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Telecoms, Media and Technology

Essential Future Forum

Enabling the connected future

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas

European Commission

William Bold

William Bold

Qualcomm

Kathrin Buvac

Kathrin Buvac

Nokia

Overview

We are in the midst of a major technological shift towards a world powered by intelligent device-to-device connectivity. The possibilities of connecting people, things and places in new and innovative ways seem endless. Every sector and industry will be impacted by this wireless connected future, underpinned by the roll out of 5G. From transport and manufacturing to health, safety and government, connected technologies’ impact on society is expected to be far-reaching.

The Financial Times, in partnership with Qualcomm, present the second in the Essential Future Series, which will draw on the findings of the Essential Future Global Public Survey, providing insights from business, technology and policy leaders across 12 countries and their views on connectivity, innovation and the future.

In Europe, the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy aims to place the EU at the forefront of connectivity and create the most effective environment for a connected world. In this context, a series of policy and public-private initiatives are already under way. They will set 5G and connectivity targets, encourage investment, ensure spectrum availability and accelerate the development of new connectivity-based innovation ecosystems.

  • How do we make sure that the potential economic and societal value of a connected world become an everyday reality for citizens?
  • How should policy and regulatory frameworks be aligned to enable additional breakthrough technologies?
  • What rules on intellectual property and standards are needed to incentivise the necessary R&D and investment to deliver the connected future?
  • What are the essential conditions for 5G and the Internet of Things to flourish?
  • What are the new dilemmas and challenges that expanded connectivity will bring about?
  • What role will cross-industry collaboration play in fostering a more connected future?
  • How can industries – including automotive, healthcare and manufacturing – be empowered and transformed by 5G?

The Essential Future Forum will bring together senior policy makers and business leaders for a high-level discussion on the transformative technologies, innovative network architecture and policy and regulatory frameworks required to build a thriving connected future that benefits citizens and economies.

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Speakers (9)

Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
European Commission

Carlos Moedas was born in Beja (Portugal) in 1970. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993 and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (France). He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998.

He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London (UK).

He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment management.

In 2011, he's elected for the National Parliament and was called for the government to Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. 

In 2014, he became Member of the European Commission, as Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation.

William Bold

William Bold

Senior Vice-President, Government Affairs
Qualcomm

William Bold serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this capacity, Mr Bold manages Qualcomm’s public policy agenda and its relationships with government entities and related organisations at the international, federal, state and local levels. He manages a global group covering consultants in the United States, Brazil, China, Belgium, India, France, Korea and South Africa.  

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr Bold worked as Director of Public Policy for the California Health Care Institute, a trade association representing California’s biomedical industry and certain multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He developed the Institute’s public advocacy program and was responsible for the industry’s relations with federal and state public officials. Prior to that, he served as Legislative Director to Congresswoman Lynn Schenk (D-CA), and managed Congresswoman Schenk’s legislative agenda.

Mr Bold serves on the Board of Directors of the San Pasqual Academy Foundation, the Advisory Board of the University of California San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and Information Technology Industry Council. He is the former President of the Board of Directors of Voices for Children, a San Diego organisation that supports foster children. In 2001, he was named to the “Power List” of San Diego technology leaders by the T-Sector magazine.

Mr Bold graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 with a BA degree In Political Economies of Industrial Societies. 

Kathrin Buvac

Kathrin Buvac

Chief Strategy Officer
Nokia

Kathrin is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women.

As the company’s chief strategist, Kathrin shapes Nokia’s vision and strategy, working with senior leaders, customers, business partners and analysts worldwide. Her current responsibilities include Market Forecasting, Competitor Intelligence, Corporate Development, Strategic Partnerships and presiding over the capital allocation across all of Nokia’s portfolios of Networks, Virtual Reality and Healthcare. Kathrin is also leading the company’s overall strategy in the Internet of Things.

At Nokia, Kathrin was instrumental in the company’s €15.6Bn acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. At NSN, she developed the turnaround strategy for the €13Bn network infrastructure joint venture between Nokia and Siemens. With over 17 years of international experience, Kathrin is a leader who is passionate about expanding the human possibility of technology, who puts company interest first and who guides her teams with the highest standards of integrity. Kathrin has been named as one of the “Top 5 Women to Watch 2016” by Fierce Markets, an award recognizing women working in key engineering and technology roles in the telecom industry, as well as being cited in the list of the “50 women to watch in 2016” by Global Telecoms Business.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Cooperative Education, Germany and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Open University, London, the United Kingdom. Born 1980, Kathrin has previously held senior positions in strategy, corporate development, M&A, finance, operations, product management at NSN, Siemens and EADS. 

