High-Level Policy Sessions

The WSIS Forum builds upon the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (UNGA Resolution 70/125), which recognized the necessity of holding this Forum on an annual basis and called for a close alignment between WSIS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes. The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

Policy Statements will be delivered during the High-Level Track (13-14 June 2017) of the WSIS Forum 2017 by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations. The high-level track will consist of the opening segment, interactive policy dialogues, ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme. Policy statement sessions will be moderated by high-level track facilitators and will be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders during the open consultation process.

High-Level Speakers

WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman

H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Minister of Youth and ICT

High-Level Track Facilitators

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Ms. Brenda Aynsley
Chairman IP3 ACS Fellow and Honorary Life Member, CP
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)
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Ms Reine Essobmadje
Digital Coalition
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Ms Jessica Dheere
CO-Founder and CO-Director
Social Media Exchange (SMEX)
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Ms Gayatri Khandhadai
Project Coordinator
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
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Mr. Dr. Jovan Kurbalija
Founding Director
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Ms. Mehwish Abid Ansari
Programme Assistant at Digital Programme
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Dr. Yury G. Grin
Deputy Director General
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Ms. Dominique Lazanski
Public Policy Director
GSM Association
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Mr. Habib Kammoun
Chairperson of the IEEE Tunisia Section & leader in the REGIM-Lab. (Research Groups in Intelligent Machines)
University of Sfax
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Dr. Nitya Khemka
Affiliate Lecturer
University of Cambridge
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Ms. Shuchita Thapar
Project Manager Cybersecurity Team
National Law University, Delhi
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Mr. André Lucas Fernandes
High Level Facilitator on behalf of the Youth SIG / President of the Commission on Technology and Information Law of the Bar Association of Brazil/PE (CDTI-OAB/PE) / Founding member of ISOC's Youth SIG
Lawyer and researcher on Law and Technology at the Federal University of Pernambuco
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Mr. Justin Caso
Technology Policy and International Affairs Senior Advisor
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Mr. Shernon Osepa
Regional Affairs Manager for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau
Internet Society (ISOC)

