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13th - 15th September 2022

Telecommunications and Media Forum, Bahrain 2022 – in person

Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF)

Tuesday 13  – Thursday 15 September 2022

Please note the Forum will be in-person.

Kindly hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)


13th September – Regulators’ Roundtable & Dinner (by invitation only)
On the afternoon of 13th September, regulators from the Middle East will gather with their peers from further afield to share priorities, experiences, best practice and collaboration in an invitation-only, roundtable format.
It will be followed by the Regulators’ Dinner, kindly hosted by the TRA

14th – 15th September – Telecommunications & Media Forum
Regulators will be joined by industry, policy makers and civil society to discuss the IIC’s core themes, with a regional emphasis:
• Digital transformation
• Investment, innovation and competition
• Infrastructure and connectivity
• Digital media and on-demand services
• Privacy, safety, security

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Registration is now open – please click on the link on the right to complete your registration.

Please note that Forum will be in-person only.

Registration Fees for delegates

Regulators’ Roundtable & Dinner
(Regulators – by invitation ONLY)

Tuesday 13 September 2022
IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – Free

Telecommunications & Media Forum 
Wednesday 14  & Thursday 15 September 2022
IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £250 GBP (exclusive of VAT)

All prices quoted are excluding VAT. VAT will be applicable for all registrations made in the United Kingdom.


If you feel the delegate fee may be a barrier to attending this event, please contact us at


The IIC will be pleased to provide a letter of invitation on request, but visas will be the responsibility of the event attendee.

Please consult with the Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Interior to see if you are eligible for a visa on arrival.

Click here for information on the E-Visa application process


The conference venue is:

Four Seasons Hotel
Bahrain Bay
Road 4606, Building 555, Block 346
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1711 5000
Website for more information

Please use the following booking code when registering to secure the Four Season Hotel special room rate:  220913COM
BHD 115: Superior (Single/Double)
BHD 130: Deluxe (Single/Double)
BHD 140: Premium (Single/Double)


The following hotels are a selection close to the conference venue:

Fraser Suites Diplomatic Area, Bahrain 
P O Box 11527
Building 34, ROAD 1701, Block 317
Diplomatic Area
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel : +973 1616 1800
WhatsApp : +973 3362 1016
Website for more information

Please use the following booking code when registering to secure the Fraser Suites special room rate: TRA22
BHD 55 – 1 Bedroom Suite


Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa, Seef
P O  Box 11538
Addax Tower
Kingdom of Bahrain
Email: /
Tel: +973 1711 1999 / +973 3689 7399
Website for more information

Please use the following booking code when registering to secure the Ramee Grand Hotel special room rate: RGHS-SEP-SAFESURE
BHD 38 / BHD 44: Superior (Single/Double)
BHD 43 / BHD 49: Deluxe (Single/Double)
BHD 48 / BHD 54: Club Room (Single/Double)


Ibis Seef Manama Hotel
Building 456, Road 1010
Sanabis 410, Manama
Capital 211
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1738 6020
Website for more information

Please use the following booking code when registering to secure the Ibis Seef Manama Hotel special room rate: TRAGBB
BHD 23 / BHD 26: Standard (Single/Double)
BHD 28 / BHD 31: 1 Bedroom Suite (Single/Double)
BHD 33 / BHD 36: 1 Bedroom Apartment (Single/Double)
BHD 41 / BHD 46: 2 Bedroom Apartment (Single/Double)


Ramada by Wyndham Manama City Centre
Bldg 3236, Road 4654, Blk 346
Al Seef District, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973-1710-4000
Website for more information

Please click on the following website link which has the booking code when registering to secure the special room rate
BHD 50 / BHD 60: Superior (Single/Double)
BHD 55 / BHD 65: Deluxe (Single/Double)
BHD 65 / BHD 75: Junior Suite (Single/Double)
BHD 675/ BHD 86: 1 Bedroom Suite (Single/Double)


The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain
Building 173, Road 2803
Al Seef, Block 428
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 17580000
Website for more information

