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Ms. Allana Abdullah


CEO
Bahaso
Indonesia

Allana started Bahaso with extraordinary vision to change the way young generations learn and adapt with globalization through communication E-learning technology. Currently pursuing her doctoral degree in entrepreneurship and innovation, Allana has been a serial entrepreneur in the startup industry with more than 5 years of experience in creating business ideas, developments, and investments.

Allana took her study further in Harvard University Division of Continuing Education. She is certified for participating in profesional development program in “Innovation and Strategies & Strategies For Leading Change Initatives”. This experience makes Allana a forward thinking and a risk taking entrepreneur.

Allana’s vision through Bahaso is to reduce language barriesseldom hinder people to reach higher in career and life. With this in mind, Bahaso is now in over 500 schools in the rural areas ofIndonesia and growing.

Allana strongly believes Indonesia as the 4th biggest country in the world should have a standardized education and opportunity for information.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (Panelist)

Mr. Serge Abiteboul


Executive Board Member
Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)
France

Director of Research in computer sciences at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and at Inria (the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics), Serge ABITEBOUL has a PhD from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate (thèse d'État) from the Université de Paris-Sud. His work on data, information and knowledge management - notably on the internet - and his theories on databases earned him membership in the Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in the Academy of Europe in 2011.

He is also a lecturer at the École Polytechnique and guest lecturer at Stanford and Oxford University. In 2011, he was appointed to the Collège de France Research Chair in computer and digital sciences. In 2013, he joined the French Digital Council, chaired by Benoît Thieulin, and that same year became President of the Scientific Advisory Board on the Information Society in France. He as been the chairman of the Fondation Blaise Pascal Strategic Council since 2017.

The author of numerous publications on data and algorithms, as well as a novelist, Serge ABITEBOUL is the editor and founder of Blog binaire. He was the curator of the Terra Data exhibition at the Cité des sciences in 2017 and 2018.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (Panelist)

Ms. Nadia Abouayoub


Strategist and Improvement Lead
British Computer Society
United Kingdom

Nadia Abouayoub is a member of the British Computer Society’s (B.C.S.) Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group Committee (S.G.A.I.) and the B.C.S. Women’s Group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She has an MSc. in Computing and DESS in A.I. and Databases from the University of Dijon, and an MSc. in Formal Methods and the Security of Systems from Royal Holloway, University of London.

She had been a member of several committees aiming to empower youth and women, most especially in the financeand new technology sectors. One such initiative saw her organise a VISIO conference with NASA for the World Youth Congress in 2004 to enable participants experience the intricacies of robot navigation and the exploration of Mars. She is a member of the Expert Digital Panel for the IET ( Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK).

She is a panel member for one of the UK university Industry/ Academy panel, which aims is to advise on the skills required for the future workforce. She is the organiser of the International Machine Intelligence Competition, run by the S.G.A.I.; and has organised several workshops and lectures aimed at educating the general public about Artificial Intelligence.

She has a personal interest in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for which she has organised many volunteer workshops. She wrote articles focusing on the impact of AI in the financial sector. She launched her graduate career with JP Morgan and has accrued more than 15 years’ experience within the investment banking sector in such fields as Risk Management, Product Control and Technology in Trading Applications. She is currently a Strategist and Improvement Lead.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Moderator), AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Mr. Herson Abreu


Customer Care Manager, Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC)
UNICEF
Hungary

Herson Abreu is the Customer Care Manager at the UNICEF Global Shared Service Center(GSSC) in Budapest, effectively leading a team of highly professional staff in providing world class services to all UNICEF staff on queries related to IT services, as well as services provided by GSSC on HR and Payroll, Finance and Master Record Management. This function includes driving process improvement and automation to achieve efficiency in different processes used by the organization globally, and reducing the Enterprise Risk inareas of Identity and access management.

A seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of experience working on system analysis and design; emergency telecoms; project management; and IT service support.

He has worked at national and internationallevels with non-Governmental organizations, Universities and United Nations.

A certified ICT Emergency Responder, he led a successful mission as Regional Chief of ICT working with the UN Mission to the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Guinea in 2015, coordinating the installation of ICT infrastructure and IT service provision to all staff in the mission.

Herson hold a bachelor’s degree as Computer Science Engineer and a master’s on Leading Innovation and Change. He also hold certificates onProject Management (PRINCE2) and ITSM practitioner in Service Level Management. His peers and colleagues refer to him as a natural leader who brings the team together to achieve results, working effectively with business process analysis and data gathering.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Mr. Dilli ram Adhikari


Managing Director
Nepal Telecom (Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited)
Nepal

17 years experience in Telecommunications industries. B.E. in Electronics and communication Engineering and Masters degree in Information and communication Engineering.

Since, last 7 month, Managing director of Nepal Telecom, a state owned company. Before taking the top responsibility, Mr Adhikari worked in different departments of the company, keeping a focus on Telecom business and new emerging technologies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Mr. Majid mohamed Al madhloum


Senior Manager Center of Digital Innovation “CoDI”
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
United Arab Emirates
As the director of CoDI, a digital transformation enabling hub and R&D center, Majid brings engineering experience and a broad strategic and business insights to this position. His role includes developing innovative initiatives aiming to build capacities across UAE and the region, building partnerships with leading tech and academic industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Hamad Al mansoori


Director-General
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
United Arab Emirates

H. E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori is currently the Director General of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), mandated by Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 and its amendments to regulate the telecommunications sector in the UAE and to ensure fair competitiveness environment in the UAE’s market. Al Mansoori is holding this position since the beginning of 2015, as per the Federal Law by Decree No. 14. Moreover, he is a member of the high-level Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which is one of the joint committees between the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UNESCO and is concerned with the worldwide achievement of goals related to digital development.

Since July 2015, Al Mansoori has been the Chairman of Board of Directors ofMohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, the first of its kind in the region, established to achieve the UAE’s leading position among major countries in space science by 2021. H. E.’s appointment for this position is another great addition to a career full of expertise,achievements and outstanding contribution in the management of numerous strategic projects at local and national levels. Previously, Al Mansoori held the position of Director General of the UAE mGovernment since April 2014, in addition to being the Deputy Director General for Information and eGovernment Sector at TRA from May 2013 to 2015. He contributed towards the management and implementation of several important national projects and initiatives, which played a major role in the provision of various eServices to the customers of different government entities and enhancement of the UAE’s position locally and globally in this field. Al Mansoori is amongst the eminent Emirati figures who is endowed with the trust of the wise leadership and which is illustrated in the nature of responsibilities entrusted to him.

Throughout his career, Al Mansoori has held several advisory positions with many governmententities. He was Advisor to the General Commander of Dubai Police for IT Affairs, Technical Advisor to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Advisor to the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation for IT Affairs. He was also the Advisor to DubaiGovernment Public Prosecution for IT affairs from 2008 to 2010. Moreover, Al Mansoori is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), Board Member of Emaratech for Technology solutions, Member of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Council, Member of the UAE Fourth Industrial Revolution Council. He Held other prominent national positions such as Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program Pilot Project and UAE Portals’ Programs Manager. In addition, he was a member of the Supreme Committee for Information Systems in the Ministry of Labour where he headed the eLinking projectalong with many other national projects.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Keynotespeaker)

Ms. Ghaida Alanazi


Digital Education Lead
National Digital Transformation Unit
Saudi Arabia

Ghaida Alanazi is the digital education lead in the National Digital Transformation Unit in Saudi Arabia.

In NDU, she works collaboratively with the ministry of education, universities, and vision realization programs to join governmental efforts in digital transformation. Ghaida believes that digital transformation can bring about unprecedented value to the education system. She has worked on building the blueprint for digital education that will be the foundation for the digital education strategy. Ghaida hasa background in Computer Science and has worked on Saudi labor market research.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Panelist)

Mr. Saleem Alblooshi


Chief Technology Officer
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC
United Arab Emirates

Saleem AlBlooshi joined du in 2008, filling a range of roles before assuming his current position in November 2017, where he heads the Infrastructure division within EITC, which consolidates all infrastructure, network and data centre operations under the EITCumbrella. With 23 years of experience in Business and Telecom and records of success in delivering first-rate technology, customer experience, and business solutions, he is a skilled and ambitious leader with a range of skills and business competencies in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

Saleem began his career in 1995 after graduating from the College of Engineering at Khalifa University in Sharjah. Prior to joining du, he worked at the Etisalat Head Offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for 13 years, in various managerial roles, before moving to SmartWorld as the Chief Technology Officer until August 2008. Saleem joined du as Senior Vice President of Technology and Wholesale Operations, and held Executive Vice President positions in several departments before being appointed to his current role as Chief Infrastructure Officer.

In his time at du, Saleem has built one of the first IMS infrastructures in the region, accelerated the rollout of du’s mobile and fixed network nationwide, represented the company in all government and smart initiatives, led an array of successful efficiency initiatives, and helped build a culture of continuous improvement and strong leadership throughout the organisation, among many other significant accomplishments.

Saleem holds a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering from Khalifa University, and has completed executive leadership programs with both Etisalat and du.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), 5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Ms. Mary Alcantara


Head of Startups
MKB Fintechlab
Hungary

Mary Alcantara has been a key player in the Hungarian startup ecosystem for the last 7 years.

She is a founding partnerof tandemLEAP, a business management company with offices in Budapest and New York City.

With a background in business development and management consulting, Mary helps launch and promote Hungarian startups and tech companies to international markets.

She has consulted and mentored for many of Budapest's leading incubation and accelerator programs, including the Hungarian government's INPUT Program, and is a founding member of the Hungarian Business Angel Network.

Mary currently serves as Deputy Managing Director at MKB Fintechlab, Hungary's first fintech investor and innovation lab.

She is passionate about open innovation, building ecosystems, and helping corporates create superior experiences for their customers.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Panelist)

Mr. Enrique Alvarado hablutzel


Fund Manager
Bamboo Capital Partners
Switzerland

An early enthusiast of Blockchain technologies and Crypto asset management, Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel is a fund manager at Bamboo Capital Partners.

Passionate about impact entrepreneurship and innovation, Enrique worked as Strategy and Business Development manager at Impact hub Geneva and Lausanne. His main focus was the financial development of the Accelerate2030 – a multi-stakeholder program co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and UNDP in 2016 which aims at identifying ventures with tested and scale-ready solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, Accelerate2030 is implemented in 19 developing and emerging economies, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. It involves over 1 million people and more than 500 entrepreneurs worldwide.

His strong interest in entrepreneurship also led him to work at SeedStars – a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. In his role of regional manager for Latin America, he initiated the “Seedstars Connect program”, a soft landing program for entrepreneurs of Latin America, supported by the INADEM and Startup Mexico.

Prior to that, he was part of Virgin Group’s strategic management and corporate development team, working on the business analysis, M&A and financial modeling in different industries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Enrique holds a Master Degree in Management and Corporate strategy (HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne) with a specialization in Innovation and Technology (EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). He also holds a Bachelor degree in International Business, Trade, and Commerce (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico). He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SME Workshop: Impact Investing and blended finance (Speaker)

Mr. Antonio Amendola


Executive Director International External Affairs
AT&T Global Networks Services Belgium SPRL - Branch
Belgium

Antonio Amendola, Executive Director of International External Affairs for AT&T is based in Brussels, Mr Amendola represents theinterests of AT&T with European government officials, the EU Institutions, key industry associations and civil society groups on EUand international matters in the telecommunications, media, technology, and digital media industries.

Mr Amendola joined AT&T from the Italian Government where he acted as senior advisor to the Secretary of State of Economic Development. In this role, he led a team of communications experts in preparation for the Italian Presidency of the EU Council (from July 2014). In addition, MrAmendola was a member of the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN and Chair of an inter-ministerial Committee on internet domain name issues.

Prior to this Mr Amendola spent 15 years at AGCOM, the Italian Communication Authority, where he held several roles including senior advisor to the executive leadership on policy, media regulation and regulatory matters. In this capacity he participated in negotiations with the European Parliament and Commission as a Seconded National Expert. He also acted as vice chair of ENISA's international Group of Experts for Internet Security Regulation.

Mr Amendola is a law graduate from Bari Law School and has lectured at Rome University's Faculty of Communication Science.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G: the state of play (Panelist)

Mr. Stefano Ammirati


Director for Road Safety & Global Advocacy
FIA
France

Jonathan Baker is the Regional Advisor for Science and Head of the Science Unit at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture for Europe, where he is responsible for UNESCO activities in science technology and innovation, integrated water resources management, sustainable development through UNESCO sites, as well as climate change and disaster risk reduction. He has 18 years of experience working for UNESCO in the Natural Sciences, both at headquarters and in the field.
From 2003 to 2006, he served within the International Hydrological Programme in Paris. From 2006 to 2009 he was attaché de cabinet and focal point for Natural Sciences, strategic planning and decentralization, inter alia, in the office of the Director-General of UNESCO.
From 2009 to 2014 at UNESCO’s sub-regional office for Central America and Mexico in San Jose, Costa Rica, he managed UNESCO's sciences programmes, notably in the areas of biosphere reserves, water, science, technology and innovation and disaster risk reduction. From 2015 to 2018, at the Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was responsible for coordinating the Man and the Biosphere programme as well as disaster risk reduction activities in the region.
Mr Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. Alin claudiu Apostu


Project Manager
Romanian Business Leaders
Romania

Alin-Claudiu Apostu is serving the global community in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneur and investor at heart, he strongly believes in a happy and sustainable world. He coordinates a national program in Romania called “I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to promote the entrepreneurial mindset among young people and create local communities of young entrepreneurs. Recently he started another program on top of “I want to be an entrepreneur” which aims to help companies innovate with the help of youngsters.

Insights helps companies innovate by solving real business problems with the help of a nationwide community of creative and entrepreneurial high-school students. This initiative as well as assisting companies give young students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and business acumen while learning new skills.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Dr. René Arnold


Head of Department Markets and Perspectives
WIK
Germany

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Ms. Marta Arsovska tomovska


Director for PAR/Advisor for IT and Entrepreneurship
Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia
Republic of Serbia

Marta Arsovska Tomovska is an international expert for digital innovation and а Former Minister for ICT and public administration in the Macedonian Government (2011 – 2017). She currently serves as an Advisor the Serbian Prime Minister for PAR and digitalization.

Arsovska Tomovska is a member of the Management Board and the Grand Jury of the World Summit Awards, member of the Steering Committee of the Emerging Europe’s Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology, member of Hera’s Advisory Board, advisor to the Macedonian Economic Chamber and a representative of Match-Maker Ventures. Certified to build national digital innovation ecosystems, in the past few years she worked with ITU’s Innovation Team on preparation of several Digital Innovation Profiles. During her 15-years career in the private sector, she leaded several prominent ICT companies, including the first Macedonian InternetService Provider.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Panelist)

Mr. Salem Avan


Director, Policy, Governance, and Strategy Division
United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology
USA

Salem Avan is the Director of Policy Strategy & Governance Division for ICT at United Nations Headquarters, with oversight of strategy and leadership of cybersecurity, data analytics, and frontier technology innovations.

He is also Director of Strategy of the emerging network of United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL). The first UNTIL Lab was established in Finland in 2018. These Labs have been created as separate from ICT to further advance the UN’s work at the intersection of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, and collective intelligence to help accelerate the 2030 Agenda. In creating the UNTIL network his goal has been to bring together the UN with entrepreneurs, social and data scientists, Member States, and the private sectorto articulate, design, and develop solutions to the world’s most wicked social challenges.

Prior to this position, Salem was responsible for information technology at the UN, including creating peace-tech innovations for Peacekeeping Operations, the largest department of the United Nations. He joined UN Peacekeeping in 1994 during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Since then has served in frontline leadership positions in over a dozen Peacekeeping Missions. His career also includes leading significant technology projects with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. A national of the UK, he has an advanced degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker), Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist)

Mr. Mohamed Ba


Head of Innovation Division
ITU - BDT (ITU-D)
United Nations

Moe Ba is an ecosystem builder and leads the ITU Innovation programme for the Telecommunication Development Sector of the ITU.

His role is to help strengthen ITU Membership capacity to accelerate digital transformation. His passion is to help communities unlock their potentials through stakeholder empowerment and connecting opportunities to resources.

Prior to joining ITU,Mr. Ba spent several years in the private sector including working in Silicon Valley and internationally. He is an expert on innovation policy and the development of platforms focused on innovation, ICT and telecommunication.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Moderator)

Mr. Bocar a. Ba


Chief Executive Officer
SAMENA Telecommunications Council FZ LLC
United Arab Emirates

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

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

BA is a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and he serves as the chair of the ITU's Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers Meeting (“CRO”). Mr. BA is director and member of the board of several companies, active in the areas of investment, technology, management, and consultancy services. He is actively involved in the privatization processes in the MEA region and drives various investment projects, with the aim to linking new development opportunities in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Panelist), Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (Panelist), 5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Speaker), Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

Mr. Davit Babayan


Head of Extension and Science department
Ministry of Economy
Armenia

Davit Babayan did his bachelors and master degrees in Armenian State Agrarian University in agricultural economics and marketing, in 2008. Afterwards, he moved to Slovak University of Agriculture and completed PhD in Business Economics and Management. He is anauthor of more than twenty articles in the field of agriculture and agriculture economics, author of one monograph on project management.

His work experience is dedicated to agriculture. Starting from 2008, he worked in different international supporting agency projects such as Millennium Challenge Corporation and European Union. Starting from beginning of 2017, he started to work as an advisor to Minister in Ministry of Agriculture. In the mid of 2017 he moved to Agriculture Development Foundation as a head of Extension Directorate. From spring 2019, he works as a head of extension and science department of Ministry of Agriculture later Ministry of Economy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Panelist)

Mr. Uwe Baeder


Director, International Relations
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Germany

Uwe Baeder studied physics and electrical engineering and holds a physics diploma from the University of Kaiserslautern. He joined Rohde & Schwarz in 2000 as standards engineer for radio communication tester and represented Rohde & Schwarz in various international standardization groups for wireless communications. His interest was especially focused in the standardization of IMT systems within the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). He is now Director of International Relations ITU/UN and acts for Rohde & Schwarz towards these institutions in general.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Innocent Bagamba muhizi


Chief Executive Officer
Rwanda Information Society Authority
Rwanda

Innocent Muhizi has been CEO of the Rwandan Information Society Authority (RISA) since 2016.

In mid-2017, RISA took overresponsibility for the government’s digitalization programme from the Rwandan Development Board as the country strives to be an ICTmodel nation in Africa. Innocent is now in charge of e-government, ICT skills development, cyber security, new technology adoption and ICT infrastructure development.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist), From local to global innovation: The role of start-ups in standardization and market orientation for emerging technologies (Panelist)

Mr. Kalvin Bahia


Principal Economist
GSMA
United Kingdom

Kalvin Bahia is a Principal Economist at GSMA Intelligence, where he is responsible for producing economic and statistical analysis on regulation, competition, spectrum and development topics. Since 2016, he has led the delivery of the GSMA’s Mobile Industry SDG Impact Report and the Mobile Connectivity Index, engaging with a number of international organisations such as the UN and the World Bank. Before joining the GSMA, Kalvin worked as a competition and regulatory economist at the UK telecoms regulator (Ofcom) and before that at the UK competition authority (Competition Commission). He has also previously worked as a development economist in the private sector, with long-term project experience in Vietnam, Fiji and Rwanda.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Keynotespeaker)

Ms. Assia Bahri


Regulations Leading Manager
Sigfox
France

Speaking at the following sessions:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Panelist)

Mr. Jonathan Baker


Head of Science unit
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and C ulture in Europe
Italy

Jonathan Baker is the Regional Advisor for Science and Head of the Science Unit at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences and Culture for Europe, where he is responsible for UNESCO activities in science technology and innovation, integrated water resources management, sustainable development through UNESCO sites, as well as climate change and disaster risk reduction. He has 18 years of experience working for UNESCO in the Natural Sciences, both at headquarters and in the field.
From 2003 to 2006, he served within the International Hydrological Programme in Paris. From 2006 to 2009 he was attaché de cabinet and focal point for Natural Sciences, strategic planning and decentralization, inter alia, in the office of the Director-General of UNESCO.
From 2009 to 2014 at UNESCO’s sub-regional office for Central America and Mexico in San Jose, Costa Rica, he managed UNESCO's sciences programmes, notably in the areas of biosphere reserves, water, science, technology and innovation and disaster risk reduction. From 2015 to 2018, at the Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was responsible for coordinating the Man and the Biosphere programme as well as disaster risk reduction activities in the region.
Mr Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Mr. Bryn Balcombe


CSO, Roborace and Director
ADA Innovation Lab Limited
United Kingdom

Bryn Balcombe is the Chief Strategy Officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers, designed to accelerate the research and development of Vehicle Intelligence and human machine interfaces required for transportation of the future. Hisprevious experience comes from Formula One where he architected and patented vehicle to infrastructure communication systems and developed the F1 Group’s first global media network. He has also consulted on technology strategy for organisations including the BBC and McCann Worldgroup and has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering & Vehicle Design.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. László Balogh


Deputy State Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Hungary

Mr. László Balogh is Deputy State Secretary, responsible for Financial Policy Affairs at the Ministry of Finance (January 2014- ). He is member both in the EU and the OECD Economic Policy Committees, and the Financial Stability Board’s Regional Group in Europe. In addition, since 2018 he is member of the EIB (European Investment Bank) Audit Committee.

For more than 3 years he wasVice President at the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority (HFSA) responsible for Supervisory Policy, Financial Regulation andFinancial Consumer Policy, (2010-2013). He also had a supervisory background from an earlier time, then he was Managing Director atthe HFSA, between 2000 and 2004.

He spent more than five years at Magyar Nemzeti Bank (central bank of Hungary) as SeniorAdvisor in International Affairs (2005-2010), dealing mostly with EU, IMF and payment system issues. Back in 2001 he was GovernmentCommissioner for Anti Money Laundering (AML) Policy, to lead and coordinate the reform of the Hungarian AML regime (2001-2003).

He spent most of the 1990’s in Paris first as Minister Plenipotentiary, Negotiator in Chief for Hungary’s OECD Accession, (1994-1996) and later as Ambassador, Hungary’s first Permanent Representative to the OECD, (1996-1999).

He has written intoa number of books and publications, among others:

  • • Aligning Financial Supervisory Structures with Country Needs, World Bank, Washington D.C, 2004, (Author of one chapter)
  • • Handbook of Central Banking and Financial Authorities in Europe, London 2005, (Author of one chapter)
  • • Magyarország 20 éve az OECD-ben (Hungary’s Twenty years in the OECD) Budapest, 2016. (co-author)
  • • Pénzügyi kultúra (Financial Literacy) Miskolc, 2018, (One chapter)
  • • Devizahitelezés Magyarországon (Foreign Exchange Loans in Hungary) Budapest 2019, (Author of the introductory chapter)

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist)

Mr. David Banes


Director
David Banes Access and Inclusion Service
United Kingdom

David Banes is the founder and director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services having previously led assistive technology services in Europe and the Middle East. He now works across the globe including projects in Africa and South East Asia to support access from policy to practice, based upon a model of the AT ecosystem to support implementation.

Recent projects include developing a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for investment in assistive technology, whilst supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market. He has a special interest in emerging technologies and the impact upon the lives of people with a disability.

He was appointed as researcher to the ALL Institute at the University of Maynooth exploring provision and market shaping in Kenya, whilst working in the middle east to support provision of Assistive Technology. In 2018 he completed a benchmarking study across five countries identifying key issues in provision of AT and recently completed a study on using technology to support literacy for emerging readers with a disability in low-and-medium income countries. 

David supports those working in assistive technology through a series of publications and resources, under open licence including the weekly Access and Inclusion through technology and monthly Global Symbols newsletters, and the recently launched Three Minute thought videocasts on AT and “Voices”a magazine format dedicated to the thoughts and opinions of disabled people. 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Mr. Junaid Basir


Head of Mobile Agriculture
Telenor Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd.
Pakistan

Junaid Basir is head of mobile agriculture for Telenor Pakistan.

