2008 Conference

2008 Annual Conference - Speakers

Arun Bhikshesvaran, CTO and Vice President Strategy, Ericsson North America

Mr. Arun Bhikshesvaran has over 15 years of experience in the wireless communications industry. He has been with Ericsson since 1995 and is currently CTO and Vice President of Strategy for Ericsson in North America. Mr. Bhikshesvaran is responsible for identifying Ericsson's long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy and drive business value creation for Ericsson's customers.

He has served in a variety of roles within the industry including Systems Solutions and Integration, Field Engineering, R&D and Global Product Marketing.

Mr. Bhikshesvaran has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has Completed a Post Graduate Executive Program at Columbia Business School.

Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners

Tim brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in wireless and digital media as well as business development initiatives in Asia-Pacific. Tim has recently invested in and joined the board of directors of 3Jam, a multiparty mobile text messaging platform and service, and Lumos Labs, a web-based provider of scientifically-tested brain training games. Tim also works with the boards of deCarta and Double Fusion.

Prior to joining NVP in 2006, Tim was a principal at Gabriel Venture Partners where he was actively involved in over a dozen wireless-related deals and led Gabriel's investments in Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm), Eyespot, Sequoia Communications, Sandbridge, and Kajeet. He also contributed to the boards of Placeware (acquired by Microsoft) and Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), TestQuest, NextG Networks, and IPWireless. Tim built Gabriel's wireless sector practice and helped establish business development capabilities through strong, strategic relationships across the wireless value chain, particularly in Asia-Pacific.

Prior to joining Gabriel, Tim spent more than five years working in Japan. He was a product manager at Gateway Inc. where he successfully launched direct-marketed PC servers in the Japanese market and quickly grew an enterprise product line into a full offering of network desktops, workstations, servers and configurable turn-key solutions. Prior to Gateway, Tim was a development engineer for General Motors. As a tri-lingual engineer based in Tokyo, Tim led project teams in China, Korea and Japan in the development, testing and sales of advanced chassis control systems for such clients as Toyota and Daewoo.

Tim began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures K.K., a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.

Tim currently serves on the advisory boards of the Wireless Communications Alliance (WCA), Dealmaker Media, Digital Hollywood, VC Task Force Wireless SIG, Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association, as well as the IBF Wireless Investor Summit.

Tim holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in electrical engineering/system engineering as well as a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Sayeed Choudhury, Staff Business Development Manager, Qualcomm

Mr. Choudhury is responsible for software strategy as it pertains to the company's chipset systems. He was instrumental in brokering the partnership between Qualcomm and Microsoft to enable integrated support for Windows Mobile on Qualcomm's UMTS and CDMA2000 chipsets. More recently, he helped kick off the collaboration with Google and other Open Handset Alliance partners on the open-source Android application platform, and is a main liason to the LiMo Foundation.

Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. Choudhury led product management and business development activities for the Consumer Electronics & Wireless markets for Wind River Systems. He started his career as an embedded engineer, originally receiving his BSEE from the SUNY Buffalo.

Baichuan Du Professor, Tsinghua University

Executive Director, Science and Technology Commission, State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT), China

Commissioner, Radio Frequency Strategy and Allocation Commission, China

Since 1994, Dr. Du has served as the Chair of China HDTV Experts Group and the Deputy Director of China Radio and TV Standardization Working Group. He also served as the Deputy Director of SARFT Science and Technology Committee. From 2000, Dr. Du has served as the President of Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS), SARFT. From 2001 to June 2006, Dr. Du served as the Deputy CTO of SARFT.

Mr. Du is a professor at Communication University of China, and a joint professor at Tsinghua University. He also serves as Executive Committee Member of International Broadcasting Convention (IBS).

Madeline Duva, Chairman, PlantSense

Ms. Duva, an embedded software entrepreneur with over 20 years experience (18 years in Silicon Valley), has been instrumental in developing and executing strategic initiatives throughout her career. After several years at Fidelity Investments, she moved to Silicon Valley where she has held senior managerial posts at Communication Intelligence Corp, PenOp, Dejima, and Revere Data. Before starting her own consulting firm advising start-ups, Ms. Duva was CEO of China MobileSoft which developed a complete Linux platform for mobile phones. In 2005, CMS was successfully acquired by PalmSource, where she held the position of VP Silicon and ODM partners. PalmSource was then acquired by ACCESS. Ms. Duva is the Chairman of PlantSense (www.plantsense.com) and sits on the advisory boards of a number of companies in the mobile industry, including 3jam (www.3jam.com) , Eye-Fi (www.eye.fi) , DeviceVM (www.devicevm.com) and Nexage (www.nexage.com). Ms. Duva received her BA and MA with honors in LAS/Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Steven Goh, Co-founder and CEO, mig33

Steven is well experienced in developing and delivering successful Internet services for consumers, having first founded Australia's first online stock brokerage company Sanford Securities Limited, prior to co-founding mig33.

