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WTIS 2013 - Biography

Gabriel Contreras Saldivar, President, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico

President Commissioner Contreras-Saldívar is a lawyer from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico, and has a Masters Degree in Law, Economics and Public Policy from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Spain. He served as Adjunct Advisor of Legislation and Regulatory Studies at the Legal Counsel of the Federal Executive branch in Mexico, where he also held the positions of Adjunct Advisor of Consultation and Constitutional Studies, and Adjunct Advisor of Control and Constitutional Litigation. He was Technical Secretary and General Director at the Presidency Office, Legal General Director for Regulation and Consultation at the Institute for the Banking Savings Protection (IPAB), Liaison Director for the Health, Education, Labor, Fiscal, and Financial Sectors at the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission, as well as Director of International Legal Assistance in the Attorney General's Office. Since 2009, President Commissioner Contreras-Saldívar is professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, where he lectures subjects related to the administrative, constitutional and civil law, among others.

Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape, President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico

Dr Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape is President of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI). Dr Sojo has led a distinguished career in both public service and academia. In the Federal Government, during President Fox’s 2000 electoral campaign, Sojo served as Chief of Staff and as Economic Coordinator of the President-elect’s Transition Team. From 2000-2006, Mr Sojo served as Chief of the Presidential Office for Public Policy and Coordinator of the Economic Cabinet. Sojo was the Economic Advisor of the President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa during his presidential campaign and later, from 2007-2008, he served as Secretary of Economy. In the course of his academic career, Sojo was full-time professor and researcher at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies (ITESM). In addition to his articles in various periodicals and reviews, Sojo also published along with Lawrence Klein, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, his research on combined time-series and econometric modelling. Sojo studied economics at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Advanced Studies, later earned a Master’s Degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and is a PHD candidate in Finance and Industrial Organization at the same university.

Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, C-SAM

Mr Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent 48 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related human and national developments. Credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered in India’s technology and telecommunications revolution in the 1980s, Mr Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission and Chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), set up to provide a blueprint for reform of the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure in the country. Currently, Mr Pitroda is Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He serves as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force Committee to reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Mr Pitroda holds close to 100 worldwide patents and has published and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico

Luis Lucatero is currently head of regulatory policy within the Federal Communications Commission in Mexico. Luis Lucatero studied physics at Hokkaido University in Japan and continued graduate school at Ecole Politechnique in France. Luis Lucatero has twelve years of experience in telecommunications having worked at Alcatel-Lucent Head Quarters in France in a variety of positions ranging from research scientist, business developer, and Head of Wireless Policy. Luis Lucatero has advised various governments on telecommunications policy in Europe, India, and Africa, and plays an active role as an activist for internet usage as agent of societal transformation.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011).

Alejandra Lagunes, Coordinator of National Digital Strategy, President’s Office, Mexico

Alejandra Lagunes is currently the Coordinator for the National Digital Strategy in President Peña Nieto’s Office, and is responsible for the design, coordination and evaluation of the Mexican Digital Agenda. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of ICT, where she occupied leadership positions in companies such as Yahoo, MSN, Google and Televisa Interactive Media. In the public sphere, Lagunes Soto Ruiz has coordinated the digital strategy for various political campaigns, including the campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto. She holds a Degree in Communication Sciences from the ITESM, and has studies in Political Communication, Political Psychology and Public Image. 

Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General harnessing Big Data and real-time analytics for sustainable development and crisis resilience. Robert was the founding Chief Technology Officer of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology NGO InSTEDD, and the co-founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems.  He has spent more than 15 years developing technology solutions for public and private sector organizations, with a focus on organizational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Nagwa El-Shenawy, Undersecretary for Information and Strategic Planning, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Dr ElShenawi is currently working as Undersecretary for Information and Strategic Planning at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). She is also chairing the e-commerce committee formulated by MCIT’s Minister. She has extensive experience in formulating statistics, studies, policies and strategies related to the ICT sector. She contributed in formulating Egypt’s ICT Strategy 2013-2017. She is member in different expert groups and committees formed by International organizations that are concerned with ICT policies and measurements i.e. ITU, OECD, UNCTAD and ESCWA. Dr ElShenawi holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands. She also graduated from Harvard Business School.

