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.
VP Digital Single Market
Estonian nationality. Married with three children.
Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President for the ALDE group
Member of the Estonian parliament
Prime Minister of Estonia
Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
Mayor of Tartu
Deputy Head of Tartu Department of North Estonian Bank
Member of the Board of Directors, Rahvapank
Senior engineer, Institute of General and Molecular Pathology, Tartu State University
Mónica Aspe Bernal
Under Secretary of Communications and Transportation
Appointed in April 2015, Monica Aspe is the Undersecretary of Communications at the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation (“SCT”). She is the executive branch’s official in charge of implementing the public policies related to the Constitutional Telecommunications Reform. As part of her responsibility, Ms. Aspe leads the effort of the Mexican transition from analogue to digital television, which has been widely recognized as one of the fastest in the world and the first one in Latin America. Currently, Ms. Aspe is leading several strategic projects, including Red Compartida, which will be the largest PPP project in Mexican history and is expected to transform the wireless market worldwide. Prior to her appointment as Undersecretary of Communications, Ms. Aspe chaired the Office of the Information and Knowledge Society (“CSIC”) in the SCT; in this position, she launched the most ambitious Internet connectivity project in Mexican history, reaching more that 65,000 public buildings under her administration. Ms. Aspe also has relevant experience in the private sector, where she served as the General Director of the Radio and Television National Chamber (“CIRT”) and ran a public policy consultancy firm in infrastructure, telecommunications and broadcasting. Ms. Aspe began her career as an advisor to the General Council of the Federal Elections Institute. Ms. Aspe holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree on the same field from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (“ITAM”).
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.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Halim Bin Shafie
Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
Dato’ Sri Dr Halim, aged 68, a Malaysian, was appointed Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on 15 January 2015 and re-appointed as Chairman for a two year term beginning 12 January 2017. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), University of Malaya (1972), Masters in Economic Development, University of Pittsburgh (1980) and Ph.D in Information Transfer, Syracuse University (1988). He also completed professional courses in System Analysis and Design at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) (1976), Management Education Programme, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (1977) and Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School (2000).
He has served in many Government agencies including the Ministry of Education, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department and as Director of INTAN. He was Deputy Secretary General 1, Communications and Multimedia Sector in 1999, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications in 2000, and Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) from April 2006 to May 2009.
Over the last 17 years, Dato’ Sri Dr Halim has served on many Boards, including Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Pos Malaysia Berhad, Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Berhad. He is currently the Chairman of Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear), a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia. Dato’ Sri Dr Halim also holds office as an Adjunct Professor of Universiti Utara Malaysia and Advisory Board Chairman of the National Library. He was also appointed a member of the Board of Advisors University-Industry University Teknologi Mara (MPUI-UiTM) in January 2014.
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.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Greta Bull is the CEO of CGAP and a Director at the World Bank Group. Ms. Bull has more than 15 years’ experience in development finance, most recently with the International Finance Corporation. In her most recent role as Manager at the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) Advisory Services, Ms. Bull oversaw a large digital financial services program in sub-Saharan Africa. The program was aimed at expanding the reach of traditional and non-traditional financial service providers. She has extensive experience working in emerging financial markets in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Other career highlights include senior positions with the Eurasia Foundation in addition to being Director of the Finance, Banking and Enterprise Division at the international firm Bannock Consulting/DAI Europe. Her association with the World Bank began in 1992 when she was a Robert S. McNamara fellow based in Kiev, Ukraine. Ms. Bull holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree in international affairs from the University of Washington. She is a dual U.S./British national.
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.
Head of Latin America
Sebastián is the director of GSMA regional office in Latin America, responsible for representing and leading GSMA activities in the region. Sebastián has been working at the GSMA since 2006 on mobile broadband and spectrum issues in developing countries, based in Latin America. He is often consulted by government agencies and mobile operators on telecom public policy and is currently member of the National Committee of Spectrum of Colombia. Prior to joining the GSMA, Sebastián worked as a consultant, in private and public international organisations including TechPolis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and the Organization of American States (OAS). He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a Licenciado degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina).In 2003, he was honoured with a Fulbright Grant.
President of SUTEL
Gilbert Camacho Mora is the President of SUTEL’s Board of Directors (Costa Rica Telecom Regulatory Agency) has more than 32 years’ experience in telecoms in both the private and public sectors. He started as an engineer at the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) and then became Manager of the Switching Procurement Unit. In 1994, he became Commercial Manager of Lucent Technologies Costa Rica and from 2008 to 2012 held the position of Quality Manager for Central America and Caribbean for AlcatelLucent. Mr. Camacho graduated as an electrical engineer with a focus on telecoms from the University of Costa Rica. He also holds a Master in Business Administration from the Latin University of Costa Rica.
Margaret Chalwe Mudenda
Director General, Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA)
Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda is the Director General of the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the regulatory body responsible for regulating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the postal sector in Zambia. She has held this position since 2010 and serves on several Boards at both national and international levels. She is a lawyer by profession, holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), a Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting as well as a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) with over 20 years of experience. She is a Legislative drafts person and has pioneered several changes in the ICT sector in Zambia.
Mrs. Mudenda is an advocate for the prioritization of ICTs as a major catalyst of socio-economic growth. She continues to be passionate about providing ICT access to unserved and underserved areas in Zambia and has promoted private sector participation for the role-out of broadband services to the rural areas. Her commitment has led to an increase in the penetration of communication and broad band services into the most remote parts of Zambia. Under her tenure, she championed and launched the Connecting Learning Institutions Project which has been providing electronic communication systems including computer laboratories as well as optic fibre networks to public universities, colleges and secondary schools thus promoting e-learning and creating a platform for e-government services.
Furthermore, Mrs Mudenda is an avid ambassador of ICT for all in Zambia and in particular the girl child.
Mrs Mudenda continues to pursue more projects that promote the ubiquitous availability of technology throughout Zambia to create a flexible and favorable environment that promotes ICT anchored socio-economic development for all Zambians.
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)
Julian David is the CEO of techUK. He was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013. Julian leads techUK’s 60 strong team in representing more than 900 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain. He is also a trustee of the Tech Partnership which works to promote careers and skills development in the Digital Technology Industry and a Governor of Putney High School.
Christian de Faria
Christian De Faria, MD&CEO – Airtel Africa, a French National, with over 30 years of rich industry experience across multiple geographies, diverse sectors and organizations; such as MTN, Telekom Malaysia, Disc Vision, Deutsche Telecom and Grundig. Before becoming Chairman in Januray 2017, Christian was the Executive Chairman Airtel Africafrom Arpil to December 2016. In this role, Christian was responsible for all matters relating to Legal, Regulatory, Government Relations, Corporate Communications, CSR, Shareholders as well as M&A. In his new role, while giving up the day-to-day P&L responsibility, he will continue to support the vision of Airtel Africa.
Mr. De Faria joined Airtel Africa in September, 2013 as CEO- Africa Operations. Key focus was to increase the Revenue Market Share, enhance network and IT capabilities; ramp up 3G data and Airtel Money as future growth engines, strengthen customer experience by institutionalizing best-in-class processes to build execution excellence and strengthen the Brand ‘Airtel’ in Africa.
Before joining Airtel, Christian was, for the last 7 years, associated with MTN where he held senior leadership positions including: Executive Vice President, responsible for the operations for West and Central Africa Region, and later as the Senior Vice President – Commercial and Innovation, responsible for transformation of the Group Supply Chain function. In his most recent position, he was the Group Commercial Officer at MTN for 2 years until Jan 2013.
Christian is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Administration from the University of Toulouse, in France.
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.
