Dr. Kim is currently Regional Director of ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand, while representing ITU, which is a UN Specialized Agency for telecommunications/ICTs, and serving some 40 Member States and over 70 Sector and Academia Members in this dynamic & diverse region. To serve countries more effectively and strategically for their inclusive and sustainable development of ICTs in different phases through optimizing digital opportunities in the interdependent knowledge or smart society, she has been pursuing close cooperation and partnerships - especially Public-Private-Peoples’ Partnerships (4Ps) – with multi-stakeholders such as UN Agencies; international, regional, sub-regional and national organizations; regulators; private industry; development banks; NGOs and academia in addition to the ITU Administrations. She has been educated from the Seoul National University in Republic of Korea for the first Master Degree; the London City University in the United Kingdom for the second Master and Ph. Degrees; and the Harvard Kennedy School in the USA for Executive Education. Over 100 books or articles/papers have been published, translated, presented or shared at numerous countries in the cross continents from Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, to Europe on such professional areas as international relations/organizations, information & communication technologies & applications, ICT policies & regulations, development, governance, cyber-security/peace, gender and persons with disabilities. She has been awarded by the Ministers of R. O. Korea (1994) and Mongolia (2001) with the Medals respectively; ITU (2009) with the Medal; and the President of Mongolia (2011) with the Medal among others, having been recognized for excellences in her performance, dedication and commitment to the services for development.
Agustín Díaz-Pinés, Telecommunication Economist, Information, Communications and Consumer Policy Division, OECD
Since 2009, Mr Díaz-Pinés is a Telecommunication Economist/Policy Analyst in the OECD’s ICCP Division, where he has worked in the areas of international mobile roaming, broadband policy and regulation and telecommunication indicators, including the OECD Broadband Portal and OECD Communications Outlook. Concerning broadband indicators, he has coordinated the development of the newly adopted OECD methodology for constructing a wireless broadband price basket. Previously, he served as Spanish public official in the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society, where had responsibility for national telecommunications policy, taking part in the design of universal service policy and in the negotiation of the European Telecom Directives and the EU Roaming Regulation. He was also seconded to the European Commission in 2008, where he worked on the economic impact of ICTs. Agustín holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Telecommunications Engineering from the Madrid University of Technology and a Master of Arts in Music (MoA) from the Spanish Royal School of Music.
H E Koay, Acting Senior Director, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia
Mr H E Koay is Acting Senior Director in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (or MCMC) where among other things, he looks after the Statistics portfolio. Prior to joining the MCMC, he was with the national statistical organization of Malaysia. Under his watch, the Statistics department of MCMC evolved from merely collecting secondary data to actively conducting primary surveys through its CATI Centre as well as providing statistical advisory services in communications and multimedia to stakeholders in Malaysia.
Saeed Mashkoor, Market Analyst, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain
Saeed joined TRA in 2007 and is responsible for the collection, auditing, and reporting of market indicators and statistics. He also leads the annual price benchmarking study of telecommunications services prices in Arab countries. His other duties include reviewing tariff proposal and conducting competiton-based tests. Saeed has B.Sc. in Statistics and Operational Research.
Tim Johnson, Consultant Analyst, Point Topic
Tim Johnson’s experience of research on telecoms metrics goes back to 1976 at Logica when he was responsible for the first complete compilation of telecoms tariffs for Western Europe, later branded as the Tarifica service. In 1977-79 he created the methodology and acted as Chief Consultant for the second Eurodata Study, compiling definitive data and forecasts on data communications user numbers, traffic and applications in Western Europe. As the founder and Chair of Ovum during the 1980s he presided over trail-blazing studies tracking the growth of such developments as ISDN and the early days of telecoms deregulation. In the 1990s he returned to tariff issues through setting up Point Topic which has been tracking broadband tariffs and user numbers since 1999, adding video-over-broadband services from 2004. From 2005 Point Topic has been using its expertise in broadband metrics to map broadband coverage and take-up in geographical detail, first of all for the UK and more recently for the whole of the European Union and other European countries. Recent projects for the European Space Agency and the European Commission have produced the first-ever pan-European maps of broadband coverage with special reference to the Digital Agenda target of availability of superfast (over 30Mbps download) broadband for all European citizens by 2020. Tim Johnson graduated in Physics from Imperial College, London and started his career as a science journalist. He still lives in London and likes to get out to the countryside and walk over a few hills when he can.