High-Level Speakers

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Mrs. Narine Abazian
Women and Information Society NGO
Abbasi Photo
Ms. Salma Abbasi
Chairperson and CEO
eWorldwide Group
Agovaka Photo
H.E. Mr. Ped Peter Shanel Agovaka
Minister , Ministry of Communication and Aviation
Solomon Islands
Aguad Photo
H.E. Mr. Oscar Aguad
Minister , Ministry of Communications
Ahmed Mohamed Osman Photo
H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Mohamed Osman
State Minister , Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Akbar Photo
Mr. Shahid Akbar
Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
Al Jarrah Photo
H.E. Mr. Jamal Al Jarrah
Minister , Ministry of Telecommunications
Al Mansoori Photo
H.E. Mr. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori
Director General , Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
United Arab Emirates
Ansari Photo
Ms. Mehwish Ansari
Digital Programme Assistant
Ansari Photo
Mr. Omar Mansoor Ansari
Arun Photo
Ms. Chinmayi Arun
Executive Director
Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi
Aryasinha Photo
H.E. Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha
Chairman of the Personal Representatives of the Group of Fifteen
Group of Fifteen
Aynsley Photo
Ms. Brenda Aynsley
International Professional Practice Partnership, IFIP (IFIP IP3)
Barros Photo
Ms. Fátima Barros
Chair of ANACOM's Board of Directors , ANACOM
Bartleson Photo
Ms. Karen Bartleson
Beaird Photo
Mr. Richard Beaird
Wiley Rein LLP
Bello Arellano Photo
Mr. Pablo Bello Arellano
Secretary General
Berard Photo
Ms. Tish Berard
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Bhatia Photo
Mr. Virat Bhatia
Vice-Chair, Commission on the Digital Economy
International Chamber of Commerce (AT&T)
Bollow Photo
Mr. Norbert Bollow
Just Net Coalition
Bozhkov Photo
Dr. Veselin Bozhkov
Chairman , Communications Regulation Commission
Braithwaite Photo
H.E. Mr. Julian Braithwaite
UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva , UK Mission to the UN and other organisations
United Kingdom
Brown Photo
Ms. Deborah Brown
Global Advocacy Lead
Assocation for Progressive Communications
Chehadé Photo
Mr. Fadi Chehadé
Senior Advisor
World Economic Forum
Cichy Photo
Mr. Marcin Cichy
President , Office of Electronic Communications
De Sousa Photo
H.E. Mr. Gastão De Sousa
Minister , Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications
Degen Photo
Dr. Beate Degen
EY Germany
Deveaux Photo
H.E. Mr. Cornelius Deveaux
Deputy Minister , Ministry of Information and Communications
Sierra Leone
Duggal Photo
Mr. Pavan Duggal
Echeberria Photo
Mr. Raul Echeberria
Vice President of Global Engagement
Internet Society
Faraoun Photo
H.E. Ms. Houda Imane Faraoun
Minister , Ministry of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digitalization
Fernando Photo
Mr. Kingsly Fernando
Director General , Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Gilalov Photo
Mr. Akif Gilalov
World's Global Telecom
Gill Photo
Ms. Iffat Gill
Founder & CEO
ChunriChoupaal-The Code To Change
Gillwald Photo
Prof. Alison Gillwald
Executive Director/Professor
Research ICT Africa/ University of Cape Town
González Photo
Ms. Arancha González
Executive Director
International Trade Center (ITC)
Gonzalez Vidal Photo
Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez Vidal
Vice Minister , Ministry of Communications
Greenfield Photo
Ms. Deborah Greenfield
Deputy Director-General for Policy
International Labour Organization
Grin Photo
Dr. Yury Grin
Deputy Director General
Haorangsi Photo
Ms. Areewan Haorangsi
Secretary General
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
Herrera Photo
Mr. Jaime Herrera
Member of the Board , SUTEL, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, órgano regulador de telecomunicaciones
Costa Rica
Hill Photo
Dr. Richard Hill
Association for Proper Internet Governance
Hinchey Photo
Prof. Mike Hinchey
International Federation for Information Processing
Hussein Photo
Mr. Bishar Abdirahman Hussein
Director General
Universal Postal Union
Ibombo Photo
H.E. Mr. Léon Juste Ibombo
Ministre , Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications du Congo
Ismailov Photo
H.E. Mr. Rashid Ismailov
Deputy Minister , Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications
Russian Federation
Itaye Photo
Mr. Godfrey Itaye
Director General , Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)
Itemere Photo
H.E. Mr. Samuel Itemere
Principal Secretary, Broadcasting & Telecommunications , Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology
Jahangard Photo
H.E. Mr. Nasrollah Jahangard
ICT Vice Minister and Chairman of , Information Technology Organization of Iran (ITO)
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Johnson Photo
Mr. Malcolm Johnson
Deputy Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
Kamel Photo
Mr. Tarek Kamel
Senior VP and Adviser to President
Kane Photo
Dr. Cisse Kane
Société Civile Africaine sur la Société de l'Information (ACSIS)
Keng Thai Photo
Mr. Leong Keng Thai
Deputy Chief Executive , Info-communications Media Development Authority
Khan Photo
H.E. Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan
Minister , Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication
Kituyi Photo
Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Koné Photo
H.E. Mr. Bruno Nabagné Koné
Minister , Ministry of Communications, Digital Economy and the Post
Côte d'Ivoire
Koprivnikar Photo
H.E. Mr. Boris Koprivnikar
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration , Ministry of Public Administration
Kunasekaran Photo
Dr. Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran
International Secretary
Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties
LA RUE Photo
Mr. Frank LA RUE
Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information
Laafai Photo
H.E. Mr. Monise Laafai
Minister , Ministry of Communications and Transport
Labardini Inzunza Photo
Ms. Adriana Sofía Labardini Inzunza
Commissioner , Federal Telecommunications Institute
Lamanauskas Photo
Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas
Group Director Public Policy
Lee Photo
Mr. Chaesub Lee
Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Lučić Photo
Dr. Dražen Lučić
President of Council , Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM)
