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15th - 17th May 2024

Annual Latin America & Caribbean Forum

Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF), Regional Regulators Forum, Small Nations Regulators’ Forum

Date: Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 May 2024

The IIC will be holding its 11th annual Latin America & Caribbean Forum in Panama City.

Kindly hosted by

In collaboration with

Inter-American Development Bank

Kindly sponsored by Apple and Frontier Economics

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The Forum will comprise:

Small Nations Regulators Forum
Wednesday 15 May 2024 (12:00 – 13:45)

Regional Regulators Roundtable
Wednesday 15 May 2024 (14:00-17:30)
Moving from legacy telecommunications/media regulation to digital regulation – is a new regulatory model required? How do we manage the migration/transition? Best practice regulation for the digital era

Latin American & Caribbean Forum
Thursday 16 – Friday 17 May 2024
• Closing the digital divide: what’s really working, what isn’t, and how to make measurable, sustainable progress
• Closing the funding gap: quantifying the investment required and potential sources of finance
• Fulfilling the creative economy’s potential to drive socio-economic development and soft power: policy and regulatory levers
• Promoting competition in digital markets: does one size fit all? How are countries in LAC tailoring their approach to ex ante and ex post regulation?
• Broadband cost recovery and network fees – what is the direction of travel?
• Trust and authenticity in online content: tackling misinformation and disinformation; protecting media plurality; media literacy initiatives
• Creating an enabling but safe environment for the use of Artificial Intelligence for social and economic good. How are regulatory models developing in LAC?
• Mini-workshop sessions on connectivity, infrastructure, cybersecurity

More information about the event and how to register will be available soon.

 

 

 

The Conference Venue is:
The Grand Salon
Millicom International Services LLC
Business Park
Edif. Este, Av. de la Rotonda
Panama City
Panama

The following are a selection of hotels close to the offices of Millicom, the conference venue.

The Westin Panamá Hotel – (Costa del Este):
La Rotonda Avenue
East Coast
Panama City
Panama
Tel: +507 -6670-2523
More information here

The hotel is offering a discount of approximately 50%.
To book rooms at the special rate:

1. Click here to go to the hotel website
2. Select the dates of your stay, rooms and select corporate ID
3. enter the corporate code of Millicom: MEU and select OK
5. Select the preferred rate and confirm your reservation
6. To confirm the reservation, the link will ask for a credit card number with its expiration date. It is to guarantee the booking only and payment can be made at check-in.
If you have any questions, please contact: Johannys Medina jmedina@bernhotelspanama.com

The Santa Maria Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort
Santa Maria Boulevard
Panama City
Panama
Phone: +507-304-5555
More information here

The hotel is offering the following special rates:
Deluxe Urban View: Single Occupancy: $140 / Double Occupancy: $165 per night
Deluxe Golf View: Single Occupancy: $150 / Double Occupancy: $175 per night
Executive Suite: Single Occupancy: $260 / Double Occupancy: $285 per night
Extra person in each room: $30 per night
Long stay 15+ nights: Rates upon request

The Grand Suite: Rates upon restest
The Master Suite: Rates upon request

All rooms are subject to 10% tax.
Rates include Breakfast and Wi-Fi

To book rooms at the special rates, please phone or email the hotel:
Email: corporate@thesantamariahotel.com
Phone: +507-304-5555

Please state that you are “Tigo/Millicom team” to the reservation teams in order to get the special rates.

Please note that reservations are subject to hotel availability.
A credit card number will be required at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation.

The following hotels are also close to the conference venue:

Courtyard Panama Metromall
Avenida Domingo Diaz via Tocumen
Centro Comercial MetroMall
Panama City
Panama
Tel: +507 304-9595
More information here

Sheraton Grand Panama
Vía Israel y Calle 77 San Francisco
Panama City 0819-05896
Panama
Tel: +507 305-5100
More information here

Aloft Panama
Via Israel & Calle 76 San Francisco
Panama City 0819-05896
Panama
Tel: +507 282-6000
More information here

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Panama Punta Pacifica
Via Israel y Calle 71 San Francisco
Panama City
Panama
More information here

Courtyard Panama Mulpiplaza Mall
Multiplaza Pacific Mall
Via Israel Avenue
Panama City
Panama
Tel: +507 301-0101
More information here

 

Additional hotels (including those listed above) can be found here on Google maps, showing the locations and approximate price.

