Network Innovation Day 2018: Event Speakers


Chema Alonso

Chema Alonso

Telefónica - Chief Data Officer

Chema Alonso is currently the CDO - Chief Data Officer - at Telefónica. In this position he heads the company’s Big Data strategy, Advertising and the Fourth Platform. He is also responsible for the global cybersecurity products and services of the ElevenPaths unit and the Big Data services of the LUCA unit provided by Telefónica to its customers. Similarly, he leads the construction and launch of Aura, Telefónica’s Cognitive Intelligence, offering a new way for customers to relate with Telefónica.

He obtained doctorates in Computer Security at the King Juan Carlos University and Technical Engineering in Computer Systems at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The latter institution appointed him as Honorary Ambassador of the University School of Computer Science in 2012.

Guillermo Ansaldo

Guillermo Ansaldo

Telefónica - Chief Global Resources Officer (CGRO)

Guillermo Ansaldo, was born in Argentina in 1962. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Master in Business Administration from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College.

From 1989 to 2000 he worked for McKinsey & Company. From 1989 to 1993 he was based in Madrid-Spain. In 1993 he returned to Argentina, and two years later he was elected partner. During his career at McKinsey, he focused on financial institutions and the telecom sector.

From 2000 to 2004, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Telefónica de Argentina S.A.

In April 2005 he was appointed CEO of Telefónica de España, subsidiary of the fixed telephony business of Telefónica España, position from where he has contributed to the development of Broadband and Imagenio in Spain.

From December 2007 to September 2011 Ansaldo was Chairman and CEO of Telefónica España, responsible for Telefónica, S.A. fixed and mobile businesses in Spain.

Since then he is the top executive of Telefónica Global Resources operating unit.


Guest speaker | Ignacio Cirac

Telefónica - Board Member Manager Instituto Max - Planck

Ignacio Cirac is an expert in computation and quantum communication, a field of research that combines Computer Science and Quantum Physics to build computer systems much more powerful and safe than the current ones.

Currently, he is director of the theory division of the Max - Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Germany), a pioneer center in the development of lasers, precision measurements and quantum computing and communication.

He is also an honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich. Previously he was a professor at Innsbruck and Castilla-La Mancha Universities. He has a PhD in Physics from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well Dr. Honoris Causa from six Spanish universities. He has received several awards, including the Prince of Asturias Research Prize.

Inés Vidal Castiñeira

Inés Vidal Castiñeira

Telefónica - Head of Networks and Operations Analytics - CDO / 4P / IUC

Telecom Engineer and MSc in Communications in Mobile Networks from the University of the Basque Country, and MBA from EADA.

After some years working in innovation and technology in Euskaltel, she joined Telefónica I+D in 2006, where her activities have ranged from innovation projects to personalisation platforms. From 2012, she has focused on internal exploitation of Business Intelligence and Big Data use cases.

She is in charge of Networks and Operations Analytics, in CDO/4P/Internal Use Cases & Market Research, that focuses in supporting network investment decisions to optimize customer experience.

David Garoz Esteban

David Garoz Esteban

Telefónica - Technological Specialist

With a Physics Degree from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, he has developed all his career in positions related with applied Maths and Big Data.

First at Soluziona and Indra, working in computational models to optimize the electric power distribution system and since he joined Telefónica I+D in 2015, developing mobile network planning algorithms in CDO / 4P / Internal Use Cases & Market Research.

Anabel Montero

Anabel Montero

Telefónica - Head of Customer Experience & Analytics - Global CTIO

Telecommunication Engineer from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. After several years working in Alcatel and Hewlett-Packard, she joined Telefónica R&D in 1992 as a software developer. Along more than 20 years, she has worked in many projects for Telefónica Group, mainly in Network and Operations areas.

In 2007, her team begun to apply Artificial Intelligence techniques to those areas, helping Telefónica to lead this new paradigm.

In 2012, Anabel joined Operations global area, in GCTIO. In her new position she leads IA projects in Network and Operations for all Telefónica Group. She is also responsible for helping Telefónica Group to offer the best Customer Experience form the Network point of view.

Enrique Blanco Nadales

Enrique Blanco Nadales

Telefónica - Systems and Network Global Director, CTIO

Enrique Blanco was born in Madrid in 1959. He has a degree in Physics from the University Complutense of Madrid and a Masters Degree in Management (PDG) from IESE Business School (University of Navarra). He also received a Master Degree in Technology from the EOI.

He joined Telefónica 30 years ago after 3 years working for ITT in digital switching software design. He has mainly developed his professional career in Telefónica’s Spanish operating business, working in the technology area from 1986 to 1999. He then moved to Telefónica International where he was responsible for Networks and Platforms.

