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12th - 13th October 2016

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Communications Policy & Regulation Week, Annual Conference

We were thrilled to welcome many members and non-members to our 47th Annual Conference which has taken place this week in Bangkok. Regulators, operators, government organisations and other TMT professionals came representing five different continents.

True Corp deputy CEO Vichaow Rakphongphairoj gave the keynote on day one outlining Thailand’s aspirations as a digital hub.  Other far reaching discussions looked at the realities of Australia’s NBN project, the stretch that new technologies and business models are putting on current regulatory frameworks,  plus break-out sessions on universal service obligations, smart cities and piracy.

On day two IIC president Chris Chapman set out how industry needs to tell telecom regulators what they want as the next wave of digital disruption arrives. Panels identified piracy as the biggest competitive threat to content and OTT Provider and discussed the future of spectrum against a backdrop of the advent of 5G and transformational technologies. One panellist said that by 2020 there will be 26.5 billion IP enabled devices connected to the global internet and 12.5 billion of them will be M2M devices.

Annual Conference 2016

Included in the PDF file are the presentations written by the Annual Conference speakers.

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Adriana Labardini ICT Regulation Consultant; Director, International Institute of Communications

Adrian Cannon started as a lawyer in feature films and factual content at Beyond International and then Becker Entertainment (Dendy Films) developing, acquiring and distributing entertainment content. He then moved into sports content at FOX SPORTS Australia. Following two years in private practice, he took on regional roles at ESPN STAR Sports in Singapore, FOX Networks Group in Hong Kong and Eleven Sports Network (Singapore). After seven years in South East Asia, Mr Cannon returned to FOX SPORTS Australia to provide legal services for the content and technology behind several OTT platforms and continued his advocacy work on content protection and regulatory matters.

Mr Cannon is a member of the ASTRA Legal and Policy Committee and has a passionate interest in content, music and technology. He is also a professional musician and post-production digital audio engineer.

Agne Makauskaite Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel, Vodafone Group Enterprise Legal

Agne Makauskaite is a regulatory and public policy lawyer, having worked in communications public policy field in various regions for more than 14 years. Currently she focuses on regulatory and public policy support for Vodafone Group Enterprise in APAC and Middle East regions. This includes regulatory support for Vodafone’s expansion into new markets, setting up of new entities, acquisition of new telecoms licenses and coordination with local telecoms regulators and policy makers. Her personal interest and regulatory support also covers the IoT field, where she is supporting Vodafone’s IoT strategy and participating in public policy discussions with various regulators in the APAC and ME regions.

Andrew Barendse (Dr) Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA; Director, International Insititute of Communications

Andrew Barendse is Head of Regulatory Affairs Vodacom SA where he is responsible for managing all regulatory issues in SA.

Dr Barendse offers over twenty five years’ experience in the telecoms sector, including five years at Board level (Telkom International [Pty] Ltd, International Institute of Communications) and over ten years in academia (Delft University of Technology, University of Witwatersrand). Dr Barendse is a published researcher presenting a global footprint in telecoms policy (including a five-year residence in the Netherlands).

He holds a Ph.D from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a B.Ed from the University of Johannesburg.

Andrew Haire Chair, International Institute of Communications US Chapter

Andy Haire is Chair of the IIC’s USA Chapter.

Mr Haire has been associated with some of the industry’s most successful telecom initiatives and his portfolio includes architecting major policy frameworks in the telecoms, technology, and postal sectors, as well as serving as regulator and ICT policy for 10 years at Singapore’s IDA, soon after its inception in the year 2000.

Previously, his experience included senior management roles with regulatory and public policy portfolios at one of the world’s largest telecom operators and before that, various engineering and management positions at the world’s largest computer company.

Mr Haire holds a degree in engineering in the United States, and attended the advanced management program from Harvard University.

Andrew Ure Head of Trade and Economic Affairs, Google, APAC

Andrew Ure is Head of Trade and Economic Affairs, Asia-Pacific for Google. In this role he leads Google’s policy engagement on trade and economic issues, including its relationship with regional trade bodies. He also oversees research into the economic and social impact of the internet.

Mr Ure was previously Managing Director of OgilvyEarth Australia, a sustainability consultancy based in Sydney. He spent eight years as a diplomat with the Australian Government, where he worked on multilateral climate change negotiations and was posted to the Australian Embassy in Tehran.

Mr Ure has degrees from Oxford University and Australian National University.

Ann LaFrance Partner and Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice; Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Vice President, International Institute of Communications

Ann LaFrance is a partner in the New York office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she co-chairs the global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Practice and is a senior member of the Firm’s international communications law practice. Until September 2019, Ms LaFrance was a partner in the Firm’s London office, where she worked extensively on EU telecommunications, internet, data privacy and cyber security matters for more than two decades. Her experience covers a broad range of issues affecting the provision of digital services in the EU, the United States and emerging markets in the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Ms LaFrance began her career with the Firm in Washington, DC., where she advised clients on a variety of telecommunications and transborder data flow issues. From 1996-2004, she worked in-house as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Brussels and London. Since her return to private practice in 2004, Ms LaFrance has advised a broad range of tech, telecoms and multinational clients across a multiplicity of sectors on EU and international regulatory compliance, commercial negotiations and public advocacy initiatives involving the digital economy. She also served as the Firm’s first Data Protection Officer in the European Union.

Ms LaFrance is a member of the IIC Board and serves as one of its Vice-Presidents.

Basheerhamad Shadrach (Dr) Asia Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation

Dr Basheerhamad Shadrach advises the Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM). He helps the IPLM in devising the right strategies towards building momentum for this movement which aims to be the ‘voice’ of the Indian public librarians and the other stakeholders interested in reviving public libraries in India. He is also the Asia Coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation for its Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) programme. In this capacity, he helps to build coalitions of private, public and civil society organizations to advance the shared aim of affordable access to both mobile and fixed-line internet in Asia. In addition, he consults for the Global Libraries Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their programme in India.

Until recently, Dr Shadrach served as the Global CEO of the Telecentre.org Foundation. Prior to that, Dr Shadrach worked for IDRC, Canada, managing ICT4D research grants in Asia, including the Mission 2007: every village a knowledge centre initiative of India. As the global head of the telecentre.org Academy programme, he spent time developing the ecosystem for training one million knowledge workers in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Shadrach also launched the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign which was recognized for offering digital skills to over 1 million women worldwide in March 2014. He was the global coordinator of the Grassroots Caucus at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva and Tunis.

