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Koichi Tagawa is the General Manager of Global Standards and Industry Relations Department that is in charge of technology standards and technology industry relations of the FeliCa Business. Since 2002, he has supported the popularization of NFC and FeliCa from the standardization point of view. He actively contributed to the establishment of the NFC Forum, holding the position of Vice-Chairman from the start of the Forum in 2004 until becoming Chairman in September 2008. He enthusiastically continues to contribute to the enhancement of the NFC ecosystem throughout the contactless application industry.
Mohamed Awad is Director, Product Marketing, Mobile and Wireless at Broadcom Corporation. At Broadcom, Mohamed is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s NFC offerings. Prior to joining Broadcom, Mohamed co-founded Ember Europe, where he brought ZigBee to the EMEA region, and served as a director on the ZigBee Alliance board. He has also held various marketing, business development and engineering management roles for several semiconductor and networking companies, including Avici Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Nortel Networks. Mohamed holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Data Communications from the University of Massachusetts.
Frank Dawidowsky is Senior Engineer at the European Technology Center of Sony Corporation, located in Stuttgart, Germany. Frank has been active in the NFC Forum since its inception. He has more than 8 years of experience in standardization and has been an active contributor in a number of specification organizations and industry associations, including ETSI and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Debbie Arnold has been involved in NFC since 2002 and was a founding member of the NFC Forum while at Visa. She has supported the marketing and strategic planning efforts of the Forum since 2006 and is now director of the organization. Previously Ms. Arnold was vice president for global consumer strategies at Visa International. While at Visa, she headed the global smart card migration effort and developed a new payment product, Visa Horizon, for emerging markets. Prior to joining Visa, she worked in various capacities in the telecommunications and financial services industries.