He returned to Telefónica’s Spanish operating business to take up several Director roles in the operations division related to development and management systems, partners and networks. He was then appointed Director of Operations and Engineering, with a team of about 18,000 employees.

In September 2011, Enrique Blanco became the Chief Technology Officer within the Global Resources Division of Telefónica SA.

In September 2017, he was appointed Global Chief Information Officer in addition to his position as GCTO in Telefónica SA.

Aurelia Martínez Guerra

Aurelia Martínez Guerra

Telefónica - Head of Network Virtualization

Aurelia has worked in the telecommunications sector since graduating as a Telecommunications Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She joined Telefónica in 2000 in the newly created Telefónica Mobile Internet unit for the launch of WAP and iMode.

During this stage, Telefónica Móviles España was responsible for the design and implementation of the new data centers to host service platforms, as well as the design and deployment of real-time content collection solutions and network enablers for the deployment of services.

In 2011 she joined Telefónica S.A as head of the architecture and technological solution that supported the new Cloud business line.

In 2012 she joined the Global CTIO unit with the aim of starting and leading the UNICA program. Through this project, Telefónica is a pioneer in having a Telco Cloud solution that allows virtualizing the network.

Hugo de los Santos

Hugo de los Santos

Global B2B Director Products & Services; Telefónica SA

A dynamic business leader with over 20 years international ICT experience, Hugo is currently the Global Director of Products & Services for the B2B segment in Telefónica.

He has held numerous Executive and Leadership positions including Director of Business Acceleration at Wayra, Telefónica's start-up accelerator, from its inception in 2011, where he actively participated in its foundation.

In addition, he has led various areas within the Telefónica Group across the Business segment, Marketing and Sales including: Product Marketing and Corporate Strategic Value Proposition at Telefónica Móviles España and Deputy Director of Mobile Business Development for the America’s region at Telefónica International.

Hugo has a robust academic background and is a qualified Telecommunications Engineer, holds a Post Graduate PDD (Executive Development Program) from IESE Business School and attended the University of Navarra and Entrepreneurship Network Program at Stanford University.

David del Val Latorre

David del Val Latorre

Telefónica - Director Product Innovation & CEO Research and Development

David del Val Latorre is Director of Product Innovation at Telefónica and CEO of Telefónica Research and Development. He is responsible for the creation of new internal products and services for the group. In this role, he has pioneered the introduction in Telefónica of new paradigms such as Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Big Data.

He spent 6 years in the United States where he co-founded VXtreme, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, which he later sold to Microsoft. After forming part of Microsoft for some time, he returned to Spain and founded Tech Foundries, where he served as vice-president until 2008.

David is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from M.I.T.

One of the early inventors of streaming media, he has participated in the founding of 11 start-ups and holds 16 international patents. He is also the president of 5TONIC, a 5G research association in Spain. He has taught Entrepreneurship at IE Business School.

Pedro Pablo Pérez

Pedro Pablo Pérez

Telefónica - Global Security VP & CEO at ElevenPaths

Pedro Pablo Pérez has been working in the TI security sector for more than 15 years. He has participated in the implementation of global security operation centers in Spain, Latin America and the United States of America. Furthermore, he has been in charge of the new ElevenPaths cybersecurity portfolio and leads the security innovation proposal for internal and external Telefónica clients. During the last three years he has defined, designed, implemented and commercialized the Telefónica Security Portfolio within fifteen countries and three continents.

Pedro graduated in Computer Science and a Global MBA from IESE, he also has numerous security certifications such as CISA, CISM, ITIL Service Manager and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.

It is his passion for security technology that helps to make the world a little bit more secure, allowing a new digital lifestyle which adapts to the person’s needs. Additionally, he loves to be close to the clients in order to understand their needs and to develop solutions which make their lives and businesses more secure.

Alberto Sempere

Alberto Sempere

Global Security Director de ElevenPaths

Alberto has spent 15 years working in the security field at various companies such as Sun Microsystems and Optenet. He has held various positions in the areas of pre-sales, project management and business development which has allowed him to fully understand customers’ needs from different angles. He has always worked with the international market and spent three years in the US where he developed projects for the domestic market.

He joined Telefónica in 2011 to head up the security services for consumers and in 2016 assumed responsibility for cybersecurity services for the Corporate world and SMEs.

Alberto graduated from the Comillas Pontifical University (I.C.A.I.) with a degree in IT Engineering and also holds an MBA from IEDE and an Executive Masters in Digital Business from ESADE.

