of Mr.Hasan Alkas
Mr. Hasan Alkas is presently Senior
Economist at Deutsche Telekom, Regulatory Strategy, Bonn. Mr. Alkas holds an
Economics Degree from the University of Bonn and an Masters Degree from the
University of Sussex. From 1996 to 2001 he has done several research and
consultancy projects on price regulation and competition policy in network
industries, in particular the energy and telecom markets for various
regulatory institutions, such as the German Regulatory Authority of
Telecommunications and Posts (RegTP), German Federal Ministry of Economics,
Monopoly Commission, the Turkish Regulatory Authority and the EU-Commission.
Since 2001 he is working as an Senior Economist at Deutsche Telekom in the
Department for Regulatory Strategy. Mr Alkas has several publications on
pricing, regulatory economics and investment theory.
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Biography of Mr.
Mr. Sergion Antocicco,
Italian, born in Naples in 1943, obtained
(1968) a Master in Nuclear Electronic Engineering. He is Chairman of INTUG,
International Telecommunications Users Group. He is also
President of ANUIT, the Italian telecommunications professional users
association, since 1989, President of ENSA - European New Society
Association, based in Paris, President of Istedil SpA, a
Company providing testing and control services for
materials and tools used in the building industry based in Rome.
For 21 years he was Professor of Information Systems
Organisation - Faculty of Economics at LUISS University in Rome. From 1989
to 1999 he was Vice President of the Commission on Information and
Telecommunication Policies at ICC, Paris. He was also (1978-2000) CIO of
Confindustria, the Organisation representing some 130.000 private industrial
companies in Italy. He was appointed by the Italian Government as Director
of the Italian Control Room for the Y2K roll-over. He is the Expert for
telecommunication issues of IlSole24ore, the main Italian economic newspaper
and a regular speaker in radio and TV emissions.
Biography of Dr. Pio Baake
Dr. Pio Baake is Research Associate
at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Previously he
worked at the Humboldt University at Berlin where he also received his Ph.D.
and his Habilitation. During that time he regularly taught Microeconomics,
Regulation and Contract Theory. His research interests are
in the areas of industrial organization, regulation and public economics.
His articles have been published in the
International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Regulatory
Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Economics and others.
Biography of Mr. William Drake
William J. Drake is President
of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and Director of the
Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance at the Graduate
Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, he
is, inter alia, co-editor of the MIT Press book series, The Information
Revolution and Global Politics; and a former member of the Working Group
on Internet Governance. Previously, he has been Senior Associate and
Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics at
the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Director of the
Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University; and
Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San
Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
His books and monographs include: Governing Global Electronic Networks
(co-ed., MIT Press, forthcoming); Reforming Internet Governance (ed.,
United Nations, 2005); Information and Communications Technology for Peace
(ICT4P) (co-author, United Nations, 2005); From the Global Digital
Divide to the Global Digital Opportunity (World Economic Forum, 2000);
Toward Sustainable Competition in Global Telecommunication (Aspen
Institute, 1999); Telecommunications in the Information Age (ed.,
U.S. Information Agency, 1998); and The New Information Infrastructure
(Ed., Twentieth Century Fund, 1995).
of Mr. Rob Frieden
Rob Frieden serves as Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications at Penn State University where he teaches courses in management, law and economics. He also provides legal, management and market forecasting consultancy services in such diverse fields as tele
communications business development, Internet commerce, and carrier facilities interconnection. Professor Frieden has written several books, published dozens of articles in academic and trade journals, and provided background for hundreds of media reports.
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of Mr. Davide Gallino
position: ERG Secretary (European Regulators' Group,
The ERG was set
up as a forum for advising and assisting the
Commission in the electronic communications field.
It allows cooperation between the NRAs and the
Commission in a transparent manner and serves as a
body for reflection, debate and advice on the
implementation of the electronic communications
framework as required by Article 7(2) of the
Framework Directive (2002/21/EC).
assigments include the below:
April 2005 – December 2005 ERG Deputy Secretary
June 2004 – March 2005 – Regulatory policy officer
in DG Information Society and Media, European Commission
2000 – 2004 Regulatory policy officer at the Italian
NRA for electronic communications and media (AGCOM).
