GSMA announces new keynote speakers for 2018 Mobile World Congress

Date: Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:39

GSMA announces new keynote speakers for 2018 Mobile World Congress
Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and President of World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim among recently confirmed keynote speakers

The GSMA announced nearly a dozen new keynote speakers for the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018, as well as updates on exhibitors, sponsors, partners and programmes. Mobile World Congress will be held 26 February – 1 March 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc and La Farga L’Hospitalet.
“We have an amazing show lined up for 2018, across the conference, the exhibition and the many programmes and events that comprise Mobile World Congress,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Attendees will have the opportunity to experience many new elements this year, most notably the hospitality and networking areas in the new South Village at Fira Gran Via. We’re looking forward to showcasing how mobile is creating a better future for all.”

New Keynote Speakers Confirmed
The GSMA announced nearly a dozen new keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference programme, representing organisations spanning the broad mobile ecosystem, as well as government and the development community. Recently confirmed keynote speakers include:

•    Brigitte Baumann, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Go Beyond Early Stage Investing
•    Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
•    Ricardo Antonio Rosselló Nevares, Governor, Puerto Rico
•    Marie Ehrling, Chair of the Board, Telia Group and Chairwoman, Securitas
•    Alastair MacLeod, CEO, Teralytics
•    Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
•    Ajit Pai, Chairman, United States Federal Communications Commission
•    Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank

New for the 2018 programme, the Women4Tech keynote will be held on Thursday, 1 March, featuring speakers including Emma McGuigan, Group Technology Officer at Accenture, Berit Svendson, CEO of Telenor Norway and Susana Balbo, Congresswoman and Chair, W20 Group Argentina. The session will put a spotlight on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the communications industry and more broadly in society. Other Mobile World Congress keynote sessions will explore topics including content and media, the digital economy, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, mobile operator strategies, smart services, and sustainability, among others.

Above, image credited to the GSMA
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