Dr Javad Mottaghi assumed the office of Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in May 2010. Before joining the ABU, he was Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for 12 years. He possesses 37 years of experience in media/communication, international partnership facilitation, media development, in ICT utilization, capacity building, networking, research, negotiations, fund raising, news and programming for radio and television, social and cultural television programme production and sports coverage.
Dr Mottaghi was awarded the Elizabeth R Award for Exceptional Contribution to Public Service Broadcasting and received a “Special Lifetime Achievement Award” in May 2010 in recognition of his contributions to the Asia – Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD);
His past roles includes; Vice Minister of the Sports for Sports & Federations (1989-1992), Deputy to President of the National Olympic Committee of Iran in International Affairs, until 1979, Chairman of the Technical Swimming Committee for the Asia Amateur Swimming Federation, (1980-1981) and Secretary–General of the Iranian Swimming Federation (1982-1998).
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Teesside in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran Sharif University of Technology.
Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Radio Australia
Joan Warner is the Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Radio Australia which represents 99% of all commercial radio broadcasters. Ms Warner was responsible for the planning, rollout and implementation of DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals covering up to 60% of the Australian population and continues the DAB+ implementation for commercial radio broadcasters across regional Australia.
In her role as CEO she also oversees the whole of industry marketing campaign, Radio Codes of Practice, audience survey contracts and industry copyright agreements. Ms Warner is responsible for the annual National Commercial Radio Conference, Siren Creative Awards and Australian Commercial Radio Awards.
Ms Warner has worked at senior executive levels in the private and government sectors and holds four degrees including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education.
Technical Engineer, Engineering Administration Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK-Japan
Akira Kiuchi is System Engineer for 4K/8K broadcasting in the Engineering Administration Department of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. He joined NHK is 2006 and until 2017 was Technical Engineer for broadcast playout systems in its Broadcasting Engineering Department. From 2006 to 2012 Mr Kiuchi worked as a Broadcast Engineer at NHK’s Hiroshima Station. He holds a Master of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.
Mats holds a M.Sc.EE (Electronic Engineering) in 1986 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been active in the broadcast industry since 1990, starting with the standardization of T-DAB. From 1991 he has primarily worked in the area of Network and Frequency planning and design of planning software. He has worked with most of digital broadcast standards such as T-DAB, DVB-T/T2, ISDB-T and now also ATSC 3.0. Mats is one of the founders of PROGIRA®. Mats has actively taken part in number of international working groups within EBU, CEPT and ITU-R.
Dr Peter Siebert is the Executive Director of the DVB Project Office in Geneva, where he is responsible for all operational aspects of the DVB organization. Prior to this he has been with Philips Kommunikations AG (PKI AG) in Nürnberg/Germany, SES in Luxembourg and Siemens Schweiz AG in Zürich/Switzerland. His professional career spans all aspects of audio-video technology such as video transmission over telecommunication networks (PDH/SDH), satellite and IPTV networks. He has been responsible for a number of ETSI standards in the area of satellite transmission as well as for DVB specifications.
Fabio Gattari is the Director of Etere, which he founded in 1987. Fabio is qualified as a Software Analyst and Systems Planner with over three decades of professional experience in the industry. At its beginning, Etere was the one of the first companies to produce TV and Radio software for scheduling and automation, the software was a revolutionary solution that has allowed Etere to lead the market. The innovative spirit of Fabio in conjunction with his experience has led the company to be in just in 25 years a trusted brand and worldwide leader in the broadcast industry.
With more than 25 years in the industry, Dennis Breckenridge is known for creating customized solutions for customers. Broadcast facility upgrades, OB trucks to ground up facilities, there is no project too complex. Dennis has integrated projects for universities, governments and corporate institutions. Dennis was also producer for the Myanmar SEA Games opening and closing ceremonies.
Ben has a background in technology, business, and consulting in telco, IPTV, OTT and Pay TV operators. Hailing from Australia, and then based in the Middle East for a number of years, his expertise lies in digital media product design, service build, and consumer content ecosystems. At Dolby, he is an industry and operator resource for deepening customer experiences across South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Peter Bruce is the Director APAC of IABM, the International vendors’ association for the broadcast, digital media and entertainment sector. Peter is a 30-year veteran of the broadcast and media industry. After gaining an Engineering Higher National Diploma in Broadcast and Communications at Ravensbourne College, London in 1987, he began his career at Digital Visions, Austria and has worked for leading companies such as Ampex, Sony, Philips Broadcast, Vitec Group and Grass Valley. As IABM Director of APAC. Peter has established the APAC regional office from Singapore; growing and addressing the needs of the IABM members.
