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Siavash Alamouti
Group Research and Development Director, Vodafone

Siavash M. Alamouti has been a Group Research and Development Director at Vodafone Group plc since March 1, 2010. Mr. Alamouti served as the Chief Technology Officer of Vivato Networks Inc. since February, 2004. He served as the Chief Technology Officer of Mobility Wireless Group and Intel Fellow of Mobility Group of Intel Corp. He also served at MPR Teltech Ltd in various engineering roles. He served as a Senior Scientist at AT&T Wireless and is an internationally recognized expert in smart antenna technology. Mr. Alamouti is best known as the inventor of the Alamouti Code, the first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) code that also has been adopted for other wireless standards, including 3G wireless and 802.16 (WiMax). His findings have been published in more than 100 publications and technical reports and he has received more than ten patents for his innovations in wireless communications. Mr. Alamouti sets technical direction and leads the Vivato's advanced development team, which is comprised of well-known wireless and Wi-Fi experts. He is recognized by the IEEE Communications Society as the author of one of the best 57 papers in the last 50 years of the Society's history. He holds over 20 patents in wireless systems application and wireless systems design. Mr. Alamouti received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 and his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991 both from the University of British Columbia.

Mike Short
Vice President – Public Affairs, Telefonica Europe

Mike Short’s career spans 38 years in Electronics and Telecommunications, with the last 24 years in Mobile Communications. After working for Philips, Landis and Gyr, and BT, he was appointed in 1989 as Director of Cellnet (now part of Telefonica and branded O2 UK ) dealing with major infra-structure investments and commercial agreements. In 1992 the focus moved to launching Cellnet’s GSM service and establishing Roaming Agreements. He also handled international business development and helped to win overseas mobile licenses and undertook some of the first mobile training in India.  
He was elected Chairman of the Global GSM Association for 1995/96 and served on its Executive Board for 5 years. In February 1996 during his tenure he chaired the first of 10 annual Mobile Congresses in Cannes, France, started the annual GSM awards and GSM A website, He helped create the GSM A Regional interest groups and a stronger data focus on texting and mobile email. He was a Board member of the WAP FORUM and founder Board member of Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), as well as being active in the UMTS FORUM. Mike also chaired the UK Mobile Data Association 1998 - 2008, and was until recently its Honorary President
 He has also served as a member of the UK Home Office Internet Task Force, UK OSAB (Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board), Home access to Broadband committee, the UK Government Trade and Investment ICT Sector Advisory Board and its Advisory committee on London 2012. He has chaired since its inception in 2007 the Steering Board for TSB supported Digital Communications KTN ( now ICT KTN ). He has been Board member of UK Child Council for Internet safety and an IET Trustee since 2008.
After looking after Cellnet’s 3G strategy and external relations he was appointed VP Technology for O2 Group in 2000, prior to demerger from BT, and its later acquisition by Telefonica.
Mike’s focus today is on European Public policy that relates to innovation, whether research, the responsible use of mobiles or new business development. This includes a focus on Advanced mobile services and data applications including Mobile Learning, Smart Metering, Transport Telematics and Connected Healthcare.
Mike's Telefónica focus today is on European public policy that relates to innovation, whether research, the responsible use of mobiles or new business development. This includes a focus on advanced mobile services and data applications including mobile learning, smart metering, transport telematics and connected healthcare.
In the last 5 years Mike has also been appointed Visiting Professor at Surrey University, De Montfort, Lancaster, and Leeds Universities and to the Boards of Coventry University and Ravensbourne College. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2008 for services to the Mobile Communications industry. He is a Fellow of IET/BCS/RGS/ Royal Academy and a Member of the Royal Television Society. He was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology from 1 October 2011 until 30 September 2012.

Michael Walker
Head of School for Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King’s College London

Michael Walker was appointed Head of School for Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London in May 2011.  He has spent more than twenty five years in industry with Vodafone, the last ten years of which, until his retirement in September 2009, as the Group Research and Development Director for the Vodafone Group of companies, with the responsibility for the Group’s research activities, intellectual property and technology standards worldwide.  He also led technology innovation and managed engagement with start-up companies for Vodafone, and was a member of the board of Vodafone Ventures, the venture capital arm of the company.
Michael is a Vodafone Fellow and an Executive Technical Advisor to Vodafone.  He was chairman of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for the 2008-2011 Board period, and continues today as a board member. He was a member of the UK Technology Strategy Board, and currently sits on the UK Government’s OFCOM spectrum advisory board.  Michael is a non-executive director of Avanti, a satellite service provider, as well as of some start up companies. He is a director of the Alacrity Foundation, a charity for providing opportunity for entrepreneurs.
Michael sits on scientific advisory boards for the Universities of Warwick and Surrey, and was a member of the academic advisory board of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.  He holds the Vodafone Chair in Telecommunications at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a part-time professor. He was a visiting professor at the University of Surrey from 2004-2010. In 2009 he was made a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum.
Before joining Vodafone, Michael was Head of Mathematics at Racal Research, and prior to that an academic in the Mathematics Department at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and until June 2011 served as a member of Council of the Academy. He was the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications for the Presidential term 2010-2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Plymouth in 2011. He was appointed an OBE in June 2009 for his services to the telecommunications industry.








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