6th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference

Event Overview

The Asia Pacific Spectrum Management Conference has gone virtual!

Taking place across a series of individual sessions from 3 – 6 August, the conference will provide an online platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss topical issues relating to the management and coordination of spectrum policy across the region.

Held using an interactive virtual event system, sessions will go far beyond the standard webinar. Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and engage through interactive sessions, one-to-one and group networking, technology demonstrations, a virtual exhibition area and much, much more…

Sessions will include a focus on issues such as WRC-19 & 23, 5G rollout and key spectrum bands (in low, mid and high ranges), spectrum licensing and national roadmaps, rural connectivity, spectrum for verticals and much more.

The conference is part of The Global Spectrum Series. The world’s largest collection of regional spectrum policy conferences.

Registration is now open and FREE OF CHARGE for all attendees.

Organisers & Partners

Forum Global
Event Organiser
Forum Global specializes in policy focused conferences and events, providing a platform for discussion and debate on topical issues across a variety of different sectors. These events are organized with clients and partners and aim to progress ideas and actions on important issues, all within a balanced and neutral setting.Forum Global is the international arm of Forum Europe, which was founded by Giles Merritt, columnist for the International Herald Tribune, and is widely recognized as the leading EU dedicated event provider.Headed by a team of events specialists with over 19 years of experience, Forum Global works successfully with businesses, institutions and governments alike. Its strategic services can maintain and develop your key policy networks, and also deliver forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
Forum Vision
Event Organiser
Forum Europe’s virtual conference offering – Forum Vision – delivers strategic EU events online. Our virtual events are designed to enable partners, policymakers and other stakeholders to engage with each other on vital policy files, and to support transparency and inclusion in the policymaking process.We have the platforms and human expertise to power, plan, and execute virtual events, from long planned conferences to smaller roundtables. Critically, we can deliver these solutions in as little as 3 days and apply the same strategic offering as in the delivery of physical events.
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
Event Partner
APT is one of the key organisations of governments, spearheading development and innovation programs in cooperation with telecom service providers, manufacturers of communication equipment and research and development organisations in the field of Communications and Information Technologies. APT serves member countries on ICT in the Asia Pacific Region.
Diamond Partner
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 180 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards. Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society. We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
Diamond Partner
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population
Diamond Host
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Intel expands the boundaries of technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Additional information about Intel is available at intel.com
Conference Partner
Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.
Event Partner
Access Partnership
Event Partners
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Platinum Sponsor
Coleago Consulting
Coleago profile for conference website Founded in 2001, Coleago is a specialist telecoms management consulting firm. Our expertise has been developed exclusively within the telecoms sector and delivers a rare combination of telecoms-related commercial and technical skills and experience. Since 2001 we have worked on over 110 spectrum related projects in developed and emerging markets. Since 2017 our spectrum projects included the transition to 5G, including valuating spectrum most relevant for 5G such as 600MHz, 700MHz, 3.5GHz, and mm wave. We advise regulators on spectrum policy, spectrum roadmap, spectrum pricing, spectrum auctions and capacity building on the topic best practice in spectrum auctions. For mobile operators Coleago delivers regulatory advocacy and responses to consultation, spectrum valuation, bid strategy development and live auction support. Coleago also authored complete bid books for spectrum licence awards by means of a beauty contest. For further information, please visit www.coleago.com
Conference Partner
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Event Partner
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
Platinum Sponsor
Using a network of low-Earth-orbit satellites, Lynk (previously known as UbiquitiLink) is creating a global mobile service for mobile network operators—providing universal geographic coverage for existing mobile phones and cellular IoT devices in the most remote parts of the world. Users will have connectivity whenever they roam outside of terrestrial mobile tower coverage with no hardware or software changes needed to their mobile phone. Lynk’s satellites will provide the missing “link” to connectivity for everyone, everywhere.
Conference Partner
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs.
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Knowledge Partner
Aetha Consulting provides strategic advice to the telecommunications industry and specialises in undertaking rigorous data-driven quantitative assessments to help businesses, regulators and policy makers make major strategic and regulatory decisions. We work with our clients to develop creative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them in a constantly changing environment. Aetha helps operators and regulators to analyse the opportunities and threats arising out of changes (whether real or proposed) in their radio spectrum holdings. Throughout the recent unprecedented growth of wireless services, Aetha's staff have been at the forefront of spectrum policy. Our consultants have assisted regulators to award spectrum and develop regulatory frameworks, including supporting the European Commission to tackle issues such as spectrum trading and the digital dividend.We also support operators to understand their spectrum needs, value spectrum and bid in auctions. Each year we support 10-15 bidders in spectrum auctions - a total of over 80 award processes between mid-2011 and 2017 across all regions of the world. Our technical knowledge, combined with our rigorous valuation modelling approach, ensures that our clients are comprehensively prepared for auctions.
Knowledge Partner
NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation. NERA’s clients value our ability to apply and communicate state-of-the-art approaches clearly and convincingly, our commitment to deliver unbiased findings, and our reputation for quality and independence. Our clients rely on the integrity and skills of our unparalleled team of economists and other experts backed by the resources and reliability of one of the world’s largest economic consultancies. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 25 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Speakers include

