Principal

Lars Riegel

Arthur D. Little Austria

Lars is a Principal at Arthur D. Little, specializing in 5G/smart city and transformation projects for large groups of companies.

Within these transformation assignments, Lars focuses on digital transformation, technology economics management and non-core diversification.

He has completed more than 7 of such long-term assignments with success. Four of these resulted in top-line and bottom-line turnaround. Moreover, he has a long track record in transaction support (more than 35 buy- & sell-side mandates), having supported some of the most successful PE transactions in Europe.

Lars has authored many studies on TMT markets, smart city and the internet economy.

in agenda:

9:30 — 10:15

Panel Discussion:

Global 5G — Shaping the Future

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

CEO

Dr. Béla Waldhauser

Telehouse Deutschland

Stuart has worked in the telecoms industry for 16 years, starting his career with Eircom in 1996. Since then he has worked for Czech Telecom, Telefonica, Tele Dr. Béla Waldhauser has been the Chief Executive Officer of Telehouse Deutschland since 2012 and the head of the integrated operational business of KDDI and Telehouse in Germany since April 2014. Between 2007-2012 he was the Managing Director of Global Switch in Germany. Prior to this he held the same position at TeleCity where he was responsible for TeleCity’s German operations for four years. Before assuming this position he had been the Managing Director of Teleglobe and responsible for their activities in Germany and Austria. Dr. Waldhauser earned a degree in theoretical physics and began his professional career at Telenorma/ Bosch Telecom, where he started as a trainee and later worked as an Executive Assistant. Following these early years he went on to GTS-Westcom and later to First Telecom as their Sales and Marketing Director. Dr. Waldhauser is orchestrating the “Competence Group Data Centre & Infrastructure” at the eco e. V. In this position he is also leading the related working group. Furthermore he is a part of the jury team for “Deutscher Rechenzentrumspreis” since 2011. The prize is awarded in conjunction with the yearly “Future Thinking” congress. In July 2014 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) appointed Dr. Waldhauser in his position as an industry expert and member of the eco e.V. – guiding the organisation’s expert task force for data centres. For the BMBF he is involved in the development of the new strategy platform “IKT in H2020”., GTS as CEO of Euroweb, for the Turk Telekom Group and as CSO of Turk Telekom International since 2013 August. His current position at Turk Telekom International is Chief Commercial Officer since December 2016. Stuart has worked in most areas of telecoms - in voice and data, wholesale and retail and fixed and mobile. He has experience across a wide variety of diverse markets, stretching from Ireland to Kazakhstan. Stuart is a graduate of DIT and Trinity College in Dublin and a member of the IMI and the European Marketing Institute.

in agenda:

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

Co-Founder & Chairman

Tom Wei

CBCcom

Tom Wei is the Co-founder & Chairman of China Broadband Communication Company (CBCcom). CBCcom is a leading network and cloud computing service provider in China.

Prior to CBCcom, Tom Wei was the senior vice president of China Netcom International, and the managing director of China Netcom Group Company’s International Business Unit. China Netcom was the second largest fixed line telecom service provider in China, with more than 200 million customers and 250,000 employees.

Prior to China Netcom, Mr. Wei had served Enron Corp. as a director for Enron Broadband’s Asia team, and senior manager for Enron International’s business development team. Before his career at Enron, Mr. Wei had served Coastal Corp., which was now part of El Paso Energy, as senior manager for its international business development team.

in agenda:

14:45 — 15:30

Panel Discussion:

A Dual Transformation on The Future of Open Telco

EMEA President

Giordano Albertazzi

Vertiv

Giordano began his career at Emerson Network Power, now Vertiv, as Materials Planning Manager for Liebert Europe in 1998 and held positions with increasing responsibility, including Plant Manager, EMEA Marketing and Product Management Director, and Managing Director for the Italian market unit. In 2006, he was promoted to Vice President Services for the Liebert Europe business. In 2011, Giordano was appointed Vice President Services for the broader Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and in 2014 became Vice President Sales. Since 2016 he serves as President of Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Giordano holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan as well as a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University.

in agenda:

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

Chief Revenue Officer

Tony Rossabi

TierPoint

With nearly 20 years of experience in driving growth and innovation for technology and telecommunications enterprises, Tony Rossabi joined TierPoint as EVP and Chief Revenue Officer in May 2017. Tony is responsible for overseeing revenue growth, managing the daily operations of TierPoint’s national sales organization, and contributing to strategic planning, reporting to Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent.

