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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Biographies of Moderators, Presenters and Panelists

​Opening ceremony

​​​​​​H.E. Yasser ElKady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Egypt


Yasser Elkady was appointed the Minister of Communications and Information Technology on 19 September 2015 in Sherif Ismail’s cabinet. Elkady has been in the IT and Telecom industry for over 25 years with solid experience in strategic planning, technology integration, business development and organizational transformation.
Throughout his career, Elkady spearheaded a number of national developmental initiatives. As a First Deputy to the Minister of Investment, he led Egypt Investment promotion efforts and supervised strategic investment projects. He also contributed to developing the national ICT and innovation strategy, as a board member of ITIDA, and a member of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Advisory Board..
In January 2014, Elkady held the position of the Regional Director for HP Networking in the Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA) Region and the Managing Director for HP Egypt. From October 2010 to January 2014, he was the CEO of the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) leading its efforts to develop the IT industry in Egypt, achieving export revenue of USD 1.4 billion and maintaining healthy growth margins for local IT vendors in the economic downturn following the revolution.  
Before joining the government, Elkady led several notable, highly successful enterprises through periods of significant growth. He established and grew the business of Cisco Systems in Egypt and the Middle East region. He served as General Manager for Egypt where he built it from the ground up and designed a strategy to align Cisco Systems with the Egyptian government’s vision for CIT development. He then took over the region becoming the General Manager for North Africa and the Levant. His role at Cisco Systems not only achieved revenue growth and expansion, but was instrumental in building relationships with the regional governments to enhance IT skills and develop talent. He managed to establish Orascom IIS as the first communication supplier in Egypt, and led Jeraisy Co. to double its market share in a year time.
ElKady holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and Data Communications Engineering from Cairo University. He also received a Degree in Computer Design from California, USA.​

Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ​International Telecommunication Union

Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU at the Busan Plenipotentiary Conference in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015​.
Prior to his election, he served two terms of office as ITU Deputy Secretary-General (2007-2014), as well as two terms as elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1999-2006).​
He is committed to further streamlining ITU's efficiency, to strengthening its membership base through greater involvement of the academic community and of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and to broadening multistakeholder participation in ITU's work.
He is married with one son and two grandchildren.​
BDT_DIR_Brahima_Sanou.JPG Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU         
Mr Brahima Sanou has been Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) since January 2011. Mr Sanou was elected, on 24 October 2014, to a second four-year term.
He draws on over thirty years of experience in the ICT sector at national and international level. 
A national of Burkina Faso, Mr Sanou is committed to promoting ICT as a major driving force for sustainable socio-economic development, in particular in least developed countries, remote and rural regions and amongst persons with special needs. His focus is on sharing knowledge and coordinated resources through multi-stakeholder, cross-sector platforms such as the m-Powering Development Initiative, the Smart Sustainable Development Model initiative and the ITU Academy.



Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed, Executive President, National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, Egypt


Leadership debate:

Kemal_Huseinovic.jpg Mr​ Kemal Huseinovic, Chief Department of Infrastructure Enabling Environment and E-Applications, ITU/BDT

​Mr Kemal Huseinovic is the Chief ​of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT).  His Department is promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment. This includes the provision of guidelines and tools for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, financing policies and strategies, development of telecommunication and IP-based networks, promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, and the use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. It covers also the promotion of access and use of telecommunications and ICTs for groups that have been marginalized in their access to current mainstream ICT services, including women, youth, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people living in remote communities.
​​​Before joining ITU in 2014, Mr Huseinovic was  Director General of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds two Master Degrees and a PhD on “Competition Enlargement through Establishment and Development of Regulatory Authorities of Communication Market”.​​​
Ms Kathleen Riviere-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), Bahamas
​Mrs. Kathleen Riviere-Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), with effect from April 2, 2012.
A Certified Public Accountant, Mrs. Smith joined the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which preceded URCA, as a Financial Analyst, in 2000. In January 2011, she was appointed Director of Policy and Regulation. Her appointment as URCA CEO is for a term of five years.​​
 Mr Serge Essongue, Executive Secretary, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), Gabon 

​​Dr Ibrahim Sarhan, Chairman & Managing Director, e-finance, Egypt

Ibrahim Sarhan is the Chairman & Managing Director of e-finance. He enjoys an extensive expertise of about 30 years. He held a multi positions at ICL, Triangle, Raya Integrated before establishing e-finance on 2005.
Throughout the 13 years he spent at ICL, Sarhan held the positions of Sales Director and Large Customers’ Sales Manager where he was responsible for laying out the Large Customers’ Sales Plans and Forecasting.
In the year 1994, Sarhan held the position of Sales & Marketing Manager at Triangle, a specialized company in Trade & Engineering, where he was responsible for initiating and implementing the main strategies for Customers in the field of Education and Manufacturing.
Five years later, Sarhan moved to Raya Integration as the Managing Director where he was able to enhance/develop his leading skills in the field of manufacturing before joining e-finance.
Throughout his career, Sarhan joined a number of Community Service/Board Membership such as American Chamber of Commerce and Software Industry Chamber, Federation of Egyptian Industries.
Sarhan hold a major from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University, 1978 then continued with his High Studies and obtained a number of certificates amongst which is the Senior Executive Management Program Diploma from Harvard University in 2001.

Eng. Tamer Abdel Aziz Shehata Gadalla, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt

Till March 2016 Tamer Gadalla was appointed as vice president, Enterprise Commercial Officer at TE group, since 15th of August 2008 Tamer Gadalla was appointed as Managing Director of TE Data. He joined TE Data back in February 2004 as Enterprise Department Manager of TE Data till October 2005 where he resided as Commercial Director. Previously, he was General Manager of MenaNet Communication from 1999 to 2004, SAE a local ISP in Egypt. Tamer has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Executive Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing.
He holds a B.Sc. in Communications Engineering from Cairo University and a Master Degree in Management (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management (MSM-RVB).


​​Session 1:​​​ A changing regulatory landscape: Collaborative regulation – how to pave the road towards adoption of IoT, M2M?

Dr Amr Badawi, Board Member, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Egypt

Dr. Amr Badawi, First Deputy to the Minister of Finance for institutional development since 2014. He was Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt from 2006 - 2013 bringing together four critical understandings to Egypt’s telecommunication sector: 1) in-depth understanding of the status and opportunities of ICT in Egypt, 2) a thorough understanding of Multinationals culture and the in-house alliance critical for the assembly of needed resources, 3) an appreciation of the context within which the Egyptian Government has prioritized ICT within its many initiatives in Egypt, and 4) a deep understanding of the educational system in Egypt.
As Egypt’s regulator, Dr. Amr Badawi was responsible for administering the telecommunication sector, considering transparency, open competition, universal service and protection of users’ rights, thereby encouraging national and international investment.
Prior to his position at NTRA, he served as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, where he was responsible for the very successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) for the incumbent Operator (Telecom Egypt),also the development of Egypt’s telecommunications sector policy and in providing support to all the telecommunications entities such as the ISPs, vendors, etc…
Dr. Badawi joined MCIT after nine-year tenure with GTE and General Dynamics.
There, he acted as Program Manager and in several other technical positions in support of the telecommunication sector support and the ICT programs in Egypt.
Prior to his tenure at GTE he founded Telecomp International in Egypt in 1990, where he was a telecommunication consultant for several government and private entities.
Dr Badawi started his career in the telecommunication field as a development and systems engineer at Aydin Systems, California from 1984 to 1987.
He is currently on leave from Cairo University where he is a faculty member of the Electronics and Communications department
He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California in 1986 and obtained both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Cairo University in 1979 and 1977.
Dr. Badawi is one of the few members in the world in the Regulatory Advisory Body of the Wireless Innovation Forum.

