scotland and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Liverpool, England.