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 Workshop on Telecommunications for Disaster Relief
 Geneva, 17-19 February 2003 Contact: 

CVs of speakers

Mr. Azfar ASLAM
Mr. Azfar Aslam is a Systems and Standards engineer at Lucent Technologies, UK, and has several years of experience in Switching, Signalling and VoIP technologies. Azfar is currently leading an ETSI Specialist Task Force dedicated to develop standards related to Emergency Telecommunications Services.

Ms. Alice Bernard Sessa spent 5 years as a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy between 1994 and 1998. The general theme of the projects she was involved in was the improvement of the automatic classification of satellite images using neural network programs. She was awarded a PhD in Remote Sensing by the University of Durham, UK in 1999. Although interested by the technical aspects of her work, the human dimension was lacking. Télécoms Sans Frontières brings this human dimension to her work through its emergency and longer term development missions. She has been with TSF since May 2002.

Dr. Ian Brown has been working in networking and security for the last seven years, and has recently been concentrating on emergency communications over packet-switched networks. He has also consulted for JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. His other research interests include active networks, telecommunications policy and piste bashing.

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Dr. Ken Carlberg has been involved in the design and development of data communication networks since 1985, and has been participating in IP related communications since 1990. He is currently a consultant to SAIC and has been involved with the evolution of U.S. Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS). He has also briefed Oftel and the Cabinet Office of the U.K. on emergency communications while a research fellow at University College London. He is currently taking time off to write a book on Preferential Emergency Communications with co-authors Ian Brown, James Polk, and Robert Desourdis.

Mr. Stephen FAZIO
Mr. Stephen Fazio is the Chief Global Telecommunications Officer for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). He has overall responsibility for UNICEF's telecommunications (Voice and Data) network including Wireless and Emergency Telecoms. He is also a member of the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) and the Inter-Agency Telecommunications Advisory Group.

Mr. Fazio is currently based at UNICEF headquarters in New York City. He has been with UNICEF for over 13 years, with over 7 years of field experience covering most of the countries in West and Central Africa.

Prior to UNICEF, Mr. Fazio has also worked in the field for a Non-Governmental Organization and other United Nations Agencies. He is an American national and has an academic background in Business Management.

Mr. Hal Folts is a Senior Systems Engineer for the Emergency Telecommunications Service in the Technology and Programs Division of the National Communications System. He is on assignment to the NCS from NASA where he previously served as Manager of Distributes Systems and Networks for the Earth Observing System.

Over his 40-year career, Hal has been involved in the design and implementation of a wide variety of telecommunication facilities. He has also actively participated in many prominent industry standards development efforts including V.10/11, X.21, X.25, ISDN, OSI, and TMN.

He is now leading the national and international standards development initiatives for the next generation of emergency telecommunication services for to support recovery operations from serious natural and man-made disasters. Hal currently serves as Rapporteur for the Study Group 16 Question on Telecom for Disaster Relief and as Editor in Study Group 4 for Recommendation M.ets.

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Mr. Stuart GOLDMAN
AG Communication Systems (a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced telecommunication products and service, including intelligent networks, access products, and the GTD-5 EAX digital switching system.

Stuart Goldman is an Engineering Fellow with AG Communication Systems in Phoenix. In this role his 30 years of telephony experience can be drawn upon by all of AGCS’s growing product line development units. Stuart has been awarded ten patents in telecommunication and other technical areas.

Since joining the company in 1986, he has developed system requirements for the GTD-5 EAX Central Office and Switching System and other platforms. Prior to joining AG Communication Systems, he was employed for 15 years with ITT in switching and cellular products development.

Stuart is the Chair of ATIS T1S1.3 (Signaling System 7 (SS7) Protocol. He is the Co-moderator of the ATIS Network Interconnection Interoperability Forum (NIIF).

Mr. Wolfgang HEIDRICH
Since 1995 Wolfgang Heidrich has held the position of a Director at Germany's Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (formerly the Federal Office for Posts and Telecommunications), responsible for Technical Regulation issues and Standardization. The impact of new technologies with today’s regulatory regime and the consequences of the convergence of networks and services in order to ensure that public interest issues are supported by all public communications networks occupy most of his time.

Wolfgang Heidrich graduated from Darmstadt Technical University, Germany in 1968 with an electronics engineering degree (specializing in communications and electromagnetic compatibility).

From 1969 to 1995 he held a series of posts at Deutsche Bundespost's Telecommunication Engineering Centre (FTZ) as Head of Section for security in telecommunications, interactive videotex, data communication services, and office communication. In 1989 and 1990 he spent twelve months at France Télécom working on the Télétel project.

Wolfgang Heidrich has actively participated since 1980 in international meetings within the CEPT, the CCITT/ITU, ETSI and bodies of the EU Commission. Since July 1996 he has been elected a member of the ETSI Board and is chairman of the Administrations Interest Group (AIG) and the EMTEL co-ordination group (OCG-EMTEL).