Ms Sofie Maddens, Head Regulatory and Market Environment Divition, ITU/BDT, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on a Regulatory perspective on fifth generation collaborative regulation

Sofie Maddens is the Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the ITU BDT.  Lawyer by training, Sofie Maddens has worked as Regulatory and Policy Expert in the telecommunications/ICT sector in international and multi-cultural environments, including in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the Americas, Europe and Africa.  She has managed complex private sector, government, and regional and international projects and grants for national governments and their National Regulatory Authorities, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Telecommunications Development Bureau of the ITU as well as for a wide variety of private telecommunications, consulting and financial sector clients.  Her scope of expertise has focused in particular on the information and communications sectors, the postal sector as well as the information society (including Internet policy and governance, e-commerce, privacy, cybercrime and cyber security).

Mr Harinderpal Singh Grewal, Cluster Director (Resource & Interconnection Management), InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore
Harin manages a cluster of divisions in IDA’s Policy and Competition Development Group which are involved with technical regulation, namely “Resource Management & Standards” and “Interconnection & Access”.
As part of the resource management portfolio, Harin leads a team that manages and coordinates the planning, allocation and assignment of frequencies, the national numbering plan as well as telecommunication standards.
Harin is also concurrently the Director of Interconnection and Access, where his team formulates and implements policies relating to economic and technical regulation, as well as access to buildings and facilities for use by telecommunication service providers.
Prior to this, Harin headed the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) programme office at IDA. During his tenure, his team successfully conceptualised and awarded the Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to appoint the Network Company (NetCo) and Operating Company (OpCo) of Singapore’s Next Gen NBN. The Next Gen NBN is globally unique as its open-access model has been designed through a combination of structural and operational separation requirements set out by IDA.
In his 28 years at IDA, Harin has also led functions as diverse as Manpower Development and Wireless Mobility as well as being involved in Networking R&D for the first 8 years of his career.
Harin is an Electrical Engineer by training. His specialisations are in Wireless Telecommunications and Telecommunications Policy.
Mr René Dönni Kuoni, Vice-Director, Office Fédéral de la Communication (OFCOM), Switzerland

René Dönni Kuoni holds the position of Director and Co-leader of the Telecom Services Division at the Swiss Federal Office for Communications (OFCOM Switzerland). He joined office in 1995 and was involved in preparing the telecommunications market opening in Switzerland as of 1.1.1998. He also took part in the Negotiating Group on Basic Telecommunications  within the framework of the General Agreement on Trade in Service (WTO GATS). 
Between 1997 and 2002, he was project manager for tenders of mobile licenses and head of Mobile and Satellite communications within OFCOM Switzerland. From 2002 until 2013, he was the leader of economics and statistics of OFCOM Switzerland and dealt with market access issues and economic analyses, both nationally and in an international context. René Dönni Kuoni holds academic degrees in Economics as well as in Electrical Engineering.    ​

M​r Giacomo Mazzone, Head of Institutional Relations, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Qualifications: Manager of the Public Service Broadcasting and Media with 30 years’ experience in the news, sport and international relations sectors. Trained as a journalist, with a great deal of experience in international companies and organizations (RAI, Euronews, Eurosport, and since 2002, at EBU European Broadcasting Union member of the WBU World Broadcasting Union). He has worked for all traditional media (press, radio, general interest TV) but also in new media (all-news channels, Internet portals). Expert in European and multilateral negotiations, has been chosen to represent Italian government in the UNESCO at the negotiations for the Cultural Diversity convention.
At European Broadcasting Union currently is Head of Institutional Relations and of Members Relations South. (January 2011 - current ) in charge of follow-up with members of the MENA region (Algeria, Marocco, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon) and of the Northern shore of Mediterranean Sea (Italy, France, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and so on).
In this vest has been head of the project of assistance to the Tunisian National Broadcaster during the first multipartite elections (2011) and head of the special assistance projects for the other countries in the region (Libya, Egypt, etc.) in charge of the relations with the United Nations system (ITU, UNESCO, IGF, UNCTAD, etc.) and with the Council of Europe.
In the world of Internet Governance he has represented EBU at Geneva WSIS 2003, at Tunis 2005, and since then has been media partner of the IGF since its inception in Athens.
Founder member of the EuroDIG in 2008, is currently MAG (member of the advisory group of the IGF) under appointment of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as representative of the media sector.
Since 2013 he is also representative of WBU (World Broadcasting Union) into the GAC of ICANN. 

​Session 2: ​Digital Financial Inclusion – how to include the unbanked and unconnected
in today’s smart society?

Mr Jean Louis Beh Mengue General Manager, Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon

Duty posts:

Since 1999, Mr Beh Mengue is the General Manager of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board.

1992 – 1999: Secretary General at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

1990-   1992: Secretary General at The Ministry of Animal Branding, Livestock and Fishries.

1989 – 1990: Director of Mails at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon.

From 1974 – 1979: Lecturer at the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT), Yaounde.

Jean Louis Beh Mengue is holder of:

1969: Baccalauréat scientifique, série D (GCA Advanced level in science).

1974: Diploma – Inspector ofPosts and telecommunications, National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT) – Yaounde

1982: Diploma – Administrator of Posts and Telecommunications, National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT) – Paris

International Organisations:

2005: Member of Executive Committee (Exco) – CTO

2005: Representative of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications at the Central African Customs and Economic Union (CACEU), Conference of Central African Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CAPTAC), Conference of Central African Posts and Telecommunication (COPTAC)

2004 -2005: First Chairman  – ARTAC (Association of Central African Telecommunications Regulators)

2001: Permanent representative ofCameroon in CTO Council Training:

2003: IPPP ( Institute for Public Private Partnership), Georgetown, Washington DC

2000: TEMIC (Telecommunications Executive’s Management In~t’itatiotUir Course) CANADA

1999: JlCA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) – Japan

1977: Belgium posts management – Brussels, Belgium

1975: PMC (Postal Management College), Great Britain


 ​H.E. Mr Al-Ansari Almashakbeh, Vice-Chairman and Board Member, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Jordan

Appointed as a member of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Jordan (TRC) board of Commissioners in September 2011 and appointed as a Vice-chairman in September 2015.

His experience extends to over 20 years of practical specialized experience in the various fields of ICT and its aspects of regulations (legal, economic /commercial and technical) and technology issues. His specialty focuses on the fields concerning the regulation of access and interconnection, numbering, licensing, and technical and technological studies, consumer protection, in addition to his experience in regulating the postal sector.

He joined the TRC in 1996, and served during his service in a number of leading managerial positions , the latest being in 2005 as Director of the Regulatory Department, whereas he has provided advice to the CEO of the TRC on all regulatory and licensing matters and recommend the necessary course of actions.

