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Biographies  -  1st Global Industry Leaders Forum (GILF)



(session 1 -- session 2 -- session 3)

Chairman of GILF

Mr Sanjiv Ahuja, Chairman of Orange and Chairman and CEO of Augere, UK 

Sanjiv is Chairman and CEO of Augere, a new venture aiming to provide broadband access for all. He is also the Chairman of Orange UK, a position he has held since stepping down as CEO of Orange S.A. in April 2007. Sanjiv served as CEO of Orange S. A. for three years from March 2004 - April 2007. Prior to that, he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer from April 2003 to March 2004.

During his leadership, Orange increased the number of countries in which it operates from 17 to 23 and has more than doubled the number of its mobile customers from 48 million to over 100 million worldwide. Sanjiv has also overseen the successful extension of the Orange brand from its mobile origins so that it now embraces France Telecom’s broadband, fixed line and IPTV services in its largest markets.

Sanjiv’s previous industry experience includes the role of President of Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), the world’s largest provider of operations support systems, network software and consulting and engineering services to the telecommunications industry. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years at IBM in various executive roles. His last responsibility included leading IBM’s entry into the telecommunications software industry.

He is currently a non executive director of Cadbury Schweppes.

Sanjiv has a degree in electrical engineering from Delhi University, India, and a masters degree from Columbia University in New York.

Chairman & moderator session 1

Mr J. Phisal, President CAT Telecom, Thailand 

Mr. Phisal is the President of CAT Telecom Public Company.

Prior to this, Mr. Phisal  was the Executive Vice President of the Planning and Developing Department and after a few years became the Senior Executive Vice President of CAT.

He has a Master degree in Business Administration from Thammasat University, Thailand. Mr. Phisal is 57.

Panellist session 1

Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi, Director Global Policy Initiatives, Nokia Siemens Networks, Finland

Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi works for Nokia Siemens Networks, heading Global Political Dialogue and Initiatives, Corporate Affairs. Prior to Nokia Siemens Networks, he worked for Nokia Corporation in the areas of corporate venturing, strategic marketing and technology economics.

Mr Lakaniemi is a Visiting Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and at Stanford University, a Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland and a Research Associate at the World institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University.

Panellist session 1

Monique Jeanne MorrowMs Monique Morrow, Chief Technology Officer, APSP, Cisco Systems, USA

Monique Morrow is currently Distinguished Consulting Engineer and Asia-Pacific Service Provider Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc. She has over 20 years experience in IP internetworking that includes design, implementation of complex customer projects and service development for service providers. Monique has been involved in developing managed Network Services like Remote Access and LAN Switching in a Service Provider environment. Monique has worked for both enterprise and service provider companies in the United States and in Europe. Monique led the Engineering Project team for one of the first European MPLS-VPN deployments in 1999 for a European service provider.

Monique has presented in various conferences on the topic of MPLS, Additionally, Monique is co-author of the book Designing IP-Based Services: Solutions for Vendors and Service Providers. Monique is co-author of the book, MPLS VPN Security and co-author of the book, MPLS and Next-Generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization. Monique is currently working on a book one that presents enterprise drivers and concerns for IP-based service delivery. She was co-guest editor of a special issue of the IEEE Communications Magazine on the subject of “OAM in MPLS-based Networks”, published in October 2004 ; co-guest editor of a special issue of the IEEE Communications Magazine on the subject of “Challenges in Enabling Inter-Provider Service Quality on the Internet” published in June, 2005 as well as co-guest editor of a special issue of the IEEE Communications Magazine on the subject of, “GMPLS: The Promise of the Next Generation Optical Control Plane,” published in July 2005.

Monique, has also presented in conferences on the topic of RFID and GrID networking. She is active in both the IETF and ITU-T SG 13 with a focus on Operations, Administration and Management (OAM).

Monique is also ITU-T NGN and IETF IAB liaison as of October 2007.

Monique was the editor for ITU-T Recommendation y.1714 (MPLS Management Framework). She is also co-author of RFC 4377, “Operations and Management (OAM) Requirements for Multi-Protocol Label Switched (MPLS) Networks; "RFC 4364, “BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private Networks (VPNs);" and several other IETF drafts.

