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Biography of Dr. Sergio Antocicco, Chairman
International Telecommunication Users Group

Dr. 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.

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Biography of Mr. Stephen Banable
European Commission, DG Information Society

Stephen Banable has more than ten years experience of telecommunications regulation and policy formulation in the Irish Ministry for Communications and the national regulatory authority (ComReg). For the past three years he has worked as a national expert with the European Commission in DG Information Society and Media with responsibility for mobile regulatory issues and implementation of the telecoms regulatory framework. Currently he is responsible for the Commission's proposal for a regulation on international roaming charges. 

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Biography of Dr. Tracy Cohen, Councillor
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa 

Dr. Tracy Cohen was appointed Councillor of ICASA in July 2004. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Cohen read for a doctoral degree in law (SJD) at the University of Toronto.

She has previously held various academic posts, including senior lecturer at the LINK Centre, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, Wits University; visiting graduate research fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University in New York, and Graduate Fellow, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto.

Dr Cohen’s post-doctoral research took place at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She has also worked as a regulatory consultant and has undertaken various projects for domestic and international organizations, including the International Telecommunications Union and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization.

Dr. Cohen is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management and sits on the editorial board for the South African Journal of Information and Communication. She is also an advisory panel member for Privacy International.

Dr Cohen has a Masters in Law (LLM) from Wits University focusing on the regulation of content on the Internet. Her doctoral dissertation focussed on telecommunications regulation and international trade in services, concentrating on South Africa as a case study.

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Biography of Dr. Tim Kelly, Head
Strategy and Policy Unit, ITU

Dr. Tim Kelly is Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where he has worked since 1993.  Before joining ITU he spent five years as a Communications Policy Analyst with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and three years with Logica Consultancy Ltd.  He has an MA (Hons) degree in Geography and a Ph.D in industrial economics from Cambridge University.

Over the last twenty years, Tim Kelly has specialised in the economics of the telecommunications industry. He has written or co-authored more than 30 books on the subject including the ITU's “Internet Reports” and "World Telecommunication Development Report"and “World Information Society Reports”. He was in charge of the “content team” for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which concluded in November 2005 and was visiting scholar at the business school of HK University of Science and Technology, Dec 2005/Jan 2006.

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Biography of Dr. Eric Burger, Deputy CTO
BEA Systems, Inc., USA 

Dr. Eric Burger is Deputy CTO for BEA Systems, Inc., who provides the world’s #1 Java application server, installed at 100% of the Fortune Global 500 Telecommunications and Network Communications companies.

Prior to BEA, he was CTO for Cantata Technology, where he oversaw corporate research, intellectual property generation, and standards initiatives for the company. Dr. Burger contributes to several standards bodies, including haven written most of the SIP media RFC’s in the IETF and contributing to VoiceXML and CCXML in the W3C. He serves on the Board of Directors of the SIP Forum and IMS Forum.

Dr. Burger co-founded SnowShore Networks, where he served as CTO. He has also held senior positions at companies such as MCI, Texas Instruments, Centigram, and Cable & Wireless. He holds ten issued U.S. patents and has numerous patents pending. He has taught at George Mason University and George Washington University and holds degrees from MIT (Electrical Engineering), Catholic University of Leuven (Economic and Applied Economic Sciences), and Illinois Institute of Technology (Computer Science).

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Biography of Dr. Margit Brandl, Vice President, Siemens EU Affairs/Telecoms and Chair of European Telecommunications Platform (ETP)

Mr. Margit Brandl is a lawyer specialised in European telecommunications law. Margit joined Siemens in 2000 and works for their European Union Affairs office in Brussels dealing with governmental affairs in the ICT field. Margit is the chairperson of the European Telecommunication Platform (  Until 2003 she used to teach law and informatics at the University of Graz. She has published several scientific papers concerning IT- and telecommunications law. Prior to Siemens, Margit Brandl served as jurist for the Austrian Telecommunications Regulator. Margit Brandl is a 1998 graduate of Karl-Franzens-University Graz with a PH.D. degree in Law (2001).