Throughout his career, he took over a variety of tasks, notably:

• Participated in the various activities, accompanied the foundation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in Jordan, concerning the licensing of new services and adopting the necessary regulatory frameworks for the work of the Commission at that stage;
• Participated in the development of the regulatory framework to promote the entry of the private sector in telecommunications sector;
• Management of a number of important projects within TRC such as, the preparation of the new regulatory framework for interconnection and its application, and the revision and implementation of National Numbering Plan;
• Chaired a number of specialized working committees relating to TRC’s work;
• Participated in the projects of liberalizing the telecom sector and the implementation of the new integrated licensing regime;

As a TRC representative, he participated in various committees assigned with drafting a number of draft laws, bylaws and regulations related to the ICT and Postal sectors, as well represented Jordan in several ITU meetings; specifically he had participated effectively in the following ITU meetings:
• Head of Jordan delegation for WTDC 2014.
• Head of Jordan delegation for WCIT 2011.
• Head of Jordan delegation for WTSA 2011.
• Head of Jordan delegation for ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010.
• Member of Jordan delegation for WTDC-10;
• Member of Jordan delegation for WTDC-06.

Eng. Al-Mashakbeh holds a Masters Degree in Digital Communication Systems & Technology from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2002. He also obtained a specialized certificate in telecommunications regulation in 1998 from City University, UK.      ​​

Mr Hemant Baijal, Vice-President, Mastercard

Mr. Hemant Baijal is Vice President, Global Public Policy at MasterCard. In this role he provides support to MasterCard business units and country operations on community outreach, public policy and advocacy issues related to payment systems development and financial inclusion. He also manages public policy relationships with key international organizations such as the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, IMF, World Bank, United Nations, G20, ITU, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Economic Forum, and others.
Prior to joining the MasterCard public policy team he was a Senior Payment Systems Specialist in the Payment Systems Development Group of the World Bank where he provided technical expertise and advice to various governments and international bodies on payment systems policy and payments infrastructure design. He was responsible for leading the development of the General Guidelines for Government Payment Programs. Additionally, he also contributed to the development of the World Bank’s mobile payments policy framework and Retail Payments Policy Package which includes technical advice to governments on addressing policy and payments infrastructure constraints in retail payments. While at the World Bank he contributed a chapter on Innovation in Retail Payments in a major publication on payment systems and risk management for regulators – Payment Systems: Design, Governance and Oversight.
Before joining the World Bank, he worked on prepaid and commercial programs catering to public sector and corporate clients at MasterCard, Citi and JP Morgan.
He has a Masters in Economics from George Mason University in Virginia.

Dr Safa Nassereldin, Chairperson, FTTH Council MENA
Dr. Safa Nassereldin is the Chairwoman and board member of the FTTH Council MENA since January 2016, representing Moseco Group whose operations are in Saudi, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, and the UAE. 
She was the First Female Minister for ICT (MTIT) in Palestine (May 2012 - June 2014) and since June 2014 she is the Vice President for Al-Quds University. Before that, she was Advisor and Technical Assistant to the Minister for three years as well as E-gov General Coordinator and team leader for the National Team for Systems and Information Security (NTSIS). She lead the effort of preparing the National ICT strategy 2011-2013, the e-government Policy document and roadmap for 2012-2014 in cooperation with OECD. As leader for NTSIS, prepared a national Policy for Information security and prepared the terms of reference for creating the Palestine Cybersecurity emergency team. She helped in drafting MOUs for government and academic networks as well as drafting the e-transaction law. 
Dr. Nassereldin worked in the academia both in Palestine and France. She is an active member in the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence, 2013-now, BOD and Head of incubation and motivation committee, member of BOD and projects evaluator for Palestinian Incubator for Energy, 2014-now. 
Dr. Nassereldin graduated from Schmidt’s Girls College (German School). She has Bachelors in Electronic Engineering from Al-Quds University with Deans Honors list, Master degree in Signal and Image Processing from ENSEEIHT and Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from ENSEIRB, Bordeaux I University in France, 2003.  She has many certificates from Microsoft for Networking as system engineer as well as for Windows and Web Application development. She also participated in training for Proposal writing and Fund raising as well as Business and Management Tools and Innovation.​
​​​Mr Thierry Millet, Director, financial and mobile services, Orange Mobile Money 

Thierry Millet is Senior Vice President for Orange Money, Mobile Payments and Contactless. He is in charge of the development of Orange Money in the Orange MEA zone and in Europe, and of Orange Cash, the Contactless payment solution in France and in Spain. He will also ensure the development of new offers in the field of payment, international money transfer and contactless services.
Before assuming responsibility for this area, Thierry played a vital role in making Orange Romania the country’s Number One operator. As its Chief Executive Officer he extended the leadership, he improved and secured the Company’s cash generating profile despite the worst economic crisis in Romania’s history. 
Thierry also previously headed up the Commercial operations of Orange Romania as Chief Commercial Officer for over 3 years. During that time, he was responsible with customer service, marketing and sales for consumer and enterprise customers. As CCO, Thierry achieved the milestone of reaching 10 million customers in March 2008, launched 3G services and delivered growth of yearly revenues from 800-M euros to over 1.3 Bn. Thierry's career with Orange spans over twenty years, and he has held a variety of international senior roles, such as Regional Director Sales Unit-„Pays de la Loire", Chief Information Officer of Intelig Brazil, Sales and Distribution Methods Director Mass Market Division.​

Mr Ahmed A. Faragallah, Head of Payment Systems Department, Central Bank of Egypt

• Masters of Business Administration from Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA. 
• BSc., Faculty of Engineering –Computers and Systems Department, Ain Shams University, Egypt
• Having an experience of above 21 years in payment systems and information technology fields.
• Head of Payment Systems Department in the Central Bank of Egypt for the last 11 years.
• He contributed to the development of payment systems strategy in Egypt.
• He lead the work towards the issue of Mobile Payments Regulations, and the establishment of the Mobile Payments Hub in Egypt.
• He is leading the work with the market towards achieving more financially inclusive society.  
• He contributed to a number of large government payments and collections projects, including government payroll and pensions payments, and government collections of taxes and customs.
• He lead the work towards developing the payment systems oversight function in the Central Bank of Egypt.

