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WTIS-17 - Biography

​​In alphabetical order:

Mohammed Ahli, Executive Director, National Statistics and Data Sector, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, United Arab Emirates

Mohammad Ahli is the Executive Director for National Statistic and Data Sector at the Federal Competitiveness and Statistic Authority. He is currently looking after the development of the national statistics and the data strategy for the authority and manages the execution in that sector across the board. He is also responsible for creating the workforce plan and resource allocation aligning with all stakeholders to develop the national statistics dissemination strategy. Prior to that, Mohammad served as Strategy Director developing the national statistics strategy 2021 for the UAE. Previously, he was the Engagement Director for corporate communication and external affairs at the Emirates Competitiveness Council in the Minister of State Office. Prior to working in the public sector, Mohammed worked for Microsoft International as the Government Sector Manager, where he worked closely with the UAE government towards achieving a position of trusted advisor in innovation for technology needs and helping both local and federal government bodies to achieve cost effectiveness with high level of customer satisfaction. Mohammad also worked for Emirates NBD Bank. He took several roles and positions within the bank’s information technology (IT) and financial branches, were he was managing and delivering high-level business operation for the Emirates Bank Group, handling the bank’s strategic IT projects and overall project management. Mohammad holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National American University as well as a diploma in computer information processing from the Higher College of Technology Dubai.

Ebrahim Al-Haddad, Regional Director, ITU Arab Regional Office  

Ebrahim Al-Haddad has a wide experience in the telecommunication field that stretches over 25 years in the international arena as well as in the private sector. In 2002, Mr Al Haddad joined ITU and spent six and a half years between the headquarters in Geneva and the regional office in Cairo where he was the regional director. In July 2008, Mr Al Haddad joined a telecom consultancy group that provided consultancy services to governments, regulators and private sector entities in the Arab region. He rejoined the ITU as the regional director of the Arab office in October 2011. Mr Al-Haddad holds a master’s degree in information analysis and management from Bond University in Australia. 

Mansour Al Shehry, Market Study Specialist​, Communication and Information Technology Commission, Saudi Arabia

Mansour Al Shehry is Market Study Specialist at the Regulation and Competition Division of the Communication and Information Technology Commission in Saudi Arabia. Mr Al Shehry has 15 years of experience in regulation and market analysis. He was part of the second mobile license evaluation team, in 2005, he has been Project Manager of the Saudi Market Study projects for the years 2010-2014-2015 and 2016. Mr Al Shehry is the key person in setting and updating the list of ICT indicators. He is responsible for validation and analysis of the Saudi ICT market data from both the demand and the supply side. Mr Al Shehry is also member of the Parental Control Regulation team and part of the team of experts in Saudi Arabia participating in the discussions of the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators. 

Christopher Amin, Senior Software Engineer, Research and Development, RIPE NCC

Christopher Amin is a Senior Software Engineer in the Research and Development Department of the RIPE NCC. He spends most of his time working as a back-end developer for the RIPE Atlas project, and has also contributed to the RIPEstat and DNSMON services. Before joining the RIPE NCC in 2011, Mr Amin worked in the UK as the lead technical architect in the e-commerce department of a FTSE 100 insurance company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of East Anglia.

May Amr, Director, Data acquisition and annotation, Cairo Operations Lead​, Affectiva​

May Amr received a bachelor 's degree with honors in digital media engineering and technology from the German University in Cairo/Ulm University. She joined Affectiva in 2011, since then she has created the data annotation infrastructure, designed the company's acquisition and annotation methodologies. Ms Amr contributes in building emotion and appearance classifiers using support vector machine and deep learning methods. Aside from the technical responsibilities, Ms Amr i​s leading Affectiva’s Cairo office operations. She helps on-boarding researchers and engineers to the team.​

Muhammad Arif Sargana, Director (Economic Affairs), Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA)

Muhammad Arif Sargana has more than 23 years of professional experience as an economist both working for the public and private sectors and with International donors and international NGOs. He is Director of Economic Affairs at the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) since 2003. He is a focal person at the Pakistan Regulator to gather ICT statistics from all operators and other agencies in Pakistan and provide them to ITU and other national and international agencies. He also publishes PTA annual reports on Pakistan’s ICT and telecommunication sector, and contributes to the Pakistan Economic Survey annually published by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan. Mr Sargana is instrumental in the coordination of work with the National Statistics Office to revise the questionnaires of its regular surveys. He is also member of the working group to monitor SDG developments in Pakistan established at the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Before taking his current position at PTA, Mr Sargana worked as Deputy Director at the National Tariff Commission where he contributed to the Trade Remedy Laws in Pakistan in accordance with WTO Agreements. He also worked for the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the World Bank Pakistan Resident Mission, the United Nations and other development institutions for various assignments. Mr Sargana holds three post-graduate degrees in economics of development from Pakistan and from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. He is a research fellow at University of Bradford, UK. He has published a number of articles in the national press for general awareness about telecom sector developments, FDI in the ICT sector and regulatory reforms.

