TSDSI Tech Deep Dive

Speaker’s Bios

Abhishek Thakur

Abhishek Thakur is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, where he works on 5G Use Cases Lab for BFS, Open-source technologies and FinTech collaboration.

His research interests include multimedia communications, financial inclusion and rural ICT deployments. In his 24 years career, split across industry and academia, and he has developed multiple global solutions for both product and services-based organizations.

At 5G Use Cases Lab, he champions the technology horizontals for cross domain network slicing, multi-access edge compute and rural connectivity. Besides pursuing applied academic research in BFS, he is also advising the IT teams of multiple banks. He is passionate about making technology simple and sustainable for the masses.

Aditya Khaitan

Aditya is a Partner with Technology, Media and Telecommunication consulting practice of Deloitte. He is currently leading key national level initiatives in African and Indian markets for new technology implementation, digital infrastructure and services implementation as well as telecom asset monetization

He has 17 years of consulting experience in the telecommunications sector. He has been part of consulting engagements in developed and emerging markets across more than 20 countries including wireless and wireline operators for enterprise and retail networks, broadband providers, LTE providers amongst others.

He has led, managed and delivered multiple engagements in areas of national broadband programs, technology strategy, business plan development, cost optimization, network sourcing, network assessment (process, cost and quality), telco launch assistance, network process design & implementation, network analytics, amongst others

AK Mittal

Shri A.K. Mittal is associated with TSDSI as Advisor with special focus on standardization in wireless and wireline systems and handles standards related activities of TSDSI in 3GPP and ITU-R.

He began his career in R&D at Indian Telephone Industries Ltd and later joined Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Government of India where he worked in a variety of domains like Satellite Communication, OFC, Microwave, Mobile Networks, Switching Systems, Network Management, Licensing, Regulation, Standards, Testing and Certification etc. He was Head, Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), the technology arm of the Department of Telecommunications. He has represented the Government of India in various bilateral and multilateral international meetings.

He did his graduation in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1976 from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He also holds a Diploma in Management. He has a career of over 44 years in the field of Telecommunications.

Akhilesh Srivastava

Akhilesh leads by driving IPR & Standards for innovations under Corp. R & I Organization of TCS. With vast experiences in industry and academia, he chaired TSDSI’s study group for services and solutions during past 2 terms. He is interested in Bhagavad-Gita research to boost AI technology using knowledge of ‘self’. He is alumni of BITS Pilani and Pantnagar University, Nainital.

Aloknath De

Dr. Aloknath De is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Samsung R&D Institute India (SRI-B).

Dr. De has over thirty years of industrial and research experiences including BEL, Nortel (Montreal), Hughes and with ST-Ericsson where he was R&D Director and Country Manager. During 2005-11, he has served as Visiting/Adjunct Professorship with IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Delhi. He holds B.Tech. from IIT, Kharagpur; M.E. from IISc, Bangalore; and Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal.

He is a recipient of ‘Alexander Graham Bell Prize’ in Canada. He has received ‘IETE Memorial Awards’ for distinguished contributions in Electronics and Communications. He also received IDC Insights Award for Innovation in Telecom, Zinnov ‘Intrapreneurship of the Year’ award

Ambarish Anjaneyareddy

Ambarish Anjaneyareddy is the Director of Engineering at Sooktha. Ambarish has 15 years of experience in the Telecom and Cellular Wireless Industry.

His expertise and experience are primarily in 3GPP specifications and developing related products and solutions for both the Network Infrastructure and Test segments.

Anindita Banerjee

Dr Anindita Banerjee is currently adjunct scientist in CDAC Corporate R&D. She has published more than 20 Journal publications & co-authored a book on Optical quantum computation & quantum communication published in SPIE Spotlight Series. She worked as Quantum Research Head and VP at QuNu Labs focusing on quantum safe solutions for cyber security & played a key role in developing India’s first Quantum Technology Product in Quantum Key Distribution & Quantum random number generator.

Anindya Saha

Anindya is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Saankhya Labs with approximately 24 Years of experience. He is an expert on Software Defined Radios and has led the design and development of the Baseband and RF subsystems for Saankhya’s products in wireless communication.

He has been instrumental in 5G Radio, Broadcast Radio, and SDR Platform development, and holds several fundamental patents and publications in this domain.

He is a Senior Member, IEEE, and participates in standardization activities in 3GPP, ORAN and TSDSI. He is an alumnus of IISc Bangalore and IIT BHU and previously worked for Texas Instrument and Broadcom.

Anuradha Agarwal

Anuradha Agarwal, a member of the Indian Broadcast (Engineers) Service is currently Additional Director General (Engineering) in Prasar Bharati Secretariat (PBS), New Delhi India, PB network, encompassing Studios, Earth Stations and Transmitters of AIR and Doordarshan. She is responsible for overall management of a wide range of activities which include Policy formulation, Planning, induction of new technologies, Project implementation, monitoring, coordination etc. She has over three decades of experience in the broadcasting sector. As a visionary leader and with her extensive experience she has exhibited magnificent performance in conceptualizing and implementing strategic plans. She has played a crucial role in accelerating engineering activities like HDTV production and transmission systems in the network.

She was also associated with Research and Development activities on Sound & Television Broadcasting and has contributed immensely in the introduction of new technologies in broadcasting. She has participated and provided technical inputs to National & International Conferences and is also an active member of various National & International technical Committees.


Anuradha is an expert in the field of Telecom & Technology and currently working as Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect at Sri Lanka Telecom. He has 18+ years of industry experience in strategy, architecture, engineering, design, plan, implementation, maintenance of CSP/DSP Networks & solutions designing. He is actively involved in strategy formation of his company’s Digital Transformation, Softwarization (SDN, NFV, Cloud) and R&D.

He is an Award-Winning MEF Subject Matter Expert for SD-WAN.

Anuradha is also a regular invited speaker at many conferences. He also works as a guest lecturer at the University of Peradeniya and as a faculty at CTO, UK. He holds a BSc. Eng. He is a senior member of IEEE, Fellow of BCS & member of IET.

