This year’s International Regulators’ Forum (the IRF, a closed meeting for regulators only) preceded the IIC’s 50th Annual Conference, a significant moment for an organisation that has retained its independence and was, arguably, the first organisation to address ‘converging communications’.
Hosted by Ofcom at the historic Skinners’ Hall in London (the birthplace of the Institute) the IRF brought together the most senior regulators from across the globe to address the issues raised by the ever-evolving communications sector, and the challenges of a digital ecosystem that requires a move from so-called ‘static regulation’ to ‘dynamic regulation’.
The meeting addressed the characteristics of the current and evolving regulatory systems and the principles to ensure relevant and better regulation. One of the challenges regulators will face is how to ensure that they can maximise the benefits offered by the digital economy while mitigating the risks that may accompany some parts of it. Key issues were addressed such as connectivity, access and affordability. Regulators must ensure they have the necessary infrastructures in place to take advantage of these opportunities for their societies and for their economies, while ensuring no adverse consequences. Many of the changes are cross-frontier and global and policymakers and regulators need to understand how the changes will affect them and their region.
While the IRF looked at the transition from the legacy structures of telecommunications and content sectors to the inclusion of technology and platforms, the Annual Conference brought the participating regulators together with stakeholders. The open nature of the IIC events (discussion held under the Chatham House Rule) means that transparent, open and collegiate conversations were had.
In addition to the IRF, Communications Policy & Regulations Week included networking events and private meetings, enabling delegates to form or renew lasting relationships with their peers from around the world.
Setting the context for the Forum’s discussion, Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK observed that the biggest emerging area for new regulation is harmful online content. Some countries such as Germany and Australia have already passed laws. In the EU, regulators are getting ready to apply new rules to video sharing platforms.
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.
Akifumi Irie is Advisor to Director-General, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan. Before this he was Senior Deputy Director, General Affairs Division, Global Strategy Bureau (2017-2018) and Senior Deputy Director, Broadcasting Policy Division, Information and Communications Bureau (2016-2018) in the Ministry.
Mr Irie has also held positions as First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japanese delegation representative to the OECD) (2013-2015) and OECD Vice Chair; Deputy Director for International Economy division (in charge of US and EU), Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2012-2013); Deputy Director for Public Finance Policy Division, Ministry of Finance (2010-2012) and Consumer Policy Division / Telecommunications Business Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, in charge of planning consumer protection in the field of telecommunication (2002-2005).
Alee Fa’amoe is the Acting CEO and Executive Director ICT for OfReg, the newly formed (January 2017) converged utilities regulator overseeing ICT, fuels, electricity, and water industries in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Fa’amoe has a broad background in technology, operations, and management and has spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working as an industry expert on telephone numbering and network operations. He spent several years at Deloitte Cayman as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for HR, marketing, IT, operations, and finance departments. He also served as a subject matter expert on client consulting engagements, and worked with Deloitte offices in several Caribbean locations with operational matters.
Mr Fa’amoe spent some time as an independent consultant, and was appointed Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in 2013, which has since become part of OfReg.
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.
Antonio Nicita is Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) and Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at Sapienza University of Rome.
Professor Nicita has previously been Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena and Visiting Fulbright Professor at Yale University. From 2005-06 he was a Non- Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN) for the report on telecommunications sector. From 2006-07 he was an economic adviser to the Italian Minister of Communications and member of the Governmental Unit for the Improvement of Regulation. He was Economic Adviser for the 2009 OECD Regulatory Report on Italy.
Professor Nicita is on the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, European Association of Law and Economics and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE).
He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Siena, Italy. His research interests cover industrial organisation, law and economics, competition economics and regulation.
Camilo Alberto Jiménez Santofimio is Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC).
Mr Jiménez has worked for various private and public telecommunication companies, such as Leading Projects Engineer for the National Television Commission (CNTV), Engineer, Spectrum Management and Planning Section at the National Spectrum Agency (ANE), Senior Consultant at Commission for Communications Regulation (CRC), and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC), where he led the Infrastructure Division.
Mr Jiménez is an Electronic Engineer from the National University of Colombia and a specialist in Projects Management from EAN University. He holds a Master’s degree in Administration from Javeriana University.
