Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator, in Vanuatu
Before becoming the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator in Vanuatu, Alan Horne completed a three year term as
Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Bahrain. This appointment followed a long and
distinguished career in the telecommunications industry working with consumers, equipment suppliers, operators, regulators and
Governments. In 2009 Alan was voted one of the Top most influential people in the Middle East. Under Alan’s leadership TRA Bahrain
won, in Nov 2009, an award for the most progressive Regulator of the Year by the association of operators and ISPs in the 25
countries making up the SAMEA Region (Southern Asia, Middle East and Arica). In December 2009 CommsMEA announced that TRA Bahrain
was Regulator of the Year.
Alan sold his Telecommunications Consulting business in 2001 and became financially independent. Rather than retiring Alan has set
his personal objective to utilise his experience to benefit the society in which he lives.
Alan has acted as a senior advisor, to Ministers, Regulators and Boards of companies throughout Europe Middle East and Africa, in
developing policy and liberalising telecommunications and broadcasting markets. Alan has played an active role in Europe in the
formative years of liberalisation participating in and chairing working groups for the European Commission and the European
Telecommunications Standards Institute. (ETSI). He has an in-depth experience in all aspects of regulation leading to the
development of a sustained competitive environment. He has been President of the Arab Network of 18 Regulators, Chairman of
Eurostrategies a Belgium based consulting firm, Chairman and Managing Director of InterConnect Communications a regulatory
consulting firm he founded in 1984 and sold to Telcordia Technologies of the USA in 2001. Alan is an experienced Chairman, Board
Member and CEO and has a proven track record of building consensus resulting in decisions which takes forward policy and business.
Managing Director & President, Alcatel-Lucent New Zealand and Pacific
Andrew Miller is the Managing Director and President of Alcatel-Lucent New Zealand and Pacific Islands.
Andrew’s pedigree in the global telecoms industry includes nine years with Orange-France Telecom where he was a key member of their
corporate IT&N Operations function responsible for the delivery of a number of large operational optimisation programmes, including
the outsourcing of their Network Operations across a number of different countries.
Along with a variety of different customer development and management roles within business sectors both in the UK and overseas,
Andrew has been with Alcatel-Lucent in the role of Strategic Deals Director within the Services Division working across the globe,
while based out of the UK, for the past two years.
Andrew understands the challenges facing the operator today and the complexities of delivering strategic transformation programmes
ensuring successful outcomes for the business are achieved.
Ayapa APUAHE Transmission Engineer, Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority
Currently, Ayapa Apuahe is working as a Transmission Engineer at Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority in Marshall
Previous employments, Ayapa Apuahe worked as a Field Supervisor Satellite Implementation Department of Telikompng in PNG for 12
years. Ayapa Apuahe worked as technical officer at Oil Search Limited in PNG for 1 year.
Charles S. Punaha Cheif Executive Officer, National
Information and Communications Technology Authority
Mr. Charles S. Punaha has a very rich experience of management and regulation. He is the Chief Executive Officer, National
Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) since October 2010. He has also served as Director General (CEO) of
PANGTEL (predecessor of NICTA) for over 08 years. He has also been the Managing Director of PNG Harbour Board from 1991 to 1998.
Mr. Punaha got degree of Bachelor of Technology (Accountancy) from PNG University of Technology in 1979 and degree of Master of
Business Administration, from James Cook University, Australia in 1986. He also holds Master of Science (Ports & Shipping) degree from
World Maritime University, Sweden in 1990.
Dennis started his communications career in Adelaide, Australia more than 40 years ago and after a relatively short time working
for the PMG department, Dennis was seconded to Telikom PNG where he worked as a senior telecommunication technologist from 1975 to
Then from 1991 to 2000 Dennis worked for Scientific Atlanta in more than 15 different countries as a Satellite specialist field
engineer, and following the acquisition of Scientific Atlanta by ViaSat Inc in 1999 Dennis moved to Sydney in 2001 to take up the
position as GM ViaSat Australia.
Dennis has had many highlights during his long career the most notable being the award in July 2012 of the $280M Australian NBN
Dennis and ViaSat Australia continue to support the Pacific Islands for all their Satellite requirements including Telephony,
Broadband, Trunking, GSM Backhaul and Mobility.
