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H. E. Mr. Dauren Abayev


Minister
Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan

Mr. Dauren Abayev was born in Almaty region, Kazakhstan in 1979. He graduated from al-Farabi Kazakh State National University (2001, Kazakhstan) and Leiden University (2006, Netherlands).
From August 2001 to 2003 he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From 2003 to 2007 he worked in the diplomatic service in the Embassies of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the same year he worked as Head of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2013 he was appointed as Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and press Secretary of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has the first class diplomatic rank of first Secretary.
In 2016, Mr. Dauren Abayev has been appointed as the Minister of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Dr. Amani Abou Zeid


Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
African Union
South Africa

Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism. Prior to joining the AUC, Dr.Abou-Zeid has served for more than 30 years in leadership roles at top-tier international organisations, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNDP and USAID, with a focus on infrastructure and energy programmes.
Over her career, Dr. Abou-Zeid has amassed a rare mix of experience from across Africa, France, UK and Canada.
An Egyptian national, Dr. Abou-Zeid speaks French, English, Arabic and Spanish. She is a trained telecommunications engineer with an MBA in project management from the French University for African Development (Université Senghor), a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development from University of Manchester, UK. She also has a degree in Arts from Université Sorbonne-Paris IV.
Dr. Abou-Zeid has received numerous international awards and recognition for her leadership and excellence including the honour of “Officier de l’Ordre de Wissam Alaouite” from His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco. She has been recently named as Commissioner at the UN Broadband Commission by the prestigious top global influencers group “ICT for Sustainable Development”.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Kamran Agasi


Director
Innovations Center LLC
Azerbaijan

Kamran Agasi has over 15 years of international experience of working in public and private sectors. Kamran currently leads Innovations Center, a government start up aimed at introducing new innovative solutions and advanced technologies in public sector and beyond. Innovations Center has over 140 full time employees, supporting the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in implementation of reforms in Azerbaijan, as well as managing IT infrastructure ofASAN centers, ASAN Pay payment system, ASAN Radio, ASAN Utilities customer service centers and public-private partnership initiatives.

Kamran has significant strategy consulting experience, and apart from numerous consulting projects, he spent five years at Strategy and Business Development Directorate at Royal Dutch Shell providing advisory services to Executive Committee and Shell global businesses, through the use of scenario planning tools. During his time at Shell Scenarios team, Kamran was involved in a number of strategy review projects, and was part of the core team in developing Shell Global Scenarios to 2025 and Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050.  He also worked as a Research Fellow at Columbia University, within the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation andPublic Policy.  Kamran holds a master’s degree from London School of Economics in Theory and History of International Relations, and Bachelor’s in Russian Language from Baku Slavic University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital finance: innovative economic solutions for all (Panelist), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities (Speaker)

Dr. Saoud Humaid Al Shoaili


Director General, Directorate of Communications & Postal Services
Ministry of Transport & Communications
Oman

Ms. Reem Al-mansoori


Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development Sector
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Qatar

Mrs. Al Mansoori has more than 20 years’ experience leading programs that drive Qatar's digital transformation towards a smart future. As Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Development Sector at the Ministry of Transport and Communications she heads two major departments, Digital Society and Digital Industry Development. Reem spearheaded the development and launch of the TASMU Smart Qatar program, which is the digital response to Qatar’s National Vision 2030, focusing on five priority sectors. As head of Digital Society, Mrs. Al Mansoori is responsible for inspiring and supporting Qatari society and businesses to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to use ICT effectively and safely in order to participate fully in building Qatar’s information-based economy. As head of Digital Industry Development, Mrs. Al Mansoori is responsible for engaging with Qatar’s national digital ecosystem and building a vibrant ICT sector to support a smart Qatar through innovation, enabling the ICT sector to leverage local and global digital capabilities, and promoting key investment opportunities with innovation partners across the world to bring the best practices and ideas to Qatar. Mrs. Al Mansoori has an MSc in Computational Intelligence from the University of Plymouth, UK, and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris with a focuson innovation and entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist)

Mr. Yahya Alazri


Director of the National Digital Certification Center
Information Technology Authority (ITA)

Mr. Yahya Alazri is the Director of the National Digital Certification Center in Information Technology Authority, which leads the digital transformation project of the whole country. 

Mr. Yahya has 12 years of experience specifically in information security and digital transformation. Yahya was a team member in setting up the National Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) where theNational Digital Identity was created by ITA.

Yahya played a critical role in preparing the national e-readiness project in2012 by leading a working team to evaluate some government entities in the level of the digital transformation. He worked as IT infrastructure consultant to support the government entities in setting-up the proper IT infrastructure.

Yahya now leads the NDCC which created and operates the national digital identity system and the national electronic signature system in Oman. He empowersthe government entities and the private companies to integrate their systems to the national digital identity system and electronicsignature system in order to provide secure and easy electronic services for the citizens and the residents in Oman. 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist)

Mr. Cesar Alierta Izuel


Executive Chairman
ProFuturo Foundation
Spain

Mr. Alierta is Executive Chairman of Telefonica Foundation and ProFuturo Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited and Trustee of La Caixa Banking Foundation. He is also a member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, and of the Social Council of UNED University (National Long Distance Spanish University).

Born in Zaragoza (Spain) on May 5, 1945, Mr. Alierta holds a Law degree from the University of Zaragoza and a MBA from University of Columbia, New York. Between 1970 and 1985 he served as General Manager of the Capital Marketsdivision at Banco Urquijo. He then became Chairman and founder of Beta Capital, a position he combined, from 1991, with his position as Chairman of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts. In June 1996 Mr. Alierta was appointed Chairman of Tabacalera S.A. (now Altadis, S.A.). In January 1997 he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Telefonica, S.A. He has also been member of the Board of Directors and the Standing Committee of the Securities Markets of Madrid as well as memberof the Board of Plus Ultra Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, Telefonica International, Iberia and Altadis. In July 2000, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefonica, S.A., serving until April 2016. Under his leadership, Telefonica experimented the most relevant transformation since its founding, quadruplicating the number of clients and expanding its international reach to become a global leader.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Panelist), Forum Summit: Digital everyone (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Miguel Alonso


Chief Executive Officer
mandal.ai
USA

Miguel is the CEO and co-founder of mandal.ai, a San Francisco based startup committed to using the power of AI to transform the way mobile operators use and monetize their network data, and focused on revolutionizing the digital marketingindustry with the world’s only consumer intent prediction platform designed from the ground up to thrive in the post-GDPRworld.

A veteran of multiple successful technology startups he has served in numerous executive leadership roles during his career driving sales, market and product strategy, product line management, software development, and SaaS delivery operations from inception to market dominance.

Most recently, Miguel started a revolution in the telecom World with a SaaS business that transformed the way Broadband Service Providers use network data and analytics to run Marketing and Support organizations.

Miguel received his MSE in Telecommunications from the Universitat Politécnica deCatalunya in Spain.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines (Speaker)

Mr. Mansour Alqurashi


Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Brian Armstrong


Adjunct Professor
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

Prof. Brian Armstrong is one of the foremost ICT industry leaders in South Africa, with over 30 years of top level management experience in Telecommunications, IT, technology R&D and systems engineering, both in South Africa and abroad. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in digitalisation, convergence and business strategy.

Brian is currently a Professor in the Chair of Digital Business at the Wits Business School. His focus here is on building a comprehensive knowledge base on Digital Business, and developing more scientifically rigorous models for core concepts in digitalisation.He consults widely to government and industry on these topics and is an acclaimed public speaker on digital disruption and transformation, and its socio-economic impacts.

Previously Brian spent seven years in Telkom, in the capacity of Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Commercial Officer. Before that he was BT’s Vice President for Middle East and Africa. He also spent time in South African listed ICT services group AST (now Gijima), as Managing Director of AST Networks, and with South Africa’s CSIR, ultimately as the Director of the Division for Information and Communications Technology.

Brian completed his BSc (Eng) and MSc (Eng) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and obtained his PhD from University College London in 1992.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

Dr. René Arnold


Head of Department Markets and Perspectives
WIK
Germany

Dr. René Arnold is Head of Department (Markets and Perspectives) at WIK-Consult - Bad Honnef, Germany.

WIK-Consult provides consultancy in telecommunications, OTT, postal and energy markets to both private and public clients. With his team, René focusses on investigating B2C and B2B ICT markets with a focus on regulatory impact assessment and novel ICT applications. It is his vision to make demand-side insights a core component of policy making. Previously he worked with the Cologne Institute for Economic Research.

René has gained his first degree from Heilbronn University and holds a PhD in Consumer Behaviour from the University of Edinburgh. Besides his current position at WIK-Consult, he is a frequent speaker at national and internationalevents, including a guest lectureship at the University of Edinburgh

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Shahzad Gul Aryobee


Minister
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)
Afghanistan

Mr. Shahzad Gul Aryobee was born in Paktia Province, Afghanistan in 1980. In addition to having completed his advanced education in the field of Business Administration, Mr. Aryobee has completed professional courses in Computer Science, Information Technologies, PRINCE II, Project Management, Plans and Policy, and Programming for Results-Oriented Management. Added to this comprehensive educational curriculum is his UN Certification in Language Proficiency. Mr. Aryobee’s specializations include e-Government, Enterprise Resource Planning, ICT Infrastructure, Cyber Security and Networking. Furthermore, heis accomplished in the Pashto, Dari, English, and Arabic languages. Mr. Shahzad Gul Aryobee has been an active member of Afghanistan’s Civil Society and youth organizations since the time of the Transitional Government.

Commencing his career as the Database Manager at the offices of UNOCA/MIS in Islamabad, Pakistan and Afghanistan, from 2000 to 2002, Mr. Aryobee was subsequently appointed in 2002 as Field Programs Officer at UNAMA/RRR, a Project Management Specialist at UNDP/AIMS, the Project Development Manager at UNDP/AIMS, the Project Provincial Manager of Maidan Wardak Province for USAID/CPD,the Director of Coordination with the Government at USAID/CPD, and lastly as the Planning and Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs in association with the World Bank’s CBR program.

In 2015, he was appointed as the General Director of Asan Khedmat at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance. In this short time frame, despite the recentness of the organization’s establishment, he was able to take effective steps toward e-Services in Afghanistan. During his official postings, enumerated above, Mr. Aryobee has played a significant role in attracting international assistance to Afghanistan while laying the groundwork for the implementation of major national projects in the country.

According to Order of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Shahzad Gul Aryobee has been appointed as the Nominated Minister of Communications and Information Technology, on the meritorious basis of the excellence of his performances in all his previous postings, as well as upon his notable academic accomplishments and the strength of his personal character.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Lord Henry Ashton Of Hyde


Parliamentary Under-Secretary
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
United Kingdom

Lord Ashton of Hyde was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in July 2016. He was previously appointed a Lord in Waiting (Whip) in the House of Lords in July 2014. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford. Lord Ashton was elected to the Lords as a hereditary Peer in 2011 and before joining the government was a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic. He served in the Royal Hussars and the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. Prior to joining the government Lord Ashton was Chief Executive Officer of Faraday Underwriting Ltd and sat on the Council of Lloyd’s. He was a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies’ 2013/14 course.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Dr. Tony Azzarelli


VP Global Licensing and Spectrum Affairs
OneWeb
United Kingdom

Tony Azzarelli is OneWeb’s Vice President of Global Licensing and Spectrum Affairs, responsible for global licensing and spectrum policy.

He holds a Doctor’s degree in Electronics and has more than 25 year experience in the telecommunication sector with appointments at the UK Regulator Ofcom, Inmarsat, The Boeing Company, the European Space Agency and ICO Global Communications. At Ofcom he has worked (2013-2015) as Deputy Chairman of the European CPG WRC preparations and Chairman of its CPG-PTA group.

Tony has always strived to initiate, develop and promote global harmonised policies for space and terrestrial wireless technologies, and believes that this is necessary for the proper economic and societal growth and development of a country and its industry.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead (Panelist)

Phillippa Biggs


Senior Policy Analyst
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Phillippa Biggs is an economist and qualified accountant with the ITU since 2005. She holds a Natural Sciences degreefrom Cambridge University, an accountancy qualification from ICAEW and a Master’s degree in Economics for Development from Oxford University, in which she won the Oxford University Prize, and diplomas in Economics and Statistics from the Open University. Prior to joining ITU, Phillippa worked as an Economic Affairs Officer at UNCTAD and as a consultant with UNIDO in Tanzania and Egypt. She is chief author of the State of Broadband report ( www.broadbandcommission.org ), Confronting the Crisis reports ( www.itu.int/crisis2009) and Fast-Forward Progress report ( https://www.itu.int/en/sustainable-world/Pages/report-hlpf-2017.aspx ). She analyses developments in broadband, VoIP and 4G markets around the world.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Mr. Bocar A. Ba


CEO
SAMENA Telecommunications Council
United Arab Emirates

Bocar Ba is an advocacy specialist, focused on the promotion of sustainable digital development, ICT infrastructure expansion and investment through collaboration and multi-stakeholder partnerships in the Middle East and Africa regions. BAis the CEO and a board member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, which serves as a sector-development partner to governments and the telecommunications industry toward jointly creating a sustainable ICT environment as the enabler of a sustainable digital economy.

In his capacity as CEO of SAMENA Council, BA brings together and facilitates the building of alliances between digital ecosystem stakeholders, including regulators and other government bodies, to address critical technocentric, policy, and regulatory issues. His efforts have directly helped drive key regional initiatives, workshops and events in areas including affordable infrastructure, advanced digital services, data and privacy regulation, spectrum management, and industry fees and taxation. BA is a strong advocate of advancing socio-economic progress and contributing tothe achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ecosystem-wide collaboration on proliferating ICTs, and setting incentives for investment in digitization and advanced communications infrastructure.

BA is a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; he serves as the chair of the ITU's Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers Meeting (“CRO”), and is also chairing ITU-D’s newly created Industry Advisory Group for Development Issues (“IAGDI”). BA serves on the m-Powering Development Initiative's Advisory Board, and is the chairman of the m-Powering Development Initiative's Working Group on Partnerships. BA is director and member of the board of several companies, active in the areas of investment, technology, management, and consultancy services. He is actively involved in the privatizationprocesses in the MEA region and drives various investment projects, with the aim to linking new development opportunitiesin Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Moderator), M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (Speaker), Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

Mr. Kelvin Samuel Baidoo


Chief Technical Officer
ISPACE FOUNDATION

Fiifi Baidoo is CEO of Cloud Port, a cloud based solution provider. He is also Co-founder of iSpace Foundation, a Ghana-based technology hub that works with global partners like Indigo Trust, Google for Entrepreneurs, Afrilabs, Oracle, Microsoft, Village Capital, MAVC and Hivos to offer a co-working space, tools and facilities for entrepreneurs and startups to launch and manage their businesses.

He until recently was a Program Coordinator at Google where he helped grow Google’s Sub-Saharan African GASPs offerings and relationships with external partners to deploy, adapt and integrate Google Apps into their IT infrastructure to enhance collaboration, communication and learning. He has 14 years’ experience building software solutions for financial institutions, educational institutions and the telecommunication and mobile operators as a consultant in most cases.

Through iSpace, Fiifi has developed and undertaken Technical Project Management for key partners like the World Bank, Google, GIZ and EU including:

  • The Accra Negawatt Competition , a competition by the World Bank in partnership with iSpace to generate technology solutions to the power crisis which faced Ghana.
  • REACH, a mentoring and networking program designed to connect Ghanaian startups with Google entrepreneurs.
  • The Unlocking Women and Technology program
  • WAZIUP: An IoT and Big Data platform for Africans by Africans sponsoredby the EU

Fiifi Baidoo is a founding member of the Ghana Chamber of Technology. He is also a member of the Open Data Institute based in London and sits on a multi-stakeholder advisory committee for the Ghana NationalData Roadmap implementation.

He has strong relationships with tech hubs in several African countries and has mentored, trained and supported many startups in the East Africa and West Africa startup ecosystem.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: A new concept of future-powered cities (Speaker)

Mr. Patient Baraka


CEO
DOCREP
Rwanda

He is the Founder and CTO of IMALI.biz (a first Rwandan classifieds webapp). He is a computer programmer with more than 7 years of experience in the IT sector and has been leading the development of various local web applications. Baraka’sinterests and research areas include Mobile and Web applications, Data mining, Cloud computing and DOA. Mr Baraka is currently the Software developer lead at BK TecHouse Ltd and also serves as a programmer tutor at Programage Ltd. Prior to joining BK TecHouse Ltd, he has been a Software developer at RWANDAONLINE PLATORM Ltd (2016), PIVOT ACCESS Ltd (2014) and the Chief Programmer Officer at IGIHE Ltd (2011), whereby during his tenure he lead a number of developments of different applications. While at IGIHE Ltd, he lead the team that managed the project of computerizing the library and courses at RDF Command andStaff College. In close partnership with Microsoft 4 Africa innovation pillar, in the aim to empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers, business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent, and beyond, Mr Baraka is among the team that developed a Point of Sale (iPOS), which was piloted to helpcitizens in their business. Mr Baraka holds a Masters of Science in IT from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and B.S in Computer science and systems from the former National University of Rwanda (NUR).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Mr. Andy Bates


Executive Director for the UK and Europe
Global Cyber Alliance
United Kingdom

Andy Bates joined the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) in September 2017 as its Executive Director for the UK and Europe. He brings more than 25 years of experience to GCA in his, having served as a Chief Engineer, Business Development Consultant, Product Development Director, IT Director in Racal, Cable & Wireless and Level3. Mr. Bates most recently served as the CTO at Verizon EMEA.

While working across a range of technologies such as network, cloud, mobile, VOIP & identity, Mr. Bates has tended to specialise in large secure solutions for governments and challenging the status quo and conventional wisdom of security. He was deeply involved with systems such as Government Secure Intranet, PSN, Police National Network, as well as working with all the major UK government departments and international government customers and agencies, including NATO.

Mr. Bates is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He has presented at multiple conferences including RUSI, EU Parliament, Johannesburg, and Budapest.

He is married, lives in Hampshire, UK and is a passionate sailor and skier, whilst also being chairman of a charity in his local community.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Panelist)

Mr. Ola Bergstrom


Director for International Affairs
Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
Sweden

Ola Bergström is the Director for International Affairs of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since 2012 and is responsible for coordinating the international work at PTS. He is responsible for the work in ITU and BEREC. During 2014, Mr. Bergström chaired the Contact Network of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). He is also active in Internet related issues.

PTS is the governmental authority that regulates the electronic communications and postal sectors. The concept 'electronic communications' includes telecommunications, IT and radio. r. Bergström has more than 15 years of working experience in the telecom sector. Since 2009 he has been responsible for the international coordination at PTS. Prior to his current position he was a legal adviser at PTS. Before joining PTS, Mr. Bergström worked for the Competition Authority between 2002 and 2005. He also worked for the Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation.

Ola Bergström holds an LL.M. from Lund University and a European Master of Law and Economics from Hamburg Universityand Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist)

Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy


Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Policy and Development
Inmarsat Plc.
USA

Donna Bethea-Murphy is Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Policy and Development for Inmarsat.  In this capacity she leads the company’s domestic and international regulatory policy activities.  She has been appointed to the Federal Communication Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, and also serves as a Board Member on the ITU Smart Sustainable Development Board and Focal Point on the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. 

Preceding Inmarsat, she was Vice President of Regulatory for Iridium where she led all of the company's global technical regulatory activities, including those related to policy, standards, licensing, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and spectrum.  She was previously Senior Director of Spectrum Policy at PanAmSat Corporation.  Prior to joining PanAmSat, she was Director of Technology and Regulatory Affairs for AirTouch Communications, where she developed and implemented technical regulatory policy for terrestrial wireless services.  Prior to her position at AirTouch, she was responsible for terrestrial and satellite policy at the FCC.  She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist)

H.e. Dr Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais


Governor
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

Prof. Abdulaziz Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has extensive experience in the engineering and planning of fixed and mobile telecommunications networks where he worked as an advisor to a number of entities across both public and private sectors. His extensive academic experience includes his role as a professor in telecommunications engineering and dean of the faculty of engineering at King Saud University, then as a vice president of the same university. Prof. Al Ruwais holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and a master's degree from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor's degree from King Saud University. All of these degrees are in the field of communications engineering.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker)

Mr. De Wet Bisschoff


Managing Director for Communications, Media & Technology
Accenture
South Africa

De Wet Bisschoff is managing director of Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology group. He believes that the South African telecommunications market is at a critical point in its evolution as wireline and wireless services converge globally. “This convergence is a huge opportunity for Accenture to help its clients realise the huge potential inherent in this convergence,” he says.

Accenture’s experience in outsourcing and transformational IT projects will give it the edge, he believes.

Before assuming his current role, De Wet was the executive lead for Accenture’s Technology Consulting practice, an experience that has given him great insight into the challenges faced by the CIOs of South Africa’s blue-chip. Other experience within Accenture has included extensive work on transformational IT projects.

De Wet sees one of the big new challenges for businesses as redefining the roleof CIOs. Traditionally CIOs have worked almost exclusively behind the scenes to support other business functions and controlthe information needs of the business. These days, CIOs have to play a much more strategic role, using IT innovation to contribute to the bottom line: “The traditional CIO’s role of keeping backroom systems running has changed—CIOs nowneed to be part of senior management.”

De Wet graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the Universityof Port Elizabeth before joining an insurance company, initially as a computer programmer and subsequently as a systems analyst.

He joined Accenture in 1994, attracted by the company’s global reach and its mission to usecutting-edge technology to help clients achieve high performance. His strong grounding in technology provided a secure foundation from which to extend his horizons across a variety of industries. He says, “My career has been a long road of continuous learning—working in new industries, new technologies and for new clients. The big plus has been working with Accenture people who are invariably well qualified and professional.

During De Wet’s time at Accenture two particular client experiences stand out as having been especially satisfactory: working with the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa’s 1999 elections, and acting as strategic advisor for the National Census of 2001.

De Wet is a family man who enjoys being at home with his wife, his daughter and son. His idea of real relaxation is a weekend of fly-fishing at Dullstroom: “The peace and quiet that goes with it… the etiquette… and preserving the environment,” is how he explains his favourite pastime.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Moderator)

Mr. Louis Blom


CIO: Standard Bank Mobile
Standard Bank
South Africa

Kojo Boakye is the Africa Public Policy Manager, Access and Connectivity for Facebook. He’s an experienced ICT for Development Practitioner, with more than 10 years’ experience working with governments, fixed-line and mobile operators, development partners, online service providers, content developers and civil society organisations. Before joining Facebook, he was the Deputy Director of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), and the Head Research and Consultancy at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) prior to that.

In addition to an MSc in Development Studies, Kojo holds a BA in African History and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University ofLondon. He is a professionally trained project manager and has a superb track record of building successful relationshipsand delivering quality and value to stakeholders.

In recent years, his work has focused on: broadband affordability; the use of mobile infrastructure and devices for the delivery of services; strategic planning for Universal Service Funds and ICT regulators; increasing internet access; and understanding ICT users’ demand for services, their usage of those services and perceptions of satisfaction.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Mr. Jonas Bogoshi


CEO
Business Connexion Group
South Africa

Jonas Bogoshi was appointed Chief Executive Office for BCX in June 2018. Prior to this role he was the Chief Revenue Officer at BCX.

He has more than 28 years’ experience in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, and brings to BCX a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, as well as a vast network of strategic professional relationships across the country. He is a determined, principled and visionary leader.

Prior to joining BCX he was country manager for EMC. When Dell acquired EMC in 2016, Jonas took on the role of channel lead in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

He is a previous vice president of sales at T-Systems, CEO of GijimaAST, chief of strategic services at the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), and commercial sector manager at Cisco Systems.

Jonas brings to BCX a wealth of industry expertise and knowledge that will strengthen its position as a world-class technology provider. His appointment forms a key part of BCX’s business transformation journey and its drive toachieve economies of skill that will enable future business growth.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker), Telkom (Speaker)

Mr. Adrian Bolliger


EVP, Head of Mobile Business Solutions
Swisscom SA
Switzerland

Adrian Bolliger has headed the Solution Center Mobile Business Solutions within Swisscom Enterprise since October 2016. As an Executive Vice President, he is part of the Enterprise Customers management. Together with his team, he pursues the goal of continually improving and expanding the portfolio of advanced secure mobile solutions, value-added services and IoT. This also includes 5G. Since 2018, he has also been responsible for the Smart City project within Swisscom. 42-year-old Adrian Bollinger has held a number of leading positions within Swisscom since 1996. For seven years, he worked as a key account manager and looked after Swisscom’s corporate customers. Most recently, he was the Joint Head of Network & Cloud and Head of Product Management. In 2006, Adrian Bolliger completed a diploma in business economics at a university of applied science. In 2015, he obtained a bachelor of science degree in business information technology from the Zurich Institute of Business Information Technology. The following year, he graduated from an executive MBA programme in general management at the University of St. Gallen. In his spare time, this father of two likes spending time with his family, jogging, cycling or reading a good book.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist)

Mr. Mlamli Booi


CEO
Sentech Ltd.
South Africa

Mlamli Booi is a Professional Electrical Engineer registered with Engineering Council Of South Africa (ECSA). He has more than twenty years experience in ICT engineering, Policy, regulatory , strategy and management. He has been working inthe ICT sector in various positions since 1986. He holds an MSc degree in Engineering from UCT and a postgraduate diplomain project management. He also holds a Diploma in Company Direction from GIMT (2006). He is a Member of IEEE and IoD South Africa.

He founded Z-Coms ( an ICT consulting firm) in 1999. Mlamli has a wealth of experience gained from numerous activities in which he was involved including the following: managed the introduction of digital satellite systems for MNET and Multichoice in 1995; He advised the South African Government on telecommunication policy, Advisor to USAASA on national Broadband strategy, Advised Sentch on the development of a turnaround business plan in 2008 and provided strategic advice to the Sentech Board .He advised DTI on BPO and call centre market, advising JP Morgan on the telecommunications landscape and business model, developing a licensing policy and universal access policy for the SADC region, development of response paper for satellite broadcasting as input to the IBA policy formulation process for Sentech. Advised SABC in he developoment of a user requirement specification for digital Radio system. As a principal consultant, Mlamli Advised the Eastern Cape development corporation on a business strategy for setting up a Provincial community television station and a digitalcontent Hub for the province. Advise USAASA on broadband strategies for RSA.

In 1997,Mlamli was appointed by President Nelson Mandela into the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Council, as one of the Councillors who adjudicated the first free to air television license in South Africa, was part of the team of councillors involved in licensing commercial and community radio stations.

Mlamli was also involved in broadcasting and telecommunications policy formulation. He was a member of the task team for the merger of the telecommunications and broadcasting regulators. He also participated in the third cellular license bid preparation and presentation to SATRA as a technology and engineering analyst preparing all technical plans for Nextcom. He also participated in the e-commerce policy formulation. Mlamli acted as a CEO to deal with restructuring of the IBA.

He worked for Orbicom as a systems engineer and Technology manager, M-Net as a transmission engineer, Reutech Radar Systems as research and development engineer and project manager, Plessey as a research and development engineer, Telkom (previously Post and Telecommunications) as a network planning engineer, and for SAPREF (oil refinery) as a maintenance engineer.

Mlamli is a director of companies and is a member of Institute of Directors (IoD). He was a Non-Executive director of Sentech until July 2007 . He is also a non-exec director of Concilium Technologies. He is a non-executive Chairman of Kutwlanong Centre for Maths and science, an organisation he supported founding in 2005 after spending 2 years teaching Science at Technology for grade 12’s on weekends in Soweto.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Wits Business school- Link Centre, Wits Law school.
He also has also Lectured Masters students on ICT developments and Policy strategy at the University of the West Indies.
Mlamli’s interest are Family, misic, reading, Soccer, Golf, equities Investments and Forex trading.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Andre Müller Borges


Secretary of Telecommunications
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
Brazil

André Müller Borges, graduate of the Faculty of Law of PUC-SP, with an extension at the Chicago School of Business, has 28 years of executive experience in large companies such as NET Serviços / Globo, Oi, TVA and Alcoa, in the legal, regulatory, Institutional and strategic, holding positions of executive vice-president, board and management, as well as acting in relevant law firms, such as TozziniFreire and Bettiol Advogados. Currently Secretary of Telecommunications of the Ministryof Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, André was also the legal vice president and vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Pay-TV ABTA, telecommunications director of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo Paulo-FIESP and member of the Regulatory and Competition and Arbitration Commissions of the Brazilian Bar Association, Federal Council and Sectional of São Paulo, respectively. He is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Spanish and French, having lived in New York for four years. He has been a speaker at several national and international seminars and conferences.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker)

Mr. Luis Fernando Borjón Figueroa


Head of Agency
PROMTEL
Mexico

Fernando Borjón Figueroa is currently in charge of the Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency, by appointmentof the President. He also chairs the Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations, an ITU Group responsible for their revision.

Mr Borjón Figueroa has more than 30 years of experience, working in the academic sector as well as in the federal public administration. He was a Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications, appointed to it in 2013 by the President of the Republic and ratified by the Senate. There, he participated actively in the implementation and implementation of various constitutional and legislative goals, derived from the Telecommunications Reformof 2013.

Mr Borjón Figueroa holds a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with a Master in Sciences in Industrial Systems of Measurement from Brunel University, where he obtained the Best Master's thesis in Great Britain, awarded by the Institute of Measurement and Control, Great Britain. He has also received degrees in Management and Leadership, as well as in Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, USA, respectively.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Dr. Martin Brynskov


Chair
Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC)
Denmark

Martin Brynskov, is chair of the global Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC), which encompasses more than 100 cities from 23 countries. He is also associate professor, PhD, in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark, director of AU Smart Cities, founder and co-director of the Digital Living Research Commons, director of the Digital Design Lab, and fellow at the Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction. Dr Brynskov is coordinator of the Horizon 2020 IoT Large Scale Pilot on Smart Cities "SynchroniCity", and the IoT Smart City Experimentation-as-a-Service facility "OrganiCity". Furthermore, he is founder of the Danish Smart Cities Network, and a global expert and advisor on IoT and smart cities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Moderator)

Dr. Jacques Bughin


Director and Senior Partner at MGI, Co-author of ITU’s research on Economic Impact of AI
McKinsey & Company
Belgium

Jacques is a senior partner at McKinsey and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. He is also a leader in McKinsey’s Media and Entertainment, Corporate Finance, and Strategy Practices and co-leads the Digital Economy Initiative, a recently launched McKinsey knowledge program.

Since joining the firm in 1992, he has been based in Amsterdam, London, Montreal, New York, and Toronto, working primarily with media, telecom, online services, health care, fintech, travel and logistics companies on a variety of issues, including marketing and sales, digital strategy, productivity, business technology, leadership, and organization.

He has coauthored numerous publications, including McKinsey Global Institute reports on globalization, Internet of Things, Big Data, and social technologies and numerous articles in the McKinsey Quarterly as well as academic journals on industrial economics, organization, digitization of firms, and corporate finance. His research has been published in leading international media.

Jacques is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities worldwide on a rangeof economic and technology trends. He is a fellow at the Aspen Institute, ECORE, a think tank on economic policy in Belgium, and at KUL University. He co-leads the McKinsey Advisory Board on media management at INSEAD.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Mikael Bäck


Vice President Global Strategy & Portfolio Development
Ericsson
Sweden
Mikael Bäck is responsible for Strategy and Portfolio management for Ericsson group. The task includes strategy definition for the Ericsson group and analysis on the Ericsson portfolio, as well as M&A. Mikael joined Ericsson in 1990 and has since worked in Product Management, Business Development and Strategy in a number of managerial positions. Mikael has also worked in Japan as Key AccountManager. He has extensive experience from 3G networks and has been head of Product Area WCDMA. Prior to the current position Mikael Bäck was Vice President Strategy and Portfolio management for the Business Unit Networks. Mikael Bäck has a Master of Science degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Mr. James Cameron


Authority Member
Australian Communications & Media Author ity
Australia

James Cameron is an Authority Member with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, having been appointed inAugust 2013.

James has over 25 years Australian Government public policy experience, including senior executive roles in the telecommunications, radiocommunications, broadcasting and digital economy fields. James has also held executive positions managing government policies and programs supporting Australia’s arts and sports sectors and, immediately prior to joining the ACMA, was Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker), Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (Panelist)

Ms. Anne Carblanc


Head of Division on Digital Economy Policy
Organisation for Economic Co-operation a nd Development
France

Ms. Anne Carblanc is Head of the Digital Economy Policy Division (DEP) in the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. Her division develops policy frameworks to foster digital transformation and make it work for the economy and society. DEP serves the Committees on Digital Economy Policy and Consumer Policy and their Working Parties, which are composed of delegations from member and partner countries, and from business, civil society, trade-unions and the Internet technical communities. Ms Carblanc joined the OECD in 1997. Prior to joining the OECD, she was Secretary General, Director of Services in the French data protection authority (Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés - CNIL). She has also served ten years in the French judicial system, both as a judge in charge of criminal investigations and as the head of the criminal law department in the Ministry of Justice.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Panelist), Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Moderator)

Ms. Kirsty Chadwick


Group CEO
The Training Room Online
South Africa

Kirsty Chadwick believes in accessible education. Over a span of twenty years and three continents, Kirsty started asa teacher, and through her dream to bring the breakthroughs of modern technology to education, is now CEO and founder of The Training Room Online – a digital solutions company and thought leader currently operating in South Africa, UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Kirsty was born in New Zealand and received her Bachelor’s degree in music from the Universityof Auckland. She followed this with a teaching diploma and has incorporated the attention to detail and dedication involved in music, to a life providing knowledge and growth to those who seek it. Operating a small, independent, self-running company, she persevered with her dream for many years until a large holding company recognised her ideas and her vision and invited her to be a part of a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company. Kirsty works with global Governments and Corporations, in an underfunded sector, and rises to the challenge to best align their workforce for greater efficiencies and skilllevels. With constantly changing technology, she has harnessed innovation, and strategically partners with technology companies to continuously deliver effective learning solutions for each target audience. She has worked closely with various technology companies to reduce the cost of hardware and increase the reach of the software. She surrounds herself with the manytalented people and like-minded organisations including them in her vision to upskill and uplift people across all industries, across all territories. Due to this collaboration and openness in the industry, she was selected to be a member of the Endeavor high impact global entrepreneurship movement and nominated as a finalist in the coveted EY World Entrepreneur Awards.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

Mr. Thomas Chalumeau


Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Orange MEA
Orange
France

Thomas Chalumeau, French, 44, is Orange Middle-East and Africa Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Committee Member.
Thomas leads Orange MEA global leadership strategy in the Region in the face of new market conditions, emerging opportunities and evolving businesses.
His scope of responsibilities includes strategic planning, business development, M&A and partnerships (21 countries)
He reports to Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Africa & Middle-East.
Thomas started his career as a Manager at McKinsey & Company before joining BNP Paribas Investment Bank as a M&A Banker and BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking Chief Strategy Officer.
Thomas Chalumeau also acted as M&A and Strategy Director of the French Government Shareholding Agency in charge of managing government public stakes and leading market operations.
Graduate from University of California at Berkeley, he holds a MBA from ESSEC and is a formerstudent of SciencesPo Paris and Ecole nationale d’Administration.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker), The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Panelist)

Mr. Clive Charlton


Solutions Architect
Amazon Web Services
USA

Clive is a member of the Public Sector Solution Architecture team within the Europe Middle East and Africa AWS business, helping shape and deliver on a strategy to build mind share and broad usage of AWS's utility computing services (such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and Amazon CloudFront) within public sector organizations and the larger ecosystem that supports them. He is a subject matter expert with a track record of supporting and investing in SMME development. He can comfortably cover ICT SMME challenges, opportunities and available support/ funding/ assistance available to them in order to scale their businesses. Clive is also anexperienced presenter at events in South Africa and on a world stage.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

Ms. Lucy Chege


Head: Energy, Environment and Information Communications Technologies (ICT)
Development Bank of Southern Africa
South Africa

Lucy is currently Head: Energy, Environment and Information Communications Technologies (ICT) at the Development Bankof Southern Africa (DBSA). She is primarily responsible for leading origination activities, structuring and managing relationships with key clients.

Lucy has over 15 years of combined experience in infrastructure project finance, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and corporate lending. She has also originated and led several teams in the structuring and execution of landmark lead arranging mandates for transactions in various sectors including ICT, energy, PPPs, health and transport.

Lucy has an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School. She has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Mr. Andy Chen


VP, Professional & Educational Activities Board and Member of Board of Governors
IEEE Computer Society
USA

Andy Chen is the President & CEO of a global consulting firm. The firm’s principle business is to provide consulting services for utility industry worldwide.  Andy is a senior business advisor for several leading global consulting firms and enterprise software vendors. Andy has over 30 years of experience in utility sectors specializing in Nuclear Power Generation. For the past eight years, Andy has been assisting leading global consulting firms in business development for the Nuclear Utilities in China and in North America. In recent years, Andy had provided advices on Enterprise Asset Management best practices for power generationsto several government agencies and State Owned Enterprises (SOE) in China and Australia.

Andy is the 2016/2017 Vice President of the CS Professional and Educational Activities Board. He is also a director for the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations’ board and a member of the Technical Advisory Council for the FinTech Ideas Festival. He also served as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Council for YinTech Investment Holding Ltd.  As an internationally recognized speaker, Andy was a keynote speaker at the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit with XPRIZE Foundation, the World Computer Congress, the World CIOForum, and the Digital Africa Conference.

Andy is a partner of REDDS Venture Investment partners which empower disruptivestart-ups that scale worldwide and have billion dollar plus potential through team building, global business development, financing, mentoring, and strategy.  Andy held the position of the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Architecture of a Canadian-based electricity generator.  He also has extensive experience in a variety of engineering and systems roles within the company including managing a project to replace the obsolete direct control computers in a nuclear station whichwas the first successful implementation in the Nuclear Industry.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Panelist), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: A new concept of future-powered cities (Moderator)

H. E. Mr. Zhaoxiong Chen


Vice Minister
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)
China

Mr. Chen Zhaoxiong is a member of the party group and vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a master's degree and he got the PhD in computer application from the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

From 2004, Chen Zhaoxiong has successively served China Great-wall Computer Group as the President, China Electronics Corporation as General manager and the Executive Vice-governor in Hunan province. Since Oct. 2015, he has been a vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and InformationTechnology of China.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks)

Ms. Letty Chiwara


Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa
UN Women
Ethiopia

Mr. Anir Chowdhury


Policy Advisor
a2i
Bangladesh

Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of UNDP, USAID and Gates Foundation supported a2i Program being implemented by the Government of Bangladesh. In this capacity, he leads the formation of a whole-of-society innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh through massive technology deployment, extensive capacity development, integrated policy formulation, whole-of-government institutional reform and an Innovation Fund. His work on innovation in public service has developed interesting and replicable models of service delivery decentralization, public-private partnerships and transformation of a traditional bureaucracy into a forward-looking, citizen-centric service provider. He is a regular speaker in international conferences on public service innovation and reform, digital financial inclusion, civil registration and digital identity management, SDGs, youth and community empowerment, educational transformation, public-private partnerships and South-South Cooperation.

He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force, Education Minister’s National ICT in Education Task Force, UNESCAP Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), and Co-Founder of South-Asia Civil Registration Network (CR8).

He co-founded several software and service companies in the US and Bangladesh focused on enterprise management and IT strategy for Fortune 500 corporations. He also co-founded a number of non-profit organizations focused on ICT4D, e-learning and open source technologies. Anir graduated magna cum laude in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Brown University and did post-graduate work on management, marketing and education reform in Harvard, Columbia and Boston Universities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Panelist), Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

H. E. Dr. Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele


Minister
Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services
South Africa

Dr Siyabonga Cwele is the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Republic of South Africa. In this portfolio he is tasked with ensuring that the country realises great developmental value in the Information and Communication Technologies andpostal services sectors through the provision of reliable and affordable modern communications and financial services to all citizens. In this way, the sectors can contribute significantly to socio-economic transformation and building a more inclusive and prosperous nation.

He previously served as the Minister of Intelligence from 2008-2009 and subsequently as Minister of State Security from 2009-2014, before assuming his current position in May 2014. He is currently serving a second two-year term as a Commissioner representing the South African Government on the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

He has been a Member of Parliament since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, and served as the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, as Chair of Standing Committee on Social Services, and as a Member of the Joint Budget Committee. Previously Dr Cwele served in the underground structures of the African National Congress (ANC) between 1984 and 1990 during the struggle for liberation.

Dr Cwele is a medical practitioner who holds an MBchB in Medical Policy from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a postgraduate diploma in child health from the College of Medicine in South Africa and an Mphil in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.

He serves as a member of the national and provincial political leadership of the ANC.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Keynotespeaker), Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker), High Level African Investment Dialogue (Moderator), Bridging the digital innovation divide: high level panel discussion on the African Digital Transformation Centre driven by innovation (Panelist)

Ms. Moira De Roche


Chairman
IFIP IP3
South Africa

Moira de Roche is the Chair of IFIP IP3, and has been involved with this body since2007. She is a Director on the Global Industry Council, an IFIP body comprised of senior people from all parts of the globe who are involved with ICT. As part of her work for IP3, she attends and speaks at the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva each year.

She has spoken at several conferences recently exploring the issue of Trust and the Duty of Care in Industry 4.0. She is also keenly interested in the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Society, and most especially the opportunities it provides to improve education,

Moira de Roche is an independent consultant, witha focus on helping business and educational organizations design and develop learning programs and measure the impact andreturn of these programs.

She is a Professional Member and Fellow of IITPSA (Institute of IT Professionals South Africa) and a proud recipient of the “EngineerIT/CSSA Distinguished Service in ICT” award. She is a Director of (IITPSA). She was President of this body for four years. She considers herself as an Ethics Evangelist,

Moira is passionate about issues facing women in the workplace, with a special focus on how to interest more girls in ICT careers, as well ashow to ensure that women can achieve their potential.

She is a trustee of the South African Computer Olympiad;whose function is to run the annual Computer Programming and Applications Olympiads in South Africa.

For more details za.linkedin.com/in/moiraderoche

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Panelist)

Mr. Philippe Defraigne


Founding Director
Cullen International S.A.
Belgium

A founding director of Cullen International in 1988, Philippe has worked extensively on EU regulation affecting the telecoms andinternet sectors and the implementation at national level across Europe. He is widely regarded in the industry as one of the leading experts in the field.  Philippe pioneered the practice of cross-country benchmarking of national regulation – the core methodology used across all of Cullen International's intelligence services.  He leads business development activities for the company – focussing on building Cullen International's business outside of Europe, in particular in Latin America, the Middle East & North Africa. Philippe frequently presents Cullen International research at industry conferences, client briefings and training courses.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (Moderator)

H. E. Mr. Moustapha Mamy Diaby


Minister
Ministère des Postes, des Télécommunications et de l’Economie Numérique
Guinea

Telecommunications and ICT Engineer, Expert in Regulation and digital economy.
Expert on harmonization of Telecommunications and ICT policies and regulation, management of scarce resources and Telecommunications networks.
Lecturer in planning of Telecommunications networks, universal access and rural connectivity, integration and infrastructure sharing.
Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital economy, since January 2016.
Director General of the Posts and Telecommunications regulatoryauthority from March 2011 to December 2015.
Vice-president and President of the world (French speaking countries) Telecommunications/ICT regulators forum (FRATEL), in 2012 and 2013.
Senior Policy officer for Telecommunications and ICT development at the African Union Commission, from August 2006 to March 2011.
Consultant and Lecturer at the multinational High school of Telecommunications of Dakar (ESMT), Centre of excellence of the International Telecommunications Union, from January 2001 to August 2006.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker)

Mr. Jose Maria Diaz Batanero


Strategy and Policy Coordinator
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

Jose Maria Diaz Batanero is Strategy and Policy Coordinator at the International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialized agency for telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICTs). Since 2010 Mr Diaz Batanero has been ITU’s focal point in the areas of sustainable development, digital inclusion and digital entrepreneurship. Mr Diaz Batanero is also the Coordinator of the Forum programme of ITU Telecom World, ITU’s flagship annual event with the ICT industry.