Arun Agarwal

Arun Agarwal holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering and an MBA. He is an Indian Telecom Service Officer of 1990 batch and has about 29 years of experience in the areas of planning, installation, standardization, USOF Schemes etc. of telecommunication. Presently, he is working as a DDG in USOF, DoT, New Delhi and is involved in the projects such as BharatNet, Provisioning of mobile services in uncovered villages, etc. 

Arzad Alam Kherani

Prof. Arzad Alam Kherani is Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at IIT Bhilai, and Adjunct Faculty at Bharti School of Telecommunication and Management, IIT Delhi.

He did his PhD and ME in Telecommunications from IISC Bangalore, and BE in Electronics from NIT Raipur. The broad areas of his research interests include computer networks, queuing systems and wireless communication. He has worked in industry for a decade and gained experience with product conceptualization, product design and development, industrial R&D and standardization. He is also the co-founder of AgVerse Technolgies Pvt Ltd.

Brejesh Lall

He is presently professor Electrical Engineering Department and has earlier served as the head of Bharti School of Telecom Technology and Management at IITD, and the coordinator of two centers of excellence, viz. Airtel IIT Delhi Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications and Ericsson IIT Delhi 5G Center of Excellence. He is also the incharge of an IoT laboratory that he set up in collaboration with Samsung.  He is also the Co-PI of the Project “Building an end-to-end 5G Test Bed” funded by DoT.

Bryan Tan

Bryan is responsible for developing new business and technical models with partners in the Asia Pacific to bring more people onto a faster Internet.  Having worked in the Telecommunications industry for 20+ years and seen the industry successfully connect 3B people to broadband Internet, Bryan is passionate about extending it to the remaining 4B people.  He believes for the industry to thrive calls for adopting innovative open dis-aggregated technology, sharing infrastructure in Open access models and using a data driven approach to solve for connectivity needs for unserved and under-served areas

Christopher Rice

Chris Rice is the CEO of STL Access Solutions.  STL Access Solutions is dedicated to open, software-defined networking solutions at the edge of the network, covering both fiber and 5G. Solutions from the business unit range from 5G radio hardware, RAN Intelligent Controllers, broadband access systems, and software systems. During his career, Chris was awarded over 90 patents and in 2005, was the recipient of the AT&T Distinguished Scientist Award

Clara Li

Dr. Clara Li is a Senior Principal Engineer with the Next Generation and Standards division of Intel. Since joined Intel in 2012, Clara has been working on LTE and 5G communications system design and standardization in the area of air interface, radio access network, core network, and edge computing.

Clara is currently leading 6G technology development in Intel.

She also serves as the Chair of the Technology Steering Committee of IOWN GF. Clara received her PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2011. She has more than 40 IEEE journal and conference publications, 4 book chapters, and 28 US patents. 

D Janakiram

Prof. D. Janakiram is presently the Director of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), an Institute established by the Reserve Bank of India

He is a Board Member of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH), Data Security Council of India (DSCI), IIIT Kurnool, Senate Member of IIIT Trichy and Member of Governing Body, Technology Innovation Hub, IIT, Bhilai.

He has served as Board of Studies member in several Universities including VIT University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Anna University, Gujarat Technical University, Andhra University, SV University, JNTU, Hyderabad, JNTU, Kakinada and Academic Council member of Hindustan University.

A Ph.D. from IIT Delhi, he was awarded the Boyscast Fellowship in 1997, the IBM Faculty Award in 2007 and Yahoo Faculty Grant in 2009.

His current research focus is on building large scale distributed systems and challenges in big data processing, along with cloud computing and blockchain technologies.

Debarati Sen

Debarati Sen is currently an Associate Professor, IIT Kharagpur, India.

She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with CUT, Sweden, and a Senior Chief Engineer with Samsung Research, Bangalore prior to join IIT Kharagpur in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Sen was a visiting faculty with TUM, Germany; and in 2019, she was an academic visitor with Monash University, Australia.

Her broad area of research is Wireless and Optical Communications including Interdisciplinary Computing. She has 13 patents and published more than 100 papers in Journals and Conferences.

She has received Best Paper Awards at Samsung Tech. Conference 2010 and IEEE ANTS 2016; IE(I) Young Engineers Award 2010; DAAD-IIT Faculty Fellowship 2014, Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2017, Faculty Excellence Award IIT Kharagpur 2020. She is a Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of IE(I) and IETE.

G. Narendra Nath

Narendra Nath, an officer of the Indian Telecommunication Service, is working as Joint Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat with responsibilities for coordination in matters of cyber security activities by different entities of India in the government, public and private sectors.

He has over 30 years of senior management experience in the areas of  Security of communications, Communication for security, Network planning, installation, operation and maintenance of fixed line, mobile and data networks and Telecom services Marketing & Business Development and Training

Ganesan Thiagarajan

Dr.Ganesan Thiagarajan is currently CTO of MMRFIC Technology Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore. With more than 25 years of experience in telecom/semiconductor devices industry, he had delivered multiple products in WLAN, Cellular infrastructure and mm-wave Radar systems.

He assumed various roles at Motorola, Texas Instruments and Arraycomm Inc., including system architect, Algorithm lead and R&D lead. He was elected to Senior Member of Technical Staff (SMTS) during his tenure at Texas Instruments — less than 5% of the technical population gets this award. He holds 20 granted patents in USPTO and published several IEEE journal and conference papers. HIs research interests are in mm-wave communication systems, Joint Radar Communicationand user localization in B5G using RIS” in IEEE 5G WF 2021. , Machine learning for Signal processing and Quantum error correction codes.