Donnie DeFreitas is a graduate of the University of ISPJAE (Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeveria). He holds a Masters
degree in Electronic Engineering and has extensive experience in the formulation of ICT policy and regulation of the sector. He served
as Telecommunications Advisor to his native St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and then later moved to St. Lucia where he was involved in
the establishment of the first regional telecommunications regulatory body for the Eastern Caribbean, ECTEL.
He has been residing in the Pacific for the last three years where he is employed as the Regulator in Samoa, with responsibility for
regulation of the Broadcasting, Electricity, Postal and Telecommunications sectors. He has also provided expert advice on licensing to the
governments of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has presented at various international conferences, proceedings of which
have been published in the electronic media. Mr. DeFreitas is passionate about his profession, but continues to find time to give back
freely to the Samoan community through a number of sporting initiatives aimed at instilling discipline and healthy life styles in Samoan
Dr. Kim is currently Regional Director of ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand, while representing ITU, which is a UN Specialized Agency for telecommunications/ICTs,
and serving some 40 Member States in this dynamic & diverse region.
She has been educated from the Seoul National University in Republic of Korea for the first Master Degree; the London City University in the United Kingdom for the second Master and Ph. Degrees; and
the Harvard Kennedy School in the USA for Executive Education.
To serve member countries more effectively and strategically for their inclusive and sustainable development of ICTs in different phases through optimizing digital opportunities in the interdependent
knowledge or smart society, she has been pursuing close cooperation and partnerships - especially Public-Private-Peoples’ Partnerships
(4Ps) – with multi-stakeholders such as UN Agencies; international, regional, sub-regional and national organizations; regulators; private
industry; development banks; NGOs and academia in addition to the ITU Administrations.
Over 100 books or articles/papers have been published, translated or presented at numerous countries in the cross continents from Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, to Europe on such professional
areas as international relations/organizations, information & communication technologies & applications, development, governance, gender
and persons with disabilities.
She has been awarded by the Ministers of R. O. Korea (1994) and Mongolia (2001) with the Medal respectively; ITU (2009) with the
Medal; and the President of Mongolia (2011) with the Medal among others.
Francis Frank Lomo
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication & Aviation, Solomon Islands
Mr. Lomo joined the Ministry of Communication and Aviation earlier this year as the Permanent Secretary. The Ministry has however
undergone a number of proposed reforms and the Communication Division is yet to be fully staffed. Currently the Ministry is
working on the recruitment of a Director and Deputy Director of the Communication Division and will be focusing on policy issues
and implementation. There is also proposed name change for the Ministry which will include Communication, Aviation and Information
He is working closely with Telecommunication Solomon Island (TSI) and other stakeholders as a new person in charge of the Ministry.
For the last 3 months or so its getting himself acquainted with the work as he has little background experience in the field of
telecommunication. However, it has been an exciting 4 months as he has learned new things and he was able to link these with his
background in areas of Government policy linkages.
Jolden J. Johnnyboy
Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, Federated States
Mr. Jolden J. Johnnyboy, is Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, Federated States
of Micronesia. As an Assistant Secretary for Division of Communication, the nominee assigns radio frequencies and is responsible
for the issuance of licenses.
Mr. Johnnyboy has served as the Deputy Chief Clerk of the FSM Congress for six months, as Kosrae State Senior Land Commissioner for
two years, as Kosrae State Realty Specialist for five years, as a Classroom Teacher for Kosrae High School for four years, and
currently, as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Transportation, Communications and Infrastructure for over fourteen
Mr. Johnnyboy his undergraduate studies at the United States International University, San Diego, California where he received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.
Born in Rarotonga 1953 of NZ parents and raised and educated in Wellington, NZ, Mr. Maher obtained Law Degree from Victoria
University, Wellington, 1976. He worked for an aid and development agency (CORSO) from 1976-79 and worked in building and
horticulture for 7 years. Mr. Maher joined Telecom New Zealand in 1986 as an ‘in-house” lawyer. He served in different management
roles in Telecom NZ.
Mr. Maher was appointed CEO of Telecom Cook Islands in 2009. He married with five children.
