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Roaming Biographies

ITU High Level Workshop on International Mobile Roaming

Biographies of Moderators, Presenters and Panelists

Mr Dimitri Ypsilanti, Senior ICT Expert
DY photo.jpgMr Dimitri Ypsilanti is an independent telecommunication consultant specialising in telecommunication policy and regulation. He is the former Head of the Information, Communications and Consumer Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He was responsible for the work of the division which covers communications policy and regulation, Internet issues, consumer policy issues, information economy and privacy and security. Mr Ypsilanti's area of specialisation has included telecommunication economic and policy analysis in a range of areas. He has been responsible in the OECD for a number of country reviews on regulatory reform in telecommunications as well as analysis of telecommunications policy and regulatory issues. His most recent work has covered issues of communications convergence and next generation networks.
Mr Ypsilanti is a member of the editorial board of Telecommunications Policy and Info. Mr Ypsilanti has studied economics at Bristol University (UK), and at Memorial University and Queens University in Canada.


 Mr Abdoulkarim SOUMAILA, Secretary General of African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
Abdoulkarim.jpgMr Abdoulkarim SOUMAILA is the current Secretary General of African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January, 2011, having been elected at an Ordinary Session of ATU Plenipotentiary Conference in September, 2010. He is leading the Continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora. Born in 1965, in Kongo, Republic of Niger, Mr. Soumaila holds a master of science in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry, England and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat, Morocco. He has grown through the ranks in both private and public sector where he has acquired a wide experience in managing the intricacies of decision making processes both locally and internationally and most importantly built useful relationships with many telecommunications institutions, companies and administrations all over the world. Mr. Soumaila has been a keen participant in all international activities including meetings of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), RASCOM, WATRA, ECOWAS, WAEMU, ESMT and others.
He is proficient in two official languages of the Union: French and English that help him in negotiating and brokering agreements in several international arenas.
Mr Kila GULO-VUI, Director, Economics, Consumer & International Affairs, National Information & Communication Technology Authority, Papua New Guinea
Gulo-Vui.jpg Mr Kila Gulo-Vui, is the Head and Director of the Economics, Consumer and International Affairs Department at the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) within the administration of Papua New Guinea (PNG) since its inception in 2010. Mr. Gulo-Vui is also the acting head of the Universal Access Secretariat within NICTA.
Mr Gulo-Vui has more than 25 years experience in telecommunications operations, policy and regulation in PNG. During this period he was attached also attached to the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands for two years advising on ICT policy and regulatory reform.  He has being at the forefront of policy and regulatory reform and implementation in PNG. 
In his current role, Mr Gulo-Vui has responsibility for the economic regulation including wholesale and retail price regulation, consumer affairs, international relations and universal access service program. He is also responsible for the development PNGs’ national broadband policy, review of the National ICT Act 2009 and management generally of the PNGs ICT transition to a new and open market environment. Prior to this role, he was the Director Regulatory and Affairs at PANGTEL, the former technical regulator in PNG until its abolishment in 2010. In this capacity, Mr. Gulo-Vui was responsible for radiocommunications licensing  and international frequency regulation.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Regulations and Policy from the University of West Indies, MBA and Master of Engineering Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. 
Mr Antoine POKAM, Sub Director Telecommunications and ICT Regulation, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cameroon
M. Antoine POKAM, Mastère Spécialisé « Manager TELECOM » (TELECOM Ecole de Management Sud-Paris).  Consultant international associé à l’élaboration de la stratégie de développement des infrastructures large bande dans les pays de la CEEAC ; et l’élaboration de la stratégie de développement des TIC au Burundi.  Participation active dans la conception et/ou la mise en œuvre de la plupart des grands projets conduits par le MINPOSTEL, notamment, la mise en place du cadre légal des télécommunications en actuellement en vigueur ; l’interconnexion des réseaux à fibre optique du Tchad et du Cameroun ; la stratégie sectorielle du domaine des télécommunications et des TIC.
