Achim VRIELINK / Alex RAVIART / Baseliyos JACOB / Bertrand TAQUIN / Boris GOMBAC / Carlo DE GRANDIS / Chiel SPAANS / Christian NÄNNI / Dan MANDOC / Didier CHAUVEAU / Dirk SCHATTSCHNEIDER / Eric GIRAUD-DESJUZEUR / Erik VAN BOMMEL / François DAVENNE / Fred COURSANT / Giorgio TRAVAINI / Guillaume GACH / Hendrik HOLZ / Ingo WENDLER / Jason TAYLOR / Jean-Michel EVANGHELOU / Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX / Jochen NOWOTNY / Josef DOPPELBAUER / Kari KAPSCH / Keir FITCH / Luis ROMERO / Manuel DIETRICH / Marc ANTONI / Marine MIZRAHI / Martin TARANETZ / Matthias RUETE / Michael KLOECKER / Michael MIKULANDRA / Patrick MARSCH / Peter PUŠNIK / Robert SARFATI / Thomas CHÂTELET / Ulrich GEIER /


Head of GSM-R Network, DB

Background in rail telecom: 2000 to 2005 Project Manager GSM-R terminals, DB Netz AG 2005 to 2008 Project Manager GSM-R shunting, DB Netz AG 2008 to 2012 Head of telecom applications department, DB Netz AG 2013 to 2014 Head of telecom services department, DB Netz AG 2015 to today Head of telecom platforms department, DB Netz AG Portfolio management, Railway operational requirements Rail telecom applications Radio Network planning Fixed Network planning Services and Revenue Project initiation for introduction of new platforms


Head of ICT Networks, Infrabel

Alex Raviart has been in charge of the telecommunications department of Infrabel since 2014 after having lead the IT department for several years. Infrabel is the Belgian railway infrastructure manager and has committed to deploying ETCS2 by 2025 on one-third of its network. As former GSM-R project manager between 2004 and 2009, he led the deployment of the national GSM-R network in Belgium including the first ETCS2 high speed lines. He was also responsible for the development and deployment of the SNCB cab radios.

Baseliyos JACOB

Shift2Rail IP5 Leader, DB Cargo - ATO & OCORA Projects

Baseliyos Jacob earned his degree in Electrical Engineering in information- and communication-technologies at the University of Applied Sciences of Augsburg in 2010 and a Master of Business Administration in General Management from the University of Wales/Fern-University Hagen in 2016. He started working for DB already in 2002, and he was responsible for the CCS/ETCS Onboard System development and projects at DB Netz, DB Fernverkehr and DB Cargo to understand the overall system view approach (Infrastructure Manager and Railway Undertaking). Currently he is working as Senior Expert for ETCS and ATO at the DB Cargo Headquarter and as TD leader in S2R IP 5 – TD 5.1 Fleet Digitalization and Automation.

Bertrand TAQUIN

GSM-R Manager, SNCF - GSM-R Status & Plans

Head of Telecom Division at SNCF Réseau, Bertrand is working on design and maintenance engineering of the whole railway telecoms systems : radio, railway telephony, passenger information, monitoring for network monitoring, … He began his SNCF career in 1984 and has held various strategic positions : operations manager of drafting of GSMR specifications (PPP) - project manager for subways radio networks infrastructures in public transports and for the SNCF CCTV network - project owner advisor for preliminary studies of the ONCF CCTV network and for the Korean High Speed line ( assignment within KRRI teams on Télécom expertise). Bertrand is also member and expert of the "Synapses" Network managed by SNCF Innovation and Research General Management.