Executive Vice President of Commercial Development & Strategic Partnerships, Eutelsat
Markus is Executive Vice President of Commercial Development at Eutelsat. He is responsible for developing breakthrough customer and business relationships, and building and facilitating strategic mid and long-term Go-to-Market and Product Partnerships. The aim of Go-to-Market Partnerships is to increase the number of sales partners and resellers both regionally and globally, improve end-to-end connectivity, and potentially reduce cost of sales and customer service. These partnerships include collaborations with relevant customer and industry associations. The primary focus of Product Partnerships is to build Eutelsat’s end-to-end connectivity solutions, working with market leaders across the delivery chain and business vertical ecosystem. Markus also leads Eutelsat’s global marketing communications. With over 20 years international experience in various leading positions in the satellite, ICT and consumer electronics industries, he is a leading expert in the global digital broadcasting business and its dynamics.
Digital Radio Project Manager, Kath Brown works with Commercial Radio Australia’s digital technical advisory committee to further develop the DAB+ platform. She works with regional broadcasters and the regional digital working group to implement trials and develop the costing and technical framework for regional roll out in Australia. Kath works closely with retailers, manufacturers, the automotive industry and mobile phone manufacturers.
Engineering Administration Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK-Japan
Mr Toshihiro Mitsuyoshi joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 2004. From 2004 to 2015, he worked at the NHK Hiroshima and Matsue Broadcasting Station. From 2016, he worked at the NHK Engineering Administration Department/Transmission & Reception Engineering Center and have been engaged in the improvement of the digital terrestrial television network and the radio broadcasting network.
Deutsche Welle Distribution Systems Department, Bonn Oliver Linow joined Deutsche Welle in 1998. In the following years he established DW’s worldwide satellite monitoring system for which he developed tailor-made features such as feedback channels using Internet streaming technologies as well as a network management system. In 2006 he transfered to DW’s Transmisson Department in Bonn, where he is in charge of planing and developing monitoring solutions for all DW’s distribution feeds. In 2009 he introduced StreamMon, an in-house development designed for monitoring DW’s live Internet streaming. Since 2018 he is Deputy Head of Distribution Systems Department.
Mr Mika Kanerva has 20 years of experience in Digital Television and special knowledge about DVB broadcasting technologies and creation of added-value services for television. He has unique global experience about digitalization of the TV, development of new TV / OTT services and delivering solutions for HbbTV and Smart TV environment. Mr Kanerva has been closely involved in TV standards development and industry collaboration especially at Nordic region, Europe and South-East Asia where he provided insight for the television digitalization process from analog TV switch-off to DVB-T2 and Connected TV services launch based to well-known industry standards. He graduated in 2008 as Master of Computer Science at the University of Tampere, Finland. He has been one of the founders and key persons in Sofia Digital since 2000 and currently working in the company as Chief Operating Officer.
Dr Laeed Zaghlami is an international media professional who has been a Professor at Algiers University since 1996. He has also been a Correspondent and External Examiner at the University of Mauritius since 2016. From 1982 to 2013, he was a broadcaster and manager at the Algerian Broadcasting Co. He holds a PhD from Algiers University and an MPhil from the University of Surrey in the UK.
Helge Stephansen is currently senior solutions architect in Nevion for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting. Previously, Helge was CTO in T-VIPS, and having held senior technical positions in Telenor Research, TANDBERG Television, and Ericsson. In his 35-year career in broadcasting, he has been involved in a wide area of television transmission technologies ranging from twisted pairs, fibre and satellite using technologies as VSB, D2-MAC, MPEG-2, JPEG2000 and IP. Helge has been an active member of MPEG, DVB, VSF and SMPTE standardisation groups. Helge holds a Phd. in Engineering degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
R&D Project Manager, University Instructor, IRIB University and IRIB R&D Department
Dr. Mohieddin Moradi has been working as a video engineer at IRIB since 2001. His specialties include digital broadcasting and studio design. He is also taught video and image processing, video coding and broadcast systems courses at the IRIB University and interested in the fields of artificial intelligence, fuzzy systems, soft computing, UHD TV and HDR. He is responsible for designing and manufacturing audio and video equipment in the IRIB R&D Department.