Responsible for non-discrimination, regulatory
accounting, price cap and mobile termination costs.
1998 – 2000 Assistant to the President, AGCOM.
Responsible for developing the international section
of the authority
Has been a national delegate to the European Council
in the negotiates on the Framework Directive, the
Access Directive and the Authorisation Directive;
national delegate to the Communications Committee
Had chaired the Regulatory Accounting Working Group
of the Indipendent Regulators Group (IRG)
Has published two books on telecom regulation and
digital technologies, and more than 70 press
articles on regulation of electronic communications
Has worked for the Aspen Institute Italia and the
LUISS University of Rome, plus several telecom
Biography of Alison Gillwald
Professor Alison Gillwald is Research Director of the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, which she became the first director of in 1999 to fast track policy and regulatory training in ICT in Southern Africa.
She is responsible for Research ICT Africa! which aims to fill the ICT policy and regulatory research vacuum that exists on the continent through the development of a research network. Currently 13 African universities are involved in the collaborative research projects of the network.
Prior to that she was appointed to the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA).
Before joining SATRA in 1997, Ms. Gillwald was responsible for establishing the Policy Department at the Independent Broadcasting Authority. She was an advisor to the Independent Media Commission in 1994 for the first democratic elections held in the country.
She serves on the South African Minister of Communications’ African Advisors Group to the African Minister’s Oversight Committee, chaired the Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body, established to advise the Minister and was a founding member of the Steering Committee of the ITU Task Force on Gender Issues. She serves on the boards of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the Media Monitoring Project and Womensnet.
Ms. Gillwald is founding editor of the Southern
African Journal of Information and Communication and
is published in the areas of telecommunications and
broadcasting policy and regulation, gender and
politics more broadly. In 2004 she was one of ten
international participants of the IT Governance
Research Network of the US Social Sciences Research
Council Information Technology and International
Ms. Gillwald has been commissioned over the last few years by the International Telecommunications Union, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, the UK Department of International Development, IDRC- Acacia, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the Southern African Development Bank and the South African Presidency to research and advise on topics ranging from broadband and global governance to under-serviced area licensing and Internet costing.
With an undergraduate degree in Journalism and an Honours degree in Politics, her Masters focused on communications policy. She worked as a lecturer in journalism and politics for many years and as a journalist on some of the major South African newspapers.
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of Mr. S.N. Gupta
Mr. S. N. Gupta, Born 1957, graduated with Hons, in
Electronics and Communication Engineering in 1979
from Kurukshetra, University, INDIA. From 1979 to
1980 he completed his post graduation iln
Electronics Design Technology at CEDT, Indian
Institute of Science, Bangalore and was appointed as
Project Manager of ETDC complex of HARTRON, a Govt.
of Haryana Enterprise.
In 1981 he joined Wireless Planning and Coordination
Wing of Ministry of Communication and was posted as
Officer-in-charge of Wireless Monitoring Station,
Srinagar and Secretary, Regional Advisory Committee
of SACFA for J&K and HP.
In 1983 he joined IRSSE Cadre of Western Railway.
Since 1985 to 1989 he held various positions on that
Railway including one-year tenure as Senior Project
Manager for Passenger Reservation Computerisation
System at Bombay.
From 1989 to 1994 he worked with Indian Railways
Institute for Signal Engineering & Telecom as a
faculty for signalling, Telecom and Computers. At
this centre he was involved in developing and
conducting courses in advanced Telecommunication
technologies for senior Railway officers from India
Since August 94 he worked with IRCON INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED as Additional General Manager and was
involved in the execution of optical fibre and other
projects dealing with modern telecommunication
systems at National and International level.
Up to August, 2000, he was Heading IRCON’s first
“BUILD-OWN-OPERATE” based Optical Fiber Project
between Mumbai and Delhi and also the ISP Project.