Despite being an agricultural country, Pakistan still needs nurturing innovation capacity and best practices to leverage the opportunities farming and agriculture have to offer. Telenor Pakistan, a mobile operator and digital services provider, launched Mobile Agriculture services. These services aim at fostering an open innovation ecosystem whereby partnerships are created between Telenor’s Mobile Agriculture service and tech start-ups to co-create and build innovative disruptive solutions together to address the needs of Pakistan’s rural based farmers.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Dr. Andrea Bausz


Head of Core Network Design Centre
Magyar Telekom Plc.
Hungary

Andrea Bausz is Head of Core Network Design in Network Technology at Magyar Telekom Plc, the Hungarian member company of Deutsche Telekom Group. She is responsible for the solution design of new products, for the architecture design of core networks for voice and mobile data, and for the introduction of new technologies. Previously, she was Director of Logistics at UPC Hungary, a Liberty Global company.

Andrea has over 20 years of experience working in telecommunications, on the network operator side. She has a wide practice in elaboration and implementation of the company level technology strategy, in project and partner management, and in process and system improvement. She holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctorate degree from the Budapest University of Technology & Economics.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities (Panelist)

Mr. Liam Benham


VP of Government and Regulatory Relations
IBM Eruope
Belgium

Liam leads government affairs activities for IBM in Europe, including relationships with the European Union institutions in Brussels and national governments across the continent. He leads a team of more than 25 government affairs professionals.

Key areas of focus include AI, privacy, cyber security, digitization of industry, intellectual property, trade policy, workforce flexibility and pensions, digital skills, taxation and the creation of a Digital Single Market in the EU.

Liam joined IBM in February2012, having spent 15 years in senior government relations positions at Ford Motor Company, based in the UK, Brussels and Asia Pacific.

He is Vice Chair of the BusinessEurope Digital Economy Taskforce and has served as a Board Member of the American Chambers of Commerce in the EU and Thailand, as well a Board Member of DIGITALEUROPE.

Liam holds a Degree in Politics from the University of Bristol, in the UK. He resides in Tervuren, Belgium, with his wife and three children.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI for ALL? Building on a global ecosystem to boost societal and economic potentials (Panelist)

Mr. Balazs Bertenyi


Chairman
3GPP
Hungary

Balazs joined Nokia in 1998 and started to work on circuit switched mobile switching. In 1999 he joined the research group on IPMultimedia and has led various strategic projects for Nokia and then for Nokia Siemens Networks on Core Network architecture and standards.

He started working in 3GPP standardization in 2001, leading the Nokia and later the Nokia Siemens Networks delegation in the architecture group (SA2) of 3GPP. In 2007 he was elected as Chairman of the Architecture Working Group (SA2) in 3GPP, and served 2 consecutive terms until 2011.

In 2011 he was elected as Chairman of 3GPP Technical Specification Group Services and System Aspects (TSG-SA), has been re-elected in 2013, and has been serving as Chairman of this key standards group until March/2015.

With the start of 5G studies Balazs has moved to radio standardization, and has been a delegate in 3GPP RAN covering 5G topics for Nokia. He also led an internal 5G architecture program that drove Nokia’s standardization efforts.

In March/2017 Balazs was elected as Chairman of 3GPP RAN thereby taking a key global role in shaping 5G standards, and has been serving in this role since.

Mr. Balazs Bertenyi received an M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications in 1998 at theTechnical University of Budapest.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

H. E. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin salem al ruwais


Governor
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Keynotespeaker)

Dr. Abdur rahim Biswas


Project Director, WUZIUP
FBK Create-Net
Italy

Dr.-Ing. Abdur Rahim is the Managing Director of WAZIUP e.V. an international non-profit organization promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in developing countries for SDG 2030. He is also a research collaborator of the Open-IoT group in CREATE-NET, FBK, a public research organization in Trento, Italy. Dr. Rahim belongs to the board of ZIGPOS GmbH, a high-tech indoor localization company in Germany.

Being as well the project coordinator (as a part of FBK) of the H2020 WAZIHUB project Dr. Rahim works on to empower young entrepreneurship and to create IoT co-innovation hubs in 20 African countries. He is part of the steering committee member of CROWNCOM, a cognitive radio annual conference since 2009. Dr. Rahim is an external supervisor of PhD students in ACEIoT (African Center of Excellence IoT), University of Rwanda.

Dr. Rahim is a frequent international speaker in various summits, and conferences and workshops/ tutorials. Being a globe traveler he has visited more than 50 countries in the world. He has been working for more than 15 years in European projects (PULSERS I, PULSERS II, EUWB, C2Power, iCore, UNCAP, FiWARRE, i-locate, iKaaS, INTEGROIL, WAZIUP, WAZIHUB). He was the project manager of iCore, one of the pioneers and flag-ship IoT project in EU. He has been leading and involved in many activities like the leader of IERC AC8, Co-chair of SelfIoT, the management committee of COST-TERRA/COST IC0902.

Dr.-Ing Rahim received his PhD degree in 2009 from Technical University Dresden, Germany, MSc from the University of Gavel, Sweden, and BSc from RUET, Bangladesh. His research interests include IoT Technologies and architectures, 5G, edge computing, big data technologies, IoT networking, Artificial intelligence. He published more than 70 papers on International conferences and journals as well as one book and several book chapters.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities (Panelist), From local to global innovation: The role of start-ups in standardization and market orientation for emerging technologies (Panelist)

Mr. Rik Bleeker


CSR Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe North
Cisco Systems
Netherlands

As CSR Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe North at Cisco Systems, Rik is responsible for implementing Corporate Social Responsibility policies with a focus on digital entrepreneurship, digital literacy and ICT training.

The Cisco Networking Academy,Cisco’s flagship program, equips more than 2.1 million students and job seekers per year in the 180 countries where the program operates.

Within the Benelux the Netherlands and Luxembourg participate in the Country Digitization Acceleration (CDA) Program, as special Cisco program, accelerating the digitization of infrastructure, healthcare, security and education, offering the digital skills required to succeed in today’s connected economy.

Rik represented Cisco on several EU-projects, of which the latest is participating in building the 2030 EU Vision on Skills for Smart Industrial Specialisation and Digital Transformation. Cisco’s Networking Academy Program has been awarded as a best practice in this project.

Previous to Cisco in 2016, Rik built his experience in different leadership roles being the Director of the Amsterdam Knowledge Network Foundation and General Manager ExternalAffairs of the Amsterdam Economic Board.

Rik was head HR of the Chamber of Commerce Amsterdam, working on topics like education and employability. As an education background, Rik holds a MA Organizational Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and a BSHuman Resources at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (Panelist)

Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin


Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on the 1st of November 2018. She took office on the 1st of January 2019.

She is a strategic leader with more than 25 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.

From 2008-2018, Ms Bogdan-Martin led the Strategic Planning & Membership Department of 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 was responsible for the organization’s strategic planning processes, while also overseeing the organization’s Membership, Corporate Communications and External Affairs teams, the work of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and 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 aregular 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.

Ms Bogdan-Martin previously headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau and was responsible for the programmes on Regulatory Reform and Economics and Finance. Prior to joining ITU, she was a Telecommunications Policy Specialist in the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce. 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, currently serves as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group, Chair of the Academic Council for the Swiss Network for International Studies, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the UN Staff College. She is also an amateur radio operator. She is married with four children.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Moderator), ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (OpeningRemarks), 5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (OpeningRemarks), Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (OpeningRemarks), Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Gergo Budai


Deputy CEO
Vodafone Hungary
Hungary

Dr. Gergő J. Budai has been Director of External Affairs and Member of the Board at Vodafone Hungary since 2017.

As of May 1 2019 he is Vice Chairman of the Board. In addition to his business activities he is also the Curator of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation and the Ambassador of the Digital School Programe. Gergő graduated in law and started his career at an international law office.

In addition to Budapest, he also worked in Brussels and Washington. Following this, for a period of 5 years he was Board Member at Pfizer in Hungary and later also in Romania and the Czech Republic. After 2012 he held various positions at Invitel Group. He was Member of the Board and the Group’s General Deputy CEO. After the successful sale of the company, he joined Vodafone in September 2017.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Panelist)

Mr. Kristóf Bárdos


Co-founder, International Business Developer
GreenFox Academy
Hungary

At Green Fox Academy we teach future-proof skills for the tech-driven labor market. This is a university-size education center currently with two campuses in Prague and Budapest and growing. We mainly train career changers wanting to become junior developers, moreover, after completing the course, we also help our successful graduates find employment in the IT industry. By June 2019 more than 750 students had been admitted.

Earlier, I've spent over a decade in the tech startup scene, while I was founding andclosing startups, working for SMEs and corporations through my product development agency in 3 continents. I also co-founded an accelerator house to bring CEE startups to global markets.

Furthermore, I’m a co-founder of SocialFokus Foundation, which has conducted a comprehensive research on changes in the job market and the future of work. In recent years, I've turned my attention towards mentorship and project-based education and the social impact of the ventures.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Panelist)

Mr. Àkos Bòna


Director for International Affairs
The Digital Future Foundation
Hungary

Business Development, Strategy & Sales Executive. Telco-Media and Digital. One of the founders of the Digital Future Foundation.More than 15 years of management experience in the IT and telecom sector as well as in Non-Profit Organizations.

Besides being the former Digital Champion of Hungary, also a Member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and a former State Secretary responsible for Info-and Telecommunications. Main priorities are fostering Digital Innovation, incubating local digital projects to EU,West Balkans and Global level, creating and sharing local best practices and to constantly build the channels of Digital Education and Digital Literacy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist), Our place in Europe: expanding the Digital Agenda in the West Balkans (Moderator)

Mr. Christopher Clark


Head, Marketing and Partner Relations
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Chris Clark is a UN diplomat specializing in marketing, external relations and international public-private partnerships.

At ITU, the UN specialized agency for telecom/ICTs, he serves as the global Head of Marketing and Partner Relations, where he manages ITU's relationship with its 900+ member companies, universities and partners as well as publications marketing.

He is currently leading an integrated push into digital marketing and data analytics. Previously at ITU, he has held various roles relatedto membership, partnership development, sponsorships and fundraising.

Chris has served as a Policy Advisor in the CanadianPrime Minister’s Office and Senior Policy Advisor to the Industry Minister. He has also worked as a market analysis and business development manager for a global aerospace company, and as a policy analyst with an NGO.

He has an MBA specializing in international marketing and strategy, and an MA and BA in Public Policy and he completed post-graduate studies in sustainable business at Cambridge University in the UK.

A Canadian and Swiss national, Chris is also proficient in French and Spanish. Above all, Chris is a singer, songwriter and yoga enthusiast.

Speaking at the following sessions:
MSMEs in the Digital Agenda – The Case of Uganda (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Kamissa Camara


Ministre
Ministère de l'Economie numérique et de la Prospective
Mali

Ms. Luciana Camargos


Senior Director of Future Spectrum
GSMA
United Kingdom

Luciana Camargos is the GSMA’s Senior Director of Future Spectrum. She is responsible for the coordination and applicationof mobile industry positions on spectrum plans and is the manager of the future spectrum team, which looks after the GSMA’s WRC and ITU-R activity. She is also responsible for the GSMA’s Future Spectrum Group, the global committee of industry experts focused on future spectrum issues for mobile.

She is a specialist with long experience in mobile telecommunications and spectrum policy. In 2012, Luciana joined GSMA Brazil, after having worked in the UK for consulting firm Access Partnership from 2009.

Prior to this, Luciana worked at Brazilian regulator Anatel, in its Technical Advisory Unit on strategic spectrum planning. Luciana is still an active participant in Brazilian planning processes for spectrum and ITU activity and is active in shaping the future of mobile services at international fora such as the ITU, CITEL, CEPT and other multilateral organisations.

Luciana earned an MBA in telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist)

Mr. Jean manuel Canet


Vice Chairman ITU-T Study Group 5
Orange
France

Professor Hakima Chaouchi


Research Professor
Institut Mines-Télécom
France

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Zhaoxiong Chen


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

Dr. Chen Zhaoxiong was bom in September, 1961 in Putian, Fujian Province.

Education Background

– 1978.09-1982.09, studied in Nanjing University of Science and Technology in Computer Software major.

– 1982.09-1985.02, studied in the Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China majored in Computer Application major.

– 1985.03-1992.10, worked in Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)as a research fellow.

– 1989.03, graduated from Institute of Computing Technology in CAS with a PhD in Engineering.

Work Experience

– 1992.10-1997.07, worked as research fellow and the director of CAS Intelligent Machine Translation Research Centre.

– 1997.07-2001.11, worked as director in the CAS Computer Language Information Centre.

– 2001.11-2004.04, took the position of vice general manager in China Electronics Cooperation.

– 2004.04-2005.09, worked in China Great-wall Computer Group as the President.

– 2005.09-2007.01, worked in China Electronics Cooperation as General manager and the vice-Chair of board.

– 2007.12-2013.04, worked as the Vice-governor of Hunan province.

– 2013.04-2015.10, worked as the Executive Vice-governor in Hunan province.

– 2015.10, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Olivier Chiabodo


Founder and CEO
The Explorers
France

Mr. Olivier Chiabodo, is the Founder and CEO of “The Explorers”, an international Global media dedicated to the Archives of the planet earth’s in 4K/8K UHD, committed to production and shooting of documentary films which broadcasting in more than 15 countries,while producing editorial content for OTT channels and creation of a digital platform dedicated to the earth inventory.

Oliver created an endowment fund, FDB Save Your Logo, dedicated to the protection of endangered species in 2009. From 2005-2017, he was in charge of Adviser to the communication Manager on TF1, the first channel in Europe. He was also the Founder of an international Global media named NOE project, contributing to protection of The Planet Earth, form 2000-2005. Back to 1999, Mr. Chiabodo executive produced “Tonga 2000” (broadcasted live the 31st of December on “France 2”) as the Founder as well. At 1998, Oliver was the founder of“Les Carnets de Noe”, produced from an oceanographical ship, sailing all around the world. “Noe” draws up an inventory of the environmental problems. He cooperated with others working for an adventure game, “La Carte aux Tresors” broadcasted on “France 3” at 1996. During 1989 to 1990, he produced films of the Crossing of FORMOSE and LAPEROUSSE Detroits with a HOBIE CAT, broadcasted on “Antenne 2”. The film was nominated at the “Festival of Adventure film’’ in La Plagne and at “Les Victors de l’Aventure.

Mr. Olivier Chiabodo has a rich experience in radio and television host. He worked as a television host from 1994 to 2000, for 4 different TV programs broadcasted on well-known channel: weekly programs “Les Carnets de Noé” on ‘’ La Cinquième chaîne’’ during 1998 to 2000; weekly TV game “Intervilles” and daily program ”La Roue de la Fortune” on TF1, during 1995-1997; and weekly programme on TF1, “Le Trésor de Pago-Pago”. Back to Radio period, Mr. Oliver worked for Weekly chronicles about travelling for Patrick Roy’s programme on RMC.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Panelist), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Marcin Cichy


President
Office of Electronic Communications
Poland

Graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, collaborator at the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (CARS) of the University of Warsaw.

From 2005 to 2013, he worked for UKE and was responsible for the analysis and regulation of mobile services. As Director of the Department of Strategy and Market Analysis he was in charge of the ICT analytics and regulatory strategy underthe former heads of UKE.

From 2013 to 2016, regulatory expert at UPC Polska and collaborator of the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communication (PIKE).

In March 2016, he took the position of Director of the Analysis Bureau at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. He cooperated with the Council for Digitization and start-up.

In September 2016, appointed as President of the Office of Electronic Communications.

Between 2016-2018, member of the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR). Since 2016, representative of the Polish government on the Board of the International Organization of Space Communications "Intersputnik". In the years 2016-2018, representative of the Polish government in the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). Since 2018, member of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, operating within the UN framework. In 2019, Vice-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist), Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Dorina Cinari


Deputy Minister
Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy
Albania

Mrs. Dorina Çinari, is an Electronics Engineer graduated in 1993 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Tirana. She has an MBA from University of New york NY Tirana and IUKB Switzerland.

Mrs. Çinari has conducted prestigious training in the field of Good Governance of Natural Resources from Columbia University in NY, Global Energy and Sustainable Development from Houston University, Texas, and the International Leadership Program from the US State Department.

Mrs. Çinari is a Manager with long experience in energy and telecommunications and throughout her professional life has worked with the three sectors: the Private Sector, Government Sector as well as that of the Development Programs with International Institutions.

Mrs. Çinari covers the digital connectivity agenda with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist), Our place in Europe: expanding the Digital Agenda in the West Balkans (Panelist)

Mr. James gabriel Claude


Chief Executive Officer
Global Voice Group
Spain

Starting as a Network Operations Center manager for GVG in 2005, he rapidly worked his way up to assume the technical managementof many of the company’s projects for telecommunications regulatory authorities until his nomination as Chief Technology Officer in2012. He holds the position of CEO of the company since 2018.

Mr. Claude holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Boston University and a First Degree in Telematics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist)

Mr. Cesar Contreras gonzalez


Coordinator of Technological Development
Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Mexico

Throughout his career, Cesar Contreras has contributed to several projects pertaining to the application of information and communications technology in the public sector. He worked for the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in New York, where he advised on the definition and financing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during Member States' discussions. Moreover, he negotiated reform initiatives of the United Nations, including its revised ICT strategy.

In 2017, he joined the Underministry of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Mexico (SCT, by its acronym in Spanish), as an expert on economic analysis of public policies and projects in the telecom sector. He is currently focusing on the identification of new technologies and on the public policies required to promote digital transformation and inclusion in Mexico.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Ms. Isabelle Corbett


Head of Regulatory Affairs
R3
USA

Isabelle Corbett is the Head of Regulatory Affairs and Public Sector Partnerships at R3. As the head of R3’s leading global regulatory affairs strategy, she meets with regulators, central banks, and policy makers around the world. She helps shape the blockchain strategy of governments broadly as well as specific agencies within governments and is focused on deploying R3’s blockchain platform Corda in the public sector in collaboration with members of R3’s large partner network.

Immediately prior to joining R3, she was an attorney at the law firms of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Covington & Burling, where her practice focused on derivatives, counseling clients in a variety of regulatory, enforcement, and transactional matters. Prior to moving to a law firm, Isabelle worked at Delta Strategy Group, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm focused on securities and derivatives, where she advised clients on a variety of regulatory matters with particular focus on the rapidly changing regulatory and market structure landscape created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In that role, she advocated on behalf of clients at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and on Capitol Hill.

Isabelle received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, and her B.A. in international studies from the JohnsHopkins University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist)

Mr. Andras Csepinszky


‎Director of Advanced Automotive Technology
NNG
Hungary

András works as director of Advanced Automotive Technology at NNG since 2016. He is leading the Hungarian Mobility Platform’s Vehicle Localisation Working Group which operates under the umbrella of the Institute for Transport Sciences (KTI). He chairs the Traveller Information Services Association’s Content and Services Committee and is the convenor of its BusinessAnalysis Working Group. He is also Steering Committee member of the Navigation Data Standard Association. He is actively contributing to different other standardization organisations’ work such as ISO TC204, CEN TC278, SENSORIS, ADASIS, SAE ORAD. András is invited lecturer at the Budapest University Of Technology and Economics, Department of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics since 2014, co-author of a number of publications. Previously, András have worked as Project Manager at ERTICO ITS-Europe for more than 5 years in Brussels seconded by YGOMI Europe GmbH and as Partnership Manager, External Affairs, and Standardisation Manager at YGOMI. He is passionate of cooperative, connected and automated driving, smart and safe mobility, Mobility-as-a-Service and interested also in the legal and societal aspects of this new areas.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. Barnabás Csikós


Business Development Team Leader
INPUT Program
Hungary

Barnabás Csikós is the Business Development Team Leader of the INPUT Program. He has a background in finance and studied entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Previously he was working for a national-wide mentor program to support SMEs, managed ITproject implementations and worked as a business consultant. Right before joining INPUT Program he gained international startup experience by working at a Dutch startup.
Currently, he is combining all these experiences and helping Hungarian startups by identifying their biggest challenges and seeking solutions for them to foster international success stories.

Speaking at the following sessions:
MSMEs in the Digital Agenda – The Case of Uganda (Panelist)

Mr. Jacek Cukrowski


Chief, Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Austria

Mr. Jacek Cukrowski is a MSc in system engineering, PhD in computer science and a PhD in habilitation (i.e., a senior post-doctoral qualification) in economics.

Before joining the Europe and Central Asia Division, he led operations of the UNIDO Institute of Capacity Development. Previously, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Millennium DevelopmentGoals adviser and a Team Leader at the Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Earlier he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic.

Mr. Cukrowski has extensive experience in advisory and technical cooperation projects in most of the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He is the co-author of the UNDP Central Asia Human Development Report: “Bringing down barriers: Regional cooperation for human development and human security”

In recognition of sustained professional and academic excellence he received the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Mr. Hoang minh Cuong


Director General
Viet Nam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA)

Hoang Minh Cuong was appointed as Director General of Vietnam Telecom Authority in July 2019. He is a technician, an engineer, amanager and a regulator who has spent more than 20 years in the telecommunication sector, with many contributions in connecting Vietnam to the Internet, managing .vn Internet domain name system, building the government telecommunication network and regulating thetelecommunication sector.

In 1996, he was the leader of a technical team who created the first commercial connection from Vietnam to the Internet, opened up the market for Internet connectivity that is so competitive today.

In April 2000, he co-founded the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC), which since then has become the No1 registry in South East Asia, 7th in APAC region.

From 2015 to 2019, as the director general of Central Post and Telecom department of MIC, he has acted as a strategic leader who led the reconstruction of the government private network for e-government.

In the position of DG of VNTA, he is in charge of maintaining the telecom market competition, fostering the new technologies as well as protecting the consumers.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker)

H. E. Saša Dalipagic


Deputy Minister of Communications and Transport
Ministry of Communications and Transport
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saša Dalipagic was born on 20 May 1950 in Kakanj. He attended primary and secondary school (Gymnasium) in Mostar and graduated from the Road Transport College in Zagreb in 1975 earning the degree as road transport engineer.

He commenced his work experience in 1976 in HIT Mostar Company, OOUR Transport, as an apprentice and later worked as Technical Director and General Manager of OOUR (Basic Organisation of Associated Labour). After merging the HIT and HEPOC companies into joint APRO System he was appointed Director of APRO OOUR “TRANSPORT”.

1992 – 1997 he was employed with the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Mostar as Road Traffic Accident Expert.

1997 – 2015 until he was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Communications and Transportof Bosnia and Herzegovina he worked with the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton as Inspector for Road Traffic and Supervision of the Construction and Maintenance of Road Infrastructure. He has also been engaged as Traffic Court-Appointed Expert, having completed in that capacity a large number of expert reports for the courts in this Canton.

In addition to his professional career he was actively engaged in sport activities, first as a basketball player and coach and a member of basketball forums in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and later as one of the founders and member of Presidency of the Basketball Association of Herceg-Bosna and the Basketball Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the men’s and women’s basketball club Zrinjski respectively.

He is married to his wife Nada, a Lawyer, and has two daughters – elder Danijela, Prosecutor in the Herzegovina-Neretva Caanton and younger Jelena, also a Lawyer.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Our place in Europe: expanding the Digital Agenda in the West Balkans (Panelist)

Mr. Miklós andrás Danka


Product Manager and Developer
Palantir Technologies
USA

Miklos is a software engineer, product manager, hiring manager, public speaker. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Computer Science.

Since 2012, he has been working with Palantir Technologies, a $20 billion Silicon Valley data company with clients from intelligence, military, police, banks, and other commercial organisations. As a hobby, he teaches mathematics and programming at Lajos Pósa's The Joy of Thinking Foundation. After 8 years in the UK and 1 year in Amsterdam he now lives in Prague.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (Moderator)

Mr. Joost De kluijver


Founder and CEO
Closing the Loop B.V
Netherlands

As the founder and CEO of Amsterdam based social enterprise 'Closing the Loop' (CTL), Joost de Kluijver has developed a service that delivers on the growing demand for more sustainable telecom.