David del Val Latorre
David del Val Latorre is President & CEO at Telefonica Research and Development and Director Product Innovation at Telefonica He oversees the team responsible for creating the new services developed internally in the Telefónica Group
He spent 6 years in the United States where he co-founded VXtreme, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, which he later sold to Microsoft. After forming part of Microsoft for some time, he returned to Spain and founded Tech Foundries, where he served as vice-president until 2008.
David is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from M.I.T.
He is a co-founder of 9 technological companies and holds 16 patents in Europe, the United States and Japan. He is also a member of IMDEA Networks, and collaborates with the Instituto de Empresa giving lectures in the area of business creation.
Global Privacy Counsel
Peter has worked as Google’s Global Privacy Counsel since 2006.
Based in Europe, Peter is Google’s longest serving privacy leader. He counsels Google teams on how to design privacy sensitive and legally compliant products. Peter has designed many of Google’s privacy compliance programs. He has met with thousands of privacy officials and leaders worldwide. Peter has managed scores of regulatory actions around the world, and appeared before some of the world’s highest courts.
Prior to joining Google, Peter worked for 10 years at Microsoft, as EMEA privacy leader and Director of Regulatory Compliance.
Peter is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is an elite swimmer.
President and CEO
Mike Fries is President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global. A 30-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today, Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company providing providing 29 million customers with 60 million video, voice and broadband internet services.1 Liberty Global has operations in more than 30 countries and generates over $20 billion of revenue.2
Mr. Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company’s international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2005 and is a member of Liberty Global’s board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company’s chairman, Dr. John C. Malone.
Mr. Fries is a Telecom Governor and Steering Committee member of the World Economic Forum, and a member of World Presidents Organization. He also serves as a trustee or board member of a number of professional and philanthropic organizations including CableLabs®, The Cable Center, Grupo Televisa S.A.B., Lionsgate, Museum of Contemporary Art – Denver, the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Alliance for Choice in Education, Teach for America, and Wesleyan University, among others. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honored by 5280 Magazine’s Top of the Town Awards, Reader’s Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013). In June 2011, Mr. Fries was inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association and in 2015, selected to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Mr. Fries holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
1As of September 30, 2016.
2Revenue is presented as annualized results for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in more than 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. We invest in infrastructure that empowers our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our scale and commitment to innovation enables us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect our 29 million customers who subscribe to over 60 million television, broadband internet and telephony services at September 30, 2016. We also serve 10 million mobile subscribers and offer WiFi service across seven million access points.
Liberty Global’s businesses are comprised of two stocks: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, and LBTYK) for our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), which consists of our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Liberty Global Group operates in 12 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Ziggo, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. The LiLAC Group operates in over 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Mas Movil and BTC. In addition, the LiLAC Group operates a sub-sea fiber network throughout the region in over 30 markets. For more information, please visit www.libertyglobal.com.
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).
Head of Sub-Saharan Africa
Akinwale Goodluck is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has had a career spanning Investment Banking, Legal Practise and in the last 15 years been engaged in the ICT & mobile communications sector working for MTN Nigeria Communications Limited for 14 years, 7 of which was at Executive level with primary responsibility for the management of the Regulatory, Commercial Legal, Reputation, Corporate Governance and Stakeholder management risks for MTN Nigeria. Akinwale provided leadership for the Regulatory objectives of the MTN Group Limited and all its 23 Operations spread across Africa and the Middle East. Akinwale has been recognized as an authority, respected resource person and much sought after speaker locally and internationally in the realm of ICT Regulation & other utilities. He is an alumnus of the Lagos State University, The Nigeria Law School and the Harvard Business School. Akinwale is an avid cyclist, a friend of the Arts particularly theatre and a firm believer in Social Responsibility.
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, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Verizon
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.
Head of Global Telecoms, Media and Technology Research
Stephen is Head of the HSBC Telecoms, Media & Technology Research team, which specialises in thematic reports analysing the sector’s key regulatory, technological and competitive dynamics. Mr Howard has covered telecoms since joining HSBC in 1996, having previously worked with IBM.
