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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





The IIC’s annual Communications Policy and Regulation Week comprises our flagship events:

International Regulators’ Forum
Annual Conference
Small Nations Regulators’ Forum

The IIC’s 51st Annual Conference follows the International Regulators Forum online on 6-7 October

Transition in converged communications
The pandemic calls for a new pact between public and private sectors:
– how are cooperative and collaborative regulatory approaches advancing across, and beyond, the telco, media and tech sectors?
– what are the optimum frameworks to protect the interests of individuals and society whilst promoting innovation and investment?

Keynote sessions will focus on how the telco, media and tech sectors have pivoted over the last 18 months, what form their transition is taking, and what they hope for from regulators and policy makers to enable positive outcomes for all.
Regulatory authority leaders will talk about the steps they are taking with cross-sector cooperation to meet the challenges of the digital world.
Focused panel discussions with sector experts will tackle the IIC’s key themes:
• Privacy, safety and security
• Content: innovation, regulation and markets
• Competition policy
• Infrastructure and spectrum: 5G and next generation networks
• Investment in a time of increased focus on sustainability and the implications of climate change


The IIC’s International Regulators’ Forum will will held online on 4-5 October 

The IIC’s Small Nations’ Regulators Forum will follow the International Regulators’ Forum online on the afternoon of 5 October


Save the date – more information to follow soon.

Delegate Fees

All events are free to attend for Members

International Regulators’ Forum
51st Annual Conference
Small Nations Regulators’ Forum


NON-MEMBER (Regulators)
Early Bird Rates, for registrations up to Friday 17 September 2021
International Regulators’ Forum – £125
51st Annual Conference – £125
International Regulators’ Forum & Annual Conference – £200

Standard Rates, for registrations after Friday 17 September 2021
International Regulators’ Forum – £200
51st Annual Conference – £200
International Regulators’ Forum & Annual Conference – £295


NON-MEMBER (Non-Regulators)
Early Bird Rates, for registrations up to Friday 17 September 2021
51st Annual Conference – £125

Standard Rates, for registrations after Friday 17 September 2021
51st Annual Conference – £200

We welcome sponsorship for this event, details can be found here

Please contact for further information


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

Bio coming soon ……

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.

Andrew Reinsdorf Senior Vice President, WarnerMedia Government Relations & AT&T International Public Affairs

Andrew Reinsdorf is Senior Vice President, WarnerMedia Government Relations & AT&T International Public Affairs. Mr Reinsdorf is responsible for WarnerMedia’s public policy development, federal and state legislative advocacy, and constituency relations. Andrew works with senior executives across WarnerMedia’s divisions to develop policy priorities and implement legislative strategies that protect and promote the company’s content creation and distribution initiatives.

Additionally, in a newly created position combining WarnerMedia government relations and international public affairs for all of AT&T, Andrew is responsible for advancing AT&T’s global policy priorities in countries outside the United States. In his role as head of International Public Affairs, he leads a team that supports the diverse international portfolio of AT&T’s three distinct business units: AT&T Communications, WarnerMedia and AT&T Latin America.

Prior to his current role, Mr Reinsdorf was Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy and Federal Relations for AT&T’s external affairs team. Before AT&T acquired DIRECTV in 2015, Andrew lead DIRECTV’s Washington, D.C. office overseeing the federal, state and local legislative and regulatory agenda. Mr Reinsdorf has also held senior government affairs positions with the National Association of Broadcasters. He is a board member emeritus of United Community, a nonprofit serving economically challenged families in Alexandria, Virginia. He has also been a volunteer reading mentor for nearly two decades with EveryBodyWins
in Washington, D.C. public schools.

Mr Reinsdorf has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Ithaca College.

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)

Bio coming soon …….

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.

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.

Denis O’Brien Chairman, Digicel Group

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.

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

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).

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 has been elected to serve as Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) in 2021, having served as a vice-chair in 2020.

Mr Van Bellingham 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 he held a position on the Council as a Member and in January 2017 he was assigned Chairman of the BIPT Council.


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.

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).

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 Dr Unger can be contacted at

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

08:00 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?

08:05 BST Keynote

The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados


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

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

Speakers include
Bocar Ba, CEO, Samena Council
Dr P D Vaghela, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
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)

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?

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

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

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

Speakers include
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 CEO panel – opportunities and challenges for companies operating in smaller and emerging economies

Speakers include
Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom
Denis O’Brien, CEO, Digicel

11:15 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?

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

Speakers include
Andrew Reinsdorf, Senior Vice President, International & External Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
Broderick D. Johnson, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Executive Vice President, Digital Equity, Comcast Corporation

12:15 BST The Creative Economy’s transformational potential as an underutilized accelerator for digital transformation for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Speakers include
Adriana Padilla Leal, Deputy Minister of Creativity and Orange Economy, Colombia

13:15 BST Break
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?

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

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


15:00 BST Global perspectives on platform competition

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

Speakers include
Gerard de Graaf, Director, Directorate F: Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Will Hayter, Senior Director, Digital Markets Unit, Competition and Markets Authority, UK

16:00 BST Global perspective on the key public policy challenges and opportunities ahead

Speakers include
Kent Walker, Senior Vice President Global Affairs, Google

17:00 Close of day one

Annual Conference - Thursday 7 October 2021

TBC Roundtables

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.


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.


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.


Video streaming roundtable

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

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