Dr Shadrach has also served in senior management capacities in a variety of organizations such as the British Council, Transparency International at its International Secretariat in Berlin and OneWorld International, and has consulted for a number of organisations including the Department for International Development, UK; the International Telecommunications Union; the United Nations Development Program among others. At present, Dr Shadrach is associated with the Global Libraries Program of BMGF, USA; India Education Collective; READ India; and, International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, USA as a pro bono advisor.

For his thesis on measuring the impact of rural information access initiatives, Dr Shadrach was awarded a PhD by Loughborough University, UK.

Chee Kheong Foong Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad

Chee Kheong Foong is Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Group Corporate Office, Axiata Group Berhad. Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies, operating in ten countries and servicing approximately 290 million subscribers.

Mr Foong has over 17 years’ experience in the field of mobile and fixed telecommunications, internet broadband, broadcasting and multimedia, primarily in regulatory strategy and policy development. Prior to this current position, he was in regulatory management roles in Digi Telecommunications, Celcom Axiata, U Mobile and the Multimedia Development Corporation.

Mr Foong holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

Chris Peirce Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar

Chris Peirce is Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer for Ooredoo Myanmar Limited, one of two international mobile operators granted licences by the Government of Myanmar in 2013. Mr Peirce joined Ooredoo Myanmar in 2015 and has played an instrumental role in the development to date of an effective regulatory and policy framework for Myanmar that will support a sustainable, competitive mobile industry.

Prior to joining OML, Mr Peirce was Chief Corporate Officer at MTS Allstream, a Canadian wireline and wireless provider. With over 15 years of experience, he was a leading voice in all telecom regulatory and policy proceedings in Canada as competition was opened up and extended in both wireline and wireless segments.

Chris Perera Senior Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific AT&T

Chris Perera is a Senior Director in the International External & Regulatory Affairs group of AT&T, where she advances the company’s international market entry regulatory strategy and public policies across Asia Pacific. She works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external affairs advocates around the world. AT&T provides wholesale telecommunications services to over 220 countries and territories, and provides enterprise services to over 130 countries.

Ms Perera is also a Board Member and the current Vice President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC).

Prior to joining AT&T in 2014, Ms Perera was Senior Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region, GSMA, and the Chair of the New Zealand Radio communications Sector and an adviser to the Minister of ICT before that. She was also the principal Wireless Advisor on the evaluation panel for the New Zealand Government’s Broadband Initiative.

Chris Woolford Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications

Chris Woolford is Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where his responsibilities cover the UK’s international spectrum interests, especially in relation to the ITU, CEPT and EU. He is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Executive Team and sits on various Ofcom Steering Groups.

Mr Woolford is active in various European spectrum committees and is currently Chairman of the CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC). He has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European initiatives, including the development of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme, and UK initiatives in relation to the ITU. Mr Woolford led the UK delegations to WRC-15 and WRC-12 and is currently preparing to lead the UK Delegation to WRC-19.

Before joining Ofcom, Mr Woolford worked in various UK Government Departments, including 6 years at Oftel, where he worked on different aspects of telecommunications regulation.

Mr Woolford has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

Christine Runnegar Director, Security and Privacy Policy, Internet Society

Christine Runnegar is Director, Security and Privacy Policy, at the Internet Society. She leads the Internet Society’s policy agenda on internet trust, engaging with policy, enforcement, standards and operational communities.

She is actively engaged in global and regional internet policy development with various organisations including the OECD, APEC, Council of Europe, and in the Global Conference on Cyberspace. Ms Runnegar has positively influenced the outcome of leading policy norms on privacy and security for the internet such as the revised OECD Privacy Guidelines, Digital Security Risk Recommendation, and the Internet Policy Making Principles. She also played a key role in the development of the Internet Society’s Collaborative Security framework.

Ms Runnegar leads the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC)’s contributions to the OECD Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (SPDE). She is a member of ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholders Group. She also co-chairs the W3C Privacy Interest Group (PING), participates in the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Privacy and Security Program, and works closely with other internet technical experts on privacy, security and identity. Ms Runnegar also represents the Internet Society in the London Action Plan (LAP) and the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG).

Cordel Green Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica

Cordel Green is Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica, and he has helped to lead Jamaica’s Digital Transition process.

Mr Green has been appointed to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO and represents Jamaica on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP). He is also a fellow of Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC), honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington DC), and member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

Mr Green is an Attorney-at-Law, a former Assistant Attorney-General of Jamaica and a former broadcaster.

He holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws Degree with distinction, from the University of Sheffield in England, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Mona School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.

Donald Connor Group Director, Regulatory Affairs, Vimpelcom

Donald Connor has extensive experience of the communications sector having worked as a legal and regulatory counsel for communications companies with operations in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and Asian markets. He also has been responsible for developing, implementing and executing regulatory strategies for new entrants, drafting responses to public consultations on regulatory policy among other areas of expertise, and has extensive experience in negotiating IRUs, wholesale agreements, roaming and tendering of submarine cable contracts.

Prior to joining VimpelCom as Group Director of Regulatory Affairs Donald worked for Digicel Group Ltd in the Caribbean and Central America in various legal and regulatory functions; Advantel and wholesale operator, Storm Telecommunications a pan- European fiber operator; and Global TeleSystems a pan-European fiber operator.

Mr Connor holds a Law degree from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, a Diploma in International and European Community Law from the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands.

Guillaume Mascot Head of Government Relations Asia-pacific & Japan, Nokia

Guillaume Mascot is in charge of Government Relations for Nokia in APJ (Asia-Pacific, Japan) & India. He oversees all aspects of current and future policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he is working with institutions and other relevant stakeholders to create a favourable political and regulatory environment to foster public and private investment in the digital and broadband industries with a focus on innovation for sustainable growth, competitiveness, and quality of life in a connected environment.

Previously, Mr Mascot led Alcatel-Lucent’s EU representation in Brussels, managed European Affairs and engaged with the European institutions. He was a board member of the EIF (European Internet Foundation) – a European think tank supporting European political leadership for the development of European multilateral public policies responsive to the political, economic and social challenges of the worldwide digital revolution – and was also an associate member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

Mr Mascot holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a major on Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Lille.

Heiko Zysk Vice President Governmental Relations & Head of European Affairs, ProSiebensat.1 Media SE, Germany

Heiko Zysk is Vice President Governmental Relations and Head of European Affairs of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group, one of the largest media corporations in Europe.

Mr Zysk works mostly on policies regarding technology, convergence and emerging media. He represents the ProSiebenSat.1 Group in national and international associations and fora as, for example, egta (Association of European Television and Radio Sales Houses), IIC (International Institute of Communications) and VPRT (Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Germany).

