Panelist and moderator biographies
Day 1, Wednesday 21 September 2011
OPENING - presidential level SEGMENT: BROADBAND FOR ALL
AND THE FUTURE OF TELECOMS/ICTs
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU) since January 2007, was re-elected for a second four-year term in
As Secretary-General, Dr Touré is committed to ITU’s mission of
connecting the world, and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals
through harnessing the unique potential of Information and Communication
A long-standing champion of ICTs as a driver of social and economic
development, Dr Touré previously served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication
Development Bureau (BDT) from 1998-2006. In this role he placed considerable
emphasis on implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS), launching projects based on partnerships with international
organizations, governments, the private sector and civil society.
Prior to joining ITU, Dr Touré built a solid career in the satellite
industry, serving as managing engineer at the Sulymanbougou II earth station in
Mali before joining Intelsat’s Assistance and Development Programme in 1985. He
was appointed Intelsat’s Group Director for Africa and the Middle East in 1994,
earning a reputation as an energetic leader through his commitment to projects
such as AFROSAT, AFSAT, PANAFTEL and RASCOM. In 1996 he joined ICO Global
Communications as African Regional General Manager, spearheading ICO’s
activities across the African region.
A national of Mali, Dr Touré holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering
from the Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Leningrad,
and a PhD from the University of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics
of Moscow. He is married with four children and two grandchildren, and is
proficient in four official ITU languages: English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development
Mr Brahima Sanou was elected Director of the ITU
Telecommunication Development Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference in
October 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He took office on 1 January 2011.
A national of Burkina Faso, Mr. Sanou has more than thirty years experience in
the telecommunication and ICT sector, both at a regional and at an international
During his ten years as Head of the ITU Regional Office for Africa and Liaison
Officer to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for
Africa (UNECA), he contributed to the development of the African
telecommunication/ICT sector and played a key role in the organization of the
Connect Africa Summit, held in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2007 and in its
Prior to working for the ITU, Mr Sanou held several high-level positions in the
Posts and Telecommunication Services in Burkina Faso.
Mr Sanou has served as Head of Burkina Faso’s delegation to various
international and national conferences and as Governor representing 15 African
countries on the Board of INTELSAT as well as representing his country in the
ITU Council for almost 10 years.
He holds an Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des
Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and a post-graduate diploma from the Centre
for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris.
Session 1: M-BANKING AND M-FINANCIAL SERVICES: THE ROLE
OF THE REGULATOR
Mr C. 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 F. W. Wangusi, Acting Director-General of the Communications
Commission of Kenya (CCK).
Mr. Wangusi was appointed to the position in August, 2011. With over 20 years
experience in the ICT sector, he has previously served in various capacities
including Director in charge of Licensing, Compliance & Standards (LCS) as well
as Director in charge of Special Projects & Broadcasting. He joined CCK in the
year 2002 at the level of Assistant Director, and rose through the ranks to the
Prior to joining CCK, Mr. Wangusi worked for the then Telkom-Kenya (prior to its
privatization) in the positions of Section Head/Broadcasting Division and
Assistant General Manager/Licensing & Enforcement. He has also served as a
Senior Lecturer at the then Kenya College for Communication Technology (KCCT),
now transformed to be the Multimedia University of Technology College.
Mr. Wangusi has played pivotal role in a number of Commission’s key projects.
Such projects include the development of Regulations and related instruments.
Currently, he heads the Digital Secretariat responsible for the implementation
of decisions by the National Committee driving the transition from analogue to
digital television broadcasting In Kenya. He is also a member of the Commission
charged with the preparation of the Kenya/Italy bilateral agreement on the
utilization of the National San Marco Space Centre and operationalization of the
National Space Secretariat.
Mr. Wangusi holds a Master of Space Science (Satellite Communications) from the
International Space University, France; Bachelor of Technology (Telecoms
Engineering) from University of Rome, Italy and Chartered Engineering
Certificate from the Engineering Council, United Kingdom.
