Speakers

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.
Systems Officer, Operations Communications, Fire and Rescue NSW
Graham Tait has worked for Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 37 years, occupying various roles as a frontline firefighter and Station Commander, Communications Centre Operator and Supervisor, and communications specialist on the NSW Urban Search & Rescue team. These roles have seen him involved with all types of emergency incidents from both the front line, and from within the control room environment. For the past 14 years, he has been working within the Operational Communications Branch with a few different roles, including managing the operational use of organisations’ computer-aided dispatch system, and the integration of new technologies such as mobile data terminals and automatic vehicle location systems, as well as operational management of the LMR radio system across the state. Graham held a key role in the project to implement a new CAD system and the rationalisation of communications centres for Fire & Rescue NSW, which resulted in the introduction of a brand-new call taking and dispatch environment for the state in 2012.
Superintendent: IT Networks, Gold Fields
Rodney Nebe has been working in networking and communications for the last 22 years: 6 years initially in the military (Army) and the remainder 16 years in the mining sector. This experience has given him a broad knowledge of all facets of communications. From his training in the military, he always applies a ‘can do attitude’ and has a passion to resolve conundrums. Currently Rodney manages all network and communications infrastructure (everything from underground to surface) at the four Gold Fields Australasia mine sites. Rodney’s strong technical background enables him to understand and translate technical requirements into easily understood business concepts for both management and end users.
Senior Lead Architect, Commtel Network Solutions
Rui Chen is Senior Lead Architect at CommTel Network Solutions, a company specialised in providing solutions and products for mission critical networks. Rui has extensive experience of over 20 years in designing, engineering & commissioning of business critical and mission critical systems as well as carrier network across APAC. He has worked with a wide range of technologies over the time and focus on legacy system, various radio communication systems, IP and security for both OT and IT networks.
Director of Cyber Security, ECL Cyber
Peter Jackson is an experienced IACS Cyber Security professional. Peter leads the ECL Cyber team of industrial cyber specialists in supporting the industrial sector in NZ. Peter’s background includes control and safety systems experience as a TÜV certified Function Safety Engineer. Peter challenged the cert and achieved the SANS Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification recognising his knowledge and experience in this topic. Peter has spoken at many conferences, nationally and internationally. In conjunction with the SANS ICS and ECL Cyber, Peter established the NZ ICS Cyber Technical Network (refer https://icscyber.org.nz).
Speakers
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.
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