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 2nd Workshop on “Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning”
 Paris, France, 20 - 21 September 2012



Christopher R. Barnes, University of Victoria, Canada

Chris Barnes is Professor Emeritus in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. From 2001-11, he was Director of NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional cabled ocean observatory, subsequent to being Director of Centre for Earth and Ocean Research and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Earlier, geology degrees (Birmingham, Ottawa) preceded academic appointments including chair of earth/ocean science departments at University of Waterloo, Ontario and Memorial University of Newfoundland, and as Director General, Sedimentary and Marine Branch, Geological Survey of Canada.

He has served as President, Geological Association of Canada, Canadian Geoscience Council, and Academy of Science of Royal Society of Canada, as a commissioner of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and member of International Ocean Drilling Program and International Commission on Stratigraphy.

He has received J. Willis Ambrose, Elkannah Billings, Past Presidents, and Logan medals of Geological Association of Canada, Bancroft Award of Royal Society of Canada, Pander Society Medal, Brady Medal of Micropalaeontological Society, the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Waterloo, Fellowship in Royal Society of Canada and National Academy of Sciences, Cordoba, Argentina and was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Kent Bressie, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Kent Bressie is a partner with the law firm of Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington, D.C., and heads its international practice. An expert on telecommunications regulation and international trade and investment, Kent has extensive experience with the whole range of legal and regulatory issues affecting undersea cables, with a particular focus on national security, environment, and law-of-the-sea issues. He has also long represented a range of companies in public international law matters, including undersea cable operators regarding treaty protections and coordination with other marine activities, and mobile carriers regarding the provision of international roaming services and on board cruise ships. Kent holds a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

Michael Costin, Director and Executive Committee Member of ICPC (International Cable Protection Committee)

Michael has been involved with the Executive Committee of the International Cable Protection Committee since 2005, where he is presently Chair of the ICPC Media Working Group and its lead rapporteur with the ITU/UNESCO-IOC/WMO Joint Task Force on “Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning”.

With 40 years experience in telecommunications, Michael has been involved with international submarine cables since 1994, holding various planning, development and management roles with Telstra and its REACH joint venture company. Michael is presently Head of Cable & Leased Capacity Planning & Engineering at Telstra Global and has been involved with several major Asia-Pacific cable projects, including the conceptualization, development and implementation of the Asia America Gateway cable.

Michael’s tertiary education includes a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales.

Mark Englund, Managing Director, TE SubCom

Mark Englund is currently Managing Director of Business Development at TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company. Mark was previously cofounder and CEO of Redfern Optical Components Pty Ltd from 2001 to 2010, a supplier of high performance optical fibre filters to the terrestrial and subsea telecommunications industry and the optical fibre sensing industries. Mark has a PhD in optical fibre sensing from the University of Sydney, Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrés J. Figoli, Telefónica

Andrés works as a Senior Legal Counsel in the Legal Affairs Head Office of Telefónica International Wholesale Services (Montevideo - Uruguay) since March 2002. This office covers the entire legal field related to corporate business, including regulatory and corporate governance issues, maintaining statutory books and record of all affiliates in America, Asia, and Europe, and contract drafting and negotiations regarding wholesale telecommunication services (VSAT, Internet Transit, VPN, Capacity IRU, etc.), alliances, submarine cable tendering projects and maintenance activities, etc.

He started working in Guyer & Regules Law Firm (Montevideo) through a remunerated internship obtained by competitive examination. It was performed through a forward contract from April 2000 to February 2001, working in the Litigation Department, and from February to December 2001, in the Corporate & Banking Department.

Andrés graduated as an Attorney at Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Republic University (Uruguay), in February 2002, and holds a LLM (Master of Laws) from Northwestern University (Chicago, USA), April 2010.

He is a lecturer for cable submarines in many organizations, and he is responsible in Telefónica for a plan to improve the legal framework in Latin America to protect these critical infrastructures.

Also he is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at Faculty of Law, Republic University (Uruguay), since April 2004.
Noriyuki Fujiwara, Senior Manager, NEC Corporation

Noriyuki Fujiwara received the D.Sci. degree in Geophysics from Tokai University in 1986. After joining NEC in 1986, he has served as researcher at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). between1995 and 1997 For more than 15 years, Dr. Fujiwara has been playing major roles in the system design and management of ocean bottom seismometer and tsunami monitoring systems including those for Japan Meteorological Agency, JAMSTEC and Taiwan Weather Bureau among others. He is currently deputy project manager for ongoing DONET-2 observation system for JAMSTEC and also for Earthquake and Tsunami Observation Network along Japan Trench for National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) of Japan.

