Sylvia Lu

Head of Technology Strategy/ Board member
u-blox/ 5G-ACIA

A multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor, start-up mentor and ambassador, she has over a decade of industrial experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) and was recently recognized as UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering. She has been critically instrumental in the evolution of global technology standards for the Internet of Things to enable economics of scale – a technology which has now been deployed globally over billions.

Sylvia is the Head of Technology Strategy at u-blox, a Swiss creator and global leader of wireless chipset and modules, where she heads cellular technology strategy, global standards and industry alliances. Sylvia holds several NED seats on national and global industry boards (5G-ACIA, UK5G and CW (Cambridge Wireless)), and provides industry-focused, independent advice to policy panels and the government on future plans for 5G developments. She recently joined the IET UK Digital Panel, helps to raise awareness of societal impacts of emerging technologies in relation to resilience of cross-sector infrastructure.

Sylvia operates on an international stage as keynote speaker on 5G, emerging technologies and global standards for a wide range of stakeholders (highlights incl. House of Lords, United Nation's International Telecommunication Union, Mobile World Congress, Ofcom, IET, IEEE), and contributes to industrial magazines and journals, some of which have been translated into 6 languages with a global reach.

Handpicked as an Ambassador of the Women of the Future (WoF) programme; inspires and empowers female engineers and future leaders as a role model and through appearances and talks at schools and universities. Sylvia passionately promotes diversity and inclusion, winning several special recognition for work on empowering future female trailblazers.

Interesting fact:

Sylvia is also an amateur artist and has been awarded a Fellowship at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges for a better future for people.