 

The IIC accepts no responsibility for bookings made at any of the listed hotels and recommends that you check out the hotels on the internet before booking.

 

Registration is free to attend for IIC Members and £250 GBP (excluding VAT*) for Non-Members
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only

Small Nations Regulators Forum
Wednesday 15 May 2024 (12:00 – 13:45)
(Regulators ONLY who are members of the IIC SNRF)

Regional Regulators Forum
Wednesday 15 May 2024 (14:00-17:30)
(Regulators ONLY)

Latin American & Caribbean Forum
Thursday 16 – Friday 17 May 2024

 

 

 

The following speaker presentations are available to view for the LatAm Forum:

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Alessandro Molon Executive Director, Alliance for the Open Internet (Aliança pela Internet Aberta), Brazil

Alessandro Molon, a Ph.D. in Law and professor, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), a bachelor’s degree in law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and a Ph.D. from Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). During his tenure as a Federal Deputy, he played a pivotal role as the rapporteur for Brazil’s Bill of Rights for the Internet (Marco Civil da Internet), the country’s first-ever law aimed at safeguarding internet privacy, free expression, and net neutrality. Currently, Molon serves as a professor at PUC-Rio and acts as the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Open Internet (Aliança pela Internet Aberta).

Allyson Leacock OR (Dr. The Hon.) Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados; Director, International Institute of Communications

Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman of the Barbados Broadcasting Authority and Director of National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados, is also an independent media and human development consultant. She led a coalition of 112 Media Houses in 24 Caribbean countries for 12 years and trained over 2000 Caribbean broadcasters. She served on the Executive Board of the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) and was elected for 2 terms as Chairman of the Global Steering Committee for the World AIDS Campaign. She was also Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy covering the Caribbean and Officer-In-Charge and Student Coordinator at the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), now the Open Campus.

Dr Allyson Leacock was conferred with the Order of the Republic (OR) in Barbados National Honours on 30 November 2023. The award was given by the President of Barbados – In ‘recognition of sterling contribution to broadcasting, media relations, corporate communications, training, human resource development and educational technology, as well as distinguished service to Barbados as Head of National Transformation Initiative’.

Dr Leacock has a wide-ranging professional background including in executive management in corporate communications, media, needs assessment, training, human resource development and leadership, as well broadcast media including production and presentation as TV News Anchor, and as General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

She holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Canada and BA (Double First Class Honours) in English and Education and the Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed with distinction) from Stirling University, UK. Her training also includes Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Facility Management, Arts Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

A former national athlete, gymnast, dancer and actress, Dr Leacock is trained in sign language, is a volunteer with Special Olympics and Barbados Council for the Disabled.

Andrea Muñoz Gómez Commissioner, Audiovisual Content, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)

Andrea Muñoz Gómez graduate of the University of Cauca, Andrea holds a Master’s in Administrative Law from the University of Rosario and is specialized in Business Law and Telecommunications Law from Externado University of Colombia. She has completed programs in Senior Management in Negotiation at the University of Los Andes and in Comprehensive Regulatory Impact Analysis at the University of Florida.

With 28 years of experience, of which 25 have been in the ICT sector with a focus on regulation, Ms Muñoz Gómez has held various managerial positions and has consulted in the areas of television and public utility services, specializing in the application of efficient regulatory methodologies. She currently teaches in the Master’s program in State Law with an emphasis on Regulation and Management of Telecommunications and ICT, as well as in the Master’s program in Economic Law at Externado University of Colombia.

Annie Baldeo Executive Officer Policy, Planning and Economics, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

Annie Baldeo is the Executive Officer, Policy, Planning and Economics at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). She has served with TATT for over seventeen years where she is responsible for policy development, statistical indicators, competition analysis and strategic planning. She contributes to the publication of Trinidad and Tobago industry’s Market Reports and was previously appointed vice-chair of the International Telecommunications Union international expert group on benchmarking telecommunications and ICT indicators.

Prior to this position, Ms Baldeo was employed with organisations both in the private and public sector including the National Information and Communication Technology Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Administration where she was involved in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National ICT Plan.

Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies, and an MBA in Strategic Planning.

Antonio García Zaballos (Prof) Lead Specialist Telecommunications - Broadband Platform Coordinator, IADB

Professor Antonio García Zaballos is Lead Specialist on telecommunications in Institutions for Development and also leader of the broadband initiative. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector where he has worked for various companies.

