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  • Heads of Regulators Executive Roundtable

    13:00 - 14:30 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • ITU-USTTI Emerging Technologies Accelerating the Digital Transformation Process

    14:40 - 16:00 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
Heads of Regulators Executive Roundtable

Adoption of the GSR best practice guidelines

Panel discussion: Collaborative regulation for digital transformation

  • A whole of governance approach - the voice and role of sectoral regulators (energy, competition, broadcasting, digital content, data protection, financing)
  • Empowering stakeholders - from consultation to co-regulation – every voice counts!
  • Moving the regulatory cursor to adapt to a changing ecosystem
  • Impact of regulatory tools - evidence based regulation

ITU-USTTI Emerging Technologies Accelerating the Digital Transformation Process

This joint ITU-USTTI event will provide regulatory officials with information and insights on how emerging and technologies can accelerate the digital transformation process, and how such smart technologies and innovation have strengthened digital resilience. This training session will see subject matter experts further discuss how these emerging technologies interact with key policy and regulatory trends.

This webinar comes at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the strategic importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) networks and services for society and economies around the globe.

  • The Road2Addis series - Lead2Connect event

    13:00 - 14:30 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Regulatory Associations’ (RA) Meeting

    14:45 - 16:15 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Industry Advisory Group on Development Issues and Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers (IAGDI-CRO) meeting

    14:45 - 16:30 GMT+2
    Virtual Room B
The Road2Addis series - Lead2Connect event

This session of the Road to Addis series will focus on Leadership as a driving force to achieve digital transformation and universal connectivity.

The session will be part of the Global Symposium of Regulators (GSR) 2021 core sessions programme. It will feature leaders from different disciplines who can share valuable lessons about their own experience accomplishing the unimaginable, providing insight and inspiration to Symposium delegates around the world.

The session will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What constitutes a great leader today and what skills will be required for the leaders of the future?
  • What kind of leadership is needed to enable the digital transformation of an entire planet?
  • What leadership lessons can be applied to solving the universal and inclusive connectivity challenge by 2030?
  • What does it take to help people accomplish the unimaginable?

Session Objectives:

  • Identify the leadership principles that are required to achieve universal and inclusive connectivity and the accomplishment of the SDGs.
  • Inspire attendees of the GSR and the global online community with real life examples of global leaders from different spheres that have accomplished the unimaginable.
  • Share leadership lessons from different sectors and assess how they can be applied to connectivity for sustainable development.



Learn more about the event agenda and speakers 🎫 REGISTER HERE 🎫

Regulatory Associations’ (RA) Meeting

The Regional Regulatory Association Meeting (RA) will focus on the role of regional and international organizations in promoting Broadband mapping tools to foster investment and competition for inclusive and sustainable connectivity.

The Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting provides a unique platform for Regulatory Associations to share experiences and knowledge, to discuss how they can collaborate, and to identify means to bring affordable, safe, secure and trusted connectivity and online access and use to people in their respective regions.

Opening Remarks
Photo of Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
International Telecommunication Union
Biography
Photo of Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie
Chair RA and Executive Secretary
CRASA
Biography
Interactive Discussion: Broadband Mapping tools to foster investment and Competition for Inclusive and Sustainable Connectivity
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Recommendations and Ways Forward
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Closing of the session
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Industry Advisory Group on Development Issues and Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers (IAGDI-CRO) meeting


The pandemic has showed how important it is for governments to proactively and timely shape the development and deployment of ICT policies and regulatory approaches in times of crisis. COVID-19 has inevitably affected individuals, families, and organizations across industries, geographies, and demographics. As we prepare for the post- pandemic era, it will require enormous investments and efforts and a shared vision amongst stakeholders to forge the right kind of partnerships that may lead to resilient sustainable development.

Within this perspective, the voice of industry and private sector in sharing challenges and lessons learned brings an important perspective to policy and regulatory debate. IAGDI-CRO will meet, debate and share views and lessons learned from the prevailing COVID-19 situation and how this has impacted business. Thought leaders will use this opportunity to propose policy and regulatory adjustments that could help business to recover and thrive under new collaborative and partnership approaches.

Speakers coming soon!
Speaker
Missing Photo Mr Gil Santaliz
Founder and CEO
New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX)
Missing Photo Mr John Giusti
Chief Regulatory Officer
GSMA
Missing Photo Ms Kui Kunyanjui
Head of Regulatory and Public Policy
Safaricom
Missing Photo Ms Maria Alexandra Velez
Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs
SBA Communications
Photo of Mrs Aarti Holla Mrs Aarti Holla
Secretary-General
ESOA
Biography
Missing Photo Mr Maxim Naido
Head of Technology Regulation
Vodacom
Photo of Mr Rahul Vatts Mr Rahul Vatts
Chief Regulatory Officer
Bharti Airtel
Biography

  • GSR sessions opening

    14:15 - 14:30 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Session 1: Connectivity4digital transformation: regulatory enablers

    14:30 - 16:00 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • GenerationConnect@GSR: building a digital future

    16:15 - 17:00 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
GSR sessions opening
Session 1: Connectivity4digital transformation: regulatory enablers