BHD 105 / BHD 115: Deluxe (Single/Double)
BHD 135 / BHD 160: Club Room (Single/Double)
BHD 180 / BHD 205: Club Suite (Single/Double) 


Asdal Gulf Inn Boutique Hotel Seef
Building 2326, Road 2830
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 6631 1311
Website for more information

BHD 28 / BHD 35: Standard (Single/Double)
BHD 32 / BHD 38: Deluxe (Single/Double)


The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Manama
Diplomatic Area, Road 1701
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1753 1666
Website for more information

BHD 45 / BHD 50: Superior (Single/Double)
Please quote the reference Code: CGTRA1315Sep22 when making your room booking to secure the special room rate
or click here to take you direct to the hotel website and special rate.



Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain
Building 1012, Road 2813
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: 973 66310 000
Website for more information

BHD 38 / BHD 43: Superior (Single/Double)
BHD 43 / BHD 48: Deluxe (Single/Double)
BHD 53 / BHD 58: Premium (Single/Double)
BHD 58 / BHD 63: Junior Suite (Single/Double)
BHD 63 / BHD 68: Deluxe Suite (Single/Double)


Elite Group
P O Box 5458
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1755 8200
Website for more information

BHD 30 – 1 Bedroom Suite
BHD 48 – 1 Bedroom Suite
BHD 75 – 1 Bedroom Suite


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.


Ahmed Jaber Aldosari Chief Executive Officer, BNET Bahrain Network

Mr Ahmed Jaber Aldoseri is an ICT expert with over 25 years of experience and a specialization in cyber security and telecommunications, supported by an academic background in law.

MrAldoseri has held several notable positions in the past including Acting Director General of Information Security and Radiocommunications at the Central Informatics Organization, Director of ICT and Cyber Safety at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Vice Chairman of Bahrain Internet Exchange, Independent Board Member of BNET, and Partner at Aldoseri Law among others. Prior to his current position, he provided advisory services to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Government on Cybersecurity matters and regulations.

Mr Aldosari is an international trainer and speaker who has also contributed to writing several of Bahrain’s digital laws and regulations. Mr Aldoseri has also received several awards for his cyber security work and has been published in several professional and academic journals.

He earned his BSc in Law with honors, which granted him dual specialization and allowed him to better champion all matters related to technology. Amongst his professional certifications are CISSP, CEH, ECSA, RHCE, and MCSE.

Amir Algibreen Group Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer, Saudi Telecom company (STC)

Amir Algibreen is Group Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer for Saudi Telecom company (STC) , with more than 25 years of experience in the ICT field , certified regulatory expert with wide experience in ICT strategic development, market and competition analysis, ICT laws and regulations and policies.

Mr Algibreen has more than 16 years of experience within CITC (Saudi ICT regulator) on several functions, posts, and leading positions. He also worked for AT&T and Lucent technologies in marketing and sales before joining CITC.

Bassam Fadel Ali Fhaid Alsarhan (H.E. Eng.) Chairman & CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Jordan

Subsequent to the decision undertaken by the Council of Minister in November 2021, H.E Eng. Bassam Fadel Alsarhan was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of TRC.

Eng. Al-Sarhan has long experience in the Telecommunications and Information Technology field, which he held many prominent positions and memberships as a General Manager for many international telecommunications companies.

Throughout his professional career, Eng. AL- Sarhan assigned and entrusted for managing a number of important positions in telecommunication and information technology, he was the Chief of Projects and Technical Division for His Majesty’s Royal Communications in the period of 1987-1997, he was selected a member of the Jordan’s delegation and heading the communication services during the negotiations of the delegation through the peace process Negotiations in the Middle East , in addition he held many prominent memberships in the Board of Directors at international companies for Telecommunications and Business Developments.

Eng. Al-Sarhan holds a Master’s degree of Engineering Administration and management of information systems from George Washington University (Washington D.C), a Bachelor’s degree of Science (Electrical/ Telecommunications) from George Washington University (Washington D.C).

