Dr Ann Aerts
Head of Novartis Foundation
Dr. Ann Aerts has been Head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013. The Novartis Foundation has the challenging goals of expanding access to quality healthcare and eliminating diseases such as leprosy and malaria. Before her current role, Ann was Franchise Medical Director Critical Care for Novartis Pharma in Basel and Therapeutic Area Head Cardiovascular and Metabolism in Novartis Pharma Belgium. Prior to joining Novartis, she served as Director of the Lung and Tuberculosis Association in Belgium, as Head of the Health Services Department of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and was Health Coordinator for the ICRC in several countries.
Ann holds a Degree in Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, as well as a Degree in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Ann is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Global Health Group of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the OECD Network of Foundations Working in Development (NetFWD), a Member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and of the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the LDCs.
Chief Data Officer
Chema Alonso is currently the CDO – Chief Data Officer – at Telefónica. In this position he heads the company’s Big Data strategy, Advertising and the Fourth Platform. As part of the work to define the Fourth Platform, he also leads the Personal Data Bank team and is the main internal promoter of the Data Transparency Lab. He is also responsible for global cybersecurity and data security, having created the new Global Security Unit with the Information Security Global Business in B2B & B2C and Eleven Paths.
He was previously the founder and CEO of Eleven Paths, a subsidiary of Telefónica Digital focusing on innovation in security products, and General Manager of Global Security Business in the B2B unit of Telefónica Business Solutions. Before joining Telefónica in 2013, he spent 14 years working for and directing Informática 64, a company focusing on computer security and training. He obtained doctorates in Computer Security at the King Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Computer Engineering at the same university and IT Systems Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, an institution which appointed him Honorary Ambassador of the University School of Computer Science in 2012. Since 2009 he has also directed the Master’s Degree in Information Security at the European University of Madrid.
He is the author of several books and other works specializing in cybersecurity and a director representing Telefónica at Alise Devices, a company supported by Telefónica by means of its Wayra startups acceleration programme and a developer of anti-counterfeiting technology, chiefly made up of engineers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
Head Public and Regulatory Affairs Asia
Rajiv Bawa is currently the head of Public and Regulatory Affairs in Asia for Telenor Group. In this role, he is responsible for Telenor Group’s Public and Regulatory Affairs agenda for the region. Rajiv is part of GSMA’s CPROG Asia and very active in various other regional organizations. Prior to this he was the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of dtac in Thailand where he was responsible for all external affairs like: communication, sustainability, government relations, regulatory, compliance and legal within dtac. Prior to this he was the Chief Representative Officer for Telenor Group in India, where he was responsible for Telenor Group’s external and strategic affairs in India. In this role he worked with the Telenor Group’s Asia head to drive Telenor Group’s reputation and future strategy in India. He also provided the Uninor leadership and management team advice on all strategic, regulatory, governmental and corporate matters. Rajiv had been part of Uninor management team since the company’s inception and prior to this assignment he held the position of Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in Uninor. Rajiv has over 22 years of consulting, sales and management experience in variety of industries globally.
Before joining Uninor Rajiv was based in the US where his experiences included strong international business knowledge in emerging markets, M&A, and startups. He has held a variety of consulting, sales and strategy leadership positions within IBM focusing on sectors such as FMCG, distribution and technology services. He has also lived in Japan, where he was a part of the executive steering group of a large FMCG company implementing a business transformation and ERP project. During the peak of the dot com days in the US, Rajiv was the director of marketing and business development of a software startup organization.
He has a Masters in Computer Science from University of Maryland and a certificate in management from Wharton School of Business. Bachelor of Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.
In the time when he is not with his wife and two kids, he enjoys reading, watching movies and occasional golf.
H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr
Director General, Smart Dubai Office
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr is the Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, the government entity charged with overseeing Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, engaging with leadership in the public and private sector to make Dubai a global benchmark smart city.
Prior to that, Dr. Aisha worked as Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The Executive Office’s role is to implement the vision of His Highness, to make Dubai #1 globally, as well as to be the source of the best futuristic initiatives. Part of her role was leading the Smart Dubai task force team from the time of the announcement of the Smart Dubai initiative in March 2014, to the formation of the Smart Dubai Office.
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
Wolfgang D. Bock is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group.
