GRAPA Vacancies (Telco Experience Not Necessary)

All sorts of conference company seem to have me on their mailing list, so it comes as no surprise that I sometimes get spammed about events that stupidly include speakers from GRAPA. What caught my attention about this week’s Billing & RA CACA was that Papa Rob and Little Louis decided they were too busy to share their wafer-thin knowledge of fraud management (neither has actually worked in a telco fraud department). In a bizarre move, they made GRAPA’s Member Services ‘Director’ go instead – forcing her to speak on the topic of ‘Making Fraud Prevention Equal Fraud Protection’ (whatever that means). Why is this bizarre? Because she has no fraud management experience! Or telecoms experience, outside of the short time she has been with GRAPA. According to LinkedIn, her background is in:

Fund raising, Minority Politics, Gender and Sexuality, Government Affairs

Hmmm. Perhaps GRAPA is short of money. Or maybe they intend to start an LGBT special interest group. I suppose Lifelong President Papa Rob might be contemplating a democratic election within GRAPA (he normally avoids them). But I would feel cheated if I went to a telecoms conference where the speakers had never worked in telecoms, and know nothing about the topic they’re talking about. GRAPA must be the one training business that sees no contradiction in employing lecturers that know less than the listeners. Complaining about GRAPA antics is futile, but conference companies should do better. Billing & RA CACA is organized by Informa, a reputable basis. Informa will find their reputation damaged, if they keep engaging speakers like this.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.