He is a senior member of IEEE and chair-elect for IEEE ComSoc Bangalore chapter. He delivered an invited talk on “Massive MIMO for IoT” in IEEE 5G WF 2020. He is organizing a topical vertical on “Reflecting Intelligent Surfaces for 5G and Beyond 5G” and delivering a talk on “Convergence of radar, communication

Gilad Garon

Gilad co-founded ASOCS in 2003 and has been spearheading the company as Chief Executive Officer ever since. Bringing with him extensive knowledge in mobile and telecommunications, he holds over 25 years of hands-on experience in international sales, marketing and product management. Driven by his passion for disruptive technologies and the re-definition of existing markets, Gilad steered ASOCS towards its focus on cellular virtualization and mobile edge clouds. Gilad holds several patents in the areas of signal processing and communications, and holds an M.B.A. in Marketing and Information Systems and a B.A. in Economics & Business, both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Gopinath Rao Sinniah

Dr. Gopinath Rao Sinniah is the Chairman of Internet of Things (IoT) & Smart Sustainable City (SSC) Working Group under Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Bhd (MTSFB).

He is also the CTO and Co-Founder of Favoriot Sdn Bhd, a start-up focusing on IoT Platform and Solutions. He holds a Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Computer Science.  He has architected many IoT solutions in current and previous organizations. He has many years of experiences in various IT industries, with the focus on Research and Development. An expert in IPv6 and Internet of Things and a Leader in standardization forums, locally and internationally.

Guna B. Shekar

Guna is a Telecom, Storage & Networking  professional with a VLSI design background. He has spent about 18 years at LSI Logic (now Broadcom) and about 5+ years at various Silicon Valley ASIC Startups at various senior management roles. He is currently consulting with TSDSI and is also the founder/CEO of chatXpert Inc., a startup based out of Bangalore.

Hank Kafka

Hank has over 40 years of experience in telecommunications, focused on identifying key emerging technologies, shaping them to meet customer and service provider needs, and moving them from the lab to the network. He started his career in Bell Labs, and continued in leadership positions in Johnson Controls, BellSouth, and AT&T, where he held various responsibilities in network and device architecture, technology, standards, certification, and deployment. Hank is currently a member of the Executive Committee and an alternate board representative in the O-RAN Alliance.

Hanumantha Rayappa

Shri Hanumantha Rayappa, is currently working as Associate Director, in the areas of Satellite Communication Ground Segment, Applications and Policy Implementation in SATCOM Programme Office of ISRO HQ, Bengaluru. A keen contributor to utilization of communication satellites for services like Telemedicine, tele-education, VSAT Conectivity, Disaster management, Search and Rescue etc. Mr Rayappa has also played a pivotal role in proliferation of NaVIC and GAGAN Solutions.

Huzur Saran

Prof Huzur Saran is Professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi. His research is focused on Computer Networks and Algorithms. His group has been working on a rural content distribution framework for building disruption tolerant applications and in the area of peer-to-peer audio/video collaboration frameworks for online education (supported in part under the National Mission on Education through ICT).

He did his Ph. D in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. During 2000-2002 he was a Visiting Professor at the Information Systems Lab, Stanford where he worked on the media access control layer of an exploratory 4G wireless systems. He has been investigating wireless access and mesh technologies to enable ICT for rural masses.

Iain Sharp

Iain Sharp is a principal technologist at ATIS with an interest in the areas of mobile networks and their evolution. Within ATIS, he is responsible for leading activities related to 3GPP where he previously served as the Vice-Chair of CT Plenary.

His career started with working on prototype implementations of GSM and he has been associated with the development of standards for every subsequent mobile generation. Iain has a degree in Electronics and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge and holds several patents for mobile technology.

Inder Gopal

Dr. Inder Gopal is the CEO of IUDX Program and is also Research Professor at IISc, Bangalore. Dr. Gopal has had a distinguished research career in the area of computer networks, with 20 patents and more than 70 technical publications to his credit. He has worked with some of the most well-known tech companies at senior positions and has founded, built-up, and successfully sold two venture-funded start-up companies.

Jason Tutty

Jason is responsible for planning, building, and maintaining the network with WIOCC teams based in East, South & West Africa and Europe including the Network Operations Centre in Kenya and managing the submarine cable infrastructure including EASSy, EIG & WACS and new systems including Africa.

WIOCC is Africa’s leading supplier of resilient, end-to-end managed, wholesale connectivity solutions into, out of and within Africa.

It has revolutionised the delivery of high-capacity connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world and are currently building Africa’s first, truly hyperscale network infrastructure to ensure cloud operators, content providers, fixed and mobile telcos, ISPs and other operators can take advantage of the many opportunities Africa has to offer – both now and in the future.

Jishnu Aravindakshan

Jishnu is a Principal Architect in CTO’s office at Tejas Networks. He is driving the company’s long term technology roadmap. He is actively engaged in contributing to development of standards at the ITU-T SG15, ITU-R WP-5D and 3GPP RAN1/SA2, and successfully coordinated TSDSI efforts for inclusion of TSDSI’s 5Gi in IMT2020 at ITU. Earlier, Jishnu steered development of the CPRI Fronthaul standard at TSDSI. He has filed for 16 patents and is currently focussing on 5G-Adv evolution, IIoT and network slicing.

Jitendra Singh

Jitendra Singh is working with Qualcomm since 2009. His responsibilities include interfacing with regulatory and policy making agencies in the region on behalf of Qualcomm. Jitendra has more than 30 years of experience in the field of communications management. Prior to his appointment at Qualcomm he served in the government.

He has been actively involved in National Working Groups of the ITU-R in India and has been a key contributor in all the Standards related activities of the Industry. Jitendra has been part of the Indian delegation in almost all WP5D meetings of ITU-R and AWF/AWG/APT meetings since 2006. His work includes the advocacy and planning of identification of additional spectrum for IMT and mobile broadband at various forums – National as well as Global. He had been an active contributor by introducing a number of papers in ITU-R on behalf of India. He plays a key role in APT region telecom industry coordination activities.

He is part of many industry associations. He has created and submitted many spectrum policy related papers in ITU and APT on behalf of India. Jitendra heads Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) India chapter. He has been working closely with spectrum management team of DoT on various spectrum issues and associated technical studies. He was actively involved in harmonization of various frequency bands (e.g. 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz). He has been invited in many international forums as a speaker on spectrum and spectrum management. He is also a leading expert on 5G spectrum in India. Jitendra holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has done post-graduation in business administration from Symbiosis and Advance Computing from CDAC, India.