Lim Chee Siong
South Pacific Regional CMO, Head of Strategy & Marketing, Huawei
Lim Chee Siong is currently Huawei’s South Pacific Regional CMO, Head of Strategy & Marketing, based in Malaysia.
With more than 17 years’ experience in the Telecom industry, he possesses broad experience in the Next Generation Telecommunications
technology, business strategy, solutions development, Sales and Marketing; and he is dedicated in supporting the regional customers
to identify and develop the right future telecom & ICT transformation solutions.
He is an expert in the Business of Ultra-Broadband Converging Network - managing of all aspects (concept to operations) of
Telecommunications Carrier / Service Provider businesses.
In current role, he leads a regional Strategy & Marketing division consists of Business Consulting dept, Solutions Marketing dept,
Product Marketing dept, Integrated Communication Marketing and Key Account Marketing dept to continuously support the customers
business into greater success.
Mereseini Vuniwaqa graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia in 1997 and a Post Graduate Diploma in
Legal Practice from the Australian National University, Canberra in 1998.
She started working for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiji in the same year. As a legal officer she was given oversight of
the Ministry of Information (“Ministry”) thereby providing legal advice to the Ministry. One of the Departments that fell under
the Ministry was the Department of Communications which was then also the policymaker and regulator for the telecommunications
industry in Fiji which at that time had 3 exclusive players (1 for mobile telephony, one for fixed-line telephony and one for
international access). In this capacity she also defended cases brought by the exclusive players against Government in the High
Court of Fiji when matters relating to their exclusive licences were referred to Court.
With the assistance of the World Bank, the Fijian telecommunications market was deregulated in 2008. Ms Vuniwaqa was a member of
the Government team that negotiated with the exclusive players for the relinquishment of exclusivity and also played a major role
in the finalization of the Telecommunications Promulgation 2008 which set the platform for an independent regulator and
non-exclusive licences amongst other things.
She became the first Chairperson of TAF in 2008 and holds that position to date.
Mike is the Business Development Manager for Kordia responsible for the South Pacific and Papua New Guinea. He has worked for Kordia for over 11
years and assists Pacific Island countries and companies rollout new technology. In more recent times Mike has been focused heavily on the
development of renewable power systems and broadband infrastructure for the South Pacific region and Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Muhammad Aslam Hayat is Director Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC), an ICT resource Centre for providing support to the governments and regulators in the Pacific Island
Countries and is funded by World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is an ICT legislation, policy and regulation expert. He is Senior
Research Fellow at LIRNEasia (http://lirneasia.net/), a regional ICT think tank based in Sri Lanka and is a Board member of Communication
Policy Research South (CPRsouth: http://www.cprsouth.org/), a capacity building initiative to develop Asia-Pacific based policy
intellectuals on ICT policy regulation among junior to mid-level scholars.
Senior Information & Communications Technology Policy Specialist, and the Regional Coordinator for the East Asia & Pacific team, World Bank’s Global ICT Department
Ms. Natasha Beschorner is a Senior Information & Communications Technology Policy Specialist, and the Regional Coordinator for the East Asia & Pacific team, in the World Bank’s Global ICT
Department. She has been with the World Bank since 1993, and is currently based in the World Bank’s office in Singapore. Her
responsibilities include the design and management of investment projects and technical assistance programs on telecommunications reform
and ICT for development. Within the Pacific, she manages the World Bank’s advisory assistance programs on telecommunications liberalization,
regulatory capacity development and rural connectivity in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and travels
extensively throughout the Pacific every year. At the regional level she is currently leading the Pacific Regional Connectivity, and
Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre.
General Counsel & Commercial Director for Southern Cross Cable Network
Nikki's extensive education includes a Law Degree with first class
honours, a Commerce Degree with majors in Accounting and Finance, a
Diploma in Business Studies endorsed dispute resolution, and a Diploma
in Law and Policy of the Sea from the Rhodes Academy.
Nikki is a chartered accountant, a lawyer with practising certificates
with the New Zealand Law Society and the Law Society of New South Wales,
and an Associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New
After several years practising as an accountant in a company and in
private pratice, Nikki moved into law fulltime, working in a large law
firm for a couple of years and then in-house roles in the
telecommunications industry for the past 12 years.
