The ETSI Fellowship programme rewards individuals who have made an outstanding personal contribution to ETSI, to building the work of ETSI, or raising its reputation in specific sectors of standardization. Any individual representative of an ETSI member may propose a candidate for an ETSI Fellowship.
Candidates for an ETSI Fellowship must have been proposed by representatives of at least two ETSI members. Fellowships are awarded each year by an Award Committee composed of the ETSI General Assembly Chairman and Vice-Chairmen, the ETSI Board Chairman and the ETSI Director-General.
2019 ETSI Fellows
General Assembly #73 - April 2019
David Chater-Lea has been a key member of the TETRA standards community since 1994, when he joined what was then ETSI RES6 WG6, who designed the TETRA security standards. David has spent over 35 years of his career in mission critical communications and has tirelessly supported the development of ETSI standards and needs of the industry in other standards bodies and industry fora. In ETSI TCCE, David is leading the effort to develop interoperability between TETRA and 3GPP standards so that the TETRA standards are ready in time for the user communities' needs for interoperability between existing TETRA systems and users operating on 3GPP systems. A well-respected member of the critical communications community globally, he is probably the person who has done the most to evolve the standards from TETRA into critical communications over broadband.
Friedhelm "Fred" Hillebrand began his career at Deutsche Telekom. He became project manager for the German public packet switching network. From 1984 to 1992, Fred and his team contributed to the GSM standard and led the implementation of Deutsche Telekom’s GSM network. Fred chaired a Working Party for non-voice services of GSM. Notably, he proposed inclusion of SMS that would be supported by all networks and native on every mobile device. From 1996 to 2000 Fred was Chairman of ETSI’s Technical Committee SMG (Special Mobile Group) which included 11 sub-committees and 50 working groups. SMG elaborated the GSM evolution and the basic parameters of 3G, integrating contributions from partners around the globe. Fred successfully initiated the creation of 3GPP as future global standardization body for mobile communication. Since 2004, Fred has provided consulting services concerning patents in mobile communication.
Dr. Roberto Macchi has been involved in ETSI for more than 20 years, as a participant then Chairman, since 1997, of the ETSI fixed radio systems working group (TM4) in the Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing technical committee (ATTM). As an internationally recognized expert in fixed radio systems, he was also involved in interdisciplinary issues (EMC, EMF, regulatory, essential requirements) and interworking activities with ITU-R, CEPT or administrations. Thanks to Mr. Macchi globally recognized expertise, ETSI Harmonised Standards for fixed radio services and microwave point-to-point and point to multipoint systems are considered as The worldwide reference by non-European telecommunication authorities and microwave equipment manufacturers. Roberto Macchi currently works as a Standards and Regulations expert in SIAE Microelettronica. As a Chairman, and beyond his technical competencies, he has proved to be a very good mediator.
François Courau was one of the few who participated in the early work on GSM, before ETSI was founded, and continued to help define our current 3G and 4G networks. He played a key role in the development of GSM, UMTS and LTE, in CEPT, ETSI and 3GPP. His name is universally associated with 3GPP RAN, although he had many roles in many committees. Working for France Telecom at first, he started in the CEPT Groupe Spéciale Mobile (GSM) Permanent Nucleus in 1987 and served as SMG3 Secretary from 1989 to 1992. He was the chairman of ETSI SMG 12 from 1998 to 2002 and ETSI MSG group from 2000 to 2009. He was also the 3GPP RAN chairman from 2001 to 2009. This award, granted posthumously, was received by François’ wife, Christiane Courau on his behalf.
Enrico Tosato is the “champion” of Short Range Devices at ETSI – which are now used in thousands of applications. He has been credited with bringing this industry seen as “gadgets manufacturers” at first, 30 years ago, to very professional and structured businesses well represented at ETSI and the CEPT. He has served as chairman for all of ETSI’s Short Range Devices standardization groups, including RES 8, the Low Power Devices sub-committee of our Radio Equipment and Services Technical Committee, then moved to RP08 and finally became ERM Task Group 28, on Short Range Devices, from its creation in 2001 until this year. He has also been very active at CEPT in support of the SRDs industry, ensuring close cooperation between ETSI and CEPT.
Dr Klaus Vedder is the person who has driven the standardization of the SIM, USIM and UICC. He is known for his passion and dedication for his work, which has made him a highly recognized and respected chair and a role model for many. After joining the CEPT GSM SIMEG (SIM Expert Group) in 1988, he was elected Chairman in 1993 and became one of ETSI’s longest serving chairs and has since then led all the SIM related committees in ETSI, including the activities of SMG9 and SCP. He also led the ISO/IEC committee JTC1/SC27 "Information technology - Security techniques” from 1992 to 1996 and the 3GPP T3 group from 1998 to 2002. He has chaired the ETSI Smart Card Platform technical committee in ETSI since 2000.