Actuellement Sous-Directeur de la Réglementation des Télécommunications et des TIC au Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications du Cameroun.
Anciennement Sous-Directeur des Etudes et de la Normalisation des infrastructures et équipements TIC, au Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications du Cameroun ; Chef de service de la Réglementation des Services des Télécommunications, au Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications du Cameroun.  Par ailleurs, coordonnateur, depuis trois mois, de la Cellule Technique Opérationnelle du Comité d’élaboration et de réexamen des textes du secteur des Télécommunications et des TIC.
  Mr Makhtar Fall, Head of Regulatory and Market Environment Division, BDT/ITU
Mr Makhtar FALL is a Telecommunication Engineer (specializing in radiocommunications). He also holds a Masters in Business and Administration (MBA) (option: Finance and Accounting).
Mr FALL is currently the Head of Regulatory and Market Environment Division (Telecommunications Development Bureau / International Telecommunication Union) since January 2009.
Regarding his professional background, Mr FALL begun his career at the Senegalese incumbent national telecommunications operator (Sonatel), with the following responsibilities: Head Frequency Management Department; Head International Affairs Department; Permanent Secretary of the West African Telecommunications  Conference (CTOA).
At March 2002, he joined the Senegalese regulatory authority body (ARPT), where he occupied the following posts: Director of Studies and International Affairs; Technical Director (In charge of Radiocommunications, Follow up of operators, International Affairs, Studies ….).
Mr FALL also conducted many activities on the following areas: Trainer on spectrum management and radiocommunications at ESMT and the National Telecommunication School and Senior Expert on spectrum management for the International Telecommunication Union (as such, carried out a number of expert and training missions in Africa for ITU/BDT).
Mr FALL was the representative of Senegal to the ITU Council from 2002 to 2008.
Ms Eriko Hondo, KDDI European Research Office
Hondo KDDI.JPGMs Eriko Hondo has more than 10 years of varied experiences in the global standardization of telecommunications, mainly at ITU-T SG3. She has successfully crafted International charging principles for mobile services and has excellent communication ability to work with multinational business people. She has appointed to a rapporteur of the mobile related group since 2005 and coordinated various opinions from the SG3 participants and obtained mutual understanding. She participated in a lot of high level ITU conferences, such as Plenipotentiary Conferences, Council Working group to prepare for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications, ITU-T Expert Group to review the International Telecommunication Regulations, and built good networking with the delegates from other countries.
Dr Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of the Study Groups Department, TSB, ITU
Dr Jamoussi.jpgDr Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department at the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. He leads the ITU-T Standards Development Staff.
Before joining ITU in 2010, Bilel worked for Nortel for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions including Strategic Standards, Advanced Technology, University Research, Software Development, and Network Engineering of major international networks.
As Director of the Strategic Standards organization within the office of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Bilel provided strategic technology direction and leadership for Nortel’s involvement in more than 90 standards development organizations, forums and consortia. He also contributed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) one laptop per child (OLPC) initiative.
Bilel is an IEEE Senior Member. He was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors (BOG) and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG). He served on the IEEE Standards Education Committee, the IEEE-SA Nominations and Appointments Committee, the IEEE-SA BOG International ad hoc, and the Technical Liaison from IEEE-SA to ITU-T and ITU-D. Bilel participated in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and authored a number of Request for Comments (RFCs). He has 40 granted and filed US patents in diverse areas: packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. Bilel received a BS. ’89, MS. ’92, and PhD ’95 degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Bilel was born in Tunisia and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.
Mr Philippe Metzger, Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration & Operations Coordination Department, BDT, ITU

metz30low.JPGMr Philippe Metzger has been the Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration & Operations Coordination Department of the BDT since April 2013.
Mr Metzger brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ICT field as well as in international relations, from both the private and public sectors, having worked as Senior Legal Officer, Senior Corporate Counsel, Director of Trade Relations, Director Telecom and, before joining ITU, as the Deputy Director General of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) which is in charge of electronic communications policy and regulation within the Swiss Administration.
