Professor John Davies


Professor John Davies is Chief Researcher in BT’s Applied Research department, where he leads a team focussed on Internet of Things technologies. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Open University and University of Hull, UK. His current research interests include the application of Internet of Things and semantic technologies to smart cities, smart energy grids, business intelligence and information integration. He co-wrote the Hypercat IoT standard and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and is the inventor of several patents, and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

Davina Fell

Digital Infrastructure Programme Manager
Southwark Council

Davina Fell is the Digital Infrastructure Manager at Southwark Council. She is responsible for improving connectivity in Southwark and smart initiatives as part of the council’s digital transformation; fulfilling her ambition to bring local government and technology closer together.

Davina has over 10 years’ local government experience in economic development and regeneration leading on programmes and advising on regional policy on skills and employment, high street regeneration and business growth, where she found innovative ways to bring the public and private sector together. She also recently worked at Nesta on the Flying High Challenge which explores how drones can be used in UK cities.

Davina has recently completed an Executive MBA from Cass Business School, which drew her interest into the tech world.

Tom Gardner

CK Hutchison

Tom leads IoT & MVNO for CK Hutchison’s IoT business, which offers customers a single point of access to CK Hutchison’s 12 mobile networks and deploys new technology, centrally, that all CK Hutchison operators can access. CK Hutchison also holds significant business interests in major IoT verticals such as utilities, retail and shipping.

Tero Blomqvist​

City of Tampere​
Tero is a passionate leader with a growth mindset. He has 19 years of experience in the high tech & wireless industry. During this path, Tero has created world leading mobile products based on four different Mobile OSs. Tero gets energized by leading talented people and seeing them deliver something unique. He is one of the creators and the Program Director of Smart Tampere program by the City of Tampere. It is an economic program that creates innovative smart city solutions by enabling value ecosystems that include parties like companies, education, communities, citizen and the city organization itself. The ultimate goal for Tampere is to be an internationally recognized sustainable smart city attractive for business and citizens.

Reinier Huisman


Reinier is Group Product Director in the Liberty Global Group for IoT for the Business Services market. Liberty Global is the largest international cable operator group and includes market facing brands such as Virgin Media, Telenet, VodafoneZiggo and UPC. He brings 15 years of Telco & IoT Product management experience in the B2C, B2B and Wholesale market at several tier 1 providers in the US and Europe. He has a proven track record of developing, launching and scaling products from start to tens of million dollar businesses with product launches across the globe. He is leading and involved in multiple IoT projects across Europe including various smart office, smart building and public sector related use cases.

Trevor Dorling

Digital greenwich

Trevor Dorling is a Chartered Town Planner has over 35 years experience, working in senior positions in town planning, employment & skills, and economic development within London local government. He has worked for the Royal Borough of Greenwich since 1987, and has led projects of national significance including overseeing work to maximize the local employment and business opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has played a key role in establishing Greenwich as one of the UK’s leaders in smart city innovation.

Trevor has an Honours degree in town planning and a Masters degree in Information Systems and Technology. This laid the foundations for his interest in Smart Cities and the application of new technologies to improve the urban environment, economy, and delivery of public services.

Trevor is co-chair of the Cities Standards Institute, a joint initiative by the British Standards Institution and the Future Cities Catapult, which oversees the development and deployment of smart city standards, and participates in ISO working groups developing new global smart city standards. Trevor is also an Advisor to London Councils on employment, business and skills.

Dimitrios Spiliopoulos


Dimitrios Spiliopoulos is currently working for the IoT team of O2 (Telefonica UK) in London and he is also teaching about IoT Business in the MBA of IE Business School. Dimitrios is active in the IoT community by mentoring IoT startups, speaking in conferences and writing about IoT subjects. He previously worked for the global IoT team of Vodafone. He has lived in 6 countries and before his MBA he worked in different countries (EMEA and India) and industries doing international business. He helps companies to start their IoT journey and create great value for their customers through new services, business models and connected products.

