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The Internet in South East Asia
Bangkok, Thailand 21-23 November 2001

Biographies
 
Speakers
Vanessa Gray Pandji S. Choesin
Tim Kelly Eui K. Koh
Michael Minges Somkiat Tangkitvanich
Rom Hiranpruk Sam Paltridge
Houth Ratanak Morragot Kulatumyotin
Eric Lie Rudy Rusdiah
Claire Milne Pituma Panthawi
Wan Faizal Wan Hassan Sunil Bhatia

Vanessa Gray

Vanessa Gray has been working for the Telecommunication Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since October 2000. Before that, she worked for the Geneva Diplomatic Community Net (GDCNet), an ITU project that connects the Geneva-based missions to the Internet. Her main task was to give email and Internet courses to the Geneva based diplomatic community.
Ms Gray graduated from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI) in Geneva in 2000 where she obtained her Master's in Political Science and Economics. She also studied in Germany, Canada, and the United States.

Tim Kelly

Dr Tim Kelly is Co-ordinator of the activities of the Strategies and Policy Unit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where he has worked since 1993. Before joining ITU he spent five years as a Communications Policy Analyst with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and three years with Logica Consultancy Ltd. He has an MA (Hons) degree in Geography and a Ph.D in industrial economics from Cambridge University.
Over the last eighteen years, Dr Kelly has specialised in the economics of the telecommunications industry. He has written or co-authored more than 20 books on the subject including the ITU's World Telecommunication Development Report: Mobile Cellular, Direction of Traffic: Trading Telecom Minutes (1999) and Challenges to the Network: Internet for development, all published for Telecom '99.

Michael Minges

Michael Minges has been head of the Telecommunications Data and Statistics Unit in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), since 1992. Prior to coming to the ITU, Mr. Minges worked at the International Monetary Fund for ten years where he held a variety of positions in information technology and statistics. Mr. Minges has a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from George Washington University (United States).
Mr. Minges is responsible for analyzing world-wide developments in the telecommunication industry. He has written numerous articles on telecommunications progress in emerging countries and is the co-author of several books, including African Telecommunication Indicators and the World Telecommunication Development Report.

Pandji S. Choesin

Pandji S. Choesin is the Executive Director of the Indonesian InternetService Provider Association (APJII), a non-profit association of ISPs in Indonesia. Prior to joining APJII in 1998, he was the General Manager of Pacific Internet Indonesia, a joint venture ISP between Sembawang Media Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Soedarpo Corporation IT Group (Indonesia). He was the General Manager, Financial Line of Business of Soedarpo Corporation IT Group from 1993 to 1996. Later Mr. Pandji S. Choesin held the position of General Manager of Professional Services in the same company. In his capacity as Executive director of APJII, he has over twenty years experience in both management and information systems

Eui K. Koh

Dr. Eui K. Koh is Vice President for the Asia Pacific region for New Skies Satellites, an independent global satellite service provider.NSS is a spin-off commercial satellite company from INTELSAT, which is based in the Hague, The Netherlands. Dr. Koh is responsible for sales & marketing and business development for NSS in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining NSS, Dr. Koh was Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region for INTELSAT. Dr. Koh holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Seoul, Korea and completed his Master’s of Science Degree and Ph. D in Electrical Engineering in the U.S.

Somkiat Tangkitvanich

Mr. Somkiat Tangkitavanich is currently the Research Director for Information Economy at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). He has been actively involved in drafting many ICT master plans for the Thai government in recent years. He also contributed to the drafting of the Internet Master Plan by writing a major background paper on Internet policy for Thailand. He is also involved in drafting and revising the Thai e-Transaction Act and advises many governmental and private not-for-profit organizations in the field of ICT. Mr. Somkiat Tangkitavanich also has an extensive experience in providing research and consulting services to many international organizations, including the World Bank, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Rom Hiranpruk

Mr. Rom Hiranpruk is currently the Director of the Software Park Thailand. He taught various undergraduate and graduate classes in computer science in the U.S. and in Thailand during the 1990s. He has served on various advisory panels on IT and computing for Thai government organizations and in December 1999 he was named “IT Person of the Year” by the Nation newspaper for his work in software industry promotion. Mr Rom Hiranpruk holds a M.S. and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kansas, USA.

