The IIC’s annual Communications Policy and Regulation Week comprises our flagship events:
International Regulators’ Forum
Small Nations Regulators’ Forum
This year we were delighted that the International Regulators’ Forum was hosted online by Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) on 4-5 October 2021 and discussions focused on:
• Secure mobile network evolution
• Connectivity and broadband access
• Online platform regulation & intermediary liability
• Creating a harmonised media framework
• Artificial Intelligence – regulatory initiatives & considerations for telco/content NRAs
The IIC’s Small Nations’ Regulators Forum followed online on the afternoon of 5 October.
The IIC’s 51st Annual Conference follows online on 6-7 October, sponsored by Frontier Economics.
A full report on the IIC International Regulators' Forum which took place on 4-5 October 2021.
Adolfo Cuevas Teja is the acting Chairman of the IFT since March 2020. He was ratified by the Mexican Senate as Commissioner of the IFT, on September 10, 2013, for a nine-year term, until February 2022.
He joined the public service in 1985 and worked in the office of the UNAM’s General Attorney and he was Legal Counsel at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) between 1998 and 2002.
In the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, Mr Cuevas Teja previously held positions as Legal Assistant Director at the Mexican Radio Institute, Legal Counsel at General Directorate of Radio, TV and Cinematography of the Ministry of Government as Advisor at the Mexican Senate. Before joining the IFT, Mr Cuevas Teja worked in the extinct Federal Telecommunications Commission from 2006, where he was appointed Area Director and then General Director of Resolutions and Agreements Projects “D”.
Mr Cuevas Teja has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, a Specialisation degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and a Master’s degree in Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli is a Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences and a graduate of the University of Fribourg. She has been a ComCom member since 2012 and ComCom President from 2021.
After a few years of research in the field of information technology, Dr Corboud Fumagalli’s career has been focusing on innovation and business development in telecoms, cybersecurity and high-tech, alternating from public to private sectors.
In 1996 she joined the PTT in the management team of Radiocom (radio, TV, mobile) in charge of New Business Development and the international market. After having collaborated in the preparation of the Swisscom IPO in the multimedia domain, Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli held various positions ultimately becoming Director of Product Marketing in Radio Broadcasting Services. Late 2000, Dr Corboud Fumagalli joined the Kudelski Group as Member of the Corporate Executive Board in charge of Business Development. From 2008 to 2016, Dr Corboud Fumagalli served as Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer at EPF Lausanne.
Currently, Dr Corboud Fumagalli is a non-executive director of Swiss Life Group, CSD Holding Ltd and a member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). “
Andrea Sanders-Winter is heading the newly established subdepartment “Internet, Digitisation – especially in SMEs, Market Analysis” of the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (Bundesnetzagentur) since August 2020.
Ms Sanders-Winter was previously responsible for the international coordination in telecommunications and railways where she was head of unit since 2010. In this function, she managed the activities of the Federal Network Agency in BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications).
From 2005 until 2010 Ms Sanders-Winter was responsible for the European ICT Policy in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. From 1993 to 2005 she worked for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in various units including “European Coordination”, “Twinning Programs” and “Posting of workers”. In 1997/1998 she joined the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU in Brussels and in 1996/1997 she worked for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on labour and social affairs.
Ms Sanders-Winter holds a degree in law from the Westfälischen-Wilhelms-University in Münster, where she also completed her legal traineeship, including periods abroad and traineeships in Seville and Madrid.
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Annemarie Sipkes has held the position of Director of the Telecommunications, Transport and Postal Services
Department at the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) since April 2018. She has significant public sector experience, including six years (2012-2018) as the Director of Knowledge and Strategy at the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science in the Netherlands.
During her career, Ms Sipkes has also worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Central Bank of the Netherlands and for KPMG, the accounting and professional services company.
Ms Sipkes holds an MSc in Economics and an MA in Arts, Sciences and Technology.
Professor Anthony Clayton is Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission Jamaica and has over thirty years of international experience in policy development in national security and policing, energy security, environment and resources; futures studies and scenario planning.
Professor Anthony Clayton is also the Alcan Professor of Caribbean Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies, Visiting Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Surrey, and Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University.