He is the global leader of the Telecommunications Sector and has worked for more than 25 years serving operators and suppliers as well as technology players in the communications ecosystem.
Mr. Bock has authored a number of reports on the future of converged communications and co-authored a number of public policy papers. He is frequently quoted by a range of publications, and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert.
President and CEO
Sigve Brekke joined Telenor in 1998 as an Advisor, and was in 1999 employed as Manager Business Development and later Managing Director of Telenor International, Region Asia. Mr. Brekke served as co-Chief Executive Officer of dtac from 2002 to 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in dtac from 2005-2008. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Region, prior to his appointment to President and CEO. Before joining Telenor, Mr. Brekke has served as the State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Defence in Norway in 1993, and has also held position as an associate at the Center for Science and International Affairs, at Harvard University, USA. Mr. Brekke holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Chief Strategy Officer
Kathrin has more than 15 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. As the company’s chief strategist, Kathrin helped to shape Nokia Networks’ vision and strategy, working with senior leaders, customers and analysts worldwide.
Her responsibilities include market forecasting, competitor intelligence, portfolio watch, corporate business development and leading the company’s overall efforts in the Internet of Things. Kathrin was instrumental in developing the company’s turnaround strategy.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Cooperative Education, Germany and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Open University, London, the United Kingdom.
Kathrin’s recent accolades include being nominated as one of Global Telecoms Business’ “Top 50 Women to watch in 2016”, in addition to being listed as one of FierceWireless’ “Women to watch: Top 5 female executives” in wireless networking and engineering.
Vice Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning
Republic of Korea
Vice Minister Choi Jaeyou graduated from Yonsei University with a major in business management. He received his Master’s degree in telecommunication, information studies and media from Michigan State University. Entering into public service in 1988, Vice Minister Choi served in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, Ministry of Information and Communication, and Korean Communications Commission for 29 years to establish and carry out ICT development policies in Korea. He took numerous important positions in various fields including IT, broadcasting, radio, convergence, postal service and more.
After the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) was launched in 2013, Vice Minister Choi served as the Assistant Minister of ICT and Broadcasting Policy Office. In February 2015, he was appointed as the Vice Minister of MSIP, in charge of managing the development and regulation of the ICT and broadcasting sector. Currently, Vice Minister Choi is actively promoting the “K-ICT Strategy”, which is a next-generation ICT development strategy to drive Korea’s economic growth.
Partner and Telecom Sector Leader, Australia, SE Asia and NZ
Mohammad Chowdhury has over 20 years’ of experience in the telecommunications industry focusing on business strategy, regulation, public policy, M&A, technology, digital and innovation. He leads the Telecoms, Media and Technology team for PwC Australia, NZ and South East Asia and serves on the board of innovative start-up companies. Prior to PwC, he held senior positions in Vodafone and IBM Corporation. Mohammad has wide experience in the development of loT, digital and mHealth business across developed and emerging markets. He serves as the Telecommunications Adviser to the Government of Myanmar. He has degrees in economics from Oxford and Cambridge, and has worked in 83 countries.
Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta
Executive Vice Chairman and CEO
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Agency charged with the responsibility of regulating telecommunications in Nigeria. He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advance Communications Studies, established in 2004 by the NCC to build capacity for the Nigerian/Africa telecom industry in information and communications technology. He served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces
Prof Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively. He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a book entitled ‘Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics’. A recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. He also served two terms as a Member of Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. (NSE) and a Fellow of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (FRAES)
Miguel de Godoy
President, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (Enacom)
He was Director of Health Education at the Ministry of Health and Social Action of the Nation. He served as Director General of Social Communication of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Spokesperson of the Mayor. In turn, he has been an external consultant for companies and business groups. He was also, vice president of the Asociación de Teleradiodifusoras Argentinas (Argentine TV-Radio Broadcasting Association) (ATA). From 2009 to 2015 he served as Secretary of Media of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Since December 2015 is Chairman of the National Communications Agency.
Scott Gegenheimer was appointed Group CEO of Zain in December 2012. Zain is a leading telecom operator in the MENA region with 47 million customers and operations in eight countries. Since his appointment, Scott has set the strategic direction and managed the on-going transformation of Zain from a mobile consumer-focused operator, into an integrated telecommunications operator with a focus on customer experience, innovation, enterprise and digital services to successfully leverage Zain’s vast 3G/4G high-speed broadband networks.
