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ITU Telecom World 2012 explores challenges and opportunities arising from
radical transformation of ICT sector
Stage set for critical debates in Dubai, 14-18
Geneva, 8 October 2012 – With under one week to go until ITU
Telecom World 2012 kicks off five days of critical debate in Dubai from 14 to 18
October, leading names from across the global ICT ecosystem are set to share
knowledge and build consensus on the current profound transformation of the ICT
sector, and its implications for the industry, for other vertical sectors and
for the world in which we live.
ITU Telecom World 2012 will welcome thousands of participants and some 300
global leaders, including Heads of State and Government, Ministers, industry
CEOs, regulators, digital thought leaders, technology consultants and academics.
Government Ministers including Ali Abbasov (Azerbaijan), Omobola Johnson
(Nigeria), Kapil Sibal, (India), Seri Utama Rais Yatim (Malaysia). and Nikolai
Nikiforov (Russia) will join influential industry leaders Ben Verwaayen (CEO,
Alcatel), Eugene Kaspersky (CEO, Kaspersky Lab), Wim Elfrink (Chief
Globalization Officer, Cisco), Osman Sultan (CEO, du), Sheikh Abdullah
Saud bin Al Thani (Chairman, Qtel Group), Ahmed Julfar (CEO, Etisalat), Andrew
Sukawaty (CEO, Inmarsat) and Hakam Kanafani (CEO, Turk Telecom).
Khédija Ghariani, (Secretary-General, AICTO), Deborah Taylor Tate (ITU
Special Envoy for Child Online Protection), Klaus Leisinger (Chairman, Novartis
Foundation for Sustainable Development), Rob Frieden (Pennsylvania State
University), Oleg Chestnov (Assistant Director-General, WHO), and Ali Jazairy,
Head of Innovation, WIPO along with regulators Abdullah A. Al-Darrab
(CITC, Saudi Arabia), Air Chief Marshal Thares Punsri (NBTC, Thailand), Mohamed
Nasser Al-Ghanim (TRA, UAE), and Alan Horne (Vanuatu) will also be at ITU
Telecom World 2012. The full list of speakers is
The dynamic agenda includes the exclusive Leadership Summit, wide-ranging
panel sessions, workshops, Visionary Keynote speeches and Big Conversations,
where major ICT players debate contrasting perspectives on key industry topics.
Debates will focus on the future of the ICT sector, addressing in depth the
challenges of new business models and new regulatory frameworks, privacy,
confidentiality and cybersecurity; and the opportunities of delivering
broadband, smart applications and human-centric networks.
The event showfloor will feature National Pavilions showcasing regional
talent and investment opportunities from Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, China,
Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Republic of Korea, Namibia, Nigeria, Russian
Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tanzania, UAE, Thailand, Zambia and
Zimbabwe. Industry showcases will demonstrate the latest products, applications
and services from event partners and sponsors such as TRA-UAE, Qtel, Etisalat,
Intel, China Mobile and ZTE. Actively involved in knowledge-sharing and
networking activities are partners and sponsors such as Alcatel-Lucent,
Kaspersky Lab, NTT Group, McKinsey, American University in Dubai, Huawei, Cisco,
Ericsson, Nigerian Communications Commission, The Cyber Guardian, Ernst & Young,
Mitsubishi Electric, TD Industry Alliance, Uganda Communications Commission,
Verizon and Qualcomm. The showfloor will also boast the unique digital
experiences in the Immersive Box, presenting climate change scenarios and
multi-touch interactive tables that will entertain and inform on the history of
ICTs, cybersecurity and emergency telecommunications.
For full details of the ITU Telecom World 2012 event agenda, click
information on the event, visit
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