OFG Chairman, UIC - EIRENE Status

Boris Gombač: has over 35 years of significant experiences in railway telecommunication domain. His first job was in telecommunication maintenance sector. During 1997 and 2007, when the digitalization of the railway telecommunication network took place, he managed a technical group for PBX exchanges. Between 2008 and 2013 he was a project coordinator in Research and Development (R&D) department. He was a manager of the expert group, which was responsible for preparation of technical and tender documentation for the project “Introduction of a digital radio system (GSM-R) on the Slovenian railways network”. Since 2013 he is a Senior Researcher and project manager at the Institute of Traffic and Transport Ljubljana l.l.c. During GSM-R deployment on Slovenian Railways he was a technical coordinator.


Policy Officer Rail Digitalisation, European Commission - Main Challenges in the migration from GSM-R to FRMCS

Policy Officer – European Commission - DG MOVE Rail Safety and Interoperability (2017 – in charge of Rail Digitalisation) Policy Coordinator - European Commission - DG MOVE (2009-2017) - Trans European network – TEN-T Guidelines, Corridor coordinators, Infrastructure funding and financing. Transport Desk Officer - European Commission – DG REGIO (2005-2009) Responsible for Organisation and Development – Public Transport Company (AMT SpA) – Verona (2000-2005) – repr. in the national coord. body for public transport (ASSTRA) Plant Mgr Akzo Nobel (1998-2000)


ERTMS Officer, ERA

The European Union Agency for railways is the system authority for the European Railway Traffic Management System. Within the Railway Systems Unit of the Agency, Chiel Spaans is projectmanager for the ERA Program “Evolution of Railway Radio”. This project aims to prepare the necessary updates of the legal framework (CCS TSI) for the introduction of FRMCS. Chiel is chairing the Coordination Radio Working Group, where railway stakeholders, UIC, ETSI, S2R and supply industry are represented.

Christian NÄNNI

TOBA Chairman, UIC - Telecom On-Board Architecture

Christian Nänni joined SBB Telecom department in 2009 and held positions as mobile engineer, asset manager GSM-R, product manager for cab radios and shunting terminals (including evolution to 4G) and is now responsible for the telecom on-board architecture within SmartRail 4.0. Since 2019 Christian chairs the UIC working group “Telecom On-Board Architecture”. Until 2002 he worked as radio network planning engineer at Nokia Networks and then joined Ascom where he had different roles in product management and pre-sales in the domain of mobile network testing. Christian graduated as engineer from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.


FRMCS Leader, UIC - FRMCS Global Projects & Plans

Dan Mandoc works for Network Rail, as Professional Head – Telecoms, he is part of the UIC ERIG and the UIC FRMCS Project Manager. Dan worked for UIC between 2006 and 2014. In his Quality as Telecom Senior Advisor, GSM-R projects Project Manager and ERIG Chairman, he actively contributed to two EIRENE versions publication, GPRS for ETCS, Interference solution development, creation and put on track of the UIC ENIR and NMG working groups, publication of the ‘’IP Introduction to Railways Guideline’’ and the initiation of UIC FRMCS project.


Deputy Director, ANFR - FRMCS Frequency Model

Since mid-2012, M. Chauveau is Deputy Director of the Spectrum Planning and International Affairs at ANFR. He is involved in the development of national spectrum policy, planning and regulation in France and is a member of number of national committees, chairing few of them. He is currently leading the national project refarming L band 1427-1518 MHz in order to roll out mobile SDL in this band. He joined ANFR by mid-2007 as head of European Affairs. M. Chauveau is active in number of European committees (Spectrum Policy & harmonization) and is a member of national delegation at WRC. He is deeply involved in European Spectrum Policy. M. Chauveau has been also involved in European standardization (ETSI). Between 1999 and 2006, he has been member of the ETSI Board and, during 2 years, acting as vice chairman of ETSI Board. He is still a member of the ETSI finance committee. He is graduated from Telecom ParisTech (2007), Telecom SudParis (INT) (1992) and University of technology (1983).