Scott is a multidisciplinary, results-oriented leader with a successful track of over 25 years of which 15 years has been spent in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe regions. He has also held executive positions at numerous leading technology companies including Cisco Systems and Motorola in North America.
A newly elected GSMA Board member for the 2017/2018 period, Scott is also a Commissioner to the ITU & UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and board member of the SAMENA Telecommunications Council. In addition, he is a board member of Zain Saudi Arabia, and Zain’s smart cities solutions provider, neXgen Group.
A US educated native, Scott holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago (1993) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Northern Illinois University, USA, with a double major in Finance and Management (1989).
Executive Vice President, CEO Africa Division
Cynthia Gordon was appointed as Executive Vice President, CEO Africa Division for Millicom in September 2015.
In her role she is responsible for transforming the Africa division to deliver profitable growth and cash flow.
Cynthia was previously Group Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo, overseeing commercial strategies across Ooredoo operations in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. Cynthia was also a Commissioner on the Board of Indosat-Ooredoo, the largest operation of the Ooredoo Group.
She joined Ooredoo from Orange where she was Vice President of Partnerships and Emerging Markets.
Prior to that Cynthia was Group Chief Commercial Officer at MTS in Russia and led the commercial strategy and direction for the company, which at the time had 91 million customers in six countries.
Cynthia currently serves as Board member of European telecom operator Tele 2 and BIMA, the leading provider of mobile-delivered insurance in emerging markets.
Chief Investment Officer, TMT
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Vincent Gouarne chairs the investment committee for Telecom Media Technology at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. IFC invests about $1bn per year equity and debt in the technology space in emerging markets. Our investment themes include connectivity in frontier markets, broadband, shared infrastructure and cloud, and applications in selected verticals such as fintech and e-commerce. Before his current role Vincent held several leadership positions in the World Bank Group including recently IFC global head of infrastructure, and before that regional director for LatAm. He holds graduate degrees in engineering from Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and U.C. Berkeley, and attended the Program for Management Development at HBS.
Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events. Mats brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators with 14 million customers across nine countries. Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti. Before joining Ericsson, he was a management consultant in telecom strategies at ARRIGO and Andersen Consulting. Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Follow Mats on Twitter: @MatsGranrydGSMA
Head of APAC
Alasdair Grant is the Head of APAC for the GSMA, based in the Hong Kong regional office.
Before joining the GSMA in 2015, Alasdair managed another industry association and for six years ran a Hong Kong based strategy consultancy, advising global and regional telecommunications companies and digital ecosystem operators on market entry, engagement and expansion plans throughout Asia.
Prior to this, Alasdair served more than a decade in a variety of Hong Kong-based Head of APAC corporate development, strategy and regulatory roles, for Reliance Globalcom (part of the Reliance Group), Verizon Enterprise and Level 3 Communications. Prior to these, Alasdair lived and worked in his home city of Sydney, managing AAPT’s regulatory affairs and working as a lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin.
Alasdair is the founding editor and co-author of CCH publication Australian Telecommunications Regulation, the country’s leading academic text. From 2008-2015 he served as a Board Member of the International Institute of Communications. He is also a former Board member of the Communications and Media Law Association of Australia, and has served as the President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition.
Alasdair holds a degree in Law and an Honours degree in Literature from the University of Sydney.
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Public Policy and Government Affairs
Kathleen Grillo is senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s public policy, federal and state legislative and regulatory affairs, antitrust and privacy, and strategic alliances. Ms. Grillo previously served as Verizon’s senior vice president, federal regulatory and legal affairs. In that role, she directed the company’s legal and public policy positions before federal government agencies on a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum policy and Internet governance.
Ms. Grillo joined the company in June 2002. She joined the federal regulatory affairs organization in 2003, where she represented Verizon at the Federal Communications Commission.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Grillo was in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. She was a law clerk to Judge Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Grillo earned a B.A. in English, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the Essays Editor for the Virginia Law Review.
Ambassador David Gross
Wiley Rein LLP
Wiley Rein partner, Ambassador David Gross, co-chairs the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications and Internet policies, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Noted as bringing « innovation and vision to the rapidly changing TMT industry » by Who’s Who Legal, David draws on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker, and corporate executive to assist U.S. companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-U.S. companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the U.S. and international markets, as well as national governments. David advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as many regional organizations.
