IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2019 // Waikoloa, HI, USA
Revolutionizing Communications

Distinguished Industry Speakers

The following Distinguished Industry speakers have been confirmed for IEEE GLOBECOM 2019. The title and abstract of their talks will be posted closer to the conference.

Distinguished Industry Speakers

Hiroshi EsakiHiroshi Esaki

Trustee, Internet Society

Hiroshi Esaki Ph.D received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. And, he received Ph.D from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1998.

In 1987, he joined Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation. From 1990 to 1991, he has been at Applied Research Laboratory of Bellcore Inc., New Jersey (USA), as a residential researcher. From 1994 to 1996, he has been at CTR (Center for Telecommunication Research) of Columbia University in New York (USA). During his staying at Columbia University, he has proposed the CSR architecture, that is the origin of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), to the IETF and to the ATM Forum. From 1996 to 1998, he has conducted the CSR project in Toshiba, as a chief architect.

Since 1997, he has involved in the IPv6 research and development at the WIDE project. He is a co-founder of series of IPv6 special project in the WIDE project, i.e.:

KAME project ; IPv6 protocol stack for BSD UNIX 
TAHI project ; IPv6 test and evaluation specification and tools 
USAGI project ; IPv6 protocol stack for Linux

Regarding the research/development/deployment for the IPv6, he has been very tightly and closely working with Prof. Jun Murai, who has been a political and technical advisor for the Japanese cabinet for more than 15 years. He is an executive director of IPv6 promotion council, which is cross ministry and cross industry council to promote the IPv6 technology. As the activities of IPv6 promotion council, he has established the following working groups, that are aiming to explore and to deploy the IPv6 as the professional and business operation.

Since 2003, he has started the introduction of TCP/IP and Internet Framework into the facility system, which is now identified as SmartGrid, Smart Building, Smart Campus or Smart City. He successfully standardized the TCP/IP based architectural framework as IEEE1888 in IEEE, and proposing to NIST SGIP CoS (Catalogue of Standard) in US and to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC6.

He is a vice chair of Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), since 2006, and has served as an IPv6 Forum Fellow and chair of IPv6 Ready Logo Program Commitee. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Board of Trustee for Internet Society. He is a director of WIDE Project since 2010, director of Japan Data Center Council since 2009, and director of Green University of Tokyo Project, which is one of the important and killer application of IoT for 21st century, since 2008.


Chih-Lin IChih-Lin I

China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, the IEEE ComMag Fred W. Ellersick Prize Best Paper Award, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices, green energy, and wireless big data for network embedded intelligence. She has led the launch of Wireless AI Alliance (WAIA) and O-RAN (Open RAN) Alliance. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee.

She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, the Chair of WAIA Executive Committee, the Chair of O-RAN TSC, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “From Green & Soft to Open & Smart”.


Richard KuhnRichard Kuhn


Rick Kuhn is a computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at NIST, and is an IEEE Fellow.  He has authored three books and more than 150 conference or journal publications on information security, empirical studies of software failure, and software assurance.  He co-developed the role based access control model (RBAC) used throughout industry and led the effort that established RBAC as an ANSI standard. Previously he served as Program Manager for the Committee on Applications and Technology of the President's  Information Infrastructure Task Force and as manager  of the Software Quality Group at NIST.  Before joining NIST in 1984, he worked as a software developer with NCR Corporation and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received an MS in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park, and an MBA from William & Mary.


Chris PearsonChris Pearson

Chair, 5G Americas

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas.  In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs.  As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization’s Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization.

Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 90 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium.  Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE.

With more than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA.

Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.


Yanick PouffaryYanick Pouffary

Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Yanick Pouffary is a HPE Distinguished Technologist and serves as Chief Technologist for IoT at HPE Pointnext Services Intelligent Edge, focusing on advisory, digital transformation, innovation and emerging trends.

