Every year, statutory national regulators gather for the International Regulators’ Forum (IRF), where policy issues are debated in a collegiate, neutral environment. A number of key themes are covered during the two-day event, bringing together regulators from around the globe. The themes for this year’s meeting can be found below.
In addition to the discussions during the day, regulators had the chance to meet with their peers during scheduled networking events, which included a drinks reception and dinner, ahead of the Annual Conference, which takes place on 10-11 October. Together, the IRF and Annual Conference comprise Communications Policy & Regulation Week.
On the 8th and 9th of October 2018 regulators from over 30 economies from throughout the world met in the main conference room at the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) in Mexico City, Mexico, to address and discuss a wide range of topics impacting the TMT sphere. The overarching theme was to understand how we are moving forward in the digital world, and what will be different.
Adolfo Cuevas Teja joined the COFETEL - Federal Telecommunications Commission in 2006 where he served as General Director of the Drafting Resolutions Office. On September 10, 2013 he was appointed Commissioner of the IFT- Federal Telecommunications Institute by the Senate. Commissioner Cuevas will be serving in the post until 2022.
Commissioner Cuevas started his professional career in the Public Sector in 1985, working for the Office of Legal Counsel at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. From 1998 to 2002, he was General Counsel of the Metropolitan Autonomous University.
In the telecommunications sector, Commissioner Cuevas has served as Legal Deputy Director of the Mexican Institute of Radio. He was General Counsel for the General Directorate of Radio-Television-Film at the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also provided legal advice on telecommunication issues to the Senate.
Commissioner Cuevas has an LLB from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institution where he specialized in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and a Masters in Law program. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Kennedy School.
Arturo Robles Rovalo is a Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications in Mexico.
Dr Robles previously worked for European telecommunications operators – such as Airtel-Vodafone in Spain – in areas related to strategic development and technological evolution, and for global consultancy firms specialized in technological, economic and political-regulatory analysis of multinational projects in telecommunications and information technologies. In addition, he was Senior Consultant at Détente Group for the deployment, evaluation, policymaking and international coordination of satellite systems for national security. In 2015, he started working at the Federal Telecommunications Institute as Deputy General Director for Prospective.
Dr Robles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He completed the Joint Doctorate in Telecommunications from Polytechnic University of Madrid and also earned a Masters degree in Signal Theory and Communications from the same University. In addition, he has taken postgraduate courses in Management of Telecommunications (Spain) and Regulation in Digital Markets (Belgium).
Commissioner Gabriel Contreras Saldívar is President of the Federal Institute of Communications (IFT) in Mexico and is a professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (since 2009), where he lectures on subjects such as administrative, constitutional and civil law.
Commissioner Contreras Saldívar has served as Adjunct Advisor of Legislation and Regulatory Studies at the Legal Counsel of the Federal Executive branch in Mexico, where he also held the positions of Adjunct Advisor of Consultation and Constitutional Studies, and Adjunct Advisor of Control and Constitutional Litigation.
He was Technical Secretary and General Director at the Presidency Office, Legal General Director for Regulation and Consultation at the Institute for the Banking Savings Protection (IPAB), Liaison Director for the Health, Education, Labor, Fiscal, and Financial Sectors at the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission, as well as Director of International Legal Assistance in the Attorney General's Office.
He is a lawyer from the Escuela Libre de Derechoin Mexico, and has a Masters Degree in Law, Economics and Public Policy from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Spain.
Javier Juárez Mojica has been a Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) since October 2016. He began his professional career at the Federal Telecommunications Commission, where he participated in the implementation of the number portability policy, the creation of the Basic Technical Plan of Interconnection and Interoperability, as well as in the measurement of the quality of mobile networks, among other important issues.
He is an honorary member of the Commission on Ethics in Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Mr Juárez has devoted a professional career of more than 15 years to the study of telecommunications and to the promotion of innovation and competition in this sector. In particular, he is interested in advancing "The Internet We Want", a working agenda that underlines the importance of quality internet access for people and the exercise of rights.
