Why ROCCO 100

Adeep MaharajMTN Global connect South AfricaManager International Roaming
Ahmed SaddikEtisalat EgyptRoaming Commercial Manager
Albert TiongInfobip APACSenior Operator Partnerships Manager at Infobip
Alessandro GiacobazziCommifyRouting Manager
Alexandros MygdaliasAMD TelecomGlobal Carrier Relations & Business Development
Alexis N'GuessanAfrica Digital ConnectCo-Founder
Ali Al AmiryEtisalat UAEChief Group Carrier and Wholesale Services
Anis MbarekVRSRoaming
Ann HeyseSIGOSProduct Marketing Manager Roaming
Anne MorelOrangeVP, Carrier Sales Europe
Anneli Jennersjö LundbergCKH InnovationsDirector of International Carrier Services
Anthony PizzutoVodafone Roaming ServicesIndustry Manager
Appolinaire KandeMTN CISenior Manager Roaming and Interconnect
Arne CasteleynMTN GlobalConnectGroup Head of Roaming
Arve JohannessenICE NorgeHead of Roaming and Interconnect
Asha Mary ThomasEtisalat UAEDirector - Commercial Roaming/ Middle East, Africa & India
Assaf LanduRadcomVP Solutions
Atim Akeh-OsuMTNRoaming
Avnish ChauhanMobileum IncCo Founder, CTO, and EVP
Bernardo Galvao LucasMobileumChief Marketing Officer
Bettina SommerDimocoSenior Vice President, Sales
Bobby SrinivasanMobileum, Inc.CEO, Co Founder, Entrepreneur and Father
Cameron DunnAT&TExpert Mobile Communications Manager
Cara MurphyNextgenDirector of Product Management
Cédric GoninOrangeSenior Marketing Director International Mobile Services
ChiaChi LinTaiwan MobileCarrier Relation & International Product Division
Colin YatesYates Fraud ConsultingTelecommunications Fraud, Risk and Investigations Consultancy, PRISM IRSF Number Database Provider
Daniel HeutschiComfoneCEO
Daniela AlexandrowaDeutsche TelekomSenior Commercial Roaming Manager
David RothComfoneBusiness Development Manager
Dawood GhalaienyCellusysCEO
Derek MaChina Mobile HKCorporate Sales
Diane LecomteBICSSenior Product Manager - Roaming
Andreas MannVodafone Carrier ServicesPrincipal Product Manager
Johannes OpitzDeutsche Telekom AGVP Commercial Roaming and Int. Mobile Wholesale
Duncan RoseCommifyRouting
Elena SaccoTelecom ItaliaSenior Interconnect Manager
Elena SokolovaVEON Wholesale ServicesManager of Operational Services
Erik SluijtmanVodafoneVP Europe
Farook RuwalaThurayaRoaming and Interconnect Manager
Fergal ParkinsonTMT AnalysisDirector
Filippo PercarioIDTVice President Carrier Services EMEA
Francesco FerreroVodafone GroupHead of Testing strategy and Business Development
Frederic SchepensMTN GlobalConnectCEO MTN GlobalConnect
Fredrik SöderlundSinchSoftware and Systems Security Advisor
Gabriella SzûrosDIGIRoaming and interconnect Manager
Geok Chwee OngBridge AllianceCEO
Goce TalaganovSigosE2E Experience Business Unit Manager
Gugliemo CirilloCommifyRoaming
Helena HarknessNextgenStrategy
Hyunmi YangGSMAChief Strategy Officer
Ibrahim Said KilongMTN South SudanTADIG Coordinator
Jack MaherTruphoneRoaming
James WilliamsMr ConnectivityCEO
Jan Willem de HaanKPNWholesale Roaming
Javier SendinGSMARoaming Technical Director at GSMA
Jens Schulte-BockumMTNChief Operating Officer
Jesline TanSAPProject Manager
Jesper SchlichtkrullMTNRoaming Hub - Wholesale
Joanitah ButindoVodafone UKRoaming Specialist
Jocelyne PaqueteMTN Guinea BissauRoaming Co-ordinator
John VernaAt&TSenior Manager, International, Alliances, and Integrations at AT&T/Clearchoice Mobility
John WickSyniverseSenior Vice President and General Manager, Head of Global Product
José GarcíaGTCFounder
Julia GullstrandGSMAHead of Roaming and Interconnect
June DriscolLimitlessMobileSnr Manager Roaming & Wholesale.
Karl SimonsenmGage, A Vivial CompanyHead of Global Messaging
Karmen Nagy-StephensonThree UKSenior Data Core Design Engineer
Katarina VelickovicMobile EngagementQueentel
Kathleen LeachSprintPrincipal (DMTS), Global Standards & Ecosystem Development
Kathy CoranderThreeInternational Roaming Operations Manager
Katia GonzalezBICSHead of Fraud Prevention
Kedar GupteMTN GlobalConnectGeneral Manager - VAS
Kim JakubowskiGCA / AWN Alaska WirelessRoaming