Kees Balde, Associate Programme Officer, United Nations University (UNU)-ViE SCYCLE

Kees Balde works at Statistics Netherlands, where he is deputy head of environment statistics. Next to that, Kees is a member of the board of directors of the Dutch Waste Electronical and Electronic Appliances Register. He also works for the United Nations University (UNU) as an Associate Programme Officer. At UNU, he is the focal point of e-waste quantifications. He is also the main author of the global e-waste monitor. Kees Baldé earned his PhD in Chemistry at Utrecht University.


Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa, Head, Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (, Brazil

Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa leads several information and communication technologies (ICT) surveys and research projects on the socioeconomic implications of ICT in Brazil. He is responsible for conducting nationwide ICT surveys for the production of ICT-related statistics on the access to and use of ICTs in different segments of society and capacity building in survey methodologies in Latin América and lusophone countries of Africa. Mr Barbosa is also the Chair of the Expert Group on ICT Households indicators from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Mr Barbosa holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), a Master Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University (UK), an MSc Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University (Brazil). He has also conducted postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal (Canada).

Johannes Bauer, Chair, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University and Associate Editor, Telecommunications Policy

Johannes M. Bauer is the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University (MSU). He is trained as an engineer and economist, holding MA and PhD degrees in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. Since joining MSU in 1990, he spent extended periods as a visiting professor affiliated with the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Konstanz, Germany (2010), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012). His research covers a wide range of issues related to innovation in information and communication technology industries (ICT), business models of national and global players, as well as the public policy and governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICTs for society. He has developed and used computational methods to examine the effects of governance on advanced communications infrastructure and applied big data analytical methods to problems of information security. He currently serves as member of the boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) and on the Executive Committee of the iSchools. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and has served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Linus Bengtsson, Executive Director,

Linus Bengtsson is Executive Director and co-founder of Flowminder Foundation, as well as a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He pioneered the use of  mobile operator data to monitor population displacement during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak. Dr. Bengtsson has since led projects using mobile operator data in a large number of countries, supporting governments, UN and intergovernmental agencies.


Hichem Besbes is the Head of the Telecommunication National Regulatory Authority of TUNISIA (INTT) since April 2014. He holds a HDR “Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches” in Telecommunications and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. From July 1999 to October 2000, he was a post doctoral fellow at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. In July 2001, he joined Legerity Inc., Austin, Texas, USA, where he was a senior system engineer working on broadband modems. From March 2002 to July 2003, he was a member of Technical Staff at Celite Systems Inc., Austin, Texas, where he contributed to the definition, design and development of Celite's high-speed data transmission systems. In September 2003, he regained Sup'Com in Tunisia, where he was a Professor in Telecommunication and director of the research Lab COSIM. In 2005, he co-founded smart-waves, a startup working on advanced signal processing for future networks. From January to May 2011, he was a Fulbright Visiting scholar at Colorado State University. From January 2013 to March 2014, he served as a board member of INTT. Prof. Hichem Besbes has more than 100 publications in international conferences and scientific journals dealing with wireless communication and signal processing. 

Chandrajit Chatterjee, Deputy Director, Economic Statistics, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, India

Chandrajit Chatterjee is the Deputy Director of Economic Statistics in the Central Statistics Office of the Government of India. Mr Chatterjee has 5 years’ experience in collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of various economic statistics with a special focus on the industry and service sectors. Prior to joining the Government of India, Mr Chatterjee worked in the non-life insurance industry as an actuary. He has an advanced master’s degree in statistics and a certificate in actuarial techniques from the Institute of Actuaries of India (IAI). He has experience in various fields of economic statistics including compilation of index of industrial production, conduct of annual establishment surveys of registered manufacturing, development of factsheet for economy based on short term correlated indicators, statistical metadata standards as well as economic (industry/ product) classifications. Mr Chatterjee has been involved in developing ICT-based solutions for data collection in the official statistical system and has also conducted several studies on ICT usage in industries based on data collected through surveys and administrative records.  


