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24th June 2021 - 9:00 am

International Symposium on 5G and Driving the Benefits of Big Data

Hybrid: Virtual & in person

International Symposium organised by International Institute of Communications (IIC) and hosted by Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (Office of The NBTC), Thailand

Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 09:00 ICT / 03:00 BST / 12:00 AEST / 22:00 EDT 

International Symposium organised by International Institute of Communications (IIC) and hosted by Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (Office of The NBTC), Thailand

Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 09:00 ICT / 03:00 BST / 12:00 AEST / 22:00 EDT 

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Welcome Speakers

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

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

Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.

Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.

Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.

Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.

General Sukit Khamasundara Acting Chairman and Commissioner, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

General Sukit Khamasundara is NBTC Commissioner Acting Chairman of the The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC).

General Sukit Khamasundara has previously held prestigious positions in the Royal Thai Armed Forces, as well as involved in significant infrastructure projects in Thailand.

He was a Member of the Committee to Formulate the Policy for the Provision of Universal Basic Telecommunications Services and Social Services at National Telecommunications Commission and Advisory Board of the Management of Doctoral Philosophy Program in Political Science at Burapha University.

General Sukit Khamasundara holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Science Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Class 20, MA in Political Science (Security Resources Management), Burapha University and Joint Staff Course, Command and General Staff College.
Additionally, he has a Certificate, National Defence College of Thailand, Class 44, Professional Engineer (Civil Engineering), the Board of Control of the Professional Engineering and a Certificate, Top Executive Program, Capital Market Academy, Class 15.

Keynote Speakers

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).



Michel Van Bellinghen Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

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.

Mr Van Bellinghen served as Chair of BEREC in 2021.




Wilhelm Eschweiler (Dr) Vice President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany

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.


Charley Lewis (Dr) Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Bio coming soon ………………

Chris Perera Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Asia Pacific, AT&T

Chris Perera is a Senior Director of International External & Regulatory Affairs, where she advances AT&T and Warner Media’s International market entry regulatory strategy and public policies across Asia Pacific. She works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external affairs and global public policy advocates around the world.  AT&T is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology.

Ms Perera works with Governments, National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and users, to advocate open market policies and best practice regulatory frameworks to promote competition and efficient investment in telecommunications and media markets.

Ms Perera is also a Board Member and previous Vice President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC), an industry association of global and regional telecommunications carriers operating in the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining AT&T in 2014, Ms Perera was the Senior Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region, GSMA, the Chair of the New Zealand Radio communications Sector and an adviser to the Minister of ICT and Minister of Broadcasting in New Zealand.  She was also the Principal Wireless Advisor on the evaluation panel for the New Zealand Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative.

Ms Perera has a Masters (Thesis) Degree from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and holds a Management Accounting Degree from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom.

David Hermawan Country Digital Acceleration (CDA), Head of Industrie 4.0, Cisco

David Hermawan has more than 15 years of international and national experience in enterprise business development, sales, strategic management, product development and project management excellence, for manufacturing, electronics, IT, healthcare, and EPCM (Engineering Procurement Construction and Management) industries with Fortune 500 enterprises, as well as major conglomerates groups. Mr Hermawan drives AIoT (Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things) business and ecosystem from cloud to edge, across diverse sectors such as Industrial, Vision analytics, Healthcare, Smart City and Retail Technology.

Guillaume Mascot Senior Manager Global Regulatory Policy, Shure France

Guillaume Mascot is Senior Manager Global Regulatory Policy, Shure France.

He was in previously in charge of Government Relations for Nokia in APJ (Asia-Pacific, Japan) & India. He oversaw all aspects of current and future policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he was working with institutions and other relevant stakeholders to create a favourable political and regulatory environment to foster public and private investment in the digital and broadband industries with a focus on innovation for sustainable growth, competitiveness, and quality of life in a connected environment.

Previously, Mr Mascot also led Alcatel-Lucent’s EU representation in Brussels, managed European Affairs and engaged with the European institutions. He was a board member of the EIF (European Internet Foundation) – a European think tank supporting European political leadership for the development of European multilateral public policies responsive to the political, economic and social challenges of the worldwide digital revolution – and was also an associate member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

Mr Mascot holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a major on Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Lille.

