The event will be held in both English and French. L’événement se déroulera en français et en anglais. Pour la version française, veuillez voir ci-dessous.
This year the IIC, the CRTC (the communications regulator in Canada), in association with ISED, will be embracing latest communication technology not just to replicate, but to augment the uniquely collegiate, stimulating debating forum our regulators are used to, by hosting it online.
IRF 2020 will bring regulators the usual benefits of insights, exchange and impact but in a fresh format that will allow more people to take part and give everyone a richer experience.
The event will cover three core discussion themes (Infrastructure, Consumer protection and Content regulation), with keynote speeches and moderated panel discussions, delivered to suit regulators from all time zones.
The event will include an interactive workshop with opening presentations by the Australian ACCC and European BEREC on “Learnings from the Pandemic” and the opportunity for small group breakouts where regulators can share experiences and personal learnings.
The event is ‘co-hosted’ with the Canadian Regulator and will run in EST, with sessions scheduled to accommodate participants from Asia and the Pacific Region. See the full programme
The state-of-the art conferencing platform allows participants to make contact with each other and start their own conversation if they wish. There will be plenty of networking breaks which will take place in small groups within ‘rooms’ that can be used for private discussions or left open to welcome a flow of ideas.
The IIC Spotlights will be 30-minute talks by highly regarded passionate individuals and are designed to provide some thought provoking stimulus for participants. All three of our special guests are opinionated, widely published experts and accomplished speakers who will present their personal ideas and then take questions from the regulators in the forum. Speaker line up
Many of us are still finding our feet with working entirely online but as communications regulators at the forefront of technology we’re embracing the challenge and are excited to host our best ever International Regulators’ Forum.
Cette année, l’IIC, le CRTC (le régulateur des communications au Canada), en partenariat avec ISDE, adoptera les dernières technologies de communication non seulement pour reproduire, mais aussi pour enrichir le forum exclusif de discussion collégiales et stimulantes auxquelles nos régulateurs sont habitués, en le tenant en ligne.
L’IRF 2020 apportera aux régulateurs les avantages habituels en termes de connaissances, d’échanges et d’impact, mais dans un format nouveau qui permettra à un plus grand nombre de personnes d’y participer et qui offrira à chacun une expérience plus riche.
L’événement couvrira trois thèmes de discussion principaux (infrastructure, protection des consommateurs, et réglementation des contenus), avec des discours d’ouverture et des discussions de groupe animées, qui seront présentés de manière à convenir aux régulateurs de tous les fuseaux horaires.
L’événement comprendra un atelier interactif avec des présentations d’ouverture par l’ACCC australien européen sur les « enseignements de la pandémie » et la possibilité de se réunir en petits groupes où les régulateurs pourront partager leurs expériences et leurs enseignements personnels.
L’événement est « co-organisé » avec le régulateur canadien et se déroulera à l’heure de l’Est, avec des sessions prévues pour accueillir des participants de la région Asie et Pacifique.
La plateforme de conférence à la fine pointe permet aux participants d’entrer en contact les uns avec les autres et d’entamer leur propre conversation s’ils le souhaitent. Il y aura de nombreuses pauses de réseautage qui se dérouleront en petits groupes dans des « salles » pouvant être utilisées pour des discussions privées ou laissées ouvertes pour accueillir un flux d’idées.
Les « Spotlights » seront des exposés de 30 minutes présentés par des personnes passionnées et très estimées, et sont conçus pour stimuler la réflexion des participants. Nos trois invités spéciaux sont des experts qui ont des opinions bien arrêtées et qui ont publié de nombreux ouvrages, ainsi que des orateurs accomplis qui présenteront leurs idées et répondront ensuite aux questions des régulateurs dans le cadre du forum.
Beaucoup d’entre nous se débrouillent encore pour travailler entièrement en ligne, mais en tant que régulateurs des communications à la fine pointe de la technologie, nous relevons le défi et sommes ravis de tenir notre meilleur Forum international des régulateurs.
The Spotlights are a series of 30-minute talks by highly regarded passionate individuals and are designed to provide thought provoking stimulus. All three of this year’s special guests are opinionated, widely published experts and accomplished speakers who will present their ideas and then take questions from the audience.
Denise Williams explored the challenges of creating fair and equitable access to the tools and education that enable Canada’s First Nations’ people to become “indigenous innovators” and compete in the digital age.
