ITU Telecom World 2018 Speakers

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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)

Ms. Reem Al Mansoori


Manager - ICT Society
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Qatar

Ms Al Mansoori has 18+ years of experience leading programs that drive Qatar's digital transformation towards a smartfuture. At the Ministry she heads two major departments, Digital Society and Digital Industry Development. As head of Digital Society, Ms Al Mansoori is responsible for inspiring and supporting the 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, she is engaging with Qatar’s national digital ecosystem and building a vibrant ICT sector to support a smart Qatar through innovation, leveraging 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. Ms Al Mansoori is a Master of Science in Computational Intelligence from the University of Plymouth, UK, andan Executive MBA from HEC Paris, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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

Mr. Håkan Andersson


Head of Technology Strategy
Ericsson
Sweden
Håkan Andersson is Head of Technology Strategy and responsible for driving the overall technology strategies of Ericsson. Prior to that he has been engaged in several industry alliances representing new opportunities and verticals planning to use 5G for their future business and operations. Håkan Andersson has also been a key driver in formulating Ericsson’s overall 5G strategy at the Business Unit for Network Products.
From 2003 and in the work leading up to the development and launch of 4G/LTE, Dr. Andersson was responsible for the development of the strategies and investment plans leading up to the establishment of a dedicated product line for LTE in 2007.
Dr. Andersson started in Ericsson Radio Research in 1990, and has since then held various positions both in Research and Technology, as well as Product Management, in different parts of the world. His career includes positions as head of Technology for Ericsson Philippines, Head of Industry Relations in Singapore, Director at Group Function Portfolio Management and CTO of the AT&T account in the US.
Andersson Holds a Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctors degree in Physics, both from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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

Mr. German Darío Arias Pimienta


Executive Director
Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)
Colombia

Germán Darío Arias Pimienta is an economist from the Automous University of Manizales. He holds a Master’s in Information Technology Management from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and a specialization in International Business Management.

He began his professional career in 1995 at the Empresas Públicas of Manizales. He was key in restructuring the organization following the coming into force of the public services law. In August 2003, he began working at the Ministry of Communications in the Office for Industry Development. During his time at the ministry he contributed to various regulatory projects: opening the long-distance market (in the nineties it was limited to only three operators), interconnectivity between operators, provision of additional spectrum for mobile operators in order to service increasing demand, and the opening up frequency bands for wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi.

He returned to the private sector to work as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for ETB, from 2007 to 2013. There he led the creation of a comprehensive regulatory strategy that combined economic, legal, financial, and technical aspects and their implications for the company’s business strategy. Recently he worked as Manager of the ICT & Agro initiative at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. The program sought to use ICT to improve the quality of lifeof smallholders and increase productivity in rural areas.

His experience both in the public and the private sector has given him the opportunity to see both sides of regulatory activity and the design of public policy in the ICT sector.

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

Dr. Brian Armstrong


Adjunct Professor
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

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

Shahzad Gul Aryobee, was born in Paktia Province in 1980. He completed his advanced education in the field of Business Administration. Besides, he has completed short-term 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-Gov, ERP, ICT Infrastructure, Cyber Security and Networking. Furthermore, he is 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 Translational Government.

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

In 2015, he was appointed as a General Director at Asan Khedmat, Ministry of Finance. In this short time frame, despite the recentness ofthe organization’s establishment, he was able to take effective steps toward E-services in Afghanistan.

On 7, August 2017, Mr. Aryobee has been Appointed as Acting Minister of Communications and Information Technology by order of His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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

H. E. Mr. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi


Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT)
Iran

Mr. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi was appointed as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in September 2017. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Telecommunications Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC). He has been extensively involved in various aspects of promoting indigenous ICT industry in Iran.

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)

Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin Garcia


Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Doreen Bogdan-Martin is a strategic leader with more than 20 years of high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations. She has a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.

Since 2008, Ms Bogdan-Martin has been Chief of Strategic Planning & Membership for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU is the specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), with 193 Member States and a membership of nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions around the globe. It is dedicated to bringing connectivity to all the world’s people through development assistance, standardization and coordination of radiocommunications.

