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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 andOxford 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)

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 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 has been a member of several committees aiming to empower youth and women, most especially in the finance and 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 the co-organiser of the Machine Intelligence Competition, run by the S.G.A.I.; and has organised a number of workshops aimed at educating the general public about Artificial Intelligence. She has a personal interest in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for which she has organised many volunteer workshops.

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 (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)

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)

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. Doreen Bogdan Martin Garcia


Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

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 UnitedNations 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 a regular presenter at high-level international forums and summits. As part of this important work, she was one of the principal architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, directed ITU’s first global youth summit #BYND, and is currently driving ITU latest high-profile initiative – EQUALS, The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.

Ms Bogdan-Martin previously headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the Development Bureau and was responsible for theprogrammes on Regulatory Reform and Economics and Finance. Prior to joining ITU, she was a Telecommunications Policy Specialist inthe 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 theUN 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)

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)

Ms. Assia Bahri


Regulations Leading Manager
Sigfox
France

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

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. Seth Bravin


Sprint Accessibility – Director of Strategic Alliances
Sprint Corporation
USA

Dr. Jacques Bughin


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

Jacques is a senior partner of McKinsey & Company and one of the three directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, the firm’s business and economics research arm.

He is also a leader in McKinsey’s Telecom, Media and Technology Practice, and in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice, and co-leads work on digital and AI strategy in McKinsey’s Digital and Analytics (DnA) practice.

Since joining the firm in 1992, he has worked with businesses across continents and sectors including media, telecom, online services, health care, fintech, and logistics on issues ranging from marketing and sales, and digital strategy and productivity, to organization.

He also works with public-sector institutions on a variety of technology challenges.

Jacques has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends such as globalization, productivity and inclusive growth, as well as on the impact, opportunities, and challenges of technology including big data, the future of work and skills, AI technology, and digital strategies.

He has authored articles published in titles including the McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Management Review.

His fundamental research on industrial economics, organization, the digitization of firms, and corporatefinance has featured in top tier academic journals such as Management Science, Research Policy, Omega, and Journal of Industrial Economics.

He is quoted regularly in leading international media.

Jacques is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the world on a range of economic and technology themes.

He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, ECORE, and KUL University.

He teaches business strategy at the Free University of Brussels, and serves on non-profit boards including thatof Kanal, the Brussels contemporary art museum.

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

Mr. Andy Chen


Founding Managing Partner
REDDS Venture Capital
USA

Andy Chen is a partner of REDDS Venture Investment partners which empower disruptive start-ups that scale worldwide and have billion dollars plus potential through team building, global business development, financing, mentoring, and strategy.  

Andy is the President & CEO of a global consulting firm.  The firm’s principle business is to provide consulting services for utility industry worldwide.  Andy is a senior business advisor for several leading global consulting firms and enterprise software vendors. Andy held the position of the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Architecture of the largest Canadian-based electricity generator. He also served as the chair of ABB International User Board of Directors.

Andy is the President 2020-2021, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) a member of Board of Governors 2018-2020 for IEEE Computer Society (CS).  IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.

Andy participates in the United Nations Global Pulse's Data Privacy Advisory Group.  He is also adirector for the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations’ board and a member of the Technical Advisory Council for the FinTech Ideas Festival.  He also served as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Council for YinTech Investment Holding Ltd.  As an internationally recognized speaker, Andy was a keynote speaker at the UN ITU Telecom World and AI for Good Global Summit, the World Computer Congress, the World CIO Forum, and the Digital Africa Conference.

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

Mr. Dong Chen


Head of Industry Development, Wireless Emerging Marketing and LTE
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
China

Mr. Chen Dong is the head of Industry development of Wireless Emerging Marketing and LTE. He promotes supportive ICT policy anddrives eco-system to adapt sustainable growth for ICT industry.

His 22 years of experience in Information and Communication Technique (ICT) includes:11 years work at Huawei as standard researcher leader, product manager, Sr. manager of Industry development. 4 Years at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise as team leader, project manager of wireless projects; 7 Years at IT domain as software engineer, system analyzer of a large enterprise.

