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6th - 7th November 2024

Annual Conference 2024 – in person

Communications Policy & Regulation Week, Annual Conference

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

International Regulators’ Forum
Annual Conference

The IIC’s 55th Annual Conference, will take place in Bangkok, Thailand and follows the International Regulators’ Forum on 6-7 November 2024.  Senior industry representatives joined regulators, academics and other stakeholders from the telecoms, media and technology stakeholder communities for two days of discussions on the big questions and issues facing the sector.

The International Regulators Forum will be hosted by The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) on 4-5 November 2024.

Further information and the venue will be available soon.

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Speakers

Adriana Labardini LAC Policy Coordinator- Locnet Initiative, 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.

Ali-Abbas Ali Director of Broadcasting Competition, Ofcom

Ali-Abbas Ali is Director of Broadcasting Competition at Ofcom. Since joining Ofcom in 2013, he has worked on competition policy projects across a wide range of the sectors Ofcom regulates.

Before joining Ofcom, Mr Ali worked at BT and as a consultant in business model development and business planning for startup technology companies.

Mr Ali holds an MA in political economy from Cambridge.

Allyson Leacock OR (Dr. The Hon.) Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados; Director, International Institute of Communications

Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman of the Barbados Broadcasting Authority and Director of National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados, is also an independent media and human development consultant. She led a coalition of 112 Media Houses in 24 Caribbean countries for 12 years and trained over 2000 Caribbean broadcasters. She served on the Executive Board of the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) and was elected for 2 terms as Chairman of the Global Steering Committee for the World AIDS Campaign. She was also Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy covering the Caribbean and Officer-In-Charge and Student Coordinator at the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), now the Open Campus.

Dr Allyson Leacock was conferred with the Order of the Republic (OR) in Barbados National Honours on 30 November 2023. The award was given by the President of Barbados – In ‘recognition of sterling contribution to broadcasting, media relations, corporate communications, training, human resource development and educational technology, as well as distinguished service to Barbados as Head of National Transformation Initiative’.

Dr Leacock has a wide-ranging professional background including in executive management in corporate communications, media, needs assessment, training, human resource development and leadership, as well broadcast media including production and presentation as TV News Anchor, and as General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

She holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Canada and BA (Double First Class Honours) in English and Education and the Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed with distinction) from Stirling University, UK. Her training also includes Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Facility Management, Arts Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

A former national athlete, gymnast, dancer and actress, Dr Leacock is trained in sign language, is a volunteer with Special Olympics and Barbados Council for the Disabled.

André Gomes Principal Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

André Gomes works at Cullen International leading the digital economy service in the Americas. He has extensive experience in telecoms, media and digital economy regulation, including in Brazil, Korea and the US. Prior to his collaboration with Cullen, Mr Gomes coordinated policies to increase broadband coverage at the Ministry of Communications in Brazil.

Mr Gomes is a lawyer and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University College London.

Ann Becker SVP, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Video Games Europe

Video Games Europe is the European Federation representing the video game industry in Europe. Ann Becker heads up the EU Policy and Public Affairs activities. Prior to joining Video Games Europe in October 2017, Ms Becker worked as Senior Adviser to the European Publishers Council; at Hill + Knowlton Strategies in Brussels. as Director of the IP, Media, Entertainment & Sports practice. Earlier in her career, Ann represented the French media group Lagardère SCA towards the European Institutions.

Ms Becker holds an MA from King’s College, University of London, in UK, EU & US Copyright Law and an MA from the University of Paris in Regional Economic Development and international Cooperation.

 

Aynon Doyle Head of Policy Analysis and Research (Regulatory Affairs), Multichoice SA

Aynon Doyle is Head of Policy Analysis and Research, in the Regulatory Affairs department at MultiChoice South Africa and has been with the group since May 2006. He has provided regulatory support in due diligence processes in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America, as part of the MIH Group. Mr Doyle’s main focus area currently is providing input and expert advice to government policy development processes and the Digital Broadcasting Switchover. In South Africa, he was the chairperson for the Policy Working Committee of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Working Group, established by the Minister of Communications to make recommendations on a digital broadcasting switchover strategy. Mr Doyle currently chairs the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Commercial Rules of Operation Joint Committee established by the national terrestrial broadcasters (SABC, etv, and M-Net) to draft a South African operations manual for the commercial roll-out of DTT in South Africa and is a member of the sector regulators’ Joint Spectrum Advisory Group (JSAG).

Mr Doyle’s career has spanned a wide spectrum of industries with a specific focus on policy development and analysis since 1994. In that period he has worked for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) where he was responsible for overseeing the development of policy and regulations for the broadcasting sector in South Africa. He also worked for the South African National Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) where he engaged in the areas of intellectual property, consumer protection, competition and the development of national standards; the Consumer Institute South Africa (CISA) as a researcher in the area of consumer protection policy; and the University of Port Elizabeth where he was a lecturer in the Political Studies department.

Mr Doyle completed his graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Port Elizabeth (now known as the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). He currently holds a Masters degree (MA) in Political Studies and is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Chris Chapman Former President, International Institute of Communications 2016-2024; Chairman, Nihilent Australia Pty Limited

Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016. He is also Chair of the IIC Nominations Committee.

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 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 has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European regulatory initiatives in the field of electronic communications and participates in many European spectrum groups. He leads UK engagement with the ITU and led the UK delegations to WRCs in 2019, 2015 and 2012. He is currently preparing to lead the UK delegation to WRC-23.