Prior to joining TierPoint, Tony served as Managing Director for Digital Realty Trust’s colocation and connectivity business unit. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Strategy for Telx Group, Inc. His career also includes holding leadership roles at TATA Communications, WilTel (now part of Level3 Communications) and BellSouth (now part of AT&T).In addition to his role at TierPoint, Tony supports several organizations including serving on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, the Board of Surgeons Overseas, and the Board of Governors for LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program).Tony holds BA, MBA, and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees.

in agenda:

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

Chief Revenue Officer

Philip Collerton

Uptime Institute

Philip Collerton is the Chief Revenue Officer of the Uptime Institute, responsible for all commercial and service delivery activities globally. Mr. Collerton joined the Uptime Institute in April 2012. Mr. Collerton frequently represents the Uptime Institute at data centre industry events, drawing on his expertise in designing, building and operating data centres. He has gained extensive experience in data centre operations, data centre training and staffing, consolidation of data centres and establishment of data centres in new markets and geographies.

in agenda:

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

PwC

Lawyer, VC Investor, Disruption Disciple, Exponential Technologies Enthusiast, Author and Speaker. Considered to be one of the leading European Banking, Investment and Blockchain/Crypto Law specialists and often dubbed “Regulatory Rockstar” or “Cypherpunk Lawyer” Guenther is also passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, rock music, custom bratstyle motorcycles, obstacle course racing and vinyl records.

A Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland he and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. He also is one of seven members of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s 4000+ lawyers in 95 countries. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practised in court and with a leading business law firm. Guenther holds a PhD in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.

He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of "Making Money out of Technology" (2003), "Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets" (2007) and "New Suits. Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World" (2019). He is privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities. Guenther is also the founder of Disruption Disciples and the host of the educational video series „Appetite for Disruption“ (www.appetitefordisruption.tv) which promises to take the audience to the edge of innovation. And past it!

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Accelerate your Digital Transformation by Empowering Technology Innovation & Aligning Data Strategies

Group Data Scientist

Pierluigi Casale

TomTom

Pierluigi Casale is Group Data Scientist at TomTom. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, a M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. He has worked in both academia and industry (Samsung, Philips) developing machine learning algorithms and data analysis pipelines for IOT applications. His passion is on extracting actionable insights from unstructured messy data and improve human life. He is now driving the Data&AI initiatives in TomTom coaching data managers, data scientists and data engineers.

in agenda:

10:15 — 11:00

Panel Discussion:

Building an AI Strategy & Creating a Data-Driven Culture for Enterprise to Survive and Thrive

Group CTO

Leo Lundy

Imagine Communications Group

Leo is the group CTO responsible for technology strategy for Imagine Communications Group . He has 31 years of experience in the software industry with the last 20 concentrating on Telecoms. He has overseen the design, development and deployment of Voice and fixed broadband networks since their inception and crosses most technologies. He has served as CTO of Coolwave b.v., Aersoft Ltd, Voxpilot Ltd, Netsourse ASA in Norway and UK based Strategic Systems International Ltd where he was also chief software architect. Previous to that he held senior technical roles within Digital Equipment Corporation.