His organisation has built a business model that fuels proper, safe and corruption-free electronic waste management in emerging markets. CTL has bought over 2.3 million broken mobile phones through informal African collection networks since 2012, enabling their proper recycling. This waste collection is the basis of acommercial service which CTL calls "One-for-One". It allows for tangible telecom circularity: new phones are made 'material-neutral' by the collection and recycling of a scrap phone.

CTL's founder will tell you how Closing the Loop managed to bring Samsung, T-Mobile and many others on board towards 'circularity for phones'.

Joost has also worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strategies to boost climate action in the ICT sector (Panelist)

Ms. Isabella De michelis


CEO, CSO & Founder
ErnieApp Limited
Ireland

Mr. Győző Debreczeni


Project Manager
Governmental Information Technology Development
Hungary
Győző Debreceni infocommunication expert, telecommunications engineer, MBA. From 1975 he worked at Magyar Telekom and his legal predecessors, from 1983 in various managerial positions in the Miskolc area and then in central operation in Budapest. From 1999 onwards, Data Communications Operations, 2001 Deputy Director of Broadband Networks at the Network Management Directorate. Participatesin the restructuring of the technical area in 2001. From 2004 he is the Development Director of T-Systems Product and Solution. He contributes to the digitization of Matáv networks, to the development of nationwide and Budapest optical networks, the development and construction of centralized operation, the establishment of the IP network operating system, the launch of the public Internet service. T-Systems is working on the development and development of an IP-based managed service portfolio. From 2007 he is the headof Department of Infocommunications and e-Economy at the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Economy and Transport. Since 2010 he has been an active contributor to the development of the National Infocommunication Service Provider Zrt and his predecessor NetworkDevelopment Director, then Project Director, and the launch of the National Telecommunication Backbone Network. From September 2014to the Government IT Development Agency, the Super Fast Internet Project, and from July 2015, the Program Manager.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (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:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Moderator)

Professor Nathalie Devillier


Research Professor
Grenoble Ecole de Management
France

Dr. Devillier is Research Professor of Digital Law at Grenoble Ecole de Management, focusing on technologies and the law and created the specialization course “Managers, Digital and the Law”.

She is Scientific Advisor for the “GDPR Training” SPOC (Small Private Online Course) funded by the European Union Knowledge Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology for Health.

Member of the European Commission Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies (Rapporteur on cyber security issues), Dr. Devillier has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Dr Devillier has published books on eHealth Law and is involved in international cooperation at the ITU with the organization of a workshop on “Cybersecurity and Managers: Opportunities andChallenges” (WSIS Forum 2017), and as reviewer for the ITU Journal.

Dr. Devillier participates to UNESCO’s works via the diplomatic cooperation with the Southern Cone, in partnership with the International Association for Law, Ethics and Science.

She is the author of the « Chronique Juri-Geek » on The Conversation where she questions the impact of AI, robots, blockchain, privacy, data protection and health.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Moustapha mamy Diaby


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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker)

Mr. Jose maria Diaz batanero


Strategy and Policy Coordinator
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Moderator), Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Moderator)

Dr. Faizal Djoemadi


Chief of Digital & Innovation Officer
PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk
Indonesia

Dr. Djoemadi recently has a new responsibility as Chief of Digital Business and Innovation in Telkom Indonesia.

Telkom Indonesia as the biggest telco company in Indonesia, transforming its business from telco company become digital telco. Faizal have abiggest part as a chief to pursue the corporate vision “to be the King of digital in the region” by orchestrating all the subsidiaries and digital initiatives then shaping the digital business and customer experience of the company.

Formerly, as CEO Telin (Telkom International). Telin has been succeeded to transform by focusing in digital business to achieve the vision become the Global Digital Hub. having acquisition the biggest VSAT company in Malaysia, Operating Telin Data Center in Hongkong, launching SEA-US(South east Asia - US) cable system, and initiate IGG (Indonesian Global Gateway) cable system make Telin have awarded and recognized in the global Industry.

Faizal having a doctorate degree in management major from Brawijaya University recently, and Master degree from Saskatchewan, Canada in electrical engineering major in 1998 and bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember - Surabaya in 1991.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist), AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Mr. Xin Dong


Vice President
China Mobile Communications Corporation
China

Mr. Dong Xin is Executive Vice President and Chief Accountant of China Mobile Communications Group Co.,Ltd., principally in charge of corporate affairs, planning and construction, finance, and internal audit. He is also Executive Director, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Mobile Limited.

Mr. Dong, with a long career in telecommunications company operation and management, has solid professional expertise, rich management experience and deep industry insight.

He held several positions in Finance Department of the former Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Department of Economic Adjustment and Communication Clearing of the former Ministry of Information Industry, and previously served as General Manager with the Department of Financeand Department of Planning of China Mobile Communications Corporation, as well as Chairman and President of China Mobile Hainan Company, Henan Company, and Beijing Company respectively.

Mr. Dong received a Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1989, a Master’s degree in financial and accounting management from Australian National University, and a Doctoral degree in business administration jointly issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and ESC Rennes School of Business, France.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks)

Ms. Lina maría Duque


Legal Counsel and Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)
Colombia

Wide-ranging experienced attorney, Magister in Law, expertise in economic and market regulation in the communications industry, administrative law, litigation, competition law and other administrative procedures. Strong capabilities of coordination and management of human and physical resources.

Superior negotiation skills. Experience in negotiation and bilateral mediation, as wellas in project management.

Excellent interpersonal communications. Functions well in deadline-driven, detail-oriented environments. Strong leadership and public speaking skills. Able to management auditoriums. Fluent in English.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (Panelist), Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist)

Mr. Damon Embling


World News and European Affairs Correspondent
Euronews
United Kingdom

H. E. Hipolito ondo Envo bela


Vice-Minister
Ministerio de Transportes, Correos y Telecomunicaciones
Equatorial Guinea

EDUCATION: AGRICULTURE ENGINEER

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERITY OF VALENCIA, SPAIN

ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE IN BANKING

TRAINING PROGRAM GROUP AFRILAND FIRST BANK

YAOUNDE, CAMEROUN

2002-2003 DEPUTY GEENRAL MANAGER CCEI BANK (GROUP AFRILAND FIRST BANK) EQUATORIAL GUINEA

2004-2011 REGIONAL GOVERNMENT TREASURER NATIONAL TRASSURY, MINISTRY OF FINANCE EQAUTORIAL GUINEA

2013-2016 DIRECTOR GENERAL OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT MINISTRY OF ECONOMIA, PLANNING & PUBLIC INVESTMENT EQAUTORIAL GUINEA

2016-2018 SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF COMMERCIO EQUATORIAL GUINEA

2018-NOW VICE-MINISTER MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, POST & TELECOMUNICATIONS EQATORIAL GUINEA

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker)

Mr. Magnus Ewerbring


CTO for Asia Pacific
Ericsson
China

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Asia-Pacific, Magnus Ewerbring is responsible for driving technology alignment as well as long term technology strategies for Ericsson in Asia-Pacific.

Magnus has been with Ericsson for more than 30 years and has held several senior executive positions within Ericsson R&D, the Business Units, as well as in customer accounts.

Magnus holds aMaster of Science in Electrical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y., USA).

Magnus is based in Hong Kong.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Moderator)

Dr. Jeannice Fairrer samani


Managing Director
Fairrer Samani Group, LLC
USA

Dr. Jeannice Fairrer Samani is a distinguished executive leader in technology and business intelligence. She has had a 20-year technical career in Silicon Valley. As CEO of Fairrer Samani Group, LLC, think tank global business intelligence firm, founder of Fifth Wave a STEM Education Initiative, Partner of Nextogen.com, data analytics firm, and global keynote speaker.

Previously, lead cross-functional teams, managed and strategized inclusion initiatives to drive change for women in technology. She has led teams that transform businesses, accelerate startups, lectured at Carnegie Mellon University and Santa Clara University in the Schoolof Engineering, and contributor to Cisco Systems cross-functional engineering information technology. Dr. Samani featured in ForbesAfrica, San Jose Mercury News, Essence Magazine, and university publications noted for her global impact work with technology and business.

Fairrer Samani has received both professional and academic awards Humanitarian Engineering from the Order of theEngineer, Professional Business Women, American Broadcasting. Fairrer Samani holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbus, a Master’s in city/regional planning - civil engineering focus from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Golden Gate University, a BA in Political Economics from UC Berkeley, and Management Development Entrepreneurship from UCLA. Fairrer Samani engaged in post-doctorate work at Stanford.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI for ALL? Building on a global ecosystem to boost societal and economic potentials (Panelist)

Ms. Sofía Fernández de mesa


Director of International Relations, Telefónica and ProFuturo
ProFuturo Foundation
Spain

At present, Sofía Fernandez de Mesa is Director of International Affairs at Fundación Telefónica and Fundación ProFuturo representing both foundations before international institutions.

In 2015 Sofía became the Managing Director of ProFuturo Foundation, a joint education initiative launched in 2015 by Telefonica Foundation and “la Caixa” Banking Foundation whose mission is to bridge the education gap by providing quality digital education for children in underserved communities in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

With a BA in Business Administration from CUNEF (Complutense University of Madrid) and an Executive MBA from INSEAD (France), Sofía joined the Financial Control Department of Telefónica in 1999. In 2001, she was appointed Global Director of CSC, the shared services initiative of Telefónica "t-gestiona" and, in 2004, Director of Corporate Strategy of Atento, Telefónica’s call center business unit, where she introduced CSR as core component of the strategy. She led CSR and Social Innovation strategies of Telefónica until 2015, focusing on ICT social entrepreneurship and the M-Inclusion initiative, a collaborative framework to encourage the use of innovative and affordable mobile solutions for social integration.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Panelist)

Mr. David Fidalgo


Co-Founder
Asociación Española del Vehículo Autónomo Conectado (AEVAC)
Spain

David is a Technology and Innovation enthusiast and Automotive expert. He is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of AEVAC (SpanishAssociation of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles) and Founder and CEO of Y-Mobility. His knowledge has been instrumental for companies of all sizes to grow their products or brands in the automotive and mobility market. David knows what truly drives technology, product development, strategy and Investment and places specific emphasis on bringing value by delivering a product or service that can change the quality of our lives. David masters all the aspect of Start Up development, investment, fast pace innovation and partnership. His background is mainly related to automotive embedded and critical systems engineering, digital systems and business innovation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. Michel Fraisse


Europe VP & CTO Network Energy
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
France

Michel FRAISSE hold a Master of Science from CPE engineering school (FRANCE) & a Master of Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University (USA).

 

He has 29 years of experience dealing with the IT & Telecom power industry.

 

From 1990 until 2002, Mr. FRAISSE held a number of positions at Schneider Electric culminating in his position as Global Marketing Director for the UPS Network and Telecom markets.

 

In 2002, Michel moves to Eltek a leading manufacturer of Telecom Power solutions where he became the Executive Vice President in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Product Management as well as the European Regional President.

  

In January 2016 Michel joint Huawei as Europe Vice President for Huawei Network Energy product line.

 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strategies to boost climate action in the ICT sector (Panelist)

Ms. Lise Fuhr


Director General
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)
Belgium

Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the mainexternal representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016.

Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chairedthe Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

Mr. Nabil Gangi


Deputy Regional Representative
FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Hungary

Gangi, a national of Canada, has a background in engineering (Ain Shams University in Cairo), project and financial management (American University of Cairo) and business administration (Henley Management College and Brunel University in the United Kingdom).

Gangi held the same post in FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa in Cairo, his city of birth. Before that, he headed the Organization’s Shared Services Centre in Budapest, providing support to FAO’s backbone operations,including human resources, financial servicing, and asset and travel management.

During his career with FAO Gangi assumed senior-level positions in its headquarters in Rome, managed staff benefits, pensions, human resources, and social security for Rome-based UN agencies.

Prior to joining the United Nations, he held senior management positions with multilateral and non-governmental organizations, managing programmes and projects funded by the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development. Nabil Gangi has travelled extensively and has led several organizational development missions in more than 25 countries throughout his professional career.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Professor Umar Garba danbatta


Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
Nigeria

Prof. Danbatta is the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Prior to his appointment in August 2015, Prof. Danbatta served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, and Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil. He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) International Centre for Advanced Communication Studies. Prior to that he was a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering – Faculty of Technology, Bayero University Kano, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics for 28 years. He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of ‘Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics’.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G: the state of play (Panelist)

Mr. Attila Gecse


Senior Policy Advisor
Digital Future Foundation
Belgium

Dr. Paolo Gemma


Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 5 Working Party 2, ITU
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Italy

Paolo Gemma is a senior Specialist and representative of Huawei on issues related to energy saving and environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining Huawei, Dr. Gemma was working with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he was responsible for EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and electrical safety areas. He also worked in the Siemens Communications Division. Dr. Paolo Gemma also plays an active role in international standardization activities. Since 1993, he has been engaged in ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute) activities and he also participates in the development of EMC standards.

In 1997, Dr. Gemma joined ITU-T Study Group 5 on Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy as a Rapporteur and he is now the Chairman of Working Party 2 “Environment, Energy Efficiency and the Circular Economy”. He also acts as Vice-chairmen of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative.

In 2002, Paolo Gemma was appointed as the Secretary of the Committee ETSI TC EE and as of 2009 he holds the position of Chairman of the EEPS EE (eco Environmental product standard) working group. Paolo Gemma is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Genoa.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist)

Mr. Fei(feigo) Geng


Vice President Wireless & Cloud Core Network Marketing & Solution Sales
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Switzerland

Feigo Geng has worked in the mobile telecommunication industry for over 15 years.

He joined Huawei in 2004 and worked overseas for 7 years, responsible for wireless network planning and solution strategy consulting.

In 2012, he was appointed director of global wireless solution sales, responsible for global antenna and solution sales business.

In 2016, he was appointed director of wireless network marketing, managing all marketing activities and developing the site domain marketing strategy that includes RAN, antenna and site solutions.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Jeremy Godfrey


Chair of the Board of Regulators
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications - BEREC
Latvia

Jeremy Godfrey joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in 2013 and was Chairperson of the Commission from February 2015 to February 2017. He is Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)for 2019.

Jeremy has almost thirty years’ experience in the ICT sector, as an industry executive, business consultant andGovernment&nsbp;official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong. In this role, he&nsbp;had responsibility both for Government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, Internet governance and thepromotion&nsbp;of inward investment in the IT sector.

Jeremy began his career in the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, serving as private secretary to the Cabinet Minister as well as in a variety of other roles. He then spent ten years in the Cable& Wireless Group, in Hong Kong and in the UK, mainly in strategy, marketing and regulatory roles – including Director of Strategy and Director of Marketing for Hong Kong Telecom.

Between 1998 and 2008, Jeremy worked for PA Consulting Group where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office, serving clients in the communications, transportation, financial services and government sectors.Projects that he led included major change initiatives, business start-up projects, and due diligence assignments. He worked in around a dozen markets in Asia and the Pacific.

Jeremy was born and educated in the UK. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics. He was based in Hong Kong for twenty years before coming to Ireland to join ComReg.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future (Panelist), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Roy Graves


Vice-President, Technology and Finance
Caption First
USA

Roy K. Graves is Vice President of Caption First and owner of Classroom Captioning. As Caption First Vice President, he oversees all financial aspects of the company, as well as the development and implementation of current and emerging technologies. As owner of Classroom Captioning, he strives to provide budget-friendly realtime accessibility services to public universities, community colleges, and high schools as well as provide an opportunity for developing new captioners.

Roy earned his BSEE degree fromthe University of Illinois at Chicago. He served in both the US Navy and the US Air Force Reserves. In addition to his military career, Roy has an extensive list of work experience which includes computer programmer, engineering supervisor, and corporate director.

Roy has been instrumental in developing new combinations of technologies and creating ways in which CART and captioning services are delivered worldwide. He has provided technical support and expert advice in accessibility in over 40 countries.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Mr. Francis Gurry


Director General
World Intellectual Property Organization
United Nations

Francis Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008.

He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and isan honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries.

He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence.

Francis Gurry speaks English and French.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Panelist), Opening Ceremony (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Mahendra man Gurung


Secretary
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT)
Nepal

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker)

Dr. Kemal Huseinovic


Chief of the Digital Networks & Society Department
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Dr. Kemal Huseinovic is the Chief of the Digital Networks & Society Department at ITU’s Telecommunication 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 promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, and the use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. The department also focuses on disaster risk reduction, national emergency telecommunication plans, early warning and monitoring systems and emergency telecommunicationsequipment. Furthermore, it covers 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, Dr. Huseinovic held several positions such as Director General of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Deputy Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Slovenia, Chief of staff and Foreign Policy Advisor of the Prime Minister in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was also a Professor at Sarajevo University, lecturing on “Business Models in Telecommunications” and “Systems and Services in Mobile Communications”. He holds two Master’s Degrees and a PhD in telecommunications and economy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (OpeningRemarks), Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Moderator)

Dr. Christopher Haley


Head of New Technology & Startup Research
Nesta
United Kingdom

Dr Christopher Haley is head of new technology and startup research at Nesta, the UK-based innovation foundation. Chris leads the organisation’s policy and research activities into how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and the government. One of the programmes that he directed was the European Digital City Index, which measured various startup ecosystems across Europe.

Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked for several years at the technology commercialisation and investment company Imperial Innovations (now part of IP Group), as well as within Imperial College London, where he developed and managed the institution's strategy for enterprise, technology transfer and translation.

Chris has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has advisory roles with the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Enterprise Research Centre, the ScaleUp Institute, GEN UK and Startup Olé, and is a 'Startup Europe' Ambassador.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Panelist)

Mr. Péter Halácsy


Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder
Prezi
Hungary

Peter Halacsy is a startupper, an engineer, a dad, a Hungarian. Co-founder of Budapest School, a network of 11 micro-schools of300 children launched in 2015 in Budapest. He is the co-founder of Prezi, a presentation platform started from Budapest. Prezi currently has three offices in San Francisco, Budapest and Riga with 240 employees and 100m users globally.

Peter has also co-founded several social organizations. Bridge Budapest aims at boosting the startup community as well as shaping the IT scene in Hungary by showcasing great examples for building global, successful companies. The Hero’s Square initiative strives to eliminate indifference in Hungary by encouraging everyone to stand up and act for others every day

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Panelist)

Mr. Zoltán Hamar


Chief Technology Officer
Automotive Proving Ground Zala Ltd.
Hungary

Zoltán HAMAR, graduated as M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 at the Technical University Budapest.

Since then he worked for Knorr-Bremse Research and Development Hungary, initially as a Test Engineer, later as Head of the Test Department of electronic braking systems. He has almost 20 years of experience in vehicle testing at proving grounds all around Europe including the validation of connected and automated vehicle systems.

He is one of the initiators of the ZalaZone proving ground project in Hungary since 2008 and joined APZ (Automotive Proving Ground Zala Company) from the start in 2016 as Chief Technical Officer. From 2019 he leads the track operator organisation of Zalazone. Beside this he coordinates the automotive working group of the Hungarian Mobility Platform which has a connecting role between the industrial partners and the Hungarian government.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities (Panelist), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. Jason Harle


Assistant Manager
Deloitte
Denmark

Jason leads Deloitte Denmark’s cyber risk analytics capability in Denmark, one of the world’s most digitized nations. He works to identify, and then mitigate, risks using frameworks, processes and technology.

He has worked on international projects using regulations and frameworks to both secure businesses whilst also enabling them to benefit from interconnected technology. This isa key area of interest for Jason, as whilst industry demands for information, coordination and commercial activity grow, so too must accompanying security understanding and protection.

An expert in risk-based cybersecurity, he has in depth knowledge of data protection through technology and regulation and holds a number of industry certifications including CISSP, SSCP, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jason spent 18 years in the British military where he worked in security and intelligence around the world.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist)

Ms. Valentina araya Hernández


Account Executive
Start-Up Chile
Chile

Valentina Araya Hernández is an account exetutive of Startup Chile with a degree in Civil Engineering, Business and Management.She has been part of the Start-Up Chile team integrating the Operations Department.

Her role as Account Executive is to guarantee the proper use of the public funds given to the projects that are selected as part of the portfolio and support them throughtheir acceleration program, guiding and connecting them with the ecosystem and Start-Up Chile network. She has supported and advised more than 80 startups.

Start-Up Chile is a public startup accelerator created by the Chilean Government for high-potentialentrepreneurs to launch their startups and use Chile as a foundation. First program of its nature in the world, it has grown its networks and has been the focus of academic research all over the world. In the past 6 years, Start-Up Chile has received more than 1400 startups across the three programs it offers based on the stage of the startup (The S factory, Seed, Scale).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Mr. Dirk Hetzer


Senior Expert
Deutsche Telekom AG
Germany

He worked as a Project manager at T-Systems Nova, Berkom GmbH from 1993 - 2001. The role entailed co-ordination of national and international research project in the field of integrated networking, product definition; Project manager for IP / IPv6 and Mobile IPv6 projects in DTAG. From  2001 – 2006 he headed several departments at T-Systems Nova, Berkom. From  2006 – 2014 he was the head  of the System Solution & Engineering, department of Media Broadcast GmbH (TDF group). His working areas incldes  IPTV headend, broadcast networks, DVB-H, DAB, DVB-T2, broadcast operation, frequency strategies. Since 2014 til date, he has been working at  T-Systems International, IoT Connected Car, Senior Expert Business Innovation, data analytics for automotive backends; Technical Project Manager EU Project 5G CroCo; member of the 5G automotive team DTAG.
Education:
-1985 - 1990 study at Humboldt University at Berlin, department electrical engineering,
-1999 – 2004 PhD informatics Potsdam University (routing optimization)

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Aarti Holla maini


Secretary General
EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA/GSC)
Belgium

Aarti Holla has been Secretary General of the ESOA since 2004. She was named one of the Faces of Satellite of 2014 by the Society of Satellite Professionals International and is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technology.

Under Aarti’s leadership, ESOA & the CEOs of its member companies lead the effort to showcase the benefits of satellite communications for a more inclusive and secure society and foster a better environment to allow users to profit from satellite services that are available anywhere, anytime - vital to bridging the world’s digital divide and achieving the UN’s Sustainable DevelopmentGoals.

Since joining the association, Aarti has lead the expansion of ESOA from a European association to one that represents the interests of 20 global and regional satellite operators based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She reports directly to their Chief Executives.

Aarti has nineteen years' experience in the aerospace industry, starting at Daimler-Benz Aerospace (now Airbus) in Germany. In 2000, she moved to Brussels, representing Airbus interests in the European satellite navigation program: Galileo.

Aarti holds a Masters of Business Administration from HEC, France & Stern Business School, NYC, USA. She qualified as Solicitor of the Supreme Court in the UK in 1995, holding a 2:1 graded LLB Hons Law with German Law degree from King's College, University of London & the University of Passau, Germany. Aarti is of British-Indian origin and holds British and Belgian nationalities. She lives in Brussels, has 3 children and speaks 5 languages.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist)

Ms. Yuhong Huang


Secretary-General, GTI & Deputy General Manager
China Mobile Research Institute
China

Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute, 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 asVice-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:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Juan-Antonio Ibanez


Researcher
Telefon AB - LM Ericsson
Sweden

Juan-Antonio Ibanez is a researcher at Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined Ericsson in 1999 in Aachen, Germany, and has since then contributed to the standardization and the development of cellular technology, from 2G to 5G. He has over the years gathereda broad range of expertise, from the radio access, through the core network, to the service layer.