In 2019 Mr Woolford took on the role of Chairman of the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of CEPT and was re-elected for a second term in 2022. He has also been a Director of the International Institute of Communications since 2018.

Mr Woolford has 25 years’ experience of working on spectrum and communications regulation, both at Ofcom and its predecessor (Oftel). He has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

Christian Strobel Manager, Frontier Economics

Christian is a manager at Frontiers Economics. He has been working as an economist on regulatory and competition issues for more than 20 years focusing mostly on the telecommunication, postal sectors and digital markets.  He has worked on the intersection between regulation, technological development and consumer needs and outcomes.  Most recently, this included questions relating to sustainability, environmental, social and economic. He has looked at sustainability of telecommunication networks in light of climate change and the impact on sustainability from digital business models.  In relation to postal markets, he has assessed the environmental impact from changes to the postal USO and the use of robotic last mile delivery.

Christiane Gillespie-Jones Director Program Management and Deputy CEO, Communications Alliance, Australia

Christiane Gillespie-Jones is the Director Program Management, and Deputy CEO at Communications Alliance, Australia’s primary industry association for the communication sector. In this role, Ms Gillespie-Jones advocates on behalf of business, giving industry a voice in the development of government policy and regulation. She also leads the organisation’s development of industry codes and standards.

Ms Gillespie-Jones prior roles include Executive Director of Communications Compliance and Senior Manager, Policy and Regulation, at Communications Alliance. Before relocating to Australia, she managed interconnection and regulation issues at mobile and fixed-line operators in Germany and the UK.

Christof Sommerberg Head of Public Affairs, Deutsche Glasfaser

Since April 2016 Christof Sommerberg is responsible for Public Affairs at Deutsche Glasfaser Holding, a German FTTH player. Deutsche Glasfaser plans, builds and operates open-access fiber networks for private households, businesses and public institutions.

From 2000 onwards, he was Head of Regulatory Affairs at QSC AG, a German business services and IT service provider. Mr Sommerber started his career in telecoms with Talkline GmbH, a German long distance and mobile service provider in 1997.

Mr Sommerber holds Economics Degrees from the University of Cologne and the University of Wyoming.

Claudia Selli Vice President International External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T

Bio coming soon …..

Creina Chapman Deputy Chair & CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Creina Chapman has held a number of senior executive and strategic adviser roles at commercial media companies; Southern Cross Austereo, News Corp, Publishing & Broadcasting Limited and the Nine Network. Her experience in the media and communications sector is gained from organisations spanning television, radio, print, mobile services, podcasting and online services which serve metropolitan, regional and remote Australian markets. She has also been a senior policy adviser to Federal members of Parliament including; Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications and the Arts and Treasurer Joe Hockey MP.

Ms Chapman has been appointed Deputy Chair and CEO at the ACMA for five years from 11 June 2018 until 10 June 2023.

Darko Ratkaj Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Darko Ratkaj is a senior project manager at the EBU’s Technology & Innovation department where he works in the field of communications technologies. He facilitates technical collaboration amongst EBU Member organisations and with external stakeholders, including the industry, academia, standards developing organisations, regulators, and policy makers.

His work involves radio spectrum management, R&D projects, technical standardisation and regulation with the aim to enable the use of wireless technologies, such as 5G, in production and distribution of public service media content and services.

Mr Ratkaj is a member of the EBU’s spectrum team that contributes to CEPT and ITU preparations for the WRC-23. He chaired a working group in the ITU-R Task Group 6/1 which carried out the studies required under the WRC-23 Agenda Item 1.5 (review of the UHF band).

Before joining EBU in 2008 Mr Ratkaj held an expert position at the European Communications Office (ECO) of CEPT.

Derek Wilding (Dr) Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney

Derek Wilding is based in the Faculty of Law at University of Technology Sydney where he is the Co-Director of the Centre for Media Transition.

Dr Wilding has worked in statutory and industry-based regulatory positions, specialising in media and communications regulation. He was Executive Director of the Australian Press Council, manager of media ownership and control at the Australian Communications and Media Authority and Director of the Communications Law Centre at University of New South Wales. He has also worked for the Office of Film and Literature Classification and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Dr Wilding is currently a chief investigator on a three-year research project examining media pluralism and online news (funded by the Australian Research Council) and a two-year research project on consumer and public participation in industry rule-making in the communications sector. The Centre for Media Transition is conducting externally-funded research into the impact of digital platforms on news and journalistic content and the state of trust in news media.

Dr Wilding is Chair of IIC Programme and Market Insight Committee.

Dragoș Tudorache Co-rapporteur AI Act, Member of the European Parliament

Dragoș Tudorache is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the Renew Europe Group. He is the LIBE rapporteur on the AI Act, and he sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), the Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware (PEGA), the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), and the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the United States (D-US). He was the Chair of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age (AIDA).

Mr Tudorache began his career in 1997 as a judge in Romania. Between 2000 and 2005, he built and led the legal departments at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN missions in Kosovo. After working on justice and anticorruption at the European Commission Representation in Romania, supporting the country’s EU accession, he joined the Commission as an official and, subsequently, qualified for leadership roles in EU institutions, managing a number of units and strategic projects such as the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System, and the establishment of eu-LISA1.