Jordi J. Gimenez

Dr. Jordi J. Gimenez is Head of Technology at the 5G Media Action Group (5G-MAG), the global association bridging the Media and ICT industries to develop the standard-based ecosystem for media distribution, production and contribution using 5G. During his career he has been involved in standardization activities within DVB, ATSC and 3GPP in the domain of next-generation media distribution. He is author of several patents, international scientific papers and book chapters and received an IBC Award in 2016 for research in Wideband Broadcasting, together with Teracom and Panasonic. Prior to 5G-MAG, he was a researcher at the iTEAM Research Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain, and Project Manager at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), Germany.

Juho Lee

Juho Lee is currently a Fellow with Samsung Electronics, where he is leading research and standardization for mobile communications.

He joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has worked on 3G, 4G, and 5G technologies. He is now leading research for future technologies such as 5G evolution and 6G. He was a vice chairman of 3GPP RAN WG1 from February 2003 to August 2009 and chaired LTE/LTE-Advanced MIMO sessions.

He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea, in 2000. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE.

K K Agrawal

Mr. Krishna Kumar Agrawal is Director at Department of Telecommunications, Government of India looking after the  bharatnet project planning, policies and rollout.

He is M.Phil in Public  admin, PGD in Public policy & management), ME in Telecommunication system. He has more that 20 years of rich experience in the field of Telecommunications.

K Rajaraman

Shri K. Rajaraman, Chairman DCC and Secretary (Telecom), Department of Telecommunications, Govt. of India. Shri K. Rajaraman, a senior Indian Administrative Service Officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, is a B. Tech in Electronics & Communications, a first class MBA and Master of Economics.

Starting his career as a Design Engineer in BHEL, Mr Rajaraman has previously held various administrative positions – notably MD of Chennai Metro, Commissioner for Commercial Taxes- Govt. of Tamil Nadu; and Jt Secretary Expenditure in Govt. of India in the recent past.

He currently serves as Additional Secretary, Investment, IER and Admn. in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance apart form holding charge as Secretary, Deptt of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.

K S Parikh

K S Parikh graduated in Electronics and Communications from M S University of Baroda in 1986.  He is working with Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organization, Ahmedabad since 1986 for the indigenous design and development of Satellite Communication and Navigation Payloads for INSAT/GSAT satellites.  He is currently Associate Program Director and Deputy Director for SATCOM and Navigation Payload Area at SAC.

K. Giridhar

Giridhar is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras, India

His research interests are in the areas of adaptive signal processing and wireless communications systems with an emphasis on various transceiver algorithms and custom air-interface design for strategic communications. He guides the Telecom and Wireless Sensing research group at IIT Madras.

Giridhar has been a consultant for many telecom and signal processing organizations and research labs in India. He has also been on sabbaticals with Gigabit Communications Inc, San Jose, Beceem Communications Inc, Santa Clara, and with Data Patterns (India) Pvt Ltd. He is a founding Director of QallCover Communications LLP, Chennai. He has also been a visiting faculty at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, and Stanford University, California.

He received his Masters degree from IISC Bangalore and PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Kiran Kuchi

Dr. Kiran Kuchi, a professor at IIT Hyderabad, is a globally recognized innovator in the realm of 5G standards development.

He has introduced the culture of developing wireless Standards Related Patents in India through his leadership role at Telecom Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) and has contributed towards the creation of several important technologies in the 5G standards. 

Dr. Kuchi has invented & co-invented over 100 patents in the 4G/5G technology, of which more than 50 patents have resulted from his work carried out in India.

Kunal Patil

Kunal Patil  is Currently leading the APAC Business for Athonet – a leading 5G/4G Private Networks solutions provider.

He is dynamic Telecom management professional with strong experience in end-to-end telecommunication 5G/4G network with around 22+years of experience in different key positions with 12+ years exclusively in Sales and Business Development, Strategic Planning, Network Planning & Engineering, Techno-Commercial with Vendors and MNOs.

Has led many industry leading technologies and projects like 5G Core , Open RAN based 5G/4G , Cloud Networks, IoT ,Private Networks etc  and has been part of many forums like SCM,TIP , ORAN ,etc

An alumnus of Harvard Business School and University of Mumbai for Entrepreneurship & Telecommunication.

M Revathi

  • Graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad and attended Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy Management from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. 
  • Represented as Frequency Expert from Asia Pacific Region in the Frequency Working Party (FWP) of International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation, Headquarter at Washington, USA
  • Assisted DoS as spectrum regulatory expert in dealing International arbitration cases at the International Court of Justice, The Hague.
  • Past experience: Radio frequency interference resolution, Spectrum Auctions, Management of Satellite Spectrum. Notification and coordination for orbital slots at International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Coordination with other countries regarding orbital slots and associated spectrum.
  • Present portfolio:           As in-charge of Regulation section, deals with variety of national issues related to framing rules/regulations for facilitation of wireless usage by general public in India as part of Spectrum Management.

Madeleine Noland

Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Back channel media Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics.  She received TV News Check’s “2019 Futurist” Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018’s “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” by Dealer scope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.

Manish Singh

Manish is a well-respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience and specializes in Wireless Networks. Manish currently supports the OpenRAN and Open Core Network Project Groups in TIP (Telecom Infra Project). For three consecutive years, he served on the Board of Small Cell Forum. Manish is a Thought Leader with good balance of technology depth and business acumen.

Manjunath Iyer

Dr. Manjunath is working at the CTO office of Wipro Limited, Bangalore as Principal consultant. He has filed about 90 patents, authored 209 research papers and a book. He was a key member in the TDLS task force of Wi-Fi Alliance. He was a member of the embedded systems special interest group at NASSCOM. He figures in Marquis Who’s Who 2008 & “2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st century”, International Biographical Center, UK.

Mario Neri

With more than 13 years of experience in the satellite industry, Telesat’s Mario Neri is responsible for securing the appropriate spectrum and orbital resources for the company’s Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation. Mario takes a leading role in coordinating the access to these scarce resources with other users, including satellite operators and government agencies. 

