Cristian is an experienced manager with over 17 years of experience in telecom industry, covering an extensive spectrum of technology, business development and innovation management. He received a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Satellite and Mobile Communications department of the Politehnica University Bucharest in 2000 and also his M.Sc. degree in Optical Fiber, Fixed and Mobile Radio Communications at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 2001. Cristian also has an Executive MBA in Finance from University of Sheffield and has been working for Orange Romania since 2000, currently managing the Development & Innovation team of the Engineering department. He is currently coordinating several research projects in the following areas: future internet networks, cybersecurity, smart city, Wi-Fi offload for cellular data networks, monetisation of network’s APIs, mobile cloud computing and IoT/M2M. In addition, he is coordinating Orange Educational Program, Orange Fab Romania accelerator, Innovation Labs pre-accelerator and several Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects on various topics such 5G-PPP technologies and systems, next generation emergency services and critical infrastructure security.