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates.

Mario Maniewicz


Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

Areewan Haorangsi

Areewan Haorangsi

Secretary General,
Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

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Kyu-Jin Wee

Chairman, APG19,

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Atsuko Okuda

Regional Director, Asia & the Pacific,

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Denny Setiawan

Director of Spectrum Policy and Planning, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia

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Luciana Camargos

Senior Director Future Spectrum,

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Weizhong Xu

Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Product Line, Huawei

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Reza Arefi

Director of Emerging Spectrum Strategies, Intel

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Bernard Barani

Deputy Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, European Commission

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Cristian Gomez

Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA


All times listed in the agenda below are Jakarta local time (UTC+7).

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
13:00 - 13:25
Opening Ceremony
13:25 - 14:10
‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session

An opportunity to find out what’s happening in the exhibition and breakout areas over the course of the week, and to explore the platform and the networking area!

14:10 - 15:30
Session 1: Leading the way – 5G visions and early experiences across the APAC region

All around the world, commercial 5G deployment is now underway, and countries in Asia are very much leading the way. In countries across the region, we are seeing examples of 5G networks being launched and the first 5G handsets starting to become available. This session will look at the progress that has been made with the launch of 5G across Asia and elsewhere, and at what needs to be done to ensure that the region takes advantage of the leading position on 5G deployment that it currently enjoys.


  • What progress has been seen in countries across the APAC region when it comes to roll-out of 5G? Which countries are being seen as early leaders?
  • In examples of roll-out that have been seen, to what extent have early versions of the technology met expectations?
  • Beyond the first-movers / early leaders, what plans are being made for rollout of 5G in other countries across the region?
  • What are the key spectrum bands that are being seen for 5G at this early stage, and what bands offer the best options to deliver the required connectivity in the longer term?
  • How can the APAC region continue to innovate and push forward to ensure that it remains ahead of the game both with the continued roll-out of 5G, and also with the development of future technologies (Beyond 5G or 6G)?
15:30 - 16:00
Virtual Networking Break
16:00 - 17:00
Session 2: Managing spectrum in times of crisis – tools and techniques to keep societies connected

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic put a huge amount of pressure on communication networks all across the world. The imposed lockdowns and the resulting increase in home-working and use of web streaming and other services significantly increased broadband traffic, and served to highlight the critical importance of connectivity for business continuity. This session will look at the work that was done by industry and regulators across Asia and the rest of the world to keep societies connected, and at how access to spectrum was managed to help with this.


  • How did usage across networks rise during the crisis and what impact was seen for the various connectivity providers and stakeholders?
  • What response to this was seen by regulators and industry representatives across different countries, and what spectrum management tools and techniques were utilised as part of this?
  • What was learnt about the best ways to put under-utilised spectrum to use in times of crisis and the potential opportunities to rearrange access to it?
  • Which approaches worked best, and which were less successful? What lessons can be taken from the communication sector’s response to the crisis?
  • Did emergency services ultimately have access to sufficient spectrum to facilitate their response to this global crisis? Was anything learnt about the best way to deliver the reliable, robust connectivity that is required?
17:00 - 17:45
Showcase Session 1

Live demonstrations, discussions and presentations hosted by our partner organisations…