Prior to joining ITU Mr Diaz Batanero worked as ICT specialist in the Inter-American Development Bank (2004-2009), the United Nations Development Programme (2002-2004), as well as in the private sector at Vodafone Spain (2002). He is Electronic Engineer and has a Master Degree in Strategic Planning and ICTs applied to business.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Moderator)

H. E. Ms. Nomusa Dube Ncube


MEC Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
South Africa

Nomusa Dube-Ncube has been the hands-on MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the KZN Legislaturesince 2009 where she continues to add value to political leadership with her fair and firm style.

KwaMashu-born political and community activist MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has been in the frontline of resistance politics and community mobilisation in the collective quest for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. She has stayed the course and continues to hold her position as one of the senior leaders of the African National Congress in her home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

At the start of South Africa's democracy in the 1990s, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube served the Mayor of the North Central Local Council before the local authority of Durban was amalgamated with several others to form what is now knownas the eThekwini Municipality. Subsequently, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube was appointed the Speaker of the eThekwini Municipality. She also presided over the 1500 member negotiating team that discussed the transformation of local government whilst National Government was discussing South Africa’s broader transformation. This was a crucial process leading up to the formulation of the sphere of local government as we have it now.

Her work in local government did not stop there; she co-chaired the Interim Local Government SETA at its establishment and was the Deputy Secretary of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) at national level. She was also part of the sub-committee that drafted the White Paper on Local Government that gave rise to the Municipal Structures Act, Municipal Structures and Systems Act, Municipal Finance ManagementAct and many other key pieces of local government legislation. Her experience in local government is indeed vast, spanning over 20 years.

Within the ANC, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has served as Treasurer and Deputy Secretary of the eThekwini Region.

After a remarkable term as the Speaker, during which period MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube championed women’s and youth development and a number of other initiatives aimed at alleviating poverty, creating jobs and promoting social cohesion, the ruling ANC redeployed Nomusa Dube-Ncube to serve as Ambassador to the Czech Republic where she worked tirelessly promoting the new South Africa and attracting foreign investment, boosting tourism in KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country and hosting numerous trade delegations.

Thereafter, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube was appointed back home to serve as the Chief Whip of the African National Congress in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature. Parallel to that, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube was appointed as the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal, and in 2009 was promoted to the province’s Executive Council. Subsequent to that she was appointed Treasurer of the ANC in KZN 2015 and re-elected in 2018.

MEC Dube-Ncube’s focus is sharply on service delivery in the rural and far-flung areas of a very vast and challenging province defined by rampant poverty, unemployment and a lack of opportunities for rural women and aspiring young women who have been denied proper education.

MEC Dube-Ncube has successfully straddled all challenges in her department, making strident calls for clean audits among municipalities, promoting good governance and transparency while encouraging senior managers and public servants to fulfil their academic potential and contribute to our knowledge economy by furthering their post-graduate studies at universities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist)

Ms. Farida Dwi Cahyarini


Secretary General
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
Indonesia

Mr. Aji Ed


CTO, Middle East and Africa
Nokia
United Arab Emirates

Aji Ed is the CTO for Middle East and Africa at Nokia. Proven leadership experience of more than 19 years in telecommunications industry ranging across CTO, R&D Leadership and Management roles. In the current role, Aji is responsible for Nokia product portfolio alignment with operators across the region. Highly committed to designing customer centric product portfolio together with R&D and Aji has worked across many countries in India, Europe, Middle East and Africa. His areaof expertise is Mobile networks, especially radio networks. Prior to the current role, Aji has heading the R&D for Base Station transmission, Femto GW and RNC for several years.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Chijioke Egejuru


Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation

Mr. Chijioke Egejuru is an Investment Officer within the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group and is involved in the financing of productive business enterprises in emerging markets across the globe by making long term investments in the private sector. Chijioke is part of the Africa team responsible business development and deal execution covering countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. He began his career in IFC in 2008 and has since been involved in the financing of several infrastructure and telecommunications projects. Prior to 2008, he worked with a Nigerian boutique investment bank and financial advisory firm, Frontier Capital Limited. Chijioke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield University in England.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines (Speaker), High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Mr. Damon Embling


World News and European Affairs Correspondent
Euronews

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Moderator)

Ms. Belinda Exelby


Director, Institutional Relations
GSMA
United Kingdom

Belinda leads the GSMA’s relationships with international intergovernmental institutions, including the ITU, the World Bank and the OECD. To help develop best-practice policy frameworks, the GSMA actively engages with these organisations by sharing industry data and analysis, as well as conveying the business perspectives and priorities of mobile operators. Belinda is also responsible for the GSMA’s Capacity Building programme, which works with more than 20 institutional partners to deliver face-to-face and online training courses for telecoms and ICT regulators worldwide. Belinda is a Director of the US Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and the UK Telecommunications Academy (UKTA). Previously, Belinda was responsible for running the GSMA’s Ministerial Programme at Mobile World Congress. She was also Marketing Director for the Government and Regulatory Affairs team at the GSMA, a role to which she brought more than 15 years of marketing experience within the telecoms and ICT industry. Belinda has a BA degree in French and Linguistics from the University of Exeter.

Speaking at the following sessions:
M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (Speaker)

Mr. Deon Fredericks


Chief Investment Officer
Telkom Group SA SOC Limited
South Africa

Deon was appointed on 1 July 2018 as Chief Investment Officer. He previously served as Group CFO from September 2014 and as the group executive of corporate finance accounting services from November 2004 to October 2013. He joined Telkom in 1993 as a senior manager in internal audit and has held several executive positions in the finance department. He currently serves on the boards of BCX (Pty) Ltd and Gyro group and is an advisory board member of Business Against Crime (BAC) Mpumalanga. Deon also previously served on the Vodacom (Pty) Ltd board, where he chaired the audit committee. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist)

Ms. Deanne Friis Smith


Director Entrepreneur Search & Growth
Endeavor South Africa
South Africa

Deanne is a business professional with a global mindset and more than 20 years’ experience in the services sector, primarily Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. She has a very broad range of skills that she has developed and learned,working with corporates, mentors and entrepreneurs spanning a wide array of industries and sectors in South Africa and abroad. This global access to resources has exposed her to various types of business models, marketing strategies, industries, case studies, distribution models, and key industry and business leaders who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise not only with Endeavor entrepreneurs but with local staff as well. Deanne has a Bachelor of Social Science degree as well as a diploma in Public Relations and Marketing Management.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Speaker)

Mr. Sunil Geness


Group Corporate Affairs Manager
SAP AFRICA
South Africa

Sunil Geness is Director of Government Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP Africa. He has vast experience in private and public organizations. In his various capacities he has also represented the South African Government and SAP on numerous occasions at high level meetings and speaking engagements at the United Nations, European Union, European Commission, World Bank, African Union, BRICS and other multilateral agencies on a variety of topics.

Geness has a passion for science, technology and innovation and began his career as a physical science and electronics teacher before he moved on to develop a wide range of experience in Government, Quasi-Government and Private sector organizations. These roles have included a policy and implementation making stint at the South African National Government, various roles in South African provinces, a Government modernization role at the Department of Public Service & Administration, followed by a political advisory role at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), before he was head-hunted by the German global software giant-SAP.

Geness holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNISA), Bachelor of Commerce Honours Cum Laude (UNISA), Master of Management (Witwatersrand), HED (Springfield College) and has been the recipient of scholarships for executive leadership programmes at leading global business schools in France( INSEAD), the United Kingdom (Birmingham) and the United States (Harvard in partnership with Wits). A keen advocate of sustainability and environmentalism, he received the World Wide Fund (WWF), One Planet Leaders, sustainability scholarship in 2009.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

Dr. Alison Gillwald


Executive Director
Research ICT Africa .
South Africa

Alison Gillwald (PhD) is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and is adjunct professor at the Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation Programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, where she convenes an ICT policy and regulatory executive training programme for regulators, policy-makers and parliamentarians; and supervises doctoral students. Alison was appointed by then President Mandela on the advice of Parliament to serve on the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 1996. Prior to that she set up the policy department at the first Independent Broadcasting Authority. She also chaired the first South African national digital advisory body which reported on digital migration in 2001; the board of the public broadcaster; the South African Broadcasting Corporation; and is currently deputy chairperson of the SA National Broadband Advisory Council. In 2013 she advised the Ministry of Communication with South Africa’s Broadband Plan: SA Connect, and She is currently deputy chairperson of the National Broadband Advisory Council. In 2014 she served on the Internet Corporation forAssigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Akinwale Goodluck


Head of Sub-Saharan Africa
GSMA
Kenya

Akinwale Goodluck is the Head of the GSMA in Sub-Saharan Africa and has primary responsibility for the attainment of the GSMA’s objective in Africa of connecting everyone and everything to a better future. He leads GSMA’s objective to serve as a guiding beacon for the mobile industry in Africa, focusing on collaboration between mobile operators, governments and other ecosystem players to overcome the physical, social and economic barriers to GSMA’s vision for a better future. Akinwale joined the GSMA in February 2017.

Akinwale Goodluck is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has had a career spanning Investment Banking, Legal Practice and in the last 15 years been engaged in the ICT & mobile communications sector working for MTN Nigeria Communications Limited for 14 years, 7 of which was at Executive level with primary responsibility for the management of the Regulatory, Commercial Legal, Reputation, Corporate Governance and Stakeholdermanagement risks for MTN Nigeria.

Akinwale provided leadership for the Regulatory objectives of the MTN Group Limited and all its 23 Operations spread across Africa and the Middle East. He was appointed by the GSMA to Chair the GSMA Chief Policy & Regulatory Officers Group Sub Saharan Africa, in January 2015 for a two-year term, providing Regulatory Policy and Strategy for mobile telecommunication companies operating in Sub Saharan Africa.

Akinwale has served onthe Board of several Companies among which are the MTN Nigeria Foundation, Nigeria Internet Exchange Limited, The Digital Bridge Institute, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, the Lagos State Innovation Council and he continues to serve on the Board of the Redeemers International School and other private companies.

Akinwale has been recognized as an authority, respected resource person and much sought after speaker locally and internationally in the realm of ICT Regulation & other utilities.

He is an alumnus of the Lagos State University, The Nigeria Law School and the Harvard Business School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead (Panelist)

Mr. Fraser Graham


Senior Director of Policy Engagement
GSMA
United Arab Emirates

Fraser has 20 years telecoms experience across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Since joining the GSMA in 2016 as Senior Director for Policy Engagement, Fraser has been part of the Regulatory Modernisation programme, responsible for Policy Dialogues with influential sub regional bodies such as ECOWAS, SADC and ASEAN. He has also been involved in a number of in market engagements across SSA, MENA and Asia.

Before joining the GSMA, Fraser was Director for International Regulatory Affairs at Etisalat Group from 2011 and prior to that was aconsultant with Deloitte Consulting in London for four years and ran his own consultancy firm, based in UK and Asia, for 10 years.

While working for various operators and groups, Fraser has gained strong experience in many different telecoms fields, including: regulatory compliance, regulatory strategy, regulatory cost modelling, product profitability analysis, cost optimisation and other commercially strategic projects.

Fraser holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Bath, UK.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou


Minister Special Advisor of the President of Niger republic & CEO of ANSI
National Agency of Information Society (ANSI)
Niger

Mr Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has over 20 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industries worldwide. His expertise is in strategy, operations planning and management, market sizing, product marketing, business planning, Sales and Market development.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has been recipient of several CEO Awards throughout his career. He joined the government of Niger in November 2016 as High Commissionner (cabinet level position) in charge of ICT. He is in charge of the e-government strategy and its implementation, as well as enabling the ICT ecosystem.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has since July 2017 been appointed CEO of the newly formed National agency of information society(Ansi), reporting to the President of the Republic Office. He is also Minister - Special Advisor of the President of the Republic and a board member of Niger Telecom, the National Operator of Niger.
He has been appointed by the President as the Minister representing Niger on the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Alliance.

Prior to joining the government, Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou was the Senior Vice-President Commercial-Africa of SES & General Manager of SES Astra Africa (Pty.)Ltd. since January 2012.
Before that he was Senior Key Director and Managing SalesDirector with Intelsat. He was previously Director of the Regional Marketing Management & Strategy team of Intelsat, a position he reached after having joined the company as a Communication Engineer in the Technical Operations Control Centre.

Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou was also the Managing Director of Intelsat in South Africa from 2004 to 2006. He started his professional career at Société des Télécommunications Internationales du Niger (the then National operator of Niger) where he advised the Director General on new technologies.

Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, after attending the faculty of Science (Mathematics and Physics) of the University of Niamey (Niger). He received his Master’s degree in International Management, as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has completed several Executive programs with the Wharton Business School (Aresty Institute) and The Centre of Creative Leadership (Leadership Development Program).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker), Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist), M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Mahendra Man Gurung


Secretary
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT)
Nepal

Mr. Mahendra Man Gurung, Secretary at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology with more than 30 years of experience in bureaucracy, has served in Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development as a secretarybefore joining this ministry. Providing much needed connectivity to every citizen of Nepal and reducing existing digital divide through recently launched campaign of Digital Nepal are the initiatives taken by the ministry. Mr. Gurung's leadership capability has already showing positive signs in this area.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Dr. Kemal Huseinovic


Chief, Department of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications (IEE), Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

​Mr Kemal Huseinovic is the Chief ​of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department at ITU’sTelecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). His Department is promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment. This includes the provision of guidelines and tools for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, financing policies and strategies, development of telecommunication and IP-based networks, promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, andthe use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. It covers also the promotion of access and use of telecommunications and ICTs for groups that have been marginalized in their access to current mainstream ICT services, including women, youth, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people living in remote communities.

​​​Before joining ITU in 2014, Mr Huseinovic was Director General of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds two Master Degrees and a PhD on “Competition Enlargement through Establishment and Development of Regulatory Authorities of Communication Market”.​​​

Speaking at the following sessions:
Adopting digital identification for development (Moderator)

Mr. Brett Haan


Principal
Deloitte Consulting LLP
USA

Brett Haan a Principal at Deloitte Consulting who is a recognized leader in international regulatory telecommunications policyand enforcement. He has advised telecommunications ministries and regulators across the globe and specifically in the Middle East, North America, and Europe as well as advising donor organizations such as USAID, the EU, and the World Bank. He currently serves as the Program Director implementing Bahrain's National Broadband Network (NBN) led by the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which involves overseeing and enforcing the functional separation of the incumbent telecommunications operator in Bahrain, the creation of the NBN, and the development of the associated economic regulatory framework. Mr. Haan is also currently the Program Director of the 800 MHz Transition Administrator LLC (TA) for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 800 MHz Reconfiguration Project. This unique public-private partnership manages the oversight of thousands of radio license holders requiring cross-bordercooperation with the Federal Telecommunications Institute regulator in Mexico (IFT). Previously, Mr. Haan served as the Program Director for a project in Mexico, which included leading the design, development, and initiation of the program and tender process for "Red Compartida" on behalf of the Mexican government's telecommunications regulatory agency, a USD $7 billion nationwide wholesale shared network operating on the 700 MHz band. Prior to Deloitte Consulting, Mr. Haan used to work at the FCC's International Bureau, supporting a range of initiatives related to licensing and regulatory functions for international telecommunications programs and policies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Jason Harle


Assistant Manager
Deloitte
Denmark

Jason Harle is an Assistant Manager with Deloitte in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a cyber-security strategist in one of the world’s most digitized nations, he provides the senior leadership of a number of both public organisations and private companies with expert advice on risk-based cyber security and data protection methodologies. He has considerable knowledge of a number of security frameworks such as the EU GDPR, ISO 27000 series, NIST and COBIT. His current focus is on devising and delivering actionable sector-specific strategy for The EU Directive on security of network and information systems in accordance with national guidelines.

Jason has spent most of his career in the British military, working in communications intelligence where he has worked both on defending assets from attack and finding weaknesses to exploit. His time in the military culminated in his last role as a strategy officer with NATO, where he worked to secure national infrastructuresand develop security policies. Here he was awarded a General’s commendation for his work. He holds a number of cyber security certifications, a Bachelor of Science degree in Intelligence & Security and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intelligence & International Relations from Staffordshire University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Panelist)

Mr. Nigel Hickson


VP IGO Engagement
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Switzerland

Nigel works out of the Geneva office as part of the Government Engagement Team. He is responsible for engagement withthe UN in Geneva, IGOs and other international organisations.

Nigel joined ICANN in 2012 and worked until 2014as the VP for Global Stakeholder Engagement in Europe. He joined ICANN from the UK government, where he had served in a number of capacities for just fewer than 30 years. Latterly he had been responsible for a team dealing with international ICT issue, including Internet Governance.

Nigel is a keen walker and cyclist.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Panelist), Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Panelist)

Mr. Joe Hironaka


Programme Specialist ICT in Education
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Jo Hironaka is UNESCO Programme Specialist for ICT in Education, Sciences and Culture at the Knowledge Societies Division, Sector for Communication and Information. Mr Hironaka joined UNESCO as an Associate Expert from Japan in 1994 and has previously served as Programme Coordinator for Post-crisis and Post-disaster Response; Programme Specialist for Natural Sciences in Vietnam; Liaison Officer to the United Nations Development Group in New York; English Editor of UNESCOPRESS and UNESCO Web editor. Mr Hironaka has served UNESCO postings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in Hanoi, Vietnam, as well as UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. He was educated at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the fields of International Economics and East Asian Studies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Ms. Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed


Principal Secretary, State Dpt, Broadcasting & Telecommunication
Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology

Ms. Charmaine Houvet


Public Policy Director: Africa
Cisco Systems, Inc.
USA

Charmaine Houvet’s love and passion for the ICT industry comes from over two decades of telecommunications experienceworking with private and public sector organizations across Africa.

She joined Cisco in March 2016 with several years’ experience as a Senior Executive in diverse and transformative roles with high profile leading ICT companies. Charmaine holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

She is passionate about female and community development and serves on various boards and trusts whose objectives are aligned to her values. Charmaine is a Trustee of the Cisco Charitable Trust Board which is headquartered in San Jose as well as a Board memberof the Cisco Systems & Cisco Technology and Services in country. She serves as a Chairperson of the South African Women in ICT Forum board and the South African Communications Forum (SACF). Charmaine is a member of the invitation only South African Chapter of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa.

Charmaine is passionate about transformation and the advancement of women in the sector and is the recipient of a number of business awards in recognition of her vision, leadership and achievements in the ICT sector. In November 2016, she was named South Africa’s Top Woman in ICT and in August 2017 Charmaine was awarded the MTN Ministerial Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution towards advancing the ICT industry in South Africa. CNBC Africa featured Charmaine as a disruptor in ICT in August 2017.

She recently founded Afriel; a non-profit organization that mentors young professionals with the goal of retaining females in the ICT sector. Charmaine partnered with the African Women’s Chartered Accountant Association (AWCA) and Duke University CE to launch the mentorship circle which mentors future leaders on jobs of the future, and provides a tool kit to the mentees to implement a legacy project in their respective communities and or organisations.

Charmaine is a long time sponsor of and serves on the Advisory Board of Girlcodeza ; a not for profit entity that works with government, private and public sector to empower young girls seeking a long-term career in ICT by teaching girls how to code and design. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Broadband Plan for Refugees Project to meet the broadband connectivity goal set by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

Dr. Kangyan ( Margret ) Hu


President of B2C ISDT
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Her PhD in Electronic Engineering has come in handy in her 18 years of extensive experience in the Telecommunicationsindustry, where she has proven professional competency in mobile network solutions including GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G technologies. Her extensive knowledge and skills in this area complement her in-depth understanding of the mobile industry and market trends.

Dr. Hu joined Huawei in 2000 and was appointed Chief Engineer of Global Wireless Solutions just two years later. Her responsibilities included wireless marketing and solution strategy.

With considerable experience in wireless marketing management, Dr. Hu continues to lead the development of MBB business solutions and provide mobile network consulting to operators across Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Dr. Hu has ledthe Global Wireless Network Marketing department since 2014. She manages all marketing activities and is responsible for wireless domain marketing strategy. She leads the development of MBB business solutions and engages with mobile operators from around the world.

Dr. Hu was appointed as the president of B2C ISDT in 2018. She is in charge of planning and developing E2E business solutions for operator's individual scenarios, and providing customers with counselling on investment and business strategies.

Owing to wealth of experience in the wireless marketing and comprehensive business solution fields, Dr. Hu has offered MBB business solutions and network investment consulting services to global operators in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Ms. Yuhong Huang


Deputy General Manager & Secretary General of GTI
China Mobile Research Institute
China

Madam Huang is Operating Committee member of Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and Secretary General of Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI).

Madame Huang joined Mobile Bureau of MIT, the predecessor of China Mobile in 1996 and joined in China Mobile since its establishment in 2000. As a wireless technology expert, she has 15 years of work experience in the development of key technologies and international standardization. Madam Huang served as Vice-Chairman of 3GPP TSG Service and System Aspects (TSG-SA) from 2005 to 2008. Madam Huang graduated from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1993 with a Bachelor degree in Wireless Engineering, and received a Master degree of Digital Mobile in 1996.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Bishar Hussein


Director General
Universal Postal Union
Switzerland

Bishar Abdirahman Hussein was first elected Director General of the UPU International Bureauon 10 October 2012 during the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha, receiving a second mandate during the 26th Congress in Istanbul.