In the last few years, his focus has been on the application of 5G technology to critical machine-type communication in the field of industrial automation. He is active in the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) and in related standardization activities in 3GPP.He holds a M.Sc. in communication systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Stephen Ibaraki


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

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:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Dr. Bilel Jamoussi


Chief, Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

A distinguished engineer, leader, and diplomat; multilingual standardization expert and holder of 22 patents, Tunisian born Dr. Bilel Jamoussi has been Chief of the Study Groups Department of ITU Standardization Bureau (TSB) in Geneva Switzerland since 2010. He has led the coordination of the bureau’s standards moving activities into a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utility, and banking.
Key achievements under his tenure have been important new standards while effectively managing staff by recruiting new talent, improving gender balance, delivering new work methods, and staying within budget. Prior to 2010, he worked in the private sector for 15 years. As Director of Standards, he managed more than 50 staff and the company participation in more than 90 standards organizations worldwide. In the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), he authored a number of Internet standards. As an IEEE Senior Member, he was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strategies to boost climate action in the ICT sector (Moderator), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Danielle Jacobs


Founding member euro.digital (representing business ICT users), President
International Telecommunications Users Group
Belgium

Danielle Jacobs is CEO of Beltug, the largest Belgian association of digital technology leaders from businesses and public institutions, with more than 1700 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, 5G and more.

Danielle is also President of the Board of INTUG, the international association of business users of electronic communications, of which Beltug is a member. Both Intug and Beltug want to bring down the barriers that companies and public institutions face when developing their digital strategy.

Danielle is founding member of euro.digital, representing the IT demand side in Europe.

Danielle is named Fellow ofthe Free University of Brussels.

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 shewas elected IT person of the year by Computable Belgium 2018.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Rossen Jeliazkov


Minister
Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
Bulgaria

Rossen Jeliazkov was awarded a Master’s Degree in Law from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

In the period 1994-1995 he was consecutively a Counselor, a Senior Counselor and later a Secretary and a Deputy Mayor at theSredetz district of the Sofia Municipality. Since 1995 he has been an attorney in Civil and Commercial Law, Member of Sofia Bar Association. He was a Deputy Mayor for “Law enforcement and Control” of the Lozenetz district of the Sofia Municipality (1998-1999).

From 2003 until July 2009 he was a Secretary of the Sofia Municipality.

In the period 2011-2013 he was a Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Public Administration and a representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  

From 2009 to 2013 he was aSecretary General of the Council of Ministers, and in the period 2014-2016 he was an Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Administration and e-Government issues.

He managed and participated in the preparation of a number of conceptual and strategic documents and programmes in the field of e-government, local government and local administration, as well as public-private partnerships. He was a representative of Bulgaria to the annual meetings of the Open Government Partnership Initiative (2011, 2015). He coordinated the Bulgarian contribution to the initiatives related to the European policies on implementation of the European Programme for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.

He participated in the strategic planning and policy making in the field of public administration and e-government. As of 30 September 2016 by Decision of the Council of Ministers he was appointed Chairman ofthe State e-Government Agency.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker)

Dr. Toshiya Jitsuzumi


Research Professor
Chuo University
Japan

Toshiya Jitsuzumi is Professor at the Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. Before joining Chuo University, he was a professor at the Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University.

Previously, he worked for 18 years at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (now Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications [MIC]), Japan.

During 2007–2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, as an Abe Fellow sponsored by the Social ScienceResearch Council/Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

His research interests include telecommunications/Internet policy, and current focus is on net neutrality and platform regulation. He has been a member of MIC’S committees on AI network. Heserved as a vice-chair of OECD Working Party on Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy in 2017, and he has served now as avice-chair of the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy since 2018.

He holds an LLB from the University of Tokyo, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a DSc from the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI for ALL? Building on a global ecosystem to boost societal and economic potentials (Panelist)

Mr. Malcolm Johnson


Deputy Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities&nsbp;in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in&nsbp;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.

From1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and between 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, EUParliament, CEPT and ITU.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Moderator)

Mr. Bret Jordan


Director Cyber Security, Office of the CTO
Symantec Corporation
USA

In his role at Symantec, Bret Jordan works on advanced technologies, cybersecurity architecture, and leads cybersecurity standards. Through his role he collaborates with government agencies, critical infrastructure, industry thought leaders, and academic researchers around the world to help drive creative new technologies and solutions that can protect systems and data crucial to our way of life.

Bret has over 24 years of experience leading global enterprises, startups, academic institutions and nonprofits. His current positions include Director, Office of the CTO at Symantec, Board Member at OASIS, CIO Pro Bono at Carden Memorial School, Chair and Editor on several internet standards (including STIX and TAXII), and Contributor to several IETF working groups. Previously he was a Board Member of the OpenSEA Alliance and has presented several times at RSA, ISC2 Security Congress, FS-ISAC, FIRST, ITU, ETSI, and ENISA conferences. He enjoys working on hard problems and helping design solutions that can change the world.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Are you listening, Alexa? Security in connected devices (Panelist)

Dr. Aniko Juhasz


Deputy State Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture
Hungary

Anikó JUHÁSZ is the Deputy State Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture from 2017. She was the General Director of AKI (Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Budapest, Hungary) between 2015-2017. Master’s degree in Horticultural Engineering (1997) and PhD in Management and Business Administration (2010). Seventeen years of experience in food supply chains and related policy research, especially the relevance of short food supply chains and quality schemes in Hungary. Project and programme evaluator of FP7 and H2020 calls since 2012. Co-chair of the European Union’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) Strategic Working Group on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS SWG) (2017-2018). Member of the Advisory Group for H2020 Societal Challenge 2 “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research, and the Bioeconomy” (2016-2018). 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Panelist)

Dr. Naoto Kadowaki


Vice President
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

Naoto Kadowaki received B.S., Masters degree, and Ph. D. from the University of Tohoku, Sendai, Japan in 1982, 1984 and 2010, respectively. From April 1984 to March 1986, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

He joined Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), currently reorganized as National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in 1986. From 1990to 1991, he was a visiting researcher to AUSSAT in Sydney, Australia.

After he was with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) from 2004 to 2006, he was the Managing Director of Strategic Planning Department, Director General of Wireless Network Research Institute and Executive Director of Strategic Planning Department in NICT from January 2007, July 2008 and July 2013, respectively.

He was the Senior Executive Director from April 2013, and has been Vice President of NICT since April 2017. His main interests of research are mobile and broadband satellite networks and wireless communication networks. He is a member of the IEEE, AIAA and IEICE of Japan.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Mr. Andreas Kaiser


Director Traffic Analytics for 5G and Smart City / IoT
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Germany

Mr. Andreas Kaiser is Director Traffic Analytics at Rohde&Schwarz, Germany. He has 15 years of experience in developing real-time monitoring solutions for various industries and applications that harvest, store and analyze data from a multitude of sensors and data sources.

Andreas holds a degree in computer engineering of the TU Berlin with a specialization in communication systems and software engineering. Currently, he is working with his team to develop the best performing analytics solution for IP networks to deliver insights about overall network usage, quality of experience and subscriber behavior.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities (Panelist)

Mr. Ervin Kajzinger


Director of International Affairs and Strategy
National Media and Infocommunications Authority
Hungary

Ervin Kajzinger is Director of International Affairs and Strategy at the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH),where he is actively working on building and maintaining relationships with local and international stakeholders, as well as coordinating the development and monitoring of NMHH’s mid-term strategy. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Internet GovernanceForum held in Budapest in September, 2019.

Ervin has been co-chair of the Regulatory Framework Expert Working Group of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) since 2015, as so he took an active role in the formation of the European Electronic Communications Code.

Ervin started his career at a Big Four consulting firm. Later on he held various positions in the public sector; he also worked as Deputy Head of the Department of Infocommunication and Digital Economy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transport participating in the development of the Hungarian ICT strategy. When he joined NMHH in 2008 he took part in the revision of European Telecom Regulatory Framework.

He has master’s degrees in Economics (Janus Pannonius University, Hungary), IT Management (CEU Business School) and he holds an MBA degree (CEU Business School).

Speaking at the following sessions:
The network operator of 2025 (Panelist)

Mr. Osamu Kamimura


Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office
SoftBank Corporation
Japan

Mr. Osamu Kamimura is Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office at SoftBank Corp. and is responsible for international standardization and domestic regulatory activities relating to SoftBank's mobile telecommunications business. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Based on his knowledge obtained through his experience in several mobile operation companies, he has played a key role in various activities such as the development of ITU-R Recommendations and domestic regulations for "AXGP", which is a mobile telecommunications system based on next generation PHS, enhanced to incorporate LTE technology.

He currently leads SoftBank's international standardization and domestic regulatory activities for 5th Generation Mobile Communications System (5G) as well as activities towards future WRC meetings for SoftBank's HAPS project.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker), Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Mr. George Kamiya


Analyst
International Energy Agency
France

George Kamiya is an analyst in the Strategic Initiatives Office at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he coordinates the agency's work on digitalisation, automated and shared mobility, and tracking clean energy progress.

He was a lead author of the IEA's flagship report on Digitalization & Energy and has contributed to the agency’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He previously worked on environmental policy and management issues at Environment Canada, Health Canada, and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

George holds a Masters in Resource Management (Energy and Transport) from Simon Fraser University and a BSc (Marine Biology) from the University of British Columbia.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strategies to boost climate action in the ICT sector (Panelist)

Dr. Pranvera Kastrati


Senior Expert on Economic and Digital Connectivity
Regional Cooperation Council
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Before joining RCC, she had a vast experience in public policy coordination and implementation in Albania. She held senior position in the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship and contributed to several reforms to improve business environment from 1996-2017.

She joined Regional Cooperation Council in November 2017 and her core focus of expertise relates to the work pertaining to coordination, monitoring and reporting for the implementation of the Multiannual Action Plan for a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA), contributing also in towards the management and overall implementation of MAP REA in the areas of RCC responsibility.

In the area of digital integration her core responsibilities relate to design, implementation, coordination and monitoring of RCC’s interventions in area of digital integration, as well as overseeing of the implementation of the operational and implementation plans for the Digital Agenda for Western Balkan.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Our place in Europe: expanding the Digital Agenda in the West Balkans (Panelist)

Mr. Masanori Katsura


CEO
Zeus, Inc
Japan

Mr. Katsura is the CEO of Zeus Corporation. The company’s core business is in conducting system implementation for law firms, but is also involved extensively in development and adoption of business improvement systems and services that utilize IT.

The company entered the Myanmar’s market in 2013. As Director, Mr. Katsura is responsible for offshore expansion business implementation, with focus on human resource development.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Mr Takeshi Kawabe


President
Japan Battery Regeneration,Inc.
Japan

I have been studying how to regenerate old abandoned lead-acid batteries, and to lengthen battery life since 2007. I establishedJapan Battery Regeneration, Inc. in 2013 and a president of the company.

Our company’s goal is to spread our technology toevery part of the world. Our technology can solve the fundamental cause of battery deterioration with our patented additive, and itcan recover battery charging capacity like new batteries with proprietary regeneration charging using the additive (called Super-K). Some of our activities include participation to APT Nepal project, and technical guidance to the battery regeneration service company in Bangladesh who regenerate old batteries used in telecom towers.

With our technology, reduction of industrial wastesand battery cost reduction are possible, and we hope to contribute to realize the future of sustainable development.

Mr Kawabe will be presenting "Using our technology for regeneration of old lead-acid batteries to solve Digital Divide" in the session ‘Creating New Value for Economic Growth?’

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Dr. Hironao Kawashima


Professor Emeritus, Mobility Culture Research Center
Keio University
Japan

Hironao Kawashima  was born in Tokyo, Japan, and received theB. Sc., M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Administration Engineering from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. From 1972 to 2010, he has been with the Department of Administration Engineering Keio University. He was the Director of Co-Mobility Society Research Center from 2007 to March of 2010. Now he is the Emeritus Professor of Keio University, and the Special Advisor of Mobility Culture Research Center. Dr. Kawashima has been involved in various projects on ITS in order to develop vehicle-infrastructure cooperative systems to improve safety and comfort of urban road transport. In parallelto domestic activities, he was also involved in the standardization of ITS in ISO/TC204 as the head of Japanese delegation from 1992 to 2010. 

His current official positions are:

Chairman of Management Committee, TS Info-Communications Forum, ARIB
Member of working group on Connected Car, TTC
Expert of WG18 (Cooperative ITS), ISO/TC204(ITS)
Associate Editor, IET Intelligent Transport Systems
Advisor, Japan Road Association

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

H. E. Kazembe Kazembe


Minister
Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services
Zimbabwe

Hon. Kazembe Kazembe was born in Mazowe, Zimbabwe on the 23rd of June, 1969.

He was appointed Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in November 2017, to September 2018. In September 2018 he was reappointed to be the Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to date.

He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with interest in data communications and networking. He is also an expert in security systems. 

Hon. Kazembe Kazembe is currently studying for a PHD in Informatics and Design (ICT).

He is a Member of Parliament for Mazowe Constituency.

He is also a Provincial Chairperson for Mashonaland Central.

 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Ms. Julie Kearney


Head of Regulatory Affairs
Loon LLC
USA

Julie Kearney is Head of Regulatory Affairs for Loon, where she leads the company’s U.S. and international regulatory initiatives. Loon is working to bring internet access to unserved and underserved communities around the world via a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space. Loon is a subsidiary of Alphabet.

Prior to joining Loon, Kearney was VP of Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). She previously served in government affairs at NPR, in MCI’s International Affairsgroup, and as an associate at Haley Bader & Potts (now Garvey Schubert Barer).

Kearney is a recent Past President of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and is a past chair of the FCBA Foundation. She served seven terms on the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and currently serves on its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Kearney earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law with a certificatefrom its Law and Technology Institute. She currently serves on the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors. A trained singer, Kearney sings with the “kindie” rock band, “Here Comes Trouble.” She also has sung with many choruses in the Washington, DC area, mostrecently with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Panelist), Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (Panelist), 5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Speaker)

H. E. Ms. Pinky Kekana


Deputy Minister
Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies
South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker), Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Panelist)

Dr. Csaba Kelemen


Head of Department
Ministry for Innnovation and Technology
Hungary

Mr. Csaba KELEMEN is the Head of the Department for Digital Economy and Information Society Development at the Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary.

He has 16+ years of experience in the public sector, which includes 4 years spent at the Ministry of Informatics and Telecommunications in the Department for EU Affairs, as well as positions in the Department for Infocommunications and Digital Economy at various institutions.

With a PhD from Corvinus University, Mr Kelemen is a prominent figure in the ICT sector and a regular speaker at industry events.”

Speaking at the following sessions:
Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist)

Mr. Bernard Kirk


CEO
The Camden Education Trust

Bernard is CEO of The Camden Education Trust. A former primary school teacher he was responsible for teacher training in his region for 21 years. During this time he was deeply committed to supporting the education and integration of young people with Special Education Needs.

In 2014 he co-founded Africa Code Week, one of the largest digital literacy initiatives organised on the African continent, involving over 2.3 million young people in 35 countries in 2018. Africa Code Week is an initiative by SAP. Bernard has also created public/private partnerships to benefit young people in education with companies such as Medtronic, Accenture, EA Games, HP and SOS Ventures.

Since 2016, Bernard is Chairperson of Philanthropy Ireland.

In 2013 Bernard was awarded anHonorary Masters in Science by the National University of Ireland Galway for his contribution to Education in Ireland.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Mr. Geert Kits nieuwenkamp


Agricultural Counsellor
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Hungary

Mr Geert KITS NIEUWENKAMP (1971) currently holds the position of Agricultural Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Budapest.In this capacity he is responsible for the bilateral policy and agro-economic relations between the Netherlands and respectively Hungary, Austria, Serbia and Montenegro.

Before he moved to Budapest in September 2017 he was Senior Policy Advisor VeterinaryMarket Access at the Animal Supply Chain and Animal Welfare Department of the Directorate-General for Agro of the Dutch Ministry ofEconomic Affairs. Here he was responsible for the veterinary relations, creating market access for veterinarian products from the Netherlands with China and Hong Kong as well as the Russian Federation (red meat).

From August 2009 to July 2013 Mr KITS NIEUWENKAMP worked as Agricultural Attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union in Brussels. He was responsible for issues such as rural development, manure management, GMO’s and sustainable timber and forestry. Furthermore he was the liaison with the European Parliament for agricultural issues in general.

Before joining the Netherlands Mission to the EU Mr KITS NIEUWENKAMP was based in the Hague as at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, as the secretary to the Dutch spokesperson in the Special Committee on Agriculture of the Council (SCA), responsible for the coordination and preparation of the Dutch position in the meetings of the (SCA) and the European Agriculture and Fisheries Council, both in Brussels. In this capacity he was he also responsible for the communication with the Dutch Parliament on all European agricultural issues and the position of the Dutch Minister on these issues. Furthermore Mr. KITS NIEUWENKAMP was closely involved in the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the European Budget Review.

In his first job at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture Mr. KITS NIEUWENKAMP has worked at the Department for Fisheries, in the field of fisheries control and the Common structural Policy for Fisheries. Before he joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 2002 Geert KITS NIEUWENKAMP has held different jobs in the field of European Affairs and communication in the Netherlands and Brussels. Directly after graduating at Groningen University (NL) in 1997 with a degree in International Relations with a major in European integration, he has performed an internship at the European Commission at the Directorate-general for Fisheries (Brussels). His interests are cooking, food, architecture, hiking and opera.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Panelist)

Ms. Lina Konstantinopoulou


Secretary-General
EuroRAP
Belgium

Lina Konstantinopoulou is the Secretary General of EuroRAP, European Road Assessment Programme. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in senior management positions at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and ERTICO – ITS Europe. She has been involved in the management of various multi-stakeholder platforms and policy activities as well as a wide range of European road transport and ICT research projects. Ms Konstantinopoulou has experience in advising on Road Safety, ITS/C-ITS, Artificial Intelligence, Connected and Automated Driving, Data Sharing Schemes. Mrs Konstantinopoulou holds a certificate on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous driving by MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) with accompanied Bachelor Studies in European Economics and master’s in international Trade.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Mr. Gabor Korosi


Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs
Telenor Hungary
Hungary

Lawyer, public administration manager, marketing expert. Public and Regulatory Affairs Director at Telenor Hungary since 2012. Vice President of the Telecommunication Interest Reconciliation Council since 2017. Director (deputy-director/head of) of the Regulatory Department at different ministries responsible for the telecommunication sector (2004-2011). Focus areas: business environment management, spectrum (frequency) acquisitions, discovering regulatory demands of the company, influencing the regulatory environment,public affairs.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

Dr. Martin Koyabe


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:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Ashoke Kumar biswas


Secretary, Posts and Telecommunications Division
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Bangladesh

Dr. Chae sub Lee


Director, 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:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas


Founder and Managing Partner
Envision Associates Ltd.
United Kingdom

Tomas Lamanauskas is Founder and Managing Partner of Envision Associates Ltd., a strategic advisory firm, which supports clients, both public and private sector, in the development of digital and telecommunications public policies and regulatory strategies as well as overcoming government relations challenges and leveraging on opportunities – with a mission to contribute to creating and enhancing sustainable digital opportunities for everyone.

He is also currently Sloan Fellow 2019 at London Business School, a leadership and strategy master’s degree programme for senior managers, professionals and entrepreneurs. Immediately prior to this, he was Group Director Public Policy at VEON (formerly VimpelCom), an international communications and technology company, serving more than 210 million customers in 10 emerging markets, where his was responsible for the strategic oversight of government relations and public policy matters across the footprint of the group.

His more than 19 years of a professional career in strategy, policy and regulation in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector include positions of Head, Corporate Strategy at the International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialized agency for ICTs, as well as Deputy General Director, Board Member and CEO of telecommunications regulators in the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe, along with acting as a senior government advisor on ICT policies in the Pacific. He has master’s degrees in Public Administration (Harvard University), Law (Vilnius University), and Telecommunications Regulation and Policy (the University of the West Indies).

Speaking at the following sessions:
The network operator of 2025 (Moderator)

Mr. Thomas Lammer


Principal Market Infrastructure Expert
European Central Bank
Germany

Thomas Lammer is a Principal Market Infrastructure Expert at the European Central Bank (ECB), leading the team on payment instrument/payment scheme oversight. Previously (2013-2016) he was a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group (WBG) and played a leading role in global financial inclusion initiatives (incl. the ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services).

Thomas contributed to payment system reforms and financial inclusion initiatives in a variety of countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. From 2008-2013 he was a Market Infrastructure Expert at the ECB, focusing on the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). He started his career at Oesterreichische Nationalbank in 2001, where he was project manager for the implementation of payment infrastructures and he was a visiting expert at Banca d’Italia.

Thomas has published a number of books, reports and articles on payments. He is a graduate of the WU Wien.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist)

Mr. Renze bill Lan


Chief Strategist
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Bill Lan is the Chief Strategist of Huawei Technologies where he is responsible for industry regulatory policy, business strategic planning and business consulting. He is also a core member of the Huawei National Broadband Network team cooperating with ITU driving broadband development, network deployment and digital applications worldwide. Mr. Lan draws on his deep knowledge of ICT industry trends and global best practices to deliver industry white papers and business plans for governments and operators in fields suchas national broadband network and digital economy.

Mr. Lan has more than 20 years of experience in the business consulting, telecommunications and ICT industries. He has held various positions in global renowned companies, including Deloitte Consulting, Lucent Technologies and China Development Investment Bank. Mr. Lan holds a MBA from University of Manchester, UK.

Bill Lan is the Chief NBN Strategist of Huawei Technologies where he is responsible for strategic planning, NBN advisory and themanagement of key projects. He is also a core member of the Huawei NBN team driving NBN development and deployment worldwide.

Most recently, Mr. Lan managed various broadband network consulting projects for Huawei’s key customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa States, Latin America and Asia Pacific. In addition, Mr. Lan draws on his deep knowledge of telecommunications industry trends and global best practices to deliver successful business plans for operators in fields such as national broadband network, FBB, MBB and Internet applications.

Mr. Lan has 20 years of experience in the business consulting, telecommunications and ICT industries. He has held various positions in global companies, including Deloitte Consulting, Lucent Technologies and China Development Industry Bank, where he was responsible for market analysis, business strategic planning, go-to-market strategy development, financial planning and project management.

Mr. Lan holds a MBA from University of Manchester, UK.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (Panelist)

Mr. Anang Latif


CEO of Agency of Telecommunication and Information Accessibility (ICT USO Fund Agency)
Ministry of Communication and Informatics
Indonesia

Anang Latif successfully conducted the first mega Public Private Partnership Project in Indonesia: Palapa Ring Project. The project commenced construction in 2016, aiming to expand nationwide broadband service, including in frontier, outermost and remote areasin the form of 11,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables backbone. Under his leadership, the second telecommunication Public Private Partnership Project : the provision of High throughput Satellite is now underway and just completed the signing of the contract. Thesatellite will connect 140.000 public sites in Indonesia including schools, health centers, and local government start in 2022. He is one of the most prominent reference of PPP Project in Indonesia as well as USO strategy and implementation.

Speaking at the following sessions:

Mr. Saša Leković


CTIO Serbia and Montenegro
PPF Group
Republic of Serbia

Mr. SAŠA LEKOVIĆ was appointed CTIO of the PPF Group in 2018 responsible for technology strategy, planning, development and implementation of all mobile, fixed, and new revenue streams for B2C and B2B.

He is a visionary telecommunications executive with More than 20 years of experience in IT and telecommunications. Known for ability to transform operations utilizing game-changingtechnologies to maximize business efficiencies and capture international market opportunities. Transformational leader able to merge deep technical and business know-how to strategically position business operations for optimal success in a highly competitive marketplace.

From 2001-2018, Mr. SAŠA LEKOVIĆ servers as chief technology officer and Strategy officer in Serbia, Montenegroand Kazakhstan. He has extensive work experience, working in a number of influential operators and contributing to the development of the local ICT industry. Under his professional leadership, the introduction of new technologies, network sharing concept and the speed of network construction have been significantly accelerated. Also, through FP7 R&D programs with his team contributed to the development of IP Segmented routing protocol.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

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: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Ms. Molly Lesher


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

Molly Lesher is a Senior 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 digital transformation 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, 10 years as a trade analyst in the OECD’s Trade and Agriculture Directorate, 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:
Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Moderator)

Ms. Helena Leurent


Director-General
Consumers International
United Kingdom

Helena Leurent is Director General of Consumers International, the membership organisation for 200+ consumer advocacy groups around the world in more than 100 countries. Consumers International works with members and partners to empower consumers, to ensure consumers are treated safely, fairly and honestly worldwide, and to drive change in the marketplace on global consumer issues including digital access and rights, product safety and sustainability.

