Panel 52022-06-03T11:03:05+00:00

Dialogue with Industry Leaders

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 17:30-18:30, Auditorium World Trade Center


  • Bernard Barani (Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT – Future Connectivity Systems, at European Commission, BE)

Motivation and Background

There are currently many issues around the development of 6G, not only from the technological viewpoint but also addressing other dimensions, such use cases and societal impact. The development of 6G in all its dimensions has been a theme for discussion in many fora, which includes the positioning of many industries and the so-called verticals, the sustainability of networks, the way that communications systems relate to climate change, among many other aspects. This panel is intended to be a lively discussion among industry leaders, exploring all these dimensions of 6G and looking at the future of the development of 6G.


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Bernard Barani (Moderator) (EC, BE)
  • Colin Willcock (6G-IA, BE)
  • Egon Schulz (Huawei, DE)
  • Eric Hardouin (Orange, FR)
  • Luis Neves (GESI, BE)
  • Heinrich Heiss (Infineon, DE)

Bernard Barani

Bernard Barani joined the European Commission in 1994 after 11 years as Communication engineer in industry and with ESA. He is Deputy head of unit in the European Commission DG CONNECT where he has been steering EU wireless R&I for more than 20 years. He currently leads the definition and implementation with industry of the European R&I programme “Smart Networks and Services (6G)” covering the 2021-2027 time frame. Main responsibilities cover strategic R&D planning and implementation for beyond 5G/6G systems, standardisation, international cooperation, demonstration and pilot programmes. He is vice chairman of the Steering committee of the EUCNC conference, and has an engineering degree from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne”. He is also a Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).

Colin Willcock

Colin is currently the chairman of the 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA) governing board (formally known as 5G Infrastructure Association). He is  also the chairman of the European Smart Networks and Services Joint undertaking (SNS-JU) governing board. He has detailed knowledge and experience of the telecommunications industry having worked directly or indirectly with many of the major players over a 28-year period. The roles have included software developer, technical consultant, technical marketing, standardization and management. In addition to line manager roles, he has participated extensively in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T and 3GPP, including instrumental work in creating and developing the TTCN-3 testing language. Colin has also been very active in the European research ecosystem, including leading a number of award winning European projects such as TT-Medal, D-MINT and SEMAFOUR. Colin is currently head of Research Alliances at Nokia.


Egon Schulz

Dr. Schulz has more than 35 year’s experience in Mobile Communication Services, Research & Innovation, Product and Solution Creation Processes: Terminal & Infrastructure, Spectrum, Prototyping, Standardization, National/International Collaboration and Product oriented Research (PoR). In 1988 he joined the Mobile Network Division at Siemens AG, Munich. In 1993 he was a director for System Engineering for RITL and wireless PBX systems based on DECT and WB-CDMA. From 1998 he was involved in the UMTS standardization. Since 2000 he has been serving as director for future radio concepts. Dr. Schulz has published numerous conference papers. In 2009 Dr. Schulz joined the Huawei’s Munich Research Centre as Director. He is Huawei’s representative in NetworldEurope Board and in 5G IA/6G IA Board. Dr. Schulz was strongly engaged in research and prototyping for 4G and 5G in particular in 5GPPP projects for designing, validation and verification of 5G. His current research work focuses on the mobile generation for the next decade, the 6G system.

Eric Hardouin

Eric Hardouin leads the “Ambient Connectivity” research domain of Orange, which investigates future access and transport networks and technologies, as well as related business models. Eric received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing and telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne and the University of Rennes 1, France, in 2004. Since 2004, he has been with Orange, where he has conducted research on interference mitigation for mobile networks. Between 2008 and 2013 he represented Orange in the physical layer standardization group of 3GPP (RAN WG1) for HSPA, LTE and LTE-Advanced. >From 2012 to 2015, Eric led the research on wireless networks in Orange. Eric had a leading role in the NGMN 5G White Paper, as co-lead of the work on 5G requirements. Eric is the author of the book “LTE et les réseaux 4G” (in French).

Luis Neves

Luis Neves is CEO of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) since 2017, after serving as Chairman from 2008 to 2017. Before GeSI, Luis worked at Deutsche Telekom for over 15 years holding positions such as Head of Sustainable Development and Environment, VP of Corporate Responsibility and EVP Chief Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer. Luis obtained a degree in History from the University of Lisbon.

Heinrich Heiss

Distinguished Engineer 3D Sensing, Head of Innovation Team RFS, Infineon Technology AG. Since October 2020, Heinrich has been responsible for the Audio MEMS, Radar and RF Communication Innovation activities of the RF and Sensors (RFS) Business Unit at Infineon Technology AG. Heinrich began his career at Siemens Semiconductor in Villach/Austria in 1996, working in the field of front-end technology and device development for Smart Power Technologies. After that he took on a Product Marketing Manager position for RF GaAs power amplifiers, and later on for consumer MEMS products. In 2003 he became R&D Group and Project Manager for integrated RF filters. Starting in 2005 he then built up as a Director of System Application Engineering the worldwide application and system teams for the Business Unit RFS. During this time he was responsible for strategy and concept definition of MMW products for 5G infrastructure applications and 3D sensor systems for mobile phone and IoT solutions. As a Senior Principal he then assumed responsibility for radar application and system engineering in 2018. Heinrich drives the ww radar standardization activities, and he is a member of ETSI TGUWB, CEPT SE 24 and since recently of 6G-IA.

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