Sam Paltridge

Sam Paltridge, an Australian citizen, joined the OECD as a communication analyst in the Division of Information Computer and Communications Policy in 1993. His recent work in communication has been on broadband infrastructure as well as Internet issues such as international traffic exchange. He has been a principal author of the OECD's biennial Communications Outlook between 1995 and 2001. OECD reports written by him can be found at: http://www.oecd.org/sti/telecom

Houth Ratanak

Houth Ratanak has been with the Open Forum of Cambodia since 1996. She first worked as an Administrative Assistant and computer operator, then became office manager and team coordinator. Since July 2000, she has been the Director of the Open Forum. Ms. Houth Ratank previously worked for the international NGO GOAL and a Dutch NGO involved with rural development.

Morragot Kulatumyotin

Morragot Kulatumyotin is Senior Executive Vice President and COO for Internet Thailand Public Company Limited, Thailand's largest ISP. Prior to joining Inet in 1997, Morragot was a project manager of THAISARN (Thai Academic and Research Network) at the National Electronic and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Thailand and completed her Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the U.S.

Eric Lie

Eric Lie is Manager of the International Office of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore. Eric’s focus is on IDA’s representation at the ITU, INTELSAT, IMSO and ASEM. Prior to his present appointment, he was Assistant to the Chairperson of the APEC Telecommunications Working Group.Eric earned his LLB (Hon.) from the National University of Singapore in 1996 and his Masters in Public International Law (D.E.S.S) from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in 1999. He has been admitted to the Singapore Bar since 1997 and has practiced in the field of corporate law.

Rudy Rusdiah

Mr. Rudy Rusdiah is the Director of Millenia Net Café, an Internet café chain. He is also the Director of Micronics Internusa PT / Garuda Web, a web hosting company and distributor/value added reseller for IT products. He is a member of the Steering committee for Socializing and Roadshow for the Indonesian National IT Framework & President Instruction(Inpres 6/2001). He was also a member of the government working group of the draft on cyberlaw, outdoor wireless LAN 2.4Ghz under the director general of Post and Telecommunications. Mr Rusdiah is also the founder and chairman of the Indonesian Internet Kiosk Association and KOMITEL; (Cooperative on Community Telecentre).

Claire Milne

Since 1992, Claire Milne has been an independent telecoms policy consultant, working with regulators, telecoms companies and consumer groups in both developing and developed countries. Her previous career was with British Telecom. In recent years she has worked in most of the countries of South Asia. Special interests include telecoms and Internet development, affairs and telecoms numbering. Recent clients include Oftel, the UK Department for International Development, and the ITU.

Pituma Panthawi

Dr. Pituma Panthawi is researcher at the National Information Technology Committee (NITC) Secretariat, where she is responsible for the secretariat of Thailand's Internet Policy Taskforce, one of the sub-committees under the supervision of NITC. Dr Pituma Panthawi is also responsible for coordinating certain research projects including Thailand’s IT Manpower Study. She is further involved in conducting the “Internet User Profile of Thailand” survey. Dr. Pituma Panthawi holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, an MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in the Management of Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University in California.

Wan Faizal Wan Hassan

Wan Faizal Wan Hassan is currently attached to the Industry Development Division at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as an Executive. As a member of the division, he has been involved in numerous projects and assignments which range from access and interconnect (Access List, Access Forum, Access Code) and costing (benchmarking of listed facilities/services prices). Other projects and assignments include the internet (dial-up internet access and IP telephony), competition, rate regulation, universal service provision, and numbering and electronic addressing. Prior to joining MCMC in July 2000, he was a Research Analyst at the Investment Department of Bumiputra Merchant Bankers Berhad, Kuala Lumpur. Wan Faizal graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1994 and completed his Masters degree in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in 1995.

Sunil Bhatia

Sunil Bhatia is a management consultant with IBM specializing in business strategy and transformation covering ASEAN and South Asia Markets. Prior to joining IBM, he worked with Accenture (earlier Andersen Consulting) in the strategic services practice and for a Large diversified group, as the head of corporate office and business development. Sunil has over 13 years experience across various industries and has led multiple engagements in strategy and operational effectiveness. He recently completed the e-Readiness Assessment of ASEAN nations and the report was presented to National Leaders.

 
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