Harin Grewal Cluster Director (Networks, Technology & Resource), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore; Executive Director, Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC)

Harin Grewal manages a cluster of divisions in IMDA that cover the technical aspects of telecommunications and broadcast regulation. This includes spectrum management, border coordination, , numbering, regulatory price reviews and telecommunication standards.

As Executive Director of SGNIC, Mr Grewal also leads the Singapore NIC which is responsible for the management and promotion of .sg domain names, as well as internet domain and numbering related policies. SGNIC also carries out radio interference investigations and Quality of Service measurements on behalf of IMDA.

Prior to this, Mr Grewal headed the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (“Next Gen NBN”) programme office. The Next Gen NBN is a globally unique nationwide fibre network, and its open-access model has been designed through a combination of structural and operational separation requirements set out by IMDA.

Mr Grewal is concurrently the Co-Chairman of Working Party 2, of Study Group 20 (Smart sustainable cities and the Internet of Things (IoT)) of the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).



Hiroshi Amano Deputy Director for the Digital Economy Promotion Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Hiroshi Amano joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2008.  He is currently in charge of the tax break system for the introduction of 5G/ local 5G and local 5G promotion policies as a deputy director for the digital economy promotion office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan.  He has worked for over 13 years in the government sector and has knowledge and experience of both domestic and local government sectors, as well as international policies in the ICT area by working in the international section for four years, in addition to the work in the Wakayama prefectural government as the director for the ICT policies between 2016 and 2019.

After graduating from the Waseda University (the faculty of Social Sciences) in 2007, Mr Amano took the Master of Science degrees in the Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015 and in the International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh in 2016.

Hisakazu Tsuboya Senior Vice President and General Manager of 5G & IoT Business Department NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

In 1992, Hisakazu Tsuboya entered Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). In July 1992, he transferred to NTT DoCoMo, one of the companies spun off with the re-organisation of NTT, and worked in software development of switching equipment for mobile communications and international standardisation. Following posts in NTT DoCoMo’s International Division and Corporate Planning Division, Mr Tsuboya joined what is now the Smart Life Business Division, where he undertook projects related to new business development. In February 2015, he was appointed founding President of DoCoMo Bike Share Inc. that he had been personally involved in establishing, and injected intensive efforts into business expansion. Thereafter, Mr Tsuboya served as General Manager, Chiba branch and in July 2020 was appointed to his current post. His current focus is collaboration on cutting-edge solutions with partner companies as well as generating new business through 5G x DX.

Jean-Jacques Sahel Asia-Pacific Head of Content Policy and Global Head of Telecommunications Policy, Google; Director, International Institute of Communications

Jean-Jacques Sahel was appointed Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google in November 2019, overseeing Google’s public policy approach in the region for issues including misinformation, online safety and intermediary liability.

He has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. Before joining Google, Mr Sahel was Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s corporate strategy and operations across the European region. He also led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.

Previously, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.

Ex officio, Mr Sahel chaired the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) from 2009-2019.  He currently serves on the IIC’s Board and is Chair of the IIC Strategy Committee. He was a member of OSAB, the Advisory Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom for 2 terms until 2016. He has authored articles and research in both mainstream media and academic publications particularly on Internet policy and governance.

Kuek Yu-Chuang Vice President, International Business,

Kuek Yu-Chuang is iQIYI’s VP for International Business. In this role, Kuek oversees the strategic planning, marketing, business development and public affairs functions for iQIYI International. Prior to joining the company, Kuek held executive positions at Netflix, ICANN and Yahoo!. Kuek began his career as a diplomat and trade negotiator with the Singapore government. Kuek pursued his undergraduate studies at Peking University and later obtained post-graduate degrees from Harvard University and INSEAD.

Lim May-Ann Director of Data Governance, Access Partnership

Lim May-Ann is the Director of the Data Governance practice at technology consultancy firm Access Partnership, and is concurrently the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). She has worked extensively on digital policy, including data governance issues, digital economy development, emerging technology such as Web3 and blockchain, metaverse development, ICTs for development, equitable access to finance and digital tools, sustainability challenges in the technology space, and cybersecurity. She has worked with many global, regional, and local organisations such as APEC, ASEAN, PECC, INTERPOL, Council of Europe (CoE), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), FELEBAN in Latin America, and the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), on thought leadership development, government outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts.