Mr Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
Mr. Abbassi is career experience in ICT and Media spans 21 years. Before joining the GSMA as head of MENA in Oct 2015, Mr. Abbassi founded the Arab Advisors Group in 2001. As General Manager of Arab Advisors Group, Mr. Abbassi directed the research and consulting activities of the company in addition to steering its marketing operations. Mr. Abbassi is also a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars related to technology, communications and media in the Arab World. In his role, Jawad has extensive and well established relations with all the major technology vendors and telecom and media operators in the Arab World. ​
Session 3: ​ Future Technology Developments: Opportunities, challenges and business strategies

Mr Jacques Stern, Board Member, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France

J​aques Stern is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, 1968) where he was professor and the Director of the Computer Science Laboratory from 1993 to 2007. He is an expert in computer security and cryptography. He was the recipient of the CNRS Gold Medal. He is an Officier of the Légion d’honneur. From 2007 to 2010, Jacques Stern has been Chairman of the Board of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and of the company Ingenico. Early in 2010, he became senior advisor of the ministry of higher education and research. In 2012, he has been appointed as member of ARCEP, where he follows in particular the subject of spectrum licensing.​

​​Ms Katheryn Martin, Director, Access Partnership, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on emerging technologies and the global regulatory agenda

A co-founder of Access Partnership, and international technology, consultancy, Kathryn Martin obtains spectrum and service rights in foreign markets for a variety of military and commercial clients. She has broad experience negotiating with commercial and government entities to secure operating licenses, spectrum rights and interconnection agreements. An engineer by training, she represents clients’ technical interests at international fora such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   She has served on US delegations to several International Telecommunication Union conferences covering spectrum and satellite issues, quality of service issues and network numbering and addressing matters.    In the past, while at Access Partnership, she supported the Department of Commerce’s recent projects on broadband deployment in the United States and the Presidential initiative on spectrum.

Kathryn joined Access Partnership in 2000 from the private sector, where she secured frequency access for a global voice and data network. Kathryn also served five years at the U.S. Department of State, where she led delegations of government and industry representatives to spectrum and standards-setting bodies at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Kathryn holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and a Master of the Arts degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University.

Natee_Sukonrat.png ​​Col. Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand
Col. Natee Sukonrat is a vice chairman of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and a chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission. He  is currently responsible for formulating policies to regulate and license radio and television broadcasting, particularly the digital terrestrial television transition. Col. Natee received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Gold Medal) from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand as well as Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Tampa, Florida, USA.​


Mr Ahmed Osama, Vice-President & Chief Commercial Officer, Home & Personal Communications, Telecom Egypt Board Member & MD, TE Data

Ossama holds more than 20 years of experience in the Internet, Telecom and IT industry. He has been with the Telecom Egypt (TE) group for 13 years. Ossama joined TE Data in 2003 as Product Marketing & Government Affairs Director, where he participated in growing the company’s consumer business from an early startup to its current market leadership position. In 2008, Ossama was appointed as board member and Managing Director of TE Data. In December 2012, Ossama was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at TE, where he is responsible for the Home & Personal Communications Customers Business Units across the TE group.
Before that, Ossama co-founded Site Information Consultancy, an Internet application development company in 1998, that was later on acquired by Pyramid Technology in 2000, where he worked as the ISP Operation Manager until 2003. Ossama also joined InTouch Communications Services in 1996 as a Systems Engineer, where he participated in building the infrastructure of the first ISP in Egypt and later on became the Operations Manager. Earlier in his career, Ossama worked at IBM Egypt as a software engineer. Ossama holds a B.Sc. degree with a major in Computer Science and a Minor in Electronics from the American University in Cairo.


Mr Patrick Masambu, Deputy Director-General and Director Technical Affairs, ITSO 

A telecommunications and regulatory professional, Mr Masambu has more than 30 years of experience at senior level that have included positions in both the public and private sector at national, regional and international levels.
Mr Masambu presently works with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) that comprises of a membership of 149 countries and is headquartered in Washington, D.C, as the Deputy Director General and Director of Technical Affairs. He has been in this position since May 2010. Prior to the present appointment, he held several top level management posts in Uganda’s telecommunications sector that included serving 10 years as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the country’s communications regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission.
In parallel with these duties he has actively participated and held senior responsibility in the work of ITU Sector Groups, as well as other institutions such as the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO).

​Mr Peter Pitsch, Global Executive Director, Intel Corporation
Peter Pitsch is the Executive Director of Communications Policy and Associate General Counsel for Intel Corporation. He is responsible for the coordination of Intel policy surrounding communications and electronic commerce. Prior to joining Intel, Pitsch was the president of Pitsch Communications from 1989 to 1998 which represented telecommunication’s clients before the FCC and Congress, provided business and regulatory planning, and published and lectured on U.S. regulatory policy. Pitsch was the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC from 1987 to 1989 where he advised the Chairman on all issues before the FCC including access reforms, price caps, major tariffs, and broadcasting. Before his move to Chief of Staff. Pitsch was Chief of Office of Plans and Policy. His responsibilities included managing the FCC policy office that provided recommendations on major issues such as access reforms, major tariffs, broadcast regulation, auction and spectrum allocations. From 1980 to 1981, Pitsch was a staff member of the Reagan Administration Transition Team which developed recommendations for reforming the Federal Trade Comnission with special focus on antitrust issues. He was a senior attorney at Montgomery Ward, Inc. from 1979 to 1981. He provided legal counsel and legislative lobbying of FTC, consumer protection, energy and international trade matters. Prior to that, he worked for three year as an attorney-advisor to Commissioner Calvin Collier at the Federal Trade Commission.Mr. Pitsch received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
​​ Mr Shiv Bakhshi, Vice-President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
Shiv K. Bakhshi, Ph.D., is Vice President, Industry Relations in Group Function Technology at Ericsson. He is charged with the responsibility of technology and regulatory strategies for Africa and the Middle East, and works closely with industry and policy leaders in those regions. 
A recognized expert in mobile technology, policy and markets, Dr. Bakhshi is a strong believer in the role mobile broadband can play in economic development and in helping unleash the digital vitalities of the peoples in emerging economies. 
Earlier, as an industry analyst and consultant, Dr. Bakhshi headed the worldwide mobile network and device practices for a leading research and advisory firm for several years. A frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, he has presented on a broad range of topics pertaining to the structural transformation of the mobile industry.  
Dr. Bakhshi started his career as a journalist in India. Later, as an academic, he taught international telecom policy and strategy, and directed graduate and doctoral research, at the University of Kentucky.  
A political economist by training, he has a bachelor’s in Economics from Calcutta University. He earned his master’s as well as his doctorate in Communication from The Ohio State University. 
​Session 4: Be empowered! What ICTs can do for you!
Dr Dražen Lučić, President of the Council, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM)

President of Council of Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM) and member of board of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) since 2013. Previously served as HAKOM’s Executive Director from 2009. Before joining HAKOM, Mr. Lučić worked at Ericsson in Croatia, Western Europe and Israel for more than 20 years, rising from engineer in R&D department to senior sales director for one of the global telecommunication networks operators. Born in 1963. in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Holds PhD degree in electrical engineering – telecommunications from the University of Zagreb. One of founder of Postgraduate specialist study in electronic communications market regulation at University of Zagreb. Author and co-author more than 50 scientific and professional papers. Speaks English, German, Spanish and Swedish.

Mr Scott Minehane, Windsor Place Consulting, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on the App economy

 Scott W Minehane is an international regulatory and strategy consultant in the telecommunications sector and has been involved in advising investors, operators, Governments and regulators in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and South Africa for over 27 years. His expertise extends to policy, legislation, regulation, spectrum management, NBN and new generation fixed and mobile technologies.