Ms Bogdan-Martin leads the organization’s strategic planning processes, while also overseeing the organization’s Membership, Corporate Communications and External Affairs teams. She also coordinates the work of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, serves as Secretary to the ITU Governing Body, and as Coordinator of United Nations affairs for the organization.

Ms Bogdan-Martin has advised governments from around the world on policy and regulatory reform measures. She has organized impact-driven global conferences with thousands of participants from 150+ countries, brokered international consensus on many critical issues, and is a regular presenter at high-level international forums and summits. As part of this important work, she was one of the principal architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, directed ITU’s first global youth summit#BYND, and is currently driving ITU latest high-profile initiative – EQUALS, The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age .

With a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, Ms Bogdan-Martin completed post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also certified in Accountability and Ethics by the United Nations Leaders Programme.

Additionally, Ms Bogdan-Martin is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group and Chair of the Academic Council for the Swiss Network for International Studies. She is also an experienced amateur radio operator.

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

Mr. Bocar A. Ba


CEO
SAMENA Telecommunications Council
Belgium

A noted management and technology consultant, Bocar A. BA is the CEO of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, and is responsible for leading the management of all the Council's meetings and continuing its research efforts and intellectual property of all telecom institutions in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Region with collective efforts from all members and committees, helping member operators address issues and take advantage of opportunities in the telecommunications industry in the region.

Specifically, Bocar is in-charge of driving awareness of the Council and promoting it throughout the telecommunications industry, thereby directing membership development. His role also includes identifying member operator issues and lobbying with policy makers to influence policies at the regional level; ensuring all SAMENA Council Committees are fulfilling their objectives and agendas; and overseeing the marketing plans and initiatives on account of being a member of the Strategy and Marketing Committee.

Bocar also serves as a director and board member of several companies in Technology and Management & Consultancy Services and is driving the awareness of the value of technology ineveryday life across the region.

Bocar has 22 years of experience in business development, international marketing and consultancy services, and has held various senior management positions in major corporations in Paris. His expertise includes enabling companies in building solid relationships with global customers, identifying untapped revenue growth opportunities, consolidating multiple contracts for government cooperation and developing strategies for market penetration inemerging countries throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has also worked closely with several governments and investment banks to promote trade, investment and cooperation between developed and developing countries in Europe and the Middle East. He is also actively involved in the privatization process in MEA and Investment projects, aiming to link governmental opportunities throughout the region.

Bocar is a French national and is married with three children.

Bocarserves as a director and board member of several companies in the areas of technology, management, and consultancy services. He is also actively involved in the privatization processes in the MEA region and drives various investment projects, aiming to link governmental opportunities throughout the region. Bocar has been in the ICT industry for 25 years and is a graduate of ESDE-SUP Business School in Paris.

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

Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy


Senior Vice-President
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), Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (Panelist)

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. 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. 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)

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)

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. 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)

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), High Level African Investment Dialogue (Moderator)

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)

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. 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)

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)

Mr. 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. 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 issues; including Internet Governance.

Nigel is keen walker and cyclist.

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

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 (Panelist)

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)

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)

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)

H. E. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar


Minister
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Bangladesh

Mustafa Jabbar is very known to the people of Bangladesh and Bengali speaking people of the world for his milestone invention ofBangla Script Writing System. His Bijoy Bangla Keyboard and Software has become the symbol of success of Software industry of Bangladesh and it has also been the icon of Bangla language in the Digital age. He is the only Patent holder in Bangladesh of any ICT related product (Bijoy Keyboard) till now. He is fighting for transforming Bangladesh to Digital including education, government, industry and lifestyle.

Mustafa Jabbar is deeply involved in the advocacy activities for the development of Haor areas of Bangladesh. His works for the transformation of the education system to a digital format is leading the country towards a new era; towards a knowledge based society.

Mustafa Jabbar came from a remote village of Bangladesh. Getting his higher education (Graduationand Masters) in Bangla Language & Literature from the University of Dhaka. He started his career as a journalist on 16 January 1972. He was a member of Mujib Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Force) in 1971 and participated in the War Of Liberation of Bangladesh.He was associated with the Dhaka Union of Journalists. He was elected as the Organizing Secretary of DUJ.