Mr A. M. Tarazi, Senior Policy Specialist (m-Banking), CGAP/World Bank
Senior Policy Specialist. Michael joined CGAP in 2008 as a member of CGAP's
Government & Policy Team. He leads the team’s efforts in the area of branchless
banking regulation and has worked with regulators around the world to develop
regulatory frameworks. He led CGAP’s regulatory efforts in the Maldives and has
worked in countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Fiji, Haiti and Jordan. He is a
co-author of Nonbank E-Money Issuers: Regulatory Approaches to Protecting
Customer Deposits and Islamic Microfinance: An Emerging Market Niche.
Michael teaches courses on branchless banking at the Boulder Institute for
Microfinance. He also was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic
Forum and is a member of the Forum’s Dialogue Series on Access to Finance
Prior to joining CGAP, Tarazi was a corporate attorney in private practice and
served as the European General Counsel to a U.S. company providing
finance-related technological services to developing countries. He also served
as an advisor to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Tarazi holds a
bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law
School. He speaks English, Arabic, and French.
Mr E. Cubides, Mobile Financial Services Manager, Tigo
Trabaja com Tigo desde marzo de 2010. Amplia trayectoria como gerente en las
áreas de mercadeo y negocios,principalmente en líneas de producto relacionadas
con servicios financieros y tecnología.
- Cash Management Product Manager, CITIBANK Julio 2008 - Marzo 2010
- Director de Desarrollo de Negocios, VISA Agosto 2006 - Julio 2008
- Product Manager AVANTEL S.A. Enero 2004 - Agosto 2006
- Director comercial ARGOS TECHNOLOGIES LTDA Febrero 2001 - Diciembre 2003
- MBA con énfasis en mercadeo e Ingeniero Industrial, 2007, Universidad De
- Universidad Javeriana, Diplomado en Mercadeo para Socios de Negocios –
- Diplomado en Gerencia de Mercadeo – 2000
- Universidad De los Andes - Ingeniero Industrial – 2003.
Ms J. 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.
Session 2: WIRELESS BROADBAND SPECTRUM VALUATION
Mr. F. Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication
Mr. Rancy was elected by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in
2010 to the post of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the
International Telecommunication Union.
As Director, Mr. Rancy is responsible for the management of the
Radiocommunication Bureau which organises and co-ordinates the work of the
Radiocommunication Sector whose aim is to ensure the rational, equitable,
efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the
geostationary satellite orbit.
Previous to taking up his duties at the ITU in January, 2011, he was Director
General of the French Agence nationale des fréquences. Since 1995, Mr. Rancy has
served as the head or deputy head for national delegations at many ITU
conferences and meetings.
Mr. Rancy graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1977 and from Ecole nationale
supérieure des télécommunications in 1979.
Mr D. Lučić,
Executive Director, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM),
Mr. Lučić holds a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of
Electrical Engineering and Computing at University of Zagreb, Department of
His career in telecommunication
industry started in 1987 at Ericsson Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia, 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
Mr P. 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.
Ms E. Cassin, Vice President, Group Spectrum Office, Orange-France Telecom
With a Masters degree in Competition Law and over 20 years’ experience
in this area, Elisabeth joined Orange Group in Sept 2001 from France Telecom,
where she was recognised as the Regulatory and Competition Law expert. She
subsequently became Vice President, Group Regulatory and Spectrum Policy and is
currently Vice President, Group Spectrum Office for Orange – FT Group. She is
also Chair of the Spectrum Management Group of the GSM Association.
During 1999-2001, Elisabeth was responsible for gaining clearance from the EC
and US Competition authorities for all FT’s major Merger and Acquisition
activity in both Europe and the US. Successes included approval of Atlas, Global
One, Equant, Orange and Wanadoo/Freeserve.
Elisabeth’s career includes a spell as a designated Expert to the Council of
Europe concerning telecommunications matters, as a Non Executive Director of
InfoAG and Uni2, respectively FT/ Transpac subsidiaries in Germany and Spain,
and as Vice-Chair of GSM Europe.
Mr M. Ahmad Zia, Director General, Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR),
Mr. Mian, posses extensive years experience with private sector,
governments, bilateral (USAID), and multilateral organizations (United Nations,
Inter American Development Bank and the World Bank) in policy and policy
analysis; strategies; economics; regulation; project design, development and
implementation; and pricing. He specializes in energy sector, information
systems and relational database designs and regulation. He is the head of a
multi-sector regulatory agency, which is responsible for regulation of energy,
telecommunication, water and sewage, and transport sectors. He has worked in
North America, Asia, Africa, Latin America, South Pacific and the Caribbean.
