Antonio Forenza, PhD 

Antonio Forenza, PhD
SVP | Mobile Technology Executive | Inventor | Startup Founder

Dr. Antonio Forenza is a results-oriented mobile technology executive, startup founder, inventor and experienced manager in charge of hiring and leading R&D and product development teams. His most recent position is Senior Vice President of R&D at Rakuten Symphony leading IP management, standardization, R&D lab and partnerships. Prior to that, Antonio was co-founder and CTO of Artemis Networks where he pioneered Distributed Massive MIMO vRAN technology for 5G mobile networks, leading its development from initial proof of concept to product launch and deployment. He has over 20 years of experience in R&D and product engineering in different companies in the mobile industry including Iospan Wireless (that pioneered MIMO technology for FWA products), ArrayComm (developing smart-antenna technology for 3G base stations), Samsung SAIT and Freescale (creating IP for LTE and WiMAX systems).

Antonio holds an MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, a specialization in Mobile Communications from Institut Eur├ęcom, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Antonio is an inventor of over 250 patents issued worldwide, has made contributions to wireless standards and authored several international IEEE publications. He is the winner of the best student paper award at the IEEE 2006 Vehicular Technology Conference. He is also an FAA certified private pilot IFR, FCC amateur radio Extra operator and volunteers as 1st Lieutenant at the Civil Air Patrol.