Kingsley NsonaRwandatelInternational Roaming and Interconnect Specialist
Kurt BonelloOK-RouteFounder & CEO
Linda MikulováO2 SlovakiaInterconnect Manager
Lisa MurrayVerizonDirector Wireless Roaming
Louise LemayVideotronDirector Wholesale Roaming, Procurement & Carrier Services
Marcel BallemansKPN NLWholesale Roaming
Marcel StevensBASERoaming Manager
Marinda MalanMTN GlobalConnectGeneral Manager: Postpaid Segment
Marius MetsAnalyst at Tallinna Linnatranspordi ASEx-Roaming Manager, currently IoT and data analytics
Marjolein MedendorpTelefonicaRoaming
Markus Thausing-AichbergerA1 GroupHead of Wholesale Roaming & Mobile Solutions
Marta GabanskaOrange PolandBusiness Development and Specialized Sales Director
Mathias HollerlDimocoManaging Director
Mats GranrydGSMADirector General
Mauro MeleComfoneRoaming Operations
Maximilian GoldbergSyniverseDirector of Product Management
Meurisse PierreOrangeDirector Wholesale Enablers
Michael O'BrienSyniverseSr. Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy
Mihaela AmbrozieVodafoneVRS
Mihai LucaRoamsysNextRAEX Jedi
Mohamed FawzyViva KuwaitDirector Roaming & Interconnection at Kuwait Telecommunication Company- VIVA
Mohammed BuariMTNInternational Traffic & Roaming
Mubarak Al MazroaZain SaudiWholesale Executive General Manager
Nabil BaccoucheEtisalatVice President - International Roaming & Mobile Services
Nadya GolbergMTS GroupDirector Carrier Business Relations
Nasreen IbraheemZain SudanRoaming and Interconnect Senior Manager
Nataliya MalayAstelitHead of Interconnect and Roaming Unit, Lifecell
Natasha DegrooteTelenet BelgiumWholesale Roaming
Nick WennekersTomiaProduct Management Director
Nila RoheenMTNGlobal Connect
Obaid RahmanOoredoo Global ServicesStrategy
Pavlina KeitaSwisscomRoaming
Peter ChapmanVodafone LtdBilling
Petter NäslundSinchVP Product Management Operator Division
Phil YauVodafone GroupIP
Pinchawee RasmidattaTelenorAccount Manager
Pontus BergBergatrolletRoaming Specialist
Rasha YassinMTN YemenRoaming and Interconnect
Rob MattisonGRAPAConsultant
Roula MostratouWIND HELLASRoaming Manager
Rui PaivaWe-Do ConsultingCEO
Sami IdahmadMobile VikingsWholesale and Interconnect Lead
Samuel KeurmeurOrangeRoaming Product Manager
Sarah KellerGMS AGInternational Business Development Director
Sebastiaan JoustraVodafone Comercial ServicesVP Sales & Buying Voice and Mobility
Sergey NiyazovMTS GroupHead of Roaming and Interconnect
Shellene Hudson (Deceased)Cable & WirelessRoaming
Shikha GuptaAirtel IndiaRoaming
Silvio KuticInfobipCEO
Simon GaddNextgenTechnology
Sinisa MartincevicInfobip APACOperators Partnerships, Senior Operator Partnerships Manager
Sizo NkosiInfobip AfricaOperator Partnerships
Sofia MotaTMNHead of Roaming Business
Sonja OrovitsCKH Innovations Opportunities DevelopmentSenior Key Account Manager
Stephane ChevrierSFRInternational Business Development Director
Stephane DutrertreCommify LtdRouting
Stephen BrewerMavenirEVP
Stephen OrnadelMobileumBusiness Development
Susanne WalldenSinchDirector of IT
Svetlana GrantGSMAProgram Director
Theodosis TheodosiouPrimeTelCCO
Theresa Atinyi-AdadeAirtel TigoSenior Manager International Business
Thomas LaboulleToku WorldCEO
Thomas MoeTelia CompanyHead of International Wholesale
Tina Le GrandSinchDirector of Engineering, real time communications
Tom PostiRoamsysNextAll-rounder in roaming, IoT, A2P and transaction security
Torbjorn GustavssonTelia CarrierDevelopment Director - Mobile Data Solutions
Vait ZharriAlbtelecomALTeam Leader Value Added Services Team
Vesa LindbergSAPHead of Product Management, Operator Services
Viligijon SuliAlbtelecom alCore Expert
Virginie DebrisSAPVice-president, Global Product Management
Vivek JhambOoredooGroup Chief International & Wholesale Officer
Vlad BratuSigosE2E Experience Product Manager
Vladimir MihoAlbtelecom alSoftware Development and BSS Development Team Manager
Wangeci KanjamaSafaricom PLCWholesale Roaming Dept
William HoggarthCommify LtdRouting
Yannik BroutinIliad GroupHead of Roaming and Interconnect
Yuemei ChenT-Mobile AustriaRoaming Billing Expert

