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Dr A. Reza Jafari

  • Dr A. Reza Jafari
  • Chairman ITU Telecom Board and Chairman & CEO
  • e-Development International
  • United States
  • Panel Session
  • FO : Forum Opening Conversation
  • R. Jubilee Ballroom
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:30 - 11:45
  • Chairman


Mr. Jafari is the Chairman and CEO of e-Development International. Based in Maryland, USA, e-Development International is an Executive Coaching and executive advisory group that promotes, facilitates and participates in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives for Social Entrepreneurships and Change, Transformational Leadership and Turnarounds, Educational Systems, Connected Healthcare and Public-Private Partnerships worldwide.

Mr. Jafari is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITU TELECOM (a UN Agency); a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development; a member of the Board of the India, China and America Institute (ICAI); a founding Board member of National Sailing Hall of Fame; a member of the Governor’s Council for International Business, Maryland; A State Commissioner of Economic Development Commission of Maryland; the Chairman of Annapolis Economic Development Corporation and has served as a board member of GSMA Ltd (Global mobile industry Association); and a Board member of the International Digital Health Initiative.

Mr. Jafari has spent 35 years in the IT services, competitive telecoms and mobile, media and entertainment, education and Health-IT industries. His portfolio of business relationships and interests include advising senior executives of established and start-up companies and organizations in wireless, mobile health, mobile value added services, satellite communications, cyber security, Broadband, Social Networking, digital innovations and IT services, private equity and venture capital. He is an independent Director on the Board of Directors of two public companies: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.(TSYS) and TMNG.

Mr. Jafari served as the Chairman and Managing Director of NeuStar International in Sterling, VA (2005 - 2008) and as the Chairman and CEO of The Omega Partners in Atlanta, GA (2002-2005). From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Jafari held various senior executive positions at Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS, now an HP Company) including Group President of EDS – Global Communications, Media and Entertainment Industry Group (Responsible for $1.3 billion annual revenue) ; Managing Director of the Communications and Media Industry Group for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA based in Germany responsible for $250 million annual revenue) and Managing Principal of Communications Consulting Group.

Mr. Jafari’s career also includes seven years as the Founder, President and CEO of Satellite Conference Network, New York City. He is the recipient of several awards for Innovation from the International TeleConferencing Association and the Council for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Education. Mr. Jafari is a frequent speaker on innovation, mobile industry, social networking, transformational leadership and the role of technology and ICT, mobile technology and Broadband for economic development and improving the access to and quality of healthcare and education.

Mr. Jafari received his MBA (Master of Business Administration) in International Business in 1976, (Ed. S) Post graduate in 1980 and his ABD (PhD) in Instructional Systems Technology in 1981 from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.