His main mission is to ensure that consumers and companies alike understand and take advantage of the benefits offered by the digital revolution, and that they are familiar with digital risks and have all the necessary tools to them.

Juan Carlos García

Juan Carlos García

Telefónica - Director of Technology and Architecture

Juan Carlos has worked in the telecom sector since graduating as Telecom Engineer at the Politécnica Madrid University. He joined Telefónica in 1990 working as researcher at the R&D unit (TI+D), developing communication software stacks, IP networks and Digital TV solutions. In parallel, he worked as associate professor at the Universidad Carlos III.

In 1998, he moved to the Latinoamerica business unit, being in charge of transformation projects in the region. After this, year 2000, he took a role of deputy Director of Business Development at Telefónica Data Europe, launching fixed and broadband networks and business in Telefónica’s subsidiaries in Italy, Germany and UK.

He joined the Global CTO unit as it was founded in year 2006, taking several director roles: Fixed Access, Transport, Architecture&Plans and Operations. In 2011, he moved to Telefónica Germany acting as Vicepresident of Access&Transport Engineering, leading the development of the LTE network and the transport fiber network, and supporting with technical analysis and advice diverse strategic agreements, like the acquisition of ePlus.

Since 2015 he is back at Telefónica’s Global CTO unit, first as director for Transport Network Optimization and later on (2016) as Director of Radio Access Network. He is appointed then as representative at GSMA’s Technology Group, and nominated as delegate at the NGMN Board.

With the merge of the IT and Network units in Telefónica in 2017, he becomes director of Technology & Architecture both for networks and systems. As part of his current role, he is focused on E2E Digitalization of processes and E2E Virtualization of the Network. For this reason, NFV/SDN, Zero Touch & Carrier Automation are key topics for him.

Francisco Montalvo

Francisco Montalvo

Telefónica - Fourth Platform Director - Chief Data Office

Currently leading the 4th Platform team, in charge of the creation of a harmonized infrastructure able to maximize the value of the personal data for the customers of Telefónica. Through this project, Telefónica is being the first multinational Telecommunications operator defining, deploying and exploiting a common set of capabilities which will reduce the TTM of the new data-based products and will maximize the value of the synergies am ong the different operations in the footprint.

Francisco joint Telefónica in 2013 as Group Devices Unit Director, creating a new management model of the end-to-end of the category, from the technologies and portfolio selection up to the procurement process.

Previous to this role, he worked in Nokia Mobile Phones as Sales Director for Telefónica, after spending 6 years developing his career in different roles in Sales Operations, GTM and Product Management. He also worked at Nokia Networks in both technical and commercial roles between 2000 and 2004.

His track also includes different technical management roles at France Telecom, Alcatel, Lucent Technologies and Spanish Department of Defense, when he actually started his career as engineer by 1990.

Mercedes Jiménez

Mercedes Jiménez

Telefónica - Head of Group Reference Node - Fourth Platform

Currently leading the Group Reference Node in 4th Platform in charge of the definition of the standard capabilities of the 4th Platform for the whole company in our footprint to access in a homogeneous way to the data both in real time (APIs) and in batch (URM: data normalized model) the starting point for the understanding between the different systems of the company, transforming the way of exploiting the data in the company. Additionally is responsable creating value exploiting data at global level.

Mercedes joint Telefónica Group level in 2013 in the Group Devices Unit as Manager of the Business Analysis area, supporting a wide range of business decisions, ranging from operational to strategic, normalizing analytics capabilities in purchasing process, generating a new way of negotiations in the purchasing process and creating end to end data devices platform.

Previous to this role, she worked in Telefónica Moviles España in different positions, 5 five years as Manager in Finance Supporting Business decisions and between 2001 and 2009 in Marketing areas supporting planning and business decisions through data analysis.

Raquel García

Raquel García

Telefónica - Expert in Technology Access Networks GCTIO

Raquel is part of the Access Networks Group within global CTIO unit in Telefónica. She graduated as Telecom Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, developing the Master Thesis at the Polytechnic University of Harburg-Hamburg (Germany).

She joined Telefónica I + D working as a researcher in 1998, designing systems and tools for planning and automatic optimization for the radio network, working on user quality of experience projects and participating in different innovation projects, producing different publications and patents.

In 2012, she joined Global CTO unit assuming responsibilities in the Radio Access Group. She has worked, among other projects, in the strategic planning of access networks, definition of radio evolution strategy in Telefónica’s subsidiaries, and in the introduction and deployment of SON (self-organized networks and self-optimized networks) in the Group.

She is currently leading the transversal project Evolution towards 5G in GCTIO.

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