Doing some businesses in Media, Travel & Tour Operation, Printing, Publishing and Computer Reselling, his business is in Software Development, Providing IT Education, Developing IT Enabled Educational Curriculum, Developing Course Materials for ICT Education, Creating Softwareand providing ICT Services, Doing Researches on ICT, ICT Journalism and writing Books on ICT and other subjects. His first novel named Nokshotrer Onger was published in a book form in 2005. His second novel named Suborne Shekorh was published in 2018.

Mustafa Jabbar is the technology leader and promoter of ICT in Bangladesh. He is the founder member of Bangladesh Computer Samity, Bangladesh Association of Software and Services and E Commerce Association of Bangladesh. He has been elected President of Bangladesh Computer Samity for the fourth term and retired from his office on 01 April 2014 due to regulatory bindings. He was also the founder vice president of BASIS. He was president of BASIS from 16 July 2016 to 08 January 2018. He has developed Bangla Braille publishing system which enables blind people to use Bangla Braille in computer. He is also regarded as the Master of Digital Bangla Font designing. He has developed Bijoy Library, a library management Software which is being used by famous libraries of Bangladesh including British Council. He has developed 4 softwares named Bijoy Shishu Shiksha for pre school kids. He has also developed Bijoy Prathomik Shiksha 1,2,3,4 based on Text Books published by NCTB for grade 1, 2, 3 and 4. He has established a large number of Schools in Bangladesh including Computer based Ananda Multimedia School and Bijoy Digital School.

He is the Proprietor, Ananda Computers, Proprietor Bijoy Digital, Chairman & Editor, Anandapatra Bangla Sangbad Ltd, First Digital Bangla News Service of Bangladesh.

Mr. Mustafa Jubbar took his oath as the Minister on 2nd January, 2018. He has been given the charge of the Ministry of Post, Telecommunication & Information Technology. He is the father of one son and two daughters.

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

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

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 (Panelist)

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)

Mr. Shameel Joosub


Chief Executive Officer
Vodacom SA (Pty) Limited
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


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:
Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0 (Moderator)

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

Ms Mmamoloko Tryphosa Kubayi-Ngubane, the Minister of Science and Technology, has been an ANC Member of Parliament since 2009.

Before joining the Department of Science and Technology in February 2018, she was Minister of Energy from March to October 2017, and Minister of Communications from October 2016 to February 2017.

She has served on three Portfolio Committees, chairing the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services between June 2014 and March 2017, and serving as Committee Whip for the Portfolio Committees on Basic Education and Higher Education between May2009 and May 2011. She was Parliamentary Advisor to the Deputy President of South Africa from June 2013 to May 2014.

With a master's degree in Public and Development Management from the Wits School of Governance and a BA from Vista,Ms Kubayi-Ngubane started out as a community developer. She moved on to become a leadership consultant at First National Bank, a Skills Development Manager and Facilitator at the National Health Laboratory Services, an ANC Proportional Representative Councillor in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, and the Director: Special Projects in the Deputy President’s Office.

Currently a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee, she has held many political leadershiproles, including in the ANC Women’s League, ANC Youth League and the South African Students Congress.

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), Rise of the MVNOs: leveraging MVNOs in an ‘everything connected’ world (OpeningRemarks)

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


Counsellor
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)

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, whichplays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Among his various duties related to that position, he was responsible for the overall organization and running of the recently held World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for almost 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.

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

Mr. Graham Mackinnon


Group General Counsel and 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)

Mr. Mark Majodina


WMO Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa
World Meteorological Organization
Kenya

Mark Majodina was appointed into the WMO Secretariat in September 2017. He was born in 1972 in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds MSc degrees in Ocean-Atmospheric Science and in Project Management from the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria, respectively.

Before joining WMO, he was the Senior Manager: International Relations of the South AfricanWeather Service (2008-2017). He has also held positions in scientific and management fields including Principal Meteorologist- Research (1998-2003), Manager- Projects (2003-2006), Senior Manager- Regional Offices(2006-2007). In addition, he is an author to several academic papers in international peer-reviewed journals and author to chapters in meteorology books and opinion pieces.