Akmal Chaudhri, NoSQL and Spark Technical Evangelist, GridGain Systems

Akmal Chaudhri is a technology evangelist at GridGain. His role is to help build the global Apache Ignite community and raise awareness through presentations and technical writing. Akmal has over 25 years experience in IT and has previously held roles as a developer, consultant, product strategist and technical trainer. He has worked for several blue-chip companies such as Reuters and IBM, and also the Big Data startups Hortonworks (Hadoop) and DataStax (Cassandra NoSQL Database). He has regularly presented at many international conferences and served on the program committees for a number of major conferences and workshops. He has published and presented widely and edited or co-edited 10 books. He holds a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Computing and Information Systems, MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). 


Jinqiao Chen, Deputy Chief Engineer, China Academy of  Information and Communications Technology, China 

Chen Jinqiao is the Deputy Chief Engineer of China Academy of Telecommunication Research, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). He is also the Secretary General and member of the Expert Committee of Information and Communication Technology, an important MIIT think tank on the ICT sector established in 2003. He has been invited as guest professor by several Chinese universities and as a trainer by multinational companies. He has also been invited as key speaker by several famous investment banks such as UBS, DB and Goldman Sachs to attend their investment conference. Since 2001, he participates in the study groups of ITU-T and ITU-D as a chief member of the Chinese delegation. He has also been taking part in ICT statistical work for several years. He successfully carried out some UNDP projects with Chinese and German scholars with the aim to promote the development of the information society. He was the main researcher for the EU-China information society comparison study in 2006. During his career, he has gained an in-depth understanding and mastery in development rules and future trends of the ICT industry. Mr Jinqiao graduated from Renmin University of China with a major is finance and economics. 

Wilson Chua, Managing Director and Founder, Bandwidth Signal and Statistics (BASS) Project

Wilson Chua is the founder and managing director of Bandwidth and Signal Statistics (BASS), a volunteer-developed, freely downloadable mobile app to crowdsource and map mobile Internet performance and coverage. Mr Chua has more than two decades of experience in building businesses in the ICT sector, from Internet service provision to call center and data center operations. His passion for using data science for social good has led to a widely read technology column in the Manila Bulletin and various volunteer efforts, including the use of big data analysis to fight dengue. He was recently part of the winning team in the IBM Fintech Pitching Competition in Singapore. Mr Chua has a master’s from the National University of Singapore and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines.                            

Louis DiCesari, Head of Big Data Implementation, Vodafone Group

Louis DiCesari is Head of Big Data Implementation at Vodafone, responsible for strategy, operations, and commercialisation of Vodafone's global big data capabilities.  In this role, he has launched Big Data Analytics in 14 Vodafone operating countries, leveraging data as a strategic asset to enable high-impact use cases across functional areas of the business. Before Vodafone, Louis was Vice President, Data Analytics at Prudential Financial, where he developed and grew a new team focused on advanced analytics as well as led strategic data insights work supporting Prudential’s business in 33-countries. He has more than 15 years of experience in analytics, with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple University. 

Silvio De Nicola, Officer, AGCOM, Italy

Silvio De Nicola is an Officer of the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM). He has worked as consultant for several telecommunication companies (TIM, Alcatel, Huawey, etc). Since 2009, he works for AGCOM, participating in several international expert groups on ICT. He holds a degree, a PhD, and a Master in Communication Engineering (University of Naples, University of Hong Kong, European University Institute). He has a number of publications in international refereed journals, and his interest lies in data processing, information design, and knowledge network.


H.E. Mr Habib Dababi, Secretary of State for the Digital Economy, Tunisia

H.E. Mr Habib Debbabi is the Tunisian Digital Economy Secretary of State. Mr Debbabi held several managerial and business positions with mobile operators and mobile manufacturers in Europe and in the Middle East region. At Ericsson AB, he held the position of Business Development Director in Saudi Arabia, and the position of Senior Consultant for Smart Grid Solution in the Mediterranean Region. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Havas Tunisia and he founded his own consulting firm in 2014. Mr Debbabi holds a master's degree in science, radio communication networks option from the University of Versailles, France. 

Scarlett Fondeur Gil, Economic Affairs Officer, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Scarlett Fondeur Gil has been an Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD for more than 10 years. She and her colleagues produce the annual Information Economy Report, which looks at trends in ICT for sustainable trade and development. She also works on the development of information economy statistics, representing UNCTAD in the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. UNCTAD currently collects data on the use of ICT by businesses, on the ICT sector, and on international trade in ICT goods, and is working to improve the measurement of e-commerce and of international trade in ICT and ICT-enabled services. Ms Fondeur Gil is an economics graduate from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology in the Dominican Republic, with a master's in international relations from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. 