Catalina Parot was appointed President of Consejo Nacional de Televisión (CNTV), Chile for a 4-year Tenure from 2018 – 2022.
From 2010 to 2012, for the first term of Sebastian Piñera, President of Chile, Mrs Parot served as Minister of Public Real Estates. In addition, she has worked as President of the Fundación Fecunda (Fecunda Foundation)(2015- ) , General Manager of Viña Corral Victoria (Corral Victoria Vineyard) (2002-2009) and panelist of political TV shows.
Mrs Parot has a Bachelor in Law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile). She also has a Masters degree in Political Science from the Universidad de Chile (University of Chile) and in Classic Philology from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Catholic University of Valparaiso).
Celene Craig has been Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) since its establishment in 2009, in addition to having worked with its predecessors, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Independent Radio and Television Commission.
A significant dimension of her work has been her involvement in the formulation and implementation of a range of national broadcasting-related policies, including licensing, compliance and enforcement, transition to digital terrestrial television, media ownership and control, and codes and standards for broadcasting content. For a number of years, she has had responsibility for the remit and financing aspects of the regulation of public service broadcasters in Ireland, including the completion of annual and five-yearly reviews of public funding for the Irish public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4.
Ms Craig is one of two Authority nominees to the BAI’s statutory Contract Awards Committee, which is responsible for the award of licences for broadcasting services and multiplex operations in the Irish State.
She was Chairperson of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) from 2015-2019, and is an active participant in European and national fora dealing with audiovisual policy and legislative matters, including the revision of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive.
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.
Cordel Green is Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica, and he has helped to lead Jamaica’s Digital Transition process.
Mr Green has been appointed to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO and represents Jamaica on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP). He is also a fellow of Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC), honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington DC), and member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.
Mr Green is an Attorney-at-Law, a former Assistant Attorney-General of Jamaica and a former broadcaster.
He holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws Degree with distinction, from the University of Sheffield in England, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Mona School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education 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 serves 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.
Adv. Dimakatso Qocha’s role at ICASA is to ensure that while fulfilling the mandate of Regulating in the Public Interest, the regulations passed must enable South Africans to meaningfully participate in the ICT ecosystem.
Adv. Qocha is an ICT Policy and Regulatory Specialist. Her career in the ICT sector began in 2004 at Sentech. She was part of the regulatory team that contributed to the promulgation of the Electronic Communications Act and the ICASA amendment Act.
Adv. Qocha later joined the National Association of Broadcasters as Deputy Executive Director. During her tenure, she was involved in the formulation of broadcasting policy and regulatory submissions to the Regulator and Parliament, that changed the landscape of the broadcasting industry. She was further instrumental and party to negotiations on needletime royalties between broadcasters and collecting societies.
Adv. Qocha served on the board of the Road Accident Fund, as well as a member of the appeals committee of the Advertising Standards Authority of SA. Currently, she serves on the board of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
Adv. Qocha holds an LLB degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Interpretation and Drafting of Contracts. She was admitted as an Advocate in 2006.
Dion Smith, is a Bermudian entrepreneur and technology expert. As Managing Director of Smith Technologies Ltd. (STL), Mr Smith works with many other businesses on the island to service and manage their computer and technology needs.
In addition to managing STL, Mr Smith is also Managing Director of Bermuda Business Continuance, a business created for Disaster Recovery Planning and Managing Director of Limo Bermuda.
Mr Smith began his technical career at Gateway Systems, as a Systems Engineer. From 1993 – 2000, Dion has worked in several technical capacities with International Risk Management in Bermuda, Independent Consulting Services, and Overseas Partners before starting Quest Consulting Ltd.
Mr Smith is a Board Director of the Adult Education School (2006 to present) and Board of Commissioners for the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda (2018 to present); He has also been Board Member of the Bermuda Telecommunications Commission (2006- 2012) and Director of Emergence, a global provider of business consulting services, in Bermuda (2009-2012).
Mr Smith holds a BSc in Computer Technology Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., USA (1993). Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Novell Certified Network Engineer (CNE).
Emmanuel Gabla was nominated as Membre du Collège at the board of Arcep at the beginning of 2019. He was previously the Head of the Economic Section of France's embassy in Norway from 2016 until his appointment at Arcep.