He is the Current Chairman of Organization of Caribbean Utilities Regulators (OOCUR),
1st Vice Chairman of Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization, and member of
International Confederation of Energy Regulators.
Mr J. 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
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
Session 3: SATELLITE REGULATION TO FOSTER BROADBAND
Mr A. Soumaila, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumaila est Secrétaire Général de l'Union Africaine des
Télécommunications (UAT) dont le siège à Nairobi Kenya. Il est à la tête de
l'UAT depuis janvier 2011, pour un mandat de 4 ans.
Ms A. Ornés, Senior
Director, International Regulatory, INMARSAT Ltd.
Alejandra Ornés is Sr. Director, International
Regulatory for Inmarsat, mobile satellite company based in London. Her main
focus is with Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band satellite broadband system whose
commercial operation is scheduled for 2014. Before joining Inmarsat, her
company, Ornés Associates, provided support to the telecommunications private
sector as well as foreign governments in regulatory and market access, and
spectrum and procurement matters including policy development. She previously
held various positions at Iridium, Astrolink and Intelsat in strategic planning,
regulatory/licensing as well as global policy and spectrum management.
Ms. Ornés received a B.A. from Universidad
Central de Venezuela and holds a Master in Planning and Administration of
Telecommunications Systems from the Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas,
Ms J. Read, Vice
President Regulatory Affairs, SES World Skies
Joslyn Read has more than 20 years of business and
governmental experience in international satellite and telecommunications
policy, trade policy, international relations and advocacy.
In 2006, Ms. Read joined New Skies Satellites B.V., a subsidiary of SES S.A., as
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. She is now responsible for directing the
regulatory activities of SES throughout the Americas and Asia including
satellite and spectrum licensing, and leading the company’s policy advocacy with
national regulatory agencies and international organizations. Ms. Read also
leads the regulatory licensing for O3b Limited, an advanced broadband satellite
system preparing for launch in mid-2013.
During her career, Ms. Read has held senior satellite regulatory and
international relations positions with Hughes Network Systems, Worldspace; the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission/International Bureau, and COMSAT Mobile
Communications. Ms. Read was elected Chairman of the Board of the U.S.-based
Satellite Industry Association for 2006, and has served as Co-Chair of the U.S.
Satellite Industry Association (SIA) and the European Satellite Operators
Association (ESOA) Trade Working Groups on trade and market access issues. Ms.
Read has also served on the Board of Directors of the Global VSAT Forum.
Ms. Read is based in the Washington, DC office of SES. She holds diplomas from
the University of Pennsylvania (USA); Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada), and
the University of Granada (Spain).
Mr K. Gude, Associate General Counsel,
Regulatory & Government Affairs, Regulatory & Government Affairs, INTELSAT
Kalpak S. Gude joined Intelsat, the largest
provider of fixed-satellite services (“FSS”) worldwide, in July 2006 at the time
it closed its merger with PanAmSat. Mr. Gude’s responsibilities include leading
Intelsat’s effort on global regulatory, government affairs, market access,
spectrum management and export compliance issues. Prior to joining Intelsat Mr.
Gude worked at PanAmSat as Associate General Counsel.
Mr. Gude worked as Counsel on the U.S. Senate,
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on
Communications before joining PanAmSat. Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, Mr.
Gude was an Attorney/Advisor in the Policy and Program Planning Division, Common
Carrier Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Mr. Gude is a member of the Executive Committee
of the Board of the Satellite Industry Association (SIA). He is also a Board
member of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI).
Mr. Gude was selected as one of Via Satellite magazine’s Satellite Executives of
the Year 2007, for his work on international spectrum issues.
Mr. Gude has a J.D. from the Indiana University
School of Law – Bloomington and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the
Rochester Institute of Technology. He is admitted to the New York and DC Bar.