Wassim  Chourbaji

Wassim Chourbaji

Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa
Qualcomm

Wassim Chourbaji is Qualcomm’s Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of Qualcomm’s Europe Leadership and the Managing Director of the EU Brussels Office. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy, regulatory affairs and senior government relations in the region. Mr Chourbaji leads a senior team in London, Brussels, Paris, Munich, Rome and Dubai responsible for innovation, technology, intellectual property, digital economy, spectrum, standardization, data protection and antitrust policy. He has recently been appointed member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and is also the Chairman of TechUK Communication Policy Council. Mr Chourbaji studied engineering and mathematics.

Curtis  Freet

Curtis Freet

CEO
PSB Research

Curtis Freet is the Global Chief Executive Officer of PSB, a custom research consultancy that transforms data into actionable solutions for blue-chip organisations across all sectors around the world. 

Mr Freet has over 25 years of experience in polling, marketing research, communications strategy, and marketing. He joined PSB in 2005 as a Vice President and has climbed the ranks at PSB, becoming Managing Director of their Seattle office in 2011, US President of PSB in 2014, CEO of PSB’s Corporate and Political practice in 2015, and Global CEO in 2016. While at PSB Mr Freet has worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs non-profits, trade organizations, governments and advocacy groups on a broad range of issues including brand strategy, product positioning and messaging, corporate reputation, public relations, corporate communications, crisis communications, and public policy. Prior to PSB, Mr Freet worked for Microsoft in many capacities over 16 years, including customer support, marketing research, product planning, OEM sales, product marketing, and corporate marketing.

Curtis earned an MA in Economics from the University of Washington.

Lise  Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General
ETNO

Lise Fuhr is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016.

Ms Fuhr has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

Ms Fuhr is a Danish national.

Hans  Hofstraat

Hans Hofstraat

Vice President
Philips Research

Hans Hofstraat completed his thesis (Free University, Amsterdam; awarded by Royal Dutch Shell prize) and post-doctoral work (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland) on low-temperature high-resolution luminescence spectroscopy. Subsequently he turned to marine environmental research, in the laboratory of the Dutch Public Works Department in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. He then moved to industry, conducting research at Akzo Nobel Central Research in Arnhem, the Netherlands. From 1998-2008 he was part-time professor in the Institute of Molecular Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. In 1998 he was appointed department head at Philips Research, Eindhoven (the Netherlands). In 2003 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. In 2005 he became Sector Head Molecular Medicine in Philips Research Europe, and globally responsible for the Focal Area Molecular Medicine in Philips Research. Since 2007 he is responsible for Healthcare Strategic Partnerships in Philips Research worldwide, actively driving the Open Innovation approach to Philips’ Healthcare research program. Since 2009 he is Innovation Program Manager and member of the Program Board, and since 2016 also of the Management Team within Philips Research, focusing on various innovation topics across and adjacent to the Philips HealthTech portfolio.

Next to his work at Philips he holds several positions in (inter)national advisory bodies. Amongst others, he is member of the Dutch Sounding Board for Horizon 2020, Theme Health, Demographic Change and Well-being. He is Member of the Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Taskforce Roadmap Homecare and Self-Management of the Topsector Life Sciences & Health, and Theme Coordinator of the Nanomedicine program in the Public-Private Partnership NanoNextNL. He is member of the Management Team of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging (IDII), in which Philips participates together with UMC Utrecht, University Utrecht, and TU Eindhoven. He is member of the Supervisory Board of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology Health, and member of the European Scientific Panel for Health.

Mr Hofstraat authored over 190 publications with an h-index of 40 (Google Scholar). He holds 10 granted US patents, and a total of over 80 patent (application)s in various countries from 25 patent families in various fields.

Yann Ménière

Yann Ménière

Chief Economist
European Patent Office

Yann Ménière joined the European Patent Office as Chief Economist in February 2016. He was previously a professor of economics at MINES ParisTech, where he was leading the Chair on "IP and Markets for Technology". His research and expertise relate to the economics of innovation, competition and intellectual property. In recent years, he has been focusing more specifically on IP and standards, markets for technology, and IP issues in climate negotiations. Besides his academic publications, he has prepared a number of policy studies related to patents for the European Commission and other public organisations. He has been teaching the economics of IP at Imperial College, Université Catholique de Louvain and CEIPI.

Pearse O'Donohue

Pearse O'Donohue

Acting Director for Future Networks
DG CONNECT
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Chair and Moderator (2)

Nic  Fildes

Nic Fildes

Telecoms correspondent
Financial Times

Nic Fildes is the FT’s Telecoms Correspondent in London. Originally from Australia, he previously worked at The Times, where he spent seven years as Technology & Communications Editor. He has also worked for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires, mostly covering telecoms, technology and media, and the music industry. He has also been published in The Spectator and various specialist music blogs writing about culture. 

