GSMA makes foray into virtual events space with GSMA Thrive series




The GSMA has announced the launch of a new series of virtual events and forums called GSMA Thrive series, with the inaugural GSMA Thrive China event set for June 30 – July 2, 2020. While the world adapts to the challenges of physical distancing necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the GSMA will offer the best of the industry’s voices and perspectives to learn from and to connect.

As part of its commitment to unlock the power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive, the The GSMA will offer GSMA Thrive China 2020 keynote and online sessions to all participants for free.

“At a time when connectivity has never mattered more, the GSMA is excited to offer a new online stage. This is the first of a series of exciting enhancements to achieve GSMA’s Vision: to unlock the power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive,” said John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA. “Like our physical events, our new GSMA Thrive platform shows how the GSMA is continuously innovating ways to harness the collective knowledge of global decision-makers and industry leaders. GSMA Thrive China brings people together to build relationships and deliver meaningful solutions for our future.”

GSMA Thrive China builds on the extensive work the GSMA is doing advancing the industry in China and globally, and consists of three-days of online activities that bring GSMA’s development and advocacy efforts together with the industry’s brightest minds. The virtual platform is designed to provide world-class content and explore new ways for the industry to engage, interact and network. GSMA Thrive China includes keynote addresses, online presentations and panel sessions which contain unrivalled insights and best practices. For the first time there will be a virtual exhibition that provides additional opportunities targeted at start-ups and innovative companies, all of which aim to help businesses recover and emerge more robust than ever.

At the virtual forum, industry leaders will discuss key topics in the region and globally, such as Accelerated Digital Transformation, AI, Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Response, the Future of IoT, 5G Innovation and Investment and the 5G Era. Executives scheduled to headline the three-day virtual programme include:

  • Rachmat Kaimuddin, CEO, Bukalapak
  • Yang Jie, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Ke Ruiwen, Chairman and CEO, China Telecom
  • Yoriko Goto, Chair of the Board, Deloitte Tohmatsu Group
  • Minette Navarrete, President, Kickstart, Globe Telecom
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Wang Jianzhou, Senior Advisor, GSMA
  • Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman, Huawei
  • Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm
  • Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra
  • Anna Yip, CEO, Smartone Vodafone

GSMA Thrive China has been sponsored by GTI; Huawei, ZTE, Deloitte, and Fibocom Wireless.

Registration to the GSMA Thrive China is now open.

Hoffman concluded, “While we would always rather chat with a person than an avatar, there are many meaningful takeaways and inspired insights that we can offer via GSMA Thrive, which harness the collective knowledge of our industry’s best minds. So until we meet again, welcome to GSMA Thrive China.”

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