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Wim Sweldens


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Wim is a proven technology, innovation, and business leader. He is currently an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia University and an adjunct faculty in NYU's entrepreneurship program. He also is a consultant advising several start-ups in the mobile data space.

Until the end of 2012, he was the President of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Division where he lead the global development and deployment of LTE 4G technology and oversaw the introduction of the award winning lightRadio small cell portfolio.

Earlier in his role as VP of Network Technology, Wim took the company’s Applications Enablement strategy from paper to practice. This strategy allows service providers to open and leverage their networks for the development of new services and applications. 

As founder and leader of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, a strategic new business incubator and investment division inside of Bell Labs, Wim managed the lifecycle, from concept to commercialization, for eight ventures, ranging from enterprise & consumer applications to groundbreaking mobile innovations for operators.

An innovator at heart, Wim developed several compression algorithms including the one used in the JPEG2000 standard. He authored and co-authored several top cited technical papers and was a member of MIT Technology Review’s inaugural class of top young innovators, the 1999 TR100. Global Telecoms Business selected Wim for its “Power 100 of 2009” list for his customer focus, attention to excellence, and accelerating ideas to market. He is a fellow of the IEEE and member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences.

Wim received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He lives with his family in New Jersey.

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