During the European migration crisis, Mr Tudorache was entrusted with leading the coordination and strategy Unit in DG-Home, the European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, until he joined the Romanian Government led by Dacian Cioloș. Between 2015 and 2017, he served as Head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Minister of Communications and for the Digital Society, and Minister of Interior. He was elected to the
European Parliament in 2019. His current interests in the European Parliament include security and defence, artificial intelligence and new technologies, transatlantic issues, the Republic of Moldova, and internal affairs.

Emily Davidson Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Channel 4 Television; Director, International Institute of Communications

Bio coming soon …..

Ethan Lucarelli Chief, Office of International Affairs, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Bio coming soon ….

George Houpis (Dr) Director, Frontier Economics

Dr George Houpis is a Director at Frontier Economics.  His main areas of expertise are the theory and application of regulation and competition policy, market research and forecasting in the telecoms, postal and other sectors.

Examples of his recent project work include advising regulatory authorities and operators on the application of the EU telecommunications regulatory framework, fixed and mobile interconnection, regulation and costing of NGNs, margin squeeze cases in the broadband internet services market, and advice on auctioning of spectrum.  Mr Houpis has also advised on postal sector reform, including advice on access pricing and costing, competition issues in the postal sector, and costing and funding of universal service.

Dr Houpis has also extensive quantitative experience, including the production and review of forecasts for fixed and mobile revenues, penetration and usage and has provided support to a number of bids for telecommunications, TV and radio licences.’

Gonzalo de Dios Head of Global Licensing, Project Kuiper, Amazon

Bio coming soon …..

Guillaume Lebrun (Dr) Spectrum Policy Manager, Meta

Dr Guillaume Lebrun has been working on improving connectivity in Europe for more than 15 years, working for Orange, Qualcomm, Airbus and now Meta.  Dr Lebrun contributed to key international spectrum projects such the opening of the 6 GHz band to Wi-Fi 6E and the 3.6 GHz to 5G.

Dr Lebrun is a member of the Global Connectivity Policy team at Meta where he is working on improving connectivity to enable the Metaverse.

Mr Lebrun holds an Engineering degree from ENST, Paris, France and a PhD in telecommunications from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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

Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff has more than 25 years of experience in global law and public policy around policy frameworks for digital services, Internet governance, digital trade, expansion of broadband connectivity, and women and technology. Since February 2019 she has been a consulting counsel at the law firm of Wiley Rein 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 UN International Telecommunication Union, 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. She is also a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

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.

Jonny Bunt Regulatory Affairs Director, Retail (Consumer and Business), BT

For the last 4 years, Jonny Bunt has been the Regulatory Affairs Director, Retail at BT, responsible for BT regulatory strategy in BT’s B2C and B2B divisions and implementation of regulatory change. He has led on issues including Consumer Fairness, Cross-platform switching and Net Neutrality. Prior to this, he was Pricing and Portfolio Director for BT Consumer the culmination of 6 years in commercial roles at BT. During this time Mr Bunt led on the implementation of significant regulatory change including BT’s response to Ofcom’s Standalone Fixed Voice Consultation and the Loyalty Penalty super-compliant. He also has significant professional and lay experience in the voluntary sector.

Jürgen Bering Project Coordinator, The Society for Civil Rights e.V. (GFF)

Jürgen Bering works at Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights, GFF), a Berlin based strategic litigation organization. Jürgen’s work is focused on digital rights, particularly surveillance, platforms, and algorithmic discrimination.

Prior to joining GFF, Jürgen worked as a lawyer at Dentons’ Berlin office, focusing on public law and antitrust law.

He studied law in Halle (Saale) and Bergen in Norway and holds master’s degrees in business law from the University of Halle and in international legal studies from New York University. Jürgen worked at a researcher at the University of Halle and the University of Potsdam.

 

Karel Douglas Executive Officer Legal and Enforcement, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Karel Douglas is the Executive Officer of Legal and Enforcement at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago where he advises on legal matters related to telecommunications and broadcasting.

He is a qualified Attorney at law with over 25 years experience in public law and telecommunications law. He has a Law degree from the University of London,a legal practicing certificate from the University of the West Indies, Hugh Wooding Law School and a Masters in Telecommunications and Information Technology law from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Mr Douglas has worked as Senior State Counsel at the Solicitor General’s Chambers in the Office of the Attorney General in Trinidad and Tobago. And worked as Head Legal and Corporate Secretary at National ICT Company of Trinidad and Tobago – a government owned entity in charge of Government’s enterprise wide ICT projects where he advised on legal matters related to a variety of ICT matters.

He currently represents Trinidad and Tobago in the Governmental Advisory Committee at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since 2017 where he also serves as a co-chair of the underserved regions working group.

Klaus Müller President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany

Klaus Müller took office as President of the Bundesnetzagentur in Bonn in March 2022.

Prior to this he had been the executive director of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.) in Berlin. He held the same position at the North Rhine-Westphalia consumer organisation (Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V.) in Düsseldorf from 2006 to 2014.  Mr Müller was a member of the regional parliament of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel for one year, where he also served as minister of the environment, nature conservation and agriculture from 2003 to 2005 and minister of the environment, nature and forestry from 2000 to 2003. He was a member of the German Bundestag in Bonn/Berlin for two years from 1998, having begun his professional career at the Schleswig-Holstein investment bank (IB.SH) in Kiel in the same year following a degree in economics.

Klaus Müller is a member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and a German Marshall Fund fellow.