Bjorn Forssell, Statistician, Statistics Sweden

Nicolas Friederici, Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Nicolas Friederici is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College in Oxford. As member of the Geonet team, he studies how digital entrepreneurship works in environments that are far more challenging than Silicon Valley or London. His comparative grounded research covers African cities including Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Kigali, Addis Ababa, and Harare. Ultimately, this work explains how and why digital entrepreneurship flourishes in some places but not in others. Nicolas’ doctoral work focused on technology innovation hubs in Africa. He was a visitor at SCANCOR at Stanford, a Clarendon Scholar, and grantee of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Until 2014, Nicolas was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development and ICT Policy & Regulation programs at infoDev (World Bank). He helped to coordinate and analyse infoDev’s global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of innovation hubs (“mLabs” and “mHubs”). Mr Friederici has also contributed to projects on ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction, as well as the ICT Regulation and Broadband Strategies Toolkits. He was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he did his MA in telecommunications, information studies and media. Mr Friederici also holds a Diplom in Media Management from the University of Cologne.  

Bowei Gai, Founder, World Startup Report and World Startup Wiki

Bowei Gai is an engineer by trade, founder by heart and global startup researcher by passion. As an engineer, Bowei learned the tools of trade working with the original AppleTV and iPhone team at Apple. He now holds 8 US patents in consumer hardware and software technologies. As a serial entrepreneur, Bowei built a handful of companies including CardMunch, which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2011 prior to IPO. As a researcher, Bowei interviewed startups, investors and policy makers across 29 countries in a single year as part of the World Startup Report initiative. Findings of his research have been shared with The Economist, European Commission and US Department of State. Today, Bowei focuses his time working with various Philippine government agencies to help improve the lives of 100M Filipino citizens.

Mohamed Hamdi, Director of Innovation, El Ghazala Communication Cyberparc, Tunisia

Mohamed Hamdi is the Director of Innovation at El Ghazala Communication Cyberparc. He has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications published in international books, journals and conferences. He was the chair of the Cloud Security industry forum in the IEEE ICC'12 conference (Ottawa, Canada). He has also chaired and co-chaired international conferences and special issues in international conferences including the Trust, Security, and Privacy symposium in the IEEE IWCMC 2012 conference and the special issue on Web Services in Multimedia Communication for the journal on Advances in Multimedia. He has presented multiple tutorials and invited speeches in international conferences, such as the GEOSS Forum (Globecom 2011). In addition, Dr Hamdi was invited at the ITU World Telecom 2011 conference to serve as a panellist in a forum on the security of social networks. He also passed prestigious professional certifications including the CISSP and the CISCO Security certifications. He is conducting research activities in the areas of wireless sensor networks, risk management, algebraic modeling, cloud security, intrusion detection, and network forensics. Between 2001 and 2005, he worked for the National Digital Certification Agency (Tunisia) where he was the leader of the security risk management team.                                        


Iñigo Herguera, Professor of Economics, University of Madrid, Spain and Chair of the Expert Group on Telecommunications/ ICT Indicators (EGTI) 

Iñigo Herguera is an associate professor in Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and has a number of publications in international refereed journals. His research field is industrial organization, anti-trust and regulation. He has worked as the Director of the Statistics Division at the telecommunications regulatory commission in Spain for 11 years and participated and chaired several international expert groups on benchmarking telecommunications and ICT indicators. He has been consultant in relevant cases on regulation of the telecommunications industry and has been involved in several anti-trust cases working both for private corporations as for regulators and public institutions (energy regulator, 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.​

Tatiana Jereissati, Coordinator, UNESCO Projects, Brazilian Network Information Center (, Brazil 

Tatiana Jereissati is Coordinator of Unesco Projects at the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society ( under the auspices of UNESCO based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has experience in the implementation of nationwide ICT standalone surveys in Brazil, such as the ICT Households and ICT Kids Online Brazil. She is responsible for international cooperation at, especially promoting capacity-building on ICT survey methodologies in Latin America and lusophone countries in Africa. She is also responsible for the ICT & Gender cross-national project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Fundação Armando Alvares Pentado, a bachelor’s degree in languages and literature (Portuguese and French) from the University of São Paulo and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sciences with special mention to Gender and Public Policies from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Argentina.                                            