Executive Vice President, and Chief Information and Technology Architect
Roger Gurnani is Executive Vice President, and Chief Information and Technology Architect for Verizon. He is responsible for developing and guiding Verizon’s technology strategy and investments. His role includes network and technology planning, development of architecture and roadmaps, continued evolution of digital platforms and oversight and direction for the CIO and CTO teams across Verizon.
Roger Gurnani is executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon. He is responsible for developing and guiding Verizon’s technology strategy and investments. His role includes network and technology planning, development of architecture and roadmaps, continued evolution of digital platforms and oversight and direction for the CIO and CTO teams across Verizon.
Before being named to his current position in January 2015, Gurnani was executive vice president and chief information officer for Verizon Communications. Prior to 2010, Gurnani was senior vice president of new product development for Verizon Wireless and was responsible for the innovation, development and commercialization of consumer and business products. Gurnani also served as the president of the West area for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company’s operations throughout the western United States. He was one of the founding officers of Verizon Wireless. Until 2005, he served as vice president and chief information officer, helping to oversee the integration of the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone AirTouch and GTE at the company’s inception in 2000. He had previously served as vice president and chief information officer at Bell Atlantic Mobile.
Gurnani is a graduate of Auburn University and holds bachelors and masters degrees in industrial and systems engineering.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer
Nick Hughes is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of M-KOPA, the world’s leading pay-as-you-go off grid energy provider. M-KOPA has powered over 400,000 – predominantly low income – homes across East Africa.
Over 2 million people who live in these homes will enjoy over 50 million hours of kerosene-free lighting this month and make combined projected savings of US$ 300 million over the next four years.
Nick was previously Global Head of Payment Solutions at Vodafone. In 2003 he started and grew the groundbreaking mobile payment service, M-PESA. In 2010, Nick was a winner of The Economist’s Innovation Award for Social & Economic Impact for his work on M-PESA.
Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
Gilberto Kassab, a 56-year-old economist and engineer graduated from the São Paulo University (USP), made his debut in politics at the age of 25. Throughout his political career, he was a member of the City Council of São Paulo, a Congressional Representative at the State and Federal Parliaments and acted as Planning Secretary, Vice Mayor and Mayor of São Paulo for seven years (2006 to 2012), where he was the only re-elected mayor. As the Minister of Cities, Kassab was responsible for managing more than US$ 30 billion in public investments on basic sanitation and water security, and more than US$ 50 billion on urban mobility projects, such as subways, bus corridors, light-rail vehicles (VLTs), bus rapid transit (BRTs), among others.
Currently he acts as the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, a familiar area to him, since he presented projects related to the sector during his period at the Federal Parliament, where he acted as the President of the Science and Technology, Communication and Informatics Commission. He was likewise member of the Board of the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL). In 2011, Kassab founded the Social Democratic Party (PSD), which became one of the main political parties in Brazil.
Irfan Wahab Khan
Irfan Wahab Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Pakistan and a Board Member of Tameer Microfinance Bank. Previously, he was serving at the position of Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telenor Pakistan since April 2013.
Irfan has over 20 years of experience in Mobile Telecommunication in a variety of leadership roles working in USA, UK, Norway, Pakistan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. He is associated with Telenor since 2004 as a founding member and served as Executive Vice President and CEO for Telenor LDI (Pvt) ltd. He has also served in various positions within Telenor Group both in Asia and Europe, including Vice President Devices and Vice President – Head of Asia Distribution. Previously he worked with Cable & Wireless, Orange UK, T-Mobile USA and has a consulting background from Telcordia Technologies and Ericsson.
Irfan was elected as Vice Chairman for GSM North American Alliance. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mobile communication from University of Westminster London, BMP and AMP from INSEAD France, Marketing Management from London Business School and Financial Management from Harvard Business School USA.
Irfan Wahab brings with him an extensive and holistic global experience and has been one of the key industry influencers in Telecommunications. He is now steering Telenor Pakistan in to the Digital realm as we speak.