He holds a master degree in computer science from university electronics and science technologies of China.

Latest activities:

  • Work with Africa Telecom Union published 《White Paper on Rural Coverage in Africa》
  • Work with Arab Union published 《Build Solid Foundation for Arab Digital Society 》
  • Join several Spectrum meeting at Asian, Africa and CIS, give speech on better use of spectrum and requirements on regulation
  • Join SATRC meeting for regulation suggestion on 5G era

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

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)

Ms. Isabella De Michelis


CEO, CSO & Founder
ErnieApp Limited
Ireland

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)

Mr. Damon Embling


World News and European Affairs Correspondent
Euronews
United Kingdom

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. 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)

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel


European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
European Commission
Belgium

Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

She was the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017.

Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017.

Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Groupin 2008-2009.

She is part of project teams, such as Digital Single Market, Energy Union, Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs, Budget and Human Resources, and Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

As a member of the project teams, her responsibilities include launching ambitious proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market, supporting the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry, as well as other activities turning digital research into innovation success stories.

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

Mr. Alberto Garcia Bernal


Director Smart Cities Global Practice
Indra
Spain

Alberto Bernal has more than 20-year of leadership experience in Consulting and Technology in the Public and Transportation Sectors. He is inspired by the challenge of providing innovative solutions to present and future global issues such as urban concentration, climate change, water and food scarcity and social and economic inequalities through new models of thinking and managing and theapplication of new technologies for all.

In his position as Director for Smart Cities Global Practice at INDRA, Alberto Bernal leads the business development of Smart Cities in all territories and geographies, and coordinates Indra´s global smart solutions portfolio (consulting and technologies) of application to the Smart Cities domain.

Alberto Bernal also curatesthe design of innovative smart programmes for addressing mobility, security, environmental, energy and water, health, economic development, tourism, employment, education issues with disruptive and holistic solutions while also establishing an ecosystem of partners throughout the entire smart cities value chain, including administration, industry and associations for the promotion and dissemination of best practices and experiences in Smart Communities and Territories.

He regularly participates as an expert in Smart City fora and events globally.

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

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 official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong. In this role, hehad responsibility both for Government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, Internet governance and the promotionof 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)

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)

Dr. Kemal Huseinovic


Chief Digital Networks and Society
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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

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

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

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

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)

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. Vernita D. Harris


Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs (OIA)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
USA

Vernita D. Harris is Deputy Associate Administrator, in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office of International Affairs. NTIA is the U.S. Commerce Department agency responsible for advising the President on domestic and international information and telecommunications issues.

Mrs. Harris oversees domestic and international policy strategies affecting Internet policymaking, standards development issues, governance issues, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and the digitaleconomy. She leads a team of policy experts that coordinate with other federal agencies, our international partners and a wide range of Internet policy stakeholders in developing consensus-based decisions that support U.S. policy goals. Before joining the U.S. Government, Mrs. Harris worked for Iridium, LLC.

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

Ms. Aarti Holla Maini


Secretary General
EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
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)

Mr. 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.

His innovative approach has served as a catalyst to launch new standards initiatives related to emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, AI and Quantum, attracting a new wave of memberships from non-traditional players.

He has also been creditedwith bringing the telco and financial sectors together to develop digital payments guidelines and standards with the aim of advancing financial inclusion globally.

Bilel is recognized as a key figure in the ICT industry.

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 and held senior executive positions such as Director of Standards for Nortel. In this role he participated in over 90 standards making bodies 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.

He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Bilel has lived in Tunisia, Canada, USA, and Switzerland, giving him a unique global viewpoint. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English and speaks some Spanish and German.

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

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 activitiesin cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia inITU’s standards activities.

Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT.

From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency 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, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.

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

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)

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)

Mr. László Kishonti


Chief Executive Officer
AImotive
Hungary
László, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AImotive, is a serial entrepreneur. AImotive evolved from his first venture, Kishonti Ltd., which quickly became a leading high-performance graphics and computing solutions company. The firm then turned its focusto automotive as artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving started to gain global momentum. Today AImotive is delivering vision-first, AI-powered automated driving technologies to leading global automotive OEMs, Tier1s and tech companies. László has an education in Economics and Finance.