Additionally, Professor García Zaballos is member of the steering committee at the IEEE on connectivity and the Internet for All Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He has an extensive experience in the telecom sector where has been working in different positions of responsibility.

At Deloitte Spain he led the practice of regulation and strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, and previously he was the Head of the Cabinet for Economic Studies of Regulation in Telefónica of Spain, and also was Deputy Director of Economic Analysis and Markets at the Spanish Telecom Regulator (CMT). Professor García Zaballos has provided advisory services to Regulators, Telecom Operators and Governments in countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Dominican Rep., Paraguay, Polonia, and the Czech Rep.

Professor García Zaballos holds a PhD in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid and is an associated professor of applied finance to Telecommunications at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. He is author of several publications on economic and regulatory aspects of telecommunications.

Arthur Pereira Sabbat Board Director, National Data Protection Agency (ANDP), Brazil

Bio coming soon…

Giuseppe Marrara Head of Government Affairs, Latin America, Cisco Systems

Bio coming soon ….

Guy L. Malone Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the Virgin Islands

Guy L. Malone is the Chief Executive Officer at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (the Commission).

Mr. Malone began his career working with the government of the Virgin Islands in 1979 and has been working in the telecommunications sector for the past forty(40) years. He worked in various capacities before his appointment as CEO, a position he has held consecutively for the past eight(8) years, from 2012 to present.

Mr. Malone is a graduate of Brail brook College of Technology in Bristol England, where he was awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Communications Electronic Engineering. He also holds a certificate in Telecommunication Management from the University of Southern California (USC), as well as several other certificates in the field of telecommunications.

Internationally, Mr. Malone serves on the Regulatory Board of the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) as an Executive Board member. He is also a member of Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organization (CANTO), as well as also being an executive member of Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)from 2010 until 2020.

Mr. Malone is very dedicated to giving back to his community and supports several charitable organizations. He is a sports enthusiast and an avid basketball fan and was the President of the local basketball Federation from 2007 –2019. Mr. Malone is currently an executive member of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC).

Hernán Colombo Regulation & Wholesale Business Manager, Telecom Argentina

Hernán Colombo is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Department of Telecom Argentina, with extensive experience in its different business units. He is currently responsible for the Regulation and Wholesale Business Management.

Mr Colombo is Vice-President of the Argentine Association of Telecommunications Law. He is also Professor of the postgraduate course on “Digital Ecosystems” at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Católica Argentina.

He has published several books, including the book “Legal Regime of Mobile Telephony”, and other articles on the ICT industry

Mr Colombo is a Lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Law, Administration and Economics of Public Services from the Universidad del Salvador and Carlos III de Madrid.

Ivana Kriznic Head of Public Policy Canada, Latin America, Emerging Markets, Verizon Communications

Ivana Kriznic is Verizon’s head of public policy for Canada, Latin America and Emerging Markets. She started her legal career in private practice at the law firm of Morrison and Foerster and worked thereafter in different legal, regulatory, compliance, privacy, government affairs, and policy positions for AT&T, BT and Orange.

Ms Kriznic has been recently appointed Co-Secretary of the Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Division. She is also part of Verizon PPLS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, co-leading the International Committee and of SOMOS (Verizon Latinx employee resource group) acting as one of the Communications Coordinator.

Ms Kriznic received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law and her legal degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She also holds a master degree in Telecommunications Management, a bachelor degree in International Affairs and she has been certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Izabela Matusz (Ambassador) Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Panama

Izabela Matusz serves as Ambassador of the European Union and Head of the Delegation to Panama since 1 September 2022.

Ms Matusz joined the Polish Foreign Service in 2002. Between 2013 and 2017, she served as Ambassador of Poland to Peru, concurrent for Bolivia and Ecuador. She also served at the Embassies of Poland in Argentina and Spain.

While at Headquarters in Warsaw, Ms Matusz worked in the Department of the Americas, Department of Economic Cooperation and the Cabinet of the Minister.

Ms Matusz holds a MA degree in Economics and International Relations from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics and a Postgraduate degree from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Warsaw.

Jacqueline Lopes Director of Institutional Relations LATAM South, Ericsson

Jacqueline Lopes is currently the Director of Institutional Relations LATAM South at Ericsson as well as a member of the Executive Committee at the company. She has 15+ years of experience in the industry and management consulting (BCG), mostly focused on Negotiations, Business Development, Corporate Affairs, Strategy, Digital Transformation and International Relations.

