Ofcom has today announced that Mansoor Hanif has been appointed as its new Chief Technology Officer.
The Chief Technology Officer helps to ensure that Ofcom’s work for people and businesses is informed by current developments in networks and other technology.
Mansoor was most recently Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab at BT, leading research into both landline and mobile networks.
Before joining BT in 2016, he held a number of positions at the mobile operator EE – now part of the BT Group. These roles included overarching responsibility for integrating the Orange and T-Mobile networks, which together formed the EE network; and leading the technical launch of the UK’s first 4G network.
Mansoor’s previous roles include positions at other European mobile phone networks, including Vodafone Italy and various operators in the Orange Group. He also established his own engineering company in Rome.
He will start on 17 September, and takes over the Chief Technology Officer role from Steve Unger, who left Ofcom in June.
Mansoor Hanif said: “The industries Ofcom regulates are evolving at an unprecedented rate – this dynamism is driven by technological innovation. I’m particularly excited to join Ofcom at this pivotal point when ultrafast broadband, 5G mobile and the Internet of Things are converging to transform communications and increase productivity across all industries.
“My priority will be to help Ofcom accelerate the growth of world-class, secure and universal communications services across the UK – underpinned by the most creative and innovative technology."
Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to appoint Mansoor as Ofcom’s Chief Technology Officer, where he will bring extensive, specialist knowledge and experience.
“This important role helps to ensure our work is informed by current and emerging technology, and that our regulation works effectively in the digital age. As we take an increased role in cyber security, this is more important than ever.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Mansoor holds a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London; and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur, a French postgraduate degree, from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications de Bretagne.