“Our future economies are going to move away from resource extraction and further into a digital-based economy. How we innovate now is going to shape those futures” Denise Williams
This Spotlight talk took place on day one – see agenda for regional timings
Professor Sun Sun Lim spoke about the social impact of technology domestication on families and young people, digital disruptions in the workplace and public perceptions of smart city technologies.
”With the world around us digitalising so rapidly, heralding transformations that are both subtle and dramatic, I am passionate about studying the social impact of technology” Sun Sun Lim
This Spotlight talk took place on day two. See agenda for regional timings
Outspoken academic, Professor Eli Noam spoke about market failure of the information sector and the far-reaching and long-term effects of this on consumers of technology.
“A market failure exists when market prices cannot reach a self-sustaining equilibrium. The market failure of the entire information sector is one of the fundamental trends of our time, with far-reaching long-term effects.” Eli Noam
This Spotlight talk took place on day two. See agenda for regional timings
Abraão Balbino e Silva, is the Competition Superintendent of National Telecommunications Agency – Anatel. He is responsible for the Economic Regulation of the ICT sector in Brazil, including the competition policy, prices, costs and the monitoring of the economic issues involved. In ITU-T, he is Vice-Chair of the ITU-T SG3 and the WP2/3 Chairman, related to general economic and policy factors related to provision and cost of ICT services.
Before joining Anatel, Mr Balbino e Silva worked in the private sector as Project Manager in Huawei Technologies and as a Marketing Analyst in Vivo Celular.
In 2016 he published as a co-author the book “Broadband in Brazil: past, present and future”. In 2011 it was the winner of the SEAE Award for Economic Regulation, with the text “Remuneration of Mobile Telephony Networks”.
Mr Balbino e Silva is a Communication Network Engineer. He holds a Masters in Regulation and Business Management from the University of Brasília – UnB.
Prior to joining Searchlight in 2021, Ajit Pai was the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), which he led from 2017 until 2021. He first joined the FCC as a Commissioner in 2012. During Mr Pai’s tenure as Chairman, he implemented major initiatives to help close the digital divide; advance US leadership in 5G, Open Radio Access Networks, Wi-Fi 6, and other wireless technologies; promote innovation; protect consumers, public safety, and national security; and make the agency itself more open, transparent, and data-driven.
Earlier in his career, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at the FCC, the US Department of Justice, and the US Senate. Before becoming a Commissioner, he worked as a Partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block and served as in-house counsel at Verizon.
Mr Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997.
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 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.
Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave is an independent consultant, with a keen interest in policy making and its consequences, in the converging communications environment.
Most recently the IIC’s Director of Regulatory Fora, Andrea was the IIC’s Director General from February 2009-March 2020. Andrea has published widely on media policy in an international context and has a keen interest in communications and digital literacy. An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, and serving as an Expert with the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), she has acted as an Expert for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for a number of international organisations. She served as a regulator for content delivery organisations in the UK for many years.
Dr Caroline Simard has more than twenty years of experience in the field of communications at the local, national and international levels, in both the private and public sectors. She has worked with all applicable Canadian laws and international treaties in the field of communications and has developed a deep understanding of the legal, economic, political, technical and social issues related to the challenges of convergence and competition.
Before joining the CRTC, Dr Simard served a decade as legal counsel to the Department of Justice for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In addition, she has served as a senior telecommunications specialist for the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations Organization. She has also worked for large corporations (Teleglobe), small independent companies in Quebec as well as in academia.
Docteure en droit et avocate, Dre Caroline Simard possède plus de vingt ans d’expérience dans le domaine des communications au niveau local, national et international, tant dans le secteur privé que public. Elle a travaillé avec l’ensemble des lois canadiennes et traités internationaux applicables dans le domaine des communications et a développé une profonde compréhension de ses enjeux juridiques, économiques, politiques, techniques et sociaux en lien avec les défis entourant la convergence et la concurrence.
Avant de se joindre au CRTC, Dre Simard a agi pendant une décennie comme conseillère juridique au ministère de la Justice du Canada au sein des Services juridiques d’Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada (ISDE). De plus, elle a agi à titre de spécialiste principale en télécommunications pour l’Union internationale des télécommunications, une Organisation des Nations unies. Elle a également travaillé pour la grande entreprise (Téléglobe), les petites compagnies indépendantes du Québec ainsi que dans le milieu universitaire.