James Bellis Director, Telecommunications Practice, Frontier Economics

James Bellis, a Director in the Telecommunications Practice of Frontier Economics, has over 16 years’ experience advising world leading operators, regulators and policy makers across the globe. Much of his work focuses on market liberalisation, competition assessments, retail and wholesale pricing, cost accounting, spectrum pricing and policy, universal service and policies to promote high speed broadband services.

Mr Bellis leads much of Frontier’s telecommunications work outside Europe, focusing on Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean and he has managed a number of complex assignments working with other experts and client teams.

Jane Van Beelen Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Telstra Corporation LTD

As the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, Jane is responsible for managing Telstra’s relationships with regulators and key policy makers and ensuring Telstra regulatory compliance.

Ms van Beelen joined Telstra from private legal practice in 1995 and worked as a lawyer in its business and government and multimedia teams before moving to regulatory affairs. In her time at the company has played a leading role in a number of reforms across the telecommunications industry in Australia, including the liberalisation of the telecommunications market, major regulatory reforms including prices controls, access regulation and red tape reduction, and most recently Telstra’s role in the National Broadband Network and its commitment to structurally separate its wholesale and retail divisions.

Ms van Beelen currently serves as a Director of the Communications Alliance and has previously served as a Board Director of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and the Telephone Information Services Standards Council. She is a member of the global Chief Policy & Regulatory Officers’ Group and also chairs the Chief Policy & Regulatory Officers’ Group – Asia for the global mobile industry group, GSMA.

Ms van Beelen holds degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Sydney and a graduate certificate in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Joe Welch The Walt Disney Company; Chairman, Hong Kong Chapter, International Institute of Communications


Johan Adler Vice President, Head of Government & Industry Relations, South East Asia & Oceania, Ericsson

Johan Adler, a senior telecom executive with 20 years of experience working in Asia, is Head of Government and Industry Relations for Ericsson, advising governments in the region on policies and regulatory matters and driving Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society.

Throughout his career in Asia, working for Ericsson, Mr Adler has been President and Country Manager in a number of countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Myanmar. He has also held positions as Head of Global Services in South East Asia, Head of Business Development in Asia and Head of M&A in North East Asia.

Before joining Ericsson in 1995, Mr Adler worked for the Swedish operator Telia-Sonera.

Mr Adler often speaks at industry events about the future of the ICT industry and its impact on societies.

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

John Medeiros is the Chief Policy Officer of AVIA as well as Senior Government Relations Advisor to the Board. He leads the Association’s programme of engagement with governments and the policy community inside and outside Asia. AVIA’s advocacy of members’ interests and ongoing dialogue with a wide range of regulatory officials on behalf of the multichannel video and satellite industries are under his direction. He also coordinates the Association’s research, education, and intellectual property enforcement activities.

Since Mr Medeiros joined AVIA, he has spearheaded the Association’s development of a sustained programme of regulatory advocacy on behalf of industry growth and development. He is one of the principal authors of the seminal “Regulating for Growth” comparative studies of video regulation across the Asian region. He was instrumental in the 2017 establishment of AVIA’s “Coalition Against Piracy,” which brings together the entire video industry in support of action against digital piracy networks.

Prior to AVIA (and its predecessor Association, CASBAA) Mr Medeiros has over 28 years’ experience in economic diplomacy, with most spent in Asia.

Mr Medeiros holds a Masters Degree in International Finance and Communications from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Justin Milne Non Executive Director, NBN, Australia

John Medeiros is the Chief Policy Officer of AVIA as well as Senior Government Relations Advisor to the Board. He leads the Association’s programme of engagement with governments and the policy community inside and outside Asia. AVIA’s advocacy of members’ interests and ongoing dialogue with a wide range of regulatory officials on behalf of the multichannel video and satellite industries are under his direction. He also coordinates the Association’s research, education, and intellectual property enforcement activities.

Since Mr Medeiros joined AVIA, he has spearheaded the Association’s development of a sustained programme of regulatory advocacy on behalf of industry growth and development. He is one of the principal authors of the seminal “Regulating for Growth” comparative studies of video regulation across the Asian region. He was instrumental in the 2017 establishment of AVIA’s “Coalition Against Piracy,” which brings together the entire video industry in support of action against digital piracy networks.

Prior to AVIA (and its predecessor Association, CASBAA) Mr Medeiros has over 28 years’ experience in economic diplomacy, with most spent in Asia.

Mr Medeiros holds a Masters Degree in International Finance and Communications from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Khalid Khan Chairman, Central Asian Cellular Forum

Khalid Khan is the Founder and Chairman of Central Asian Cellular Forum (www.3gca.org), which is a premier platform for the wireless industry stakeholders in the region, working towards building awareness and encouraging dialogue and the promotion of emerging technologies and their use in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan for telecom operators, broadcasters, manufacturers, software companies, government, academia and the general public.

Mr Khan is a pioneer in creating IT incubation and acceleration environment in the country through the programmes, Pure-Push and Appnex (privately funded incubation programs working with Universities). He is also the publisher and Editor in Chief of Phone-World Magazine and the online Technology Channel (www.phoneworld.com.pk ) and is a Member of the Advisory Committee on Industry Development, Pakistan Telecom Authority.

Mr Khan has been on the Board of Directors of prestigious IT, media & telecom companies including Interactive Group, Diallog Broadband (a Mobile TV company), Radio Buraq FM and Minstsoft.

Mr Khan is an Electronics Engineering Graduate from NED University with Masters in Business and Finance.

Ki-Joo Lee Commissioner, Korea Communications Commission (KCC)

Commissioner Ki-Joo Lee has been a Standing Commissioner at the Korea Communications Commission since April 2014. He began his career in public service in 1982 with the Ministry of Communications, a precedent entity to the KCC. From December 2002 to January 2005, Commissioner Lee worked for the World Bank as a Senior Information Officer and later he carried out ICT-related duties in various positions including as Head of the KCC Planning and Coordination Office in 2009. In 2012, he was appointed President of the Korea Internet & Security Agency and served the organisation until returning to government service at the KCC in 2014.

Commissioner Lee obtained his PhD in telecommunications policy from George Washington University in 2012. Additionally, he was awarded the Order of Service Merit (Red Stripe) in 2006 and the Service Merit Medal in 1992.

Kuek Yu-Chuang Managing Director, APAC, Netflix

Kuek Yu-Chuang is Netflix’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific.

