Dr Davood Molkdar, Managing Director

Davood is a Telecommunications expert with extensive experience in technical, spectrum management, regulatory, commercial and financial aspects of the industry. Davood has worked for highly reputable companies such as GEC, NTL, Motorola and Arqiva and in a wide range of disciplines including, research, R&D, products development, system engineering, consulting, technical marketing, business development and senior management.

Davood has extensive experience in the 3GPP based mobile cellular standards (2G/3G/4G/5G) and IEEE based technologies (802.11 and 802.16). He also has experience in other wireless technologies related to the spectrum products specified in the ITU, those falling in the general area of ICT, and technologies around  M2M and Internet of Things (IoT). 

Davood has worked on consultancy projects for the regulators globally on matters encompassing ICT networks including fixed wireless and wired networks and their performance, submarine cable systems and broadband satellite systems. The areas worked on include licensing framework, networks audit, performance metrics development, and spectrum management. The latter has covered topics including spectrum engineering, audit, supply/demand analysis through network modelling and simulation, and spectrum products pricing (administrative and cost recovery) and market value (auction) determination.

Davood has developed numerous network modelling simulators and tools for diverse purposes including research, products development, system performance analysis, commercial and financial analysis.

Davood has a 1st class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD degree in antennas and propagation and post-doctoral research fellow in communication systems simulator development and performance analysis, all from the University of Leeds. Davood holds 13 patents and over 37 publications. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Dr Seyed Hossein Mortazavi, Director Associate, System Engineering & Technology Solutions

Hossein is a wireless technologist with a broad range of management, strategy setting, product development, end-to-end system architecture, programme management and professional technical consultancy services.

Hossein has over 20 years of wireless industry experience working for companies such as Fujitsu, Atkins, Roke Manor Research (Siemens), KPN-Orange, and Ericsson, during which he has been an active participant in the 3GPP, ETSI, and IEEE standards bodies. He has in-depth knowledge of air interface, product specifications, link & system levels analysis, radio network coverage & capacity planning, spectrum management, and traffic modelling.

Hossein has been actively involved in the 3GPP 5G standardisation and architecture options activities to develop Fujitsu's vision in massive broadband, massive machine-type, and critical communications. Prior to Fujitsu, he headed the Wireless Communications Consultancy group at Atkins, where he owned a portfolio of major indoor and outdoor radio integration projects for the UK MNOs (2G/3G/4G) and critical communication systems owners, as well as deployment of wireless systems in the transport industry. At Roke Manor Research, he worked across many wireless technologies and products from PMR and TETRA, 802.11, DECT, Bluetooth, 2G/3G/4G cellular systems, to 60-70 GHz mm-wave technologies. He was one of the pioneers of Bluetooth development at its early days, and developed modelling and characterisation of many wireless networks. 

Hossein holds a PhD in mobile telecommunications from the University of Bristol, an MSc degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Wales College of Cardiff, and a BEng in Electronics from the University of Bristol. 

Mr Sandeep Pillai, Principal Associate, Technology Solutions & Digital Platforms 

Sandeep has over 20 years’ experience in wireless and fixed telecom networks in particular in architecting core network elements of mobile cellular technologies. He has worked extensively with many major telecom network operators such as Vodafone, Hutchison, Reliance, Airtel.

Sandeep has extensive experience in designing, planning, engineering, strategising and delivery of CS and PS core networks, messaging and intelligent networks. His expertise includes designing and engineering of core network of wireless systems such as LTE, UMTS, GSM, Wi-Fi, and CDMA. He also has experience in IMS, SDN, NFV, Cloud computing, and Internet of things (IoT). He has been engaged with trials and proof of concepts of various systems before their introduction into market. He has set up green field mobile networks.

Sandeep has drafted and managed bids/ tenders, responding to proposals, vendor contracts and Service Level Agreements, performance and capacity management, operations, planning and strategy. He has helped regulators with guidelines, audits and consultancy. He has also delivered network trainings to regulator professionals. 

He has a first class (Honors) degree in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications).

Ms Ban Al-Bakri, Director Associate, Wireless Standardisation and IPR Management

Ban is a Telecommunications professional with over 25 years of experience in an international environment with expertise in wireless standardisation and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) management. Ban has worked for Tier 1 vendors such as Siemens, Motorola, Huawei and Nokia Siemens networks as well as operator as NTT DOCOMO and standards organisations such as ETSI. Ban has worked in a wide range of disciplines including software development, system engineer, standardisation expert and strategist, and consultant.

Ban has extensive experience in mobile networks working on various wireless technologies and being an active participant for over 17 years in standardisation, mainly 3GPP and ETSI among others. This includes 3GPP’s 3G/4G/5G networks, ETSI NFV, ETSI ITS, ETSI EMTEL, ETSI TISPAN. Ban has a thorough understanding of different cellular networks including 2G/3G/4G with experience of other wireless technologies and applications including TISPAN-NGN, IP multimedia subsystem (IMS), and NFV (Network Function Virtualisation).