Prior to Telesat, Mario led the team at UK communications regulator Ofcom that was responsible for the management of the ITU filings for more than 20 stakeholders and collaborating with the rest of the Satellite & Space Science team for regulating the spectrum used by the various space applications in the UK. Mario joined Ofcom after working for Eutelsat and Inmarsat, two of the largest global satellite operators.

Mario holds a BSc. and a MSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a MSc. in Finance and Investment from CASS Business School – City University, London (UK)

Matthew Campagna

Matthew Campagna is a Sr. Principal Engineer & Cryptographer for Amazon Web Services Inc.’s.  He oversees the design and analysis of cryptographic solutions across AWS. He is a member of the ETSI Security Algorithms Group Experts (SAGE), and Chairman of ETSI TC CYBER’s Quantum Safe Cryptography group.

Matti Latva-aho

Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively.

From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014.

Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 – 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research.

Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.

Michael Kraemer

Michael Kraemer is Director Communications Policy EMEA at Intel’s Global Government Affairs group, where he oversees Intel’s technical regulatory activities on spectrum strategy in Europe on matters relevant to Intel’s wireless products. He works closely with Intel’s business units to implement Intel’s spectrum strategy in CEPT and ITU-R through engagement with industry and regulators to ensure timely and adequate availability of spectrum resources in support of Intel product plans. As part of his participation in these regulatory activities he chairs various working groups within CEPT and ITU-R that focus on technical regulatory conditions for the key spectrum bands for 5G and Wi-Fi, and has chaired Agenda Item 1.13 at WRC-19 (identifying mmWave bands for IMT).

Before joining Intel, Michael worked at German mobile network operator E-Plus (now Telefonica) mainly in the CTO Office on spectrum management issues, developing spectrum strategies in coordination with the corporate regulatory team to shape the technical regulatory framework in Europe and internationally, working closely with regulators and representatives from the mobile industry. He holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Duisburg, Germany.

Monika Aggarwal

Prof Monika is professor  at CARE, IIT Delhi. Her work on 5G-IOT  includes designing and developing 5G NB-IOT based module with plug and play capabilities  Developed AQI system with all hazardous gas and measurement.She has got several awards like URSI Young Scientist Award 2005, International Union of Radio Science  & INAE Young Engineer Award 2004.

Mythili Vutukuru

Mythili Vutukuru is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. She works in the areas of computer networking, operating systems, and networked systems. She has completed her B.Tech. from IIT Madras in 2004, and M.S. and PhD. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2010 respectively, all in Computer Science. After her PhD, she worked for Movik Networks, a startup in the telecom space, for 3 years. She has been teaching at IIT Bombay since 2013. For more information, please visit: https://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~mythili/

N G Subramaniam

Mr N. Ganapathy Subramaniam (NGS) is the Chairman of Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). He is also the Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of Tata Consultancy Services and Chairman of Tata Elxsi Limited.
NGS has been a part of TCS and the Indian IT Industry for the past 39 years. He has played a strategic role in several landmark initiatives that TCS undertook across banking, telecom and public services globally.

Neha Satak

Neha is the co-founder and CEO of Astrome, a millimeter wave deep technology company building products for rural broadband and 5G. Neha holds a PhD from Texas A&M University and a Master’s from Indian Institute of Science(IISc) in Aerospace Engineering. She did her Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Rajasthan University. She was awarded the prestigous Amelia Earhart Fellowship by Zonta Foundation during her PhD. In 2020, Neha received the Unreasonable Fellowship, a global community of select growth-stage entrepreneurs, institutions, and investors to profitably solve pressing global problems. She is also a WEQ fellow, an award jointly given by AnitaB.org, USISTEF and Government of India. In 2019, she was selected for ITU’s EQUALS program. She co-founded two other companies prior to Astrome. She is also a Amelia Earhart Fellow 2012 and Karman Fellow in 2021.

PK Singh

Pushpendra Kumar Singh is an officer of the Indian Telecommunication services (ITS) and is currently posted as Dy. Director General (Security Assurance) in Department of Telecommunications HQ.

He was part of the team which did the planning, tender document preparation, Tender evaluation and subsequent testing and roll out of the networks from 1996-2008 namely the INet-II (PSPDN), NIB-I, VoIP Network, Managed Leased Line Network (MLLN), MPLS-VPN network, NIB-II/Multiplay Network ( MPLS Core network,  Narrow band access-PSTN, Broadband access network-DSL and email & other service infrastructure network)

He was designated as member of TRAI committee looking  into and recommending on how to increase Internet access/penetration which led to deployment of Internet Exchange Point in the country namely NIXI.

Pankaj Dalela

Dr. Pankaj kumar Dalela holds Ph.D. and M.Tech. degree in Microwave Engineering from IIT BHU Varanasi, India in 2008 and 1996. He obtained B.Tech (Electronics Engineering) from H.B.T.I., Kanpur in 1993. He is employed with C-DOT since Aug’1996 and presently holds post of Director (Board Member) at C-DOT, Delhi. He worked in HCL Hewlett Packard since 1993 to 1994. His Research interests are in the area of ICT in Disaster Management, IoT, Telecomm network planning, design of Geo-Intelligence algorithms for different ITU-T engines and mobile radio channel characterization. Dr. Dalela received URSI Young Scientist award in 2005, Aegis Graham Bell award for “Innovative Managed Services” in 2016 and Elcina award of Excellence in 2017 respectively. He has published more than 50 Research papers in different National, International conferences and peer reviewed reputed journals e.g. IEEE, Springer, Annals etc. He has 5 patents granted from US, UK, Canada, China and India.

PK Jain

Dr. P.K. Jain has been working in ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore as Associate Director for ‘Frequency Management & Satcom Planning’. Presently he is also Vice Chairman, ITU-R Study Group-4, Chairman of SWG 4C4 of WP 4C of ITU-R, and Chairman of National Study Group on Satellite Services. He started his career with ISRO in 1989 and has worked for establishment of remote sensing and Satcom earth stations, implementation of Satcom Application-Programmes like Tele-education, Search and Rescue, DTH based Disaster Warning Dissemination System, etc. He has also held responsibility for the implementation of Satcom Policy & transponders capacity management and navigation programme. 