Why ROCCO 100

Roaming and Interconnect wasn’t built in a day. It’s existed over 30 years and for the first time we would like to recognise the people who have made our industry what it is today, the 100 most influential people in Roaming and Interconnect.

What’s really special about this community is the many outstanding people. Some who have been on astonishing journeys in their careers, moving around the industry but always staying part of it. We have a rich culture of people helping and supporting each other and making a difference. People whose ideas and actions have made a significant contribution to the industry.

We all have people who teach us, some we know intimately, others who speak to us in conferences or whose wisdom appears only on our device screens. Many of them we admire for their commitment and for inspiring us, but we don’t always have an opportunity to share this feedback.

ROCCO 100 is a time to pay tribute

We want to generate a culture of appreciation by recognising people known and unknown who have played a part in shaping it. The ones in spotlight at conferences and the ones who quietly make a difference from their cubicle or corner desk. From Andorra to Zimbabwe there’s people in every organisation, male or female, young or old, who often get forgotten under the pressure of our day to day work.

We are therefore building a community of leaders, who will be at the forefront of sharing ideas, who will challenge each other and from whom we can all learn. When you can connect exceptional people, who knows what exceptional things our industry can produce.

The History of ROCCO 100

2019 marks the start of ROCCO 100, but the idea was on our minds for a few years already.

In 2017 a number of significant voices were crying out for more equality in telecoms. Panel sessions filled with white men, seemed to be more and more common and to a great degree the unconscious bias and traditions of our industry were not enabling women to be recognised or visible as men. The people who use the products and services we make are diverse, so it only made sense that the people who designed them so also bring diverse opinions on how they should be made. This is when we had the idea to create a survey were the most influential women in telecoms could become more visible. However, on sharing the ideas it became clear women didn’t want to be treated differently to men on any level. What we really needed was inclusion.

Some years ago the team at ROCCO also recognised that many significant people in our industry were not active on social media, they had other platforms and what they were saying and sharing was often lost, much of which was great wisdom and learnings about our industry we felt needed to be more remembered and made more visible. ROCCO Radio’s “Well Connected”, “Big Interviews” and “Mastermind” podcasts started the journey to bring visibility to people in a small way but there was still some way to go.

In April 2019 the team at ROCCO decided that as well as the other industry wide initiatives we were doing such as “The Innovators”, there was also need to uncover who were the people behind the best companies in our industry and what were they doing.

We knew that great companies usually had great leaders, but leaders weren’t always the ones at the top or in the spotlight. We knew by identifying the progress of individuals in the industry, we could also spot their progress and encourage learning, mentorship and inspire a new generation of people to be part of our roaming and interconnect world.

However, then came the difficult part. We didn’t want the selection of these people only to be based on the number of people who voted for them (wouldn’t everyone just vote for their boss? and would the boss ask them to do that?) it needed to have more integrity.

There needed to be reasons why the people were selected and our methodology needed as with all our projects to have integrity. Different to all other 130+ research projects we have conducted, this was not about or product or service this was about people. People, with all their complexity, personality and characteristics, we would be recognising individuals which whomever they worked for had an influence on the industry.

