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Steve Bell
Steve Bell

Steve's coverage at Heavy Reading includes the Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies, focusing on the evolution of the mobile Internet and its impact on digital life. Steve joins Heavy Reading with more than two decades of experience as a strategy, marketing and technology advisor, analyst, speaker and commentator on the mobile Internet and the emerging IoT space. He previously worked with Motorola in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., where he led technology roadmapping, strategy, product and business development teams that developed 2G, 3G and 4G cellular devices for the global market. In addition, Steve is an entrepreneur who has founded two companies: KeySo Global LLC, an analysis and advisory firm specializing in strategy, marketing and innovation, with a focus on mobile technology; and My City Tag LLC, a digital city services platform with an initial market focus on parking. Steve holds a First Class B.A. Honors degree in Business from Kingston University, England.

Zach Butler
Zach Butler

Zach is a regular contributor to IoT World News, sharing his experience from engagements with major players across both industrial and consumer industry verticals. He specialises in understanding how companies are already using, or looking to use IoT technologies to transform their business. 

Jeremy Coward
Jeremy Coward

Jeremy Coward is Senior Editor and a lead community manager for IoT World News. He specialises in content focusing on connected innovation, specifically concentrating on smart cities, smart homes and keeping the IoT secure. He previously worked in marketing for the UK’s National Outsourcing Association, and blogs on literature and politics in his free time.

Ulf Ewaldsson
Ulf Ewaldsson

Chief Strategy and Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology for the Ericsson Group

Ulf Ewaldsson was appointed as Ericsson's Group CTO in February 2012 and became Chief Strategy and Technology Officer and Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology in September 2016.

Prior to February 2012, Ewaldsson was Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson's Business Unit Networks. In this position, which he held from January 2007 until February 2012, he was instrumental in helping to create some of the products that reflect Ericsson's technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio-access network; the multi-standard RBS 6000; and the antenna-integrated radio unit.

Ewaldsson is the chairman of Ericsson's Research Board. He is also a member of Lund University Board and the Ericsson-LG Board in Korea. He is involved in the European strategic work regarding ICT and Telecom taking part in the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) headed by the European Commission in Brussels. He has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations, which has taken him to leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hungary and Sweden.

Ewaldsson was born in Skåne in southern Sweden in 1965. He graduated with an MSc in Engineering and Business Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden

Craig Galbraith
Craig Galbraith

Craig Galbraith joined VIRGO's Communications Network in 2008. He is responsible for writing, editing and managing news content for Channel Partners and Billing & OSS World. He also heads up video initiatives for the editorial team. Before VIRGO, Craig spent 11 years in television news as an anchor, reporter and managing editor, the bulk of that coming at KIMA-TV in Yakima, Wash., where he and his news team won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Craig has a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from the University of Washington in Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @Craig_Galbraith.

Edward Gately
Edward Gately

Edward Gately is a contributing editor for Channel Partners Online, a publication that tracks the global IT channel. Prior to that, he spent 26 years as a reporter for newspapers in Arizona, Louisiana and Texas. In addition to technology and the IT channel, he has covered corporate business, growth and development, and state and local government. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lynn Haber
Lynn Haber

Lynn Haber is a Senior Editor at Channel Partners. A veteran reporter, she's covered many IT industry transformations over the years, and admits it never gets old.

Niall Hunt
Niall Hunt

Niall Hunt is digital lead – content & communities, at KNect365. He is an award-winning journalist, digital strategist and content marketer, experienced in creating compelling and engaging content, digital campaigns and developing effective digital teams.

Dan Jones
Dan Jones

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

Ray Le Maistre
Ray Le Maistre

Don't be fooled by the weird cod-French surname: Ray's as British as corned beef and bad teeth, despite affecting a sheen of Continental sophistication by his constant references to fancy-dan "proper" coffee. He's even trained as a barista, for god's sake.

Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternational and Communications International.

A slave to fashion, Ray is never seen in the same outfit twice. When not trawling the malls of Epsom, U.K., for the latest in skinny jeans and what-have-you, Ray is often to be heard banging on about SPIT (Service Provider Information Technology), which is also known as TATRTCA (The Acronym That Refuses To Catch On).

As a soccer nut, Ray likes nothing better than cheap jibes about Manchester United. If you bump into him at a trade show, be sure to make some remark about prawn-sandwich-eating supporters or similar – he'll love it!

Iain Morris
Iain Morris

Iain Morris joined Light Reading as News Editor at the start of 2015 -- and we mean, right at the start. His friends and family were still singing Auld Lang Syne as Iain started sourcing New Year's Eve UK mobile network congestion statistics.

Prior to boosting Light Reading's UK-based editorial team numbers (he is based in London, south of the river), Iain was a successful freelance writer and editor who had been covering the telecoms sector for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist (classy!) and The Observer, besides a variety of trade and business journals. He was previously the lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and before that worked as a features editor at Telecommunications magazine. Iain started out in telecoms as an editor at consulting and market-research company Analysys (now Analysys Mason).

Buffy Naylor
Buffy Naylor

Buffy Naylor is managing editor of Informa Exhibitions' Business Technology Network, responsible for the production of print and digital publications. Prior to joining the company in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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