19:30 - 21:00
After hours… Session 3: Innovation and collaboration: Working together to deliver connectivity to the hardest to reach areas

Delivering connectivity to ‘hard to reach’ areas is a major challenge for technology providers and policymakers across the region. In a bid to tackle this issue, satellite operators, MNOs and other key partners who may traditionally have been competitors are increasingly working closer together, collaborating on the development of innovative new projects and solutions. From the most remote, rural, outlying locations to ships and aircraft all over the globe, connectivity is being delivered to areas that it has never before been possible. But there is still a long way to go. This session will look at the work in this area that is being done, the progress that is being made and the challenges that still remain. Focussing on some of the successful projects that are emerging, it will look at how different technology providers can come together to overcome the barriers and continue to connect the hardest to reach areas.


  • What tangible progress to narrowing the digital divide has been seen in Asia and across the world over the past few years?
  • What innovative and collaborative approaches are being seen? How can new technologies be combined with forward thinking policies to deliver real and tangible progress?
  • How are technology companies, connectivity providers and other key stakeholders collaborating to help deliver connectivity in rural areas?
  • What work is being done to deliver ubiquitous connectivity on planes and ships and how are satellite operators working with others to achieve this?
  • What are the spectrum requirements, and how can it be ensured that access to the necessary bandwidth is available?
10:00 - 11:30
Recap of ‘After hours’ session

For those not able to participate in last night’s discussion, it will be replayed from 10.00am

13:00 - 13:15
Keynote Presentation
13:15 - 13:30
Keynote Presentation
13:30 - 14:40
Session 4: Next steps – implementation of WRC-19 decisions and looking ahead to WRC-23

WRC-19 took place in Egypt at the end of 2019, delivering key decisions and directions on spectrum policy for the next four years and beyond. Now that the dust has settled, the general consensus from most stakeholders seems to be that overall a fair balance was reached. The next steps are now of course for the outcomes and decisions to be implemented, both in APAC and other regions around the world. This session will look at the work that needs to be done to do this and ensure that the additional bandwidth for IMT is made available as quickly and efficiently as possible. And with attention already starting to switch to WRC-23, it will then move on to look at the key agenda and items expected to feature there.



  • What new bands were identified for IMT at WRC-19 and what are now the next steps in order to ensure they are made available as quickly and efficiently as possible?
  • With 5G set to be delivered through a mix of technology and a ‘network-of-networks’, to what extent will the decisions at WRC19 help to meet the future requirements of key technologies such as satellite (including ESIMs), WiFi and HAPS alongside those of mobile?
  • Are there any lessons from WRC-19 that can be taken to improve the way in which WRC-23 and future conferences are co-ordinated?
  • What are the key agenda items and bands to be discussed at WRC-23, and what are the next steps in the build-up to this?
  • With much of WRC-19 focussing on 5G ‘capacity’ bands, what now needs to be done to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to deliver 5G coverage?
  • The 6GHz band is set to be one of the key topics for discussion in the lead-up to WRC-23. Where does the balance between licenced and licence-exempt use in this band?
  • Will we still be talking about ‘spectrum for 5G’ when we reach 2023, or will the focus have switched to B5G or 6G?
14:40 - 15:15
Views from outside the region…

Following the earlier session on WRC-23, speakers responsible for WRC-23 preparation in other regions will give their thoughts on the discussion that has taken place.

14:45 - 15:05
Networking Session
15:15 - 15:45
Virtual Networking Break
15:45 - 17:15
Session 5: A focus on high frequencies – The emerging mmWave ecosystem

One of the key focusses at WRC-19 was to identify additional spectrum for IMT in the mmWave bands, amnd more broadly, mmWave licences are now being awarded for IMT all around the world and services are beginning to be rolled out. This session will take the opportunity to look at the emerging mmWave ecosystem in a little more detail and discuss how the needs of all users in these key frequencies can be met.


