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10th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR10) - 10 to 12 November 2010  
gsr10 logo GSR panelist and moderator biographies
Day 1, Wednesday 10 November 2010


Ms Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), United States

Mignon L. Clyburn was nominated as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on June 25, 2009, and sworn in August 3, 2009. Her term runs until June 30, 2012.

Commissioner Clyburn has a long history of public service and dedication to the public interest. Prior to her swearing in as Commissioner, Ms. Clyburn served for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina’s sixth district on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC). She was sworn in for her first term in July 1998, and was subsequently reelected in 2002 and 2006. She served as chair of the PSC from July 2002 through June 2004.

During her tenure at the PSC, Commissioner Clyburn actively participated in numerous national and regional state-based utility organizations. Most recently, Ms. Clyburn served as the chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Washington Action Committee and as a member of both the association’s Audit Committee and Utilities Market Access Partnership Board. Commissioner Clyburn is also a former chair of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC).


Mr R.K. Arnold, Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India

Mr. R.K. Arnold is at present Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India where he is heading different Divisions, such as, Fixed Networks, Mobile Networks, Converged Networks, Broadcasting and Cable Networks, Quality of Service, Administration, Economic, Regulatory Enforcement, Financial and Legal Divisions. These Divisions are dealing with various Telecom Regulation which inter alia includes Unified Licensing, Spectrum Management, Telecom Tariff, Fixed Mobile Interconnection, Consumer Interest, Rural Telecommunications, Next Generation Networks (NGN), Direct to Home (DTH) and Cable Television, etc.

He graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from University of Jabalpur (India) and joined the Indian Telecom Service (ITS) in the year 1975, serving Department of Telecom & B.S.N.L. for more than 34 years in various capacities. He is having a rich experience of working in the field of Telecommunications covering the areas of Telecom Development, Operations, Quality Assurance, Human Resource Development, Acceptance Testing and Evaluation of Telecom Products and Networks in addition to Telecom Regulation.

Dr. Raúl L. Katz, Adjunct Professor, Division of Finance and Economics, and Director, Business Strategy Research, Columbia Institute of Tele-information

Professor Katz teaches a Seminar in High Technology Strategy in the international arena. As an international telecommunications industry consultant, Dr. Katz has provided counsel to CEOs and other top management of major global telecommunications, and computer companies in the areas of business strategy, consumer/industrial marketing and general management approaches. He is currently President of Telecom Advisory Services (, a boutique firm that advises clients in the interrelated fields of strategy and regulation. He was previously a Lead Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was a member of the firm's Leadership Team and Head of the US and Latin America Telecommunications practices. He has published three books, over twenty articles and regularly addresses industry fora. His book The Information Society: an International Perspective, focusing on the deregulation trends in the worldwide telecommunications industry was published in 1988. His second book (co-edited) Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy, addressing recent discontinuities in the telecommunications industry, was published in 2000, and translated into Japanese and Chinese. His third book The Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies to Economic Development was published in Spain in 2009. Dr. Katz's current research interests are in developing forward-looking perspectives of the industry structure of the converged telecommunications and media sectors and in studying "institutional irrational exuberance" in high technology investment. Licence in History, University of Paris-Sorbonne, 1979; Licence in Communications Sciences, University of Paris II; Maitrise in Political Science, University of Paris-Sorbonne, 1980; Maitrise in Communications Sciences, University of Paris II; MS in Communications Technology and Policy, MIT, 1981; PhD in Management and Political Science, MIT, 1985




Mr Nicolas Curien, Commissioner, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France

Born in 1950, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris, Nicolas Curien is currently a member of the Board of ARCEP, the French regulatory body for electronic communications and postal services.

He began his career as an assistant professor at Telecom Paris, then as a manager at France Telecom, in charge of economic studies. In 1986, he joined the Department of Defence as a chief economist.