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Biography of Mr. Tapani Mikkeli, Deputy Head of Unit, EU Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Mr. Mikkeli joined the EU Commission as Principal Administrator in 1999, starting in DG Fisheries. In 2003, he was appointed to his current position as Deputy Head of Unit in DG Enterprise and Industry (unit D.4, Technologies for Innovation, ICT industries and e-Business). This unit deals with the competitiveness of the ICT sector, the different features of ICT uptake (e-business), e-Skills and ICT standardisation.

Before this, after graduating in 1977, Mr. Mikkeli had a 20 years career in the Finnish court system, mainly in the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court and most recently as a senior judge in the Regional Administrative Court of Häme. He also acted as an advocate and as a lecturer. In 1997, he became a lawyer-linguist in the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg.

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Biography of Dr. Klaus Müller, Executive Vice President Corporate Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany
*  2005-present: Executive Vice President Corporate Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Telekom, Bonn
2001-2005: Director Wholesale, T-Com Hungary, Budapest
2000-2001: Senior Advisor Regulatory and Pricing Management, Magyar Telecom, Budapest
1998-2000: Vice President Pricing Unit Germany, Deutsche Telekom, Bonn
1997-1998: Project Manager Pricing Process Reengineering Germany, DT, Bonn
1996-1997: Deputy Head of Unit Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Post, Bonn
1995-1996: Expert Regulatory Strategy, Deutsche Post, Bonn
1996: Ph.D. in economics (options for regulating postal services)

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Biography of Mr. Ewan Sutherland

Ewan Sutherland spent fifteen years as an academic, latterly a dean in the University of Wales. He has taught at the Universities of Wolverhampton, Westminster, Stirling and Wales, plus a semester as a visiting professorial lecturer at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). His teaching has concentrated on the strategic and policy aspects of business use of telecommunications and information technology. Ewan is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, both in his native city of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Biography of Ms. Melinda Tan, Senior Manager
International Division, IDA Singapore 

Melinda Tan presently serves as Senior 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. 

Melinda is responsible for the negotiations of mutual recognition agreements and free trade agreements 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.  Melinda is the Chair of the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators’ Council Mutual Recognition Arrangement Joint Sectoral Committee (ATRC MRA JSC).  She is also responsible for bilateral relations with China, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau on ICT issues.

Prior to joining IDA, Melinda 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 Dr. Geunhyung Kim
BcN Business Unit, KT Group, Republic of Korea

Dr. Geunhyung Kim is currently a senior research engineer with the Broadband Convergence Network Business Unit at KT Group. He has been developing telecommunication services in B-ISDN and IP-based networks since November 1993. He has recently worked in planning the convergence services in BcN (Broadband Convergence Network).

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Biography of Ms. Monika Podplonska, V-ce Director of Retail Market of Electronic Communications, Office of Electronic Communications, Poland

Monika Podpłońska, V-ce Director of Retail Market of Electronic Communications, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) in Poland. Has been working for URTiP for 6 years, since the establishment of NRA in 2001. She was responsible for assignment of Significant Market Power of operators on mobile market telephony under the Old Framework Package (`98). On behalf of URTiP, she took part in the process of preparing new Telecommunications Act which came into force in September, 2004. She was involved in 2-year Twinning Project with the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (ETSI) and she obtained 5-weeks internship in that Ministry. Presently, she is responsible for analysis of relevant markets and revision of the ERG Remedies document. She received a Master Degree in Law in 2000 after having studied at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Speaks English and Spanish.

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Biography of Mr. Louis Holder, Executive Vice President
Vonage Holdings Corp., USA

Louis Holder, Executive Vice President, Vonage Holdings Corp., develops new product strategy for Vonage with an emphasis on mobility. Mr. Holder built Vonage’s current technology infrastructure, products and support services, including systems development and web application development. Before joining Vonage, Mr. Holder was a vice president in the program trading technology group at PaineWebber, where he performed business and technical analysis and was responsible for the development of a next-generation program trading system. Prior to PaineWebber, Mr. Holder was a senior software developer at Cantor Fitzgerald.  Mr. Holder developed several analytical and trading applications for Cantor Fitzgerald’s FX options, emerging markets, government bond swaps, euro bond swaps and interest rate swaps desks.  Mr. Holder holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University, New York.

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Biography of Mr. Davide Gallino, Secretary General
European Regulators Group

Current position: ERG Secretary (European Regulators' Group, http:\\ 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).