Prior to Netflix, Mr Yu-Chuang was Vice President and Managing Director for ICANN Asia Pacific. Mr Yu-Chuang has also served as a Senior Director for Yahoo! Inc., where he led the company’s public policy efforts in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions. Mr Yu-Chuang has previously held roles as diplomat, trade negotiator and policy-maker for the Singapore Government.

Mr Yu-Chuang undertook his undergraduate studies at Peking University and his post-graduate degrees from Harvard University and INSEAD.

Kyung-Sin Park Professor, Korea Law School; Director, Open Net Korea

Professor Kyung Sin Park a.k.a. “K.S.”, is Professor at Korea University Law School, having been one of the nine Commissioners of the Korea Communications Standards Commission, and one of 20 members of the congressionally appointed National Media Law Advisory Committee.

He has written academically and been active on the issues of internet, free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, etc., through organising (and expert-testifying in) major free speech and privacy lawsuits and legislative advocacy, including the 2012 unconstitutionality decision on Internet Real Name Registration Law, the 2010 decision on online “false news” provision, the 2011 online election campaign regulation, and the 2011 suit against telcos and portals for warrantless disclosure of identity data. In 2008, he also founded the Clinical Legal Education Center of Korea University School of Law (f.k.a. Global Legal Clinic) and under CLEC’s auspices, founded both www.internetlawclinic.org, an online platform for free online counseling in 2011 and www.transparency.or.kr, a national transparency reporting project on both surveillance and censorship of the Korean government in 2014.

As one of the founders and the current Executive Director of Open Net Korea, Executive Director of the PSPD Law Center, Professor Park also was a key drafting partner in the Principles of Application of International Law on Communication Surveillance www.necessaryandproportionate.org and International Principles on Intermediary Liability www.manilaprinciples.org.

Professor Park has an AB in Physics, Harvard University; and JD, UCLA Law School, Class of 1995.

Lim May-Ann Regional Research Director, International Institute of Communications

May-Ann Lim is the Managing Director of research consultancy TRPC Pte Ltd, and is concurrently the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). She has extensive experience in public policy, technology policy development, and government relations communications across the Asia Pacific, and has worked with many global, regional, and local organisations such as APEC, ASEAN, PECC, the ACCA, and the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), on thought leadership development, government outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts, such as the development of the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020.

She was appointed to the Singapore Data Protection Appeal Panel 2019-2021, and also sits on various task forces, such as the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Digital ASEAN Taskforce, the Data & Jurisdiction Team for the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, and has served as Exco member for the Internet Society (ISOC) Singapore Chapter. Her career has spanned global, regional and local institutions, including the World Bank, World Vision, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Singapore Internet Project.

Based in Singapore, Ms Lim also lectures on InfoComm Policy in the Department of Communications and New Media at her alma mater, the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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

Michael Cosgrave is Executive General Manager of the Infrastructure Regulation Division at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC is the economy wide competition regulator that has specific responsibilities in the economic and competition regulation of telecommunications and some other key infrastructure sectors. In this role it investigates allegations of breaches of competition and consumer law, and undertakes merger reviews in the telecommunications sector. Additionally it has specific responsibilities in relations to telecommunications, administering industry specific access and economic regulation rules which include the determination of the terms and conditions on which the National Broadband Network supplies its customers.

Mr Cosgrave has been the most senior official within the ACCC on telecommunications for the past 20 years

Mr Cosgrave’s current position involves the overall management of the ACCC’s Infrastructure Regulation Division, which is responsible for fostering competitive, efficient and informed markets in critical sectors and industries. This includes the economic regulation of certain communications, water and transport markets and the monitoring of industries where there is lack of competition such as fuel and airports.

Mr Cosgrave is a lawyer who has worked both as a barrister and as a solicitor across a range of areas in both the private and public sectors.

Michael Montoya Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft

Michael Montoya has served the IT industry for the past 20 years. He has held senior roles in services and IT and currently serves as a security advisor to work with executives and governments on key cybersecurity topics and strategy. Mr Montoya joined Microsoft in September 2016 from Fireeye where he was Vice President of Asia Services and Global Cloud Services. He was instrumental in building Fireeye’s Asia markets, achieving over 300 enterprise logos in 13 APJ markets. He also established Fireeye’s global cloud delivery including all infrastructure, security and devops functions. Mr Montoya was previously with Microsoft where he managed internet datacentre and networking teams. His team was responsible for over 20% of global internet traffic and 13,000+ systems across 7 datacentres, and he also built out advanced support services teams throughout the Asia and European regions. In addition, he led the IT-as-a-Service function across EMC, winning industry CIO awards for adoption of cloud services, virtualization and security.

Michelle Landy Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs, Iflix

Michelle Landy joined iflix as Global Head of Commercial & Corporate Affairs, iflix (Malaysia & Singapore), this year, having joined from FremantleMedia Asia (Singapore) where she was Chief Operating Officer. She worked for FremantleMedia in a range of positions out of New York and London, having joined the company in 2004.

Prior to that she worked as Head of Legal for The Licensing Company (London), joining them from the law firm, Garland Hawthorn Brahe (Melbourne, Australia) in 2000.

Ms Landy is also Vice President of the Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (New York, Tanzania)

Moe Thu Zar Aung Director (TV Division), Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV)

Moe Thu Zar Aung joined Myanmar Radio and Television, the state-owned tv station, as an editor in 1991, working in the News division for both local and international news. In 2001, she became in charge of the News division and helped establish the English language channel, mrtv-3. After 24 years in service, she was promoted to the Head of the TV division.

She is a Member of the Drafting Committee of Broadcasting Law, Myanmar’s first ever broadcasting law. She compiled a code of ethics for MRTV and helps in the drafting of broadcast law and public service broadcasting law to enable the transformation of MRTV to a public service broadcaster.

Monica Desai Director, Global Connectivity Policy, Facebook

Monica Desai is the interim head of the Global Connectivity Policy team at Facebook. Her team focuses on developing issues involving online communications service providers, infrastructure, net neutrality and accessibility.

Prior to joining Facebook, Ms Desai spent over a decade in senior positions at the Federal Communications Commission. Her positions included service as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, which develops all policies and rules in connection with accessibility issues as well as other direct consumer-facing issues. Ms Desai has served as Chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, which develops policies and rules in connection with video issues and which has oversight over broadcasters and cable companies. She also served as Deputy Chief to the Wireless Bureau, as an advisor to a Commissioner on spectrum issues, and as a special advisor to the General Counsel at the FCC. Ms Desai was previously a partner at the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, where her practice included counselling clients on telecoms issues and representing clients at the FCC.