He is recipient of two ISRO Team Excellence Awards in 2009, IETE – Biman Behari Sen Memorial Award (2010) and D.V. Nirmal & Mangal Sain Award (BES-2012 Award). 

He has published more than 25 papers in various journals & magazines of national and international repute. He can be reached at pkjain@isro.gov.in

Pranav Jha

Pranav Jha has 20+ years of research and development experience in communication and networking technologies with expertise in wireless network architectures, communication protocols and resource management algorithms. He is an active participant in the development of technical standards in the areas of fifth generation wireless communication networks and Software Defined Networking (SDN) and currently chairs two IEEE working groups, namely, SDN based Middleware for Control and Management of Networks – IEEE P1930.1 and Frugal 5G Networks – IEEE P2061.

He currently works with IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India as a Senior Consultant where he focusses on research programmes under the broad umbrella of wireless communication and networking, with emphasis on SDN based architectures for Wireless Networks, Public Safety Communication and Rural Broadband Communication. Pranav has multiple patents issued and pending, contribution to IEEE and 3GPP standards and research papers in these areas. He has also developed and delivered workshops/tutorials on wireless communication networks, communication network architectures, resource management schemes in wireless networks and SDN.

Prashant Chugh

Prashant Chugh is currently working as a Group Leader in C-DOT that is working in development of Post-Quantum-Cryptography based Encryption Products.He has more than 25 years of work-experience in R&D. He is a senior member of IEEE. He is currently Chair of IEEE Communication Society, Delhi Chapter.

R K Pathak

Shri R. K. Pathak has done his B.E. Hons. (Electrical) and M Tech (Power Electronics). He has more than 33 years of experience in different disciplines including entrepreneurship, standardization and promotion, development of manufacturing of telecom equipment and investment promotions.

He is nodal officer for implementation of 5G technology. Presently he is Deputy Director General (International Cooperation) in Department of Telecom and looking after work related to WTO, economic cooperation agreements, standardization, promotion of telecom exports and Telecom Centre of Excellences, India (TCOE India). He has additional responsibility as Secretary, TEPC and also Director, TCOE India.

LinkedIn: in/r-k-pathak-05b66418

Twitter: @rkpathak87

Radha Krishna Ganti

Radhakrishna Ganti is an Associate Professor at IITMadras. He was Postdoctoral researcher in Wireless Networking and Communications Group at UT Austin from 2009-11. He received his B.Tech and M.Tech in EE from IITMadras and Masters in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in EE from the University of Notre Dame in 2009.

His doctoral work focused on spatial analysis of interference networks using tools from stochastic geometry. He is a co-author of monograph Interference in Large Wireless Networks (NOW Publishers, 2008). He received the 2014 IEEE Stephen O.Rice Prize, and the 2014 IEEE Leonard G.Abraham Prize and the 2015 IEEE Communications society young author best paper award. He was also awarded the 2016-17 Institute Research and Development Award (IRDA) by IITMadras.

LinkedIn:  https://in.linkedin.com/in/gradhakrishna


Dr. Md. Rafiqul Matin is a result driven, resourceful and innovative professional with outstanding academic background, 30+ year government and corporate and 14+ year academic career. Now, as Managing Director of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) leading the biggest state-owned telecommunications company of Bangladesh, he possesses strong follow-through, administrative and time management capabilities. Highly articulate, demonstrating refined interpersonal skills across all levels and backgrounds. Without fail, confident, positive and professional. Energized for new challenges.

Dr. Matin is working as an Adjunct Faculty in the rank of Professor at North South University and East West University in the School of Business & Economics. He is also serving as a Guest Faculty of Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of University of Dhaka.

Rajesh Gangadhar

Rajesh is CTO of Access Solutions at STL.

At STL, Rajesh drives technology transformation and innovation in the open networking domain, leading R&D, Engineering and Product Development of disruptive wireless and wireline access products.

In this role, he is responsible for driving new business growth through development of advanced Access Products leveraging open innovation and customer-centric R&D. He brings over 25 years of experience in Telecommunication industry.

Rajesh has completed his Master of Sciences from Villanova University, Pennsylvania and an MBA from Northeastern University, Massachusetts. In his previous stints, he has worked with companies like CableLabs, Charter Communications, Clearwire, Sprint and Nextel.

Rajkumar Upadhyay

Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, an officer of the Indian Telecommunication Services (ITS) of Government of India is currently the Executive Director, C-DOT. His previous assignments include Additional Director General & heading South Zone in Doordarshan & All India Radio, Deputy Director General in DoT, Advisor Telecom with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Ranulf Scarbrough

Based in Rarotonga, Ranulf Scarbrough is CEO of Avaroa Cable Ltd (ACL) and Chair of the Manatua One Polynesia Cable Consortium which constructed the 3600km Manatua Fibre Cable in 2020. Manatua connects French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa and Cook Islands in the South Pacific as a collaboration of the four nations to transform regional connectivity.  Prior to that he led ground-breaking rural fibre partnerships in the UK with BT, UK Government and the EU.  He holds a BSc in Physics, an MSc from UCL and PhD degree from Oxford, both in Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Chartered Institute of Management (FCIM) and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Reena Dayal

Reena Dayal Yadav is a Technology  Leader & Innovation Management Expert & Founding Chairperson for QETCI & the CEO & Partner for Benzaiten Advisors. She is on the Steering Committee of IEEE Quantum Initiative, Chair for IEEE Quantum Special Interest Group in India and on the Consultative Committee for Quantum for the Government of Telangana. She is also on Governing Board & Executive Committee of The CCICI.

Sachin Chhibber

Sachin Chhibber is SVP, Spectrum & Technology Strategy at Ligado Networks, where he is responsible for technology development activities, ecosystem development, network planning, spectrum management, enablement, standards activities, and technical regulatory programs. Sachin has over 25 years of experience in wireless networks engineering, technology development and radio access network (RAN) design. Work experience includes direct work on deployment of numerous wireless networks, extensive review of new network technologies and protocols, technology development, technical due diligence, spectrum auction, valuation, and management of key coordination discussions with both private and government entities. Sachin did his bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT, Jalandhar, India and completed his MBA from the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA. Currently Sachin resides in San Jose, California.

