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catherine mulligan

Cathy Mulligan

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Expert on Digital Transformation, Big Data and Blockchain

Chief Technology Officer of Public Sector at Fujitsu

Adviser to governments and multinational corporations about digitalisation

Dr. Cathy Mulligan is an expert in digitalisation covering technical, economic and policy applications of digital technologies. She is a Researcher at Imperial College and Co-Director of the ICL Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering. She also holds an Honorary Research position at University College London, where she is Chief Technology Officer of the GovTech Lab and DataNet, which focuses on the potential and application of blockchain, AI and advanced communications technologies as a foundational part of the world’s governments and economy.

Cathy delivers research in technical, economic and policy applications of digital technologies and digital transformation.  In addition to her theoretical research, she also has extensive experience of translating her research into real world solutions for multi-national corporations and start-ups alike.

She is a Fellow and an Expert of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council through the GULF and a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Co-Operation.   Until December 2017, Cathy served as standardisation lead for the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force and Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management.

Her research interests lie in the area of new economic structures enabled by the digital economy, in particular the role of cybersecurity and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the creation of trust in digitally-enabled industries, governments and in the creation of citizen-centric smart/sustainable cities.

Dr Mulligan regularly advises a variety of governments on the role of digital technologies including the UK, EU and Australasia.  She has acted as an advisor and Non Exec Director to several companies.

Prior to her academic career, Catherine gained 15 years international experience in the Mobile Telecommunications and ICT industries.  Working on a variety of cutting edge technologies, Catherine experienced first hand the complexities of successfully taking innovation to market.

She has published several books, with topics ranging from mobile technologies to the evolution of innovation within the communications industries from 1960 through 2010.


5G Networks


5G Networks: Powering Digitization provides an overview of the standard 5G Core, as well as giving descriptions of cloud technologies- considered central for 5G- and the key concepts in the 3GPP rel-15/16 specifications.

Written by the authors who are heavily involved in the development of the standards and who wrote the successful EPC and 4G Packet Networks, 2nd edition, this book provides an authoritative reference on the technologies and standards of 3GPP’s 5G at the network layer.

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