Day 2, Thursday 22 September 2011
Session 4: SETTING NATIONAL BROADBAND POLICIES,
STRATEGIES AND PLANS
Dr. Amr Badawi, Executive President, National Telecom
Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt
Dr. Badawi is also a professor of
Electronics at Cairo University. Before that he served as Senior Advisor to the
Minister of Communications and Information Technology, where he handled the
development of the Telecom Sector. He was involved in the policy development and
in providing support to all the telecom entities such as the ISPs, vendors, etc…
Dr. Badawi joined MCIT after a nine-year tenure with GTE & General Dynamics.
There, he acted as Program Manager and in several other technical positions in
support of the Telecom Sector Support and the ICT programs in Egypt. Prior to
his tenure at GTE he founded Telecomp International in Egypt in 1990. He also
taught at Cairo University and was a Telecom consultant for several government
and private entities from 1987 - 1995. Dr Badawi worked as a development and
systems engineer at Aydin Systems, California from 1984 to 1987. Dr. Badawi
holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University,
California and obtained both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Electronics
Engineering from Cairo University.
Mr H. Sutadi, Commissioner, Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory
After graduation from Electrical Engineering he continued his study and took
master of science in Communication, and Ph.D in Electrical Enginering all in
University of Indonesia, and also took Executive Program in Graduate School for
Business in University of Cape Town, South Africa. Beside formal education, Heru
followed some courses and training about e.g. spectrum management,
interconnection, mastering the internet, and regulation about telecommunication,
broadcasting anf online media. After 10 years worked for some telco company in
Indonesia and abroad (Philippines, Saudi Arabia, USA and Germany), He was
elected as Commissioner of Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in
2006 and reelected for second term in 2009. He is Indonesian ICT expert and
lecturer in some University. He involves in some ICT research in Indonesia
including Social Media.
H.E. Mr M. Al Taani, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Telecommunications
Regulatory Commission(TRC), Jordan
Subsequent to the decision undertaken
by the Council of Ministers in May 24th 2011, Eng. Mohammad Al Taani was
appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners/ Chief Executive Officer
of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC). Prior to joining TRC he
worked as the Technical Operations Director at Jordan Telecom Group (JTG)
With over 28 years of experience in telecommunications and information
technology field both in public and private sectors; Eng. Al Taani acquired
distinctive expertise in various domains of the industry, covering fixed ,
mobile and broadband telecommunications technologies and markets. Within his
portfolio, Al Taani has broad experience in areas of strategic planning,
business financials, sourcing, and human resources management.
Eng. Al Taani holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the University of
Southampton / United Kingdom.
Mr E. Lazarus, Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
Mr. Lazarus comes to the FCC from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he
was co-head of the firm-wide global litigation practice and a member of the
firm's management committee, overseeing more than 800 lawyers. He is a former
prosecutor, having served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District
of California, and started his legal career as a law clerk to Supreme Court
Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Mr. Lazarus has also served as the Chairman of the
board of AbilityFirst, a provider of housing and vocational services to people
with disabilities, and the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, a nonprofit
legal services organization that represents roughly 25,000 dependent youth in
Mr R. Horton, Senior Telecommunications Expert
Previously Deputy and
Chair roles with the Australian Communications Authority during 1997 to 2005.
Prior to that a Member of AUSTEL, the first independent regulatory body in
Australia. Currently a Board Member of the new regulatory body NICTA in PNG.
Also an independent consultant, and an Ambassador for the CTO.
Session 5: OPEN ACCESS REGULATION
Mr G. Miley, Board Member of SUTEL -
Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Costa Rica
First SUTEL Chairman of the board, and who led
the break-up of the 40 year-old telecom monopolistic regime
Prior to coming to SUTEL, he worked as the
Global Contract Director in Orange Business Services, managing the largest
telecom contract (valued in more than 7 billion USD), within the France
Has over 10 years of international
telecommunications experience in global telecom services negotiations,
contract management, network process implementation and strategic business
Holds a Civil Engineering degree from
University of Costa Rica.
Obtained an MBA from the Goizueta Business
School at Emory University, with concentration on Corporate Finance and
Mr P. Metzger, Vice
Director Telecom Division, Office fédéral de la communication (OFCOM),
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 I. Sanchez, Commissioner, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC),
Iván Sánchez Medina, appointed by the President of the Republic
of Colombia as Expert Commissioner in the Colombian Communications Regulatory
Commission, which is a special administrative unit, under the Ministry of
Communications, with administrative, technical and budget independence.
