The projects applying for the European Broadband Awards 2016 are assessed by a jury composed of five European experts in broadband. The jury selects the finalists and the winners for each of the five award categories. The jury members are: David Cullen, Ana Garcia Robles, Per-Olof Gustafsson, Tomasz Kulisiewicz and Thomas Langer.

  • David Cullen

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    David Cullen is a highly experienced business developer and strategic thinker with an emphasis on telecoms, media and technology (TMT), transport as well as utilities and public sectors. David is Founder Director of Prism Business Consulting; through which he is also Commercial Director of ITS Technology Group Board. He is Chair of INCA, the Independent Network Cooperative Association. INCA represents user and trade organisations delivering alternative NGA networks in the UK. David has over 30 years of management experience in the telecommunications sector. He has directed telecommunications activities for blue chip organisations, advised on and implemented transformation and next-gen initiatives (e.g. North Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire County Councils, LBs Hackney, Croydon and Newham) and assisted in industry research and strategy development (e.g. Ofcom and European Commission). Additionally, he has been involved in several start-up businesses. He has recently worked with the European Commission as an expert advisor on NGA Plans for Hungary and Greece and has co-authored the EU Guide to High Speed Broadband Investment. He also led a survey for Ofcom into the extent of NGA provision by non-major providers- the ‘altnets’, published alongside the 2014 Infrastructure Report.

  • Ana Garcia Robles

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    Ana Garcia Robles, currently Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Polytechnic University of Madrid) and an International Executive MBA (EOI Madrid in collaboration with Manchester Business School). Ana has an extensive experience working in large ICT companies, technology and innovation centres. In addition, she has been active in research and innovation in international associations. Ana has a strong ICT industry background with over 10 years’ experience in the design, implementation and configuration of large-scale ICT networks and services, and, in the research and techno-economical assessment of new technologies and solutions for large-scale implementation in the mobile telecommunications industry (Vodafone). Driven by her passion for the societal and economic impact and value of new technologies, she has been working for several years in the domain of Living Labs. In that context she has developed innovation management methodologies and projects (open, collaborative and user-centric innovation) in the areas of Smart cities and urban innovation, e-Health, ICT for culture and creative industries, Open Data, Digital social innovation, ICT for Education, ICT for food, IoT, Urban innovation and Intelligent mobility.

  • Per-Olof Gustafsson

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    Per-Olof Gustafsson is Deputy CEO of Stokab since 2007, which is the City of Stockholm’s IT Infrastructure Company. Per-Olof has a long and solid experience with different assignments in the City of Stockholm. He has been working in City Hall for 15 years within different areas such as finance, ICT, infrastructure and regional cooperation in the Stockholm – Malardalen region. He has been chairman for two regional cooperation bodies: Stockholm IT Region and IT Forum Stockholm County. Per-Olof has also been Deputy CEO of Stockholm Business Region that promotes, develops and markets Stockholm as a business and tourist destination.

  • Tomasz Kulisiewicz

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    Tomasz Kulisiewicz holds an MSc in Computer Sciences from Budapest Technical University (1974), PhD in Information Sciences from the University of Warsaw (2015). Tomasz is a former system engineer. He has experience as deputy editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief of ICT business magazines. Since 2002 he has been working as an analyst of ICT market, researcher and lecturer, specializing in regulatory and economic aspects of electronic communications and the impact of broadband solutions on society and economy. Tomasz is the Secretary of the Mazovian Branch of the Polish Information Processing Society, member of Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He is also a co-founder and researcher at the SME IT Association (2003) and the Centre for Studies on Digital Government (2012).

  • Thomas Langer

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    Thomas Langer founded Langer Consulting in August 2012. Since then, he has provided consultancy services to the FTTH Council Europe and other institutions. Previously, Thomas was Head of the WestLB Tech & Telco Equity Research team at WestLB. He was a top 3 ranked European analyst for technology hardware in 2009 and 2011 by Starmine. During his time at university he worked as a consultant for Kienbaum Unternehmensberatung. Thomas holds a degree in Business Administration („Dipl.-Kfm “) from the University of Cologne and a Master in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and Infrastructure Investment-Advisor (EBS/BAI).

More than 60 projects have applied for the European Broadband Award 2016. The finalists will soon be announced on the Broadband Europe website. The winners of the European Broadband Awards 2016 (one per category) will be announced and awarded by Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, on 14th November at the Award Ceremony of the "B-DAY: Going Giga" conference. Please register and consult the agenda of the event for further details.