Sylvia Lu, FRSA

This page contains my official biography, as well as some details on how best to contact me.

1. Biography

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. Sylvia is a Fellow of RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Sylvia is Head of 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 is an elected CW (Cambridge Wireless) Board Director since 2017 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 initiated and recently signed a MoU with 5G-ACIA on behalf of UK5G to shape the future of 5G for Industrial 4.0.

In 2020, Sylvia was elected to the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) to set strategic direction, collaborate with relevant stakeholders to influence 5G development and deployment in line with industrial imperatives.

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, Westminster eForum, 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 for the 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 recognition for her work on empowering future female trailblazers. Most recently, Sylvia was named in the prestigious Computer Weekly “Most Influential Women in the UK Tech” 2020 list.

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.

Sharing thoughts on the barriers to tackle for the next stage 5G roll out in the UK, at Westminster eForum, London, UK (Jan 2020)
Invited to speak at the Mobile World Congress, MWC 2019 in Los Angeles, US
Session on: IoT in Manufacturing: Automation, Optimization and Robots.
Speaking at the panel – Mobile World Congress, MWC2019 in Los Angeles, US;
Session on: IoT in Manufacturing: Automation, Optimization and Robots.
 Initiated and signed a MoU with 5G-ACIA on behalf of UK5G to shape the future of 5G for Industrial 4.0
UK5G Advisory Board meeting @RIBA London on 16th of Oct, 2018
Speaking at ITU on licensing practices for industry segments (Jan 2019, Geneva, Switzerland)
Invited to judge SyncTheCity startup finalists, Nov 2019, Norwich, UK
Speaking at the House of Lords, Nov 2018, London, UK
Celebrating 10th anniversary of IET Engineering the Future of Communications series.
UK Top 50 Women in Engineering 2019, featured in the Guardian
Sylvia was recognised as UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women Engineering Society and was featured in the Guardian newspaper.

Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2018 Finalist
Sylvia was nominated as Asian Women of Achievement Awards finalist in the Science and Technology Category, an award to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life.

2. Contact

The best way to contact me is as follows: