ITU Telecom World Industry Awards 2019 Jury

Many thanks to our jury of experts for their invaluable support and participation in selecting the best innovative ICT solutions at ITU Telecom World 2019.

Sustainable Impact

Alfredo Debattista

Engineering professional, with more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and ICT projects, both for the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in technologies and regulation, focusing on fiber optic networks, microwave, wireless access and mobile communications telephony. He is a consultant for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on the problem of Non-Ionizing Radiation in Latin America and also co-editor of Recommendation ITU-T K.113 "Generation of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) level maps". As Senior Member of the IEEE, he has been Vice President of the Argentine Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society. Alfredo is a researcher in Wireless Sensor Networks projects applied to agronomy, and is a professor of undergraduate and graduate courses related to telecommunications and ICTs, at the National University of San Luis (UNSL), Argentina. In addition, he is coordinator of the "Master in Design of Electronic Systems applied to Agronomy", in double degree regime, between the UNSL, Argentina, and the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany. He has held management positions in national, provincial and UNSL, being Vice Dean elected of the Faculty of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at that university.

Luis Neves


Luis Neves was born in Covilhã, Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History. He worked for Marconi as Head ofDepartment and at the Corporate Office. Later he started an international career in Switzerland and developed an intensive activityat European and International levels. During this period he participated in different international bodies such as member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications in the European Union and "Chair" of diverse Work groups, member of the High Level Group on the Information Society. He was appointed as "Expert" by the European Commission to different "Working Groups" in the Telecommunicationsfield as well as in questions related to "Information Society "issues. In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Sustainability and Citizenship Department. In May 2008 he was appointed Head of Sustainable Development and Environment at Deutsche Telekom Corporate Responsibility and as from December 1st 2008 he was assigned to the position of Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Effective February 2012 he was appointed to the position of Group Climate Protection and Sustainability Officer. October 2017, he joined GeSI as CEO. Luis Neves has been playing a fundamental role in promoting the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to Climate Change. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of GeSI, and together with the other board members, he successfully developed GeSI to become a recognised global organisation in the sustainability area. Under his leadership, GeSI became a globally recognised Industry organisation in the field of sustainability and a “thought Industry Leader” in the area of climate change. Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as Chairman of the GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations Global Compact Lead Group, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations “Caring for Climate” Initiative, Member of the ERT - European Round Table of Industrialists Climate Change Group, Member of the SAP Sustainability strategy, reporting & assurance Board Advisory Panel, Co-chair of the ICT4EE Forum, Member of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy and Green Economy Task Force Meetings, Member of the Steering Committee of “Econsense”, The German Sustainability Association, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Steering Committee of BITKOM, the German ICT Association, Advisory Board member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative, Jury member of GreenTec Awards and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association.

Saiful Ridwan

Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer

United Nations Environment Programme

Saiful Ridwan is the Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is responsible for the identification, creation, development and delivery of business and emerging information technology solutions to support the goals and mandate of UNEP. Holding a first degree in Architectural Design from Indonesia, and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from UK, Saiful has over 30 years of international experience in various fields of information technology within diverse sectors, including UN, private sector and academia. A national of Indonesia, he designed and produced the first ever current affairs webzine, Tempo Interaktif, in his country back in 1996, at a time when conventional media was tightly controlled by the local authorities, and web technology was in its infancy. An avid collector of photos of environmental / green bins, Saiful currently focuses on the implementation of machine learning technologies for environmental protection

 Digital Inclusion & Principles

Belinda Exelby

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

Gul Yıldırım


Gul Yildirim is an executive member of Turkcell Corporate Social Responsibility  team since 2011. Her primary endeavors and expertise include the promotion of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, empowerment of women, and social inclusion. During her tenure, Ms. Yildirim led several well-recognized responsibility initiatives, such as No Barriers Education Programme, Snowdrops, Women Empowerment in Economy, People Without Boundaries, Turkcell Dialogue Museum, Leadership Program, Dream Partner, Academy Without Disabilities, Whizkids, Digital Intelligence(DQ), Talking Fingers and supporting sport activities for disabled people. She holds a bachelors degree in Communication Design from Bilkent University. Most recently, Ms. Yildirim has taken charge of the “No Barriers” Program, which solidified Turkcell’s leading role in sustainable development. No Barriers focuses primarily on the professional development of the under-privileged disabled children throughout the country. The classroom and labs established in 45 cities under the program have thus far reached over 10,000 pupils with visual, mental or hearing disabilities. In these labs and classrooms, the students not only receive vocational training (e.g., graphic design, braille lessons) but also participate in professional workshops that are specialized in soft skills, self-confidence, and hope. Thanks to its holistic approach and resounding success, No Barriers has been recognized by the Turkish Government and widely viewed as Turkey’s flagship social responsibility project for disabled children.

Janet Longmore

Founder and CEO

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Janet Longmore is the founder and CEO of ​Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)​ and a champion for technology-driven, community-owned, and youth-led solutions in rapidly developing regions of the world. A passionate believer in the power and potential of young people as catalysts for positive global change, Janet works tirelessly to promote the meaningful engagement of youth for a resilient and inclusive future economy. As a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation's B​ usiness Leaders Caucus​, Janet contributes expertise on collaboration and cooperation between the private sector, governments, and civil society in service of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Janet has been decorated with a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her strong example of social innovation and leadership. She is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Senior Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and has been recognized as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2012).

Joel Snyder

Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description, a translation of visual images to vivid language for the benefit, primarily, of people who are blind or have a vision impairment.  Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 62 countries and has made hundreds of live events, media projects and museums accessible.  The American Council of the Blind published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal – A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, now available as an audio book voiced by Dr. Snyder, in screen reader accessible formats, and in English, Polish, Russian and Portuguese.  Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC ( and he serves as the Director of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (  Dr. Snyder is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and AFTRA-SAG and a 20-year veteran of work as a director and arts specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts.  His PhD in audiovisual translation/audio description is from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Karunya Samuel

Karunya Samuel is a graduate of Gallaudet University. He works closely with federal government offices to promote awareness and empower people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. In 2016, he started Global Deaf Aid Foundation, Inc., a non-profit providing assistance to both public and private sectors by making specific recommendations on how they can become more accessible to people with disabilities across the globe through education, technology, telecommunications, innovation and human rights. In 2019, with 3 partners, he co-founded World In Sign, LLC (WIS) and was appointed CEO. WIS is a company with the primary goal of providing an emergency alert system to people using sign language as a primary way of communication. As a second equal goal, WIS wants global access to emergency services for all regardless of their way of communicating, background and economic status. He says, “My dream is an America and a world where talented Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and people with other disabilities are able to realize their potential through access to the necessary tools and technology to provide them with quality lives and employment without any barriers. I look forward to working with partners, corporations and governments to make it happen”.

Lourdes O. Montenegro

Lourdes O. Montenegro leads the work of the World Benchmarking Alliance on the digital sector. She oversees the methodology development and publication of a corporate benchmark which will track the contribution of ICT companies to digital inclusion. Lourdes also manages engagement with global stakeholders, including investors, government policymakers, civil society, and companies. Before joining WBA, she worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where she coordinated a global expert group on ICT statistics, organized international meetings, trained developing country regulators, and contributed to ITU’s statistical publications. Lourdes is an economist with more than a decade of experience delivering data-driven and policy-oriented projects for industry clients as well as UN agencies and governments. She is currently completing a PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, on regulation of network industries, with a focus on telecommunications competition, Internet interconnection and quality of service. Her latest research article, “Can Competition-Enhancing Regulation Bridge the Quality Divide in Internet Provision?”, is now available online in the Journal of Telecommunications Policy.

Salem Avan

Director, Policy, Governance, nd Strategy Division

United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology

Salem Avan is the Director of Policy Strategy & Governance Division for ICT at United Nations Headquarters, with oversight of strategy and leadership of cybersecurity, data analytics, and frontier technology innovations. He is also Director of Strategy of the emerging network of United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL). The first UNTIL Lab was established in Finland in 2018. These Labs have been created as separate from ICT to further advance the UN’s work at the intersection of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, and collective intelligence to help accelerate the 2030 Agenda. In creating the UNTIL network his goal has been to bring together the UN with entrepreneurs, social and data scientists, Member States, and the private sectorto articulate, design, and develop solutions to the world’s most wicked social challenges. Prior to this position, Salem was responsible for information technology at the UN, including creating peace-tech innovations for Peacekeeping Operations, the largest department of the United Nations. He joined UN Peacekeeping in 1994 during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Since then has served in frontline leadership positions in over a dozen Peacekeeping Missions. His career also includes leading significant technology projects with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. A national of the UK, he has an advanced degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow.

Meaningful Connectivity Solutions




PhD in Computer Science from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

After 3 years as a university teacher and young researcher, Asma was called by Industry.

She has been a consultant in the IT business on several continents (USA, Europe, and Africa).