Alejandro Plater, Vice President, Global Customer Unit for the Region Latin America and Caribbean (RLAM), Ericsson

Since 2010 Alejandro Plater is the Vice President of Global Customer Unit for the Region Latin America and Caribbean (RLAM), where he is responsible of network infrastructure and services development, implementation and new business for telecommunications operators within the region. Plater joined Ericsson in 1997 as Sales Director for Argentina. Later he was appointed as Head of Business Development. In 2004 he became Sales Director of Customer Support for the Americas based in Stockholm, Sweden. He was named Business Director in 2006 for Mexico. One year later he was appointed as Vice President and Key Account Manager for Major Accounts. Previously Ericsson, Alejandro worked for Sud América Seguros in Argentina, and Chubb & Son in the United States of America. He has a BD in Economy by the University of Buenos Aires, and he has several business posgraduate studies in sales and executive development for the Columbia University and Wharton School in the USA, and from London Business School in UK.

Carlos Slim Helú, President, Carlos Slim Foundation 

A Mexican and a son of Lebanese immigrants, Carlos Slim Helú is widely known as a successful businessman and a prominent philanthropist. A self-made man, he managed to achieve success in the world of business through investments in a very diverse range of industries as reflected in the portfolio of the Carso Group. América Móvil, currently the leading supplier of telecommunication services (fixed line, mobile, Internet, and TV) to over 290 million subscribers in more than 18 countries in Latin America, is the most prominent example. Mr Slim's interest for technology is long standing. He is committed to the promotion of technologies for development and is currently co-chairing the joint ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Mr Slim's philanthropic activities and contribution to social and cultural development are as diverse as his business interests, and range from the promotion of arts to support in areas of education, health, employment generation and community development.

Makame Mnyaa Mbarawa, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Tanzania

Prof. Makame Mbarawa has been Minister for Communication, Science and Technology in Tanzania since 2010. Prof. Mbarawa has been leading national ICT initiatives including the construction of the National ICT Broadband backbone. Prof Mbarawa has actively been involved on all issues pertaining to Communication, Science and Technology development in the country including regional and international cooperation. His political career began in 2007, when he was elected a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling party in the United Republic of Tanzania. Prof. Mbarawa was a Head of Mechanical Engineering Department in July 2009 at TSHWANE University of Technology, South Africa and he has published many articles and presented many scientific papers in various conferences. He holds an MSc Marine Engineering degree (Astrakhan State Technical University, Russia, 1992) and a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia (1999). In 2005 he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor and to full Professor in 2009.

Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez, Vice Chair, REGULATEL

Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez holds masters degrees in Economics and Public Administration from the Univesrities of Hamburg, Germany and Harvard. He was ratified by parliament in 2008 as Comissioner in the first Board of SUTEL, created that year to open up the telecoms market in Costa Rica. In 2012 he chaired the SUTEL. In 2013 he chairs the regional association of Regulators REGULATEL. Mr Gutierrez represents since 2011 Costa Rica in the Governmental Advisory Committe of ICANN and is presently member of ICANNs 2nd Accountability and Tansparency Review Team.

Vijayalakshmy Gupta, Board Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Dr Vijayalakshmy K Gupta joined the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in 2013. Dr Gupta retired as Secretary to the Govt of India in the Ministry of Defence. She has served as Member in the Telecom Commission, Additional Secretary in Ministry of Women and Child Development and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. In the Department of Telecom she headed the Inter Ministerial Committee that finalized the design of “3G Spectrum” Auction, which yielded unprecedented revenue. Ms Gupta also initiated several pilot projects under the aegis of the Universal Service Obligation Fund to provide mobile telephone connectivity to women’s self-help groups (SHG) and help them run mobile handset and modem repair centers and solar based mobile charging centers in rural areas.