In 1989, he was appointed deputy-director of the National School for Statistics and Economic Analysis (ENSAE), within the Department of Economy and Finance. In 1992, he was granted the chair "Telecommunications Economics and Policy" at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM).

He also teaches economics at the Ecole Polytechnique, is a member of the "Académie des Technologie"s (the french National Academy of Engineering) as well as a founding member of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

He has written a number of scientific articles and several books in the fields of industrial organization and networks economics.

Mr Pavel Dvorak, Chairman, Czech Telecommunication Office, Czech Republic

Born 1948. Studied at the Mathematic/Physical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University (M.A., sociology) and achieved a PhD grade (data banks) at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. He spent a major part of his career in the Federal Statistical Office, focusing on the issues of the statistical processing of data and on information technology applications. In the 1990s he worked for information technology companies, such as APP, ICZ. In 1998-2002 he was adviser to Minister of the Czech Government. He co-authored the State Information Policy and took part in drawing up the information society legislation. From 2003 to 30 April 2005 he worked as advisor to management bodies of ČESKÝ TELECOM, a.s. From 1 May 2005 he has been member of the CTO Council. From 1 April 2006 he has been named as the Chairman of the CTO Council, and from May 2010 he was again confirmed in his function by the Government of the Czech Republic.



Mr Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSM Association

Tom Phillips has degrees in Physics and Business Administration and is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience in the telecoms industry.  In the 1980s Tom led British Aerospace’s satellite communications business development activities in South East Asia.

In 1990, he helped start mobile operator Orange, where he led the company’s UK licence application, and then joined PA Consulting Group’s London Practice, where he worked for global clients on strategy and market analysis assignments.

In 1995, Tom joined Cable & Wireless as Strategy Director and was later appointed Group Director, Public Policy, responsible for Cable & Wireless’ relationships with governments, regulators and policy influencers, across their 55-country footprint.

Tom joined the GSM Association in March 2004, as Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, where he leads the public policy agenda with governments, on behalf of the Association’s 700+ operator members, who in turn deliver service to over 2.5 billion mobile users, worldwide.



Ms Janet Hernández, President, Telecommunications Management Group (TMG)

An attorney with 17 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Ms. Hernández advises domestic and international telecommunications companies and governments on telecommunications regulatory, commercial and transactional matters. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Hernández was a Partner of and headed the Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group of Coudert Brothers. She also worked in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Hernández is fluent in English and Spanish.




Mr Dražen Lučić,  Executive Director, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM), Croatia

Mr. Dražen Lučić holds a Ph.D. Degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at University of Zagreb, Department of Telecommunication. His career in telecommunication industry started in 1987 at Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Zagreb and was continued with internationally assignments for Ericsson. In more than 20 years in the industry he was mostly responsible for business development and sales to the leading telecommunication operators in European Union and in Israel. He is Executive Director of Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency since 2009.



Mr Pape Cire Cisse, Director of Radiocommunications, Network and Services, ARTP, Senegal

Mr Pape Cire Cisse is also a trainer at the Dakar l'Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT) in the domains of radio propagation in a mobile environment and in spectrum management. He previously was responsible for engineering and spectrum frequency planing with the telecommuncations operator SONATEL (Orange).

Mr Peter Pitsch, Director, Communications Policy, Intel Corporation

Peter Pitsch is the Executive Director of Communications Policy and Associate General Counsel for Intel Corporation. He is responsible for the coordination of Intel policy surrounding communications and electronic commerce. 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.



Mr Adrian Foster, Founding Partner, McLean Foster & Co.

Adrian Foster, MBA, CMC is a founding partner with McLean Foster & Co and leads the firm's Telecom Regulatory Specialty Practice. With over 15 years of related experience, he has advised regulators, operators, suppliers, government departments and agencies involved in telecommunications and ICT's. He is the lead author of the recently developed ITU/infoDEV ICT Regulation Online Toolkit Module 5: Radio Spectrum Management His work has included technical assistance and policy and programme analysis and development for government departments and agencies.