Ms Desai graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center cum laude, and has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the George Washington University, where she was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude.

Muhammad Aslam Hayat Chief Corporate Affairs and Strategy Officer, Telenor Pakistan

Muhammad Aslam Hayat is an ICT regulatory professional and currently holding position of Chief Corporate Affairs an Strategy Officer of Telenor Pakistan.

Before joining Telenor in July 2013, Mr Hayat was Centre Director (CEO) of Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) in Suva, Fiji, a World Bank Project. In his role at PIRRC, he was responsible to engage with all Pacific ICT Regulators and Ministries. Before joining PIRRC, Mr Hayat worked in Grameenphone for five years mainly advising in legal, regulatory and stakeholder management matters, making strategies and building capacity of Corporate Affairs Division.

Mr Hayat was part of the team, which worked on ICT policies in Pakistan including Telecom Deregulation Policy 2003, Mobile Cellular Policy 2004 and Universal Service Fund Policy, 2006. He has also drafted various ICT laws for Pakistan.

Natasha Beschorner Senior Ict Policy Specialist, World Bank Group

Natasha Beschorner, a Senior ICT Policy Specialist with the World Bank’s Transport and & ICT Global Practice, has been with the World Bank since 1993 and is currently based in Singapore. She works on several areas of ICT-enabled development. These include e-government; health information systems; and telecommunications sector reform, particularly extending the reach of information and communications infrastructure to rural and remote areas. Her main responsibilities include design and management of investment projects and technical assistance programmes on telecommunications reform, connectivity (including submarine cable systems) and ICT for development in East Asia and the Pacific. She works primarily on programmes in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands.

Nomvuyiso Batyi Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Nomvuyiso Batyi is serving a second term as one of nine Councillors of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The ICASA Council is the accounting authority; it develops an overall strategy for the organization.

In her role at ICASA Ms Batyi’s core function is to ensure that regulations are developed within the legislative ambit governing broadcasting, electronic communications and other related legislation. Among the Council Committee projects she has led are: South African Table of Frequencies (2009), Carrier Pre-selection (2009), Interconnection and Facilities Leasing regulations (2010), Licensing of Mobile TV (2010), licensing of Broadcasters for self-provision of I-Electronic Communication Network Service (2010), Call Termination Rate and Wholesale Transmission Service (2011). In 2009/ 2010 Ms Batyi was seconded by the Council ICASA to serve on the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council (DDAC) an advisory body tasked to advise the Minister of Communications on how digital migration must be implemented in South Africa 2015.

Ms Batyi has held various positions in different organizations: she has worked as an investigator for the Competition Commission of South Africa, then moved to ICASA where she began her career there as a manager : competition and was also the acting senior manager for policy analysis and development. Her roles and experience led her to be appointed as a non-executive director at the City of Joburg’s Metrobus, where she is also the Chairperson of the Social and Ethics Committee.

Ms Batyi has LLB and B.Proc degrees from University of Fort Hare.

Nur Sulyna Abdullah Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Nur Sulyna Abdullah is the Chief Officer of Corporate Strategy for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). She joined MCMC in 2000 and since 2001, has been responsible for the International portfolio, which she established.

Ms Abdullah has held various positions on the international front representing Malaysia. On the APEC front, she was the Chair of the APEC Ad Hoc Steering Group on the Internet Economy from 2015 – 2017, chairing the APEC TEL Working Group immediately before that. She also Chaired the APT Preparatory Group for the ITU Plenipotentiary 2018 (PP-18) and went on to chair the Working Group of the Plenary at the ITU PP-18 itself. She is currently the Honorary Advisor to the ASEAN ICT Centre.

Ms Abdullah holds an LLB (Hons.) from the University of London and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar.

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

Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.

In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.

Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.

Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.

Rabha Zeidguy Member of the High Council, High Authority of Audiovisual Communication of Morocco (HACA)

Rabha Zeidguy was appointed a Member of the High Council for Audiovisual Communication in May 2011. She also is a University Professor at the National School of Administration in Rabat, Morocco.

From 1996 to 2002, Mrs Zeidguy was Head of the Legal department of the Moroccan Market Authority. From 2005 to 2008 she was Director of Administration Modernisation at the Ministry of Modernization of Public Sectors, then Secretary General of the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption until May 2011. Mrs Zeidguy also was member of the High Instance for National Dialogue on the Reform of the Judiciary. She is a specialist on issues related to business law, regulation and public governance.

Richard Bean Former Acting Chairman & Ceo, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Richard Bean was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACMA in 2010 for a five year term. In 2015 his appointment was extended for a further two years to October 2017. He has been Acting Chairman since 27 February 2016.

Before joining the ACMA Mr Bean was General Counsel and Company Secretary at wireless broadband infrastructure and ISP owner Unwired Group Limited, subsequently acquired by Optus. He had previously held positions responsible for the legal and business affairs side of Australian commercial free to air television network Network Ten’s programming activities, and practised as a commercial, media and litigation lawyer at national commercial law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).

Mr Bean holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a law degree from the University of New South Wales.

Robert Pepper (Dr) Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook

Robert Pepper helps lead Facebook’s connectivity and technology policy activities focusing on new technology development, deployment and adoption. Dr Pepper previously was Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy for more than a decade working with governments across the world helping them develop their digital strategies and address areas such as ICT and development, broadband plans, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, the Internet of Things, security, privacy and internet governance.

As Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the FCC for 16 years beginning in 1989, Dr Pepper led teams designing and implementing the first US spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television.

Before joining the FCC, he was Director of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy. His government service also included Acting Associate Administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and initiating a programme on Computers, Communications and Information Policy at the National Science Foundation.

His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He chairs the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and has served on the board of the US Telecommunications Training Institute, the US Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and the UK’s OFCOM Spectrum Advisory Board.

Dr Pepper received his BA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rohan Samarajiva (Dr) Chair, LIRNEasia

Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an Asian infrastructure policy and regulation think tank. Since 2004, LIRNEasia has been working to improve telecom policy and regulation in the developing Asia Pacific region through research, capacity building and advocacy. Myanmar, which went from 10 to 80 mobile connections per 100 people in less than two years, is the current focus of this work.

Professor Samarajiva served as Sri Lanka’s telecom regulator and also as a founder member of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. He was Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University in the US and Visiting Professor of Economics of Infrastructure at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

Sam Cai Vice Director, Cyberlaw Center, Tencent Research Institute

Sam Cai worked at the China Academy for Telecommunications Research and at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. His areas of expertise are telecommunications and internet law, e-commerce, intellectual property protection, competition law, and WTO rules.