Iván Sánchez Medina is an Electronics Engineer with emphasis in
Telecommunications, as well as Master in Telematics, of the University of Cauca;
has served as professor at the Faculty of Electronics Engineering at this
University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies at the University of
Kentucky (USA). Mr. Medina has 18 years experience in the industry and has held
senior positions in ETB, Lucent Technologies and CRT, among others.
Mr P. Srihirun, Director, National Broadcasting
and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand
Born in 1976, he graduated two Master degrees in Communication Management
from Thammasat University, Thailand and University of Strathclyde, UK. He
started his career as a telecommunication engineer at the Post and Telegraph
Department (PTD) in 1998.
In 2004, the PTD was transformed to be the National Telecommunication
Commission (NTC), Mr. Srihirun was then assigned to be in charge of access and
In 2010, NTC has been transformed again to be the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). He joined NBTC as a Senior Engineer and is
currently the Director of Telecommunications Economic Research Center, Policy
and regulatory Bureau.
He did the research project on Local Loop Unbundling in 2003 in cooperation
with Waseda University of Japan. He has written many papers such as National
Broadband Network Policy, Telecommunication Data and Research Center Concept,
NGN: Beginning and Next Step, etc. He has contributed to many important
committees such as Telecommunication Master Plan Committee, 3G Licensing
Committee, and BWA Licensing Committee.
Mr M. Fall, Head, Regulatory and Market Division (RME), ITU/BDT
Mr. Fall occupies this position since January 2009.
Mr FALL is a Telecommunication Engineer (specializing in radiocommunications).
He also holds a Masters in Business and Administration (MBA) (option: Finance
Regarding his professional background, Mr FALL begun his career at the
Senegalese incumbent national telecommunications operator (Sonatel), with the
following responsibilities: Head Frequency Management Department; Head
International Affairs Department; Permanent Secretary of the West African
Telecommunications Conference (CTOA).
At March 2002, he joined the Senegalese regulatory authority body (ARPT),
where he occupied the following posts: Director of Studies and International
Affairs; Technical Director (In charge of Radiocommunications, Follow up of
operators, International Affairs, Studies).
Mr FALL also conducted many activities on the following areas: Trainer on
spectrum management and radiocommunications at ESMT and the National
Telecommunication School and Senior Expert on spectrum management for the
International Telecommunication Union (as such, carried out a number of expert
and training missions in Africa for ITU/BDT).
Mr D. Rogerson, Director, Incyte Consulting Ltd
He is an experienced
consultant, specialising in telecommunications policy and regulation. He is a
leading advisor to regulators and operators on access and interconnection,
pricing, universal service and number portability. With over 23 years of
consultancy experience, he has advised many of the leading telecommunications
organisations in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Central/South America. Prior
to joining Incyte Consulting David was Director and Co-Leader of Ovum's Global
Telecoms Regulatory Practice, based in the UK.
David has published widely on telecommunications regulation.
Session 6: FINANCING UNIVERSAL ACCESS/SERVICE TO
Ms A. Garba, General Director of the Autorité de Regulation Multisectorielle
In her current position, Dr. Aminata Garba coordinates the
development and implementation of regulatory frameworks, in the areas of
Telecommunication, Water, Post, Energy and Transports. She is also acting as
Chair of the Executive Committee of the West African Telecommunication
Regulators Association, Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Committee of
Telecommunication Regulators from the West African Monetary and Economic Union,
and Member of the Executive Committee of the African Water Association.
Prior to joining the Regulatory Authority of Niger in December 2010, she
worked at the National Institute for Scientific Research (Montreal), the
National Center for Scientific Research (Paris) and McGill University (Montreal)
on research and teaching in the broad area of digital communication.
Dr. Aminata Garba holds a Bachelor degree, on Electrical and Computer
Engineering from Laval University, Canada and respectively a Master of
Engineering and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication from McGill University,
Canada. She is the co-author of several journal articles, conference papers,
invention disclosures and US patent applications in coding, information theory
and signal processing applied to optical and wireless communication systems.