Elif Koksal-Oudot, Economist, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Elif Köksal-Oudot is an Economist at the Economic Analysis and Statistics Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (OECD) since 2006. She currently serves the Working Party on the Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy by developing new metrics and conducting analytical studies. Her main fields of expertise include skill composition of employment, productivity and ICT usage by households, individuals and by businesses. Ms Köksal-Oudot is also part of the team in charge of the measurement strand of the OECD’s horizontal project on “Going Digital: Making the Digital Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being”, which aims to give policymakers the tools they need to help their economies and societies prosper in a world that is increasingly digital and data-driven. In parallel, she represents her institution at relevant international bodies, such as steering and expert groups at the European Commission and ITU. Over the past decade, Ms Köksal-Oudot has been co-authoring several flagship publications including the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard, the OECD Digital Economy Outlook and the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook. Ms Köksal-Oudot holds a M.Sc. in labour economics from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and is a member of the Centre for Strategic and Prospective Studies (CEPS).

Eni Lestariningsih, Head of ICT Statistics Division, BPS Statistics, Indonesia

Eni Lestariningsih is the Head of ICT Statistics Division at BPS Statistics Indonesia since 2013. She is responsible for the collection and harmonization of ICT statistics through various surveys, such as the Survey on ICT Usage in Business Sector and Education Sector, the Survey on Information and Communication Industries, the Survey on Telecommunication Statistics, which is mainly developed based on secondary data. She has also been responsible to develop the ICT Development Index at the sub-national level for Indonesia. She is also as a national focal point for ITU in terms of ICT household indicators. She has a degree in statistics from Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia and she holds also a master’s degree in economics from Tokyo International University, Japan, under a Monbusho Scholarship (2004-2006). 

H.E. Dr Mohamed Anouar Maarouf, Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Tunisia

H.E. Dr Mohamed Anouar Maarouf is the Tunisian Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy. He is a graduate of the Institut National des Télécommunication à Paris. He holds a Master of Change Management from Université Paris-Dauphine and a PhD in Mathematics from the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France). He began his career as a consultant to numerous prominent companies including France Telecom, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Nokia on topics such as network architecture and engineering, before eventually directing several projects in these domains. He joined the Department of Information Technology and Communication as Adviser to the Minister and was in charge, among other responsibilities, of the steering of the National Strategy Tunisia Numérique 2018. He also participated in the work of the Intelligence Unit and Strategic Foresight of the Presidency of the Government. 

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

Esperanza Magpantay is the Senior Statistician of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, where she has been working since 2000. She is responsible for the collection, harmonization and dissemination of ICT statistics, particularly through the Yearbook of Statistics, the World Telecom/ICT Indicators Database, the ICT Eye and the ICT Development Index. Ms Magpantay is ITU’s representative at the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and its Steering Committee and the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG). She also coordinates the pilot project of the ITU on Big Data for Measuring the Information Society. Before joining ITU she worked for seven 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.

Lourdes O. Montenegro, Economist, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Lourdes O. Montenegro is an economist working for the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. She specializes in supply-side ICT data, with emphasis on the development of metrics for emerging information and communication technologies. She is involved in the management and coordination of the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) as well as the ITU pilot project on Big Data for Measuring the Information Society. Ms Montenegro has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is currently a PhD candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where she is undertaking dissertation research on the regulation of network industries, with a focus on Internet interconnection and quality of service. 

Khopotso Mtwazi, Director, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa

Khopotso Mtwazi is the Director of Information Society Evaluation of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa. She has been holding the post since 2005, and she is responsible to lead the development of indicators and associate systems to measure progress towards building an information society. She was part of the team that drafted the first Information Society and Development Plan of South Africa. She has also successfully led the conceptualization and development of South Africa’s ICT index, called e-Barometer. She has also facilitated the development of ICT data visualization tools, as well as data dissemination publication products. She participates in South Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals Country Report drafting task team. She was part of South Africa’s National Youth Development Policy Framework drafting team and The India, Brazil and South Africa Information Society Working Group. She holds a Master’s of Management from University of Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in ICTs and the Knowledge Society from the University of Dublin, Ireland.

Kwan Kee Ng, Executive Manager, Research and Statistics Unit, Info-communications Media Development Authority, Singapore

Kwan Kee Ng is the Team Lead of the Research and Statistics Unit of IMDA, Singapore, responsible for conducting national surveys (both households and enterprises), compiling and disseminating ICT and media statistics in the area of manpower, industry, access and usage.  He is also responsible for indicator development, monitoring and benchmarking work, providing evidence-based inputs for ICT and media strategy and policy.  He has a Master of Science (Management) Degree and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree (Honours) in Statistics from the National University of Singapore.