Additionally, Monique is the Vice-Chair of the IPsphere Forum (IPSF) and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

She is also working on Next Generation Networks (NGN) for service providers; and, on emerging technologies.

Panellist session 1

Mr Chimedbaljit Narantungalag, Executive Director, ICNC, Mongolia

Chimedbaljir Narantungalag is executive director of Information Communication Network company of Mongolia, a state owned network operator that provides an open and non-discriminatory access to its telecommunications backbone networks to all communication operators.

In 1982, he graduated from Novosibirsk Telecommunications Institute in Russia as a Telecommunications Engineer and between 1996-1998, he studied in the Institute of Finance and Economics in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and obtained a degrees in Economics and Business Administration.

He has 28 years of work experience in the telecommunications sector. Since his graduation from Novosibirsk Telecommunications Institute, he has been working in the telecommunications sector of Mongolia and making his contribution to the sector development. Thus, he is one of the recognized telecommunications engineer specialists and leaders in Mongolia.

Prior to his current position, he was executive director of “MiCom” ISP provider in 2000-2006, Chairman of Investment and Procurement Department, “Mongolia Telecom” Company (MTC) in 1999-2000, Chairman of Branch office in Zavkhan province, MTC, 1987-1999, General Engineer, Branch office in Zavkhan province, MTC, 1982-1987.

Ch. Narantungalag was born in 1959, in Zavkhan province of Mongolia.

Panellist session 1

Mr Tom Phillips, Director Government & Regulatory Affairs, GSMA,UK

Tom Phillips is responsible for leading the GSM Association’s public policy agenda with governments, regulators and policy influencers, worldwide. Before joining the GSMA, Tom was Group Director, Public Policy with Cable & Wireless. He has also held senior positions with PA Consulting Group’s London practice, mobile operator Orange and British Aerospace.

Tom has extended experience in the field of public policy and has been leading several public policy and regulatory campaigns worldwide and has extended the work of his team to the area of “Access for All”. Most recently the GSMA has commissioned an independent study on “Universal Access – How Mobile can Bring Communications to All. The study’s conclusion comprises a set of recommendations to governments and regulators with regards to the use of Universal Funds.

Panellist session 1

TV RamachandranMr TV Ramachandran, Director General, COAI, India

TV Ramachandran, the Director General of the Cellular Operator’s Association of India (COAI), has been the Executive Head of this body since September’1997. The COAI is an Apex body for mobile communications in India and includes the participation of all the private licensees to GSM operations. It also has in its membership important stake-holders like M/s Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens, Motorola, Alcatel, Texas Instruments, Infineon Technologies, and other independent infrastructure providers.

Prior to this, he had been the first CEO of one of the country’s earliest cellular service providers,- Essar Cellphone (now known as Vodafone Essar), Delhi & had led the establishment and commercial launch of the India’s largest capacity cellular network in 1995.

He was also the founder-Chairman of the Indian chapter of the world-wide GSM MoU Association (as the GSM Association was called then).

TVR is also actively involved in ITU activities and is the Chairman of the ITU’s Regional Working Group dealing with Private Sector Issues (WGPS) for the Asia-Pacific Region.

TVR, has Master’s in Physics, with Specialization in Wireless & Electronics and is also a Fellow of The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE).

Panellist session 1

Mr. Fabrizio SaviMr Fabrizio Savi, Director Legislative Affairs, Telecom Italia, Italy

Fabrizio Savi is 52 and has been working in Telecom Italia since 1982. A graduate in law, he is currently in charge of the legislation and regulation department in the Directorate of public affairs.

Following his experiences of Head of international regulatory affairs and of Telecom Italia representative office in Bruxelles from 1995 to 2000, he contributed to the implementation of the 1999 European regulatory package in the Italian legislation.

Currently, he is Rapporteur of the ITU-D SG2 question 10-2/1 "Regulation for licensing and authorization of converging services".

Chairman & moderator session 2

 Mr Reza Jafari, Vice-Chairman & MD, Eaton Telecom

Reza Jafari is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Eaton Telecom. Eaton Telecom acquires, consolidates and operates towers and mobile communications infrastructure in developed and emerging markets worldwide.

