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Last Updated: 26.07.2012
Alan Horne
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.
Andrew Miller
Managing Director & President, Alcatel-Lucent New Zealand and Pacific Islands

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.
Transmission Engineer, Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority

Currently, Ayapa Apuahe is working as a Transmission Engineer at Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority in Marshall Islands.

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 Jerram
General Manager ViaSat Australia Pty Ltd

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 1990.

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 Satellite project.

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
Regulator, Office of the Regulator, Samoa

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 youth.
Eun-Ju Kim, Ph. D.
Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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 Technology.

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 of Micronesia

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 years.

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.
Jules Maher
Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Cook Islands

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 R. Vuniwaqa
Chairperson, Telecommunications Authority of Fiji (“TAF”)

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 Mullis
Kordia New Zealand

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.

Muhammad Aslam Hayat
Director Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC)

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 (, a regional ICT think tank based in Sri Lanka and is a Board member of Communication Policy Research South (CPRsouth:, a capacity building initiative to develop Asia-Pacific based policy intellectuals on ICT policy regulation among junior to mid-level scholars.
Natasha Beschorner
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.
Nikki Shone
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 Zealand.

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 radiocommunication seminars.
Robert S. Bolouri
Managing Director, Tonga Cable Limited

Born in October 1950

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
Robert Suber
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.
Rohan Samarajiva, Ph.D.
Founding Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia

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).
Shivanjni Anamika
Research Assistant, PiRRC

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.
Teakai Tune
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 September 2011.

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 and 2011.

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.
Wisit Atipayakoon
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.


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