Presently, he is working as Advisor with Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India at the level of Joint
Secretary and is heading the Converged Network
Division dealing with Regulatory, Technical and
Economic aspects of Data Networks and Services
including VOIP, Internet Services, IPv6, Broadband,
e-Governance, Internet Governance, International
Leased Circuits and NGN. He is also a member of
various task forces of Govt. dealing with
implementation of Broadband, e-Governance, Internet
Governance and IPv6.
Mr. Gupta was awarded the Minister of Railways award
for the outstanding performance during 1995-96.
He retired as a Major from Railways Engineers
Territorial Army and is also a Grade I Radio
He is widely traveled abroad to Europe and Asia
being Chairman of various Experts’ Groups of Asia
Pacific and South East Asia in the field of VOIP,
Internet Telephony, ICT and Domain Names. He was
also deputed as an ITU expert on an UNDP assignment
on Internet Exchange and International VOIP Gateway
He is a Fellow of Institution of Electronics and
Telecom Engineers and a member of its national
Technical Programme Committee. He is also a Life
Member of Institution of Railway Signal and Telecom
Engineers and also member of Institute of Rail
Transport and also the member of Chartered Institute
of Transport. He is a member and trustee of PTC
He has also been conferred the title of Chartered
Engineer by IETE (India) and included in
“Asia-Africa – Men & Women of Achievement” by
Biography of Mr. Sven Heitzler
is external Researcher at the German Institute for
Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He received his
degree Diplom-Volkswirt from the Technical
University (TU) Berlin in December 2005. Previously
he worked at the TU Berlin where he taught at the
faculty for computer sciences and as a freelancer in
IT consulting and services.
of specialization are network, ICT and regulatory
economics and ICT security.
Biography of Mr. Atsushi Hiramatsu
Mr. Atsushi Hiramatsu
is senior manager of Network Technology Section,
NTT's Next Generation Network Office. Since joining
NTT in 1986, he has been working on research of
broadband network technologies, such as ATM traffic
control, photonic switching system, SIP-based
multimedia communication service.
Currently he is
planning development strategy of NGN technologies.
He is also a member of Next Generation IP Network
Promotion Forum in Japan.
of Mr. John Horrocks
John Horrocks is a consultant on technical and
regulatory issues in telecommunications and is
currently chairman of the ECC Project Team on
Technical Regulations Interconnection and Standards.
He specialises in VoIP, NGN, interconnection,
numbering and quality of service. He has consulted
for many governments and regulators and was Deputy
Technical Director of Oftel from 1986-1990. He was
chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee on Speech
Transmission and Quality and is currently vice
chairman of the ETSI TISPAN group on numbering. He
has written and published several books on
telecommunications, standards and regulation.
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of Ms. Salma Jalife
Ms. Salma Jalife graduated
from the School of Engineers at the National
Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering. In 1991
she followed her postgraduate studies and got a
Master’s Degree of Science in Telecommunications
(M.S.) from de University of Colorado at Boulder.
She has been involved in the development of computer
and telecommunication systems since 1987. For the
last fifteen years, Salma has worked for the Mexican
Federal Government. First, she collaborated with the
Undersecretary of Communications at the Secretary of
Communications and Transportation, assigned to the
strategic plan for the regulation of the sector.
Subsequently, in December 1996, as a result of the
creation of the Federal Telecommunications
Commission, she was appointed to the position of
Deputy Chairman for International Affairs where she
was in charge of trade negotiations, global
cooperation, as well as the regulation of
international telecommunication issues. Since
October 2003 she was appointed as Commissioner of
the same regulatory agency and is responsible for
Engineering and Technology projects.
of Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas
Tomas Lamanauskas was awarded the Master in
Law degree by the University of Vilnius (Lithuania).
Since 2002 he has continued his studies as a
post-graduate (doctoral) student at the same
University. Between 1999 and 2001 Lamanauskas worked
as legal adviser for Lietuvos Telekomo Verslo
Sprendimai UAB (Lithuanian Telecom’s Business
Solutions) – a subsidiary of the Lithuanian
incumbent public fixed telephony operator. In 2001
he joined the newly created Lithuanian
Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT), a
national authority responsible for regulation of
electronic communications as well as postal sectors,
as a head of the Legal Section.
