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20th October 2020

IIC Webinar: Digital transformation post COVID-19: LatAm responses to the digital divide

Virtual Event

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
0900 CDT / 1000 EDT / 1500 BST / 2200 SGT
Duration: 2 hours

How are policy makers and the TMT industry working together in Latin America to address the growing inequalities, for business, consumers and citizens, highlighted by the pandemic? Discussion focused on current experiences and next steps to enable enhanced connectivity and infrastructure investment, affordability and accessibility to devices and essential digital services and content. What does the ‘new normal’ look like from a policy, regulatory and commercial perspective?

Recording of the IIC Webinar Digital transformation post COVID-19: LatAm responses to the digital divide

Held on 20th October 2020



Summary report of the IIC Webinar: Digital transformation post COVID-19: LatAm responses to the digital divide



Ángel Melguizo Vice President, External and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T DIRECTV Latin America

Ángel Melguizo is Vice President for External and Regulatory Affairs at AT&T DIRECTV Latin America, responsible for the company positioning on key regulatory topics for the digital transformation in the region.

Before joining AT&T/DIRECTV, he was Head of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit at the OECD Development Center, and worked as Lead Specialist in the Labor Markets Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank. Previously, he was a Senior Adviser at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, and a Principal Economist at the BBVA Financial Group, specialising in research on new technologies and long-term economic growth in Latin America.

Mr Melguizo is also President pro tempore of the Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (ASIET) Board, and Board member for 2019-2023 of the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

He holds a PhD in public economics and a B.A. in economics from Complutense University of Madrid.

Government Keynote Speakers

Artur Coimbra De Oliveira Director, Department for Improvement of the Telecommunications Investment Environment, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, Brazil

Artur Coimbra De Oliveira was appointed Director of the Department for Improvement of the Telecommunications Investment Environment at the Ministry of Communications in 2011.

Mr Coimbra De Oliveria is a Federal Attorney and also a Member of the Telecommunications Law Study Group at the University of Brasília.  In 2010, he participated in the formulating group of the National Broadband Program.

Mr Coimbra De Oliveria has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Law from the University of Brasília.

Iván Antonio Mantilla Gaviria Vice Minister of Connectivity, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Colombia

Iván Mantilla is Vice Minister of Connectivity in the ICT Ministry, where he has been part of the modernization of the sector.

Previously, he served as a policy advisor at the National Spectrum Agency (ANE) and as the Director of Digital Development at the National Planning Department (DNP).  He has also served as Development Engineer in the Applications Institute of the Advanced Information and Communication Technologies in the Community of Valencia, Spain and as a professor on radiocommunications at Polytechnic University of Valencia, and on digital economy and ICT policies at Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Mr Mantilla has published more than thirty scientific papers, most of them for international journals.

Mr Mantilla received holds a PhD in Telecommunications, a Master’s degree in Technologies, Systems and Communication Networks from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Thinking and Prospective from the Universidad Externado of Colombia.  The Cum Laude for engineer’s degree, the international certified Cum Laude for PhD’s degree, Mr Mantilla was recognised as an illustrious graduate by the Universidad Santo Tomás. He received his undergraduate degree on telecommunications engineering from the Universidad Santo Tomas of Bucaramanga, Colombia.






Martín Olmos Undersecretary of Argentina

Prior to his present position, Martín Olmos has worked as a researcher and consultant on data science and public policy for several public and private organisations and development agencies, and as a public official both for the Federal Government of Argentina and the Government of Buenos Aires.

Mr Olmos has a degree in Political Science from the Universidad Católica Argentina and a Master in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Pamela Gidi Masias Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Government of Chile

Pamela Gidi Masias is Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Government of Chile

Ms Gidi previously held positions at DirecTV for 8 years, as Marketing, Products, and Public Affairs Director in Chile and later Vice President of DirecTV Latin America (AT&T) in New York.

Ms Gidi also has 25 years of work experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America, serving in executive positions of multinational companies such as Unilever, Hasbro, Ford Motor Company, J.C Penny Company and The Walt Disney Company.

Ms Gidi holds a BA in business and management from the Catholic University of Chile (PUC) and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and London Business School (LBS).

Rosa Virginia Nakagawa Morales Vice Minister of Communications, Peru

Rosa Virginia Nakagawa Morales is Viceminister of Communication at Peru’s Transport and Communications Ministry.

Ms Nakagawa is a Lawyer  with over 27 years of experience in public and private institutions. Ms Nakagawa has peviously been General Director of Concessions in Transport in the Ministry of Transport and Communications and held various senior management positions in both the public and private sectors. She has also worked as a professor of Telecommunications Regulation, in the Master of Regulation at the Graduate School of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC).

Ms Nakagawa, studied International Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú,

Industry Responses

José Juan Haro Seijas Director LATAM Public Policy and Wholesale Business, Telefónica

Jose Juan Haro Siejas is Chief Wholesale and Public Affairs Officer at Telefónica Hispam, the unit of the Telefónica Group in charge of business operations in Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.  Mr Haro currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Telefónica Central America Investments (TCI), Chair of the GSMA Latin America Policy Group, Vice President of the Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASIET) and Board member of Internet para Todos, a company jointly incorporated by Telefonica, Facebook, CAF and IDB Invest to bridge the digital divide en Latin America.

Mr Haro joined Telefónica’s Peruvian subsidiary in 2003, where he held various responsibilities in legal and business areas, most notably those related with Strategy and Wholesale operations. In 2009 he was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Regulation. Since 2011, he has been in charge of corporate responsibilities at Telefonica headquarters in Madrid.

Mr Haro obtained his Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and his LLM (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Mario Girasole Vice President for Regulatory, Institutional and Press Relations, TIM Brasil

Mario Girasole has been Senior Executive Vice President for Regulatory, Institutional and Press Relations at TIM Participações and a member of the Board of Executive Officers, since 2010. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of the TIM Institute and member of boards and councils in national and international entities.

Mr Girasole joined Telecom Italia Mobile in 1997 and then headed the TIM Group relations with the European Union institutions in Brussels from 2000 to 2004, when he was also appointed Deputy-Chairman of the European mobile association (GSMA Europe). In July 2004, he moved to Brazil as Public and Regulatory Affairs Director at Telecom Italia America Latina and at TIM Brasil, and during this period, he served as a Member of the Board for Entel Bolivia and TIM Participações.

In 2018, Mr Girasole was awarded as Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy, by the President of the Italian Republic and with the Peacemaker Medal and the Medal of the Army by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, for promoting friendly relations and co-operation between the countries.

Mr Girasole has a Master’s degree in Economics (LUISS, Rome), an LLM in International Business Law (University of London), post-graduate education in International Commerce and in Modern Economic History and executive education at Harvard School of Government, Columbia Business School and INSEAD.

Paula Karol Pinha Head of Public Policy, Latin America, Netflix

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