Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wireless Innovation Forum opens Europe office

WASHINGTON, USA: The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to driving technology innovation in commercial, civil, and defense communications worldwide, has opened a European office, located in Brussels, to provide stronger support to its current European membership and the growing advanced wireless market in Europe.

“A key tenet of the Forum’s 2010 to 2014 Strategic Plan, as approved by the members during the Annual General Meeting held on December 3, 2009, was the development of regional plans to better support the needs of our members and potential members around the world,” said Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “This action directly supports that strategy and reconfirms the Forum’s status as an international organization.”

The Forum currently has 116 members, 29 of whom are in Europe, and holds an annual European event designed to bring together the advanced wireless community to explore the evolution of reconfigurable radio. The call for papers for the third annual European event will be announced September 9, 2010 and the event itself will be held June 22 to 24, in Brussels.

The expansion supports the specific goals established by the Forum’s Board of Directors in the FY2011 Operations Plan, which include growing regional participation, supporting the specific needs of the local member organizations, chartering regional chapters of the Forum and supporting those chapters in holding local meetings focused on regional issues, and establishing regional workshops and conferences focused on specific areas of local interest.

The Forum has retained Brussels-based Interel Association Management Company to support the new office. Established in 1983, Interel is a leading European corporate affairs consultancy, focusing on public affairs, corporate communications and association management, underpinned by a suite of online and offline creative services. Interel operates through own offices and partners across Europe and internationally.

Milagros Mostaza-Corral, director, Interel Association Management and Senior WInnForum European liaison officer, commented: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to partner with the Wireless Innovation Forum and look forward to supporting the expansion of the Forum’s important programmes and activities in Europe. We believe that with the now existing on-the-ground delivery capability and proximity to members and partners in Europe we will be able to further build the WInnForum community to address the emerging wireless communications requirements in Europe.”

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