Dritan Kaleshi

Director, Technology, 5G, Digital Catapult

Speaker Bio

With 30 years experience and contributions as a technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and interoperability, Dritan is Director of Digital Infrastructure and 5G Technology at Digital Catapult. Dritan has established and leads the Future Networks 5G and Digital Infrastructure areas in Digital Catapult, delivering technology development and innovation in advanced ICT systems and their adoption in enterprise infrastructure in the UK. He has founded, and strategically leads, some of the most successful UK interventions in telecommunication ecosystem, including the SONIC Labs and UK Telecommunication Innovation Network (UKTIN).

An acknowledged thought leader in his field, Dritan has published over 75 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability, and is frequently invited to speak on advanced digital infrastructure and communication systems. He has represented the UK in international standardisation bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees, and provided technical advice to industry and the UK government. 

His focus is on national coordination of future networks R&D&I and how to best support advanced digital infrastructure and connectivity technology uptake, growing UK capabilities in telecommunications R&D, as well as developing in Digital Catapult  technical advances on new 5G/6G network architectures, network and service orchestration, edge computing and IoT support.