2023 Programme Committee

Announcing the theme,
the committees and how you can get involved

The theme for the 2023 conference is Navigating the Open Seas – Collaboration on our Critical Infrastructure.

Since the SubOptic 2019 conference, major worldwide shifts have further highlighted the criticality of subsea cables as part of our global infrastructure. The pandemic of 2020 has created a new age of remote working, and the impact our industry has on facilitating the global digital economy is more important than ever before. Fundamental changes that require cross-industry collaboration are needed to keep pace with the growth in demand being experienced by the submarine industry. Closing the digital divide via increased connectivity and access is underway with new systems being built across the world, and as the industry builds an ever expanding subsea infrastructure, the environmental and social responsibility of the subsea community is essential.

As for recent SubOptic conferences, we have split the role of Programme Chair and Papers Chair. The Programme Chair will be assisted by a number of individuals from the industry, ensuring the breadth and depth expected of the programme selection and will challenge some of the established practices in the structure of the conference programme. The Programme Chair and Committee is now in place and planning has begun.

The Papers Chair will be assisted by a Vice Chair in each of the topic areas and these Vice Chairs are also now in place. 

Announcing the
Programme Committee

Building on successive successful prior conferences we are planning an even more exciting and challenging conference programme. We are delighted to announce that the Programme Committee for SubOptic 2023 will be:

Programme Chair

Maja Summers


Papers Chair

Valey Kamalov



Programme Committee

Jas Dhooper


Ola Khaled

Telecom Egypt

Tabata Materan

DIB Working Group Chair

Elaine Reed


Elizabeth Rivera Hartling


Alice Shelton


Simon Webster



If you have an idea that you think could form the basis of a masterclass or any other presentation, round table or workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Maja, maja.summers@vodafone.com