Ritesh Mishra

Currently serving at Dr.Reddys Laboratories Ltd Group as Vice President & Group Head – IT Infrastructure, Cloud COE, Global Network Operations Projects, Operations & Security (Global).

He is IT professional with around 20+ years of indigenous experience in IT Management &IT Infrastructure, Service Delivery, Cloud Transformation Strategies, Cloud Governance, Security/Information Security, Risk Management, Architect in large scale technology enabled business transformation and its delivery.

A keen planner, strategist & implementer with demonstrated abilities in IT Infrastructure (Multiple Data Centres, Storage, Backup (Cloud Enabled), SAP, Wintel, Containerization etc.), Cloud Transformation. Cloud Governance (Multi Cloud), Cyber Security, IT Governance, IT Operations, Architect, Consulting, Network (SDWAN, SDN, Network Transformations for Cloud), DR, and Managed Services in Global & Group level operations.

Sai Dhiraj Amuru

SaiDhiraj is a Principal Research Engineer with WiSig Networks, an IITH incubated startup and Adjunct Assistant Professor at IITH. He received B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IITM in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he was with Qualcomm, India as an Associate Engineer. He then received Ph.D degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in Sep 2015. From 2016-2018, he was with Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore where he represented Samsung in 3GPP RAN1 meetings for 5G NR Layer-1 standardization. At Samsung, he was awarded IP Innovator of the year 2017 for creating most valuable and highest number of patents. Currently he represents IITH at 3GPP meetings and designs physical layer algorithms for 4G, 5G systems at WiSig Networks. 

Samar Shailendra

Dr. Samar is currently working as Sr. Standards Architect at Intel. He is currently leading Mobile Edge Computing Standards from Intel at 3GPP.  He holds the Vice Chair of Study Group-Networks (SGN) position at TSDSI. He is also the visiting professor at IIIT Bangalore.

Dr. Samar has 16+ years of experience of research, product development and standards. Prior to joining Intel, he has worked as Scientist at TCS Research & Innovation and served as the vice-chair of M2M Working Group of TSDSI.

Satish Jamadagni

Satish Jamadagni is currently the Vice President and head of standards in Reliance Jio. He has 23 years of industry experience in the telecom domain. 

He is also current the Vice Chair of TSDSI and the previous Chair of a TSDSI working group (SG-Networks).. He is active in 3GPP, GSMA and in O-RAN. Earlier he was a Co-Chair of the Asia Regional Operators Group; Small Cell Forum (SCF) and was on the board of the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC).  He has around 150 granted patents in the wireless domain.

Sawan Gupta

Sawan Gupta,  Head of Radio Strategy in Bharti Airtel Limited. 

Sawan has been associated with Telecom Industry for 20 years and has wide experience in technical, product management, designing of solutions & services. Prior to Airtel, he has served various organizations such as Tata Teleservices, Nokia and Nortel.  In his last 12 years association with Bharti Airtel, he has given strategic direction for transformation of Airtel’s wireless network by driving network strategy, spectrum strategy, network ecosystem and abstracting new initiatives for best in class network experience.

Sekhar Kuriakose

Dr Sekhar Lukose Kuriakose is a professional in Disaster Management who serves as Member Secretary of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority and Head of State Emergency Operations Centre for the last 10 year.

He is currently on leave from the Government and works at Faculty ITC of University of Twente, The Netherlands as Visiting Scientist.

Sharad Arora

Sharad is Founder of Sensorise Digital Services. He is serving as Chair – Services and Solutions Study Group & Co – chair –TSDSI Outreach Committee.

He has continuously supported the standardisation and policy initiatives for Telecoms, IT, Transport and Urban Development. He has authored / edited in excess of six Technical Reports, three ITU contributions and Several IoT, Security, LPWAN Work Items of TSDSI other than being an active member of four TEC National Working Groups, MTCTE Committee on Certification, Telematics Working Group of Niti Aayog, TEPC, TRAI Consultation, Rapporteur, SmartCities Standards Advisory Committee, TSDSI Roadmap and Outreach Committee.

Shashi Shekhar Vempati

As the youngest and first non-bureaucrat CEO of India’s Public Broadcaster since 2017,Mr Shashi is currently overseeing the transformation of the twin networks of Doordarshan comprising more than 35 television channels and of All India Radio encompassing more than 400 radio stations.

A Technocrat, he is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay. After a long stint at the Indian Information Technology major Infosys Technologies, he managed a digital news media startup Niti Digital before taking up his current role in Public Broadcasting. He also serves on the Boards of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) apart from the Indian Council for World Affairs and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT).

An author and a columnist, he has published on politics, public policy and emerging areas of technology like Artificial Intelligence and Broadcast-Broadband Convergence. He is An innovator who also holds patents in the area of real time event management within wireless sensors networks.

Stiepan Aurélien Kovac

Stiepan A. Kovac, M Sc in ICT Security, is the group CEO of itk.swiss, a cryptography-focused group offering unique, symmetric post-quantum crypto, for encrypted and integrity-protected IPTV, 5G, safe electronic payments & beyond.

Sudip Misra

Sudip Misra is a Professor and Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellow at IIT Kharagpur, India

His current research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things.

Professor Misra has published over 350 research papers and 12 books. He is a recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships in his career, such as, the IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, the Faculty Excellence Award (IIT Kharagpur), Young Scientist Award (National Academy of Sciences, India), Young Systems Scientist Award (Systems Society of India), Young Engineers Award (Institution of Engineers, India), (Canadian) Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal at Carleton University, the Carleton University Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Swarna Jayanti Puraskar of the National Academy of Sciences, India among others. He has also been the recipient of the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award in years 2018, 2019, and 2020 and research paper awards in many others Journals and Conferences.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada.