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.
Chaucer Leung was appointed Director-General of Communications of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in July 2019.
As the Director-General of Communications, Mr Leung heads the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the executive arm of the Communications Authority (CA), and is the ex-officio member of the CA.
The CA is an independent unified regulator for both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Hong Kong.
Mr Leung provides support to the CA in the exercise of the CA’s statutory functions under the relevant Ordinances. These mainly cover licensing matters for both the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, management of radio spectrum and enforcement of the provisions safeguarding market competition and fair trade practices, as well as giving advice to the Government with regard to telecommunications and broadcasting matters.
Mr Leung is also appointed as the Director of Films, Newspapers and Articles Administration and is responsible in that capacity for enforcing the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) and overseeing the work pursuant to COIAO, as well as acting as the Film Censorship Authority and the registrar of newspapers.
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.
As Vice-Chair of Telecommunications, Christianne Laizner chairs the Telecommunications Committee meetings. She also participates in public hearings and consultations with the objective of developing regulations and establishing policies in both the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.
Ms Laizner has served as the CRTC’s Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the Legal Sector (2013 to 2017), as well as the CRTC’s General Counsel for telecommunications (2010 to 2012).
Ms Laizner began her career in private law practice, then joined the Department of Justice as a civil litigator in 1987. She later joined the Trade Negotiations Office as counsel to the Department of Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), where she participated in negotiations and provided legal advice on dispute settlement provisions of the Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Prior to joining the CRTC, Christianne held senior legal executive positions with a number of federal government departments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts(Hons.) from McGill University, an LLB from Western University in Canada, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
À titre de vice-présidente des télécommunications, Mme Laizner préside les réunions du Comité sur les télécommunications. Elle participe aussi aux consultations et aux audiences publiques dans le but d’élaborer des règlements et d’établir des politiques tant dans le secteur des télécommunications que dans celui de la radiodiffusion.
Mme Laizner a été avocate générale principale et directrice exécutive du Secteur juridique du CRTC (2013 à 2017) ainsi qu’avocate générale du CRTC en ce qui concerne les télécommunications (2010 to 2012).
Mme Laizner a commencé sa carrière au sein du secteur privé et, en 1987, est entrée au ministère de la Justice à titre d’avocate plaidante en matière civile. Elle s’est ensuite jointe au Bureau des négociations commerciales à titre de conseillère juridique auprès du ministère des Affaires étrangères (désormais Affaires mondiales Canada), participant aux négociations et offrant des conseils juridiques sur les dispositions relatives au règlement des différends de l’accord de libre-échange entre le Canada et les États-Unis et ensuite de l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain.
Avant de rejoindre le CRTC, Christianne a occupé des postes de cadre juridique supérieur dans plusieurs ministères du gouvernement fédéral. Elle est titulaire d’un Baccalauréat ès arts (avec distinction) de l’Université McGill, d’un Baccalauréat en droit de l’Université Western au Canada, et est membre du Barreau de l’Ontario.
Claire Anderson is the first Indigenous woman and first Yukon resident to be appointed to the CRTC.
As a citizen of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, she shares her region’s perspectives and helps ensure that the communication system serves the needs of all Canadians.
Called to the Yukon bar in 2014, Ms Anderson started her legal career in private practice at Lackowicz & Hoffman, where she worked with First Nation organisations on corporate and community-based initiatives. She also contributed to the territory’s legal community by serving as a director of the Yukon Legal Services Society.
Ms Anderson is the Protector for the Lanâlxh (Prosperity) Trust, where she oversees the conduct of trustees to ensure that their actions are compliant with the trust deed and legislation.
She has also made important contributions to the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, as coordinator of a Reconciliation Project, volunteer director of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation Economic Partnerships and a member of the Board of Directors of the T’akhu A’Tlen Conservancy.
Ms Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of British Columbia). She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia.
Claire Anderson est la première femme autochtone et la première résidente du Yukon à être nommée au CRTC.
En tant que citoyenne de la Première nation Tlingit de Taku River, elle partage les perspectives de sa région et contribue à faire en sorte que le système de communication réponde aux besoins de tous les Canadiens.