Since 2004 Mr. Lamanauskas is deputy director of the
RRT. Since 2002 Tomas Lamanauskas has lectured
courses related to information technology and
telecommunications law in various subsidiaries of
Vilnius University (Law Faculty, Faculty of
Mathematics and Informatics, International Business
School). Mr. Lamanauskas has been involved in
drafting all major pieces of Lithuanian primary
legislation related to information technology and
telecommunications law, including the amendments to
the Law on Electronic Signature, the 2002 Law on
Telecommunications, the 2004 Law on Electronic
Communications, the Law on Information Society
Services as well as the Concept Law on Consumer
Rights’ Protection. Tomas Lamanauskas made over 20
presentations in various conferences (over 10 of
them directly related to drafting and implementation
of electronic communications (telecommunications)
regulatory framework in Lithuania) as well as
published a number of articles on legal issues
related to information technology and
telecommunications law in various national and
regional journals, including Baltic IT&T Review. He
is also the co-author of the books “Information
technology law” and “Electronic communications law”
that are the first publications on the relevant
topics in Lithuania.
of Mr. Ernst Langmantel
Mr. Ernst Langmantel is head of the
technical department at the Austrian Regulatory Authority for
Telecommunications and Broadcasting (RTR) since 1998. He inter alia is
responsible for all technical aspects of network access and
interconnection and the administration of numbers and addresses. Last
year's and current main working areas are VoIP and NGN regulation with
increasing focus on convergence of telecommunications and broadcasting .
He he contributed to an official RTR booklet on VoIP regulation that has
been published recently (in German: "Voice over IP, Grundlagen,
Regulierung und erste Erfahrungen"), is coauthor of an article on the
legal treatment of VoIP (in German: "Voice over IP" - Rechtliche
Einordnung eines neuen Konzeptes") in the journal "medien und recht,
Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht 8/05" and contributed to
the Voice on the Net Europe Conferences in 2004 and 2005 on regulatory
He inter alia participates in EU
commissions Radio Spectrum Policy Group and is member of the ECC TRIS
group. Since 2002 he is member of the Austrian domain name council that
deals with policy issues of the Austrian ".at" top level domain
administration. Under his main responsibility the regulatoy issues for
the worlds first commercial ENUM operation in Austria were sorted out.
Mr. Ernst Langmantel received his
University Degree in Electrical Engineering (Communications Engineering)
in 1983. Afterwards he worked at Siemens Vienna in the communications
development on varous topics and in various positions till end of 1997.
He startet in the development of the analogue mobile network for germany
(“Netz C450”), later swithed to the private networks area where he
leaded projects for large and medium PBX solutions and dealed with
system design and architectures for integration of wireless
microcellular extensions (DECT) into medium and big private networks. He
holds several patents in these areas.
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of Mr. Scott Marcus
J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Consultant for
WIK-Consult GmbH (Germany). Previously, he served as Senior
Advisor for Internet Technology for the FCC (USA). Prior to that, he
was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of
Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), a leading global Internet
Scott’s research interests include the impact of technological
convergence (including broadband, IP telephony, and the Internet) on
telecommunications regulation; the economics of network interconnection;
international regulatory comparisons, especially EU-US; traffic
modeling, measurement and prediction; and data network design. Scott is co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE
Communications Magazine. He has served on the board of the American
Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN),
and on the Meetings and Conference Board of the
IEEE Communications Society. He has written numerous papers, and a
book on data network design:
Designing Wide Area Networks and Internetworks: A Practical Guide.
Scott holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from
CCNY, and an M.A. (Engineering) from Columbia University.
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Biography of Mr. Michael R. Nelson
Mike Nelson serves as Vice President for
Policy of the Internet Society (ISOC), a professional organization whose
membership includes more than 21,000 Internet experts in more than 100
countries. In this volunteer position, he guides development of ISOC policy
positions, represents ISOC at conferences, does interviews with the press,
and provides guidance to ISOC staff working on Internet policy issues. He
attended the UN's World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in 2003,
has been very involved the second phase of WSIS in Tunis in November, 2005,
as well as the new Internet Governance Forum. In addition, Nelson chaired
the Internet Society's annual INET 2002 meeting and played a key role in the
INET 2004 meeting.