Sunil Gupta

Sunil is Co-founder and CEO of QuNu Labs which offers indigenous ‘Ready to Deploy” Quantum Secure  products and solutions.   Sunil comes with Product Engineering background with a passion to identify cutting edge technologies and build solutions to solve interesting and important industry problems.  His expertise lies in achieving ‘Product and Market fit” for the market success.  Sunil has worked at C-DoT, Hughes Software Systems, Symphony Teleca, Infosys and EdgeVerve in different leadership roles. Sunil did his B-Tech in Comp. Sc. from NIT, Trichy. 

Suresh Chitturi

Mr. Suresh Chitturi is currently the Senior Director, and Head of Technology Standards at Samsung Research – Bangalore. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mobile technology industry. He currently serves as the Chair of 3GPP SA6 Working Group, which is responsible for application enablement and critical communication applications standards for vertical markets.

Suresh has contributed actively towards the development of technology and standards strategy in various global Standards Organizations (SDOs) such as 3GPP, W3C, JCP, OMA and GSMA. He is the former Governing Council member and Chair of Roadmap Committee at TSDSI.

Sushil Kumar

Mr. Sushil Kumar is an officer of the 1987 batch of Indian Telecommunication services (ITS) and is currently posted as Dy. Director General in Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC), and heading the Internet of Things (IoT), division.

He chairs National committees in TEC [National working group-20 (NWG-20)] to coordinate with ITU- T SG-20 on IoT and Smart Cities & Communities; and in BIS [LITD-27] to coordinate with ISO/IEC JTC1 SC41 on IoT and Digital Twin. He participated as a head of Indian delegations in the meetings of these international organizations.

He also chairs TEC Consultative Committee for adoption of oneM2M specifications transposed by TSDSI, resulting the adoption of oneM2M Release 2 as National standard. IoT Reference Architecture released recently by BIS has also referred these TEC standards.

Tero Pesonen

Tero Pesonen is the Chair of TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG) since 2014.

Tero has been involved with the Professional Mobile Radio communication business since 1997, and over the years has acquired and developed deep understanding of the models to use public safety applications. He works closely with major public safety and critical infrastructure operators and users in creating advanced solutions to meet mission critical requirements.

Tero Pesonen holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Economics.

UK Srivastava

Mr. U. K. Srivastava is heading National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT) as Senior Deputy Director General. NTIRIT is engaged in meeting the training requirements of DoT and is also tasked to commission in-house and outsourced studies for specific areas of concern, such as impact of policy implementations, economic and environmental benefits of technology, technology forecast, security aspects etc.  

Prior to joining NTIPRIT, he worked for four and half years as Principal Advisor in Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, looking after telecom networks, spectrum and licensing. He was responsible for recommendation to the government on the issues of spectrum management, licensing issues of access, national long distance, International Long Distance, Machine to Machine Communications, Broadband, Satellite Communications, Internet Telephony etc. He is also responsible for laying down regulations for network interconnection, Interconnection User Charge, Mobile Number Portability, charges for Cable Landing Stations etc.

He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering and possesses Diploma in Management and has 35 years of experience in telecommunications sector. 

He belongs to the 1983 batch of Indian Telecom Service and is trained in transmission technologies, including optical, radio and satellite communications. He has managed various telecom activities including operations, maintenance, training, quality assurance, standardization and policy. 

He was deputed to ITU to serve in Iraq for two years and at ITU HQ in Geneva for a year and half. 

V Raghunandan

Mr V Raghunandan, currently – Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is coordinating all the activities related to Telecom and Broadcasting sectors. Prior to this, he was serving as Deputy Director General – International Relations at Department of Telcommunications HQ where he was responsible for key initiatives related to establishment of ITU Area office and Innovation Centre in India. He also played key role in effectively presenting India’s position on Cyber security related matters to ITU resulting in India reaching Top 10 Rankings in Global Cyber Security Index during 2020.

Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar is the Vice President & Global Head for Network Solutions Group (NSG) within the Communications, Media and Information (CMI) business unit at TCS. He leads a strategic practice that helps Communication Service Providers transform into True digital enterprises by embracing next-gen technologies across network infrastructure, Next generation Service Platforms and operational support systems.

Vishnu Ram

Vishnu Ram OV is an Independent Research Consultant. He has hands-on experience in the field of Telecom industry for more than two decades, developing and implementing standards, and holds many international granted patents.

His current work items include coordinating standards initiatives, liaisons with other SDOs, industry bodies, open source and academia, mentoring student projects and coordinating the ITU “AI/ML in 5G“ Challenge across the globe. He served as a guest editor of JICTS (Journal of ICT Standardization) special Issue on Zero-touch Network and Service Automation (ZSM). Vishnu is an active member of NWG13 (National Working Group 13)

Viswanathan Ramaswamy

Viswanathan Ramaswamy, commonly knows as ‘Vishy’. He is currently the Vice President for Digital Solutions Incubation in Tata Communications. Prior to this he has worked with companies like Wipro, Vodafone India, AT&T and Crompton Greaves Ltd.

He is a telecom industry leader with over 3 decades of experience in the communications industry. He has a vast knowledge about various networking technologies and the associated IT solutions. He has been a thought leader in the areas of technology convergence and industry application of mobile network technologies.

VK Sanjeevi

Dr V K Sanjeevi, ITS, is currently serving as Chief General Manager, Chennai Telephone District, BSNL. He has worked in various positions and locations in DoT/ BSNL including a stint in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has recently completed his PhD in Cloud Computing and IoT.


William (Bill) Janky

Bill (William) Janky is Senior Standards Engineer working on mission critical standards development for the First Responder Network Authority.

Bill has over 40 years of experience in a broad range of technical disciplines, and a recognized expert in the area of system architecture definition and design for Land Mobile Radio and Mission Critical Public Safety Communication Systems.  He was an active participant in P25 and TIA TR-8 LMR standards development since 2005, and is currently actively involved in 3GPP standards development where he has made significant contributions to the Mission Critical suite of specifications in 3GPP SA1 and SA6, particularly MCPTT requirements and architecture.

Bill has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois where he was a bronze tablet scholar, and a Master’s in EE from Syracuse University.  He is also a graduate of GE’s Advanced Course in Engineering.