6- 8 July 2021
There will be Spanish / English simultaneous translation throughout the event.
Now in its 8th year, the IIC’s annual Telecom & Media Forum focusing on the LatAm & Caribbean regions returns, albeit virtually. The successful partnership with IDB continues, and although we cannot be in Miami this year we are looking forward to our signature combination of senior level international debate and sharing of experiences in a neutral, collegiate environment.
Our meetings operate at the intersection of business strategy, policy and regulation – this year we will be convening discussions on the essential elements required for accessible, affordable, secure communications infrastructure and services, and building back better post-pandemic. Connectivity, spectrum management, technology innovation and investment, digital markets and platforms, will be amongst the issues discussed by regulators, government and industry.
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Adolfo Cuevas Teja is the acting Chairman of the IFT since March 2020. He was ratified by the Mexican Senate as Commissioner of the IFT, on September 10, 2013, for a nine-year term, until February 2022.
He joined the public service in 1985 and worked in the office of the UNAM’s General Attorney and he was Legal Counsel at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) between 1998 and 2002.
In the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, Mr Cuevas Teja previously held positions as Legal Assistant Director at the Mexican Radio Institute, Legal Counsel at General Directorate of Radio, TV and Cinematography of the Ministry of Government as Advisor at the Mexican Senate. Before joining the IFT, Mr Cuevas Teja worked in the extinct Federal Telecommunications Commission from 2006, where he was appointed Area Director and then General Director of Resolutions and Agreements Projects “D”.
Mr Cuevas Teja has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, a Specialisation degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law, and a Master’s degree in Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
Adriana Labardini Inzunza is currently an independent public interest lawyer and consumer rights expert, she has always acted afar from political, partisan and corporate interests and has fought to deter anticompetitive practices and eliminate barriers to competition. She has promoted initiatives to bridge the digital divide, promote rural and indigenous connectivity and media, at the same time as she has insisted to embed innovation in the agency, build consumer empowerment tools, work permanently towards gender equality and effective implementation and enforcement of regulation.
Ms Labardini served as Secretary of the Board of COFETEL, the former, telecommunications agency (1999-2003); practiced law in a major law firm, specialising in the areas of corporate, administrative and telecommunications law (1986- 1998). Upon her return to Mexico after completing the H. Humphrey Fellowship in North Carolina, UNC and Duke (2003-2004), she co-founded Alconsumidor, a nonprofit watchdog, pioneer in advocating for consumer rights and consumer class actions, a project that ended in a constitutional and legal reform.
Ms Labardini is a Fulbright scholar and a Hubert Humphrey and Ashoka Fellow. She is a professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho LLM program in Mexico City and has lectured at CIDE, UNAM, ITAM, ITESM, UP as visiting professor.
She obtained her law degree cum laude from Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City in 1987 and her Masters degree (LLM) from Columbia University in New York, on a Fulbright scholar in 1991. For four and a half years she has served as Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), the Mexican independent regulatory body and competition authority for telecommunications and broadcasting industries. She also chaired the IFT for an interim term in the fall of 2017. Her tenure ended on February 28th, 2018.
In such capacity she has successfully led efforts to create a research center within IFT, strengthen regional and international relations among regulators, such as FCC, CRTC, and through Regulatel, BEREC and IIC; she has fought for pluralism in media, truly independent public media as well as initiatives for inclusion & accessibility and innovating the regulator. During the first two years of her tenure, she was the Commissioner in charge of transparency and access to public information at IFT and a member of the Ethics Committee.
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.
Carolina Limbatto is an economist specialising in regulatory and competition issues. She has worked for Cullen International since 2014 monitoring, reporting and benchmarking on regulatory issues and policy developments in telecommunications, media and digital economy in the Americas. Ms Limbatto is lead author of the Telecoms Cross-Country Analysis report and the spectrum service in the Americas. Ms Limbatto also regularly participates in regional relevant forum and engages with main stakeholders providing a neutral and accurate assessment and provides training and briefings on policy and regulatory issues. Before joining Cullen, Ms Limbatto worked at the Argentinian telecoms regulator for five years, advising on regulatory and economic issues.
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Ernesto Orozco has previously served as an advisor at the National Television Commission (CNTV) and a member of the Board of the National Television Authority (ANTV), as well as a professional at the National Broadcasting Network –Inravisión.