Linah Ngumba, Senior Statistician, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Linah Ngumba works at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the National Statistics Office in Kenya. She heads the ICT Statistics Section which is responsible for conducting nationwide ICT surveys to produce ICT- related statistics on the access to and use of ICTs in different segments of society in Kenya.  Ms Ngumba is also the Vice-Chair of the Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators from the International Telecommunication Union. She is the pioneer of the ICT statistics chapter in the Economic Survey Report that is widely used in Kenya for Economic performance. She also successfully pioneered surveys on the use and access of ICTs in enterprises and public institutions. She has a degree in economics and statistics and a master’s in economics from the University of Nairobi.

João Noronha, Head of Statistics and Market Research, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações, Portugal

João Noronha is the Head of the Statistics and Market Research unit at ANACOM, the Portuguese telecoms regulator, where he has been working since 1995. He has over 20 years’ experience on regulation, market analysis and data collection and analysis in the telecoms field. He is an active member of the ITU’s Expert Group on Telecom/ICT’s indicators, where he has led the work of the sub-group that developed detailed data collection guidelines for international bandwidth indicators as well as the sub-group that proposed definitions and methodologies for new fixed network coverage indicators. He has been involved in the international project teams that are studying data collection methodologies for the IoT and OTT’s. Mr. Noronha studied economics, financial analysis and political science at Lisbon’s Catholic University and ISEG.

Juan David Olarte Torres, Head of Planning and Sectoral Studies, Ministry of ICT of Colombia

Juan David Olarte Torres is Head of the Planning and Sectoral Studies of the Colombian Ministry of ICT. Prior to this position, he worked as financial analyst for a consulting enterprise (one year), Adviser to the Director of the Statistics National Institute (DANE) in Colombia (one year), Adviser to the Colciencias Regionalization Office (three years) and Head of the ICT Fund Office of the ICT Ministry (nine years). His work experience has allowed him to consolidate knowledge in different areas such as planning, budgeting, knowledge management, evaluation, project management and execution, regional management and resource management. Mr Olarte Torres is an Economist with a Political Science degree from Universidad de los Andes and a specialization in Development Projects.​


Aulia Astagina Ramadhani, Head, Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia

Aulia Astagina Ramadhani is the Head of the Sub-division of Posts and Information Technology Implementation, Informatics Application and Public Information and Communication Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Communication and IT of the Republic of Indonesia, which she joined in 2009. She is responsible for various aspects of the Ministry's international affairs. In particular, multilateral affairs related to telecommunications/ICT, cybersecurity, Internet governance, postal services, and broadcasting. Ms Ramadhani is Indonesia's ITU’s ICT indicators national focal point from the Ministry. In this position, she is responsible for formulating, analyzing, and coordinating the Ministry's data submission for the ICT Development Index and ITU ICT questionnaires, as well as other questionnaires from international organizations, such as UPU, and WEF. Ms Ramadhani completed her master’s degree in commerce concentrating on management of information systems at the University of Queensland, Australia. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in government studies from the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and in business management from the Indonesian Islamic University.               


Alana G. Ramos, Chief of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Statistics Coordination Division, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Philippines

Alana G. Ramos has worked in the ICT sector for the past 10 years. She us currently Chief of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Statistics Coordination Division of the Philippines' newly-established Department of Information and Communications Technology. Prior to the DICT, Ms Ramos worked with the Philippine Social Science Council as Research Lead overseeing evaluation surveys in partnership with the National Statistics Office. She has also done consultancy work with the Asian Development Bank, CIDA, and various other consulting firms on ICT and knowledge management.

Hédi Saidi, Chief Executive Officer, National Statistics Office, Tunisia

Hedi Saidi is the CEO of the Tunisian National Statistics institute since 2014. Mr Hedi is member of the National Council of Statistics since 2009, former member of the Board of Directors of the ITCEQ and Tunisair express and current board member of the Pharmaceutical Industries Company of Tunisia. As an international expert, Mr Saidi has participated in several groups of experts in statistics, planning and evaluation. In addition, he participated in the development of several studies and sector reports. Mr Saidi is a general engineer with a background in statistics and economics.       