UGFA Chairman, UIC - FRMCS Spectrum

Mr. Schattschneider started his professional career as EMC Engineer for telecommunication equipment and changed in 2001 to the radio development department of Siemens Mobile. In Siemens he was in charge for the Qualification of Base Station Equipment and Whitebox integration of 2G and 3G network equipment. In 2008 he joined Deutsche Bahn and became in 2010 the UIC Frequency Manager, representing UIC in the Groups of CEPT. In addition he took over in 2017 the duty as CEPT-Coordinator for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 for Agenda Item 1.11, Train to Trackside Communication RSTT.


Head of GSM-R Network, SNCF

Eric GIRAUD-DESJUZEUR began his career in 1988 in SPIE Group dealing with refurbishment of power plants in Asia in the Middle East and Africa. He moved to the railway business ten years later for Siems to work as project manager for proposals and projects of automatic metro of tramway (Singapore Circle Line, Extension of Paris metro line 14, Algiers Tramway...). In 2007, he joined the SNCF group as project Director of CDG Express and RER B north modernization. Since November 2016, he is at the head of the GSM-R network at SNCF Réseau.



Erik van Bommel has an experience for over 25 year in railways. He started as an electrical engineer in rolling stock maintenance and has developed himself to be an experienced GSM-R product manager now. He is responsible for the various GSM-R core subsystems including life cycle managements. Also in UIC Erik has been played a part in various standardisation groups. Currently he is performing the role of chair for the next generation project FRMCS Functional Working Group.

François DAVENNE

Deputy Director General, UIC

François DAVENNE, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1999, has always promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success. After experience in international satellite telecommunications, his first assignments were in the housing sector and required strong financial and legal skills. He was involved in policy and regulation of the sector, and managed key operational programmes, in particular for the city of Paris. After three years in the French Ministry of Transport working on railway safety and regulations, with the emphasis on European regulations, he was elected Secretary General of OTIF in 2012, where, since 1 January 2013, he has promoted interdisciplinarity and partnership building to expand the uniform regulations for international carriage by rail. Currently Deputy Director General of UIC, he will become Director General of the worldwide railway organisation end of June 2019.


NMG Chairman, UIC - GSM-R European Interconnection

Fred Coursant is currently FRMCS Project Director at SNCF Réseau. He is qualified engineer in cybernetics with 30 years of experience in telecom, including 16 years for railways telecom. After various positions in engineering and project management for a telecom vendor, he joined SYSTRA in 2007, now working full time for SNCF Réseau. Fred Coursant is Chairman of UIC GSM-R Network Management Group that leads works and coordination activities to facilitate network interconnections, roaming, border crossing and harmonisation of GSM-R numbering schemes in Europe. He is also leader of FRMCS Architecture and Technology group at UIC.


Head of Research & Innovation, Shift2Rail

Giorgio Travaini as Shift2Rail Head of Research & Innovation is responsible for coordination of the JU’s programme with a view to ensuring that the activities contribute to the fulfilment of the objectives of the S2R Master Plan. Prior to this posting, Giorgio Travaini was Senior Corporate advisor at UNIFE – the association of the European rail industry – advising the General Director on strategic topics, and liaising with the Shift2Rail Founding Members. He had been coordinating since 2010 the preparation phase of Shift2Rail, that lead to the JU regulation proposals of the European Commission. Since 2007, Giorgio Travaini was responsible as Senior Technical Manager for the supervision and coordination of more than 30 successfully EU-funded research projects, the UNIFE dedicated team and technical committees. He had also been significantly involved in ERRAC – the European Technology Platform for Rail Research – where he covered the secretary role. Giorgio Travaini holds an Engineering Degree (Polytechnic of Turin) and a Master Degree in public affairs (London South Bank University).

Guillaume GACH


Guillaume GACH is a senior advisor in the application of advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transport for a smart mobility (Intelligent Transport Systems - ITS). He is introducing the future railway mobile communication system (FRMCS) requirements in the 3GPP standard, on behalf of UIC. He was leading two studies in 2018/2019, the first one to provide strategic advices to the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia to develop ITS at a national level, the second one for the European Union Agency for Railways to elaborate a new communication architecture model for the evolution of railway radio communication to support existing and future railway requirements such as Automatic Train Operation. He was also the customer representative at international levels in charge of publishing standards and steering working groups.