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.
Secretary of State for Communications
Héctor Huici is Secretary of Communications and Information Technologies, Argentina He held positions in the public sector, working for both the National Telecommunications Commission, as well as the Energy Secretariat during the 90´s.
In the private sector he specialised in the Telecommunications and Energy Sectors, as well as government regulated industries and has been partner of M&M Bomchil from 2005 till 2013. He holds teaching positions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at various education providers and Universities. His research has led him to be published in prestigious local and international peer reviewed journals.
Prior to becoming Secretary of Communications and Information Technologies, he held a chair in the City of Buenos Aires Legislature for three years.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bachelor of Laws from University of Buenos Aires 1989. Mr. Huici also has a Master`s degree in Administrative Law, from Austral University 1992.
Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Sonia N. Jorge is an expert in the confluence of development and communications policy. She has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Her work has included ICT policy and regulatory advice and analysis, strategic industry planning, national ICT/broadband policy development, and the creation of new legal and regulatory frameworks to address issues around competition, cost-based pricing, spectrum allocation, and infrastructure sharing. Sonia is an avid advocate of gender equality in development, and has worked extensively to promote gender analysis and awareness in the ICT planning process, as well as an understanding of the importance of universal access and digital inclusion for development.
Sonia has worked in over 30 countries around the globe, and assumed her current role on 1 July 2013, having previously been Director of Research & Consulting at Pyramid Research. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, a degree in Economics and Business Finance, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
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.
H.E. Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan
Minister of State for Information Technology
Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, a politician and professional with previous association with the ICT sector, is the current Minister of State for IT and Telecommunications. She has Masters in Law from University College London, UK, specializing in Law and Economics.She has initiated a number of programs that have brought Pakistan closer to the international pace of growth in the ICT arena. She has undertaken several policy and legislative initiatives to achieve the vision of knowledge based society. Under her leadership, Pakistan witnessed the advent of 3G and 4G/LTE technology and several successful rounds of transparent Spectrum auctions to sustain the mobile broadband growth. She spearheaded formulation of Telecom Sector Policy 2015 to address emerging trends in the sector. She believes in doctrine of universal right of the citizen to access the information.Special focus has been accorded to development of technology entrepreneurship culture in Pakistan and for enabling socio economic opportunities for women and persons with disabilities using ICTs. She has been recognized as GEM-TECH 2015 Global Achiever by ITU & UN Women for her ICT related initiatives for girls she currently serves as a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and is an avid contributor to the Digital economy track events of the World Economic Forum.
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.
Founder and CEO
Gagan is the Founder and CEO of MaxiTerra GmbH, Switzerland and works principally in developing innovative marketing and sales channels utilizing non-traditional solutions to create new routes to markets. He has worked extensively in Asia, Latin America and Africa over the last two decades focusing on automotive retail in rural areas; consumer goods, agriculture and related industries; and development of rural supply chains. He is considered an authority on rural market access and integrating smallholder farmers with formal value chains in emerging markets.
Before founding MaxiTerra, Gagan was working with Grow Africa, at World Economic Forum as Head of Country Operations and Partnerships and led the engagement in 12 partner countries in Africa. He worked with partner governments and companies to facilitate the conversion of nearly $10 billion in committed investments to actual projects on the ground. Prior to that Gagan has worked with McKinsey & Company in Latin America where he led their agriculture, water and waste related work. He has also kick-started entrepreneurial ventures in the rural logistics and supply chain space in consumer goods and automotive industries in South Asia and Latin America. Presently his work is focused on creating efficient agricultural value chains using mobile apps, in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Bruno Nabagné Koné
Minister of ICT
H.E. Mr. Bruno Nabagné Koné is the Minister of Communications, Digital Economy and the Post, and, Spokesman for the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.
