Sylvia Lu

Sylvia is a multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor and ambassador.

Sylvia has over a decade of experience in the Telecoms industry for four mobile generations (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) and was recently recognized as one of the UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering. She has been critically instrumental in the evolution of global technology standards for the Cellular Internet of Things to enable economics of scale – a technology that has now been deployed globally over billions.

Sylvia heads cellular technology strategy at u-blox, provides guidance on the impact of 5G technologies on products and strategy, as well as major inter-sector, multi-country international projects. She also provides industry-focused, independent advice to the UK government and policy panels on future plans for 5G development.

Sylvia serves on several national and global industry Boards: she is an elected board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless) Ltd since 2017, and serves on the advisory board of UK5G, which provides independent advice to the UK government and national 5G networks on future plans for 5G deployment. She was recently elected to the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) in June 2020, joined forces with global industry stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives.

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

Sylvia was handpicked as an Ambassador for the prestigious Women of the Future programme. She inspires and empowers female engineers and future leaders as a role model and through appearances and talks at schools and universities. She won several special recognitions for her work on empowering future female trailblazers.

Sylvia holds a first degree in Electronic Engineering from Birmingham University and an MSc. in Communications and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol in the UK. She recently received a Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma, a Pearson SRF BTEC Level 7 Advanced Professional Diploma that equips her to be a more effective NED.