A complex task lay ahead for the team. Months of debate ensued, calling in confidants from the industry to test theories. This was our most important research project of all time and the first time any organisation in our industry had even attempted to do this.

In October 2019 we came to our conclusions on our scope and methodology:

  • The scope is Roaming and Interconnect people in any kind of company, role and at any level, anywhere in the world
  • Who have done influential things in the last year.
  • Who were necessarily “influencers” in the social media sense, they could be known or simple unknown to the industry.
  • They would be rated based on several factors, number of votes, characteristics and examples of influential things they had done
  • We would have two stages, nominations first, then voting, to ensure we had generated enough awareness of the programme and ensure inclusion.
  • We decided at the analysis stage to have a panel of people who were known for identifying leadership in people, analytical and who would be able to judge what was influential and what wasn’t
  • Above all we wanted to be sure we identified extra-ordinary people whomever and where ever they were and we gave them some visibility and a chance to be heard

Our methodology is documented and our dates are set and we have now started the most interesting study of our history which we believe will change the course of the industry and lead us all into a new chapter. ROCCO 100 connects the most influential people in our sector to see what our industry can do next.

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ROCCO 100 Methodology

The nomination phase of ROCCO 100 is very simple. Anyone in the Industry can nominate anyone in the sector of Roaming and Interconnect for what they consider to be influential work within 2019 (Rocco employees including its directors are not eligible to nominate or be nominated). Here are the steps:

  • The nominator enters the survey.
  • They choose 3 characteristics from a list of 12 they consider are representative of an influential person.
  • They then choose 3 people they would like to nominate.
  • They provide their contact details incase ROCCO needs to check anything about the nominated people.
  • The contact details will also be used to notify the nominators about when to vote.

On the 19th November 2019 the nominations close and on the 20th of November all the nominated people will be listed here and voting will be begin.

On the 2oth November 2019 until February 29th 2020 voting is open.

Voters will have seen the list of nominated people and can choose to vote for up to three people.

  • They will enter the ROCCO 100 Voting survey.
  • They will select a nominated person
  • They will state which three characteristics represent that specific person
  • They will state in a sentence why they think the nominated person is most influential from their perspective.
  • They will have the opportunity to do this for three people.

Voting closes on the 29th February. Then it’s over to ROCCO to analyse the data.

The analysis stage runs between 1st March and 20th March 2020. The point of this stage is to make a ranking of all the people according to their three elements of their votes which all hold equal importance in the overall ranking.

  1. The number of votes they have received. ROCCO will rank all the people according to the number of votes they have received.
  2. The Characteristics Score*. ROCCO will rank all the people according to the scores they have gained on their characteristics.
  3. The Panel Opinion. ROCCO will use a panel of judges who will rank the ROCCO 100 people according to the statements given by the voters as to why they are influential. The panel will not know the identity of the people who were voted for, only the statement why they were chosen.
  4. ROCCO will then bring these three ranking together into an overall score and final ROCCO 100 ranking.

*The Characteristics Score is calculated as follows.

  • At nomination stage every nominator first states which 3 characteristics they feel best represents an influential person. ROCCO ranks the characteristics chosen by the industry by counting the number of times a nominator selected them. This is felt to be a fair way to judge what characteristics make up an influential person. ROCCO therefore does no prescribe which are the most important characteristics, the nominators choose that.
  • ROCCO selects the top ten characteristics and gives them a score based on how important the industry feels they are. ROCCO does not disclose the scoring for each characteristic.
  • At Voting stage, the voters choose three characteristics which they feel best represent the person they are voting for, the scores for the characteristics are calculated, creating an individual characteristic score for each and every vote.
  • All the scores are added up for an individual and all ROCCO 100 are ranked according to characteristic score.

The communication of the ROCCO 100 will take place on April 1st 2020.

  • The Top Ten people will be notified on Wednesday 14th March 2020. They will not know what ranking they have made but that they are in the top ten.
  • They will be invited to take part in interviews and a photoshoot at a location to be determined.
  • They will be invited to give key note speeches at ROCCO’s event in May 2020.
  • April 1st 2020 ROCCO will announce the ROCCO 100 by press release and from its website.

The final stage is that the ROCCO 100 top ten will be invited to speak at ROCCO’s event in May 2020.

  • They will be asked to make a keynote speech of their choice at the event.
  • They will receive an award at ROCCO’s awards event on the evening of the event.