Mr Simon Forge, Director of SCF Associates Ltd.
Simon Forge has over 30 years’ experience in the information industries, principally in the UK, France and Italy. He is director of SCF Associates Ltd. His strategy and economic studies have been used by major systems vendors, government and telcos to establish new directions. Currently he works on projects in telecommunications, computing and their socio-economic impacts, specifically exploring new radio and computing models and technologies with an emphasis on forecasting. Previously Simon was Director of IT Development for Consumer and Business Products for Hutchison 3G UK, managing creation of multimedia software applications for mobile. In former positions, he has managed a wide range of teams and assignments – from acting as an interim Director of IT development for the largest utility in the UK to developing one of the biggest B2B e-commerce trading systems in Europe. He has a PhD in digital signal processing, MSc and BSc in Control Engineering, all from the University of Sussex, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and M.IEE and sits on the editorial board of the Journal Info.
Mr Nick White, Executive Vice President, INTUG and CMA Board Member, International Telecommunications Consultant

Nick White has spent over 40 years in international telecommunications. He joined Reuters in 1973, who joined the newly formed INTUG with other multinationals soon after, to lobby for competitive provision of telecommunications internationally.
Nick became active in UK regulatory affairs in the early 1980s, after joining Midland Bank to build a second worldwide network, which was also used to offer competitive value added network services.   He chaired the UK User Group TMA from 1990-93.
He joined Unilever in 1991 to build his third global network, linking operations in 100 countries.  He has been a member of INTUG Board for the last twenty years.
He is now an independent consultant in telecommunications regulatory affairs, representing user interests at national and international level.  He is a regular conference speaker and writer on international telecommunications issues.
 Ms Maitha Ali Jaffar, Senior Economist at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Sultanate of Oman
maitha.JPGMs Maitha Ali Jaffar is a senior Economist at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Sultanate of Oman, specializing in regulatory economics and competition areas. She has been with the TRA since its inception in 2003, and being part of the kick start team, worked in almost all regulatory areas, such as pricing, competition, licensing, interconnection and access.
Maitha holds a BSc in Technology and business studies and a first class honors MSc in Economic Management and policy from the Universty of Strathclyde in Scotland. Her thesis was titled “International Mobile Roaming prices in the Arab Region: is it High time for regulation.
She has been a member of the GCC International Roaming Team since its creation in October 2009, and before that participated in the roaming regulation initiative at the Arab level.
Mr Theis Dekkers Gjedsted, Head of section, DANISH BUSINESS AUTHORITY
TDG.jpgMr Theis Dekkers Gjedsted has worked at the Danish National Regulatory Authority since 2009. During this time he has worked on and off on roaming related issues. He is a member of the BEREC Expert Working Group on International Roaming.
Mr Theis Dekkers Gjedsted has a master’s degree in political science.
Mr Vikram Raval, GSM Association
RAVAL.jpgVikram is a communications regulatory specialist, with a focus on a range of international telecoms regulatory matters.  Vikram is currently Roaming Manager in the International Team, Government and Regulatory Affairs, GSM Association.  The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.  Vikram’s International Mobile Roaming focus is Africa, Arab States and India.
Vikram has worked across a range of Telecoms communications sectors - fixed , mobile, business, consumer
Career: Eircom – international expansion outside of Ireland commercial and regulatory, NTL (now Virgin) consumer internet, telephony and tv; Orange – Mobile commerce (mobile payment, location services, child protection, data protection) and security regulation;  Verizon Business – Head of Regulation for UK and Ireland covering business regulatory requirements, competition complaints and EU export regulation for all software and hardware; Lebara Group - Head of Regulation for EU and Australia consumer mobile, and now with GSMA.
