Mr Rob van den Dam

IBM Corporation

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IBM Corporation


Rob F. van den Dam is the Global Industry Leader, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment (TME), IBM Institute for Business Value (the business think tank of IBM). In his role, he is responsible for developing strategic TME Thought Leadership and Eminence. As such he contributes to IBM’s global TME strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Global Business Services (GBS) Senior Leadership team.

He graduated from the Delft University in Aerospace Engineering (with honours) and got a Phd. Before joining IBM he was Senior Principal at Data Sciences and one of the founders of the Telecommunications practice. He received the highest (Platinum) Acclaim Award for achieved global recognition as a Telecommunications Thought Leader within and outside IBM. He also received a Fellow Award from the California State Polytechnic University.

Rob is a recognized speaker/presenter – often being invited as keynote speaker - at almost all major industry conferences, such as TMForum, ITU, GSMA, IBC, CommunicAsia, Total Telecom, DigiWorld, Broadband World Forum, World Telecoms Council and the European Commission i2010 Industry roundtable.

In the last 15 years, Rob has authored more than 100 reports, articles and blogs. He has published articles in, among others, Annual Review of Communications, Jnl. of Telecommunications Management, European Communications, Forbes, Total Telecom Magazine, Broadcast Engineering, Telecom Asia, IBC365, Mobile Europe, Admap and Wireless Asia. He regularly writes blogs for TM Forum, ITU, Insights on Business and other social media.

Specialties: Strategy, Thought Leadership, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment