Mr. JR Wilson

Chairman

AT&T Services, Inc.
Vice President, Tower Strategy and Roaming

Mr. Wilson is Vice President, Tower Strategy & Roaming for AT&T.  Mr. Wilson leads AT&T’s domestic, international, and Wi-Fi roaming partnerships and AT&T’s tower rents and leases for cell sites and small cells.  Mr. Wilson is also responsible for wireless merger integrations and AT&T’s deployment of FirstNet across AT&T’s domestic roaming footprint.  Since 2012, Mr. Wilson has served as the Chairman of the Wireless Broadband Alliance and founded the WBA Connected City Advisor Board, whose members include City Leaders (CIO/CTO’s) of major global cities.  In 2016, under Mr. Wilson’s leadership, the Wireless Broadband Alliance founded and established that every June 20th be designated as World Wi-Fi Day to celebrate Wi-Fi’s role in driving affordable mobile broadband including in underserved communities around the globe.

Previously, Mr. Wilson served as CEO and Chairman of Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), a joint venture of AT&T and Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT), dedicated to providing satellite-based cellular connectivity on major Cruise Lines.  Mr. Wilson also led international partnerships and alliances for AT&T’s global Internet-of-Things (IoT) business.  Mr. Wilson was the architect of the AT&T Global SIM that was the springboard for AT&T’s leadership in connecting IoT devices globally.

Mr. Wilson joined AT&T Wireless Services (formerly Cingular) in 2001 and served in key roles in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture management, international roaming and strategy, and international development.

Mr. Wilson started his career in Seattle with Arthur Anderson, after graduating from Syracuse University.  Before starting at AT&T, Mr. Wilson spent several years at Teledesic, a start-up founded by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates with the vision of providing global, ubiquitous, mobile broadband using advance satellite technology.  Mr. Wilson lives and works in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children.

Mr. Derek Peterson, Ph.D.

Co-Chairman

Boingo Wireless
CTO

Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest wireless network technologies including 5G, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure.

Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions.

He is a Wireless Broadband Alliance, MulteFire Alliance and New IP Agency board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Innovation & Technology Council. Dr. Peterson was named “CTO of the Year” in 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a 2015 “Wireless Industry Executive to Watch” by FierceWireless.

Dr. Peterson holds a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland, an MA in education and technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on enterprise information systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the “International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.”

Mr. Shrikant Shenwai

CEO

Mr. Shrikant Shenwai is the CEO and one of the founders of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Under his leadership, the WBA has transformed into a global industry organization with 130+ members, including leading wireless & broadband operators and technology companies who are driving the vision of a frictionless wireless service experience for Citizens, Businesses, Cities and Things. The WBA membership is strategically focussed on enabling services with next generation Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies to address business issues and  opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities. To drive the development of connected communities and cities, the WBA has launched specific global initiatives such as World Wi-Fi Day and the Connected City Advisory Board.

With a 30+ years of global experience in the ICT industry, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai started his career with HP and subsequently held leadership positions with technology, telecom and start-up organizations and established a proven track record of successfully launching and managing new businesses, global industry alliances and entrepreneurial ventures. His acumen for creating creative collaboration and his passion for the power of partnership helped bring together a rather unique mix of top tier organizations from across the cellular, cable, Wi-Fi, OTT and the cities ecosystem in WBA. As a strategic thinker with rich experience and global insights in wireless and Smart Cities arena, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai frequently speaks at the various industry conferences.

An Electronics & Communication engineer by training, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai has lived and worked in Asia for many years and currently lives in Canada with his family.

Tiago Rodrigues

CEO

Tiago Rodrigues is the CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Tiago is responsible for leading the overall strategy, together with the WBA Board, and the operational planning for the WBA. As well as overseeing the day to day management, Tiago takes a leadership role in understanding industry challenges and working with membership to agree the key focus areas and programs that need to be developed to ensure the wireless industry optimises market opportunities for Wi-Fi and works to resolve any business issues that impede the success of the industry overall.

Before he joined the WBA, Tiago spent 15 years at the Portugal Telecom Group. In his previous role as Head of Business Innovation, he collaborated with various departments within the company to identify and develop new business opportunities. Prior to this, he managed the Public Wi-Fi sector of Portugal Telecom Group where he was responsible for service management, development, strategy and internationalisation of the Wi-Fi service. He was also involved in strategic marketing, regulatory affairs, pricing, product development and roaming.

Tiago holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Management of Science and Technology, and a degree in Business Administration from the Higher Institute of Economics and Management at The Technical University of Lisbon He also has a BA. Honors Degree in Business Administration from Humberside University, UK.

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