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About InterConnect

Our People

Richard Jacowleff (Chairman)

Rich JacowleffRichard Jacowleff is Chairman of InterConnect Communications and President of Telcordia's Interconnection Solutions group. He provides the overall leadership and business strategy for InterConnect's services to continue to assist regulators and service providers create open and competitive markets. As a recognised leader in the industry, Mr. Jacowleff has more than 25 years of experience in the communications market assisting customers with business transformation to address competition and trading partner collaboration.

Richard received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology in New York and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey respectively.

George Cray (Managing Director)

George CrayGeorge is Managing Director of InterConnect Communications. He leads the company’s strategic planning and delivery of InterConnect’s services through the establishment and management of working relationships with regulators, services providers and partners globally.

Most recently, George worked at JDS Uniphase (now Viavi) as a GM/VP leading growth initiatives for customer experience and service assurance solutions. Prior, George worked at Telcordia for over 25 years where he held several positions as a Senior Vice President leading international sales, marketing, product management, engineering, business development, strategic alliances, and channel strategy for a $600M product portfolio.

George earned an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management (1992) and a Bachelors of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (1986).

Suresh Subramanian (Advisor to the Board)

Suresh SubramanianSuresh is an Advisor to the InterConnect Board and previously held the role of Managing Director. He has served as a valued advisor to senior executives on the most appropriate strategies required by organisations to embrace regulatory, market, and technology initiatives.

Suresh is currently Senior VP – Global Industry Relations at iconectiv. Previously, he spent over 25 years at Telcordia where he most recently was a Senior Vice-President leading Global Consulting and Sales with a focus on advanced data analytics for interconnection solutions and numbering. He also ran a multi-million dollar global practice that provided expert-based solutions covering strategy, people, process and technology for the integrated communication marketplace, and spearheaded the company’s international expansion including the successful acquisition of InterConnect Communications. .

Suresh has Ph.D. (1988) and Masters (1986) degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelors degree (1984) in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Alan Turner (Finance Director)

Alan TurnerAlan joined InterConnect as Financial Director and Company Secretary in 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of finance, information technology and company administration.

Before joining InterConnect, Alan spent six years with the healthcare division of Compass Group, latterly as corporate commercial manager. Before that, he was with Stoy Hayward, initially in Toronto and then in London, specialising in corporate finance.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from Glasgow University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1986.

Eric Tyson (Director, Commercial Services)

Eric TysonEric has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1984, initially with BT dealing with equipment approvals, international affairs and market deregulation before joining InterConnect Communications as a senior consultant in 1995. Since then, Eric has worked extensively throughout Europe (in particular Central and Eastern Europe), Africa and the Middle East. He has broad experience of working with fixed and mobile operators, as well as regulators and ministries, advising on general regulation and specifically on cost allocation, interconnection, local loop unbundling and international benchmarking.

Eric is a regular presenter at industry conferences and often chairs conference proceedings. He speaks on a broad range of regulatory topics and specialises in interconnection and cost allocation. He holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Chemistry from the University of Durham (Hatfield College).

Davood Molkdar (Director, Spectrum and Wireless)

Davood MolkdarDavood joined InterConnect as Director (Spectrum and Wireless) in January 2014 and is responsible for all aspects of our spectrum and wireless consulting business. Davood has a Ph.D. and a 1st Class Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering together with over 27 years’ experience in academia and industry working on wireless technologies and related spectrum issues. He has a thorough understanding of radio propagation, wireless network planning and dimensioning, cellular and fixed wireless networks based on various standards globally and their design, modelling, simulation and analysis.

Davood also has extensive experience in cellular products development and end-to-end system design, specifications and procurement gained through working for the University of Leeds, GEC, NTL, Motorola and Arqiva. He has an in-depth knowledge of 3GPP and IEEE based technologies as well as DVB, transmission networks standards and products, broadband access and PMR technologies. He was the lead Motorola representative in the 3GPP EDGE working group developing physical and RLC/MAC layers specifications. He is very familiar with spectrum issues and has conducted several studies in this area including re-farming and rural broadband spectrum suitability through radio propagation and modelling analysis. Davood is a Fellow of IET, holds 11 granted patents and has had over 35 publications.

Roberto Ercole (Principal Consultant, Spectrum and Wireless)

Roberto ErcoleRoberto Ercole is a Principal Consultant (Spectrum and Wireless) and brings 27 years’ experience in Spectrum Policy and Engineering. Roberto worked with the GSMA for 10 years, leading the GSMA’s work with the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and 10 years for former UK regulators Oftel and the Radiocommunications Authority. He has also worked as an independent consultant, advising on radio spectrum engineering issues and spectrum valuations and for a UK GSM1800 operator as a spectrum engineer specialising in regulatory issues.

Mark McFadden (Principal Consultant, Internet Infrastructure and Governance)

Mark McFadden Mark is a specialist in global Internet addressing and naming. For five years, Mark was the Senior Strategist for Internet Naming and Addressing Policy at BT. With more than 25 years of operational and policy experience with IP addressing he has extensive experience in large-scale internetworking. He is an active contributor to work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and ICANN, and he is involved in the development of global internet addressing standards and policies.