Paul Morrissey


Paul is a Veteran Technology Innovation Entrepreneur, he has created, enabled and successfully sold, floated or merged a series of International Telecommunications, Technology Operations, Software and Consultancy practices and continues to invest in early stage technology business through his Private Equity fund Livewire Capital Partners. He is a recognised International Business leader and expert on Customer Experience, Data Forensics, Smart Cities,
IoT and Media Content distribution and is the inventor of Problem Derived Innovation Analytics (PDIA) an alternate methodology for the examination of Big Data hypothesises. He also continues to act as Non-Exec Chairman/Director of several companies in the Cx, Big Data Analytics, Digital Content, Gaming sectors. He is working closely with VC’s and Private Equity to secure funding and drive new and existing entities to profit. He has been intimately involved in these types of Ventures since 1999. In addition, he undertakes strategic consultancy assignments for Major Global Enterprises where his technology expertise can be effective to drive organisations to profitability or exits.

Specialties: Paul is the Global Ambassador for the TM Forum with responsibility for Big Data Analytics and Customer Experience he is also currently the Head of the Data Analytics Group at TM Forum he also sits on the ‘Smart Cities’, ‘IoT’ and ‘5G’ working groups for TM Forum. In 2010 he was awarded a Professorship by the School of Mathematics and Computing at Liverpool John Moores University for work surrounding University technology spin-out companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a sought-after Global speaker on the International conference circuit.

Alex Lorette


Allan Mayo

Digital greenwich

After a long career as a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Allan joined Digital Greenwich to help develop the Borough’s Smart City Strategy, which was launched on 22 October.  He brings his extensive knowledge of Whitehall, the European Commission and member states, particularly in relation to smart cities and innovation policy.  He has recently been conferred the title of Honorary Professor by the University of Birmingham, where he has close links with the Business School’s City-Region Economic Development Institute.

His area of expertise includes understanding cities and urban transformation, understanding urban economies and environments, and policy aspects of Smart Cities.  He was responsible for the development of the Government’s strategy in this area, which was published in October 2013, and supported BSI’s strategy for developing a suite of smart city standards.

Current interests include translating what the Government’s Future of Cities Foresight Programme means for Greenwich/local government.

Raphael Ani

Wayra UK (Telefónica)​

Raphael heads up the Intelligent Mobility unit at Wayra. The Intelligent Mobility Acceleration programme is a partnership between Wayra part of Telefónica Open Future_, and the Transport Systems Catapult. The key aim of the programme is to attract disruptive startups with high growth potential into the UK transport industry, while helping them grow into world-leading companies. The programme focuses on intelligent mobility, including areas such as connected and autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, customer experience, and transport data and analysis.

Teppo Rantanen​

City of Tampere​

Teppo is the Executive Director for growth, competitiveness and innovation at the City of Tampere. Before working for the city he has worked as a senior partner and CEO for Deloitte Finland since 2002, Deloitte UK 2013-2016, responsible for IoT and TMT eminence.

Christian Koch

Head of iot
EMEA, NTT Security

Andy Bridden

Principle Consultant – IoT

Andy Bridden is an Internet of Things (IoT) specialist at PA Consulting who works with clients to help them deploy IoT securely and to scale. Andy has worked in a wide range of sectors including utilities, housing, retail and transport and logistics. He has over 30 years experience in delivering innovative projects ranging from global sporting events to RFID.

Andy is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Project Professional with a strong focus on Cyber security, data privacy and IoT networks.

Jeremy Green


Independent thinker and writer about technology, especially smart cities and IoT.

Jeremy Green has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. For most of this time he has been an industry analyst at specialist research companies including Ovum, Machina Research, and most recently Gartner.

His research focuses on the emerging Internet of Things, with a particular interest in Smart Cities and connected transport.