Mr Juárez graduated with honors in Electronics and Communications engineering, a Master in Information Technology and Administration and a Master degree with Speciality in Networks and Information Systems for Businesses, awarded by the École Nationale Supérieure de Télécommunications de Bretagne, in France.
Mario Germán Fromow Rangel career spans over 20 years in the public and private sectors as well as internationally level. He is an expert in public policy, regulation, and technological development of the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.
He has been a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of Mexico. On 10 September 2013, he was ratified by the Senate of Mexico as Commissioner of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications for the next seven years.
Prior to that (from 2011), Commissioner Fromow Rangel served as General Director of Regulation “B” in the Federal Telecommunications Commission, defining regulatory policies to promote the efficient development of telecommunications infrastructure and services in Mexico. He was also Chairman of the National Consultative Committee on Telecommunications Standardization and Deputy Chairman of the Portability Technical Committee.
He has been Head of Delegation, representing Mexico at a number of high level meetings, and, as Deputy Head of Delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications held in December 2012 in Dubai, he signed ad referendum the Final Acts, due to the Full Power granted by the President of the United States of Mexico.
Between 2004 and 2007, Commissioner Fromow Rangel was Project Coordinator of the Vice Ministry of Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT).
Commissioner Fromow Rangel holds a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering from Keio University, Japan. He also obtained a degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. He has served as an Optical Communications Researcher at the Research and Technology Development laboratories of the Japanese company Kokusai Denshin Denwa (KDD) and was also Research Associate at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr Elena Estavillo Flores is a Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications. She has more than 20 years’ experience in competition and regulation, having served in the Federal Competition Commission, the Ministry of Communications and Transport, as well as leading the specialized boutique Aequum and acting as an independent expert witness.
She holds a degree in Economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, as well as a Masters in Mathematical Economy and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris, France. She is the author of various specialized articles and books on competition and regulation and was recognized by Global Competition Review as one of the 100 Women in Antitrust. Forbes Mexico has also included her in its Most Powerful Women list.
Sóstenes Diaz González was ratified as a Commissioner of the IFT for a period of 9 years by a qualified majority in the Senate on 25 April 2018..
He has more than 16 years’ experience in telecommunications regulation.
Commissioner Diaz has been responsible for several regulatory projects at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), such as the design and implementation of the current cost models for interconnection services; the current cost methodology of interconnection; as well as the definition of interconnection points of the Preponderant Economic Agent (PEA) in the telecommunications sector in Mexico; the revision of the Framework Agreements of Interconnection and of the Reference Offers of the Wholesale Services of Dedicated Links; of Mobile Virtual Operators; and of the wholesale service of the Visitor User; as well as the determination of asymmetric interconnection rates for the services provided by the Preponderant Economic Agent.
In addition, Commissioner Diaz has worked within the Academy having been the subject of the subjects of "Microeconomics I" and "Microeconomics II" in the Unique Program of Specialisations of the Postgraduate of the Faculty of Economics in the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Commissioner Diaz graduated as an Economist from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and has a Masters in the same area by Colegio de México.
Aaron Smith currently serves as Interim Chief Executive for the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda, the independent body which regulates Bermuda’s electronic communications and electricity sectors. Prior to assuming this role in February 2018, Mr Smith served as a Commissioner for the Authority for almost a year.
Mr Smith has worked in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry for over 25 years, starting with IBM Canada in 1989, before relocating to Bermuda to assume a senior management role with the IBM Bermuda Agency in 1998.
Mr Smith co-founded The Igility Group in 2003, a holding company which provided leadership and direction to several technology-related businesses in addition to the IBM Agencies in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands until divesting of those franchises in 2016.