She is appointed to the Singapore Data Protection Appeal Panel 2019-2023 (2 terms), and sits on various international agency task forces, such as the World Bank Group’s Cloud and Data Infrastructure Private Sector Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Digital ASEAN Taskforce, the Data & Jurisdiction Team for the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.

A strong advocate for career coaching, inclusive education and digital policies, Ms Lim also volunteers as a youth mentor with Advisory Singapore, and is the chairman of nonprofit organisation Engineering Good, which focuses on assistive technology and digital inclusion of the underprivileged and disabled. An active dive instructor, Ms Lim also organizes sea cleanups and advocates for ocean sustainability.


Pakorn Petchprayoon (Dr) Chief of Economic Division, Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency , Thailand

Dr Pakorn Petchprayoon has been Chief of Economic Division, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) since 2016.

He previously held the position of Researcher/Geo-Informatics Scientist at the Agency from 2001-2006. There, he was responsible for developing a research organisation working with satellite and weather data to study all aspects of the Earth and climate systems, including applying space technology to environmental monitoring and natural resource management among other areas.

Dr Petchprayoon was also a Researcher in the Remote Sensing Division of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) from 1995-1996/1997-2000, where he applied remote sensing data to environmental monitoring and natural resource management.

Dr Petchprayoon has written and co-authored several publication, was a lecturer on GEOG 4093 Remote Sensing of the Environment at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. In 2001 he received the best speaker award for an outstanding presentation of his paper at the 22nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing.

Dr Petchprayoon has a PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Colorado, USA; MA in Remote Sensing, Mahidol University; MSc in Technology of Information System Management, Burapha University; BSC Geography. He also has a Certificate of Remote Sensing Technology from the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC).

Sanda S T Cheuk Deputy Director-General (Telecommunications), Office of the Communications Authority, Hong Kong, China

Sanda S T Cheuk is currently the Deputy Director-General (Telecommunications) of the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. OFCA is the executive arm of the Communications Authority which is an independent unified regulator for both the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Hong Kong. Mr Cheuk is responsible for overseeing all matters in relation to the regulation of the telecommunications sector, management of radio spectrum and enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

Mr Cheuk was trained as a professional engineer and has developed his career in the telecommunications field. After gaining experience in the private sector, he joined the Government and has worked in OFCA and the former Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) for over 20 years. He is currently a Corporate Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mr Cheuk holds a bachelor degree in electronics engineering and a master degree in business administration (technology management).

Shinji Kawakami Deputy Department Manager, Department of Policy and Planning, Aizuwakamatsu City, Japan

Shinji Kawakami was appointed Deputy Department Manager, Department of Policy and Planning in Aizuwakamatsu City on July 2019. He is in charge of smart city, overcoming population decline and vitalizing local economy.

Prior to this he was the Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Deputy Counsellor, Critical Infrastructure Protection Group, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), Cabinet Secretariat and in 2010 entered the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Mr Kawakami has over 10 years of experience in ICT, broadcasting, mobile phones, and international affairs since he entered the government in 2010.


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.

Tidaporn Santimanawong Senior Director - Technology Cloud Engineer, Oracle ASEAN

Tidaporn Santimanawong leads the technology cloud engineering team for Oracle ASEAN. She plays an instrumental role in driving for Oracle’s flagship Data Management Cloud portfolio. With over 27 years of experience in functional/technology and leadership, Ms Santimanawong has led teams of high performance cloud engineering and has also focussed on customer centricity and she aims for driving customer advocacy.

Ms Santimanawong is responsible for the hypergrowth bookings and revenue of Oracle Cloud’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud offerings and Cloud@Customer. As well as managing this business through the adoption of Oracle’s emerging cloud innovation.

More than 20 of those years have been with Oracle across different portfolios in ASEAN.  Ms Santimanawong has held other roles within the company, where she focused on technology consulting and implementation services in large, global projects across the telecommunications, financial services, and government sectors.