Nelson is the Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at
IBM, where he manages a team helping define and implement IBM's Next
Generation Internet strategy. His group is working with university
researchers on NGi technology, shaping standards for the NGi, and
communicating IBM's vision of NGi, the Grid, and on demand computing to
customers, policy makers, the press, and the general public.
Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for
Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There he helped
craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and
deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of
the nation's telecommunications networks.
Before joining the FCC in January, 1997, Nelson was Special
Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy where he worked with Vice President Gore and the
President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information
Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology,
encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. From 1988 to 1993, Nelson served as a professional staff
member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space,
chaired by then-Senator Gore. He was the lead Senate staffer for the
High-Performance Computing Act. Nelson has a B.S. in geology from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in
geophysics from MIT.
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Biography of Mr. Eli Noam
Professor and Director of
Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. Professor of Economics and Finance
at the Columbia Business School since 1976. Served for three years as a
Commissioner for Public Services of New York State. Director of the Columbia
Institute for Tele-Information, a university-based research center focusing
on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing,
and electronic mass media. Chairman of the MBA concentration in Media
Management and of the Virtual Institute of Information. He has also taught
at Columbia Law School, Princeton University’s Economics Department and
Woodrow Wilson School, and the University of St. Gallen, and is active in
the development of electronic distance education. Noam has published over 20
books and 400 articles in economics journals, law reviews, and
He was a member of the boards or advisory
boards for the Federal governments FTS-2000 telecommunications network, the
IRS’s computer system reorganization, the National Computer Systems
Laboratory, the National Commission on the Status of Women in Computing, and
of the Intek Corporation. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a commercially rated pilot.
He received the degrees of AB (Phi Beta Kappa), MA, Ph.D. (Economics) and JD
from Harvard University.
Biography of Mr. Souheil Marine
In 1986 Mr Souheil
Marine earned his Ph.D degree in
computer science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
(France). Mr. Marine joined Alcatel in 1989 where he has held since several
As a research engineer, he worked for the development of new control
platforms supporting the secure real-time applications of telecommunication
switches. As a member of the technical staff, he contributed to the
realization of several projects dealing with intelligent network
applications, packet infrastructure for mobiles (GPRS) and the development
of voice over packet within telephony switches. As a Product Strategy
Manager he participated to the definition of Alcatel's migration strategy
from telephony networks towards next generation packet based networks. Mr.
Marine currently holds the position of Digital Bridge Manager for Africa,
Middle East and South Asia
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Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder
Ponder works for
Strategy and Policy Unit at the
International Telecommunication Union (SPU/ITU).
Within the last years Mr. Ponder has been taking an active role in numerous
international conferences and summits dealing with development of
information society and advancements of new economy in both Western and
Eastern European countries as well as USA. The spectrum of his direct
research interest includes business development, process optimization,
telecommunication economics, information and communication technology
dynamics, next generation networks, the Internet of things, digital divide,
information society development, EU enlargement processes and human capital
Along the professional
career Mr. Ponder held official positions in the public sector and was a
contributor to the legislative projects having impact on the public policy.
Since 2004 Mr. Ponder has been working for the
International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, Switzerland). In 2004 he
was consultant at the
Economics and Finance Unit (MEF/ITU). In 2005 he moved to
ITU Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU/ITU).
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Biography of Mr. Wolfgang Reichl
Mr. Wolfgang Reichl has more
than 25 years experience in telecommunications. After graduation at the
technical university of Vienna he began his carrier with the the former PTT
in Austria and joined ÖFEG, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria in 1990. ÖFEG is
a joint venture between the telecommunications industry and the PTT and is
responsible for project management of the introduction of digital switching
in Austria and is now involved in the evolution of the existing networks to
a common next generation network. Since 2003 he serves as CEO of ÖFEG.
Wolfgang has experience in international standardisation work and has led
the NGN workgroup of the European Telecommunications Platform (ETP) to the
successful completion of a report on NGN regulation.