He has also fulfilled the following roles:

· Alternate Delegate of South Africa to the WMO Congress and Executive Council;

· Chairperson of WMO International Relations Advisers to Permanent Representatives for Africa (INTAD-RA1)

· Interim Director for the Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA)

· Member of the National Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

· Executive Committee Member of the Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic- South Extention (PIRATA-SE)

· Committee Member of the Prince Edwards Islands Management Committee (Department of Environmental Affairs, SA)

Speaking at the following sessions:
Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19 (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. Alphonce Malibiche


Director Identification Management
National Identification Authority
Tanzania, United Rep. of

Alphonce Malibiche is the Acting Director of ID Management for the Tanzania National Identification Authority (NIDA),the Authority which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs in the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Malibiche has been involved in the development of the Tanzania National ID infrastructures in different capacities and in the implementation of different systems and re-engineering of business processes. In addition to being a talented and dedicated Engineer, Mr. Malibiche serves as a strong visionary and motivational leader.

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

Mr. Collin Mamdoo


Principal Specialist - IoT
Vodacom SA (Pty) Limited
South Africa

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

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


Chief Executive Officer
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:
Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity (Panelist)

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:
Leapfrogging to 5G? (Panelist)

Mr. Strive Masiyiwa


Founder and President
Econet Wireless (PVT) Ltd.
Zimbabwe

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group, a pan-African telecommunications, media and technology company with operations and investments in 29 countries.

Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards including Unilever Plc, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Group, and the Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury. Masiyiwa also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a position he took over after Kofi Annan’s term.

As a philanthropist,Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which has supported the education of over 250,000 African orphans in 20 years. Their family foundation provides scholarships to over 40,000 orphans every year.

Masiyiwa has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2017, to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.

Over the last few years, Masiyiwa has devoted his time to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs through his Facebook page, which has a growing followership of over 3-million young people from across the continent. Facebook has identified his platform as having the most engaged following of any business leader in the world.

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

Dr. Olga Memedovic


Deputy Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Austria

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)

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), High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment (Panelist)

Ms. Karine Minasyan


Member of the Board (Minister) for Internal Markets, Informatization, ICT
Eurasian Economic Commission
Armenia

Karine Minasyan was born on August 29, 1965, in Yerevan, Armenian SSR.

In 1987 she graduated S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow institute of management, as engineer-economist.

From 2002 to 2015 she held the positions of a Memberof the Board of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia, the First Deputy Chairman of State Revenue Committee, the First Deputy Minister of Economy, the Adviser to the President of the Republic of Armenia on the Eurasian economic integration.

Since February 2016 she is the Member of the Board - Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission for Internal Market, Informatization, ICT.

Under the leadership of Karine Minasyan the counter-barriers activities in the Eurasian economic union (EAEU) internal markets were systematized and the digitization of economy became an intrinsic part of the EAEU integration agenda. The thematic scope of the EAEU digital agenda projects and initiatives embraces digital traceability of products, goods, services and assets; digital transport corridors; digital trade; digital industrial cooperation; data economy and data flows regulation; regulatory “sandbox” ecosystem. The IT Department under her leadership further upgrades open IT integration model (integrated information system) which is based on the principles of interoperability to enable IT supported economic integration processes. Its main elements are the data model, the EAEU common processes, reference information and standards system, cross-border space of trust.

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

H. E. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong


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

Ms. Nonhlanhla Mkhize


Director-General
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
South Africa

Dr. Setumo Mohapi


CEO
State Information Technology Agency
South Africa

Dr. Setumo Mohapi is the Chief Executive Officer of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) with effect from 01 April 2015. Prior to this, Dr Mohapi was the Chief Executive Officer at Sentech SOC Limited, having worked in various technology and business positions at Transtel, Internet Solutions, Neotel and Telkom. Dr Mohapi's academic achievement includes a Bachelor of Science degree (in electrical engineering and computer science) from the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering also obtained from MIT. This was followed by a PhD degree in electrical engineering, this time from Wits.