He has an independent blog which covers, among other things, the use of ICT to help make transport more sustainable, at He has regularly appeared in the specialist press, and on radio and TV as an expert industry commentator and has been a judge for the GSMA’s annual mobile awards.

In 2009 he was seconded to the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission to work on a project on sustainable transport, including input to the Commission’s high profile report Smarter Moves: How Information Communications Technology can promote Sustainable Mobility.

Jonathan Rowan


Jonathan has over 20 years global experience in senior strategy consulting and management roles in the telecoms and technology sectors. His specialist areas include consumer, business and enterprise solutions in mobile, fixed and media contexts, convergent technologies and solutions (e.g. IPTV, OTT, VoIP) new business models (e.g. mPayments, cloud, next-gen wholesale), virtual business models (e.g. MVNO), spectrum auction strategy, both access and core network technologies in mobile, fixed and cable environments, mobile data and applications, carrier wholesale markets, sales force optimization, new product launch, market entry, company valuation, due diligence, post-merger integration and operational performance improvement. He has been advising incumbent operators, mobile network operators, cable operators, media companies, international MVNOs, global carriers, mobile device manufacturers and equipment manufacturers

Julian Watson

IHS Markit

Julian Watson is the senior principal analyst of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity research at IHS Markit. He is responsible for analyzing IoT technologies, applications and business models. 

Prior to this, Julian was Director of Operators research with IHS Technology’s Mobile and Telecom team. In this role he developed analysis of operators’ bundling business models, emerging markets footprint strategies and M&A opportunities. He also undertook custom research for operators, equipment vendors and regulatory authorities on issues such quad play strategies, VoIP and fixed broadband market segmentation. 

Julian has been widely quoted on mobile market consolidation, quad-play and telecoms regulatory developments by media outlets such as the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and Reuters.

Julian has a BA in Politics and Russian from the University of Leeds. He is based in London, United Kingdom.

Bengt Nordström


Bengt co-founded Northstream in 1998 and is since then the CEO of the company. He has previously held the position as CTO and Executive Director of Smartone in Hong Kong. Other management positions include Ericsson, Comviq and Netcom consultants. Bengt has also held a position in the Executive Committee of the GSM Association as well as chairing the GSM Association Asia Pacific Interest Group. Bengt is an acknowledged telecom industry thought leader that is frequently invited as speaker and moderator in conferences and strategy workshops.

Toni Luhti​

Wayra UK (Telefónica)​
Toni played a key role at the biggest Microsoft Indirect CSP partner in Europe, beginning from start-up phase to the current mature stage. He has also been a quarterback for Microsoft’s indirect business in transitioning from traditional transaction-based business to consumption-based cloud business. He is currently working for Elisa (#1 telco in Finland) as a Regional Director, meaning responsibility of second largest market region in Finland.

Matt Hatton

Technology thought-leader

Matt Hatton is a widely respected technology industry expert with over 20 years’ experience. He is currently Research Vice President at Gartner following the acquisition of Machina Research, the specialist IoT research and consultancy firm he co-founded in 2011, and of which he was CEO. Prior to establishing Machina Research, Matt worked at 3 UK, Yankee Group and Analysys Mason.

Jon Kirkpatrick

Connected Places Catapult

Phil Skipper

Head of IOT strategy and M&A

Phil joined Vodafone in 2013 having amassed a wealth of experience across a broad range of industries including defence, FMCG, manufacturing and media. A long-term exponent of telemetry, M2M and IoT and having worked within many of the worlds leading enterprises including Siemens, Landis & Gyr and Mars in the US, UK, Switzerland and New Zealand, Phil brings a highly strategic view of this rapidly changing and evolving market. “IoT is central to the current wave of digitisation and as Head of Strategy there are few other markets where there is so much opportunity to drive value for our customers. The potential for IoT to revolutionise the way we do business but also to have a positive social impact is a really exciting prospect and I am particularly excited to play a key role in driving this future direction”

Amy Lemberger

Cybersecurity Director
GSM Association

Amy Lemberger is the Cybersecurity Director at the GSM Association and is responsible for supporting the improvement of the security posture of the telecommunications industry . Since joining the GSMA she has enhanced cybersecurity engagement within the ecosystem and published the mobile telecommunications Threat Landscape report. Prior to the GSMA, Amy was at BT developing their incident response strategy and lead their Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Amy has also held various technical investigator roles in adjacent industries. Amy graduated with a First Class (hons) degree in Digital Forensics and holds various industry certifications including CISSP, CISM and GNFA.

