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11th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR10) - 21 to 23 November 2011  
 Panelist and moderator biographies  
Day 1, Wednesday 21 September 2011


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 October 2010.

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 Technologies (ICTs).

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 Bureau, ITU

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 level.

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 follow-up.

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.


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 current position.

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 through Technology.

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 Los Andes
  • Universidad Javeriana, Diplomado en Mercadeo para Socios de Negocios – 2003
  • 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.


Mr. F. Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

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), Croatia

Mr. 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, 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 2009.


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), Jamaica

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 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.


  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, Venezuela.

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


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 Authority, Indonesia.

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), United States

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 Southern California.

  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.



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 Telecom Group.

  • Has over 10 years of international telecommunications experience in global telecom services negotiations, contract management, network process implementation and strategic business analysis.

  • 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 Strategy.



Mr P. Metzger, Vice Director Telecom Division, 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 I. Sanchez, Commissioner, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC), Colombia

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 interconnection issues.

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 and Accounting).

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.


  Ms A. Garba, General Director of the Autorité de Regulation Multisectorielle (ARM)

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 (, 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.


  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 MIS

  • 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, Nigeria

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 Business School.

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 investments.


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 (ITU/UNCTAD/World Bank/Infodev).

One of the most significant projects she has been involved in is the ICT Regulation Toolkit (, 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


Ms M. Ajam, Commissioner, Board Member, and Head of Information and Consumer Affairs Unit, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Lebanon

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 d’Andorra (STA)

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), Tunisia

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 Tunisie.


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 industry.



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 Secretary.

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.


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