Bharat Vagadia (Dr) Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ooredoo Group

Dr Bharat Vagadia joined Ooredoo Group in 2017 as senior director regulatory affairs with oversight across the ten operations across MENA and South Asia. Prior to joining the group, he was with Ooredoo Qatar. He brings with him over twenty-five years’ experience in TMT policy, regulation and strategy and wealth of experience as a management consultant, having advised over fifty clients in over twenty-five countries, across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including governments, regulatory authorities, multinationals, high growth start-ups, as well as investment funds. He has during his career, helped with sector liberalization, creation of licensing frameworks and the broader development of regulatory environments that foster competition and long-term consumer welfare.

Dr Vagadia is the author of four books, the latest being Digital Disruption.

Dr Vagadia holds a PhD, MBA, LLM, B-Eng, DipM. He sits on the board of Ooredoo Myanmar, is chair of GSMA AsiaPac policy group and member of the MENA policy group.

Brahim Ghribi (Dr) Head of Government & Policy Affairs Middle East & Africa, Nokia

Dr Brahim Ghribi has more than 25 years of international work experience and broad multi-disciplinary competencies combining engineering and state of the art technological research, managerial, and business driven responsibilities in North America, Europe, and Africa-Middle-East. He has spent the past 8 years developing and implementing regional government affairs, policy and regulatory strategies in the Africa Middle-East for Alcatel-Lucent, and Nokia.

Prior to his government relations and policy affairs roles, he held various international roles including regional director of strategic marketing, global head of Broadband wireless Integration practice, senior technology architect, and lead expert in the ITU 3GPP standardization working groups, were he contributed to shape some of the key telecommunications standards.

A computer scientist by training with a Bachelor and a Master’s degrees from Ottawa University in Canada, Dr Brahim Ghribi is also the holder of a Doctorate Degree of Business Administration from the Paris School of Business.

Charles Gahungu General Manager of ICT Regulation, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)

Charles Gahungu is the General Manager in charge of ICT regulation in Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) which is a multi-sector regulator (ICT, Transport, Energy & Water and Sanitation). Charles Gahungu is responsible for the regulation of the ICT sector that includes Telecommunications, broadcasting, multimedia, E- commerce, postal and courier services, Spectrum and numbering resources and E waste management..  He has more than 12 years’ experience in day to day operations and management of Telecom operators network infrastructure and 3 years in ICT Regulation. As CCNP and CCIP certified.

Charles Gahungu has good technical skills in IP and rollout of fiber backbone and 4G LTE network. He has led the implementation of multimillions US Dollars critical ICT infrastructure related projects in both Government and private sector such as the Construction of Rwanda National Data Centre (Tier3), implementation of Rwanda Government cloud computing solution, roll out of 4G LTE network in Rwanda and played a major role in the implementation of Rwanda Fiber backbone.

Since the establishment of Korea Telecom Rwanda Networks (KTRN) Ltd, a jointly invested company by the Government of Rwanda and Korea Telecom in 2013, he has worked as Director of Fixed Network Department, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in 2015 and as Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO) from January 2018.

Mr Gahungu holds a Master of Communications Management (MCM) from University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology (CST) and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PSG College of Technology – Coimbatore under Bharathiar University (INDIA)

Dikmen Edgu Partner and Head of MENA Region, Axon Partners Group

Dikmen Edgu is Partner and Head of MENA region at Axon Partners Group, an international firm founded in 2006 that provides investment and advisory services in the ICT and digital space in more than 70 countries across the world.

Mr Edgu is an international strategy consultant with strong expertise in emerging technology and innovation, and has worked with Regulators, Governments and Corporates alike across Europe and Asia. He has led multiple advisory projects in a wide range of policy and regulatory issues with National Cybersecurity Agencies on strategic projects, from the assessment of national ICT infrastructure to the creation of cybersecurity policies and regulations.

Mr Edgu holds a BA in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Fahd Batayneh Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager - Middle East, ICANN

Mr Fahd Batayneh has been part of the ICANN world since the summer of 2008 where he was active in a number of ICANN working groups. In October 2013, he joined ICANN Org as part of the Global Stakeholder Engagement Team (GSE) supporting the Middle East. Today, he is deeply involved in a number of regional projects that promote ICANN’s work in the region.