Prior to joining Consumers International, Helena worked for the World Economic Forum developing global partnerships and programmes with government, business, civil society and academia on issues such as advanced manufacturing, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian assistance. She has worked for Tesco Stores Plc, Unilever, McKinsey & Co and The LEK Partnership. Helena holds an MA from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future (Panelist)

Mr. Jun Li


Deputy Secretary-General
Telematics Industry Application Alliance
China

Mr. Li Jun, he is Chairman of ITU-T SG16 Focus Group on Vehicular Multimedia and Secretary General of TIAA (Telematics industry Application Alliance), Senior Engineer.
He has over 20 years of experience in the sectors of Mobile and Satellite, has a deep understanding of the mobile communication and satellite broadcasting technology, and had participated and chaired the TD-LTE industrialization and internationalization, mainly at present responsible for “Internet plus” satellite mobile broadcasting network integration terminal standards and industrialization.
He serves as Deputy Secretary General of TIAA, is also the leader ofVehicular Multimedia Workgroup of TIAA, take charge in construction of Chinese Vehicle Digital Multimedia Eco-system.
Now, he has some research on AD (Autonomous Driving) driven by High Precision Navigation and Positioning Technology.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Yanbin Li


Deputy Secretary-General
Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance
China

Ms. Ellen Yanbin Li is the Deputy Secretary-General of Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA). Her main responsibility is to lead standardization, globalization and industrialization of mobile communication technologies. She has proven expertise and experience in ICT industry with heavy engagement in global regulatory affairs, industry ecosystem and partnership, technology standardization and commercialization.

Ahead of her role in TDIA, she had been serving in Huawei Technologies for fourteen years, working as Chief Regulatory Representative of the Company in ITU and APT, and Chairperson on behalf of China and Asia PacificTelecommunity in WRC2007-WRC2012. Thereafter, she was assuming the responsibility as Senior Advisor of governmental affairs in Huawei Beijing office, and Head of Regional Brand and Strategic Marketing in Mediterranean countries.

She initiated and aligned with multi-countries ministerial programs in ICT cooperation, national digital agenda, and fully engaged with the global brand operators in better connectivity, smart city, and all- cloud initiatives.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Dr. Yanying Li


Vice President, Sustainability
Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
Belgium

Dr Yanying Li Li holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Environment from the University of Southampton, UK, and a Master’s Degree in Satellite Navigation from Tsinghua University, China. Since June 2017 she has been working in the European Climate Foundation as a city liaison officer for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to assist cities around the world to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

From 2008 to 2017 she worked as Senior Manager at ERTICO – ITS Europe, where she led a number of EC-funded international cooperation projects working with cities from Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America on implementation of sustainable urban mobility policies and technologies. Prior to joining ERTICO, she worked as Research Fellow at the University of Southampton.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Strategies to boost climate action in the ICT sector (Panelist)

Mr. Po-Wen Liu


Senior Sector Economist
European Investment Bank
Luxembourg

Po-Wen Liu is working as a Senior Sector Economist for digital infrastructure and digitalisation in the European Investment Bank(EIB), assessing projects in the fields of digitalisation and digital networks. He is also a lecturer specialised in information and communications technologies (ICT) and their economic impact at universities. With more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and digital sector, he developed several national and sectorial ICT/ digital strategies and drafted policies for and withministries, governments and enterprises. He worked in leading positions for the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Regulatory Authority of Broadcasting and Telecommunications in Austria. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Economics in Vienna.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

Ms. Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes


Chief Executive Officer
Latent Logic
United Kingdom

Kirsty is the CEO for Latent Logic - an Oxford University A.I. technology spin-out using state-of-the-art machine learning to develop virtual reality test environments for self-driving cars. An Oxford graduate, Kirsty spent her early career at strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman. She then joined the AA as Director of Membership Services and Ventures to lead the strategy post IPO. Whilst there she launched several successful start-ups in the future mobility ecosystem, including the AA’s multi award-winningConnected Car product Car Genie. Kirsty is also a Non Executive Director for the Institute of Directors.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Caroline Louveaux


Chief Privacy Officer
Mastercard
Belgium

Caroline Louveaux is the EVP/Chief Privacy Officer for Mastercard. She is leading the global team responsible for legal compliance, policy and regulatory engagement on privacy and data protection.

Caroline led the efforts to develop and implement Binding Corporate Rules and was instrumental in preparing the company for the EU General Data Protection Regulation as well as other privacy and data-related laws globally. In that context, she assisted in creating Truata, an Irish Trust, designed to provide a dataanonymization and analytics solution in compliance with the EU GDPR.

Caroline is a member of the advisory expert group supporting the review of the implementation of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.

She co-chairs the Privacy Project led by the US Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of Global Connect.

Caroline also participates in the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the use of data for humanitarian action as well as the work of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation on data-driven technologies.

In addition, Caroline is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum and of the Advisory Council of the Center for Information Policy & Leadership.

Caroline is Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM – IAPP). She is admitted to the New York Bar.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (Panelist)

Mr. Zhong (noah) Luo


Engineer
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Noah Luo is ITU-T SG16 Chairman. Mr. Luo is a senior standards and strategic expert from Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd., director of Huawei Dept. of Industry and Standards (West Europe) which has a wide range of responsibilities including standards, industry collaboration, ecosystems and telecom regulatory policies, etc.  Mr. Luo is active in various standards fields including Network  Functionalities  Virtualization(NFV), multimedia communication, cloud computing, etc. He is now leading Huawei’ s standards work in the areas of NFV and multimedia.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Sofie Maddens


Head, Regulatory and Market Environment Division
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Sofie Maddens is the Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the ITU BDT. Lawyer by training, Sofie Maddens has worked as Regulatory and Policy Expert in the telecommunications/ICT sector in international and multi-cultural environments, including in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

She has managed complex private sector, government, and regional and international projects and grants for national governments and their National Regulatory Authorities, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Telecommunications Development Bureau of the ITU as well as for a wide variety of privatetelecommunications, consulting and financial sector clients.

Her scope of expertise has focused in particular on the information and communications sectors, the postal sector as well as the information society (including Internet policy and governance, e-commerce, privacy, cybercrime and cyber security).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist), Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (Moderator)

Mr. Mario Maniewicz


Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Mr. Mario Maniewicz was elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He took office on 1 January 2019.

Mario Maniewicz isan electronic engineer specialized in telecommunications. He has been with the ITU for over 30 years, where he has served in high-level management positions in the Radiocommunication and Development Sectors as well as in ITU Regional Offices.

As Director,Mr. Maniewicz is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau, which organizes 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 satellite orbits.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker), Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Moderator)

Mr. Marius-Catalin Marinescu


Head of Corporate Strategy Division
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Moderator)

Ms. Anamaria Meshkurti


Outreach and Events Coordinator
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
From local to global innovation: The role of start-ups in standardization and market orientation for emerging technologies (Moderator)

Mr David Maasz


CEO
Entrepreneurship Foundation
Hungary

David has started his first venture - one of the very first internet businesses in Hungary - at the age of 19. He has been a serial entrepreneur, starting over 10 innovative companies in the past nearly two decades, with successes, failures, mergers and buyouts - experiencing all different stages of an enterprise. Today, he has business angel investments in different sectors and has a passion for teaching and encouraging entrepreneurs, mentoring and investing in young people, and fostering start-up development on international level. David is committed to social engagement and believes in grassroots initiatives of civil society to make a positive change in the world. He has been Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce in his hometown, and sat at the Foreign Economic Committee of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Budapest. He has been working for 2 terms as Member of the European Parliament of Enterprises in Brussels and as an independent expert to the European Commission on SME development, innovation and research. Beside his 10+ years of deep knowledge in European affairs, David has experience in both U.S. and China diplomatic and economic relations. David is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship around the world, including GEW, Kairos Summit and G20 YES. David founded Entrepreneurship Foundation Hungary in 2011 - a private, not-for-profit organization, with the mission of nurturing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Hungary, encouraging and supporting young talents and showcasing innovations in the World. He also maintains incubators inthe United States, Germany and China to bring young innovations to those markets. Based on all this experience he founded EFxGlobal, a worldwide alliance of successful experts to share practical knowledge and expertise of developing successful entrepreneurial ecosystems. David feels himself in a vibrant international environment most comfortable. David is married with 3 children.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Damjan Manchevski


Minister
Ministry of Information Society and Administration
Republic of North Macedonia

Damjan Manchevski is the Minister of Information Society and Administration since June 1, 2017.

Mr. Manchevski has over ten years of professional working experience in ICT sector, as manager and executive director of several companies. Between 2005 and2006 he has worked as Engineer for Radio Frequencies in the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC).

His vision as Minister of Information Society and Administration is to work together with ICT companies towards creating innovative solutions for strengthening the effectiveness of public policies and introducing new technological processes to increase productivity, making North Macedonia an example for the region regarding digital transformation. Together with his team, Mr. Manchevski will work on creating accountable and transparent public administration which will serve the citizens, through the re-establishment of the merit system and strengthening the training programs for the administrative servants. The public administration reform (PAR) will be conducted in an open, consultative process together with the civil society, trade unions, chambers and other relevant stakeholders.

Mr. Manchevski holds a degree from The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, under the University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", at the Department for Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. In 2009 he was a Chevening fellow at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Certificate of graduate studies. In 2003 he participated in the US Department of State International Visitors Program titled "Young European Leaders and US Policies on Current Political, Economic and Social Issues," while from 2003 to 2004 participated in the School for Promising Politicians organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Alfred Moser. He is fluent in Englishand Serbian/Croatian language.

Learn more here about the progress achieved by the Republic of North Macedonia in telecommunications and the digital agenda.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker), Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Nguyen Manh hung


Minister
Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)
Viet Nam

Speaking at the following sessions:
Opening Ceremony (Speaker)

Ms. Jennifer Manner


Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
EchoStar Operating LLC
USA

Jennifer A. Manner is Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar Corporation/Hughes Network Systems LLC where she is responsible for the company’s domestic and international regulatory and policy issues, including spectrum management and market access. Prior to this, Ms. Manner was Deputy Chief of the Office and Engineering and Technology and before that Deputy Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau where she has had a focus on broadband and other related issues. Ms. Manner previously worked as a Principal at ZComm Strategies LLC.

Before that, Ms. Manner was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SkyTerra Communications, LLC, where she handled the company's domestic and international regulatory and policy issues. Before joining SkyTerra, Ms. Manner served as Senior Counsel to FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy with responsibility for wireless, international and new technology issues. Ms. Manner joined the Commissioner's office after working at MCI Communications Corporation, later WorldCom, Inc., as Associate Counsel for Foreign Market Access and then as International Wireless Services and Director of International Alliances.

Prior to this position, Ms. Manner was an associate in the Communications Group at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.P. Before joining Akin, Gump, Ms. Manner was an Attorney-Advisor at the FCC.

Ms. Manner currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and previously served as an adjunct professor of the Washington College of Law at American University. Ms. Manner has published several books on telecommunications issues including on spectrum and foreign market access, and has written numerous law review and magazine articles. Ms. Manner holds and has held key leadership roles including in Satellite Industry Association the US ITU Association, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, in study groups at the International Telecommunications Union including ITU-R Task Group 5/1, as well as serving in leadership roles in federal advisory committees, including as Chair of Working Group 4B on Network Timing Alternative on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Committee and Chair of Working Group 4, Regulatory Issues of the World Radiocommunication Advisory Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the International Trade Advisory Committee and the International Telecommunications Advisory Committee 8 and a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. Ms. Manner is also a member of the Advisory Board of Geeks Without Frontiers. Ms. Manner also has served on numerous U.S. delegations to international treaty negotiations.

Ms. Manner received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, from where she serves as Co-Chair of the Alumni Board of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and was awarded the Outstanding Alumniin Political Science Award. She received her J.D. cum laude from New York Law School and LL.M. with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Manner is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York and Connecticut.

Ms. Manner has also been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Media and the Internet by Cablefax for 2018, one of the top 2017 and 208 100 Broadband and Media attorneys by CableFax, one of the most powerful women in the world by CableFax in 2018, and was awarded the EchoStar 2013 Most Valuable Player Award, the 2012 FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau’s Chief’s Meritorious Service Award, the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award in Political Science from the Rockefeller College, State University of New York at Albany and the 2011 Wireless Communications Association International’s Government Service Award.

Ms. Manner, a film-maker, was a finalist for her movie at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and has underproduction her latest film, When Wire Was King, The Transformation of Telecommunications, expected for release in 2020.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G: the state of play (Panelist)

Ms. Coral Manton


Researcher and Developer
Women Reclaiming AI
United Kingdom

Women Reclaiming AI (WRAI) is an expanding piece of design activism, co-founded by Coral Manton and B Aga. WRAI is presented as a feminist AI voice assistant, programmed through participatory workshops by a growing community of women. Through creating a platform for collective writing and editing the project co-creates an AI personality that challenges gender roles.

WRAI is a response to the pervasive depiction of AI voice assistants gendered as women, subordinate and serving. Designed by development teams which lack diversity these systems are embedded with unrepresentative views and stereotypes which reinforce traditional gender roles.

WRAI reclaims female voices in the development of AI systems by empowering women to harness conversational AI for protest. In so doing we are educating women about AI - demystifying the processes - engaging them in the tools - and encouraging them to take up roles within the field.

Coral & B are an artist-technologist duo whose work questions the humanising of AI technologies and challenges the bias baked into systems by under-representative development teams. They are advocates for women in technology through demystifying processes, live-coding and participatory design. Their work has been featured in The Guardian, SXSW & Tate Modern.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (Panelist)

Mr. Ian Mash


Director, Chief Transformation Office, Carrier Business Group
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
United Kingdom

Ian Mash is Director, Huawei Carrier Business Group Chief Transformation Office and is based in the United Kingdom. Before joining Huawei Ian gained 30 years of experience in the ICT sector in Commercial , Product management, Strategy and Programme managementroles in BT Plc, then ran his own business consultancy company.

Ian has defined and launched circa 30 products and has led a team of 600 developers. Ian joined Huawei in 2011 as part of the CNBG Business Consultancy team supporting Operators globally. During that time he has defined new products for operators, built GTM strategies and new pricing propositions, and led the Uk Competence Centre, before helping to set up the CTO Office.

Ian has a Bachelors Degree in Education from London University, a Diploma in management studies and a Masters Degree in Business administration Form Henley Management College. He is a Member of the Institute of Marketing and is a qualified Programme Director.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Moderator)

Dr. Konstantinos Masselos


President
Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)
Greece

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Panelist)

Ms. Isabelle Mauro


Director, Head Digital Communications Industry
World Economic Forum LLC
Switzerland

Isabelle is responsible for leading the agenda of the Digital Communications industry at the World Economic Forum. As part of her role, Isabelle manages the portfolio for the telecoms community and his responsible for managing and implementing the industry’s initiatives, both in the digital economy and society space and in the broader ecosystem.

Prior to this role, Isabelle was Head of International Affairs & Regional Engagement at the GSMA, where she was responsible for governments and institutional relations at global level. As part of her role, Isabelle managed the delivery of industry programmes and lead global and regional advocacy campaigns to help shape the mobile agenda, both in the private and public sector.

Before joining the GSMA, Isabelle worked as a public affairs consultant in Brussels and specialised in the field of Telecommunications and Communications policies. As part ofher position, she was responsible for preparing and running a mobile awareness campaign commissioned by a group of investors in mobile infrastructure in order to promote a new economic model to regulate competition.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Moderator), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Panelist)

Mr. Scott Mckenzie


Vice President
Coleago Consulting Ltd.
United Kingdom

Over 20 years in the telecoms industries with a focus on general management, finance and strategy. Prior to joining Coleago Scott was the Chief Strategy Officer for the Dutch operator KPN’s international mobile division before becoming the CEO of KPN’s €1bn Mobile Wholesale business unit. He left KPN in 2008.

Prior to that, Scott worked several years consultancy Arthur D. Little for clients in the telecom industry on strategy, M&A and due diligence assignments. He then spent six years as an equity analyst in the City covering European telecom operators for various investment banks including Société Générale. Earlier in his career worked for Telstra and Ericsson in various R&D and product management roles.

Scott holds a degree in electrical engineering from Melbourne University and an MBA from the Saïd Business School at Oxford University. He is a contributor to the Handbook of Spectrum Auction Design published by Cambridge University Press (2017).

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Enrique Medina malo


Chief Policy Officer
Telefónica S.A.
Spain

Enrique Medina Malo is currently Chief Policy Officer at Telefónica S.A

He joined Telefónica Legal department in 2006, as Head of Public Law and hold different responsibilities in the field of Regulation and Competititon legal afairs.

In 2008 he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica, S.A., reporting to the Group´s General Counsel and in September 2011, General Counsel of Telefónica Europe, reporting to the regional CEO.

Before joining Telefonica, Enrique Medina Malo served as in the Spanish Government Legal Service in different posts: Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry ofIndustry and Energy and the High Court of Cataluña.

From 2002 to 2004 he served as General Director for Legislation (Secretario General Técnico) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

He has been Chief Legal Officer of the Spanish Broadcasting Corporation RTVE (2004-2006).

He holds a law degree from Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and was admitted to the Spanish Government Legal Services in 1997 (Abogado del Estado).

Enrique Medina Malo was born in Madrid in 1972, is married and has three children.

 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist), Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

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:
Broadband today – and tomorrow: from wireless broadband to gigabit strategies (Panelist), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Panelist)

Ms. Elizabeth Migwalla


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

Elizabeth Migwalla is Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs (Middle East and Africa) for Qualcomm International Incorporated (Qualcomm). In this role, which she has held for twelve years, Elizabeth interfaces directly with key government ministries, regulatory authorities as well as regional and international regulatory forums, in order to drive the adoption of advanced broadbandwireless technologies and service on the continent.

With a distinguished career in various aspects of telecommunications engineering, operations, services and policy spanning more than 31 years, she has built a reputation as one of Africa’s leading experts on communications policy through her many accomplishments during this period.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Elizabeth served The Boeing Company as its Regional Director for Regulatory Affairs for four years; and also performed a similar role for ICO Global Communications for a period of five years.

Elizabeth holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and an MBA from Bond University in Australia.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist), 5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Tim Miller


Partner
Plum Consulting
United Kingdom

Tim Miller is a Partner at Plum and specialises in the application of economic theory to telecommunications issues, with a particular focus on regulation, competition, and spectrum policy and strategy. His advice has been used by operators to lobby for changes to regulation, and by operators to form regulatory policy and strategy.

Tim has developed models and analytical tools for operators, regulators and governments around the world to assess the value of spectrum and how it should be awarded. He has alsoprovided advice on how spectrum may be used from both a technical and regulatory perspective in mobile and fixed networks. His work considers the analysis of markets and company interactions, both in terms of their impact on spectrum awards and on regulation in general. He is adept at applying established regulations to emerging markets, particularly those in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, but is keen to develop new regulatory thinking to reflect the changing nature of today’s telecommunications markets, applied to markets worldwide.

Tim has applied game theory to market interactions to enable operators and regulators to understand likely outcomes of decisions, and how to mitigate against unwanted effects. His work has also included mobile broadband regulation, the estimation of demand for data traffic, economic impact and cost benefit analyses, the pricing of regulated services, broadcasting cost models, undersea cable disputes, mobile number portability, universal service cost calculations, and structural separation.

Tim has an MSc in Economics from the University of Bristol, specialising in auction and game theory, and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics from the same institution.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Moderator)

Mr. Joel alexander Mills


Chief Executive Officer
Augment City AS
Norway
A champion for simulation and complex data visualization with a background as an Industrial Designer, born and educated in the UK and moved to Ålesund, Norway 12 years ago. Passionate about using elegant technology and human centred design to reduce cost, find better solutions, increase safety and improve quality of life. After running successful businesses, 6 years ago he was asked to take over as the CEO of Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC), He transformed this business using simulation technology for the offshore oil industry as a key tool for Virtual prototyping and has been focusing heavily on proving the value in simulation, and driving the exponential growth of simulation with OSC at the forefront. Only 6 Months ago as well as running OSC he started a daughter company “AugmentCity” using the simulation and visualizing technology developed for the offshore industry and in tight cooperation of the United Nations smart cities program as a game changing tool for Smart cities. He is excited to see where this new journey will take us.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist)

Mr. Paul Mitchell


Senior Director, Internet Governance
Microsoft Corporation
USA

Paul Mitchell is Senior Director, Technology Policy at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy engagement on long-term technology evolution. Mr. Mitchell assumed his current role in July 2011. He is responsible for strategic technology policy initiatives in the areas of spectrum, Internet governance, and broadband.

Prior to his current position Mr.Mitchell held a variety of senior positions including General Manager, Interoperability and Standards and, with Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, General Manager of Policy and Standards.

Mr. Mitchell joined Microsoft as a product manager in the Developer Tools Division, where he helped secure developer adoption of Microsoft’s professional C and C++ products. He was responsible for launching Microsoft C7, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual C++ for Windows NT.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, Mitchell was a senior marketing manager at Raima Corporation, a developer of database products. There he launched the company’s first object-oriented toolkit, created an international distribution strategy and developed a distribution and consultant network.

Mitchell is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on the evolving nature of broadband, the role of interoperability and open standards in the market place, and the impact of technology shifts on media.

Mitchell has served on the board of directors of BET.com, Vision TV and SVOX in Canada, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist)

Dr. Américo Muchanga


Chairman of the Board
Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicações de Moçambique
Mozambique
Prof. Americo Muchanga is the Director General of the Regulator Authority of Communications (INCM). Previously, he served as Director of Planning at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), as Director and Head of the Systems and Operations Department of the UEM Informatics Center (CIUEM) and National Director of the National Institute of Meteorology of Mozambique (INAM). Prof. Muchanga coordinated the MEGCIP (Communication Infrastructure and Electronic Government Project) project of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher Education and Technical-Vocational Training and was a lecturer at EMU and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), one of Sweden's most prestigious universities. Mr. Muchanga’s graduated in Electrical Engineering, branch of Low Currents by UEM and doctorate in Interdomain Traffic Engineering and Faster Restoration in Optical Networks, by KTH in Sweden.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist), Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

Ms. Laura Munoz


Engagement Manager
Centre for Financial Regulation and Incl usion - CENFRI
South Africa

Laura Munoz is an Engagement Manager at Cenfri. She manages Cenfri’s payments portfolio covering remittances, payments ecosystems and digital fiat currencies. She has worked on financial inclusion for the past 13 years.

Prior to working with Cenfri, she has worked as an independent consultant on digital finance, specialised on agent banking, credit scoring and mobile money and itslink to financial inclusion, for clients such as IFC, UNCDF and ILO. She has been the Business Development Director for Microcred Senegal, in charge among others of developing new products, including PAYG for solar systems, credit scoring loans, and advising on the agent banking strategy.

She has also been technical advisor for UNCDF for a programme called YouthStart, aimed at supporting MFIs at developing, pilot testing and rolling out savings products for youth. Laura holds a Master’s in international business administration from the Centre of Economic and Commercial studies in Spain.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Universal financial inclusion access through innovative FinTech and Digital Currency (Panelist)

Alexander Ntoko


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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
From local to global innovation: The role of start-ups in standardization and market orientation for emerging technologies (Panelist)

Mr. Miko Nxele


Senior Human Capacity Building Officer, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations
Mike Nxele is the Senior Human Capacity Building Officer in the Human Capacity Building division of the Bureau of Telecommunications Development of ITU. He is based at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. In this capacity, Mike is responsible for providing advice and support to ITU member states and sector members in developing their human and institutional capacities to fully leverage the benefits of ICTs. Mike has over 30 years' experience in the field of human resources and human capital development within the telcommunications/ICT environment. Prior to joining ITU in 2002, Mike Nxele worked as Group Human Resources Director for ten years for the incumbent fixed telecommunications operator in his native country, Zimbabwe.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (Panelist)

Mr. Jonathan Naidoo


CEO
SmartXchange
South Africa

Jonathan Naidoo is the Chief Executive Officer at SmartXchange.