Walter Strack, Assistant Bureau Chief for Economics and Chief Data Officer (Acting), International Bureau, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), United States
Walt Strack is the Assistant Bureau Chief for Economics, and Chief Data Officer (Acting), at the International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is responsible for interacting on a regular basis with the ITU and OECD on ICT data issues. He also works on a number of economic policy issues including the evaluation of international mobile telephone roaming and competition disputes in the satellite sector. Prior to joining the International Bureau in early 2010, Mr. Strack was for over a decade the Chief Economist of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.
Anne-Laure Durand, Deputy Chief, Observatoire statistique et suivi des marchés, ARCEP, France
Anne-Laure Durand is deputy chief of the unit in charge of statistical observatories and market monitoring at ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes). She is specialized in statistical monitoring of the market for high speed and ultra-high speed internet as well as in issues related to statistical measurements of evolutions of telecommunications services prices.
Tiziana Bonapace, Chief, ICT and Development Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
Ms Bonapace, an international development economist, works at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN’s regional development hub. For over 22 years, she has promoted regional policy-making processes with a particular focus on macroeconomic, trade and industrial analysis. More recently, Ms Bonapace , has worked on digital innovations offer and their role in building regional economic connectivity and transforming societies for e-resilience. Ms Bonapace has led multidisciplinary teams involved in the preparations of key studies, research and analytical papers and has participated as a panelist and resource person in many meetings of senior government officials and business leaders. Ms Bonapace has lived in Italy, Thailand, and South Africa, where she obtained her Masters Degree in Commerce.
Peter Wallet, Assistant Programme Specialist, Communications and Information Statistics, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
Having worked at UNESCO since 2003, Mr Peter Wallet currently leads the international data collection on information and communication technology in education (ICT4E) statistics. His unit is responsible for data collection, applying international standards to ensure international comparability, analysis and dissemination of ICT4E statistics worldwide, and for the production of analytical reports on regional and global trends in ICT4E. He is the UIS’s representative at the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. Before joining UIS he contributed to the implementation of ICT solutions within the Quebec (Canada) Canadian school system as well as for several other education reform projects both in Canada and South Africa. He has also published articles in international refereed journals, particularly on the subject of effectiveness of learning via ICT-enabled distance education. He holds postgraduate degrees in Educational Technology from Concordia University and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Kamla Al-Rahbi, Senior Project Specialist, International Relations & Information Department, Information Technology Authority, Sultanate of Oman
Ms Kamla Al-Rahbi has been working in developing the measurement of ICT adoption and usage in Oman based on International ICT Indicators, supporting Government offices in e-Government, working on ICT data interpretation, collecting ICT statistical data from different sources, designing questionnaires & output tables for different ICT surveys (Household & Individual, Government, Education, Higher Education, Business). Ms Al-Rahbi Worked as Technical Designer at the Ministry of National Economy (NSO) in two key projects: General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments 2003 and the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2006/2007 & 2007/2008, where she designed the forms for the handheld devices, prepared samples for the lists inside the applications, provided suggestions for technical adjustments , and participated in preparing many reports. Ms Al-Rahbi holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman and a Higher diploma in Education from the same university.
Sultan Al-Wadhahi, Director, Network & Telecommunication Department, Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman
Mr Sultan Al-Wadhahi is the Director of Network & Telecommunication Department at Ministry of Education (MoE) where he is responsible for designing and provisioning the IT infrastructure at MoE buildings and schools. He was the Deputy Director of the Information System Department for the Archiving and E-services. At that time he was working in the Educational Portal e-services implementation in terms of awareness, marketing, and communication channels. He has been working in MoE since 1995 as a teacher for the elementary schools and moved to the ministry headquarters in 2006 as internal Auditor for 2 years and then moved to the DG of IT. Mr Al Wadhahi holds an MBA and graduated from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom in 2008.
