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6th - 7th October 2021

Annual Conference 2021

Communications Policy & Regulation Week, Annual Conference, International Regulators’ Forum, Small Nations Regulators’ Forum, Virtual Event

Speakers

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

Adriana Labardini Inzunza is currently an independent public interest lawyer and consumer rights expert, she has always acted afar from political, partisan and corporate interests and has fought to deter anticompetitive practices and eliminate barriers to competition. She has promoted initiatives to bridge the digital divide, promote rural and indigenous connectivity and media, at the same time as she has insisted to embed innovation in the agency, build consumer empowerment tools, work permanently towards gender equality and effective implementation and enforcement of regulation.

Ms Labardini served as Secretary of the Board of COFETEL, the former, telecommunications agency (1999-2003); practiced law in a major law firm, specialising in the areas of corporate, administrative and telecommunications law (1986- 1998). Upon her return to Mexico after completing the H. Humphrey Fellowship in North Carolina, UNC and Duke (2003-2004), she co-founded Alconsumidor, a nonprofit watchdog, pioneer in advocating for consumer rights and consumer class actions, a project that ended in a constitutional and legal reform.

Ms Labardini is a Fulbright scholar and a Hubert Humphrey and Ashoka Fellow. She is a professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho LLM program in Mexico City and has lectured at CIDE, UNAM, ITAM, ITESM, UP as visiting professor.

She obtained her law degree cum laude from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City in 1987 and her Masters degree (LLM) from Columbia University in New York, on a Fulbright scholar in 1991. For four and a half years she has served as Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), the Mexican independent regulatory body and competition authority for telecommunications and broadcasting industries. She also chaired the IFT for an interim term in the fall of 2017. Her tenure ended on February 28th, 2018.

In such capacity she has successfully led efforts to create a research center within IFT, strengthen regional and international relations among regulators, such as FCC, CRTC, and through Regulatel, BEREC and IIC; she has fought for pluralism in media, truly independent public media as well as initiatives for inclusion & accessibility and innovating the regulator. During the first two years of her tenure, she was the Commissioner in charge of transparency and access to public information at IFT and a member of the Ethics Committee.

Adriana Padilla Leal Deputy Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy, Ministry of Cultura, Colombia

Bio coming soon ……

Agnieszka Skorupinska Senior EU Affairs Advisor, Vodafone

Agnieszka Skorupinska was appointed Senior EU Affairs Advisor at Vodafone in 2015 and has a demonstrated history of working in the tech industry.  Ms Skorupinska previously spent 4 years working for consultancy and advising e-commerce clients).

Ms Skorupinska is passionate and engaged on the role that connectivity and digitisation can play in improving lives across different social & demographic groups in Europe and Africa. Outside of work, she volunteers in social inclusion and nature conservation projects.

Andreea Antuca Consultant, Oxera (winner of the IIC’s Future Leaders’ Competition 2021)

Andreea Antuca is a Consultant in the Digital practice and a member of the Competition and Analytics teams at Oxera, a European business specialising in economics and finance. She has experience in public policy assessments, in particular for digital regulation, market investigations, merger reviews, litigation and damages estimation. She has also been involved in the debate on data access advising a number of clients from different sectors on the economic and financial issues of data sharing.

Before joining Oxera in 2017, Ms Antuca completed an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford focusing on industrial organisation and econometrics. She also worked as a research assistant on projects ranging from impact evaluation to developing differential privacy algorithms for open data.

Andrew Barendse (Dr) Managing Executive, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA; Director, International Institute 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.

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.

Anna Brakey Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Anna Brakey was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in December 2020. She is also an Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Ms Brakey has extensive experience in regulatory economics and public policy with over 25 years of experience working with regulators, government and within the private sector. She has had broad exposure to a wide range of infrastructure industries, including energy, water and transport. Additionally, she has worked on economic reform to social policy.

Prior to starting at ACCC,  Ms Brakey worked as an economist at Frontier Economics and held a number of roles at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), including being a deputy Tribunal Member, the Executive Director of Strategy and Economic Analysis and the Chief Operating Officer.  Ms Brakey’s expertise includes the Parliamentary Committee process, the New South Wales Department of Transport, the Australian Productivity Commission, the Bureau of Industry Economics and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Additionally, Ms Brakey has worked for the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) on reforms to economic regulation and with the New South Wales Treasury on the sale of assets.

Ms Brakey chairs the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee, Communications Committee, Electricity Markets Inquiry Board and East Coast Gas Market Board, and is a member of the ACCC’s Competition Exemptions Committee and Agriculture Board.

Ms Brakey holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Securities Institute of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bocar A BA Chief Executive Officer, SAMENA Telecommunications Council

Bocar BA has over 30 years of experience, delivering impact in the Telecom/ICT sector. BA’s professional engagement is well-recognized in industry-wide advocacy activities, especially toward promoting investment sustainability in the private sector of the Middle East. His innate people-centric approach has mobilized multiple consensus-building platforms, cross-regional relationship-building, and issue-specific advocacy on important sector-development challenges.

An advocacy specialist, focused on the promotion of sustainable digital development, ICT infrastructure expansion and investment through collaboration and multi-stakeholder partnerships in the Middle East and Africa regions, Mr BA is collaborating with leading platforms and global telecommunications development organizations as an objective-minded representative of the Private Sector and as an advocate of effective policy-making and future-friendly regulation, with the primary purpose of accelerating digitization, reducing digital divides, and collectively contributing to the fulfillment of the UN Member States’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as improving national ICT development indicators around the world.

In his role as CEO & Board Member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, a leading ICT industry representative body in the South Asia – Middle East – North Africa region, active in digital development advocacy between the private and the government sectors, Mr BA helps bring together and build alliances among digital ecosystem stakeholders, including regulators and other government bodies, to address critical techno-centric, policy and regulatory issues. His efforts have directly helped drive knowledge-exchange programs, industry discussion platforms, and outcome-driven bilateral meetings.

Mr BA is also Commissioner in the United Nations’ Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, where he actively contributes toward making progress on the Commission’s existing recommendations, to help materialize access to broadband throughout the MEA region and beyond. At the Broadband Commission, Mr BA contributes to provide governments and policymakers with a set of policy recommendations for consideration to foster innovative funding, financing and investment strategies for ICT infrastructure development.

At the ITU, Mr BA chairs the IAGDI/CRO to help identify and align development priorities of the ICT Private Sector and Member States, to remove policy and regulatory impediments within the Industry in order to achieve sustainable digital development and to promote investment in the Digital Economy.

Brian McHugh Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)

Brian McHugh is a Member of the CCPC. As well as collegiate decision making with other Members on all aspects of the organisation, he currently oversees the Corporate Services, Product Safety and Competition Enforcement & Mergers Divisions. He also leads the Digital Issues Group in the CCPC. Mr McHugh has played a leading role in developing the CCPC’s approach to competition investigations and merger decisions.

Mr McHugh was appointed as a Member of the CCPC in September 2017. Prior to this he spent 15 years in Northern Ireland’s Utility Regulator, the body responsible for both regulating the gas, electricity and water utility industries in Northern Ireland.

Broderick D Johnson Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Executive Vice President, Digital Equity, Comcast Corporation

Broderick Johnson is the EVP, Public Policy & EVP, Digital Equity for Comcast Corporation. Mr Johnson oversees the company’s Public Policy team and holds overall responsibility for Comcast’s role in the digital equity space. Comcast is a leader in solutions to bridge the digital divide, and Mr Johnson works closely with our partners in government and other stakeholders to support our shared goal of connecting as many Americans as possible to the Internet, and to shape our corporate policies that allow our businesses to continue to grow and innovate.

Mr Johnson has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, policy advisor, and political strategist, most recently with the international law firm of Covington & Burling. He has served under two US Presidents, as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs under President Clinton, and as Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Cabinet under President Obama. Mr Johnson also served as chief counsel for several committees in the US House.

Mr Johnson is a highly respected and trusted leader in Washington DC and across the nation, and he has advised hundreds of clients on a wide array of policy issues, including telecommunications and tech matters. He sits on numerous boards, including the boards of directors of the Obama Foundation and the Black Economic Alliance. He also chairs the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council.

Mr Johnson earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

Celene Craig Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Celene Craig is Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), since its establishment in 2009, in addition to having worked with its predecessors the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC).

A significant dimension of her work in the BAI has been her responsibilities for the formulation and review of a wide range of broadcasting/media-related policies and for advising on the implementation of legislative and policy changes in the audiovisual field at national and European levels. Most recently, she has led the development of the BAI’s Policy Position on the Implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on the Regulation of Harmful Content on Online Platforms.

Ms Craig has had responsibility for regulatory oversight of public funding for the Irish public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4, and has acted as an Authority nominee to the BAI’s statutory committees for Contract Awards and for Compliance.

From 2015 to May 2019, Ms Craig was Chairperson of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and is an active participant in European fora, such as ERGA, on audiovisual legislative and regulatory matters.

Ceren Ünal Vice President & General Counsel, DigitalGoes.Green

Coming from a solid legal background and always fascinated by the Internet and how it transformed the law, Ceren Ünal has been teaching and consulting on IT/Internet law & policy since 2003. Prior to DGG, Ms Ünal worked as the Regional Policy Manager for Europe at the Internet Society, where she advised on a wide range of EU law and policy issues around the Internet and led multistakeholder processes in the region. She also is the founding partner of Wootlex, a consultancy company for IT Law & Policy, and a lecturer for Internet Law at Bilkent University.

Ms Ünal holds a law degree from Ankara University and an LLM in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London as a British Chevening Scholar. She is qualified as a lawyer and European Patent Attorney. As a hopeless optimist for tech bringing good to people, Ms Ünal is inspired to put her experience and expertise to use, to develop sound policies, best practices and standards for a sustainable digital future.

Chris Chapman President, International Institute of Communications; Chairman, Nihilent Australia Pty Limited

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.

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 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.

Christopher Mondini Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels Office, ICANN

Christopher Mondini was appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels Office, ICANN the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in January 2021.  He previously held the position of Vice President and Managing Director for Europe at ICANN.  ICANN coordinates the addressing systems, such as the Domain Name System, that allow the Internet to expand rapidly as a globally unified network.

Mr Mondini leads ICANN’s outreach efforts to the business sector worldwide. His work with ICANN is focused on broadening participation among a variety of Internet stakeholders, while improving the quality of their experience.

From the halls of Washington to the start-ups of Silicon Valley, he has dedicated his career to bridging communications gaps that occur among diverse sectors — public, private and non-profit – and across international borders.

Mr Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world’s largest corporate corruption cases, while working with NGOs on ways to mitigate corruption risks. He also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges.

He speaks and writes frequently on topics such as Internet governance, technology policy and the digital divide

Mr Mondini holds degrees from Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

Clive Kenny Manager, Telecoms, Media and Digital Practice, Frontier Economics

Clive Kenny is a Manager in the Telecoms, Media and Digital practice at Frontier Economics. Mr Kenny has 15 years’ experience advising clients on a range of competition, regulatory and policy issues related to connectivity, digital and media markets. He has advised private and public sector clients on media and digital policy, mergers, spectrum in countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Denis O’Brien Chairman and Founder, Digicel

Denis O’Brien is Chairman of Digicel Group and Digicel PNG, subsidiaries of Digicel Group. He has been Chairman of the board of directors since 2000.

Mr O’Brien founded Esat Telecom Group (“Esat”) in 1991 to compete against the former state-owned telephone company in Ireland, Eircom plc. In October 1997, Esat, of which Mr O’Brien was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, listed on Nasdaq (New York), Easdaq (Amsterdam) and the Iseq (Dublin), establishing itself as the number two telecommunications company across the full spectrum of telecommunications services (corporate and residential), fixed-line, GSM mobile, data and internet services and brought real competition and choice to the Irish telecommunications market.

Esat Telecom Group plc was sold to British Telecom Group plc in January 2000 for $2.8 billion. Mr O’Brien was voted Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 in the inaugural running of the worldwide competition organised and sponsored by Ernst & Young.

Mr O’Brien is also a director of a number of private companies, which hold some of his other business interests including Quinta do Lago SA, Topaz Energy Group Limited and Communicorp Group Limited. In addition, Mr O’Brien is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Frontline, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and a member of the board of Concern Worldwide.

Mr O’Brien holds a BA from University College Dublin and an MBA from Boston College, and he has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from University College Dublin.

Mr O’Brien is a generous philanthropist who has established two foundations, the Iris O’Brien Foundation and the Digicel Foundation, to support causes around the world.

Dina Dellyana (Dr) Coordinator, Global Center of Excellence and International Cooperation on Creative Economy (G- CINC), Indonesia

Dr Dina Dellyana is a lecturer and business incubator director at the School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung (SBM ITB) and head of entrepreneurship development division in LPIK ITB. Appointed as a program director at GCINC (Global Center of Excellence and International Cooperation of Creative Economy), she is actively involved in several start-up and creative industry development activities. Dr Dellyana is also a Mentor in Indigo Incubator Telkom and head of the start-up development division in MIKTI.

Elif Yenihan Kaya Network Technologies – Access Network Capabilities Director, Turkcell

Elif Yenihan Kaya has started her professional life in 1997 as a telecom engineer in Turkcell Network Operations. She has performed many engineering roles in Operations and Planning of the Mobile Network.

She has undertook several managerial positions both in Operations and Planning organizations between 2005-2013. By Feb 2013 she has been appointed as Head of Mobile Network Planning Division. From 2015 Sep to now on she has been the Head of Access Network Capabilities Division, responsible from strategic planning for fixed and mobile network technologies.

Ms Yenihan Kaya graduated from İstanbul Technical University, Electronics & Telecom Engineering Department and she received her MBA degree from İstanbul Bilgi University.

Eric Fournier Eric Fournier, Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)

Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management (www.anfr.fr).

In this capacity, Mr Fournier is responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of spectrum allocation and for coordinating French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was deputy head of the French delegation for RRC-06, WRC-07, WRC-12, WRC-15 and WRC-19.

Mr Fournier has been involved in all discussions on major evolution of spectrum in Europe and was Chairman of the Electronic Communication Committee (CEPT/ECC) from 2013 to 2018 and of the European Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12).

He is currently the chairman of the RSPG Good Offices addressing issues of cross-border coordination and interference within the EU.

Mr Fournier is a graduate telecom engineer from SUPELEC (France).

 

Erik Ekudden CTO, Ericsson

As Ericsson’s CTO, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of technology leadership for Ericsson. In 2017 he re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven-years in Santa Clara, California.

His focus for the group is on strategic decisions and investments in mobility, cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities with leading customers and partners from
2G to 5G and beyond. Mr Ekudden first joined Ericsson in 1993 working on mobile systems, but rapidly moved into leadership within research and technology. He has served as research area director and vice president of technology strategy, standardisation and
industry.

Mr Ekudden holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Facundo Recondo Vice President, International, External & Regulatory Affairs for Caribbean, Central and Latin America, AT&T

Facundo Recondo is AT&T VP, International, External & Regulatory Affairs for Caribbean, Central and Latin America.

Mr Recondo previously worked at Warner Media as VP, Global Public Policy and at The Walt Disney Company as Legal Director. He has also worked at prestigious law firms in the U.S. and Argentina.

Mr Recondo holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Chicago Law School and a law degree (JD) from the University of Buenos Aires.

Gerard de Graaf Director, Directorate F: Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Gerard de Graaf is Director for Digital Transformation in Directorate-General “Communications Networks, Content & Technology” (DG CONNECT). In this capacity, he is responsible for a number of policies and instruments, which are key to the development of the digital economy in Europe. In addition to overall preparation of the EU’s digital strategies, and links between Digital and the Green Deal, his Directorate is inter alia responsible for the coordination of the digital components of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), digital platforms policy (including the Digital Services and Digital Markets Acts), e-commerce and geoblocking, blockchain, standardisation, innovation and start-up policy, access to finance, digital skills, and competition aspects and economic analysis of the digital economy (through the Digital Economy and Society Index – DESI).

Isolde Goggin Former Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)

Bio coming soon ……

Ivana Kriznic Head of Public Policy Canada, Latin America, Emerging Markets, Verizon

Ivana Kriznic is Verizon’s head of public policy for Canada, Latin America and Emerging Markets. She started her legal career in private practice at the law firm of Morrison and Foerster and worked thereafter in different legal, regulatory, compliance, privacy, government affairs, and policy positions for AT&T, BT and Orange.

Ms Kriznic has been recently appointed Co-Secretary of the Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Division. She is also part of Verizon PPLS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, co-leading the International Committee and of SOMOS (Verizon Latinx employee resource group) acting as one of the Communications Coordinator.

Ms Kriznic received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law and her legal degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She also holds a master degree in Telecommunications Management, a bachelor degree in International Affairs and she has been certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Jacquelynn Ruff Consulting Counsel, Wiley LLP, USA; Director, International Institute of Communications

Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff has more than 25 years of experience in global public policy around digital trade, Internet governance, policy frameworks for digital services, expansion of broadband connectivity, and women and technology. As of February 2019, she is a consulting counsel at the law firm of Wiley where she provides legal, regulatory and public policy guidance on international issues impacting telecom, media, and technology industries.

Previously, Ms Ruff was Vice President of International Government Relations and Policy at Verizon Communications. Her responsibilities included leading work in international organisations such as the ITU, the OECD, ICANN, and the Internet Governance Forum, and regional organisations CITEL and APEC. She also represented Verizon on federal advisory committees to the US Department of State, the US Trade Representative, and the US Department of Commerce. Ms Ruff was a board member of the US Telecom Training Institute and co-chair of the Digital Trade group of the US Council for International Business, and she participated in the Policy and Spectrum Groups of the GSM Association. She is currently a Director of the International Institute of Communications.

Ms Ruff joined Verizon in 2004 from the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was Associate Chief and Chief of Staff for the Bureau. Previously she practiced with the communications and Latin America groups of an international law firm and served as staff for a US Senate Committee.

She has a BA from Radcliffe College/Harvard University, MA from Harvard University, and JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Jennifer Warren Vice President Civil & Regulatory Affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jennifer A. Warren is Vice President, Civil & Regulatory Affairs (C&RA) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the corporation’s US Government civil customer relationships, outside of NASA and NOAA, as well as the corporation’s regulatory team engagement across the Executive Branch, Independent Agencies and Intergovernmental Bodies on Lockheed Martin programs, technologies and systems. The C&RA regulatory portfolio includes spectrum governance, 5G, commercial space, crewed/uncrewed aviation, ocean minerals, and emerging technologies.

Ms Warren serves on Federal Advisory Committees, including as an appointed member of NASA Advisory Council’s Regulatory Policy Committee, and has just completed serving as Co-Chair of the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC).  Ms Warren holds leadership positions in several professional / trade organizations, including the Boards of the Satellite Industry Association and the US ITU Association.

In 1996, Ms Warren joined Lockheed Martin’s Space & Strategic Missiles Sector, and in 2001 she became part of LM Washington Operations. Prior to Lockheed Martin, she served in several senior roles at the US Federal Communications Commission; before joining the US Government, Ms Warren worked for the Commission of the European Union – both in Brussels, and in Washington, DC, – with a focus on EU-US trade.
She is also a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S. in Languages) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), and a member of the Illinois State and D.C. Bars, the Federal Communications Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Her civic activities include Secretary of the City of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, the Vice-President of the Board of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and the Foundation of the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA).

Jessica Rosenworcel Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman at Federal Communications Commission, believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Ms Rosenworcel has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.

Named as one of POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating “women who show up, speak up and get things done,” Ms Rosenworcel brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Ms Rosenworcel practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

Ms Rosenworcel is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.

Joe Welch Vice President Global Public Policy, Asia Pacific, The Walt Disney Company

Bio coming soon ……………..

José Fernando Parada Rodríguez Audiovisual Content Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia

José Fernando Parada Rodríguez is a Film and Television Producer from the National University of Colombia and a specialist in Management of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Mr Parada has been a consultant in the areas of music, film, television, advertising, design, animation and cultural enterprises and worked on important projects in the areas of creative and cultural industries for the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. He was also General Director of the National Film School of Colombia, Director of Content of the National Pact for Quality Television for Children, advisor to the National Television Commission, Member of the National Film Council and Director of UnTelevisión of the National University.

Mr Parada also has a teaching career in undergraduate and master’s degrees from important Universities in Colombia and has been a regular workshop facilitator and speaker at various Communication events such as Ficci, BAM, Input, Inalde and the Latin American Network of Festivals in Mexico City and Chile.

Mr Parada has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from INALDE Business School.

Juan Montero Rodil Chief Public Policy, Competition & Regulatory Officer, Telefónica

Juan Montero Rodil was appointed Chief Public Policy, Competition and Regulatory Officer at Telefonica S.A in July 2021.

After five years initially practicing law in a firm in Madrid, he joined the Telefónica Group in 1996, becoming part of the Legal Services of Telefónica Móviles at the time when telecom liberalization process began in Spain. From 2006 to 2016, he was head of the Telecommunications Legal Department in Telefónica España. In 2016 he joined the Corporate Legal Services of the Group, at Telefónica S.A., as Director of the Competition Law, Privacy and Legal Regulatory Units.

Mr Montero Rodil holds a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and a PDD from IESE.

Kent Walker Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Google

Kent Walker has worked at the nexus of cutting-edge technology, policy, and legal issues for over twenty years. He currently oversees Google’s legal, policy, and compliance affairs, product policies, philanthropic efforts, and work with governments around the world.

Before joining Google, Mr Walker held executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He served as an Assistant US Attorney with the US Department of Justice and advised the Attorney General on technology policy issues. At the start of his career, he worked as a litigator specializing in government and public law issues.

Mr Walker has served on the boards of a variety of industry associations and currently serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr Walker graduated with honors from Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Lucienne Abrahams (Dr) Director, LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centered digital transformation. Research studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs, and open access in scholarly publishing (OpenAIR). Dr Abrahams supervises research topics on applications of dynamic software (in mathematics education), biopower, cybersecurity, digitalisation in public services, digitalisation in universities, fintech, smart environments and other topics. She participates in The Open African Innovation Research network (Open AIR) and is a CyberBRICS associated scholar. Dr Abrahams is Corresponding Editor for The African Journal of Information and Communication, indexed in the SciELO Citation Index. She currently serves on the Board of TENET. She has previously served on various Boards and Committees, including the Board of the National Research Foundation and the Ministerial Review Panel on the Science Technology and Innovation Institutional Landscape

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Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications (IIC), joined the IIC in March 2020.

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the built environment, technology, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry bodies and Chambers of Commerce and is a well known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

As an experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director as Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, UK, Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath, UK, Parks Foundation.

On becoming the Director General at the IIC, Lynn said: “I am picking up the baton from an inspiring leader who has enabled the IIC to become the trusted, unique and independent international forum for the last 50 years. I see my role as Director General building on that success of shaping the policy agenda for the telecoms, technology and media sector as we move through the next decade.”

Madeleine de Cock Buning (Prof) Professor Dr Madeleine de Cock Buning, Vice President Public Policy EMEA, Netflix

Madeleine de Cock Buning is the Vice President for Public Policy EMEA at Netflix.  As Vice-President for Public Policy Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Prof de Cock Buning is working with her team to ensure Netflix continues to play an active role in supporting EU institutions and national governments across the region in their efforts to promote and champion the creative industries as a catalyst for innovation and creativity.

Prof de Cock Buning is also a professor of Copyright and Media Law at the University of Utrecht Faculty of Law (UU) and chaired professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. Previously, Prof de Cock Buning was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and disinformation (2018), chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) (2016 & 2017) and was President of the Board of Commissioners at the Dutch Media Authority (2009-2019). She was Honorary Judge of the Court of Appeal in The Hague (2010-2020) and was a panelist of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) (2001-2018).

In May 2019 Prof de Cock Buning received a Royal Distinction; she was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Maria Michalis (Dr) Associate Professor in Communication Policy, University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)

Dr Maria Michalis is an Associate Professor in Communication Policy at the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), a leading research centre in the UK and internationally for almost thirty years.

Dr Michalis has been for over 20 years now researching telecommunications, Internet and television policy and regulation. She has published widely on these issues. She is author of ‘Governing European Communications’ (Lexington, 2007), and has numerous refereed academic articles and book chapters. In recent years, her work has concentrated on the convergence between television and the Internet, and on examining the major transformations in ‘television’ like internationalization, platformization and growing on-demand consumption.

Dr Michalis is also active professionally. She regularly makes submissions to policy consultations. Her public-facing role includes positions in civil-society organizations. She has presented her research at European and international policy fora, at venues that bring together academics, industry and policy-makers including the European Parliament, the European Audiovisual Observatory and Unesco.

Mark Williams Practice Manager, Global Knowledge and Expertise for Digital Development, The World Bank

Mark Williams is a Practice Manager in the Digital Development Global Practice of the World Bank. His responsibilities include Global Knowledge and Expertise and the East Asia and Pacific Region. He is an economist with over 20 years of experience in the economics, regulation, and strategy of the digital sector, covering a range of specialist areas including strategy, policy, regulation, cybersecurity, financial analysis corporate restructuring, and litigation.

In addition to the World Bank, Mr Williams has worked in some of the world’s leading economic consulting firms – NERA, Frontier Economics, Deloitte, and Berkeley Research Group (BRG).

Matthew Sinclair Director Advisory Corporate Finance, Deloitte LLP

Matthew Sinclair is a Director in the Deloitte Economic Advisory team and leads its work around the digital economy. He led a recent project commissioned by Netflix studying the size and growth of the creative economy across nine developed economies in EMEA and APAC. He has worked with a wide range of other organisations to assess the impact of new online business models (from food delivery to public cloud to payments infrastructure) and consider the implications of changes in digital markets for regulation and public policy.

Mauricio Ramos CEO, Millicom

Mauricio Ramos was appointed CEO of Millicom in April 2015. He was most recently President of Liberty Global’s Latin American Division from 2006 until February 2015.

Over the past fourteen years Mauricio held a number of leadership roles at Liberty Global, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, CFO of Liberty’s Latin American Division and President of Liberty Puerto Rico. Throughout this period he successfully developed both mobile and broadband businesses in Latin America, delivering solid operational improvement and outstanding financial results. Mauricio is also Chairman of TEPAL, the Latin American Association of Cable Broadband Operators.

Previously Mr Ramos was a Partner and Vice President at Investment Banking Services Ltd. (IBS), and Assistant Director of the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell office in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to this, he worked for the Office of the President of Colombia and taught economics at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Externado in Bogotá. He also served as the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile from 2007 to 2011.

Mr Ramos received a degree in Economics, a degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Melanie Dawes (Dame) Executive Board Member and Chief Executive, Ofcom, UK

Dame Melanie Dawes joined Ofcom as an Executive Board Member and Chief Executive on 2 March 2020.

Prior to joining Ofcom, Ms Dawes was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2015-2020). She has held senior roles across the Civil Service, working in partnership across the public and private sectors. She became the overall Champion for Diversity and Inclusion in the Civil Service in 2019.

Ms Dawes started her career as an economist and spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director. She was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat at the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2015, and prior to that she served on the Board of HMRC as Head of Business Tax. Ms Dawes was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.

Ms Dawes has held non-executive roles including with the consumer body Which? and is a trustee of the Patchwork Foundation, which promotes the participation of under-represented young people in democracy.

Mia Amor Mottley (Hon) Prime Minister of Barbados

The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., became Barbados’ eighth and first female Prime Minister on May 25, 2018.

Ms Mottley was elected to the Parliament of Barbados in September 1994 as part of the new Barbados Labour Party Government.

Prior to that, she served as one of two Opposition Senators between 1991 and 1994. One of the youngest persons ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio, Ms Mottley was appointed Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture from 1994 to 2001.

She later served as Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados from 2001 to 2008 and was the first female to hold that position.

Ms Mottley is an Attorney-at-law with a degree from the London School of Economics, specialising in advocacy. She is also a Barrister of the Bar of England and Wales.

In 2002, she became a member of the Local Privy Council. She was also admitted to the Inner Bar, becoming the youngest ever Queens Counsel in Barbados.

Michael Bryan-Brown Managing Director, Regulation & Competition Policy, Liberty Global

As Managing Director, Regulation and Competition Policy at Liberty Global, Michael Bryan-Brown is part of the corporate team responsible for developing and implementing Liberty Global’s strategies around regulation, antitrust, public policy and government affairs. Mr Bryan-Brown manages Liberty Global’s privacy team.

Mr Bryan-Brown came to Liberty Global from its predecessor UPC having previously worked at COLT Telecom and Mercury Communications.

Mr Bryan-Brown is an Irish solicitor and an English barrister. He has an MBA and an LLM. He holds CIPM and CIPP/E certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Michel Van Bellinghen Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) 2021; Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Michel Van Bellinghen, Master of Laws (UCL), started off at the university in 1990 as a researcher, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law.

Mr Van Bellinghen became an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992 under the supervision of Professor Marc Bossuyt and joined the BIPT in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he held the position of expert at the private office of Rik Daems, who was the Federal Telecommunications Minister at the time, and afterwards took up the function of Assistant Head of the Private Office. From 2003 until 2009 he was nominated Member of the BIPT Council for the first time. Following this mandate he remained closely affiliated to the Council and supervised the legal department of the regulator during a number of years. He has written scientific publications.

In 2013 Mr Van Bellinghen held a position on the Council as a Member. In January 2017 he was assigned Chairman of the BIPT Council. Michel Van Bellinghen has been elected to serve as Chair of BEREC in 2021.

 

 

 

Monica Ariño Director of Public Policy, UK & Ireland, Amazon; Director, International Institute of Communications

Monica Ariño joined Amazon in April 2020, to lead public policy in the UK and Ireland. Before Amazon, she worked for BT Group as a Director of Regulatory Affairs (2017-2020) and for Ofcom, where from 2011 she led the International team. Ms Ariño has been a Vice-Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (2009-2017) and a Director of the Institute of International Communications (2015-2017).

Ms Ariño studied Law in Madrid, and then completed a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.

P D Vaghela (Dr) Chairman,Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Dr P D Vaghela was appointed Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 1st October, 2020.

Prior to joining TRAI, Dr Vaghela was Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. He joined Indian Administrative Service [IAS] in 1986. He has held various assignments from District level to State level, during which he had won a number of awards for excellence as best Collector & District Magistrate 86 District Development Officer. In his assignment as Chairman, Kandla Port (2008-2013), the port was awarded as the best port for five years of his tenure. Dr Vaghela was Chief Commissioner of Sales Tax, in Gujarat, during which period he has played a major role in drafting GST law, its rules and fixing GST rates of goods and services as Convener of national level GST Law and GST Fitment Committees. He was closely involved in the GST implementation at national level as a key member of GST Implementation Committee.

As Secretary Pharmaceuticals, Dr Vaghela has launched four ambitious schemes to transform the sector. He has also worked as Convenor of Empowered Group 3 (now EG2) which handled availability of critical medical supplies like PPE, N-95, Ventilators and testing kits. Today India is exporting these items for which India was otherwise dependent on imports during pre-covid time.

In May, 2018 Dr Vaghela was honoured by Honourableble Prime Minister of India for excellence in Public Administration while appreciating his contribution in implementation of GST in India.

Dr Vaghela graduated in Commerce in 1982. He did his MBA (Master of Business Administration) with specialization in Financial Management in 1984 and also obtained MA in Development Studies (Public Policy & Management) from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague in the Netherlands in 2005. He was decorated with a Doctorate in Public Management and Policy by Sardar Patel University, Anand, Gujarat in 2013

 

Peter Lovelock (Dr) Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership; Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership. Prior to its acquisition by Access Partnership, Peter Lovelock was the Director of TRPC, along with Professor John Ure.  Peter and John established the Telecommunications Research Project (TRP) at the University of Hong Kong in 1993 and the Telecoms Infotechnology Forum (TIF) in 1996. Peter subsequently established the TRPC offices in Beijing (1999) and Singapore (2006) and expanded the academic collaborations in both locations, initially with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and subsequently with Qinghua University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Between 1999 and 2004, Peter built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy, and prior to that he was a lead policy analyst at the UN in Geneva, where he was principal author on the World Telecommunications Development Report amongst others, including many of the ITU Secretary General’s speeches from this period.

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.

Reinald Krüger Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Vodafone Group

Reinald Krüger is Director, Policy and Public Affairs of Vodafone Group, based in London. Prior to joining Vodafone Group in 2018, he held management positions with the European Commission, in the Directorate-Generals for Industry, for Competition and for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Until 1995, Mr Krüger was Head of the Research Group “Industrial Economics and Competition Policy” at the HWWA-Institute in Hamburg. He was also a Consultant with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C. (1989) and a Competition Expert to the World Bank (1990). Mr Krüger is an economist by training and author of more than 30 publications in the areas of industrial economics, competition policy and transition economics.

Robert D Atkinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

As founder and president of ITIF, recognised as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy, Rob Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. During the Obama administration he served as co-chair of the White House U.S. China Innovation Experts Group, and is the author of numerous books, including Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business (MIT Press, 2018).

Robert Mourik Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Robert Mourik joined the joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in 2019.

Mr Mourik has almost thirty years’ experience in the telecoms sector, as an industry executive and as Government official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he worked for Cubic Telecom, a new entrant in the automotive IoT space, where he was responsible for all wholesale activities. Robert spent almost 10 years in Telefonica as the European Regulatory Strategy Director at their corporate HQ in Madrid and as Strategy Director in Ireland.

He also worked for Vodafone Group, as its head of the Brussels Office and in the regulatory department in Newbury, UK.

In 1991, Mr Mourik began his career in the Dutch Department for Transport and Telecommunication and from 1994 until 1999 he served, as Telecom Attache at the Netherlands’ Permanent Representation in Brussels. He was a Member and Chair of the Council Telecoms Working Group in 1998 when the first telecom regulatory package was adopted.

Mr Mourik studied Economics and Public Policy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and the University of Hull (UK).

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.

Robyn Greene Privacy Policy Manager, Facebook

Robyn Greene is a nationally recognised expert in law and policy concerning privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity. She leads Facebook’s global privacy policy work on surveillance and cross-border data flows, where she focuses on how best to protect the privacy and human rights of Facebook users, and internet users generally.

Samuel Tew Senior Manager, Axon Partners Group Consulting S.L.U.

Samuel Tew is Senior Manager at Axon Partners Group, an international firm founded in 2006 that provides investment and advisory services in the ICT and digital space in more than 50 countries across the world.

Mr Tew is a strategy consultant with strong expertise in emerging technology and innovation, currently with a focus in cybersecurity, and has worked with Start-ups, Governments and Corporates alike across Europe, Asia and Australasia. He has led advisory projects with a wide range of regulatory authorities and multilateral institutions including the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and also regularly works with National Cybersecurity Agencies on strategic projects, from the assessment of national ICT infrastructure to the creation of regulatory policies.

Holding both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Mr Tew’s expertise lie in business strategy and technology policy.

Sarah Nasrullah Legal Counsel (Privacy), Bell

Bio coming soon …….

Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze (Prof) Member, Information Regulator, South Africa

Professor Sizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze is a member of South African Information Regulator (SAIR) and a member of Films and Publication Appeal Board (FPAB) since 2016 and 2017 respectively. He is a regular external examiner for Cyber Law / IT Law for LLB and LLM students and is the International Co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention (ACCP) based in Kampala, Uganda.

Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze was a member on the ICT REVIEW Panel of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS), serving as a Chair of the E-commerce Committee (Digital Society as renamed) within the Panel sub-committees (2014 – 2015); he also served on the National Cyber Security advisory Counsel of the DPTS. (2015 – 2017).

He holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria with Tax Law and Cyber-Law electives also an (LLM) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently registered with the University of Fort Hare for an (LLD) and has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Mercantile Law Department of Nelson Mandela University (NMU) Law Faculty.

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 as a non-executive board member, consultant, and academic, is on the practical implications of disruptive technology change. He is a member of the IIC Board, and heads its UK chapter.

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

Thomas Zerdick Head of Unit "Technology and Privacy", European Data Protection Supervisor

Thomas Zerdick, LL.M. (@TZerdick) is Head of the Unit “Technology and Privacy” in the office of the European Data Protection Supervisor, dealing with new technologies and their impact on personal data protection and privacy.

Previously, Mr Zerdick was a Member of Cabinet for the European Commission’s First Vice-President Timmermans with responsibilities in particular for issues relating to the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, including personal data protection.

At the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, Mr Zerdick was a key member of the team that prepared and negotiated the European Commission’s data protection reform proposals, i.e. the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Police Data Protection Directive between 2009 and 2016.

Will Hayter Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Bio coming soon ……..

William Webb (Prof) CEO, Webb Search

William Webb is CEO at Webb Search, an independent consultancy. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei and became CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing IoT technology.

Prior to this Mr Webb was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015.

Mr Webb has published 17 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities and in 2018 was awarded the IET’s prestigious Mountbatten Medal for technology entrepreneurship.

Xiaogang Zha (Dr) Senior Expert & Director, Center for International Policy Research, Tencent Research Institute

Xiaogang Zha is Director of Center for International Policy and Senior Expert in Tencent Research Institute (TRI) of Tencent Company. Previously he was the Deputy Director of Research Department of Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and a diplomat of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Zha was a Chevening Fellow and a Stars Foundation Fellow.  He got his PhD from Fudan University in Shanghai on international political economy.

Annual Conference - Wednesday 6 October 2021

07:30 BST Welcome

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and called for a new pact between public and private sectors – what are the optimum frameworks to protect the interests of individuals and society whilst promoting innovation and investment?

07:35 BST Keynote

The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados

 

07:50 BST Closing the digital divide: Insights from the Inclusive Internet Index

Dr Robert Pepper, Head, Global Connectivity Policy & Planning, Facebook

08:10 BST Closing the digital divide: Insights from BEREC

Michel Van Bellinghen, Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) 2021; Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

08:20 BST Narrowing the digital divide – supply, demand, investment and innovation

Are coverage and connectivity alone the answer?
Optimising policy & regulatory frameworks to break the persistence of the rural, and urban, digital divide

Moderator
Dr Andrew Barendse, Managing Executive,Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Vodacom SA; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Bocar Ba, CEO, Samena Council
Dr P D Vaghela, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Dr Lucienne Abrahams, Director, LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

09:20 BST Tech’s role in digital transformation for all. What do regulators and policy makers need to focus on in the short-medium terms?

Erik Ekudden, Group CTO, Ericsson in conversation with
Dr Peter Lovelock, Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership; Director, International Institute of Communications

09:50 BST Global experiences with driving relevance, awareness and digital inclusivity

Moderator
Dr Peter Lovelock, Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Chris Peirce, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Ooredoo Myanmar
Dr Xiaogang Zha, Senior Expert & Director, Center for International Policy Research, Tencent Research Institute

10:45 BST The Creative Economy’s transformational potential as an underutilized accelerator for digital transformation

Professor Dr Madeleine de Cock Buning, Vice President Public Policy EMEA, Netflix
Matthew Sinclair, Director Advisory Corporate Finance, Deloitte LLP
Adriana Padilla Leal, Deputy Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy, Colombia
Dr Dina Dellyana, Coordinator, Global Center of Excellence and International Cooperation on Creative Economy (G- CINC), Indonesia

11:30 BST How have the tech, media and telco sectors pivoted over the last 18 months, what form is digital transformation taking, what do they hope for from regulators and policy makers to enable positive outcomes for all?

Moderator
Jacquelynn Ruff, Consulting Counsel, Wiley LLP, USA; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Broderick D. Johnson, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Executive Vice President, Digital Equity, Comcast Corporation
Reinald Krüger, Director, Policy and Public Affairs, Vodafone Group
Juan Montero Rodil, Chief Public Policy, Competition & Regulatory Officer, Telefónica
Michael Bryan-Brown, Managing Director, Regulation & Competition Policy, Liberty Global

12:30 BST CEO panel – opportunities and challenges for companies operating in smaller and emerging economies

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

Speakers
Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom
Denis O’Brien, Chairman and Founder, Digicel

 

13:15 BST Break
13:40 BST The FCC’s commitment to closing the digital divide

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

13:50 BST Regulatory collaboration in practice – case study from the ACCC

Anna Brakey, Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

14:00 BST Regulatory collaboration to meet the challenges of the digital world

• how are cooperative and collaborative regulatory approaches advancing across, and beyond, the telco, media and tech sectors?

Moderator
Monica Ariño, Director of Public Policy, UK & Ireland, Amazon; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Dame Melanie Dawes, Executive Board Member and Chief Executive, Ofcom, UK
Robert Mourik, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland
Brian McHugh, Acting Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)
Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)

 

15:00 BST Global perspectives on platform competition

Moderator
Dr Stephen Unger, Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Gerard de Graaf, Director, Directorate F: Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Will Hayter, Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority, UK
Mark Williams, Practice Manager, Global Knowledge and Expertise for Digital Development, The World Bank
Andreea Antuca, Consultant, Oxera (winner of the IIC’s Future Leaders’ Competition 2021)
Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

16:10 BST The increased importance of digitalisation, economic diplomacy, COVID recovery and the future of work - and the policy implications and directions for the future

Kent Walker, Senior Vice President Global Affairs, Google
In conversation with Isolde Goggin, former Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)

17:00 Close of day one

Annual Conference - Thursday 7 October 2021

0900-1030 BST Climate change & ICT roundtable

Green growth, sustainability & ICT’s role in the climate change agenda – both directly and indirectly. There’s a great deal of work underway to reduce the direct impact on the environment of communications networks by reducing their energy consumption – and this has the additional benefit of reducing operational costs. There are also many ways in which communications networks enable wider environmental benefits, from IoT based smart grids and smart cities, to the web-based collaborative platforms with which we are all now very familiar. The panel will review the current state of play, ask what more might be done, and what changes in regulation might be necessary to enable this.

Moderator
Christopher Mondini, VP, Stakeholder Engagement & Managing Director, Europe, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Speakers
Ceren Ünal, Vice President & General Counsel, DigitalGoes.Green
Samuel Tew, Senior Manager, Axon Partners Group Consulting S.L.U.
Agnieszka Skorupinska,  Senior EU Affairs Advisor, Vodafone

 

1030-1230 BST Spectrum roundtable

There is growing acknowledgement that traditional spectrum policy of direct and specific allocation may not be the right way to deal with inevitable increased demand, particularly as new uses for spectrum evolve. Various solutions range from sharing spectrum bands to developing secondary markets and providing incentives to non-market users for better usage of this scarce resource. In practice, there are difficulties in promoting sharing and encouraging different spectrum users to co-exist in the same or adjacent bands. With the role of 5G still evolving, the panel will discuss the challenges of balancing innovation and investment with regulation, decisions on authorisation & licensing, and consider new uses of spectrum that will emerge over the next 5-10 years.

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

Panellists include
Jennifer A. Warren, Vice President Civil & Regulatory Affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Eric Fournier, Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, ANFR
William Webb, CEO, Webb Search
Elif Yenihan Kaya, Network Technologies – Access Network Capabilities Director, Turkcell

1400-1530 BST Privacy & data protection roundtable

The panel will consider the cross-cutting Issues of privacy and data protection as they impact on the TMT sector, and ways to enable responsible and trusted data sharing. Discussion will address new restrictions on international data flows and data localisation requirements; new limitations on the use of cookies and telco/ISP use of metadata; development of new, comprehensive privacy laws globally.

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

Panellists
Thomas Zerdick, Head of Unit “Technology and Privacy”, European Data Protection Supervisor
Professor Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze, Member, Information Regulator, South Africa
Ivana Kriznic, Head of Public Policy Canada, Latin America, Emerging Markets, Verizon
Robyn Greene, Privacy Policy Manager, Facebook
Sarah Nasrullah, Legal Counsel (Privacy), Bell

1530-1700 BST Video streaming roundtable

Streaming business models – considerations for regulators and policy makers as they balance innovation, economic impact and growth of support for the local content and creative ecosystems

Moderator
Clive Kenny, Frontier Economics

Panellists
José Fernando Parada Rodríguez, Audiovisual Content Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia
Dr Maria Michalis, Associate Professor in Communication Policy, University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)
Facundo Recondo, Vice President, International, External & Regulatory Affairs for Caribbean, Central and Latin America, AT&T
Joe Welch, Vice President Global Public Policy, Asia Pacific, The Walt Disney Company

 

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We give members a voice through conferences, symposiums and private meetings, as well as broad exposure of their differing viewpoints through articles, reports and interviews.

The new website will make it easier for you to gather fresh insights, exchange views with others and have a voice in the debate

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