Mr Smith has served as a Director for many private and publicly-traded organizations including those in the technology, financial services, education and not-for-profit sectors. He currently serves as a member of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and the Bermuda Government’s E-Commerce Advisory Board. He is the co-Chair of the Bermuda chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Mr Smith holds a BSc from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Windsor.
Miss Agnes Wong was appointed Director-General of Communications of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in August 2017.
As the Director-General of Communications, Miss Wong 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 statutory body and the regulator for both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Hong Kong.
Miss Wong provides support to the CA in the exercise of the CA’s statutory functions under the Telecommunications Ordinance, Broadcasting Ordinance, Broadcasting (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance and Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (UEMO). These mainly cover licensing matters for both the telecommunications and the broadcasting sectors, management of radio spectrum, enforcement of the provisions safeguarding fair competition and UEMO, as well as giving advice to the Government with regard to telecommunications and broadcasting matters.
Miss Wong 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.
Before taking up her current post, Miss Wong was the Deputy Secretary for Transport and Housing (Housing)/Deputy Director of Housing (Strategy) from October 2012 to July 2017.
Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in May 2012. 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 a telecommunications company. Since taking the helm at the FCC, Chairman Pai has championed regulatory modernisation, updating rules to match marketplace realities and aiming to deliver consumer value through market-based solutions instead of pre-emptive regulation. He also has made the FCC more transparent, nimble, and accessible.
Chairman Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize. In 2010, Chairman Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Allan Ruiz Madrigal currently serves as Executive Secretary of COMTELCA (Regional Telecommunications Technical Commission), and has had the distinction of working with several global corporations, including Lucent Technologies, Alcatel, Intel, General Electric and ICE (Costa Rica's incumbent telecom operator).
Mr Ruiz offers more than 25 years of experience worldwide in the development of ICT projects and telecommunications in both the public and private sectors. He is an expert in digital technologies, radio spectrum management, microwave and wireless networks, mobile telephony, rural telephony, broadcasting, digital television, satellite and broadband plans. He is also an expert tutor, coordinator at CEABAD and has represented the Republic of Costa Rica in the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) and in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
He has been Director of Radio Spectrum and Vice Minister of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica. He has also been a professor at the University of Costa Rica in telecommunications.
Mr Ruiz has a BS from the University of Costa Rica in Electronics and Telecommunications and hold a master's degree in Telecommunications from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
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.
Botlenyana Mokhele has a wealth of experience in broadcasting media policy and regulation from a career spanning over two decades. Prior to being appointed to the Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), she was a Principal Consultant at Pygma Consulting based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before becoming a consultant, Ms Mokhele served in a number of senior positions at the Department of Communications (DoC), including that of the Chief Director 2010 Broadcasting, responsible for implementation of the South African Government’s ICT Guarantees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to this she served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of Broadcasters and Manager at Broadcasting Policy Research and Development at ICASA. During her tenure in both positions, Ms Mokhele contributed towards broadcasting policy and ICT legislative processes in South Africa, and served on the country’s Digital Migration Working Group.
Ms Mokhele has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has Honours in counselling psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA), a Postgraduate Diploma in information policy from UNISA, a Postgraduate Diploma in telecommunication studies from the Cable and Wireless College and an Advanced Project Management Diploma from Damelin College.
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 Commissioner for the Atlantic Region and Nunavut, Mr MacDonald participates in public hearings and consultations with the objective of developing regulations and establishing policies in both the telecommunications and broadcasting sector.
Mr MacDonald offers extensive experience in the telecommunications industry in Atlantic Canada and deep knowledge of the telecommunications sector.
Prior to his appointment to the CRTC, Mr MacDonald served as a Sales Executive and Manager with Rogers Communications Inc., including as Senior Manager of Sales and Business Development for Atlantic Canada. In these roles, he managed relationships with the company’s clients and with local telecommunications providers. From 2001 to 2005, he held various roles within the Office of the Premier of New Brunswick, including Executive Assistant to the Premier.