Ms Lopes is a Board member of TELEBRASIL; Director at ABINEE and FIESP; Co-chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Digital Economy Commission and Swedcham.

She is also author of a book about international negotiations.

In 2023, Ms Lopes was awarded in France as a Rising Talent, a global initiative organized by Russel & Reynolds, Lazard and INSEAD.
She has an MBA degree from INSEAD (France/Singapore) with a Merit Scholarship from Orange.  Ms Lopes also concluded an executive course at Harvard Kennedy School (USA).  She holds a master`s degree (summa cum laude) and a bachelor’s degree at Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

José María Rodríguez Ovejero Associate Director Telecommunications Practice, Frontier Economics

José María Rodríguez is an Associate Director of Frontier Economics. Prior to joining Frontier in 2007, he was responsible of the telecommunications team of the Madrid office of NERA Economic Consulting, leading the consulting work of the office in the areas of post and telecommunications in Spain and Latin America.

In telecommunications, Mr Rodríguez has been involved in the main regulatory and competition policy issues in the industry. This includes market definition and competition analysis, financial and cost modelling, retail and wholesale price regulation and universal service cost estimates. Other regulatory experience includes the development of an appropriate regulatory frameworks for promoting UFBB networks, vertical separation, and the economics costs and benefits of net neutrality.

In antitrust, Mr Rodríguez has worked in mergers and in the analysis of anticompetitive practices such as price squeezes, excessive prices, anticompetitive bundling and price discounts. He has testified in damage valuation cases in the telecommunication and other sectors. Mr Rodríguez has appeared as an expert witness on numerous occasions and has submitted expert reports before regulators and courts in Spain, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Brazil, Portugal and the European Commission.

Mr Rodríguez lectures frequently before economic and industry forums. In the Carlos III University, he teaches Economics of Telecommunications.

Julissa Cruz Abreu Executive Director, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic

Julissa Cruz Abreu is the Executive Director of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL), since August 19, 2020, appointed by its Board of Directors.

Ms Cruz is a telecommunications expert with more than 20 years at the service of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL), the telecommunications regulatory body in the Dominican Republic, where she has held, among other positions such as Director of International Relations, Compliance Commissioner and Head of the Regulation Department, where she was an active part in the initiatives and preparation of the current regulatory framework and led, from that position, the implementation of the mobile number portability project in 2009.

Currently, under the direction of the Board of Directors, she is leading the technical team of the regulatory body that is executing several transformation projects in the telecommunications sector, such as the National Broadband Plan for the Dominican Republic, the Radioelectric Spectrum Tender for the deployment of fifth generation networks, the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television and the drafting of the new Information and Communication Technology Law of the Dominican Republic.

Ms Cruz worked in the operator regulation area of the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) of Spain and has participated as a speaker at international conferences on Mobile Number Portability, Spectrum Management, Telecommunications Price Regulation, Gender Equality and ICT Inclusion. She has advised Central American regulators in their Mobile Number Portability implementation processes, participating, as an instructor and speaker in multiple seminars, workshops and telecommunications regulation courses.

Ms Cruz has a degree in Accounting from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from the same university, and also specializes in Economics of Regulation at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Regulation of Public Services at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina and Price Regulation in the Telecommunications Industry at the CEDET Foundation, Madrid, Spain.

Laura Sboarina Principal Analyst, Cullen International

Laura Sboarina follows EU regulation affecting the media sector, specialising on television and online video services. She also follows the television markets in Italy and in the US.Ms Sboarina joined Cullen International in 2011, previously representing in Brussels the European association of television and radio advertising sales houses (EGTA). She has also worked at the Italian public service broadcaster, RAI.

Lina María Duque del Vecchio Executive Director and Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)

Lina María Duque del Vecchio is a lawyer from the Pontifical Xavierian University, specializing in Business Law, with a Master’s degree in Law from Externado de Colombia University.

Before assuming her current role, Ms Duque Del Vecchio held various positions at the CRC, including Coordinator of Legal Advisory and Dispute Resolution, Acting Executive Coordinator (General Secretary), Acting Commissioner of the Communications Commission Session, and legal advisor.

As the Coordinator of Dispute Resolution, she managed sensitive and high-impact industry issues that significantly contributed to the effective implementation of regulatory policies, as well as promoting competition and protecting user rights. Thanks to her impeccable management, the CRC was recognized by the National Agency for Legal Defense of the State (ANDJE) as one of the entities with the highest judicial defense success rate, achieving 95% effectiveness.