He is the principal of Windsor Place Consulting Pty Ltd an independent consultancy practice, through which he has advised a range of leading corporates and organisations including the Australian, South Australian and Victorian Governments, the Malaysian Government, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the Lao PDR Government, APEC Business Advisory Council, NBN Co, Competitive Carriers Coalition, Broadcast Australia, Macquarie Group, Leighton Holdings, Macquarie Telecommunications, IDA Singapore, Telekom Malaysia, Axiata Group and various Axiata Opcos, ARCIA, Australian Music Association, Investec, Fiberail, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE, KPMG, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), APT, Telkom South Africa, PCCW, Verisign Australia, Telecom NZ and the World Bank.

Scott is also an independent director of Etherstack plc ( an ASX listed company that specialises in wireless technology including waveforms and public mobile radio (PMR) solutions including LTE being used for first responders and iSignthis ( an ASX listed company with a range of US and Australian patents which allows merchants (via their credit card gateways or banks) to verify/authenticate identity, card not present and online credit card transactions.

Scott has a Bachelor of Economics (1986) and a Bachelor of Laws (1991) from the University of Queensland and holds a Master of Laws specialising in Communications and Asian Law from the University of Melbourne (1998).

Mr Germán Arias, Executive Director, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones, Colombia

Germán Darío Arias has a Bachelors degree in Economy from Universidad Autónoma de Manizales with a Master in Information Technology Management from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and a Graduate certificate in International Business Management. His work experience began in 1995 in the Empresas Públicas de Manizales where he was involved in restructuring the company, due the entry into force of the Law of Public Utilities.

In 2003, he joined the Ministry of Communications in the Directorate for Sector Development. He led and advised several projects on telecom polices, carrying out activities in the long distance market opening -in the nineties was limited to three operators-; interconnection between operators; the allocation of additional spectrum for mobile operators and the liberalization of frequency bands for the use of wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi.

He returned to the private sector, between the years 2007 to 2013, as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for ETB. In this company, he led the definition of a comprehensive regulatory strategy, combining economic, technical, legal and financial issues, and its implications on the company business strategy.

Recently, he led the Initiative ICT and Agriculture in the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies, where he structured the project in order to ensure that ICT will improve the quality of life of farmers and increase productivity in the rural areas.

His experience in both the public and private sectors has given him the opportunity to meet both sides of the regulatory exercise and design public policy in the ICT sector.

His recognized experience in regulation led him to be appointed by the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies as Commissioner and Executive Director in 2015 for the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC).

​​Mr Antonio Preto, Commissioner, Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy

Born in Valdagno in 1965. Graduated in Law at the University of di Bologna, lawyer. From 1992 to 2006, Parliamentary Advisor for the European People’s Party (EEP) in the European Parliament, responsible for Internal Market and Legal Affairs committee. Principal administrator at the Secretary-General of the European Parliament, on January 2007 he becomes team leader for EU internal policies in the cabinet of the President of the European Parliament and Advisor for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the President. Since May 2008, he is Head of Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani. On June 6th, 2012, he is elected AGCOM Commissioner by Italian Senate. He has performed academic activities in Italian and foreign Universities. He is author of numerous publications in the field of European law of economics and European institutional law.

Mr Charles Millogo, Director-General, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), Burkina Faso

Titulaire d’un diplôme d’Ingénieur d’Etat en Electronique Option Télécommunications de l’Institut d’Electronique de l’Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (USTHB) d’Alger en Algérie, Tontama détient aussi un Master en Administration des Entreprises de l’IAE Poitiers (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises) de l’Université de Poitiers en France, ce qui lui confère la double compétence d’ingénieur et de gestionnaire. Professionnel de l’industrie des télécommunications, il totalise plus de 15 années d’expérience dont 10 ans à des postes de hautes responsabilités en tant que Directeur Technique chez plusieurs opérateurs à l’international. Il a servi dans cinq (05) pays d’Afrique Centrale et Occidentale et capitalise ainsi une solide expérience et expertise dans la définition et formulation, de la stratégie à la réalisation d’étude d’ingénierie, planification, déploiement, gestion de la qualité, exploitation et maintenance des réseaux et services de télécommunications. Interface principal et privilégié avec les autorisés de régulation dans les différents pays où il a servi, il a pu acquérir et capitalise aussi une parfaite et grande connaissance des questions de régulation des réseaux et services de communications électroniques.
Tontama a en effet débuté sa carrière professionnelle au Burkina Faso en 1999 en tant qu’Ingénieur Offres et Chef de Projet Télécoms à la Société Africaine d’Électricité (SAEL) avant de rejoindre Telecel Faso un an plus tard en tant qu’Ingénieur Commutation. A Telecel Faso, il fera partie des tous premiers employés et participera ainsi activement à la mise en place du réseau et au lancement commercial des activités en décembre 2000. Forts de ses très bonnes performances, il sera aussitôt promu responsable du département Commutation, Roaming et Interconnexion. En avril 2004, il sera désigné par le comité de direction, meilleur employé de Telecel Faso.
En 2005, il est promu Directeur Technique de la nouvelle opération du Groupe Atlantique Télécom en République Centrafricaine où il confirmera ses talents et sera rappelé trois (03) ans plus tard au siège du groupe à Abidjan où il lui a sera confié la gestion d’un important projet dénommé “Big Bang” destiné au développement et à l’extension agressive des réseaux des six opérations du groupe.
En avril 2009, il est nommé Directeur Technique au Togo avec pour mission principale la modernisation du réseau et l’amélioration significative de la qualité afin de soutenir la croissance en vue de l’opération.
Fort de la belle réussite au Togo, en septembre 2012, il est muté au Niger avec les même missions et objectifs ; ce qu’il réussira également avec brio et entière satisfaction.
En octobre 2016, le gouvernement burkinabé lui fait confiance et lui confie la présidence de l’autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes.

Mr Theo Cosmora, Chief Executive Officer, Socialeco

Theo is the founder and CEO of SocialEco Ltd, a Blockchain-specialist company developing social-business solutions that drive inclusion and empowerment in the digital social economy. He is also a social entrepreneur and inventor.
Theo is the inventor of the $1 Smartphone, a revolutionary Blockchain-integrated smartphone finance platform that enables businesses and governments to access the Bottom of the Pyramid with a sustainable social finance system and BOP users to use a smartphone for a cost of $1.
Early in his carrier, Theo was involved in the introduction of pioneering Unified Communications technologies into Europe and assisted telecoms companies migrate into the early Internet economy.
Theo received a United Nations Award for the contribution of MDG Game to the Millennium Development Goals. MDG Game was the only educational game on the MDGs developed with official UN statistical data and was launched by UNDESA at the Shanghai World Expo. 
Today, Theo’s new Game Learner invention, a mobile learning platform for all subjects including digital literacy and financial literacy, has been applied to the Sustainable Development Goals in the form of SDG Game & Quiz and SDG Achiever games, both available on the Google Play Store.
A former Decathlon champion, Theo enjoys running and swimming to keep fit, connecting with like minds and collaborating on disruptive technologies that realize global human potential.