Admise au barreau du Yukon en 2014, Mme Anderson a commencé sa carrière juridique en pratique privée chez Lackowicz & Hoffman, où elle a travaillé avec des organisations des Premières nations sur des initiatives d’entreprise et communautaires. Elle a également contribué à la communauté juridique du territoire en tant que directrice de la Yukon Legal Services Society.
Mme Anderson est la protectrice du Lanâlxh (Prosperity) Trust, où elle surveille la conduite des fiduciaires pour veiller à ce que leurs actions soient conformes aux actes de fiducie et à la législation.
Elle a également apporté d’importantes contributions à la Première nation Tlingit de Taku River, en tant que coordinatrice d’un projet de réconciliation, directrice bénévole des partenariats économiques de la Première nation Tlingit de Taku River et membre du conseil d’administration de la T’akhu A’Tlen Conservancy.
Mme Anderson est titulaire d’une licence ès arts (Université de Colombie-Britannique). Elle a obtenu son Juris Doctor à l’Université de Colombie-Britannique.
Claude Doucet is Secretary General at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), with responsibility for the secretariat function of the Commission, as well as finance, human resources and IM/IT.
He is an accomplished senior public servant with over 25 years of experience in communications and policy development. He has extensive experience in communications, social media and client services at both the CRTC and Department of Canadian Heritage. He’s promoted and planned communications for high-profile events such as the development of the logo for Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2015 Pan-American Games and Royal Tours. He spent the first part of his career developing an expertise in broadcasting policy and regulatory work at both the Department of Canadian Heritage and the CRTC.
From 2009 to 2015, he was an observer on the board of directors of MediaSmarts, a Canadian charitable organization that promotes media and digital literacy. He has been a governor at the Ottawa Hospital since 2016, and is currently Chair of the communications and engagement committee.
Mr Doucet holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Laurentian University (1991) and has been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 1996.
À titre de secrétaire général au Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes (CRTC), Claude Doucet est responsable du secrétariat du CRTC, ainsi que les finances, les ressources humaines et la GI/TI.
Haut fonctionnaire fédéral chevronné, il compte plus de 25 ans d’expérience en communications et en élaboration de politiques. Il a une vaste expérience aux niveaux des communications stratégiques, des médias sociaux et des relations avec la clientèle, tant au CRTC qu’à Patrimoine canadien. Il a promu et planifié les communications pour de grands événements, créant notamment le logo pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques de 2010, les Jeux panaméricains de 2015 et des voyages royaux. M. Doucet a fait ses armes en politiques et réglementation de la radiodiffusion au sein de Patrimoine canadien et du CRTC.
De 2009 à 2015, il a été observateur au conseil d’administration de MediaSmarts, œuvre de bienfaisance canadienne favorisant l’initiation aux médias et au monde numérique. Il est gouverneur à l’hôpital d’Ottawa depuis 2016 et est présentement le Président du comité des communications et de l’engagement.
M. Doucet détient un baccalauréat en commerce (finances) de l’Université Laurentienne (1991) et possède la désignation de comptable général accrédité depuis 1996
Cordel Green is Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica, and he is helping to lead Jamaica’s Digital Television Transition process.
Mr Green has been appointed to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO and represents Jamaica on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP). He is also Vice-Chair of the International Bureau for IFAP and Chairman of the IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility. His other affiliations include being a Vice-Chair (Caribbean), International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE); Member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems; Member of the IEEE Working Group on Trustworthiness in News; Member of the IEEE Working Group on Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of AI; Advisory Board member of the Society for Scientific Advancement (SOSA); and honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington DC).
Mr Green holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws Degree with distinction, from the University of Sheffield in England, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Mona School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Programme and a Chevening Scholar.
Dan Sjöblom is the Director General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and was appointed by the Swedish Government on 1 February 2017.
He served as Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) in 2020, having served as a vice-chair in 2019.
Prior to taking up his position, Mr Sjöblom was the Director General for the Swedish Competition Authority for eight years, between 2009 and 2017.
He is also board member of the Swedish Broadband Council.
Mr Sjöblom has served as a civil servant at the European Commission between 1996 and 2009. He holds a Master of Laws from Stockholm University.
As Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Scott supervises and directs the work and staff of the Commission. He also chairs Commission meetings and participates in public hearings and consultations.
Mr Scott has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors.
After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994, where he collaborated on the development of a framework for long-distance telephone service competition in Canada. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC.
Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Mr Scott held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises, one of the first companies to offer competition in the Canadian long-distance market. He also provided leadership on broadcasting policy and regulatory issues as an executive at the Canadian Cable Television Association.
Mr Scott has served on various boards, including Women in Communications and Technology and Ski Quebec Alpin.
Mr Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University
His Term ends January 4, 2023
Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo was appointed Acting Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission in February 2020. Prior to that appointment, Mrs Sewankambo was Director of Engineering and Communications Infrastructure at the Commission, a position she continues to hold alongside that of Ag. Executive Director.
Mrs Sewankambo has over 20 years experience in the ICT sector spanning policy development, research, regulation and implementation in various aspects of ICT policy and regulation.
An engineer by profession, Mrs Sewankambo holds a Master of Science in Communications Systems and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and a Master of Science in Economic Management and Policy (Business Economic Pathway) from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom. She acquired her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University in Kampala.
Jeremy Godfrey has over 30 years’ experience in public service, and in the telecommunications and IT sector. Prior to his appointment, Mr Godfrey was a member of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) where he also served as Chairperson of ComReg from March 2015 until March 2017. Mr Godfrey was the Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2011. He has been a partner in PA Consulting Group and has held senior roles in Hong Kong Telecom and the Cable & Wireless Group. Mr Godfrey has also worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and as an independent consultant.
Mr Godfrey holds an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics.
Latifa Akharbach was appointed President of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA) on December 3, 2018.
Ms Akharbach formerly held numerous decision-making positions in Moroccan diplomacy : Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Tunisia and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Ms Akharbach has also served as Director of the Moroccan National Radio and Director of the High Institute of Information and Communication where she had previously been Professor and researcher for more than twenty years.
She is an experienced international consultant in the field of journalism, communication and journalists training. She has published several articles, studies and books on media, communication and women’s rights.
Ms Akharbach has a PhD in Information Sciences and Communication.
Lindsey Fussell is Group Director for Networks and Communications. She leads Ofcom’s work in the telecoms, post and network sectors, where we aim to protect consumers’ interests and promote competition.
Before joining Ofcom in April 2016, Ms Fussell held a range of senior leadership roles at public bodies. She was Public Services Director at HM Treasury, where she led on devolution, education and culture, defence and criminal justice. Ms Fussell supported the Varney review for public service transformation, and led major aspects of the 2015 Spending Review.
Ms Fussell holds a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, and is a member of York University’s governing Council.
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’.
Michel Van Bellinghen, Master of Laws (UCL), started off at the university in 1990 as a researcher, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law.
Mr Van Bellinghen became an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992 under the supervision of Professor Marc Bossuyt and joined the BIPT in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he held the position of expert at the private office of Rik Daems, who was the Federal Telecommunications Minister at the time, and afterwards took up the function of Assistant Head of the Private Office. From 2003 until 2009 he was nominated Member of the BIPT Council for the first time. Following this mandate he remained closely affiliated to the Council and supervised the legal department of the regulator during a number of years. He has written scientific publications.
In 2013 Mr Van Bellinghen held a position on the Council as a Member. In January 2017 he was assigned Chairman of the BIPT Council. Michel Van Bellinghen has been elected to serve as Chair of BEREC in 2021.
Nerida O’Loughlin was appointed Chair and Agency Head of the ACMA from 14 October 2017 for five years.
Prior to joining ACMA, Ms O’Loughlin was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Communications and the Arts providing policy advice across telecommunications, broadcasting, online content and the arts. Ms O’Loughlin has also been responsible for major projects in the communications portfolio, including leading the Digital Television Switchover Program. Ms O’Loughlin served as interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency from 2016 to 2017. Over her career, Ms O’Loughlin has also held senior positions in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, predominantly across the technology and cultural sectors.
On 6 April 2019, Ms O’Loughlin was appointed as an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. On 10 June 2019 Ms O’Loughlin was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours for ‘outstanding public service through contributions to a more digital Australia and government’.
Ramiro Camacho Castillo was appointed Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) in March of 2019 for a period of nine years.
Commissioner Camacho has worked as an economist at the competition and telecommunications authorities of Mexico for the past twelve years. He was General Director of Economic Consulting at IFT and Deputy General Director of Economic Studies at the Competition Commission (COFECE). Previously, he was an Associated Professor at the University of Guadalajara for eleven years.