Major Photo
Mr. Peter Major
United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
Marques Photo
H.E. Mr. Pedro Marques
Minister of Planning and Infrastructure , Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure
Marsella Photo
Mr. Marco Marsella
Head of Learning, Multilingualism, and Accessibility Unit
European Commission, DG CONNECT
Measho Photo
H.E. Mr. Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael Measho
Minister , Ministry of Communication and Infomation Technology
Meko Abeme Photo
H.E. Mr. Maximiliano Martin Meko Abeme
Minister , Ministry of Telecommunications and New Technologies
Equatorial Guinea
Metzger Photo
H.E. Mr. Philipp Metzger
Director General , Federal Office of Communications OFCOM
Millogo Photo
Mr. Tontama Charles Millogo
Président , Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)
Burkina Faso
Mlambo Photo
H.E. Mr. Win Busayi Juyana Mlambo
Deputy-Minister , Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services
Monrou Photo
H.E. Ms. Rafiatou Monrou
Ministre de l'Economie Numerique et de la communication , Government
Mousa Photo
Prof. Allam Mousa
Minister , Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology
State of Palestine
Nguyen Photo
Dr. Carolyn Nguyen
Vice-Chair, Commission on the Digital Economy
International Chamber of Commerce (Microsoft)
Njie Photo
Prof. Saul Njie
Be Inspired Internationally
Nsengimana Photo
H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Minister , Ministry of Youth and ICT
Ofosu-Adarkwa Photo
Dr. Kwaku Ofosu-Adarkwa
Chief Executive Officer
25th Century Technology Limited
Olvera Jiménez Photo
H.E. Mr. Edgar Olvera Jiménez
Vice Minister of Communications , Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
Omale Photo
Mr. Hussaini Omale
Chief Executive Officer
Hypergreen Environmental Consultancy
Ouattara née SANON Photo
H.E. Ms. Hadja Fatimata Ouattara née SANON
Ministre , Ministère du Développement de l'Economie Numérique et des Postes
Burkina Faso
Ouattara/Sanon Photo
H.E. Mrs. Hadja Fatimata Ouattara/Sanon
Ministre , Ministère du Développement de l'Economie numérique et des Postes
Burkina Faso
Palacios Ferreira Photo
Ms. Mirian Teresita Palacios Ferreira
Presidente , Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL)
Pepper Photo
Mr. Robert Pepper
Head, Global Connectivity Policy & Planning
Phipps Photo
Mr. Scott Phipps
President and CEO
Clean Development Group (CDG)
Pierre Photo
Mr. Christophe Pierre
Directeur , Département de l'Equipement, de l'Environnement et de l'Urbanisme
Plentz Fagundes Photo
Mrs. Maya Plentz Fagundes
Executive Director
50 More Ventures
Rabbani Photo
Prof. Khondkar Siddique-e Rabbani
Honorary Professor
University of Dhaka
Ramos Photo
Dr. Yvette Ramos
International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists
Rancy Photo
Mr. François Rancy
Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR)
International Telecommunication Union
Reljin Photo
H.E. Ms. Irini Reljin
Assistant Minister for Electronic Communications and Postal Services , Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Telecommunications
Ronchi Photo
Prof. Alfredo M. Ronchi
Secretary General
MEDICI Framework of Cooperation
Sanou Photo
Mr. Brahima Sanou
Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
International Telecommunication Union
Sasmal Photo
Mr. Birendra Sasmal
Chief Executive
Subah Infosolutions
Scherb Photo
Dr. Madeleine Scherb
Health and Environment Program (HEP)
Shahi Photo
Mr. Min Bahadur Shahi
Executive Director
Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC)
Shaykhutdinov Photo
H.E. Mr. Roman Shaykhutdinov
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan - Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan , Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan
Russian Federation
Sinha Photo
H.E. Mr. Manoj Sinha
Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Railways , Ministry of Communications
Siriruchatapong Photo
H.E. Mr. Pansak Siriruchatapong
Vice Minister , Ministry of Digital Economy and Society
Suárez Peñaloza Photo
Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza
Directora General , Agencia Nacional del Espectro
Suzuki Photo
H.E. Mr. Shigeki Suzuki
Vice Minister for Policy Coordination , Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Szóstak Photo
Ms. Anna Szóstak
Deputy CEO and Commercial Proxy
Taalas Photo
Mr. Petteri Taalas
World Meteorological Organization
Tam Photo
H.E. Mr. Phan Tam
Deputy Minister , Ministry Of Information And Communications
Viet Nam
Tan Photo
Ms. Joy Tan
President, Corporate Communications
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
Tarek Photo
Mr. Syed Tarek
Earth Aid
Tsamakis Photo
Prof. Dimitrios Tsamakis
President , Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)
Tumwebaze Kagyigyi Photo
H.E. Mr. Frank Tumwebaze Kagyigyi
Minister , Ministry of ICT and National Guidance
Vaezi Photo
H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Vaezi
Minister , Ministry of Information & Communication Technology
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Vancoppenolle Photo
Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle
Global Head of Nokia Government Relations
Varanita Photo
Mr. Grigore Varanita
Director , National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI)
Republic of Moldova
Vasiļjevs Photo
Dr. Andrejs Vasiļjevs
European Language Technology Company "Tilde"
Velizadeh Photo
H.E. Mr. Elmir Velizadeh
Deputy Minister , Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies
Vilas Boas de Freitas Photo
Mr. Igor Vilas Boas de Freitas
Comissioner , National Telecommunications Agency - Anatel
Weeks Photo
Ms. Angelique Weeks
Chairperson , Liberia Telecommunications Authority
Xhixho Photo
Mr. Piro Xhixho
Chairman , Electronic and Postal Communication Authority (AKEP)
Yevdochenko Photo
H.E. Mr. Leonid Yevdochenko
Chairman , State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection
Youssouf Sougueh Photo
H.E. Mr. Abdi Youssouf Sougueh
Minister , Ministry of Communications, Posts & Telecommunications
Zhao Photo
Mr. Houlin Zhao
International Telecommunication Union
Zoller Photo
Ms. Julie Zoller
Acting Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy , U.S. Department of State
United States of America