Lucas Gallitto Lucas Gallitto, Head of Latin America, GSMA

Lucas Gallitto is the Head of Latin America for the GSMA, leading a highly experienced cross-functional team to advance the impact, growth, and sustainability of digital economies by collaboration between the mobile industry, policymakers, technology ecosystem and international organizations.

He is a telecommunications executive with over 15 years of commercial, operational, regulatory and external affairs experience working for multinational companies in the digital ecosystem.

He leads the advocacy initiatives, contributing with new ideas and analysis to the regional policy dialogue at a time when emerging digital technologies and widespread broadband connectivity are reshaping society and the economy. His areas of responsibility include securing critical spectrum resources for mobile, promoting best practices in matters such as regulation, taxation, security and privacy, as well as fostering digital empowerment for citizens.

Mr Gallitto holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering.

 

Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

Lynn Robinson became Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), in March 2020.

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry associations and Chambers of Commerce. Lynn is a well-known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

An experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director as Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol (UK), Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath (UK), Parks Foundation.

Reflecting on becoming Director General at the IIC at the outbreak of a pandemic, Lynn said, ‘these last two years have been like no other we have known, with many challenges coming our way. In 2020 we successfully pivoted the organisation through a digital transformation programme to maintain a full schedule of events and by increasing the outputs delivered. Transforming the programme enabled us to continue to deliver the professional service and increase our engagement with IIC members and stakeholder community to remain connected to them through such a difficult time.

As we move through 2022, I am delighted to return to a combined in-person and online programme and to continue to evolve the IIC in to the next phase, with the vision and strategic focus to deliver our objectives and to build on our growth, engagement and retention’.

 

Marcelo Benítez CEO, Tigo Panama

Marcelo Benítez, a Paraguayan national, has extensive experience in the evolution of the telecommunications and technology sectors and a deep understanding of the Latin American region, having held senior positions in the commercial sector, customer service, B2B, marketing and sales in Africa and Latin America.

Mr Benítez began his career at Millicom in 1997 as a Customer Service representative at Tigo Paraguay, quickly rising to the role of Operational Controller. He had responsibility for the technical and commercial execution of the GSM network, supporting the implementation of the Tigo brand for the first time in Latin America.

In 2004, Mr Benítez moved to Tigo Guatemala where he served as VAS Cluster Manager for Central America and Colombia. He then became Manager of Value Added Services at a Global level, being responsible for the implementation of the first and most successful mobile finance services in Latin America. Mr Benítez also served as General Manager of the Tigo El Salvador operation before becoming B2B Vice President, a position he held for 3 years during which he launched the Tigo Business brand in Latin America.

Before his appointment at Tigo Panama he spent 8 years in the corporate offices of Millicom, with a solid focus on growth in the Central American region.

 

Marlon Fetzner Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Marlon Fetzner, Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft, is the head of Corporate Affairs and Policy for Latin America and also leads the team in charge of legal and corporate affairs for the multi-country subsidiaries in the region.

Mr Fetzner has a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica do Río Grande do Sul, Brasil and a LLM from the University of Miami and have over 20 years of experience working on the intersection of law and technology.

Marylena Méndez Jiménez General Secretary, Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (ASIET)

Maryleana Méndez Jiménez is a professional with an outstanding career in Telecommunications and Information Technologies.  In 2009, she became a member of the first Council of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL), the regulatory body for telecommunications in Costa Rica, a position Ms Méndez held for 8 years, in two consecutive periods. During this time, she led and organized the process of opening the telecommunications market and the development of regulatory institution.

Before this position, Ms Méndez worked for 6 years directly in the telecommunications industry, as project director in Latin America. In 2017 she joined ASIET as an expert advisor on regulation, an organization that she now leads since August 2019.

Ms Méndez is a Systems Engineer from the University of Costa Rica with a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México.

Mauricio Muñoz Gutiérrez President, National Television Council (CNTV) and Vice President, Platform of Ibero-American Audiovisual Regulators (PRAI)

Mr Mauricio Muñoz Gutiérrez is a Lawyer from the University of Chile with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Mr Muñoz served as an advisor on public policy matters to former President Michelle Bachelet. He has worked in the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of the General Secretary of the Government, and the Ministry of Education in different governments. Between 2000 and 2005, he served as a legislative and content advisor in the Ministry of the General Secretary of the Presidency. From 2011 to 2014, he worked at the General Comptroller’s Office.

Narda Jones Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Bio coming soon…

Nicole Walford Deputy Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica

Nicole Walford is the Deputy Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and a member of the Regulatory and Technical Committee for Digital Television Switchover in Jamaica, a subcommittee of the National DSO Steering Committee.

Her passion lies with the empowerment of all Jamaicans to navigate the digital economy with the aid of Digital Literacy. In that regard, Ms Walford plays a pivotal role in the design and implementation of the BCJ’s digital literacy programme which targets children in school, equipping them to navigate the digital economy and society.

Ms Walford is also an Attorney-at-law and a trained communications practitioner, having attained a first degree in Media and Communication from the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London. She is the holder of a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School, a post-graduate certificate in Media Law and a post-graduate diploma in Intellectual Property from the University of London. She has certification in project management from the Mona School of Business and Management and is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association.

Oscar Giovanni León Suárez Executive Secretary, Inter‑American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)

Mr Oscar Giovanni León Suárez is Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission.  In this role he has been a fundamental ally in the development of agreements, execution of projects, and telecommunications programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr León has promoted and supported the development of the telecommunications industry in Latin America, which has attracted a greater number of American companies as associate members of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission. ICT Ministries, Head of Regulators, and telecommunications companies of the Americas seek the technical advice of Mr León to improve the conditions of their telecommunications industries in the Americas and massify the use of information technology.

Mr León previously held the position of former General Director of National Spectrum Agency of Colombia. He was also Regulatory Manager of Claro Colombia (America Movil) and he has been advisor of multiple ICT Ministers and Regulatory Authorities in Latin America. He has worked for the Colombian Telecommunication Regulator and as Project Director in Solutions Providers of Microsoft.

A resourceful strategic leader with trackable successes over 25 years of ICT experience, Mr León’s major strengths include planning and execution of policy and regulatory strategies: team management for technology projects and an active network of contacts (government, regulatory, private sector, industry associations, civil society organizations and other multilateral organizations). He is recognized for strong result orientation, high degree of integrity, transparency and responsibility. He has a great ability developing and implementing successful solutions for corporate responsibility and social investment.

Mr León is an Electronic Engineer with post grade in Telecommunications Project Management and a Master in Business Administration.

Paloma Szerman Public Policy, WhatsApp, Messaging & Connectivity, LATAM, Meta

Bio coming soon …..

Ramiro Camacho Castillo Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico

Ramiro Camacho Castillo was appointed Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) in March of 2019 for a period of nine years.

Commissioner Camacho has worked as an economist at the competition and telecommunications authorities of Mexico for the past twelve years. He was General Director of Economic Consulting at IFT and Deputy General Director of Economic Studies at the Competition Commission (COFECE). Previously, he was an Associated Professor at the University of Guadalajara for eleven years.

Commissioner Camacho holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Guadalajara, and three master’s degrees: In Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; in Operations Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and in Energy Economics from Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei in Italy.

 

Raúl Echeberría  Executive Director, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI)

Raúl Echeberría is an expert in Internet Development, Policy and Governance, with wide recognition.

Prior to joining ALAI, Mr Echeberría worked as an international consultant.

Mr Echeberría served as Global Vice President of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 2014 to 2019. He was also a member of the ISOC Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014 and Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2012.

Mr Echeberría was one of the founders of LACNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean) and CEO of that organization from 2002 to 2014.

Throughout his career, Mr Echeberría also served in other important positions such as: Member of the Internet Governance Working Group (WGIG) formed in 2004 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Member of the Uruguayan delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005, member of the Multi-Party Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF-MAG) between 2006 and 2014, and Co-Chair of the NetMundial Executive Committee in 2014.

In 2014, Mr Echeberría received the “Ing. Julio Granato” award, awarded by the Association of Computer Scientists of Uruguay – ASIAP, for his “contribution to digital inclusion in Uruguay” and in 2015 he was recognized with the LACNIC Lifetime Achievement Award for his “continuous contribution to an open, stable and secure Internet for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean”

Rebecca Hunter Director, Starlink Global Licensing and Market Activation, SpaceX

Bio coming soon ….

Rodrigo Arrigoni CEO, Ether_City

Bio coming soon ……

Rodrigo De La Parra Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, ICANN

A leading voice and advocate for the multistakeholder internet governance model in Latin America and the Caribbean, Rodrigo de la Parra is a Regional Vice President for ICANN. Based in Mexico City but frequently travelling through the region, Mr de la Parra is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with user groups, governments, private sector and civil society throughout the region. In his role, he works closely with the Latin American technical community to build a robust internet infrastructure in the region. Under his leadership, ICANN has opened an engagement centre in Montevideo, Uruguay, in the House of the Internet.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Mr de la Parra served as Director General of Prospective Regulation and Director General for International Cooperation of Mexico’s Federal Commission of Telecommunications (Cofetel) before joining ICANN in 2011. While at Cofetel, he leveraged his skills and knowledge of internet governance structures and ICT to develop public policy and regulation recommendations for new technologies. He was involved with various ICT groups of international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organization of American States, and the World Trade Organization, among others.

Mr de la Parra also represented Mexico on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee which gives governments a voice in the organisation’s policy formation. He was a member of the Consultative Committee of NIC.MX, the non-profit operator of Mexico’s country-code Top-Level Domain and the registry that manages allocation of Internet Protocol address space to Mexican Internet Service Providers.

Mr de la Parra has a Master’s degree in political economy and international relations from the University of Essex in the UK. He has been a lecturer of International Organizations and Economic Negotiations and a consultant to the Latin American Cooperation for Advanced Networks.

Stephan A Lang Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, U.S. Department of State

Steve Lang has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy since November 2022. Previously he served as the Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Tokyo (2020-2022) and in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Office of International Communication and Information Policy as Director of both the Office of Multilateral Affairs (2017-2018) and the Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs (2015-2017).

From 2013 to 2015, Mr Lang was the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State (2011-2013) and as a Senior Analyst in the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office of Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs (2010-2011). Prior tours include the U.S. Consulate-General in Guangzhou, China; the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei; the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok; and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.

Before joining the State Department, Mr Lang worked as an economist for the Department of Labor and is a graduate of Georgetown University.

 

 

Tim Ringsdore Chief Executive and Board Member, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA)

Tim Ringsdore has over 15 years extensive experience as a Managing Director within the telecoms industry, working at Board level across the Channel Islands, London and the Caribbean.

Mr Ringsdore was Managing Director of Jersey Telecom and was pivotal in setting up Wave Telecom in Guernsey. He had responsibility for consumers and corporate clients across both Islands. Mr Ringsdore was also instrumental in developing JT’s global business with the acquisition of Worldstone in 2012.

Mr Ringsdore moved back to the Channel Islands to join the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA) after leading Cable & Wireless as Managing Director based in the British Virgin Islands. He had jurisdictional and overall financial responsibility for the Cable & Wireless business in the BVI and was responsible for developing relationships with government, the industry regulator and corporate clients. During this time, he successfully restructured and rebranded the business to help improve credibility and the customer experience.

As CEO for the JCRA, Mr Ringsdore is focussing on delivering strong results which will support the economic strategic objectives for the Island and its citizens. He will help ensure that Jersey receives the best value, choice and access to high quality services in addition to promoting competition and consumers’ interests.

Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Small Nations Regulators Forum (SNRF)

12:00-13:45 Small Nations Regulators Forum working lunch

Tim Ringsdore, Chief Executive and Board Member, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA)

Speakers include
Guy L. Malone, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the Virgin Islands

Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Regional Regulators Roundtable

14:00-17:30 Best practice regulation for the digital era

Digital technologies are challenging existing regulatory structures, and governments around the world are taking different approaches to respond. Well-designed regulation can have a powerful effect on driving growth and shaping a digital economy which benefits everyone. Ensuring a proportionate and agile regulatory approach can offer clarity and confidence to investors, businesses and the public. But what does this mean in practice? Regulators from across the region share experiences with structural and regulatory models, experimentation with approaches to new technologies (sandboxes/testbeds), and collaboration within and across borders.

Speakers include
Lina María Duque del Vecchio, Executive Director and Communications Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)
Annie Baldeo, Executive Officer Policy, Planning and Economics, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
Nicole Walford, Deputy Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamaica
Julissa Cruz Abreu, Executive Director, Indotel, Dominican Republic
Dr. The Hon. Allyson Leacock OR, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico

17:30-19:00 Networking Reception

Networking reception – open to all conference attendees

The Westin Panamá Hotel – (Costa del Este)
La Rotonda Avenue
East Coast
Panama City
Panama
Tel: +507 -6670-2523
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Thursday 16 May 2024 - Latin America & Caribbean Forum (Day 1)

09:00-9:10 Welcome

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications

Prof. Antonio García Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications – Broadband Platform Coordinator, IADB