Mr Gabla began his career in 1993 at the Ministry of Post & Telecom, which developed the 1996 Act that opened the telecoms sector up to competition. Starting in 1999, Mr Gabla served as an advisor on telecoms, the information society, postal affairs and industrial aspects of the internal market to the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, as Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister, Jean Pierre Raffarin, in charge of telecoms and postal affairs, industrial property and space, and the head of the Technologies and Information Society department at the Directorate-General for Enterprise.
From 2009 to 2015, Mr Gabla was a member of the Board of the French broadcasting authority, CSA, and a member of the General Council for the Economy, Industry, Energy and Technologies from 2015 to 2016.
Mr Gabla is a former student at the Ecole Polytechnique, a graduate of the Ecole nationale supérieure des télécommunications (ENST), and a Chief Telecommunications Engineer.
Garrett Blaney joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner and Chairperson on 07 January 2019.
Mr Blaney was previously a member of the Commission at the Commission for Regulation of Utilities since February 2010 and Chairperson from February 2014 to February 2017. In 2017 Mr Blaney was elected the Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators (Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators) and also the President of the Council of the European Energy Regulators (CEER).
Prior to becoming a Regulator Mr Blaney had over 20 years of experience working in the energy industry. He was previously Strategic Development Director for Viridian Power and Energy, Commercial Director for Huntstown Power, Ireland’s first independent power producer, and Asian regional director for ESB International.
George Michaelides has more than 20 years of experience in ICT, and currently heads the Cyprus national regulatory authority (OCECPR) for Electronic Communications and Postal Services as well as the regulatory authority for Network and Information Security (NIS) for Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs). In addition, he is tasked to setup and operate the National CSIRT. His office is also the coordinating body for the implementation of Cyprus Cybersecurity Strategy.
As part of his regulatory duties Mr Michaelides is a Board member of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the European Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG) and the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP). For more than 14 years he has been working for multinational organizations holding various regional senior ICT roles, accountable for the provision of impeccable service through reorganizations, outsourcing and the implementation/adoption of IT Best Practices.
Mr Michaelides holds a B.Eng in Computer Engineering and an MSc in Communications Systems.
As Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Scott supervises and directs the work and staff of the Commission. He also chairs Commission meetings and participates in public hearings and consultations.
Mr Scott has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors. After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994, where he collaborated on the development of a framework for long-distance telephone service competition in Canada. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC.
Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Mr Scott held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises, one of the first companies to offer competition in the Canadian long-distance market. He also provided leadership on broadcasting policy and regulatory issues as an executive at the Canadian Cable Television Association.
Mr Scott has served on various boards, including Women in Communications and Technology and Ski Quebec Alpin.
Mr Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.
Isolde Goggin is the Chairperson of the CCPC. Ms Goggin was originally appointed a Member of the Competition Authority in July 2010, and in October 2011 she was then appointed Chair of the Authority and designate chair of the CCPC.
Previous to this she was Commissioner and then Chairperson of Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation.
Before joining ComReg, Ms Goggin was Director of the Regulated Markets Division at the Competition Authority. She began her career with Eircom as an engineer, and later moved into business management and then regulation, working with Eircom, DG Information Society of the European Commission and Ericsson.
Ms Goggin holds a First Class Honours engineering degree, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.
Mr Jeffrey Paul Morgan is a senior regulatory professional having engaged in regulatory practice since 1995, specifically in utility and telecommunications regulation. Prior to that he worked for 24 years at senior management levels in electric and water utility management and operations.
In 2017 Mr Morgan was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) of the Cayman Islands. His term ended in August 2018. He served as a founding Deputy Director General for two three year terms before being appointed as Director General of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Jamaica and was a key member of the team engaged by the Government of Jamaica to “create” the OUR.
Since 2009 he has been a non-executive director of the Utility Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) of the Bahamas, serving as the Deputy Chairperson between 2009 and 2017.