Senior Vice President, Group Public and Regulatory Affairs
Deutsche Telekom AG
Wolfgang Kopf (52) has been Senior Vice President for Group Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG since November 2006. He is responsible for Regulatory Affairs, Competition and Media Policy, Spectrum Strategy and Public Affairs. Wolfgang Kopf joined Deutsche Telekom Group in 1995 where he held various senior positions since. He studied Arts and Law at the Universities of Mainz and Speyer, specializing in European and International Law. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of London. During his training as a lawyer, he worked for a leading international law firm and the European Commission. Wolfgang Kopf is a Board Member of GSMA and a Member of the ZDF Television Council. He is also a Member of the Foundation Board of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. In addition he is the Vice-Chair of the BIAC Competition Committee at OECD and co-editor of two German Law Journals.
Philippe Le Houérou
Executive Vice President and CEO
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Mr. Le Houérou, a French national, joined IFC in March 2016, bringing three decades of experience in international finance and development. His career includes leadership positions at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he developed and implemented business strategies, helped increase lending and spearheaded new partnerships.
Prior to his arrival at IFC, Mr. Le Houérou was Vice President for Policy & Partnerships at the EBRD. In that role, he coordinated country strategies, restructured and redefined the EBRD approach to policy dialogue and led other initiatives to support the organization’s private sector development and transition mandate. He was also responsible for the mobilization and management of donor funds for nuclear safety and for the EBRD’s engagement with key external stakeholders and organizations.
Before joining the EBRD in 2015, Mr. Le Houérou was the World Bank’s Regional Vice President for the South Asia Region. As Vice President, Mr. Le Houérou designed a new regional strategy, restructured the Bank’s portfolio in the region to improve its performance and more than doubled new lending.
Previously, Mr. Le Houérou was the Bank’s Regional Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, where he led the Bank’s effort to mitigate the global economic crisis’s impact on the region and ramped up analytical and advisory work as well as new lending.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Le Houérou held a number of other key positions at the World Bank, including Vice President of Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships; Acting Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Director of Finance and Resource Mobilisation; Macro-Fiscal Sector Manager; and Resident Representative in Madagascar. Le Houérou began his career in banking in the private sector, and initially joined the World Bank Group as a Young Professional, which included work in IFC investment operations in East Asia.
Born in Montpellier, France, Mr. Le Houérou grew up in North Africa and Italy and went on to attend the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Ph.D in Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Carlos López Blanco
Global Head, Public and Regulatory Affairs
Carlos López Blanco is Global Head, Public and Regulatory Affairs and a member of the Executive Committee of Telefónica, S.A. Prior to joining Telefónica in 2007, Mr. López Blanco was the chairman of Enter, Center for the Analysis of the Information Society and Telecommunications of the Instituto de Empresa Business School, and served as a member of the board of directors of Ericsson España and Ydilo Advanced Voice Solutions, as well as a member of the advisory board of INDRA.
From 2002 to 2004 he served as Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society in the Spanish government. Mr. López Blanco is a state attorney with more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He holds a law degree from Valladolid University and an advanced degree from the IESE Business School.
Rt Hon Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG
Business and Sustainable Development Commission
Mark Malloch-Brown served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist and also led the international practice of the Sawyer Miller Group, a US political consultancy.
He is currently Chairman of SGO and its elections division Smartmatic, a leading elections technology company. He is on the Boards of Investec and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He is Co-chair of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. Mark is a Senior Adviser for the Eurasia Group and he previously led FTI Consulting’s EMEA practice.
Group Director for Spectrum
Office of Communications (OFCOM)
Philip is Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding, licensing, monitoring and enforcement.
Philip is also Chairman of the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) bringing together all the EU’s national spectrum authorities and the Commission.
Philip has over 30 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy. Philip has worked in both start-ups (from initial concept to sale) and large corporates in companies ranging from UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).
