High-Level Track

20–21 March

The WSIS Forum builds upon the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (UNGA Resolution 70/125), which recognized the necessity of holding this Forum on an annual basis and called for a close alignment between WSIS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes. The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

The high-level track will consist of the opening segment, high-level policy sessions, ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme. Policy statements will be delivered during the high-level policy sessions by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations. The high-level policy sessions will be moderated by high-level track facilitators and will be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders during the open consultation process.

High-Level Participants

WSIS Forum 2018 Chairman

H.E Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar

Deputy Director General, Telecommunication Sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA),
United Arab Emirates

High-Level Track Facilitators

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Ms. Renata Avila
Technology and Human Rights Lawyer, Web Foundation
Guatemala
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Ms. Moira De Roche
IFIP IP3 Chairman, Global Industry Council Director, IFIP
South Africa
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Mr. Pavan Duggal
Founder and Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Security Law
India
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Mr. Anthony Giannoumis
Assistant Professor of Universal Design of Information and Communication Technology, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Norway
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Mr. Deepak Maheshwari
Head of Government Affairs – India, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Symantec
India
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Mr. Pierre Mirlesse
Vice President Public Sector, Healthcare and Pharma, Hewlett Packard Enterprise - EMEA
Switzerland
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Dr. Michael Nelson
Public Policy, Cloudflare
United States of America
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Ms. Moira Patterson
Global Affairs Program Director, IEEE Standards Association
United States of America
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Dr. Anuradha Rao
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Communications and New Media and Global Studies Programme, National University of Singapore
Singapore
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Mr. Alfredo Ronchi
General Secretary, EC MEDICI Framework of Cooperation
Italy
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Ms. Crystal Rugege
Director of Strategy and Operations, Carnegie Mellon University Africa
Rwanda
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Ms. Ayanna Samuels
Aerospace Engineer & International Development Professional specializing in ICTs for Socio-Economic Development, Technology Policy and Gender-Equality. Consultant, She leads it
Jamaica
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Ms. Cristina Valdés
Public Relations Director, Geneva International Model of United Nations
Switzerland
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Ms. Natalia Vicente
Head of Public Affairs, ESOA
Belgium

