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wednesday 13 February 2019


08.15    Registration and networking

09.10    Welcome
               Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:30 Session one: Accelerating digital transformation and driving the digital economy in the region

•    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  
•    Digital inclusion – the fundamental imperative of connecting everyone to drive economic growth and social inclusion 

Panellists include
Choo Pin Ang, Senior Director Government and Corporate Affairs, Asia, Expedia Group
Ivin Ronald D.M. Alzona, Assistant Secretary for Management and Operations, Department of Information & Communications Technology (DICT), Philippines


11:00 Break


11:30 SESSION TWO: examining the Intersection of trade policy and telecom/media

 •    Balancing trade commitments, tax revenues and digital enablement

Dr Stephen Gale, Telecommunications Commissioner, Commerce Commission NZ

Panellists include
Chris Peirce, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar
Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications
Jeremy Godfrey, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland and Chair, BEREC 2019
Jeff Paine, Managing Director, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC)


13:00 Lunch


14:00 Choice of workshops:

STREAM A: In partnership with AVIA
Issues related to online video content

Part 1: Self-regulation for the Internet age   

John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Panellists include
James Filippatos, Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company


15.30    Break


Part 2: Online content platforms and IP piracy      

Louis Boswell, CEO, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Panellists include
Matthew Cheetham, Asia Representative, English Premier League
Andrew Hall, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International
Grace Paul, Director, Regulatory, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SINGTEL)


Artificial Intelligence and the transformation of industries and society

Part 1:  Definitions, and overview of current and near-term usage of AI

Jake Lucchi, Head of AI Policy, Google Asia Pacific, Google

Panellists include
Louise Lucas, Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
Jin Hian, Lee, CEO,


15.30    Break


Part 2: How policy, and regulation, might fulfil enabling and safeguarding roles with AI
Panellists include
Oli Bird, Head of International Policy, Ofcom, UK


17:30 End of day one

Follwed by drinks reception (pre-booking required)



THURSDAY 14 February 2019


08.45    Registration

09.10    Welcome
               Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:20 session three: 5G roadmap - policy, spectrum and connectivity issues

•    What are the realities of 5G rollout in the region?
•    Compatibility between satellite / terrestrial players in the region
•    Role of delicensed and unlicensed spectrum bands in promoting digital economy goals
•    Progress with IoT roll-out - regulatory and policy approaches

Panellists include
Chee Kheong Foong, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad
Afrizal Abdul Rahim, Head of Ericsson ConsumerLab South East Asia & Oceania, Ericsson
Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting
Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations Asia-Pacific & Japan, Nokia


11.10 SESSION Four: Law enforcement in the digital age - cybersecurity and data governance frameworks

•    Cybersecurity – regional developments
•    Data localization, cross-border data flows, bilateral mechanisms  
•    Data ownership, data rights, data sharing architectures
•    Data privacy – update on GDPR; progress with regional data governance frameworks and equivalence in national data privacy laws

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

Panellists include
Emanuela Lecchi, Head of Public Policy APAC, GSM Association
Chris Perera, Senior Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific, AT&T
Priya Mahajan, Head of ASPAC Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon

12:40 keynote

Håkon Bruaset Kjøl, Senior Vice President, Partner & External Relations Asia, Telenor Group


13.00    Lunch


13:45 session five: Disinformation, online falsehoods and the future of news

Louise Lucas, Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

Panellists include
Professor Abu Bakar Munir, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Atmajaya, Jakarta
Heiko Zysk, Vice President Governmental Relations & Head of European Affairs, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Germany


15:15 Closing remarks

15:30 End of Telecommunications & Media Forum Asia 2019


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