IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications
15–17 November 2023 // Panama City, Panama

Industry Session

Date: Thursday, November 16th

Time: 15:30 to 17:00

Venue: Hotel Riu Plaza, Panama City, Panama

Room: Berlin 2


Presentation 1:

Time: 15:30 to 16:15

Title: Leveraging AI for Enhanced Recruitment: A GBM Initiative

Speakers: Gustavo Cuervo & Ivan Castillero (GBM)


GBM, a Central American and Dominican Republic leader in technology services, innovation, and solution marketing, is unveiling a pioneering tool designed to revolutionize the recruitment process. This AI-powered tool not only streamlines candidate profiling and selection but also aligns applicants' values, integrity, and experience with the ideal candidate persona. The aim is to identify individuals who best match the company's ideal profile and requirements, thereby optimizing the hiring pipeline and ensuring a seamless fit into the corporate culture.

Speakers Bios:

Gustavo Cuervo: Education Ambassador, with more than 19 years in the IT area in charge of Client projects using emerging technologies. Consultant in projects that involve the use of Artificial Intelligence and in charge of developing ecosystems with Universities in the Region to identify the best talents. He is a member for the 3rd consecutive year of the IBM Champion program worldwide.


Iván Castillero: Business Development intern at GBM, Bachelor in Psychology and master's degree in Data Science. He is in charge of the development of questionnaires, digital identity and participation in decision-making of the ELISA project. Advanced knowledge in data science and analysis using Python.


Presentation 2:

Time: 16:15 to 17:00

Title: SDN and RAN (including O-RAN) and its Benefits for Mobile Operators

Speaker: Bhalaji Kumar (Rakuten)


This presentation will discuss the latest technology, software-defined Networks (SDN), and its applicability to Mobile networks, specifically in Radio Access Network (RAN). Here, we discuss the fundamentals of SDN, how it plays a crucial role in RAN (including O-RAN), and the benefits it brings to mobile operators worldwide, along with some real-world examples of SDN-based RAN and use cases.

Speaker Bio:

Bhalaji Kumar is an accomplished global telecom expert with more than 30 years of telecom industry experience. He works at Rakuten as Director of Solution Delivery for Tier 1 operators. His diverse experience includes major Carriers such as Frontier Comm, MCI; OEMs such as Nortel and Cisco; Consulting companies such as Accenture and Deloitte; and Startups such as Schema. Across these industries, he has been involved in driving technologies such as broadband, wireless networks, SDN/NFV, Cloud, SD-WAN, automation, switching, transmission network technology, and end-to-end service delivery processes. His functional area in the telecommunications/data communications industry spans strategic planning product and services planning, combining operational areas with business sense.

He has also made numerous presentations and publications on technology worldwide and has written two books. He has advanced management from Stanford University, along with MBA, MS, and BSEE in Telecommunications/Networking. In his spare time, he teaches graduate-level courses at SMU in Dallas.