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Abbey Alidoosti

CEO

Abbey Alidoosti is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Wireless Technology Group (AWTG Ltd) a company established in 2006 to provide advanced professional services to the telecommunications industry. Abbey have over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in IT and wireless technology.

Throughout his career he has taken a keen interest in the design and performance of radio systems, from state-of-the-art radio transceiver design to the deployment and optimisation of mobile radio systems in their various guises of technology. Abbey identified five new opportunities across different emerging technologies such as IOT, M2M and 5G incubators and start ups, where he provided executive oversight, advice and vision to these companies. The breath and depth of his experience means he is also called upon to act as an expert witness for technical arbitration matters.

 

Prior to AWTG he worked with the TOA Corporation in Japan, a leading producer of public and broadcasting communication equipment for 4 years and as Operational Director with the UK based arm of Wireless Facilities Inc (WFI), Abbey had technical and financial responsibility for the delivery of 12 UMTS and 6 GSM networks covering over 8000 sites in Europe and the USA.

 

As CEO at AWTG Abbey sets the vision and operational strategy for the company, overseeing this to ensure the company remains at the leading edge of service innovation and its earnings remain on target for consistent growth.

Igor Leprince

Chairman

Igor Leprince is the chairman of AWTG. Igor is an executive with 25 years of experience in managing, growing and turning around multi billion euros for public and private companies. Igor is supporting AWTG to drive its next stage of growth and development.

Igor was formerly President – Global Services for Nokia and a member of the Group Leadership Team, a €6bn and 25,000 employee business. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Nokia including President of the Middle East and Africa region as well as VP of the Care and NPO business units. Igor is now an angel investor, board member and advisor for several technology companies.

 

Igor’s knowledge and experience includes business growth, significant turnaround and transformation, large M&A & integration, launch for listed & entrepreneurial companies. Igor holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from E.N.S.T. Paris and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Systems and Networks from University Paris 7.

Hamid Aghvami

Advisory Board Member

Prof Hamid Aghvami was appointed as member of AWTG’s advisory board since 2006. He has both academic and industry expertise in Digital Radio Communications Systems.

Under his guidance, AWTG has continued to develop and advance into the future wireless and network technologies such as Internet of Things via LTE and 5G.

 

Prof Aghvami joined the academic staff at King’s College, London University in 1984. In 1989 he was promoted as a Reader, then Professor in Telecommunications Engineering in 1992. He established the Centre for Telecommunications Research at Kings which gained worldwide recognition. He has published over 350 technical papers and given lectures worldwide on various aspects of Personal and Mobile Radio Communications. He was a Visiting Professor at NTT Radio Communication Systems Laboratories in 1990 and Senior Research Fellow at BT Laboratories in 1998-1999.

 

He continues to lead an active research team working on numerous mobile and personal communications projects, supported by Government and Industry. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the Board of Governors of their Communications Society. Hamid is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IET and Fellow of the IEEE.

Ian Groves

Head of Consultancy

Dr Ian Grove joined AWTG as Head of Consultancy in 2006 following an extensive career within the telecommunications industry and currently acts as Principal Advisor in AWTG.

Ian joined the Post Office Research Station (Dollis Hill) as a graduate engineer in 1968 and remained with BT Research Laboratories until 1996. His final role was Division Manager leading mobile systems research. He was also responsible for technical staff working in the US and Far East supporting BT’s joint venture with McCaw Cellular. From 1996 Ian worked as an independent consultant and served on number of UK and European mobile communications committees as a representative of BTCellnet (presently O2). From 2001 until 2005 he was the founding Director of Arieso Ltd, where he has helped to secure Venture Capital funding of £1.5M.

 

He served as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Telecommunications Research, King’s College London between 2000 and 2005. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET and has been an invited speaker at a number of international conferences on mobile communication systems.

Muquid Ali

Head of European Operations

Muquid Ali heads the European Operations of AWTG and ensures that right parts are in the right places to power continuous growth.

Muquid is a telecommunications expert with 22 years industry experience in the design, roll-out and quality of service improvement of wired and wireless networks across all major technology standards including 2G, 3G and LTE. He has a proven track record in technical project management with a broad range of experience in the end to end mobile network life-cycle. This includes new network roll-out, upgrades and technology refresh across a wide spectrum of projects and roles spanning Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Muquid has worked on the planning, delivery and service improvement of all the UK’s main mobile operator networks and has a significant amount of experience in the trailing, testing and validation of new technologies and standards. 