He assisted in drafting a series of laws and regulations targeting the Chinese internet and telecommunications industries, including, among others, the ‘Telecommunication Act’ ‘Regulation on Real Name Registration System of Telecommunication’ and ‘ Several Provisions on the Internet Information Service Market Order’.

Mr Cai also developed the negotiation strategy for and provided legal advice to the Chinese Government on the China and Australia Free Trade Agreement, the China-Korea Free Trade Agreement ,the China-US Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and the Shanghai Free Trade Zone Pilot.
He also served as a telecommunications negotiator representing the Chinese Government in the China-Switzerland Free Trade Zone negotiations.

Mr Cai received a Masters degree from the Transnational Law and Business University in Korea and a Masters degree from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne’s EU and International Economic Law Programme). He holds the Chinese Legal Professional Qualification Certificate and also a member of China Law Society . Mr Cai was invited to give a keynote speech in English to the WTO in 2012 and also served as the judge of the final round of International Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. This was the first time for the Moot Court to have a Chinese judge on the bench for the final round.

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

Seow Hiong Goh advises government officials and regulators across Asia Pacific on a range of ICT-related policy issues, assisting them in adopting policies and regulations that foster investment, innovation, growth and adoption of advanced ICT technologies and services. His current focus includes advising on national broadband strategies and deployment, convergence policy, cyber-security and e-government.

Previously, Mr Goh was in the Singapore public service for 10 years, where he undertook various responsibilities including Deputy Director for Infocomm Development Policy, Deputy Director for Infocomm Security and Special Assistant to the CEO at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. He was subsequently in private legal practice for several years, before taking up the position as Director, Software Policy for Asia with the Business Software Alliance for five years. He joined Cisco in his present position in 2008.

Mr Goh has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, with Honors and Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also holds a Bachelor of Law with Honors from the University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma of Singapore Law with Merit from the National University of Singapore. He has completed the Executive Management Programme in Strategic Management at the National University of Singapore. He is called to the bar of the Supreme Court of Singapore as an advocate and solicitor.

Shri Sudhir Gupta Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Shri Sudhir Gupta is the Secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), but he was previously the Principal Advisor Network, Spectrum and Licensing (NSL) where he dealt with issues such as the license conditions of mobile operators, spectrum management for 2G, 3G and future technologies like LTE and Broadband Wireless Access, spectrum refarming and liberalization, Mobile Number Portability, and matters related to Universal Service Obligation (USO) etc.

During the course of his tenure in TRAI, he has authored a number of Consultation Papers / Recommendations / Regulations on a variety of matters including Quality of Service for Mobile and Fixed Network, Spectrum for 3G and Broadband Wireless Access, Do Not Call Registry (DNC) for curbing Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC).

Before joining TRAI, Mr Gupta worked in various capacities in the Department of Telecommunication.

Mr Gupta graduated with a BE (Electronics) in 1979 from the University of Indore and Post Graduate Diploma in IT & Management in 1999 from the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

Siope Vakataki ‘Ofa (Dr) Economics Affairs Officer, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Dr Siope Vakataki ‘Ofa is an Economic Affairs Officer in the ICT and Development Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. His current research interest is on telecommunications regulatory reform, international trade, illicit financial flows, and financing sustainable development. He has served for the Government of Tonga, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Dr ‘Ofa graduated from the Crawford School of Economics and Government, the Australian National University. His PhD research focused on the credibility of international trade agreements (World Trade Organization) on telecommunications regulatory reforms in Developing Countries. He is the author of the book, Telecommunications Regulatory Reform in Small Island Developing States: The Impact of WTO’s Telecommunications Commitment (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, ISBN: 1-4438-3523-42012), several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on telecommunications policy and international trade respectively.

Steohen Unger IIC UK Chapter Head
Stephen Unger (Dr) Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications

Dr Stephen Unger was until recently a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator responsible for digital communications. He had various responsibilities, including setting regulatory strategy for the UK, representing the UK internationally, and leading Ofcom’s technology programme. For a period he was Acting Chief Executive.

Before becoming a regulator Dr Unger spent several years in the private sector. He worked for a variety of high-tech start-ups who were developing and exploiting new wireless technologies.

Dr Unger’s current focus, working both as a consultant and as an academic researcher, is on the practical implications of disruptive technology change.

He has served as a non-executive Board member for several organisations. Some have been responsible for promoting international collaboration on public policy (BEREC, the IIC), others the commercial application of technology (The Geospatial Commission, Cambridge Wireless, Assia Inc).

For more background see www.linkedin.com/in/ungersteve. Dr Unger can be contacted at swunger@swunger.com

Syed Ismail Shah (Dr) Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Dr Syed Ismail Shah has been the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) since 2013. Prior to this, he served at the highest technical management position in the Pakistan’s Ministry of IT & Telecommunications as Member Telecom.

Dr Shah ranks among Asia’s most renowned telecom professionals, having led some of the most high profile undertakings in Pakistan’s telecommunications industry, including the undertaking of the PTA regarding the spectrum auction and subsequent launch of 3G/4G. These achievements were recognized by the GSMA in the shape of the Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award 2015 given to Pakistan.

Dr Shah played a key role in the election of Pakistan to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council and was also elected Vice-President of the General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT). As the Executive Director of Central Asian Cellular Forum, Dr Shah led technical audits of CDMA2000 networks, UMTS/WCDMA and LTE trainings in various countries and is experienced in handling major national-level administrative and security issues linked to the misuse of SIMs, unauthorized exploitation of telecommunications networks, highly volatile market dynamics, online content, low-cost end-user terminals and impact of digitalization on national security, deployment of optical fiber to guarantee connectivity to rural areas, and licensing.

Dr Shah is a strong proponent of using ICT to create smarter societies and believes in the power of digitization.

Dr Shah has more than 100 journal and conference publications. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, USA and Member of the Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineers, Japan. With this research and teaching background, as well as his experience as a technology consultant at Qualcomm (USA), Dr Shah provides consultations to the industry and other government agencies.

Dr Shah holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Takamiki Nishikawa Vice President and Senior Counsel, Fox Networks Group Japan

Takamiki Nishikawa is Vice President and Senior Counsel of FOX Networks Group Japan, the premier operator of pay-tv channels in Japan, with responsibility for legal matters in Japan and Korea. Prior to FOX, Mr Nishikawa worked as Deputy General Counsel, Ralph Lauren Japan Corporation, helping build their consumer business in Japan, and as Deputy Director at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, involved with multilateral (NAMA) and bilateral trade (IP chapters) negotiations. He has worked in private practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, dealing with a wide range of cross border transactions.