Mónica Aspe Bernal, Coordinator for the Information Society, Ministry of Communications and Transport, Mexico

Mónica Aspe Bernal is the Coordinator of the Information and Knowledge Society, from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). She is in charge of leading the team that executes the broadband connectivity strategy for public sites. During her administration, the number of the public sites effectively connected grew by 500%, reaching 36,000 sites, including schools, clinics, research and community centers, etc. The actions taken during her tenure almost doubled the country´s total broadband capacity. She is a graduate from ITAM and Columbia University, where she obtained her degrees in Political Science. Since 2012, she is an associate of the International Affairs Mexican Council (COMEXI). The same year, she received the Scopus Elsevier – CONACYT 2012 special award, which recognizes the governmental promotion of the new information technologies for Mexico. Previously, she was the General Director of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT). She has also been a public policy consultant in the infrastructure, telecommunications and radio broadcasting sectors. She was Electoral Counselor Advisor in the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE), where she participated on media access for political parties and resources auditing task forces.

Marjo Bruun, Director General, Statistics Finland

Marjo Bruun started as Director General of Statistics Finland on 1 May 2012. Ms Bruun holds the degree of Master of Science (Agricultural Economics). Prior to this, Ms Bruun was employed as Director General of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry since 2007. Earlier Ms Bruun worked as an expert and consultant on ICT in the private sector. Ms Bruun is a member of the board of the Conference of European Statisticians, which operates under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, as well as a member of the Partnership Group that supports the European Statistical System Committee.

Jose Ramon Albert, Secretary General, National Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines

Dr Albert is the Secretary General of the Philippine National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) on secondment from  the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. Dr Albert is a Past President of the Philippine Statistical Association. He is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and the National Research Council of the Philippines.  He has worked for 20 countries on poverty analysis and survey data analysis. He earned a PhD. in Statistics (1993) and his MS in Statistics (1989) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He is also currently a Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University.   

Alexandre Barbosa, Head, CETIC Brazil

Head of the Center of Studies for Information and Communications Technologies (, an Unesco Category II Center for the development of information society based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Barbosa is in charge of nationwide ICT survey projects in Brazil aimed at the production of ICT-related statistics and indicators. Mr Barbosa holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation and postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal in Canada, a Master Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University, a Master Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University.

Iñigo Herguera García, Deputy Director Statistics Division, National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC), Spain

Iñigo Herguera is the Deputy Director of the Statistics Division at the telecommunication regulator in Spain, the National Markets and Competition Commission. He is also an associate professor at the Universidad Complutense and has a number of publications in international refereed journals. His research field is industrial organization, anti-trust and regulation. He has been consultant in relevant cases on regulation of the telecommunications industry and has been involved in several anti-trust cases. He has worked in consultancy for big electricity and telecommunication firms, as well as for the European Commission. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Diploma in European Studies from the Universitaet des Saarlandes and a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute.

Rati Skhirtladze, Head of the Information and Analysis Department, National Communications Commission, Georgia

Rati Skhirtladze is the Head of Information and Analysis Department of the Georgian National Communications Commission, the National regulatory authority of Georgia. Rati has 14 years experience in telecom industry analysis. Prior to working in the Georgian regulator, he  was the director of the analytical department of Magtciom, the largest telecom operator in Georgia. In 1995-2004 he was a lecturer on information technologies at the State University of Tbilisi.  His academic background includes a PhD in Mathematics from the State University of Georgia, a Master in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business, a Master in Public Administration from the Georgian-American Institue of Public affairs and a Diploma in Economics from the State University of Georgia.

Ivan Vallejo, Market Analyst, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU/BDT

Ivan Vallejo Vall is Market Analyst at the ICT Data and Statistics division (IDS) of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. He works in the collection and dissemination of ICT statistics, with a particular focus on data from administrative sources. He participates as market analyst in the drafting of the analytical reports produced by the ITU IDS division – such as the Measuring the Information Society report – and in the methodological publications on administrative sources – such as the ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT. He takes part in the organization of the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and in its discussions. Before joining ITU he worked in the Spanish telecommunication regulator, the National Markets and Competition Commission. He holds Engineering degrees in Telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona.

