Raj Sivalingam

As Executive Director for Telecommunications and Spectrum, Raj leads techUK activities relating to:

· Communications Infrastructure - Fixed and wireless telecommunications equipment and networks.

· UK Spectrum Policy Forum – The industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future approaches to spectrum.

· Satellite Applications and Services

Raj's previous career background gives him a rare senior-level working experience spanning Government, regulation and the technology industry. In his current role, he is responsible for promoting the interests of our member companies on a number of fronts: negotiating and influencing government and regulatory policy, knowledge sharing (across industry) and thought leadership, and enabling market development (eg. in tackling business barriers). In response to a request from Government, he established The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, to act as a sounding board on the future approaches on spectrum.

Prior to joining techUK he was a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Among the roles he performed during this time was that of Director for UK Space Policy and European Relations. In this, he led the development of UK government policies and strategy on space activities. This involved working closely with Ministers and officials across Whitehall. He was also responsible for leading UK's negotiations in EU fora on the European space policy. This time has given him a good working relationship with a range of government departments and senior officials.

Prior to this, he worked at The Radiocommunications Agency, RA, (now Ofcom). As Head of Business Unit, his responsibilities included leading spectrum policy and licensing operations for a number of wireless services. He also has expert knowledge of frequency planning and equipment standardisation, for example in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute and CEPT.

In the private sector, he gained valuable experience working in small and large firms in the space and communications fields. Among the roles he occupied were those of Chief Technologist at M/A-Com Ltd and senior programme manager at Matra Marconi Space Ltd (now Airbus).

He has an MBA from Imperial College. He also has a B.Eng degree in Electronic Engineering (Sheffield University) and is a chartered engineer. He gained an Executive MBA at Imperial College, London.

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