General Manager, Fraunhofer IIS, Greater China & APAC
Toni Fiedler is the General Manager of Fraunhofer IIS Greater China & APAC. His career includes several senior business development roles in Fraunhofer IIS, Dolby and Coding Technologies. Prior to these, he co-founded one of the first DVD pre-mastering facilities in Europe in 1996, after seven years as a Tonmeister and Product Manager with Sony Music Entertainment. Toni holds master degrees in sound design and music production from the University of Detmold, Germany and, in economics from the University of Lueneburg, Germany.
Engineer, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK-Japan
Atsunori Toyoda was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1992. He received B.S. degrees in information Technology from The University of Electro-Communications, Japan, in 2016. Since 2016, he has been working as a video engineer for Matsue station of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).
Sota Kobayashi is a FPGA engineer at Ikegami Tsushinki. He is a member of 4K monitor project team, and a main FPGA engineer of ViewFinder for cameras for broadcast use. In 4K monitor project, he took charge of video process on FPGA and operation of auto payload ID response feature. He’s worked at Ikegami since 2015. He has experience working at a TV program production company as a production assistant and he earned Bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Waseda University.
Chief Technology Officer - Macquarie Media Limited
As Chief Technology Officer of Macquarie Media Limited (MML), Aaron’s responsibilities include the oversight of Broadcast and Information Technology related services, as well as managing MML’s Revenue and Yield Management activities, Digital Platforms and Development, and Broadcast Operations. Aaron began his career in FM and Satellite Radio in Astro Radio in 2002, before joining Commercial Radio Australia in 2006, where he was deeply involved in the rollout of DAB+ across Australia and developed the backend software that provided the very first publicly receivable rich multimedia and text displays on Australian DAB systems. He subsequently joined Southern Cross Austereo, where he managed the Sydney Technology Team, before joining MML in 2015. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) with a major in Management from the University of Malaya.
Colin joined Enensys in 2012 and is responsible for sales and business development of Enensys products throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He is based in Thailand and is assisting many broadcasters and operators with their deployment of DVB-T2 / SFN transmission networks. Before Enensys, Colin held numerous positions in Thorn Lighting, Aregon International, Bishopsgate Systems, VG Broadcast, Eyretel Limited, SysMedia and Strategy & Technology Limited (S&T).
Les has over 30 years of experience in communications systems, including broadcast digital radio (DAB/DAB+/DMB and DRM), mobile communications, wireless broadband and satellite communications.
Les founded S-Comm Technologies Pty. Ltd. in 2008to work with the radio industry on DAB+ digital radio. S-Comm has provided services to many Australian and international companies and currently provides on-going independent engineering consultancy to Commercial Radio Australia, WorldDMB, the ITU, the ABC and SBS, and various commercial radio networks and regulators in Australia and South East Asia.
Senior Consultant & Radio Network Planner, LS telcom
Andreas Streit (Dipl.-Ing.) is working as a senior consultant and radio network planner in the broadcast services department at LS telcom since more than 17 years. He is an expert for broadcast planning tasks and spectrum consultant. As highly motivated, well-educated specialist in the area of broadcast communication Andreas carried out a number of national and international studies and planning projects worldwide for customers within the broadcast sector. Furthermore, he developed together with other experts the training sessions for analog and digital broadcast. Training participants can benefit during the training sessions from his great expert knowledge.
Senior Researcher, Research & Planning Department, KBS TRI, Korean Broadcasting System
Jaekwon Lee received M.S. from the University of Science & Technology, Korea, in 2008. In 2006-2008, he joined Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute as a graduate student researcher. Since 2008, he has been working for the Korean Broadcasting System as a member of the research staff. His research interests are ATSC 3.0 physical layer system including radio channel estimation and detection, PAPR reduction, network coverage prediction and optimization, 5G/LTE eMBMS broadcasting.
Engineer, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK-Japan
Fumiki Uzawa joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 2004, and NHK STRL (Science & Technology Research Laboratories) in 2009. He has worked on Advanced Transmission Systems Research Division in the NHK STRL. His current research topic is wireless transmission of video material using adaptive transmission control system.