Michael Walker has managed to have three, almost parallel careers, a ‘corporate’ career in Vodafone where he rose to Group R&D Director, an academic career as a professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Head of a School in Kings College (University of London) and his ETSI career. In ETSI he chaired a number of technical bodies, including SMG 10, 3GPP SA3 or the Technical Committee Security from 1996 to 1998. Through these committees he led the development of mobile security standardization for GSM, UMTS and LTE. He was an ETSI Board member, chairman of the Board for 3 years, and the person who probably did most to drive the development of ETSI’s Long Term Strategy. He is one of those who have left their mark on the Institute, as well as helping shape this industry.
2017 ETSI Fellows
General Assembly #69 - April 2017
Frede Ask was elected in 1988 as ETSI Deputy Director, and served in that capacity and Deputy Director General until his retirement in 1996. Frede was also ETSI’s legal advisor, secretary to the ETSI IPR Steering Committee and was instrumental in shaping the IPR policy of the Institute at its beginnings. Thanks to his negotiation with the European Commission, he helped achieve recognition of ETSI as an official European Standards Organization, alongside CEN and CENELEC. Frede Ask is fondly remembered as a great personality and as one of the individuals who helped define what ETSI is. This award, granted posthumously, was received by Frede’s son Henrik Ask on his behalf.
Nuno Encarnação has participated in ETSI since 1992. From 1997 to 2000 he served as chairman of the Analogue Terminals and Access committee, and then as chairman of the Access and Terminals committee until 2006. He led the development of a range of TBR specifications for regulatory requirements for fixed network access, and later the Harmonised Standards under the Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive. These included in particular TBR 21 for analogue non-voice access requirements. From 1999 to 2006 he was vice-chair of the ETSI group coordinating the implementation of the range of Harmonised Standards required for the R&TTE Directive. As chairman of TC AT Nuno also oversaw the introduction of cable network standardization at ETSI, which has now resulted in the creation of a dedicated committee, TC Cable.
John Phillips has been active in ETSI since 1989 through different leadership, technical and strategic roles. As the Chairman of ETSI General Assembly from 2006 to 2010 he led ETSI through a number of changes, putting in place the financial reporting structure and contributed to the EC’s Future Landscape of European Standardization. He also served as vice-chair of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006 and as a member of the ETSI Board from 1999 to 2006.
2016 ETSI Fellows
General Assembly #68 - November 2016
Francisco da Silva was influential in the CEPT committee that triggered the establishment of ETSI, as well as e.g. in the CEPT group that determined the relative allocation of responsibilities on Radio spectrum matters between CEPT and ETSI. He was the chairman of the ETSI General Assembly from 1998 to 2002 and chairman of the ETSI Board from 2002 to 2008. He continues to be active in the technical standardization work of ETSI and is a member of the Board of ETSI. He is currently Senior Counselor for standardization and Technical Regulation at Huawei Sweden.
Alain Maloberti has been intensively involved in the research, development and standardization activities of the GSM system since the mid-80’s and has contributed heavily to standardization bodies. In ETSI he chaired the SMG2 group, in charge of the radio aspects of GSM for 10 years. In addition, he chaired the UMTS group preparing 3G standardization from 1990 to 1992. Alain Maloberti was active in promoting the GSM solution outside of Europe and therefore has contributed to a true global adoption of the standard. He is currently Senior Vice-President at Orange Labs Networks.
Oliver Wheaton was the founding chairman of TC ERM from 1997 to 2005. During this time it grew to be one of the largest technical committees in ETSI in terms of participation and workload. He was instrumental in leading the group in drafting some of the most important ETSI standards, including those related to the R&TTE Directive, which continues to have a huge impact on the regulatory environment today. Oliver was the Deputy Director for Mobile Services in the UK Radiocommunications Agency (RA). He has taken the lead for ETSI in GRSC, and has led for the UK in ETSI’s Technical Assembly and is currently the head of the UK delegation in ETSI’s General Assembly.
General Assembly #67 - April 2016
Karsten Meinhold represented Siemens and later Nokia Siemens Networks at ETSI. Karsten served two terms as a much-appreciated chairman of the ETSI General Assembly, having previously also served as vice-chair. Karsten also led a reform of the ETSI IPR policy and was the first chairman of the ETSI IPR committee.
Julian Pritchard’s first involvement with ETSI dates back to 1988 when he was a technical expert for BT contributing to the writing of EN 300 001 (NET4). He then joined ETSI secretariat as a Technical Editor before taking several positions within ETSI including Secretary to the ETSI General Assembly, to the ETSI Board and to the IPR Special Committee. He finally retired as ETSI’s Director of Governance Support in 2014.
Karl Heinz Rosenbrock served as ETSI Director General from 1990 to 2006 and is now Honorary Director General. He was elected as ETSI’s second Director General only two years after the foundation of the Institute and has been the longest serving holder of that post. He helped shape the Institute into what it is today, creating a culture based on collaboration, transparency and putting people first.
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