Mr Batayneh holds a BSc in Computer Engineering with honors, and an MBA.

Fraser Graham Director Public Policy, Ooredoo Group

Fraser Graham is Director Public Policy for Ooredoo Group.

Mr Graham has more than 20 years of telecoms experience in public policy advocacy, international regulatory affairs, data privacy and regulatory modernization. This experience has been gained with mobile groups, operators, Deloitte Consulting and GSMA across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Based in the Middle East for the last decade Mr Graham has worked with Etisalat and GSMA across the region.

Gordon Moir Partner, Wiggin LLP

Gordon Moir was appointed a Partner with Wiggin LLP in November 2020.

Mr Moir is well known in the telecommunications space and is a global leader in the delivery of complex projects involving aligned legal, regulatory, public affairs and media strategies and the leading of multi-disciplinary teams. Mr Moir was Chair of the well-respected International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Telecoms and ICT, driving their work on international market access, internet policies and dispute settlement and resolution models globally as well as internet policy.

Mr Moir was previously General Counsel and on the executive of BT Retail (1999-2009), as well as having responsibility for BT’s global antitrust and regulatory activity. During his ten years at BT, he secured access to markets and wholesale facilities across the world as well as dealing with a vast array of commercial, legal and regulatory matters. He was recognised by the Lawyer magazine as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers for his work on telecommunications regulation and regulatory policy.

Post BT, Mr Moir was head of the London office of Webb Henderson (2011-2014), a boutique regulatory firm, before taking his team across to Shepherd and Wedderburn to continue that work in 2014 until 2020 after successfully building the practice.

Mr Moir has had a Placement with Judge Edward, European Court of Justice. He is also an Author of works on the Maastricht Treaty, and previously editor of Encyclopaedia of European Union Law, both Sweet and Maxwell

Mr Moir has an LLM from College of Europe, Belgium, cum laude, a Dip LP from University of Aberdeen and andLLB (Hons) from University of Aberdeen.

Hussein Abul-Enein Head of Middle East, Access Partnership

As Head of Middle East, Hussein Abul-Enein analyses policy issues and trends across the digital ecosystem, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. His work has touched on bridging the digital divide, fostering innovation, disruptive technologies, and the establishment of successful public private partnerships in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Prior to joining Access Partnership, Mr Abul-Enein worked at various multilateral organisations including the International Telecommunications Union and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where he was responsible for the ICT4SDGs initiative. He has provided advisory services for private-sector companies and think tanks on overcoming cyber security policy dilemmas.

He holds an MA in Security Studies from King’s College London and a BA in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy.

James Bellis Director, Telecommunications Practice, Frontier Economics

James Bellis, a Director in the Telecommunications Practice of Frontier Economics, has over 16 years’ experience advising world leading operators, regulators and policy makers across the globe. Much of his work focuses on market liberalisation, competition assessments, retail and wholesale pricing, cost accounting, spectrum pricing and policy, universal service and policies to promote high speed broadband services.

Mr Bellis leads much of Frontier’s telecommunications work outside Europe, focusing on Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean and he has managed a number of complex assignments working with other experts and client teams.

Lynn McDay
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’.


Mikkel Vinter Chief Executive Officer, Batelco

Mikkel Vinter joined Batelco as its Chief Executive Officer in May 2019.

With over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry holding executive roles, he brings a proven track record with a wealth of knowledge and experience to Batelco. Mr Vinter has a broad international background with experience from telecom operators in the Middle East, Asia & Europe, including several Greenfield mobile start-up operations. Among his previous roles, he founded Virgin Mobile, Middle East & Africa in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016.

Prior to setting up Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Mr Vinter served as Chief Commercial Officer for Nawras in Oman leading all the commercial activities from before the launch until Nawras was successfully established with a 20%-plus market share. His previous roles also include senior positions with TDC in Denmark and Singtel in Singapore.

