The Joint Activity Steering Group consists of the following representatives of GUTMA and GSMA, and manages ACJA and any other joint activities between GUTMA and GSMA.

Eszter Kovacs is the Acting Secretary General of the Global UTM Association.

She spent the first decade of her career at multinational companies, focusing on digitalization and telecommunication industries, on technical innovation and the drone sector. As a program and project manager, she contributed to the growth of several multinational companies drones programs, led implementations, mentored and advised their leaders regarding strategic planning, operational improvement and coaching best practices.

Eszter is convinced that professional credibility stems from personal experiences and constant learning. Thus following 10+ years of professional background, complemented by certificates in Agile coaching, Prince2 and a broad professional network, launching her own drones and telecom business seemed inevitable. She holds a degree in Military & Safety Engineering from the Hungarian National University of Public Services and she is currently attending Boston University’s digital leadership studies.

Barbara Pareglio is Technical Director, Drone Interest Group at the GSMA IoT Programme.

Barbara has been leading the GSMA Drone Interest Group for the last couple of years, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for the GSMA Internet of Things Programme, working on several aspects of IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT). Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in, and actively contributed to, several standards. The GSMA Internet of Things Programme help operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT. Operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

Technical working decisions are taken by the ACJA Decision Board, consisting of the following individuals.

Barbara Pareglio 

Program Manager of ACJA

See bio above

Mark Davis

Technical Lead of ACJA,

Mark Davis is an entrepreneur and 35+ year veteran of the mobile industry, focused currently on aviation applications of cellular.  He was a founding member and driver behind ACJA, and serves as its Technical Lead.  He is also a contributor to many other standards and industry efforts (ASTM, CTIA, ANSI, ATIS, 3GPP, FAA, GSMA, GUTMA, NASA, etc.).  He is a frequent speaker, presenter, and publisher on varied topics such as using cellular infrastructure as a general fabric for aviation functions, and co-optimized UTM/C2.

Previously, he was a founder of VIA Telecom, a cellular chipset company which sold over 130 million chipsets before being acquired by Intel, where he served as Vice President for several years.  Mark Davis earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.   He is also an active RC pilot and AMA member.

Decision Board Member

Vanessa Kuroda

Decision Board Member

Vanessa Kuroda is the Wireless & Communications Architect for Airbus UTM, working to create the wireless communications ecosystem needed to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into national airspace systems globally. This involves ensuring wireless communications standards, spectrum regulation, and requirements are created for UAS in a thoughtful manner, looking to the future of increased autonomy, densities, and risk classifications of operations.

Previously, she worked on many aspects of communication systems for autonomous space vehicles, namely small spacecraft, with the goal of ensuring that they communicated successfully to and from the Earth or with other spacecraft. To do so, she was involved with mission design, signal strength analysis, hardware integration and testing, and overall operations for small spacecraft, both in near-Earth and beyond, most notably with LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere Dust and Environment Explorer.

She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. After internships at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, she became the primary Spacecraft Communications Engineer in NASA’s Ames Research Center Engineering Systems Division, where she performed integration, test, and operations for LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer. In 2018 she joined Altiscope, a project within A³, the Silicon Valley innovation outpost of Airbus, which transitioned into Airbus UTM, an official Airbus organization. In addition to her engineering work, she stays active in engineering organizations and participates in STEM activities. She is also a hip-hop dancer with a talent agency in San Francisco and previously at USC, where she performed as a backup dancer for the Black Eyed Peas at the Kids’ Choice Awards

Peter Musgrove

Decision Board Member

Mr. Peter Musgrove is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T with 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He started his career with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in 1986 in Red Bank, NJ where he developed generic requirements and the associated standards for SS7-based services. In 1994, he joined McCaw Cellular in Kirkland, WA (which was later acquired by AT&T).

Peter has developed network standards for wireless and wireline telecom including regulatory standards supporting 911 emergency services and Next Gen 911, Real-Time Text, domestic and international lawful interception, Wireless Priority Service for Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) users, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and other public safety initiatives in ATIS, TIA, and 3GPP. Peter has participated in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry activities in GSMA, 3GPP, ATIS, and ASTM. Peter holds a BS Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, and an MS Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech.  

Jarrett Larrow

Decision Board Member

Jarrett Larrow is a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office; AUS-430 (Safety & Operations) Branch located at FAA Headquarters offices in Washington, DC. He facilitates cross-LOB efforts in development of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and leads the safety related aspects of the program.  Before joining the UAS Integration Office as a federal employee, Jarrett led similar efforts in Flight Standards focusing then on Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance technologies and concept development.  Jarrett also has spent over a decade in avionics standards and policy development within Aircraft Certification and previously within the UAS Integration Office.  He worked for Sikorsky Aircraft on both the S-92 and RAH-66 Comanche programs.

The following are the Work Task Leads of present Work Tasks (described in Technical Overview):

Work Task #1:  Aviation coordination with 3GPP

Stefano Faccin

WT1 Work Task Lead

Director of Technical Standards with Qualcomm Incorporated

Stefano has 26 years of experience in standardization and R&D for cellular networks and Wi-Fi, having been active in 3GPP, IETF, IEEE, WFA, and WBA. Stefano is active in 3GPP standardization for system architecture and verticals enablement, and is the rapporteur for the UAVs related work in 3GPP SA2. Stefano is also involved in ATIS, FAA and FCC activities related to UAVs. Stefano has previous experience in Telecom Italia, Nokia, Intel, Marvell, and BlackBerry.

Work Task #2:  Supplementary Data Service for coverage information.

Thomas Neubauer

WT2 Work Task Lead

VP of Innovations at TEOCO and Co-founder of Dimetor

He has more than fifteen years of experience in the management of wireless networks, working with tier-1 customers around the globe. Thomas is Co-founder of Dimetor, creator of AirborneRF, a software solution specialized for connecting cellular network data with aviation (ATM/UTM/FIMS) systems. Thomas also holds a position of VP Business Development and Innovations at TEOCO, a US based company providing software solutions to more than 300 communication service providers worldwide. Prior to that Thomas has successfully founded and grown a startup for cellular network optimization software, which he sold in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

Work Task #3 : Standard Aviation Service Profile

Gerry Libunao

WT3 Work Task Lead

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Verizon Communications

Gerry Libunao is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Verizon Communications supporting Verizon’s Wireless Standardization participation in Industry Forums and Partnership Projects and a key part of Verizon’s Advanced Technology Strategy team. He is the primary GSMA North America contact for Verizon and a member of various GSMA Working Groups and Projects. Gerry is currently focused on the future evolution of LTE Network Architecture, and 5G for IP based services and applications across industry verticals. During his 30 years of Telecom Wireless Industry experience, Gerry was involved with a combination of Information Technology positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of Rating, Billing, Customer Care, Service Creation and Delivery platforms. Prior to joining Verizon’s Network organization, Gerry was an IT Architect in the Verizon Wireless Data Solutions Group. Gerry has a Bachelor degree in Physics from Philippine Normal University.

Work Task #4:  MOPS and MASPS development for cellular

James (Jim) H. Williams

WT4 Work Task Lead

Founder and President of JHW Unmanned Solutions LLC

Jim Williams is the Founder and President of JHW Unmanned Solutions LLC. Jim advises his clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with specific emphasis on all things related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—a.k.a. drones. With over 40 years of experience in the Aerospace sector, Jim recently served as Manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office at the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This office functions as the single agency focal point for all UAS-related activities and is uniquely positioned to develop and coordinate solutions to UAS challenges across the FAA and with external organizations.