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

Mr. Chae Sub Lee


Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

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

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. Karim Antonio Lesina


Senior Vice President International External and Regulatory Affairs
AT&T Global Networks Services Belgium SPRL - Branch
Belgium
Karim Antonio Lesina is the Vice President of AT&T, covering International External Affairs for the European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions and in charge of Trans-Atlantic Relations. In this role he leads AT&T's advocacy in those regions. AT&T is a premier global communications company, providing wholesale services and mobile roaming services to over 220 countries and territories, and providing business enterprise services to countries representing over 99 percent of the world’s economy. In addition to developing and implementing market access strategies to enable AT&T’s global expansion to satisfy customer needs, other responsibilities for Mr. Lesina include ensuring compliance with international telecom regulations, and advocacy on a wide range policymatters related to the stable growth, innovation and investment by the information and communications technology sector. Mr. Lesina is based in AT&T’s Brussels (Belgium) office. He is an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Vice Chair of the Board of of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and Chair of the Presidency Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He is a Board Member of the European Internet Foundation and of the Transatlantic BusinessCouncil and also President of the Association EGO. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, GSMA, TPN, etc. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Lesina held senior positions with another leading US-headquartered ICT company (Intel Corporation), and a number of leading public affairs agencies in Brussels. Born in Dakar (Senegal) Mr. Lesina is an Italian-Tunisian national and has a Master Degree in Economics of development at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

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

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. Adrian Lovett


President & Chief Executive Officer
World Wide Web Foundation
United Kingdom

Adrian is the Web Foundation’s President & CEO. He works with the founders, board and 30-strong staff team in twelve countries to deliver the mission and strategy of the Foundation. His 20-year career in international development and advocacy has focused on delivering policy change on complex global issues in the Global South, North America and Europe.

Prior to joining the WebFoundation, Adrian was the interim CEO of ONE, the campaigning and advocacy organisation co-founded by U2’s Bono to help end extreme poverty. He previously led ONE’s Europe division as its Executive Director.

Adrian played a key leadership role in successful campaigns such as Make Poverty History and the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel the debts of developing countries. He has also held senior roles at the likes of Oxfam and Save the Children.

Adrian currently serves as a commissioner on the UnitedNations Broadband Commission and co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Internet of Things Council.

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

Mr. Philippe Lucas


Vice President, International Standard & Industry Relationships
Orange
France

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

Dr. Carlos Lugo Silva


Executive Director
Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)
Colombia

Carlos Lugo Silva, is Doctor in social studies of science and technology, also has a Master's degree in the same subject, and isa lawyer with specialization in Telecommunications Law.

He has served as Manager of Innovation and Development of SENA, Headof the Office of Educational Innovation of the Ministry of National Education, Director of ICT Appropriation of MINTIC, member of several boards of directors of the ICT and Education sector, and currently serves as Executive Director and Commissioner of the Communications Regulation Commission, work that alternates with being a Professor and researcher in Innovation and Technology of the University of La Sabana.

He is the author of the books "la innovación educativa en Colombia" and "los técnicos de la innovación".

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

Ms. Sofie Maddens


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

Mr. Mario Maniewicz


Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
Switzerland

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:
Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (Moderator)

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)

Mr. Maximiliano Martinhão


Secretary, Secretariat for Informatics Policy (Secretaria de Política de Informática - SEPIN)
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
Brazil

Maximiliano Martinhão is the Secretary of the Secretariat for Informatics Policy (Secretaria de Política de Informática - SEPIN)of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (Ministério da Ciência, Técnologia, Inovação e Cultura - MCTIC) since June 2016.

He is an engineer of Telecommunications from the National Institute of Telecommunications (Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações - Inatel) of Santa Rita of Sapucaí, (MG).

In 2005, he started at the National Agency of Telecommunications (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações - Anatel) as Specialist on Public Services Regulations. Before working in the Ministry of Telecommunications, he was the General Manager of Certification and Spectrum Engineering at Anatel, where he occupied other manager positions as well as the one of advisory.