  • Which mmWave frequencies are emerging as the key bands for 5G, and how are these being used by stakeholders both in Asia and around the rest of the world?
  • What is the situation in the US, where the focus on initial 5G roll-out has been predominantly based around mmWave frequencies? What early results are being seen and have these started to change any opinions on the potential that mmWave bands offer?
  • What is the true demand for mmWave spectrum? Will the increasing availability of mid-band spectrum (and with more in the pipeline for the near future) take the pressure off and mean there is less of a focus on mmWave for IMT?
  • How much mmWave spectrum was allocated for IMT at WRC-19 and what will this do to the future mmWave landscape? To what extent has this changed plans within mmWave bands both in Asia and elsewhere around the world?
  • Does the approach that has been taken in the 26GHz band strike the right balance between protecting satellite users and enabling the quick and efficient roll-out of 5G services?
  • To what extent can the approach that is being seen in that band be transferred and used in other bands?
17:15 - 18:00
Showcase Session 2
13:00 - 13:20
Thinking Point: AR/VR – unleashing the next ‘Killer App’
13:20 - 14:45
Session 6: To what extent is co-existence of 5G and satellite services possible in the lower C- band?
  • To what extent is trouble free co-existence between mobile and satellite in the C-band possible?
  • What approaches are being seen across Asia and the rest of the world to deliver this and release part of the band for mobile use?
  • What factors should regulators be taking into account when looking to deliver this, and how can it be ensured that the needs of satellite and other incumbent users are looked after?
  • What size guard band is necessary to ensure protection against interference What other technological and regulatory solutions can also help facilitate trouble free co-existence?
  • How can neighbouring countries work together to ensure that appropriate cross-border agreements are in place to protect border regions when different timings for the reallocation of spectrum are seen?
  • How close are we to achieving globally harmonised spectrum allocations for 5G in the C-band, and what benefits could this bring if it was delivered?
14:45 - 15:00
Speed Networking Session
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:45
Session 7: 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and beyond – exploring the wider mid-band ecosystem

All around the world, regulators are looking for options to open up additional mid-band spectrum for IMT (both 4G and 5G), beyond the C-band. The 2.6GHz band is one band that is being considered in the APAC region – it has good propagation characteristics and in addition has already been awarded to China Mobile, guaranteeing a hardware ecosystem. This session will look at case studies from countries in Asia and elsewhere, as well as examining the 2.3GHz, the 4.4-5GHz and other options that are being explored to provide alterative options for IMT services, both in APAC and around the world.


  • What are the most realistic options to provide the required mid-band spectrum for IMT both in the APAC region and around the rest of the world?
  • Beyond the C-band, how much additional mid-band spectrum is actually needed in order to both extend the development of 4G with wide bandwidth, and provide available spectrum for early 5G implementation?
  • To what extent can other bands such as the 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 4.4-5GHz bands offer an option?
  • What are the relative pros and cons of making spectrum in the 2.6GHz bands available on a paired (FDD) or an unpaired (TDD) basis? What is the situation across the region with countries favouring each respective approach?
  • How advanced is the development of the ecosystem across the mid-band frequencies, and what national plans are being seen across Asia?
  • What other users are present in these key bands, and how can it be ensured that the needs of all stakeholders are met?
16:45 - 17:30
Showcase Session 3
19:30 - 21:00
After hours… Session 8: Meeting the connectivity requirements of vertical industries

A major focus area for regulators all around the world at present is on the best way to provide vertical industry users with access to 5G spectrum. A number of different licencing models are being explored by regulators around the world in order to deliver this, including the option to offer vertical users the opportunity to acquire spectrum directly, through localised 5G licences. This session will explore the pros and cons of the various approaches that are being seen and discuss the best way forward to ensure an efficient and flexible spectrum framework that satisfies the many varied 5G and vertical use cases.


  • What examples of 5G commercial use cases are being seen across the region and how are their connectivity requirements being met?
  • What approaches are available to regulators looking to provide vertical users with access to the required spectrum?
  • What spectrum has been identified for vertical industries and in which bands?
  • What are the benefits in providing access to spectrum directly to vertical users as opposed to the traditional method of using networks provided by traditional MNOs? What new challenges are raised?
  • How are vertical sectors planning to use any spectrum that they are granted access to and what business models are being developed?
  • What spectrum bands are being considered, and to what extent can vertical users demonstrate sufficient value to society to justify access to sometimes hugely valuable spectrum in this way?
10:00 - 11:30
Recap of ‘After hours’ session