Mr. Les Homan has been involved in the industry for 40 years. Experiencing a range of services and techniques from telegrams, through stored programme controlled switching to IP and mobile satellite systems.

For about 20 years has been involved in ITU activities mainly in the service and operational aspects as covered by the current ITU-T Study Group 2 and the former Study Group 1.

Is currently the Rapporteur for Question 3 of Study Group 2 that has within its mandate the responsibility for service definition and therefore the operational and Service Requirements for TDR.

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Colin Langtry was appointed Counsellor for Radiocommunication Study Group 8 in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in November 2000. In this capacity, he provides secretariat and technical support for activities within the ITU-R addressing mobile, radiodetermination, amateur and related satellite services, including IMT-2000 and systems beyond.

His prior experience includes responsibility for the Text Editing and Publications Division of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau and, before joining the ITU, planning for the introduction of fixed and mobile radiocommunication services in the Australian government Spectrum Management Agency.

He has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in radiocommunications, from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Walter LEGRAND
Mr. Walter LEGRAND is presently working in EADS TELECOM, in Paris, where he is Manager of Europe and NATO standardization. He is Raporteur in ETSI, ITU and TIA of different EMTEL and PPDR documents, and chairman of the TETRAPOL forum Technical Working Group. Before he worked for Satellite networks in Alcatel and for GSM networks, in France and UK, in Orange, as System and Security Integration manager.

Mr. Jean-Paul LUCOT
Jean-Paul Lucot is a senior telecom engineer with the Field Support and Telecommunications unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva. This unit provides and organises IT & Telecom support and deployment of solutions for the operations of the International Federation. Jean-Paul Lucot has participated in the field and in Geneva on various large scale disaster response operations of the Federation. His current job focuses on Disaster Preparedness, information sharing and project management in the IT & Telecom field. He joined the Federation in 1989 after 15 years as a volunteer in the relief units of the French Red Cross, specialising in telecommunications. He graduated with a diploma from the « Ecole Française de Radio, d'Electronique et d'Informatique » engineer school in Paris and went on to do a postgraduate degree in management from the « Institut Superieure de Gestion » from the same city. He is also an active radio amateur in the Geneva radio club.

Ms. Catherine MULLIGAN
Ms. Catherine Mulligan is a Solution Designer working for Ericsson in Stockholm. Currently working within the Service Network and Applications group, she currently works with the design of multimedia networks.

Catherine is also an Ericsson Response Volunteer due to her passion for providing technology that can help people. Within this programme, she is the project manager for WIDER and a coach for students at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Business Information Technology at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Present position at Ericsson: Director Ericsson Response

Position description
  • Responsible for disaster response management and Partnership with the United Nations and International Red Cross (IFRC)
  • Promote and develop partnership through the Ericsson Response program with key customers and partners.

Previous Positions in Ericsson
  • Improvement Manager, GSM Supply and Implementation
  • Manager for GSM Customer Project Management and Logistics, South East Asia and Middle East

Experience of special interest

13 years experience with international organizations (plus 7 years with Ericsson)
9 years of emergency relief experience with UN organizations and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Provided GSM network for relief organizations in Kabul Afghanistan
Support to recent disasters in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Algeria, El Salvador, Peru

Roll out of GSM networks in Asia

Father to the Income tax system in Costa Rica

Mr. Jacques PANCHARD
Jacques Panchard is a Communication Systems engineer who graduated from EPFL in 1995. Working in 1997-98 on the Advanced Rural Telephone System (ARTS), a wireless ad hoc network especially designed for rural areas in developing countries, he first became aware of the issues related to the use of telecommunication in the Least Advanced Countries and in crisis contexts. He worked during three years in California designing and developing enterprise communication systems, and two years in a Geneva-based company developing strategic web-based applications. He then travelled throughout India, and worked for 3 months in Varanasi as a volunteer in a relief organisation. He is currently developing media projects for Media Action International and by bringing together his technological background with a team of media and humanitarian experts collaborating with Media Action International, he can help bridge the gap existing between social, media and "hard" sciences.

Sr. Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco Networkers™ creator and presenter of "Voice and Video over IP Signaling and Control Protocol Strategy" technical breakout sessions throughout world each year. This covers: SIP, MGCP, H.323, MEGACO/H.248, SS7, ISUP and SCCP (Skinny) Protocols.

Emphasis efforts on Emergency/Priority Services (e911, 9/11 and US DoD/NATO Military Networking) and Geo-location (Geo-location Reference Systems incorporation into IETF Protocols for transport).

Author of IETF Internet Drafts involving the SIP, SIPPING, IEPREP, GEOPRIV and DHC Working Groups - all to the above objectives.

Co-author of Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) Standard: "TIA-811 - VoIP Telephone Terminal Equipment"

Co-author of book: "Preferential Emergency Communications: from Telecommunications to the Internet", available ~summer 2003 from Kluwer Publishing

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Mr. Jan Skora is currently Director General of the Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch of Industry Canada. His responsibilities include among other things, licensing, regulatory policy, spectrum auctions, spectrum management operations, regional relationships and broadcast certification.