Hendrik HOLZ

Vice Director GSM-R Sales, Funkwerk - The migration strategy for terminals

Hendrik Holz studied automation technology at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After various positions in the public telecommunications market, he joined Funkwerk in 2003. He worked in sales and project management position for various customers. From 2012 to 2017, he was responsible for product management, particularly in the radio sector. From July 2019 he will take up the management of the sales department for mobile communication.


FRMCS ATWG, UIC - FRMCS Architecture & SRS


Head of Customer Development, NR – NR Digitalisation Initiatives

Jason Taylor is Head of Customer Development for Network Rail Telecom, the team within Network Rail with responsibility for operating the GSM-R and railway telecoms systems in Britain. Jason’s role sees him set strategic and product direction. Jason is a career telecoms professional having worked for telecoms giants including Cable & Wireless and Vodafone in roles heading Customer management, product management, and planning & strategy functions.


Head of Telecom & Signalling, UIC

Jean-Michel Evanghelou is the Head of Telecom & Signalling in UIC. He held various positions of Director within Orange Group and then joined Nortel Networks where he had different roles in the international business, serving as Vice-President for various telecom technologies and segments. He was more recently Director of the Railway Business Unit of Kapsch Group. Jean-Michel graduated as engineer from the Ecole Centrale of Paris.


Director General, UIC

Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX held various responsibilities in SNCF, Director of French railroads Inc.North-America and of French Railways UK Ltd., Chief Executive of SNCF Freight International, Chairman and CEO of SNCF International. In March 2009, Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX was appointed Director-General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), the worldwide association representing the rail sector worldwide. His mandate is set to run until end of June 2019. In addition, Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX holds responsibilities in many institutions: French Foreign Trade Advisor, Chairman of the Medef International France-Argentina-Uruguay Committee, Honorary Chairman of AFFI,Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Member of the Board of the US High Speed Rail Association., and the Mineta Transport Institute.


Technology Vice-President, KCC - Towards FRMCS without disruption

Vice President Product Management, Research & Development, Delivery and Support Jochen NOWOTNY manages an international team of 250 experts covering all technical disciplines at Kapsch CarrierCom, including product management, standardisation and regulatory, architecture, research and development, engineering, deployment, and global product support. Jochen started his career as developer at Nortel Kapsch, moved on to solution management and sales, where he was in charge for addressing the European market with a telco application server. Bevor taking the current position, he was in Serbia to run the local subsidiary of Kapsch.


General Manager, ERA

Dr. Josef DOPPELBAUER holds a degree and a Doctorate, both in Physics. He started his career in 1987 at the Alcatel Research Centre in Vienna, Austria. In 1997 he became Technical Director for Transport Automation Systems in Alcatel Austria. In 2001, he moved to Paris to become Chief Technical Officer for Alcatel Transport Automation Solutions. Dr. DOPPELBAUER joined Bombardier Transportation in December 2002, first working in the Rail Control Solutions division, where he held several positions in Engineering, Sales, and as President, based in Stockholm and Reading (UK). He has 25+ years of experience in key aspects of railway technology, including signaling and communications and control. Since the early 1990's, he has been involved with the development of the European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS). Between 2012 and 2014, Dr. DOPPELBAUER was chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Committee (ERRAC), the European technology platform of the rail sector. He also represented Bombardier Transportation in the Governing Board of SHIFT2RAIL. Since January 2015 Mr. DOPPELBAUER is the Executive Director of the European Union Agency for Railways in Valenciennes, France.