Thulaganyo Mogobe (Dr) Vice Chairperson, Universal Access and Service Trust Fund, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)

Dr Thulaganyo Mogobe is Vice-Chairperson of the Universal Access and Service Fund Board of Trustees at the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). He joined the Fund in August 2014 upon its establishment. Previously, Dr Mogobe served as a member of the then broadcasting regulator, the National Broadcasting Board of Botswana (NBB) for ten years.

He is a full time academic at the University of Botswana where he lectures in Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Tran Tuan Anh (Dr) Director of Policy and Regulation Division, Viet Nam Telecommunications Authority (VTNA)

Dr Tran Tuan Anh became Director of Policy and Regulation Division, Vietnam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA), Ministry of Information and Communications in 2011. Prior to that, from 2005-2011, he worked for the Telecommunications Department of Ministry of Information and Communications.

He is the expert in charge of telecommunications policies and regulations including Wireless Broadband Policies, Regulations and licensing, IMT2000 (3G beauty contest licensing), WiMAX and frequency allocations. Dr Tran is a Member of the Project’s Committee for VINASAT-1 and involved with the Master Plan of the ground broadcasting and transmission systems toward to 2020, among other major projects.

Dr Tran has been very active in Telecom International Conferences with many productive contributions: Co-chair of Building Infrastructure Commission of International Conference WITFOR 2009; Speaker at the APECTEL 43 Workshop “Sharing infrastructure to foster broadband access”; ITU expert on Wireless Broadband Plan for Vietnam until 2020; Chair of APT’s WG on ITR issues for WCIT-12; Chair of APT’s SWG on ITU-D issues for PP-14; etc.

Dr Tran obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from Moscow State University of Transportation and Communication, Russia and subsequently a PhD Technical Science in the field of Telecommunication Science & Technology from the same institution. He is also an an Assistant and Lecturer in the Faculty of Radio Electronic Telecommunications specialising in digital multi-channel information systems, coding and decoding signal systems and fundamental theories for telecommunication systems.

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

Vichaow Rakphongphairoj was appointed President of the True Corporation Public Company Limited in Febraury 2017. Prior to this he held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operational Development.

Mr Rakphongphairoj is also President of a number of True companies, including True Universal Convergence Company Limited and True Multimedia Company Limited among others.

Mr Rakphongphairoj is Chairman of the Executive Committee for Pantavanij Company Limited and for Freewill Solutions Company Limited.

He gained a Master Degree of Science Electrical Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Winconsin, USA

Yoshihiro Obata President & CEO, Bizmobile Inc.

Yoshihiro Obata began his career with KDD (now KDDI) in 1986, later working for their R&D teams, where he designed and developed a second-generation global fax mail system based on CCITT X.400. In 1994, he was assigned as the project manager to start the global internet transit business between the United States and Japan.

After being involved in the foundation of Japan Internet Exchange Co., Ltd., the first commercial Internet Exchange company in Japan, he left KDD in 1999 to start up eAccess as a Director and CTO, an ADSL wholesale company. eAccess acquired a 3G license in 2005 and successfully introduced LTE in 2012 (under the EMOBILE brand). In 2013, after the acquisition of eAccess by Softbank, he moved to Equinix Japan and has served as the President & CEO of BizMobile since 2015.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

AM Morning Sessions

Welcome Address
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operational Development, True Corporation Public Company Limited

Session 1: Objectives and Priorities for Regulators in Developing and Advanced Economies:  Adapting to Digital Transformation, New Tipping Points and the Pace of Convergence

  • What are the key areas of focus in the short to medium term?
  • How to define regulatory ‘success’ at the network and access level?
  • What are the appropriate instruments of government to address policy issues such as competition and consumer protection whilst also promoting competition and innovation?
  • Experiences with bottom-up co-regulation and self-regulation practices
  • How are government agencies co-operating to tackle the next tipping points in convergence?
  • How might technologists better empower regulators who can then in turn better empower innovators and entrepreneurs?

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Shri Sudhir Gupta, Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Adriana Labardini Inzunza, Commissioner, IFT – Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico
Rabha Zeidguy, Member of the High Council, High Authority of Audiovisual Communication of Morocco (HACA)
Dr Stephen Unger, Chief Technology Officer and Group Director for Strategy, International, Technology and Economics & Board Member, Ofcom – Office of Communications, UK

Kindly sponsored by GOS Consulting

Session 2:  Linking ICT Policy and Regulation With Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusive Growth – What Must Be Done Differently to Alleviate Obstacles to Universal Connectivity and Accessibility?

  • State of union update on connectivity from UN and World Bank – role of the Internet as a key driver for economic growth
  • What are the implications for regulators and industry? What is working, what is not?
  • Quality of service and economic geography in developing markets, and rural areas
  • What’s needed to encourage technology innovation and at the same time safeguard critical systems?

Dr Rohan Samarajiva, Chair, LIRNEasia

Natasha Beschorner, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank Group
Dr Siope Vakataki ‘Ofa, Economics Affairs Officer, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Dr Basheerhamad Shadrach, Asia Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet, World Wide Web Foundation
Dr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)


PM Afternoon Sessions

Session 3: National Connectivity – Australia as a Case Study

What Does Nbn Look Like Today? What is It Intended to Achieve in Terms of National Interest Outcomes? What Practical Insights Might Other Countries Derive From Its Brief History and Roll-out?

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

Justin Milne, Non Executive Director, NBN, Australia
Michael Cosgrave, Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Regulation Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Jane van Beelen, Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Telstra Corporation Ltd
Richard Bean, Acting Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)


Choice of Three Interactive Breakout Sessions:

Breakout A1: The future of Universal Service Obligations

  • How to make Universal Services Obligations (USO) funds more effective and efficient in closing the digital divide
  • What subsidies and universal service regimes are appropriate in today’s world? Why subsidise fixed line voice?
  • What kind of regulatory reform or innovation could maximize the performance of USO funds versus their objectives? What are examples of best practice?
  • Can and should there be a regulatory provision of “universal service bands” in terms of spectrum resources to complement USO funds?