Mr. Foster has been on extensive field assignments in many countries including: Afghanistan, Antigua, Argentina, Germany, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago United Kingdom and the United States.

Day 2, Thursday 11 November 2010


Mr Cristhian Lizcano, Executive Director of the Communication Regulatory Commission

Attorney of Universidad Javeriana, and Master of Laws with emphasis on Economic Regulation at the London School of Economics, Mr. Lizcano was appointed by the President of the Republic as commissioner of the CRC since 2008. He began his career as Legal Adviser at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, where he supported important projects including the opening of Long Distance Competition and Interconnection Regime, among others. He also acted as General Secretary of Telebucaramanga, served as adviser for various companies, and acted as Legal Adviser of the Minister of Communications on different projects and initiatives oriented to adapt the regulatory framework under a converged environment and promoting competition.



Mr Satya Brata Sinha, Chairperson, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, India

Mr. Justice Satya Brata Sinha, was designated as Senior Advocate by the Patna High Court and was the first Government Advocate of its Ranchi Bench. Elevated as Judge of Patna High Court in 1987, he was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court in 1999 and later as Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh and Delhi High Court. He was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2002 during which term he was also the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority. After retirement, he was appointed the Chairman of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal and continues to hold the said office.


Dr Krishna Oolun, Chief Executive Officer, Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), Mauritius

Krishna Oolun holds a Bachelor in Technology from the University of Mauritius, MSc and PhD in Communication Engineering from the University of Manchester UK, and a MBA in Information Technology Management from Leicester University UK. He is a Chartered Engineer of the UK Engineering Council and member of the IEEE of the USA.

Dr Oolun is presently the CEO of the ICTA, the ICT regulator for Mauritius. He has previously served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Mauritius before joining the regulator in 2002 as the Director of Engineering and subsequently as the CEO since 2005.

Dr Oolun has been a contributor to the White Paper on telecommunications for Mauritius in 1997, the National IT Strategic Plan in 1998, the National Telecom Policy in 2004 and the National ICT Strategic Plan in 2007. He has also served as a consultant on ICT policy and regulatory frameworks and has worked on several international assignments in that regards. He has also been panellist at the WTO sessions on trades in services in Telecommunications.

Krishna Oolun is the Editor in Chief of the on-line Journal of Engineering and Technology Research (JETR) and has himself published extensively as a former academic researcher before joining the regulator.


Dr. Eugene Juwah, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria

• Over 30 years experience in Information Technology and Telecommunication, with more than 20 years experience on executive management level.

• Knowledgeable in digital exchanges, base station, data communication and subscriber access networks construction and operations having played coordinating roles in the set up of an ETACS, GSM and CDMA Mobile Networks in Nigeria.

• Experienced Network Operations Director with profound practical knowledge of pricing, billing, interconnection, licensing and regulatory affairs and network fraud control within the Nigerian Environment.

• Holds a PhD degree in Systems Engineering from the University Of Manchester, England

• Appointed Executive Chairman Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) by President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and confirmed by the Senate in July 2010

Mr. Papa Assane Toure, Juge, Tribunal Régional Hors Classe, Dakar, Senegal

Papa Assane Toure, est né le 28 août 1974 à Dakar (Sénégal). Il est magistrat de formation et exerce cette fonction depuis 2002. Il est actuellement juge au Tribunal régional Hors Classe de Dakar.

Il a également été substitut du Procureur de la République au Tribunal Régional de Saint-Louis (ville du nord du Sénégal), avant d’être successivement Juge au Tribunal départemental de Saint-Louis, Vice président et Président par intérim de cette juridiction.

Il prépare depuis 2005 une thèse de Doctorat d’état en cyberdroit pénal intitulé « Le traitement de la cybercriminalité devant le juge : l’exemple du Sénégal ». Ses travaux doctoraux sont en phase terminale.

Sur le plan universitaire, M. Toure est Associé au Master de droit du cyberespace africain comme tuteur (assistant en ligne).

