Anita Döhler

CEO, NGMN ALLIANCE

Anita Döhler has more than 25 years of experience in various telecommunication fields including more than 16 years of senior management responsibilities with operators of mobile communication networks. In addition, she has extensive experience in new business development and innovation, ecosystem- and partner management, standardization, technology strategy and product management, digital transformation. From 2016 until 2020, Anita Döhler held senior management positions at Accenture, including one of their Industry X.0 Innovation Centers.

Prior to joining Accenture, she was 16 years with Vodafone Group as Senior Manager in Technology and Commercial. She also worked at E-Plus Mobilfunk and Philips. She holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Telecommunication Engineering (Novosibirsk, Russia) and an executive MBA degree from Henley Business School (UK). Further, she is a systemic business coach. She is passionate to support the world’s leading operators, vendors and research institutes as CEO of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance.

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Suzana Grujev

VP MOBILE ACCESS STRATEGY, LIBERTY GLOBAL

Suzana has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunication/cable industry. Her career includes nearly a decade at Liberty Global,currently responsible for the Group Mobile access technology strategy, driving collaboration and co-creation across Liberty Global markets and the Group on topics such as O-RAN, 5G SA and Mobile Private Network. Prior to joining Liberty, Suzana worked as independent consultant within Finance/Insurance sector as well as covered different positions within KPN, from Mobile, Strategy and M&A to IT. She holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication from the Delft University of Technology.

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Luke Ibbetson

HEAD OF GROUP R&D, VODAFONE

Luke has been with Vodafone since 1996 and is currently heading the Vodafone Group Research and Development organisation. Luke is responsible for all aspects of network research including Vodafone’s participation in international standards, pilots and commercial trials of emerging technologies, evolution of mobile security and defining the architectural blueprint for Vodafone’s future networks. Luke led Vodafone’s exploration of alternative access solutions and directly shaped Vodafone’s 4G strategy.Prior to joining Vodafone Luke worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds for over six years, undertaking contract research for companies including BT Laboratories and Cellnet (now Telefonica O2). Luke was responsible for developing one of the earliest GSM simulation capabilities and has a long term passion for all things wireless. Luke graduated from the University of Leeds with a first degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and was awarded an MSc by Research in 1992. Luke holds Chartered Engineer status with the Institute of Engineering Technology. Luke is married and has two children. He is also NGMN Board Member.

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Laurent Leboucher

GROUP CTO AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORANGE INNOVATION NETWORKS

As of September 1st 2021, Laurent Leboucher leads Orange Innovation Networks organization supporting Orange business units.

He joined Orange in 1992 and held various technical, management and executive positions in several areas (operations, R&D, IT, start-up creation) in France and the United States, with a particular focus on software systems and IT transformations. More recently, within Orange Innovation IT and Services, he led the development of new customer relationship solutions, defined and supported a new IT strategy built on cloud practices and oversaw the IT and Services architecture.

Laurent is “Distinguished Fellow” of the TM Forum. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, from Telecom Paris and has a PhD in computer science. Laurent is also NGMN Board Member.

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Jérôme Birot

VP – PLATFORM TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES, TELUS

Jérôme Birot is the Vice President of Platform Technology & Services within the CUSTOMER TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE Office at TELUS. His main responsibilities range from strategy evolution, deployment and implementation all the way to service assurance across his portfolio for consumers, businesses and IOT. This includes the transformation of the network to Cloud native and the push for automation. Before TELUS, Jérôme also worked for various network vendors and other service providers in Canada and the UK.

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