Global Challenges I Satellite Answers – Scaling Up Resilient Networks: The Smart Choice

23 July 2020 / Virtual


Isabelle Mauro, Head of Digital Communications, World Economic Forum 

Isabelle is responsible for leading the agenda of the Digital Communications industry at the World Economic Forum. As part of her role, Isabelle manages the portfolio for the telecoms community and his responsible for managing and implementing the industry’s initiatives, both in the digital economy and society space and in the broader ecosystem. Prior to this role, Isabelle was Head of International Affairs & Regional Engagement at the GSMA, where she was responsible for governments and institutional relations at global level. As part of her role, Isabelle managed the delivery of industry programmes and lead global and regional advocacy campaigns to help shape the mobile agenda, both in the private and public sector.
Before joining the GSMA, Isabelle worked as a public affairs consultant in Brussels and specialised in the field of Telecommunications and Communications policies. As part ofher position, she was responsible for preparing and running a mobile awareness campaign commissioned by a group of investors in mobile infrastructure in order to promote a new economic model to regulate competition.

Gerry Collins, Director of Product Development Networks, Intelsat 

Gerry Collins is Director of Product Management in the Networks Division of Intelsat. In this role Gerry drives Intelsat’s strategy to build new and enhanced connectivity services by combining the power of Intelsat’s High Throughput Satellite (HTS) fleet with the values of terrestrial communications networks. In particular Gerry has a focus on how satellite can augment the value proposition of 5G networks and services. Gerry’s career so far has spanned both the satellite and cellular industries and he was most recently Director of Business Development at iDirect and Head of Remote Solutions at Altobridge (the former acquired the latter in 2014). Prior to this Gerry held senior positions in Nortel’s cellular infrastructure business in Europe over a period of 12 years and worked in the Engineering divisions of cellular operators in France, the UK and Hong Kong. Gerry holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University College Dublin and a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. Gerry is a regular contributor at conferences on topics such as Satellite-Terrestrial Convergence, the role of satellite communications in 5G and innovative ways to connect the unconnected. As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is uniquely positioned to help our customers turn possibilities into reality – transformation happens when businesses, governments, and communities use Intelsat’s next-generation global network and managed services to build their connected future. Learn more at Intelsat.com.


Maritza Delgado, Emergency Telecommunications Programme Coordinator, ITU, Telecommunications Development Bureau

Maritza Delgado is a Program Officer of the Environment and Emergency Telecommunications Division within the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Maritza is responsible in the context of emergency telecommunications for supporting countries in the development of National Emergency Telecommunication Plans and their regulatory, policy and legal frameworks, in design and implementation of early warning and alerting systems, as well as in the development of projects, guidelines and reports for the inclusion and use of ICTs for disaster management and risk reduction. She holds a University degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications and has over 13 years of experience in the field of disaster management.