Previous 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 operators.

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Biography of Prof. Dr. Glenn Woroch, Professor of Economics and Executive Director of Center for Research in Telecommunication Policy, University of California, Berkley, USA

As Executive Director of the Center for Research on Telecommunications Policy, Dr.Woroch organizes workshops and conferences on various topics in telecommunications policy and strategy and oversees the funding of on-campus research projects in these fields. Dr.Woroch’s own research focuses on theoretical and empirical investigations of competition in and regulation of network industries, with particular application to the telecommunications and computer sectors. His research also examines antitrust policy toward intellectual property protection and various business practices.

Dr.Woroch has been an economic advisor to government agencies including the U.S. Departments of Energy and Justice and the Office of Technology Assessment. He is a Principal of The Brattle Group (, an economic consulting company, on behalf of which he advises private-sector clients and provides expert testimony on matters involving monopolization claims, mergers, intellectual property infringement, and economic damages.

Dr.Woroch has published numerous articles in the fields of industrial organization, antitrust and regulation in scholarly journals including the Rand Journal of Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Review of Industrial Organization, Telecommunications Policy, and the Antitrust Bulletin. He recently published a chapter on local network competition in the Handbook of Telecommunications Economics. He has served on the editorial boards of Information Economics & Policy and the Journal of Regulatory Economics.

Dr.Woroch received his B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.A. in statistics and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Before assuming his current position at Berkeley, he taught at the University of Rochester and Stanford University and was a senior member of the technical staff of GTE Laboratories.

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Biography of Michael Bartholomew, Director of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)   

Michael Bartholomew was appointed director of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) in July 2000 and re-appointed in May 2003. ETNO is the main trade association for Europe’s 41 largest e-communications operators located in 34 countries. Mr. Bartholomew, based in the Belgian capital for the past 20 years, is a public affairs specialist in telecommunications, audiovisual, multimedia, trade and technology issues. As director of ETNO, he is responsible for running the Brussels-based secretariat. He oversees all working groups and develops public policy for Europe’s largest telecom companies at the highest levels of government across the European Union and worldwide. Prior to joining ETNO, Mr. Bartholomew served as Director for European Affairs for the Motion Picture Association that represents the global interests of Hollywood’s major studios. A British citizen, Mr. Bartholomew also founded a Brussels public affairs consultancy, which he managed successfully for nine years. With a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois, he began his career as a journalist and has worked for the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and his columns on European affairs have been published in leading international newspapers.

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Biography of Prof. Dr. Andrew Odlyzko, Director of Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota, USA 

Andrew Odlyzko is Director of the interdisciplinary Digital Technology Center, holds an ADC Professorship, and is a Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Prior to assuming that position in 2001, he devoted 26 years to research and research management at Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T Bell Labs, and AT&T Labs, as that organization evolved and changed its name.

He has written over 150 technical papers in computational complexity, cryptography, number theory, combinatorics, coding theory, analysis, probability theory, and related fields, and has three patents. He has an honorary doctorate from Univ. Marne la Vallee and serves on editorial boards of over 20 technical journals, as well as on several advisory and supervisory bodies.

He has managed projects in diverse areas, such as security, formal verification methods, parallel and distributed computation, and auction technology. In recent years he has also been working on electronic publishing, electronic commerce, and economics of data networks, and is the author of such widely cited papers as "Tragic loss or good riddance: The impending demise of traditional scholarly journals," "The bumpy road of electronic commerce," "Paris Metro Pricing for the Internet," "Content is not king," and "The history of communications and its implications for the Internet." He may be known best for an early debunking of the myth of Internet traffic doubling every three or four months.

Andrew Odlyzko's email address is, and all his recent papers as well as further information can be found on his home page.

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Biography of Mr. Loso Judijanto, Special Advisor to the
Minister for Communication and Information Technology - Republic of Indonesia

 Loso Judijanto is Special Adviser to the Minister for Communication and Information Technology - Republic of Indonesia, particulary in the telecommunication market, policy, and regulatory issues. He has hands-on experiences in managing 3G and BWA spectrum auction and governance issues in this sector. He actively involves on the telecommunication and broadcasting-related issues in various international and regional fora such as ITU, APEC-TEL, ASEM, IBEX, and others. He is also active member in the APEC-TEL Working Group on Asia Pacific Information Society, Interconnection, Consumer, and on Broadband for Universal Services issues.

