Thierry Klein

Head of Innovation Management for Verticals, Nokia

Thierry Klein is currently the Head of Innovation Management for Verticals at Nokia Innovation Steering, leading a large team of researchers, engineers and scientists across multiple departments, research domains and locations. The mission of the team is to conduct research dedicated to sustainable future communications and data networks, including the Internet, research that answers business needs related to energy efficiency, reduces carbon footprint, and leverages ICT technologies, platforms and devices for the benefits of other industries and society. He also serves as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of GreenTouch, a global consortium dedicated to improve energy efficiency in networks by a factor 1000x compared to 2010 levels.

He joined Bell Labs Research in 2001 conducting fundamental and applied research on next-generation wireless and wireline networks, network architectures, algorithms and protocols, network management, optimization and control. In 2007, Thierry founded a start-up company focused on wireless communications for emergency response situations within Alcatel-Lucent Ventures. Thierry served as the CTO of the Venture until his return to Bell Labs Research in February 2010, when he became the Director of the End to End Wireless Networking Research Department in the Networks and Networking Research Domain in Murray Hill, NJ.

He earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Nantes and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in Nantes, France. Thierry received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

He is an author on over 35 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and an inventor on 36 patent applications. He is a member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy and the recipient of a Bell Labs' President Award and two Bell Labs Teamwork Awards. In 2010, he was voted "Technologist of the Year" at the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards.