The Annual Conference is a multi-speaker, two-day event, designed to meet the policy and strategic needs of senior executives in the TMT sphere. It is the main event within the IIC’s CPR Week.
The digital ecosystem now encompasses stakeholders from a wide range of converging industries. Inter-sector collaboration is a must. This year our Annual Conference had as a central theme a global approach to solving the regulatory and spectrum challenges that 5G and a converged market present.
Every year this two-day event brings together industry and policy makers from around the world to share a diverse range of opinions, get unique insights into the views of regulators and to network informally with the policy making community.
Included in the PDF file are the presentations written by the Annual Conference speakers.
Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and was sworn into office in November 2013. In January 2015, he was confirmed and sworn into office for a second term, which extends until June 30, 2019.
Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner O’Rielly spent almost 20 years working in prominent Republican communication policy and leadership positions for the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Most recently, he served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).
Commissioner O’Rielly has a BA from the University of Rochester.
Nicole Chan has expertise in the field of Science & Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Convergence, Internet & e-Commerce Regulation, Creative Industry Regulation and Management.
Ms Chan has served as Vice President & Director General, Science & Technology Law Institute (STLI), Institute for Information Industry. She also served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture & Creative Industries Management, National Taipei University of Education.
Dr R S Sharma was appointed Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on 10 of August 2015. Prior to joining TRAI he was Secretary to the 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 the overall implementation of the project to provide Unique Identification (christened as “Äadhaar”) for all residents.
Before his posting at UIDAI, Dr 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, Dr Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas and oversaw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government. Mr Sharma’s contributions to IT and e-Governance have been widely recognised both within and outside India and he has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery with Public Private Partnership (PPP) models.
Dr Sharma holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India), a Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA) and a PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.
Mr Viola was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.He 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.
Mr Viola 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).
Mr Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Sharon White has been Chief Executive of Ofcom since March 2015.
Before joining Ofcom Ms White had a long career in the civil service. She was second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing public finances. Before this she held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development.
She has worked as a civil service adviser at the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a Senior Economist at the World Bank.
Ms White is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.
Sébastien Soriano was appointed the Chairman of Arcep (the French telecom regulator) in 2015. He was BEREC Chair 2017 (the European telecom body) and is still BEREC Vice-Chair 2018.
Mr Soriano 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.
From 2012 through 2014, he was the Chief of Staff of Mrs Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for SMEs, Innovation and Communication. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of Arcep, he was Special Advisor to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.
Mr 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.
Sérgio Sá Leitão was the Ministry of Culture’s chief of staff during the tenure of former minister Gilberto Gil and Rio de Janeiro’s municipal culture secretary between 2012 and 2015.
Before taking over the Ministry of Culture, he was the director of the National Film Agency (Ancine) and the CEO of RioFilme (the latter from 2009 to 2015). Leitão also advised the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) when it was creating its Department of Culture. He was a member of the Petrobras Cultural Council, vice-president of the OAS Inter-American Committee on Culture and vice-president of the Brazilian Distributors Association (Adibra).
Leitão also participated in the creation of the Audiovisual Sectorial Fund (FSA) and advised the drafting of Law 12,485, which regulates pay-TV in Brazil.
Sérgio Sá Leitão obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), after which he obtained postgraduate degrees in E-business from the IBMEC (now Insper) and Public Policy from the University of São Paulo (USP).
Professor Abu Bakar Munir is an internationally renowned scholar, expert and consultant on ICT Law and Data Protection Law. He was a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Atmajaya, Indonesia. He is also the Legal Adviser and Data Protection Consultant to the Straits Interactive Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Senior Adviser to the Schinder Law Firm, Jakarta, a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Institute for Digital Economy, (APIDE) Tokyo. He is the Founder and Advisor of the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center and Adviser and Expert Council member of the Pandya Astagina Institute.
Professor Abu Bakar Munir has been far and wide consulted by the governments and private entities in Malaysia and around the globe. He was appointed the Adviser to the Government of Malaysia and was instrumental in the crafting and passing of the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010. He was seconded as the IT Law Adviser and Principal Consultant to the Government of Dubai, UAE where he led an international team of consultants in developing and drafting several IT legislations to facilitate the Dubai Internet City, a multi-billion-dollar IT project. He was a Council Member of the Asia Pacific Privacy Charter Council (APPCC) and the recipient of the Malaysia Cyber Security Awards (Minister’s Award) 2010 and the Malaysia Cyber Security, (Information Security Visionary of the Year) Award 2010.
He represented Asia in the Europe – Asia Dialogue on the Digital Economy at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
Professor Abu Bakar is the author of several books; Privatization (1992), Cyberlaw: Policies and Challenges (1999), Privacy and Data Protection (2002), Internet Banking: Law and Practice (2004), and Information and Communication Technology Law: State, Internet and Information (2010), Personal Data Protection in Malaysia: Law and Practice (2010). Data Protection Law in Asia (2014 ) and Data Protection Law in Asia (second edition 2018).
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.
Agustín Díaz-Pinés is a telecommunication expert at DG Competition, European Commission, dealing with mergers in the telecommunications, IT and media sectors. He previously worked as an economist/policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Paris, 2009-2015) in the Digital Economy Division, including projects on international mobile roaming, convergence and various country studies (Mexico, Colombia). He started his career at the Spanish government (State Secretariat for Telecommunications and the Information Society), involved in national and European ICT policy. Mr. Díaz-Pinés holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the Madrid University of Technology and a PhD in Management/Economic Sciences from École Polytechnique/Paris-Saclay in Paris (France).
Alee Fa’amoe is the Deputy CEO and Executive Director ICT for OfReg, the newly formed (January 2017) converged utilities regulator overseeing ICT, fuels, electricity, and water industries in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Fa’amoe has a broad background in technology, operations, and management and has spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working as an industry expert on telephone numbering and network operations. He spent several years at Deloitte Cayman as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for HR, marketing, IT, operations, and finance departments. He also served as a subject matter expert on client consulting engagements, and worked with Deloitte offices in several Caribbean locations with operational matters.
Mr Fa’amoe spent some time as an independent consultant, and was appointed Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in 2013, which has since become part of OfReg.