James Bellis, Director, Telecommunications Practice, Frontier Economics

Dr Thulaganyo Mogobe, Vice Chaiperson, Universal Access and Service Trust Fund, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
Chris Peirce, Chief Legal and and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar
Dr Rohan Samarajiva, Chair, LIRNEasia

Breakout B1: Smart cities – hype versus reality

  • Definitions, objectives and public/private sector roles and responsibilities
  • Case studies highlighting business and policy models, technology requirements including 4G, 5G, applications and the role of the regulator
  • The role of open data as a catalyst for smart cities, and implications for privacy and security
  • Impact on innovation environment, tech start-ups and incubator funds

Dr Andrew Barendse, Managing Executive, Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA

Khalid Khan, Chairman, Central Asian Cellular Forum
May-Ann Lim, Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association
Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations Asia-Pacific Japan & India, Nokia
Chris Perera, Senior Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs – Asia Pacific, AT&T

Breakout C1: Tackling piracy and IP protection

  • Which piracy ecosystems are the greatest threat in AsiaPac and further afield?
  • Roles and responsibilities – regulators, cable / satellite operators, ISPs, advertising platforms, payment providers – what cooperative efforts are proving most effective in blocking access to pirated content?
  • Debating the effectiveness of administrative enforcement options, including:
    – imposition of fines
    – suspension of business licenses
  • What new initiatives have been launched in the region?

John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA)

Sam Cai, Vice Director, Cyberlaw Center, Tencent Research Institute
Takamiki Nishikawa, Vice President and Senior Counsel, FOX Networks Group Japan
Kyung-Sin Park, Professor, Korea University School of Law; Director, Open Net Korea
Heiko Zysk, Vice President Governmental Relations & Head of European Affairs, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

End of day one

Gala Dinner at The Blue Elephant Restaurant

Thursday 13 October 2016

AM Morning Session

Breakfast Workshop: Building a Responsible and Sustainable Advertising Policy Framework

Considering the APEC Action Agenda on Advertising Standards and Practice Development, the discussion will look at the progress made since the Agenda was published (in 2014) and consider regulatory practice in other jurisdictions.

John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA)
Digna Dator Santos, Executive Director, The Ads Standards Council (ASC) Philippines
Hilary Souter, Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority, New Zealand
Joe Welch, Senior Vice President Government Relations, Asia, 21st Century Fox

Session 4: Digital Economy, IOT and the Transformation of Industry – New Business and Policy Models to Add Value and Opportunity for All

  • New opportunities for value creation by traditional telco and content providers / networks – becoming digital service providers
  • Policies and guidelines for cross industry collaboration to enable eg
    – the industrial Internet of Things
    – cross border data flows vs data localisation
    – digital financial services
  • Inter-regional cooperation to enable connectivity and open access
  • Fiscal and trade negotiations as enablers of digital inclusion
  • Appropriate regulatory and policy reactions to digital natives eg the sharing economy

Andrew Haire, Principal, AJH Communications; Chairman, US Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Andrew Ure, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs, Google, APAC
Agne Makauskaite, Senior Legal and Regulatory Counsel, Vodafone Group Enterprise Legal
Ki-Joo Lee, Commissioner, Korea Communications Commission (KCC)
Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs and Strategy Officer, Telenor Pakistan
Johan Adler, Vice President, Head of Government & Industry Relations, South East Asia & Oceania, Ericsson

Kindly sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

Session 5: Digital Content – in a Highly Competitive OTT World, What is Being Done to Stimulate and Ensure High Quality, Market Driven, Accessible Content, With Local Culture and Language Also Preserved?

  • Is competition delivering good consumer outcomes?
  • OTT convergence models – legacy media vs. digital native. What new partnerships are evolving to deliver local and international content?
  • Level playing field arguments – what are we trying to protect and why?
  • Are legacy regulations appropriate? What are the arguments for and against a new policy environment for OTT and access providers?

Nur Sulyna Abdullah, Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Moe Thu Zar Aung, Director (TV Division), Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV)
Michelle Landy, Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs, iflix
Kuek Yu-Chuang, Managing Director, APAC, Netflix
Dr Tran Tuan Anh, Director of Policy and Regulation Division, Vietnam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA)
Joe Welch, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia, 21st Century Fox

Lunch sponsored by KPMG

PM Afternoon Session

Choice of Three Interactive Breakout Sessions:

Breakout A2: Spectrum allocation, efficiency, co-operation and harmonisation post WRC 15 – balancing the needs of mobile broadband, satellite and 5G services and applications

  • How should governments and regulators best incentivise public spectrum owners to identify and release underused spectrum?
  • What are the right “components” of an optimal auction design?
  • Shared spectrum solutions and licensed / unlicensed paradigms – what are the benchmarks globally?
  • What additional pressure will M2M put on spectrum resources and allocation?

Dr Robert Pepper, Global Connectivity and Technology Policy, Facebook

Chee Kheong Foong, Head of Group Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad
Chris Woolford, Director of International & Spectrum Policy, Ofcom – Office of Communication, UK

Breakout B2: State economic enterprise transformation

Models for reforming state enterprise corporations in the communications sector to make them more effective and accountable

Discussing experiences with corporate governance structures, and disentanglement from parent ministries

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

Chris Peirce, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar
Nomvuyiso Batyi, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Breakout C2: Cyber security – quantifying risks, clarifying responsibilities and building resilience

  • Use and misuse of the term cyber security – clarifying definitions and responsibilities
  • National security concerns and the role of network operators – information sharing between the public and private sectors
  • Examples of how organizations defend against threats – what resources, capability, visibility are needed
  • Identifying the weakest link in the interconnected environment
  • With the explosion of social media how will your policies stand up to scrutiny?
  • What are the roles of different regulators (ICT, financial, security, energy, etc.)?
  • Are regulators really enforcing or just presiding over best practice?

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman & CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Seow Hiong Goh, Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
Michael Montoya, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft
Yoshihiro Obata, President & Ceo, BizMobile Inc.

15:10 Breakout sessions finish

Session 6: Digital Citizen / Digital Citizen – Evolving Priorities, Consumption Patterns and Attitudes to Privacy, Security and Freedom of Expression

Digital citizen / digital consumer – evolving priorities, consumption patterns and attitudes to privacy, security and freedom of expression
– What does it mean for policy makers, regulators and industry?
– Priorities of users and the concept of choice

Ann LaFrance, Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity; Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP; Director, International Institute of Communications

Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica
Christine Runnegar, Director, Security and Privacy Policy, Internet Society
Donald Connor, Group Director Regulatory Affairs, VimpelCom
Monica Desai, Director, Public Policy, Facebook
Kyung-Sin Park, Professor, Korea University School of Law; Diector, Open Net Korea

Closing remarks

End of conference

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