After graduating from HEC in 1985, Bruno Nabagné Koné began his career at Arthur Andersen. He subsequently held several positions as Finance Director for industrial and service companies in Côte d’Ivoire (including Comafrique Entreprises, SIFCOM Group) before taking on the positions of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Côte d’Ivoire Telecom (the incumbent telecommunications operator).
From October 2008 to January 2011, he was the Managing Director of Audit Finance of the France Telecom – Orange Group, where in February 2011 he moved to AMEA (Africa, Middle East and Asia), Regulatory Affairs, before being called to the new Ivorian government as Minister of the Post and ICT, and, Spokesman of the government. Since, his mandate has been renewed and extended through two government reshuffles, the most recent being on since 11 January 2017 when the ex-Ministry of Communications was fused into the Ministry he runs.
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.
Leong Keng Thai
Deputy Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Mr Leong Keng Thai is the Deputy Chief Executive (International & Corporate) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority.
Mr Leong is concurrently holding the appointment of Executive Chairman of the Data Protection Advisory Committee (“DPAC”). The DPAC will advise the Personal Data Protection Commission on matters relating to the personal data protection framework provided for in the Personal Data Protection Act.
In addition, Mr Leong is appointed as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and Senior Advisor (International Strategy Unit) at the Ministry of Communications & Information.
Mr Leong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Elie Lobel is the CEO of Orange Healthcare, the digital healthcare subsidiary of Orange Business Services. Prior to joining Orange, Elie was Director of the National e-Health Projects division at ASIP Santé, a governmental agency responsible for promoting the deployment of e-health across France. During this period and through his responsibilities, Elie gained significant insight and solid knowledge of the various public policy issues relating to e-health.
Elie holds degrees in engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris and Cornell University (USA) and a PhD in Neuroimaging. Throughout his career, he has consistently focused on the healthcare sector, with a particular emphasis on medical IT, e-health and medical imaging. He has significant experience in the start-up sphere, having contributed to the success of a number of innovative start-ups specialized in healthcare information systems and software-based medical diagnostics tools.
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.
Community Lead – Information and Communications Technology
World Economic Forum (WEF)
Peter Lyons leads the Digital Communications Industry Community at the World Economic Forum where he is responsible for mobilising multi-stakeholder action to positively shape the digital transformation of industry and society. Peter specializes in the development of distributed, self-organizing partner networks dedicated to addressing complex systemic problems at global, regional, and industry levels. From 2011 to 2015, Peter was Senior Director at the GSMA responsible for government and industry engagement in the Middle East and North Africa. Peter effectively mobilized diverse industry coalitions to shape the regional policy environment and accelerate deployment of mobile broadband, mobile identity, and the Internet of Things. Peter was an equity research analyst on Wall Street from 2006 – 2010 where advised institutional investors on the telecom, media, and technology sectors in emerging markets.
Peter is passionate about ensuring that digital technologies, economic structures, and governance systems empower sustainable human behaviour, conscious participation, and collective problem-solving. He is particularly interested in the application of technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Machine Learning to design economic systems that accurately account for societal externalities and incentivize symbiotic stakeholder interactions.
Dr Shahjahan Mahmood
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood joined as the Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on 25 October, 2015 with an experience of 20 years in the field of Corporate Governance, Communication Engineering, Acquisition Process, Technical Management, Policy Formulation and Implementation. Before joining BTRC, he worked for US Marine Corps at Quantico Marine Base, VA from 2012, first as the Program Office Software Lead and then as a Systems Engineer in the Program Office for the Acquisition and Modernization of a Surveillance System. From 2004 to 2012, he worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head, MD, USA on a wide variety of problems, such as safety analysis of weapons, health monitoring of solid propellant rockets, information assurance of computer networks. Before joining NSWC, Indian head he worked for 4 years at the Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC as a Systems Engineer in Electronic Warfare Branch and another 4 years at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River, MD in the Simulation and Stimulation Branch developing software for simulating IR and UAV sensors on aircrafts. He graduated from BUET, Dhaka earning a degree B.Sc. Engg (Elect). He obtained an M.S/ degree in Operations Research from MIT, Cambridge, MA with a major in Communication Engineering and a Ph.D. Degree in Systems Engineering from the same school. He taught graduate level courses in Stochastic Processes as an Adjunct Faculty for 3 years at the Florida Institute of Technology, Pax River Campus, MD. He has presented research papers and chaired many sessions on Structural Health Monitoring in conferences held at Stanford University, USA, Tokyo, Spain, Italy and UK.