Senior Engineer, System Construction Department, Korean Broadcasting System
Mr JunHo Cho is currently working for the System Construction Department, KBS. He has been working as a System Engineer for broadcasting in the System Department of Korean public broadcaster,KBS. He worked as a software engineer for SAMSUNG Electronics R&D Center from 2006 to 2012. He joined KBS in 2012 and is now in charge of designing and improving file-based production and transmission systems.
After completing a degree in Audio Systems Design, James joined Miranda Technologies in London and Hong Kong, (now part of GV Belden) as an engineer. James then moved to GlobeCast in where he was a solution architect based in Hong Kong. After completing several major refresh projects for GlobeCast he moved to Turner Broadcasting as Director of Technology for Asia Pacific where he oversaw the migration and ‘cloudification’ of Turners playout operations. James’ unique pedigree (having worked in Vendor R&D, Broadcast Services and at a multi-channel operator) and track record of architecting highly efficient, highly resilient solutions that spanned multiple technical domains from baseband, file based and cloud, made him a natural fit for Ideal Systems where he currently heads Ideal’s cloud/next gen focused department, Ideal Media Works.
Bruno Burtre, Director of Business Development at NOA-Archive was previously Executive Director for the Education, Research and Training Department at INA. He has a technical and audiovisual background and has developed a deep know-how in audiovisual production and archiving. He had a long and distinguished international career at Sony Europe where he, in 2002, set up the first massive migration of audiovisual archives and developed innovative ways of preserving magnetic tapes. His collaboration with NOA Archive started then, in 2005, with the launch of a digital multi-thread audio channel using our NOARecord system. In 2009 Bruno was appointed Sales Director of Vectracom, an audiovisual laboratory specialized in the restoration and digitization of archives, contributing to the growth of the commercial and financial activity of the company while setting up the ISO 9001 Quality process.
Johan is the Managing Director of MEDIAGENIX APAC. Johan has a strong consulting background through his 17 years at Capgemini with Telco, Media & Entertainment being one of the key sectors. Hence, Johan is focused on bringing value to M&E companies, which includes being a sparring partner in areas such as new business models, operational (process) improvement and content life cycle management for linear and OTT. His passion is aligned with MEDIAGENIX as its WHATS’ON solution enables linear and OTT content providers to optimally run and develop their business. Johan holds Master’s Degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
Torkel Aamodt Thoresen is a Senior Solution Architect, working with terrestrial networks and contribution. Previously, he was employed by Telenor Satellite from 1998 to 2018, becoming chief technologist (Broadcast) in the company in 2007. There, Torkel was instrumental in developing the technical architecture used by Telenor Satellite. Before that, he worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), where he, amongst other, was involved in planning of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and the regionalisation of the NRK news broadcasting in 1996. Torkel is a graduate from Oslo College of Engineering and University of Oslo (Norway).
Yew-jin joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2017, leading its Broadcast & Media organization in APAC. Prior to that, Yew-jin spent 16 years at Avid Technology, where he managed Sales, Pre-sales, Professional Services, Product Marketing and Customer Support teams across APAC, working closely with broadcasters, cable operators, post and production facilities to provide solutions that help them reach their business and operational objectives. Yew-jin had extensive television production experience prior to joining Avid, having worked as a television producer and video editor in broadcast stations and post-production houses. He holds a BS in Motion Picture studies from the University of Miami.
Asaad Sameer Bagharib is a veteran of the media industry having spent more than 30 years in MediaCorp, Singapore, one of Asia’s leading media broadcast organisations. His last appointment was Senior Vice President of Technology Business. In that role, he was responsible for the provision of media technology solutions and project consultancy & management in Singapore and the region. After leaving MediaCorp in Sept 2013, Asaad set up his own company, S&S Solutions Pte Ltd, to provide media technology consultancy and services. He is also a Director of Thinking Tub Media Pte Ltd which provides end-to-end OTT platform services to the region.
Deputy Director/Head of Secretariat for AI promotion of Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL), NHK-Japan
Masakazu Iwaki was appointed Deputy director of Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL), NHK in June 2018. He is also Head of Secretariat for AI promotion, STRL, NHK. During his tenure, he will supervise to introduce AI technologies to broadcasting industry. Prior to his current appointment, Iwaki was Head of the Human Interface Research Division in STRL and controlled research and development of human interface technologies to improve media accessibility from 2015 to 2017. He was the chairman of the ABU (Asia pacific Broadcasting Union) technical committee since 2014-2018. Iwaki joined NHK in 1990. From 1994 to 2008, he worked as a research engineer of acoustics in the STRL. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), The Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ).