An active supporter of youth and entrepreneurs, Mr MacDonald is the Provincial Treasurer of Junior Achievement New Brunswick and a member of the Board of Governors of its Business Hall of Fame. He is also a past director of Partners for Youth and the York Care Centre.
Mr Macdonald holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of New Brunswick.
Edwin Castillo was appointed National Telecommunications Director on 1 March 2010.
Mr Castillo previously held the position of Head of the Planning and Engineering Department, National Authority of Public Services in February 2001, where was in charge of the Spectrum Control and Management Department.
During his professional career he has worked as a teacher in the Electrical Engineering Faculty of the Technological University of Panama, he has served as Coordinator of the COMTELCA Radiocommunications Committee (2009-2010).
Mr Castillo obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering and Communications, at the Technological and Higher Studies Institute of Monterrey, Mexico.
Dr Jamal Eddine Naji is founder of the UNESCO chair in public and community communication in Rabat, member of the Board of UNESCO’s communication chairs network (ORBICOM), and DG of the HACA. He has held these positions during a long career as a university lecturer/ researcher in journalism and communication, strategies of communication; lobbying as regards human development in Morocco, the Maghreb and countries of the African Sahel in the fields of public health, education, professional training, the environment, human rights, governance, institutional communication and services to citizens.
Prof. Naji devised and led these strategies as an expert on a number of UN organisations: WHO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, FAO and other international, Maghreb and African non-governmental and governmental organisations.’
Dr Naji is a founding member and former member of the “Board of the Moroccan Organization of Human Right (OMDH)” (1988-1996) and other NGOs specialised in communication (in Morocco and in North Africa). Author of studies about media and public policy and strategies of international NGOs in the media landscape in Morocco, in North Africa and in the Arab world (Print press, news agency, Public Service Broadcasting, Specialised journalism, Right to information and communication, Social media and community media, ICT and social networks ...), communication strategies for sustainable development, with approaches of law and gender (Health, vocational training, environment, education, heritage, women's and children’s rights in Morocco and the North African countries).
Dr Naji was also General Coordinator of the National Debate " Media and Society" launched in Parliament on January 28th, 2010, attested in late 2011 by two reports (Diagnosis and roadmap Recommendations) (www.mediasociete.ma), establishing what is collectively known today " Le Livre Blanc des médias au Maroc".
Dr Naji is the author of specialised books in journalism, communication and human rights including: La liberté de la presse au Maroc: Limites et perspectives (1996.OMDH/Article 19) ; Médias et journalistes: Précis de déontologie (Editions arabe et française. UNESCO 2002-2003) ; Les droits de l’homme dans la presse marocaine (Editions arabe et française. CDIFDH/PNUD/HCNUDH. 2004); Les TIC : de nouvelles opportunités pour les médias au Maghreb (Manuel -CD-pour journalistes, patrons et formateurs. UNESCO 2005; Citoyens et média, Guide pratique pour un dialogue entre citoyens et Media. UNESCO 2006, Le journalisme maghrébin au féminin.UNESCO 2007; Médias et Société Civile dans le monde arabe: Manuel de formation sur les médias communautaires. UNESCO 2008.
Dr Naji graduated with a PhD in Sciences of Information and Communication from the “Université Paris 2-Panthéon”. He also graduated from the “French Institute of Press (Former ISJ)” and “L’Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication (ISIC)” Rabat, where he was Professor/ researcher (1983-2008 ). He is a former Professor at the UQAM (Montréal.1996/1998), supervising PhD thesis in communication and media.
Juan Manuel Wilches’s work experience began in Colombia in 2000 as Advisor for the Telecommunications Regulation Commission – CRT where, for a period of almost 7 years, he led and advised several projects on telecommunications regulation, carrying out activities such as the definition of interconnection conditions, termination rates and conflict resolution, as well as performing market analysis, and developing models for fixed and mobile network costing.