Dr Alexandra Borchardt is Director of Strategic Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily newspaper, where she is still a contributing writer.
At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on democracy and the internet and the future of work. She teaches ‘Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century’ at TU Munich and gives lectures and talks on digitisation and the media. In 2015 she published The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World (Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift)). Before joining SZ she worked in several functions for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Dr Borchardt holds a PhD in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona.
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.
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.
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.
Antonio Nicita is Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) and Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at Sapienza University of Rome.
Professor Nicita has previously been Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena and Visiting Fulbright Professor at Yale University. From 2005-06 he was a Non- Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN) for the report on telecommunications sector. From 2006-07 he was an economic adviser to the Italian Minister of Communications and member of the Governmental Unit for the Improvement of Regulation. He was Economic Adviser for the 2009 OECD Regulatory Report on Italy.
Professor Nicita is on the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, European Association of Law and Economics and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE).
He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Siena, Italy. His research interests cover industrial organisation, law and economics, competition economics and regulation.
Arvind Gupta is the Co-Founder and Head of Digital India Foundation. He spearheaded the digital and social media campaign for Prime Minister Modi during 2014 elections, for which he was awarded the Digital Leader of the Year and Path Breaker Award and has been covered in leading PR, trade publications including WSJ, FT, Gartner, PR Week.
Mr Gupta is an Eisenhower fellow for innovation and an active member of industry forums NASSCOM, TiE and Founding Member of iSPiRT (Indian Software Products Industry Round Table). He is on the Board of Directors of IIT – BHU Alumni Association, PAN-IIT Alumni Association and Illinois Alumni Board.
He holds a B Tech in Electronics Engineering from IIT-BHU and a Masters in Computer Science and MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is based in New Delhi and tweets at @buzzindelhi.
Carel van Straten is an investigator at The Spamhaus Project, where he looks at the motives of spammers and the iinfrastructure they use, with a mission to stop and prevent spamming. He investigates malware, snowshoe spam, DNS, abused free services, domains, their owners and anything in between.
Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016.
Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.
Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.
Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.
Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.
Cornelia Kutterer is responsible for privacy and digital policies in the EU with a focus on strategic campaigns and engagements. Ms Kutterer leads a team working on corporate affairs and policy matters, including institutional relations, the Digital Single Market and market regulation, privacy and human rights, energy and accessibility policies. She has long standing experience in information society & internet policies at European level and speaks regularly at regional and international conferences. Previously, Ms Kutterer was head of Legal Department and senior legal advisor at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, driving the policy agenda for consumers’ digital life with a focus on intellectual property, data protection and e-commerce. She has also gained experience in a top 10 law firm in the fields of competition law and regulatory affairs and in a German organisation focusing on the freedom of services and labour law. She started her professional career in the European Parliament as a political advisor to an MEP in 1997. Ms Kutterer is a qualified German lawyer, and holds a master’s degree in information technology and telecommunication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau, Porto (Portugal), Hamburg and Strathclyde (UK).
Damir Hajduk currently chairs the Electronic Media Council, having been appointed by the Croatian Parliament to the position of a Council Member in 2009. Mr Hajduk is also Director of the Agency for Electronic Media and Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA).
In the period between 2011 and 2017, for three consecutive mandates, Mr Hajduk acted as Vice-Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA).
In his professional career he has held various senior management positions including a national cable TV start-up project, global news agency Reuters and Croatian Public Service Broadcaster – HRT.
Mr Hajduk holds a masters degree in economics.
David Wheeldon leads Sky’s policy positioning and advocacy, as well as government relations and industry engagement across Sky’s European markets and the EU institutions. Mr Wheeldon has been at Sky for over a decade and has held various roles in public affairs and policy as well as overseeing sustainability and responsible business.
Prior to joining Sky Mr Wheeldon held a similar position at the London Stock Exchange Group where he was responsible for the Group’s UK, EU and global public policy covering listed companies, equities trading and the capital markets. In the early 2000’s, Mr Wheeldon was a Partner in a leading London based communications advisory firm where he provided political advice to major international businesses.
Mr Wheeldon began his career in university administration before becoming a political speech writer and strategist for several UK Members of Parliament. He has degree in Politics and Economics from the University of York.
Dean Bubley is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An outspoken analyst and futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in communications, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading market observers covering network infrastructure and software, telecom business models, voice/ video communications and broadband/ spectrum policy. He is known as a contrarian and visionary, often with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus.
Mr Bubley’s present focus is on 5G network technology, WiFi, spectrum policy, blockchain and distributed ledgers, the ‘future of voice and video’, mobile broadband, developer platforms and contextual communications. He also advises on trends in telco service creation and monetisation, mobile devices, IoT, applications ecosystems, broad futurism and telecoms regulation/policy.
He provides clients with advice and analytical opinion on topics such as business model validation, technology innovation and go-to-market strategies, ‘addressable market sizing’, planning and due diligence. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors, regulators and industry associations.
Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications stocks, with the UK arm of investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company’s technology business, managed the
internet & networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of chief analyst and director of consulting.
He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.
Enrique Medina Malo is Chief Policy Officer at Telefónica S.A.. He joined Telefónica’s legal department in 2006, as Head of Public Law and later Head of Telecommunications and Information Society Legal Affairs, where he was responsible for regulation and competition legal issues.
In 2008 he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica, S.A., reporting to the Group’s General Counsel and in September 2011, General Counsel of Telefonica Europe, reporting to the regional CEO.
Until 2006, Mr Medina Malo served as State Lawyer for the Spanish State Administration, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Energy and the High Court of Cataluña. From 2002 to 2004 he was General Director for Legislation (Secretario General Técnico) of the Ministry of Science & Technology, and had been Chief Legal Officer of the Spanish Broadcasting Corporation RTVE (2004-2006).
Mr Medina Malo has a Law degree from Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and was admitted to the Spanish Government Legal Services in 1997.
Now a Board Member of RAI Way, and an economist by training, Fabio Colasanti stepped down as President of the International Institute of Communications in March 2016, having taken up the role when he left the European Commission, where he was Director General in charge of the Department for Information Society and Media, in 2010.