Konstantinos Masselos (Prof) President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)

Professor Konstantinos Masselos has been appointed as the President of the Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT) in February 2018 and his mandate has been renewed in February 2022.

Professor Masselos has been elected as Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) for 2023 and also Vice-Chair for 2022 and 2024. Moreover, he served as Vice-Chair of BEREC in 2019.

He is a Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Peloponnese where is also served as Rector during the period 2012-2017. From 2005 to 2008 he was a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. Also during the period 2010-2016 he was an Honorary Lecturer in the same Department. From 2001-2004 he worked in the telecommunications industry.
Since 2005 he has been collaborating as an expert with various units of the European Commission. Also, he was member of the Scientific Committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) from 2015 to 2017.

Kristina Olausson Senior Public Policy Manager, Liberty Global

Kristina Olausson is Senior Public Policy Manager at Liberty Global. She is responsible for monitoring and advocacy on issues affecting Liberty Global including infrastructure policy, data protection and sustainability. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Digital Economy Committee in AMCHAM EU.
Prior to joining Liberty Global in 2019, she held positions in ETNO, the telecom association, and the European Parliament where she worked with a Swedish MEP.

Ms Olausson received her MA in European Governance from Utrecht University and Masaryk University and her BA from Lund University.

Lydia Dettling Policy Manager, Access Partnership

Bio coming soon ….

Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

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

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry associations and Chambers of Commerce. Lynn 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.

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.

Reflecting on becoming Director General at the IIC at the outbreak of a pandemic, Lynn said, ‘these last two years have been like no other we have known, with many challenges coming our way. In 2020 we successfully pivoted the organisation through a digital transformation programme to maintain a full schedule of events and by increasing the outputs delivered. Transforming the programme enabled us to continue to deliver the professional service and increase our engagement with IIC members and stakeholder community to remain connected to them through such a difficult time.

As we move through 2022, I am delighted to return to a combined in-person and online programme and to continue to evolve the IIC in to the next phase, with the vision and strategic focus to deliver our objectives and to build on our growth, engagement and retention’.

 

Mariam Sulaberidze CEO, N(N)LE OPEN NET, Georgia

Mariam Sulaberidze – CEO of N(N)LE OPEN NET with 15 years of experience in telecommunications. In 2020, Mariam joined N(N)LE OPE NET – the company implementing the “Log in Georgia” project. The project ensures and facilitates digital transformation by building and operating FO infrastructure and taking steps to reduce digital inequality.
Before becoming OPEN NET’s CEO, Mariam worked in the ComCom (Regulatory Authority of broadcasting and electronic communications fields) as well as in private telecom operators. As head of the International Relations and Project Management Unit of ComCom, Mariam managed and successfully implemented several donor-funded projects (including the Log-In Georgia project framework preparation stage and negotiations with project stakeholders). Additionally, her primary duties were implementing international agreements and treaties and coordinating and cooperating with international partners. The primary motivation to move from ComCom to CEO of OPEN NET was a professional attitude toward the project and a personal belief that the successful execution of this “project of the future” would stimulate and facilitate country development.

Markham Cho Erickson Vice President Government Affairs & Public Policy, Centers of Excellence, Google

Markham Cho Erickson leads Google’s Centers of Excellence—a global team of subject matter experts focused on the application of law and policy to technology and the Internet. The CoE is a hub for strategy and expertise on global government affairs and public policy issues affecting Google’s business today and in the future.

Prior to joining Google, Mr Erickson was an attorney in private practice in the United States, where he represented Internet, media, and telecommunications companies in regulatory complaints, investigations, rule-makings, legislative and policy matters, trial and appellate
advocacy, and merger investigations. In private practice, he represented Internet companies from the inception of the commercial Internet in the mid-1990s and was involved in crafting the global regulations that apply to Internet and technology companies.

Mr Erickson has been widely recognized as one of the nation’s top Internet and media lawyers. He served as co-chair to the annual Broadband and Cable Law Seminar at the Practicing Law Institute in New York City. He was ranked in Chambers USA in Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite –
District of Columbia; Super Lawyers in communications law; and The Legal 500, which described him as a “substantive legal expert with great connection and understanding of the regulatory process, as well as a command of the political, policy, and relations aspect of regulatory work.” In recognition of his authority in the field, Mr Erickson was appointed by the White House to represent the United States before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters.

Mr Erickson graduated from George Washington University Law School, with Honors, and Wheaton College, where he majored in English Literature.

Massimiliano Capitanio Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Massimiliano Capitanio, a graduate of Modern Literature from the Catholic University of Milan, is a professional journalist and former Member of the Chamber of Deputies at the Italian Parliament. Since May 2022 he has held the position of Commissioner at Agcom, the Italian Communications Authority, within the Infrastructure and Networks Commission.

From 2018 to 2022, he served as Secretary of the Parliamentary Commission for the General Guidance and Supervision of Radio and Television Services.
Throughout his career, he has always been deeply involved in matters of digitization, innovation, copyright protection, and the battle against piracy. Furthermore, he has spearheaded numerous legislative initiatives, including the reintroduction of civics and digital education in schools.