He graduated from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Master of Statistics in 1998), the University of Indonesia (Master of Management in 1995), the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (Bachelor of Statistics in 1994).

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Biography of Dr. Harald Gruber, Deputy Economic Advisor
Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank

Harald Gruber is Deputy Economic Advisor at the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, where he is responsible for project appraisal and sector studies in the information and telecommunications sectors. He has published extensively in refereed economics and industrial organisation journals and is author of Learning and Strategic Product Innovation: Theory and Evidence for the Semiconductor Industry (1994).
He has
recently published a book on mobile communications titled "The Economics of Mobile Communications" with Cambrige University Press (2005).

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Biography of Prof. Dr. James Alleman, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, USA

James Alleman is a Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado – Boulder.  He was a Visiting Senior Scholar at IDATE in Montpellier, France in the fall of 2005 and continues his involvement in IDATE’s scholarly activities.  During calendar years 2001 and 2002, he was a Visiting Professor in the Media, Communications, and Entertainment Program in the Economics and Finance Division at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Director of Research at Columbia Institute of Tele-Information (CITI).  Professor Alleman continues his involvement at CITI in research projects as a Senior Fellow.  

Dr. Alleman was previously the Director of the International Center for Telecommunications Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Director of Policy Research for GTE, and an economist for the International Telecommunication Union.  He has conducted research in the area of telecommunications policy, with emphasis on pricing, costing, and regulation as well as on international telephony settlements, telecommunications in the infrastructure and related areas.  More recently, he has been researching the application of real options valuation techniques to network industries and the causes, consequences and remedies of the financial infirmities of the communications and information technologies sectors.

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Biography of Prof. Dr. Paul Rappoport, Professor of Economics
Temple University, USA

Dr. Paul Rappoport is Associate Professor of Economics at Temple University. He has over 25 years of experience in data analysis, modeling and statistical assessment, with a specialization in telecommunications demand analysis. Dr. Rappoport has written extensively on telecom demand models. His current research interests include: modeling consumer’s willingness to pay; the construction of internet metrics; assessing the Digital Divide; specifying and modeling business broadband; forecasting internet demand and measuring the nature of network externalities. He is a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Tele-Information. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1974.

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Biography of Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas, Deputy Director,
Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT)

Tomas Lamanauskas is a deputy director of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania (RRT). In November, 2005 the President of the Republic appointed him to the Council of the RRT.
Tomas Lamanauskas was awarded the Master of Laws degree by the University of Vilnius (Lithuania). Since 2002 he continues his studies as a PhD student at the same University.
Between 1999 and 2001 Tomas Lamanauskas worked as legal adviser for UAB “Lietuvos telekomo verslo sprendimai” (Lithuanian Telecom’s Business Solutions). In 2001 he joined the newly created Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority as the head of the Legal Section. Since 2004 Mr. Lamanauskas is a deputy director of the RRT.
Tomas Lamanauskas represented Lithuania in various international events, including the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS-2005, Tunis), the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC-2006, Doha) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF-2006, Athens).
Since 2002 Tomas Lamanauskas lectures courses related to information technology and telecommunications law in various subsidiaries of Vilnius University. Since September 2006 he is an assistant professor at the Department of International and European Union Law, the Law Faculty, Vilnius University.
Tomas Lamanauskas made 50 presentations in various conferences as well as published 16 articles in the field of ICT. He is also the co-author of the books “Information technology law”, “Electronic communications law“, and “Information Society Law”.

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Biography of Prof. Dr. Knud Erik Skouby, Director of Center for Information and Communication Technologies, Denmark

Dr. Knud Erik Skouby is director of Center for Information and Communication Technologies (CICT) and professor in Telecommunications Network’s economy and regulation at CTI/ COM, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He has a career within consultancy and as a university teacher since 1972. The working areas have been planning, technological development and technology assessment – for the last 15 years within the telecom area. The consultancy part has included work for e.g. CCITT, OECD, UN, UNDP, The World Bank, the Danish Ministries of Culture, Industry Labour and Research, Danish trade unions and international consulting firms in the area of telecom markets and regulation (e.g., COWIconsult, EUTELIS, McKinsey, OVUM, PriceWaterhouse).