Prior to his DG role in the Commission, Fabio had headed the EC’s Enterprise Department, and has had a number of roles in the Commission, dating back to 1977. Prior to joining the Commission, Fabio worked with Italcable SpA of Rome (an international telecommunications company which is now part of Telecom Italia).
Fabio holds diplomas in economics from the University of Rome and the College of Europe in Bruges.
Fanny Hidvegi (@infofannny) is Access Now’s Europe Policy Manager based in Brussels. She develops Access Now’s European policy strategy and manages the EU office. Ms Hidvegi got appointed to the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, she serves on the board of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), and she is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2019-20). Previously, Ms Hidvegi was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC where she focused on EU-US data transfers. For three years Ms Hidvegi led the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Program of the HCLU where she engaged in strategic litigation with journalists and other NGOs, participated in the fight against the national data retention law in Hungary, and promoted privacy enhancing technologies. There, she gained experience on how to operate as a human rights advocate in a restrictive environment. Ms Hidvegi has also worked as a consumer protection lawyer both in the public and the private sector.
Ms Hidvegi has a law degree from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest and she spent one academic year at the University of Florence.
Fiona Taylor leads Verizon’s International Public Policy function with a team located across three continents. She is in charge of defining the company’s public policy strategy across Verizon’s international footprint, advising cross functional teams on policy issues affecting the business and the company’s global strategy.
Verizon and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading providers of communications, entertainment, information technology and security solutions, with annual revenues in 2019 of $130 billion. Outside of the US, Verizon also serves large business and government customers, including 99% of the Fortune 1000, covering over 150 countries worldwide.
Ms Taylor has also headed Verizon’s EU representation in Brussels since October 2010. She represents the company before international policy-makers including EU institutions and in different organisations such as the European Internet Forum (EIF), ETNO, etc., and has served as Vice-chair of the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AMCHAM EU).
Prior to joining Verizon, Ms Taylor worked with the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO), where she led the public policy function. Her responsibilities included the overall strategic positioning and advocacy of the association focusing on the impact of Internet-related policy and regulation on the member companies.
George Wright is Head of Internet Research and Future Services for BBC Research & Development, where he leads a cross discipline team of engineers, researchers, UX Designers, production staff and domain experts researching and creating digital products and services to help shape the future output of the media and broadcasting. He has worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, the last 20 of which have been in digital and new service research and development.
He began his career as a schoolboy making radio programs for a BBC local radio station, and since then has been involved in broadcasting and internet innovation as well as producing linear programmes and making pop records
Howard Symons is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, an international law firm with more than 500 attorneys. Mr Symons has nearly 40 years of experience in telecommunications law and policy, including senior positions in government and the private sector. Most recently he served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from 2016 to 2017 and as Vice Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force from 2014 to 2016, appointed to both posts by Chairman, Tom Wheeler. From 1981 to 1985, Mr Symons served as Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the US House of Representatives.
During his time in private practice, Mr Symons has represented companies in the cable, wireless and telecommunications industries as well as their trade associations before the US FCC, Congress and State legislatures, and the courts. He has authored several articles on the telecommunications policy process, testified before Congress and state legislatures, and spoken at numerous industry conferences and continuing legal education seminars. He has also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s National Law Center, where he taught courses in telecommunications law and regulation for 10 years.
Mr Symons graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
James Beveridge is responsible for directing Juniper Networks Government Affairs and Public Policy in Emea. Prior to joining Juniper he worked for Microsoft as senior director for Technology Policy In the Azure Networking Division. Mr Beveridge joined Microsoft through their WebTv division. He had previously worked in the European Audio Visual field with management roles in News Corp and Pace Micro Technology where he spearheaded their global transition to Digital TV. Mr Beveridge was a member of the Geneva based, DVB Steering Board, and chairman of the Brussels based, Digital Interoperability Forum, defining next generation Digital Media Standards and Regulation. Mr Beveridge is a regular presenter at ITU events.
Mr Beveridge started his technology career in Motorola Semiconductors, working in Scotland and Germany. He held a number of senior positions in their Microprocessor, Microcontroller and Communications Divisions.
During his time working as Gartner/ Dataquest’s Semiconductor Divisional Head, he provided strategic advice to the management of Semiconductor Corporates and Start Ups across the globe.
Mr Beveridge studied Electrical Engineering at Glasgow University.
Jean-Jacques Sahel was appointed Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google in November 2019, overseeing Google’s public policy approach in the region for issues including misinformation, online safety and intermediary liability.
He has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. Before joining Google, Mr Sahel was Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s corporate strategy and operations across the European region. He also led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.
Previously, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.
Ex officio, Mr Sahel chaired the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) from 2009-2019 and continues to serve on the IIC’s Board. He was a member of OSAB, the Advisory Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom for 2 terms until 2016. He has authored articles and research in both mainstream media and academic publications particularly on Internet policy and governance.
Dr Joan Barata is an international expert in freedom of expression, media freedom and media regulation. He has been the principal adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, as well as Secretary General of the Catalonia Audiovisual Council. He provides regular assistance to different international organisations and entities, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Broadcasting Union, the Organisation of American States, UNESCO and USAID among others. Dr Barata is the Founder of the consultancy firm CommVisions, based in Vienna.
Dr Barata is a Research Fellow to the Center for Data and Communication Studies at the Central European University and Fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at European University Viadrina.
Juan Manuel Wilches’s work experience began in Colombia in 2000 as Advisor for the Telecommunications Regulation Commission – CRT where, for a period of almost 7 years, he led and advised several projects on telecommunications regulation, carrying out activities such as the definition of interconnection conditions, termination rates and conflict resolution, as well as performing market analysis, and developing models for fixed and mobile network costing.
In 2010 he was contacted to be part of the team that created the National Spectrum Agency (ANE) in Colombia, joining as Senior Advisor to the Director General. He was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director for Spectrum Management and Planning, a position in which, with his team, he developed the National Spectrum Management Policy adopted in 2012 and the comprehensive spectrum management and planning framework currently in place in Colombia.
His recognized experience in regulation and spectrum management led him to be appointed by the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies as Commissioner in 2013 and Executive Director in 2014 for the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)
Mr Wilches has represented Colombia in several international meetings such as the ITU-R Study Groups and Working Parties, as well as the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2012. He also has been President of the Spectrum Management Group at the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (OAS-CITEL).
Mr Wilches has a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated with honours in 2009. During his stay in Canada, he worked at Kazam Group as a consultant in telecommunications, where he specialised in wireless communications.
Karim Lesina was appointed Senior Vice President, International External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T Services Inc. in 2018. He previously held the position of Vice President of AT&T, covering International External Affairs for the European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions and was in charge of Trans-Atlantic Relations. In this role he led AT&T’s advocacy in those regions.
In addition to developing and implementing market access strategies to enable AT&T’s global expansion to satisfy customer needs, responsibilities for Mr Lesina included ensuring compliance with international telecom regulations, and advocacy on a wide range of policy matters related to the stable growth, innovation and investment by the information and communications technology sector.
Mr Lesina is based in AT&T’s Washington DC office. He is an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Vice Chair of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and Chair of the Presidency Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He is a Board Member of the International Institute of Communications, the European Internet Foundation, of the Transatlantic Business Council, of the EU Brazil Association, of AHCIET and member of the GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer Group for Central and Latin America. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, TPN, WEF, etc.
Prior to joining AT&T, Mr Lesina held senior positions with another leading US-headquartered ICT company (Intel Corporation), and a number of leading public affairs agencies in Brussels. Mr Lesina also recently joined the Advisory Council of the “Global Free Speech and the Internet” of the Media Institute.
Mr Lesina has a Master Degree in Economics of Development from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
Kathleen. Abernathy recently joined the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP as Special Counsel following her retirement from Frontier Communications. She first joined Frontier in 2006 as a member of the Board of Directors following her term as a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 2010 she accepted the position of Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs. Over the next seven years she was on the senior leadership team that oversaw three major strategic acquisitions that eventually grew Frontier to a Fortune 250 company. She was responsible for obtaining the state and federal regulatory approvals critical to the growth of the company. At retirement she was Executive Vice President, External Affairs.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ISO New England, a regional energy transmission organization authorised by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is a Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow with Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy, McDonough School of Business. Prior to her term as an FCC Commissioner, Ms Abernathy worked for a number of different telecommunications companies and law firms.
She has received numerous awards in recognition of her professional accomplishments and has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
Leena Kuusniemi provides legal support for Rovio Legal’s cloud-related infrastructure and services development, online advertising, technology sourcing, M&A, data protection/privacy and all regulatory issues globally.
Before joining Rovio Legal in 2012, she worked for 10 years with Nokia Corporation (in Espoo HQ, Vancouver, Copenhagen) supporting Nokia’s device R&D, sales and marketing in France and Italy, location-based services (maps) and privacy issues. Prior to joining Nokia she was the sole legal counsel for a Finnish game and software company and started her career as attorney at Juridia Law in Helsinki.
Ms Kuusniemi has participated in various legal working groups and is in advisory board for Helsinki Legal Tech Lab (Law Faculty in Helsinki University). In addition she has lectured widely to both legal professionals and non-lawyers, and in universities for post-graduate studies, such as the DPO certification programme at Maastricht University.
Ms Kuusniemi has a first degree from the University of Helsinki and an LLM in law and information Technology from the University of Stockholm.
Linda Griffin established, and heads, public affairs at King – one of the world’s leading mobile games developers, with a network of 342 million monthly active users.
Ms Griffin is Chair and a founding member of the European Tech Alliance, which brings together companies from a variety of tech industries that have started and are scaling in Europe. It is the first alliance of its kind, and was established in response to the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy, as it looks to amend and create an unprecedented amount of legislation covering the digital world. Its members work as a pool of knowledge and experience for policymakers as they look to create a functioning digital single market in the EU. Ms Griffin also sits on the board and is Vice President of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels.
Prior to King, Ms Griffin led Facebook’s policy communications in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a focus on government transparency reporting, safety, security and privacy. She joined Facebook from political consultancy, having advised clients ranging from the Africa Progress Panel to governments such as Dubai and Singapore on public outreach.
Early in Ms Griffin’s career she helped to establish the China Programme at the London think tank, the Foreign Policy Centre, and lived in Shanghai where she taught Chinese and English and wrote textbooks.
Ms Griffin holds a BA in Politics and Classics from University College Dublin, and an MSc Econ in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Manish Tewari is a practicing lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. He is a National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. He is Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Indian National Congress (INC). He is the distinguished senior fellow of Atlantic Council, Washington DC, USA.
During 2009 to 2014 Mr Tewari was a Member of the Indian Parliament, and Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting in the Indian government during 2012 to 2014. Mr Tewari was also a Member / Special Invitee to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and Cabinet Committee on Investments; and a member of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) and Group of Ministers dealing with a diverse array of policy issues. He was a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees of External Affairs, Law & Justice and Defence. He also served on the Parliamentary Consultative Committees of the Ministries of Defence and Law & Justice.
Mr Tewari has travelled widely both in his professional and personal capacities and has an interest in history, international and strategic affairs.
Manuel Kohnstamm is Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Liberty Global. He is responsible for developing and implementing Liberty Global’s regulatory strategy, public policy, government affairs and corporate communications. Mr Kohnstamm is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on Liberty Global’s Executive Leadership Team and the Regulatory Committee.
Mr Kohnstamm joined the Europe operations of Liberty Global’s predecessor in September 1999 and held several positions in corporate affairs, public policy, and communications. He was appointed to his current position in January 2012. From 1992 until he joined Liberty Global, Mr Kohnstamm worked at Time Warner Inc., most recently as Vice President of Public Affairs in Brussels for its subsidiaries Time Inc., Warner Bros., and Turner Broadcasting. Prior to joining Time Warner, Mr Kohnstamm worked with the consulting group European Research Associates in Brussels where he conducted macro-economic and policy studies on the telecommunications and defense industries.
Mr Kohnstamm is a member of VodafoneZiggo’s Supervisory Board as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Global’s subsidiary Telenet Group Holding NV, a Liberty Global subsidiary and a Belgian public limited liability company.
Mr Kohnstamm is Co-chair of GIGAEurope, an industry association bringing together independent private telecoms companies. In addition, Mr Kohnstamm is a trustee of the non-profit organisation Street Child, a charitable organisation focused on improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world.