Yanick is a strategic advisor to governments, enterprises and service providers when it comes to digital transformation technologies such as IoT, IPv6, software defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In her role as Chief Technologist, Yanick develops IoT, network strategic vision and technology services. She advises and helps customers to successfully adapt and take advantage of the ever changing world of Internet technologies.

Yanick is a founding member of the IPv6 Forum, an IPv6 Forum Fellow, and general chairperson for the IPv6 pogo programs (Ready & Enabled & Education). She is ETSI IP6 Industry Group vice-chairperson and one of the distinguished recipients of the IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award for her technology contributions to support the adoption and deployment of IPv6.

Yanick has more than three decades of experience in the industry and extensive knowledge in the development of networking products and services. She holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France. Yanick is based in Nice, France.


Ari PouttuAri Pouttu

Mr. 6G, 6Genesis flagship Project  – 2%0 M€ funding over 10 years from the Finnish government

Prof. Ari Pouttu has scientific and engineering experience as a researcher, project manager and research manager in fields such as synchronization, interference suppression, coding, and modulation designs in spread spectrum and multicarrier systems. The projects under his command have resulted waveforms and system designs for military radio communication, radar systems, embedded device networks, future wireless radio communications including cellular systems, cognitive networks and navigation applications. He has also been involved with architecture design for Finnish Software Radio including adaptive antennas and related algorithms. Prof. Ari Pouttu has scientific and engineering experience as a researcher, project manager and research manager in fields such as synchronization, interference suppression, coding, and modulation designs in spread spectrum and multicarrier systems. The projects under his command have resulted waveforms and system designs for military radio communication, radar systems, embedded device networks, future wireless radio communications including cellular systems, cognitive networks and navigation applications. He has also been involved with architecture design for Finnish Software Radio including adaptive antennas and related algorithms. 
He has published more than 50 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications and he holds two patents. He was the Director of Centre for Wireless Communications in the University of Oulu from 2006 to 2012. Currently he is heading as a professor a research group targeting dependable wireless solutions including solutions for 5G. He is the PI of 5GTN experimental research and is acting as collaborative projects leader in national 6Genesis flagship targeting 6G solutions.


Akbar RahmanAkbar Rahman

Senior Principal Engineer, InterDigital

Akbar Rahman is Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital a mobile technology research and development company.  Over the last 25+ years, he has participated in the research, development and standardization of communication protocols and network architecture for mobile technologies starting from 2G, to 3G/4G, and now focusing on 5G and Beyond 5G (B5G).  He has been giving talks and participating in panel discussions on different aspects of mobile protocols and architecture over the different generations of mobile technology evolution.  He is an active participant at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards body and the co-author of multiple RFCs.  He has also previously participated in the ETSI, TIA and 3GPP standards bodies.  He has 85 granted patents in the area of mobile technology, and also published multiple conference and journal papers.  Prior to joining InterDigital in 2001, Akbar was an Independent Contributor for Nortel Networks, and a Systems Engineer for Ericsson.  He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1990.


Pindar WongPindar Wong

Chair, VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Pindar Wong is the chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, a discreet Internet financial infrastructure consultancy and founder of Hong Kong's Smart Contracts Initiative that pioneered  the 'Belt and Road Blockchain'. 

He is a Bitcoin protocol enthusiast and volunteers to help organise He co-founded the global blockchain research network 'Bsafe' and organised Coala's first Blockchain Workshop in Asia. 

Previously, he co-founded Hong Kong’s first licensed ISP in 1993, was the first vice-chairman of ICANN, chairman of the Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA), alternate chairman of Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), elected trustee of the Internet Society and Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance.


Peiying ZhuPeiying Zhu


Peiying Zhu is a Huawei Fellow and IEEE Fellow. She is currently leading 5G wireless system research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 150 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision and enabling technologies. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products. Peiying Zhu received the Master of Science degree and Doctorate Degree from Southeast University and Concordia University in 1985 and 1993, respectively.