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Biography of Mr. Christopher North, Board Member
WiMAX Spectrum Owners Association (WiSOA)

Christopher is a Board Member for the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Association (WiSOA). He co-founded Unwired Australia in conjunction with Steve Cosser in 1997. He is also the founder and managing director of Wattle Park Partners, a consultancy that provides strategic, regulatory, economic and technical advice and services in all aspects of telecommunications and the media. Over the past 10 years his company has undertaken projects for major telecommunications and broadcasting companies, governments and regulatory agencies in Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia. Prior to establishing Wattle Park Partners, Christopher was a senior career executive with the Australian Government for 25 years, holding key positions in a range of government departments and federal ministers’ offices. He was chief-of-staff for two federal government ministers and a central player in the Australian reform of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

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Biography of Ms. Anna Riedel
Researcher, Germany

Ms Riedel obtained her graduate degree in Business Studies from the Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft (University of Applied Economic Sciences) in Berlin and Master’s degree in European Culture and Economy with an emphasis on Economics and Political Sciences from University of Dortmund. Her research interests include ICT sector dynamics, policy and regulation, as well as European integration. In her professional career, Ms Anna Riedel has gained working experience within the framework of diverse training programmes at Columbia TriStar in Berlin, Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne, the German Embassy in Bucharest as well as at International Telecommunication Union.  

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Biography of Mr. Zygmunt A. Lozinski, Telecom Industry Technical Leader,
Northeast Europe IOT, IBM

Zygmunt Lozinski is Technical Leader for IBM's Telecom Industry in Northern Europe and an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member.  He is responsible for IBM's technical strategy on next generation networks, and for advising clients on network transformation.

From 1997, Zygmunt has been involved in the application of new software technologies for communications and NGN. Zygmunt is currently President of the Parlay Group, a consortium of over 60 companies from the IT and telecom industries that define open standards for application enablers in the communications network , and publish thier work jointly with ETSI and 3GP

Zygmunt is a Member of the IEEE. He graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London in 1984. He holds, or has pending, over 20 patents in communications technology. He has numerous publications, most recently is: "Services over IP: Delivering new value through next generation networks", published by the IBM Institute for Business Value.

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Biography of Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder, Policy Analyst
Strategy and Policy Unit, ITU

Jaroslaw 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 problematic.

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 Market, 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. Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, President

Following a long and distinguished career within the telecommunications industry, Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum since his election in January 2003, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G/UMTS and of its evolution, and to ensure its worldwide commercial success.

Joining France Telecom (FT) in 1979, his responsibilities included financial management and planning, Director of Marketing and Product Development for international business services and corporate networks, Director of Business Development and Subsidiaries at France Cables & Radio, Chief Executive Officer of FT subsidiary Nexus International, and Director of International Development at France Telecom Mobiles (2000).

After the purchase of Orange by FT, Bienaimé was appointed Group Technical Support Director at Orange until December 2002. In this position, he provided technical and IT support to the business units and mobile affiliates of Orange and France Telecom worldwide, and contributed to Orange’s corporate programmes such as re-branding and franchising.

Jean-Pierre graduated from the ESSEC Business School – Paris (MBA), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes & Télécommunications – Paris. He also holds an executive degree from INSEAD – Fontainebleau, and attended a senior executive programme at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA.

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Biography of Mr. Eli Katz, Founder and CEO
XConnect, USA

Eli Katz is the Founder and CEO at XConnect, an organisation which realises the vision of global end-to-end IP communications. XConnect is the world's first and largest provider of 'Plug and Peer' VoIP interconnection services dedicated to connecting IP communications providers and by-passing the legacy PSTN. 

Eli co-founded and chairman of the UK’s VoIP trade body ITSPA - the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ Association and has a distinguished track record in telecoms. In 1996 he joined Telco Global at its inception, and in 1999, as Managing Director, the company grew rapidly offering telecoms, internet & mobile services to one million customers with £250m annual revenue. He was a key player in the IPO of the US parent company.  

Eli is the author of several VoIP directory and security patents. He is a frequent and dynamic speaker on the topics of VoIP Peering and Regulatory issues, sharing his expertise at numerous international conferences.  He graduated from Imperial College in 1992, with a first class honours in Computer Science.