Chief Operating Officer (COO) Kapsch Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapsch CarrierCom Managing Director Kapsch PublicTransportCom

Kari Kapsch is Chief Operating Officer of the Kapsch Group, Chief Executive Officer of Kapsch CarrierCom and Managing Director of Kapsch PublicTransportCom. Furthermore, he holds various positions in other directly and indirectly affiliated companies. Beginning in 1982, Kapsch oversaw the hybrid manufacturing at the Kapsch Group. In 1990, he took over the business area of Traffic Telematics Solutions and built up the business field of transportation systems. In the subsequent years, Kari Kapsch led numerous business areas. He was appointed COO of the KapschGroup in 2002 and CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom in April 2010. Kari Kapsch holds a doctorate in Physics from the University of Vienna. He is active in several numerous industry Association.


Vice-President Transport, European Commission

Mr Fitch is the former Deputy Head of Cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport where Mr. Fitch is responsible for land transport, security and state aids, inter alia. He was also the coordinator of the White Paper of the Future of Transport. Mr Fitch studied mathematics and law at Cambridge, was a lawyer at Herbert Smith and then moved on to the UK civil service in 1993. He joined the European Commission's Legal Service in 1999. Before joining the cabinet of Mr. Kallas in 2004, he was a Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Kinnock, responsible for Administration.


General Director, ETSI

Luis Jorge Romero, Director General of ETSI, has 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. At ETSI he has initiated a global standardization partnership for Machine to Machine communications, oneM2M. He has overseen the rapid development of ETSI’s Industry Specification Groups accelerating market penetration of new technologies and has enabled the first Open Source group in ETSI. Luis Jorge has driven the implementation of the ETSI Long Term Strategy, an ambitious plan to prepare the institute for the future


Head of Telecoms, SBB - SmartRail 4.0

Manuel Dietrich is head of Telecom Technology at Swiss Railways SBB. He held various positions within Ericsson Switzerland and in the Global Product Management for Mobile Network Solutions in Stockholm. In SBB he was in charge of asset management GSM-R and head of operations before he took over the technology department. Manuel graduated as engineer Telecom and holds a master in international management and in innovations


UIC - Cybersecurity

Dr Marc ANTONI is Director of the Rail System Department of UIC (International Union of Railways) in Paris. Since 2007, he has been Head of Technological Innovation and Asset Management at SNCF, and from 2013-2014 has also been a signalling and system expert at UIC. He graduated in electronics from French engineering school CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers) in 1990, following which he qualified as an engineer at Supélec (Graduate School of Engineering) in 1993. He obtained his PhD at the prestigious University of Braunschweig (Germany) in 2009.


Director IoTs, SNCF - IoTs Use Cases

Marine Mirzahi is Head of SNCF IoT Fab since 2018. She was Deputy Head of SNCF Big Data & IA Fab between 2015 and 2017. She worked also a Consultant within SNCF Consulting (internal consulting) between 2010 and 2014. Ms Mizrahi has a Master Degree from Sciences-Po.


Mobile Communication Strategy Leader, ÖBB - FRMCS Migration Plans

Dr. Martin TARANETZ currently works as project leader for the mobile communication strategy of OEBB-Infastruktur AG. At OEBB, he also held a position as technology manager for tunnel coverage and emergency communication systems. Before his time at OEBB, he led a research group for enabling broadband communication in mobile- as well as indoor scenarios.

Matthias RUETE

European ERTMS Coordinator, European Commission

In 2018, Matthias Ruete was advisor in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission and for over 12 years director-general for energy and transport (2006 to 2010), for mobility and transport (2010 to 2014) and for migration and home affairs (2014 to 2018). Previous jobs of in the Commission were as director for competitiveness (2005), as director coordinating enlargement negotiations (2000 to 2004) and as director in international transport, Galileo and trans-European infrastructure networks (1998 to 2000). Matthias Ruete studied law and political sciences. He holds a master’s in law (London) and doctorate in intellectual property law (Giessen) and both German state exams in law.