​Mr Raul Echeberria, Vice-President, Internet Society

After completing his term on Internet Society’s Board of Trustees (2008-2014), Raúl Echeberría joined the organization as Vice President of Global Engagement.
Raúl was one of the founders of LACNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean) where he played a key role in bringing together several organizations to support this endeavor. He was Chairman of the Board of LACNIC between 2000 and 2002, when he was appointed as CEO, a position he held until 2014.
He is well known for his contributions to the development of the Internet within the region. Starting in the early 90s, Raúl was responsible for Technologies at the National Agriculture Research Institute of Uruguay, where he played an important role in the start up and development of the Internet in Uruguay.
Between 1998 and 2002 he was member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Network Forum (ENRED), and also a member of ICANN's Name Council on behalf of the non-commercial constituency when it was first created in 1999.
Based on his experience and strong involvement in the early stages of ICANN, Raúl was hired by Oxford University in 2000 as a researcher, to be part of a group (NAIS project) that prepared an in-depth analysis of ICANN's experience with its At-Large Election in the year 2000. This project was a milestone in the evolution of the discussion on public participation in ICANN.
During 2001-2002 Raúl worked as the Coordinator of the APC program "ICT Policy Monitor in Latin America and the Caribbean", an experience, which allowed his increased involvement in the development of the information society from a civil society perspective.
Between 2004 and 2005, he participated in the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) created by the United Nations Secretary General and played a relevant role in the negotiations that took place in relation to this
issue at the Summit in Tunis as a member of the Uruguayan delegation present at the Summit. His role in the great efforts that were necessary to achieve an agreement on Internet Governance deserved a public recognition from Ambassador Masood Khan, chair of the negotiations.
In May 2006 he was again distinguished by the United Nations Secretary General, being chosen to be a part of the Internet Governance Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group, group in which he served until 2014.
Raúl is located in Uruguay.

Session 5: Session 5: Be included!
Mr Abdoulkarim Soumailia, Secretary-General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumailia is the current Secretary General of African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January, 2011, having been re-elected at an Ordinary Session of ATU plenipotentiary Conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe in July, 2014. He is leading the Continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora.​​

Mr Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority, India

Mr. R. S. Sharma joined as Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 10th of August, 2015. Prior to joining TRAI Mr. R.S.Sharma was working as Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for over-all implementation of this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the Government of India for providing Unique Identification (christened as Äadhaar”) to all its Residents.
Before his posting at UIDAI, Mr. Sharma worked with the Government of Jharkhand as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development. As Principal Secretary of the IT Department, Mr. Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas. He also over-saw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government.
Mr. Sharma has held important positions both in the Government of India and State Governments in the past and has been deeply involved in the administrative reforms and leveraging IT to simplify the administrative processes. During his posting in Government of India, he has worked in the Department of Economic Affairs and has dealt with bilateral and multilateral development agencies like World Bank, ADB, MIGA and GEF. He was also in-charge of Financing of Infrastructure projects in the Highways, Ports, Airports and Telecom sectors. Mr. Sharma's contributions to the IT and e-Governance have been widely recognized both within India and outside. He has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Mr. Sharma holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and another Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA).

Ms Aminata GARBA, Director African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) and Carnegie Mellon University, Assistant Professor (CMU)

Aminata Garba is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a Director at the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC). She previously served as the Director General of the Multisector Regulatory Authority of Niger and worked on engineering, management, research and teaching in telecommunications at Orange (Niger), the National Institute for Scientific Research (Montreal), the National Center for Scientific Research (France) and the Telecommunication and Signal Processing laboratory and McGill University (Montreal). She served as the chair of the West African Telecommunication Regulatory Assembly (WATRA), member of the executive board of the African Water Association, member of the consultative committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Electricity Regulation Authority, member of the Informal Experts Group for preparation of the 2013 World Telecommunication/ ICT Policy Forum and member of the national Steering Committee for the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project. Aminata received the Master and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications from McGill University (Canada). She co-authored several journal articles, conference papers, invention disclosures and patent applications. Her interests include ICT infrastructure, technologies and policies, Internet of things, emergency communications, cybersecurity, ICT4D, high data rate transmission, capacity building and higher education.

Mr Khaled Hegazy, Director External Affairs, Vodafone Egypt

Eng. Khaled Hegazy is the External Affairs & Legal Director of Vodafone Egypt, one of the leading telecom companies in the Middle East.
Prior to that, He held High Management positions at renowned companies such as P&G, where he was the Head of External Relations for the Near East.  He is appointed in the Telecom Industry Modernization Committee by a decree from the Minister of Communication and Information Technology.
He holds a BSc. in Engineering and an MBA.

Ms Katharina Pillay, Councillor, ICASA, South Africa

Katharina Pillay, was appointed as a counillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in February 2013. At ICASA much of her focus has been consumer and Disability regulation, while, she currently leads a process on market consolidation. 

Before joining ICASA, Katharina worked in the private and public sectors for a decade and a half. Universal access and service has been a key area of work.

​Ms Rwan Nabil Ammar, Engineering Student, Cairo University

Rwan Nabil is student in the Faculty of Engineering in the Cairo University Communication Department. I am Vodafone representative {GURU} for the year 2015-2016 in Cairo university responsible for events and training held by Vodafone to the students of Cairo university and be the trusted link between the academic stuff and Vodafone
In 2014-2015 she was Google Student Ambassador in Cairo University. In addition she has been Vice-Head of Public Relations Committee in the IEEE Cairo University Student Branch (Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers).
In 2013-2014 she was Head of the team "Climate Change Project " working on the environmental awareness in the SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers- Cairo university student chapter
In 2011-2013 she acted as Fundraiser in EnActus Cairo University her role was to get sponsors for the projects carried by EnActUs to develop the community like : Dahab project "it is a rural area where there was ignorance , poverty , and widow women that need work so EnActUs developed an area there called "mastaba" to be like cultural center where educational sessions can be provided in addition to First aid training .The catering was provided by the women there opening more chances to them to work and earn money "
She has been trained in three important companies based in Egypt : IBM / Valeo / Vodafone.
IBM : software development training in JAVA "worked on mirroring tool project that convert the pages from english to arabic format "
Valeo : Embedded systems training "worked on run time debugger that sends data to the monitoring system while the project is running"
Vodafone : Radio Planning training "worked on updating vodafone sites in cairo and giza on the ATOLL and planning 3 new sites"
From 2004 till 2009 she was actress in the school theater and participated in the “EFHAMONA” community in Maadi Club, Egypt.

Session 6:  ​Real Life impact of Smart Societies – How to maintain trust?