In 2010 he was contacted to be part of the team that created the National Spectrum Agency (ANE) in Colombia, joining as Senior Advisor to the Director General. He was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director for Spectrum Management and Planning, a position in which, with his team, he developed the National Spectrum Management Policy adopted in 2012 and the comprehensive spectrum management and planning framework currently in place in Colombia.
His recognized experience in regulation and spectrum management led him to be appointed by the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies as Commissioner in 2013 and Executive Director in 2014 for the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)
Mr Wilches has represented Colombia in several international meetings such as the ITU-R Study Groups and Working Parties, as well as the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2012. He also has been President of the Spectrum Management Group at the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (OAS-CITEL).
Mr Wilches has a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated with honours in 2009. During his stay in Canada, he worked at Kazam Group as a consultant in telecommunications, where he specialised in wireless communications.
Lindsey Fussell is the Consumer and External Relations Group Director at Ofcom. Ms Fussell has been at Ofcom since 2016 and leads Ofcom’s work on consumer policy and enforcement. She also represents Ofcom on BEREC (the Board of European Regulators of Electronic Communications).
Before joining Ofcom, Ms Fussell was Director of Public Services at the UK Treasury, where she led work on public spending on education, defence and criminal justice.
Michael Cosgrave is Executive General Manager of the Infrastructure Regulation Division at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The ACCC is the economy wide competition regulator that has specific responsibilities in the economic and competition regulation of telecommunications and some other key infrastructure sectors. In this role it investigates allegations of breaches of competition and consumer law, and undertakes merger reviews in the telecommunications sector. Additionally it has specific responsibilities in relations to telecommunications, administering industry specific access and economic regulation rules which include the determination of the terms and conditions on which the National Broadband Network supplies its customers.
Mr Cosgrave has been the most senior official within the ACCC on telecommunications for the past 20 years
Mr Cosgrave’s current position involves the overall management of the ACCC’s Infrastructure Regulation Division, which is responsible for fostering competitive, efficient and informed markets in critical sectors and industries. This includes the economic regulation of certain communications, water and transport markets and the monitoring of industries where there is lack of competition such as fuel and airports.
Mr Cosgrave is a lawyer who has worked both as a barrister and as a solicitor across a range of areas in both the private and public sectors.
Nicole Chan has expertise in the field of Science & Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Convergence, Internet & e-Commerce Regulation, Creative Industry Regulation and Management.
Ms Chan has served as Vice President & Director General, Science & Technology Law Institute (STLI), Institute for Information Industry. She also served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture & Creative Industries Management, National Taipei University of Education.
Orlando José Castillo Castillo is the Director General of Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (TELCOR), Nicaragua.
Mr Castillo is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Designated Postal Operator. Post office of Nicaragua.
Mr Castillo has previously held the positions of Member of the Board of Directors of ENATREL (National Electric Transmission Company) from 2005-2006 and Economic Advisor of the Mayor's Office of Managua. Mr Castillo was General Manager of Channel 4 Television.from1990-2004
and Deputy Director General of the Sandinista Television System.from 1979-1990.
Paul Canessa was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) in October 2000.
Mr Canessa is responsible for regulating the electronic communications sector in Gibraltar, which includes the licensing of the radio spectrum, satellite communications and broadcasting.
Mr Canessa is also the Information Commissioner.
The GRA is governed by a Board made up of five members, Mr Canessa being the Chairman of the Board.
Mr Canessa’s background is in broadcasting, having been a television producer/journalist and then Head of News and Current Affairs with the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation.
Dr Rainer Schnepfleitner currently heads the Office for Communications in Liechtenstein, where he is responsible for the regulatory frameworks of Electronic Communications, Media, Electronic Signature and Post.