Il a eu l’honneur de participer aux travaux de rédaction de la loi sénégalaise du 25 janvier 2008 portant sur la cybercriminalité, en qualité de Président du comité de rédaction de ce texte. Cela lui a valu d’être impliqué dans tous les séminaires de sensibilisation et de formation ayant suivi l’adoption de cette loi.



Mr Rory Macmillan, Founding Partner, Macmillan Keck

Rory Macmillan is a Founding Partner of Macmillan Keck, a law firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. The firm has a strong expertise and track record in the ICT sector worldwide, advising governments, regulators, incumbents, new entrants, investors and international institutions on corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory and policy matters, and dispute resolution. Mr. Macmillan led the firm's representation of a client in its US$3.4 billion dollar licence bid in Saudi Arabia and has drafted telecommunications laws in several countries. He has experience in most areas of telecommunication disputes. For example, he was Chairman of an arbitration panel dealing with the first interconnection dispute in Trinidad & Tobago, mediated the opening of the Fijian telecommunications market to competition, has negotiated millions of dollars of international telecommunication dispute settlements for clients, and acted as independent expert in a dispute in Burundi. He is regularly engaged by the World Bank to advise on regulatory matters.

Mr. Macmillan began his practice in New York and London with Debevoise & Plimpton. He received his LLM from the Yale Law School (Fulbright and Rotary Scholarships), and his LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Edinburgh. Memberships include: New York Bar; Accredited Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR); WIPO listed arbitrator, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and; member the Electronic Media Panel of the Communications Providers Independent Alternative Dispute Resolution Service. He is author of numerous articles and co-author of a World Bank book on dispute resolution.


Mr Ilyas Ahmed, Chief Executive, Communications Authority of the Maldives (CAM), Maldives

Ilyas Ahmed is the Chief Executive of the Communications Authority of Maldives. Prior to this he was the Deputy Director General at the Telecommunications Authority of Maldives, where he headed the Department for Telecom Development, International Coordination and Technical Regulation. Mr. Ahmed holds an MSc in Operational Telecommunications from Coventry University UK, and BEng in Information and Electronics from Curtin University of Australia. 

Upon completion of his Postgraduate Degree in 2001 in, he joined the Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Communication, Science & Technology in 2002. Since then he has been heavily involved in the activities to restructure and develop the country’s telecommunication sector. Prior to this, he has worked for the national telecommunications company Dhiraagu, as the Product Manager Mobile. He was a key member of the team that introduced GSM mobile services to the country.  

Mr. Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in the field of communications. With his extensive knowledge of ICT, he has worked in many development initiatives of the country. Mr. Ahmed has also attended and actively participated in numerous regional and international events and conferences on ICT. He has delivered key note addresses and chaired meeting sessions at many international conferences.



Mr Oscar Manikunda Musata, Director General, l'Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications du Congo (ARPTC), Dem. Rep. of Congo

Mr. Manicunda has various degrees in Economics and Telecommunications, including the BADGE (Bilan d'Aptitude délibré par les Grandes Ecoles Francaises) from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He actively participates in the work of several regional and international organizations, such as FRATEL, CRASA, ARTAC and UAT. In ITU, he also served as Rapporteur for Question 7/2-1 on Universal Access to Broadband Services.



Mr Paarock Vanpercy, Director General, National Communications Authority, Ghana

Mr. Paarock Asuman Vanpercy was appointed as Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) on 1st June 2010.

Paarock brings to the NCA, a career in investment banking, corporate management and administrative practices dating back some twenty five (25) years. His career includes positions with Hacker Young Chartered Accountants (UK), Unilever Ghana Ltd, Merchant Bank (GH) Ltd as Head of Corporate Finance, Venture Fund Management Company Ltd as General Manager and the Commonwealth Development Corporation as Country Head. Over the period, he managed diverse and multi-functional teams with varying skills set.