  • The importance of sharing: spectrum, networks, infrastructure co-deployment, etc
  • How to balance affordability, RoI and technologies innovation? Why regulation matters
  • Fair competition in a globalized digital world: a dream? lifting the remaining regulatory, commercial and business anticompetitive practices
  • Building digital resilience: Lessons learned from the pandemic and addressing urgent challenges (climate change, emergency, etc)

Moderator
Photo of Mr Michel Van Bellinghen Mr Michel Van Bellinghen
Chairman of the Council
Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT) and BEREC Chair 2021
Belgium
Biography
Introductory Remarks
Photo of Mr Mario Maniewicz Mr Mario Maniewicz
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Biography
Panelist
Photo of Ms Ekaterine Imedadze Ms Ekaterine Imedadze
Commissioner
Georgian National Communications Commission
Georgia
Biography
Photo of Mr Serge Abiteboul Mr Serge Abiteboul
Board Member
Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)
France
Biography
Photo of Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie
Incoming Executive Secretary
Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA)
Biography
Photo of Ms Jayne Stancavage Ms Jayne Stancavage
Global Executive Director of Product and Digital Infrastructure Policy
Intel Corporation
Biography
GenerationConnect@GSR: building a digital future

A Conversation between youth and regulators/industry

Moderator
Missing Photo Mrs Celia Pellet
Missing Photo Mrs Emma Randall
Panelist
Photo of Ms Hannia Vega Ms Hannia Vega
Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL)
Costa Rica
Biography
Missing Photo Ms Belinda Exelby
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA)
Missing Photo Ms Vigneswara Ihita Gangavarapu
Board Member
Generation Connect Visionaries
Missing Photo Ms Valarie Waswa
Representative
Generation Connect Africa Youth Group
Missing Photo Mr Daniel Kalemi
Representative
Generation Connect Europe Youth Group

  • Spotlight Session on ITU's Financing universal access to digital technologies and services paper and ITU-World Bank Digital Regulation Platform

    13:00 - 13:05 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Session 2: Financing to achieve affordable connectivity, and meaningful access and use

    13:05 - 14:20 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Spotlight on ITU's REG4COVID tools and Econometric Modelling Report

    14:30 - 14:35 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Session 3: Regulation4Innovation

    14:35 - 16:00 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Network of Women for WTDC (NoW4WTDC): ‘Promoting women leadership in the ICT regulatory and policy space’

    16:00 - 17:00 GMT+2
Spotlight Session on ITU's Financing universal access to digital technologies and services paper and ITU-World Bank Digital Regulation Platform

The ITU World Bank Digital Regulation Platform

Session 2: Financing to achieve affordable connectivity, and meaningful access and use

  • Reviewing the USO concept to address the digital ecosystem
  • Innovative funding approaches and financial solutions, lessons from the other sectors
  • Do traditional financing models still apply? Reforming approaches to USF
  • Regulation as an enabler

Moderator
Photo of Ms Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo Ms Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo
Acting Executive Director
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
Uganda
Biography
Setting the scene
Missing Photo Mr Andile Ngkaba
Founding Partner & Chairman
Convergence Partners
Panelist
Photo of Mr Bocar Ba Mr Bocar Ba
CEO
Samena Telecommunications Council and Broadband Commission Commissioner
Biography
Photo of Ms Hannia Vega Ms Hannia Vega
Commissioner
Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL)
Costa Rica
Biography
Photo of Ms Boutheina Guermazi Ms Boutheina Guermazi
Director of Digital Development Infrastructure Practice Group
World Bank
Biography
Photo of Ms Jane Coffin Ms Jane Coffin
Senior Vice President Internet Growth
ISOC
Biography
Photo of Mr Brian Winji Mr Brian Winji
CEO
Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulation (TRBR)
Vanuatu
Biography
Spotlight on ITU's REG4COVID tools and Econometric Modelling Report
For more information please visit the following websites:

Session 3: Regulation4Innovation

  • Driving digital deepening across infrastructure and the platform value chain (from satellite to terrestrial, wireless services, cloud services and digital platforms)
  • Fostering emerging technologies uptakes: a case for regulatory sandboxes, co-regulation, self-regulation to enhance digital for economic and social development
  • Regulatory innovation driving local development and entrepreneurship
  • Cross sectoral regulatory incentives to foster local and young entrepreneurs to contribute and benefit from smart digital transformation

Moderator
Photo of Mr Oscar Leon Mr Oscar Leon
Executive Secretary
Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
Biography
Panelist
Photo of Mr Carlos Lugo Mr Carlos Lugo
Commissioner
Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)
Colombia
Biography
Photo of Mr João António Cadete de Matos Mr João António Cadete de Matos
Chairman
Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM)
Portugal
Biography
Photo of Ms Jennifer Manner Ms Jennifer Manner
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
EchoStar Corporation/Hughes
Biography
Photo of Mr Rahul Vatts Mr Rahul Vatts
Chief Regulatory Affairs
Bharti Airtel
Biography
Photo of Ms Monica Desai Ms Monica Desai
Global Head Connectivity and Access
Facebook
Biography
Network of Women for WTDC (NoW4WTDC): ‘Promoting women leadership in the ICT regulatory and policy space’

The Network of Women for WTDC (NoW4WTDC) is a platform for collaboration and exchange of information to increase the number of women participating in ITU-D meetings . It is also a platform to encourage more women to take up leadership roles, such as committee chairs, working group chairs in the conference structures, and other management roles in the preparatory processes for the WTDC itself, and beyond. It provides the opportunity to share important lessons in a supportive community including mentorship.