He is a former Visiting Professor at the Institute for Studies of Science, Technology and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh, Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Technology, and International Associate in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He is a Fellow of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, and holds the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander.
Augusto Fragoso has collaborated, nationally and internationally, in several companies and major projects, having in recent years developed his action in the regulatory context, at Anacom – Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Portuguese NRA). He continues to learn and add to the growing experience of more than 30 years in management, consultancy, research and teaching in the context of innovation, information systems and digital transformation. Mr Fragoso aims to continuously share knowledge and deliver systems based on an innovation approach, bringing true value to the person, the organization and society.
Mr Fragoso holds a degree in Computer Sciences and Management, with a postgraduate degree in Strategic Management of Information Systems, Leadership and Digital Transformation.
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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.
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.
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. He is also President of the Australian Chapter of the IIC.
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.
Elisa Giomi is an Associate Professor at Roma Tre University, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, where she teaches Sociology of Media and Communication, Television Narrative, and Advertising. She coordinates the Media and Communication module of the MA in Gender and Political Studies. Ms Giomi also the MA course in Cultural Leadership Research, a double postgraduate degree programme (University of Groningen and Roma Tre University).
Ms Giomi is the author of more than 50 publications for major Italian and international publishers and for Italian and foreign peer-reviewed journals.
Ms Giomi has coordinated national and international scientific projects aimed at studying the media and identifying good practices in the sector, on behalf of various bodies and institutions including: European Parliament, EJC-European Journalism Center, EIGE-European Institute for Gender Equality. She has coordinated television content analysis projects on behalf of Italian broadcasters, including monitoring the representation of women in public programming.
Ms Giomi collaborates with the parliamentary commission of enquiry on feminicide, as well as on all forms of gender-based violence; she is a member of the board of the “Gender Studies” Section of the AIS-Italian Association of Sociology and of the magazine “AG. About Gender. International Journal of Gender Studies”.
By decree of the President of the Republic, sMs Giomi was appointed on 15 September 2020 as a member of the Board of Authority for Guarantees in Communications.
She is the Agcom Representative in the Italian Chapter of the IIC International Institute of Communications.
Frédéric Bokobza has been Deputy Director General at the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel since July 2016.
Previously, Mr Bokobza has held various managing positions in the fields of media, telecommunications and culture within the French Government’s administration: (2014 to 2016) he was in charge of public policies in the fields of electronic communications and postal services at the Ministry of Economy and Industry; (2010 to 2014) Head of the division for the development of cultural economy at the Ministry of Culture and Communication; (2006 to 2009) he was in charge of European and International affairs, Digitization and Media Economics at the Directorate for Media Development (Prime Minister’s Office) and (2003 to 2006) he was in charge of European and International affairs at the Directorate for Media Development.
Mr Bokobza has also been a senior consultant at the Boston Consulting Group’s Paris Office (2002-2003), after being in charge of several IT projects at the Ministry of Interior (1996-2001).
Mr Bokobza holds degrees from École polytechnique and Télécom Paris, two French engineering schools.
Ian 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, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.
His term runs until September 4, 2022.
Monsieur Ian Scott possède plus de 25 années d’expérience en matière de politique et de réglementation dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications tant dans le secteur public que le secteur privé.
Après avoir travaillé au Bureau de la concurrence, il a œuvré au CRTC de 1990 à 1994 en collaborant à l’élaboration d’un cadre lié à la concurrence dans la prestation de services téléphoniques interurbains au Canada. De 2007 à 2008, il a occupé le poste de conseiller principal au président du CRTC en matière de politiques dans le cadre du Programme de permutation des cadres.
Avant de revenir au CRTC en 2017, M. Scott a occupé divers postes de direction dans l’industrie des communications, notamment à Télésat Canada, Telus et Call-Net Enterprises, soit l’une des premières entreprises à faire concurrence dans le marché canadien des interurbains. Il a également exercé un leadership à l’égard de questions de politique et de réglementation dans le domaine de la radiodiffusion en tant que cadre à l’Association canadienne de télévision par câble.
Monsieur Scott a été membre de divers conseils d’administration, dont celui de l’Association canadienne des femmes en communications et technologie et de Ski Québec alpin, et est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en sciences politiques de l’Université McGill.
Son mandat prendra fin le 4 septembre 2022.