Paarock is presently the Chairman of CAL Bank Ltd. He is also Chairman of CAL Asset Management Company Ltd, and holds directorships at Ghana Leasing Company Ltd, Liberian Bank for Development & Investment, Sierra Leone Investments Ltd and Afri Holdings Ltd in Mauritius.

He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Ghana and is a Chartered Accountant by profession, having qualified in England where he gained considerable experience working on assignments for a variety of companies including companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and was until his appointment the Managing Director of AIMAC, a financial investment and management company focused on acquiring and managing equity investments.


Miguel Vélez Núñez, Director of Markets Regulation, CONATEL, Honduras


  • Máster en Comercio Internacional

  • ISEAD-Universidad Complutense de Madrid

  • Ingeniero Electricista Industrial-Telecomunicaciones

  • Universidad Autónoma de Honduras-UNAH

Experiencia Laboral

  • Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, CONATEL
    Director de Regulación Económica y Mercados, Global Consulting

  • Gerente General, Amnet De Honduras
    Director De Telefonía

  • Detecon De Alemania (Deutsche Telekom)

  • Hondutel, Honduras
    Subgerente De Estrategia Corporativa
    Director Del Programa Telefonía Para Todos

  • Enitel, Nicaragua



Mr Stephen Young, Founder/Director,

Stephen Young is the founding director of Ltd, which he set up in 2007, and is also working on other web-based initiatives to help reduce CO2 emissions.

Stephen is currently contracted as a Senior Telecom Expert to the International Telecommunication Union, the specialized agency of the United Nations for ICTs. Stephen is authoring a study on the relationship between ICTs and climate change and the role for regulators. Deliverables are a chapter in the ITU's Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2010, and a presentation of the main findings at the ITU's 10th Global Symposium for Regulators, November 2010.

In addition to his commercial activities, Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, where he teaches undergraduates and postgraduates, specialising in behavioural economics - an emerging branch of economics which explains why human behaviour may not fit conventional economic models, and how this understanding can help bring about positive behavioural change.

Before founding, Stephen was a Principal Consultant and 'Thought Leader' on climate change and ICT at independent analyst and consulting firm, Ovum, which he joined in January 1996. He was lead author of five Ovum telecoms strategy reports which recorded sales of over £1.6 million. These included the best-selling "The Bandwidth Explosion", with its analysis which punctured the myth promulgated by network builders, "If you build it, they will come." Before Ovum, Stephen was Manager, Public Policy for the UK's main fixed line competitor to BT, Mercury Communications Ltd, where he advised on policy and relations with the company's European and UK stakeholders. These included the European Commission, Europe's Public Telecommunications Operators (via ETNO), and Mercury's UK public affairs programme with elected and appointed officials and think tanks.




Mr S. A. M’Poué, Secretaire-Général, Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d'Ivoire (ATCI), Côte d’Ivoire

  • Ingénieur des télécommunications, diplômé de l’Institut National des Télécommunications (INT) d’Evry (France), promotion 1989 ;

  • Intègre l’Office National des Télécommunications (ONT), alors seul opérateur du secteur, devenu Côte d’Ivoire Télécom depuis sa privatisation en Février 1997 ;

  • Occupe respectivement dans cette structure, les postes de : Chef de Service des Installations Privées, Sous-directeur de l’Energie, Sous-directeur des Télécommunications Nationales ;

  • Entre chez le régulateur, l’Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire (ATCI), en août 1997, où il est successivement : Conseiller Technique Télécom du Directeur Général, Directeur des Radiocommunications, Directeur de la Réglementation et des Affaires Juridiques ;

  • Nommé Secrétaire Général (Directeur Général Adjoint) de l’ATCI depuis décembre 2007.



Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) since September 2003, has twenty-five years of unique experience in advising governments, multinational corporations, international banks and multilateral organisations. He was Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States and to Mexico ((1994 to 1997), where he set a number of records in strengthening US-Ghana relations, especially in promoting private sector investment in Ghana. Minister of Communications (1997 to 98) Acting Minister of Mines & Energy (1999), Minister of Education (1998 to 2001), a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board until January 2001 and a member of a group of communications experts that advised the Director General on the future of UNESCO.