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.
Senior Director, Head of ICT Industries
World Economic Forum (WEF)
As the Head of the Technology, Media and Digital Communications Sectors, Alan Marcus has global responsibility of shaping the agenda across the many activities of the WEF including the Annual Meeting in Davos. In this role, he manages an exclusive list of top industry leaders, top knowledge experts, civil society leaders and government and public figures engaging them in public-private dialogue and cooperation. He as broad responsibilities for developing programmatic work streams, improving the quality and diversity of the partnership and ensuring that the most important leaders are engaged. As a member of the Executive Committee he also provides general leadership across the Forum. He currently provides leadership for the initiative on Digital Economy and Society and the initiative on Future of Information and Entertainment with focus on governance and mechanisms on the Internet, digital transformation, access for all, cultural norms and values, and the future of sport and creativity. A noted authority on digital technology, policy and governance mechanisms, Alan has participated as an expert on numerous panels and lectures on the subject, including UN’s Internet Governance Forum, OECD workshops, ITU workshops, and other ministerial programmes. He also develops and leads panels at the World Economic Forum. He is co-author of “Beyond Cyber Security”, a hands-on guide that includes the practical steps institutions can take to achieve digital resilience and protect against cyber-attacks while creating value from technology investments and innovation. Prior to the World Economic Forum, Alan had senior management roles at both Symbol Technologies and Cisco Systems where he held positions in Marketing, Market Development, Product Development, and Process Development in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe.
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.
President, Enterprise Partnerships
Carlos J. Menendez is president, Enterprise Partnerships, for Mastercard. In this role, Mr. Menendez is responsible for expanding the company’s operations globally with select partnerships in the Smart Cities, Merchant, Travel and B2B space; plus Global Relationship lead for HSBC, Western Union and the Travel GDS sector. He also has responsibility for driving enterprise-wide partnership strategy and innovation, helping Mastercard to use its technology and data in new ways for a host of diverse retail, business and government partners.
Prior to joining Mastercard in 2010, Mr. Menendez held a number of positions at Citigroup, where he worked for more than 14 years. Most recently, he was chief operating officer for Western Europe, responsible for a full range of consumer banking products. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Menendez worked in Brand Management with Procter & Gamble and with a law office in Washington D.C.
Mr. Menendez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.
Vice President, Payment and Contactless
Thierry Millet is Senior Vice President for Orange Money, Mobile Payment and Contactless at Orange Group. He is in charge of the development of Orange Money in the Orange MEA zone and in Europe, and of Orange Cash, the Contactless payment solution in France and in Spain. He also ensures the development of new offers in the field of payment, and contactless services.
Before assuming responsibility for this area, Thierry played a vital role in making Orange Romania the country’s Number One operator. As its Chief Executive Officer he extended the leadership, he improved and secured the Company’s cash generating profit despite the worst economic crisis in Romania’s history.
Thierry also previously headed up the Commercial operations of Orange Romania as Chief Commercial Officer for over 3 years. During that time, he was responsible with customer service, marketing and sales for consumer and enterprise customers. As CCO, Thierry achieved the milestone of reaching 10 million customers in March 2008, launched 3G services and delivered growth of yearly revenues from 800-M euros to over 1.3 Bn.
Thierry’s career with Orange spans over twenty years, and he has held a variety of international senior roles, such as Regional Director Sales Unit-’Pays de la Loire’, Chief Information Officer of Intelig Brazil, Sales and Distribution Methods Director Mass Market Division.