Koay Hock Eng, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

Mr H E Koay is Head of Industry Research Division, Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), where he guides and oversees statistical activities. Under his watch, the Statistics Department of the MCMC has evolved from merely collecting secondary and administrative data, to actively conducting primary surveys as well as providing statistical advisory services in communications and multimedia to stakeholders in Malaysia. His experience ranges from household statistics to enterprise statistics gained from prior long service in the Malaysian National Statistics Office.  He is also the current Secretary-General of APIRA, the Asia Pacific Internet Research Alliance. Mr H E Koay has a Master of Business Administration Degree.

Susan Teltscher, Head, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU/BDT

Dr Susan Teltscher is Head of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. Her Division is responsible for the collection, harmonization, analysis and dissemination of information and communication technology (ICT) statistics worldwide, and for the production of analytical reports on global and regional trends in ICT. Before joining the ITU in July 2008, she was Chief of the ICT Policy and Analysis Unit, ICT and E-Business Branch, of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva. Dr Teltscher received her Ph.D. in Economic Geography in 1992 from the University of Washington (Seattle, United States).

Daniel Ewerdahl, Statistician, Statistics Sweden 

Daniel is responsible for the survey on ICT-usage in households and by individuals, conducted by Statistics Sweden. This  includes all survey aspects and with much focus on EU-cooperation for constructing harmonized questionnaires. He has been employed at Statistics Sweden since 2009 where he also worked with surveys on R&D and investments. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked with different types of surveys at an research oriented consultant firm. Daniel holds an B.Sc. in Statistics from Stockholm University.  

Vanessa Gray, Senior Analyst, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU/BDT

Vanessa Gray is a Senior ICT Analyst in the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. She helps to design and coordinate the Division’s analytical publications, including the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report, and contributes to and coordinates the analysis of information society developments, including in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Ms Gray is the ITU focal point for the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators and provides advice on the work on monitoring the MDGs in the area of ICTs. Ms Gray holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.  

Scarlett Fondeur Gil, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD

Ms Scarlett Fondeur Gil is an Economics graduate from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology in the Dominican Republic, with a Masters in International Relations from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She has been working for the last nine years as an Economic Affairs Officer for the ICT Analysis Section of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She and her colleagues produce the annual Information Economy Report, which analyzes trends on ICT and the information economy in developing countries and makes policy recommendations to UNCTAD member states. She is also involved in the development of internationally comparable ICT statistics in the context of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, which is composed by 13 international organizations. In this context, UNCTAD co-chairs with ITU the Partnership's Task Group on measuring ICT and gender. In addition, UNCTAD currently collects data on the use of ICT by businesses, on the ICT sector, and on international trade in ICT goods, and aims to continue developing statistical work on measuring trade in ICT services. 

Nancy J. Hafkin, Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT)

Nancy J. Hafkin established the Programme to Promote Information Technology in Africa and the African Information Society Initiative (eight years before WSIS) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa where she worked for 25 years. The holder of a PhD in History, she has written widely on information technology, gender and international development. In 2000 the Association for Progressive Communications established the Nancy Hafkin Communications Prize for innovative communication projects in Africa. In 2012 she was in the first group of honorees in the Internet Society Hall of Fame, in the category of “Global Connectors.”

David Hunter, Senior Statistician, International Labour Organisation (ILO)

David Hunter works in the Department of Statistics of the International Labour Office (ILO).  He is responsible for the development of international standard classifications and variables for labour statistics, and for supporting the implementation of these standards in national statistical systems, including labour force surveys.  He led the work to develop the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08). Prior to joining the ILO in 2006, David worked for 20 years at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, where he was director responsible for standards and classifications in social and labour statistics.

Ernestina Hope Turkson, Head, Gender Coordination and Capacity Building/ICT Division, Ghana Statistical Service  

Ms Ernestina Hope Turkson has a long successful career in the field of Statistics and lndicators. She is Head of Gender Coordination and Capacity Building/ICT of Ghana Statistical Service since 2009. She contributed significantly to improving the production and management of social and economic statistics through Census and Surveys. Her academic background includes degrees in Statistics and computer science at the University of Ghana, a short course in Demography at the university of Groningen, graduate certificate on Mathematics and Statistics at Arkansas State University at USA and PhD Statistics at the University of Ghana. She has served as a resource person/speaker in various local and international seminars/workshops/training on Gender Statistics, Education, Millennium Development Goals, Ghanalnfo.

