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WGGI Steering Committee Members & Bios  

Chair: Natasa Gospic

Management Board

Community of Yugoslav PTT

Serbia and Montenegro


Vice Chair (Africa): Nketsi Makhera

Chief Economic Planning

Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology



Vice Chair (Americas): Amélia Regina Alves

Operational Manager

Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (ANATEL)



Vice Chair (Arab States): Amany Sabry Amin

Head, Switching Department

National Communication Institute



Vice Chair (Asia and Pacific): Keka Roy

Senior Architect

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.



Vice Chair (Europe and CIS): Hilde Ognedal

Adviser, Service Markets Department

Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority



Secretary: Savitri Bisnath

Head, Youth and Gender Unit

Telecommunication Development Bureau



Programme Committee 1: Regulatory Reform

Chair: Blanca Gonzalez

Head, International Organizations Service

SETSI-Ministerio de Industria



Programme Committee 2: Technologies and Telecommunication/ICT Network

Chair: Aminata Ake

Communication Agent

Telecommunication Agency of Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire


Programme Committee 3: E-Strategies and E-Services/Applications

Chair: Eva Rathgeber

Joint Chair, Women’s Studies

University of Ottawa – Carleton University



Programme Committee 4: Economics and Finance, including Cost and Tariffs

Chair: Narine Abazian

Head, Financial Analysis Division




Programme Committee 5: Human Capacity Building

Chair: Mint Sid Ahmed Ould Lab El Moumna

Chef Division Marketing

Mauritania Telecommunication Corporation



Programme Committee 6: Partnerships, Information Dissemination and Communications


Programme Committee 1
: Hilde Ognedal

Adviser, Service Markets Department

Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority



Programme Committee 2

Rapporteur: Divna Vuckovic

Operations Director

Ericsson D.O.O

Serbia and Montenegro


Programme Committee 3

Rapporteur: Rim Belhaj

Principal Engineer

Head of Industrial and External Relations



Programme Committee 4

Rapporteur: Chilao Mutesa

Director, Human Resource

Zambia Telecommunications Company Ltd



Programme Committee 5

Rapporteur: Fama Isaac Mbaye Sene

President of SONATEL Women’s Association

Société nationale des télécommunications du Sénégal (SONATEL)



Programme Committee 6

Rapporteur: Nketsi Makhera

Chief Economic Plan

Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology



Natasa Gospic obtained a B.Sc and M.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Ph.D degree from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade. She worked for 15 years as Assistant General Director of Community at the Yugoslav PTT. She later became Acting General Manager of the mobile operator MONET in Montenegro. She was Advisor to the General Manger of Telecom Srpske before she became Assistant Professor at the Universities of Banja Luka and Belgrade. Gospic has been engaged by the ITU and UNDP as a consultant. She has edited the ITU Handbook "New technologies and new services". She has acted as the chairperson of WGGI since 2002 and chaired the Task Force on Gender Issues (2000-2002). She is president of NGO Equal Opportunities (Serbia) and is author of three books and more than 50 scientific and expert papers.

Nketsi Makhera works in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology as Head of Planning. She has extensive experience in the ICT sector, including in the restructuring of the telecommunications sector, which involved the privatization of the fixed line operator Lesotho Telecommunications Corporation, establishment of the Government website, and establishment of the ICT department. Makhera represents Lesotho in regional and international meetings on issues concerning the development of ICTs. She received a junior degree from the National University of Lesotho and an MBA in Information Systems Management from Washington International University.

Amelia Regina Alves majored in Psychology at the University of Brasília. After graduation she worked for the Telecomunicações Brasileiras S/A – Telebrás (Brazilian Telecommunications Public Operator) for 19 years. She was coordinator of the Evaluation Center where she developed and implemented, in conjunction with UnB, the Training and Evaluation System. Alves has published numerous papers in scientific journals in Brazil. She has worked as a consultant in several companies in Brazil and has participated as a guest speaker in many scientific congresses within Europe and Central America. For the past six years she has been working at the National Telecommunications Agency – Anatel, as operational manager of private services. Alves is currently undertaking her doctoral studies in Social and Organizational Psychology.


Keka Roy has been working at Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd since 1985. Initially she designed and constructed several telecom buildings. She has trained officers in AutoCAD and other related software. Roy also designed and conducted training modules in architecture. She has worked in UP, India where she traveled to the remote areas of the Himalayas to select and construct Telephone Exchange sites.