Commissioner Camacho holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Guadalajara, and three master’s degrees: In Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; in Operations Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and in Energy Economics from Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei in Italy.
Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five-year term, reappointed for a further three years in August 2016, and now a further three years until July 22.
Mr Sims has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC he was, the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council and was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr Sims worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications. From 1988 – 90 he was the Economic Adviser to Australia’s Prime Minister.
Mr Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
Mr S K Gupta is an Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS) Officer. He is working as Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Mr Gupta joined the Indian Telecom Services (ITS) in 1983 and worked in Department of Telecommunication in various capacities. For last ten years he has been involved in Telecom licensing, regulations and its implementation. He has dealt with issues relating to Broadband, Infrastructure sharing, IP Network design and installation, Licensing, mobile number portability, FM Radio, new regulatory framework for Broadcasting and Cable services.
Mr Gupta has been a Member of various high profile committees such as “Internet Governance Working Group” constituted by Department of Information Technology, Convener of NGN Expert Committee constituted under agis of TRAI, Member of South Asian Telecom Regulatory Council (SATRC) and member of IPv6 focus Group constituted by DOT etc.
Mr Gupta is a gold medalist of Allahabad University and graduated with “Electronics and Telecommunication” and an MBA in Delhi.
As Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications, Scott Hutton is responsible for the formulation of the CRTC’s consumer and social policies. He also directs communications strategies and oversees the international branch, while providing technical and economic support to the Commission.
Mr Hutton brings to the role over 25 years of experience at the CRTC and has extensive knowledge of both the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors. He is a seasoned expert of the communications industry and the regulatory environment.
Mr Hutton leads the Commission’s work by engaging in a conversation with Canadians, key stakeholders and industry leaders, and partners with other government departments, moving along the road of legislative and regulatory reform; striving to meet the needs of Canadians in the digital era.
Mr Hutton has been CRTC’s Official Languages Champion, Employment Equity Champion and has led a number of Government Workplace Charitable Campaigns for the Commission.
À titre de dirigeant principal de la consommation, de la recherche et des communications, Scott Hutton est chargé de formuler les politiques sociales et de consommation du CRTC. Il dirige également les stratégies de communication et supervise la direction internationale, tout en apportant un soutien technique et économique au Conseil.
Monsieur Hutton apporte à ce poste plus de 25 ans d’expérience au CRTC. Il possède une connaissance approfondie des secteurs de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications et est un expert chevronné de l’industrie des communications et de l’environnement réglementaire.
Monsieur Hutton dirige le travail du Conseil en engageant la conversation avec les Canadiens, avec les principaux intervenants et chefs de file de l’industrie ainsi qu’avec les partenaires d’autres ministères, en poursuivant la réforme législative et réglementaire et en s’efforçant de répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.
Il a été champion des langues officielles du CRTC, champion de l’équité en matière d’emploi et a dirigé un certain nombre de Campagnes de charité en milieu de travail du gouvernement pour le Conseil.
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 Shortliff 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 Shortliff 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 Shortliff has a Bachelors of History, Carleton University.
Éric Dagenais was appointed Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum and Telecommunications Sector in March 2020. Mr Dagenais has held the post of ADM at ISED since 2015 within various other sectors and has directed many high-profile initiatives relating to Defence Procurement, Skills and Training, Broadband Connectivity and the Information and Technology sector.
Prior to this, Mr Dagenais was the Director General of the Small Business Branch at Industry Canada, Director General, MacKenzie Gas Project Office at Environment Canada and Director General, Investment Review at Industry Canada. Before joining the senior management cadre, Mr. Dagenais held various positions within Industry Canada and the Privy Council Office (PCO).
Mr Dagenais holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Economics from Carleton University.
Éric Dagenais a été nommé sous-ministre adjoint principal (SMAP) du Secteur du spectre et des télécommunications en mars 2020. Depuis 2015, il était SMA d’autres secteurs d’ISDE, et il a dirigé de nombreuses initiatives d’envergure en matière d’approvisionnement de la défense, de compétences et de formation, de connectivité à large bande et d’information et de technologie.
M. Dagenais a aussi été directeur général de la Direction des petites entreprises d’Industrie Canada, directeur général du Bureau du projet gazier MacKenzie à Environnement Canada et directeur général de la Direction de l’examen des investissements et de la planification stratégique d’Industrie Canada.