Experienced in the Digital and Information Systems Transformation, she created her company in 2012, now established in France and Tunisia. ABShore currently has around 70 employees and works within major banking, insurance and telecom players to support them in IT Transformation, Digital, BI and Big Data.

We help our partners and customers to design and implement innovative high value-added business solutions by integrating in a natural way the solutions, practices and processes of the digital transformation: business intelligence, Big Data, Data Management & Development of applications and tools meeting the needs of the business.

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

CEO & Founder

AB5 Consulting

Betty is CEO of AB5 Consulting, an award-winning consulting company based in London, UK, specialised in high technological sectors, including telecommunications, IoT, satellite & space, transport and nuclear. An award-winning engineer, Betty works with the industry, regulators and UN Agencies, in due diligence, system assessment, business development, market access, regulatory and licensing, and stakeholders’ management. Her experience includes the management of complex international projects in the aerospace, satellite, defence, nuclear, and transport of dangerous goods sectors. She holds two Masters’ in Science in aeronautical and space engineering, a diploma in international nuclear law and a MBA. Betty is a certified project manager; she is director of Access Space Alliance, a small satellite body, president of the UK Chapter of the Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), VP for Industry of the Women’s Engineering Society, and board member of the International Women in Engineering and Science (INWES) Europe. Betty seats on the University of West London engineering and ICT schools' industry committees. Betty is also engaged in society; she is a school governor and chair of the resource committee (£11M budget) at a prominent High School and participates regularly to school fairs and events to promote engineering with boys and girls.

Bilal Khan

Bilal has been working in the ICT sector for over a decade, in both developed and the developing markets. He is a commercially oriented professional and has been in various leadership positions in the telecommunication Industry in Pakistan and abroad. He has a special interest in setting up new business functions and helping start-ups build get off the ground. He has seen the telecommunication sector transition through to 4G technology in the South Asian markets and has seen the dividends brought forth by improved connectivity for the lower strata of the society. Currently Bilal is based in Switzerland and heading the commercial operations of a startup, which specializes in Mobility analytics. He works very closely with Telecommunications organizations across the globe and helps them monetize their big data, by partnering with them. He thinks there is tremendous potential for telecommunication organizations to venture into the area of big data analytics and develop it into a sustainable business. Bilal Holds an MBA from IMD Business School in Lausanne with a focus on Leadership and General Management    

Harkirit Singh

Senior Management Executive

Tata Communication Transformation Services

Harkirit Singh is an Senior Management Executive leading the Digital transformation for Telcos globally at Tata Communication Transformation Services (TCTS). He has held senior management roles with major corporates globally and now leads a Global Solutions team as a Director focusing on next generation networks enabling Hyper Connectivity and Ultra High Speed broadband networks. He is based in London, UK and worked across US, Japan, Europe and Asia. For the past 24 years, he has been instrumental in build & rollout of global mobile satellite networks enabling rural connectivity, first 3G HSPA handsets & mobile devices , launch of 3G & 4G networks and developed the first commercial small cell solutions in Europe. He is instrumental in leading large transformational programs for TCTS with global Telcos. His focus is on transforming Telcos on their journey to a self-driven and self- healing network leveraging virtualisation, analytics and automation. As Global Head of Solutions at TCTS, he leads a team of specialists enabling open collaboration and innovation with start-up companies in areas of Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, Automation and Big Data to realize Networks of Tomorrow- Intelligent, cognitive and self-learning. He is passionate about connectivity and digital empowerment. And spearheading, Smart Africa initiative for Infra Africa Connectivity across 24 countries. He recently published a report on Interconnectivity across Africa and hosted a Inter Connectivity conference inviting Ministers, Regulators and other senior delegates across Africa for Building A Single Digital Market for Africa. Harkirit has been associated with leading Multinational organisations such as Hughes, Inmarsat, NEC & Aricent. He holds an Engineering degree (Electronics & Communications) and Executive MBA from Imperial College London specialising in

Liliane Dorveaux

Deputy Director

EPF School of Engineering

Dr Liliane Dorveaux, Deputy Director at EPF School of Engineering, Vice President Enterprises and Industry INWES , Regional Head of “Elles Bougent” French organization . Phd in Applied Mathematics, University Pierre et Marie Curie,Paris , France. Started as Researcher at Flinders Medical Center, Adelaide, Australia, in an applied cardiology research unit under the direction of Professor Andrew Tonkin (Dpt of Epidemiology and Preventive Monash University, Melbourne). Later as lecturer at UCO Bretagne, head of the Department of Mathematics of the Bretagne Nord campus. Then Director of Mathematics department at UCO Bretagne Nord, she has been in charge of teacher training program in Mathematics. She has been always involved to promote STEM to young ladies, to break stereotypes and to open mind to diversity and gender code into professional area. Involved into ethical perspectives in sciences, she initiated last a working group on AI composed by students, companies, academics and organization. She is the proud mother of three young adults.