He also worked as Planning Engineer at Telebrás System and was representative of the Brazilian administration on several national and international forums of telecommunications.

He has a Master degreein Management of Telecommunications from University of Strathclyde, in the UK and has a law degree at the Higher Education Institute of Brasilia (IESB).

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

Mr. Joel Alexander Mills


CEO
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)

H. E. Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni Abrahams


Minister
Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies
South Africa

Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa from 22 November 2018. She is responsible for executive oversight over the departments of Communications (DoC), Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and the Government Communication and Information System.

Born in Sakhela Village, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams was previously the Deputy Minister of Communications from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017, and subsequently the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services until 21 November 2018.

Prior to the 2014 general elections, she was Deputy Minister in the then DoC (now DTPS) from 25 October 2011 to 25 May 2014.

She holds a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Diploma in Telecommunications and Managements Systems; a Certificate in Telecommunications, Policy and Regulation Management from Wits University; an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Rhodes University and a Project Management Diploma from CranefieldsCollege.

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)

Mr. Patrick Nyirishema


Director General
Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)
Rwanda

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

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

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

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)

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)

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 (Panelist)

H. E. Mr. László Palkovics


Minister
Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Hungary

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

Daniel Pataki joined GSMA as Vice President, Regulation in March 2015. Daniel leads the GSMA’s engagement and interventionin global regulatory affairs in the mobile and ICT sector. Daniel has a unique track record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority, chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC) and of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG).  More recently, Daniel was Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO). 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’s Cross 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)

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 (Panelist)

Ms. Ruth Pritchard Kelly


Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
OneWeb
USA

Ruth Pritchard-Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the commercial communications satellite industry and is currently the Vice President for Regulatory Affairs for OneWeb. She oversees a global team of legal, technical, and policy analysts who work to reform regulatory and spectrum policies internationally, specifically on behalf of the newer non-geostationary satellite constellations such as OneWeb.

Prior to OneWeb, Pritchard-Kelly was the Director of Regulatory Affairs for O3b, now SES Networks, where shesuccessfully licensed the space and ground segment worldwide for that medium-Earth orbit satellite constellation. Pritchard-Kelly has also worked for the law firm of Swidler Berlin (now Morgan Stanley) and American Mobile Satellite Corporation, an early U.S. mobile satellite licensee.

She has a Master’s Degree in space and telecommunications policy from George Washington University’sSpace Policy Institute, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Pritchard-Kelly was elected to the US Department ofCommerce’s Spectrum Advisory Committee in 2019, and represents OneWeb on the Board of the US Telecommunications and Training Institute.

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

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)

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. Abdur Rahim Biswas


Project Director, WUZIUP
Create-Net, FBK
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)

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)

H. E. Mr. Rudiantara


Minister
Ministry of Communication and Informatics
Indonesia

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 (Panelist)

Mr. Ron Sege


President and CEO
Echelon Corporation
USA

Ron Sege is a long time entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.  Since late 2010 he has been serving as Chairman, CEO and Board member of Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:ELON), a pioneer in the emerging field of Internet of Things connectivity solutions. Before Echelon, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board member of 3Com Corporation, founded by father-of-Ethernet Bob Metcalfe, from 2008 through its acquisition by HP in 2010. Earlier, Ron held leadership roles in a number of Silicon Valley and Boston-area startups including Tropos Networks, Inc., a pioneer of meshed wireless broadband networks; Ellacoya Networks, Inc., a developer of management systems for broadband service providers; and Lycos, Inc., one of the world’s first Internet search engines. From 1989 to 1998, he served in a variety of senior management roles at 3Com Corporation, including Executive Vice President, Global SystemsBusiness Unit. Ron started his career at Silicon Valley based ROLM Corporation, a pioneer in digital telephony.  Ron holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Pomona College. Ron serves on the Board of Ubiquiti Networks (NASDAQ:UBNT), a leading provider of broadband wireless equipment to service providers and enterprises worldwide.  He also serves on the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which is devoted to promoting policies and programs that help ensure the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. In 2014, Ron was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Northern California Business Hall of Fame. When not working, Ron spends time with his family, mountain biking, scuba diving, riding motorcycles and taking photographs. 