Mr. Skora is a graduate of Carleton University in electrical engineering. His work experience as a public servant includes regional experience with the telecom and broadcasting regulator, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, and the Department of Communications. In 1990 Mr. Skora was named the Director of Regulatory Policy and Planning in Ottawa. He was appointed to his current position in Industry Canada in 1995.

He is accountable for ensuring that a wide range of diverse telecommunications services operate harmoniously and economically within the limited available radio frequency spectrum, that radio frequencies are assigned fairly and appropriately, and that interference between civil and military telecom systems and between Canadian and foreign radiocommunication stations is minimized.

In carrying out his duties he must give due consideration to a multitude of factors such as inter-governmental, federal-provincial relations and fiscal capacities, substantial elements of risk and uncertainty associated with program implementation and private sector investment.

Mr. Gary THOM
Mr. Gary Thom is currently the President of Delta Information Systems, inc. with responsibility for the overall operation of the corporation, which consists of three business units: Digital Video Group, GDP Space Systems, and Protocol Test Solutions. These business units produce video codecs for broadcast, law enforcement, military and intelligent transportation applications; aerospace telemetry products for satellite communications and flight test applications; and protocol test equipment for the video conferencing and voice over IP markets.

While at Delta, Mr. Thom has participated in the work of the ITU-T Study Group 16. He was the original Editor for Recommendation H.323 and held the position of Rapporteur for Question 14/16 Common Protocols. Currently, Mr. Thom is the Editor for Recommendation H.460.4 Call Priority Designation for H.323.

Mr. Thom has published several papers and teaches seminars on various subjects including the H.323 Protocol and Video Compression.

Mr. David Thompson joined the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in 1999 as part of the Technical and Regulatory Affairs Department. In his current position, David manages the Global Standards and Technology Department, reporting to the Sr. VP of Standards and Special Projects. Responsibilities include coverage of the ITU-T and ITU-R; involvement in technical aspects of CITEL PCC.I and PCC.II; TIA alternate Council Member to the FCC chartered North American Numbering Council; coordinator for the Public Safety Partnership Project MESA, between TIA and ETSI; Coordinator of emergency telecommunications and Critical Infrastructure Protection/Homeland Security issues; and other activities important to the association and its members. David holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications (1999) and a Bachelor's in Multimedia Production (1997) from George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia), in addition to other technology and engineering related certifications.

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Mr. Henk W. de VRIES
Mr. Henk W. de Vries is 59 years old and has an extensive experience (more than 40 years) in the field of electronic communications and postal services at operational and subsequently at policy level in both national and international environments and both civil as well as military. Since 1 January 1999 he is elected Chairman of the NATO Civil Communications Planning Committee (CCPC).

Mr. De Vries is educated at Secondary High School level regarding Exportation Trade; Telecommunications and Electronics - MBA level -; Management (as well as trade and industry as general public management) - MBA level - ; a number of post academic courses at the Delft and Erasmus Universities in the Netherlands.

From 1987 till 1999 he was Head Security Policy Affairs Telecommunications and Post in the Netherlands. In this position he was responsible for the national and international security policy in the field of telecommunications and postal services in the Netherlands.

From 1985 till 1987 he was directly involved in the privatization of the Netherlands PTT (responsible for security areas) and subsequently building up of the governmental telecommunications and postal administration.

Mr. Arthur WEBSTER
Mr. Arthur Webster received his MSEE from the University of New Mexico in 1987. His work includes signal and image processing in such areas as radar, gyroscope testing, laser speckle imaging, IP networking, and video quality.

Since 1990 he has worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) at their Boulder Laboratories. He is currently active in National and International Standards activities pertaining to Emergency Telecommunications and Multimedia Performance Assessment.

He serves as Co-Chair of the ITU Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG), as Rapporteur of Q21/9 in the ITU-T, and as editor of ETS-related Technical Reports in Committee T1’s Technical Subcommittee T1A1.

Hans Zimmermann is Senior Officer in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He is responsible for the co-ordination of international humanitarian assistance and for the implementation of the mandate of the Operational Coordinator under the "Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations". He is in charge of the secretariat of the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET) and convenor of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's Reference Group on ICT, and he regularly represents the United Nations and the humanitarian community in ITU fora and other major international conferences. Mr. Zimmermann frequently writes for publications on humanitarian affairs and on regulatory aspects of telecommunications, and chaired the editorial board for the ITU-D "Handbook on Disaster Communications for Developing Countries" published in June 2000.

Mr. Zimmermann's earlier assignments included long-term posts in Lebanon, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Liberia, and assessment and evaluation missions in Somalia, Namibia, Pakistan, Nepal, the Balkan Region and in other countries affected by natural disasters or complex emergencies. Mr. Zimmermann is a trustee of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), and member of the Pacific Telecommunication Council (PTC) and other international and regional institutions. He is a Swiss national, and his academic background is in political science. He can be reached at and

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