A 52 year old French national, Thierry graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1986 and the National School of Telecommunications in 1988.
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.
Commissioner, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
United States of America
Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998. He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.
Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.
Mark Page is Managing Partner of A.T. Kearney UK and Ireland, and is a Partner in the Communications, Media, and Technology practice, having served as global practice leader for 5 years. He has extensive experience serving large multinationals on a range of strategic, organizational, technological, and regulatory issues. His clients include some of the largest mobile and fixed-line operators in the EMEA region, as well as media companies, technology vendors, and financial investors.
Mark is an active thought leader and publisher who has presented at industry conferences and authored numerous papers, especially on telecoms and digital policy. He has been elected three times to A.T. Kearney’s board of directors, and was a founding member of the board of directors that oversaw the return to private ownership via management buyout in 2006. Most recently, he chaired the board’s Strategy and Portfolio Committee, defining the growth strategy for the firm to double in size by 2020. Mark holds a B.A. in Modern Language from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.
Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media
Nikos Pappas was born in 1976. He lived in the working class suburb of Kesariani. He joined the Youth Structures of Synaspismos (the left wing Coalition Political Party) in 1993 and he was elected afterwards Member of its Board.
He studied and worked in Scotland for several years.
He taught economics and worked as researcher in various projects at the Fraser of Allander Institute – University of Strathclyde.
He was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from Strathclyde University.
Nikos Pappas held the position of the director of Alexis Tsipras office from 2008 to 2015.
In the (January 2015) general elections he was elected as Member of the Parliament in the Athens B constituency. He was re-elected in the general election of September 2015.
He served as the Minister of State from January 2015 until November 2016.
He is currently the minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media and he is also member of the Political Council of Syriza.
Vice President of Policy and Regulation
Daniel Pataki is also joining the GSMA as Vice President of Regulation. Daniel has a strong track record of inputting into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority, chair of the European regulators group, BEREC, and of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). Most recently, Daniel was Director of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO).
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.
Giuseppe Recchi has been Executive Chairman of Telecom Italia since April 2014.
He was Chairman of the Board of Eni SpA from 2011 to May 2014.
He is a member of the Board of UnipolSai Assicurazioni SpA and the European Institute of Oncology.
He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian Industry), the Italian Corporate Governance Committee, the Italian Institute of Technology, the Board of Assonime (Italian Joint Stock companies).
In 1989 he started his career as an entrepreneur at Recchi SpA, a general contractor active in 25 Countries in the construction of high-tech public infrastructure.
In 1999 he joined General Electric, where he spent 12 years and led the Industrial M&A Team in EMEA. Until May 2011 he was President & CEO of GE South Europe. He is an Engineer from Polytechnic of Turin and has been a visiting professor of Corporate Finance at the Faculty of Economics at University of Turin.
Head of Digital Identity and Disaster Response
As Head of the Digital identity Programme, Kyla is responsible for working with mobile operators, governments and NGOs to identify the opportunities, barriers, and value of mobile as a scalable and trusted platform for enabling digital identity. Kyla has been with the GSMA since 2012 and has played a key role in the inception and leadership of new programmes within Mobile for Development, including Mobile Health and Disaster Response. Most recently Kyla led the industry-wide Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, now with over 60 mobile operator signatories, UN and NGO endorsement and a footprint in over 50 countries. In her work at the GSMA, Kyla engages with a wide range of stakeholders from both the private and development sectors, identifying opportunities to create shared value and sustainable social impact using mobile technology. Kyla has conducted field research across East Africa and has worked for a variety of NGOs and policy institutes focused on complex emergencies, HIV/AIDS and socio-economic development. Kyla holds a MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and earned a BAH in Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Canada.