Mr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Dr. S. Ismail Shah ranks among Asia's most renowned telecom professional, with expertise and experience spanning 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies. With an extensive background in technology implementation and telecommunications policymaking & regulations, Dr. Shah is serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) since 2013, and has led some of the most high profile undertakings in Pakistan's telecommunications industry that has a worth of more than USD 21 Billion. These undertakings include spectrum auction and subsequent launch of 3G/4G and subsequent growth in one of the world's most competitive and price-sensitive markets. This has been recognized by the GSMA in the shape of the Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award 2015 given to Pakistan. In 2014, Dr. Shah played a key role in the election of Pakistan to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council. He has also been elected as the Vice-President of the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), and over the years, has been a keynote speaker and a sought-after panelist on major global events like the ITU Telecom World Forum and MENA Spectrum Management Conference, sharing his insights on spectrum management, technical capacity-building, regulations, broadband policy, and the proliferation of digital services and applications. With a prolific research and teaching background, Dr. Shah has provided extensive consultation to the communications industry as well as different government agencies. Among his earliest assignments, Dr. Shah provided technical advice on limited mobility issues related to the Wireless Local Loop services in Pakistan. Later, as the Executive Director of Central Asian Cellular Forum, Dr. Shah led technical audits of CDMA2000 networks, UMTS/WCDMA and LTE trainings in various countries of Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East and the United States. Dr. Shah has been a technology consultant to  large international  technology companies and has served as a leading expert on the LTE technology. As an independent thinker concerned with the future of digital services development on advanced networks, Dr. Shah has advised on technological choices on the use of ICT in education, m-education, m-governance, and other digital services for development initiatives. Prior to becoming the Chairman of PTA, Dr. S. Ismail Shah served at the highest technical management position in the Pakistan's Ministry of IT & Telecommunications as Member Telecom. He is experienced in handling major national-level administrative and security issues linked to the misuse of SIMs, unauthorized exploitation of telecommunications networks, highly volatile market dynamics, online content, low-cost end-user terminals and impact of digitalization on national security, deployment of optical fiber to guarantee connectivity to rural areas, and licensing. Dr. Shah has more than 100 journal and conference publications and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, USA and Member of the Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineers, Japan. Dr. Shah is a strong proponent of using ICT to create smarter societies and believes in the power of digitization.

Professor Douwe Korff Prof. Douwe Korff, Emeritus Professor of International Law London Metropolitan University, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on Maitaining Trust in a Connected Society
Douwe Korff is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer specialising in human rights- and data protection law. He studied at the Free University of Amsterdam (NL) and at the European University Institute in Florence (IT); was Head of European Research at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London (UK) in the late-70s/early-80s; did further academic work at the Max Planck Institutes for criminal and public law in Freiburg im Breisgau and Heidelberg (DE); and taught at the universities of Maastricht (NL) and Essex (UK), before he became Professor of International Law at London Metropolitan University, London (UK) in 2002. In 2014, he became Emeritus Professor there. He also continues to be a visiting professor at the universities of Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia. He is an Associate of the Oxford Martin School of the University of Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at Yale University (Information Society Project), and a Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights of the European University of Viadrina, Berlin.

Professor Korff has been closely involved with the legal responses to the Edward Snowden revelations of mass surveillance by the USA and the UK and others, and was called as an expert on those issues before the relevant committees of the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the Lower House of the German Parliament (Bundestag). He works closely with human and digital rights groups such as EDRi, EFF, Statewatch, FIPR, Article 19 and Privacy International.


Mr Kijoo Lee, Commissioner, Korea Communications Commission (KCC), Rep. of Korea

Commissioner Lee has been a KCC Standing Commissioner since April 2014. He first began his career in public service in 1982 by joining the Ministry of Communications, a precedent entity to the KCC. Afterwards he carried out ICT-related duties in various positions including as head of the KCC Planning and Coordination Office in 2009. From December 2002 to January 2005, Commissioner Lee worked for the World Bank as a senior information officer. In 2012, he was appointed president of the Korea Internet & Security Agency and served the organization until returning to government service at the KCC. Commissioner Lee obtained his Ph.D. in telecommunications policy from George Washington University in 2012. Additionally, he was awarded the Order of Service Merit (Red Stripe) in 2006 and the Service Merit Medal in 1992.       

​Dr Sherif Hashem, Vice-President Cybersecurity, Head of Council WG on COP, NTRA, Egypt

Dr. Sherif Hashem is the Vice President for Cybersecurity at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt. He is also a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (currently seconded to the NTRA).
Dr. Hashem’s responsibility includes supporting cybersecurity efforts at the national level, and setting up the framework for further developing the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT) at the NTRA, and supervising its operation. Successful cybersecurity initiatives and activities at the NTRA have contributed to the advanced cybersecurity rank that Egypt has achieved: Egypt was ranked 27th among 193 countries as reported by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)/ABI Global Cybersecurity Index. ( Prior to joining the NTRA in 2/2013, Dr Hashem was the Executive Vice President of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA: 2004-13), where he led the efforts to establish the Egyptian Root Digital Certificate Authority (Root-CA) for e-Signature, the Software Intellectual Property Rights Office, and the ITAC initiative that fosters cooperation between ICT companies and R&D institutions.
Dr Hashem is the Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council Working Group for Child Online Protection, since 1/2010. Dr Hashem represents Egypt in the OECD’s Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (WPSPDE),  .
Dr Hashem was a member of the United Nations Group of Government Experts (UN GGE) on the Developments In The Field Of
Information And Telecommunications In The Context Of International Security, (8/2012-6/2013).
Dr. Hashem received a B.Sc. in Communication & Electronic Engineering and a M.Sc. in Engineering Mathematics from Cairo University-Egypt, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University-USA. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School-USA. Dr. Hashem authored and co-authored more than fifty five articles and book chapters in the areas of information technology, e-commerce, computational intelligence, and operations research, with applications in egineering, energy, environment, and computer sciences (with over 1300 international citations:​

Mr Marko Gercke, Director, Cybercrime Research

Prof. Dr. Marco Gercke is an international expert in the field of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime and for more than fifteen years advises governments, international organizations and large enterprises on those matters. He is director of the Cybercrime Research Institute - an independent global think tank dealing with legal aspects of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. Holding a PhD in criminal law with a focus on Cybercrime he is for several years teaching law related to Cybercrime, International Criminal Law and European Criminal Law at the University of Cologne. The focus of his research is on international aspects of strategy/policy/law/regulations related to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime. In this respect he was and is working as an expert for several international organizations among them the Council of Europe, the European Union, the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union.

​​Mr Ahmed Mosharafa, Student, Nile University

Ahmed has graduated from Nile University with a BSc in Computer Engineering at February 2016. He currently works as a Teaching Assistant at Nile University. Ahmed is pursuing a Master’s degree in Communications and Information Technology - Informatics (MSCIT-INF) at Nile University. He has been eager to cope with the new technologies, accordingly, has done a number of internships during his undergraduate studies in several firms including a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project and several multinational software companies. Ahmed is the backend team leader and partner at the Egyptian start-up Accessny Egypt. His last achievement was winning the 6th place in Microsoft IPSN competition held in Vienna during the CPS week 2016.


​Mr Manuel Emilio Ruiz Gutierrez, President of the Board, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica

Manuel E. Ruiz has a degree in Computer Science from University of Costa Rica and later obtained a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Master of Science degree from George Washington University, with a minor in Engineering Administration.  Mr. Ruiz has worked as a professor and consultant in Information and Communication Technologies, and has also worked for public and private sectors as well as international organizations leading innovative projects that make appropriate and efficient use of technological advances.
Last year he joined SUTEL (Telecommunications Regulator in Costa Rica) as a permanent board member, where, among other initiatives, he has personally promoted the expansion of the universal access funds to increase bandwidth penetration in rural areas, providing telecommunications services to reduce the Country’s digital divide.​
Dr ElSayed Azzouz, Board Member, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Egypt

Mr Giovanni M. King, Chief Operating Officer, Directorate General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition, Curacao

Giovanni is a telecommunications regulations and policy expert with over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry the majority of which as an executive with telecommunications regulatory authorities in the Dutch Caribbean. He is currently employed by Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post a multi-sector regulatory agency of Curacao.