Matt Allison Senior Public Policy Manager, Vodafone Group

Matt Allison is Senior Public Policy Manager at Vodafone Group, covering Data, Platforms and Artificial Intelligence. Mr Allison has worked at the cutting edge of tech public policy for a decade in a variety of roles spanning industry, consultancy and NGOs. During this time, he has grappled with some of the key public policy challenges facing the technology sector and helped shape the policy landscape as governments and regulators look to confront and harness the rapid growth of digital services. At Vodafone Mr Allison is responsible for developing policy and regulatory strategies for data, AI and digital platforms, influencing new regulation and creating alignment between Vodafone’s local market activities.

Prior to joining Vodafone Mr Allison was a Manager in the International Public Policy team at Access Partnership, a leading government affairs consultancy in the technology sector, as well as working in the NGO sector focused on the development of Internet safety policy.

Mr Allison holds a Masters degree in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), part of University College London. His studies focused on Russian and Eastern European politics, European integration and national identity. Prior to this he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of East Anglia where he specialised in Soviet history and the economic and social history of early modern England.

 

Maximilian Bock Public Affairs EMEA, Tencent

Bio coming soon …..

Mike Jensen APC Labs-Community Networks Coordinator, Community Networks Project, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Mike Jensen is a South African ICT expert currently working as APC’s internet access specialist. Mr Jensen has assisted in the establishment of internet-based communication systems in more than 40 developing countries over the last 20 years, mainly in Africa. He provides advice to international development agencies, the private sector, NGOs and governments in the formulation, management and evaluation of their Internet and telecommunication projects, ranging from national ICT policy development to international fibre and rural wireless telecommunication feasibility studies.

Mr Jensen Coordinate’s APC’s ICT policy work on access, which includes research, advocacy, capacity building, networking and communications, at international, regional and national levels, as appropriate. The position also includes oversight and supervision of the CIPP staff working on access-related activities and projects.

Mr Jensen sent his first email 30 years ago while studying for his Master’s degree in rural planning and development in Canada. He subsequently returned to South Africa to work as a journalist on the leading national newspaper in Johannesburg, the Rand Daily Mail. When the paper closed in 1983, with little sign of improvement in the political situation in South Africa, he moved to Canada, and in 1987 he co-founded the country’s national internet service provider for NGOs, called, coincidentally, The Web. He returned to work on the development of the Internet in Africa in the early 1990s. Mr Jensen’s clients have included the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Internet Society, the UK Department for International Development, the UN World Food Programme, UNESCO, the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A member of the African Conference of Ministers’ High Level Working Group, which developed the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) in 1996, Mr Jensen’s more recent projects include strategic advice on cross-border fibre provision in Africa, and a study of the benefits of promoting infrastructure sharing for lowering the cost of access.

 

Miruna Herovanu Director, Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe

Miruna Herovanu is a trained lawyer and actor with a passion for EU Copyright legislation, Media law and digital policies. She has a vast experience in public affairs, having worked with European press publishers and commercial broadcasters in Brussels.  Ms Herovanu also has institutional experience in the European Parliament as an advisor and as a legal advisor to the President of the Romanian Senate.

Ms Herovanu has a Masters and bachelor in European Law from the University of Bucharest.

Nicole Darabian Senior Associate, International Policy (Cyber & Tech Policy), Ofcom, UK

Nicole Darabian started her career in international development focusing on the socio-economic impact of mobile technologies and has pivoted to the regulatory sector where she works at Ofcom, the UK’s independent communications regulator, specialising in international cyber and tech policy.

Ms Darabian has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and an MSc in Media Governance from the London School of Economics.

Nina Cummins Head of Connectivity Strategy Policy (Global), Meta; Director, International Institute of Communications

Nina Cummins is an EU antitrust and telecoms regulatory lawyer, with over 20 yrs’ multi-jurisdictional legal experience. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, England and Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) Germany, where she specialized in EU law. She has a Masters of Law degree in EU antitrust from RUB. She is admitted as a lawyer in England & Wales, Republic of Ireland, N. Ireland and Germany. She was a partner in international law firm Osborne Clarke, leading UK & EU telecoms regulatory issues. And also worked as senior legal and policy adviser at the Telecoms Regulatory Authority in Bahrain, dealing with complex strategic projects, legal separation of the incumbent fixed telecoms provider, as well as proposals to revise the prevailing communications sector regulatory framework.

Ms Cummins  re-joined Facebook (now Meta) in Oct 2019 where she leads Meta’s Connectivity Policy in EMEA, covering a broad range of regulatory issues regarding OTT regulation and regulation of emerging technology, net neutrality rules,infrastructure and subsea cable projects, spectrum frameworks and accessibility.

Olaf Steenfadt Founder and Managing Director, Global Media Registry (GMR)

Olaf Steenfadt is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Media Registry (GMR), a charitable social enterprise that promotes transparency, accountability and pluralism in the information space. With his background in news reporting and investigative journalism, he is a speaker, lecturer,
entrepreneur and globally visible expert on digital media policy and ethics. Two of his signature projects include the “Media Ownership Monitor” and the “Journalism Trust Initiative” which he developed and implemented on behalf of the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Mr Steenfadt previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles.

He is a member of the “High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation” of the European Commission and of the “Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age” and the “Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform” at the Council of Europe.

Patrick Grady Tech Lead at Fourtold and Editor of Metaverse EU

Patrick Grady leads the tech practice at Fourtold, a Brussels-based consultancy, and runs Metaverse EU, a website that analyses metaverse policy and business in the EU. He also works with the World Economic Forum on Metaverse Governance.

Paul Twomey (Dr) Co-Chair of the GIDE and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Co-Chair of the GIDE and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He was a former CEO of ICANN,
and CEO of the Australian Government’s National Office for the Information Economy.