Ban is also experienced in Legal and Technical Analysis of Patents as well as preparing Claim Charts against standards.

Ban holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a Master degree/ LLM in IT and Telecommunications Law (Policy & Regulation, Privacy & Data protection, Patent law) from the University of Southampton, UK. Ban holds 13 patents.

Dr Emiel Massland, Principal Associate, Spectrum Management - Auction Design/Economics

Emiel Maasland is an Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Applied Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics. He has over 15 years of experience in scientifically based contract research.

Emiel advised European ministries/regulators on the design and implementation of various auctions, in particular spectrum auctions for mobile communication and radio broadcasting. He also has practical experience in advising major telecom operators and broadcasters on their optimal bid strategy in numerous spectrum auctions in Europe and the USA (among which SMRA and CCA auctions).

Emiel was also involved in large scale auction evaluation studies, including a review of the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz spectrum auctions in Canada, an evaluation of the Dutch UMTS-auction for the Dutch Parliament and an evaluation of the auction of petrol station locations along the Dutch highway for the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Furthermore, he advised private companies in antitrust cases in sectors such as the market for mobile telephony, motor fuels, bicycles, and liberal professions.

Emiel holds a PhD degree in Auction Theory from the Tilburg University. In addition, Emiel holds several other academic qualifications including Diploma in Econometrics and MA in Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Diploma in Economics from Netherlands Network of Economics.

Emiel has published in international academic journals, such as Journal of Political Economy, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, The Energy Journal, and Telecommunications Policy.

Mr Jan Verduijn, Director Associate, Spectrum Management and Monitoring

Jan has been in the telecommunications field since the 1970s, specialized in spectrum monitoring and management, all aspects of Spectrum Monitoring in specific. He has taken many crucial assignments in the area at reputable organizations.

Jan has been very active on the ITU-R level contributing to shaping the international spectrum monitoring policy and reviewing the ITU-R spectrum monitoring Handbook and taking active roles in the ITU-R World Radio Conference (WRC) for many years.  Jan has also been active at the European CEPT spectrum organization as well where he served as Secretary of the Electronic Communications Committee for a number of years.

Jan acted as a (vice) chair for ITU-R Study Group 1 on spectrum management and its Working Party 1C on spectrum monitoring matters in addition to representing the Netherlands at the ITU-R for quite a number of years. He held several high-level spectrum advisory positions in Holland and at the European Union advising e.g. 11 countries in central and Eastern Europe in matters related to spectrum monitoring and management.

Jan has also been active in numerous regional coordination work in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, his expertise has also been very much sought by Telecom Regulatory Authorities in various parts of the world in other areas as well such as preparation of technical specifications, bid evaluation, training and capacity building.

Ms Justine Limpitlaw, Director Associate, Media & Content Legal and Regulatory

Justine is a communications law consultant, and a Visiting Adjunct Professor with the LINK Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand. She specialises in broadcasting, media, telecommunications, Internet and space and satellite law. She is an expert in drafting legislation, regulations and policies for electronic communications regulation.

She is the author of two two-volume books, the Media Law Handbook for Southern Africa and the Media Law Handbook for Eastern Africa, all of which include extensive analysis of broadcasting and online regulatory environments. She has given lectures on various communications-law issues at a number of universities including: the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria, Rhodes University as well as Columbia and Oxford Universities.

Justine has Bachelor of Arts (English and Industrial Sociology), Bachelor of Laws both from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Master of Laws (specialising in Constitutional and Administrative Law) from Yale University, USA. 

Dr Michael Schunck, Director Associate, Telecom Legal and Regulatory

Michael is a highly experienced electronic communications regulatory lawyer and a practicing member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the District of Columbia and New York Bar Associations. He has significant experience in most areas of electronic communications law, having spent several years with a private international telecommunications law firm and thereafter many years as a specialised legal consultant.  He has particular experience in evaluating and designing regulatory implementation processes and regimes, including but not limited to licensing, economic regulation and competition, wireless resource assignment and price controls and quality/reliability reporting and related matters.

Michael's experience includes, in addition to telecommunications, the broader electronic communications environment, inlcuding also regulation of content and applications, customer protection, co-regulatory structures and related issues. He has extensive legal hands-on experience on electronic communications governance in numerous countries, strong policy, legal and regulatory drafting and analysis skills, including in legal/regulatory transformation situations. Michael's work has included policy and legal/regulatory work across a large number of projects and countries, including a number of major projects designing or implementing new or reformed regulatory regimes.

Michael holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Philosophy, Magister Artium in communication policy and political economy of information and Juris Doctor in law.