Dr Spio-Garbrah was Head of Communications of the US $33 billion-dollar African Development Bank, then headquarted in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) from 1991 to 1994; an External Relations Officer of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in Washington DC from 1988 to 1991); a mortgage banker in New Jersey (1987-88); an advertising sales executive with South-western Bell (1985 to 1987); and Chairman, Middle East and Africa Group of the renowned global public relations firm, Hill & Knowlton (1979 to 1985). In the latter position, he counselled a number of leading global banks on their financial relations strategies, and advised the governments of Indonesia, Turkey, Austria and Holland on their investment and export promotion programmes. At the age of 24, in the mid 70s, he was acting General Manager of Ghana Advertising & Marketing, Ghana’s second largest advertising agency, where he initiated and executed many advertising campaigns on behalf of a long list of prestigious clients.

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah performed his National Service as an English teacher at Adisadel College from 1973 to 1974. He has conducted business, communication, government and diplomatic operations in more than thirty countries in all continents.

Prof. Ibrahim Kadi, Senior Advisor, CITC, Saudi Arabia

Prof. Ibrahim Kadi is Senior Advisor at the Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC), the ICT regulatory authority in Saudi Arabia. He has over 30 years of experience in academic, professional, industrial and regulatory fields. His areas of expertise include Communication engineering, Knowledge Economy, Information Security, and Socio-economic Impact of Technology.
He was a Professor of Communications at King Saud University (1984-2004). He served as the ITU Representative to the Arab States and Head of the ITU Arab Regional Office (2002-2003). Prof. Kadi was Vice President for Engineering and R&D of Advanced Electronics Company (1991-1994) and served as an Executive Consultant (1994-2004). Prof. Kadi currently serves as an independent Member of the Board Risk Management Committee at the Saudi Stock Exchange Co. (Tadawul), He is a member of the Advisory Board for Academic Accreditation, of KSU College Engineering. Prof. Kadi performed consultancy services to government agencies, private sector and international organizations.
Prof. Kadi holds a Ph. D. from Stanford University (1984), an M.Sc. from the University of Michigan (1984), and B.Sc. from Riyadh University (1978), all in Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Kadi has published over a 120 scientific papers, general-interest and literary works, and spoke at numerous national and international conferences. He is a member of the Saudi Computer Society, International Association for Cryptologic Research, Saudi Association for Mathematical Sciences, and Saudi Economics Association. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.



Dr. Marco Gercke, Director, Cybercrime Research Institute

Dr. Marco Gercke is Director of the Cybercrime Research Institute (Institut fuer Medienstrafrecht) - an independent research institute dealing with legal aspects of computer and Internet crime.

Holding a PhD in criminal law with a focus on Cybercrime he is for several years teaching law related to Cybercrime and European Criminal Law at the University of Cologne and is visiting lecturer for International Criminal Law at the University of Macau. The focus of his research is on international aspects of law related to Cybercrime. In this respect he is working as an expert for several international organisations among them the Council of Europe, the European Union, the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union. One key element of the research are the challenges related to the fight against Cybercrime and the differences in developing a legal response in common law and civil law systems. The latest researches covered the activities of terrorist organisations in the Internet, legal response to Identity Theft, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing activities involving Internet technology and the responsibility of ISPs.

Marco is a frequent national and international speaker and author of more than 70 publications related to the topic Cybercrime. In addition to articles and books he published several studies including comparative law analysis for the Council of Europe. His latest 225-page publication on Cybercrime is currently translated to all UN languages. Marco was co-chair of the working group set up by the Council of Europe to support the drafting of the Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime adopted at the 2008 Octopus Conference and member of the ITU High Level Expert Group. He is member of the German Bar and Secretary of the Criminal Law Department of the German Society for Law and Informatics.