He practices as an independent consultant on regulatory policy and related issues in the Energy, Telecommunications and Water Sectors. He has advised clients such as the International Telecommunications Union and advised the Government of the Cayman Islands on regulatory reform issues related to the legal and institutional design for the merger of the existing single sector regulators into a multi sector regulatory organisation. During that tenure in the Cayman Islands he was appointed by the Cabinet as the Chair of National Energy Policy Review Committee.
Mr Morgan served two terms (2006 – 2008) as Chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO); he is a Founding Member and served two terms (2001 -2004) as Vice Chairman of Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) and subsequently as Chairman for two terms (2004 – 2006)). He again served as Chairman for one term 2013/2014. He has also served as Co - Vice Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC’s) International Relations Committee and also as 2nd Vice President of OLADE’s “Forum of Supervisory Entities and Regulatory Agencies for Electric Power Activities”.
Mr Morgan, a PURC Senior Fellow, is a graduate of the University of Salford, England, is a Professional Engineer registered in Jamaica, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, Fellow of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers of the USA.
Jonathan Oxley joined Ofcom as Group Director, Competition in November 2014 and was appointed to the Ofcom Board in January 2015.
Prior to joining Ofcom, Mr Oxley was a Partner in PwC’s Strategy and Economics practice, specialising in telecoms, media and technology.
After graduating, Mr Oxley joined BT as a graduate trainee manager, where he stayed for eight years before moving to Metropolitan Fibre Systems (Verizon).
Mr Keng Thai Leong, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, has more than 36 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He was previously Director-General of Telecommunications & Post at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), which became part of the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore on 1st October 2016.
In his previous position, Mr Leong played a key role in significant milestones of the industry, including the full liberalisation of the sector, the introduction of a competition regulatory framework, and the deployment of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network.
Mr Leong concurrently holds the appointment of the Chairman of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), the statutory body set up to administer the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). In addition, he is a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Senior Advisor, International Strategy Unit at the Ministry of Communications & Information.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Kevin Bakhurst has been Group Director, Content and Media Policy at Ofcom since October 2016. He oversees Ofcom’s broadcast regulation and policy. He is a member of Ofcom’s Executive Board (Policy and Management Board) and Ofcom’s Content Board.
From 2012 until 2016, Mr Bakhurst was Managing Director, News and Current Affairs and Deputy Director General at Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ. During this period, he was also Acting Director General for several months.
From 1990 to 2012, Mr Bakhurst has had a long and distinguished career in BBC News, latterly as Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom and Controller of the BBC News channel and BBC News at One O'clock. When he was Editor of the BBC Ten O'Clock News, the programme received a BAFTA for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and a Royal Television Society Award for News Programme of the Year. This was the first of many awards, covering, among other areas, humanitarian crises and political issues.
After a brief spell with Price Waterhouse, he became a researcher, then assistant producer at the BBC Business and Economics Unit in 1989.
Mr Bakhurst served as a Magistrate from 2000 until 2006. He attended St John's College, Cambridge, where he read French and German.
Kiat How Tan was appointed Chief Executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) in Jan 2017.
Prior to joining IMDA, Mr Tan was the Deputy Secretary (Cyber and Technology) at the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), where he was involved in refining the national cybersecurity strategy with the Cyber Security Agency (CSA).
Mr Tan was also previously from the former Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), where he helped to develop the Intelligent Nation 2015 plan and implemented the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network. He also served at the Ministry of Finance and the Pioneer Generation Office.
Mr Tan currently sits on the boards of Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and Land Transport Authority (LTA).
Mr Tan graduated from Stanford University with an MSc in Management and was a Mason Fellow at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has a BA in Computer Engineering and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Kim Mallalieu is Deputy Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, TATT, a Fulbright Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies where she leads the academic, commercial and outreach programmes in Communication Systems.
Dr Mallalieu has previously held the position of Head of Department and led the development of the Master’s in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy, MRP (Telecommunications), coordinating its delivery to participants from over thirty developing countries around the world. She has led many institutional, national and regional initiatives designed to build capacity for ICT-enabled developmental interventions and innovation and was a founding member of Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la Información (DIRSI). As Principal Investigator of the Caribbean ICT Research Programme, she is engaged in multidisciplinary action research revolving around regionally appropriate strategies and technologies in support of development, with an emphasis on longitudinal pathways for equity and inclusion.