Head of the Fixed and Mobile Services Division in the Radiocummunication Bureau, ITU
Mr. Nikolai Vassiliev is currently the Head of the Fixed and Mobile Services Division in the Radiocummunication Bureau, ITU.
He was born in 1963 in Leningrad, Russia. He is an engineer, a graduate of Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute, Russia (1985).
In 1992 he obtained MBA in management from Russian Foreign Trade Academy.
From 1985 to 1996, he worked in State Telecommunication Inspection, which is frequency regulator in Russia, as Engineer, Senior
Engineer and subsequently as Chief of Fixed Service Division.
From 1996 to now, he has been working in the Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU as Head of validation Group and Head of the
Fixed and Mobile Services Division. His responsibilities cover the examination of frequency assignment notices submitted by
administrations, application of the coordination and plan modification procedures of the Radio Regulations and regional agreements,
providing technical assistance in preparation to Radiocommunication conferences, participation in the world and regional
Work experience: Over 35 years in management position of various companies of which 25 years as MD of an IT company.
Education: Degree in Physics, Special courses in Computer Science, Business Management and Law
Senior Sales Director, Network Services, Intelsat - Oceania
With 25 years’ experience working in leading telecommunications corporations, Robert has worked and enjoyed commercial relationships
with Satcom businesses based in Europe, USA and South East Asia. Today, Robert is the Senior Sales Director for Network Services at
Prior to joining Intelsat, Robert held technical, sales and marketing management positions for Telstra, Optus, Bell Canada and Hills
Industries. During that time, Robert led a team of specialist satellite staff highly experienced in design, engineering and project
management. Robert went on to form Australia’s first wholesale only satellite service provider which today offers turnkey solutions for
its retail customers.
Robert has his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Southern Cross University and is a Telecommunications Graduate of Telstra’s
Training Academy. Robert’s strength in B2B markets and strategic marketing facilitates identification and development of commercial
opportunities for those businesses operating within the satellite value chain. This is achieved through Robert’s intimate understanding of
the satellite industry and the value developed by integrating the space and ground segment for its customers.
Dr. Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across 12 emerging Asian economies.
His most recent book, ICT infrastructure in emerging Asia: Policy and regulatory roadblocks (Sage and IDRC, 2008), is a compilation of
LIRNEasia research. Samarajiva was Team Leader at the Sri Lanka Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology (2002-04) responsible
for infrastructure reforms, including participation in the design of the USD 83 million e Sri Lanka Initiative. He was Director General
of Telecommunications in Sri Lanka (1998-99), a founder director of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (2003-05), Honorary Professor at the
University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka (2003-04), Visiting Professor of Economics of Infrastructures at the Delft University of Technology in
the Netherlands (2000-03) and Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University in the US (1987-2000).
Samarajiva was Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Post and Telecom in Bangladesh (2007-09).
Ms. Shivanjni Anamika, has worked in the ICT industry since she completed her university studies in 2007. As Research Assistant,
she is responsible for analyzing regulatory developments and challenges in the field of ICT in the Pacific. She is also responsible
for developing good working relationships with international telecom organizations and trade bodies, as well as preparing strategy
and communication plans on ICT best practices. Overseeing and helping implement strategic projects of regulatory bodies and PIRRC’s
development partners is also part of her focus.
Before joining PIRRC in December 2011, Ms Anamika was a research and sales analyst in the Customer Insights & Research Unit of
Telecom Fiji Limited. Previously, she was an IT Support Officer with Unwired, one of Fiji’s three ISPs.
ICT Advisor and Head of the ICT Policy and Development Unit, Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD)
Currently, Teakai Tune is a member of the Board of Directors for the Telecommunication Authority of Kiribati (TAK), the ICT Advisor and Head of the
ICT Policy and Development Unit within the Ministry of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development (MCTTD). From 1995 to 2000,
Teakai worked as Assistant Secretary at the Office of the President. From 2000 to 2004, Teakai worked as Senior IT Specialist for the
Public Service Office. From 2004 to 2009, Teakai was a Director of IT Services for the Public Service Office. Teakai was appointed as
National ICT Advisor and Head of ICT Policy and Development Unit at MCTTD in April 2009. Teakai holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree
in Information Systems from Brigham Young University - Hawaii and a Master degree in Information Technology (MIT) from James Cook
University – Townsville Australia.