Industry Leaders Debate – Impact of open innovation and new business models on  Collaborative regulation

Mr Carlos Cornejo, Senior Vice-President, Mastercard

Carlos Cornejo is group head and senior vice president, New Consumers, within Global Products and Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for leading, developing and executing the new consumer strategy across MasterCard. This includes solutions that help the three billion underserved individuals around the world gain access to mainstream financial services through the development and deployment of innovative products and channels. These financial services include payments, savings, mobile money, bill payment, remittance, deposits, P2P, insurance and more.Mr. Cornejo has more than twenty years of experience in the services industry. During his tenure at MasterCard, Mr. Cornejo has held several roles with increasing levels of responsibility, including head of Core Products for Latin America (including debit, prepaid, credit, commercial and loyalty), and head of Product Sales for the Southern Cone and GeoNorth divisions in the same region. ​ Before joining MasterCard, Mr. Cornejo held leadership positions in marketing and product areas at a variety of companies in various industries including telecommunications (Telefonica), insurance (AIG), banking (HSBC), and processing (Argencard). In these roles he led strategic planning, sales and delivery, design and implementation, tactic deployment, portfolio analysis, management information systems, among other functions. Mr. Cornejo earned a Master of Business Administration from CEMA University in Argentina, and an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires.​

Mr Yves Gauthier, Chief Executive Officer, Orange-Mobinil, Egypt

Yves Gauthier was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) in November 2011. He has joined Mobinil bringing with him extensive experience in the field of Telecommunications, accumulated over many years, by assuming various executive positions in multi-national operators around the world.
Prior to Mobinil, Gauthier was the CEO in mobile operators such as Tunisiana from 2007 till November 2011. He has also been the CEO of Orange Netherlands from 2005 till 2007 whereas from 2001 till 2005, he served as Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of Orange Romania. Gauthier also assumed the Chief Commercial Officer position of CTE El Salvador from 1999 till 2000
From 1994 till 1998, Gauthier worked as Director of Corporate Customers and Seamless Products of TELMEX in the United States and Mexico. At the beginning of his career and prior to 1994, Gauthier held numerous positions within France Telecom Group.
Gauthier, received a Bachelor degree in Telecommunications, and completed his Masters in Telecommunications Business from the Institute National des Telecommunications de EVRY, France.
Industry Leaders Debate – Regulatory KPIs

Mr Jose Toscano, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, ITSO

A telecommunications engineer by training, Mr. Toscano has more than thirty years experience in the telecommunications sector and has held management positions in both the public and private sectors as well as in regional and international organizations in this field.

His professional experience before his current position of Director General with ITSO includes executive appointments within the National Regulatory Authority (ICP-ANACOM) and the European Commission, top-level management responsibilities with the private telecommunications sector in Portugal, as well as teaching assignments at various universities in Portugal. He has also been actively involved in the definition, development and work of numerous regional and international regulatory entities in the telecommunications and satellite communications fields in particular such as ITU, EC, CEPT, and the GSM MoU, and is especially knowledgeable and comfortable working in a multicultural environment.

He is a founding Commissioner of the U.N. Broadband Commission for Digital Development (from 2009 to 2015) and of the U.N. Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (from 2015 onwards). He is the Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board of the ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model, which is an initiative seeking to ensure that information and communications technologies are used for both development and for disaster management.

Mr Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Officer - SAMENA Telecommunications Council and CRO Chair

A noted management, telecom technology, and advocacy professional, Bocar A. BA leads SAMENA Council to support telecom industry’s need for knowledge exchange, stakeholder co-operation, and industry advocacy support for Operators in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and other regions. He leads SAMENA Council and has spearheaded major initiatives in the interest of the telecoms industry. As a knowledge contributor on digital development through effective policymaking and as a strong believer in the need for realizing industry-wide collaboration and achieving socio-economic progress through ICT and incentivized digitization, Bocar has been a speaker at global industry platforms. He has built new global alliances as well as a strong ICT advocacy network to help address critical technology-centric and policy-level issues, currently being encountered within the communications industry.
Bocar serves as director and board member in the leadership teams of several companies active in the areas of technology, Investment, and Management services. He is also actively involved in the privatization processes in the MEA region and drives various investment projects, aiming to link new development opportunities throughout the region.

​​​​​Mr Yury Grin, Deputy General Director, Intervale, Russian Federation

Dr. Yury G. Grin is Deputy Director General of Intervale Group of companies, working in this capacity last three years. Intervale is leading Russian Group of companies with vast experience in the field of e-commerce and mobile payments gained during last 15 years.
Dr. Grin is also Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Financial Services. Dr. Grin joined International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in the year 2006 and was Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration and Operations Coordination Department of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of   ITU from 2007 to 2013. In this capacity he was heavily involved into assistance to developing countries in all fields of modern ICT/Telecommunications, including migration from analog to digital broadcasting, frequency management, cybersecurity, deployment of NGNs, mobile and e-applications like e-health, m-payments etc.
Prior to joining ITU, from 1994 to 2006, he worked in the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry for Information Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation, first as Deputy Director and then as Director of the Department.
From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Grin was Deputy Director of the R&D Institute of Economics and Composite Problems of Communications.
From 1977 to 1990, he worked at the Moscow Radiocommunications R&D Institute, first as Leading Engineer, then as Senior Scientist and Chief of Department.
In 1978, Dr. Grin obtained his PhD in physics and mathematics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, from which he had graduated in 1974.
Dr. Grin is the author of more than 80 scientific and technical publications and holds more than 20 copyrights on inventions in the field of communications and information technologies.
He has been awarded several high distinctions, such as:
-    Master of Communications
-    Medal of the Soviet Peace Fund in 1977
-    Prize in the field of Science and Technologies from the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR in 1990
-    Silver medal from the International Telecommunication Union in 2001
He is a member of the International Academy of Communications and a member of the Moscow Scientific Society.

​​​​​Mr Graeme Bowker, Vice President Government Services, N-SOFT

Graeme Bowker is a telecommunications business development professional with a focus on the Regulation market. He has a background in high-tech industries, management and market development. Originally from the UK, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Dubai, France, Germany, USA, Switzerland and South Africa with regional responsibilities across the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, Middle East, Africa and EMEA. This experience has provided him with a good understanding and the empathies required to operate across a wide range of cultures and business models. He is currently engaged in the development of markets and business processes in S. E Asia, the Middle East and Africa for N-Soft, a Hong Kong-based company who develops and deploys Telecommunications Governance and Revenue Assurance solutions. Prior to this assignment he worked for a company delivering similar solutions, with significant success. Graeme started his career with IBM in research and development and over the years progressed into the areas of business development and management. He worked for NEC, Sun Microsystems, and Digital Equipment Corp (now HP) in business development and strategic management positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Dubai, Switzerland and South Africa with regional responsibilities across the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, Middle East, Africa and EMEA.Graeme holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of London and post-graduate Business Engineering from MIT. He is a member of the Computer Society of South Africa.  He is a recognized expert in his field and over the years has delivered a number of technical and business papers, he has presented at symposia throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, including the IT​U and World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.