Bishar Hussein has a vast experience of UPU matters and postal issues in general. He chaired the UPU Council of Administration for the 2008-2012 cycle, having been designated by the Government of Kenya to chair the 24th UPU Congress, held in Geneva in 2008.

In September 2010, he successfully chaired the UPU Strategy Conference held in Nairobi. The conference provided a forum for discussion of important global issues affecting the postal sector and paved the way for the development of the Doha Postal Strategy.

Bishar Hussein began his postal career with the Kenya Posts & Telecommunications Corporation, which he joined in 1984 as a management trainee. He rose through the ranks and became the first postmaster general of the Postal Corporation of Kenya in 1999. He led the postal entityfrom a loss-making to a profitable and self-sustaining postal enterprise.

In 2002, he was appointed ambassador of Kenya to the United Arab Emirates, covering the Gulf Region, for a six-year period.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in political science and sociology from the University of Nairobi. Throughout his 28 years of public service, Bishar Hussein has attended many courses and seminars in postal management, human resources, finance, administration and diplomacy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré


Executive Director
SMART Africa
Switzerland

Dr Hamadoun Touré is the founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Alliance and immediate past Secretary General of theInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU).

A long-standing champion of ICTs as a driver of social and economic development, Dr Touré previously served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) from 1998-2006. In this role he placed considerable emphasis on implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), launching projects based on partnerships with international organizations, governments, the private sector and civil society.

 Dr Touré started his professional career in his native Mali in 1979. He built a solid career in the satellite industry, serving as managing engineer in Mali’s first International Earth Station. He joined Intelsat’s Assistance and Development Programme in 1985. He was appointed Intelsat’s Group Director for Africa and the Middle East in 1994, earning a reputation as an energetic leader through his commitment to various regional connectivity projects such as RASCOM. In 1996 he joined ICO Global Communications as African Regional General Manager, spearheading the companies’ activities across the African region.

He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Leningrad, and a PhD from the University of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of Moscow.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Mr. Stephen Ibaraki


Social Entrepreneur and Futurist - Chair REDDS Capital
REDDS Venture Capital
Canada

With more than 100 top executive roles, global lifetime achievement and innovation awards and recognitions, a few of executive chairman, investor, venture capitalist, and serial entrepreneur Stephen Ibaraki's positions include: Practitioner Board Association for Computing Machinery past chair; founding chair Global Industry Council and vice-chair board IP3 International Federation for Information Processing; top 5 blogger IDG-IT World (Canada); founding managing general partner REDDS Capital (Venture Investment Partners) and founding chairman investment committee REDDS VC Fund; founder technologyadvisory board, Yintech Investment Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ); founding member Beyond Initiative (VW/Audi AI Think Tank); founding chairman outreach UN ITU "ICT Discoveries" Journal; founder and chairman outreach UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit with XPRIZE Foundation, 20 UN Agency partners, 47 media; keynote at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE AustinUSA); keynote UNIDO General Conference Industry 4.0 (Vienna); organizer and host speaker Wuzhen Summit World Internet Conference AIForum (WIC: 1500 CEOs/leaders); speaker UN GA Second Committee & ECOSOC Joint Session (New York, Future of Everything); founding chairman Technology Advisory Council Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) FinTech Ideas Festival (200 CEOs/Execs, FSR: $92.7 trillion managed assets, $1.2 trillion annual revenue); founding chair advisory board and keynote Digital Africa on Industry/Nation 4.0 (2016, 2017); invited advisor on Nation 4.0 and board member within IEEE; 14 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Awards (Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, "We recognize and value your exceptional contributions and commitment to technical communities worldwide. By sharing your real world expertise and technical skills, you demonstrate outstanding technical community leadership. Thank you.") and 3 global gold awards; 3 founding Fellow awards; ... There is much more information as nominated founding fellow, past board chair and president government-chartered Canadian Information Processing Society http://www.cips.ca/stephen-ibaraki." LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/sibaraki​

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital finance: innovative economic solutions for all (Panelist), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities (Moderator)

M. Vincent Ikimba Bongelo


Secrétaire général
Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication

Ms. Gladys Inabeza


Software developer
Casual Payroll
Rwanda

Technology enthusiast with a software development experience in Reactjs. After graduating from university in computerscience, she developed 2 apps in finance that aim to help people transfer money across borders as well as receive home loans easily. She is currently working on Casual Payroll to facilitate casual workers receiving their salaries easily using their phones.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Alodie Iradukunda


Founder
DOCREP
Rwanda

Alodie Iradukunda is a young, driven Rwandan woman who has over the years developed a passion for entrepreneurship and its ability to change lives. With a degree in computer science, she hopes to use the skills she has been equipped with to empower the youth and girls in particular, to transform their nation for the better, and seek to contribute to its development. She believes in the power that is technology in being a tool of betterment of societies. Throughout her experiences, she has sought after ways of bringing to the table tools and solutions to problems communities in Rwanda face. Her goal is to simply be an agent of positive change, with the hope that she can inspire others to do so.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Ms. Iris Carine Iribori


Software Analyst/ Developer
The Blue Comet
Rwanda

She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Communication Technology form Mount Kenya University and a Master's degree in Information Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan University, England and Certified in Oracle 12c databases.She has worked on IT projects in Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resource (MINAGRI), working closely with MINAGRI’s Management Information System (DHIS2) team.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Mr. Bilel Jamoussi


Chief of the Study Groups Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Tunisian born, Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland. Since 2010, he has been leading the bureau’s standards making activities into a new era characterized by rapid convergence and the need for increased collaboration with vertical sectors and partnership between developed and developing countries.

Prior to 2010, Jamoussi worked for a Telecommunication equipment and solutions provider for 15 years in Canada and then in the United States where he held several leadership positions and was granted 22 US patents in diverse areas including packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service.

He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Moderator), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities (Speaker)

Ms. Danielle Jacobs


Chairman
International Telecommunications Users Group
Belgium

Danielle Jacobs is General Manager of BELTUG, the largest Belgian association of digital technology leaders from businesses and public institutions, with about 1400 members. Under her leadership, Beltug has built on the priorities of these ICT managers to achieve a number of successes, including developing a Market Study on the Belgian business ICT market, acting as an interlocutor for businesses on software license issues, and lobbying with public entities at the Belgian and European levels to clarify key issues including indoor coverage for mobile communication, data protection (GDPR), e-trust services, and more.

In addition, Danielle is a member of Digital Minds for Belgium, launched by the Belgian Minister for the Digital Agenda. This group of thought and action leaders are using their rich experience and passion to put Belgium on the digital map, including co-authoring ‘Digital Belgium’, the action plan to achieve this.

Danielle is also President of the Board of INTUG, the international association of business users of electronic communications, of which Beltug is a member. With members and contacts in all five continents, INTUG has a global presence and perspective on bringing down the barriers that companies and public institutions face when developing their digital strategy.

Danielle has received considerable recognition for her efforts, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the CIO Leadership summit, 2016. She was named one of Global Telecoms Business’s Top 50 Woman to Watch 2016. And she is on the 5-person shortlist for IT person of the year from Computable Belgium 2017.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Panelist)

Mr. Qin Jian


Vice President
China Mobile Communications Corporation

Mr. Jian Qin is a Member of Party Leadership Group and Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd.. He also serves as Employee Director of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd..

Mr. Jian previously served as Deputy Director of Jiangxi Nanchang Telecommunications Bureau, General Manager of China Mobile Nanchang Branch, and Party Secretary, Chairman, and General Manager of China Mobile Jiangxi Branch, China Mobile Sichuan Branch, and China Mobile Guangdong Branch. Since November 2017, he has been serving as a Member of the Party Leadership Group and Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd..

Mr. Jian graduated in 1989 from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a bachelor’s degree, obtained his master’s degree from School of Management, University at Buffalo in 2002, and received his doctoral degree from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in 2008.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Huajing Jiang


CEO
Shanghai TERJIN Information Technology Co., Ltd
China

Mr. Huajing Jiang, Board Chairman of Shanghai TERJIN Radio Technology Company.

Huajing Jiang graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor degree and majored in communication engineering.

Huajing Jiang founded Shanghai TERJIN Radio Technology in 2003, which focus on spectrum monitoring and radio location, including Anti-Drone system.

The Anti-Drone system includes detection, classification, geo-location and countermeasures of drones.

The Anti-Drone system can help the security department to manage No-fly zones and Geo-fencing, and make the early warning of drone threats, even just after the power-on before the flying. Besides the system can geo-locate the drones and pilots, and output the path line. The systems are widely deployed in airports, oil fields, power plants, prisons, VIP events, and etc.

The innovative TDOA radio monitoring and geo-location system had been widely deployed in radio monitoring stations and broadcast administration bureaus in China.

Huajing Jiang led the team won the bidding of Ministry of Public Security of China.

TERJIN radio was involved in G20 HangzhouSummit in 2016, and 3 times of World Internet Conference Wuzhen summit during 2015 to 2017.

TERJIN Radio won the ITU Telecom World Global SME Award for the Most Innovative Use of ICTs at ITU Telecom World 2017.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Speaker)

Mr. Yidun Jin


Deputy Secretary-General
Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance
China

Mr. Jin Yidun is the Deputy Secretary-general of the Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA). In 1999, he entered China Academy of Telecommunications Technology, engaged in the planning and marketing of GSM/CDMA/TD-SCDMA products. He used to work as assistant of General Manager of the marketing department, vice general manager ofstrategy department. Mr. Jin joined TDIA since 2002 and he has been dedicated himself to the industry coordination, standardization promotion, products planning and technical cooperation among members of the alliance and actively promote the industrialization and commercialization of TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE and its subsequent evolution technologies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Ms. Melissa Johns


Senior Director, Insights and Impact
Digital Impact Alliance at the UN Foundation
USA

Melissa Johns is the Senior Director for Insights and Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). DIAL is housed inthe United Nations Foundation and holds as its mission to ensure a more inclusive digital society worldwide. In her role,Melissa leads DIAL’s overall research program, knowledge dissemination and influence agenda. She has led the creation of ground-breaking surveys of emerging technologies for digital identity, e-books on scaling digital development programs and explorations of the use of messenger platforms in citizen services. Melissa comes to DIAL after twelve years at the World Bank, where she shaped some of its most impactful knowledge products and the follow-on operational work driving change on the ground. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist)

Mr. Malcolm Johnson


Deputy Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015.

From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU'sTelecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change andaccessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities.
Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT.

From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency andbetween 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.

  • • Elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014.
  • • Re-elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010.
  • • Elected Director of theITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2006.
  • • Increased activity in relation to: cybersecurity; climate change; and accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities.
  • • Increased involvement of developing countries in ITU’s standards activities.
  • • Introduced free downloading of ITU-T Recommendations.
  • • Initiated a programme to address major developing country concerns over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards.
  • • Improved collaboration between ITU-T and other organizations.
  • • Greater involvement of universities and research institutes with the initiation of the annual Kaleidoscope Academic conferences in 2008.
  • • Encouraged increase use of electronic working methods across ITU-T Study Groups.
  • • Introduced paperless policy in Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.
  • • Prior to election to ITU acted as Head or Deputy Head of UK Delegations to all ITU world conferences, assemblies and advisory groups from 1992.
  • • Before 1992 worked in the European Commission DGXIII representing the European Commission in CEPT and ETSI.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Moderator), High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Moderator)

Mr. Shameel Joosub


Chief Executive Officer
Vodacom Group
South Africa

Shameel is the CEO of Vodacom Group since September 2012. He is a former CEO of Vodafone Spain. He was previously theManaging Director of Vodacom South Africa from March 2005 to March 2011 prior to taking up the position as CEO of Vodafone Spain. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Vodacom Service Provider Company from September 2000 to February 2005, and Managing Director of Vodacom Equipment Company from 1998. Shameel served on the Vodacom Group Board from 2000 until March 2011, when he was seconded to Spain. He was re-appointed to the Vodacom Group Board in September 2012 after his returnfrom Spain. Shameel was also appointed as non executive director of Vodacom Tanzania and as non executive director and member of the Audit committee of Safaricom respectively in August 2017.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Dr. Eun-ju Kim


Chief, Innovation and Partnership Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Dr Eun-Ju Kim, a national of the Republic of Korea, was appointed as Chief of the ITU’s Innovation and Partnership Department in January 2014. Before moving to ITU Headquarters in Geneva, she served as Regional Director of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Before joining ITU in 2000, Dr Kim held various positions in the public and private sectors, including Director for Regulatory Affairs at the ICO Global Communications; lecturer in Telecommunication Policies and Regulations at the London City University (United Kingdom), and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Communications of the Republic of Korea.

She holds a Master’ Degree from the Seoul National University (Republic of Korea) and a second Masters’ Degree and a PhD from the London City University. She has also undertaken an Executive Education programme atthe Harvard Kennedy School in the United States of America.

Dr Kim has published numerous books and contributed articles on Information and Communication Technologies and ITU. She has also implemented various initiatives and projects on various topics including sustainable development, empowerment of women and persons with disabilities, smart schools and communities, telecommunication/ICT policies, regulations, technologies and applications in the converged eco-system and innovative societies.

She has also organized, initiated and chaired numerous national, regional and global ICTrelated events.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Moderator), Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Moderator)

Mr. Navin Kapila


International ICT Expert

United Kingdom

Mr. Navin Kapila has been Managing Director of India at Inmarsat Plc since January 21, 2013. He was a senior officialwithin the Indian Government's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and also served as Vice President ofCorporate Development at ICO Global Communications (London), and served as its Vice President of Government Affairs and Director of Business Development.

Mr. Kapila is a seasoned professional who has, for more the past 25 years, gained vast experience in diverse fields including investment, business and product development and relationship and alliance management. He has in-depth telecommunications experience and was involved in policy formulation and market deregulation. He currently serves as a non-executive Board Member of Telkom South Africa and an International Telecommunications Union Special Adviser for Emergency Communications.

Mr. Kapila was educated at India's Punjab University. In October 2012, Mr. Kapila was presented with the only individual award by ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré at the ITU's first Humanitarian Awards ceremony.

Speaking at the following sessions:
M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (Moderator), Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

Ange Maxime Kazagui


Ministre de la Communication et des Média
Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications, chargé de la Promotion des Nouvelles Technologies d'Information et de Communication
Ministre de la Communication & des Media, Porte-parole du Gouvernement. Ancien vice-président du Conseil Économique & Social, ancien Parlementaire (président de la Communication mines énergie, commerce, industrie). Expert du Processus de Kimberley (diamants de conflit). Founder and owner of compagnies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

H. E. Ms. Pinky Kekana


Deputy Minister of Communications
Department of Communications

Ms Pinky Kekana is the former MEC of Limpopo Roads and Transport. Ms Kekana was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality, a position she held since 16 November 2016.

She is also, among others, a member of the Standing Committee on Finance (National Assembly Committees), a post she has held since June 2014. She has been a member of the National Assembly since 21 May 2014.

Pinky Kekana was born in Bela-Bela. Kekana has completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (specializing in Education and teaching). Kekana was a teacher at Bela-Bela High School.

Kekana experiences as a secondary school teacher fuelled her passion for education and South African’s young people. She is committed to improving opportunities for young South African’s, from all walks of life.

As an agent for change, Kekana is committed to increasing the profile of women on the African Continent, promoting women’s and equality more broadly. She wants everyone, but particularly women and girls to feel empowered.

As the Deputy Minister of Communications and someone from a rural town, Kekana understands and recognises the vital importance of bridging the Digital divide between people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country and those metropolitan cities.

Our society is rapidly moving towards using cutting edge technology and more people are getting access to the internet year on year. Kekana believes that rural South Africans should have access to 21st century communications to run their businesses, complete their studies and connect with family and friends.

Kekana was elected to the Provincial legislature in 1999 and was re-elected in 2009. She has served as the Executive Mayor of Waterberg District and a MEC for Roads and Transport as well as a MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.

In her role as a Member of Parliament, Kekana has been a part of a number of committees most notably the Standing Committee on Finance, Defence and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality. In March2018 she was subsequently appointed as the Deputy Minister of Communications.

As the Secretary General of PAWO, Kekana is committed to ensuring that all African women, regardless of where they live, have access to opportunities thatwill benefit them and their local communities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist)

Dr. Martin Koyabe


Manager and Head of Technical Support and Consultancy
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
United Kingdom

Dr Martin Koyabe is the Manager and Head of Technical Support and Consultancy; and Acting Head of Membership and Communications at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). He has over 20 years experience in ICT innovation, research and development. He holds a PhD in Communications Engineering and has been involved in various ICT projects mainly in Europe, US, Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Africa.

He has held several positions both in the telecommunication sector and academia. Before joining the CTO, he was a senior researcher/technical lead with British Telecommunications (BT) for over 10 years. While at BT, he worked on various major projects including, BT’s 21st Century Next GenerationNetwork, developing ICT security solutions, policies and strategies for BT’s lines of business. He was part of the technical team at BT that worked on Future Internet Architecture, and promoted the Development of Global Good Practice for Mitigating Denial-of-Service (DoS) over the Internet. He is also a technical expert for the European Commission (EC), World Bank, UN and the ITU.

Martin has led the development of various national strategies on Cybersecurity, Broadband, Regulation and ICT for a number of countries and organisations. He led the CTO team in assisting Botswana, Cameroon, Uganda, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Bermuda to develop their National Cybersecurity Strategies. Most notably is his recent contribution towards development of a National Cybersecurity Strategy Reference Toolkit (yet to be published) in collaboration with other implementing partners, including the ITU.

He is also part of the team that undertook a Strategic Planning initiative for Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and developed the ICT Strategy for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Botswana. He was also one of the technical experts that developed the legislative framework for the unbundling of Swaziland Post & Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC); and currently completing the development of the Strategic Plan for Swaziland Communications Commission in Eswatini (Swaziland).

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist), Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane


Minister
Ministry of Science and Technology
South Africa

is currently the Minister of Science and Technology and a member of the National Executive Council of the African National Congress. Before this portfolio, she formerly served as the Minister of Energy before she was redeployed to be the Ministerof communications. She is a former SASCO and ANCYL leader in Gauteng. She started her career as a community developer in non-governmental organizations. She subsequently joined the banking sector as a Skills development specialist.  She then became a skills development manager in National Health Laboratory Services. When she joined the public sector she became adirector in the office of the President of South Africa and later served as the parliamentary advisor to the then Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe. She then became a parliamentarian and prior to her appointment to a Ministerial position she served as a Chairperson of the Portfolio committee on Telecommunications and Postal services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vista University and a Masters degree in Management in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Chae Sub Lee


Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, following his election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. He took office on 1st January 2015. Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing. He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years.

Most recently heworked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Koreans Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). Within ITU Dr Lee served as Chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards for NGN, including service requirements, functional architecture and mobility, security and Quality of Service (QoS). He was also Vice-Chairman of the ITU IPTV Focus Group which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards. He acted as Vice-Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 13 'Future Networks and Cloud' from 2001 until 2008, becoming Chairman of that group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile telecommunications, to ensure their smooth international deployment in the coming years.

Dr Lee holds a PhD in Multimedia Engineering.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The positive power of trusted Smart ABC (AI, Banking, and Cities) (Keynotespeaker), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines (Speaker), Rise of the MVNOs: leveraging MVNOs in an ‘everything connected’ world (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Jean Francois Le Bihan


Policy Director - Sub Sahara Africa
GSMA

Jean-Francois’s career in ICT spans almost 20 years mostly in international roles with a focus on public policies andregulatory affairs.

Before joining GSMA as Public Policy Director for Sub-Saharan Africa in November 2017, Jean-Francois was Regulatory Affairs Director for Africa at Millicom supporting all its Tigo operations across the continent since 2015. He was during this time a CPROG SSA member and chaired M4D Connected Society PLG. Previously Jean-Francois was for four years Managing Director and lead consultant at EuroReg, a boutique consultancy he founded in Luxembourg.

Between 2008 and 2011 he worked for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations specialized agency. Prior to ITU, he was in charge of cost modeling, universal service and overseas mobile termination at ARCEP, the French regulator for telecoms and posts. During the first part of his career he held technical roles in Luxembourg with America Online (AOL), in Germany at a wireless local loop operator and in France for 3G rollouts.

He graduated from TelecomSud Paris engineering school and holds a Master in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and another in International Governance from St. Gallen University in Switzerland.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution (Moderator)

Ms. Celina Lee


Head of Financial Inclusion
Ixio Analytics
South Africa

Celina leads Ixio's Financial Inclusion practice. For the last 9 years, Celina has acted at the forefront of advanceduses of data for financial inclusion globally. Celina is from San Francisco, California, but has lived and worked around the world, including Latin America and Asia, and now Cape Town in South Africa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines (Speaker)

Mr. Keng Thai Leong


Deputy Chief Executive (International & Corporate)
InfoComm Media Development Authority
Singapore

Mr Leong Keng Thai, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore, has more than 36 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He was previously Director-General of Telecommunications & Postat the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), which became part of the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore on 1st October 2016. In his previous position, Mr Leong played a key role in significant milestones of the industry, including the full liberalisation of the sector, the introduction of a competition regulatory framework, and the deployment of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network.

Mr Leong concurrently holds the appointment of the Chairman of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), the statutory body set up to administer the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). In addition, he is a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Senior Advisor, International Strategy Unit at the Ministry of Communications & Information.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Mr Leong Keng Thai is the Deputy Chief Executive (International & Corporate) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority.
In addition, Mr Leong is also appointed as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. In May 2016, he was appointed Senior Advisor, International Strategy Unit at the Ministry of Communications & Information.
Mr Leong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Ms. Molly Lesher


Senior Digital Economy Policy Analyst
Organisation for Economic Co-operation a nd Development
France

Molly Lesher is a Senior Digital Economy Policy Analyst at the OECD working on issues related to digital transformation.  She is also the Co-ordinator of the OECD Going Digital project, which brings a whole-of-OECD perspective to understanding the digitaltransformation and developing pro-active policies to make it work for growth and well-being. More broadly, her work is aimed at supporting OECD member and partner governments with digital economy policy advice and analysis. Previous positions include Counsellor to the Directors of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate, Counsellor to the Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, 10 years as a trade economist, as well as roles in the Research Department of the US Federal Reserve Bank (international economics) as well as the private sector (Fidelity Investments, a US-based financial services company).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (Panelist), Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Panelist)

Mr. Mario Maniewicz


Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau, which plays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for over 30 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility at ITU headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices in Peru, Chile and Brazil, leading activities towards fostering global telecommunications development.

