Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Geraldina Iraheta, Chief Commercial Officer at the Digital Catapult

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Digital leader, technologist and strategic thinker, Geraldina Iraheta is the Chief Commercial Officer at Digital Catapult.

Passionate about turning innovative ideas into concrete business benefit, Geraldina works with leading corporations to drive a culture of innovation and deliver growth through the adoption of leading-edge digital technology.

Bringing a wealth of experience from her global career, including working with startups in Silicon Valley, where she has performed key roles at Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile, and Critical Path Inc. Her experience spans a broad range of sectors including mobile telcoms, fintech, manufacturing, creative, and digital health.

She is also a strong advocate of women in digital industry leadership. Her broad business experience also includes extensive work with startups, academia and investors, both in the UK and internationally.

Panel Discussion: "Testbed as a Service" and creating a business case

Monday, 5 July 2021

Gary Bruce, Research Manager and Ecosystems Architect, BT on "Digital Business Marketplace - Partner Ecosystems for the Industry 4.0 age!"

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Gary has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications and Software industry, with roles at Sun Microsystems and now BT. Throughout his career, Gary has worked on network signalling protocols, APIs, open source software and frictionless BSS ecosystems.

He has worked in various standards activities within the ITU-T, ETSI 3GPP, IETF, OMG, Parlay, JAIN and the TM Forum, and is at home leading and collaborating with a diverse set of people and skillsets from many leading-edge companies. Gary initiated and leads the Digital Business Marketplace within the TM Forum and is now working on commercialising the technology within BT.

Digital Business Marketplace - Partner Ecosystems for the Industry 4.0 age!

Mohammad Zoualfaghari, Research Manager - IoT Architect & Technical Lead, BT on "Value-Added-Services for Industry 4.0"

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Dr Mohammad Zoualfaghari, PhD, MEng, MIET, MIEEE is a research manager and Internet of Things (IoT) architect in BT Applied Research. In the last few years, Mo has been the architect and head of technical design & delivery for the UK’s flagship smart cities pilots, such as Milton Keynes (MK:SMART) and Manchester (CityVerve). He leads a couple of technical teams at one of BT's international centre of excellence - BT-Ireland Innovation Centre (BTIIC)- in Ulster University. Mo also leads the flagship Smart Manufacturing initiative in the Digital Business Marketplace (DBM) Catalyst, including Intel, AWS, Ulster University and 26 other companies around the world, as part of Digital Transformation World at TM Forum.

Mo provides over 10 years of experience in the telecommunication industry and recently initiated and lead Zero-Touch Onboarding (ZTO) research, which can address a critical need for the industry, as IoT begins to scale up. This award-winning project helps to onboard millions of devices automatically and securely. His recent work provides device-to-cloud security and illustrates how vertical industries looking to become Smart can be digitally enabled by abstracting and digitizing their products and services which leverage IoT, 5G, Secure Device Onboarding and AI. This comprehensive technology has been innovated proudly in the UK Telco industry, for the very first time in the world.

Prior to BT, Mo was the software and hardware development lead of a successful SME, Meal2Go Ltd, which was acquired by Just-Eat Plc in 2013. He was also an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Mo received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Engineering (MEng, 1st Class) degrees, both in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK), in 2015 and 2009, respectively. He is a transactions reviewer of IEEE Communications Society, Elsevier and JCSE, and is the registered inventor of many patents, book chapters, journal, and conference papers. Mo is also an active member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Value-Added-Services for Industry 4.0

Mehdi Daoudi, Chief Revenue Officer at VRtuoso, VRtuoso on "Upskill & Reskill workforce with Virtual Reality"

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Mehdi is Chief Revenue Officer at VRtuoso, the world's first turnkey Virtual Reality learning solution for enterprises. 

Prior to joining VRtuoso, Mehdi has spent 15 years in the Learning & Development industry consulting with a broad range of client organisations across the globe and through partnering with them to deliver impactful learning experiences that engage their people and help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need.

At VRtuoso, we collaborate, challenge and empower based on established learning science to drive high-performance solutions that lead to behavioural change and learning transfer.

Upskill & Reskill workforce with Virtual Reality

Stephen Douglas, Head of 5G Strategy, Spirent Communications on "Accelerating 5G With the Network Digital Twin"

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Stephen works for Spirent's strategy organisation helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies. Currently Stephen leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G and future networks and represents Spirent on a number of Industry and Government advisory boards.

With over 24 years’ experience in telecommunications Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, network equipment manufacturers and start-ups, helping them drive innovation and transformation. Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos which prevent innovation and business success.

Accelerating 5G With the Network Digital Twin

Ian Bouquet-Taylor, Operations Director of Ae Aerospace on "Digitising the SME - A private 5G network to drive quality and efficiency"

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Ian joined AE Aerospace in December 2019, to help us transform our business for the next phase of our growth to £10m. Originally trained as a pattern maker, he has worked in a series of challenging roles in automotive, consumer goods and aerospace. During his career he has worked for GKN, Johnson Controls, Bentley, Rolls Royce, and Meggitt, and covered quality, manufacturing, engineering, planning, project management and supply chain.

The last 10 years have been focussed on business transformation and supply chain support leading to time spent in a consultancy role with one of the world’s leading quality consultancies, training businesses and individuals in managing the transition of ISO9001 and AS9100.

He was one of the architects of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy backed NMCL/SC21 C&G a £52m programme aimed at raising the competitiveness of automotive and aerospace sector suppliers and was responsible for developing the syllabus of subjects for the improvement modules now being delivered to companies like AE Aerospace.

At AE Ian is responsible for managing the development of processes and tools across engineering, production control, quality manufacturing and customer support to raise our efficiency, competitiveness and to implement digital technologies that support this aspiration. Most recently this is focussed on installing our private 5G network supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport alongside WM5G, Ericsson and BT.

Outside work, Ian is a keen club cyclist, photographer, homebrewer, and guitar player, he also always seems to have a list of DIY jobs to do. When he finally manages to sit down, he enjoys reading, particularly historical fiction and has several collections of authors to keep him occupied over the next few years.

Digitising the SME - A private 5G network to drive quality and efficiency

Dan Brooks, Strategy Lead -Digital Manufacturing at NPL on "Confidence in data to support the adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies"

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Dan Brooks is Strategy Lead for Digital Manufacturing at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

He has more than 10 years’ experience in developing and deploying advanced technologies within manufacturing, throughout industries including Aerospace, Automotive and Pharmaceutical. He joined NPL 3 years ago from Jaguar Land Rover Powertrain where he was Principal Engineer, tasked with identifying new technologies to transform the way in which JLR make engines, researching a range of topics including automation and the intelligent use of data.

He now leads digital manufacturing at NPL, shaping science and engineering research to ensure NPL delivers impact to UK industry, particularly to ensure measurement and data science is at the heart of technology adoption in manufacturing. In addition, he represents NPL on multiple technical committees in Aerospace and Pharmaceutical manufacturing and leads NPL’s contribution to the UK’s Manufacturing Made Smarter challenge.

Dan holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and is currently studying for his MBA with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Confidence in data to support the adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies