Simon Fell

At the European Broadcasting Union Simon led the team spearheading developments in broadcast, media technologies and innovation.

Additionally, Simon chairs the World Broadcasting Union Technical Committee and the ETSI Joint Technical Committee for Broadcast Standards. He is also a member of the IBC Council. He has four decades of experience, formerly with ITV as Director of Future Technologies; previously he helped establish Carlton Television where he held several executive positions and helped launch digital broadcasting in the UK. Additional roles include Director of Engineering for Rushes, Chief Engineer of 625 and establishing Channel Four.

Rupert Brun

Rupert has over 35 years’ experience in audio engineering. As Head of Technology for BBC Radio, Rupert delivered a variety of technology and workflow projects.

These included studios, infrastructure, distribution systems, business systems and outside broadcast vehicles. Rupert honed his innovation skills working in the Radiophonic Workshop and subsequently invented the acclaimed BBC Radio 3 “HD Sound” streaming service. He has taken radio beyond stereo, leading delivery of the BBC Proms Concerts in surround sound. His pioneering work with audio objects to allow viewers to alter the relative loudness of dialogue and background sounds won the innovation award at NAB.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee is a UK Partner and the Global Head of Research for the technology, media, and telecommunications industry at Deloitte.

In his global role, Paul has authored over 90 TMT reports including Deloitte’s 17th annual Predictions for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications series. In 2018 Predictions launched in over 50 countries and its points of view are featured in broadcast, online, and published media worldwide. In addition to running the TMT research team globally, Paul manages the industry research team for Deloitte UK. Prior to Deloitte Paul was Director, Gartner Consulting, leading work in the telecommunications sector.

Namrata Sarmah

Namrata works across Viacom’s key global media brands such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

She is a Virgin Start-Up Mentor and takes keen interest in advising start-ups on digital product management. Namrata is an alumnus of Cambridge Judge Business School and Manchester Business School. She has the unique expertise of working in a variety of sectors such as FMCG, telecommunications, media production, healthcare, and broadcast, and has successfully led digital teams in large, mid-sized and start-up companies.

Matt Stagg

Matt has over 25 years’ experience in telecoms, media and entertainment and has been voted in the top 50 most influential people in online TV for four years running. In 2017, he was awarded the TV Connect People’s Choice award for the ‘Person who made the biggest impact on the connected entertainment industry’.

Within BT Sport he is responsible for developing the broadcaster’s mobile capabilities and long-term mobile strategy.

As part of the wider BT Group Matt is also developing the technology strategy for the Broadcast, Media & Entertainment over 5G. This encompasses an end to end approach incorporating both contribution and distribution of media.

Matthew Postgate

Matthew has led the BBC’s Design & Engineering division since 2016 after bringing together BBC Digital, Engineering and BBC Worldwide technology teams.

The division has a global remit, leading the BBC’s digital strategy and technology operations that keep the BBC on-air, online and operational. As Chief Technology & Product Officer, Matthew is responsible for the technology and systems the corporation relies on, and the range of digital products and initiatives audiences enjoy. Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency.

Maryam Pasha

Maryam is Director and Curator of TEDxLondon 2018 and was the founder and lead curator for TEDxEastEnd, running 13 large and small TEDx events.

Maryam worked in the human rights and charity sector for 10 years. She is the Director of X Equals Productions working with corporates, start-ups, charities and individuals to help bring their ideas to life – through large-scale events production, speaker and pitch coaching and curation. Her clients include Tata Consultancy Services, BBC, Open Data Institute, Irrational Agency, Impetus Private Equity Foundation, BeyondMe, L Marks and HSBC. She is currently writing a book on imposter syndrome.

Kalpak Gude

The DSA is a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations supporting more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation through sharing.

The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, SMEs, academic, research, and other organisations all working to create innovative solutions to increase the amount of available spectrum to benefit consumers and businesses alike. Before joining the DSA, Kalpak was Vice President Legal Regulatory at OneWeb, a low-earth-orbit satellite broadband provider seeking to bring internet connectivity to unserved and underserved regions of the world. Prior to this he served in several senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.

Jon Watts

MTM is an international research and strategy consultancy specialising in media and technology. MTM helps clients around the world understand and respond to digitally-driven change.

The consultancy provides market and consumer research, strategic advice, support for service and business planning, and organisational change. Recent clients include Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Adobe, Comcast, Bauer, Time Inc, The Guardian, DMGT, Sky, Disney, Discovery, and many others. Jon has over 20 years of consulting experience, working with senior executives and leadership teams around the world.

John Simmons

John oversees commercial media strategic development for the Windows Operating Systems Group. He is also chair of the CTA WAVE Content Specification Task Force.

The Task Force will soon publish a specification extending CMAF to non-MPEG codecs and to the sequential CMAF presentations needed for linear, over-the-top, ad-supported channels. John drove Microsoft’s participation in the W3C resulting in the 2012 Google-Microsoft-Netflix proposal for HTML5 media extensions, enabling