During his tenure at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies, where he was responsible for the Union’s activities in the policy and regulatory domain, human capacity building, ICT statistical data collection and analysis, and other development domains, including providing assistance to developing countries in bridging the digital divide by promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications.

Originally from Uruguay, Mr. Maniewicz is an Electronic Engineer specialized in Telecommunications. Before joining the ITU he held both technical and managerial positions in the main telecommunication operator in his home country. He also worked as assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Uruguay’s main University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Moderator), New radio systems for smarter digital development (Keynotespeaker), Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution (Panelist)

Venkatesen Mauree


Programme Coordinator
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Ms. Anamaria Meshkurti


Workshops Officer
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

AnaMaria Meshkurti is in charge of ITU-T's non-statutory events including workshops, seminars and forums and part of the Bridging the Standardization Gap team. She is a communications professional with a strong background in public relation and strategic events management. Prior to joining ITU she worked for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as in various UK based non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She holds diplomas in Marketing and Communications as well as International Relations and Global Governance.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Moderator)

Mr. Graham Mackinnon


Chief Legal Officer
Cell C (Pty) Ltd.
South Africa

Graham Mackinnon is the Chief Legal Officer of Cell C Limited. He has been at Cell C since 2010 and is responsible for the legal, regulatory and company secretarial functions within the company. He has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry having worked as a senior legal counsel at MTN for 12 years prior to his appointment at Cell C. He has been extensively involved in all legal and regulatory aspects of managing a telco including those aspects relating to finance, networks and IT, product development, marketing, sales, distribution, property, procurement, human resources and labour, risk management, wholesale, regulatory, public relations, government affairs and corporate governance.

Graham has represented Cell C in various forums including ICASA hearings, Parliamentary hearings and in numerous radio and television interviews.

Graham is an admitted attorney in South Africa as well as a solicitor (non-practicing) in England and Wales.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Panelist)

Dr. Mohamed Madkour


VP of Global Wireless Network Marketing
Huawei Technologies
China

Dr. Mohamed is VP Wireless Networks Marketing and Solution Sales Dept.
In his role, he manages the company’s global wireless branding and demand generation Department. He also serves as an advisor for Huawei’s wireless solutions strategy. He first joined Huawei USA in 2007 with the responsibility of managing the wireless marketing operation team. In 2013, he became the CTO, MBB solutions of Latin America Region. In 2014, he moved to Shenzhen to take on his current global responsibility.
Beside Huawei, Mohamed has held a number of senior positions in telecom industry as well as academia during his 20+ years of experience including Ericsson, Artel Inc. and Alexandria University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Panelist)

Muzi Makhaye


Chairman
ICT SMME Chamber

25 years ago, Muzi Makhaye launched his professional career as broadcaster and has committed to revolutionizing the complex yet stimulating field of South Africa’s information communication technologies. In the last 15 years he has contributed to the development of policies that resonate with South Africa, a developmental state. Makhaye participated in regulatory policies that ushered the convergence era; the establishment of the Southern Africa Internet Governance regime to ensure that we can defend the national and regional interests on Internet Governance issues; the adoption of the digital agenda inSouth Africa and SADC region; the creation of balanced DTT migration policies. He advocates for Spectrum policy frameworks that enable innovation by SMMEs in this era of Industry 4.0 in South Africa and the region.

Makhaye has been a member of the SABS TC 74 Committee since 2012 where he has worked closely with colleagues and broadcast stakeholders to review national telecommunications standards which end up being regulated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Using this role, he drives for the creation of standards that bear a bias for small business and nurtures them rather than throttle them.

Makhaye co-managed the establishment of South Africa’s Lotteries industry and formed Uthingo Management, South Africa’s first National Lottery operator. Ten years later, during South Africa’s broadcast policy impasse around the Broadcast Standards, Makhaye pushed for the retention of the European Standard (DVB-T) and presented “A Case for DVBT to Prevail” to industry stakeholders including members of the Parliament Portfolio Committee.

Muzi Makhaye did MAP at Wits Business School and completed a Business Leadership programme at Wharton Business School. He serves as vice chair for the South African Communications Forum (SACF) and chair for the ICT SMME Chamber; the two platforms through which he promotes a balanced, collaborative, multi-stakeholderism in the ICTs. He runs a big data business, ABT, which develops ways to facilitate information exchange between diverse systems such as municipal databases, mobile-phone applications, service delivery agencies, internet-of-things systems and linked-data repositories.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

Mr. Shiletsi Makhofane


Head of Government and Industry Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa
Ericsson

Head of Government and Industry Relations for Ericsson in Africa with more than 20 years of experience in the Africantelecommunications industry garnered through a variety of roles in a number of leading organisations. He started career in network engineering and occupied various roles in areas such as organization development, business processes, marketing, consulting and strategy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist), Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution (Panelist)

Ms. Onica Makwakwa


Head of Africa for A4AI
World Wide Web Foundation
South Africa

Onica is A4AI’s Africa Regional Coordinator and works to develop effective collaborations across stakeholders in Africa.

She is an experienced advocacy, fundraising, and management professional with over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector spanning various national and international organisations. Previously, she was the Head of Office for Africa for Consumers International where she worked with over 50 consumer organisations on several issues including digital consumers’ rights.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist)

Mr. Barlow Manilal


CEO
Technology Innovation Agency

Barlow holds a BSc Hons. Degree in Industrial Technology & Management and several other management and technical qualifications including having completed a Masters Programme at the University of Pretoria. He is also currently busy with a PhD Programme focussing on optimised models of Programme Management.

Barlow has gained excellent knowledge of advanced project management, project engineering, global competitiveness, advanced manufacturing and technology development in the automotive environment at Toyota SA , Mercedes Benz SA and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC).

Under his leadership, the AIDC underwent significant transformation to becoming a formidable and leading mechanism for project delivery in the country. Throughout his career Barlow has served in several strategic roles whilst also having taken numerous awards for excellence both nationally and internationally, these include recognition as a “Public Sector Visionary” and ‘Lifetime Achievement’.

In striving to achieve his personal philosophy and motto to “Make excellence an attitude”, he encourages a learning culture whilst entrenching a winning team spirit comprising the elements of,

People - Process – Products - Purpose - Pride – Passion

Barlow continues to participate in numerous strategic thought leaderships platforms which focus on manufacturing, technology, innovation and leadership. He assumed his role as CEO of the Technology Innovation Agency in April 2015.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

Mr. Tshilidzi Marwala


Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Johannesburg
South Africa

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Panelist)

Mr. Sipho Maseko


Group CEO
Telkom SA SOC Ltd.
South Africa

Mr. Sipho Maseko was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer and as an Executive Director of Telkom on 1 April 2013. He was the Group Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Vodacom since 2011.
Prior to joining Vodacom, Mr. Maseko was the Chief Executive Officer of BP Africa (Pty) Limited from 2008 to 2012 and the Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He also served in various positions at BP since 1997.
Mr. Maseko is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Centre for Development & Enterprise since 2009 and of the Afrox Board since 2012. He served as Chairman of the Board of SAPREF (Shell & BP South African Petroleum Refineries Pty Ltd) from July 2010 to August 2011.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Thesele Maseribane


Minister
Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology

Mr. Paris Mashile


Counsillor
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
South Africa

Since Mashile joined ICASA as a councillor in 2004, just four years after the regulatory authority was formed through a merger of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 2000, the ICT landscape has changed dramatically.

Shortly after joining the authority, Mashile was appointed ICASA chairman, a position he held from 2005 to 2010 leading a team of nine (9) Councillors in decision making on matters pertaining to the licensing and issuance of Electronics Communication Network and Service, (ECNS &ECS) Broadcasting and Postal service licences; developing regulations on markets where there is lack of effective competition, Interconnections, Universal Service Obligation, Protecting and Promoting consumer interests through enforcement and monitoring of compliance of licence terms and conditions imposed on operators, management of scarce resources such as frequency spectrum and numbers and right of way.

The remit encompassed facilitating the convergence of the telecommunication, broadcasting, and IT sectors. When his tenure ended in June in 2010 he joined Sentech, the signal distributor as a non-executive director and for a whil as the acting Chairperson. During that period he was working fulltime as a Programme Director at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on Digital Multimedia Communication.

Councillor Mashile has long held a passion for ICT. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in the field of Fibre Optics Communications from Washington University in St. Louis. MO, USA and a Master of Science in Physics in the field of Semiconductor Laser Physics from Lancaster University in the UK. His undergraduate degree was a BSc (Hons) in physicsand electronic engineering (combined from Leeds University in the UK)

It’s been just over 26 months since Paris Mashile re-joined the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as a councillor.

He is responsible for the engineering and technology portfolios, in which he deals with spectrum, Square Kilometre Array (SKA), 5G forum, Call Termination, IT related projects a member of ARC and ITRC

He was acting as the Chairperson ofthe Authority from September to December 2017 until a permanent chairperson was appointed by the Minister of Communication.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution (Panelist)

Mr. Konstantinos Masselos


President
Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)

Professor Konstantinos Masselos has been appointed as the President of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) in February 2018.

In 2006 he joined University of Peloponnese, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the leader of the computer systems research team. He served as Rector of the above university the period 2012-2017. He was also Head of the Department of Computer Science (2009-2011), Vice Rector (2010-2012) and Head of the Research Committee (2010-2013).

During the period 2010-2016, he served as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the Imperial College London. Also, from 2005to 2008, he was Lecturer in digital systems at the same university. From 2001 to 2004, he joined Intracom Telecom SA, Greece, where he was involved in research and development projects regarding wireless communication systems.

He has been involved in several research and development projects and has consulting experience in various industries, start-up companies and public organizations. Since 2005 he is also regularly involved as an expert in different European Commission units. He was member of the Scientific Committee of European COoperation in Science and Technology (COST) organization from 2015 to 2017.

His main research interests include compilers, High Level Synthesis (HLS), FPGAs, high performancecomputing and computing systems for space. He has authored more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences.

Professor Konstantinos Masselos received his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras,Greece (1994) and an MSc in VLSI Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom (1996). In April 2000 he received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Patras, Greece in cooperation with the Inter-university Micro Electronics Centre (IMEC) in Belgium, where he was a researcher from 1997 to 1999.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist)

Ms. Elisabeth Medou Badang


CEO, SVP African & Indian Ocean, and Spoke person at Middle East and Africa
Orange
France

Elisabeth Medou Badang was recently promoted at Orange Middle East and Africa overseeing three countries. Prior to that she has been the CEO of Orange Cameroon for four years. During her time at Orange Cameroon, she defined and implemented an effective turnaround strategy. She has successfully promoted the growth of mobile money in the country and led this market. She has also developed internet penetration via mobile broadband access, covering more than 60% of the potential with 3G and 4G in less than two years. She previously led Orange Botswana for four years and is the first African woman to run an Orange affiliate. She is passionate about the ICT development potential in Africa , and women empowerment.

Ms Medou Badang received several recognitions such as the African Telecommunication Manager of the Year Award in 2014 , Best mobile operator Southern Africa with Orange Botswana 2012, Best Mobilemoney operator Southern Africa in 2013, Best mobile Operator in Cameroun 2017.

She has a post-graduate degree in finance and Certificates in Executive Business programmes from EM Lyon Business School, Cranfield University and ESCP.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Panelist)

Ms. Samia Melhem


Lead Policy Specialist, Transport and ICT Global Lead, Digital Development CoP
World Bank
USA

Samia Melhem is the Global Lead for the Digital Development Community of Practice. Her operational responsibilities include investment operations in digital platforms & services as well as thought leadership on digital development. She has recently contributed to the Digital Development Partnership (DDP) setup, and is now leading the DDP’s Digital government analytical work. She has led several digital government transformational projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Vietnam, Morocco, all leveraging disruptive technologies to improve access to, and delivery of, public services. She is currently focusing on a digitalidentification projects for regional integration and digital economy in Africa. In her previous assignments at the WBG, she has coordinated the Africa and Middle East digital development portfolio under the Sustainable development network. She was a Senior Operations Officer at Infodev, leading the Telecoms Regulations analytical work program, policy dialogue with regulators as well as donors’ relations and fund-raising. She led delivery of knowledge toolkits on Digital government, electronic procurement, cloud computing, entrepreneurship & innovation, Telecoms Policy and gender inclusion. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Finance.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist), 4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist), Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities (Speaker)

Dr. Olga Memedovic


Deputy Director, Trade Investment and Innovation Department; Chief, Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Austria

Since joining UNIDO in 2000, Olga has served as Senior Industrial Development Officer in the Strategic Research and Economics Branch, and worked in the Private Sector Development Branch, as a Chief, Europe and Central Asia Program. Most recently, she was Officer-in-Charge for Strategic and Coordination Department.

Olga contributed towards producingseveral UNIDO flagship reports including UNIDO Industrial Development Reports. Recently, she produced a report for the G20 on Industrialization in Africa and LDCs and organized a series of events on Industry 4.0 and frontier technologies. Olga holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist), Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

Mythili Menon


Standardization Project Manager
Mandat International

Ms. Siki Mgabadeli


Journalist
eNews Channel Africa
South Africa

A much sought-after moderator andfacilitator in South Africa, Siki Mgabadeli also anchors theGSM Association’s World Congress (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) in Barcelona annually as well as their ‘Connected Women’ summits. Siki is the anchor of the nightly business show Moneyline on eNCA from Monday to Thursday and former anchor of the ‘The SAfm Market Update with Moneyweb’. She has also hosted eNCA’s “The Big Debate*”.

This acclaimed MC , TV and radio personality has also been the ‘Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year – TV’.

Siki was included in the ‘Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women’ and the M&G’s Young South African publications . She won the acclaimed ‘Telkom ICT Journalist (TV) of the Year’ Award’ and was listed on You Tube as ‘one of the Top 10 African journalists to watch.

Siki has covered major African markets and acted as a moderator at the World Economic Forum on Africa, the IBSA Editor’s Conference in India and the African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo, Norway. On the corporate front, Siki has facilitated government, business and award functions throughout South Africa.

She holds an Honours Degree in Journalism from Rhodes University.

*The Big Debate , formerly hosted by Siki Mgabadeli, aired on e.tv in 2009. In November 2013, it returned to eNCA (DStv 403) and aired in addition on the OpenView HD channel eKasi+.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Moderator)

Mr. Robert Middlehurst


Vice President International Regulatory Affairs
Emirates Telecommunication Corporation - Etisalat
United Arab Emirates

Mr. Robert Middlehurst is currently covering the role as VP in the International Regulatory Affairs for the Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (Etisalat).

Prior to that, he he spent two years as a Deputy General Director for TRA Bahrain.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (Panelist), Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution (Panelist)

Ms. Elizabeth Migwalla


Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs-Africa
Qualcomm, Inc.
South Africa

A career spanning more than 31 years engaging in all aspects of telecommunications engineering, operations, services as well as ICT policy, regulation and public affairs. This includes 20 years spent in African regional ICT policy and regulatory practice, interfacing directly with key government ministries, regulatory authorities and regional and international organizations involved in ICT development, and industry participants.

A track record of formulation and execution of regional strategies aimed at creating enabling policy environment for ICT innovations and service in Africa, covering global mobile satellite services, aeronautical mobile satellite services and mobile broadband services.

Recognized as one of Africa's leading experts on ICT policy, with an extensive network of government and industry stakeholders, and an advocate for Africa’s active participation in global conversations to ensure inclusion of solutions that are relevant and appropriate for the continent.

A thought leader and regular speakerin strategic global and regional forums, with a passion for mentoring and growing the next generation of African ICT policy leaders, both men and women, in public and private sectors, to help realize the full benefits of broadband and ICT for Africa.

 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (Panelist), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist), High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist)

H. E. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong


Deputy Minister
Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)
Viet Nam

Mr. Nguyen Minh Hong was born in Nghe An province, Viet Nam in 1958. He got the PhD degree in Telecommunications from the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic in 1995. He has joined the Ministry of Information and Communication (the former Ministry of Post and Telecommunications) since 1996. He has worked as leader in various departments within the Ministry from 1996 to 2002. In 2006, he has been appointed as the Vice Minister of Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Onkokame Kitso Mokaila M. P.


Minister
Ministry of Transport and Communications

Ms. Lindiwe Mokone


Vice President - Marketing
Screamer Electronic Services

Lindiwe Mokone is the major shareholder of Screamer Electronic Services, holding 62% of the shares, effective from January 2017. Screamer is a wholly owned South African Company, that specialises in providing the following services to the telecommunications industry globally:

  • Electronic equipment repairs,

  • Warehousing

  • Logistics

  • Spare Parts Management Services

  • Purchase and sale of used telecommunications equipment

Her functional role is Vice President Marketing & Sales. She is a marketing graduate from Peninsula University of Technology and has held a number of positions in the Financing and Insurance Industry for 13 years.

Her current duties include amongst others, engagement with Government Departments, Telecommunications Service Providers and OEMs to promote the localization oftelecommunications equipment repairs in SA, with the intent of creating jobs for highly skilled South African Black electronic engineers and technicians and thereby contributing to the DTPS ICT SMME Strategy to create an enabling environment for ICT SMMEs in South Africa to be innovative, technology driven, sustainable and internationally competitive, contributing to job creation and economic growth by 2020.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

H. E. Ms. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane


Minister of Communications
Ministry of Communications
South Africa

Ms Nomvula Mokonyane is currently serving as the Minister of Communications, having previously served as the Ministerof Water and Sanitation. She was born 28 June 1963. Ms Mokonyane was the Premier of the Gauteng Province from 6 May 2009 until 20 May 2014. She received training in Local Government, Planning Management and Community Development in Sweden. Shealso studied leadership and governance at Harvard University in the USA. Ms Mokonyane was a founder member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). She has been part of the ANC cadres who became public representatives in 1994. Ms Mokonyane championed the process that led to Sterkfontein being awarded the status of a World Heritage Site 1996 until 1999 and she established three Metro Police structures during her tenure.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist), Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker)

Mr. Tom Moody


First Secretary
British High Commission

Tom Moody has led the UK Government’s new Prosperity Fund in South Africa since 2016. This portfolio of programmes represents the evolution of the UK Government’s development role in South Africa which has changed from aid dependency to a modern partnership built around a vision of shared prosperity, as described by the Prime Minister during her visit on 28 August. As she has said, the UK will spend around ZAR870m / £50m of that money over the next four years supporting the South African National Development Plan’s priorities across Skills, Health, reform of the Business Environment, Trade, and Digital Inclusion. He is a UK diplomat based at the British High Commission in Pretoria.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Panelist)

H. E. Dr. Allam Mousa


Minister
Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology

Allam Mousa is the Minister of Telecom & IT since June 2014. Minister of Transport (June 2014-July 2015). He focuses on improving the level of use and standards of IT so as to promote it for the development of society and the performance of the government. He is a Professor of Electrical and Telecom Engineering, Deputy President for Planning Development & Quality Assurance at ANU (2009-2014), the chairman of EE department 2002-2009 at ANU and the chairman of Electronics Engineering Department at Al Quds University in 1999. His main interests include Telecom & IT (Policies, Regulations and Technical issues) and Institutional Development. Dr. Mousa is a Senior Member IEEE (SMIEEE), cofounder and Chairman of IEEE Palestine Subsection 2012, he received comprehensive international training on Quality Assurance, Excellence, Strategic Planning and Governance. He served as a consultant on such issues at various levels were he was the team leader who has achieved several national and international awards and certificates on related topics like "Committed to Excellence" by EFQM in 2012 and IEP by European Universities Association in 2011, 2014. Dr. Mousa is a member of several related national and international networks like IEEE, APQN, Engineering Association, a reviewer and steering committee member in several international journals and conferences including IEEE, IET and Elsevier. He has received approval for several awards and scholarships likeERASMUS and DAAD mobility as a visiting professor/Researcher to several international universities. Dr. Mousa received his degrees from EMU in 1990, 1992 and 1996 all with distinction.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Bello Moussa


Director
Huawei Technologies South Africa (PTY) Ltd

Dr. Bello Moussa is the Director, ICT Planning and Strategies at Huawei Technologies. His Unit is responsible for design and implementation of new Solutions and New Technologies aimed at supporting developing countries unleash digital opportunities for inclusive development. These include solutions relating to broadband infrastructure, mobile networks, digital government, ICT skills and industry development.

Prior to joining this unit, Dr. Bello Moussa was involved inResearch and Development of wireless telecom Protocols, wireless product portfolio Management & Development, solution strategy for loT, 4.5G & 5G markets expansion and Operational Consultancy for Eastern Europe , Middle East and Africa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Mr. Clement Muhirwa


CEO
Casual Payroll
Rwanda

Tech entrepreneur and software developer with a computer science degree from the University of Rwanda. His interest is in how technology can revolutionize financial-inclusion.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Mr. Andrei Muntean


Acting Deputy Director
National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI)
Moldova, (the Republic of)

Mr. Muntean was born in 12.04.1977, in the Republic of Moldova.

In 1994 he was admitted to the State University of Moldova, Faculty of Law, which he graduated in 1999.

After graduation, Mr. Muntean was employed at theMinistry of Justice as a coordinating specialist of the Legislation Department.

In 2000 he continued his career at an electronic communications company, where he was appointed as specialist (lawyer) in the Legal Service, whereas in 2001 - transferred to the position of coordinating specialist of the Legal Service.

In 2003, Mr. Muntean was promoted to position of Legal Consultant and a few years later, in 2007 – promoted to the position of Director of the Legal Center of the company.