Mr Orozco is an electrical engineer graduated from the Universidad del Norte of Barranquilla, Specialist in Engineering Management Systems from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana University, Specialist in Regulation and Management of Telecommunications and New Technologies from the Univeridad Externado de Colombia and Master in Business Administration (MBA) from INALDE Business School of the Universidad de la Sabana.
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.
Jacqueline Lopes is Director of Government and Industry Relations for LATAM South at Ericsson. In her current role, she represents Ericsson before industry associations, governments, local, regional and international forums related to business and regulations on ICT. She has over 10 years of experience in the industry and management consulting, part of them representing the Telecom industry at CITEL/OAS and ITU.
Ms Lopes is author of a book about international negotiations. She has an MBA degree from INSEAD (France/Singapore) with a Merit Scholarship from Orange and concluded an executive course at Harvard Kennedy School (USA). JMs Lopes has Master`s degree (summa cum laude) and a bachelor’s degree at Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
Jose Juan Haro is Chief Wholesale and Public Affairs Officer at Telefónica Hispam, the unit of the Telefónica Group in charge of business operations in Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Mr Haro currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Telefónica Central America Investments (TCI), Chair of the GSMA Latin America Policy Group, Vice President of the Inter-American Association of Telecommunications Companies (ASIET) and Board member of Internet para Todos, a company jointly incorporated by Telefonica, Facebook, CAF and IDB Invest to bridge the digital divide en Latin America.
Mr Haro joined Telefónica’s Peruvian subsidiary in 2003, where he held various responsibilities in legal and business areas, most notably those related with Strategy and Wholesale operations. In 2009 he was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Regulation. Since 2011, he has been in charge of corporate responsibilities at Telefonica headquarters in Madrid.
Mr Haro obtained his Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and his LLM (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Lester Garcia, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, LATAM, Facebook has more than 20 years of experience in the ICTs Regulation and Policy in Latin America. Mr Garcia is also a Public Policy consultant and researcher.
Mr Garcia previously held the position of Chief of Regulatory Policy at COFETEL (the Mexican Telecom Regulator), where he was in charge of the coordination of regulatory decisions design for the Mexican telecom market. He was also the Government Relations Manager for Axtel from 1998 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2002, Corporate Affairs manager for Philip Morris Mexico.
Mr Garcia has been a lecturer and Professor in Economics and Public for different schools and universities in Mexico, and a regular speaker and panelist in National and International Events and Fora on Telecommunications and ICT Markets and Regulatory Issues. He currently holds the position of Head of the Masters in Economics and Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy and Public Administration (EGAP) of ITESM, Monterrey.
Mr Garcia holds a PhD in Public Policy (Universidad Anahuac 2003-2008), a Masters in Public Policy (University of Chicago 1994-1996) and a BA degree in Economics (ITESM).
Marcelo Bechara is Director of Institutional Relations and Regulation, Grupo Globo. He is also a member of the Superior Council of ABERT – Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters for the biennium (2020-2022), a Member of the National Cinema Council since 2018 and Vice-President of IAB Brazil.
Mr Bechara previously held the positions of Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Communication (2005 to 2010) and General Attorney of Anatel (2010 to 2011). He was Commissioner of Anatel (2011 to 2015) and left the agency as Vice-Chairman in 2015. Mr Bechara has been a Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee – CGI.br (2006 and 2015), having participated in formulating the Brazilian Civil Framework of the Internet. He was on the Board of Directors of Núcleo de Informação .br and Author of the book Radiodifusão e TV Digital no Direito Brasileiro (Broadcasting and Digital TV in Brazilian Law).
Mr Bechara graduated from the Brazilian Superior School of War – ESG in 2012. He is a member of the Superior Council of ABERT – Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters for the biennium (2020-2022), a Member of the National Cinema Council since 2018 and is also Vice-President of IAB Brazil.
Mr Bechara graduated in Law from Belo Horizonte in 2001. He has an MBA in Economy and Business Law from FGV, and in 2003 he specialised in Digital Law. Certified by Harvard Law School, Georgetown University, and the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO.
Mario Girasole has been Senior Executive Vice President for Regulatory, Institutional and Press Relations at TIM Participações and a member of the Board of Executive Officers, since 2010. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of the TIM Institute and member of boards and councils in national and international entities.
Mr Girasole joined Telecom Italia Mobile in 1997 and then headed the TIM Group relations with the European Union institutions in Brussels from 2000 to 2004, when he was also appointed Deputy-Chairman of the European mobile association (GSMA Europe). In July 2004, he moved to Brazil as Public and Regulatory Affairs Director at Telecom Italia America Latina and at TIM Brasil, and during this period, he served as a Member of the Board for Entel Bolivia and TIM Participações.