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

Dr. Károly Balázs Solymár


Deputy State Secretary for Infocommunication
Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Hungary

Dr. Solymár is the Deputy State Secretary for Infocommunication at the Ministry for Innovation and Technology since 2018. Beforethat, he worked at the Ministry of National Development as Deputy State Secretary for Infocommunication (2014-2018) and as Head of Department of ICT Regulation and Organization (2010-2013).

He also worked in the Prime Minister's Office as Deputy Head of the Department of Infocommunication (2008-2010), in the Ministry of Economy and Transport, as Deputy Head of the Department of Infocommunication and e-Economy (2006-2008), and in the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, as Deputy Head of the Department of Regulation (2003-2006). Dr. Solymár has studied at Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law (summa cum laude) and was enrolled at the ELTE Bibó István College for Advanced Studies.

Mr. Károly Balázs Solymár serves as Deputy State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of National Development since 2013, but even before, he has been working in public administration for more than a decade in the field of ICT, since he finalised his legal studies (summa cum laude) at the famous Hungarian university, ELTE.

His current portfolio covers such important topics in the field of ICT like improving the digital economy and the state of information society, electronic communications infrastructure development, managing industrial policy.

His main successes as a Deputy State Secretary include establishment of regulation environment for electronic toll, acquisition management of Antenna Hungária Ltd., regulation of networks for governmental purposes, creation of the legal construction of the National Telecommunications Backbone Network, establishment of a centralised governmental operation’s legal construction, creation of the national environment of electronic invoicing and e-commerce, establishment of regulation environment for national mobile payment.

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

Mr. Christoph Steck


Public Policy Global Director
Telefónica S.A.
Spain

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

Dr. Lidia Stępińska Ustasiak


Head of Social and Corporate Policy Unit
Office of Electronic Communications
Poland

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

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. Yushi Torigoe


Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

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 (Panelist)

Dr. Susan Teltscher


Head of the Human Capacity Building Division, Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union
United Nations

Dr Susan Teltscher is Head of the Human Capacity Building Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

In this context, she is responsible for ensuring the delivery of ICT-related capacity development activities and projects, with the objective to enhance knowledge and skills for the digital economy and society, in particular indeveloping countries. This includes the direction and coordination of the ITU Academy and of the ITU Centers of Excellence network,working in partnership with Government, industry and academic institutions.

From 2008 to 2017, Dr Teltscher was Head of the ITU Statistics Division. In this position, she was responsible for the collection, harmonization, analysis and dissemination of ICT statistics worldwide, and for the production of analytical reports on global and regional trends in ICT, including the annual ITU Measuring the Information Society Report and the ICT Development Index.

Before joining ITU in July 2008, she was Chiefof the ICT Policy and Analysis Unit, ICT and E-Business Branch, of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva. Dr Teltscher received her Ph.D. in Economic Geography in 1992 from the University of Washington (Seattle, United States).

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

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) at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China.  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 serves on the UK Department for International Development’s Digital Advisory Panel, and the UN University – Computing and Society International Advisory Board.  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.  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 theinequalities caused by ICTs and what needs to be done to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised people can benefit from them.  He is a member of the £20m UKRI GCRF South-South Migration Hub (2019-23) undertaking research on the use of digital technologies by migrants, Co-Founder of TEQtogether (an initiativeto change men’s attitudes and behaviours towards women and technology), and is 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)

Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle


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

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

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

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

Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen


Deputy Secretary-General
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
France

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General in January 2019. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology & Innovation, Trade & Agriculture as well as Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Regions & Cities.

Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr. Knudsen served as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009). Besides his diplomatic career, which includes postings in London (2003-2004), Washington (1998-2000) and Moscow (1997), he briefly served as Group Director for International Policy in Vodafone, London (2013).

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

Ms. Joanne Wilson


Deputy 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)

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)

Dr. David Wen


Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
eCurrency
USA

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

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

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

Ms. Rosarita Niken Widiastuti


Secretary-General
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:
Diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI (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), Opening Ceremony (Speaker), Ministerial Roundtable: the role of government in 5G and high-capacity network deployment (OpeningRemarks)