Mr G. Santiago Thornberry Villarán, Chairman of
the Board at the Peruvian Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, OSIPTEL
His almost 30 year career has covered both the private and public sector,
granting him a broad range of experience.
Mr. Thornberry’s areas of expertise include investment regimes, structural
adjustment and institutional reform, regulation of privatized public services
and international cooperation management.
He has worked for several international Organizations, including the World
Bank and United Nations. Prior to his work at OSIPTEL he acted as Deputy
National Chief at the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status of
Peru (RENIEC) for 5 years. As Deputy National Chief, he was in charge of
implementing all policies related to the modernization of Peruvian civil service
related to RENIEC, including the development of the “Informatic Government”
foundations. From 1997 to 2000.
Mr. Thornberry was Chairman of the Board and Executive President of OSINERG
the Peruvian Regulatory Agency for Investment in Energy. He was the first CEO in
the agency’s history and was responsible for creating, developing, and leading
the technical, safety and environmental aspects of all the private and public
electricity and hydrocarbon entities.
He launched a nation-wide decentralization program based on agreements with
municipalities to improve safety standards and awareness of rights and duties of
both suppliers and consumers, through the training of local leaders, popular
assemblies and selective training of local government officials.
His professional formation is in Law, specifically corporate law and
international transactions. He has studied at the Pontificia Universidad
Católica del Perú and at Cambridge University.
Ms J. Exarhakos, Executive Director, Instituto
Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic
Es Doctora en Derecho Summa Cum Laude, egresada de la Universidad
Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Realizó una maestría en Legislación Económica y Derecho
Empresarial, así como un Post-Grado en Economía para Negocios, en la Pontificia
Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). Posteriormente, obtuvo un DSU en
Derecho Privado Francés, de la Comunidad Económica Europea e Internacional, de
la Universidad Panthéon – Assas, Paris II.
Adicionalmente, la Dra. Exarhakos ha cursado numerosos entrenamientos
internacionales en materia de Regulación de las Telecomunicaciones. Su
experiencia profesional inició en la firma Pereyra & Biaggi, donde fue Abogada
Asociada, pasando de ahí al órgano regulador de las telecomunicaciones, INDOTEL,
donde actualmente desempeña la función de Directora Ejecutiva.
Ms M. Msimang, Managing Director, Pygma Consulting
Mandla started her
career in the telecommunications sector as an Advisor to Council at the South
African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA, now Independent
Communications Authority of South Africa) and later became a Senior Manager at
ICASA responsible for competition policy, research and economic & financial
analysis in 2001. Mandla joined Cell C (Pty) Ltd in 2004 as Senior Manager:
Regulatory Affairs. She left Cell C in 2007 to start Pygma Consulting (www.pygmaconsulting.com),
a consultancy specialising in ICT regulatory, policy and governance matters.
Mandla holds a BA from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), and an MSc. in
Regulation (Utilities) from London School of Economics.
Session 7: E-WASTE AND RECYCLING : WHAT REGULATORS CAN
Mr R. Ashok, Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Mr Ashok holds a Masters in Science and Business Administration.
He has the following experience:
A civil servant with over 37 years experience in Finance, Administration,
Anti-Corruption Regulation and computer system design and analysis;
Worked in Senior Capacities in Ministry of Railway, Department of Telecom
and Central Vigilance Commission in the areas of Financial Control, Policy
Formulation, Audit, Vigilance Investigation and Inquiry and Computer-aided
As Member Telecom Commission, Department of Telecom, handled Telecom
Policy, Spectrum Management, Mobile Number Portability, Broadband issues and
various related matters.
Currently as a Telecom & Broadcasting Regulator, the functions include
interconnection, Quality of Service and Tariff fixation for
Telecommunications as well as Broadcasting services.
