SVP – Wireless Strategy & Head 5G Experience
Bharti Airtel Ltd
Sawan has been associated with Telecom Industry for 20 years and has wide experience in technical, product management, designing of solutions & services. Prior to Airtel, he has served various organizations such as Tata Teleservices, Nokia and Nortel.
In his last 12 years association with Bharti Airtel, he has given strategic direction for transformation of Airtel’s wireless network by driving network strategy, spectrum strategy, network ecosystem and abstracting new initiatives for best in class network experience.
Chief Technical Officer
Global Reach Technology
Chair of the Networking Group
Thomas Locke is currently Chief Technology Officer of GlobalReach Technology Inc. and is a veteran of the Wi-Fi industry. Within his role as CTO, Thomas is leading technology and innovation across multiple teams that are based in the UK and Ireland. Thomas specializes in the design & delivery of software defined products and solutions that cater to the aviation, maritime, retail and hospitality industries which are serviced by a plethora of forms of telecommunications, such as fibre, satellite, cellular and point-to-point Wi-Fi.
Thomas is an active member of both the Wireless Broadband Alliance and the Seamless Air Alliance, where he is currently Chair of the Networking work group.
Vice President, Mobility
Ben has over 20 years of experience in IFC, with notable contributions to companies such as ARINC, AeroMobile, Inmarsat and currently with OneWeb. Ben’s career in IFC has developed alongside the fast-paced change from narrow band to true broadband connectivity and delivering solutions to aviation customers in all parts of the aircraft, passengers and crew alike. Ben brings a wealth of experience from the IFC service provision perspective, including significant satellite provider insight spanning both GEO and LEO technologies.
Now based in the UK, Ben has also enjoyed 13 years in the Middle East giving him a broad experience of business in MEA and APAC regions.
IFEC Strategy, Performance and Operations Manager
Chair of the Passenger Experience (PAX) Group
Chair of the Personalization Working Group
Mark Cheyney is the IFEC Strategy, Performance and Operations Manager at IAG Loyalty and is responsible for the strategic direction, in-service performance and operations of the inflight entertainment and connectivity services onboard. Mark believes that the importance of inflight connectivity will only grow, as airlines will look to monetise this platform and provide the best connected experience for their customers.
With 10 years of IFEC experience Mark has delivered numerous IFEC programmes with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and other IAG Group airlines and in turn worked with all the major IFEC suppliers in the industry. Over that period Mark was proud to be a major contributor in the team that won the ‘Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation’ in 2017 leading the IFC development for IAG and the LEVEL portal.
Head of Operations
Vodafone Roaming Services (VRS)
Mihaela is a senior technology leader with strong international background and record of accomplishment in IT&Telco domains.
Mihaela joined Vodafone in 1998 as Roaming Engineer in Romania. In 2009, Mihaela was part of the start-up team at VRS that created the basis of the award-winning Roaming Hub with the aim of offering superior roaming experience for operators and customers.
Since April 2022, Mihaela has been part of the VRS management as Head of Operations with end-to-end accountability, from strategy to delivery in areas such as customer roaming experience, technology footprint, transformation of infrastructure, data services and digital capabilities.
Parallel to her role, Mihaela has been participating in the GSMA Association (GSMA) since 2000, focusing on standardization development and chairing the GSMA’s UPG (User-to-Network Interface Profile Group) for 6 years.
Mihaela holds an MSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications and is passionate about cultural transformation through creativity, inclusion, and collaboration.