He is also a regular contributor to the work of the Regional Internet Registries, including serving as the Chair of the Address Supporting Organization. Prior to working for BT, Mark taught in the Computer Science program at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Maria Farrell (Senior Consultant)

Maria FarrellMaria Farrell is a Senior Consultant on Internet Infrastructure and Governance for InterConnect Communications. Previously she was deputy head of corporate affairs and policy officer at ICANN, and has held positions as a telecoms and internet policy expert at the International Chamber of Commerce, the UK's Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales. Maria also led communications and an advisory project on electronic waste at infoDev, the World Bank/IFC program for technology and innovation for development.

Maria has fifteen years of experience as an expert and advocate on policy issues relating to privacy, telecoms policy, cyber-security, Internet naming and addressing and internet governance. She has worked in various national and international fora in Ireland, UK, France, Belgium and the US. Maria is a council-member of ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organisation where she represents European civil society stakeholders in the global generic name-space.

Maria is a Board Director and member of the Policy Advisory Committee of the UK's leading technology and civil liberties organisation, the Open Rights Group. Maria has an MBA (Hons), an MSc. in Government and a BA (International), History and Politics.

Stacie Walsh (Consultant)

Stacie WalshStacie Walsh is a Consultant on Internet Infrastructure and Governance for InterConnect Communications. She specialises Internet policy and regulation. Prior to joining InterConnect, Stacie was Project Assistant at Global Partners Digital where she managed and provided key support to a number of international Internet governance projects. In 2015, she completed a Master’s in Media and Communication Governance from the London School of Economics (LSE) where she specialised in cybersecurity and data protection. Stacie was selected as an ICANN54 NextGen participant in November 2015. Currently, she is a member of ICANN’s Registration Directory Service Policy Development Process Working Group.

Stacie has a MSc. in Media and Communication Governance (Distinction) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego (Magna Cum Laude). Over the course of her studies at the LSE she was an intern for the Media Policy Project. She also holds a professional French language proficiency certificate (DELF B2, 2014).

Mike Barford (Senior Consultant)

Mike BarfordMike is a chartered management accountant and regulatory specialist with over 17 years' experience in telecommunications regulation and finance. After some years as a commercial accountant in the manufacturing sector, he joined BT, specialising in regulatory pricing, running the Network Charge Control regime financial model, working with regulatory accounting and separation functions and managing the team responsible for the Carrier Price List.

On leaving BT, Mike joined Tiscali UK as Regulatory Director where he was responsible for regulatory strategy, policy and public affairs in a time of rapid growth and the development of LLU and NGNs in the UK. He was heavily involved on the industry side of Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Telecommunications and the subsequent BT Undertakings. He dealt with a range of regulatory issues, across telephony, broadband, business services and pay TV. Mike's particular areas of specialism include economic regulation and regulatory accounting, interconnection, access and infrastructure development. He joined InterConnect in July 2014.

Catherine Joyce (Senior Consultant)

Catherine JoyceCatherine is a member of InterConnect’s Commercial Services team, and is closely involved in developing cost allocation models and tariff strategies to help incumbents and competing operators to better understand their costs, as well as assisting regulators to determine interconnection policy and charges.

Before joining InterConnect in 2000, Catherine was a Senior Consultant with Cable and Wireless Communications, where she was responsible for interconnect cost research and analysis, traffic analysis and modelling and the development of interconnect strategies. Catherine has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Phil Rushton (Senior Consultant)

Phil RushtonPhil is a Senior Consultant with InterConnect specialising in Numbering but has wide experience of emerging issues within the telecommunications environment. He worked for BT for 31 years, where for the last 6 years he led development and application BT’s numbering policy and naming policy, and became responsible for BT’s relationship with Ofcom on Numbering Policy. Phil has key positions in International forums (where he is the editor for a number of key ITU-T Recommendations including ITU T Recommendation E.164), and undertakes key roles for Governments in negotiations associated with Numbering.

Phil has also been responsible for leading international discussions on behalf of UK and other European Governments across a number of important issues such as Child Online Protection and Climate Change.

Philip Warren (Senior Consultant)

Philip Warren Philip is a Senior Consultant with InterConnect, joining in April 2014, and has worked in the telecommunications industry for 40 years. His primary area of expertise is number portability which he has been involved with since its inception in the UK, firstly as an interconnect project manager in BT with responsibility for the initial roll-out of geographic number portability (GNP) and then later as Product Manager. After leaving BT in 2000, Philip took up broadly similar responsibilities in Cable & Wireless as their Number Portability Product Manager.