Vice-President for Mobile and Global Access Policy
Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for Mobile and Global Access Policy at Facebook where he oversees, among others, Facebook’s connectivity programs and communication regulatory issues. Previously, he served as Chairman (2005-2009) and Commissioner (2001-2005) of the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure, the FCC adopted a non-binding policy statement on net neutrality which led to the 2010 Open Internet Order. After leaving the FCC he joined the Aspen Institute as a Senior Fellow at the think tank’s Communications and Society Program, and later the law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP as a Partner. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.P.P. from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Chairman and Founder, Bharti Enterprises
and Chairman, GSMA
Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises which has interests in telecom, realty, financial services and agri and food business. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is the world’s third largest global telecommunications company by customer base with over 300 million customers across South Asia and Africa. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA and Del Monte. Bharti Enterprises has acquired a minority stake in OneWeb with an aim to provide affordable internet access to all. Sunil is currently the First Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He also serves on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry, Prime Minister of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, Chair of the World Economic Forums (WEF) Telecommunications Steering Committee and Member of International Business Council – WEF, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is the Co- Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum as well as member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan CEO Forums. Earlier, he served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII, 2007-08), the premier industry body in India. Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He has also been awarded the INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award 2011 and the NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award 2011 for “Corporate Conscience”. Earlier, he received the Global Economy Prize 2009 by The Kiel Institute, Germany and the US-India Business Council also honored him with the ‘Global Vision’ Award 2008. Sunil has received the GSM Association Chairman’s Award for 2008. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School and Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Foundation Endowment. Sunil believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in the Bharti Foundation, which operates 254 schools as well as remedial centers and renders quality support to government schools, providing holistic education to over 50,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation, an initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
Samuel Possebon is the chief-editor of TELETIME News, the most important trade publication focused on telecommunications and broadband in Brazil. He’s been covering telecom, media and Internet for the last 23 years. Samuel Possebon has also a master degree in Communications Policies and Technologies for the University of Brasilia, he is author and organizer of three books on telecommunications and contributor for a number of publications and books.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India
Mr. R.S.Sharma joined as Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 10th of August, 2015. Prior to joining TRAI Mr. R.S.Sharma was working as Secretary to Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for over-all implementation of this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the Government of India for providing Unique Identification (christened as Äadhaar”) to all its Residents.
Before his posting at UIDAI, Mr. Sharma worked with the Government of Jharkhand as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development. As Principal Secretary of the IT Department, Mr. Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas. He also over-saw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government.
Mr. Sharma has held important positions both in the Government of India and State Governments in the past and has been deeply involved in the administrative reforms and leveraging IT to simplify the administrative processes. During his posting in Government of India, he has worked in the Department of Economic Affairs and has dealt with bilateral and multilateral development agencies like World Bank, ADB, MIGA and GEF. He was also in-charge of Financing of Infrastructure projects in the Highways, Ports, Airports and Telecom sectors. Mr. Sharma’s contributions to the IT and e-Governance have been widely recognized both within India and outside. He has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Mr. Sharma holds a Masters Degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India) and another Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA).
Director of Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Mr. Rancy was elected by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2010 (PP-10) to the post of Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union, and was confirmed in a second term during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014 (PP-14).
As Director, Mr. Rancy is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau which organises and co-ordinates the work of the Radiocommunication Sector whose aim is to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary satellite orbit.
Previous to taking up his duties at the ITU in January, 2011, he was Director General of the French Agence nationale des fréquences. Since 1995, Mr. Rancy has served as the head or deputy head for national delegations at many ITU conferences and meetings.
Mr. Rancy graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1977 and from Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications in 1979.
H.E. Mrs Majd Shweikeh
Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Mrs. Shweikeh has been appointed as Her Excellency the Minister of Information and Communications Technology since March 2015. And has been appointed as a Minister of Information and Communications Technology and Minister of Public Sector Development since September 2016. During her career, Mrs. Shweikeh has assumed top positions in different local and regional companies. She held the position of Group CEO of VTEL Middle East and Africa Limited, Vice President of Jordan Telecom Group and CEO of Orange Mobile where she was named as the first Female CEO for a Telecommunication Company in the World.
Shweikeh has excellent experiences in business modelling transformation and development, operations establishment and strategic leverage identification, processes enhancement, systems establishment, commercial and time to market modelling, fiscal oversight and Corporate Governance. Mrs. Shweikeh holds a first class Honours BSc in Finance in addition to several certificates such as the Certified Management Accountant certification in 1999 and the Global Senior Management Certificate in 2012.
Minister of Digital Affairs
Graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Organization and Management, specialization in industrial IT systems). He has held managerial posts in both polish and foreign enterprises in the ICT industry for more than twenty years. Since 1998 entrepreneur, he has held the post of President of the Management Board and Chief Operations Officer at Connect Distribution Ltd., which specializes in Value Added Distribution of specialist software and hardware. The company currently represents more than 30 foreign ICT vendors on the Polish and CEE market and has won numerous prizes and awards – including the European Medal, Business Gazelle, Forbes Diamonds or award of the Minister of Economy.