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.
Lucilla Sioli is the Director for “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry” within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, photonics, robotics and AI. Ms Siolo has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.
Ms Sioli holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy).
Maria Rachel J. Arenas is the incumbent Chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) (January 2017 – Present) under the Duterte administration.
Her work experience includes being a director for special projects for Father Pio Lend a Hand Foundation in Makati City. She was a research and training assistant at the Congressional Research and Training Service and a radio and television producer for public affairs at ACE TV Concepts and has also served as a contributing writer at Money Asia and as a consultant, in PAGCOR.
Chairperson Arenas was the first woman representative, in the history of the province of Pangasinan thus far, specifically in the province’s third district. Hence, she was hailed as one of the Most Outstanding Congresswoman of 2007 by the Congress Magazine, Trade Express Asia.
Right now, she also dons the hat of being one of the members of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Red Cross.
When it comes to helping the less fortunate, MTRCB Chairperson Maria Rachel Arenas is in every inch as tireless and dedicated as her mother, the famous social worker, and philanthropist, now the Representative of the Third District of Pangasinan, Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas.
Chairperson Arenas is the 15th and seventh woman chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) which is composed of 30 board members and a vice chairperson and is mandated to regulate and classify motion pictures, television programs, and publicity materials among others.
Chairperson Arenas has a degree in AB Political Science from the De La Salle University. She took up further studies at the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in 2003, and at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, USA, in 2004.
Mitsuhiro Hishida is a senior government official of Japan with more than 25 years professional career in ICT policy. He was appointed to the Deputy Director-General for Global Digital Policy in Global Strategy Bureau of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in July 2021.
Prior to the current position, he had worked in several senior positions, including Deputy Director-General for International Economic Affairs and Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs Office, MIC. He had contributed to the bilateral relations with the US, EU and other European countries, as well as negotiations including OECD, APEC, WTO and TPP as a telecommunication negotiator.
Mr Hishida graduated from Tokyo University with Bachler of Law (B.A.) degree in 1994.
Dr Natee Sukonrat is Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and also Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission, whose main responsibilities are licensing, promoting and regulating the broadcasting sector (radio and television) in Thailand.
Dr Sukonrat has worked in the broadcasting and telecommunications sector for more than 20 years with regulatory concerns for broadcasting. His first objective is to license all unlicensed broadcasting in Thailand. He has held senior posts with several organizations during his career, including Qualcomm Inc., Directorate of Joint Communications Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited in Thailand, and TOT Public Company Limited in Thailand.
Dr Sukonrat has a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Electrical Engineering (Gold Medal), Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand, and PhD in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
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’.
After 15 years shaping and implementing the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, Dr Pascal Dutru moved to the Middle East in 2012. There, he played an instrumental role in establishing Qatar Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), the independent authority in charge of ICT and postal services, holding various senior manager positions ranging from strategy, policy, planning and legal. In that capacity, he has ensured that the regulator enables the ICT sector as a whole and supports digital transformation and digital inclusion. Amongst a wide span of achievements, he has defined regulatory strategies and reviewed practices, adopting a forward-looking perspective. He has also developed specific regulatory frameworks for competition, access, quality of service and reviewed core regulatory policies and instruments related to spectrum, numbering and addressing. His actions support Qatar transforming into a connected nation, with very high-speed fixed and mobile broadband available everywhere (full fiber and 4G+ network coverage, large 5G roll out). He has also supported Qatar in signing and implementing ambitious strategic partnerships with large Cloud service providers, developed the national Cloud Policy and related instruments, and contributed to significant digital transformation projects.
Dr Dutru brings with him over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, with an in-depth understanding of markets at all stages of competition and the deployment of proactive strategies tailored to foster growth.
In Europe, he was General Counsel of Clear Channel (Europe), a worldwide external communication group, and of Alten SA, a listed IT services company. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel in charge of the regulatory and competition division of Bouygues Telecom, a French fixed and mobile telecom service provider. As part of his duties, he helped the company branch into new markets, oversaw strategic contract negotiations with French and Foreign service providers, handled complex litigations and was deeply involved in the regulatory field in France and in Europe.
His earlier professional experience includes working as an attorney at law with Thieffry & Associes, and Bigle, Carbonnier, Lamaze & Rasle, amongst other distinguished organizations.