He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Pauline Kuipers Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Pauline Kuipers is a partner at Bird & Bird LLP since 2003. She leads Bird & Bird’s International Competition and EU Law Group and has wide-ranging expertise in EU & competition law, particularly in regulated sectors like the telecoms industry. Starting from her expertise relating (perceived) competition law issues in sustainability cooperation initiatives and EU regulatory expertise, Ms Kuipers has broadened her practice to advising clients on ESG regulatory developments.

Peter Alexiadis Visiting Professor, King’s College, London

Peter Alexiadis is a Visiting Professor at King’s College in London, where he has taught LLM competition law courses on Regulated Network Sectors and Digital Regulation since 2005. In parallel, he was until recently a legal practitioner in Brussels, specialising in digital policy, competition law and intellectual property, where he advised private parties and many regulatory agencies around the world for well over three decades. During that period, he was recommended as an expert in his field by all peer review magazines. Mr Alexiadis holds postgraduate degrees in Law from the London School of Economics, the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki and the University of Sydney. He has completed a number of milestone studies for the European Commission on regulatory policy, including analyses which led to the adoption of the EU Regulatory Framework in telecommunications (and its amendment) and the new new Digital Markets Act. He has also acted as external counsel to the European Commission’s Competition Unit for Telecommunications. Mr Alexiadis plays an active role in the teaching of competition policy and regulatory policy to Asian regulators, both through programmes run by the College of Europe and the OECD. Peter is currently a Senior Editor on the IBA’s International Business Law magazine and the Utilities Law Review, and is a prolific writer in his areas of expertise. He is currently authoring a textbook on European Digital Regulation for the University of Oxford Press.

Prapanpong Khumon (Dr) Associate Dean, School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

Assistant Professor Prapanpong Khumon (PhD) is an Associate Dean of School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand. He is the President of Academy of Public Enterprise Policy, Business and Regulation (APaR). He also acts as an Expert Committee in the Personal Data Protection Committee of Thailand.

Professor Khumon leads a number of research projects for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) including a comparative study about media regulation in ASEAN, a comparative study of media regulation of the EU and ASEAN, and a study on regulation of the pay TV sector, child online literacy, market access and communications satellite services liberalisation, and ASEAN cross-border personal data protection. He also heads a research project for the Thai Council of State on Digital Economy regulations for Thailand.

Professor Khumon has published a number of scholarly articles on cross-border data protection and trade in services in a number of academic journals, including the law and development review and Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy.

Sascha Devigne Chief Editor, STUDIO 47

Sascha Devigne is editor-in-chief of STUDIO 47 in Duisburg, one of the largest private regional television stations in Germany. After studying English and German at Gerhard Mercator University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he worked as a freelance journalist for print and radio media. Devigne is an alumni of the London School of Journalism and the Academy for Journalism in Hamburg.

Mr Devigne worked for the editorial office of Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf and completed an editorial traineeship at Deutscher Ärzte Verlag in Cologne. He later worked here as editor for management and health policy. Mr Devigne is juror for the Citizens’ Media Award by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and curates the Online Academy for Local TV Journalism.

He is a member of the Media Specialist Advisory Board NRW and the Communications Advisory Board of the IST University of Management. In 2013 he was awarded the German Regional Television Prize.

Scott Shortliffe Executive Director, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

As Executive Director of Broadcasting, Scott Shortliffe works with a diverse and talented group to provide Canadians with a wide range of Canadian programming that displays Canadian talent and serves the interests of Canadians across the country. This includes analyzing emerging trends in broadcasting, providing solutions to Canadian broadcasters and distributors, and working with all part of the Commission.

Mr Shortliffe joined the CRTC in 2017 as Chief Consumer Officer. In this role, he served as a focal point in ensuring that the interests and concerns of consumers are considered in the Commission’s decision making.

Before joining the Commission, Mr Shortliffe spent 23 years at the Department of Canadian Heritage, including as Deputy Director General of Broadcasting and Digital Communications. As an executive, his duties included creating the Canada Periodical Fund and managing $75 million in grants and contributions, dealing with complex and sensitive ownership and control issues, advising senior officials and Ministers on issues related to CBC/Radio-Canada policy issues, the Canada Media Fund, and petitions to Cabinet of CRTC broadcasting licence decisions. From 2011 to 2017, Mr Shortliffe was an observer on the Board of Women in Communications and Technology Canada (WCT) and the Canadian Heritage champion for the Jeanne Sauvé Professional Development Program.

Mr Shortliffe has a Bachelors of History, Carleton University.

Sean Kennedy Partner, DT Economics LLP; Treasurer, International Institute of Communications

Sean Kennedy is a Partner at DT Economics LLP, based in the UK. He is a telecommunications regulatory specialist with more than 22 years of wide-ranging international commercial and regulatory experience in public and private sectors. Mr Kennedy has specialist skills in network economics, cost modelling, telecoms strategy development, interconnection agreement negotiations and the economic impact of regulatory interventions in digital markets. His clients include leading telecoms multinationals such as Vodafone, BT and Etisalat and regulators such as Ofcom (UK), ICASA (South Africa), NCC (Nigeria) and CRA (Qatar). Mr Kennedy is a IIC Board member and Treasurer.

Mr Kennedy is Chair of IIC Finance and Governance Committee.

