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8th July 2020

IIC Webinar – Regulation in Times of Pandemic and Lessons for the Future: A View from Asia

Virtual Event

Wednesday 8 July, 2020 
SGT / 0430 EDT / 0930 BST / 1830 AEST
Duration: 1.5 hours


Co-hosted by Asian Development Bank

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected different countries at different paces, forcing industry players and regulators, along with governments, to take action to support the strategies of national governments aimed at reducing the risks and negative impact on the economy. The designated ‘three waves’ of reaction to the pandemic have required different measures: Wave 1 was to ensure stability and business continuity while containing the crisis; Wave 2 has required the development of new strategies of working and Wave 3 will be the learnings that are made to ensure resilience in the event of a similar situation.

The essential role of ICT and the digital sectors has been undisputed, enabling and supporting emergency communications, connectivity sustainability and the deployment of infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Regulators have taken a number of steps so that the continuity of services can be guaranteed. As we inch towards the Third Wave, how might these actions inform and facilitate future modernisation of current regulatory frameworks?

Regulators and policy makers from a number of ASEAN economies discussed the initiatives taken in response to the pandemic against a backdrop of consumer protection and universal access to essential information and services. Ensuring the additional demands for capacity can be answered, infrastructure protection and aid, health management apps and privacy protection, and combating disinformation will be among the list of important themes for discussion.


Regulation in Times of Pandemic and Lessons for the Future: A View from Asia

This webinar provided the opportunity for an interactive discussion between panellists followed by Q&A from the audience. The full session can be seen here


Regulation in Times of Pandemic and Lessons for the Future: A View from Asia

This webinar provided the opportunity for an interactive discussion between panellists. A full written report for the event can be found here.



Aileen Chia Director-General (Telecoms & Post), Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Regulation & Competition Development), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore

Ms Chia Aileen is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms and Post) of the IMDA, a statutory board in the Singapore government which regulates the infocomm, media and postal sectors, and comprises the Personal Data Protection Commission.
Ms Chia seeks to create a competitive, internationally-connected and trusted environment to enable the development of the infocomm, media and postal sectors in Singapore through the formulation and implementation of policy and regulatory frameworks, and development strategies for these sectors.
Ms Chia holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy from the National University of Singapore.

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.

Fadhlullah Suhaimi bin Abdul Malek (Dr) Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

YBrs Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi bin Abdul Malek was appointed as the Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on 10 June 2020, for a period of two (2) years.

Dr Fadhlullah started his medical career with the Ministry of Health, as the second Medical Officer of Health for Kinta District, Perak in 1993. He was then appointed as the Assistant Director in the Public Health Division, overseeing the establishment of the Family Medicine specialty and the transformation of the Primary Care services. In 1997, Dr Fadhlullah was seconded to Bank Negara Malaysia and was part of the web-shaper team for Telehealth and Multipurpose card during the early years of Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) prior to joining Telekom Malaysia and served as the Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer.

Dr Fadhlullah was a founding member of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia (CMCF) and Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX). In 2010, he was Director of National Key Economic Areas for Communications, Content & Infrastructure in the Performance and Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) of the Prime Minister’s Department; Agriculture and Business Services; and Government Transformation Programme for Rural Development.

In 2017, Dr Fadhlullah was appointed as a member of the Commission of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and was also the Chief Officer of the Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy Sector, from 1 March 2017 until 30 June 2018. He left MCMC to assume the position of Senior Lecturer for Public Health and Director of Business Development at Perdana University. He was then promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and Registrar before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in January 2019.

A medical doctor by training, Dr Fadhlullah graduated from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1988. He holds a Master of Medicine in Public Health from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Arts in Health Management Planning and Policy with distinction from the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom. Dr Fadhlullah had also attended senior management training at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) and the University of Strathclyde. He is also an alumnus of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK).



Ir. Ismail (Dr) Director General of Spectrum Management and Standardisation of Post and ICT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) of Republic of Indonesia

As Director General of Spectrum Management and Standardisation of Post and ICT, Ministry of ICT of Indonesia, Dr  Ismail leads the directorate general to fulfill an effective, efficient, dynamic and optimal frequency spectrum management, as well as encouraging the use of innovative technology that meets technical requirements. Currently, He is focusing on how government could drive the ICT ecosystem thus Indonesia could harness the full potentials through digital transformation, digital economy, and industry 4.0.

Dr Ismail has been with The Government of Republic of Indonesia for 27 years. Prior to his current role, he was one of the initiators of Palapa Ring, a pivotal project to connect all provinces and capital districts with high capacity national backbone.

Mohd Ali Hanafiah Mohd Yunus Chief Operating Officer, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Ali Hanafiah joined MCMC back in May 2000 and has held various positions in the Commission since then. He brings with him 31 years of work experience beginning as a Research Fellow in the field of RF and microwave, to working for a Malaysian telco on mobile and fixed broadband networks.

As the Chief Operating Officer, he looks into the Regulatory and Developmental matters in the Commission covering among others Licensing and Assignment, Market Regulation, Quality Monitoring, Network Security, Enforcement, Consumer and Industry Affairs, Infrastructure, Spectrum Planning, Universal Service and Postal, Courier & E-Commerce.


Peter Lovelock (Dr) Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.

In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.

Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.

Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.

Thomas E Abell Advisor, SDCC and Chief of Digital Technology for Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Thomas Abell is the Chief of ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit, which promotes the effective use of digital technology across ADB programs to improve development impact. His team works with ADB member countries in supporting the transition to the digital economy and provides assistance across many areas, including eGovernment, tech startup ecosystems, technology policy, and industry partnerships.

Mr Abell has over 30 years of professional experience in digital technology, including technology policy and strategy, software development, and systems architecture. During his 10+ years of experience in international development, he has worked extensively across Asia, Africa and Latin America, working with governments, development organisations, NGOs and corporations.

He has authored many publications on technology innovation in development, focused mainly on education, financial inclusion and agriculture.

Mr Abell has Master’s degrees in Engineerring and Management and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from MIT.

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