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Biography of Dr. Kali Kan, Professor  and Director of the Policy & Development Institute of Information Industries (PDIII) at Beijing Univ. of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT). 

Dr. Kaili Kan is currently Professor at the School of Economics & Management and Director of the Policy & Development Institute of Information Industries (PDIII) at Beijing Univ. of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT).  Dr. Kan received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1984, after which he worked as manager of Strategic Technology Assessment at Pacific Bell, Special Advisor to ChinaSat, and consultant for the World Bank.  Since 1987, as Deputy Director of the Economic & Technological Development Research Center (ETDRC) of China Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications (MPT), Dr. Kan was responsible for research on telecommunication policy and development strategy of China’s telecommunication sector for over a decade.  Dr. Kan also holds a number of other positions, including member of the advisory committee for drafting China’s telecommunication law.

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Biography of Mr. Dean S.K. Chang, Director, Product Management and Strategy, Aperto Networks, and Vice Chair of WiMAX Forum

Mr. Chang has over 17 years of wireless and data networking expertise. At Aperto Networks, he is responsible for product management for WiMAX broadband wireless access and product strategy.  He currently holds the position of vice chair within the WiMAX Forum marketing working group.  In the past he served as a founding board member for the WiMAX and also chaired and formed the Service Provider Working Group.  Mr. Chang has been active in various standards bodies such as IEEE 802.16 where he held the position as working group secretary and publicity chair from the end of 2001 until early 2006.

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Biography of Dr. Gary Madden, Director and Professor, Communication Economics and Electronic Markets Research Centre, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Gary is Professor of Economics at Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia, and Director of the Communication Economics and Electronic Markets Research Centre (CEEM). Gary's research is primarily focused on examining empirical aspects of communication economics, electronic markets, productivity measurement, cost of living indexes, real options, network economics and digital divide issues. As Director of the CEEM, Gary organizes workshops and conferences on various topics in telecommunications policy.

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Biography of Dr. Aniruddha Banerjee, Vice President
Analysis Group, Inc, USA

Dr. Banerjee is an applied microeconomist and econometrician who has specialized in regulatory, litigation, and strategic aspects of network industries, primarily telecommunications. He has testified extensively on behalf of industry clients before the Federal Communications Commission and several state regulatory agencies in the U.S. He has also provided consulting services to U.S. and international clients on market research, antitrust and competition policy, mergers and acquisitions, optimal regulation, and complex litigation around business disputes involving damage claims and estimation. Before joining Analysis Group, Dr. Banerjee was a Vice President at National Economic Research Associates. Prior to that, he held various positions at telecommunications companies including AT&T, BellSouth Telecommunications, and Bell Communications Research. As an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University, he taught econometrics, industrial organization, and microeconomic theory. Dr. Banerjee has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and academic books and presented his work extensively at national and international conferences.

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Biography of Mr Joachim Tan, Research Associate
CEEM, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Joachim is an applied economics and finance researcher, who investigates regulatory and forecasting issues of network industries, primarily telecommunications. Joachim finance research areas are financial market microstructure, forecasting, technical trading and corporate finance. Prior to CEEM, Joachim worked with several SMEs and government departments on web development projects and also taught corporate finance, financial analysis and derivatives at Curtin University. To open his web profile, please click here.

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Biography of Mr Bernardo Herman, Regulatory Affairs Manager
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association

Bernardo Herman is Regulatory Affairs Manager with the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO). Before joining the association he worked seven years in the telecom sector, holding different legal positions mainly within a KPN’s mobile division and with the Belgian National Regulatory Authority.

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Biography of Ms. Khelia Johnson,
ITU Consultant (USA)

Ms Johnson received her Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and her Master’s degree in Public Policy with an emphasis on Information and Communication Technology from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Her interests include ICT law and policy as well as the law and policy of intellectual property. Her prior professional work experience includes work as a Specialist Computer Analyst for Motorola and internships for the U.S. State Department in EB/ICT, the legal department at America OnLine, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

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Biography of Ms. Oluwaseun Oyeyipo,
ITU Consultant (Nigeria)

Ms Oyeyipo earned her Bachelor of Laws and Barrister at Law degrees from Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School respectively. She pursues her interest in Information Technology and Telecommunication Law in the University of Strathclyde Glasgow United Kingdom, with special interest in Regulatory Challenges posed by emerging Communication Technologies.