Dr Mallalieu holds a BS Electrical Engineering from MIT; MS Optics from the University of Rochester (Institute of Optics) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University College London. She is a licensed amateur radio operator and the recipient of local, regional and international teaching awards as well as several other awards of distinction.
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.
Luciano Charlita de Freitas is an economics and finance adviser to the Board of Commissioners of Anatel. He has over 16 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector working in Brazil, the United States and Japan. Mr Charlita de Freitas has recently been involved in studies for approaching the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Brazil and initiatives towards the reduction of competition barriers and to leverage investment flow in the sector.
Mr Charlita de Freitas holds a PhD in Economics-development Policy from the University of Hiroshima and contributes as author and reviewer of several academic journals.
Dr Luisa Affuso is Chief Economist at Ofcom and Head of Profession for Economics and the Director of the Economics Group - a group of over 50 economists who help to ensure our decisions are underpinned by expert economic analysis. She is a member of the Senior Management Team at Ofcom and of the Policy and Management Board, its Executive Board.
Dr Affuso joined Ofcom in October 2018 from PwC where she headed the Competition Economics advisory practice. She has over twenty years’ experience in the application of competition, regulatory, and industrial economics and has advised on a large number of cases including mergers, abuse of dominance and restrictive horizontal and vertical agreements, as well as damages litigation from antitrust infringements, market studies and market investigations, and State aid. She has given expert evidence on a number of high-profile cases before several antitrust authorities including the European Commission, the Italian, UK, South African, Indian, and Singaporean authorities, as well as Courts and specialised Tribunals.
Prior to becoming an economic consultant Dr Affuso was an academic, initially at the University of Cambridge where she was Director of Studies and Fellow in Economics at Robinson College, and a Research Associate of the Department of Applied Economics, and subsequently at the London Business School. She is currently a Senior Member of Robinson College.
Dr Affuso was educated at the University of Warwick, where she obtained an MSc and PhD in Economics. She holds BSc and Doctorate in Economics from the University of Naples (Federico II), Italy.
Mansoor Hanif was appointed Chief Technology Office, Ofcom, in September 2018. As CTO he is head of the technology profession across the organisation, ensuring that the technology aspects of all Ofcom’s policy work are informed and robust, and is a member of the Policy and Management Board. He also leads Ofcom’s activities in network security & resilience as well as engagement with CTOs at our stakeholders, industry bodies and with Government. Outside of Ofcom, Mansoor is patron of the ITP, a member of the Steering Board of the UK5G Innovation Network, and on the Advisory Boards of the Satellite Applications Catapult and UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept.
Mr Hanif has 25 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world.
In 2011 he joined EE and was accountable for the technical launch of 4G as well as the Integration of the 2G/3G Orange and T-Mobile networks. Mansoor was Director of Radio Networks and a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. At BT he was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018.
Marcin Cichy was appointed as President of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) in 2016.
Before joining UKE, Mr Cichy held various positions as Director of the Analysis Bureau in the Ministry of Digital Affairs. From 2013 to 2016, he was a regulatory expert at UPC Polska, responsible for regulated access to property and telecommunications infrastructure for investment purposes. He was in charge of projects on security and electromagnetic compatibility of the HFC network.
From 2005 to 2013, Mr Cichy worked for the NRA and held a number of leading roles in projects related to mobile services. In 2011, he took over as Director of the Department of Strategy and Telecommunications Market Analysis with responsibility for ICT analytics and regulatory strategies of the former NRA heads.
Between 2016-2018 Mr Cichy was a member of the Council of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR). Since 2016 he has been a representative of the Polish government on the Board of the International Organisation of Space Communications "Intersputnik". In the years 2016-2018 he represented the Polish government in the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). Since 2018, he has been a member of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, operating within the UN framework. In 2019, Vice-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).
Mr Cichy has an MS degree in engineering and completed post-graduate studies in economics. He cooperates with the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (CARS) of the University of Warsaw.
Mark Basile is a Director at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Up until June 2019 Mr Basile led the ACCC’s work on the competition aspects of the recently completed Digital Platforms Inquiry. Prior to this, Mr Basile was a Director in the ACCC’s Merger Investigations branch. Mr Basile is currently on leave from the ACCC and is working for the UK Competition and Markets Authority on its market study into digital advertising and online platforms.