Steven was previously the principal founder and CEO of Sanford Securities Limited. From a start-up business in 1996, Steven grew Sanford to 160,000 customers with $66 million in sales over six years and $2.4 billion in customer assets, prior to its acquisition by financial services company IWL Limited in 2003. Steven is recognized as an authority on contemporary IT issues.

Steven was awarded an inaugural Western Australia Business News "40 under 40" Award in 2002, and he was a finalist in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia's Western Region. Steven has extensive private and public board experience, has served as a keynote speaker and panelist at Internet, financial services industry, and mobile technology conferences in Australia and Asia, and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Steven received both a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Western Australia

John Hane, Counsel, Pillsbury

Mr. Hane is Counsel in the firm's Communications practice group. He concentrates on transactions, spectrum licensing and special projects in electronic media distribution and satellite communications. Formerly an attorney with a predecessor to the firm, Mr. Hane spent more than a decade as an in-house lawyer, lobbyist, development executive and entrepreneur before returning to private practice with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 2006.

At Pillsbury Hane has been actively involved in legal and policy issues related to wireless communications and digital media, including mobile video. He was active in the FCC’s recent 700 MHz auction proceeding and has been deeply involved in the FCC’s efforts to use portions of the 700 MHz band to forge a public/private partnership to serve public safety users. In December 2007 Hane was issued US Patent No. 7,308,229 disclosing a system, apparatus and method for single-channel or multi-channel terrestrial communication. He is also the inventor or co-inventor on several pending patent applications related to wireless communications and digital media distribution.

Mr. Hane has counseled institutional investors on industry trends, risks and opportunities, has advised a consumer electronics company on litigation and communications strategy, and has assisted a client in achieving a landmark ruling in a novel antitrust case.

Before joining Pillsbury Hane served as an executive in several communications and media companies, including Highcast Network, Pegasus Communications, Lockheed Martin Telecommunications, New World Communications, and NBC.

Bill Xiaoqing Huang, President, Institute of Research, China Mobile

Bill Huang is the President, Institute of Research, China Mobile. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and CTO of UTStarcom, Inc.

Bill Huang has been a new technology advocator for Telecom industry with over 21 years of work experience in the development of key communication technologies. He has in-depth experience and striking thoughts in the areas of next generation mobile switching system, IP media streaming, GEPON system, Multi-service Softswitch, and Operation Support System, as well as Value Added Services.

Mr. Huang holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.

Florence D. Hudson, Energy & Environment Executive, IBM Corporate Strategy, IBM Corporation

Florence Hudson is an Executive in IBM Corporate Strategy, responsible for strategies and
execution plans for “green” solutions to benefit clients in their goals to improve their impact on energy & the environment worldwide. These “green” solutions include energy efficient technologies and services, green datacenters, intelligent transportation systems, intelligentutility networks, water management, carbon management and alternative energy research.

Ms. Hudson has held a variety of leadership positions in IBM, including her most recent position as Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for IBM System z mainframes globally. She was also an executive-on-loan and IBM Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Society of Women Engineers, where she developed and executed new programs to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics worldwide.

Ms. Hudson has served as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing and acting Chief Technology Officer for the IBM Global Industrial Sector, responsible for strategic business growth and increased value for IBM’s clients in aerospace, defense, automotive, chemicals, petroleum, electronics and industrial products businesses globally. She was also IBM Vice President of Corporate Strategy responsible for Strategic Growth for IBM. Prior to IBM, Ms. Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard. She worked as an Aerospace Engineer at Grumman Corporation and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on projects such as solar power
satellites, the space shuttle and future missions around Jupiter.

Ms. Hudson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is a founding member of the Princeton Technology Advisory Council. She has attended and presented at executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University. She is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and served as the first Special Director of the SWE Board of Directors. She is a sustaining member of the Board of the Juvenile Law Education Project, and an active proponent for IBM’s Women in Technology Initiative in encouraging young
people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is married and has two children.