Esperanza Magpantay, Senior Statistician, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU/BDT

Ms Esperanza Magpantay is the Senior Statistician of the ICT Data and Statistics division (IDS) of the ITU, where she has been working since December 2000. She is responsible for the collection and dissemination of ICT statistics particularly through the Yearbook of Statistics, World Telecom/ICT Indicators Database and the ICT Eye. Ms Magpantay takes part in the coordination of the work of the ITU Expert Group on Telecom/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and the ITU’s representative at the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and its Steering Committee. Before joining ITU she worked for 7 years at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva as a statistical officer. She has a degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.

Ralf Becker, Chief, Industrial and Energy Statistics Section, United Nations Statistic Division (UNSD)

Ralf Becker has been working with the United Nations for more than 20 years. He is now heading the Industrial and Energy Statistics Section of the UN Statistics Division and is in this function responsible for the development of international standards, data collection and technical assistance activities in these areas. He has also been responsible for international classifications for the last 15 years and continues to work on the coordination of international efforts to revise and harmonize international standards, and provide technical support to countries for their implementation. In his work at the UN he has also contributed to other areas of statistics. Mr Becker holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Antonio Galicia-Escotto, Senior Economist, Statistics Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Antonio Galicia Escotto is a senior economist in the International Monetary Fund’s Statistics Department. He has been a staff member at Banco de Mexico and assistant to the Executive Director at the IMF. He holds a B.A. in economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and an M.A. in applied economics from American University, Washington, D.C. He published several articles on international economics during his tenure at Banco de Mexico and taught at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Currently Mr Galicia is in charge of maintaining the methodological principles of official reserve assets with particular emphasis on Fund accounts. His contributions in this area have been in several statistical documents on Fund accounts, among them the guidance on the statistical treatment of lending to the IMF, lending to IMF Managed Trusts, and Special Drawing Rights. Mr Galicia is member of the Secretariat of the Reserves Assets Technical Expert Group (RESTEG). 

Eduardo Ríos, Adjoint Director General for Socio-Demographic Surveys and Administrative Records, INEGI, Mexico 

Eduardo León Ríos Mingramm is Adjunct Director General for Socio-Demographic Surveys and Administrative Records in the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI). He is responsible for generating and integrating basic and derived statistics based on household surveys, and the use of administrative records, which provide demographic information. He joined INEGI in 1984, and has worked in the generation of social and demographic statistical information through censuses, surveys and administrative records. He was also responsible for the coordination of IT in INEGI and for the IT policy in the Federal Public Administration and has held various positions, from Head of Department to the current post. Mr Ríos studied Actuarial Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Gerardo Durand, Deputy Director General of Economic Surveys and Administrative Records, INEGI, Mexico

Gerardo Durand Alcántara holds the position of Deputy Director General of Economic Surveys and Administrative Records in the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) and he is in charge of the production of statistics on ICT. He has been an economics professor at Metropolitan Autonomous University and researcher in the Research and Teaching Economics Centre (CIDE). He participated in some working papers related to industrial organization and is author of the book 'Strategies of the firms in Mexico, the case of petrochemical and machine-tool industries'. Nowadays Mr Durand is participating in several international task forces and working groups focused on International Trade Statistics, Global Production and Internationalization with the UN Statistics Division, OECD and UNECE. Likewise he is the coordinator of the Mexican delegation that participates in the North American Transportation Statistics Interchange with the US and Canada. Gerardo Durand holds a bachelor degree on Economics from the Metropolitan Autonomous University.

Cosmas Zavazava, Chief of Department, Project Support and Knowledge Management, ITU/BDT

Dr Cosmas Zavazava (PH.D, LLM, MA, MBA, BBA, Diploma Telecommunications and Systems Engineering) works in the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU. He is a widely quoted author on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), least developed countries and small island developing states, emergency telecommunications and climate change. He has developed and implemented a host of ICT projects across the globe. He has designed and deployed wireless solutions for development, risk disaster reduction, and disaster management including early warning and systems for disaster response. Cosmas has a track record for fund raising. He is a trained multilateral negotiator who has represented his government as well as ITU in international trade, environment, climate change and intellectual property negotiations. He worked as a senior government official heading his government’s Telecommunications Agency, and served as a senior diplomat before joining ITU. He also taught MBA classes in areas of business strategy, Management Information Systems and finance at Nottingham Trent University.