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

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)

Mr. Khomotso Molabe


Chief Information Officer, Personal & Business Banking
Standard Bank
South Africa

Khomotso started his working career as a Chemical Engineer in a multinational catalytic component manufacturing company. He held several roles before progressing in senior leadership roles in the same company. He joined Standard Bank in 2008 as part of a “muscle build” Operations initiative to bring in people from a manufacturing background. Khomotso then led the design and implementation of several strategic capabilities required to support integrated processing centres (IPC’s). He later took on the role of Head: Features and Services Engineering focusing on redesigning processes; followed by the role of Head: Business Transformation and Enablement. He led Africa’s largest business transformation initiativefor Standard Bank ensuring the move from legacy systems into one core banking platform. Subsequently he was appointedas the Head: Client Experience Transformation and later the Head: Digital Banking, Moonshots and E-commerce. He has recently been appointed as the CIO PBB SA. He holds a B-degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Business Leadership. He is the recipient of several accolades including the Johnson Matthey Quality Improvement Award and Standard Bank 2010 True Blue Top 100 Award. He was selected as one of the Top ABSIP Game Changers for 2016 and was nominated as a game changer for the Customer Experience Africa Summit. He has completed 6 comrades’ marathons but still struggling with the elusive six pack. Khomotso is also a political observer and chairperson of a social and community development club. He is generally regarded by his colleagues and friends as a passionate lunatic.

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

Allam Mousa


Minister
Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology

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)

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)

Mr. Willington Ngwepe


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

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)

Mr. Kasirim Nwuke


Chief, New Technologies & Innovation, Special Initiatives Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Ethiopia
Kasirim Nwuke is the chief of New Technologies and Innovation at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,(UNECA) which is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He is also the author of numerous articles, papers and reports. He is co-author of two Harvard University reports “Zambia: Non-governmental health care provision” and “Kenya: Non-governmental health care provision” which explore the scope of and prospects for increasing the contribution of the non-governmental sector to health care provision in these countries by using new technologies like IoT, smart contracts and blockchain. He contributed a chapter to the book, “Democracy in Nigeria, Voices of a Generation”, where he raised salient points on the political instruments of managing a multi-ethnic society.

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

Mr. Collins Oduor


Lecturer
Africa Nazarene University
Kenya

Dr Collins Oduor have a PhD in Information systems from The University of Nairobi (School of Computing and Informatics) and good teaching and research experience at university level. He also have a vast experience in the fields of ICT Consultancies and Teaching, lifelong learning, health Informatics, bio informatics and biotechnology, ICT in Business and ICT in Education Programs, Collins has also participated in the Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) Staff mobility programme as external examiner 2015 & 2018 and Third United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) general assembly as delegate and, he has supervised twelve masters students thesis/projects, participated in various curricula development for so many universities in the region. I addition have membership in professional bodies, I have also done three book chapter publications and presented at least ten papers in referred journals plus additional international conferences on ICT. Collins is also a review editor of papers in the International Journal of research publications. Collins is now keen on research areas covering ICT and Society, Citizen Science, Community services and linkages, digital economy and ecommerce.

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

Dr. Haruo Okamura


President
Global Plan Incorporated
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
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. Ms. Hadja Fatimata Ouattara Sanon


Minister
Ministère du Développement de l'Economie numérique et des Postes
Burkina Faso

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 (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:
Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era (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)

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), Securing spectrum for smarter digital development: the road to WRC-19 (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Vikram Raval


Senior Policy Director
GSMA
United Kingdom

Vikram is a communications regulatory and policy specialist, with a focus on a range of international telecoms regulatory matters. With over 15 years telecoms experience, Vikram has worked across a range of telecoms communications sectors – fixed and mobile, business and consumer. He has previously worked for mobile operators Orange, Verizon and Lebara Group. At the GSMA he covers a range of subjects in international mobile regulation including International Roaming, Taxation, Trade and ITU with a focus on developing markets in Africa, the Arab States and Asia.

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

Mr. Andrea Rigoni


Partner
Deloitte
Italy

Andrea Rigoni has been working in the Cyber Security sector for more than 25 years. Andrea is Partner in Deloitte Risk Advisory. Andrea joined Deloitte after the acquisition of Intellium, where he was chairman and managing partner. Intellium, now Intellium-Deloitte is a company focus on Cyber Security strategy consulting for Governments and Critical Infrastructures. Andrea has also served the Italian Prime Minister Office in 2013 as Advisor on Cyber Security, where he developed the Italian Digital Identity Framework (SPID) and contributed to the National Cyber Security Strategy. He continues to support Italian government strategy on Cyber and he is advisor to many international organisations as United Nations and NATO. Andrea has an extensive experience in Cyber Security developed with Governments and Critical Infrastructures in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Andrea is also Member of the Board of CESPI (Centre for International Politic Studies – Rome).