Prof. Tim Unwin
Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
Professor Tim Unwin was appointed as Chief Executive Office of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) on 19th
Having been Professor of Geography and Head of Department at Royal Holloway, University of London between 1999 and 2001, he was
chosen to lead the UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo initiative, based in the Department of International Development, between 2001
and 2004. This initiative was designed to create partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society
organisations to implement ICT-based educational initiatives in Africa. On his return to Royal Holloway in 2004, he created an
ICT4D Collective, designed to explore ways through which the highest possible quality of research in the field of ICT4D
(Information and Communication Technologies for Development) could be developed to serve the interests of some of the poorest
and most marginalised people and communities. The notion of this group of researchers specifically being a Collective reflected
his passionate belief in the collegial nature of universities, and the commitment of academics to work together collaboratively
for the common good. Building on his experiences of crafting multi-stakeholder partnerships, he was then invited in 2007 to
work part-time as Programme Director in the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, leading their Partnerships for
Education initiative with UNESCO, and eventually becoming a Senior Advisor to the initiative. He has served the academic and
professional community in a range of roles including as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute
of British Geographers) (1995-1997), a member of the British Council’s Education and Training Advisory Committee (2002-2006),
Chair of the Developing Areas Research Group of the Institute of British Geographers (1990-1993), and undertaking a range of
roles for research bodies including the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the National
Science Foundation (USA), the Academy of Finland, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
He is the author of more than 200 papers in international journals and chapters in edited books, and has written or edited 15
books of his own, including "Wine and the Vine" (Routledge, 1991), "The Place of Geography" (Longman, 1992), "Atlas of World
Development" (editor, Wiley, 1994) and "A European Geography" (editor, Longman, 1998). His most recent collective publication
is the widely praised Information and Communication Technologies for Development (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which
included contributions from more than 30 authors, and of which he wrote five main chapters. Reviewers have described this as
“as the first book that brings some considerable order and authority to the field. It is thorough, accessible, rich with
examples, and deserves to be read by a wide swathe of the development community”. In recent years, his research has focused
especially on the uses of ICTs by poor people in Africa and Asia, especially those with disabilities, and young people at risk
of living and working on the streets. He is also a respected authority on e-learning, and has been a leader in the field of
using ICTs in delivering effective and innovative teaching in universities. His research has taken him to some 25 countries
across the world, including Australia, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mozambique, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa and
Tanzania, and he has worked on subjects as diverse as the role of banknotes as expressions of national identity, and the
historical-geography of viticulture and the wine trade. In 2011, he received a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,
UK-China Fellowship for Excellence, he is an Honorary Professor at Lanzhou Univerisity, and was also a Visiting Scholar at
Peking University. He also served as Academic Advisor and External Examiner for the Institute of Masters of Wine between 2004
Tim Unwin has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth, not only through his research experiences in eight Commonwealth
countries, but also through his work for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, the Non-Departmental Public Body
that provides funding for Commonwealth scholars and fellows to study and undertake research or training in Britain. He was
appointed as a Commissioner by the Secretary of State for International Development in 2004, and was then appointed in 2009 as
Chair of the Commission.
Telecom/ICT Specialist, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Atipayakoon joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2005 as a Telecom/ICT Specialist in the Telecommunication
Development Bureau (BDT) based in the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok. He is a regional focal point for ITU’s
cybersecurity-related activities, disaster/emergency telecommunications, infrastructure and particularly rural communications
development, ICT accessibility for Persons with Disabilities.
Bringing with him many years of professional experience in Information and Communication Technology and project management, he is
currently leading a number of projects such as: Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Rural ICT policy development; Universal Service Obligation
(USO); Building rural/outer island communications in the Pacific.
Prior joining ITU, he worked for Lucent Technologies Singapore Pte, Global Crossing Singapore, Asia Netcom, and SAS whereas he
practised engineering and management in transmission network design and implementation, sub-sea cable networks, data mining and data
warehousing, business process reengineering and continuity programme.