Sylvia Lu

Senior 5G Tech Lead, u-blox

A multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor, start-up mentor and ambassador, Sylvia has over a decade of industrial experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) and was recently recognised 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.

She offers guidance on impact of emerging technologies on products and strategy, as well as major inter-sector, multi-country projects. She also provides industry-focused, independent advices to the government and policy panels on future plans for 5G development.

Sylvia is an elected Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless) and was appointed to the Advisory Board of UK5G in 2018. She was appointed as Vice-chair of UK5G International Working Group in 2019, co-leading development of UK proposition and engagement plan with overseas government and industry bodies. Sylvia 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.

Sylvia was 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 was recently 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.