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Candidate to the Post of Member of the RRB (Radio Regulations Board)
Shola TAYLOR, Nigeria

    Shola TAYLOR


Name Shola TAYLOR
Nationality Nigerian
Date of birth 22 January 1956
Marital status Married


Shola TAYLOR (Nigerian) is a current Member of the ITU Radio Regulations Board, having been elected by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in the year 2002. He successfully served as Chairman of the Board for the year 2005 and the Nigerian Government is sponsoring his candidature to seek for re-election to serve his second term.
Mr Taylor is a leading authority on telecommunications in Africa and has over 25 years of postgraduate professional experience in international telecommunications. During this period, he has developed an enviable network of professional associates within the global telecommunications industry and has become a particularly well known and widely respected figure in the international telecommunications community, particularly in Africa.

He has extensive experience in radiocommunication matters, having worked at Intelsat, Washington DC USA, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland, Inmarsat, London UK, and the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited.

One of his remarkable achievements during his service at the ITU as Project Director was the successful completion of the feasibility study for an African satellite system.

He also conceived and spearheaded the ITU SPACECOM project, which has now become the framework for the promotion of satellite communications technology in developing countries.

He has been appointed to a number of high level positions including:

  • Member of the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission

  • Member and Chairman of the ITU Radio Regulations Board

  • Coordinator, African Telecom Think Tank, a world-wide association of African professionals active in the telecom sector

  • Member of the NEPAD e-Africa Commission, a body set up by African Leaders to promote the development of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa.

  • Adviser, Minister of Communications, Nigeria

  • Adviser, Minister of Communications, South Africa

  • Adviser, Minister of Energy & Communications, Rwanda

He currently serves as CEO of Kemilinks International Ltd, Nigeria, a consultancy firm focused on the development of ICT in Africa.

His rich background and insight into ITU, particularly his experience as former Chairman of the ITU Radio Regulations Board, places him in a unique position to serve his second term as a Member of the Radio Regulations Board of the ITU.



  • Master of Science (MSc) Telecommunication Systems, University of Essex, UK

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) Electrical Engineering, University of East London, UK


  • 1979-1980 Communications Development Engineer,
    Ultra Electronic Communications Limited, UK.
    As a development engineer at Ultra Electronic Communications, he served as a Member of the engineering team responsible for the design and development of VHF transmitters. He proposed a number of design improvements, some of which were adopted to achieve optimum performance of VHF transmitters. He also carried out several tests to ensure that equipment that were to be deployed performed very efficiently.

  • 1981-1985 Senior Engineer, Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd, Nigeria
    As a telecommunication engineer at NITEL, he participated in many engineering projects, and more specifically, preparation of specifications for transmission systems - both terrestrial and satellite. He was a member of many teams that conducted the evaluation of bids for satellite communication earth stations as well as microwave transmission and switching systems. He was appointed by the Nigerian Minister of Communications as Secretary of the task force that reviewed the domestic satellite systems in Nigeria with a view to enhancing the system for more efficient use. He also prepared the system design for the first business satellite systems used in Nigeria. He also represented Nigeria at many international telecommunications meetings and Conferences.

  • 1985-1987 Technical Staff Member, INTELSAT, Washington DC, USA
    As a member of the intersystem coordination department at INTELSAT, he was mainly responsible for preparing various technical documentation required for ITU registration of Intelsat satellites. These included the Advance Publication Information and the Request for Coordination in preparation for filing of those systems. He also carried out some interference analysis to aid the Intelsat team responsible for coordination of planned Intelsat satellites with other satellite systems.

  • 1987-1994 Project Director, RASCOM, ITU, Geneva, Switzerland
    As Director for the Regional African Satellite Communication System (RASCOM) project, he was responsible for conducting the feasibility studies for a regional African satellite system at the ITU. He directed the activities of several international experts, consultants and over 600 national experts from 50 African countries that participated in the feasibility study, which remains to date, as the most comprehensive telecom study ever undertaken on the subject of African telecommunications. During the study, he liaised extensively with the then International Frequency Radio Board (IFRB) of the ITU, as well as all the CEOs of the major private regional and international satellite systems, namely Arabsat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Intersputnik, and PanAmSat.

    After successful completion of the RASCOM study, he was appointed the Coordinator, for the worldwide ITU SPACECOM project, an initiative which he conceived and designed to assist developing countries to maximize the potential of satellite communications technology in the expansion of their telecommunications infrastructure. He was responsible for designing the framework for the project and succeeded in obtaining substantial private sector support for its implementation.

  • 1994-1999 Regional Director for Africa, Inmarsat Ltd, UK.
    During his 5 year term at Inmarsat, he was responsible for promoting and developing the Inmarsat business in Africa. He assisted Inmarsat in formulating proposals to ITU World Radio Conferences and implemented many Inmarsat projects in Africa. He was very active in assisting many African countries in adopting policy and regulatory frameworks designed to accelerate the development of their communications infrastructure.

  • 1999 - to date CEO, Kemilinks International Ltd, Nigeria
    Since 1999 to date, he has directed the consultancy services of Kemilinks International in the areas of policy and regulations in the information and communication technology sector in Africa. He also established branches of the consultancy firm in South Africa and the UK.

    In parallel, he has represented Nigeria at a number of international telecommunication meetings and Conferences.






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