Ravi Mondair

iWireless Solutions

Ravi graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering and has received numerous awards from the CIOB, BeC and for construction and project management during his career. Ravi has worked solely within the wireless industry for 20 years and developed a trusted reputation for successfully managing the delivery of large scale programmes for UK and wider European based operators. Ravi founded iWireless Solutions in 2006 and has been pivotal in providing leadership and strengthening the organisation to offer a wide range of services across multiple technologies. Ravi is constantly designing or coming up with unusual ideas for his home – his latest plans are for building a commercial grade zip wire and outdoor cinema in his back garden!

Jan Vettensaari

Senior Account Manager

I have been two years Senior Account Manager for large companies and municipalities for designated customers at Elisa Oyj. Before that I worked four years at Telia Finland Oyj as a Chief Development Manager in Public sales segment where I was responsible e.g. Service Provider sales, contracts and commercialization of common information network for municipalities. In the past I have been ten years a Product Group Manager at Nordic level in corporate security segment at Telia Finland Oyj. In this task my team was responsible e.g. strong authentication services, Identity Management, security of communication solutions and contract negotiations with partners. I have also worked as a customer project manager in numerous of national and international projects.

During past 20 years I have got e.g. good social network with service providers, security vendors, manufactories, sub-contractors, municipalities and corporate customers in ICT area.

I have a Master of Science (Information Technology) and Bachelor of Science (Electrical engineering) educations. In private life I like to do quite a lot of sport, like floor ball, golf, skiing and hiking.

Shane Mitchell AoU, MCIM, FRSA

Consulting Advisor

Shane is currently advising the British Standards Institution on digital transformation programmes, and the role of standards for cities, infrastructure markets, and service developments. Shane has leadership experience in global enterprises, and start-up accelerators, and advises industry, governments and global NGOs on their smart cities strategies, placemaking interests, and how digitalisation can enable participative communities.

Shane shaped the public sector value cases and strategies, seminal smart cities initiatives and Internet of Everything strategies for Cisco’s global foresight consulting practice. Shane led the design and launch of IoTUK, and a range of consulting and development programmes in sustainability, informatics, civic engagement, future of mobility and working, investment and international trade.

Shane co-founded TechResort CIC in the UK, and is currently on the UK5G Advisory Board’s Connected Places Working Group, along with shaping BSI engagements with various 5G and smart community programmes.

Graham Thrower

Head of Infrastructure & Investment
Urban Foresight

Graham is a telecom sector, funding and investment expert, formerly a Managing Director of the Global Telecom and Technology Group at Citigroup who has modelled and raised equity and debt finance for mobile rollouts in over 30 international markets. He has additionally worked with global companies in the fibre, satellite, tower and telecom equipment sectors. He holds a Doctorate in the construction of institutional investment markets for infrastructure and is a published author on the interplay of public and private finance in the context of critical infrastructure, and has spoken on the topic globally.

Currently he is Head of Infrastructure and Investment at Urban Foresight, a smart city and low carbon focussed consultancy business based in the UK. In that role he works extensively with Local Authorities who see 5G as a key enabling connective utility and who wish to work in partnership with industry to unlock the economic case to support an accelerated UK rollout.

Graham is also a Member of the DCMS supported UK5G Connected Places Working Group.

Geoff Stevens

Urban Technology LeaD



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