Dr Schnepfleitne started his career in telecommunications with the Austrian Regulatory Authority. Later he gained expertise in European antitrust and state aid provisions while working with the European Commission in DG Competition. In 2003 he moved to Swisscom, where he was responsible for fixed and mobile regulatory accounting, before continuing his career as project and product manager where he introduced various mobile navigation solutions. From 2008 to 2018 Dr Schnepfleitne worked for the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) in Doha, Qatar, where he was responsible for the regulatory frameworks of Telecommunications, IT, Access to Digital Media and Post.
Dr Schnepfleitner holds a Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Economics from Vienna Economic University. He also holds a post graduate degree in European Competition Law from King’s College in London.
Ambassador Robert L Strayer was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy in September 2017.
Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Strayer was the general counsel for the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). In that position, he oversaw the drafting and passage of the committee’s legislation and advised the Chairman on policy matters, including cyber security, sanctions, and digital economic policy.
From 2011 to 2012, Ambassador Strayer was the director of the homeland security project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was led by 9/11 Commission co-chairs former Governor Tom Kean and former Congressman Lee Hamilton. During that time, he initiated and directed a task force on cyber security that published a report on eliminating cyber security information sharing impediments.
From 2005 to 2011, Ambassador Strayer served as a counsel and, subsequently, Republican deputy staff director on the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, he managed the development of cyber security policy and the drafting of cyber security legislation. In addition, he was a counsel on the committee’s special investigation of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, reviewing communications failures following the hurricane.
From 2002 to 2005, Ambassador Strayer practiced telecommunications law at WilmerHale. Prior to the law firm, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Lanier Anderson on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and served as the Si Karas fellow in the Solicitor’s Office of the Ohio Attorney General.
Ambassador Strayer received a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif, and he earned his BA in Economics, summa cum laude, from Denison University. During 2015, Mr Strayer taught a seminar on cyber security law as an adjunct law professor at the George Mason University law school.
Mrs Willie-Matoorah is a Senior Attorney-at-Law with seventeen years of practice; fifteen of which have been spent in the telecommunications industry. For the past seven years Mrs Willie-Matoorah serves the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (the Commission) in Saint Lucia as its Director/Secretary. Mrs Willie-Matoorah also served as in-house Legal Counsel to the Commission for a five year period from 2003- 2008. During a 3-year period of detachment from the Commission, Mrs Willie- Matoorah established a private practice with a fellow Senior Attorney-at-Law and currently remains a Partner in the Law Firm-Willie-Trotman, Matoorah & Co.
In Mrs Willie-Matoorah’s capacity as the Director/Secretary to the Commission, she is responsible for the efficient conduct and management of the Commission and its Secretariat. She also provides legal advice and support to all the operations of the Commission, advises on the formulation of policies and strategies for carrying out the responsibilities of the Commission under its enabling main and subsidiary legislation, coordinates and assists in the representation of the Commission litigation or arbitration, provides direction to ensure that the procedures and operations of the Commission are in accordance with the legislation, provides direction for the preparation of technical and policy documents on telecommunications matters, engages in the acquisition of such external expertise as may be necessary for the accomplishment of the Commission’s objectives and engaging in adequate and effective liaison with such related national, regional, and international agencies in the course of executing the Commission’s mandate.
Mrs Willie-Matoorah has attained a law degree with honours – LL.B. (Honours) Bachelors of Law, post-graduate qualifications, firstly as a graduate of Law School- Legal Education Certificate (L.E.C) followed by the completion of a Master’s Programme with merit - LL.M. (Merit). At Masters level, she pursued a Telecommunications Law specialisation in addition to a Corporate Finance and Management, Intellectual Property over the Internet, and Regulation and Infrastructure of Arbitration.
Simon Thomson joined the Commerce Commission in 2011 and since 2012 has headed the business unit responsible to the Telecommunications Commissioner for the whole regulatory program for the Telecommunications sector. Mr Thomson has significant experience with both the New Zealand and European regulatory frameworks, which includes working at the Irish regulator. Although now focusing on strategy and leadership, Mr Thomson has a strong analytical background from previous statistical design work at the national statistical office and forensic services for the New Zealand Police.