High-Level Participants

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Dr. Salma Abbasi
Chairperson and CEO
eWorldwide Group
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H.E. Mrs. Aurelie Adam-Soule Zoumarou
Ministre, Ministère de l'Economie Numérique et de la Communication
Benin
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Mr. Anders Aeroe
Director, Division of Enterprises and Institutions
International Trade Centre
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H.E. Ms. Chantal Akouasso
Ministre Délégué, Ministère de la Communication, de l'Economie Numérique, de la Culture, des Arts et Traditions
Gabon
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H.E. Mr. Dr. Salim Al Ruzaiqi
CEO, Information Technology Authority
Oman
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Ms. Olga Algayerova
Executive Secretary
UNECE
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H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)
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Ms. Mahsa Alimardani
Iran Programme Officer
ARTICLE19
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Mr. Paul Amendola
Executive Director
VecnaCares
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Mr. Vincenzo Aquaro
Chief E-Government Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management
UNDESA
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H.E. Mr. Ahmet Arslan
Minister, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications
Turkey
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H.E. Mr. Shahzad Aryobee
Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Afghanistan
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Mr. Bocar A. Ba
Chief Executive Officer
SAMENA Telecommunications Council
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H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye BALDE
Minister, Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, Posts and Digital Economy
Senegal
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Ms. Karen Bartleson
Past President and CEO
IEEE
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Mr. PABLO BELLO
SECRETARY GENERAL
ASIET (Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicación)
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Ms. Sonja Betschart
Co-Founder and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer
WeRobotics
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H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al-Ruwais
Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia
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Ms. Constance Bommelaer
Senior Director of Global Internet Policy
Internet Society (ISOC)
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H.E. Mr. Andre Borges
Secretary of Telecommunications, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication
Brazil
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H.E. Mr. Julian Braithwaite
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN and WTO, Permanent Mission of the UK to the UN and Other International Organisations
United Kingdom
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H.E. Ms. Maria-Manuela Catrina
Secretary of State, Ministry of Communication and Information Society
Romania
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H.E. Mr. Giorgi Cherkezishvili
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
Georgia
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Mr. Sungnam Choi
Program Director
Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Banda Ancha para el Desarrollo (CEABAD)
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Mr. Marcin Cichy
President, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE)
Poland
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Ms. Roberta Cocco
Deputy Mayor for Digital Transformation and Services to Citizens, Municipality of Milan
Italy
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Ms. Jane Coffin
Director of Development
ISOC
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Dr. Derrick Cogburn
Director
Internet Governance Lab/ Institute on Disability and Public Policy
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H.E. Mr. Dina Nath Dhungyel
Minister, Ministry of Information and Communication
Bhutan
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Ms. Isabelle Durant
Deputy Secretary-General
UNCTAD
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H.E. Mrs. Emine Dzhaparova
First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information Policy
Ukraine
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Mr. Getachew Engida
Deputy Director General
UNESCO
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Prof. Yves Flückiger
Rector
University of Geneva
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Ms. Liesyl Franz
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
United States of America
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Mr. Marc Furrer
Former Director
Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
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Mrs. Iffat Gill
Founder/CEO
ChunriChoupaal
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Dr. Alison Gillwald
Executive Director
Research ICT Africa
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Prof. NK Goyal
Chairman/President
TEMA Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India/CMAI Association of India
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Dr. Yury Grin
Deputy Director General
Intervale
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Mr. Ridha Guellouz
International Expert in ICT strategies, President of ATTIC Tunisia
Tunisian ICT Association - ATTIC Tunisia
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H.E. Mr. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou
Ministre, Conseiller Spécial du Président de la République, Agence Nationale pour la Société de l'Information - ANSI
Niger
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Dr. Richard Hill
President
Association for Proper Internet Governance
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Mrs. Aarti Holla
Secretary General
ESOA
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Mr. Sasha Iatsenia
Head of Product
Kiwicampus
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H.E. Mr. Rashid Ismailov
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication
Russian Federation
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H.E. Mr. Nasrollah Jahangard
Vice Minister for Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Information & Communication Technology
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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Mr. Rossen Jeliazkov
Chairman, Communications Regulation Commission
Bulgaria
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H.E. Mr. Elsworth Johnson
Minister of State, Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
Bahamas
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Mr. Tarek Kamel
Senior Advisor to the President and CEO for Government and IGO Engagement
ICANN
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Dr. Cisse Kane
President
African Civil Society on the Information Society
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H.E. Mr. Jānis Karklinš
President
WSIS 2005 Preparatory Committee for the Tunis Phase
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Mr. Ryan Kelly
Student
UN Major Group for Children and Youth
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Mr. Leong Keng Thai
Deputy Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority
Singapore
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H.E. Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan
Minister of State, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication
Pakistan
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Mr. Masanori Kondo
Deputy Secretary General
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
