Public Affairs Manager, European Emergency Number Association - EENA112
Benoît Vivier works at the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) since September 2015 and is in charge of the organisation’s advocacy work. He is responsible for the definition and the development of EENA’s lobbying strategy and is EENA’s liaison with public institutions, and in particular EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament…) as well as other stakeholders. Benoit is also working on dedicated EENA programmes such as emergency caller location and public warning. Before joining EENA, Benoît studied Politics, Internal Relations and EU affairs in France, Sweden and Belgium.
CEO Australasia, Simoco Wireless Solutions
Peter Scarlata has close to 25 years of experience working at senior levels in national and multinational engineering, system integration, product management, sales and marketing and general management in companies such as Bosch, Intelematics, CNG Systems and most recently Simoco Wireless Solutions. Peter’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.App.Sci) in Computer Science. At system integrator CNG Systems, Peter drove the organisation into a period of significant company growth focused on the transport infrastructure and government verticals. He has held several senior positions at Bosch and has spent time globally in Germany, US, China and Australia leading teams of product managers, engineers and purchasing personnel in driving high volume, quality and value electronic, audio and RF products to market. Peter is CEO of Simoco Australasia and is responsible for business growth within the Australasia division. His focus is on important infrastructure projects and overseeing all management, system engineering, sales and marketing activity, as well as national and multinational product management and development.
Business development manager, Nokia/Committee member of Safe-Net Forum
Steve Hwang is a committee member of Safe-Net Forum. He has 23 years’ experience of telecommunication market since 1997. He is currently working for Nokia and is responsible for business development in global government & Cities segment including end customer engagement, strategic alliance with industry partner and telco operators, in areas of public safety, smart cities, defense and government-driven broadband initiatives. He has a successful sales and business development careers with over twenty-three years in end customer engagement and partnership with MNOs / SI companies in public sector and commercial mobile network business sector. He has been successfully driving the campaign and boosting mission-critical technology and building-up echo system. Steve holds bachelor’s degree in computer science from Soongsil University, Seoul, South Korea.
Managing Director, Vicom
Roger has extensive management experience within Australia and Asia in technology related businesses including IT, Telecommunications and Engineering. Currently Managing Director at Vicom, Roger has particular experience in distribution and service related businesses. A Director of ACCF Roger holds a BSc(Physics) from Imperial College London and an MBA from Deakin University.
Technical Director, Public Safety Network
Neal has extensive experience designing and deploying business solutions and leading others to do so across multiple IT and network technologies. His world-class knowledge spans drafting international technology standards to architecting New Zealand’s largest 4G Network. Neal is leading the development of the solution architecture for New Zealand’s Public Safety Network.
Security Engineer, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Bill Fisher is a security engineer at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). In this role, he is responsible for leading a team of engineers that work collaboratively with industry partners to address cybersecurity business challenges facing the nation. He leads the centre’s Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) project, Mobile Application Single Sign On (SSO) for the Public Safety and First Responder Sector and is part of the ITL Cybersecurity for IoT program. Prior to his work at the NCCoE, Mr Fisher was a program security advisor for the System High Corporation in support of the Network Security Deployment division at the Department of Homeland Security. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University and a master’s degree in cybersecurity from Johns Hopkins University.
Cybersecurity Lead, Public Safety Communications Research, Division National Institute of Standards & Technology
John is the Cybersecurity Lead at Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division at NIST, where his research portfolio includes critical topics such as identity management, mobile device and application security and LTE/5G security. He has 20 years’ experience as a cybersecurity professional where he has served in many important roles, including security specialist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and Staff Sergeant in the US Army Signal Corps.
Product Manager, Product Management Zetron
Randy Richmond started working for Zetron shortly after graduating with a BSEE degree in 1981. Since then Randy has architected Zetron’s first and second generation radio dispatch, fire station alerting and 9-1-1 call taking solutions, served as product manager for those product lines, and is presently Zetron’s Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Broadband Push To Talk Product Manager, and Broadband Strategy Advisor the Zetron’s parent company JVCKenwood, Corporation. Randy chaired, co-chaired and is participating in a number of NENA, APCO, NPSTC, NFPA, iCERT, PSTA, TCCA and TIA TR8 Project 25 industry, standards and requirements committees. Randy is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Managing Director, TMC Global
Trevor Manning specialises in real-world training and development of technical people who have transitioned into management. His mission is helping Smart People transition to Inspiring Leaders. <br>During a 30-year career in the IT and telecommunications sectors, Trevor worked his way up from specialist design engineer to board level. This journey from expert to middle manager, and then on to the C-suite, has provided Trevor with the breadth and depth of knowledge in how companies really operate. <p>His experience working in South Africa, UK-Europe, America and Australia in a range of companies from a giant electric utility to a small start-up software company has given him insights to help people in a variety of real-world situations. <p>Trevor has experience in managing and leading people in mature, stable environments with fixed structures and processes, and also in the chaotic startup phase of a fast-growing new business. These environments exposed him to the challenges of recruiting and developing teams to meet the companies’ growth plans in addition to downsizing during lean years. Trevor runs training programs around the world, including at Oxford University (UK) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) as part of their Continuing Education programs for engineers. Trevor authored the classic best-seller ‘Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide’ published by Artech House (second revision 2009) and more recently he has self-published ‘Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide’ (2019). He has also authored two management books ‘’Help! What’s the secret to leading engineers?’ (2017) and ‘Help! I need to master critical conversations’ (2018), available from Amazon.
Senior Solutions Manager, DAMM Cellular Systems
As Senior Solutions Manager at DAMM Cellular Systems, Simon provides technical expertise to DAMM sales teams and partners worldwide. He holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Telecommunication Management and has worked with TETRA solutions for over 20 years. He has held various positions at Nokia's PMR business (later to become Airbus), giving him wide experience with delivering technical and pre-sales support and technical training. Simon worked as a system architect for BOSNET, the largest TETRA network in the world, for many years, focusing on traffic engineering and solutions to optimise voice and data communications on narrowband systems. He has also been deeply involved in designing mission-critical solutions over broadband giving him a complete technical background on PMR and a clear understanding of the market needs.