He served as the Chairman and Managing Director of NeuStar International from January 2005 to January 2008. Under his leadership NeuStar International expanded its business to 30 countries worldwide.

From August 2002 until March 2005, Mr. Jafari was Chairman and CEO of The Omega Partners. The Omega Partners provided expertise and advice in areas such as business performance improvement, turnaround and restructuring, human capital management, mergers and acquisitions, executive coaching, and partnerships and alliances to clients in the telecommunications, broadband, media, private equity, information technology and high-tech industries.

From January 1990 to July 2002, Mr. Jafari held various senior executive positions at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a global information technology services company, including Group President of EDS’s Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Industry Group. He doubled the revenue of this Division from $1.4 billion to $2.8 billion in three years and established EDS as a global market industry leader.

Mr. Jafari’s career also includes 7 years as the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Satellite Conference Network and Bankers-TV Network in New York City. He transformed his $500 initial investment into a company with $65 million annual revenue.

Currently, Mr. Jafari is the Chairman of the Board of ITU TELECOM, the Chairman of the Board of the India, China and America Institute (ICAI), a member of the Board of GSMC a wholly owned subsidiary of GSM Association and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University and a Board member of Gigafone. He is the winner of several Gold and Silver awards from the International Teleconferencing Association, American Society of Association Executives, the Council for Advancement of Schools and Education, and American Society for Training and Development. Mr. Jafari received his MBA (1976) and his Specialist Degree in Education and Innovation, Ed S (1980) and his ABD in Instructional Systems Technology (1981) from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Panellist session 2

Mr Michael Bjarhov, Director Government & Industry relations, Ericsson ASP, Malaysia

Michael Bjärhov has 30 years of international experience from management positions, in the IT as well as the telecom industry.

Since 2003 he has been driving different Ericsson initiatives to address the challenges of increased mobile penetration in emerging markets.

His current position is Head of Government & Industry Relations, Asia Pacific sited at the Ericsson regional center in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Panellist session 2

Dr. E. KohDr Eui Koh, President, ProtoStar Asia, Singapore

Eui K. Koh is President of Protostar Asia, a new DTH focused satellite operator in Asia-Pacific region. He served APSCC (Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council) as Chairman of Boards and President from 2003 to 2006. The APSCC is a non-profit international satellite association whose main mission is to promote satellite communications and broadcasting in Asia Pacific region. Prior to this post, Dr Koh was Vice President for Asia Pacific region for New Skies Satellites N.V., a global satellite service provider from 1999 to 2003, based in Singapore. He has been recently appointed as Eminent Person on the ITU High Level Panel on Emergency Communications in December 2007.

Dr. Koh has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications industry. Prior to joining New Skies Satellites, Dr. Koh was Managing Director, Intelsat Asia Pacific and he was responsible for sales, marketing and business development in the region for Intelsat, a global satellite operator headquartered in Washington D.C. in USA. He also had an active role in various international and regional telecommunications organizations such as Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), Asia Pacific Tele-Community (APT).

Before he moved to Singapore in 1996, Dr. Koh held several senior technical positions in the Engineering Division at Intelsat Headquarters and played a significant role in the design of Intelsat satellite systems in the Systems Engineering and Planning Department. In 1990 he moved to Sales and Marketing Division from Engineering Div. in Intelsat.

Prior to joining Intelsat, he worked with the American Satellite Corporation and Hughes Network Systems in Germantown, Maryland, where he participated in the digital satellite system design. He also served as an Advisor to the Electronics Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea on the early system design of KoreaSat.

Dr. Koh received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Seoul, Korea and earned his Master of Science Degree and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering in U.S.A. Dr. Koh is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He published a numerous articles in Satellite Communications field.