Ms Robert Shaw
Robert Shaw is Deputy
Head of the ITU Strategy and Policy Unit and senior advisor to the ITU
Secretary-General on Internet strategy and policy issues. He is responsible
for identifying emerging technical, policy and regulatory issues in the
information and communications technology environment and analyzing their
impact on the activities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The ITU is an
intergovernmental treaty organization with 189 Member States based in
Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the global development of
telecommunication networks and services worldwide.
Mr. Shaw began his
career at the ITU over 20 years ago. During this period he has represented
ITU in numerous national, regional and global conferences and activities. He
has a Masters Degree in Telecommunications from the Technical University of
Delft, The Netherlands.
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Ms. Cara Schwarz-Schilling
2002 Ms. Cara Schwarz-Schilling heads the Section Internet Economics at the Bundesnetzagentur, from
2000-2002 she headed the Section Postal Economics. Prior to joining BNetzA
she was Senior Economist at the ‘Wissenschaftliches Institut für
Kommunikationsdienste’ since 1996. Main areas of research: Numbering in
telecommunications networks, Liberalization, Antitrust and regulation in the
telecommunications sector. Ms. Schwarz-Schilling studied Economics at the University of Bonn,
University of Chicago, the London School of Economics and the University of
Cologne. Diplom in 1985 (Bonn), Master of Science in Mathematical Economics
and Econometrics 1987 (LSE), Doctoral degree I995 (Cologne). From 1988-1992
Economist with the "Energiewirtschaftliches Institut and der Universität
Köln", research and consulting work on competition and regulation in the
energy sector. From 1992-1995 Assistant Professor at the Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Köln, focusing on
Industrial Organisation and Antitrust Policy.
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Biography of Mr. Keiichiro Seki
Mr. Keiichiro Seki is
Director for the International Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of
Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan. He is responsible for
international regulatory harmonization in the field of Information and
Communications and the promotion of dialogue and cooperation on economic
affairs with ICT developed countries and international organizations such as
the WTO, APEC and OECD. He has been in his current position since January
2004. He was Director for the International Organizations Office of MIC for
few months prior to taking up his current position and presented the MIC
contribution to the WSIS. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Seki worked as Counselor in
Cabinet Secretariat and he was in charge of ICT Headquarters and nationwide
‘e-Japan Strategy’. He was engaged in drafting ‘e-Japan Strategy
Ⅱ’ , ‘e-Japan Priority
Program 2004’ etc.
Several of his articles on
Information and Communications have been published including ‘Communications
Policy in the UK: the OFTEL, UK Regulator’, ‘Growing Diversity of
Communications and Broadcasting Services: Emerging new problems in
Telecommunications Regulatory Framework’, ‘Improper Use of
Telecommunications Services and How to Take Measures’ and ‘The Anonymity of
the Senders through the Telecommunications Network: Prevention of Abuse and
Protection of Communication’s Secrecy’.
Mr.Knud Erik Skouby
Mr. Knud Erik
Skouby is professor and founding Director of the Center for
Information and Communication Technologies (CICT) – a center providing a
focal point for multi-disciplinary research and training in applications of
ICT at the Danish Technical University. His main area of research interest
includes the techno-economics and regulation of the telecom sector and of
new telecom applications and services. He has participated as a project
manager and partner in a number of international, European and Danish
research projects. He has served on a number of public committees within the
areas of telecom, IT and broadcasting; as a member of boards of professional
societies; as a member of organizing boards, evaluation committees and as
invited speaker on international conferences; published a number of Danish
and international articles, books and conference proceedings in the areas of
telecommunications regulation, technology assessment (information technology
and telecommunications), demand forecasting and political economy.
Biography of Mr. Robert Stil
After studying Economics at the
University of Amsterdam and completing his military services at the Royal
Military Academy, Robert Stil began his career at the Competition
Directorate of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1994, where he
worked on competition policy in telecommunications and the waste disposal
sector consecutively. After a short training at the European Commission he
joined the Netherlands Competition Authority in 1997, where he was
responsible for merger control. He was also member of the European
Commission's Advisory Committee on concentrations. Since 2000, Robert works
at the Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA), where he
has fulfilled the role of deputy head of Strategy, coordinator of market
analysis, and presently head of the Economic Analysis Team, responsible for
developing economic reasoning and stimulating internal en external
discussion on economic issues within the telecoms and postal markets.
