Having taken over the CEO role at Accenture in September 2019, she has been referred to as “one of the most powerful women in corporate America” by the New York Times. One of only 15 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Julie has not only been a remarkable executive at Accenture, but a leading voice in favour of diversity, inclusion and workplace gender parity. Few companies have as far a reach as Accenture, working and advising countless companies across all sectors.
In an event such as MWC21, which aims to showcase “Connected Impact”, few executives embody that mantra as well as Julie Sweet and her team at Accenture.
IBM is one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, and under new leadership, is gearing up for the cloud era. Traditionally an infrastructure vendor, IBM has countless times shifted their resources to meet modern demand and services, and the cloud is their next big bet.
Revolut have (at risk of sounding redundant) revolutionised the banking market. By creating an online financial services firm, offering services such as currency exchange, international transfers, ATM services, etc, they’ve tapped into the need for simplicity in a growing complex world. According to Forbes, Revolut is one of Europe's top unicorns, having as of 2020. Now, the next steps in Revolut’s journey begins, by tackling the enterprise services sector.
“ I am excited to share with Mobile World Congress 2021 how Revolut is preparing for the next step in our mission to build the first global financial super app, and what this will mean for consumers and businesses alike.”
— Nik Storonsky
CEO and Founder of Revolut
The COVID-19 pandemic has reflected not only the significance of frontline medical staff and hospital services, but the need for robust IT and backbone services to allow for complex supply chains, hospital and medical treatment and much more to run efficiently. Sarah and her team spearhead NHS Digital, the arm of the UK’s public health service in charge of deploying, maintaining and developing the technology underpinning the medical services offered to the entire country.
Hear from Sarah about the impact of tech in medical services and the pandemic, and the role of connectivity in delivering the next generation of IT for its patients.
In a complicated geopolitical environment, ZTE continues to provide crucial and ground-breaking technological breakthroughs that are driving 5G and future-network deployment and readiness around the globe.
“ It has been a year of changes and uncertainty. We appreciate GSMA's great effort and fully support the plan to bring partners back in June next year for MWC21. It will not only be an event to see technologies and Solutions, but more importantly to connect and find out how the industry can contribute to our society in the future. We look forward to joining GSMA and welcoming you in Barcelona!”
— Xu Ziyang
Executive Director and President of ZTE
Cristiano will be taking over as CEO of Qualcomm Inc this June, and MWC21 Barcelona will be his chance to layout his vision for the company. As we see countless industries having to quickly digitalise, and move their assets to the cloud, together with the increased demand for 5G services, he has the exciting task ahead of maintaining and enlarging Qualcomm’s leading role as a key partner across the entire digital ecosystem.
The increasing demand for digital services and the need for telcos to reinvent themselves as digital factories has been at the heart of Reliance Jio’s rapid rise from founding to its current state as a major player in India. Their successful partnership model has meant services were widely available to their subscribers, offering tangible benefits over their competitors, and the gamble on its own digital transformation, and enabling that of its enterprise customers, has clearly paid off.
Matt will outline their next steps, because after all, where do you go after disrupting an entire sector?
During uncertain times such as the COVID pandemic, Neuro Electrics has thrived and sped up the roll-out and development of their product. Their brain monitoring and stimulation technology allows for remote diagnosis and monitoring of patients, a critically important factor during the pandemic. This has translated into the FDA greenlighting Neuroelectrics to help and follow-up depression patients from their home, a step which would have taken far longer in normal times.
Ana and her team are an example of bringing remote connectivity together with patient monitoring and treatment to create real impact in people’s lives.
Few companies have positioned themselves as strongly in the cloud services field as Amdocs under Shuky’s leadership. Their well-established partnership with AWS and others, and the recent acquisition of Openet, has placed Amdocs at a crucial position within the telecommunications ecosystem. 2021 is set to be a pivotal year for the company, and MWC21 Barcelona will host their keynote speech outlining their vision.
Pekka joins Nokia following an interesting few years for the Finnish vendor. A big bet on 5G is at play, and Nokia have been picking up contracts with the likes of DT, A1 Austria, Telia and many others. Pekka’s leadership has brought in a new era at Nokia focused on services such as cloud, managed services, hardware and more.
Telling the story of Starling Bank, Anne Boden told The Guardian “It’s crazy, I just started my own bank”. Anne Boden took innovation to heart and raised the necessary funding and created the technology behind Starling, an entirely digital and online banking experience. At an event where we often highlight not only entrepreneurship, but impact through innovation Anne embodies the spirit of creation with connectivity and digital technology at its heart.
2020 has been a busy year for China Mobile, the world's largest operator in terms of subscribers. With 5G network build-out targets ahead of schedule, 5G subscribers are now nearly reaching 70 million, cementing their place at the top of the 5G charts.
Be in no doubt Yang Jie and his team will not be resting on their laurels for 2021.