Deb is a media professional who has been working on Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) contracts for over 17 years and in media research for over 20. Since joining GfK in 2013, where she was tasked with establishing and leading the local client service team, Deb has played a key role in launching the Australian and New Zealand RAM business. As GfK’s Media Measurement Director ANZ, Deb ensures contractual requirements are met, KPIs are delivered and new opportunities are explored within the scope of the contract. She is regularly called upon to develop and present radio and audio focused research pieces that provide additional insights for the wider radio industry. Deb holds a Bachelor of Business Degree in Marketing & Advertising, and has completed a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
Nick has spent the majority of his career working in the radio industry, initially in programming and then moving to digital radio and online innovation. Nick is one of the founders of RadioDNS Hybrid Radio, the open technology project that lets broadcast radio and IP work together, combining the power of broadcasting to reach many people and the power of the internet to deliver enhanced or personalised content.
Grant is a highly experienced and well regarded media industry executive. His media industry career spans the past 30 years during which time he served in senior leadership roles at TEN Network Holdings Limited (TEN Network), finally as CEO from 2005 through to 2010. During 24 years with the TEN Network, Grant served in key roles in media sales, digital media and multi channel program development as well as being responsible for group strategy, acquisitions and executive development programs. Grant was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Southern Cross Austereo in May 2015. SCA is Australia’s biggest entertainment company with the ability to reach more than 95% of the Australian population through its radio, television and digital assets.
Principal Systems Architect, BBC Digital and WorldDAB Technical Committee Chairman
Lindsay has worked for the BBC for more than 20 years, in a variety of engineering, editorial and leadership roles spanning radio, TV, and spectrum regulation. He has considerable experience of leading collaborative projects through his roles as Chairman of CEPT FM PT51, dealing with spectrum issues for programme making, and as Chairman of the WorldDAB and DRM Technical Committees, managing the stability and development of the respective standards.
Engineer, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK-Japan
Taeko Hattori has worked for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) since 2001. Her current post is in the Production Engineering Division following some years of work in the studio operation and video editing divisions. She is in charge of designing and developing production facilities at her current affiliation and is currently focused on constructing audio studios and audio equipment. This presentation details her first work on the 22.2 multichannel audio studio.
Vice-Chairman of ABU Technical Committee, Operation Director, National Radio & Television Administration, NRTA-People’s Republic of China
Kong Bin is an Operation Director at Academy Broadcasting Planning of National Radio and Television Administration, PRC, and he is the Vice-Chairman of ABU Technical Committee. He holds MA degree in Information Management from Xi’an Jiaotong University and received his Ph.D. in Communication from Renmin University of China. Dr. Kong’s research interests have focused on information technology, new media and global communication. He has won 10+ China Broadcasting Science and Technology Innovation Awards and published over 50 articles in leading journals of the field.
Mariette obtained both her Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Malaya. She spent a few years as an academic at the University of Malaya, lecturing and researching in the Intellectual Property law, Gender law, and the Law of Evidence. She then spent the next 15 years in a Kuala Lumpur legal firm, specialising in Knowledge Management, Multimedia and Cyber laws. She also worked on several committees set up by the Malaysian Government to deal with cyber laws and cyber security. She is now Associate Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Technology at WongPartnership LLP, Singapore and continues to lecture and present papers at both local and international conferences on areas of her interest. Her books, The Law of Evidence in Malaysia and To be or not to be … a Lawyer are books used both by Malaysian law students and lawyers.
Senior Business Development Manager, Digital Radio & Streaming Applications, Fraunhofer
Since 2000, Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Zink, MBA, works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (Erlangen, Germany) as Senior Business Development Manager, Digital Radio and Streaming Applications. Initially he developed the mobile and location based information system UMIS (Universal Mobile Information System). From 2001 on he focused on the professional broadcast systems “Fraunhofer DRM, DAB ContentServer”. Since 2002 he is project director for Journaline, an interactive text based information system for digital radio. In addition he works in the fields of AudioServers, software defined radio, transmission protocols, technology development and standardization, and IP management and licensing. For Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) he acts as Vice-Chairman of the DRM Consortium and Vice-Chairman Technical Committee. In addition he is an active member of the WorldDAB Technical Committee and various DAB and DRM work groups.