09:10-09:30 Keynote

Marcelo Benítez, CEO, Tigo Panama

09:30-11:00 Session 1: Closing the digital divide: what’s really working, what isn’t, and how to make measurable, sustainable progress

• Where to focus? Connectivity, coverage, devices, digital literacy….
• Perspectives from all stakeholders working to close the gaps

Speakers include
Lina María Duque del Vecchio, Executive Director and Communications Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)
Jacqueline Lopes, Director of Institutional Relations LATAM South, Ericsson
Julissa Cruz Abreu, Executive Director, Indotel, Dominican Republic
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
Mauricio Muñoz Gutiérrez, President of National Television Council (CNTV) and Vice president of Platform of Ibero-American Audiovisual Regulators (PRAI)

11:00-11:30 Networking Break
11:30-13:00 Session 2: Closing the funding gap: quantifying the investment required and potential sources of finance / business models to connect the unconnected

• How is long-term investment being incentivised? Where can efficiencies be achieved?
• Broadband cost recovery and network fees – examining the evidence base and impact on digital inclusion

Moderator
Prof. Antonio García Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications – Broadband Platform Coordinator, IADB

Speakers include
Hernan Colombo, Regulation & Wholesale Business Manager, Telecom Argentina
Alessandro Molon, Executive Director, Alliance for the Open Internet (Aliança pela Internet Aberta), Brazil

13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
13:15-13:45 Lunchtime Briefing

How non- geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites can support government and regulatory objectives

Rebecca Hunter, Director, Starlink Global Licensing and Market Activation, SpaceX

14:15-15:30 Session 3: Promoting competition in digital markets: does one size fit all? How are countries in LAC tailoring their approach to ex ante and ex post regulation?

• What market failures and specific harms need to be addressed?
• How will new regulatory proposals remedy the situation?
• Considering unintended consequences
• Who will enforce the new regulations?

Moderator
José María Rodríguez Ovejero, Associate Director Telecommunications Practice, Frontier Economics

Speakers include
Mario de la Cruz Sarabia, Head of Government Affairs Latin America, Apple

15:30-16:00 Networking Break
16:00-17:30 Session 4: Fulfilling the creative economy’s potential to drive socio-economic development and soft power: policy and regulatory levers

• What are the essential components of a national audiovisual strategy to drive a creative powerhouse?
• Policy foundations – governance / public-private collaboration / evidence-led strategy
• Enabling environment – incentives / funding / regulation
• What new opportunities are emerging from digitisation and an increasingly global and segmented content value chains?

17:30 End of day one

Friday 17 May 2024 - Latin America & Caribbean Forum (Day 2)

09:00-09:15 Welcome
09:15-09:45 Keynote conversation with:

Izabela Matusz, Ambassador, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Panama

09:45-11:00 Session 5: Creating an enabling but safe environment for the use of Artificial Intelligence for social and economic good. How are regulatory models developing in LAC?

Moderator
Rodrigo De La Parra, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, ICANN

Speakers
Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI)
Stephan A Lang, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy, U.S. Department of State
Ivana Kriznic, Head of Public Policy Canada, Latin America, Emerging Markets, Verizon Communications
Arthur Pereira Sabbat, Board Director, National Data Protection Agency (ANDP), Brazil
Marlon Fetzner, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Latin America

11:00-11:30 Networking Break
11:30-13:00 Session 6: Trust and authenticity in online content: tackling misinformation and disinformation; protecting media plurality; media literacy initiatives

Moderator
Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI)

Speakers include
Andrea Muñoz Gómez, Audiovisual Content Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)
Paloma Szerman, WhatsApp, Messaging & Connectivity Policy, Latin America, Meta
Laura Sboarina, Principal Media Analyst, Cullen International

 

13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00-15:00 Session 7: Cybersecurity risks and realities: Building alertness and resilience to the growing cyber threat landscape

Speakers include
Giuseppe Marrara, Senior Director – Public Policy Latin America, Cisco Systems

15:00-17:00 Session 8: Connectivity and infrastructure deep dive: connecting rural, unserved and underserved areas

Speakers include
Prof. Antonio García Zaballos, Lead Specialist Telecommunications – Broadband Platform Coordinator, IADB
Lucas Gallitto, Head of Latin America, GSMA

17:00 Closing remarks

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications

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Date:
15th - 17th May 2024
Location:
Panama City, Panama
Region:
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