Ms Mercy K. Ndegwa, Senior Manager, RegulatoryEconomics & Compliance, Safaricom
Mercy.JPGMs Kdegwa joined Safaricom in April 2006 from Swift Global Kenya Limited where she started her career in Telecommunications in 2001. She is currently the Senior Manager Regulatory Economics & Compliance responsible for providing advisory support to the business on economic aspects in wholesale and retail services regulation, public policy and industry benchmarking analyses, and reporting business compliance. She has been instrumental in key national regulatory projects within Kenya such as determination of mobile termination rates, development of national frameworks and guidelines to curb counterfeit handsets, ensure SIM registration, manage bulk political messaging, various regional harmonization initiatives amongst others.
Prior to her current assignment, she held various management positions within the organization handling International Relations, Public Policy Analysis, Credit Risk Assessments, Project Management and Business Process Re-engineering.
Ms. Mercy is a holder of a Bachelor of Education (Accounting & Economics) degree, and an MBA in International Business Management. She is married with two children.
Mr Nezih Dincbudak, Director Regulatory Affairs for Africa, Middle East & Asia at Orange Group
Photo Nezih Dincbudak.jpgMr Nezih Dincbudak graduated from the University Paris Dauphine, France and holds a masters degree from the University of Rhode Island, USA.
He works with Orange-France Telecom Group for more than 15 years. He currently holds the position of Director Regulatory Affairs for Africa, Middle East & Asia at Orange Group.
Within his position, he regularly works with Orange AMEA operations on both Mobile, Fixed and Internet issues in order to impulse and coordinate Orange strategy and regulatory position with Group mobile & fixed operators.



Monsieur Richard ANAGO, Directeur des Affaires Internationales et de la coopération au Ministère en charge des Télécommunications du Burkina Faso
Richard Anago.jpgMonsieur Richard ANAGO est Ingénieur des Télécommunications et totalise plus de vingt un (21) ans d’expérience dans le secteur public et privé des télécommunications.
Il est titulaire d’un diplôme d’Ingénieur de conception des télécommunications, obtenu en Juillet 1989 avec mention très bien, de l’Institut supérieur d'électronique et d’électrotechnique de Sofia (Bulgarie). Après avoir effectué son service national de développement en qualité d'enseignant au lycée technique de Ouagadougou, il a intégré l'Office National des Télécommunications du Burkina Faso où, pendant une quinzaine d'année, il a occupé plusieurs postes de responsabilités dans le domaine du développement , de la normalisation, des politiques, de la réglementation des réseaux et de gestion de coopération international.
Depuis Janvier 2007, M. Richard ANAGO a été nommé par décret en Conseil des Ministres, au poste de Directeur des Affaires Internationales et de la coopération au Ministère en charge des Télécommunications du Burkina Faso.
 Mr J. Scott Marcus, Director of WIK-Consult GmbH, Germany
J. Scott Marcus is a Director of WIK-Consult GmbH (the consulting arm of the WIK, a research institute in economics and regulatory policy for network industries, located in Bad Honnef, Germany).  From 2001-2005, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a position equivalent in rank to the FCC’s Chief Economist or Chief Technologist. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), one of the world's largest Internet backbone service providers at that time. Mr Marcus was attached to the European Commission (DG INFSO) for part of 2004.
Mr Marcus has led or is leading studies on international mobile roaming for the German Government (BMWi) (2007), the European Commission (2010), the European Parliament (2012), the Australian and New Zealand governments (2012), and the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).
Mr Marcus is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Communications and Media programme at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), a unit of the European Union Institute (EUI) / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). He is also a Fellow of GLOCOM (the Center for Global Communications, a research institute of the International University of Japan). He has served as co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE Communications Magazine. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He served on the board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2000 to 2002, on the Meetings and Conference Board of the IEEE Communications Society from 2001 through 2005, and as Chair of IEEE CNOM. He is the author of numerous papers and of a book on data network design: Designing Wide Area Networks and Internetworks: A Practical Guide, Addison Wesley, 1999.
