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2nd Africa Region Preparatory Meeting
Durban, South Africa, 21-24 May 2012 Contact: tsbworkshops@itu.int
 
Biographies
 
   
sguinena.jpgSherif Guinena, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NTRA, Egypt​
Sherif Guinena Ph.D., Advisor to the Executive President of “National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt” (NTRA) and acted previously as Executive Vice President of NTRA. Before joining NTRA, Guinena worked as an R&D engineer at the “Technical Research Department of Egypt” for more than 32 years.
Guinena is the Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study-Group 2 and Chairman of its Regional Group in the Arab Region for two study periods, and Chairmen of the “Permanent Arab Standardization Team”. He represented Egypt in many ITU high level meetings as HoD or Deputy-HoD including WTSA, WTDC, PP, TSAG, Council and others.
Currently, Guinena is Vice Chairman of the CWG-WCIT for the African countries.
Richard Hill, Counsellor, ITU-T SG2 and SG3, and CWG-WCIT

Richard is currently Counsellor for Study Groups 2 and 3 at the International Telecommunications Union, that is technical secretary for the ITU groups dealing with operational aspects of service provision, networks and performance, including numbering issues (for example, assignment of international country codes) and charging and accounting matters.

Prior to joining ITU, Richard was Department Head, IT Infrastructure Delivery and Support, at Orange Communications (a GSM operator), responsible for delivering and maintaining the real-time, fail-safe computing infrastructure for the company to support over 300 online agents and related applications such as billing.  Richard was responsible for IT Operations, IT Help Desk (support for 1500 PCs), IT Security, Network, Unix, NT, Oracle DB, Tuxedo, Telephony, and Internet and Intranet services.

He previously was the IT Manager at the University of Geneva, responsible for the network, central systems, over 6000 work-stations and PCs, user support, administrative applications, library infrastructure, and audio-visual services.
Prior to that, he worked at Hewlett-Packard's European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  At HP, he had been responsible for world-wide mobile communication strategies and plans; for delivering GSM services throughout Europe; for specifying, procuring, and deploying voice and electronic mail services in Europe; for developing and implementing HP's EDI program in Europe; for operating the IT center supporting operations in the Middle East and Africa; and for providing economic and sales forecasts to HP top management.

From September 1991 to June 1993, Richard was the Western European Rapporteur for EDIFACT, responsible for the organization of the EDI standardization efforts in Europe and for liaisons with other regions working on EDIFACT.  He is past chair of EDIFICE, the European Electronics Industry Forum for EDI, and was editor of X.435, the Pedi protocol for EDI and X.400.

Prior to joining HP, he worked as a Research Statistician for the A.C. Nielsen company in Europe, a large marketing research company, and as a systems designer and consultant for a small software company specializing Boston, Mass. that specialized in applications for managing financial portfolios.  Prior to that, Richard was Systems Programmer and later Applications Development Manager for econometrics systems developed at M.I.T. and N.B.E.R. (TROLL project).  Richard has taught numerous courses and seminars as part of his work and at universities in the US and Europe.
Richard is a member of the American Arbitration Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, Society for Computers and Law, and the Swiss Arbitration Association.
Richard holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Mathematics from M.I.T.  Prior to his studies in the U.S.A., he obtained the Maturita' from the Liceo Scientifico A. Righi in Rome, Italy.

He has published papers on mediation, arbitration, and computer-related intellectual property issues and the standard reference book to X.435.
pmaloor.jpgPreetam Maloor, ITU General Secretariat

​Preetam Maloor is a Strategy Analyst in the Corporate Strategy Division of the ITU General Secretariat and an expert on international Internet-related public policy matters. He holds Masters degrees in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, and in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Vijay Mauree, Programme Coordinator, ITU/TSB
 
Vijay received his first degree in Computer Science with Electronic Engineering from University College London, UK and his Masters degree in Information Technology from Imperial College, Science and Technology, UK. He is also the holder of an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in UK.
 
In June 2010 he joined the ITU-T Policy and Technology Watch Division in Geneva where he is responsible for the implementation of projects under Bridging the Standardization Gap programme and undertaking research on emerging ICT standardization activities for production of Technology Watch reports. He has already published two such reports on ICT as an enabler for Smart Water Management and the Optical World. He is also co-ordinating the work of the new Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: From Innovation to Standards which was set up this year.
rcmfungahema.jpg​Raynold Crispin  Mfungahema, Director, Consumer and Industry Affairs with the Tanzania Communications
Raynold Crispin Mfungahema actively participates in the activities of International Telecommunications Union especially in the (ITU) – T Study Group 3: Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues since year 2000. He has previously chaired ITU.T SG3-WP3 and ITRS group of experts meetings.
 
He is a regular participant and keen follower of International, regional and national forums and developments in the telecommunications, broadcasting, postal  sectors and other utilities.
 
He is currently serving as the Director, Consumer and Industry Affairs with the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA); which is responsible for regulation of the electronic communications (telecommunications and broadcasting) and postal sectors In Tanzania. He is responsible for market monitoring, analysis, Competition, interconnection and access, consumer protection issues, industry analysis and tariff regulation.
 
He has served in various capacities before, as an Economist with the Ministry of Finance and Economic affairs in Tanzania, a Chief Economic and Financial Analyst and as a Director of Economic Regulation with the defunct Tanzania Communications Commission (TCC).
 
His field of interest includes: Regulatory Policies, Economics, Competition Policy, Investment Analysis, finance, Budgeting, Spatial Development, Information communications technologies, Strategic Planning, licensing, regulatory impact assessment, costing and pricing, tariff analysis, interconnection analysis, market analysis, economic and financial analysis, budgeting, Project appraisal, econometrics, statistics, economic and operational research,  Regional and Rural planning science.
 
Dr. Mfungahema holds Ph.D. and Msc in Reginal Rlanning Science degrees from Kyoto University- Japan and B.A (Hons.)  Economics degree from University of Dar Es Salaam – Tanzania.
 
He has attended a number of post graduate short courses and specialized training mainly in Utilities Regulation, Consumer protection and dispute resolution as part of Continued education.
 
He is a Certified Regulation Specialist and Public – Private Partnership specialist.
asoumaila.jpgAbdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General, ATU

Mr Soumaila holds a Master of Science in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry, England and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat, Morocco. He is a national of Niger.
 
Over the years he has acquired a wide experience in managing the intricacies of decision making processes both locally and internationally and building useful relationships with many telecommunications institutions, companies and administrations all over the world.
 
Before joining ATU, he was the Director of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies then Director of Information Technologies at the Ministry of Communication, New Information Technologies and Culture in Niger from 2007 to 2010.
 
Mr. Soumaila has actively participated in international activities and has a solid experience in Management of Telecommunication networks and services development strategy and has contributed immensely to the implementation of sectorial policies and innovative investment projects in several African Countries.
He is proficient in French and English.