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Biography of Mr. Ernst Langmantel, Director of Technical Division
Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunication, Austria

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 issues.  

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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Biography of Mr. Rauno Granath, Director
New Growth Markets Networks, Nokia 

As director, New Growth Markets, Rauno Granath is responsible on Networks Business Group’s approach and solutions for growth markets, where high growth potential and lower than average consumer spending set new requirements for operator business models and the required solutions.

Rauno has extensive career in mobile telecommunications. He joined Nokia 1988 and has since held several key positions in R&D, operations and Sales & Marketing in Finland, UK and USA.

Rauno holds Bachelors degree in Engineering and MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

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Biography of Dr. Taylor Reynolds, Policy Analyst
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Taylor Reynolds works as a communication analyst and economist at the OECD where he monitors and analyzes trends in information and communication technology, policy and market structure, with a particular focus on broadband.  His recent research has focused on the growth of broadband worldwide, emerging wireless technologies and network neutrality.

Before joining the OECD, Taylor worked as a policy analyst for the International Telecommunication Union, as a consultant at the World Bank Group, and for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (United States).  Taylor holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of Utah (United States).  In addition, he has a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C. (United States).

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Biography of Ms. Phillippa Biggs, Economist
Strategy and Policy Unit, ITU

Phillippa Biggs is an Economist with the ITU’s Strategy and Policy Unit. She has worked for the United Nations for five years: firstly, as an Assistant Economic Affairs Officer with UNCTAD’s Science and Technology Group, and then as a consultant with UNIDO. She has worked on UNCTAD’s ICT Development Indices and UNIDO’s Competitive Industrial Performance Index. Most recently, she has worked as part of a team of economists drafting Egypt’s White Paper on Industrial Policy. She holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford, where she won the Oxford University Prize for the Best Overall Performance in her Masters degree.

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Biography of Dr. Chae-Sub Lee
ETRI, Republic of Korea

Chae Sub LEE has been working in the telecoms standardisation field for over 20 years. He has actively involved in regional standards in ASTAP, APT, TTA and CJK in the area of network standards. He has been involved in ITU-T standards development for the ISDN, GII, IP-based networks and NGN. He was mainly involved in Study Group XVIII (currently SG13) as a rapporteur on Architecture and Interworking areas. He is a vice-chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 and Chairman of WP2/13 on Architectural study. He also shared his role as Chairman of NGN Focus Group from June 2004 till November 2005. After a career of twenty years with KT as a senior researching engineer, he built a venture company called HiSPOT S.A. And he has been an invited researching staff to ETRI on International Standard acitivities.

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Biography of Mr. Russell Southwood, Chief Executive
Balancing Act, UK

Russell Southwood is the Chief Executive, Balancing Act, a consultancy and online publishing company specialising in telecoms and Internet in Africa. His most consultancy work has included: an assessment of the Pay-TV market in Africa; an appraisal of an investment in a wireless broadband operator; the implementation of an African Internet Exchange Point; an assessment of investment finance options for African telecoms and internet infrastructure; a study of telecommunications infrastructure and development initiatives and projects in Southern and East Africa and a study on Open Access models. He has recently researched VoIP markets in three African countries for a client seeking to enter those markets. He is the co-author of Balancing Act’s African VoIP Markets.

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Biography of Ms. Ilsa Godlovich, Head of Regulatory Affairs
European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Ilsa Godlovitch, Head of Regulatory Affairs, ECTA: Ms Godlovitch is responsible for developing and delivering on the regulatory and policy agenda at ECTA, the trade association representing 150 competitive (non-incumbent) operators across Europe. Prior to joining ECTA in June 2006, she was EU Affairs Director at Cable & Wireless and also represented C&W's international businesses in developing countries outside Europe during a period of widespread liberalisation in the sector. Whilst at Oftel (the UK Telecoms Regulator), Ms Godlovitch was responsible for European Affairs and negotiated for the UK Government on the current EU Framework for Communications. She was previously a technology journalist. She holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from London University.

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