Imagine Group is a strategic investor and has operated wireless broadband and fixed networks since 2002. They have recently acquired 3.5GHz spectrum in the Irish spectrum auction and are rolling-out TD LTE-A technologies optimised as a purely fixed access network to deliver broadband connectivity across rural Ireland with a plan to migrate to FWA 5G. Imagine’s WTTx strategy of using TD LTE-A  to connect high performance CPE to fiber backhaul is proving to be faster to deploy with significantly lower cost compared to fiber access solutions in these rural areas. WTTx is emerging as a key strategic alternative to FTTx accelerating the delivery of 100% high speed broadband availability.

in agenda:

9:30 — 10:15

Panel Discussion:

Global 5G — Shaping the Future

Managing Director

Kerem Tomak

Commerzbank

Kerem is a senior leader with deep digital transformation, digital marketing, strategy, and analytics expertise along with a proven track record; strong general management experience that drives results and builds teams. Helping companies digitize and use AI/machine learning/big data to transform themselves.

Kerem brings more than 15 years of experience as a data scientist and marketing executive. He has expertise in the areas of omnichannel and cross-device attribution, price and revenue optimization, assessing promotion effectiveness, yield optimization in digital marketing and real time analytics. He has managed mid and large-size analytics and digital marketing teams in Fortune 500 companies and delivered large scale analytics solutions for marketing and merchandising units. His out-of-the box thinking and problem solving skills led to 4 patent awards and numerous academic publications. He is also a sought after speaker in Big Data and BI Platforms for Analytics.

in agenda:

10:15 — 11:00

Panel Discussion:

Building an AI Strategy & Creating a Data-Driven Culture for Enterprise to Survive and Thrive

Head of Solution Architects, Alibaba Cloud DACH & CEE Region

Dr. Ye Huang

Alibaba Cloud

Dr. Ye HUANG received his PhD in Grid Computing from University of Fribourg, Switzerland. After very active publication and academic community services during his research work in Fribourg, Dr. Ye Huang switched to industry in 2011 and worked in a variety of enterprises in Germany as full-stack DevOps engineer and Cloud architect. Now, Dr. Ye HUANG is the head of solution architect of Alibaba Cloud DACH and CEE region, and is responsible for Alibaba Cloud's products and solutions oriented designing and implementation in DACH and CEE region, including but not limited to topics like infrastructure, multi-Cloud, BigData, Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba ET Brain solutions, and so on.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Accelerate your Digital Transformation by Empowering Technology Innovation & Aligning Data Strategies

VP & CTO/CPO Classifieds Group

Brent McLean

eBay

Brent McLean is Chief Product and Technology Officer for eBay Classifieds Group globally. Responsibilities include strategic alignment of the overall business strategy with P&T to serve the needs of our customers of ten brands in 14 countries. Brent’s responsibility is to oversee the product development and ensure that our global solutions are delivered into our local markets. Mapping the fast evolving technology landscape into successful customer centric solutions and ensuring that the development process is world class. In addition Brent is also responsible for developing the growth strategy and execution for eCG which involve SEO and digital marketing.

Brent holds a B.E (Electrical Engineering) from University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to joining eBay, Brent held the position of Director of Technology for online classifieds for Fairfax Media in Australia.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Accelerate your Digital Transformation by Empowering Technology Innovation & Aligning Data Strategies

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

Country Manager Germany & Central Europe

Hamid-Reza Nazeman

Qualcomm

Hamid-Reza Nazeman joined Qualcomm as Country Manager for Germany and Central Europe in June 2010. He represents Qualcomm in Germany and leads the local corporate business development. He works with local operators, regulators, ministries & other official bodies and expands Qualcomm’s next generation technologies in the ecosystem.

Hamid-Reza Nazeman has over 20 years’ experience in the global telecommunications industry. Before joining Qualcomm, he served as Senior Vice President, telecommunications at Emirates Investment & Development in Dubai. In this role he led the strategic planning process and performance management of the private equity firm’s international investment portfolio in the telecommunications and technology sector. Furthermore, he spent two years as Chief Commercial Officer within an Orascom Telecom Holding property. Hamid-Reza has also held the position of Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for the Deutsche Telekom Group in Croatia as well as several director positions for Deutsche Telekom Germany and Austria.