Mr Kohnstamm graduated in Political Science and holds a Doctorandus Degree in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam. He also holds a Postgraduate Degree in International relations from the Clingendael Diplomat School in The Hague, and successfully completed the Cable Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School, Boston (MA).
Marjolein Geus has over 25 years of experience her practice covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the communications, postal, information technology (IT) and media sectors. She has extensive knowledge of EU and national regulation and has advised many national and multinational companies in the communications, postal, IT and media sectors on a variety of transactions and commercial contracts.
She has consistently been recognised as a leader in the Tech & Comms sector for close to two decades and is the author of a range of national and international publications on national and European telecommunications, postal and media law.
Ms Geus is a co-head of the International Communications Group and leading the Global Regulatory Consulting Group of Bird & Bird.
Martin Duckworth, an Associate Director in Frontier’s Telecommunications Practice, is a highly experienced regulatory and financial expert with extensive knowledge of competition and commercial issues. Mr Duckworth combines his vast technical and financial telecommunications policy experience with his outstanding analytical ability to deliver results that achieve clients’ strategic objectives. Mr Duckworth has worked since 1995 in the field of communications regulation, first as an employee of OFTEL and, since 1998, as a consultant based in Belgium, Spain and the UK. During this period Mr Duckworth has been at the forefront of regulatory developments in the United Kingdom, the EU and other liberalised markets around the world.
Mr Duckworth has extensive experience on mobile networks and spectrum working on bids in both the 2000 round of 3G spectrum auctions and 2010 round of 4G spectrum auctions. He has also advised on the regulatory clearance for number of mobile mergers in recent years. He also led Frontier’s work last year advising the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission on how to incentivise investment in 5G.
Mathieu Moreuil has been dealing with sport related issues in Brussels for 15 years. He started his career in 2003 in the European Commission, first in the sport unit and then in the unit in charge of free movement of workers including professional players.
In 2007 Mr Moreuil joined APCO, a Public Affairs Consultancy, where he advised clients in the media and sport sectors.
In 2010, Mr Moreuil was appointed Head of EU Public Policy for the English Premier League and set up the Brussels Office. In 2018 he was promoted Director of International Football Relations and EU Affairs
Mr Moreuil also coordinates the Brussels activities of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (www.sroc.info) a group of 50+ sport events’ organisers which deals with IPR and rights issues.
Mr Moreuil graduated from the Strasbourg Institute for Political Sciences. He also holds a Masters in European Law from the Free University of Brussels and an MBA in International Management from the ESCP Europe.
Ola Bergström has been Director for International Affairs of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since 2012 and is responsible for coordinating the international work at PTS. PTS is the governmental authority that regulates the electronic communications and postal sectors. The concept ‘electronic communications’ includes telecommunications, IT and radio.
During 2014, Mr Bergström chaired the Contact Network of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). He is also active in Internet related issues. He has over 15 years of experience in the telecom sector. Prior to his current position he was a legal adviser at PTS. Before joining PTS, Mr Bergström worked for the Competition Authority (2002- 2005) and he also worked for the Ministry for Enterprise and Innovation.
Mr Bergström holds an LLM from Lund University and a European Master of Law and Economics from Hamburg University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Sociaety, is in charge of the Internet Society’s strategic technical activities, particularly as they pertain to issues and opportunities for enhancing the internet’s evolution.
Mr Kolkman has been actively involved with internet technologies since his astronomy studies during the early nineties. Internet became his professional focus in 1996 when he joined the RIPE NCC to develop the first version of what has become a worldwide test-network. In 2007 he became the managing director of NLnet Labs. Under his responsibility NLnet Labs produced open-source products, performed research on technical issues with global impact, and contributed actively to the regional and global collaborative standard and governance bodies (e.g. ICANN, RIPE, IETF), and ‘pushed the needle’ on the development and deployment of DNSSEC.
Mr Kolkman has had numerous responsibilities in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier standards organisation for the internet. He chaired the IETF DNS Extension Working Group (dnsext) and the Web Extensible Internet Registration Data Service (weirds) working groups. He was IAB member from 2006 to 2012 and its chair between March 2007 and March 2011. He was member of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the IETF Trust, and was Acting RFC Series Editor in 2011.
Mr Kolkman is the IETF/ISOC representative on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation and a Trusted Community Representative in the context of the DNS Root-Signing ceremony.
Pastora Valero is Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) for Cisco Systems Inc., where she leads government affairs’ activities in the region and is responsible for developing and advancing Cisco’s technology and communications policy agenda with respect to broadband, internet governance, IP enabled services, trade, energy and technology policy issues.
Ms Valero joined Cisco in 2003, and prior to her regional role, she led Cisco’s European Union government affairs strategy between 2003 and 2013. She has almost two decades of experience in regulatory and public policy issues in the telecommunications and internet related areas, as well as on EU public policy with respect to competition, trade and information technology regulation. Prior to Cisco, Ms Valero was Vice-President Regulatory Affairs for Global TeleSystems (GTS), a pan-European fibre optic network operator. She started her career with the Brussels law firm Van Bael & Bellis, and dealt in particular with EU trade and competition law issues.
Ms Valero holds leadership positions within several industry organisations including as Chair of the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and Board member of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC).
She is a qualified lawyer in Spain, holds a Masters degree in European law (ULB, Brussels) and an LLM in International law (VUB, Brussels).
Prof. Paul Milgrom is the Shirley R and Leonard W Ely Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and winner of the 2008 Nemmers Prize and the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge prize. According to Google Scholar, his research works have more than 80,000 citations, covering multiple fields in economics. A leader in radio spectrum policy and auction theory and applications, Prof. Milgrom co-invented auction formats used for selling spectrum licenses in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
In 2009 Prof. Milgrom co-founded Auctionomics, a high stakes auction consulting and software firm that has helped governments worldwide design and implement complex auctions. It has also prepared companies across the globe to bid in complex auctions. Prof. Milgrom and Auctionomics recently led the design of the US Incentive Auction, which reallocated TV broadcast spectrum to mobile broadband use in the 600MHz band.
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.