Shiva Goel Legal Advisor, Wireless, Space, and International, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Shiva Goel was previously a partner in the telecom, appellate, and litigation practices of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he advised on wireless, space policy, and universal service issues. Prior to joining HWG, Mr Goel clerked for the Honorable Maryanne T. Barry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Louis L. Stanton on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has been recognized as a leading communications lawyer by several legal peer-review publications and is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the nation’s preeminent association of appellate lawyers. He received his law degree Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from Cornell University.

Tebogo Mmoshe Director Licensing, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA); Director, International Institute of Communications

Tebogo Mmoshe is the Director, Licensing at Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), the position she assumed in 2021. Her main role is to facilitate the licensing of all sectors regulated by BOCRA being Postal, Broadcasting, Internet and ICT.

Ms Moshe’s experience spans 12 years in communications regulation as a member of BOCRA family. She has 18 years of experience in the Accounting and Auditing in various sectors of Botswana.

Ms Moshe was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 and was awarded an MBA by University of Derby in 2013. She is a Fellow Member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). At National level, she was appointed as one of the founding Board Members of Botswana Geoscience Institute since 2016.

Teresa Ribeiro OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Teresa Ribeiro, of Portugal, is the fifth OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. She has vast political, diplomatic, human rights and media experience.

Prior to this position, Ms Ribeiro was Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, while serving as President of the National Commission for Human Rights.

She was also Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and Deputy Secretary General at the Union for the Mediterranean, positions that gave her extensive experience in dealing with the EU institutions and Member States, as well as with its close neighborhood.

Throughout her career, Ms Ribeiro has held different positions in media, both in Portugal and in multilateral organizations, such as President of the Institute of the Media of Portugal, Chairperson of the Steering Committee on Mass Media of the Council of Europe, as well as co-founder and first elected President of the Executive Board of Obercom – Media Observatory.

She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon.

Tobias Schmid (Dr) Director, Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia; Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities

Dr Tobias Schmid is Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. He is also elected as the European Affairs Commissioner of the Conference of Directors of the German Media Authorities (DLM).

Dr Schmid is also Chairman of the Federal Media Committee of the German Music Council. Since 1st April 2021, he is also a Member of the Expert Committee for Communication and Information of the German UNESCO-Commission.

Dr Schmid holds a doctorate in law.

Ulrich Rehfuess Head of Spectrum Policy, Strategy and Technology, Nokia

Ulrich Rehfuess, Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia Ulrich holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his 25 years of professional experience in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia, he spent 20 years in R&D, business strategy, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM,
EDGE, UMTS with HSPA, Flash OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and LTE Advanced. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for spectrum policy within Nokia, now organised within the CTO and Nokia Bell Labs team. Ulrich is vice chair of the BITKOM Spectrum working group in Germany and chairs the DIGITALEUROPE spectrum working group in Brussels.

Wolfgang Percy Ott Head of Government Affairs Germany, Cisco Systems

As Director Public Policy, Wolfgang Percy Ott has been leading Cisco’s government relations in Germany since 2012.

From 2001, Mr Ott worked as an online campaigner and, after the 2002 general elections, as an adviser and analyst in the political department of the CDU party headquarters. He managed party committees and commissions of the CDU party executive on education, cities and various other issues.

Before joining Cisco, Mr Ott worked at the German Bundestag from 2009 to 2012. As senior adviser on digital policy to the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, he co-ordinated the group’s members and external experts for the 1st Enquiry Commission on “Internet and Digital Society” of the 17th German Bundestag.

From 2015 to 2022 Mr Ott chaired the working groups “Smart Cities & Smart Regions” and “Smart Education Networks” of the German government’s Digital Summit.

Mr Ott holds an MA in history from Tübingen University.

Wednesday 18 October 2023

07:30-09:00 Breakfast roundtable – by invitation: Accelerating content creation and delivery: balancing legislation and market evolution.

A discussion among global regulators, policy makers, and digital and creative economy stakeholders, reflecting on recent years of media policies, platform regulation, and market evolution. Explore the delicate balance between regulation and consumer interests, as we consider the key factors impacting the sustainable growth of the creative economy and ICT ecosystems.

Moderator
André Gomes, Principal Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

Stimulus speakers
Miruna Herovanu, Director, Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe
Claudia Selli, Vice President International External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
Karel Douglas, Executive Officer Legal and Enforcement, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
Dr Tobias Schmid, Director, Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia; Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities

 

08:15 Registration & Networking for the Annual Conference
09:00 Annual Conference Opens
09:00 Welcome
09:05 Keynote: Pushing the Twin Transition

Klaus Müller, President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany

09:30 Welcome

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:45 Session 1: Closing the digital divide

• Capitalising on energy and telecom sector synergies to address digital infrastructure gaps and connectivity inequalities
• Affordability and accessibility initiatives
• Leveraging multi-modal connectivity approaches
• Competition and investment incentives to drive sustainable business models

Moderator
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados

Speakers
Professor Konstantinos Masselos, BEREC Chair 2023 and President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission (EETT)
Jonny Bunt, Regulatory Affairs Director, Retail (Consumer and Business), BT
Mike Jensen, APC Labs-Community Networks Coordinator, Community Networks Project, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Mariam Sulaberidze, CEO, N(N)LE OPEN NET, Georgia

11:00 Networking Break
11:30 Session 2: Data governance – balancing innovation, growth & competition with privacy, safety and cybersecurity realities

