Ralph Simon

Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global Limited

Ralph Simon

Speaker Bio

Wednesday, 30 June | 09:30 - 11:00 | KEYNOTE 6: NEXTECH

Ralph Simon is acknowledged as one of the original founders of the modern mobile content industry. Over the last two decades, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer & innovator, helping grow the mobile content, mobile health and international mobile entertainment industry,  while playing a central role in its impact and presence around the world.

Simon heads the international Mobilium Global Group, which provides high-level strategic, political, investment, expertise & insight to telcos, tech companies, brands, media companies & professional organizations across the entire mobile spectrum.  From Mobilium Global's offices in Helsinki, Mumbai, Los Angeles & London, Mobilium provides high-level guidance to mobile handset makers, telco operators, technology companies, media companies, mobile health companies , movie & TV networks, streaming global music & You Tube companies, ad agency groups, & platform providers around the world.

Ralph Simon guides & advises clients & companies on high-level  innovative & practical ways to expand revenues & revenue development, through effective & practical mobile “disruption”.  Specific initiatives accurately target  brand development product & mobile revenue growth & “community”, including maximising mobile profile attention, political reputational growth  impact, & profitability. Expertise includes deep knowledge of the use, distribution & mobile in  mobile platforms, apps, health & education content, entertainment content, mobile music, mobile games, mobile money, mobile social media, A.I. & VR  & latest  mobile media technology & SIM-card technology applications.

In early 2014 Mobilium Global’s pan-Africa subsidiary launched the first comprehensive, pan-African and Africa-specific mobile health delivery network known as the Smart Health Hub. (http://www.gsma.com/newsroom/gsma-announces-mhealth-partnership/)  With one billion Africans  and some 950m  African mobile subscribers, Mobilium  effectively helped pioneer mobile health delivery, a new development for the global mobile industry. Mobilium Global  worked with The Global Fund for AIDS, TB & Malaria & the World Health Organisation (WHO) , the  official participants in Smart Health Consortium, as is SafePoint Single-Use Syringes, & with the support of the World Health Organisation’s Maternal & Newborn Health arm (PMCNH). Smart Health Hub is part of a wider range of mobile commerce, software and innovation that Mobilium has begun to bring to Africa and APAC, embodying mobile health, mobile wallet technology, mobile payment systems & new ways of using mobile gamification, mobile social messaging, mobile social music & mobile social lifestyle reserach into creating better lives for mobile user  citizens everywhere. 

Simon also works around the world providing  high level mobile media & content guidance & counsel to global thought leaders, governments, ICT Ministers & government development, media companies, media properties to identify global mobile revenue opportunities & shape mobile strategies worldwide. In addition, he works closely with the GSM Association, the global governing body of the international mobile phone industry & their London & USA  headquarters.

In May 2013, CTIA – The Wireless Association, based in Washington, DC, appointed Simon as its official Global Ambassador. The CTIA is North America’s principal wireless & mobile trade association, whose members include all the major telcos, device manufacturers & infrastructure industry players. Simon helped CTIA to expand its spheres of technology & policy influence in North and South America, and in emerging markets world-wide.

Simon began his career co-founding the Zomba Group of music & content IP companies (including record label Jive Records)  in the 1970s, building it into the world’s leading independent music & music publishing businesses. In the early ’90s, he came to the USA & established a media company in SIlicon Valley.  In the mid 90’s he was appointed Executive Vice President of Capitol Records & Blue Note Records in Hollywood, and built Capitol Records & EMI’s emerging new media business into a successful & significant global enterprise that established new business models for the entertainment  industry..

In 1997, Simon correctly predicted that mobile phones would become the indispensable voice/social networking-and-music companion for consumers & their increasingly mobile lifestyles. He created a start-up called Yourmobile & persuaded US a& UK music publishers to embrace this new mobile medium by granting what would become the very first ring tone rights & licences. Yourmobile became the first commercial ring tone company in the Americas, Europe, UK, Australia & Africa, & spurred a new & international mobile entertainment industry. In 2003, Vivendi Universal purchased Yourmobile, renaming it Moviso, where Simon remained as an advisor. Today, Simon is popularly known as the ‘Father of the Ring Tone.’

Between 2005 and 2009, Simon served as the global mobile producer for three of the highest profile, live global broadcast events in history. Live 8, Bono & Sir Bob Geldof’s nine-city global concert, brought mobile connectivity to nine capital cities and an international television audience of over 800,000,000 viewers. This enormous people-powered call-to-action resulted in the G8 countries reducing the debt of the world’s poorest nations. He was also the Mobile Producer of Al Gore’s  global Live Earth global event & telecast, the world’s first eco-centric global impact event that spanned 10 countries and brought the vital message & visibility of global climate change to a worldwide audience of over 500,000,000 television viewers & online participants. In 2009, Simon was the Mobile Producer for the TED.com’s  (www.ted.com) Prize-winning project,  Pangea Day, a global multi-platform broadcast event from TED,  featuring short films from world-wide international filmmakers. By integrating a mobile/SMS layer to all these worldwide events, Simon helped set the standard for integrating mobile technology as an essential element in global television & major global event broadcasting.

The influential trade publication Mobile Entertainment magazine named Simon as one of the world’s Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment for 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2010, & in 2007, he received its special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Global Mobile Entertainment Industry.  He continues to be recognised and honoured for his impact in the global mobile industry.

Internationally, Simon is known as a highly impactive & popular speaker & moderator on all aspects of mobile commerce, content & the creative digital industries. He has delivered keynote addresses at major international gatherings in,Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Presidential Innovation Forum Conference & Open Innovations Forum in Moscow, the  Mobile World Congress, the  Pioneers Tech Festival in Vienna, the TED Global conference, the World Copyright Summit (in Brussels a& Washington, D.C., Jakarta, Indonesia, Slush in Helsinki, Finland,  the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) in The Netherlands,  The Kofi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence in Accra, Ghana, Digital Entertainment world in Los Angeles, the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance conference in San Diego, the Rutberg Wireless Influencers’ Conference in Palos Verdes, California, SXSW (Austin, Texas), Brilliant Minds Symposium in Stockholm, The Eurasian Partnership Summit  in Yerevan, Armenia, DLD Tel Aviv & Munich, Techsylvania in Romania, The African Leadership Network in Mauritius, Africa 4 Tech in Marrakech, Morocco & Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in San Diego - where he serves on the faculty of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine Faculty.  He is in much demand as a popular speaker at numerous other high-level speaking engagements around the world.

Currently, he serves on the boards of several companies, including Hungama Digital Media Entertainment (India’s major mobile Bollywood content producer), and is a long-standing jury member of The World Summit Awards and World Youth Summit Awards, the United Nations- linked global contest & its Sustainability Development Goals' annual global mobile apps/platform competition. Simon is the Chairman Emeritus of the influential Mobile EcoSystem Forum – Americas, which he founded. The MEF  (www.mobileecosystemforum.com)  - the global voice of the international mobile eco-system industry.

He also serves on the Global Business Council for Education (GBC-Education) – the GBC came into being at the urging of the Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP, former British Prime Minister, and now Special Education Envoy for the U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon

Ralph Simon travels the world on a relentless search for the latest in mobile & device innovation, the best new emerging mobile markets’ start-ups, with special emphasis on latest relevance & implementation across  Europe, Africa, Asia/APAC & the Americas. He has formidable knowledge about ways to deliver mobile content, “social broadcasting” & entertainment & grow the creative industries.  He has deep &  critically important knowledge & understands what drives “Screenagers” the world over. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK  & a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the USA.  He is based in London but almost always on a plane to where latest mobile innovation is bubbling.