Jonathan has extensive experience on trade and investment related activities, having led and accompanied a number of outward and inward business missions. Jonathan’s vast business experiences coupled with his connectivity both domestically and internationally has earned him a reputation of an astute “deal maker”. Jonathan was previously a Mathematics Teacher, the head of Economic Research, Policy and Lobbying at the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

SmartXchange is a Non-Profit Business Incubator based in South Africa. It specializes in the Media, Information, Communication, Technology and electronics sector (MICTe). The incubator aims at assisting individuals in building new digital skillsand helping start-ups scale, for communities to leapfrog their digital transformation. Today there are 67 start-ups that have been incubated, resulting in job creation, and 27 innovations that were created.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Ms. Amanda Nelson


Chief Executive Officer
Vodafone Hungary
Hungary

Amanda is an internationally experienced CEO, passionate about creating healthy organisations that are sustainable and successful. She has spent the last 20 years in Vodafone, working in Chief Finance, Commercial and CEO roles. Her experience extends globally, from Vodafone Group in the UK, to Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Malta and Hungary.

Since January 2018, Amanda has been Chief Executive at Vodafone Hungary and Chairman of the Board since May 2019. In August 2019, Vodafone acquired Liberty Global’s UPC business in Hungary, and she is currently leading the integration of the two businesses. Together, they are present in1.8m Hungarian households, with over 2m mobile subscribers and around 1m fixed customers.

Amanda is a highly rated leader who can inspire and engage and is a keen advocate of diversity and inclusion and women’s equality. She loves spending time actively with her Family, and is a keen marathon runner.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (Panelist)

Ms. Jade Nester


Director of Consumer Policy
GSMA
United Kingdom

Jade Nester is Director, Consumer Policy, at the GSMA, a trade association representing the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Previously, she was at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where she advised clients on compliance with privacyand data protection laws and regulations.

Jade has over 13 years of experience working on information and communicationstechnology policy and regulatory issues. Between 2006 and 2014, she held a number of roles within the U.S. government, including Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Commerce Departmentand Director, Internet Public Policy at the State Department.

During the Obama Administration, Jade co-chaired a White House National Science and Technology Council working group responsible for U.S. policy on commercial cross-border privacy issues, including U.S. views on the EU GDPR. She also participated in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Consultation. In 2010, Jade served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy.

In addition to global privacy frameworks, Jade has deep knowledge of issues related to Internet intermediary liability, copyright, cybersecurity, net neutrality, and Internet governance. She has a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and a B.A. from The George Washington University. She holds the CIPP/E, CIPP/G and CIPM certifications, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist)

Dr. Luis Neves


CEO
Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
Belgium

Luis Neves was born in Covilhã, Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History. He worked for Marconi as Head ofDepartment and at the Corporate Office. Later he started an international career in Switzerland and developed an intensive activityat European and International levels. During this period he participated in different international bodies such as member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications in the European Union and "Chair" of diverse Work groups, member of the High Level Group on the Information Society. He was appointed as "Expert" by the European Commission to different "Working Groups" in the Telecommunicationsfield as well as in questions related to "Information Society "issues.

In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Sustainability and Citizenship Department. In May 2008 he was appointed Head of Sustainable Development and Environment at Deutsche Telekom Corporate Responsibility and as from December 1st 2008 he was assigned to the position of Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Effective February 2012 he was appointed to the position of Group Climate Protection and Sustainability Officer. October 2017, he joined GeSI as CEO.

Luis Neves has been playing a fundamental role in promoting the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to Climate Change. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of GeSI, and together with the other board members, he successfully developed GeSI to become a recognised global organisation in the sustainability area. Under his leadership, GeSI became a globally recognised Industry organisation in the field of sustainability and a “thought Industry Leader” in the area of climate change.

Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as Chairman of the GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations Global Compact Lead Group, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations “Caring for Climate” Initiative, Member of the ERT - European Round Table of Industrialists Climate Change Group, Member of the SAP Sustainability strategy, reporting & assurance Board Advisory Panel, Co-chair of the ICT4EE Forum, Member of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy and Green Economy Task Force Meetings, Member of the Steering Committee of “Econsense”, The German Sustainability Association, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Steering Committee of BITKOM, the German ICT Association, Advisory Board member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative, Jury member of GreenTec Awards and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. Nikolay Nikiforov


Chairman of the Board
Diginavis
Russian Federation
Nikolay Nikiforov was ​born in 1982 in Kazan, Russia. He holds a degree in Economics from the Kazan State University. Since the 2000’s he has had experience in different roles at IT-startups. He was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia from 2010-2012. He held the position of Minister of Telecom and Mass Media of Russia from 2012-2018. He focused on broadband penetration through massive fiber optics construction and satellite launches, first 4G and 5G networks in Russia, public e-services, e-commerce through postal infrastructure, digital economy national program, new innovative city of Innopolis and new Innopolis University. In June 2018 - founded technology investment company Diginavis and focused on deep research in digital technologies including unmanned vehicles, AI, robotics.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Panelist), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Dr. Josef Noll


Research Professor
University of Oslo
Norway

Josef Noll is professor at the University of Oslo (UiO) and Secretary General of the Basic Internet Foundation. His focus is on communication and IoT-/Information security, and especially digitalisation based on free access to information for all.

Josef Noll was previously Senior Advisor and group leader at Telenor R&I where his group developed 3G/UMTS. He has also worked at the European Space Agency and SIEMENS. He is reviewer of several EU projects, and evaluator of national and EU research programmes. His focus is on sustainable innovations, based on digital inclusion for all. His vision of "Internet Lite for all" addresses directly theSustainable Development Goals, especially in the areas of health (SDG 3), Education (SDG 4), empowerment (SDG 5) and decent work (SDG 8).

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (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 optical cable solution with ultimate affordability and best reliability.

The solution meets the three recently published ITU-T Recommendations that he worked as the Editor;L.1700 (Requirements and framework for low-cost sustainable telecommunications infrastructure for rural communications in developing countries, 2016), L.110 (Optical fibre cables for direct surface application, 2017) and L.163 (Criteria for optical fibre cable installation with minimal existing infrastructure, 2018).

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.

Early 2019, this solution with 10-km optical cable was implemented following L.163 in west Nepal. A part of the cable was manually placed on the ground’s surface in an unexplored jungle.

Born in Tokyo, Dr. Okamura has worked with NTT Labs, NEC, Corning Inc.(USA), and Waseda University as a visiting professor. He has served as a vice chairman of ITU-T SG15 and ITU-T TSAG. He is currently the chairman of IEC SC86C (fibre optic systems and active devices) and the president of Global Plan Inc. Mr. Okamura holds Ph. D. and MBA degrees.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Mr. Lauri Oksanen


VP Research and Technology
Nokia Corporation
Finland

Lauri Oksanen is Vice President for Research and Technology in Nokia. He heads The Industry Standards Group in Nokia Bell Labs,responsible for all industry activities in Nokia. He started his industrial career 30 years ago in fiber optics in 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:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Mário augusto da silva Oliveira


Secretary of State for Telecommunication
Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies
Angola

Mário Augusto da Silva Oliveira, born on April 06, 1964, son of Mário Januário de Oliveira and Maria Augusta da Silva Oliveira, of Angolan nationality – Luanda, graduated in Telecommunications Engineering.

He was Director of the Commercial Directorate of MSTelcom in 2006, Director of the Directorate of Operations of MSTelcom in 2009, Director of the engineering office of MSTelcom in 2012, and member of the board of Directors and Vogal of the Executive Committee of MSTelcom in 2015.

He served as Vice-president of the Angolan Handball Federation, President of Zone 6 SADC regim, of the African Handball Confederation, member of the Executive Committee of the African Handball Confederation and member of the Angolan Olympic Committee. He hasmade various technical, management and leadership training in Europe and abroad, participated in several fairs, workshops and work visits within the telecommunications sector. He has language in English and Spanish.

He is currently the Angolan Secretary of State for Telecommunications in the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information technologies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. John Omo


Secretary-General
African Telecommunications Union
Kenya

Mr. John OMO is the new Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) having been elected during the 5th ATU Conference of Plenipotentiaries held in Nairobi in August, 2018. He is leading the Continental body entrusted with building consensuswithin African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora.

Mr. Omo in his 27 years experience as a lawyer has contributed immensely to the drafting, vetting of local and international instruments, agreements and treaties, representing Government in civil and arbitration matters, researches on policy and legal issues. Prior to his election, he was working with the Communications Authority of Kenya where he provided leadership over the Authority’s Legal policies and strategies and participated in a number of treaty making local and international meetings.

He holds a Master of Law degree in Internationaland Commercial law from the University of Sheffield, UK and a Diploma in Human Rights Law from the UN Human Rights Centre, Geneva and ILO Centre Turin among other professional courses.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist), MSMEs in the Digital Agenda – The Case of Uganda (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Viktor Orbán


Prime Minister of Hungary
Office of the Prime Minister

Professional experience:

  • 2010 - present: Prime Minister
  • 2006: Honorary citizenship from Esztergom
  • 2003: Chairman of Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union
  • 2002 Vice-chairman of the European People's Party
  • 2001 Freedom Award of the American Enterprise Institute and the New Atlantic Initiative, Franz-Josef Strauß award granted by the Hanns Seidel Foundation
  • 1998-2002: Prime Minister
  • 1993 Chairman of Fidesz
  • 1989 Member of the delegation to theOpposition RoundtableM
  • 1988 Founding member of the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz)

Speaking at the following sessions:
Opening Ceremony (Speaker)

Mr. Robert Orr


Chair, the Natural Products Centre of Excellence for Research and Commercialization and CEO
Cuna del Mar
Canada

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Panelist)

Mr. Bram Over


Impact Project Manager
Close the Gap
Belgium

Bram Over has experience in the diplomatic, public and private sector, and currently is active as Impact Project Manager at Close the Gap. In this role, he is responsible for the business development of Close the Gap in Europe and Africa, and helps build the start-up Close the Gap founded in Kenya this year.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

H. E. Ms. Ursula g. Owusu ekuful


Minister
Ministry of Communications
Ghana

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

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker)

Mr. Jaroslaw Ponder


Head of the ITU Office for Europe
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Mr Jaroslaw Ponder is Head of the ITU Office for Europe at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) (Geneva, Switzerland), representing ITU in Europe and directing actions, projects, initiatives and experts groups targeting 46 countries of the Europe Region. His portfolio includes set of Regional Initiatives for Europe, designed by the European Member States and focusing on the ICT Infrastructure, Digitization, Digital Inclusion, Accessibility, Cybersecurity and Innovation.

Along the professional career,Mr. Ponder held official positions in the public sector and was a contributor to the legislative projects having the impact on the public policy. Since 2014 Mr. Ponder has been working for ITU holding diverse positions in the General Secretariat, Telecommunication Development Bureau, and Regional Presence, addressing complexity of information society development and digital transformation at national, regional, international level, including United Nations level. For several years he has led ITU’s work on the UnitedNations World Information Society Summit process, resulting in the establishment of the annual WSIS Forum, WSIS Prizes, WSIS Stocktaking.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist), Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Moderator), Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Moderator), Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Moderator), Our place in Europe: expanding the Digital Agenda in the West Balkans (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. László Palkovics


Minister
Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Hungary

Dr. László Palkovics is a Széchenyi Award-winning engineer, professor, member of the Hungarian Academy of Science. He hes been the Secretary of State for Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Capacities since 2014. In 1995 he became the Director of the Knorr Bremse Research and Development Center in Budapest.

Between 2001 and 2003 he was the Director of electronic engineering of the Knorr Bremse development center in Germany, and then he was promoted to be the Vice President of Advanced Engineering of the Knorr Bremse Systems for Commercial Vehicles.

In 2010 he was elected to be the Vice rector of strategic affairs at the College of Kecskemet, where with his effective support the dual (practice-oriented) education has been launged. In 2012 He has been the Professor at the Department of Automobiles again at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

On the basis of thesuggestion of Mihály Varga, Minister of Economics, as the appreciation of his high achievement in research and his iconistic guidline drawer activities in August 21, 2013 he was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer’s Cross.

In 1989, Palkovics graduated from the Budapest University of Technology, from 1992 he has been the assistant professor of Department of Automobile Engineering.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (OpeningRemarks)

Ms. Maarit Palovirta


Director of Regulatory Affairs
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
Belgium
Maarit has an extensive expertise in telecoms, broadband and internet matters. She joined ETNO from the Internet Society, where sheserved as a Senior Manager Europe and where she has acquired strong experience of broadband policies as well as extensive links with internet and tech stakeholders. Maarit also had direct experience of the telecoms business during her 6 years at Cisco and has developed a strong service-oriented, hands-on profile acquired in leading consultancies Interel and Schuman Associates. She also has a strong European academic background from the College of Europe, LSE, King’s College and SciencesPo. Maarit is a Finnish national, she also speaks English and French.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Speaker), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Panelist), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Daniel Pataki


Vice President of Regulation
GSMA
Hungary

Daniel Pataki leads the GSMA’s global engagement on digital and telecommunications policy. Under his direction, the GSMA advocates for policies and regulatory frameworks that enable sustained innovation and investment in the networks that underpin the digital economy and society.

Daniel has a unique record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority (2004-2009), chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC, 2008) and chair of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG, 2009). Daniel was also Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO, 2012-2015) and Deputy Secretary of State for Communications (Hungary, 2002-2004).

He holds a MSc in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma from a leading French institutional programme led by Ecole de Mines, Ecole des Ponts and Sciences-Po.

He was awarded the Officer’sCross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 for his work in EU electronic communication regulation and the Order of Merit(Knight’s Cross) of the Republic of Hungary in 2005 for his work promoting the development of the information and communications technology sector.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future (Panelist), Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist)

Dr. Milica Pejanović Đurišić


Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro to UN
Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the United Nations in New York
Republic of Montenegro

Milica Pejanović-Đurišić is currently Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro to UN.  Before, she served as Minister of Defence in the Government of Montenegro from March 2012 to November 2016, having a leading role in the process of Montenegro’s accession to NATO. Her current engagements  also include  participation in the Mediterranean Women Mediators network and steering committees of a number of (cyber)security related conferences and initiatives. She is a member of the Governance Board of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro and founder of its Digital Forensic Lab.

With the PhD in Telecommunication Engineering, Milica Pejanović-Đurišić continuously pursues her academic carrier as a full professor in Telecommunications and Wireless Communications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro, founder and director of its Research Centre for ICT. Prof. Pejanović-Đurišić’s role in fostering digital transformation of Montenegro and the region has been widely recognized, through a number of initiatives focusing on development and deployment of info-communication infrastructures and applications. Her industry experience includes being President of the Board of „Telekom Montenegro“ (1999-2002), as well as President of the Board of the first Montenegriin Internet provider (2001-2002). Prof. Pejanović-Đurišić  has been working as a consultant in the field of ICTs and  as an expert  for European Commission and ITU, participating in a number ofglobal professional associations and projects in the field of info-communication technologies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker)

Mr. Honghua Peng


Chief Marketing Officer
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr.Peng is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Huawei’s Wireless Network Product Line. Mr.Peng leads Product Line Management & Marketing, including product planning, marketing strategy, marketing programs, brand building and demand generation across Huawei’s portfolio of wireless network products and solutions.

Mr. Peng joined Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. in 2000, and has held several senior leadership positions including Director of Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) for the Wireless Network Product Line Management Department in Europe, President of UMTS domain, and President of (DIS)Digital Indoor System domain.

Mr.Peng has more than 18 years of experience in wireless R&D, product planning and management, he has in depth understanding of wireless market, technology evolution and solution requirements.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Keynotespeaker)

Ms. Annemijn Perrin


CEO and Founder
Digital Skills Foundation
France

Annemjin Perrin is the CEO and founder of The Digital Skills Foundation, an organization that provides Digital Literacy to all people through the Digital Skills Passport.

Digital Skills Passport is an End-User ICT skills training and certification program. Annemjin has over 15 years of experience in the education sector, as a business development director, educational project engineer/manager, a lobbyist, a teacher and as a lecturer on the African continent.

With a love for the world, the African continent and a first-hand experience of the educational, public and business environment on this continent, she believes that the focus of all transformation should be based on knowledge transfer, train the trainers and sustainability for the generations to come.

Annemjin is also active as “Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France” (Foreign Trade Advisor for France) - VP Training and Youth on the board of the Committee Auvergne Rhone Alpes CCE.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (Panelist)

Mr. Markus Pilgrim


Director of the Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe
International Labour Organization
United Nations

Markus Pilgrim is Director of the ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe. The office provides advisory services to 18 ILO mem-ber countries promoting more and better jobs for all women and men. Geographically, the office concen-trates on Western Balkans, Moldo-va, and Ukraine. The office is lo-cated in Budapest with additional offices in the region (www.ilo.org/budapest).

Before taking over the ILO office in Budapest Markus Pilgrim worked as Head of the Small and Medium Enterprises unit (SME) at ILO headquarters in Geneva (www.ilo.org/sme ). Prior to joining ILO, Markus worked as Manager of the Youth Employment Network (a partnership of UN, ILO, and World Bank) and as regional program manager for International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, based in Cairo, Egypt, coordinating a portfolio of technical assistance projects on private sector promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Other previous experience includes eight years as Managing Director of the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training (SEQUA), a joint development agency of the German chambers and business associations.

Markus Pilgrim holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Göttingen University, Germany.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Ms. Valentina Primo


Founder and CEO
Startups Without Borders
Egypt

Valentina is an entrepreneur and a journalist with a Masters in peace studies, Human Rights, and EU policies. She is the founderof Startups Without Borders, a platform that supports and connects refugee and migrant entrepreneurs to resources, while providing investors with an entry point to under-the-radar startups with disruptive potential.

Valentina has been involved in the Middle East’s entrepreneurial landscape since 2013, having launched Egypt’s largest platform on entrepreneurship, Startup Scene Middle East, in 2017. She has been actively involved in the Middle Eastern startup landscape, giving workshops and keynote speeches at conferences in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Russia, Norway, France, and Italy, including Lean Startup Nights Cairo, Egypt’s RiseUp Summit, and Techfugees.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SME Programme opening and SME Workshop: Storytelling for start-ups: creating a pitch that captures media and audience (Speaker)

Ms. Elena Puigrefagut


Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation
European Broadcasting Union
Switzerland

Elena Puigrefagut, Senior Project Manager at the European Broadcasting Union, co-ordinates joint technical activities undertakenby EBU Members on frequency planning and spectrum management and regulation and, in particular, frequency planning studies for terrestrial broadcasting systems. She represents the EBU in a number of international committees as the CEPT, EC and ITU including ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences.

Prior to joining the EBU, Elena worked at Eutelsat, a global satellite operator, as a frequency planning engineer in the Operations Department. During this period, she was responsible for the planning of the satellites that supported the launch of digital TV across Europe in the mid-1990s.

Elena holds a Master's degree in Image and Sound (ENST, Paris) and a M.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ETSTB Barcelona).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (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:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. Andy Purdy


Chief Security Officer
Huawei Technologies USA
USA

Andy Purdy is the Chief Security Officer for Huawei Technologies USA (since July 2012). Andy oversees Huawei USA's cyber security assurance strategy and system, and supports Huawei’s global security assurance program.

Andy is the Huawei global lead for the East-West Institute Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative and serves on the Steering Committee of the Open Group Trusted Technology Forum, which developed the Open Group Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS), recognized by ISO as 20243.

Andy was the senior cyber security official of the U.S. Government from 2004-2006. Prior to joining the Department of HomelandSecurity, Andy was a member of the White House staff where he helped to draft the U.S. National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (2003), after which he went to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he helped to form and then led the National Cyber SecurityDivision (NCSD) and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), from 2004-2006. At DHS, Andy also served as Co-chair of the National Cyber Response Coordination Group (NCRCG), the principal US interagency group to prepare for and respond to cyber incidents of national significance, and he was DHS representative to the Committee on National Security System (CNSS) that sets policy for the nation’s classified IT networks.

Immediately before joining Huawei Andy was the Chief Cybersecurity Strategist for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). In this role he provided strategic input to the development and implementation of a coordinated, company-wide initiative to address the cybersecurity needs of CSC’s global client base, and worked in national and international venues to influence cyber security public policy and awareness.

Before joining the White House staff, Andy served as ActingGeneral Counsel and Chief Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Earlier in his career he served as a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senior Staff Counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (President John Kennedy), Special Counsel to the U.S. House Ethics Committee, and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Committee. He also served for five years in network television news as an Associate Producer for NBC News magazines, and Producer for the CBS News broadcast NIGHTWATCH with Charlie Rose in Washington, D.C.

Andy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia Law School.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Leigh Purnell


CEO
Petalite Limited
United Kingdom

Leigh is the founder and C.E.O of Petalite. He worked for GE for the several years before starting his first company. He has also been on expeditions around the globe which has led him to write a book, blogs and magazine articles about them, Leigh also does public speaking at various events.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (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:
Expanding access with new radio technologies (Moderator)

Mr. Esteban Redolfi


Director of Digital Future Society
Mobile World Capital
Spain

Esteban Redolfi has held the position of Director of the Digital Future Society programme of Mobile World Capital (MWCapital) since July 2018.

Redolfi was previously also associated with MWCapital and for four years led the launch and consolidation of the 4YFN platform, which has helped to reinforce Barcelona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and turn the city into a pole for innovation.

Redolfi has spent most of his professional career in strategic consultancy as a specialist in corporate communications, brand creation and inbound marketing strategies. Throughout his professional life he has also worked at different consultancy, communication and public relations agencies.

A graduate in Communication from Blas Pascal University, Redolfi has an executive Master’s degree in Corporate Communication Management from EAE Business School and another in Marketing and Sales from ESADE.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulating the future: safe, inclusive, connected (Panelist)

Ms. Samira Ribeiro


Systems Analyst
Instituto Atlântico
Brazil

Samira Ribeiro is a requirements Analyst and UX Researcher at Atlântico Institute. PhD Student, and Master in Applied Informatics from the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), is a researcher in Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction (IHC).

Specialist in Software Engineering from Estácio de Sá University. Graduated in Computer Science (UNIFOR). Researcher from the areasof the User Experience and Internet of Things at Software Usability and Quality Lab at UNIFOR (LUQS).

In our globalized world, companies are increasingly investing in solutions with innovative value propositions. They have to adapt to the context of constant changes and respond quickly to the demands of the market while differentiating themselves from their competitors. To offer the market an approach that aims to generate user-inspired, collaboratively designed, disruptive solutions to a specific problem, Tomorrow Lab (TL) was created. By using empathy, TL promotes powerful experiences to solve real user problems, through renowned methodologies.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Mr. Je myung Ryu


Senior Digital Development Specialist
World Bank
USA

Mr. Je Myung Ryu is now working at the World Bank as a Senior Digital Development Specialist at the Digital Development Global Practice. Before joining the World Bank since August 2018, he served as Director General of Radio Policy Bureau at the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT(MSIT), where he was in charge of 5G spectrum auction (June 2018), digital switchover, and general spectrum management. He also served as Director of Telecommunications Service Policy Division and Software policy division.

During his more than 20 years of career in the government, Mr. Ryu acquired wide-ranging expertise in the field of ICT policy by working at theMinistry of Information and Communication (MIC), the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), President’s Office and at the MSIT. Mr.Ryu also played an active role in international affairs. He used to work as Counsellor at the Permanent Delegation of Korea to the OECD in Paris and had served as a bureau member of the OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society and the Working Party on Communications Infrastructure and Services Policy.