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Biography of Melinda Tan
Ms. Melinda Tan presently serves as Manager of the International Division at the Info-Communication Development Authority of Singapore (IDA Singapore). Formed in Dec 1999 by the merger of the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore and the National Computer Board, IDA Singapore undertakes the development, promotion and regulation of Singapore’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.
Ms. Tan is responsible for the negotiations of mutual recognition agreements on telecommunications equipment and are also involved in free trade agreements negotiation with other countries. She represents Singapore in the APEC TEL MRA Task Force and contributes actively as facilitator to APEC TEL MRA
and Regulatory training workshops. Ms. Tan is the Chair of the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators’ Council Mutual Recognition Arrangement Joint Sectoral Committee (ATRC MRA JSC). She also handles bilateral relations with Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau in ICT
Prior to joining IDA, Ms. Tan worked with the telecommunication network operator in the area of Intelsat, Inmarsat, Aeronautical and Radio Laboratories. She holds an MBA in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester, London.
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Biography of Ms. Lee Tuthill
Ms. Lee Tuthill is a
Counsellor at the WTO in the division dealing with Trade in Services .
Her responsibilities include telecommunications, computer and IT services
and services-related aspects of electronic commerce.
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Biography of Mr. Francois Varloot
François Varloot is Deputy Director, Division economy and
prospective within the ARCEP, the French regulatory authority. He started
his career in 1988 as a telecom consultant in Cap Gemini, handling projects
in IT for France Telecom’s GSM and in telecom for Renater - first French
Internet backbone - or EuroDisney. In 1993, he became Director of the
Strategy of Unisource France, launching one of the first alternative carrier
in France, in partnership with AT&T and Cegetel. In 1996, he moved to
Colorado to manage the telecom business development Cap Gemini USA,
launching telco-in-a-box wireline and wireless US carriers. He then joined
Level(3) Communications as Director International Development and
Collocation Product Line, deploying fiber optics, data centers and VoiP
softswitches across the globe. In 2002, he moved back in France to join
Microsoft as Telecom Business Development Manager, on projects like the
Orange smartphone or the France Telecom messaging system. Since 2004, he is
in charge for the ARCEP of several topics including universal service,
directory services, cost models, regulatory qualification, new generation
networks and voice over broadband.
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Biography of Mr. Christian Wey
Professor Dr. Christian Wey is head of the department
“Information Society and Competition” at the German Institute for
Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since December 2003. He holds the Chair
of “Economics, in particular Networks and Information & Communication
Economics” at the Technische Universität Berlin. Previously, from 1998
to 2003 he has been Research Fellow at the Social Science Research
Center Berlin (WZB). Professor Wey’s research interests are in the area
of industrial organization theory and competition policy with a special
focus on market power problems in input markets and network industries.
His articles have appeared in the RAND Journal of Economics, The
Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics, International
Journal of Industrial Organization, and others. He has conducted several
interdisciplinary and international research projects concerning
regulation of markets and the telecommunications industry. Moreover, he
has worked as an economic advisor on a variety of occasions, in
particular for several German Ministries.
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Biography of Mr. Patrick Xavier
B.Ec (Hons), MA (Public Policy), M.Ec, PhD., lectures in business economics
and international business to undergraduate and graduate students at the
Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship. His academic experience
includes visiting research fellowships and professorships at universities in
the UK and US. He regularly presents research and policy papers to national
and international conferences and has published widely. As well as
substantial research experience, Dr Xavier has also worked in a wide range
of areas including housing, transport, postal services, energy, water
supply, and telecommunications, as a consultant and within government
departments as a policy advisor. He has been a long-standing member of the
Economic Affairs Committee convened by the Employers Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (a large private sector employer association). Dr Xavier has
prepared policy oriented research/consultancy reports for a range of
national and international organizations, including the ITU, OECD, APEC, the
World Bank, and NetTel@Africa.
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