For those not able to participate in last night’s discussion, it will be replayed from 10.00am

13:00 - 14:15
Session 9: A focus on low frequencies – the emerging shape of spectrum usage in the sub-1 GHz band

Over the last 12 months, a number of countries across the APAC region have made some significant progress in assigning the 700MHz band – countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, have all now either re-allocated spectrum in the band to mobile or have plans to do so in 2020. When making the spectrum available, each country faces a number of decisions on how exactly to do this. This session will look at some of these questions in more detail, as well as more generally looking at the overall state of play of the spectrum landscape below 1-GHz band and the shape of the bandplan that is emerging and the various users in it.


  • What is the current state of play with regards to the re-assignment of the 700MHz band across the region, and where can we expect to be by the end of 2020?
  • What are the relative pros and cons of making the frequencies available on a paired (FDD) or an unpaired (TDD) basis?
  • Should regulators be looking at making the spectrum in the band initially available for 4G and then transition to 5G at a later stage, or is there an argument to allocate it for 5G use straight away?
  • When working on the digital switchover, should countries be solely considering the 700MHz band, or also looking at including the use of 600MHz for mobile broadband in their spectrum roadmaps?
  • How are the emergence of new digital broadcasting standards such as ATS3.0 shaping the future of the broadcast sector and its spectrum requirements? How can these be incorporated into the long-term UHF bandplan?
14:15 - 15:00
Showcase Session 4
15:00 - 16:00
Virtual Networking Break
16:00 - 17:00
Session 10: Planning Ahead – A focus on national roadmaps for 5G and the connected world

Across the region, countries are putting into place their national plans and roadmaps for 5G development. This session will take the opportunity to hear case studies from representatives of some of these on their plans and preparations for 5G and the connected world of the future.


  • What examples of spectrum roadmaps are being seen across the region?
  • How important are these in encouraging investment in next generation networks and new technologies?
  • To what extent are we seeing co-ordination across the region on both timing and bandplans, especially in neighbouring countries?
  • How can regulators plan ahead to ensure that they are not left behind when it comes to 5G rollout?
17:00 - 18:00
HAVE YOUR SAY… Conference conclusions and key takeaways

Opportunity for all stakeholders to bring their audio and video feed live to give the key conclusions, thoughts and takeaways from the conference.

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Event Background

Launched in 2013, and now in its sixth year, The Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference is established as the leading platform for spectrum policy discussion within the region. 

Event partners APT and Forum Global work with national Governments and regulators and industry stakeholders from mobile, satellite, broadcast, public safety, high altitude platforms and more to create a platform for debate that adds real value to the spectrum discussions taking place in the region.  

Previous Event

Taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2019, the 5th Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference welcomed over 300 delegates from across the region and beyond for high-level discussions on preparation for WRC-19, 5G, Spectrum auctions awards and pricing, the rollout of the 700MHz band and much more.

You can view more details of the 2019 edition of this event here.

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New Virtual Format

“Virtual events do not have to be passive experiences, limited to only watching presentations and panel discussions. They can be engaging and interactive, enabling face-to-face conversations and the possibility to connect with policymakers and stakeholders.”
As we transition The Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference to a new virtual format, our aim is to provide a platform that replicates the benefits normally enjoyed by attendees at the event when it is held in person and face-to-face.

The format of the event has been designed to not only enable participants to listen to the discussions and debates, but to also have the opportunity to network and engage with speakers, partners and other attendees.

Sessions will follow an interactive format, and include the following elements:

An interactive panel discussion with expert speakers, and the opportunity to ask questions and make comments using a live chat function

A ‘have your say…’ audience engagement session, where all participants will have the opportunity to request to bring their audio and video feed ‘live’ and actively participate in the debate

A virtual networking lounge, with options to take part in one-to-one networking meetings, join private networking rooms and visit the virtual exhibition area

A ‘Showcase’ stage, where speakers and partners will be providing technology demos, hosting interactive Q&A sessions, and taking part in smaller ‘breakout’ sessions on key topics

Event platform

This conference will take places using Forum Europe’s virtual event platform – Forum Vision


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Lula Howard using any of the details below.

Lula Howard
Event Manager
Forum Global


Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 026