He earned a Master’s degree in information systems managementfrom Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in Politics from Seoul National University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Panelist), Investing in the digital future: towards gigabit infrastructure and society (Panelist)

Mr. Reinhard Scholl


Deputy Director, 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:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Moderator)

Mr. Neil Sahota


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

USA

Neil Sahota (萨冠军) is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, Faculty at UC Irvine, and author of Own the A.I. Revolution. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with organizations to create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. His work experience spans multiple industries including legal services, healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and government.

Moreover, Neil is one of the few people 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,Neil partners with entrepreneurs to define their products, establish their target markets, and structure their companies. He is a member of several investor groups like the Tech Coast Angels and assists startups with investor funding. Neil also serves as a judge in various startup competitions and mentor in several incubator/accelerator programs.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Mr. Eli Salis


IPR expert for the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk
Eurochambres
Belgium

Mr Salis is a Partner attorney at Disain IP (Alicante, Spain) and focuses on Intellectual Property, in particular, with the protection, prosecution and enforcement regarding trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights. He graduated from the National Universityof Litoral, Santa Fe (Argentina) and with a Master on IP for the University of Alicante.

He represents international and medium sized companies in proceedings before National Offices of Patents and Trademarks. He also has extensive experience in managingand coordinating the prosecution and enforcement of IP matters across Europe and Latin America. Eli is the author of several publications on IP matters and lecture at different universities in Europe and Latin America. He also provides consulting services to the WIPO.

Speaking at the following sessions:
SME Workshop: ready to go global? Intellectual Property in the ICT sector (Speaker)

H. E. Mr. Mohamadou Saoudi


Permanent Secretary
Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications
Cameroon

Ms. Dona Sarkar


Head of the Insider Program
Microsoft Corporation
USA

I spend my days engineering software as the Chief #NinjaCat of the Insider Program at Microsoft. I spend my side-hustle time writing fiction and non-fiction books to help young professionals have the careers of their dreams, running an ethically made fashion line called Prima Dona that’s tailored in Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, Detroit and Seattle, coaching entrepreneurs in emerging markets on how to turn idea into profit, sharing these stories on stages all over the world, and coming up with more exciting schemes.My favorite, FAVORITE job is being a bossy big sister to thousands of amazing humans who want to #DoTheThing. I was recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Productive People and Cosmopolitan magazine's Businessperson of the Year. I love making new friends, so please come and say hi at http://donasarkar.com

Speaking at the following sessions:
SME Workshop: Imposter Syndrome (Speaker)

Ms. Eleanor Sarpong


Deputy Director & Policy Lead, A4AI
World Wide Web Foundation
United Kingdom

Eleanor is A4AI’s Deputy Director & Policy lead. She directs policy and has oversight on country engagements in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

She has a rich diverse industry experience working in the ICT and public policy space in private, public and not-for-profit sectors across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. (EMEA)

Prior to joining A4AI, she consulted for the European Investment Bank (EIB), advising on its policy on ICT lending to developing countries and as well as for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), where she advised on ICT, corporate social responsibility and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She’s led engagements with governments on issues of taxation on telecommunication services, rights of way, arbitrary regulations on the ICT sector and has led the development of national broadband policies.

Eleanor is passionate about connectivity, gender and development, and currently advocates for universal broadband access, removal of barriers to connectivity and affordability and has written about 5G, Universal Access, taxation, Infrastructure sharing and digital inclusion aimed particularly at advancing women in developing regions.

She is a member of the Harvard Kennedy’s School's Implementing Public Policy (IPP) Community of practice and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker), Bridging digital divides through an integrated approach (Panelist)

Mr. Futoshi Sasaki


Deputy General Manager
Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Japan

Futoshi Sasaki was one of the founding members of IIJ's MVNO project in 2007 and has been engaging in its corporate and consumer MVNO services ever since. He is now in charge of developing IIJ's MVNO business from the strategic aspect. In addition, he is one of the leading members of MVNO Committee of the Telecom Services Association, the Japanese MVNO industry organization. Also, he plays the key role in IIJ, an associate member of ITU-T SG3.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Ms. Melissa Sassi


Startup Program Manager & IBM Z Influencer
IBM
USA

Melissa Sassi is a Startup Program Manager at IBM focused on empowering early-stage entrepreneurs through technology and business acceleration, IBM Cloud credits, comarketing, go-to-market strategy, and access to IBM’s partner ecosystem.

Melissa is a division-level lead for Call for Code, an initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to disaster scenarios with technical innovation.

Prior to joining IBM, Melissa spent several years in Microsoft's Airband Initiative where she was an impact investor focused on internet and energy access.

Melissa is Chair of IEEE's Digital Skills Working Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the World Economic Forum, OECD, IEEE, and the DQ Institute.

She is the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement, aimed at inspiring the lives of the underserved via access, skills, and utilization of technology.

Melissa holds two master's degrees in supply chain and finance and is working toward her PhD in international business.

Her research focuses on the digital inclusion of unserved communities.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist), SME Workshop: Imposter Syndrome (Speaker)

H. E. Ms. Kuni Sato


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Hungary
Embassy of Japan
Hungary

Ms Kuni Sato was accredited to Hungary as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in October 2017.

She hasstarted her diplomatic career in 1981 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan.

Her overseas diplomatic assignments included First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Thailand (1992-1994) and the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America(1994-1997), Minister of Japanese Mission to the EU in Brussels (2004-2007), Minister/Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva (2007-2010) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO in Paris (2015-2017).

She also had responsible inland positions of Counselor, Cabinet Legislation Bureau at the Government of Japan (1997-2000), Director of International Agreements Division, Treaties Bureau (2000-2002) and Director of WTO Affairs Division (2002-2004), Deputy Director-General, International Legal Affairs Bureau (2010-2012), Assistant Vice-Minister (2012-2013), Press Secretary, Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy at MOFA andAmbassador for Women, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (2013-2015).

Her educational career included lecturing on international relations, law and diplomacy at several universities in Japan.

Ms Sato has graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1977 and the Columbia University in 1980, and holds BA degree of International Relations and M.Phil. degree of Political Sciences.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Mr. David Saunders


Representative
UN Women
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr David Saunders has 20 years experience with the UN, most recently with UN Women in Bosnia and Hercegovina and Albania. He also had key roles in the private sector in Brazil, Malaysia and the UK, working for government in Oman, and with IRC in The Netherlands.

David joined the UN in the early 1990's he led a range of operations. Led information Services for Humanitarian Coordination in crises around the world. Supported UN coordination across Southern Sudan where post conflict, humanitarian and development efforts were simultaneously ongoing. In Afghanistan he led census operations, support to the health sector and helped establish the first government information systems.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe: ICT4SDG Regional Initiatives (Panelist)

Dr. György Schamschula


CEO
Magyar Posta Zrt.
Hungary

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

H. E. Mr. Silvio Schembri


Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
Office of the Prime Minister
Malta

Silvio Schembri is a Maltese politician, academic and economist by profession currently serving as the Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. Minister Schembri was first elected in Parliament back in 2013 and was then re-elected in 2017 after re-contesting the general election under the Malta Labour Party ticket, the party currently in government. Hon. Silvio Schembri attained a Master’s degree in Economics right after graduating with a Bachelors of Honours in Economics from the University of Malta. Hon. Schembri is the architect of the Blockchain Island concept and Malta’s Blockchain’s strategy.  Hon Schembri is also responsible for Financial Services, Telecommunications, Digital Economy, Research and Innovation.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Speaker)

Ms. Aude Schoentgen


Principal Consultant
Plum Consulting
France

Aude Schoentgen is a Principal Consultant at Plum Consulting and has been specialising in the telecom and digital sectors.

She has worked on international projects in the private, academic & development funding sectors. Her experience includes economic and regulatory research and analyses (Plum, World Bank, French Development Agency – AFD), as well as strategy and performance improvement projects (Orange Group).

Aude also volunteers as Content Lead for the non-profit Women in AI that works towards gender-inclusive AI.

Aude Schoentgen holds a PhD in Economics (Telecom ParisTech), a MPhil. In International Economic Relations (Sciences Po Paris) and a MSc. in Business Administration (Skema, France).

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Ron Sege


Operating Partner
Benhamou Global Ventures
USA

Ron Sege is an Operating Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV). Ron has more than 37 years of operating experience with disruptive offerings in the Enterprise IT market, in established public companies and venture-backed startups. Ron has extensive cross-border management experience, managing operations in China, UK, Continental Europe and Israel. Ron specializes in go-to-market strategy and tactics, having started his career in Field Operations at ROLM Corporation and 3Com.

He later moved into DivisionGeneral Management and President, CEO and Chairman roles in both public and private companies. He has deep insights into the telecom market (ROLM Corporation), Enterprise Networking and Cyber Security (3Com Corporation), Wireless Technologies (3Com and Tropos Networks) and Industrial IOT (Echelon Corporation). Ron has participated or led 4 sell-side M&A deals and more than 10 buy-side deals.

He is currently on the Board of Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT) and the Advisory Board of McRock Capital Industrial IOT(IIoT) Venture Fund. Ron previously served on the public Boards of 3Com Corporation and Echelon Corporation and the private Boards of Ellacoya Networks and Tropos Networks. Ron has also been on the Boards of non-profit groups Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Ron has 4 children and splits his time between Vail, Colorado where his daughter is a downhill ski racer, and Silicon Valley.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Moderator)

Mr. Geoffrey Sengendo


Head, Technical Services: RCDF
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
Uganda

Dr. Ram sewak Sharma


Chairman
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
India

Dr R S Sharma was appointed Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on 10 of August 2015. Prior to joining TRAI he was Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as ChiefSecretary 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 the overall implementation of the project to provide Unique Identification (christened as “Äadhaar”) for all residents.

Before his posting at UIDAI, Dr 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, Dr Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas and oversaw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government. Mr Sharma's contributions to IT and e-Governance have been widely recognized bothwithin and outside India and he has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery with Public Private Partnership (PPP) models.

Dr Sharma holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA). He has done his Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

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:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. Zhangshu Sheh


President
Beijing Star Time Telecommunications Tec hnology Co.
China

Mr.Sheh Zhangshu, the Chairman of Beijing Startime Telecommunications Technology Co., Ltd.(BST). He has received the EMBA from Peking University, which is one of the top university in China.

As a leading pioneering participant in pushing China's commercial space industry to the international stage level, Mr.Sheh Zhangshu has done a lot of great efforts to promote it. Meanwhile, He has been recognized as an active advocate of China's commercial space industry.

Mr.Sheh Zhangshu has been engaged in the satellite science and technology services since 2010, and he has traveled to many countries such as France, Israel, Hungary and theUnited States, etc to observe different business models and technology path of mainstream satellite operating companies for dozens of times to involve actively for the building of the “Belt & Road” high-throughput broadband(Ka) telecommunication satellite information corridor.

Under the leadership of Mr. Sheh Zhangshu, Beijing Startime Telecommunications Technology Co., Ltd.(BST) has become a competitive provider of new-type international broadband satellite network application services.

The BST is committed to building a high-throughput (Ka) broadband satellite network system which is able to cover over 60 countries/regions along the “Belt & Road”territories, and via the innovative international cooperation model, the BST has entered into a multilateral cooperation activity with Thaicom of Thailand as well as other international leading satellite application equipment research institutes and related think tanks.

By carrying out the R&D and application of integrated "space-air-ground" technology, The BST is aiming to promote the development of high-tech services based on high-throughput (Ka) broadband satellite science and technology, so asto fuel the “going-global” process of China's aerospace, and drive industry to upgrade and transformation in countries/regions along the “Belt & Road” territories.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Partner session by CSAIA (Speaker)

Mr. Walter Situ


Manager
PCCW Global
China

An experienced professional with extensive design experience for complex telecom/IT projects such as fibre network for the livedbroadcasting events for FIFA, Formula-1 and MotoGP since 2012. More recently, involving projects related to digital transformationsuch as Internet of Thing-IoT, smart city and Global Navigation Satellite Service – GNSS platform/service and infrastructure planning/design (including Modular Integrated Construction-MiC).

Currently cooperate with PCCW Global as a solution architect experienced in working on global environment and skilled in engaging different regional and customer background. Previously spent eight years with Telekom Malaysia in Hong Kong assisting a start-up operation by managing sale and technical operations.

Educated in Canada with Mechanical Engineering degree and earned a MBA from USA in 90’s.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Partner session by CSAIA (Speaker)

Dr. Joel Snyder


Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project, and President
Audio Description Associates, LLC
USA

Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description, a translation of visual images to vivid language for the benefit, primarily, of people who are blind or have a vision impairment. Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 62 countries and has made hundreds of live events, media projects and museums accessible.

The American Council of the Blind published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal – A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, now available as an audiobook voiced by Dr. Snyder, in screen reader accessible formats, and in English, Polish, Russian and Portuguese.

Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) and he serves as the Director of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org/adp). Dr. Snyder is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and AFTRA-SAG and a 20-year veteran of work as a director and arts specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. His PhD in audiovisual translation/audio description is from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Ms. Gamze Sofuoglu


Product Manager
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Turkey

Gamze Sofuoglu was born in İstanbul in 1988, and she is blind since birth. She graduated Department of Psychology in Bogazici University, and made her master degree on Cognitive Psychology in the same university.

Since September 2014, she is working asSenior Product Manager in Turkcell. She is responsible for all services and solutions for disabled customers such as audio description and indoor navigation technologies for visually disabled people, instant Sign Language translator for hearing disabled people, and educational games for children with autism.

The products which she leads won a great number of international awards such as Global GSM Awards in 2014 and 2016. In addition to her professional life, she works for some projects about education of disability, disability rights, accessibility in different NGOs.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accessibility matters: dismantling the barriers of disability with technology (Panelist)

Mr. Gabriel Solomon


Head of Government & Industry Relations, Europe & Latin America
Ericsson
United Kingdom
Gabriel leads Ericsson’s regulatory and policy practise across some 110 countries. He has more than 25 years international communications experience in roles spanning different business functions. Before joining Ericsson, Gabriel served as Vice President, Public Policy at the GSMA where he developed a comprehensive thought leadership portfolio and led multiple advocacy initiatives. Earlier inhis career, Gabriel worked in management consultancy and finance. He established commercial technology ventures in Africa, Asia andEurope. Gabriel has a MBA from INSEAD and volunteers as Chairman of the UK Telecommunications Academy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The network operator of 2025 (Panelist), Ministerial Roundtable: stimulating public-private collaboration on connectivity and adoption (Speaker), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Panelist)

Mr. Endre Spaller


Vice-President, Government IT Development Agency
Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Hungary

In 2001 he graduated as a sociologist at ELTE. He started his career in the higher education sector.

In 2010 he was elected as a Member of Parliament.

In 2014 he was President of the National Office for Innovation.

2015-2018 Deputy Chairman of the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation. In the meantime, he will be a member of the Executive Committee of the OECD's Committee on Industry and Innovation. PhD candidate at the Széchenyi István University.

From 2019, he is Vice-President of Projects at KIFÜ and is a member of the OECD's Committee on Digital Economic Policy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future (Panelist)

Mr. Victor d. Sparrow


Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA
USA

Mr. Sparrow is currently the Director, Spectrum Policy and Planning Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Sparrow joined NASA in October 2009. Mr. Sparrow, in this capacity, is the principal advisor to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations for spectrum policy and planning.

Prior to NASA, Mr. Sparrow served as the Deputy Director, and Director (Acting), for Spectrum Management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration, OASD(NII) - 1997 to 2008, as the principal advisor to the ASD(NII) for spectrum and electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) policy.

From 2008-2009, Mr. Sparrow was employed with the ITT Corporation as a senior engineering manager. Mr. Sparrow’s duties included providing senior policy and strategic expertise to the OASD(NII) and the Defense Spectrum Organization.

His professional experience includes thirty-two years of Federal civilian service - eleven years with the National Communications Systems (NCS), eleven with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and ten with NASA.

Mr. Sparrow’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Arts in Telecommunications from HowardUniversity and the George Washington University respectively. Mr. Sparrow also received a Masters of Science degree from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Sparrow is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Sparrow’s professional experience includes an assignment on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist)

Mr. Paul Spence


Chief Technologist
McLaren Applied Technologies
United Kingdom

Paul is Chief Technologist for McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), responsible for the technical delivery of high-performance data systems across a broad range of markets. These data systems encompass data collection on mobile vehicles, transmission by varioustelemetry solutions, radio technologies and analysis systems for either human or machine learning. In MAT’s automotive activities Paul leads on the problem of how to validate autonomous vehicles, engaging with many of the OEMs, techs and regulators as well as being part of the UNs Validation Methods for Automated Driving group. New approaches are required for such a large step in technology most importantly because they are safety critical. In rail and road as in Motorsport MAT is always looking at novel solutions to provide passenger connectivity that is reliable and robust at high vehicle speeds. The reliability and performance needs of 5G is a great opportunity to apply some of motorsport’s fusion between simulation and performance measurement.

Speaking at the following sessions:
ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 1) (Speaker), ITU Workshop on "The Turing Test for Autonomous Driving - A Global Performance Standard for AI on our Roads" (Part 2) (Speaker)

Ms. Valentina Stadnic


Administrator
Moldova IT Park
Moldova, (the Republic of)

Valentina Stadnic is currently Administrator a.i. and Strategic Programs and Partnership Manager of the “Moldova IT Park” where she helps create synergistic impact, and lead multi stakeholders in navigating IT competitive challenges and unlock opportunities for the IT sector in Moldova. Her efforts are directed towards setting new approaches that accelerate the transformation towards the digital economy, streamline corporate innovation practices, boost the IT industry growth, support partnerships aimed at jobs creation, and sustainable investments in the sector.

Moldova IT Park is the main focal point of access to best services and incentives in the IT sector. It is a virtual structure operating in a multi-stakeholder governance model. Acting as a cluster facilitator,the Park provides organizational platform with a set of innovative tools and new approaches to accelerate the transformation of theeconomy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Mr. Christoph Steck


Director Public Policy & Internet
Telefónica S.A.
Spain

Christoph Steck is Director Public Policy & Internet for Telefonica.

In this role he oversees the strategy and development of Telefonica´s global Public Policy work and defines its positions on Digital Policies, Internet and issues related to the Digital Economy. He is Vice-chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Committee on Digital Economic Policy and of the Commission on Digital Economy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman of the Internet Governance workgroup of ETNO (European Network Operators Association) and Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF). He is a regular speaker at international conferences and represents Telefonica at international policy organisations like ITU, ICANN and G7/G20. He has overseen also the publication of the influential Digital Manifesto of Telefonica.

He joined Telefonica in 2002 and has managed in various positions Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility for the company in Germany, afterwards was Chief Regulatory Officer for its European business unit and since September 2008 works in Telefonica´s headquarter in Madrid in his current position.

Christoph Steck studied Law and Human Rights at the Universities of Cologne, Munich and London (UCL) and is a qualified German lawyer. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School and is Associate Professor at the School of Human Science and Technology of IE University in Madrid as well as Fellow of Aspen Institute in Spain.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The network operator of 2025 (Panelist)

Dr. Lidia Stepinska - ustasiak


Head of Social and Corporate Policy Unit
Office of Electronic Communications
Poland

Dr Stępińska Ustasiak is a Sociologist (PhD), focusing on the social impact of technology and the implications of ICTs for humanand institutional capacity building. She is a public policy expert with 6 years of academic work and more than 10 years of experience in the telecommunication sector (Orange and UPC).

She is a co-author of reports, author of publications, lecturer and public speaker. As the head of social and corporate policy in the UKE (Office of Electronic Communications), Dr Stepinska-Ustasiak is responsible for NRA’s relations with entrepreneurs, public administrations, consumers and academic institutions.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Panelist)

Ms. Ratka Strugar


General Director, Directorate of Electronic Communications, Postal Service and Radio Spectrum
Ministry of Economy
Republic of Montenegro

Mrs. Ratka Strugar is currently General Director for Electronic Communications, Postal Services and Radio-Spectrum in the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro. She had been Deputy Minister of Electronic Communications, Postal Services and Radio-Spectrum in the Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications in 2011–2016. Before that she had been Adviser to the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism.

Her industrial experience includes work in Montenegrin Telecom in the position of Head of theHuman Resources Department and Company Secretary in two terms in period 2001-2010. Before, she had more than one decade work experience in Secretariat for Legislation of the Government of Montenegro as Senior Adviser in Department for Economic System and EconomicRelations.

She has extensive experience in working of councils, working groups, projects, such as several projects on Telekom Montenegro rebranding and restructuring, and the project on legal integration of three member companies of the CT Group, the project on harmonization of the Constitution and other laws of the Company with the regulations of Magyar Telekom and Deutche Telekom and standards of the EU. She had been member of the Council for Cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and Non-Governmental Organizations and coordinator of cooperation in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism; Coordinator of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Environmental Protection/Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and UNDP project - Strengthening of capacities in the Ministry and institutions for implementation of the policy, in the process of European integration, Progress monitoring - Harmonization of legislation with the EU law.

She had been representative and coordinator in the several projects of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism such as Regulatory Impact Assessment and Visits to municipalities Besides, she had been member of interdepartmental working group for harmonization of legislation with the Misdemeanor Law, as well as the coordinator of the implementation of electronic document management system in the Ministry.

During her work at the Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications, she participated in the working group for drafting the Strategy of Information Society Development in Montenegro in two terms 2012-2016 and 2016-2020, and in the work on the Digital terrestrial TV project, as well as in the project of the National Internet Exchange Point. Also, she had been coordinator of working group in the drafting on the Law on Electronic Communications and currently in the drafting on the Law on Access and Deployment High Speed Electronic Communication Networks. It is important to mention her work with the ITU on Digital Innovation Profile of Montenegro within the Ministry of Economy.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Panelist)

Mr. Gergely Szertics


Lead Business Partner
Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary
Hungary

Gergely is the professional leader of the AI Coalition of Hungary, an umbrella organisation with 186 member organisations. The AI Coalition is responsible for elaborating Hungary’s AI strategy and to build AI ecosystem and innovation chain between academia, development and application. Gergely is also a lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management teaching how AI can be applied in different business scenarios and how developing an AI strategy can prepare organisations for the future. Originally he is an economist and consultant specialising in change management, later he founded his startup that has been developing a AI powered knowledge management system.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI for ALL? Building on a global ecosystem to boost societal and economic potentials (Moderator)

Péter Szijjártó


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Speaking at the following sessions:
Farewell Reception (Speaker)

Ms. Diana Tomimura


Spectrum Regulation and Policy Advisor
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Diana Tomimura is Spectrum Regulation and Policy Advisor for the Radiocommunciation Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Before joining the ITU Diana was Deputy Director of the Telecommunications Services and UniversalizationDepartment in the Ministry of Communciations in Brazil, and worked as Regulatory Specialist at the Brazilian Regulator, ANATEL. Diana has also worked as an engineer at Nokia Networks and Intelig.

Diana holds a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor Degree in Telecomunications Engineering from the Fluminense Federal University.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G: the state of play (Moderator)

Mr. Philippe Tuzzolino


Vice President, Environment
Orange
France

Philippe TUZZOLINO is in charge of the Environmental and Climate Change organization for Orange Group. He defines the policies and supervises the energy consumption reduction objectives for the Group's global footprint (Orange does business in 163 countries ).

He participates in the European Commission Pilot testing methodologies of the ICT-sector. He is also involved in the ITU-T Study Group "Environment and Climate Change" and participate for this aspects to the last COP 24. He was president for the Industry French Ministry of the Raw Material Federation Group . Before joining Orange Group, Mr. TUZZOLINO held several Strategic innovation projects positions at La Poste and at the French Ministry of Defense.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist)

Ms. Hatsumi Tanaka


CEO
Welltool Co., Ltd.
Japan

In March 2015, the current “Welltool Co., Ltd.” was established to develop cross-border communication services.

We announced Welltool technology in 2017 and 2019 at PTC Hawaii. In January 2019, he was selected as the final finalist in the Innovation Award.