Mr Vinter is a member of the Board of Directors of Umniah Mobile Company PLC, Sure Limited and Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun PLC) where he is also on the RNG (Remuneration, Nomination and Governance) Committee. He is also a member of the Al Waha Fund of Funds, Limited Partner Advisory Committee.

Mr Vinter holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and has completed a Marketing and Management Programme with McGill University and INSEAD.

Narrimane Benakcha Head of Digital Policy, Middle East & Africa, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Narrimane Benakcha is the Head of Digital Policy, Middle East & Africa, at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a leading cloud service platform which offers on-demand IT services ranging from infrastructure to Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. With expertise on policy issues including data protection and privacy standards, Ms Benakcha leads AWS’ engagements with policy makers, regulators, industry and academia to enable the adoption of emerging technologies. She started her career in the banking industry where she served as Standard Chartered Bank’s Director for Public Affairs in the Middle East and Africa. She also headed HSBC Bank’s compliance function in Morocco and helped set up the Bank’s financial intelligence department for the region.

Nezar Banabeela Chief Executive Office, STC Bahrain

Nezar Banabeela was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of stc Bahrain in June 2019, bringing with him over 15 years of professional experience in the ICT and logistics services sectors.

Eng.  Banabeela has been instrumental in driving digital transformation in line with the government of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. Since his appointment, stc Bahrain has been at the forefront of evolving the telecommunications industry and empowering the digital economy in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Through Eng. Banabeela’s leadership, stc Bahrain has invested in empowering the next wave of digital transformation through the launch of several initiatives that contribute to the growth of the technology ecosystem.

stc Bahrain embraced IoT and big data in Bahrain under the leadership of Eng. Banabeela, with the launch of a first-of-its-kind technology park in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications. Additionally, stc Bahrain became the first telecommunications operator to launch an official Chainlink node to provide smart contracts with access to a secure source of real-world data and secure off-chain computations. Eng. Banabeela also played an important role in expanding stc Bahrain’s portfolio services into motor insurance and other disruptive sectors.

Under the leadership of Eng. Banabeela, stc Bahrain has been poised for growth and success as one of the key world-class digital enablers in the Kingdom. His role will further drive digital innovation, digital infrastructure and high-level connectivity services in Bahrain. Since his appointment, he has received several awards which include CEO of the Year award, Best Digital Transformation Award and Best Integrated Payment Solutions Provider Award.

Eng. Banabeela has served on the boards of numerous public and private sector organizations in several international and regional markets such as USA, UAE and Saudi Arabia. These include the International Committees for several International Projects

Nouri Lajmi President, High Independent Communication Authority (HAICA), Tunisia

Nouri Lajmi is the President of the High Independent Communication Authority (HAICA) of Tunisia since 2013. Doctor in information sciences, he taught journalism at the Press and Information Sciences Institute at Manouba University in Tunis before leaving for Canada. He lived in the province of Quebec for more than ten years, where he collaborated with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Center for Research in Public Law of the University of Montreal (CRDP) and with the Department of information and communication from Laval University in Quebec. Mr Laimi is the author of several scientific texts and studies on journalism, media regulation and journalistic ethics.

Omar Abdullah Al-Qatabi Vice President, Telecom Regulatory Sector, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) Oman

Bio coming soon ……

Philip Marnick General Director, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain

Philip Marnick is the General Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). He was appointed early January 2022 by the Members of the Board, to assume the position, paving the way for a more effective regulatory framework by continuing the evolution of the telecom sector liberalization.

Mr Marnick leads the TRA, including the development of consumer protection initiatives and resolving disputes. The TRA develops regulatory rules that promote competition, innovation, and investment in broadband services and facilities, as well as developing a more comprehensive and competitive framework that aligns with international best practices. Ensuring that Bahrain remains a center of innovation and that its telecommunications sector serves everyone while supporting Bahrain’s strategic objectives.