In 2008 Mr. Muntean was further promoted to the position of Legal Director of and in 2011 - Director of Regulations of the same company.

In 2015, for special contributions to the development of information technologies, The Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications awarded to Mr. Muntean the title ”Master in Telecommunications”.

In 2017, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technologies (ANRCETI).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (Panelist)

Mr. William Mzimba


Chief Executive Officer
Vodacom Business

William Mzimba is the new Chief Executive Officer for Vodacom Business.

William recently joined Vodacom from Accenture South Africa, a position he was appointed to in September 2006.

He has obtained invaluable experience in various industries including government, utilities, manufacturing, information technology and telecommunications.

William’s qualifications include an MBA, BA (Honours) in Business Studies, Management Advancement Programme (MAP), and Diploma in Datametrics.

At Vodacom Business, William is responsible for Vodacom's enterprise units in Africa.

On a personal note, William has a passion for education and what it can do as an enabler for development,specifically in the South African context. He enjoys a round of golf when his busy schedule allows, watching F1 and Football.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist)

Jean Lambert Niyigaba


Software developer
The Blue Comet
He is a Rwandan developer and the founder of The Blue Comet Ltd, a startup software development company based in Rwanda. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Communication technology (BBICT) from Mount Kenya University. I have acquired skills in information system analysis, design and development including analyzing the business to assess their system vulnerabilities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Alexander Ntoko


Chief of the Operations and Planning Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Alexander NTOKO is the Chief of the Operations and Planning Department in ITU where he plays a critical role in crafting and executing the strategic movements of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).

He coordinates ITU activities on the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) and represents ITU in ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

Prior to taking up his current position, he was Head of ITU Corporate Strategy Division (CSD) where his responsibilities included ensuring organization-wide consensus and support for the development, implementation and evaluation of the ITU Strategic Plan. He assisted and advised the ITU Secretary-General in policies and strategies and was responsible for the coordination of ITU activities in many areas including Internet and cybersecurity.

He has organized and spoken at many international events on a wide range of global Internet-related public policy issues and has writtenpapers on technology strategies for Internet, ICTs and cybersecurity. As an ITU official, he has travelled to about 100 countries and has developed a broad perspective of ICT policies and strategies.

From the early 1990s, he played key role in the introduction of Internet and Cybersecurity to ITU. Since 1998, he has managed the implementation of projects on Internet, ICT applications (e.g., e-health, e-government, e-agriculture, e-education, e-payment and e-business) and cyber security including the use of advanced security technologies (biometric authentication and Public Key Infrastructure) in developing countries from all regions of the world.
He obtained Bachelors (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Mr. Nicholas Naidu


Managing Executive: Technology Strategy,
Vodacom

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Brett Nash


Managing Director
Altech Radio Holdings
South Africa

Brett assumed responsibilities as Managing Director of ARH in 2014. With more than 17 years of experience in the telecoms industry, Brett currently oversees all of Altron’s operations in the local converged services market.

Brett joined ARH after spending six years at Telkom Mobile, where he held the position of National Network Operations Executive andwas responsible for both Access and IP Core network operations including planning, optimisation, installations and maintenance. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Vodacom in the position of Senior Planning Manager.

Brett holds a MBA from Wits Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from UNISA. In addition, he has completed a postgraduate diploma in Project Management from the Project Management Institute (PMI) together with the Management Advancement Programme from Wits.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni Abrahams


Vice Minister
Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services
South Africa

Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa; a position she has held since 31 March 2017.

Born in the Sakhela Village in Mthatha, Eastern Cape; Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams was previously the Deputy Minister of the Department of Communications (DoC) from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017. Prior to the 2014 elections, she held the same position in the then DoC (now Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services) from25 October 2011 until 25 May 2014.

Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams holds a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Diploma in Telecommunications and Managements Systems, a Certificate in Telecommunications, Policy and Regulation Management (Wits University), an Advanced Certificate in Project Management (Rhodes University) and a Project Management Diploma (Cranefields College).

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a member of various parliament committees from 2009 to 2011. She is currentlya member of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive and Provincial Working Committees.

Prior to being an MP, Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams was a Project Manager for the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council from 2003 to 2009.

She is a recipient of the Premier's Award for her involvement in voluntary activities aimed at improving peoples' lives.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Moderator), High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist), Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Keynotespeaker)

Ms. Takalani Netshitenzhe


Executive Director
Vodacom SA (Pty) Limited

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Andile Ngcaba


Founder
Convergence Partners
South Africa

Founder and Chairman of Convergence Partners Investments a private equity firm focusing on impact investments in technology sector. Andile’s main focus is 5G, Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Cloud. His current research focus is the application of AI and Machine Learning and how it can be used for good. Andile is looking at how we can create a balance between advancing innovation in AI and social justice.

Andile holds a Master of Commerce, majoring in Information Systems, qualification from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. The University of Fort Hare honoured him with an honorary Doctorate in Commerce and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University appointed him as an Adjunct Professor of the University, affiliated to the faculty of computer science.

Andile has actively been involved in public policy development at continental and global levels through his activities on various bodies including the ITU, ICANN and the African Union. In his international organisational activities. Andile served on the Board and High-level Panel (serving as the business sector chair) responsible for the outcomes of the Netmundial multi-stakeholder conference on Internet governance, hosted by theBrazilian government in April 2014. His main interest is how we can use technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s) by the year 2030

He served in an advisory capacity to several national, regional and international policymaking bodies in the technology and science sectors. He also served on the council of The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). Andile was previously on the board of the ITU Telecom.

Andile’s commitment to the development of technology entrepreneurs is reflected in The Cortex Hub in East London, South Africa which he established. The Cortex Hub competes globally in producing technology entrepreneurs who are able to develop local and global solutions. Andile has been part of the global internet community since the beginning of the internet.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines (Speaker), Going Digital: an integrated and effective approach to policymaking in the digital age (Panelist)

Mr. Ayanda Ngcebetsha


Accout Team Lead
Microsoft

Tinyiko Ngobeni


Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Mr. Willington Ngwepe


CEO
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
South Africa

Mr. Sidima Ntsangani


HoD - Applications Development
SITA

Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma


Interim Policy Director
World Wide Web Foundation
South Africa

Nnenna advocates for open data, open government and the open web across Africa, bringing together local and international stakeholders to advance the open agenda. She works to drive forward the Africa Data Consensus, the Africa Open Data Network, the Africa Open Data Conference and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

Recently, she pioneered the Foundation’s first gender data project – TechMousso, which brought together the data and tech communities with women’s rights organisations to tackle gender challenges in Côte d’Ivoire.

Nnenna is a Diplo alumnus, one of the early pioneers of the Africa Data Revolution, a respected voice in the UN’s Internet Governance Forum, a pioneer and continued advisor on internet governance in Africa, and Faculty at the Schoolsof Internet Governance. She has over 15 years of experience working with the United Nations Systems in human rights, information society, gender, data digital equality and sustainable development.

Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative. She has lived and worked in five African countries and is fluent in English, French and a number of African languages.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Patrick Nyirishema


Director General
Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)
Rwanda

Since July 2014, Patrick Nyirishema has been serving as the Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority(RURA), which regulates all utilities including Telecommunications, Transport, Energy, Water and Sanitation services, among others. He also serves as Rwanda’s Counselor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

From June 2006 to July 2013, he served as Deputy Director General of Rwanda Information Technology Authority, and later as Deputy CEO in charge of ICT at Rwanda Development Board. Prior to June 2006, he held various responsibilities as an officer in the RwandaDefense Forces (RDF).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart ABC Incubator: Powering Innovation through Technology Disruption (Speaker)

Mr. Elias Otieno Odhiambo


WMO Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa
World Meteorological Organization
Kenya

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (Panelist)

Dr. Haruo Okamura


President
Waseda University
Japan

Haruo Okamura is a high-speed optical transmission and standards expert. He is the developer of the DIY-based opticalcable solution with ultimate affordability and best reliability meeting two recently published ITU-T Recommendations thathe worked as the Editor ; L.1700 (Requirements and framework for low-cost sustainable telecommunications infrastructure for rural communications in developing countries, 2016) and L.110 (Optical fibre cables for direct surface application, 2017).

Nepal Telecom Authority named the solution as “Okamura Model” and informed that free wi-fi zones will be set up in the Lukla-Everest Base Camp area and Annapurna Trekking trail. The solution is affordably and quickly implementable both in urban areas and rural areas with minimal infrastructure.

Born in Tokyo, Mr. Okamura has worked with NTT Network Innovation Labs, NEC Submarine Network Business Unit, Corning Inc. (USA), and Waseda University as a visiting professor. He has served as a vice chairman of ITU-T SG15 (Optical Transport Networks), a vice chairman of ITU-TSAG (chairing the ITU-T work program and ITU-T strategies) . He is currently the chairman of IEC SC86C (fibre optic systems and active devices)and the president and founder of Global Plan Inc..

Mr. Okamura holds Ph. D. and MBA degrees.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist)

Mr. Lauri Oksanen


VP Research and Technology
Nokia Corporation
Finland

Lauri Oksanen is Vice President for Research and Technology in Nokia. He heads The Industry Standards Group in Nokia Bell Labs, responsible for all industry activities in Nokia. He started his industrial career 30 years ago in fiber opticsin Nokia. Then Lauri moved to mobile networks where he has worked with all major wireless technologies from GSM to 5G. Lauri has worked in various advanced technology management positions covering fixed and wireless access, core, management and services, including also the HW and SW platforms and cloud and security technologies. Lauri has Master's and Licentiate degrees in Telecommunications from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto), where he also worked as a researcher before joining Nokia.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed Moh. Osman Elmirghani


State Minister Communication and Information Technology
Ministry of Information, Communications and Information Technology
Sudan

Ibrahim is a young ambitious political leader who aims to inspire the future generation in Sudan. With his background in economic and political science and his extensive business experience, he is well-equipped and well-positioned to contribute to an emerging new Sudan.

Government of the Republic of Sudan  (Sudan)   State Minister Telecommunication and Information Technology (June 2017-date) Democratic Unionist Party (Sudan) Spokesperson (2011-date) Official voice of political party - Took part in peace talks with rebel groups in Eastern Sudan - Democratic Unionist Party (Egypt) Head of the Students Group (2002-2005) Organized Sudanese students in Egypt, provided needy students with financial, logistical and study support.

Kasamor Agricultural Project (2011-date) Owner, Operator,Cash crop and animal ONAIR Production Company (2010-2014) Co-Founder, Managing Director, Creative Director, Produced documentary films for local and regional channels , MTN Sudan media account manager.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

H. E. Ms. Ursula G. Owusu Ekuful


Minister of Communications
Ministry of Communications

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful MP, is the Minister for Communications of the Republic of Ghana and a Member of Parliament. As the Minister for Communications, she has oversight for the government’s infrastructure programme for the ICT Sector, national cyber security, the development of a robust framework to support the digitisation of the economy and the scaling up of e-government services with a national broadband and total connectivity for the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda. She is passionate about supporting the local tech start up ecosystem, nurturing the development of indigenous technology and encouraging women, children and persons with disabilities to engage in ICT.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful worked for 10 years as an Associate at Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., Legal Practitioners and Notaries Public. From Sept 2005 to May 2008, she was the acting Managing Director, Western Telesystems (Westel), the first female CEO of a Telecoms company in Ghana, and from April 2008 to January 2009, she was the Corporate and External Affairs Director, ZAIN Ghana.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful holds a certificate in Government Integrity from the International Law Institute, Washington DC, a Project Management and Planning Certificate from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a Masters in Conflict Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

She currently serves as a member of the Health and Appointments Committees in Parliament.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Speaker), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Mr. Max Peterson


Vice President International Sales, Worldwide Public Sector
Amazon Web Services

Max Peterson is Vice President, International Sales for Amazon Web Services’ Worldwide Public Sector. In his role with AWS, Mr. Peterson supports public sector organizations as they leverage the unique advantages of commercial cloud and helps drive innovation among government, educational institutions and nonprofits around the world.

Mr. Peterson is a public sector industry veteran with thirty years of experience. He is responsible for all AWS Public Sector sales, business operations and strategy across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Canada. He has an extensive background developing relationships with government, education and non-profit customers, as well as system integrators, solution providers, independent software vendors and value-added resellers.

Mr. Peterson also oversees AWS’s Worldwide Contractsteam, which performs pre- and post-award contract management. Finally, he is responsible for hiring, retaining and developing all AWS public sector employees.

Mr. Peterson joined AWS in February 2012. Prior to that, he spent almost five years with Dell Inc., where he served as Vice President and General Manager for Dell Federal Civilian and Intelligence Agencies. Mr. Peterson also previously served in executive management roles with CDWG – where he was Vice President of Federal Sales – and with Commerce One, where he was Vice President of Public Sector Sales.

Mr. Peterson earned both abachelor's degree in finance and master's of business administration in management information systems from the University of Maryland. He has held leadership positions on the Professional Services Council and been a board member of the Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group and the Government Information Technology Executive Council.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Ms. Kerry Petrie


General Manager
Silicon Cape
South Africa

Kerry Petrie is the General Manager at Silicon Cape. Kerry joined the Silicon Cape team in February, adding her significant experience in within the NGO sector; particularly around strategic visioning, stakeholder engagement and evaluation; to the Silicon Cape stable. Kerry has run successful interventions across urban and rural South Africa in sectors such as education, social justice and health. Her 2008 MBA dissertation explored the advantages and disadvantages of for-profit / non-profit alliances and the potentials of social enterprise. Her interest in innovative partnerships for development impact continues in all her work. She is passionate about facilitating outcomes that contribute to a future society which will beunderpinned by commercial, social and environmental sustainability.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Speaker)

Mr. Congduc Pham


Professor
University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour
France

Dr Congduc Pham is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pau (France) in the LIUPPA laboratory in which he served as director from 2006 to 2009. He obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science in 1997 at the LIP6 Laboratory (Laboratoire d’Informatique de Paris 6), University Pierre and Marie Curie. He also received his Habilitation in 2003 from University Claude Bernard Lyon1. From 1998 to 2005, he was associate professor at the University of Lyon, member of the INRIA RESO project in the LIP laboratory at the ENS Lyon. His current research interests include wireless sensor networking, Internet of Things, MAC layer mechanisms, congestion control and Quality of Service for grid/cloud computing infrastructures. He served as Guest Editor for Future Generation Computer System, Annuals of Telecom and International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. He also served as Program Vice-Chair for IEEE GreenCom 2010, workshop Co-Chair for IEEE WiMob 2011, Track Chair for IEEE WiMob 2015 and General Chair of GECON 2017. He has published more than 130 papers in international conferences & journals and gave more than 80 seminars, keynotes and tutorials.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist)

Dr. James H. Poisant


Secretary General
World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)
USA

Dr. Poisant was appointed the Secretary-General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in June, 2006. He directs the day-to-day operations of the alliance. The WITSA alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT associations from around the globe. WITSA members represent over 90% of the ICT industry worldwide. WITSA’s signature event, the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has been hosted in different countries 22 times over the past 40 years. It is now an annual event. The congress attracts over 2500 delegates from over 70 countries. WITSA is actively involved in public policy issues affecting the growth of ICT around the globe. As such, the organization produces numerous policy/principle papers designed to guide responsible policy.

Prior to joining WITSA, Dr Poisant was the founder and CEO of Poisant International LLC, an internationally recognized events management company. In 1996, Dr. Poisant was appointed the President and CEO of the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology held in the United States. He was then appointed theInternational Executive Director for the 2000 World Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan.

Prior to organizing largeinternational events, Dr. Poisant held a number of senior-level positions at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) including the Vice President of EDS’ Entertainment Division. At EDS he was responsible for EDS’ involvement in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup in the US and the 1996 Goodwill Games in St Petersburg, Russia. He was also responsible for the design, construction and operations of EDS’ first marketing center in Dallas, Texas.

Before EDS, Dr. Poisant was the founder and first director of the Walt Disney Company’s Business Seminar Division, where he was responsible for all external Business, People Management and Quality Service seminars, and speeches. He presented speeches and seminars onleadership and management to over 200,000 executives worldwide.

Dr. Poisant is the author of “Creating and Sustain a Superior Customer Service Organization,” He has a Doctorate and Masters degree in Public Administration as well as a Masters Degree in Urban Education and Bachelors Degree in English and Secondary Education. Dr. Poisant is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a former professor of Marketing and Management at George Mason University’s MBA program and a senior consultant to the Jamestown 2007 (400th Anniversary of theUnited States) Commemoration committee. Dr. Poisant also held the positions of Director of Professional Development and Conference Services at the University of Miami, FL. In 2009, Dr. Poisant was selected to serve on the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT Development Strategy Council. In 2012, Dr. Poisant was selected to deliver a TED speech in Lithuania, titled “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age.”

Dr. Poisant is a long-time resident of the state of Virginia, USA. He is an annual participant in the Miami Marathon (26.2 miles/42.1 km).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Craig Price


Senior Vice President, International Projects
PCCW Global Ltd.
China, Hong Kong SAR

As Senior Vice President for International Projects at HKT Global Development services, Craig Price oversees the division’s primary role, which is to take the latest cutting-edge expertise, applications and products developed in the highlycompetitive Hong Kong environment and bring them to the global market.

As a result, Craig is an expert in the latest technologies and trends relating to a broad range of digital platforms including those disrupting the financial services industry, 3G/4G/5G consulting and migration services, Wi-Fi, NOC and large server environments, call centre services, media and content services, smart applications, Internet of Things products and services, smart cities, mobile commerce and advanced e-Services, such as those disrupting the health and education industries.

Craig has 33 years of professional, management and senior management experience specifically in the IT and Telecoms space including blue chip companiessuch as IBM, Cable & Wireless and SingTel/Optus.

He has a BEc (Bachelor of Economics) and an LLB (Bachelor of Law) from Sydney University, is a Barrister (Admitted 1984) and a Solicitor (Admitted 1987) in the New South Wales Supreme Court. Craig is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and the Hong Kong Institute of Company Directors (HKIoD) and is the Vice Chair of the ICT Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau). Craig is also Vice Chair of the ICT Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong and Macau).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living (Panelist), Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities (Speaker)

Mr. Gwenael Prié


Digital Task Team Leader
AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT
France

Gwenael Prié is Task Team Leader for Digital technologies within the Direction of Operations of The French Development Agency (AFD). Within AFD, he participates in shaping the digital strategy of the Agency as well as identifying, evaluating and monitoring projects financed by the Agency in telecoms infrastructure, IT and digital innovation.

AFD isan inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It makes commitments to projects that improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories. AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 109 countries and is currently supporting over3,600 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked EUR 10.4bn to finance these projects.

An engineer from Telecom ParisTech, Gwenael Prié began his carrier as a telecommunications consultant, before launching an independent activity to raise awareness about the potential of tech for development and help NGOs adopt mobile applications in Africa. He is also the co-founder of the “Start-Up Africa Paris” collective and the co-author of “The Water Travelers”, an award-winning book about his travel around the world to raise awareness of water-related issues.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

Ms. Gisa Fuatai Purcell


Acting Secretary-General and Director, ICT Development
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
United Kingdom

Gisa Fuatai Purcell was the Head, LSE Division at the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union. She was responsible for ITU-D’s activities concerning special assistance to least developed countries (LDCs) small island developing states (SIDS) land locked countries (LLDCs) and countries in special needs. She was also responsible for Emergency Telecommunication, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. She is also responsible for ITU-BDT Study Question 8/2: Strategies and policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunication/ICT waste material.

Gisa holds a Master of Commerce and Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; with a major in telecommunication and information systems.

Prior to joining ITU, Gisa was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Samoa after working as ICT and Financial consultant in Wellington, New Zealand for many years.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker), Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Panelist)

Mr. Owen Purcell


Managing Partner, EMEIA Mercury Deployment
Ernst & Young

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Joaquin Restrepo Mejia


Head, OPS
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Joined the ITU in July 2012, as Head of Outreach and Publications Division (OPS), in the Radiocommunications Bureau (BR); in charge of Designing, Planning, and Implementing the Outreach Strategy of Radiocommunication Sector, aimed to increase the institutionalawareness and human capacity building of Members about National and International Spectrum Management, and the relevant trends in those issues, among others: ITU Radio Regulations (RR) and National Spectrum legislation relationship, Long-Term Frequency Bands Planning, Spectrum Licensing and Auctioning, Spectrum Trading, IMT, Digital Terrestrial TV and Digital Dividend, Small Satellites Regulatory framework, etc.

During 2011-2012, was Senior Technical Advisor in REGULATEL; in 2010 Founder and 1st. Director General of the Colombian National Spectrum Agency (ANE); in 2006-2010 Director Office of International Affairs, Ministry of ICT of Colombia;in 2002 Director of Planning at COMPARTEL Program (universal service) at the same Ministry.

M.SC and Ph.D. Telecommunications, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Toulouse, France; Electronic Engineer and M.Sc. Technology Management, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia., Extensive experience in meetings and conferences on ICT multilateral ITU, CITEL, CAATEL, COPUOS, etc. Project Manager regional satellite: Satellite Andean Colombian Satellite (SATCOL). More than 20 years ofexperience in the academic sector, devoted to R&D projects in Radiocommunications. The author of numerous scientific papers in specialized magazines as EEE, IAF, etc. The holder of several patents in the domain of Non-GEO satellite communications.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead (Moderator)

H. E. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa


President
The Presidency
South Africa

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952 in Johannesburg. His family was moved from Western Native Township to Soweto in 1962, where he attended Tshilidzi Primary School. He completed high school at Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda in 1971. He registered to study law at the University of the North in 1972, where he became involved in student politics, joining the South African Student Organisation (SASO) and the Black People’s Convention (BPC). He was detained in solitary confinement for 11 months in 1974 under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act for organising pro-Frelimo rallies. He wasdetained for the second time and held for six months in 1976 following the Soweto student uprising.