Mr Fildes has won the UK Tech (previously TechMARK) journalist of the year award three times.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Editorial Director for FT2
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Editorial Director for FT2 at the Financial Times. Since joining the FT 15 years ago, he has spoken to CEOs, entrepreneurs, prime ministers as well as some of the world’s leading management thinkers. From the founders of Uber and Nest, to the CEOs of Microsoft and Vodafone, to the man who came up with virtual reality and Lady Gaga’s manager, Mr Mattu has interviewed some of the most creative people in business today. Through working with thought leaders in a variety of fields, he has developed unique observations on the topics of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends in business and the changing nature of the workplace. Mr Mattu joined the Financial Times in 2000 and has held a number of senior positions at the newspaper, including Editor of Business Life (the management section of the paper) and Acting Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a former editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management. He was also launch editor of FT Wealth. He took up his most recent position after being the FT's Technology Editor. Before joining the FT, Mr Mattu worked as assistant editor, acting deputy editor and senior editor at Prospect Magazine from 1997 to 2000.

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Agenda - 16th Feb

  • 1:45pm
    Registration
  • 2:25pm
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Introductory Remarks

    Wassim Chourbaji, Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa, Qualcomm

  • 2:35pm
    Findings Essential Future Global Public Survey

    Curtis Freet, CEO, PSB Research

  • 2:50pm
    Panel Discussion

    This panel discussion will bring together industry leaders and policy makers to discuss the potential of connected technologies as drivers of innovation, productivity and economic growth. Our expert speakers will assess which regulatory environments and policy frameworks are conducive to future technological breakthroughs, focusing on key elements Digital Single Market (DSM) including 5G, ICT standards and intellectual property and discussing the impact on industries such as transport, healthcare and manufacturing. Discussion points include:

    • Which transformative technologies are advancing today’s global wireless standards and in which new ways are they extending the boundaries of connectivity?
    • What are the most recent developments in 5G and what are the expected opportunities and challenges in its implementation?
    • What are the policy implications of ever-improving connectivity? What do policy makers need to do now to seize the opportunity provided by and facilitate connectivity and digital transformation? Is the DSM on track to deliver these opportunities?
    • In which ways can increased connectivity be used to improve competitiveness and deliver societal progress?
    • How will 5G enable the digital transformation of a range of industries and create new business models?
    • In which ways can 5G be a catalyst for these industries? And what are the requirements of these industries from 5G? What are the next steps?
    • What do the findings of the Essential Future Global Public Survey mean for the DSM strategy?

    Kathrin Buvac, Chief Strategy Officer, Nokia

    Hans Hofstraat, Vice President, Philips Research

    Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO

    Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, European Patent Office

    Nikolaus von Peter, Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Bulc, European Commission

    Moderated by:
    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:10pm
    Fire-side Chat

    William Bold, Senior Vice-President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

    In Conversation with

    Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    Keynote Interview

    Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

    Interviewed by:

    Ravi Mattu, Editorial Director for FT2, Financial Times

     

  • 4:55pm
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Networking Drinks

Who Attends?

This event has been produced to meet the needs of senior media representatives and thought leaders of forward-thinking corporations and organisations including:

• Government
• Think tanks
• Transport, automotive, healthcare, technology, digital and communication companies
• Media companies
• Non profit organisations
• Academic institutions

 Within these areas limited places are available, free of charge, to the following professionals:
• MPs and MEPs
• CEOs/CIOs/CTOs
• Heads of Innovation
• Heads of Technology
• Heads of Research Development
• Heads of Product/Brand Development 
• Heads of Strategy
• Heads of Public Policy
• Heads of Marketing
• Heads of Social Media
• Heads of Communications
• Journalists 

If this fits your profile, please register now for your complimentary place*
 
*Complimentary places are strictly limited and subject to approval of the Publisher

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Why Attend

  • Hear first-hand from EU Commissioners on the most recent policy initiatives related to innovation and transport in the connected environment
  • Discuss the essential conditions for 5G and IoT to flourish and the opportunities dilemmas and challenges that the expanded connectivity will bring about               
  • Gain critical insights the key ways in which a connected future can accelerate social inclusion and economic competitiveness             
  • Analyse the latest policy developments and explore how 5G fits with the Digital Single Market (DSM)   
  • Benefit from insightful perspectives on how connectivity and digital technologies are reshaping key sectors such as transport and healthcare
  • Discuss the findings of the Essential Future Global Public Survey and the insights and views on business, technology and policy leaders on connectivity, innovation and the future
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Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Qualcomm Incorporated is a world leader in engineering, research and development and semiconductors for 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other.

Venue

Stanhope Hotel
Rue du Commerce 9
B-1000
Brussels

Belgium

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Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
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Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
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