Before assuming his role at the TRA, Mr Marnick managed and directed at Ofcom in the UK, where he was the Group Director of Spectrum responsible for all aspects of UK national and international spectrum management – from strategy to delivery including awards, clearance and enforcement. Mr Marnick has worked in the telecommunications sector for over 30 years. He has served as a senior executive in technology, operations, and strategy. Mr Marnick has worked in both start-ups (from inception to sale) and major corporations, in firms such as UK Broadband, O2, Orange, BT, J-Phone in Japan (now Softbank Mobile), Extreme Mobile, and SpinVox (now Nuance).

From analogue to 5G, he has engaged across every mobile generation. Throughout his carrier he has been at the forefront of industry developments – in both fixed and mobile. He has collaborated on the first deployments of mobile networks utilizing new technologies and standards, this has also included innovative products such as the first camera phone and photo messaging service, as well as mobile internet and hosted voice services.

Sultan S. Altukhaim GM of Cybersecurity and Data Governance, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), KSA

Sultan S. Altukhaim has an extensive Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity management experience locally and internationally. He is now leading all regulatory affairs, besides internal, regarding Cybersecurity and Data Governance in the ICT and Telecom sector in Saudi Arabia.  Mr Altukhaim has worked for many pioneer organizations such as Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Boeing, Capital Market Authority (CMA), and Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB).

Mr Altukhaim earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Information Systems from King Saud University, and his second M.Sc. in Engineering Management from Florida Tech. He holds distinguished leadership certifications from Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and London Business School.

Umar Garba Danbatta (Professor) Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Agency charged with the responsibility of regulating telecommunications in Nigeria. He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advance Communications Studies, established in 2004 by the NCCto build capacity for the Nigerian/Africa telecom industry in information and communications technology. While at DBI he developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT: implementation, policy and regulation.

Professor Danbatta served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee on Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.

Professor Danbatta has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a book entitled ‘Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics’. A recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour, Professor Danbatta has served two terms as a Member of Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN Registered Engineer and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. (NSE).

Prof Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.

Zeina Mokaddem Vice President, Regulatory and Market Access, Inmarsat

Zeina Mokaddem has successfully championed and introduced a number of pioneering communication technologies globally and in the Middle East and North Africa in particular. Prior to Inmarsat, Ms Mokaddem worked as a consultant for a number of international communication players assisting them in opening new markets and shaping favourable regulatory frameworks in different jurisdictions.
Zeina currently leads the Market Access team at Inmarsat and chairs the ITU’s Network of Women NOW4WRC23 for the Arab region.

Ms Mokaddem has an MSc in Engineering Management from the American University.

Tuesday 13 September 2022 - Regulators’ Roundtable & Dinner – by invitation only

1500 Registration
1530 Welcome
1540 High level roundtable discussion

• Closing the digital divide – what more can regulators do to drive access and affordability for all?
• Consumer protection in the digital world
• New tools – regulatory sandboxes, smart regulation, regulatory collaboration & cooperation
• How do regulators best support and drive innovation?

1830 Dinner – by invitation only

Venue to be confirmed

Wednesday 14 September 2022 - Telecommunications and Media Forum (TMF)

0815 Registration and Networking
0900 Welcome
0915 Digital transformation & national connectivity: Comparing broadband / mobile infrastructure rollout and access across the region
1045 Networking Break
1115 Digital transformation & international connectivity: Investment priorities, bottlenecks, regional cooperation and multistakeholder partnerships
1245 Networking Lunch
1400 Digital transformation & data: Data governance, sovereignty, localisation, privacy, AI
1530 Networking Break
1600 Digital transformation & content: Fostering a vibrant media environment and enhanced content services
1730 Networking Reception
1900 Close of Day 1

Thursday 15 September 2022 - Telecommunications and Media Forum (TMF)

0815 Registration
0900 Welcome
0915 Internet ecosystems and the digital economy: Policy and regulatory approaches to digital markets, platforms and services
1045 Networking Break
1115 Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection: Building a collaborative approach
1245 Networking Lunch
1345 Climate change and sustainability: Looking ahead to COP27 and the implications for the telecom/media/tech sectors
1515 Close of Forum
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Event details
13th - 15th September 2022
Middle East & Africa
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Four Seasons Hotel
Bahrain Bay
Road 4606, Building 555, Block 346

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