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5G Executive Forum and Reception: An Insider's View of 5G

Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 311
Time: 17:00-19:00

The 5G Executive Forum is a two-hour fireside chat on 6 June 2017 with executive leaders in the 5G field that will be open to all conference attendees. Executives will provide their vision of the 5G market while fielding questions from both a moderator and audience. The panelists will cover all areas within the 5G market.

More importantly, a reception including complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers will be included! This will be a great time to network and meet the executives! 

Reception sponsored by Anokiwave-new-cropped

Click here to view the 5G Executive Forum and Reception in the Program Book.
Executive Panel Session
Moderators: Sanjay Raman, Virginia Tech; Tim LaRocca, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
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Dr. Vida Ilderem, Vice President, Intel Labs; Director, Wireless Communications Research
Dr. Vida Ilderem is VP of Intel Labs and director of wireless communication research. WCR explores breakthrough wireless technologies to fulfill the promise of secure, energy efficient, seamless, and affordable connection and sensing for people and things. Vida holds a doctorate and a master's degree in EE from MIT, a bachelor's degree in EE and a bachelor's degree in physics from California State University, Fresno. She has 27 issued patents. 

Dr. Bami Bastani, Senior Vice President for the RF Business Unit at GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Dr. Bastani has more than 35 years of experience in high-tech industry, spanning from semiconductor components to system-level network solutions. He has served as an independent board member in multiple public and private companies. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he was president, CEO and board member of Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU), a global enterprise-grade Wi-Fi networks solution provider from March 2012 to July 2015 when the company was acquired by Fortinet. Dr. Bastani has also held positions of president, CEO, and board member in the mobility, consumer and broadband markets, including president and CEO of Trident Microsystems, Inc., B2 Global Consulting, and ANADIGICS, Inc. In addition, he has served in executive positions at Fujitsu Microelectronics and National Semiconductor. He started his career at Intel Corporation in Technology Development (PTD). Dr. Bastani has three patents in semiconductor technology. He holds a Ph.D. & MSEE in Microelectronics from The Ohio State University.

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Mr. Michael Stewart, CEO and Co-Founder of Escape Communications, Inc.
Michael Stewart is the CEO and a co-founder of Escape Communications, Inc., which delivers baseband signal processing solutions to the wireless telecommunications infrastructure market as well as anti-jam satellite terminals. Escape specializes in wideband applications such as modems for commercial E-band and AEHF satellite terminals. Escape’s technology and modem powered the first public demonstration of a 10 Gbps wireless link – a critical technology for connecting 5G base stations. Mr. Stewart has over 30 years of experience developing and managing development teams for complex communications systems. His experience includes projects for defense communications satellites and terminals, commercial terrestrial microwave equipment, low-latency financial network equipment, and specialized audio signal processing equipment for television and radio broadcasting. Prior to his escape, Mr. Stewart held technical and management roles at TRW Electronics and Space Division on multi-gigabit digital communications satellites and was responsible for proposal and product management for point-to-point millimeter-wave radios. In 1998, Mr. Stewart founded Escape Communications with Dr. Greg Caso where he is responsible for corporate management, business development, and project oversight. He received his BSEE Magna Cum Laude from Rice University and his MSEE from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Khurram P. Sheikh CEO of Kwikbit - A start-up company in Silicon Valley building the next disruption in wireless technology and services using machine learning and advanced automation. He is also an active board member of a number of start-up companies focused on breakthrough technologies that are shaping the technology ecosystem from the device to the cloud. Khurram has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile, telecommunications, and media industries for the past 20 years with CEO and CTO roles at leading public and private companies including SiBeam and Powerwave Technologies, Inc. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer & President, Global Business Units, where he led product development, engineering, R&D, business development, and global product/business units for the company. Mr. Sheikh was ranked in the Top 10 CTOs for 2012 by ExecRank for his leadership in the wireless and Internet industry. Mr. Sheikh is widely recognized in the industry for his pioneering efforts in the development of mobile wireless broadband or “4G” wireless technology. He had the distinct honor of building the world’s first 4G network. He developed the concept of “Inside Out” Networks that is the cornerstone of next-generation small cell wireless base stations for indoor and outdoor data capacity and ubiquitous coverage. Most recently he led the development of millimeter-wave technology chips and IP that is at the cornerstone for the future gigabit wireless applications (5G/IoT) across consumer, industrial, networking communications, and infrastructure markets.

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Dr. Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager, Internet Infrastructure Solutions Group, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Mark Pierpoint focuses on delivering solutions across radio access and transport networks and into data centers. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mark held multiple management positions in R&D, Manufacturing, and Operations across various businesses within Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies in both the US and Europe. Mark is credited with paving the way for science to be applied more broadly in sales and marketing and as well as driving improved R&D productivity and leading change management, and most recently, has led Keysight’s Modular initiative. Mark joined the company in 1987, when the Electronic Measurement business was still part of Hewlett-Packard, after receiving a PhD in Microwave Engineering and BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds in the UK.