Indu Kodukula, vice president of Oracle Service Delivery Platform

Indu Kodukula is vice president of Oracle Service Delivery Platform. In this role, he leads the team that defines product strategy and develops product components. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Kodukula worked for several leading technology and consulting companies. He holds an advanced degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Roger Marks, Chair, IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access

Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, NextWave Wireless

Roger Marks is the Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, NextWave Wireless. Mr. Marks chairs the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access and has done so since he initiated the effort in 1998. He also serves the IEEE 802 as a member of the Executive Committee and as China Liaison Official.

From 1989-2006, Mr. Marks was a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Mr. Marks earned an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, an M.S.E.E. from the niversity of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University. Author of over 80 publications, his awards include the 2003 Individual Governmental Vision Award from the Wireless Communications Association, a 1995 IEEE Technical Field Award, and five U.S. Department of Commerce medals. Mr. Marks developed the IEEE Radio and Wireless Conference and chaired it from 1996 through 1999. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for seven years.

Nihal Mehta, Co-founder and CEO, Buzzd.com

With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through three successful startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of wireless technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named a BusinessWeek 'M-Commerce Baron' in 2006 and named one of AdAge's top 20 marketers in their twenties in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of the location-sensitive mobile cityguide, "buzzd". Prior to buzzd, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal started his entrepreneurial career by founding Urbangroove, an online nightlife portal, in 1999. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

Michael McLaughlin, Vice President Product Marketing, Azingo<

Michael leads Azingo’s product marketing efforts as well as its participation in the LiMo Foundation. Michael is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years experience in the technology industry. Prior to Azingo, Michael was vice president of marketing and business development at Glimmerglass, Inc., a pioneer in next-generation optical switching products.

Michael has founded and/or helped build several technology companies over the last 10+ years, including Silicon Wireless (GSM network infrastructure), AirFlash (location-based services software) and Everest, now Konaware (fleet management software). Additionally, Michael co-founded and was a managing partner of Formational Ventures, a Sand Hill Road investment company focused on investing in early-stage communications and networking technology businesses.

Early in his career Michael held engineering, product management and product strategy positions at IBM, Siemens and ROLM Corporation. Michael has six patents in the areas of telecom, mobile phone network and computer display innovations and is responsible for numerous trademarked brand names. He holds a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Vish Mishra, Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners

Vish Mishra is a venture capitalist with Clearstone Venture Partners since 2002. Clearstone is an early-stage technology fund with over $650M in committed capital with offices in Santa Monica, Menlo Park, California and Mumbai India. A Silicon Valley veteran, Vish has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the technology industry covering computers, internet, communications and software. He has served as a founder of Telera (sold to Alcatel) and co-founder of Excelan (sold to Novell), generating over $1B in revenues. Vish has also served as a CEO and director of several startup companies.

Vish is very involved with Clearstone's India strategy and investments. He has spoken at numerous industry and academic gatherings on topics of entrepreneurship, investing and business-building. Through Clearstone's two dozen investments with global operations, Vish brings direct knowledge about global investing and business trends.

Vish’s personal philosophy is Investing in good people is the best way to assure success. So, look for people who bring smarts, passion, commitment and integrity to their new venture, along with market knowledge technology expertise.

Vish holds a BSEE from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, India and MSEE from North Dakota University. Vish's community involvement includes TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. Vish is TiE Silicon Valley’s incoming president. Vish serves as an advisor to Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at College of Business, San Jose State University. Vish also serves a director of India Community Center in Silicon Valley, the largest facility-based Indo-American center in the U.S.

Dr. Tao Xiongqiang, Senior Vice President, China Potevio Company Ltd.

Founding President, TD-SCDMA Industrial Alliance

Dr. Tao Xiongqiang, as the TD-SCDMA industry leader from China Potevio, has years of experience in mobile and telecommunication industrial research and development. A key contributor to and promoter for the TD-SCDMA industry, Dr. Tao has made outstanding contributions to China's independent intellectual property rights. His plentitude exposure in the industry gives him the deep understanding of the future direction of the China mobile technology and business trend. Dr. Tao Xiongqiang is the founding President of the TD-SCDMA Industry Alliance. He also serves as a Major National Demonstration Committee Member in the national key project "next-generation broadband wireless mobile communications network".