Luis Aldo Sanchez Ortega, General Coordinator for Strategic Planning, IFT, Mexico

Luis Aldo Sánchez Ortega is currently General Coordinator of Strategic Planning at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) in Mexico, after being Advisor of Chairman Gabriel Contreras in 2014. From 2006 to 2011, as Private Sector Development Specialist, Aldo was part of the World Bank Group´s Subnational Doing Business Team, which assesses the business environment in more than 300 cities worldwide. During this period, he managed and supervised projects in Nigeria, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia, Kosovo, Russia, Kenya, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Southern Sudan, the East African Community, India, Colombia, Zanzibar, Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, and Mexico. In 2001 Luis Aldo started his career in the Mexican public sector at the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission (COFEMER), first as Chief of Department and later as Deputy Director of Regulatory Impact Assessments and Regulatory Reform Foreign Affairs. Luis Aldo holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and has a Master of Science in Public Policy Degree with Merits from the University College London (UCL). 

Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Brahima Sanou has been Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) since 2011. In October 2014 he was elected to a second four-year term. As BDT Director, he has led key initiatives, like for instance the m-Powering Development Initiative, to deliver improved services such as healthcare, education and business over mobile platforms; and the Smart Sustainable Development Model initiative, focused on optimizing resources for sustainable development and disaster management. Mr Sanou draws on over thirty years of experience in the ICT sector at national and international level. As Head of ITU Regional Office for Africa and Liaison Officer to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 2000 - 2010, he worked to foster the growth of mobile telecommunications across the continent. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as coordinator of the African regional project on telecommunications reform and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). He began his professional career in his native Burkina Faso, where he held several high-level positions in the Posts and Telecommunications services. Mr Sanou holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma from the Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris.

Martin Schaaper, Senior ICT Analyst, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Martin Schaaper is the Senior ICT Analyst of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, where he has been working since September 2017. He is responsible for the design and coordination of the Division’s analytical publications, including the Measuring the Information Society Report (MISR), and contributes to and coordinates the analysis of information society developments, including in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Mr Schaaper is the ITU focal point for the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on SDG Indicators and provides advice on the work on monitoring the SDGs in the area of ICTs. Before joining ITU, he worked for eight years at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, eight years at OECD and six years for Eurostat. Mr Schaaper holds a master’s degree in econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Rati Skhirtladze, Head, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

 Rati Skhirtladze is the Head of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. His 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 ICT trends. Before joining ITU, Dr Skhirtladze was the Head of the Market Analysis and Strategy Development Department at the Georgian National Communications Commission (the National regulatory authority of Georgia), and professor of Mathematics at Caucasus University. Prior to working in the regulator, he was the director of the analytical department of Magtciom, the largest telecom operator in Georgia. Dr Skhirtladze has over 17 years’ experience in the analysis of the telecommunication industry both for the private and public sector. His academic background includes a PhD in mathematics, a master’s in project management, a master’s in public administration and a diploma in economics.


Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union

Abdoulkarim Soumaila is the current Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January 2011. His mandate was renewed for another term of four years having been re-elected by the 4th 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. Prior to his election as the Secretary General of ATU, he was the Director of Information Technologies at the Ministry of Communication, New Information Technologies and Culture in Niger from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Soumaila in his 20 years as a Telecommunication expert and professional, has acquired a solid experience in the management of telecommunication networks and service development strategy and has contributed immensely to the implementation of sectorial policies and innovative investment projects in several African countries. He has also diligently managed the affairs of the Union for the period he has been the Secretary General. Mr. Soumaila holds a Master of Science in operational telecommunications from the University of Coventry (UK) and a Telecommunications Application Diploma from the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat (Morocco).


Dominic Tafirenyika, Acting Manager, Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, Zimbabwe

Dominic Tafirenyika is the Principal Statistical Officer and Acting Manager in the Transport, Infrastructure and Information and Communication Technology Department at the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), where he has been working since 1990. Mr Tafirenyika has over 27 years of experience in the field of statistics. In his current position, Mr Tafirenyika is responsible for compiling weekly and monthly work status reports for the ICT Department on Project Planning and Preparation, Budgeting and Project Management, Survey Instruments Design, Training of Data Collectors, Data Collection and Field Work Supervision, Data Editing and Coding, Data Cleaning and Processing, Tabulations, Data Reporting and Dissemination of ICT Statistics. During his work with ZIMSTAT he has pioneered several ICT Surveys and Censuses, including the ICT Access and Use by Rural Households and Individuals Survey 2010, ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals Survey 2014 and the Census on ICT Access and Use by Education and Health Institutions 2017. Mr Tafirenyika attended the training course on measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Businesses from 13-24 July in 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a member of the Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators (EGH). He is also responsible for compiling for Zimbabwe the ITU Questionnaire on ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals. Mr Tafirenyika holds a Diploma in Statistics and has satisfied conditions for Module 1 and Module 2 of the RSS Graduate Diploma in Statistics.