Nerida O'Loughlin was appointed as Chair of the ACMA on 14 October 2017 for a term of five 5 years.
Prior to joining the 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 and 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. Also 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’.
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.
Philip Marnick is Group Director, Spectrum at Ofcom, where he is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for managing spectrum including clearing, awarding, licensing, monitoring and enforcement.
Mr Marnick has over 30 years’ experience within the wireless communications industry. He has held senior executive positions covering technology, operations and strategy. Mr Marnick has worked in both start-ups (from initial concept to sale) and large corporates in companies ranging from UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile and SpinVox (now Nuance).
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.
Ramiro Camacho Castillo was appointed Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) in March of 2019 for a period of nine years.
Commissioner Camacho has worked as an economist at the competition and telecommunications authorities of Mexico for the past eleven years. He was General Director of Economic Consulting at IFT and Deputy General Director of Economic Studies at the Competition Commission (COFECE). Previously, he was an Associated Professor at the University of Guadalajara for eleven years.
Commissioner Camacho holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Guadalajara, and three master’s degrees: In Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; in Operations Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and in Energy Economics from Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei in Italy.
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, she served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Leader.
Ms Slaughter has advised Leader Schumer on legal, competition, telecom, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters, among other issues. Prior to joining Senator Schumer's office, Ms Slaughter was an associate in the DC office of Sidley Austin LLP.
Ms Slaughter received her BA in Anthropology magna cum laude from Yale University. She received her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal.
Sandro Mendonça is a Member of the Board of ANACOM, the Portuguese national regulatory authority for electronic communications, postal affairs, spectrum management, and outer space-related economic activities.
Mr Mendonca is also Professor at the Department of Economics, ISCTE Business School. He is a German Marshall Fund Fellow since 2012 and in 2015 he was nominated “European Young Leader” by the Friends of Europe Foundation. Since 2012 he teaches doctoral programs at the Southern Medical University (Guanghzou) and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (Chengdu). He is faculty of SPRU, University of Sussex, since 2016.
Mr Mendonca held Science Officer duties for two terms at CYTED, the Ibero-American program for science and technology from 2014 to 2017. His research has been cited in the scientific literature and in a number of academic textbooks, professional handbooks and official reports by international organisations, including the European Commission, the OCDE, several UN agencies, etc. He has held opinion columns over the years in several Portuguese newspapers (Expresso, Público, Diário de Notícias) and currently features in UP, the on-board magazine on TAP airlines. His research and policy work have mostly focused on innovation, intellectual property and strategic foresight. He has consulted extensively and internationally.
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.
Susannah Nightingale took up the post of Falkland Islands Communications Regulator in September 2017. She is the first person to be appointed to this post in a full time capacity. She has sole responsibility for implementing a regulatory framework ranging from quality of service and mechanics of a price cap to spectrum management. Prior to moving to the Falkland Islands, Ms Nightingale worked as a senior policy advisor successfully influencing a range of UK and European policy areas from health to immigration.
Dr Tobias Schmid was the elected Vice Chairman of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) on 1 January 2018.
Dr Schmid is also Director of the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Affairs Commissioner of the Conference of Directors of the Media Authorities (DLM) and a deputy member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM).
Prior to this, Dr Schmid was Head of Media Policy at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland (2005 until 2016), Executive Vice President of Governmental Affairs at RTL Group (September 2010 until December 2016), Chairman of the Board at the German Association of Private Broadcasters and Telemedia (VPRT) (November 2012 until September 2016). From 1999 until the end of 2004, he worked for Home Shopping Europe AG. where he was responsible for Law and Media Policy, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Public Relations as General Counsel.
Dr Schmitd holds a Doctorate in Law.
Wen-Chung Guo has been serving as a commissioner since August 2016 but has contributed significantly to deregulation and rate-rebalancing of telecommunications since 1994. More recently, his work has encompassed areas such as price regulation, pay TV network policies, the digital divide, and spectrum auctions in Taiwan. Besides his current position at NCC, Mr Guo is also a professor of economics at National Taipei University.