Panellist session 2

Ms Olga Madruga-Forti, Vice President Regulatory & Legal, Iridium, USA

Olga Madruga-Forti is Vice President, Regulatory and Legal, for Iridium Satellite where she oversees the company's global regulatory operations. In addition, Ms. Madruga-Forti is in charge of global distribution contracts and corporate structure. She has more than 20 years experience as a senior executive in the telecommunications and satellite industries. Prior to joining Iridium, she was Vice President, Legal and Regulatory for Loral CyberStar. She also served as Chair of the VSAT Satellite Working Group of the Organization of American States, CITEL. Before joining Loral, she served nine years at the FCC as Special Counsel for International Satellite Policy and Chief of the Domestic Services Branch of the Common Carrier Bureau. In her earlier career, Olga was an associate with the Washington firm of Scott, Mcleod, Pires & Price, and the Assistant County Attorney for The Dade County Attorney's Office in Miami, Fla. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating with high honors as the Belgrano Scholar to the OAS. She also graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, majoring in English and French Literature

Panellist session 2

Mr. Norbert SchertlerMr Norbert Schertler, Regional Communications Director, Rhode & Schwarz International, Germany

Regional Sales Manager Communications at Rohde & Schwarz International More than 10 years experience with Radio Communications in Asia, Current focus ASEAN countries Working with various Government customers like Armed Forces, Public Security, Disaster Control, Emergency Response, and others

Panellist session 2

Dr Supot Tiarawut, Executive Director, TRIDI, Thailand

Dr. Supot has more than 10 years of experiences in Thai telecommunication industry. He has been working with one of the biggest fixed-line operators, TT&T, supervising its strategic planning, new service development, IT policy and system deployment as well as corporate risk management. He has initiated its regulatory affair function and led the company efforts in obtaining licenses for and starting up new businesses, including broadband access services, content-related services and international internet gateway. He recently joined Thailand Research and Industrial Development Institute as its first Director. TRIDI is established under the office of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) with the aims of promoting R&D, industry development as well as human resource development.

Panellist session 2

Mr. Zahid ZaheerMr Zahid Zaheer, Director GMPCS Affairs, Thuraya, UAE

Mr. Zahid Zaheer is an Engineer by profession and is an expert on issues associated with market access and satellite frequency coordination. He has been working with Thuraya Telecommunication Company for the last 9 years. He played a leading role in finalizing the Emergency Telecommunications Agreement with the ITU. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, USA as well as an Executive MBA in Finance and Accounting.

Chairman & moderator session 3

 Mr. Kuldeep GoyalMr Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman & MD, BSNL, India

Mr. Kuldeep Goyal is Chairman & Managing Director of BSNL. An Engineering Graduate from IIT Roorkee, Mr. Kuldeep Goyal joined the Indian Telecommunication Service of Govt. of India in 1972.

With more than 35 years of service, Mr. Goyal has vast experience in telecom sector viz. Planning, installation, operation and maintenance of wirelines and wireless services, data services, computerization of various activities in telecom network and provision of value added services.

Mr. Goyal has worked in Yemen through Telecommunication Consultants India Ltd. As a Member of National Working Group of ITU-T Study Group 2 he has participated in meetings of ITU-T Study Group 2 at Geneva.

As Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL, he is responsible for management of the largest Indian Telecom network with over 69 million customers and about 310,000 officers and employees, its maintenance and operation, induction of new technologies in the network, marketing etc. As Head of BSNL he has to interact with Govt. and Regulatory Authorities on regular basis.

Panellist session 3

Mr. Peter PitschMr Peter Pitsch, Director, Communications Policy, Intel Corporation, USA

Peter Pitsch is Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Communications Policy for Intel Corporation. He manages Intel’s global spectrum and telecom policy team.

Prior to joining Intel, Pitsch was the president of Pitsch Communications from 1989 to 1998 which represented telecommunication’s clients before the FCC and Congress, provided business and regulatory planning, and published and lectured on U.S. regulatory policy.

Pitsch was the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC from 1987 to 1989 where he advised the Chairman on all issues before the FCC including access reforms, price caps, major tariffs, and broadcasting. Before his move to Chief of Staff. Pitsch was Chief of Office of Plans and Policy. His responsibilities included managing the FCC policy office that provided recommendations on major issues such as access reforms, major tariffs, broadcast regulation, auction and spectrum allocations.