Avant de se joindre à la haute direction, M. Dagenais a occupé divers postes au sein d’Industrie Canada et du Bureau du Conseil privé.
M. Dagenais détient un baccalauréat en commerce de l’Université d’Ottawa et une maîtrise en économie de l’Université de Carleton.
Denise Williams currently serves as CEO of the First Nations Technology Council – an Indigenous-led, non-profit organisation established in 2002 and based in North Vancouver that supports Indigenous sovereignty in the technology and innovation sectors.
Through a number of different initiatives, the First Nations Technology Council works directly with First Nations communities in British Columbia to help build and access Internet, mobile services, and other digital and connected technologies.
Denise Williams also serves as Board President of the Urban Native Youth Association, and sits on a number of other boards including the First Mile Connectivity Consortium, InnovateBC, and Simon Fraser University. She is a 2020 Mentor with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, and has held several advisory roles in a number of Federal Government organizations (including the Status of Women Canada’s Indigenous Women’s Circle, Policy Horizons Canada’s Deputy Minister Steering Committee, and with the Governor General of Canada). She has spoken at Solve – MIT events as part of the Leadership Team for the Indigenous Communities Fellowship.
Ms Williams is a Coast Salish member of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island, and is of both First Nations and Scottish ancestry. She holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Eli Noam is Professor of Economics & Finance at the Columbia Business School, and its Garrett Professor of Public Policy & Business Responsibility. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, a research centre focusing on management and policy issues in communications, internet and media.
Professor Noam has published 37 books and over 350 articles. Recent books include: Who Owns the World’s Media (2016 Oxford); two textbooks on media and digital management (2018 Palgrave, with 1.7 and 1.9 million free downloads in 2020); Media and Digital Management (Palgrave); and two forthcoming books on streaming video as the next generation of TV, one on technology and business, the other on content and regulation (Elgar 2020.)
His Public Service roles include, Commissioner for Public Services of New York State; White House appointment to President’s IT Advisory Committee; Advisory boards for governments of Ireland, Sweden, and New York.
Professor Noam received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Munich and Marseilles Aix-la-Provence.
Professor Sun Sun Lim is Professor of Communication and Technology and Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She has extensively researched the social impact of technology, focusing on technology domestication by families, workplace digital disruptions and public perceptions of smart city technologies. Professor Lim recently authored Transcendent Parenting – Raising Children in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Communication and Society (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Professor Lim serves on the editorial boards of eleven journals and several public bodies including the Social Science Research Council, Singapore Environment Council and Media Literacy Council. From 2018-2020, she served as a Nominated Member of the 13th Parliament of Singapore. Professor Lim frequently offers her expert commentary in international media outlets including Nature, Scientific American, Guardian, Channel NewsAsia, Business Times and Straits Times. She has won eight awards for excellent teaching. See www.sunsunlim.com
Panelists / Conférencier:
Éric Dagenais, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister (SADM), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
Chaucer Leung, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS); Chairperson, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Claude Doucet, Secretary General, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Moderator / Modérateur:
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Panelists / Conférencier/Conférencière:
Nerida O’Loughlin,Chair and Agency Head, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
S K Gupta, Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Aileen Chia, Director-General (Telecoms & Post), Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Regulation & Competition Development), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director for Networks and Communications, Ofcom, UK
Last Word / Dernier mot:
Jeremy Godfrey, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) Ireland; Vice-Chair, BEREC
Moderator / Modérateur:
Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Panelists / Conférencier/Conférencière:
Abraão Balbino e Silva, Competition Superintendent, National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), Brazil
Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica
Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, Acting Executive Director and Director, Engineering and Communication Infrastructure, Uganda Communications Commission
Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Last Word / Dernier mot:
Jeremy Godfrey, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) Ireland; Vice-Chair, BEREC
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Director of Regulatory Fora, International Institute of Communications
Moderator / Modératrice:
Dr Caroline Simard, Vice-Chairperson, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Panelists / Conférencière:
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados
Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
Latifa Akharbach, President, Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA), Morocco
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Keynote Address / Discours:
Rod Sims, Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Michel Van Bellinghen, Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)
Facilitators / Modératrice:
Scott Shortliffe, Executive Director, Broadcasting, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Scott Hutton, Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications
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