In September 2017, he will give a speech at WSIS (World Information Summit) in ITU Telecom World in Busan, Korea, and in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2019. After that, he received the Japan ITU Association Encouragement Award in May 2019.

Beyond language barriers, make social contributions, and make a revolution through Welltool from various angles toward world peace.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Panel Lunch hosted by Japan - Cutting-edge connections: exploring ICT Innovation in Japan (Speaker)

Dr. Fruzsina Tari


Innovation Manager
AImotive
Hungary

Mr. Brett Tarnutzer


Head of Spectrum
GSMA
United Kingdom

Mr Brett Tarnutzer serves as the Head of Spectrum for the GSMA. In this role, in collaboration with the membership, he directs the Association’s full range of spectrum activities and represents it on critical spectrum policy issues with national governments and multilateral organizations.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Tarnutzer was a spectrum management leader in the US Federal Communications Commission. Most recently, he served as Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and a Senior Member of the Incentive Auction Task Force. In his role, Mr Tarnutzer focused on the technical and policy aspects of creating the first-ever incentive auction for spectrum in the 600 MHz band in the US.  Previously, Mr Tarnutzer worked on domestic and international spectrum issues as a private consultant. 

Mr Tarnutzer was educated in the United States, receiving a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Science Management and Policy from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from the University of Wisconsin.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Speaker), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Moderator)

Dr. Susan Teltscher


Head of the Human Capacity Building Division, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Speaking at the following sessions:
Future skills for a future world (Moderator)

Ms. Glendowlyn Thames


Deputy Commissioner
CTNext
USA

As Deputy Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Glendowlyn Thames serves as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the state agency. In this role she has a wide range of oversight responsibilities and provides strategic direction for business development and workforce initiatives.

Glen also serves as Interim Executive Director of CTNext, Connecticut’s primary resource for entrepreneurial support. Glen manages CTNext’s full array of strategic economic development programs focused on fostering entrepreneurship, startup and growth-stage businesses while cultivating a robust innovation ecosystem on behalf of the State of Connecticut.

Her multi-faceted experience with executive management of organizations includes over 15 years as a business, government, and non-profit leader managing high-priority projects and major initiatives.

Prior to her current role, Glen held leadership positions with Connecticut Innovations, where she oversaw vital innovations programs that supported the state’s small technology businesses and encouraged collaboration and commercialization.

Glen serves on multiple Boards focused on community and economic development and is a frequent reviewer of SBIR/STTR reports for the National Research Council of the National Academies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master’s in public policy studies and law from Trinity College.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovating together: connecting ecosystems (Panelist)

Hon. Nyombi Thembo


Director for the Rural Development Fund (RCDF)
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
Uganda

Ms. Karin Thurberg


Director of Product Management Europe Branch, Wireless Network Product Line
Huawei Technologies Sweden AB
Sweden

Karin Thurberg is working in Product Management of Wireless Networks at Huawei.

Her area of focus include 4G and 5G infrastructure and related spectrum matters.

Thurberg has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, working in positions ranging from sales, to product management and R&D.

Thurberg has a M.Sc. in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, and an MBA from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker)

Mr. Mike Thususka


Director of Economic Development
City of Summerside
Canada

Michael Thususka is a certified Economic Development Practitioner and is Director of Economic Development for the City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island Canada, has been working in the field of Economic Development for the past 26 years, 20 of which have been with the City of Summerside.

Mike currently sites on the National Economic Developers Association Board of Directors and is Past President of the Association. Mike is the primary Economic Development contact for the City of Summerside.

The City of Summerside has ongoing support programs that have been honed to reduce the risks of expansion by establishing cost certainties, improving returns and easing the start-up transition through their Living Lab Platform.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Yushi Torigoe


Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership
International Telecommunication Union

Yushi Torigoe is the Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department (SPM) since June 2019. Before taking this position, he led the overall coordination and promotion of activities of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), including the organization of World Telecommunication Development Conference, Telecommunication Development Advisory Group and other meetings, as the Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration and Operations Coordination Department, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) since February 2014. He also led BDT’s finance, administration and human resource services. Mr Torigoe contributed as the co-chair of the steering committee of the joint ITU/WHO Be He@lthy Be Mobile initiative.

Before joining ITU, Mr Torigoe held various senior positions in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. He was the Director of the Certification Promotion Office, responsible for radio spectrum policy, mobile satellite communications and radio equipment certification, and the Director of the International Organizations Office, which dealt with all matters relating to ITU and other international organizations.

Mr Torigoe also served as acting Councillor for many ITU Council meetings and participated in a number of major ITU and other international conferences and meetings.

He was a Managing Director at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the sole national agency promoting research and development in ICT, and a Director at the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB), a standards development organization for radiocommunication. He also worked in the Office of the Secretary-General of ITU and in the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) secretariat.

Mr Torigoe holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Moderator)

Mr. Mohammed Traoré


Digital and Innovation Advisor
Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
France

Mohammed Traoré is a skilled professional of Digital and Innovation who has built up a strong experience in Digital Transformation (Amadeus, EY, and more recently Oracle). He is Digital and Innovation Advisor to H.E. Louise Mushikiwabo, General Secretary of LaFrancophonie. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital transformation. His current role is to support governments and states members in their transformations towards a digital society for the benefits of the populations. His main areas of interventions include access to infrastructure, education, digital for commerce, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Before joining the International Organisation of La Francophonie, Mohammed Traore led several digital transformation programs for large groups in Energy and Utilities such as ENGIE where he developed new research and innovation ecosystems to support the transformation towards new business models.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Frontier technologies for climate change (Panelist)

Ms. Giulia Traverso


Principal Cryptographer
Cysec SA
Germany

Giulia Traverso holds a PhD in cryptography from the Technical University of Darmstadt *Germany). During her PhD, she focused onlong-term secure cryptographic primitives for the everlasting storage of sensitive data in the Cloud.

She also holds a Bachelor and master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Trento (Italy). She recently joined Cysec SA as a Principal Cryptographer.

The rapid growth of digital data during the past few years has raised the question of data transmission and storage. Data has become the new oil, i.e. the most important asset for companies to grow and flourish. However, just as any resource, data has to be secured and protected by companies who produce it to ensure their competitiveness on the marketplace and the trust of theirclients. To assist companies in data protection and management, Cysec provides businesses with robust secure execution environments, where data can be stored and leveraged to design monetized products and services.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Innovation ecosystem matching: unlocking opportunity through good practice (Panelist)

Ms. Sophie Treinen


Information and Knowledge Management Officer
FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Hungary

Sophie Treinen is working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where she is responsible on one hand, for the capitalization of good practices and on the other hand, the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture, also called e-agriculture or digital agriculture. Based in FAO Regional office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary, she provides assistance to the countries of the region developing institutional and individual capacities to share knowledge, capitalize on experiences, innovations and good practices. She pays particular attention to systems, which make the most of digital and more conventional technologies to address stakeholders’ needs. She is also applying participatory approaches and examininggender issues linked to the introduction of innovations and technologies. With over 30 years of experience, Sophie possesses a varied experience in raising awareness for sustainability issues within the UN, governments, private sector and civil society. She was the FAO Focal Point for the World Summit on the Information Society Action Line on e-agriculture and served as the Organization’s Communication Lead for the UN Global Information Society Group.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Developing digital agriculture strategies in Europe and Central Asia (Moderator)

Dr. János Tremmel


Director of Network Technology
Magyar Telekom Plc.
Hungary

Janos Tremmel is Director of Network Technology in Magyar Telekom Plc. His responsibilities include development and operations of mobile access, transport and IP networks, core and IN platforms. He is in charge of the civil infrastructure development of the technology sites and the operations of the fibre, HFC and copper fixed access networks.

He graduated as an electrical and a telecommunications engineer MSc. from the Technical University of Budapest and took a Doctorate from the Technical University of Budapest. He has an international degree of Master of Business Administration from the Purdue University, USA and Tilburg University, the Netherlands in 2009.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Makedonski Telekom, Kalásznet Kft. and Vidanet Plc.

Speaking at the following sessions:

Professor Tim Unwin


Emeritus Professor of Geography and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
Royal Holloway, University of London
United Kingdom

Professor Tim Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Geography (since 2011) and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D (since 2007) atRoyal Holloway, University of London. He was Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from 2009-2014. He is also Honorary Professor at Lanzhou Universityin China.

In 2018-19 he led the co-ordination of 21 UN agencies on behalf of UNESCO and UNICEF to develop a system-wide strategy on the future of education and learning for the UN’s High Level Committee on Programmes and Chief Executives Board. His influential edited book Information and Communication Technologies for Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and his latest book Reclaiming ICT4D was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Most of his research and writing currently focuses on the inequalities caused by digital technologies and what needs to be done to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised people can benefit from them. He is a Co-Investigator of the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration Hub (2019-23) undertaking research on the use of digital technologies by migrants, Co-Founder of TEQtogether (an initiative to change men’s attitudes and behaviours towards women and technology), Chair of the Intellectual Leadership Team of the DFID-World Bank technology for education Hub, andis also well-known for his research on the history and geography of wine.

He was appointed a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in 2016 for his services to the Commonwealth.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (Moderator), ITU-CISCO Digital Transformation Center Initiative (Moderator), Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle


Global Head of Nokia Government Relations
Nokia
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 of science, with a specialization in telecommunication from the University of Leuven complemented with marketing studies from theUniversity 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:
5G: the state of play (Panelist), 5G and Future Networks: creating an enabling regulatory environment through public-private collaboration (Speaker)

Mr. Gábor Varga


National Technology Officer
Microsoft
Hungary

Mr. Varga has 27 years of experience in information and communication technology, most of which was dedicated to innovating services and business models for Microsoft customers and partners. Always at the forefront of innovation, his roles revolved around the Cloud in the past 10 years with special focus on data and artificial intelligence recently.

Career journey includes Regulations&Compliance, Solution Sales, Partner Management, Go-to-market Strategy, Product Marketing and Localisation. Graduated from Budapest University of Technology, holding an MBA from Purdue.

Working at Microsoft throughout its years of fundamental transformation he has firsthand experience of what it takes to drive deep cultural change in a top tech company.

He has worked closelywith the telecommunication industry for more than 10 years in an earlier stage of his Microsoft career. In this period his accomplishments included landing Microsoft’s IPTV platform at Magyar Telekom which lead to the creation of a new business line, the television service. The service line eventually grew to service one million TV endpoints.

In his new assignment as national technology officer Mr Varga focuses on societal impact of IT, the digital economy, regulations and responsible uses of ground breaking technologies. He is active in the Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI for ALL? Building on a global ecosystem to boost societal and economic potentials (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 network operator of 2025 (Panelist), 5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. Elmir tofig oglu Velizadeh


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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. Dávid Vitézy


Director-General
The Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport
Hungary

David Vitézy is an expert in public transportation and urban mobility. He started his career as a transport activist, advocatingfor better public transportation in Budapest. He became the founding CEO of the Budapest transport authority, BKK, in 2010 and reformed the governance of the city's transport system. Under his leadership, several major public transport projects were completed successfully, from new tramway connections to a new bike sharing system and from intelligent passenger information solutions to a hundreds of new buses operating under a new framework.

Since 2016, he has, as director general, been responsible for the reconstruction of the Hungarian Transport Museum, including the design and implementation of a new permanent exhibition. He works as a transport expert and consultant domestically as well as internationally.

Speaking at the following sessions:
AI, financial services and smart cities: harnessing technology for human good (Panelist)

Dr. Péter Vári


Deputy Director-General
National Media and Infocommunications Authority
Hungary

Péter Vári PhD. attended Széchenyi István Technical College, from 1987 to 1990, majoring as wireless networking technology engineer. He then graduated from the Budapest University of Technology in 1994 as Electrical Engineer in telecommunications. In 2001 he earned the postgraduate certificate at the Budapest University of Economic Studies as an Engineer-economist. In 2003 he completed thepostgraduate course at Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), Budapest as an Engineer-lawyer. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 at Corvinus University of Budapest on the topic of Digital Television and Switchover.

Péter worked as an engineer from 1992 to 1993 forMatáv Rt., the largest telecommunications operator in Hungary. From 1993 to 2004 he worked for Antenna Hungária Rt., the Hungarian Broadcasting and Radio Telecommunications Limited Company, where he started as Head of Unit and worked his way up to become Directorof Operational Matters. In 2004-2006 he was Head of Department in the Ministry of Informatics and Communications of Hungary, and in2006-2008 he was Senior Counsellor of the Government at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office.

In 2009, as a project manager, he began to coordinate the digital switchover at Antenna Hungária Rt., and in 2011 he started working in the National Media andInfocommunications Authority of Hungary (NMHH). Currently, as a Deputy Director General of NMHH, he is responsible for the fields of frequency and identifier management, measurement affairs and technology analysis. He is a senior lecturer of the Department of Telecommunications at Széchenyi István University of Győr and gives courses in the field of radio systems and satellite telecommunications.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Panelist)

Mr. Bálint Végh


Advisory Senior Manager
PwC
Hungary

Bálint is a technology consulting and product expert with 10+ years industry experience at top European operators. He is the head of telco consulting at PwC Hungary, managing a broad range of technology, media and telecommunication related projects across state owned and private companies.

Balint has a commercial background and has hands on product development and management experience gained on the Hungarian and International market having worked for Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Liberty Global in Luxembourg,Germany and Hungary. His work includes the 5G Strategy of Hungary, several utility telco projects and market entry/growth strategy projects across multiple industries including automotive, telecoms, utility and manufacturing.

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities (Moderator)

Ms. Joanne Wilson


Deputy to the Director, Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Joanne Wilson is an electrical engineer with more than 30 years of professional experience in the telecommunications sector and more than 25 years of experience in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R). 

Ms. Wilson was appointed Deputy to the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and Chief of the Informatics, Administration and Publications (IAP) Department on May1, 2019.  In that capacity, she assists and advises the BR Director in the direction and management of the Bureau. Her responsibilities include, amongst others, conference preparations; acting as secretary to Radiocommunication Conferences; monitoring the implementation of decisions emanating from the Council, the Plenipotentiary Conference, World Radiocommunication Conferences, the Radiocommunication Assembly, Radio Regulations Board, Radiocommunication Advisory Group and other official bodies.   As Chief of IAP Department, she is responsible for the organization and direction of the work performed by the department, which includes thedevelopment, maintenance and support of major software packages used by the BR for the processing of frequency assignment notifications.

At the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, Joanne Wilson was elected to be a member of the 2015-2018 Radio Regulations Board (RRB).  As a member of the RRB, Ms. Wilson chaired its working group that developed the Report by the Radio Regulations Board to WRC-15 on Resolution 80 (Rev.WRC-07) – Due diligence in applying the principles embodied in the Constitution and served as one of the Board’s advisors to the 2015 Radiocommunication Assembly.  Ms. Wilson was the 2018 Vice Chairman of the Radio Regulations Board.

From early 2010 to mid-2019, Ms. Wilson worked for ASRC Federal where she advised and represented the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on U.S. delegations to various world conferences and meetings across all sectors of the ITU.  From 2013 until joining the ITU in 2019, Ms. Wilson served as Deputy Program Manager of ASRC Federal’s Office of Spectrum Management Services where she led a team of engineers that provided a full suite of spectrum management support services to NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Program.

Ms. Wilson participated actively in the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) since attending its inaugural meeting in 1994 through 2018. From 1993 to 2007, she represented AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and ArrayComm LLC in the ITU-R, in U.S. domestic regulatory proceedings, and in bilateral and multi-lateral negotiations addressing spectrum management, wireless standards, and regulatory and market access issues.  Ms. Wilson has developed and executed successful standardization strategies for commercial mobile broadbandwireless systems in the ITU-R, in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in other ANSI-accredited standards bodies. 

Other career highlights include:

  • Wilson was a member of fourteen U.S. Delegations to ITU world conferences, assemblies and policy forums.
  • At the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference, Ms. Wilson served as the Special Assistant to Ambassador S. Decker Anstrom, Head of the United States Delegation to the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference and advised him on technical and procedural matters.
  • Wilson was a 1995 Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow, during which time she was a Legislative Aide to Senator Paul Simon (D-Ill) with a portfolio that covered African Affairs and Trade. She was also a member of the Minority Staff of the Senate Whitewater Committee;

Ms. Wilson holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (1982), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Southern University (1981) with further graduate study at Princeton University (1986).  

Outside of work, Ms. Wilson is a member of the Board of Directors of Youth Service America, a non-profit whose mission is “to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.”   Her hobbies have included Taekwondo (Black Belt, 3rd degree – Instructor and sparring coach), cycling, equestrian sports, tennis, weight-training, and exemplifying an all-around focus on health and fitness.

 

Speaking at the following sessions:
Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19 (Moderator), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (Panelist)

Mr. Libiao(bill) Wang


Vice President Of Transmission & Access Product Line
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Ping Wang


Vice President
China Satellite Application Industry Association (CSAIA)
China

Speaking at the following sessions:
Partner session by CSAIA (Speaker)

Mr. Yang Wang


Chief Engineer of ICT Department
China Electric Power Research Institute
China

Mr. WANG YANG is Chief Engineer of Information& Communication Department at China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI).He got his Ph.D. Degree in CEPRI and currently he is responsible for the research and application of wireless communication technologies (5G, IoT, etc.) in power grid and related standardization work in State Grid Corporation and China’s electric industry. He has rich experience in electric industry as well as telecommunication industry, he has published 17 EI retrieval papers and 37 core journals retrieval papers in ICT and Power grid field and completed more than 10 technical standards on power system information& communication field.

He currently leads CEPRI's research, application and standardization activities for 5th GenerationMobile Communications System (5G) as well as activities towards cooperation with telecom operators in China and oversea companies on ICT application in smart grid.

Speaking at the following sessions:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Panelist)

Mr. Matyas Weber


Manager
KPMG Tanácsadó Kft.
Hungary
Matyas Weber is a manager at KPMG Hungary responsible for the Telecommunications and Media advisory services, with key accounts both in public and private sectors. He has been involved in CEE regional projects over the past years, with a strong focus on the localHungarian market. Most recently he was involved in several strategy development, as well as in auction methodology and auction pricing related works

Speaking at the following sessions:
5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Ms. Verena Weber


Acting Head of the Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy Unit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
France

Verena Weber is Acting Head of the Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy Unit at the OECD's Directorate for Science,Technology and Innovation.

She has more than a decade of experience working with the OECD on topics relating to the Digital Economy with a current focus on infrastructure and communication policy. Her current work focuses on country reviews as well as the analysis of market trends in the Digital Economy, including topics such as developments in communication infrastructure, convergence, network neutrality, cloud computing, demand-side innovation and ICTs for development.

Recent projects she has worked on include the OECD Telecommunication and Broadcasting Review of Mexico, the OECD LAC Broadband Toolkit and the OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017. Between 2014 and 2015 she worked as an Internet Governance Advisor to the ICT Minister Diego Molano and the head of the Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC) in Colombia where she developed an Internet governance strategy.

She also served as a country representative on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and is a past representative of the OECD to the Internet Governance Forum.

Speaking at the following sessions:
The network operator of 2025 (Panelist), 5th Economic Experts Roundtable (Panelist)

Mr. Frederic Werner


Head, Strategic Engagement Division, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Ms. Rosarita niken Widiastuti


Secretary-General
General Secretariat of Ministry of Communication and Informatics
Indonesia

Mrs. Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, or nicknamed Mrs. Niken is currently the Secretary General of Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia.

She has just been inaugurated as Secretary General of MIC in late January 2019. Prior to being a Secretary General of MIC, Mrs. Niken was the Director General of Public Communication and Information of MIC, since 14 March 2016. Before she joined MIC, Mrs. Niken was elected as the first ever President from Indonesia of the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in 2012.

She then elevated her career through her role as the President Director of Radio of the Republic of Indonesia (RRI), the one and only state-owned radio broadcasting institution in Indonesia, within which she was appointed as the first ever woman in Indonesia to become its President Director. Mrs. Niken was born in Yogyakarta, on 30 October 1960, and is marriedwith 2 children. She also graduated from Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics, University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Bachelor and Masters degrees).

Speaking at the following sessions:
Accelerating digital transformation through ICT centric ecosystem (Panelist)

Mr. Dominique Würges


Director, International Relations
Orange
France

Speaking at the following sessions:
5G: the state of play (Panelist)

Mr. Chaobin Yang


President, 5G Product Line
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Chaobin Yang currently serves as President of 5G Product Line and is responsible for strategic planning, development and delivery of Huawei's 5G solutions, bringing the next generation of wireless technology to a hyper-connected society.

Prior to this role, Mr. Yang was Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line where he was responsible for strategic planning and marketing activities for Huawei's wireless product portfolio. Mr. Yang led the planning and R&D teams and collaborated with key industry partners worldwide to promote the healthy development of the industry chain and universal applications, acceleratingthe proliferation of 3G and 4G networks. He was also the founder of Huawei's Mobile Innovation Center, and inventor of the industrypioneering SingleRAN solution.

Mr. Yang joined Huawei in 1998, working on UMTS signal processing algorithms. In 2000, he became the head of Huawei Wireless Research, where he made significant contributions to the evolution of WCDMA/HSPA/LTE. From 2008 to 2011, He served as the head of Huawei's LTE Product Line and Huawei’s R&D center in Sweden.

Mr. Yang received a Master's degree in Telecommunications from University of Science and Technology of China in 1998.

Speaking at the following sessions:

H. E. Dr. Naeem th. Yousir


Minister
Ministry of Communications
Iraq

Dr. Naeem Thjeel Yousir Al-Rubai

Is an independent politician, who is the minister of communications in the government of Iraq.

Education:

  • He earned PhD degree in computer engineering from Hacettepe University – Turky 2014.
  • Master degree in computer science 2003.
  • Higher Diploma in information from the national computer center – Baghdad 2000.
  • Sc Statistic and computer science – Baghdad 1998.
  • Diploma in Turkish language.

Working:

  • Director of the directorate of information and communication technology in the Iraqi council of ministers (2015-2018).
  • Teaching in information technology college – AL-Nahrin University 2007.
  • Consultant the head of Iraqi information and computer commission 2007.
  • Representative the ministry of high education in E- governance.
  • Manager of administration and legal department in technology and computer commission 2003.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: what’s happening with our data? Securing trust in digital public services (Speaker)

Mr. Yiqu Zhang


President of Wireless Broadband
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Zhang is the President of Wireless Broadband Domain in Huawei’s Wireless Network Product Line. Mr. Zhang is responsible for wireless broadband business in Huawei including wireless broadband E2E solution, product development & market strategy.

Mr. Zhang joined Huawei Technologies Co.,Ltd. in 2001 and has been working in 2G/3G/4G R&D for more than 18 years.

Speaking at the following sessions:
Fixed wireless technology for affordable broadband development (Panelist)

Mr. Houlin Zhao


Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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:
Innovating together: connectivity that matters (OpeningRemarks), 9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (OpeningRemarks), Opening Ceremony (Speaker), Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (OpeningRemarks), Event Opening Press Conference (Speaker), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (OpeningRemarks), 5g + Gigabit: connecting an intelligent future (OpeningRemarks), Partner session by CSAIA (OpeningRemarks)

Mr. Peng Zhao


Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
GSMA
United Kingdom

Peng is responsible for the GSMA's global campaign ensuring optimal licensing conditions for mobile operators. He is leading a team of regional experts to engage policy makers and regulators, focusing on developing markets, and advocate for mobile industry's best practices on policy.

He also takes part in many negotiations at regional level and in the UN to gain access to additional spectrum for mobile broadband, and oversees GSMA’s APAC campaign for future spectrum.

He is currently an EMBA candidate at London Business School. He has an engineering background, and hold 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:
9th ITU Telecom World Spectrum and Technology Workshop (Keynotespeaker), The ripple effect of Spectrum pricing on economies (ClosingRemarks)

Mr. Edward mingcheng Zhou


Vice President of Global Public Affairs
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

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

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

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

Speaking at the following sessions:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (OpeningRemarks)