Peter MacAvock is Head of Delivery, Platforms and Services, EBU Technology and Development and DVB Chairman. At EBU, Mr Macavock heads the team responsible for innovation projects relating to delivery technologies, spectrum management and software platforms. Amongst other things, he is responsible for spectrum matters and high level projects related to Hybrid Radio and Television including HbbTV, DVB, RadioDNS and others. In July 2016, he was elected chairman of the DVB Project, and retains a role as co-chair of the HbbTV Reuqirements Group.
Prior to joining the City of London Corporation as Parliamentary Affairs Counsel in the Remembrancer’s Office, Philip Saunders worked in independent practice at the bar and at a global law firm where he specialised in litigation and regulatory work. The City of London Corporation’s wide-ranging activities, from promoting London and the UK as a global business hub and caring for London’s famous open spaces to providing a specialist police force dedicated to combatting economic crime, give rise to significant legal and policy issues. Mr Saunders provides guidance on matters of legislative, constitutional, and government relations interest to the City.
Mr Saunders is the lead on digital policy issues and works with government, regulators, industry and the property sector.
Rebecca Arbogast serves as Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy for Comcast Corporation. In this role she is responsible for the development and coordination of the company’s public policy efforts across the corporation.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2011, Ms Arbogast served as Managing Director at Stifel Financial where she provided advice to institutional investors on legal issues affecting communications, media, and technology industries. She joined Stifel from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where she was Chief of the International Bureau Telecommunications Division, leading an office of attorneys, economists, and engineers shaping the agency’s policies for international communications services. Prior to this, Ms Arbogast served in the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice, and she began her legal career as a corporate attorney with Wilmer Cutler practicing international and communications law.
Ms Arbogast holds a Law degree from Yale Law School and a Masters Degree from the University of Iowa. She has taught Constitutional Law at Johns Hopkins School of Public Policy and Global Communications at American University. She clerked for Judge Fletcher on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and was a Fulbright Fellow in European Community Law.
Richard Hooper CBE has devoted his career to the converging worlds of telecoms, media and technology. After senior management roles in the BBC, BT and satellite television he has spent the last thirty years advising Governments and businesses and sitting on a range of Boards. He was founding deputy chairman of Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) and Chairman of its Content Board. He has just stepped down from the Board of VocaLink which runs the national payments infrastructure in the UK, after its successful acquisition by MasterCard.
He is Chairman of the Broadband Stakeholder Group which advises Government and Ofcom on broadband policy.
In 2016 Richard Hooper was a member of the panel of experts advising the Australian Government on the future of the ACMA.
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.
Sanford C Reback is Senior Director of Global Public Policy at Akamai Technologies, where he formulates Akamai public policy positions and advocates on behalf of the company on a global basis.
Mr Reback has more than 25 years of policy, business, and legal experience in the technology sector. He served as Deputy General Counsel for Policy, heading the public policy team, at UUNET Technologies, then the world’s largest Internet service provider (ISP); Senior International Counsel at MCI, and a senior executive at two venture-backed technology companies.
In the Executive Office of the President at the Office of the US Trade Representative, Mr Reback helped negotiate NAFTA, the World Trade Organisation agreements, and several international technology agreements. Immediately prior to joining Akamai, he was Senior Technology Analyst and Director of Global Business at Bloomberg Government.
Mr Reback holds a BA in political science from Stanford University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was also a Fulbright Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.
Dr Stephan Netzle has been a member of the Swiss Federal Telecommunication Commission (ComCom) and was appointed President for ComCom on 1 January 2017,
Dr Netzle specialises in telecom and IT law, international sports law, and arbitration. He advised and represented telecom operators in prior spectrum auctions and was an external legal counsel of the leading Swiss cable company.
He is also a listed arbitrator with the ICC. He participated in many commercial arbitration proceedings as a party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman of panels, in disputes concerning sports but also information technology (IT) and intellectual property. ComCom is currently preparing the allocation of the spectrum for the 5G generation (2018) and assisting in the review of the Swiss Telecom Act.
Dr Netzle is a graduate of the University of Zurich and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a qualified attorney at law practising in Zurich and Lausanne. He is a lecturer for International Arbitration at the University of Zurich.
Steven Harroun was appointed Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer at the CRTC in November 2016. He is responsible for the enforcement of the Unsolicited Telecommunication Rules, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, and the Voter Contact Registry.
Mr Harroun joined Canada’s converged communications regulator in 2002 and has developed his expertise in the both broadcasting and telecommunications environments through various positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, from 2012 – 2016, as Director General, Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy, Mr Harroun led the development and implementation of key communication policies through his leadership of the Social and Consumer Policy, Network Technology and Strategic Policy and International Affairs teams at the CRTC.
Tshoganetso Kepaletswe is currently the Acting Chief Executive of Botswana Communication Regulatory Authority. Previously he was the Deputy Chief Executive – Regulatory Affairs responsible for the technical and economic regulation at the Authority. He has extensive knowledge and experience on telecommunication and broadcasting regulation. He is one of the founding staff members of Botswana Telecommunications Authority, where he has been involved for the past twenty years. Mr Kepaletswe has represented Botswana and actively participated at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC’s), Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC) and World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT). In addition, he also served as National Broadcasting Board Member for a period of three years.
Mr Kepaletswe graduated with a BEng Telecommunication Systems Management and Design from Anglia Polytechnic University & Cable and Wireless College, United Kingdom and MSc Telecommunication and Information Systems from University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with Botswana Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and a Member of the Botswana Institution of Engineers (MBIE), Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (MIEEE)
Ulf Pehrsson is responsible for telecom, regulatory and trade policy at Ericsson.
Leveraging over30 years experience in government and telecommunication, Mr Pehrsson is the architect of the company’s strategic focus on developing strong ties to governments and regulators around the world.
Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Pehrsson served as the Deputy Director-General, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), Director, Ministry for Industry and Trade working primarily in the trade policy, trade & investment promotion and EU Single Market fields as well as represented the Swedish government at various embassies around the world.
Currently Mr Pehrsson is on the board of a number of organisations such as the Swedish Foreign Trade Association (Chairman), DigitalEurope, the Swedish IT and Telecom Industries, the International Council of Swedish Industry – NIR, the Stockholm China Economic Research Institute – SCERI and the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (Chairman). He is also Vice-chair of the Trade & Investment Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC, and Chair of the Digital Economy Policy Committee as well as the Trade & Investment Policy Committee of ICC Sweden.