After implementing new service establishment with key operators at Cable & Wireless, Philip was seconded in 2004 to a start-up company, Bulldog Broadband, where he was charged with implementing number portability from scratch. From 2007 until early in 2014 Philip worked as a project manager for service provider Easynet (then owned by BSKYB), managing a number of projects such as developing managed video conferencing and establishing Business Continuity for the company. Philip is a certified Prince2 project manager and has maintained his status as an industry representative for Ofcom regulated products chairing the UK NP Process Forum for three extended periods between 1998 and 2006.

Les Oliver (Senior Consultant)

Les OliverLes is a member of InterConnect’s Commercial Services team, and is closely involved in advising regulators and operators on a range of numbering matters, including number plans and number portability.

Les has worked in the telecommunications industry for almost 40 years, initially with BT where he fulfilled a variety of roles, latterly as Product Manager in the Wholesale Equal Access Team with individual responsibility for Non-Geographic Number Portability, Carrier Pre-Selection and Local Loop Unbundling. In addition to leading the teams developing all aspects of these services, Les also represented BT on UK industry forums and worked with industry teams and the UK regulatory authorities in developing the relevant technical, process and commercial parameters for these products.

Tony Holmes (Senior Consultant, Naming and Addressing)

Tony Holmes Tony worked with British Telecom for over 35 years and led its Numbering, Naming and Addressing Policy and Strategy team. He has also held a number of key positions in relevant International forums including the ETSI Group responsible for Numbering, Addressing and Routeing (which he has chaired for over 10 years) and a number of rapporteurships on key numbering projects in ITU-T Study Group 2.

Over the past 5 years Tony has focused on key technology changes and the move towards IP-based networks, leading the numbering, addressing and identification work within ETSI TISPAN as well as participating in the various Regional Internet Registry debates on IPv4 and IPv6 addressing. He was elected as Chairman of the ISP and Connectivity Providers Constituency of ICANN and represented that group on the council responsible for policy development of the internet’s generic name space.

Steve Morgan (Senior Consultant)

Steve MorganSteve is a member of InterConnect’s Commercial Services team, specialising in access, interconnection and network planning issues. Since joining the InterConnect team, Steve has worked on a wide variety of projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Far East involving the planning and operations of telecommunications networks. Areas of work undertaken have included the provision of xDSL technologies, network and customer infrastructure strategic and detailed planning, technical due diligence assessments, strategic deployment and management of operator-independent open access networks.

Steve has also advised clients on issues relating to the impact of telecommunications on economic regeneration, the development of processes and procedures, network planning/operational performance and Quality of Service, Local Loop Unbundling network operation including collocation/distant location issues, and technical and operational issues around the deployment of open access Fibre to the Cabinet and Fibre to the Home Next Generation Access networks.

Leo Borwick (Senior Consultant, Interconnection)

Leo BorwickLeo has worked in a variety of senior roles in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years, specialising in business modelling, pricing, regulatory policy and strategy. He has worked with fixed and mobile operators, ISPs, equipment suppliers and regulators in the UK, Europe, Africa and South East Asia.

Leo's recent work has focused on LRIC cost analysis, pricing strategy and price cap reviews. Recent assignments have included building LRIC cost models of fixed and mobile operators, assisting an industry body with developing a consensus on NGN interconnection, and assisting the UK regulator, Ofcom, with their review of the future of mobile termination charges.

Jeremy Turk (Senior Consultant, Economic Regulation)

jeremy TurkJeremy Turk is an economist and strategist with some 25 years’ experience in telecommunications. After working for the Bank of England, Shell International and in academia, he was Manager of Regulatory Economics and Head of Strategic Economics at BT; whilst at BT he had close involvement with BT’s contribution to the Monopolies and Merger Commission investigation of fixed number portability and with Ofcom’s Strategic Review.

He was for several years Special Economic Advisor to the General Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain. He has taught and lectured on telecommunications regulation and economics and also acted as a consultant in telecommunications and more generally in the sphere for regional economic development. Jeremy also leads InterConnect's Economic Regulation Master Class.

Brian Aitken (Marketing and Bid Manager)

Brian AitkenBrian has been with InterConnect since March 2000 during which time he has worked on corporate roles involving lead generation, bid management and support for specific corporate marketing and project activities. His primary responsibility continues to be on business development and bid management however he is also responsible for the overall management of InterConnect's TRMC courses and training services.

Prior to joining InterConnect in 2000, Brian was an Account Manager with British Steel, working on well-known multinational accounts in the automotive sector before moving on to similar account management roles supplying into the electronics sector. Brian holds an MA Hons Degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in European Marketing and Languages and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing with whom he remains a Full Member.

Theresa French (Project Co-ordinator)

Theresa FrenchTheresa joined InterConnect in September 1997 as an approvals assistant in the Certification and Type Approvals department, a role which often developed into a full project management role for multi country / multi product type approval projects.

Theresa now assists in the co-ordination of all the company's consulting projects, assisting consultants to ensure client requirements are met in full. This involves managing international travel requirements, budget review and client invoicing in addition to general support for project reporting.

Theresa is also responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of the TRMC courses, including delegate enquiries and registrations and liaising with the training venue.