Mr Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York, and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.



Ms Lee TUTHILL, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, WTO
 Ms Lee Tuthill joined the WTO in 1990 during the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Her professional focus is telecom and computer services as well as electronic commerce and ICT-enabled trade. She was Secretary to the Group on Basic Telecommunications that negotiated on the sector from 1994 to 1997 and that produced the WTO Reference Paper on telecom regulatory principles to which more than 90 governments have committed. Following this, Ms. Tuthill served as secretary to the dispute settlement panel on telecommunications between the U.S. and Mexico. Ms. Tuthill serves as WTO point of contact on ICT matters with the ITU, World Bank, the OECD, regional organizations, the private sector and academia. She works closely with many Member governments on ICT policy and regulatory issues, including assistance in the scheduling and implementation of GATS commitments on market opening of the telecom sector.
Prior to joining the WTO, Ms Tuthill worked for ten years in the field of international economic policy in Washington, D.C. She attended Columbia University, where she obtained a graduate degree from the School of International and Public Affairs.
Mr Jorge Infante, Senior Expert, National Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communication Services, Spain, CMT
Jorge Infante.jpg
Mr Jorge Infante is a senior expert at the National Regulatory Authority for electronic communication services in Spain, CMT. He is chairing the BEREC experts working group on international roaming. As a part of his work in the International Department at CMT he has also been involved in network neutrality regulation in BEREC and has chaired the Convergence team in this organization.
He is a telecommunications engineer (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and has a doctoral degree on “Knowledge and Information Society” (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).
Prior to join CMT he has been project manager developing network and services systems in the Telefonica R&D laboratories, Retevisión and Indra. He has also been a visiting professor in UPF, where he collaborates as part-time associate professor. Jorge Infante is the author of various publications in the field of telecommunications and regulation.
 Mr Robert Clarke, Director of the consultancy Clarke Mosby Mehta 
Robert Clarke.JPG Mr Robert Clarke specialises in investigating international mobile roaming markets. He has most recently worked for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in New Zealand, leading that country’s joint investigation with Australia into the pricing of roaming services between the two destinations. He is representing the Ministry at this workshop. Prior to his work with the Ministry, Robert worked for the French mobile operator SFR during the drafting and implementation of the initial EU roaming regulation. Robert has been admitted to the bar in both New Zealand and Paris, and spent five years as an avocat with the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. He is now director of the consultancy Clarke Mosby Mehta.




Mr Albert M. Lewis, Special Counsel in the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission
Unknown.gifSince February 2012, Al Lewis is Special Counsel in the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.  Before that, Al was Chief of the Pricing Policy Division in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau.  Al joined the Commission in early 2006, and became the Pricing Division Chief in July of 2006.  Al’s work in the International Bureau has been focused on the renegotiations of the ITU’s International Telecommunications Regulations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.  He was also actively involved at the World Telecommunications Policy Forum, and is also works with other ITU-T Study Groups.  Before coming to the Commission, Mr. Lewis spent more then 30 years with AT&T, serving as a Federal Regulatory Vice President in AT&T’s Washington D.C. office and holding a number of positions in the law, marketing, sales, and personnel departments throughout his career. 
Mr Tomas Lamanauskas, Head of the Corporate Strategy Division, ITU
9344349702_f85dfb79d7_z.jpgMr Tomas Lamanauskas heads the Corporate Strategy Division at the International Telecommunication Union.
His extensive ICT policy and regulatory experience includes positions of Deputy General Director, Board Member and CEO of telecommunications regulators in the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. He also acted as Government Advisor on ICT policies in the Pacific.
Tomas Lamanauskas has master’s degrees in Public Administration (Harvard University), Law (Vilnius University) and Telecommunications Regulation and Policy (the University of the West Indies). He has delivered more than 70 presentations, published 18 articles (papers) and co-authored 3 books in the field of ICT. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the “Telecommunications Policy” journal.
