CHETAN SHARMA
 
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Chetan Sharma Consulting is one of the most respected management consulting and strategic advisory firms in the mobile industry. We are focused on evolving trends, emerging challenges and opportunities, new business models and technology advances that will take our mobile communications industry to the next level. Our expertise is in developing innovation-driven product and IP strategy. Our clients range from small startups with disruptive ideas to multinational conglomerates looking for an edge. We help major brands formulate winning, profitable, and sustainable strategies.

 

Chetan Sharma                chetan at chetansharma dot com

Chetan Sharma is Founder and President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. He is considered a leading authority on the mobile data technologies and consumer trends. Chetan sits on the advisory boards of Ericssson, Telefonica, Kymeta, and many other startups. Some of his clients include NTT DoCoMo, Disney, KTF, China Mobile, Toyota, Comcast, Motorola, FedEx, Sony, Samsung, Alcatel Lucent, KDDI, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Skype, AT&T Wireless, Reuters, Juniper, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Reliance Infocomm, SAP, Merrill Lynch, American Express, and Hewlett-Packard.

Before starting his consulting practice, he was founding Director of Emerging Solutions practice at Luminant Worldwide. Prior to his leadership of the R&D group, Sharma served as founder and Director of Luminant's wireless practice. In this role, he oversaw global client engagements, provided vision and strategic direction, conducted wireless research and development, and established partnerships with leading industry players such as IBM. Prior to that, Chetan was a systems engineer and product manager, focusing on mobile communications, at Cellular Technical Services, where he worked on creating RF Fingerprinting solutions to prevent wireless fraud. His work was instrumental in making a big dent in the $1B industry-wide fraud problem. He also worked at Philips Consumer Communications - a joint venture between Lucent and Philips.

Chetan is the author or co-author or editor of ten books on wireless: Wireless Internet Enterprise Applications, VoiceXML: Strategies and Techniques for Effective Voice Application Development, Wireless data services: Technologies, Business models, and Global markets Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market, and Wireless Broadband Technology: Conflict and Convergence. He is also the editor of Mobile Future Forward Book series published by Chetan Sharma Consulting. His books have been adopted in several corporate training programs and university courses at New York University, Stanford University, and Graduate School of Tokyo University. Chetan has written over 125+ articles and papers covering various topics on wireless. Chetan has patents in wireless communications, is regularly invited to speak at conferences worldwide, and is an active member in industry bodies and committees.

Chetan is interviewed frequently by leading international media publications such as Time Magazine, NY Times, WSJ Interactive, MIT Technology Review, WIRED, Information Week, Japan Media Review, InfoWorld, Wireless Data News, Mobile Communications International, GigaOM, etc. and has appeared on NPR and CNBC as wireless technology expert. He frequently addresses several telecommunications industry trade delegations to the US such as executive teams from Japan, Korea, and Finland. He served on the US advisory committee of Korea-Pacific US States Joint Conference on wireless and multimedia. Chetan has published several articles and industry reports on topics ranging from wireless multimedia to WLAN to UMTS. Chetan was also a contributing analyst of one of the most preeminent wireless print magazines - Wireless World and has published several cover stories and articles for the same.

Chetan is one of the leading strategists on IP matters in the wireless industry. He has advised clients with some of the biggest patent portfolios in the world and worked with players across the wireless value chain. He has been retained as an expert witness and advisor for some of the most prominent legal matters in front of the International Trade Commission (ITC) such as Qualcomm vs. Broadcom and Ericsson vs. Samsung.

Chetan is also the chief curator of the popular Mobile Breakfast Event Series and the Mobile Future Forward Executive Summits.

Chetan is advisor to CEOs and CTOs of some of the leading wireless technology companies on product strategy and IP development. He serves on the advisory board of many startups. In addition, Chetan also advises some of the largest financial institutions on wireless technology and companies in the sector. Chetan is regularly invited by various US government agencies to speak on wireless data and security related matters. He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Computers Society.

Chetan has MSEE from Kansas State University and BE from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee. He loves travel, history, and is an avid sports fan. He was captain of the university (IIT Roorkee) badminton team and has won university championships in India and the US.

Sarla Sharma               

Sarla Sharma is Vice President of Operations at the firm. She has several years of experience working with KPMG and Arthur Andersen. Her experience includes regulatory compliance, process re-engineering, risk management, cross-group project management, financial statement audit, financial analysis, development and implementation of policies and procedures. Sarla has worked for Fortune 500 companies in various industries such as Wireless and Telecom, Banking and Financial Institutions, High Technology, Insurance, Retail, Healthcare, and Entertainment. Her clients include T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless (Cingular), Western Wireless (Alltel), Clearwire, Microsoft, Getty Images, Washington Mutual, Costco, Nissan, aQuantive, and others.

Sarla has managed regulatory compliance and risk management projects for large wireless carriers, some of the biggest financial institutions, and other fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft. She has won several recognition awards for her client work. Sarla is a published author of research papers in the wireless industry. She is a Six-Sigma Green Belt.

Sarla has a BS from University of North Carolina and Masters in Economics.

 

 

 

 

 
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