The objective of the side event is to spark conversations that infuse diverse perspectives from experiences to help build capacity of potential women leaders in National Regulatory Agencies, ICT policy agencies and in the industry in general.

The topic of discussion at the side event during GSR 2021 will be: “Promoting women leadership in the ICT regulatory and policy space.” The session will feature three female leaders in a fireside chat. It will allow these leaders to share their perspectives and journey in leadership in the ICT industry, and also share experiences helpful in encouraging appropriate measures that will enable more women to ascend into executive roles.

In addition to the launch of the mentorship programme and the call for mentors in May 2021, the call for mentees will be made at this 24 June side event. The ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) will also release the results of the survey on the call for mentors, as well the survey carried out to seek views of members on preferred communication platforms.

Learn more about the Network of Women for WTDC (Now4WTDC) and

🎫 REGISTER HERE 🎫 for the event

  • Session 4: Safe digital inclusion - Child online protection

    13:00 - 14:20 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Spotlight on ITU's Collaborative Regulation and G5 Benchmark Tools

    14:30 - 14:35 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Session 5: Partnerships4digital transformation

    14:35 - 15:50 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
  • Way forward and closing

    15:50 - 16:00 GMT+2
    Virtual Room A
Session 4: Safe digital inclusion - Child online protection

  • Achieving safe child digital inclusion – a coordinated policy response
  • Child empowerment - the role of the regulator
  • Fostering child online safety (COP): a regulatory and industry perspective
  • How to keep everyone safe during times of crisis

Moderator
Photo of Ms Mercy Wanjau Ms Mercy Wanjau
GSR Chair and Acting Director General
Communications Authority of Kenya
Kenya
Biography
Photo of   Sangophone Sangophone
COP Mascot
Biography
Panelist
Missing Photo Mr Jacek Oko
President
Office of Electronic Communications (UKE)
Poland
Missing Photo Mr Cornelius Williams
Global Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
Missing Photo Ms Rebecca Razavi
Chief Operating Officer
e-Safety Commission
Australia
Missing Photo Ms Lara Almudena
Senior Manager, Child Safety
Google
Photo of Ms Alexandra Evans Ms Alexandra Evans
Head, Child Safety Public Policy Europe
TikTok
Biography
Young Intervener
Photo of Mrs Nicole Damianidis Mrs Nicole Damianidis
Young student
Biography
Photo of Mrs Lella Violet Halloum Mrs Lella Violet Halloum
Young student
Biography
Spotlight on ITU's Collaborative Regulation and G5 Benchmark Tools

Some of the highlighted tools will be:

Session 5: Partnerships4digital transformation

How can collaborative regulation help?

  • Moving the regulatory cursor to adapt to a changing ecosystem
  • Driving transformation: setting a platform for partnership fostering a whole of governance approach in the digital ecosystem
  • Extending partnerships to non-traditional stakeholders: the regulator as a cross sectoral, collaborative partner
  • Driving digital investment for sustainable development (linked to SDGs)

    (15h40-15h50) ITU-FCDO partnership for school connectivity and digital inclusion

Moderator
Photo of Professor Konstantinos Masselos Professor Konstantinos Masselos
President
Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)
Greece
Biography
Panelist
Missing Photo Dr Mohammed Al Tamimi
Governor
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia
Photo of Ms Emilia Nghikembua Ms Emilia Nghikembua
CEO
Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN)
Namibia
Biography
Photo of Mrs Aarti Holla Mrs Aarti Holla
Secretary General
ESOA
Biography
Photo of Mr Andrew Reinsdorf Mr Andrew Reinsdorf
SVP – Warner Bros. Government Relations & AT&T International Public Affairs
AT&T
Biography
Missing Photo Ms Caroline Kamaitha
VP Sales Africa
SES
Special Announcement: ITU-FCDO partnership
Photo of Ms Alessandra Lustrati Ms Alessandra Lustrati
Head of Digital Development
FCDO
Biography
Photo of H.E. Ambassador  Simon Manley H.E. Ambassador Simon Manley
Permanent representative
WTO and the UN in Geneva
Biography
Photo of Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
International Telecommunication Union
Biography
Way forward and closing
Speaker
Photo of Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
International Telecommunication Union
Biography
Photo of Ms Mercy Wanjau Ms Mercy Wanjau
Chair (GSR-21) and Acting Director-General
General Communications Authority of Kenya (CA Kenya)
Kenya
Biography
Photo of Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie Ms Bridget Mphatso Linzie
Chair RA and Executive Secretary
Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA)
Biography
Photo of Mr Bocar Ba Mr Bocar Ba
CEO
Samena Telecommunications Council and Broadband Commission Commissioner
Biography