Dr B. Gwandu, Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission,
Dr Bashir Gwandu was the Executive Commissioner in Charge of
Licensing and Consumer Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
until Jun 07 and now is the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the
NCC. He was also the Acting CEO of the NCC from June to July 2010. After
receiving his BSc in Physics from Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and an MSc
in Applied Physics from the University of Jos, in addition to a brief
Engineering service at the Tactical Air-command, Makurdi and lecturing at Usman
Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, he proceeded to the United Kingdom where he
attended MSc Courses in Power Electronics and Drives and MSc courses in
Communications Engineering; he further obtained an MPhil degree in
Electrical/Electronic Engineering, all from the University of Birmingham. He
returned briefly to Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto to lecture before going
back to the UK to study for a PhD in Electronic/Electrical Engineering at Aston
University and subsequently undertook an MBA Finance course at the Birmingham
Dr Gwandu was the Head, Physics Department of Usman Danfodiyo University
until December 1991. He has designed many devices that are used in the telecom
industry some of which have been patented in Europe and United States. He is a
Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of the IET in the UK, and has
published over 40 Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research papers in
world-class Electrical Engineering journals and conference proceedings. Since
2002, Dr Bashir Gwandu has been involved in research work on Regulation of
Utilities. At NCC Dr Gwandu is currently supervising Spectrum planning and
management, Quality of Service Monitoring and Network Optimization, Equipment
Type-approval, Numbering Plan, Allocation and Management.
Dr Gwandu was part of the Launch Committee of the recently Launched Nigerian
Communications Satellite (NigComsat-1), Is a regular speaker at many
international Telecom Conferences, has represented Nigeria in many Forums on
Telecoms Regulation, is on the Board of NCC and was until recently on the Board
of the NigComSat Ltd, and the Board of Digital Bridge Institute.
Mr P. 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 Cony 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
Ms M. Castellanos, Executive Director, ejecutiva
programa Computadores para Educar Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y
las Comunicaciones, Colombia
Information and Communications sector expert with high-level public sector
experience in management, regulation, policy and planning. Notable activities
include: deliver more than 300.000 PCs to public school in 10 years record in
Colombia that benefited more than 6 millions students, restructuring of the
national telecommunications company in Colombia, implementing a WiMAX licensing
framework and investigating an effective public television model.
Since 2007, she serves as CEO, Computadores para Educar (Computers to
Educate) – CPE within the Ministry of ICT, Bogotá, Colombia where she held
several positions since she joined in 2005. (Director, Sector Development
Directorate, and Advisor, Sector Development Directorate).
She holds a Master in Communications Management from the University of
Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (UK) and Bachelor Degree in Economics. From the
Universidad del Rosario, Bogota – Colombia.
Ms M. Wanjau, Principal Legal Officer, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)
Prior to her present engagement, she worked as a tax and legal consultant
with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
In her current role she is involved in providing advisory support in legal
and regulatory aspects such as statutory compliance, public policy analysis and
legislative development. In this capacity, she has been involved in
negotiations, drafting, stakeholder consultations and enabling implementation of
the ICT framework locally, in the region (COMESA and EAC) and internationally
One of the most significant projects she has been involved in is the ICT
Regulation Toolkit (www.ictregulationtoolkit.org), an online capacity building
resource for the ICT sector that was developed out of collaboration between ITU
and Infodev/World Bank.
She is an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Board of the Kenya ICT Board.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a
Master of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Day 4, Friday 23 September 2011
Session 8: PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN
THE DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM
Ms M. Ajam, Commissioner, Board Member,
and Head of Information and Consumer Affairs Unit, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Prior to her appointment Mrs. Ajam had an outstanding record as data and
internet executive for IDM and GDS with wide experience in business development
as well as international relations.
Mrs. Ajam recently served as a Board Member of the Professional Computer
Association and, as such, has been actively involved in the sector policy and
regulatory affairs. Mrs. Ajam holds an MBA from Ecole Superieure des Affaires
(ESA, Beirut), a Masters in urban planning (Paris I, Sorbonne) and a degree in
engineering from the Lebanese University.