Proposition Lead Identity Assurance Programme, UK Cabinet Office
David Rennie leads market engagement for the UK government’s Identity Assurance Programme through which the GOV.UK Verify service is delivered. He has worked with the UK Mobile Network Operators since 2012 to develop data validation services that enable users to create secure and trustworthy digital identities.
David is a Board member of the UK Chapter of the Open Identity Exchange through which government departments engage with the private sector on jointly funded, collaborative projects to address specific identity challenges. Originally a payments consultant in the financial services sector David joined the UK Home Office’s Identity Card Programme in 2005, and was seconded to work for James Crosby’s Public / Private Forum on Identity Management in 2007. He has since worked for Cabinet Office on the development and implementation of federated identity assurance in the UK.
CEO and Chairman
Stéphane Richard joined Orange in September 2009 and has successively held the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, and was a member of Orange’s board.
From 2007 to 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.
He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration.
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.
Prof. J.P. Singh
Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations
University of Edinburgh
J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Singh has authored five single-authored books, three edited books, and published dozens of scholarly articles. His latest book is: Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, 2017). His book Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012. His current book projects is Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming). He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations. He created and is Editor of the journal Arts and International Affairs. He also served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Sébastien Soriano is Chairman of Arcep, the French national regulatory authority for telecoms and posts (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes).
He is also Chairman of BEREC 2017. BEREC is the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, bringing together 39 regulatory authorities from EU Member States, candidate countries as well as EFTA members. He was Vice-Chairman of BEREC in 2016.
Born in 1975, Sébastien Soriano holds Master’s degrees in Science from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and in Telecom Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, as well as a Bachelor of Public Administration from Sorbonne University in Paris.
He has spent most of his career in digital policies, competition and telecoms regulation areas. He started his career at the French Competition Authority, between 2001 and 2004, as a case handler and then as Deputy General Rapporteur, between 2009 and 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at Arcep, including Head of the Mobile market Unit and Director of Broadband market. From 2012 through 2014, he was Chief of Staff of Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for SMEs, Innovation and Digital economy. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of Arcep, he was Special Advisor to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.
Sébastien Soriano published several papers on the challenges of regulators and law makers in the digital era. He also teaches regulation and digital economy in the Master’s programme in Public Policy at SciencesPo School of Public Affairs in Paris.
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.
Description Based in London, Tso co-anchors CNBC International’s flagship programme in EMEA, Squawk Box, a fast paced three-hour show that sets the news agenda in the region every trading day. With more than 10 years of experience, Tso joined CNBC from the Nine Network in Australia, where she presented business and finance stories for the country’s top rated evening bulletin, National Nine News, and other network programmes including Business Sunday, The Today Show, Nightline and My Home Property. Tso also anchored evening programme Sky Business Report for Sky News, which was affiliated to Nine Network. Prior to Nine, Tso was a key player in the finance coverage for Australian public broadcaster ABC. Tso anchored the first live nightly finance segment on flagship news and current affairs programme Lateline, and pioneered live breaking stock market coverage on ABC’s Midday News and Business, and ABC’s Asia Pacific service, ASPAC. During her five years at ABC, Tso was also a business reporter on ABC’s Business Breakfast TV show, radio current affairs programme PM, and a commentator on ABC Local Radio. She has a degree in business, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University, Queensland. She also has studied for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Westminster, London and UTS, Sydney.
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).
Chair of the Board
Gunn Warsted was born in 1955 and lives in Oslo, Norway. She most recently served as Executive Vice President and member of the Group Executive Management in Nordea Bank and Country Senior Executive in Nordea Bank Norway (until 2016). During her career, she has held a number of senior executive positions within banking and insurance, among these are positions as CEO of SpareBank 1 Gruppen and the SpareBank 1 Alliansen, Group Executive Vice President of DNB and CEO of Vital Forsikring. Gunn Warsted is Chair of the Board of Petoro, managing the Norwegian Government’s portfolio of oil and natural gas licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf, and has previously been a board member of Statoil, Statkraft and Ferd Holding. She has a Master in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School.
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.