While a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys, he continued his studies through the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtaining his B. Proc degree in 1981. He then joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as a legal advisor. In1982, at the request of the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) he founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) with James Motlatsi and Elijah Barayi, and became the union’s first General Secretary. He was instrumental in building NUM into the most powerful union at the time, with membership rising from 6 000 to 300 000 during his tenure. He led mineworkers inone of the biggest strikes in South Africa’s history in 1987.

As NUM General Secretary he was instrumental in the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and played a prominent role in the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) when COSATU joined forces with the United Democratic Front (UDF) against the apartheid government.He went into hiding in July 1986 after the declaration of a state of emergency. He was later appointed chairperson of theReception Committee to receive Rivonia trialists and in January 1990 accompanied released ANC political prisoners to Lusaka, Zambia. He served as chairperson of the National Reception Committee, which coordinated arrangements for the release of Nelson Mandela and subsequent welcome rallies within South Africa.

Following the unbanning of the ANC, in 1991 he was elected ANC Secretary General at its first national conference in over 30 years. He became head of the ANC’s negotiation team at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and the subsequent multi-party talks. Following South Africa’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, he became a Member of Parliament and was elected as Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the drafting of South Africa’s internationally acclaimed first democratic Constitution. In 2009, this contribution was recognised with the award of the National Orderof the Baobab in Silver.

On completion of the Constitution drafting process, he left Parliament and his position as ANC Secretary General to move into business, joining New Africa Investments Limited. In 2001, he established Shanduka Group as a black-owned investment holding company, building up a diverse portfolio of listed and unlisted assets.

In 2004, he established the Shanduka Foundation, focusing on education and small business development. The Foundation, which has since changed its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, comprises Adopt-a-School Foundation, Black Umbrellas and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust. He is co-chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust, which is in partnership with the Free State Department of Education on a programme to develop schools in the province.

He gained a wide range of business experience serving on the boards of some of Shanduka’s investee companies and other companies. He was a member of the United Nations Global Leadership Group that advised the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. He has received several awards. He was awarded the Olof Palme prize in October 1987 in Stockholm. In October 1991 he was a visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University in the United States. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the Universityof Cape Town, the University of the North, the University of Lesotho, the University of Venda and the University of Massachusetts (USA). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga.

He was the first Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council. He was Vice Chairman of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. Mr Ramaphosa was appointed, along with former Finnish President Maarti Ahtisaari, as a weapons inspector in Northern Ireland. He also sat on the International Commission of Intervention and State Sovereignty and the UN Secretary General’s Panel on International Support to NEPAD. He was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission in 2010, a body created to draft a long-term national development plan for South Africa. In December 2012, he was elected ANC Deputy President at the ANC’s 53rd National Conference in Mangaung. He was appointed Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa on 25 May 2014. In December 2017, he was elected 13th ANC President at the 54th National Conference in Johannesburg. President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as President of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday 15 February 2018 following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker)

Ms. Ashvita Ramchuran


Key Account Manager, MTN South Africa
Ericsson
South Africa

A local South African who has been part of the ICT industry for over 10 years. I am currently situated in South Africa working as a Key Account Manager for Ericsson managing the MTN South Africa account. My portfolio includes networks, IT and IOT. I have lived in 5 countries during my tenure in ICT including Kenya, Cameroon, Sweden and the UAE. I have a background in Business Science, and am highly focused on driving the ICT industry forward.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist)

Mr. Suveer Ramdhani


Chief Development Officer
Seacom
South Africa

Suveer Ramdhani is SEACOM’s chief development officer. His responsibilities include developing new markets for the company’s wholesale telecom offerings, identifying new growth projects and commercial opportunities, overseeing strategic planning, and supporting the merger and acquisition strategy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs (Speaker)

Mr. François Rancy


Director of the ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

Mr. Rancy was elected by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2010 (PP-10) to the post of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the International Telecommunication Union, and was confirmed in a second term during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conferencein 2014 (PP-14).

As Director, Mr. Rancy is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau which organises and co-ordinates the work of the Radiocommunication Sector whose aim is to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary satellite orbit.

Previous to taking up his duties at the ITU in January, 2011, he was Director General of the French Agence nationale des fréquences. Since 1995, Mr. Rancy has served as the head or deputy head for national delegations at many ITU conferences and meetings.

Mr. Rancy graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1977 and from Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications in 1979.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (Moderator), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker), (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Vikram Raval


Senior Policy Director
GSMA
United Kingdom

Vikram is a communications regulatory and policy specialist, with a focus on international telecoms regulatory matters. With 20 years telecoms experience Vikram has worked on a range of communications sectors including fixed and mobile andbusiness and consumer.

At GSMA he has built on his international experience regionally - in particular, the Arab States - GCC, Africa - CRASA and Asia, and working across a range of ITU matters including ITU-T Study Groups, WCIT 2012 and WTSA 2016. Recent experience includes International Mobile Roaming, Taxation, Internet of Things and Future Networks.

Prior to this Vikram was Head of Regulation for Verizon Business, UK and Ireland where he covered business regulation, competition and EU export dual-use regulation. At Lebara Group, a consumer focussed MVNO, he was Head of Regulation for EU and Australia. Previously, Vikram was responsible for interconnection and regulatory matters at Eircom UK and worked across internet, telecoms and broadcast regulation at cable operator NTL (Virgin). He also managed a range of regulatory matters at Orange UK that related to mobile commerce which included mobile payments, advertising and gambling services. He alsotook the lead on telecoms data protection, security regulation and online child protection.

Vikram has a combined degree, BA Hons Economics and Law, and post graduate studies in Law - LPC, from the College of Law London.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist)

Mr. Matthew Reed


Practice Leader, Middle East and Africa
Ovum
United Kingdom

Matthew Reed is Practice Leader for Ovum, Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for Ovum’s data and written research for the region.

As Practice Leader, Matthew covers the telecoms and media sectors in the Middle East and Africa, His research interests include operator and digital-media strategies in the MEA region.

Matthew joined Informa in February 2007 as editor of the Middle East and Africa Wireless Analyst newsletter.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Ms. Elodie Robin Guillerm


Director of Partnerships
Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit
United Arab Emirates

Elodie started her career in 2005 with Airbus Group, in charge of the industrial cooperation projects for the UAE, Turkey and Romania. In 2008 she moved to the agrochemical leader Roullier Group as Business Development Director. In 2010, she returned to the aerospace industry, joining Thales. She handled the industrial partnerships for the Africa region, based in Morocco and then joined the Middle East region in 2014, as Head of Innovation and Partnerships.

In 2018, she joined the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, as Partnership Director. She graduated the Business Administration program from ESCP Europe in 2004. She is married and mother of two.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

Mr. Mark Rotter


Treasurer
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)
United Kingdom

Mark develops innovative and affordable access solutions for Adaptrum in Africa. He works with local operators, regulators and innovation initiatives across Africa as well as with multinationals such as Microsoft to help accelerate Africa’s economic development and to improve its global competitiveness. Mark believes that African innovation should and does shape Africa’s future.

Mark has been responsible for business functions such as business planning, operations andapplying market insights in the IT and Telecommunications industries. Mark also has experience in business performance management, managing large opex budgets, business consulting, management consulting, IT and technology management and strategy.

In the ICT sector, Mark has run projects in telecommunications, open source, software innovation and cloud. In addition, Mark has co-founded several start-up organizations including an SME focused IT provider, a computer game marketing company and an IT solutions provider to local government.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead (Panelist)

Mr. Lorenzo Russo


Senior Manager
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Italy

Lorenzo has more than 20 years of experience in Cyber Security. Lorenzo is Senior Manager in Deloitte Risk Advisory in the Cyber Risk Services practice where he support to organizations to improve their cyber risk posture through security initiatives that integrate strategic risk, regulatory, and technology components. He leads multiple projects on Cyber Security Strategy, Information Security Management Program, Risk Management, Security Assessment, Certifications, Implementation ofSecurity Operations Centers, CERTs and Digital Identity Design and Implementations. In particular he has been Advisory for several stakeholders involved in Italian Digital Identity System (SPID).

Lorenzo has been co-author of the Italian National Cyber Security Framework and Italian Cyber Security Essentials in collaboration with Academia and with support of Cabinet of Office.

Lorenzo is also advisor in various initiatives with United Nations, in particular he has been working on the National Digital Identity Guide initiative, a UN Project to help countries developing and improving their national Digital Identity System. Furthermore, Lorenzo is involved in the organisation of regional Cyber Drills, special exercises where government units are trained to manage national cyber-attacks.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist)

Mr. Reinhard Scholl


Deputy Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Reinhard Scholl is Deputy to the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (also known as the ITU-T Secretariat). Previously he has been with Siemens in Munich, Germany and with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).He also served on the ICANN Board. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, USA.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Moderator)

Ms. Nancy Sundberg


Senior Programme Officer, IEE/RME
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Nancy Sundberg is a Senior Programme Officer with the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the InternationalTelecommunication Union (ITU) dealing with policy and regulatory matters. She has been involved in telecom/ICT reform formore than 20 years, working for the ITU. As a senior regulatory expert, she coordinates and is a contributing author to regulatory publications. She serves as the focal point for the BDT Director’s Initiatives on m-Powering Development and the Smart Sustainable Development Model. She is also actively involved in the organization of global and regional events and in training programmes for regulators and policy-makers. Nancy regularly delivers reports, articles and presentations on sectorreform at regulatory meetings around the world.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Neil Sahota


IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson Group
IBM
USA

Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader in the IBM Watson Group. With over 15+ years ofexperience in business, he works with Global Fortune 500 clients, government organizations, and high growth business partners to ideate next generation products/solutions powered by Watson. Parts of Neil’s responsibilities include identifying target markets, developing business cases, and creating the market launch strategy. Prior to this role, he was a Thought Leader Consultant and Practice Leader in IBM Global Business Services where he was responsible for the sales and delivery of complex consulting engagements spanning business strategy, new product development, revenue optimization, process improvement, and business and system integration. His work experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government. Moreover, Neil is one of the few IBMers selected for IBM's Corporate Service Corps leadership program that pairs leaders with NGOs to perform community driven economic development projects. For his assignment, Neil lived and worked in Ningbo, China where he partnered with Chinese corporate CEOs to create a leadership development program.

In addition to his professional work, Neil actively volunteers his time to help nonprofits and foundations with event management, fund raising, grant reviews, and site visits. Neil is also a dedicated member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Alumni Association and a former member on the UCI Alumni Board of Directors and Executive Committee. As the former VP of Programs, he developed the Anteater MeetUps, Virtual Roundtables, and cross-school partnerships for joint events.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership (Panelist)

Mr. Fahad Sajid


Senior Solution Consultant, Business Support systems & Digital Financial Services
Huawei Technologies
United Arab Emirates

Fahad was appointed Senior Solution / Business Consultant for BSS products in February 2017. His portfolio carries expertise in Mobile Financial Services, Mobile Payments and M Commerce, BSS products and VAS. He has been instrumental in improvising Digital transformation strategies as how organizations move along with Digital transformation as a step by step phased approach.


Fahad joined Huawei from one of the largest Telecommunication giant namely Veon. Under this capacity his last assignment was as Head of Mobile Financial Services Technology in one of Veon’s subsidiary called Jazz in Pakistan. He was the pioneer of Mobile Financial Services in Jazz where he took the lead from scratch and handed over when the revenue share from MFS reached 11% of the overall revenues.


After conducting extensivestudy of Market dynamics of Mobile Money in Middle East Asia Region and serving the Market in order to bridge the gaps with the innovation and total digitized financial services, Fahad has now decided to study and work for the African region.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital finance: innovative economic solutions for all (Panelist)

Mr. Alphonzo Neville Samuels


Chief Executive Officer
Openserve

Speaking at the following sessions:
Telkom (Speaker)

Mr. Brahima Sanou


Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

Mr Brahima Sanou was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference, 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He took office on 1 January 2011. As an advocate of new technologies Brahima Sanou’s 30 years of experience in the telecommunication/ICT sector stand him in good stead as a defender of innovative and novel ideas. As Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Sanou is the Patron of the ITU Young Innovators Competition since its inception in 2011.
A national of Burkina Faso Mr Sanou previously served the ITU, including 10 as Director of the ITU Regional Office for Africa, the largest region in terms of number of countries. Africa faces some of the greatest development challenges — it is home to 28 of theworld’s 48 LDCs and operates in a multilingual environment (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese). During this period Mr Sanou contributed to the development of the African telecommunication/ICT sector by helping to establish national as well as regional policy and regulatory frameworks that fostered the exponential growth of mobile communications, among others. He also helped to establishregional associations of regulators to facilitate the harmonization of policies and regulations to foster the development of regional telecommunication and ICT markets. He supports African regulators in order to create a continental association of regulators; having succeeded already in establishing sub-regional chapters.
Mr Sanou has vast experience at the international level, having represented his country in the ITU Council for almost 10 years and having also represented a group of 15 African countries on the INTELSAT Board of Governors in the 1990s. At the national level, Mr Sanou has held senior positions in the telecommunication sector, and has been elevated to the rank of Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (Chevalier de l’Ordre National). Before joining the ITU, Mr Sanou worked for 17 years for ONATEL, the state-owned telecommunications Company of Burkina Faso, where he held several high-level key positions.
A trained telecommunication engineer, he also holds a postgraduate diploma from the Centre of Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris, which affords him the requisite capability and open vision to grasp the economic and financial aspects of telecommunication/ICT development problems. He is co-author of the first report on the impact of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) on the telecommunication sector in Africa. In recognition of his rich experience in the field,immersed in the daily concerns of the developing countries, he was awarded the prize of “Best Public/Private Manager” by Africa Telecom People in 2007. He is married with 3 children and is proficient in two official ITU languages: French and English.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world (Moderator), Adopting digital identification for development (OpeningRemarks), M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Paul Michael Scanlan


President of Business & Network Consulting Dept.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Paul Michael Scanlan is the Vice President of Business and Network Consulting Department for Huawei. In this role, Mr. Scanlan is responsible for strategy, business, network and operation consulting services and managing more than 200 professional experts worldwide. Mr. Scanlan has over 30 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industries across Asia-Pacific, Africa, North America and Europe. Prior to joining Huawei, Mr. Scanlan held leadership and managerial positions in the areas of strategy and planning and product and business development for public and private companies in the telecom, power, health, finance, oil and gas, defenseand education industries. Mr. Scanlan holds a bachelor’s of engineering from the University of N.S.W. Australia and has also acquired various certifications in project management.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Dr. Georg Serentschy


Chief Consultant National Broadband Networks (NBN)
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Austria

Georg Serentschy began his professional career with academic research in the area of nuclear physics (Georg holds a PhD in this field) and went over to industrial research and development in various industrial high-tech areas such as solarenergy, aerospace engineering and telecommunications.

After his industry career he moved on to strategy consulting at Arthur D Little (ADL). In 2002, Georg was appointed as head of the telecom regulatory authority in Austria (RTR) for more than a decade. The climax of his career as a regulator was the election to the Vice-Chair and as Chairman of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication).

Beginning of 2014, Georg moved on to launch his own advisory practice focusing on strategic services in the areas of regulation, competition, innovation, spectrum and public policy, based on more than 40 years of professional experience. More can be found at www.serentschy.com and on LinkedIn.

Since January 2017, Georg assists Huawei Technologies in the area of National Broadband Networks on a global basis.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Mr. Reshaad Sha


CEO
Liquid Telecom SA
South Africa
Reshaad Sha is the CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa; a pan-African connectivity and digital service provider that offers servicesto telecom operators, governments and businesses across the African continent. Before joining Liquid Telecom, Reshaad was the founder and CEO of SqwidNet, where he led the team that was entrusted with building an IoT connectivity business in South Africa in partnership with the world’s largest IoT operator, Sigfox. Concurrently Reshaad served as the Chief Strategy Officer at DFA for 2013 to 2018 where led the companies strategy by transforming the business from an infrastructure company to a telecommunications services provider. Reshaad has held various director-level positions in the telecommunications industry at LogicaCMG, Protek, Lifetree and Cisco. This afforded him the opportunity to work closely with many leading telecommunications operators in the USA, South Africa, across the Middle-East and Africa, Russia, Turkey, and South East Asia. Reshaad holds a national diploma in information technology from the Durban University of Technology and Technikon South Africa, an executive MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and is a recent graduate from Harvard Business School on advanced management.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Powering smart: the Internet of Things (Panelist), High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Dr. Ram Sewak Sharma


Chairman
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
India

Mr. R.S.Sharma joined as Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 10th of August, 2015. Prior to joining TRAI Mr. R.S.Sharma was working as Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General& Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for over-all implementationof this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the Government of India for providing Unique Identification (christened as Äadhaar”) to all its Residents.

Before his posting at UIDAI, Mr. Sharma worked with the Government of Jharkhand as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development. As Principal Secretary of the IT Department, Mr. Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas. He also over-saw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in allthe Departments of the State Government.

Mr. Sharma has held important positions both in the Government of India and State Governments in the past and has been deeply involved in the administrative reforms and leveraging IT to simplify the administrative processes. During his posting in Government of India, he has worked in the Department of Economic Affairs and has dealt with bilateral and multilateral development agencies like World Bank, ADB, MIGA and GEF. He was also in-charge of Financing of Infrastructure projects in the Highways, Ports, Airports and Telecom sectors. Mr. Sharma's contributions to the IT and e-Governance have been widely recognized both within India and outside. He has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Mr. Sharma holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and another Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Adopting digital identification for development (Panelist), M-Powering for Development: turning opportunities into reality (Speaker)

Hlubi Shivanda


Director
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Veni Shone


President, LTE Product Line
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Veni Shone, President of Huawei LTE Solutions, is responsible for global operation of LTE, Wireless Home Broadband, C-V2X, CIoT and Litra solutions etc., covering R&D, marketing & sales, as well as delivery.
Mr. Veni Shone has been serving Huawei for 20 years, with rich experience in global ICT industry. Prior to the current position, Mr. Veni Shone was the president of TDD product line, CEO of Huawei Brazil, Vice President of Huawei Central & Eastern and Nordic Europe Region. He also worked in North Africa, Mid-East and central Asia Region. In his early career at Huawei, Mr. Veni Shone headed global GSM/UMTS sales division after many years of R&D experience.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead (Panelist), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Rob Shuter


Group President and CEO
MTN Group
South Africa

Rob Shuter has been Group President and CEO of MTN Group Limited since March 13, 2017. Mr. Shuter has extensive experience in the telecoms sector in both Africa and Europe as well as in financial services.

Before joining MTN Rob was the CEO of the Vodafone Europe Cluster responsible for Vodafone’s operations in 9 European markets. Rob’s career in the telecoms sector also included 5 years as the CEO of Vodafone Netherlands and 3 years in South Africa as the Group CFO of Vodacom Group.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Rob spent 17 years in the financial services industry in a number of roles including serving as Head of Investment Banking at Standard Bank Group and Managing Director responsible for retail banking at Nedbank Group. Rob is married with 3 children and his hobbies include triathlon, hiking and music.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker), Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker)

Mr. Sabelo Sibanda


Tuse Applications
South Africa

Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumaila


Secretary-General
African Telecommunications Union
Kenya

Mr. 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 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 theaffairs of the Union for the period he has been the Secretary General.

Mr. Soumaila holds a Master of Science degree in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry (UK) and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat (Morocco).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist), Leapfrogging to 5G? (Keynotespeaker), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks), Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Panelist)

Mr. Gary Stewart


Director of Telefónica Open Future and Wayra UK
Telefónica S.A.
United Kingdom

Gary Stewart is the Director of Telefónica Open_ Future and Wayra UK, which has invested in almost 180 start-ups thathave raised over $207 million from third-party investors. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from YaleUniversity and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the executive editor of The Yale Law Journal.

Gary clerked for the Chief Judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals before becoming an M&A and securities lawyer at white-shoe law firms in the US and Europe and before co-founding a start-up that raised over €4 million in funding before being sold in 2016. Previously Gary was an associate professor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at IE Business School. He now sits on the board of Governors at the University of East London and supports Amos Bursary Scholars by Mentorship and employment.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Speaker)

Mr. Ravi Suchak


American Tower Corporation
United Kingdom

Ravi is a telecoms regulatory and policy specialist with extensive international experience, particularly in emerging and frontier markets. He leads American Tower’s Public Affairs function in EMEA with overall responsibility for government relations, public policy, regulatory, crisis management, corporate communications and CSR in the region. Ravi engages closely with government stakeholders, industry partners and trade associations to promote the development of business, politicaland regulatory environments conducive to investment in the wireless infrastructure industry.

Before joining American Tower, Ravi worked as Associate General Counsel, Africa & Asia at VEON in Amsterdam where he advised on a broadrange of legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to that, he worked as an associate at leading global law firms in London, including Sidley Austin and Mayer Brown.