From 1980 to 1981, Pitsch was a staff member of the Reagan Administration Transition Team which developed recommendations for reforming the Federal Trade Comnission with special focus on antitrust issues. He was a senior attorney at Montgomery Ward, Inc. from 1979 to 1981. He provided legal counsel and legislative lobbying of FTC, consumer protection, energy and international trade matters. Prior to that, he worked for three year as an attorney-advisor to Commissioner Calvin Collier at the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Pitsch received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Panellist session 3

Mr Masud Isa,  Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, The Foundation for Development Cooperation.

Mr. Masud Isa's current position is Senior Private Sector Development Specialist at The Foundation for Development Cooperation.

From 2004 to 2007 he was the Chairman of a turnkey project operator in the telecommunication sector in Bangladesh, WeavingBird Ltd. 1999 – 2004 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Telecom, Bangladesh. 1997 – 2004 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Knitwear Limited, Bangladesh. 1996 - 2000 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Shamogree, Bangladesh. 1996 -1998 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Kalyan, Bangladesh. 1985 – 1996 Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department of Grameen Bank, Bangladesh. 1983 -1985 Chief Manager, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Bangladesh. 1981 – 1983 Finance Officer, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, a government owned conglomerate of chemical industries, Bangladesh.

Mr. Masud holds a Master in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Panellist session 3

Mr Jeff Bullwinkel, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Jeff Bullwinkel is Microsoft’s Director of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region, within the company’s Department of Legal & Corporate Affairs. He is involved in (1) providing regulatory counsel to business groups and developing corporate positions on public policy issues, such as intellectual property rights, privacy, internet security and safety, competition, international trade, accessibility and telecommunications; and (2) strengthening relations and developing partnerships with governments, international organizations, civil society and industry. Mr. Bullwinkel also has responsibilities for Microsoft’s cross-company corporate citizenship efforts in the region.
Mr. Bullwinkel joined Microsoft in 2000 and was initially based in Hong Kong, where he was an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce. He served as Chairman of AmCham’s Intellectual Property Committee from January 2002 through 2005, was elected to the Board of Governors in December 2002, served as a Chamber Vice President in 2005, and was elected Vice Chairman in 2006. He is now based in Singapore.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Bullwinkel was with Simpson Thacher & Barlett, an international law firm based in New York, where he specialized in commercial litigation. Mr. Bullwinkel was also a federal prosecutor with the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, from 1996-2000. At US DoJ, he was responsible for a wide range of matters relating to international law, including negotiating bilateral treaties and multilateral conventions on international cooperation in criminal matters and providing advice on international law to the Office of the Attorney General.

Mr. Bullwinkel was raised in the New York area. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his law degree from New York University. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Panellist session 3

Mr Samir Satchu, General Counsel & Government Affairs, Roshan, Afghanistan

Panellist session 3

Mr. Narinder SharmaMr Narinder Sharma, Director International Business, Reliance Communications, India

Mr. N. Sharma is currently Telecommunication Adviser to Reliance Communications Ltd. Mr. N. Sharma has more than 40 years of experience in telecommunications: over 20 years in telecom management planning and operations (of which former Chairman & Managing Director of MTNL), 8 years in Telecom Research, 3 years in Regulatory affairs at TRAI and 10 years in internal Telecom Industry & Business Development.

Mr. Sharma holds a Bachelor degree of Electrical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh.

Panellist session 3

Mr. Yoshio UtsumiMr Yoshio Utsumi, Advisor for Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan

Mr. Utsumi held a number of senior policy-making level positions, such as Director-General and Deputy Minister, at the Japanese Government. His initiative led to Japan’s first reform of its telecommunication market. He has played a very active role in many negotiations, in particular, those leading to the historic WTO agreement on basic telecommunications.

Elected in 1998 as Secretary-General of ITU, he was re-elected for a second term in 2002.  Mr. Utsumi led the successful organization of the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  Mr. Utsumi refocused ITU as a policy-oriented organization by introducing new issues to ensure its continuing relevance, with landmark activities such as the New Initiatives Programme and the Global Symposium for Regulators.

He is now an advisor at Toyota Motors and a visiting professor at Waseda University.


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