KiHo Kim

KiHo Kim is a seasoned, innovative ICT executive with over 30 years of experience in the research, development, and executive management of business. In 1982, he started his career with the Korean Broadcasting System as a broadcast engineer. In 1991, he joined Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEC) where he was engaged in the research and development of HDTV transmission, ADSL, and HDD read channel. From 2000 he pioneered the research and development of 4G and led the commercialization of the 4G mobile and wireless systems including LTE-A and IEEE 802.11n at SEC. From 2011, as Executive VP of SEC, Dr. Kim headed the Digital Media and Communication R&D center and served as CTO. From 2013 to 2017, he headed the Printing Solutions business unit as CEO of SEC. He is currently the CEO of Tower DG, a consulting firm in Korea.

KiHo received a B.S. degree from Hanyang University (Korea) in 1980 and an M.S. degree from KAIST (Korea) in 1982, both in electrical engineering. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Electrical and Computer Engineering. KiHo is IEEE Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea.

François G. Laugier

François is a corporate transactions and international attorney who specializes in technology-related transactions while still advising clients in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. As Co-Chair of the Corporate Transactions Department, François has been based in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years, and heads the Paris satellite office. François helps technology and international entrepreneurs, investors and companies build, finance and sell their US or foreign operations, and get past every legal challenge they encounter along the way. He has handled numerous cross-border acquisitions and equity financings and brought many companies from their inception to successful exits for founders and investors alike. François advises companies in all aspects of corporate law, including entity formation, equity financing, technology licensing, corporate structure inversions (“flips”), mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, stock options, employment, commercial leasing, intellectual property protection, negotiation and drafting of virtually any business contract.

François is admitted to practice in California, Washington D.C., and in the European Union. He is a partner of RMKB, a law firm with 4 offices in California, one in each city in Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Paris, Seattle, and with an affiliate in Hong-Kong. François was noted by the San Francisco Bay Area Lawyer Magazine as one of the “Top lawyers in the Bay Area” for mergers and acquisitions. An advisor to the board of several technology companies, François is also an adjunct professor of international business law at the HEC School of Business in Paris and is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship, technology and international law. For many years, François served as President of the Committee of foreign trade advisors (“Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur”) to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance for the Northwestern region of the United States. François graduated from Université de Montpellier and University of San Diego law schools.

Vicente San Miguel Maza

Vicente San Miguel Maza is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer for Telefónica Corporation. Previously, he was GCPO of Telefónica Corporation, overseeing supply chain procurement for all Telefónica global requirements, including network, IT, services, devices, marketing and advertising. Prior to that, he was responsible for the network evolution of the entire Telefónica footprint, and also served as vice president of network development for Telefónica de España, where he actively participated in developing and deploying new broadband networks and services, including Imagenio (IPTV). Prior to Telefónica de España, he served as director of Telefónica Corporation and participated in the creation of the Advanced Purchasing System for the Telefónica Group, with global purchasing responsibilities for all wireline and wireless infrastructures in more than 30 Telefónica companies. He also has worked as director of technology and business development for private satellite networks at Telefónica Sistemas de Satélites in Europe and Latin America, and focused on telecommunications systems for enterprise customers at Telefónica Sistemas.

Vincent holds a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Bruno Orth

Bruno Orth started his career at Deutsche Bundespost in 1985. Later at Deutsche Telekom AG he was responsible for various technology topics. He was in charge of different strategic and technical concepts for access networks such as FTTH and XDSL, before retiring as a Senior Vice President in late 2016. As a member of International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) Study Groups 13 & 15 and as Chairman of the Technical Committee 3 of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute he was involved in various activities to ensure industry wide standards for access and transmission architectures. At the turn of the year 2016/2017 Bruno retired from Deutsche Telekom, founded an independent consulting company and since then has been managing director of this company.

Dominique Pitteloud

Dominique is Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures and has been working in venture capital since 2001, initially with Vision Capital, a transatlantic technology Fund, subsequently with Endeavour Vision, a Geneva based Firm. Dominique focuses on investments in the internet, communication and cloud computing sectors, specializing in wireless technologies. He has led or co-led investments at Actility, where he is a Director, as well as Devialet, Octonion/PIQ, Enevo, Cedexis (sold to Citrix), Amplidata (sold to Western Digital), Kobojo, CommProve, Staccato Communications, Media Lario Technologies, Sphera (sold to Parallels), eProject, Native Networks (sold to Alcatel) and M7 (sold to BEA). Dominique is also an independent Director with Sequans Communications (NYSE: SQNS), a prior investment of Vision Capital, and an Advisor with ASSIA, a leader in DSL and WiFi management solutions. Prior to venture capital, Dominique was Vice President of Marketing at 8×8, a Silicon Valley telecommunication company. Dominique joined 8×8 in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Odisei, a telecommunication start-up from Sophia Antipolis, France. Prior to Odisei, Dominique held various engineering and management positions at Logitech, a market leader in computer peripherals, including Vice President of the scanner and video camera business units.

Dominique received a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, Switzerland and a MBA from Santa Clara University, California.

Gregory Rosston

Gregory L. Rosston is Director of the Public Policy program at Stanford University, Gordon Cain Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Professor of Economics (by courtesy). Previously, Dr. Rosston served as Deputy Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission working on the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and helped to design and implement the first ever spectrum auctions in the United States. In 2011, he was Senior Economist for Transactions for the Federal Communications Commission for the proposed AT&T – T-Mobile transaction. Also, he served as a member and co-chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee from 2010 – 2014. He has written extensively on the application of economics to telecommunications issues, and has served as a consultant to various organizations, including the World Bank and the Federal Communications Commission. Other roles include serving as a board member and advisor to high technology, financial, and startup companies in the areas of auctions, business strategy, antitrust, and regulation.

Dr. Rosston received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and his A.B. with Honors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Sposato

Steve Sposato has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications. He has worked for Pacific Telesis, SBC Communications, AT&T and most recently Ericsson. He retired as vice president of Analysis and Optimization in AT&T Labs. He has held a variety of different technical leadership positions at AT&T including vice president of Network Systems Engineering, vice president of Mobility Systems Engineering, and vice president of Access Technologies Architecture and Design. Steve’s passion for innovation has resulted in authoring and co-authoring more than 34 patents.

Steve has a MSc degree in Operations Research from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the same university.

Rob Timmermans

Having spent his entire career in IT and telecom before retirement, Rob Timmermans was most recently the CEO of IMPEQ Technologies, a leading provider of video solutions and services for digital television network operations across the globe. Prior to IMPEQ, he served as a regional director of KPN in the Netherlands. Before KPN, he was CEO of NOZEMA Broadcast Services, which was subsequently acquired by KPN. Previously, he  was CEO of Alcatel in the Netherlands, where KPN and KPNQuest were the most important customers. Rob started his career with Siemens, where he held several management positions, including director of the Telecoms Division and CEO of Siemens – Nixdorf. He graduated in telecom from Eindhoven University.

Stephen Unger

Stephen Unger is an experienced technologist and strategic thinker, who has worked in both the public and private sector. For many years, he was a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator responsible for digital communications where he had various responsibilities, including setting regulatory strategy for the UK, representing the UK in international negotiations, and leading their technology program. For a period, he was Acting Chief Executive. Before becoming a regulator, Mr. Unger spent several years in the private sector working for a variety of high-tech start-ups whose focus was the commercial exploitation of new wireless technologies. He has served as a non-executive Board member for several organizations. Some have been responsible for promoting international collaboration on public policy (BEREC, the IIC), others the commercial application of technology (Cambridge Wireless).

Stephen holds a MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Radio Astrophysics from the University of Manchester.