He has been actively involved in the ICT industry and environment for a dozen or so years. Author of many articles and commentaries in the daily press, specialist press and television. He was nominated for the title of “Personality of the IT” for his contribution to the IT industry. Since 2012 Minister of Digitization, the BCC Economy Shadow Cabinet. Representative in Innovation Council (Marshal’s Office, Warsaw, Poland) and in the Parliamentary Committee on Innovation and New Technology. Initiator and Chairperson of the Coalition for the Development of the Information Society (KRESI) – a platform for dialogue and the cooperation of the most important environments and organizations related to the communications and IT industry in order to accelerate the development of the information society in Poland.
In the years 2015-2016 member of the Digitization Council at the Ministry for Digital Affairs. In 2015 awarded “Polish ICT – Man of the Year” prize given annually by the Burda-Magazine / CRN. Since the end of 2015, Strategic Advisor to the Minister (Ministry of Digital Affairs), from May 2016 Plenipotentiary of Minister for International Affairs.
Kaan Terzioğlu has taken office as the CEO of Turkcell on April 1st, 2015. Under his leadership, the company has transformed into a converged telecoms and technology services provider, offering services and connectivity on mobile and fixed networks. In addition to Turkey, Turkcell Group operates in Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Germany through subsidiaries and partnerships.
Turkcell launched 4.5G its home country Turkey on April 1st, 2016. Mr. Terzioglu is the chief architect of the company’s focus on mobile apps and services including communication platform BiP, TV offering TV+, cloud app lifebox and music app fizy.
A member of the GSMA Board since 2015, Mr. Terzioglu is also a vocal advocate of humanitarian causes and using the power of communication to the benefit of disadvantaged groups such as individuals with disabilities and refugees.
Prior to joining Turkcell, Mr. Terzioglu was a Member of the Board of Directors at Akbank, Aksigorta insurance company, Teknosa technology retailer and CarrefourSA. Between 1999 and 2012, he served as the Team Leader of E-Commerce Strategies for the EMEA region, Sales Director of Advanced Technologies for the EMEA region, Managing Director of Technology Marketing Organization for the EMEA region, and the Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe at Cisco Systems Brussels branch. He started his career in Turkey in 1990 as an Independent Auditor and CPA at Arthur Andersen – a company where he subsequently worked as IT Strategies and Security Specialist (US), Leader of Information Management and Digital Strategy Services (Belgium), and Vice President of Consultancy Services Turkey Operations. Mr. Terzioglu is a graduate of the Department of Business Administration of Boğaziçi University.
Director-General, DG Connect
Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.
He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.
Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG) in 2007.
He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.
From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).
Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Brian Williamson is a Partner at Communications Chambers based in London. Brian focusses on regulation, policy and strategy in relation to telecommunications, radio spectrum, online and mobile apps. Brian has worked for the GSMA, network operators, global technology companies, governments and regulators. Brian has worked on mobile demand, spectrum value and spectrum fees; the role of mobile in boosting digital inclusion; market definition and network access (including origination of the anchor product approach to regulation); the economic value of apps and apps policy; and lessons in relation to the design of regulatory institutions.
Publications include “Mobile first, fibre as required – the case for fibre to 5G (“FT5G”)” for Deutsche Telekom and “Mobile value, spectrum and data demand – a bootstrap approach to estimation” published in the journal Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Volume 19(1), January 2017. Brian has a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Acting Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, United States Department of State
United States of America
Julie Zoller is the acting Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and is responsible for the formulation, coordination, and oversight international information and communications technology (ICT) policy. An expert on technology policy and an accomplished negotiator, Ms. Zoller works with a diverse constituency to shape and achieve U.S. ICT policy objectives at the global level.
Ms. Zoller was the 2016 chair of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) governing Council and headed the U.S. delegation to the 2016 ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly. She also served as deputy head of delegation to the 2016 OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy, 2015 ITU World Radiocommunication Conference, and 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary and World Telecommunication Development Conferences and was elected to two terms on the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (2006 to 2014), serving as its first chairwoman. Ms. Zoller was the Deputy Associate Administrator for International Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from 2011 to 2013 and spent 14 years at ITT Information Systems, where she was a program director.