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Mr. Samuel Kundishora
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of ICT & Cybersecurity, Ministry of ICT & Cybersecurity
Zimbabwe
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Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas
Group Director Public Policy
VEON
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Dr. Andre Laperriere
Executive Director
Global Open Data initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition
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Mr. Huidi Li
Executive Vice President
China Mobile
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Prof. Chuang LIu
Chair of Data Publishing Subgroup, CODATA Task Group in Developing Countries
CODATA
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Mr. Paul Smith Lomas
CEO
Practical Action
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Ms. Paula Meira Lourenço
Member of the Board, ANACOM
Portugal
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Mr. Peter Major
Vice-Chair
United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
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Ms. Yolanda Martinez Mancilla
Chief, National Digital Strategy of the Government of Mexico
Mexico
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Prof. Konstantinos Masselos
President
Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)
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Mr. Matthew McLarty
Co-Founder
Pathfinder4 (Caribbean)
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Prof. Vladimir Minkin
Chairman
Multistakeholder Preparatory Process, WSIS +10 High-Level Event 2014 in Geneva
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Mr. Paul Mitchell
General Manager, Technology Policy
Microsoft Corporation
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H.E. Mr. Arouna Modibo Touré
Ministre, Ministère de l'Economie numérique et de la Communication
Mali
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Mr. Abdelrahman Mohamed
Global President
AIESEC
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Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General
United Nations Secretariat
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Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
Senior Vice President
World Bank Group
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Mr. Aleph Molinari
President
Fundacion Proacceso
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Mr. Jaromír Novák
Chairman of Council, Czech Telecommunication Office
Czech Republic
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Mr. Patrick Nyirishema
Director General, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)
Rwanda
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Dr. Kwaku Ofosu-Adarkwa
Managing Director
25th Century Technology Limited
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H.E. Mr. Karol Okonski
Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Digital Affairs
Poland
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Mr. Temitope Ola
Founder of EDACY Temitope Ola
EDACY
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H.E. Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Minister, Ministry of Communications
Ghana
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Mr. Yonathan Parienti
Founder and CEO
Horyou
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Dr. Robert Pepper
Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning
Facebook
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Dr. Uwe Petry
Head of the Economic Affairs Division, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN in Geneva
Germany
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Ms. Maya Plentz Fagundes
Innovation Policy Advisor
European Commission
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Ms. Hiba Qasas
Chief of Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response
UN Women
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Ms. Yvette Ramos
Vice President External Relations
INWES - International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists
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H.E. Ms. Irini Reljin
Assistant Minister for Electronic Communications, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications
Serbia
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Dr. Carlos Rey-Moreno
Community Networks Project Manager
Association for Progressive Communications
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Mr. Cyril Ritchie
First Vice President
The Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)
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Mr. Ernesto Rodríguez
IT Director, Ministry of Communications
Cuba
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Mr. Juan Sebastian Rozo
Vice Minister of Connectivity and Digitalization, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications
Colombia
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H.E. Mr. Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa
Minister, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications
Rwanda
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Mr. Olexandr Ryzhenko
Head, State Agency for E-Governance
Ukraine
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Mr. Jean-Philippe Mohamed Sangare
Founder and CEO
SSVAR - Swiss Society of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
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H.E. Mr. Yogida Sawmynaden
Minister, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation
Mauritius
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Dr. Ömer Fatih SAYAN
President & Chairman of the Board, Information and Communication Technologies Authority
Turkey
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Dr. Madeleine SCHERB
President
Health and Environment Program
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Mr. Stein Schjolberg
Chief Judge (Ret.)
Norway Government (Ret.)
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Mr. Cliff Schmidt
Founder & Executive Director
Amplio (formerly Literacy Bridge)
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Mr. Thomas Schneider
Ambassador and Director of International Affairs, Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
Switzerland
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Mr. Nikhil Seth
Executive Director
UNITAR
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Mr. Prabhash Singh
Member (Technology and Services), Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India
India
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Mr. Dan Sjöblom
Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
Sweden
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Ms. Lynn St. Amour
2016-2017 Chair of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)
IGF/MAG
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Ms. Aruna Sundararajan
Secretary (Telecom), Vice-Minister, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications
India
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Ms. Virginia Tan
Founder and CEO
She Loves Tech
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Ms. Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud
Senior Policy Executive
International Chamber of Commerce
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H.E. Mr. Masahiko Tominaga
Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Japan
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Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle
Head of Global Government Relations
Nokia Corporation
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H.E. Mr. Elmir Velizade
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies
Azerbaijan
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Mr. Yi Xiaozhun
Deputy Director-General
WTO
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H.E. Mr. Leonid Yevdochenko
Chairman, State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection
Ukraine