Torbjörn Fredriksson, Officer-in-charge, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, UNCTAD
Mr Torbjörn Fredriksson is the Officer in Charge of the Science, Technology and ICT Branch of the Division on Technology and Logistics at UNCTAD. He is among other things responsible for the annual Information Economy Report and UNCTAD’s work on measuring the information economy. The Science, Technology and ICT Branch is also covering work related to national reviews of science, technology and innovation as well as ICT policies. Mr Fredriksson joined UNCTAD in 2000 and was for eight years one of the principal authors of the World Investment Report. Before joining UNCTAD, Mr Fredriksson has held positions at the Invest in Sweden Agency, the Swedish Ministry of Industry and Commerce the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research in Stockholm. Mr Fredriksson is the author of several books and has published articles related to international trade and investment in such publications as the Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Industrial Organization and the Journal of World Investment. He holds an MSc in International Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Seung Keon Kim, Director General, Statistics Information Center, Korean Association of Information and Telecommunication (KAIT), Republic of Korea
Dr. Seung Keon Kim is Director General of the Statistics Information Center at the Korean Association of Information and Telecommunication (KAIT). The KAIT manages ICT policy in Korea, produces ICT statistics, and is affiliated to the Korea Communications Commission. Dr. Kim holds a PhD and M.B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Southern California as well as Graduate degrees in Public Administration. Before joining the KAIT, Dr. Kim was a Professor of Public Administration at Seojeong College and Yonsei University. He also served in the Seoul Metropolitan Council and in the Korean National Assembly.
Rami Zaatari, First Officer, ICT Division, United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)
Rami joined UN-ESCWA in 2006 as a first officer at the ICT division, leading ESCWA’s efforts for measuring the information society. Since then, he managed the development of its flagship publication on the “Regional Profile of the Information Society in Western Asia”, contributed to a number of technical studies on measurement, provided technical assistance and capacity building to member countries, and represented ESCWA in various regional and international ICT forums. Mr Zaatari has 16 years of experience in the fields of ICT for Development, telecommunications, software engineering, as well as education. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer and Communications from the American University of Beirut and a Master's of Science degree in Software Engineering from Boston University. Previously to joining the UN, he gained extensive experience in the telecom industry as a GSM specialist for Oger Telecom in Saudi Arabia, and as a senior software design engineer for Nortel Networks in the USA. He also gained teaching and research experience as a faculty member at the Computer Science department of Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington.
Matthias Helble, Statistical Expert/Economist, Universal Postal Union (UPU)
Matthias Helble is leading the statistics program of the United Nations’ Universal Postal Union. He previously worked as economist for the World Trade Organization as well as for the World Health Organization. He has published widely in the field of international trade, including in the Journal of World Trade, World Economy, and the Review of World Economics. He was a research fellow at Yale University and obtained his PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds Masters’ Degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as well as from the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Héctor Nambo, Subdirector de Estadísticas TIC, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), Mexico
Mr Hector Manuel Nambo is currently Subdirector of ICT Statistics, in the Directorate General of Economic Statistics at the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). The exercise of the profession has led him to perform a wide range of activities associated with the generation of statistics in various sectors, such as the development of statistical yearbooks of the Ministry of Communications and Transport, the statistical analysis of administrative records related to the insurance industry, and the design of probabilistic surveys as deputy consultant. On his current position, his main task has been to direct the generation of statistical information on availability and use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in Mexico, including work on the conceptual framework of such surveys. Work on the most recent Module on Availability and Use of ICT in Households (MODUTIH) began in 2001 and has since been the main source of data for the Mexican government with regards to the measurement of ICT access and use through a household survey.
Alexandre Barbosa, Manager, Center of Studies for Information and Communications Technologies (CETIC.br), Brazil
Mr Alexandre Barbosa is the manager of the Center of Studies for Information and Communications Technologies (CETIC.br), a Unesco Category II Center for the development of information society based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is in charge of several nationwide ICT Survey projects in Brazil aimed at the production of indicators and ICT statistics. Mr Barbosa holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Master Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University, a Master Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University. He has conducted postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal in Canada.