The appointment of Stephen Pattison, Vice President Public Affairs for Arm Ltd, Mischa Dohler, Professor of Wireless Communications at King's College London and Shirin Dehghan, Chairwoman for OpenSignal, round off a successful year for the CW team.
Raj Gawera, chairman of CW is delighted with the new additions and said "as the CW membership evolves and strengthens, so does the board and I’m delighted to welcome Shirin, Mischa and Stephen to the team. Not only have we launched two new special interest groups; Artificial Intelligence and Smart & Intelligent Cities, CW are celebrating a refreshed brand and website to better reflect the membership and event appetite.
"With Stephen and Mischa’s combined expertise steering subjects like 5G and the Internet of Things – their insights will be invaluable. Couple this with Shirin’s engineering acumen and passion for entrepreneurship, we’re fortunate to have this amount of talent on the board."
Shirin founded, expanded and subsequently sold mobile communications business Arieso. A University of Southampton Engineering alumna, she has over 20 years’ experience in the software and mobile communications industry. She is Chairwoman of Opensignal, a UK based company that sets the gold standard for mobile experience globally, and a passionate advisor to companies including startups wishing to transform their business. She says
"CW is a perfect forum to bring together industry experts, academia and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and work together for a better world. The wireless industry has transformed lives of billions of people and will continue to do so with many exciting new technologies that requires even closer collaboration between these three pillars of innovation. As a woman who has been in the wireless industry for over 20 years I am excited to be joining the board and help advance this agenda and hopefully act as a role model for other women to follow a career path in engineering."
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. Commenting on his appointment, Mischa said:
"I am very excited to join the board of one of the most innovative technology clusters in the world. With my experience and track-record in research, innovation, entrepreneurship and policy, I hope to have a lasting impact on the growth and trajectory of the tech ecosystem."
Stephen is responsible for Arm’s Public Affairs, including contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His focus is London, Brussels, Washington and, increasingly, China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security.
"Ecosystems are vital to success in the digital sector. They help promote innovation and stimulate awareness of what the market wants," says Stephen.."CW does a fantastic job of bringing a highly influential ecosystem together to work on the technical and market issues that really matter for our digital future."
Over the past 15 years, CW’s membership has grown to over 400 members with events now spanning 21 technology and business sectors including artificial intelligence, smart cities and connected devices.