Ravi holds a LLB (Hons) in Law from De Montfort University in the UK, a LLM in European Business Law from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and a MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist)

De Wet Swanepoel


Founder and CEO
Listen Longer
South Africa

De Wet Swanepoel is professor of audiology at University of Pretoria with adjunct positions at the University of Western Australia, and the Ear Science Institute Australia. He is also founder of the hearX Group, a digital health company specialised in hearing care with a vision to see healthy hearing reach everyone, everywhere. His work capitalises on the growth in information and communication technologies to explore, develop and evaluate innovative solutions and service-delivery models to improve access to ear and hearing care. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters and has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of his work. Prof Swanepoel serves as president of the International Society of Audiology and as editor-in-chief for theInternational Journal of Audiology.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SMEs Roundtable: Growth opportunities and challenges (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Péter Sztáray


State Secretary for Security Policy
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Hungary

H.E. Mr. Péter Sztáray was born in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from ELTE University of Budapest and completed his studies at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. Mr. Sztáray started his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Hungary in 1993 as a Desk Officer for NATO and the WEU. He was posted to the Permanent Representation of Hungary to NATO in Brussels, Belgium between 1996 and 2000 as a Political Officer. He became Deputy Director for Western Europe Department at the MFA in2000 and was promoted to the position of Director in 2002. He was the Head of the NATO Section between 2002 and 2003. Mr. Sztáray served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to NATO in Brussels between 2003 and 2007. Then he was the Deputy Director for Security Policy and Non-proliferation Department at the MFA and was promoted to Director in 2009. Mr. Sztáray was appointed as Deputy State Secretary and Political Director of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010. Again he was posted to Brussels as the Permanent Representative of Hungary to NATO between 2013 and 2018. Mr. Sztáray was appointed as State Secretary for Security Policy in 2018.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Tilman Süss


Managing Director, Coach and Consultant
BerlinerStrategen
Germany

Technical studies in Berlin and London in addition to an early affinity have provided Tilman with an in-depth understanding of digital media. Various start-ups and digital projects eventually led to him founding the BerlinerStrategen in 2011. Apart from managing director he is now Business Angel, consultant for business strategy and financial matters as well as management coach and lecturer. As recommended lead coach for Berlin’s universities he does not only advise businesses, but also scientific teams and spin-offs. Besides that, he volunteers as mentor, jury member and consultant.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SME Masterclass: Value proposition communications (Speaker)

Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle


Global Head of Nokia Government Relations
Nokia Solutions & Networks Belgium NV
Belgium

Since January 2016, Marc Vancoppenolle is leading the global Government Relations function for Nokia. His responsibilities include policy and regulatory affairs as well the leadership of the Nokia advocacy activities around the globe. He and his team are working with institutions and stakeholders to create a favorable political and regulatory environment fostering investment in the digitaland broadband industries. Prior to this role, Marc led during 4 years the Alcatel-Lucent Public and Regulatory Affairs function forEMEA - including the representation office in Brussels - and APAC. Before joining Public Affairs, Marc led the Strategic Customer Marketing function for Alcatel-Lucent for EMEA. Marc has 25 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. He joined Alcatel in 1991 where he took various international and worldwide technical, commercial, marketing and communication leadership roles based in Belgium and in France. He has been driving marketing and awareness strategies supporting the growth of the company in the areas of DSL, IP, telecom services and software applications. As Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel Northern Europe, he led the development of Alcatel's market positioning in the Industry Public Sector.

Marc is a Belgian and French national. He holds a master ofscience, with a specialization in telecommunication from the University of Leuven complemented with marketing studies from the University of Antwerp. He is Vice-Chair of the BUSINESSEUROPE Digital Economy Taskforce and board-member of FITCE Belgium (forum for ICT& Media professionals). He has been a member of the board of DIGITALEUROPE (representing the Digital Technology Industry in Europe) and of the IICB (Innovation & Incubation Center Brussels).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist)

Mr. Dalibor Vavruska


Managing Director: Research and Head of Global Connectivity Strategy
Citibank UK
United Kingdom

Dalibor Vavruska is a Managing Director, Global Head of Digital Connectivity Strategy and CEEMEA Telecom research at Citigroup in London.

Dalibor currently leads digital connectivity strategy research at Citigroup, which focuseson predicting industry trends and trend changes in telecommunications and related industries. His strategy work focuses on topics ranging from telecom transformation, regulatory and industry models, infrastructure separation, fibre networks, net neutrality, relationship between telecoms and tech up to spectrum management and dynamic spectrum allocation. Last year, Dalibor proposed his DIGITECCS (DIGItal TEChnology, Connectivity and Service) transformation concept for telecoms and other industries, calling for deeper communications infrastructure sharing and more differentiation in technology and services. Dalibor’s transformational ideas are currently being pursued by telecom operators, investors and policymakers in emerging markets, Europe and beyond. This includes for example Italy, Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Dalibor is a regular speaker at industry events such as the FTTH Conference Europe and TMT Finance World Congress. In the past years he has made several contributions to events organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission during the process of formation of Europe’s new digital legislation.

Dalibor also leads CEEMEA telecom equity research at Citigroup. In the past twenty years he and his teams have been consistently top rated by institutional investors in emerging markets telecommunications. This includes series of No. 1 ratings in the most relevant surveys such as the Institutional Investor and Extel.

Before moving into telecoms, Dalibor was involved in equity research in Central and Eastern Europe at Credit Suisse Asset Management and Erste Bank. For many years he also led emerging markets telecom research at ING Bank. Dalibor has a degree inmathematics from the Czech Technical University in Prague and an MBA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Elmir Tofig Oglu Velizadeh


Deputy Minister
Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan

Elmir Tofig oglu Velizade has been Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies since 2018.

He is a graduate of Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute (now Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University) with Bachelor’s Degreein Automated Control Systems. He worked at Computing Center of Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute. In the period of 1989 to 1991, while working there he continued pedagogical activities in Computing machines and programming chair. He was engaged in scientificresearches on artificial intelligence and expert systems and is the author of some scientific articles and teaching aids.

He began working as a first degree specialist at the Executive Office of the President in 1991. He was successively promoted in this job. In 1998, he was appointed chief of the Center of Information Resources and Technologies of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He worked as head of department of Information Resources and Technologies of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005.

On 26 December 2007, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In 2014, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Communicationsand High Technologies by the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He was awarded Tereggi (Progress) medalby the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in 2015.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (Speaker)

Mr. Meng Wang


Manager
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Qingwen Wang


Manager
Huawei Technologies Co.,LTD

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. David Wen


Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
eCurrency
USA

Dr David Wen is the Chairman of ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency. He is also theco-founder and Chief Scientist of eCurrency. After obtaining his Ph.D from Oxford University, he has worked at NTT Communication Science Laboratory in Japan, before appointed the youngest Associate Professor in Tokyo Science University. When visiting Stanford University as a visiting professor, he decided to apply his research to build solution for challenging and impactful ventures in the real world. He started as a security architect at ActivCard (now HID Global) and was responsible for the design of the Identity Management Solution for the Department of Defense’s Common Access Card (CAC) program.

He went on to become the product manager, program manager and Chief Scientist at Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and SAIC, managing the deployment of US Federal Government’s Personal Identification and Verification (PIV) program at NASA, DHS,FDA. He is one of the main contributors who enabled the most advanced Digital Identity Management solution for the entireUS government by the 2008 deadline set by President George Bush in HSPD-12. In September 2011, he co-founded eCurrency Mint Ltd, applying his extensive experience building nation wide security program to the solution of a Central Bank Issued Digital Currency. He helped coin the term Digital Fiat Currency working as the US expert to ISO Technical Committee 68 (SC 2) for digital currency security, and led the establishment of the ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Fiat Currency, working with central banks and telecom regulators from the over 27 developing countries. He is also the founder of Digital Fiat Currency Institute, and one of China’s “Thousand Talent” award winner.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital finance: innovative economic solutions for all (Moderator)

Mr. Eric White


Project Lead, Internet for All, Global Leadership Fellow
World Economic Forum
Switzerland
Lead for the World Economic Forum's Internet for All project. Nearly a decade of experience in international development, beginning as a researcher with the World Bank's Africa agriculture team. His interest in internet inclusion emergedfrom a desire to link rural people to modern economies, and he co-founded a consulting that focused on supporting USAID on this issue. With his firm he consulted on internet inclusion policy in 10 countries over six years, before joining the Forum to take on his role with the Internet for All project. In a previous career, he served for four years as an active duty USnaval officer.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level African Investment Dialogue (Panelist)

Mr. Lance Williams


Executive: Provincial and Local Consulti
State Information Technology Agency (SIT A)

Mr. Nicholas Williams


Manager, ICT Operations Division
African Development Bank
Cote d'Ivoire

Mr. Xiang Yun


Standardization Supervisor
Baicells Technologies Co., Ltd
China

Mr. Yun Xiang is the standardization supervisor of Baicells Technologies Co.,Ltd. He is leading the standardization team from Baicells and is responsible for the spectrum analysis and system architecture design. He currently acts as the SON Working Group Chair for the MulteFire Alliance. Before joining Baicells, Mr. Yun Xiang had extensive standardization experience at both 3GPP and ITU. He was a research manager and 3GPP RAN 1 delegate from NTT DoCoMo and did spectrum regulatory research at CAICT.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Cosmas Zavazava


Chief, Projects and Knowledge Management Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Dr. Cosmas Zavazava works in the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU. He is Chief of Department responsible for Projects, Capacity Building, ICT Statistics and Measuring the Information Society, Emergency Telecommunications, Climate Change, E-Waste, ICT activities to address the unique needs of the least developed countries, landlocked developing states, and small island developing states.

Since 2001, Cosmas Zavazava has been passionately designing and implementing global ICT projects for both sustainable development and disaster management. He has a track record in mobilizing resources for projects for humanitarian work aimed at saving lives. In the area of innovation, he has launched a number of projects based on big data for combating the transmission of epidemics, and for official statistics.

In the area of Capacity Building he is responsible for the establishment of the ITU Academy, reform of the ITU Centres of Excellence programme (CoEs), and the launch of the biennial Capacity Building Symposium (CBS). He also launched the Global ICT Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET). He leads the ITU’s annual World Telecommunications Indicators Symposium (WTIS).

He has written on the role of ICTs in addressing the unique needs of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, and matters concerning developing countries in general. He has also written on disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and e-waste. He recently launched a groundbreaking project on the use of big data to mitigate the impact of the Ebola disease, and epidemics in general. He initiatedthe launch of a E-waste Coalition made up of seven United Nations Agencies and the private sector.

He taught MBA classes with a focus on strategic business management, management information systems and other related topics. He has spoken at many international conferences to include the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries thatwas held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011, the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in August 2014, the Third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (Moderator)

Mr. Houlin Zhao


Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

Houlin Zhao was elected ITU Secretary-General at the 19TH Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea, in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015. 

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University ofPosts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK. From 2007 to 2014, he served as ITU's Deputy Secretary-General, where he effectively assisted the ITU Secretary-General, in close cooperation with the other elected officials of the Union, to manage the implementation of the ITU Strategic Plan and the operations of the ITU Secretariat, in particular with a view to increasing the transparency and efficiency of the organization. 

He was responsible for implementing important innovations including the promotion of a new category of membership open to the global academic community, internal efficiency measures such as the move to a near-paperless work environment, the increased use of remote participation systems, and measures to increase revenue from sales and cost-recovery services. In addition, he focused closely on membership-driven priorities including maintaining and extending ITU's commitment to accessibility, to multilingualism, and to broad multistakeholder participation in the work of the Union.   

Prior to this Mr Zhao served in the elected role of Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) from 1999 to 2006. During his two terms of office he spearheaded the introduction of new efficiency measures to improve ITU's standards-making environment through fostering even closer cooperation with industry members, while strengthening the promotion of ITU's leadership in global ICT standards development. From 1986 to 1992, Mr Zhao was a senior staff member in the then CCITT, and from 1993-1998 in TSB. Among his responsibilities as Counsellor for ITU-T Study Groups, he was Coordinator for cooperation with other international technical bodies, including ISO and IEC.

Before joining ITU, Mr Zhao served as anengineer in the Designing Institute of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China, taking an active role in his country's expert meetings on telecommunication standards and national plans, as well as participating in CCITT Study Group meetings as a Chinese delegate. He contributed important articles to a number of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

As ITU's 19th Secretary-General, Mr Zhao is committed to further extending ITU's community by encouraging more industry members and academia from around the world to join the ITU family. He has also initiated a more open-door policy to welcome other stakeholders and partners, as well as promoting the greater involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the work of the Union.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Digital everyone (Keynotespeaker), Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development (OpeningRemarks), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Keynotespeaker), Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker), Bridging the digital innovation divide: high level panel discussion on the African Digital Transformation Centre driven by innovation (Panelist)

Mr. Peng Zhao


Spectrum Policy Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
GSMA
United Kingdom

Peng leads the GSMA's global campaign to make spectrum available for mobile broadband under optimal conditions. Backed by a team of regional experts, he helps spread spectrum policy positions and licensing best practice around the world.

He also takes part in many ITU activities leading up to the World Radio Conferences and overseesthe WRC campaign for APAC.

Peng holds an MS in Telecommunication Systems from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. Besides English, he speaks French and Mandarin fluently.

Peng leads the GSMA's campaign to increase the amount of spectrum available for mobile broadband. Backed by a team of regional experts, he helps spread spectrum policy and licensing best practice around the world. He also takes part in many ITU activities leading up to the World Radio Conferences and oversees the WRC campaign for APAC.

Before joining the GSMA in 2011, Peng worked for Orange in Switzerland. He consulted for various non-profit organisations in the UK. as well. Peng holds an MS in Telecommunication Systems from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. Besides English, he speaks French and Mandarin fluently.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (Panelist)

Mr. Edward Mingcheng Zhou


VP of Global Public Affairs
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Edward Zhou is Vice President for Global Public Affairs of Huawei. He is in charge of government’s communicationsaiming to be the advisor to national governments, contribute to ICT policies and standards formulation in host countries,expand the market for Huawei, and build competitive edges.

Mr. Edward Zhou joined Huawei in 1996 and has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry and played a key role in many of global milestone projects in Huawei.

Moreover, Mr. Edward Zhou held many senior positions in the company. He worked as Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Europe, and deeply participated in the development of European telecommunication market. After that he took over the position of Vice President for Huawei Japan which was responsible for solutions and marketing, focusing on Carrier Business. He was leading the collaboration with Softbank, NTT Docomo, SKT and other leading telecom operators in 5G trial and wireless network reconstruction in Japan and Korea.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Speaker)

Mr. Jianjun ( Joe Deng ) Zhou


Vice President of Carrier Business BG (Emerging Market VP)
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Jianjun Zhou was appointed as the Vice President of Carrier Business BG (Emerging Market VP) in May 2017. Prior to that, he was the South Pacific Region President of Carrier Business BG of Huawei.

Jianjun Zhou joined Huawei in 1998 as a Technical Engineer. Within 20 years in Huawei, he occupied several roles, including Country Manager of Kenya, Vice President of East Southern Africa Regional office, President of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, responsible for strategy planning, market analysis, sales and service as well as project operations for Southern Pacific Region.

Jianjun Zhou graduated from Northern JiaoTong University of China in 1997 after attaining a Bachelor's degreein Engineering with a major in Detection Technology and Instrumentation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist), Rethinking Broadband: From National Asset to Civic Right (Keynotespeaker), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker)

Mr. Sihle Zikalala


MEC Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government

Born to a religious family in Ndwedwe, Sihle Zikalala grew up as a humble but formidable and courageous activist. He joined the struggle for liberation at the age of 15years. Since then, he has played many responsibilities within the Liberation Movement in South Africa, including being the Secretary General of the ANC Youth League, ANC KZN Deputy Provincial Secretary and Provincial Secretary. He is currently the ANC KZN Provincial Chairperson.

Sihle Zikalala holds a BA Degree in Communication Science from UNISA and an Honours Degree in Public Administration from the University KwaZulu – Natal. He is married to Neli Zikalala and they are blessed with three children. He is a Member of KZN Provincial Legislature and also serves as the as the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environment Affairs.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development (Speaker), Opening Ceremony and Event Opening Keynotes (Speaker)

Mr. Mindaugas Zilinskas


Deputy Director General
Communications Regulatory Authority
Lithuania

Dr. Mindaugas Žilinskas is the Deputy Director General of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania. Serving in the executive positions at the national regulator and as the Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Dr. M. Žilinskas has acquired sound knowledge in the field of radio communications, especially in radio spectrum management, international issues of radio spectrum planning and coordination. Key facts about Dr. Mindaugas Žilinskas:

- Key person in the national radio frequency management system and programs for planning and coordination of broadcasting and mobile stations;

- Co-chairman of Good Office Group of Radio Spectrum Policy Group (since 2015);

- Chairman (2010) and Vice-chairman (2009, 2014) of the ITU Radio Regulations Board (RRB), contributed in solving issues related to radio spectrum assignments, especially for terrestrial applications and spectrum usage;

- Member or Deputy Head of Lithuanian Delegation at the numerous WRC conferences;

- Member of Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) and Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) of the European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT);

- Initiator and leader of the Regional Multilateral Coordination Agreement for DVB-T in TV channels 61-69 for Central-Eastern European countries (Nida-Kiev Plan, 2003);

- Member of the European Commission’sRadio Spectrum Committee;

- Author and co-author of great number of scientific publications on electromagneticeffects and radio wave propagation conditions.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The future telco: revolution or evolution? (Panelist)

Mr. Peter Zimri


Councillor
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
South Africa

Peter Zimri is currently serving as Councillor (executive) at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) where his responsibilities include, amongst others, spectrum resource management, 5G forum, standards and numbering.

Peter Zimri has broad experience in the ICT sector, including extensive employment periods with the Department of Communications as Chief Director: Radio and Satellite Communications and ICASA’s predecessor, SATRA, as Senior Manager: Frequency, Management. He has a passion for Postal, Telecommunications and Broadcasting technical regulatory and policy matters and had been heading the Radio Frequency Management Units with both the Policy Maker and the Regulatory Authority. During his tenure at the aforementioned entities, he has been involved in developing and implementing the National Table of Frequency Allocations, the related policies and regulations as well as migration processes and the licensing of radio frequency spectrum. At various WRCs and RRCs, Peter led the South African delegations in the technical deliberations and is instrumental in formulating the South African and the SADC (CRASA) position papers to those respective conferences.

Zimri has been involved in the ICT regulatory and policy environment, not only in South Africa, but also across markets onthe continent. As a consultant, he was involved in advising licensees on ICT regulatory & policy affairs to ensure that they operate in a manner that is acceptable in terms of its licence terms and conditions and the relevant pieces of ICT legislation.

Amongst various other standards and ICT (Telecoms & Broadcasting) industry bodies, Zimri served on the boards of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), Number Portability Company (NPC), and South African Communications Forum (SACF). He also served on the various standards development Technical Committees of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

Peter holds a Masters Degree - Master of Management in the Field of ICT Policy & Regulation (MM/MA (ICT)PR) from University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He also holds various electronic engineering qualifications and credits in specialized telecoms and broadcasting related programmes.

Mr Peter Zimri is one of the nine Councillors of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) appointed effective from 04 April 2016 following an extensive Parliamentary process. Mr Zimri has broad experience in the information communications technology (ICT) sector and is particularly passionate about postal, telecommunications and broadcasting technical, regulatory and policy matters.

He has been Chief Director: Radio and Satellite Communications at the Department of Communications and Senior Manager: Frequency Management at the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA), a predecessor of ICASA.

During his tenure at these entities, he was involved in developingand implementing the National Table of Frequency Allocations, related policies and regulations as well as migration processes, and the licensing of radio frequency spectrum.

Mr Zimri has not only been involved in the ICT regulatory and policy environment in South Africa, but also across markets on the continent. As consultant he has advised licensees on ICT regulatory and policy affairs to ensure that they adhere to the terms and conditions of their licences as well as other relevant legislation.

Amongst various other standards and ICT (Telecommunications and Broadcasting) industry bodies, Peter served on the boards of the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA), Number Portability Company (NPC), and South African Communications Forum (SACF).

Mr Zimri holds a Master’s degree in management in ICT Policy andRegulation from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Graduate School of Public and Development Management. He also holds various electronic-engineering qualifications and credits in telecoms- and broadcasting-related programmes from Wits, the University of Pretoria, the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Telkom SA, Rohde & Schwarz and OracleSA.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Lindiwe Daphney Zulu


Minister
Ministry of Small Business Development

Ms Lindiwe Zulu is the Minister of Small Business Development in South Africa.

She is a member of theNational Executive Committee (NEC) and a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Minister Zulu is a champion of the small business sector as the development ofthe small business sector is critical for the sustainable economic development and transformation of South Africa.

Ms Zulu was educated in Swaziland whereupon she joined the ANC after the 1976 student uprising. In exile, Ms Zulu lived in Morogoro in Tanzania where she was offered a scholarship to study journalism in Russia. She obtained a Master’s degree in journalism.

After her studies in Moscow, she joined the liberation army Umkhonto we Sizwe Once her military training was complete, Ms Zulu joined the PAN African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) in Angola where she was appointed as the co-ordinator of the communications committee.

She has held several communication positions. In 1989, she was appointed the Head of Communication in the ANC’s department of Religious Affairs. Ms Zulu also served at the Head of Communication in the ANC’s Uganda office.

In 1991 she returned to South Africa and became the Head of Communication in the ANC Women’s League. Ms Zulu was elected to the ANC’s team of spokespersons for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

After the elections, she was elected a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed Deputy Speakerof the Gauteng Legislature in 1995. Four years later, Ms Zulu was appointed the Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2001, she was appointed Chief Director for Western and Central Africa

In 2003, she left government to join the private sector where she served as the Executive Head of Government and International Relations at Vodacom group, a mobile phone services company based in South Africa.

In 2004 she became the South African Ambassador to Brazil. She was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee first in 2007 and again in 2009, Ms Zulu was elected to Parliament as a Member of Parliament representing the African National Congress. After 2009, Ms Zulu was appointed Special Advisor to the President of South Africa on International Relations.

In 2014, Ms Zulu was appointed as the Minister of Small Business Development.

Minister Zulu is particularly interested in issues relating to the strengtheningof institutions of governance, multiparty democracy, community development and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and the economic empowerment of women and youth.

She believes that the entrepreneurship will provide both poverty reduction and economic growth benefits.

Speaking at the following sessions:
High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Keynotespeaker), Bridging the digital innovation divide: high level panel discussion on the African Digital Transformation Centre driven by innovation (Panelist)

Ms. Darelle Van Greunen


Director Centre for Community Technologies and Professor School of Information and Communication Technology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Center for Community Technologies
South Africa

Darelle is a Professor of IT and Director of the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University. She holds a PhD (Computer Science) as well as degrees in Social Sciences. She specialises in User Experience and using ICT as an enabler for societal issues in low-resourced areas. She has consulted extensively for the South African government and the ICT Industry including SAP Research Globally. She is the principle investigator on several international grant funded projects including projects funded by the European Union. She is an Honorary Professor at Amity University, India and a Research Fellow of the Discovery Foundation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable (Panelist)