Dr Dutru is an Attorney at Law (Paris) and often conducts lectures in telecom law and electronic commerce, regularly speaks at high profile international conferences and is an officer of the international Bar association (IBA – Communications Committee).
Dr Dutru has a PhD in Law and an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe (Bruges). He also graduated from ESSEC in Finance and Control.
Robert Mourik joined the joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in 2019.
Mr Mourik has almost thirty years’ experience in the telecoms sector, as an industry executive and as Government official.
Prior to joining ComReg, he worked for Cubic Telecom, a new entrant in the automotive IoT space, where he was responsible for all wholesale activities. Robert spent almost 10 years in Telefonica as the European Regulatory Strategy Director at their corporate HQ in Madrid and as Strategy Director in Ireland.
He also worked for Vodafone Group, as its head of the Brussels Office and in the regulatory department in Newbury, UK.
In 1991, Mr Mourik began his career in the Dutch Department for Transport and Telecommunication and from 1994 until 1999 he served, as Telecom Attache at the Netherlands’ Permanent Representation in Brussels. He was a Member and Chair of the Council Telecoms Working Group in 1998 when the first telecom regulatory package was adopted.
Mr Mourik studied Economics and Public Policy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and the University of Hull (UK).
Sanjeev Kumar Sharma is a senior officer with Government of India, with over twenty-six years of experience in telecom sector. Mr Sharma is currently Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Government of India and looks after issues related to Network, Spectrum, Licensing, Broadband Policy Analysis, Administration and International Relations.
Mr Sharma’s experience ranges widely from telecom regulation, telecom operations, development of the Cellular Mobile networks from scratch, organisation restructuring, licensing and telecom policy formulation.
Mr Sharma, an Engineer, has a post-graduation from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in association with Syracuse University, USA. He also has a degree in Law.
Dr Seyed Emamian is currently the president of SATRA, the statutory body in charge of the regulation of Audiovisual media service providers including, but not limited to, Video-on-Demand (VoD) and Video Sharing Platforms. As a convergent industry, SATRA is working closely with other relevant regulatory bodies like telecommunication authority in Iran.
Before joining SATRA in 2019, Dr Emamian was based in academia as the founder of the Governance and Policy Think Tank (GPTT), a University affiliated institution at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, where he was conducting several policy research on regulation of disruptive technologies and sharing platforms.
In 2014, He completed his PhD in Governance and Public Policy at Edinburgh University, UK.
Siobhan Walsh is a Director in the Content Policy Team. She joined the team four years ago and oversees the regulation of the BBC and PSB sector.
Previously she worked in the Competition Group in Ofcom, working on broadcasting, telecoms and postal regulation. Prior to Ofcom Ms Walsh was an economist in the Government Economic Service and started out working as an economist in a research team at the University of Westminster, focussing on education and labour market issues.
Thomas Sullivan is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) International Bureau, which represents the FCC in international meetings and oversees the licensing and policy activities for international telecommunications services and satellite services.
From March 2010 to January 2017, Mr Sullivan served as the Chief of Staff for the International Bureau, where he coordinated International activities within the FCC and advanced the FCC’s international representation within the US Government and at international events.
He joined the FCC in 1991 after receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Agency charged with the responsibility of regulating telecommunications in Nigeria. He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advance Communications Studies, established in 2004 by the NCCto build capacity for the Nigerian/Africa telecom industry in information and communications technology. While at DBI he developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT: implementation, policy and regulation.
Professor Danbatta served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee on Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.
Professor Danbatta has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a book entitled ‘Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics’. A recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour, Professor Danbatta has served two terms as a Member of Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN Registered Engineer and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. (NSE).
Prof Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.
Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, one of the two Vice Presidents of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), is responsible for telecommunications and rail.
He was Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in 2016.
Prior to his current position, he worked in several senior positions in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. He was Head of Unit for the European ICT Policy from 2007 until April 2014 and Head of Unit for International Telecoms and Postal Services Policy from 2002 until 2006. Prior to that, he worked as an advisor for regulatory policy from 1998 until 2002.