Hilde Ognedal holds a Cand. Jur. degree (Master of Law) and a mellomfag (specialisation) in French from the University of Bergen. She has been working at the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority since 1999 and has dealt with both international affairs and national regulations. She is presently a Senior Adviser in the Section of Regulation and Evaluation in the Marketing and Servicing Department.


Savitri Bisnath is Head of the Youth and Gender Unit in ITU-D and Focal Point for Gender Issues in the ITU. Prior to joining the International Telecommunication Union Bisnath worked for the South Centre where she provided technical advice on issues related to trade and development to WTO delegates. Bisnath has authored and contributed to several publications, and is editor of Global Tensions: Opportunities and Challenges in the World Economy (Routledge, 2004) and the Gender and Development Reader Vols. I & II (Edward Elgar, 2001). She has worked in a consultative capacity with UNDP, UNCTAD and UNIFEM, as well as several philanthropic organisations and NGOs. She holds a PhD from Cornell University and is the recipient of a Commendation and a Resolution from the County and City of Los Angeles respectively. Savitri Bisnath has two nationalities: Trinidad and Tobago and United States of America.


Aminita Ake was born in Cote d’Ivoire and is Assistant to the Treasurer in the Finance and Administrative Department at the "Agence des telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire" (ATCI). She holds an Advanced Technical Diploma in Advertising and Communication and has 4 of years professional experience.


Eva M. Rathgeber is the Joint Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa/ Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She spent many years with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), starting as a program officer in science and technology and later became founder and director of IDRC’s Gender and Development Program. From 1992-2001, she served as IDRC Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She continues to work closely with many international organizations including FAO, UNESCO, and the CGIAR system. Since 2002, she has served on the Steering Committee of the Gender Caucus of the World Summit on the Information Society. She has published widely on science and technology policy, knowledge production, gender and development and gender and natural resource management and she currently is working on the use of information communications technologies in rural communities.


Narine Abazian is Head of Business Planning and the Financial Analysis Division in Armenia Telephone Company (ArmenTel). She obtained her Masters of Industrial Engineering from the American University of Armenia. She holds ACCA qualifications from the UK and has 12 years financial experience. Abazian has held several management positions, including the position of Chief Financial Officer of ArmenTel (1998). She has lectured on Business Planning and Strategic Management for ICT in Armenia and in Regional Workshops for CIS countries in Ukraine. She is the author of working papers on Business Planning and Implementation, Balanced Scorecards and Strategic Management.


Divna Vuckovic holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Belgrade. She has worked in the telecommunications sector for 25 years, in maintenance, design, research and operations management. Vuckovic is currently employed by Ericsson Serbia and Montenegro as the Customer Solutions and Sales Support Director. She is a member of the Expert Group for Gender Issues in Telecommunications, founded in 2001 under the Ministry for Transport and Telecommunications. Vuckovic won the Ericsson European Equal Opportunity Award for her efforts to make Ericsson Serbia and Montenegro an equal workplace. She co-founded the NGO 'Equal Opportunities'.


Rim Belhaj was born in Tunis, Tunisia and is currently Head of the Foreign and Industrial Section at the High Institute of Telecommunication Technologies (ISET’Com). She was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Maryland University (USA). She achieved a Diploma in Management at the EuroArab Management School, Granada Spain & The Institut Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprises Tunisia. Belhaj obtained a Diploma in Systems Analysis and Digital Service, Telecommunication Options, from Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieurs de Tunis, and a Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering and Electrical Engineering. She taught undergraduate engineering students.


Chilao Mutesa is from Zambia. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. He also obtained a Philosophy Doctorate Degree in Senior Management Education from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. Chilao is currently working at the Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. He has worked at various senior levels in the mining, consultancy and education sectors and has written articles and presented papers at workshops and conferences on management issues. He is a member of the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management.


Fama Isaac Sene Mbaye has been President of the Women’s Association at the "Société nationale des télécommunications du Sénégal" since 1997. She is an Assistant to the Director General of SONATEL (Mobile Sector) and holds an Advanced Secretarial Diploma from the School of Commerce in Senegal. She worked for the Senegalese Government as a Secretary and later worked for SONATEL in many sectors including the Department of Development and Learning, Department of External and Commercial Affairs, Department of Technical Services and Maintenance, and the Department of Commerce. Mbaye is currently working for the Mobile Department.



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