Joaquin Restrepo, Head, Outreach and Publications Division, ITU/BR

Joaquin Restrepo joint ITU in 2012, as Head of Outreach and Publications Division at the Radiocommunications Bureau, and being in charge of the Outreach Strategy. Before joining ITU, he worked in several telecommunication organizations: during 2011-2012, he was Senior Technical Advisor in REGULATEL; in 2010 he was founder and 1st. Director General of the National Spectrum Agency, NSA, in Colombia; in 2006 he was appointed Director of the Office of International Affairs at the Ministry of ICT of Colombia; and in 2002 Director of Planning at COMPARTEL Program (universal service) at the same Ministry. He holds a M.SC and Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Toulouse, and an Electronic Engineer degree and M.Sc. in Technology Management from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín. He has more than 20 years of experience in the academic sector, devoted to R&D projects in radiocommunications, and holds several patents in the domain of Non-GEO satellite communications. 

Kathryn O’Brien, Assistant Chief of the International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, United States

Ms O’Brien is Assistant Chief of the International Bureau at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  In that capacity, she oversees FCC participation in international organizations, in particular, the International Telecommunications Union.  She was previously Chief of the Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division in the FCC’s International Bureau.  The Division is responsible for FCC participation in international organizations, maintains relationships with regulators and policymakers around the world, and coordinates mobile and broadcast services in the Mexican and Canadian border regions. Prior to joining the International Bureau, Ms O’Brien worked on wireless and cable issues at the FCC and was in private practice in Washington, D.C. Ms O’Brien is a graduate of Smith College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Soichiro Seki, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Mr Seki was appointed Director-General for International Affairs of the the Global ICT Strategy Bureau in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in 2012. In this position, he promotes international cooperation and international dialogue both on bi-lateral and multi-lateral basis in the ICT field. He was previously Deputy Director-General for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Mr Seki has been working in the government of Japan since 1983. He holds a Masters in Public Administration / Mid-career from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and an LL.B. from Department of Law, University of Tokyo. Mr Seki is the author of the "Re-examination of Climate Change Policy" (2004).

Matt Hatton, Director, Machina Research

Matt is a respected wireless industry expert with over 15 years' experience. He is a Director at Machina Research, a leading machine-to-machine research and advisory firm. Prior to establishing Machina Research, Matt worked for Yankee Group, 3UK and Analysys Mason. Matt is widely quoted in the press and speaks frequently at conferences. He holds an MSc in Telecommunications from University College London.

Sriganesh Lokanathan, Senior Research Manager, LIRNEasia

Sriganesh Lokanathan is a Senior Research Manager at LIRNEasia where he leads LIRNEasia’s work on Big Data for Development. He is responsible for developing partnerships as well as the big data analytics needed to harness mobile network big data to answer broad questions related to human development. Currently this work involves the development of actionable insights for transportation and urban development in Sri Lanka. In relation to this work he is also working on developing a privacy framework in a Big Data context. Sriganesh has also worked extensively on broader ICT4D efforts (specifically with respect to agriculture) as well telecommunications and ICT policy and regulation. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.

Carlos Jiménez Riestra, Telefónica

Carlos Jimenez is a Senior Manager in Global Business Intelligence for Telefónica S.A. based in Mexico, overseeing BI transformational projects in Telefonica’s Latam operations. From 2002 to 2012 he was Application Development, IT Transformation Director and CIO for Telefónica Movistar Mexico with previous experience in the Telecom industry including Nextel International in the USA and Alestra (AT&T) in México with significant experience on Business Intelligence and Telecom Informational Systems. Carlos´ career has also included a term in academia as professor of computer science and management information systems in Monterrey Tech in México. He was classified  in the top 100 CIOs in 2007 from InfoWorld Mexico Magazine. Carlos Jimenez earned his B.S. in information systems in 1986, a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1990 and Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1996 from Monterrey Tech (ITESM) in México.