After graduating from the University of Bonn with a degree in Law (Second State Examination) he started his career at the Federal Ministry of Post and Telecommunications from 1992 until 1994 including a mandatory secondment to the Directorate-General Information Society and Media of the European Commission in Brussels. From 1995 until 1997 he worked in the Office of the Minister Dr. Wolfgang Bötsch.
Dr. Eschweiler holds a degree in Law from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn and spent two terms at the University of Lausanne.
Dr Yeali S. Sun is a Commissioner and was nominated for a seat on the National Communications Commission by Premier Ching-te Lai of Executive Yuan and was confirmed by the Legislative Yuan on July 25, 2018. She was sworn into office on August 6, 2018.
Previously from 1988 to 1993, Dr Sun was with Bell Communications Research Inc. (Bellcore; now Telcordia), where she was involved in the area of planning and architecture design of information networking, broadband networks, and network & system management. In August 1993, she jointed National Taiwan University as a professor. Dr Sun was chairperson of the Department of Information Management from 2005-2007 and a visiting scholar of CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA from 2007-2008. She was the director of the Information Networking Group in the Computer Center of National Taiwan University and founded Taiwan Academia networks (TANet) Northern Regional Security Operations Center (SOC). In 1996-2002, Dr Sun served in the TANet Technical Committee, Steering Committee of the National Broadband Experimental Network (NBEN) and Internet2, and IP Committee of TWNIC. She also served in many government science and technology project review committees. She was an adjunct research fellow of the Office of Science and Technology and a member of the Science & Technology Program Executive Review Board, Executive Yuan from 2017-2018.
Dr Sun’s research interests are in the area of cybersecurity, communication networks, mobile Internet, and quality of service (QoS).
Dr Sun received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from National Taiwan University in 1982, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Computer Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1984 and 1988, respectively.
Research activities regarding the next level of mobile networks are taking place everywhere. How are regulators approaching these new developments, in particular being part of the 6G world, or the ‘network of networks’. What role for open-RAN and disaggregation in the secure networks of the future?
Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
Panel discussion and Q&A
Aileen Chia, Deputy Chief Executive and Director-General (Telecoms and Post), IMDA, Singapore
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
Chaucer Leung, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
Mitsuhiro Hishida, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
Dr Yeali S Sun, Commissioner, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan ROC
Thomas Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Short presentations set the scene on how regulators are working to enable full connectivity and broadband access. Discussion will follow, to pick up themes including fixed-mobile convergence, universal service, infrastructure sharing, balancing supply & demand.
Dr Annegret Groebel, Head of International Affairs, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
Short presentations followed by discussion
Adolfo Cuevas Teja, Chairman, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission
Robert Mourik, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland
Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Dr Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli, Chairwoman, Swiss Federal Communications Commission (ComCom)
Examining the two pillars of platform regulation – economic regulation (market power of gatekeepers) on one hand and consumer protection (online harms, trust in digital platform business models) on the other.
Dr Annegret Groebel, Head of International Affairs, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
Annemarie Sipkes, Director Telecommunications, Transport and Postal Services Department, Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM); Incoming BEREC Chair 2022
Panel discussion and Q&A
Dr Seyed M.S. Emamian, President, SATRA (Iranian Audiovisual Media Regulatory Authority)
Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice-Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand
Professor Elisa Giomi, Commissioner, Autorita per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)
How to strike the balance between encouraging AI systems/applications and managing associated risks and what role might regulation take? Does the lack of a clear definition of what AI is hinder regulation? Is the approach of regulating use-cases rather than technology itself viable?
Andrea Sanders-Winter, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
Lucilla Sioli, Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT – Directorate for Digital Industry, European Commission
Panel discussion and Q&A
Professor Anthony Clayton, Chairman, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica
Augusto Fragoso, Director-General for Information and Innovation, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM)
Dr Pascal Dutru, Legal Unit Manager, Communications Regulatory Authority Qatar (CRA)
Emmanuel Gabla, Membre du Collège, Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France
Dr Derek Wilding, Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney; President, IIC Australia Chapter
Siobhan Walsh, Director, Content Policy, Ofcom, UK
Latifa Akharbach, President, High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (HACA), Morocco
Dr Charley Lewis, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Maria Rachel J. Arenas, Chair, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Philippines
Frédéric Bokobza, Deputy Director General, Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) France
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