OCTOBER 11 – 12, 2023 | Richardson, TX

5G Americas 2023 Analyst Forum Speakers

Charlie Zhang

Samsung Research America


Charlie Jianzhong Zhang is SVP and head of the Standards and Mobility Innovation Team at Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping, and standards for 5G/6G and future multimedia networks. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board with FiRa Consortium, which is dedicated to the development of seamless user experiences using the secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities of interoperable UWB technologies. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO, CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.

Imran Akbar

New Business


Imran Akbar is VP for New Business, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics America. His team is focused on growing Samsung’s presence with a variety of service providers, cable companies, tower companies, U.S. government and enterprises.  Prior to joining Samsung in 2016, Imran was VP & GM for Enterprise Networks for Zebra Technologies, where he launched wireless locationing solutions, expanded enterprise Wi-Fi to address Enterprise IoT, and executed on programs to build-out product distribution.  Prior to Zebra, Imran was VP & GM of Enterprise Networks and Communications at Motorola Solutions, where amongst he led the business unit tasked with building, selling and servicing enterprise-class Wi-Fi products and applications for Retail, Transportation & Logistics, and Hospitality verticals.

Paul Teixeira

Staff Engineer
New Business, Technology Solutions


Paul Teixeira has worked 30 years in the Telecoms industry. Today, as a Staff Engineer in the Technology Solutions group in the Samsung Networks business, he works with Cable, MSO and Enterprise customers in developing and deploying 4G/5G wireless network products, primarily using the CBRS band. Recently he was involved in the development of a small cell for DOCSIS/strand where the reduction of the energy footprint was a key objective.

Sanjay Kodali

Head of Networks Technology
Networks Business
Samsung Electronics America


Sanjay has 22 years of wireless telecommunications experience leading various projects in 3G, 4G and 5G technologies. He recently joined Samsung Electronics America, Inc., as Head of Technology for Samsung Networks’ AT&T customer team. Before that, he worked more than 15 years in Samsung R&D, where, he led systems architecture, systems engineering, SW development, SW testing, and performance assurance, as well as Network support teams in the Radio Access Network technology solutions group. His work played a significant role in deploying Samsung CDMA/FDLTE/TDLTE Radio Access Network solutions in tier1 U.S. operator wireless networks.

Shamik Shah

Sr. Director
RAN Systems Engineering


Shamik Shah is the Sr. Director for RAN Systems Engineering for Samsung Electronics America, where he leads the radio access networks team to provide RAN products to customers in North America.


Shamik joined Samsung in June 2000 as a Systems Test Engineer, working on Samsung’s CDMA system. He played a key role in launching Samsung’s CDMA service in Puerto Rico, followed by Samsung’s first WiMAX launch in Baltimore and then Sprint Network Vision project comprising of 3G, 4G and 5G systems. Shamik continued to work on newer technologies such as ORAN and vRAN and helped launch products for Verizon and Dish. Shamik is now driving the RAN requirements and providing cutting edge products and features to customers in USA