Mr Filipe Batista, Scecretary General of the Association of Regulators of Communications and Telecommunications of CPLP (ARCTEL-CPLP) & Head of the Cooperation Division at ANACOM (Portuguese Regulator)
Foto FB.JPGFilipe Batista is Scecretary General of the Association of Regulators of Communications and Telecommunications of CPLP (ARCTEL-CPLP) as well as Head of the Cooperation Division at ANACOM (Portuguese Regulator).
Member of the Center for Administration and Public Policies (CAPP) and member of the Strategy Research Group, both from the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP) from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
Filipe Batista has a Degree in International Relations by the University Lusíada (1996); Post-Graduate in International Relations by the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP - 1997) and European External Action by the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon (FDUL 2006).
Master in International Cooperation and Development by the School of Economics and Management (ISEG - 2004) and currently doing PhD in Social Sciences at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences – Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
After graduating in 1996, Filipe Batista defined Cooperation and Development as the main stream of its professional career, combining different experiences from Journalism, privet banking and regulation to governmental experience were he was Director of International Relations at the Ministry of Justice of Portugal.
At academic level, between 2000 and 2005, he lectured: at degree level Cooperation Policies and International Politics; and at Post-graduate and Masters level Comparative Political Systems; Conflict Management; Defence and Strategic Analysis; and International Security.
 Mr Agustín Díaz-Pinés, Telecommunication Economist/Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Díaz-Pinés.jpgMr Agustín Díaz-Pinés, Telecommunication Economist/Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since 2009, Mr. Díaz-Pinés works on telecommunication policy and regulation at the OECD. He has been the lead author of the OECD reports on International Mobile Roaming and has coordinated the development of the related OECD Council Recommendation. He is also involved in other areas, such as broadband policy and regulation, communication indicators and country reviews.
Prior to that, he worked at the Spanish State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society with responsibilities in national and European telecommunications policy. At that time, he integrated the Spanish delegation to the European Council for the discussion of the new European telecoms package and the EU roaming regulation. In 2008, he was also seconded to the European Commission (DG INFSO). Agustín holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering from the Madrid University of Technology and a Master of Arts (MoA) in Business Economics from the Spanish Open University.
Mr Romain Abilé HOUEHOU, Coordinator of the Network of Consumer of ICT for African Countries (RéCATIC)

Romain Houehou.jpgMr Roman Abile HOUEHOU is IT network administrator. He is the Coordinator of the Network of Consumer  of ICT for African Countries (RéCATIC). He is also Vice-Rapporteur for questions: 18/-2/1 on "Enforcing national policies and regulations on consumer protection notably in a converging environment" and 24/1 on "Strategies and policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunications/ICT waste material" in the ITU-D Study Group 1 since 2010.
He is Member of the National Credit Council at the Central Bank of the Western States since 2010. He is Advisor for the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications of Benin since 2007. From 2004 to 2005 he was consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of Benin, Togo and Mauritania in the matters related to strengthening the capacity of civil society.
He leads since 2000 the Regional Information Center for Development (HRTC). In this capacity, he coordinated many projects funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), World Bank (WB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the George Soros Foundation in the field of economic and political governance and protection of consumer rights in telecommunications in Africa.
Mr Ramunas LINARTAS, Policy Officer at Communication Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General (DG CONNECT) in charge of roaming coordination
The Directorate's mandate is to promote and enable the development of an open and competitive internal market for communication networks and services. The implementation of mission requires ensuring timely, coherent and consistent implementation the telecoms framework as well as to find and implement durable solutions for roaming. These goals are prerequisites for ensuring that European consumers and businesses experience the gains of the digital market in terms of affordable, innovative and good quality services. Ramunas Linartas spent 10 years at the Commission dealing with internal market for telecoms, energy and cohesion policy. Before that, his career developed in the national administration where he was heading the unit in Ministry of Finance responsible for development of national development plan, investment priorities for the EU funding, creating of management and control system and accession negotiations.