Hamid-Reza Nazeman received a master of business administration (MBA) in general management and finance from WHU Koblenz/Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Illinois, USA) and a master of computer science from Technical University of Aachen.

in agenda:

9:30 — 10:15

Panel Discussion:

Global 5G — Shaping the Future

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

CEO

Detlef Spang

Colt Data Centre Services

Following the privatisation of Colt Technology Services in 2015, Detlef was commissioned by the company’s new investors to take leadership of Colt DCS as a standalone business. In his current position, Detlef Is responsible for the strategic growth of the data centre business, the aggressive growth and expansion plans for its portfolio across Europe and Asia. Detlef had previously been with Colt between 2004-2011 where he had held various positions as part of the Senior Executive Leadership Team for Colt Technology Services.

in agenda:

11:30 — 12:15

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

introducing

Frankfurt
Connect

Frankfurt has one of the densest data networks in the world and is an established location hub for Data Centers and Connectivity. While Germany as a whole, has rapidly modernised with advanced technology driving its place as one of Europe’s largest telecom markets. These merging sectors coupled with high demand from our top-level clients e.g. DCs, Network Operators, Service Providers and ICT players who wish to explore new opportunities in the region has resulted in the Draleo Group returning to Frankfurt for its second annual event in the city.

in Agenda This Year

Key topics

IT INFRASTRUCTURE
& OPERATIONS
AUTOMATION & AI
IoT & MACHINE LEARNING
SECURITY & RISK
PUBLIC & PRIVATE CLOUD
EDGE COMPUTING
LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES
5G
AGILE NETWORK
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

agenda

19:30

welcome drinks

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

Location:

Gekkos Bar  (Hochstraße 4, 60313 Frankfurt am Main)

8:30 — 9:30

Check-in & Breakfast

9:30 — 10:15

Panel Discussion:

Global 5G — Shaping the Future

Panel Discussion:

Building an Ai Strategy & Creating a Data-Driven Culture for Enterprise to Survive and Thrive

10:15 — 11:00

11:00 — 11:30

Coffee & Networking Break

Panel Discussion:

Accelerate your Digital Transformation by Empowering Technology Innovation & Aligning Data Strategies

11:30 — 12:15

Networking Lunch

12:30 — 14:00

14:00 — 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Driving Business at the Edge

14:45 — 15:30

Panel Discussion:

A Dual Transformation on The Future of Open Telco

15:30 — 16:00

Coffee & Networking Break

17:00 — 18:00

Closing Reception

Detlef Spang

CEO

Colt Data Centre Services

Brent McLean

VP & CTO/CPO Classifieds Group

eBay

dr. Ye Huang

Head of Solution Architects, Alibaba Cloud DACH & CEE Region

Alibaba Cloud

Alexander Marten

Chief Innovation Evangelist

Deutsche Telekom

Kerem Tomak

Managing Director

Commerzbank

Lars Riegel

Principal

Arthur D. Little Austria

Hamid-Reza Nazeman

Country Manager Germany & Central Europe

Qualcomm

Leo Lundy

Group CTO

Imagine Communications Group

Pierluigi Casale

Group Data Scientist

TomTom

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland

PwC

Dr. Béla Waldhauser

CEO

Telehouse Deutschland

Tom Wei

Co-Founder & Chairman

CBCcom

Giordano Albertazzi

EMEA President

Vertiv

Tony Rossabi

Chief Revenue Officer

TierPoint

Philip Collerton

Chief Revenue Officer

Uptime Institute

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How to get there

Frankfurt Airport

A5 Direction Kassel. A648 Direction Frankfurt C/C. Follow Theodore Heuss Allee turn left into Friedrich Ebert Anlage, turn right direction Hauptwache. After 20m turn left. Keep going and hotel is on left.

From Frankfurt Central Station

At Frankfurt Central Station, follow signage to the underground railway station where the U/S Bahn are situated. Go to platform 101/102 where the S2/S6/S8 are departing. Take any of the three trains to Hauptwache Station. Leave Hauptwache Station and continue by foot into Schillerstrasse. Follow Schillerstrasse 5 minutes until you arrive at Hochstrasse. Turn left and walk on Hochstrasse for 200m. Hilton Frankfurt City Centre is situated on the left.