Andrea is working for NATO as advisor on Cyber Defence: he is co-director of the newly established Cyber Defence Centre in Tbilisi (Georgia), born as a regional initiative to enhance defence of governments and critical infrastructures.

Andrea also leads various initiatives with United Nations, in particular he is working on the National Cyber Security Strategy initiative, a UN Project to help countries developing and improving their national strategies. Furthermore, Andrea is involved in the organisation of regional Cyber Drills, special exercises where government units are trained to manage national cyber-attacks.

From 2010 to 2014, Andrea has been Director General of the “Global Cyber Security Centre”GCSEC, a no-profit Foundation based in Rome dedicated to Cyber Security (International Policy & Cooperation, Education and Research). Andrea served as a member of International Advisory Board at ISACA and served the ICANN review team of the Security, Stability and Resilience of the DNS. Andrea is also working as an independent advisor to many International Organisations and Governments on Cyber Security, including NATO, European Commission, African Union and United Nations/International Telecommunication Union. Andrea is also member of the Council for United States and Italy.

In the past, Andrea worked at Poste Italiane as Director of eCommerce and eIdentity, at Booz & Company as a Senior Associate leading Cyber Security projects in Europe and Middle East and providing independent consultancy to National Governments, International Institutions and Critical Infrastructures. He also worked for Symantec in UK and Middle East and Getronics/Olivetti.

Andrea is co-author of the Book “Computer Network Defence: new Threats and Trends” edited by Melissa Hathaway and published by NATO press in 2014.

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

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. 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)

Mr. Jeongmin Seong


Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
McKinsey & Company

Jeongmin Seong is a Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company’s business and economics research arm. He leads MGI research teams in China, working on global as well as China-focused themes. Jeongmin’s recent research has focused on technology, innovation and China’s economic transition. He has co-authored several MGI reports and discussion papers.

Prior to joining MGI, Jeongmin worked with companies around the world focusing on consumer facing industries including consumer electronics, retail, and automotive as an associate partner at McKinsey’s Greater China office. Jeongmin also led McKinsey’s emerging market growth service line.

Prior to joining McKinsey Shanghai office, Jeongmin worked as a product marketing manager at Dell China. Jeongmin is a graduate of Harvard Business School where hereceived his MBA degree.

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

Dr. Ahmad Reza Sharafat


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tarbiat Modares University
Iran

Ahmad Reza Sharafat is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran; the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Iran; a Member of the Iranian Academy of Sciences; the Chairman of ITU-D Study Group 2; a Vice-Chairman of Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG); a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Research Institute for Communications and Information Technology; editor of the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks, and editor of Scientia Iranica.

Prior to his present responsibilities, he has held numerous senior technical and managerial positions in various entities related to ICT, focusing on policies and directions for developing telecommunications networks and infrastructure, and also provisioning of new services in Iran. He has published more than 150 papers in refereed scholarly journals and professional international conferences. He received his B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. degrees both from Stanford University, Stanford, California, all in Electrical Engineering in 1975, 1976, and 1981, respectively. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Sigma Xi.

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

Mr. R. S. Sharma


High Level Adviser for the Digital Identity Road Map/Toolkit
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)

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 (Panelist)

Mr. Rob Shuter


Group President & CEO
MTN Management Services
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.

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

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), The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Ravi Suchak


VP, Public Affairs - EMEA
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 Economic and Political Science.

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

Ms. Aniko Szigetvari


Head - Telecom, Media & Technology Group
International Finance Corporation
USA

Aniko Szigetvari leads IFC’s investments in the Telecommunication, Media & Technology sector globally. Aniko has over 16 years of emerging markets principal investing and financing experience primarily in Africa, Latin America and East Asia. Prior tojoining IFC, she worked for DHL and Kraft Foods. Aniko sits on the board of IHS Holdings Limited and is an LPAC member of Convergence Partners Communication Infrastructure Fund. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  

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

Ms. Vyjayanti T. Desai


Program Manager, Identification for Development (ID4D)
World Bank
USA

Vyjayanti Desai is the Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D), a global, multi-sectoral initiativeof the World Bank Group. To enable access to services and rights for all, ID4D will support progress towards identification systems using 21st century solutions.