 Syrine Tlili, CEO, National Digital Certification Agency, Tunisia

Syrine Tlili is Director-General of the Tunisian National Agency for Digital Certification since November 2014. In this context, she is responsible for providing electronic identification and trust services required to increase confidence in electronic transactions at national level. This includes implementing and maintaining standards compliance of the national PKI infrastructure. She is also leading a team for providing support to public and private sector in their digital transformation. Prior to her position at the NADC, she was Head of Open Source Division at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies of Tunisia from 2010 to 2012.  She also was Head of Network and System Security Division at the Tunisian Internet Agency from 1999 to 2004. Dr Tlili received her Ph.D. in computer and information system security in 2009 from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), and an engineer diploma from National School of Computer Science Tunis, Tunisia.


Faruk Tuncer, Public Policy Expert for Urban and Regional Policy, Germany

Faruk Tuncer is public policy expert in the field of Smart Cities and urban policy. Currently, he works as policy advisor for urban and regional policy in Germany. He studied Educational Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and Public Policy (MPP) at the Hertie School of Governance and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. During his graduate studies he contributed to a study of Roland Berger on Smart City strategies worldwide. Previously, he worked as a project manager for the LEAD Academy, a Berlin based social-startup promoting leadership for the public good.

Ramiz Uddin, Head of Results Management, a2i Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh

Ramiz Uddin is the Head of Results Management at the Access to Information (a2i) Programme of the Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh. As the Head of Results Management, his responsibilities include managing results, developing partnerships for research, coordinating SDG related activities from a2i with national partners, coordinating and analyzing open government data (OGD) and big data with stakeholders, disseminating results to national and international audiences and building staff capacity regarding results-based management. Leading the results management team, Dr. Uddin has been playing a pivotal role in managing research and knowledge, influencing data driven policy, and identifying potential areas of research. Dr. Uddin is coordinating with the relevant Ministries and departments in Bangladesh and outside of the country regarding the indices related to ICTs, with the mission to improve the global ranking of Bangladesh in ICTs and other sectors. He is a member of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) reporting committee and played an active role in preparing the first report of Bangladesh in 2017. In terms of impact evaluation, SDG and RCT (randomized controlled trial), he coordinates research with the leading national and international organizations, including UNDESA, IGC, IPA, BIT (Behavioral Insights Team, UK), national and international universities, Cabinet Division, Planning Ministry, and Country Statistical Office (BBS). Dr Uddin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

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

Ivan Vallejo Vall is Market Analyst at the ICT Data and Statistics division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. 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. He takes part in the organization of the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and in its discussions. Before joining ITU, Mr Vallejo Vall worked at the Spanish telecommunication regulator, the National Markets and Competition Commission. He holds engineering degrees in telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), in Paris, and from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona, as well as a master’s degree in data science from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Xiaobing Wei, General Manager of Xianyang branch of China Telecom Co. Customer Service Center

Wei Xiaobing is the general manager of the customer service center of China Telecom’s Xianyang branch. In the technology promotion center, he is responsible for the promotion of information technology services in the Xianyang city government, enterprises, hospitals and other large units. He has been engaged in technology and service promotion for a long time and participated in a number of key information technology projects. Mr Xiaobing has contributed, for instance, in the implementation of a smart city cloud computing center in Xianyang City. He has participated in other projects relating to intelligent systems in the areas of emergency management, environmental protection monitoring, smart city administration, industrial safety management, seismic network monitoring, etc.

Cosmas Zavazava, Chief of Department, Projects and Knowledge Management, ITU

Cosmas Zavazava is Chief of Department for Projects and Knowledge Management (PKM) in the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union. The Department is responsible for providing administrative and technical support in the formulation and implementation of projects, project monitoring and evaluation. It produces and disseminates timely statistical and analytical data on the ICT sector and the information society and strengthens human and institutional capacities in ICTs. The Department is also responsible for emergency telecommunications, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and e-waste management. Through the Department ITU also provides concentrated assistance to least developed countries, small island developing states, and landlocked developed countries. Dr Zavazava is a former senior diplomat and negotiator. He also served as Head of Zimbabwe’s Government Telecommunication Agency. He has been with ITU since 2001. ​