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Innovator of the Year Award

The Broadband World Forum Innovator of the Year Award is in recognition of the outstanding achievements of an individual working in the broadband and telecommunications industry.

Take your pick from our shortlist; who do you think has contributed the most to innovation in the broadband space today?

Ronan Kelly

ADTRAN

Ronan Kelly is ADTRAN’s CTO for EMEA & APAC regions. Widely recognised for the disruptive insights he frequently shares with the industry, Ronan has recently completed a successful 4 year term on the Board of the FTTH Council Europe, where as their President he was instrumental in influencing the strong fibre focus defined in the latest European Electronics Communications code. A regular keynote speaker at BBWF and other industry events, sharing early insights about future technology trends is a key motivation for Ronan. A passionate supporter of knowledge sharing, he regularly invests his personal time encouraging children to embrace coding and technology by volunteering at his local Coder Dojo. Approaching 30 years in the Telecoms industry, Ronan is an ardent believer in the role Gigabit societies have to play in driving future economic growth.

Luis Alveirinho

Altice Portugal

Luis Alveirinho is the CTO of Altice Portugal since December 2017. He joined PT in 1996, where he held several management functions in areas such as Network Management, Planning and Engineering and was, since 2015, director of Engineering and Network Operations. In 2017 was honored by FTTH Council Europe with Individual Award for its contribution to accelerating the adoption of FTTH networks and technologies in Europe. Luis holds a Graduation degree in Electronics and an MSc degree in Telecommunications and Computer Science from the Lisbon Technical University.

Julie Kunstler

Ovum

Julie Kunstler has over 25 years of experience in the communications components, equipment, and software industry. As Principal Consultant for Broadband Access at industry leader Ovum, she is responsible for market analysis of wireline and wireless broadband access technologies and networks, focusing on developing technologies such as next-gen PON and 5G-based FWA.

Rahul Patel

Qualcomm

Rahul Patel serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Connectivity & Networking Business Unit for Qualcomm Technologies Inc., (QCT), where he leads the Wireless Infrastructure and Networking (WIN), Mobile, Computing and Connectivity (MCC), Small Cells, Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and voice & music (V&M) businesses. Rahul is a veteran of the semiconductor and telecommunications industry with more than 25 years of experience in engineering, product and business development for networking and wireless connectivity solutions.

Sue Rudd

Strategy Analytics

Sue Rudd, Director, Networks and Service Platforms brings to Strategy Analytics a unique range of marketing strategy and business experience across wireless, fixed telephony and internet services. Sue has over 30 years’ experience selling to Internet, Telecommunications and Mobile service providers for multiple RF and ‘dot.com’ startups, Codex (Motorola’s modem and Enterprise T1 subsidiary), BBN (now Raytheon) and Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys)

Trevor Linney

Openreach

An industry leader in the research and development of superfast and ultrafast broadband technologies spanning copper and fibre access, Trevor joined BT as a graduate in 2002 and started his career in DSL engineering. Since that time, he has worked on almost every major increase in broadband speed and coverage ranging from extending ADSL to over 99% coverage, launching up to 8Mbps ADSL and then 24Mbps ADSL2+ services and the doubling of FTTC speeds from 40Mbps to 80Mbps.

Leo Lundy

Imagine Telecom

Leo is the group CTO responsible for technology strategy for Imagine Communications Group . He has 32 years of experience in the software industry with the last 20 concentrating on Telecoms. He has overseen the design, development and deployment of Voice and fixed broadband networks since their inception and crosses most technologies.

Alzbeta Fellenbaum

IHS Markit

Alzbeta Fellenbaum is a Senior Analyst in IHS Technology’s Broadband Media and Operators teams covering broadband access data and content trends. In her role, she closely follows and advises on internet service providers’ strategies and monitors technical and regulatory developments across the industry. Since 2013, Alzbeta has been managing the Broadband Coverage in Europe project conducted by IHS Technology on behalf of the European Commission analyzing availability of broadband access technologies in 31 European countries.

Christian Gacon

Orange

Christian Gacon started in 1994 in France Telecom in, successively, fixed network operations, wholesale (carrier division) and product development. He joined in 2010, as Chief Technical Officer, a start-up deploying and operating smart metering networks (m2ocity). He then came back to Orange in 2014 to take over Orange technical strategy for fixed access, transport network and, since May 2017, data center infrastructure.