Opening & Closing Sessions

Opening Session

  • Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 9:00-11:00, Room Theatre Big Stage


Opening Addresses by:


Matti Latva-aho

EuCNC 2017 Host and TPC Chair


Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he is Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu. He serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on 5G and beyond systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published 300+ conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.




Anne Berner

Minister of Transport and Communications, Finland


Ms. Anne Berner was appointed as Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland in May 2015. In the government, she is also responsible for matters related to Nordic cooperation. She is a first-term MP and has worked at Vallila Interior, a family business, since 1986. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration.




Pearse O'Donohue

Director EC DG Connect, Belgium & Conference General Co-Chair


Pearse O'Donohue is Acting Director for the Future Networks Directorate of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, dealing with policy development and research supporting the Digital Single Market as regards 5G networks, IoT, cloud and data flows and conceptualising new and innovative approaches towards service platforms and next generation Internet. As Head of the Cloud and Software Unit in DG CONNECT, he is also responsible for the strategic development and implementation of policy on cloud computing and software. Until October 2014, Pearse was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes, previous European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda. He was responsible for advising the Vice-President on the development and implementation of policy on electronic communications, networks and services, as well as broadband, spectrum and other related policies such as Internet governance. Prior to that, Pearse was Head of the Radio Spectrum Policy Unit in the European Commission, DG CONNECT. Prior to joining the European Commission, Pearse held posts in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels, and as Assistant Director of the Brussels office of the Irish Business & Employers' Confederation.

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Pekka Soini

CEO Tekes, Finland & Conference General Co-Chair


Pekka Soini is the Director General, CEO of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Prior to his current position at Tekes, he headed the Corporate Development Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was the Country Director for Finland and a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to his position as the Head of Corporate Development he headed NSN Strategy and Business Development. Prior the merger, in Nokia Networks, Pekka Soini was the Head for Strategy & Technology unit. He joined Nokia in 1987 and held several global business management positions within Nokia Networks, such as the Head of Radio Networks Business Unit, and prior to that the Head of Broadband Wireless business alongside System & Business Development activities. Pekka Soini has been stationed five years in the US where he was the VP of M&S of Nokia Telecommunications, and two years in Paris, France where he was heading the Nokia Telecommunications team in the European Cellular Consortium Program. He was also a member of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries during the years 2010 – 2012. Pekka Soini is a member in several governmental and business councils and boards including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland. Pekka Soini was born in Finland in 1960. He holds a M.Sc. in Control Engineering from the University of Oulu.

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Closing Session

  • Thursday, 15 June 2017, 12:30-13:30, Room Theatre Big Stage




Miha Mohorčič

EuCNC 2018 Host and TPC Chair


Mihael Mohorcic received B.Sc. (1994), M.Sc. (1998) and Dr.Sc. (2002) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and M.Phil. (1998) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford, UK. Currently he is a scientific advisor and head of the Department of Communication Systems at the Jozef Stefan Institute, and an associate professor at the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. His research and working experience include development and performance evaluation of network protocols and architectures for mobile and wireless communication systems, and resource management in terrestrial, stratospheric and satellite networks. His recent research interest is focused on cognitive radio networks, cross-layer protocol design and optimisation, “smart” applications of wireless sensor networks, dynamic composition of communication services and wireless experimental testbeds. He co-authored several books and more than 140 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He actively participated in more than 15 FP projects since FP4, several COST Actions and national basic and applied projects, also having the role of project (national only), work package and task leader, and being member of the Management, Steering and Scientific boards. For the period of more than 12 years he has also been the Slovenian representative in the series of IDEAL-IST projects focused on support to and promotion of participation in the IST/ICT related projects since the start of FP5 to mid FP7. He is currently contributing to H2020 eWINE, FP7 SUNSEED and FP7 Fed4FIRE projects. He is a senior member of IEEE. In EuConNeCts3, he will be the T3.2 task leader, responsible for the technical aspects of the 2018 edition of EuCNC in Ljubljana.

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Status update on the 5GPPP Collaboration and moving ahead

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé

Secretary General, 5G Infrastructure Association, BE


Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Secretary General of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA), representing the digital & telecommunications industry (operators, manufacturers, research and academic institutes, SMEs) in the Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) with the European Commission, since October 2016 with notably the role of: being the 5G-IA spokesperson and assuring a clear voice of Europe on 5G around the world, reaching out to vertical industry sectors (“verticals”) and assuring support/enforcement by EU of the required policies and regulations to embrace 5G in the various vertical sectors in Europe, coordinating the associated 5G PPP research & pre-commercial projects in Europe, promoting availability of radio spectrum, as well as a holistic standardization roadmap in view of reaching a globally harmonized and interoperable 5G communications standard. Jean-Pierre has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum from 2003 until 2016, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G UMTS and 4G LTE and evolutions, and to ensure their worldwide commercial success. Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, Bienaimé has had responsibilities including Advisor to the General Director of Moroccan Telecommunications in Rabat, Director of Marketing and Product Development for International Business Networks & Services at FT, Chief Executive Officer of Nexus International, and VP International Mobile Support for Orange Group. From 2009 until September 2016, Jean-Pierre has been Senior VP Strategy, Communications and Wholesale Community at Orange. Jean-Pierre is the chairman of IREST (Institute of Economic and Social Research on Telecommunications), an influent think tank based in Paris. He is graduated from ESSEC Business School – Paris, from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes & Télécommunications – Paris, and from INSEAD – Fontainebleau.

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Next Horizon 2020 Work Programme and Concluding Remarks

Bernard Barani

Acting Head of Unit, EC DG Connect, BE


Bernard Barani joined the European Commission in 1994 as responsible for implementation of research and policy in wireless communication, after 11 years spent in industry and in the European Space Agency as communication engineer. He is currently Acting head of the unit in charge of research and innovation on Future Connectivity Systems in the CONNECT Directorate General of the EC, where he leads the definition and implementation of the research strategy and related policy issues in the context of the 5G Public Private Partnership launched in 2013, and of the 5G Action Plan launched in 2016. He has an engineering degree of the French ENSTB.

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