Peide Lou, Executive Secretary-general of China Mobile Communication Association

Professor of Telecom Engineering School, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication

Mr. Lou is the Director of the Standardization Technical Committee of Multimedia Communication and Broadcasting of China Association for Standardization. He is Professor of Telecom Engineering College, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication.

Mr. Lou is also the member of optical fiber communication expert group of National “317” Telecom Subject of “863”Project, Director of Wireless division of Department of Telecom Production of MEI, Director of Telecom Division of Department of Electronic Information Production Management of Ministry of Information Industry (MII). He was instrumental in the implementation of various national mobile communication industry projects, and made great efforts to the establishment and development of Chinese mobile handset industry.

Mr. Lou has previously served as General Manager of a mobile phone design technology company, mobile phone sales and manufacturing company and a mobile value-added service company respectively. He is currently board member of an IT company newly IPOed in China, and Qiaoxing Mobile Communication Company listed in USA Market respectively.

Wei Xiao, COO, Wireless China Tech Ltd (www.WiChina.cn)

Mr. Wei Xiao is the COO of Wireless China Tech Ltd. He brings over telve years of experience in new business development in the internet and mobile communication industry in China.

John Liang, co-founder, president & CEO of Acestek

John Liang is co-founder, president & CEO of Acestek. John has more than 17 years of engineering and management experience. Prior to co-founding Acestek, he has worked for Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley high tech companies. Mr. Liang holds an MSEE in Computer Engineering from the University of Houston, and an MSEE and a BSEE in Information Science and Electronics from Zhejiang University.

Linzhen Xie, Professor, Peiking University

Vice President of China Mobile Communication Association (CMCA)
Standing Member of Communication Science & Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT ) of China
Chief Scientist & Executive Board Member of CECT-ChinaComm

Prof. Linzhen Xie serves as the Standing Member of Communication Science & Technology Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) of China, Vice President of China Mobile Communication Association (CMCA), Chairman of Chinese Mobile Phone Business Summit Forum, Chief Scientist & Executive Board Member of CECT-ChinaComm. From 1998 – 2002, he was Deputy Director - General of the Electronic and Information Product Department, Ministry of Information Industry, China. From 1994 – 1998, he was the Deputy Director – General of the Communication and System Equipment Department, Ministry of Electronic Industry, China. Prof. Xie has more than 140 international publications.

Jack Young, Senior Investment Manager, QualComm Venture

Mr. Young is Senior Investment Manager at QUALCOMM Ventures. His investment interest spans across the wireless sector including enabling technologies, applications, devices and infrastructure. Currently, Jack represents Qualcomm as a board observer for Pixsense and Validity Sensors.

Prior to QUALCOMM Ventures, Jack was EVP/US Country Manager at ZTE who helped to establish ZTE's US market presence. He was a sales and marketing executive at Nokia following the acquisition of Amber Network where he was founding AVP of marketing. Early in his career, he held marketing and business development positions with 3Com, GDC, and Nortel. Jack earned a BS, a MSEE from University of Calgary, and a MBA from McGill University.

Rupert C. Young, Director, Strategic Business Development and Venture & Equity Alliances

Chartered with finding new businesses for AT&T to enter both quickly and profitably, Rupert focuses on looking for emerging opportunities that can be quickly translated into new, market facing offers. Also has responsibility for all of AT&T's Equity Alliances - from strategy to governance through life cycle management.

Rupert joined PacBell in 1995 after graduating from a co-op master's program at BellCore/MIT. Initially he worked in a small R&D subsidiary Telesis Technologies Laboratory working on emerging multimedia/web technologies, VoIP, DSL, and later IP over optical and metro Ethernet.

In 2000, he joined SBC's strategic partnership group to help start the hosting business and later was part of the team that formed the strategic relationship with Yahoo for broadband services. In 2002, he joined the strategic marketing organization developing 3-5 year roadmaps and plans for entering emerging markets such as managed services, hosting, application services, and most recently seamless mobility and mesh wi-fi services for business customers. In 2006 with the creation of the AT&T Business Development organization, he was brought in to be the lead the development of AT&T's strategy, business model, product, partnerships, and sales for muni wi-fi services. In 2007 Rupert moved into his current role.

Rupert is married with two young children and has lived in the S.F. Bay area for 13 years. He has a SB and SM in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Aicheng Yue, GM, Department of Strategic Business Analysis, China Unicom

Mingtian Zhang, VP & GM, Personal Business Department, China Telecom

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