Mr Pehrsson holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Vianney Hennes was appointed Director of the Representation to the EU institutions and Director, European Public Affairs at Orange in February 2007.
Mr Hennes began his career as department head with France Telecom’s Nanterre operational unit from 1984 – 1987, where he was then appointed Director of France Telecom’s representation office in Germany until 1990. From 1990 to 1998 he was responsible for Europe within France Telecom’s International Affairs unit. He contributed to business development strategies for the group in Western and Eastern Europe. As Director of France Telecom’s Brussels Office from 1993 to 1997, Mr. Hennes represented the enterprise with EU institutions. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Hennes was involved in the management of different mobile and fixed activities in Switzerland, in the UK and in Germany. In 2002 Mr. Hennes contributed to the development of Global Products and Services at Orange, the mobile unit of France Telecom. From 2003 to 2005, and was appointed Senior Vice President in charge of the international strategy at France Telecom, and later he was in charge of European and International Regulation at France Telecom.
Mr Hennes is graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1982 and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in 1984.
William Bird is the director of Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and is both an Ashoka and Linc fellow both in recognition of his work focused on children and the media. MMA is a media watchdog and NGO. At MMA William has overseen or been directly involved in over 100 media monitoring projects on subjects ranging from gender based violence, sexual harassment, HIV, and racism to children and the media and public broadcasting. Some highlights include the conceptualising a range of data journalism tools including, Newstools.co.za, Wazimap.co.za and MMA’s own monitoring tool, Dexter. He is also involved in conceptualising MMA’s tools to build media credibility and combat misinformation in the news.
Mr Bird has been making policy submission since his first years at MMA and most recently worked on MMA’s submission on draft principles on Access to Information and Elections for the African Commission. William has also presented to parliament on several occasions, most recently before the SABC Adhoc Inquiry into the SABC. In his spare time William likes to monitor the media, and as a father of two boys has already introduced his children to the wonderful world of media monitoring.
Wolfgang Kopf 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. Mr Kopf joined Deutsche Telekom Group in 1995 where he held various senior positions since. His previous projects include the foundation of Global One, mobile operator WIND, the sale of DT’s cable networks, market entry in the US and building up the Antitrust and International Regulatory departments at DT and T-Mobile. Mr Kopf is a Board Member of GSMA, a Member of the ZDF Television Council and 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.
Mr Kopf studied Arts and Law at the Universities of Mainz and Speyer, and holds a master of laws (LLM) degree from the University of London.
Dr Yaser Bishr is the Executive Director of Digital Division at Al Jazeera Media Network. Dr Bishr is leading the network’s transformation from a news broadcaster to a global digital media player.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Dr Bishr was chief strategist and business development director at Lockheed Martin, based in the Washington DC Area, with the remit to lead the transformation of its intelligence and cyber business from government-focused to commercial.
As an entrepreneur, software engineer, and academic, prior to joining Lockheed, Dr Bishr successfully founded and sold several startups in location based services and social media analytics in Germany and in the US.
Dr Bishr holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business where he was honoured with the Duke University Scholar Merits Award. He also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Civil Engineering, an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Twente and Waginengen University in the Netherlands. During his time as associate professor in the University of Muenster, Germany, he published a book on Interoperability and Knowledge Management. He also has over 30 refereed papers and book chapters on various computer science topics.
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Nicole Chan, Chairperson, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan (watch video)
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (watch video)
R S Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) (watch video)
Sébastien Soriano, Chairman, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France (watch video)
Adriana Labardini,Commissioner,Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones – IFT, Mexico (watch video)
Tshoganetso Kepaletswe, Acting Chief Executive, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) (watch video)
Marjolein Geus, Partner, co-head International Communications Group, Bird & Bird
For a comprehensive background on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Initiatives please see Bird & Bird’s recent articles part I and part II.
Rebecca Arbogast, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast NBCUniversal (watch video)
Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica S.A. (watch video)
Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global (watch video)
Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer, Deutsch Telekom AG (watch video)
Vianney Hennes, Director Representation to the European institutions, Director European, Public Affairs, Orange (watch video)
Brexit: getting the best deal for communications
The £57bn communications sector is a vital pillar of the UK economy. But how will the UK’s departure from the European Union affect the increasingly international communications sector – the television, radio, broadband, phone and postal services that we rely upon each day? Sharon White, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, will argue that as the UK Government seeks the best deal from Brexit, communications must feature at the heart of the negotiations for the benefit of all consumers and businesses.
Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom, UK
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The changing face of dominance and responding to level playing field arguments – what are we trying to protect and why? Platform regulation in the converged, collaborative economy – what is appropriate and proportionate? How does the rise of the App economy impact legacy business and regulatory models?
Richard Hooper CBE, Chairman, Broadband Stakeholder Group (UK)
Linda Griffin, Global Head of Public Affairs, King; Co-Founder and Chair, The European Tech Alliance (watch video)
Damir Hajduk, President, Electronic Media Council, Croatia; Vice-Chair, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)
Mathieu Moreuil, Head of European Public Policy, Premier League (watch video)
David Wheeldon, Group Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Sky (watch video)
Breakout A1: 5G myth busting – and what is really required to support its development
As Europe and many other parts of the world are on the cusp of the next network evolution to 5G, what are regulators and policy makers doing to prepare or set the scene for the investment necessary to enable 5G? How is industry responding? Fibre deployment is key to 5G and requires that local policies are aligned with communications planning and objectives. What does this mean in practice?
Martin Duckworth, Associate Director, Frontier Economics
Andrew Barendse, Managing Executive Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA
James Beveridge, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy – EMEA, Juniper Networks
Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
Philip Saunders, Parliamentary Affairs Counsel, City of London Corporation
Breakout B1: Artificial intelligence and machine learning – implications for networks, for regulation and for policy
Where is AI already being used to improve output and outcomes? What are the timelines for widespread adoption? What constitutes good governance of data that’s used to drive AI systems and where do responsibilities lie? Should algorithms be regulated and if so in what way? When should transparency be required, what should it mean and how could it be implemented in practice? How can we ensure that the value, influence and power of AI is decentralised?