Andrea Millwood Hargrave Principal, Millwood Hargrave Ltd

Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave is an independent consultant in the field of regulation across the communications ecosystem, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in technologies and consumer behaviour.

An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford, and a Member of the Working Group on Information Access (part of UNESCO’s IFAP Programme), Andrea stepped down as the IIC’s Director General in 2020, having run its regulatory programme for over twenty years. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Andrea served as a regulator for content delivery organisations in the UK for many years and has published widely on communications policy in an international context, having acted as an Expert for both the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Notachard Chintakanond Executive Director, International Affairs Bureau, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Notachard Chintakanond is the Executive Director of the International Affairs Bureau at Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (Office of the NBTC).

Mr Chintakanond is in charge of all international – related matters for Office of the NBTC. He has extensively in close cooperation with many international forums such as ITU, APT, APEC, ASEAN, WTO, ATRC as well other international collaborations. He has contributed greatly for Office of the NBTC’s work through his responsibilities covering all liberalizations and negotiations under various regional trading arrangements such as cooperation under ASEAN Telecom Regulators Council (ATRC); Spectrum coordination; Collaboration on regulatory issues with overseas regulators as well as Bilateral cooperation with other international regulatory bodies. He has also been main negotiator for Telecommunications issues under various FTA negotiations including the recently concluded RCEP 2020.

Mr Chintakanond joined the Office of the NBTC in 2009 as a Senior Analyst, Director of Policy and Planning Division, Senior Expert in Policy and Planning and Executive Director of International Affairs Bureau, respectively.

Previously, he has been Trade Negotiator at the Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN) where he was the US Desk Officer responsible, in particular, for all trade related matters and trade negotiations with the US. Later on, he worked as Foreign Relations Supervisor at the Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) where his capability covered a wide range of issues including Internationalization, Innovation, Informal Sector, Intellectual Property, and Capacity Building.

Mr Chintakanond holds a Master Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick, England and Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Furthermore, He has completed The Civil Service Executive Development Program: Visionary and Moral Leadership.

Pratompong Srinuan Ph.D Senior Economic Expert, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Pratompong Srinuan is a senior economic expert at the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand, where his main responsibilities focus on economic regulations. He has recently been involved with the spectrum designs and auctions (organised in 2015, 2018, and 2020), competition, spectrum re-farming, and price regulations. He is currently working on a preparation of 3.5GHz band, and a spectrum auction of 1800 MHz, 3500 MHz, and 28 GHz that will be held in the early part of 2022.

Mr Srinuan received his PhD in technology management and Economics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He also has a bachelor and masters degree in Economics.

Sudharma Yoonaidharma (Professor) Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand; Chairman, Thailand Chapter

Professor Sudharma Yoonaidharma serves as Commissioner for Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand.

He currently also holds positions as Commissioner, Higher Education Commission; Legal Expert on Committee on Digital Economy Infrastructure and is a Member of Directors of the Chulabhorn Royal Institute. He was also a Commissioner of the National Telecommunication Commission (2004-2010) – a predecessor of the current National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Professor Yoonaidharma was the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the NTC appointment, he taught business and economic law at Chulalongkorn University. There, he held senior posts, including Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Director General of the Intellectual Property Institute and Director General of the Science and Technology Law Center. Through the years, Professor Yoonaidharma’s other activities included the drafting of telecommunications and e‐commerce laws, and a proposal to liberalise and privatise government‐owned operators. He was appointed as a World Bank transport and telecommunications expert to work with the Ministry of Finance to facilitate corporatisation of public utility service agencies, and also prepared a position paper for the Thai Government to negotiate telecommunication services under the Uruguay Round leading to the Thai Schedule of Commitment of 1994 and 1996.

Professor Yoonaidharma has been the lead telecommunication negotiation delegate for the Japan‐Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement, Thailand‐US Free Trade Agreement (suspended), Thailand‐India Economic Cooperation Agreement, ASEAN‐China Closer Economic Cooperation Agreement and Thailand‐Australia Free Trade Agreement. He was nominated as the Chairman of the ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators Council (ATRC) in 2009, Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐Japan Telecommunication Dialogue and Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐China Telecommunication Dialogue.