Massimiliano Arcieri

Massimiliano Arcieri, born in Potenza (Italy) 21/03/1974. Due to his father job, he changed places and schools during his youth and lived in different cities/countries (3 years in Wales from 1978 to 1980). Master’s Degree in Geological Sciences obtained in March 2002, thesis in Seismology. After his studies, Massimiliano started to cooperate for about a year with Basilicata University in research projects. After that, he attended a Project Management Master (obtaining certification) and in May 2003 he starts his career at HERE Technologies (at that time, Navigation Technology, then Navteq, then Nokia Location & Commerce). Within the Company, Massimiliano changed many positions starting as a Geographic Analyst, becoming then customer Map Reports responsible for Italy, Expert Community Program leader and finally a Product Manager in the Telco Sector in February 2019: at the moment he is the main WEU reference contact for HERE Telco Solutions and specifically for Cellular Signals Product and HERE 5G Geodata. Since 2003, Massimiliano obtained other training certifications (Project Management, ISPMA course, ESRI learning ArcGis desktop and language Trinity Certification level 8th). Massimiliano is married and has two sons, Aldo and Alessandro. As hobby, he loves to run and last Saturday he completed his 26th marathon in Reykjavik.

Whitney Lohmeyer

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Olin College of Engineering

Whitney Lohmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Olin College of Engineering. She leads, manages, and technically contributes to research in the field of satellite communications systems, and works closely with industry to advise on end-to-end system design, antenna systems, RF power amplification, radiation tolerance and spectrum strategy. Whitney is passionate about enabling affordable Internet access in order to generate economic growth and improve healthcare and educational systems. Whitney was the first engineer hired at OneWeb, a company launching hundreds of a low earth orbit communications satellites to provide global broadband, and bridge the digital divide. While at OneWeb, she held a variety of roles both technical and policy-focused. As a Systems Engineer, she designed the RF Link Budget, and worked on the end-to-end communications system design, focusing on the LTE waveform and the user terminal antenna. In addition, she actively contributed to policy reformation at the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and United Nations (UN) International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and represented OneWeb on the U.S. Delegation to the 2015 World Radio Conference, the culmination of a three-year regulatory review cycle. Prior to joining the OneWeb team, she worked as a hardware engineer at Google, and spent time in technical roles at Inmarsat and NASA. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2015, and her M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2013, both funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from NC State University in 2011, as the only female in her class of approximately ninety students.  She currently serves on the board of North Carolina State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. She has been invited to speak at a variety of events including NC State’s MAE Commencement Ceremony, the UN Women’s Gender Equality and Mainstreaming (GEM) The Internet of Women: Challenge or Opportunity? and the UN’s and ITU’s Women’s Leadership Workshop on Empowering Women in Radiocommunications Negotiations.

Yvette RAMOS

Yvette RAMOS, Ms. Science of Engineering (electronics-telecom), EPF, France and Ms. Human Resource Management, MBA With a background in Engineering and twenty five years professional experience, starting with a position of Project Manager in the Industry (Schlumberger, Ascom) to Expert in Strategic planning and Change Management, including capacity development for telecom companies and hydromet services at international level, she has developed extensive experience on managing teams and projects abroad. Over the last twenty years, she had the chance to work with international teams, in the private and public sector, in the business and development environment. She holds the position of Expert at the specialized United Nations Agency the ITU, the International Telecom Union, Development Bureau, and the World Meteorological organization, both with HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. She has recently accepted the challenging position of Project Manager (2018-2020) for the System Integrator of the AIRBM-2 World Bank project for the modernization of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar. First woman president of the +100 years aged Swiss Engineering Geneva chapter (2011-…) and founder and president of womenvai, an international NGO a platform for innovative projects in Environment and High-Tech – led by women – supported by women AND men

Zdravko Jukić

Deputy Executive Director


Zdravko Jukić is Deputy Executive Director at HAKOM, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries. He also served as Council Member of HAKOM in the period from 2013 to 2018. Before joining HAKOM he worked for one of the leading telecom vendors for more than 17 years in various positions from software designer and tester to senior systems manager and standardisation delegate and delegation leader. He has a degree in electrical engineering and post-graduate degree in regulation from the University in Zagreb. His main interest topics are regulation, network neutrality, open Internet and Internet governance in general.