Col. Dr. Natee Sukonrat, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand

Colonel Natee Sukonrat, Ph.D., is the Commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand. Prior to this, he has served several important roles. In 1999-2001, he started his career as a senior engineering at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA, USA. He then moved back to Bangkok and served as senior engineer at the Directorate of Joint Communications for the Royal Thai Armed Forces from 2001 to 2009. In 2001-2004, he was also one of the advisors of the iPSTAR Satellite Project of the Shin Satellite Corporation.

From 2004-2006, Col. Natee was a Chairman of the CDMA2000 1X-EVDO Project Steering Committees, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited. He then served as a Board of Directors and became an Acting CEO of the TOT Public Company Limited in 2006 and 2007 respectively. From 2008- December 2009, Col. Natee started his career at the NTC as the Chairman of the Working Group on Communication Radio and the Radio and Television Broadcasting Sub-commissioner. As being one of the key commissioners at the NTC, Colonel Natee has pioneered several important projects. For instance, he has served as a chairman of the 3G committee, which is attempting to grant spectrum licenses for the Provision of IMT Mobile Phone Service in the Frequency Band of 2.1 GHz.

As the same time, Col. Natee is also a chairman of the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) committee. Colonel Natee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (gold medal) from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand. He has done his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA. He has also completed a Certificate Programme from the Thai Institute of Directors, Bangkok, Thailand.


Mr Jean Louis Beh Mengue, Director General, Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications, Cameroun

Monsieur Beh Mengue est Directeur General de l’ART du Cameroun depuis 1999. Administrateur dans poste et Télécommunications. Il a longemps servi comme SG du MINPOSTEL. Sa parfaite connaissance du secteur dans Télécom lui a permis de mené a bien la politique de partage de infrastructure au Cameroun.



Mr Philippe Metzger, Deputy Director, Office Fédéral de la Communication (OFCOM), Switzerland

Philipp Metzger qualified as a Swiss attorney in 1992 and holds a degree of Master of Arts from the College of Europe. He practiced commercial law in major firms in Geneva and London. Thereafter, he held several positions at the European Free Trade Association in Brussels and Geneva, mostly dealing with the EEA. After having worked as a Senior Corporate Counsel for the EMEA customer advocacy operations of a leading American IT corporation in Amsterdam, he returned to EFTA as Director of the Trade Relations Division. He has been Vice-Director and Head of the Telecom Services Division at OFCOM (Switzerland) since 2007.



Mr Rafael Eslava Herrada, Head of Unit of Prospective and Regulation, COFETEL, Mexico

Mr. Eslava is a Lawyer from Universidad Iberoamericana and currently holds the possition of Head of Unit of Prospective and Regulation at the Mexican Regulator. His responsibilities include the proposals of regulatory instruments to the Board of the Commission in the core subjects of regulation, such as interconnection, spectrum management, tariff regulation and standards. He is also in charge of the prospective regulation initiative which aims at identifying future technological developments that may have an impact on regulation.

Rafael has a long career at the Federal Telecommunications Commission in which he has gained an extensive knowledge of all the aspects surrounding the activities in which the Commission in involved.


Mr John Alden, Vice President, Freedom Technologies Inc.

Mr. Alden has more than 12 years’ experience in telecommunications policy fields, including spectrum management. He has provided policy and technical guidance to DoD on telecommunications and network contingency support and migration planning for current and future humanitarian missions and post-conflict situations, and notably advised DoD on spectrum management reform and development in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Mr. Alden has extensive international regulatory experience. At the World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07), Mr. Alden served as media relations liaison for the U.S. Delegation. Mr. Alden has also served the International Telecommunication Union as a regulatory expert, including as rapporteur for the ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators in 2003-2004. Since 2000, he has been the editor and author of the ITU’s Trends in Telecommunication Reform, which is the major annual publication for the Sector Reform Unit of the ITU’s Development Bureau. He has advised the World Bank on spectrum management issues in developing economies. During the 1990s, Mr. Alden was Senior Editor of the telecommunications policy journal Telecommunications Reports.