Professor Yoonaidharma, a notable speaker at many international meetings and conferences, also teaches Telecommunications Law for Masters degrees at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University.

Thursday 24 June 2021

09:00-09:40 (Bangkok) Opening and Welcome

Opening of event:
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, International Institute of Communications

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Opening Remarks by:
General Sukit Khamasundara, Commissioner & Acting Chairman, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Official opening announcement
Group Photo

09:40-10:00 (Bangkok) Keynote Address

Interrelations between 5G and big data – why the one feeds into the other

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

Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany

10:00-11:00 (Bangkok) Session 1: Strategies for driving 5G

Now that commercial launches of 5G are underway, we have an opportunity to compare the different strategies being adopted internationally and consider what are the success factors for investment and adoption in the aspect of:

  • The Evolution of infrastructure: current and future plans to support 5G.
  • Encouraging demand
  • Policy making and regulatory principles.

1. What should governments do to promote investment and to improve the quality of backbone infrastructure for 5G connectivity?

2. How could 5G affect/ improve the business model and create value in a business value chain?

3. Do you think 5G would be the key for post COVID-19’s economy recovered?

Ajarn Sudharma Yoonaidharma, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand; Chairman, IIC Thailand Chapter

Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations Asia-pacific & Japan, Nokia

Chris Perera, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, AT&T

Kuek Yu-Chuang, VP, International Business,

Jean-Jacques Sahel, Asia-Pacific Information and Content Policy Lead, Google

11:00-12:00 (Bangkok) Session 2: Creating and Seizing the Opportunities offered by Big Data – Case Studies

Though still in their infancy, products and services that use Big Data are being introduced across finance, healthcare, retail, transport, manufacturing, and agriculture – strategic industries that together drive the economic dynamism of both emerging and mature economies.

o Agriculture
o Healthcare
o Smart Cities
o Banking

1. How has Big Data revolutionised your industry and what will the direction be in the future?
2. What is the challenge for Big Data in your industry supply chain?
3. What impact has Big Data had on your industry during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Notachard Chintakanond, Executive Director, International Affairs Bureau, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

o Agriculture
Dr Pakorn Petchprayoon, Chief of Economic Division, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

o Healthcare
David Hermawan, Country Digital Acceleration (CDA), Head of Industrie 4.0, Cisco

o Smart Cities
Shinji Kawakami, Deputy Department Manager, Department of Policy and Planning, Aizuwakamatsu City, Japan

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

12:00-13:00 (Bangkok) Lunch
13:00-14:00 (Bangkok) Session 3: Infrastructure and policy requirements to support Big Data

What are the critical components to enable the growth of Big Data and what is its interrelationship with AI?

o Infrastructure: Cloud, Broadband and fixed/mobile
o Capacity Building
o Building online trust and confidence

1. What should governments do to promote investment in Big Data?
2. How can governments ensure skills are developed and not lost to other more developed industries?
3. How can governments help to overcome resistance to and distrust of Big Data (and AI)?

Pratompong Srinuan, Ph.D, Senior Economic Expert, The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Lim May Ann, Executive Director, Asia Cloud Computing Association

Tidaporn Santimanawong, Senior Director – Technology Cloud Engineer, Oracle ASEAN

Hiroshi Amano, Deputy Director, Digital Economy Promotion Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Hisakazu Tsuboya, Senior Vice President & General Manager of 5G & IoT Business Department NTT DOCOMO, INC.

14:00-14:15 (Bangkok) Refreshments
14:15-15:15 (Bangkok) Session 4: The need for regulatory change and the regulators' role

Do regulators have the means to prepare for the major technological opportunities offered by both 5G and big data, and what more do they need? How can governments (and regulators) ensure that all can benefit from these changes?

Andrea Millwood Hargrave, International institute of Communications

Keynote Speaker:
Michel Van Bellinghen, Chairperson of BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication) 2021; Chairman of the Council, Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT)

Harin Grewal, Cluster Director (Networks, Technology & Resource), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore; Executive Director, Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC)

Sanda Cheuk, Deputy Director-General (Telecommunications), Office of the Communications Authority, Hong Kong, China

Dr Charley Lewis, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Andrea Millwood Hargrave, International Institute of Communications

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