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Accelerating digital transformation in Asia: building the policy/regulatory skillsets and capacity for the 21st Century so that everyone benefits

Forum presentations are on the record but subsequent discussions are under the Chatham House Rule*

TUESDAY 6 February 2018

08:15 Registration and networking

09:10 Welcome
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications 
Kiat How Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore       

09:30 Session one

Keynote panel of regulators - regional policy and regulatory environment

  • Comparing regulatory trends and a/symmetries between the East and the West
  • Employing digital to promote growth: balancing innovation with compliance
  • Guiding principles for regulators and policy makers as they adapt to the pace of convergence and digital transformation

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Kiat How Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore  
Panellists include
Nur Sulyna Abdullah, Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC & CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission
Dr Stephen Unger, Board Member and Group Director, Ofcom, UK
Dr Taufik Hasan, Commissioner, Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (BRTI)

11:00 Break 

11:15 session two

Building the digital economy – essential components, key enablers and overcoming obstacles

  • Policy skillset and capacity requirements for managing a 21 century economy
  • Cross sector enablement – examples of what works, and the role of the regulator as enabler / facilitator
    • examples of PPP to enable the digital economy
  • Digital inclusion – the fundamental imperative of connecting everyone to drive economic growth and social inclusion
    • rethinking and re-costing universal access regimes
  • Leveraging cross-border data flows and cloud-based services to accelerate growth of the digital economy
  • Balancing trade commitments, tax revenues and digital enablement

Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

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Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, President (Co), Operations, True Corporation Public Company Limited

Panellists include:
Jasper Mikkelsen, Vice President Policy, Group Public & Regulatory Affairs, Telenor ASA

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Dionisis Kolokotsas, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia-Pacific

13:00 Lunch 

14:00 session three

Digital content in a highly competitive, OTT world - enabling value added, rich interaction communications and services

  • Creating a virtuous cycle of network access, content consumption and information/application creation
  • Supporting the primacy of local content as a key to growth in the region – ensuring that platforms enable local ecosystems
  • Internet culture versus copyright - tackling piracy

John Medeiros, CASBAA Ltd. (Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia)

Monique Meche, Global Head of Public Policy, Netflix

Panellists include:
Andrew Hall, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal
Dr Robert Pepper, Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook
Joe Welch, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia, 21st Century Fox; Chairman, Hong Kong Chapter, International Institute of Communications

15:45 Break 

16:00 session four

Game changing technologies (IoT / AI / SDN / blockchain..) and their practical application to enable cross sector digital cooperation

  • What are the necessary policies to make these technologies more accessible and help countries experience their benefits?
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
Panellists include:
Zee Kin Yeong, Assistant Chief Executive and Commission Member, Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore

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Jin Hian Lee, CEO, Evie - Your AI Personal Assistant
Jake E. Jennings, Executive Director, International External Affairs, AT&T
Melanie Swan, Founder, Institute for Blockchain Technology

17:30 End of day one


18:00-19:30 Reception (Pre-booking required)
The Sofitel City, Centre Hotel, 9 Wallich Street
(Enter via Peck Seah Street, Singapore 078885


WEDNESDAY 7 February 2018

08:45 Registration and networking

09:10 Welcome
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:15 session five

Cyber security and critical national infrastructure protection

  • Definitions and scope – building a better understanding of the constituent parts of ‘cyber security’ (cybercrime / cyber safety / cyber warfare ..)
  • How are policy makers and industry assessing risk and levels of control – and developing a nuanced approach to cyber threats
  • Update on recent legislation in the region
  • Framework alignment between countries / regions

Gordon Moir, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Hong-Wei Jyan, Director General, Department of Cyber Security, Executive Yuan

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Panellists include:
Seow Hiong Goh, Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems

Jeffrey Avina, Director Government Relations, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Asia, Microsoft
Benjamin Ang, Senior Fellow / Coordinator Cyber and Homeland Defence, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University

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Adolfo Cuevas Teja, Commissioner, IFT – Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico


10:45 keynote

Thomas M Dailey, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon International & Chief Corporate Strategy Counsel

11:10 Break 


11:30 session six

Creating robust data economies

  • Balancing privacy policies with data driven innovation
  • Ensuring data protection regimes can “talk” to each other
    • GDPR and CBPR interoperability
    • Multi-sector data use frameworks
  • How are operators balancing privacy policies with national security concerns?
  • Case studies – financial services / healthcare / govtech
Jia-Rong Low, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, ICANN
Panellists include:
Agne Makauskaite,
Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel, Vodafone Group Enterprise Legal
Chris Peirce,
Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar
Guillaume Mascot,
Head of Government Relations Asia Pacific, Japan & India, Nokia
Aileen Chia, Director-General (Telecoms & Post), Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Regulation & Competition Development), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore
Professor Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance, Law School, University of Strathclyde, UK

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13:00 Lunch

13:40 session seven

Aligning regional/ international spectrum to fuel new innovation opportunities: what comes next?

  • Feedback on recent / forthcoming spectrum auctions – lessons learned?
  • Harmonization / efficiency measures
  • Progress with 5G spectrum allocation

Yi Shen Chan, Principal Consultant, Plum Consulting

Panellists include:
Chee Kheong Foong, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad
Cristian Gomez, Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific, GSMA

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Michael Cosgrave, Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Regulation Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

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John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, CASBAA Ltd. (Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia)
Magnus Ewerbring, CTO, Asia-Pacific, Ericsson


15:10 closing keynote

Beyond genuine stupidity - ensuring AI and disruptive technologies serve humanity
Rohit Talwar
, CEO, Fast Future

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15:40 Closing remarks

15:50 End of Telecommunications & Media Forum ASEAN 2018


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