• Consumer considerations
• Enterprise considerations

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

Speakers
Dr Paul Twomey, Co-Chair of the GIDE and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation
Nicole Darabian, Senior Associate, International Policy (Cyber Security & Digital Infrastructure), Ofcom
Christiane Gillespie-Jones, Director Program Management and Deputy CEO, Communications Alliance, Australia
Dr Prapanpong Khumon, Associate Dean, School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Wolfgang Percy Ott, Head of Government Affairs Germany, Cisco Systems

 

13:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 Session 3: AI governance – latest global initiatives to identify and manage the risks, mitigate harms, and foster responsible innovation

• Keeping up with rapidly evolving legal frameworks
• Collaborative approaches across industry, civil society, governments, and communities to manage the societal impacts of AI whilst enabling innovation

Moderator
André Gomes, Principal Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

Speakers
Dragos Tudorache, Co-rapporteur AI Act, Member of the European Parliament
Claudia Selli, Vice President International External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
Sascha Devigne, Chief Editor, STUDIO 47
Shiva Goel, Legal Advisor, Wireless, Space, and International, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Jürgen Bering, Project Coordinator, The Society for Civil Rights e.V. (GFF)

15:30 Networking break followed by choice of interactive breakout sessions
16:00 Breakout A: Sustainability and the green agenda - how are networks working to reach Net Zero, as well as assisting other sectors in their green goals?

Moderator
Pauline Kuipers, Partner, Competition & Regulatory, Bird & Bird

Speakers
Christian Strobel, Manager, Frontier Economics
Wolfgang Percy Ott, Head of Government Affairs Germany, Cisco Systems
Christof Sommerberg, Head of Public Affairs, Deutsche Glasfaser
Kristina Olausson, Senior Public Policy Manager, Liberty Global

16:00 Breakout B: Digital platforms policy: regulation and competition in digital markets

• Telecom / DMA comparisons
• Remedies, roles and responsibilities
• Comparing international approaches

Moderator
Dr George Houpis, Director, Frontier Economics

Speakers
Peter Alexiadis, Visiting Professor, King’s College, London
Matt Allison, Senior Public Policy Manager, Vodafone

16:00 Breakout C: Protection of online copyright and related rights in the digital environment; generative AI and copyright

Moderator
Lydia Dettling, Policy Manager, Europe, Access Partnership

Speakers
Massimiliano Capitanio, Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)
Aynon Doyle, Head of Policy Analysis and Research (Regulatory Affairs), Multichoice SA
Miruna Herovanu, Director, Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe

17:30 Close of day one Annual Conference
18:00-19:30 Gala Reception for the Annual Conference

KölnSKY
Ottoplatz 1
D-50679 Köln
Germany

Thursday 19 October 2023

08:15 Registration
9:00 Welcome

Sean Kennedy, Partner, D T Economics; Treasurer, International Institute of Communications

9:15 Session 4: Broadcasting evolution – relevance, prominence and transformation of public and commercial services

Speakers
Emily Davidson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Channel 4 Television
Creina Chapman, Deputy Chair & CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Aynon Doyle, Head of Policy Analysis and Research (Regulatory Affairs), Multichoice SA
Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

10:45 Networking break followed by choice of interactive breakout sessions
11:15 Breakout A: WRC-23 countdown - snapshot of regional priorities and spectrum proposals

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

Speakers
Dr Guillaume Lebrun, Global Connectivity Policy Manager, Meta
Gonzalo de Dios, Head of Global Licensing, Project Kuiper, Amazon
Darko Ratkaj, Senior Project Manager,Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Ulrich Rehfuess, Head of Spectrum Policy, Strategy and Technology, Nokia

11:15 Breakout B: Redesigning universal service funding

Moderator:
Adriana Labardini, LAC Policy Coordinator- Locnet Initiative, Rhizomatica; Director, International Institute of Communications

Speakers
Tebogo Mmoshe, Director Licensing, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
Mike Jensen, APC Labs-Community Networks Coordinator, Community Networks Project, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Ethan Lucarelli, Chief, Office of International Affairs, Federal Communications Commission

11:15 Breakout C: Virtual worlds – from the industrial metaverse to gaming and eSports - how are the ecosystems, and regulatory oversight, developing?

Moderator
Patrick Grady, Managing Consultant, Fourtold; Editor, Metaverse EU

Speakers
Maximilian Bock, Public Affairs EMEA, Tencent
Nina Cummins, Head of Connectivity Strategy Policy (Global), Meta
Frank Krüger, Head of the Directorate, Data Policy and Digital Innovations, Federal Ministry For Digital and Transport (BMDV)
Ann Becker, SVP, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Video Games Europe

12:45 Networking Break
13:45 Session 5: Trust & governance: protecting media freedom, media plurality and access to information in the digital era

Moderator
Dr Derek Wilding, Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney; Director, International Institute of Communications

Keynotes
Teresa Ribeiro, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Markham Cho Erickson, Vice President Government Affairs & Public Policy, Centers of Excellence, Google

Speakers
Ali-Abbas Ali, Director of Broadcasting Competition, Ofcom
Olaf Steenfadt, Founder and Managing Director, Global Media Registry (GMR)
Jürgen Bering, Project Coordinator, The Society for Civil Rights e.V. (GFF)

15:45 Closing Remarks

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications

16:00 Close of Annual Conference
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Location:
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Region:
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