Prior to joining the ID4D program, Vyjayanti was Lead Private Sector Development Specialist with the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. She joined the World Bank Group in 2000 and spent time working on World Bank lending and IFC advisory programs in Africa, East Asia and South Asia as well as in global roles. Within the WBG, she has shaped many cross-departmental and Bank-IFC programs, actively working to develop a unified agenda and designing integrated multi-sectoral solutions on a range of topics. She managed a global team focused on private participation in infrastructure and social sectors in investment climate and led several joint Bank-IFC multi-sectoral engagements on topics of small and medium enterprise development (SME), competitiveness, investment climate policy and regulatory reforms, and access to finance.

Vyjayanti has a MBA in Finance fromWharton, Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and BA in International Relations from University of Pennsylvania.

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

Mr. Jean Claude Tshipama


CEO Broadband Africa
Konnect Africa
United Kingdom

Jean-Claude Tshipama leads Konnect Africa in its mission to provide internet connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa with state-of-the-art satellite broadband solutions. Jean-Claude manages the technical deployment and strategic business development of Konnect Africa.
Jean-Claude has over 16 years’ experience in telecommunications, computer and Pay TV industries’. He has workedextensively in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, and Distribution across Africa, Europe, North America, and the Pacific region.
Prior to joining the Konnect Africa Team Jean-Claude acted as Chief Executive Officer of Zympala Inc. Canada and Non-Executive Board Director of Equity Bank in Kenya. He has previously held the position of Managing Director at Canal+ RDC (Canal+ subsidiaryin the Democratic Republic of Congo). He has also worked as the Commercial Manager at Celtel in Africa, Head of Sales and Distribution for nineteen countries in Africa at Microsoft Corporation and Head of Sales and Distribution at Digicel in the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
As the African region is on track to become a world-leading tech hub, Jean-Claude and his team at Konnect Africa are committed to enabling further social and economic development by providing internet connectivity services and solutions.
Led by Jean-Claude’s vision, Konnect Africa works in close collaboration with local African partners to provide fast and reliable broadband, offering affordable solutions designed specifically for sub-Saharan Africa. Services are available in both urban and rural locations to all types of users including consumers, businesses, and governments. Konnect Africa is a Eutelsat initiative and isbacked by their global position and 40 years of experience operating satellites.
Jean-Claude graduated from McGill University and HEC-Montreal in Canada for his MBA and also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Protestant University in Congo. He is multi-lingual and is fluent in French and English.

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

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

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. Terry Wilson


Director of Outreach, UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Global Cyber Alliance
United Kingdom

The Global Cyber Alliance is an international, cross sector, not for profit organisation dedicated to confronting systemic cyber risks and improving our connected world. It is a catalyst to bring communities of interest and affiliations together, in an environment that sparks innovation with concrete, measurable achievements.

Terry Wilson joined the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) in September 2017 as its Director of Outreach for the EMEA, bringing more than 8 years’ of experience in cyber crime investigation and prevention and 32 years operational and strategic policing.

Prior tojoining GCA, Terry held the position of National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) cyber crime programme lead for four years, working directly with the national policing lead. During this time, he designed, created and implemented the UK’s policing response to cyber crime.

Terry began his career with the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986. He spent most of hiscareer as a detective. Specialist postings with MPS included the South East Regional Crime Squad, MPS Anti-Corruption Command, and Serious and Organised Crime Group - Flying Squad - where he specialised in Armed Robbery investigation at ascending ranks from Detective Sergeant to Detective Superintendent, as well as performing more conventional borough-based roles in those ranks.

From 2009 to 2013, Terry held the post of operational lead for the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) that was responsible for delivering timely response to serious cyber crime incidents through a public/private partnership initiative. During this time, he also led the cyber policing response to the 2012 London Olympics ensuring cyber safe and secure games.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strengthening collaboration in data protection (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 (Keynotespeaker), Opening Ceremony (Speaker)

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. 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)

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)