Mr Guo’s primary areas of research include Internet economics, telecommunications, media economics, and financial economics. His academic research has been published in various international economic journals, such as Journal of Industrial Economics, Economic Theory, and Journal of Media Economics, among others.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and PhD of Economics at National Taiwan University.
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.
Yih-Choung Teh is Group Director, Strategy and Research at Ofcom. One area of current focus is the increasing shift to online communications and the associated challenges. He has previously been a Director in Ofcom’s Competition Group, working on issues including Ofcom’s strategy to encourage investment in telecoms infrastructure, and overseeing Ofcom’s broadcasting and media competition programme.
Before joining Ofcom, Mr Teh worked for a strategy consultancy in the telecoms sector, providing policy and strategy advice to public and private sector clients globally. Prior to this he held an academic research post in the University of Oxford.
Ľuboš Kukliš has been Chief Executive at the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission of Slovakia since 2006.
He is the Council’s representative in European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), where he currently serves as Chair.
In 2016-2017 he chaired ERGA Subgroup on Protection of Minors that examined systems for protection of minors in EU media environment and in 2018 he lead ERGA’s work on media plurality.
In the field of media and administrative law he is also active in lecturing and writing - most recently Electronic Media Regulation (Wolters Kluwer, 2015), Slovak Broadcasting Act – A Commentary (Wolters Kluwer, 2016).
He frequently speaks at public events all over Europe and cooperates with international organizations on possible solutions on topics such as the spread of disinformation, protection of minors in the online space or the regulation of the new media. In the field of media and administrative law he is also active in writing - most recently Electronic Media Regulation (Wolters Kluwer, 2015), Slovak Broadcasting Act – A Commentary (Wolters Kluwer, 2016).
Ľuboš Kukliš studied at Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava, where he also obtained PhD in Administrative law.
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
The changing nature of content regulation
Ľuboš Kukliš, Chief Executive, Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission of Slovakia; Chair, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)
Catalina Parot, President, Consejo Nacional de Televisión (CNTV), Chile
The changing nature of telecommunications regulation
Professor Sandro Mendonça, Board Member, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), Portugal
Professor Antonio Nicita, Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy
The changing nature of competition policy
Jonathan Oxley, Group Director, Competition, Ofcom, UK
Jeffrey Paul Morgan, Board Member, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), Bahamas
Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director of Strategy and Research, Ofcom, UK
Garrett Blaney, Commissioner & Chairperson, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland
Nerida O’Loughlin, Chair, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Dr Wen-Chung Guo, Commissioner, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director, Consumer and External Relations, Ofcom, UK
Marcin Cichy, President, Office of Electronic Communications, Republic of Poland; Broadband Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Keng Thai Leong, Deputy Chief Executive (International and Corporate), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Singapore
Camilo Alberto Jiménez Santofimio, Commissioner, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC), Colombia
Mansoor Hanif, Chief Technology Officer, Ofcom, UK
Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS); Chair-designate, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)
Akifumi Irie, Advisor to Director-General, Global Stretegy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
Dr Wilhelm Eschweiler, Vice President, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
Dion E Smith, Commissioner, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Dr Luisa Affuso, Chief Economist, Ofcom, UK
Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), USA
Luciano Charlita de Freitas, Regulatory Specialist, National Telecommunication Agency (Anatel), Brazil
Mark Basile, Director, Digital Platforms Inquiry, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Simon Thomson, Head of Telecommunications Regulation, Commerce Commission of New Zealand
18:00 End of day one
18:15 Dinner for IRF attendees only, kindly hosted by Ofcom (pre-booking required)
Kevin Bakhurst, Group Director, Content and Media Policy, Ofcom, UK
Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland (CCPC)
Dr Tobias Schmid, Director, Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia; Commissioner, European Affairs, Directors of the Media Authorities (DLM), Germany; and Vice Chairman, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)
Adv. Dimakatso Qocha, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica
Philip Marnick, Group Director, Spectrum, Ofcom, UK
Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Emmanuel Gabla, Membre du Collège, Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France
Chaucer Leung, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
12:30 Close and Lunch
18:00 50th Annual Conference Opening Reception, County Hall (pre-registration required)
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