Day 3, Friday 12 November 2010



Mr Tomas Barakauskas, Director of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania

In 2001, Mr. Barakauskas was appointed to lead the newly established telecommunications regulatory authority by the President of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2006, Mr. Barakauskas was reappointed as the Director of the Communications Regulatory Authority for a second term.

Since 2001, Mr. Barakauskas has been leading the new regulatory institution in the challenging liberalization period and since then has been working towards transition to the new regulatory framework and Lithuanian ICT market opening for new market players and new technologies. Mr. Barakauskas brought to the new post extensive knowledge of telecommunications and management as a result of his earlier experience.

Since 1992, he has been holding senior executive positions in ICT companies, including the post of Vice president of the company Fima, Director of Lucent Technologies office for the Baltic countries (AT&Т), Director general of the company Precizika. Tomas Barakauskas was awarded the Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics by Vilnius University, Faculty of Mathematics, in 1992.



Prof. Milan Jankovic, Director, Republic Agency for Electronic Communications (RATEL), Serbia

DR Milan Jankovic, IEEE member, received the B.Sc. (1975), M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.DEE (1999) degrees from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Telecommunication. After fourteen years in the telecommunication industry, responsible for introducing new technologies and products, he joined the Community of Yugoslav PTT, in 1990, as Project leader in R&D Department responsible for development and implementation of appropriate access network architectures. He was a member of three EURESCOM Projects "Implementation Frameworks for Integrated Wireless - Optical Access Networks", "UMTS Radio Access" and "Open Service Access for 3G Mobile Networks". From December 2002 to March 2006 he was Director General of the Community of Yugoslav PTT. For Assistant Professor in Department of Telecommunication Dr Jankovic was elected on University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He has published more than 130 papers in Proceedings of International and Domestic Conferences and International (IEEE Communication Magazine) and Domestic Magazines. He is coauthor of the book "Access Networks". He is now with the Republic Agency for Electronic Communication of the Republic of Serbia on position Director.

Ms Tamir Ukhnaa, Director General, Regulatory Department, Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia, Mongolia

Education and Academic degrees:

  • Doctorate in Management, Academy of Management, Mongolia

  • Master of Management, Academy of Management, Mongolia

  • Master of Engineering in Telecommunications, Mongolian technical University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

  • Diploma for Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Institute, Novosibirsk, Russia

Work Experience:

  • Engineer, Senior Engineer, Mongolian Telecommunication Company

  • Expert, Senior Expert, Director, Director General, Regulatory Department, Communications Regulatory & Inspectorate Council, Communications Regulatory Commission



Mr Joseph Nana, Member of the Council of Regulation, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques (ARCE), Burkina Faso

Mr. Nana is a Member of the Council of Regulation of the Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority and Advisor to the Authority.

He previously was Director of Administrative Transmission Network within the (Ministry of) Ministère de l’Administration Territoriale et de la Décentralisation (DIRAT/MATD).

He also was Directeur of Trasnsmissions and IT within the (Ministry of Security) Ministère de la Sécurité (DTI/DGPN).

  • Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications ESMT de Dakar : Diplôme d’ingénieur des Travaux des Télécommunications;

  • Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications de Dakar : Certificat CISCO CCNA;

  • Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar (département génie informatique / UCAD) : diplôme de Mastère Téléinformatique.


Mr Daniel Leza, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory

Mr. Leza, an attorney, is a regulatory specialist with expertise in the areas of competition law and regulation. He has substantial experience in the areas of regulatory reform initiatives, radio spectrum assignment processes and licensing, anticompetitive conduct and mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector, and has advised service providers and regulators on such matters in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He has served at the Legal Counsel's Office of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones of Venezuela. Mr. Leza is fluent in Spanish and English and reads Portuguese.


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