In 2018, Mr Girasole was awarded as Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy, by the President of the Italian Republic and with the Peacemaker Medal and the Medal of the Army by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, for promoting friendly relations and co-operation between the countries.
Mr Girasole has a Master’s degree in Economics (LUISS, Rome), an LLM in International Business Law (University of London), post-graduate education in International Commerce and in Modern Economic History and executive education at Harvard School of Government, Columbia Business School and INSEAD.
Dr Martha Suárez is President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. In her current role at the DSA she advocates for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization, which is essential to addressing key worldwide social and economic challenges.
Dr Suárez was General Director of the National Spectrum Agency in Colombia, for over 3 years, having originally joined the ANE in 2013. Before that, she was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship and worked at the Instytut Technologii Elektronowej ITE in Poland for the Partnership for Cognitive Radio Par4CR European Project.
Dr Suárez is an Electronics Engineer, with a Masters degree in high frequency communication systems and is Doctor in Electronics from the University Paris-Est.
Mauricio Ramos was appointed CEO of Millicom in April 2015. He was most recently President of Liberty Global’s Latin American Division from 2006 until February 2015.
Over the past fourteen years Mauricio held a number of leadership roles at Liberty Global, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, CFO of Liberty’s Latin American Division and President of Liberty Puerto Rico. Throughout this period he successfully developed both mobile and broadband businesses in Latin America, delivering solid operational improvement and outstanding financial results. Mauricio is also Chairman of TEPAL, the Latin American Association of Cable Broadband Operators.
Previously Mr Ramos was a Partner and Vice President at Investment Banking Services Ltd. (IBS), and Assistant Director of the Deutsche Morgan Grenfell office in Bogotá, Colombia. Prior to this, he worked for the Office of the President of Colombia and taught economics at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Externado in Bogotá. He also served as the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile from 2007 to 2011.
Mr Ramos received a degree in Economics, a degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
Paola Bonilla is an economist from the University of Ibagué and Master in economics from the Rosario University. With more than 11 years of experience in the ICT sector, she has served as advisor and coordinator of Market Regulation in the CRC, advisor to the Sub-Directorate of Telecommunications, Sub-Director of Digital Prospecting of the Directorate of Digital Development and Director of Digital Development in the National Planning Department (DNP).
Ms Bonilla has participated in initiatives related to public policy guidelines on technological convergence as well as financing of the ICT sector and the digital economy. In addition, she led and coordinated policies and projects in the ICT sector, developed and guided studies and research to promote the digital development of the country.
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An expert in the confluence of development and communications policy, Sonia Jorge has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a policy advisor, Ms Jorge has worked in numerous digital policy and development projects in over 40 countries and with international organisations, such as the World Bank, UNDP, UN Women, and for private sector companies, from mobile operators to industry associations.
Ms Jorge’s work has included ICT policy and regulatory advice and analysis, strategic industry planning, national ICT/broadband policy development, and the creation of new policy and regulatory frameworks to address issues around competition, cost-based pricing, spectrum management, infrastructure development and universal access strategy. Ms Jorge is an avid advocate for gender equality in development, and has worked extensively to promote gender analysis and awareness in the ICT planning and policy process, as well as an understanding of the importance of digital inclusion for development.
As a thought leader and expert, Ms Jorge was recognised by apolitico as as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2019, and is a frequent speaker at international, regional and national events, including at the World Economic Forum, Stockholm Internet Forum, Transform Africa, Mobile World Congress, Internet Governance Forums, several ITU and EU-Commission events, among others. She also serves/ed as a member and expert in a number of Committees, including the ITU-UN Women EQUALS Partnership, The World Economic Forum’s EDISON Network, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Gender Digital Divide, and the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force. Ms Jorge is an independent Board Director with KaiOS Technologies and an affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Álvaro Neira is Principal Consultant 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 50 countries across the world.
Mr Neira is an international strategy consultant with broad experience in the ICT sector, advising at Board and C-level mainly in Europe, Latin America and Middle East. He has provided advice to a wide range of regulatory authorities and multilateral institutions, including the European Commission (EC), World Bank (WB), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), International Finance Corporation (IFC) or Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Álvaro’s areas of expertise include regulatory strategy, business planning, and public policy development.
Mr Neira holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
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