Mr Thomson has an MSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology from Victoria University Wellington.
After completing an Economics degree from the University of Kingston, London in 2001, Stewart Brittenden embarked on his career in regulation with the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority in 2004. Specialising in communications regulation, Mr Brittenden has witnessed the full transition of a telecoms monopoly to full competition over the course of 15 years. He has extensive experience in dealing with the European Commission on matters relating to Market Reviews and on the specific issues relating to the smallest jurisdictions both in and out of the European Union. Mr Brittenden has also dealt with matters on competition law and broadcasting and, more recently, postal service regulation.
Waldon Russell is the Acting Director of Electronic Communications at the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority in The Bahamas. He has over fifteen years of experience working in the area of policy and regulations in the electronic communications sector.
Mr Russell is a Chartered Engineer registered by the United Kingdom Engineering Counsel and a Professional Engineer registered by The Bahamas Professional Engineering Board. He is a member of several distinguished professional bodies, including The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in the United States of America, The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) in the United Kingdom.
Mr Russell holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Strategy and Innovation.
Young-sub Shim was appointed Commissioner of the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) in January 2018.
Mr Shim has served as Adjunct Professor, Media Communication Department, Kyunghee Cyber University. He also served as Policy Committee, Center for Media Responsibility and Human Rights.
The Korea Communications Standards Commission is an independent statutory body and the regulator for both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in the Republic of Korea.
The Korea Communications Standards Commission is committed to maintaining its efforts to safeguard the freedom of speech and expression while also working to strengthen the public accountability and fairness of broadcast content. We will continue to do all of this and more in order to secure a strong broadcasting service without compromising the quality of its content. The Korea Communications Standards Commission also regulates Internet communications content on the basis of ex post facto deliberation and strives to protect users and their rights while providing defamation dispute mediation and remedial services.
09:30 Registration and coffee
09:45 Welcome remarks:
Gabriel Contreras Saldivar, President, IFT – Federal Institute of Telecommunications
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Chris Chapman, President, IIC
Paul Canessa, Chairman, Gibraltar Regulatory Authority
Aaron Smith, Interim Chief Executive, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Dr Rainer Schnepfleitner, Head, Regulation Affairs & Competition, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Qatar
Shana Willie-Matoorah, Director/Secretary, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), St Lucia
Maria Elena Estavillo, Commissioner, IFT
Juan Manuel Wilches, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia
Simon Thomson, Head of Telecommunications Regulation, Commerce Commission of New Zealand
Sóstenes Diaz González, Commissioner, IFT
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK
Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Young-sub Shim, Commissioner, Korea Communications Standards Commission
Adolfo Cuevas, Commissioner, IFT
Nicole Chan, Chairperson, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan
Christopher MacDonald, Commissioner, Atlantic Region/Nunavut, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Bathopi Luke, Director – Broadcasting Regulation, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
Dr Jamal Eddine Naji, Director General, Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA), Morocco
Mario Fromow, Commissioner, IFT
Waldon Russell, Director of Electronic Communications (Acting), Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), Bahamas
Allan Ruiz Madrigal, Executive Secretary, COMTELCA (Regional Telecommunications Technical Commission)
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK
18:15 Close of day 1
19:00 Dinner: kindly hosted by the IFT (pre-booking required)
Dr Arturo Robles Rovalo, Commissioner, IFT
Michael Cosgrave, Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Regulation Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Stewart Brittenden, Head of Communications and Postal Regulation, Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA)
Mirna Evelia Menéndez Contreras, Attorney, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET), El Salvador
Javier Juárez Mojica, Commissioner, IFT
Agnes Wong, Director General of Communications of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA)
Professor Anthony Clayton, Chairman, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica
Orlando José Castillo Castillo, Director General, Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (TELCOR), Nicaragua
Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
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