Worldwide 5G Industry Fora Session

5G has seen a tremendous surge of worldwide 5G Forum initiatives advocating and influencing swifter and consensus-based adoption of 5G formulating strategies, roadmaps harmonizing and aligning the technologies and the spectrum allocation.

This session has invited representatives from the following 5G fora:

  • 3GPP: Susan Miller, President and CEO, ATIS
  • USA: Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas
  • Brazil: José Marcos Brito, General Secretary, 5G Brasil Project
  • China:  IMT-2020 Promotion Group
  • Europe: Jean-Marie Bienaimé, Secretary General, 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA)
    Heinz Bernold, Boston Consulting Group, Switzerland
  • India: Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI & Founder Chair & Vice President, Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India
  • Japan 5G Mobile Forum
  • Korea: 5G Forum
  • Taiwan: Li-Chun Wang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

The 5G Fora will outline their national 5G strategy and adoption status and discuss in the panel session alignment and harmonization.


Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Secretary General of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), in the 5G PPP with the European Commission

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Secretary General of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), representing the digital & telecommunications industry (operators, manufacturers, research and academic institutes, verticals, SMEs) in the Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, since September 2016. He is also Chairman of the 5G PPP Initiative Steering Board.

Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, Bienaimé has had responsibilities including Director Planning Department at FT, Advisor to the General Director of Moroccan Telecommunications in Rabat, Director of Marketing and Product Development for International Business Networks & Services at FT, Chief Executive Officer of Nexus International, and Vice-President International Mobile Support for Orange Group. From 2009 until 2016, JeanPierre has been Senior Vice-President Wholesale Strategy, Communications and Community at Orange. Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum from 2003 until 2016, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G UMTS and 4G LTE and evolutions, and to ensure their worldwide commercial success.

Jean-Pierre is the chairman of IREST (Economic and Social Research Institute on Telecommunications), a think tank of influence based in Paris. Jean-Pierre is graduated from ESSEC Business School, from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes & Télécommunications – Paris, and from INSEAD.

Heinz Bernold, Boston Consulting Group

Heinz Bernold is an Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He is a member of BCG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice area, serving clients worldwide. He specializes in technology & network strategy and spectrum auctions. Before re-joining BCG, Heinz worked at Swisscom as Head of Strategy & Innovation responsible for Network, IT & Wholesale business.


Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI & Founder Chair & Vice President, Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India
Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry.

Prior to TSDSI, she has spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 50+ Local and Global forums.

Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current Vice President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is on the Governing Boards of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology. She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research and Member Research Council, UIET, Punjab University. She also mentors Startups in the ICT space.

Pamela is currently the Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee and the Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section. She was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She has also been the Chair for IEEE Computer Society- Bangalore Section.

Susan Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, ATIS

Susan is President and Chief Executive Officer of ATIS and has been in this role since 1999. She is credited with bringing an innovative, market-driven approach to the development of solutions and standards for the ICT industry and as a result, continues to expand ATIS’ reach and activities. Under her leadership, ATIS redefined the manner in which ICT business priorities are identified, and technical and operational solutions and standards are subsequently developed. Connecting the industry’s direction and ATIS members’ business priorities with needed solutions and standards has attracted a blue-ribbon Board of Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers and senior executives.

Prior to her appointment as President, she served as the Association’s Vice President and General Counsel. In that capacity, she played an integral role in setting the direction and ultimate evolution as to where the organization is today. Before joining ATIS, Susan practiced telecommunications law at Weil, Gotshal and Manges.

In addition to her role at ATIS, Susan has served in a number of other roles including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors; the International Engineering Consortium Advisory Council; member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC); and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Oklahoma State University. She has also served on the U.S. delegation to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and ATIS’ delegation to the Global Standards Collaboration. Susan is a graduate of Dickinson College and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

In 2011, Susan made Billing and OSS World’s List of the 25 Most Influential. Previously, she was recognized by FierceTelecom as one of the “2010 Top Women in Wireline”.


Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization’s Market Representation Partner interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.

Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 93 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.

With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA Super Mobility, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA. Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.

José Marcos C. Brito, General Secretary, 5G Brasil Project

José Marcos C. Brito received his BSc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Inatel, Brazil in 1986, and MSc. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Unicamp, Brazil in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Since 1986 he has been a professor at Inatel, being full professor since 1990. Prof. Brito was Vice-Director of Inatel from 1994 to 2002 and Post-Graduation & Research Pro-Director from 1998 to 2002. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Master Program, Post-Graduation & Research Pro-Director and General Coordinator of the Radiocommunication Reference Center, all at Inatel. In 2017 he was elected Secretary General of the 5G Brasil Project. He has more than 60 papers published in journals and conferences in the telecommunications area. His main area of interest is performance analysis of communications networks and 5G networks.


Li-Chun Wang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Li-Chun Wang(M’96 — SM’06 — F’11)} received the B.S. degree from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, R. O. C. in 1986, the M.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1988, and the Ms. Sci. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1995, and 1996, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

From 1990 to 1992, he was with the Telecommunications Laboratories of the Ministry of Transportations and Communications in Taiwan. In 1995, he was affiliated with Bell Northern Research of Northern Telecom, Inc., Richardson, TX. From 1996 to 2000, he was with AT&T Laboratories, where he was a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Wireless Communications Research Department. Since August 2000, he has joined National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Currently he is a chair professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is jointly appointed by the Department of Computer Science. His recent research interests are focused on cross-layer optimization and data-driven learning techniques for 5G ultra-reliable and ultra-low latency communications (URLLC), edge computing, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications networks, and AI-empowered mobile networks.

Dr. Wang was elected to the IEEE Fellow for his contributions in cellular architectures and radio resource management in wireless networks. He won the 1997 IEEE Jack Neubauer Best Paper Award (1997), Distinguished Research Award of Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2012 and 2018), and IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Board Best Paper Award (2015). He has published over 90 journal papers and 180 conference papers, 19 US patents and co-edited a book “Key Technologies for 5G Wireless Systems” (Cambridge 2016).


Jean-Pierre Bienaimé 
President, 5G-IA

Latif Ladid
Founder & President , IPv6 Forum
IEEE 5G Initiative Co-Chair, Conferences