Douglas Given, Project Chief, U.S. Geological Survey, S. California Earthquake Monitoring, Caltech Seismological Lab

As the USGS Earthquake Early Warning Coordinator Doug coordinates the efforts of USGS and its university partners in developing an earthquake early warning capability for the U.S. He is also Project Chief for Southern California Earthquake Monitoring and manages both the seismic and GPS earthquake monitoring networks in southern California. These networks record more than 12,000 earthquakes each year and provide real-time earthquake information to emergency responders, engineers, and scientists. He holds a B.S. in Geology from UCLA (1978) and an M.S. in Geology (1983) from California State University, Los Angeles.

Bruce Howe, University of Hawaii

Bruce Howe has spent much of his career developing and using ocean acoustic tomography to measure large-scale ocean temperature and currents. Major effort has been directed at fixed and mobile sensor network infrastructure to accomplish the science.

In the Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC) program, Howe installed two cable systems with acoustic transceivers, one off Kauai and one on Pioneer Seamount off California. Subsequently in 1997, Howe helped start the NEPTUNE cabled ocean observatory program with the first study of multi-node systems with high power and bandwidth. This led directly to MARS, a single node system off Monterey California; NEPTUNE Canada, the first true multimode regional observatory; and the US NSF OOI Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) system currently under construction. The power systems and moorings and profilers being used in these are based on Howe’s work.

Now at the University of Hawaii as research professor and chair of Ocean and Resources Engineering, Howe successfully completed the development and installation of the ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO; 100 km north of Oahu, Hawaii. This is the deepest (4728 m) cabled observatory in operation today. It is delivering real-time data from two hydrophones on the web.

Guillaume Le Sourd, Geographic Information Systems Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, UN

Guillaume Le Sourd graduated in Sustainable development studies and geographic information systems at the University of Geneva.

After working in UNEP on environmental assessments and WHO on health mapping, he joined the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations in Burundi as a GIS specialist. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as GIS officer in the Cartographic Section of the United Nations on international boundary issues, cartography and peacekeeping operations planning and support.

In 2010, he joined DOALOS/OLA. He is member of a team of GIS officers who provide technical GIS support to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. In that context, he also works on the development of an international maritime limits database. He also contributes to the Secretary General's reports on oceans and the law of the sea focusing on technical and scientific aspects of ocean affairs developments.

David Murphy, Director of Science, Sea-Bird Electronics

David Murphy has been with Sea-Bird Electronics since 1991. Currently he leads Sea-Bird’s science activities. Prior to that he directed Sea-Bird’s research and development department, participating in both management and engineering. Before joining Sea-Bird he was part of Texas A&M Oceanography department’s technical support group as a lead engineer.
Masanao Shinohara, Professor, University of Tokyo

Masanao Shinohara is a professor of marine seismology at the Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He graduated in physics at Kyushu University and received M.S. and Ph.D. in seismology from Kyushu University and Chiba University, respectively. His researches into earthquake generation and structures of the Earth have contributed to the development of new observation apparatuses in the marine environment. Recently, his interest aims to the development of a new ocean bottom cabled seismometer system using ICT and the first system was deployed in the Japan Sea in 2010.
Norma Spruce, Director Marketing Communications, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, Alcatel Lucen

Norma Spruce joined Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks in 1999. Before joining ASN , she worked in various commercial and project management roles for international telecommunications companies based in the UK. Up to 2011, she led ASN Customer Support managing after sales services including warranty management and operations and maintenance support for submarine networks customers. She currently leads the ASN marketing communications team and is actively involved in the planning of SubOptic 2013 conference to be held in Paris in April 2013. Norma holds an MBA in International Business from City University, London and BA Hons in geography from the University of Liverpool.
Motoyoshi Tokioka, NEC Corporation

Motoyoshi Tokioka has over twenty five years of experience in the international telecommunications system supply market, always working closely with world-class telecommunications operators, public and private organizations. Highly skilled at working across diverse cultural boundaries, Mr. Tokioka has successfully been satisfying a variety of customers’ needs. He served as Vice Chairman for the SubOptic 2007 Program Committee and now is a part of the Executive Committee for SubOptic 2013. Based in Tokyo, Mr. Tokioka is currently responsible for Global Sales and Marketing of NEC’s Submarine Networks business. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.


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