Mr J. Salvat, CEO, Servei de Telecomunicaciones
Jaume Salvat, 54 years old, was appointed CEO of STA in
April 2006. He is a Telecommunications engineer, with 30 years in the
Telecommunications Sector, with a wide experience in different Telecommunication
Operators, holding Executive positions in Strategic Planning, Commercial,
Network Technology, Engineering, Planning, Deployment, Operation and
Maintenance. Co-founder a Telecommunications and Information Services Consulting
Company, based in Barcelona, Spain, very actively involved in projects with
Regional Governments, Municipalities and private Telecommunication
Mr M. Jaziri, Vice-President, Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INTT),
M. Jaziri est Licencié en droit privé en 1978 et a
obtenu un Certificat d'Aptitude pour l'exercice de la Profession d'Avocat 1983
Magistrat à la cour de cassation Procureur Général auprès de la cour de
Cassation Vice Président de l'Instance Nationale des Télécommunications depuis
2001. Il est également Enseignant à l'Institut Supérieur de la Magistrature
Mr J. Nganazoui, Director General, Agence de
Régulation des Télécommunications, Central African Republic
M. Nganazoui est Ingénieur exploitant des Télécommunications, Ressortissant
de l’institut supérieur des postes et télécommunications de Yaoundé.
Mr A. Denton,
Director, Hydon Consulting
Mr A. Denton Adam is an independent
consultant specializing in telecommunications regulatory policy with a
particular focus on policy issues relating to mobile. He is actively involved in
providing expert advice to both government and industry on intellectual property
rights, spectrum and net neutrality.
Prior to working as an independent
consultant Adam was head of regulatory affairs at the GSM Association. In this
role he lead the mobile industry activity across the full portfolio of
regulatory and public policy topics including IP interconnection, spectrum,
taxation, roaming and privacy as well as developing industry positions relating
to new services including mobile payments.
Before joining the GSMA, Adam spent
eight years as a management consultant with PwC and Accenture, specialising in
telecoms. Previously he worked on a on a variety of strategy and market entry
activities across Europe, Middle East and Africa for telecoms vendors.
Adam has a business degree from Liverpool and a Masters degree in Marketing
from Kingston University. He has over 25 years experience of the telecoms
Session 9: REGIONAL INITIATIVES AND SUCCESS STORIES TO
FOSTER BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
Mr E. Rojas, Coordinator, Observatorio de Banda
Ancha, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC)
An economist with master's degrees in public policy management as well as
corporate finance. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for 11
years, focusing on regulation, market competition and policy development issues.
He served as the Director of the Economic Regulation for the Telecommunications
Superintendence in Bolivia and is currently the Coordinator of the Broadband
Regional Information Center (Observatorio Regional de Banda Ancha) at ECLAC.
Mr L. Missidimbazi, Director, Assemblée des
Régulateurs des Télécommunications de l'Afrique Centrale (ARTAC)
After spending several years in the private sector operators and equipment
in, I joined the agency control of Congo as Chief of very high speed broadband.
Within the agency I was responsible for establishing the regulatory framework
for broadband and open access, and contributed significantly to the
harmonization of legislation in Central Africa.
Telecommunications Engineer, I had the opportunity to drive the projects of
construction of national and international optical networks. I also helped to
fix legislative texts.
Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie, Acting Executive Secretary, CRASA
Bridget Mphatso Linzie has over 17 years work experience in the Postal and
ICT industry and six (6) years of which are in harmonization of policy and
regulatory frameworks in the Southern Africa. She is currently heading the
Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa as the Acting Executive
Bridget has a Masters in Communications Management majoring in ICT
regulation, a Degree in Social Sciences majoring in Economics, Post Graduate
Diploma in Telecommunications Management and various professional certificates.
Mr T. Deriso, President & CEO, MBC
Tad Deriso is the President & CEO of
the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC. Over the past 20 years, Tad has
helped rural, underserved communities and telecommunications companies with
planning and coordinating broadband telecommunications networks. He has
developed technology-based economic development strategies as well as
performance based management structures and viable operational business models.
Prior to forming MBC, Tad was a senior consultant with expertise in
telecommunications infrastructure design and deployment for rural regions, ICT
assessments, middle-mile and last-mile broadband planning, business plan
development, and financial modeling for open-access fiber network planning.
Tad has spoken at many Local, State, National and International conferences
on the importance of open-access fiber networks, the role those networks play in
economic development, and how national and regional governing bodies can
implement similar models to boost broadband access and enhance economic
dividends for rural communities.
Tad holds a BBA in Management and International Business from Georgia State
University in Atlanta, Georgia.