Head of Railway Solution Management, Nokia - Benefits of 5G for evolution

Michael Kloecker is working as Head of Solution Management Railway in the Nokia Railway Business Line and is responsible for strategic positioning of the current GSM-R solutions as well as for future evolution of the railway communication systems. In his role he closely interacts with the customers around the globe to identify requirements, analyses the market needs and strongly interacts with the product managers, sales as well as standardization organization. Additionally, he is representing Nokia in relevant international bodies as the European Union – Agency for Railways, UIC and the UNIFE/UNITEL committee, as well as conferences and fairs. He has been developed his knowledge on communication technologies starting with R&D activities in the early 90’ within Siemens, continuing with various roles in product and solution management for mobile networks. Since 2006 he focused on the railway segments. Michael holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and is currently based in Munich/Germany.


UNITEL Chairman - Suppliers Vision

Michael Mikulandra, Industry Appliance Next Generation, Kapsch CarrierCom After graduating from TU Karlsruhe with a degree in computer science Michael Mikulandra joined Nortel Networks and held senior positions in R&D, product management and solutions marketing for the European telecommunication market with focus on core network solutions and application&services. He is now heading Kapsch CarrierCom’s next generation railway communication activities, which includes regulatory topics as well as standardization work in 3GPP and ETSI. Michael also acts as Kapsch CarrierCom representative and system expert in the Shift2Rail program. He is also the chairman of the UNITEL committee, which is telecommunication supplier group within the European rail supply industry association UNIFE.

Patrick MARSCH

Senior Project Manager, Digital Rail, DB – FRMCS Challenges

Patrick Marsch holds a Ph.D. degree in mobile communications from TU Dresden and was from 2011 to 2017 with Nokia, where he was heading research, standardization and product departments in the field of 3G, 4G and 5G radio access technology. Since 2018, Patrick is with Deutsche Bahn, where he is within the new unit Digital Rail and responsible for the connectivity and Cloud infrastructure that DB plans to establish for future rail operations. Patrick is also rapporteur of the ongoing work item on FRMCS architecture in ETSI.


Head of telecommunication department, SZ- GSM-R Status and Plans

Peter Pušnik: has 18 years of experiences in railway telecommunication domain. During 2001 and 2008 he was responsible for transmission systems and providing Leased Line service to customers. During 2008 and 2017 he was responsible for telecomunication devices department. During that time, he was responsible for tender specification for many telecommunication projects. He also participated in preparation of technical documentation for the project “Introduction of a digital radio system (GSM-R) on the Slovenian railways network”. Since 2017 he is in charge for telecommunication department.


ETSI TC-RT Chairman, UIC


ERTMS Officer, ERA - ERTMS Game Changers

The European Union Agency for railways is the system authority for the European Railway Traffic Management System. Within the Railway Systems Unit of the Agency, Thomas Chatelet is in charge of the standardisation activities related to telecommunication, spectrum and cybersecurity, respectively in ETSI, ECC/CEPT, CEN/CENELEC and Shift²Rail. He is coordinating actions and initiatives relevant in the frame of the ERA Program “Evolution of Railway Radio”. Thomas is also Vice Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee on Rail Telecommunication.

Ulrich GEIER

S2R IP2 - X2Rail Status & Plans

Ulrich Geier studied at the University of Stuttgart achieving the graduate engineer degree in Telecommunication Engineering, followed by his dissertation in the Institute of Industrial Automation and Software Engineering finished with PhD degree. Ulrich had several Senior Management positions in R&D at Alcatel in transmission technology, in Sales at AEG Mobile Communication as Director Digital Railway Communication, in Product Management at Nortel Networks and Kapsch CarrierCom regarding GSM-R product portfolio. Currently Ulrich is leading the X2Rail project Adaptable Communication System within S2R and is responsible for certifications and approvals for GSM-R network and mobile components for Kapsch CarrierCom.