 

Muquid’s experience covers all the major industry suppliers and operators and he has served as a subject matter expert to a wide range of international clients such as the Department for Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland, GSMA, Major equipment vendors and Tesco. He was also engaged as a subject matter expert  to  the UK National Audit Office review into the Home Office’s Emergency Services Network replacement programme.

Zeerak Akbar

Director for Operations – Saudi Arabia

Zeerak Akbar is the Director of Operations for Saudi Arabia, he provides technical leadership and guidance to AWTG teams across the region. He was instrumental in delivering thousands of sites in Saudi Arabia through the evolution of the network from 2G to 5G.

Zeerak have over 17 years of experience in telecommunication industry and joined AWTG in 2007 from Optus where he was an RF team lead. He spent 7 years  with Optus my responsible for planning of new sites to performance analysis and Optimization of 2G/3G networks. He was leading a regional team responsible for all planning and optimization activities, mainly network parameter audit and optimization including maintaining network KPIs and resolving network issues. 

 

Zeerak is passionate about learning new technology and interacting with people  and in return to come up with new strategies and new modes of operations.

Ian Vernon

Head of Technology

Ian Vernon is the Technical Lead in AWTG and is responsible for ensuring AWTG’s solutions, products and services are are always ahead of the curve and powered with the right technologies as digital trends and end-customer behaviours evolve.

Ian have more than 20 years in the technology sector as a senior executive. He has acted as expert witness to various large telecom arbitration cases, providing insight on network design and operations, further to that he was involved in  introduction of e-112 in Europe and the harmonisation of international roaming across the Union. He has co-founded 7 companies in two continents of which he has exited most through mergers and acquisitions. His journey in the tech industry includes stops with publicly listed companies such Smart Communications, Agilent, WFI and DingLi. 

 

He is very keen on innovations that makes a difference in the world as evident on the companies he has invested in and the technologies and products they produced from farming to artificial intelligence.

Matt Moayedi

Engineering Director

Matt Moayedi is the Engineering Director in AWTG responsible for all RF related projects and engagements.

Matt has overall responsibility for site acquisition, site survey, RF design, installation (civils), integration, optimization and maintenance at the national level. Additional areas of expertise include smart infrastructure and delivery of smart hospital and smart hotel/shopping center solutions.

Matt has over 10 years of wireless telecom experience with 3 years in technical sales and 7 years in RF Consulting & Project Management. He specialises in Small Cell, Wi-Fi, RFID and DAS system design, deployment and validation.

Elena Pechko

Director of Software Engineering

Elena Pechko leads AWTG’s software engineering team in Belarus and is responsible for architectural choices of the software products.

Elena has over 10 years of experience in Software Engineering, Project management and Mathematical Modelling. Elena has graduated with honours from the Mathematical faculty of Brest State University and became a Lecturer at the Brest State University on the Mathematical Modelling chair. Being very passionate about building software for mathematical modelling of economical systems, she continued her post-graduate study on Mathematical and Instrumental Methods of Economics at the Belarussian State Economic University. During her study she actively participated in conferences and published over 30 research articles on various aspects of mathematical modelling of regional economy.

 

Elena continued her career in IT where her research background helped to build high performing software products with solid algorithmic base. She was responsible for different aspects of software lifecycle, product and project management. She co-founded a software engineering company which is now part of AWTG.

Dr. Oliver Holland

Technical Projects Manager

Dr. Oliver Holland is an expert on 5G and future mobile communication technologies, spectrum sharing and spectrum in general, among other topics. He has an extensive leadership record, including of a multi-million Euro project, a major regulatory trial, and company leaderships. As one recent example, he created and led the team/ submission/ idea which won the €0.5M EU Collaborative Spectrum Sharing Prize.

Oliver is Chair or Vice-Chair of several IEEE standards groups covering topics such as 5G applications, tactile/haptic communications, and spectrum sharing and optimisation, among others. He is also working within IEEE 802, which standardises Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and other technologies. He is Chair of two IEEE standards committees which create and oversee some major IEEE standards groups on topics including mobile communications and dynamic spectrum access.

 

Oliver has served on the technical management of numerous key conferences and journals, and as invited speaker, session chair and panelist at various high profile events. He is on the leadership of professional groups tasked with enhancing the future of certain 5G and spectrum sharing technologies. He has co-authored over 150 publications, including two books.