Dr Stephen Netzle, President, Federal Communications Commission (ComCom), Switzerland
George Wright, Head of Internet Research and Future Services, BBC Research and Development
Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Privacy & Digital Policies, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
Arvind Gupta, Co-founder and Head, Digital India Foundation
Breakout C1: Cyber security – what’s the right approach domestically and internationally? Do we have the institutions we need?
Analysing the updated European Cyber Security Strategy and comparing approaches with other jurisdictions. Discussing the need for, and roles of, regulation, regional coordination and industry-led standards to help combat cyber threats and raise awareness of the risks whilst supporting eCommerce, the IoT and industry 4.0 initiatives.
Ann LaFrance, Vice President, International Institute of Communications; Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society
Sanford C Reback, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Akamai Technologies
Ola Bergström, Director for International Affairs, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
18:00 End of day one
20:00 Gala Dinner at The Hotel, Brussels
08:00 Introductory Remarks
09:10 Close of workshop
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Dr Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
How is Europe approaching a coherent EU data protection framework and how does it contrast with other jurisdictions? How will it avoid conflicts between e-privacy and GDPR requirements? What are the extra responsibilities placed on communications providers and how should these be addressed?
Are consumer expectations changing, and in which direction, when it comes to digital privacy? Does this vary by country/region and how are regulatory paradigms evolving in parallel? The privacy/security paradox: how to square the circle? Privacy / freedom of expression tensions: implications of anonymity; balancing competing rights, including the Right to be Forgotten. How best to protect the privacy & welfare of children and teens online? What is the responsibility of companies serving young people to provide meaningful data protection?
The rise of IoT – are developers/service providers investing enough on security? What is the appropriate balance? International data flows – striking the right balance between strong interests of privacy and civil liberties, national security and law enforcement, and industrial and economic concerns. How to deal with international data interoperability concerns in the new trade environment.
Jean-Jacques Sahel, Managing Director Brussels Office, & Vice-President, Europe and Global Civil Society Stakeholder Engagement, ICANN; Chairman, UK Chapter, International Institute of Communications
Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager, Access Now (watch video)
Leena Kuusniemi, Senior Legal Counsel, Rovio (watch video)
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
Professor Abu Bakar Munir, Faculty of Law and an Associate Fellow, Malaysian Centre of Regulatory Studies (UMCoRS), University Of Malaya (watch video)
Fiona Taylor, Head of International Public Policy, Verizon (watch video)
Sérgio Sá Leitão, Minister for Culture, Brazil
Discussing the move from globalisation to protectionism and use of extra territorial powers – how do we maintain trust in the information sources on which public decision-making depends? In a period when “mainstream media” has changed from a general description into a term of abuse, how is traditional media responding and what responsibilities do the owners of social media have, particularly those that pursue vertical integration? How are regulators and policy makers responding? Defining media pluralism and applying public interest principles in an era of abundance.
Dr Joan Barata Mir, Founder and Senior Consultant, CommVisions; Fellow – Centre for Internet and Human Rights (European University Viadrina, Germany)
William Bird, Director, Media Monitoring Africa (watch video)
Dr Yaser Bishr, Executive Director of Digital, Al Jazeera Media Network (watch video)
Professor Antonio Nicita, Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy (watch video)
Dr Alexandra Borchardt, Director of Strategic Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford (watch video)
Manish Tewari, National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress; Former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Government of India (watch video)
Breakout A2: The US Incentive Auction – lessons learned
With the U.S. incentive auction of broadcast frequencies now concluded and repacking of the remaining on-air broadcast stations having commenced, this panel will assess the results of the auction, and consider what other countries might learn from it as they consider whether to utilize an auction mechanism to reallocate broadcast or other spectrum. Panellists will review the legal and policy challenges faced by the FCC in implementing the auction; the role of stakeholders in shaping the auction; auction design challenges; and the broadcaster perspective.
Howard Symons, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP; former Vice-Chair of the US Federal Communications Commission Incentive Auction Task Force
Peter MacAvock, Head of Distribution, Platforms & Services, European Broadcasting Union
Paul R. Milgrom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Co-founder and Chairman, Auctionomics
Breakout B2: Innovation in connectivity technologies – embracing heterogeneity
Looking beyond traditional telco business and technology models to encourage connectivity diversity and positive disruption. How might policy makers and regulators minimise the risks of over dependency on specific forms of connectivity and be prepared for technology and market inflexion points? With the advent of the IoT and the goal of industry 4.0, what are the licensed, shared and unlicensed options which can best relieve the burden on cellular networks?
Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications
Dean Bubley, Founder & Director, Disruptive Analysis
Alee Fa’amoe, Deputy CEO & Executive Director ICT, OfReg, Cayman Islands
Pastora Valero, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Cisco Systems
Breakout C2: Nuisance communications: building a global consensus
Reducing spam and other forms of nuisance communications is a priority for many governments. This session will bring together regulators, law enforcement, policy makers, and industry experts to discuss individual and shared responsibilities, as well as collaborative approaches for combatting spam and nuisance communications as a global community. The panel will discuss priorities for building consensus on how to address these increasing and evolving threats.
Steven Harroun, Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer and Executive Director, Compliance & Enforcement Branch, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Kathleen Q Abernachy, Special Counsel, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, USA
Carel van Straten, Spamhaus
15:20 Breakout sessions finish
Is competition driving investment and better outcomes for businesses, consumers and citizens? As convergence has made competition assessments and enforcement’s increasingly challenging, how is competition being scrutinised internationally and with what outcomes / unintended consequences?
Fabio Colasanti, Board Member, RAI Way; former President, International Institute of Communications
Agustín Díaz-Pinés, Telecommunications Expert, DG Competition, European Commission
Karim Lesina, Vice President, International External Affairs, EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Trans-Atlantic Relations, AT&T; Director, International Institute of Communications (watch video)
Paul R. Milgrom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Co-founder and Chairman, Auctionomics (watch video)
Dr Robert Pepper, Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook (watch video)
Juan Manuel Wilches, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia (watch video)
16:50 Closing remarks
17:00 End of conference
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