In the first Regional Regulators’ Forum (RRF) of 2019, the Chair of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (the hosting authority) said “In view of these challenges [in the fast evolving communications sector] we need to come together, as we are here today, as often as possible to relate and share experiences, successes and failures, so that we can become more effective… This means we have to continuously learn from each other and build relationships that cross borders and connections, so that we can leverage on one another to take advantage of future opportunities as well as mitigate the risk that faces us.”
The Miami RRF continued this dialogue, bringing together colleagues from the LatAm and Caribbean regions and beyond to share their experiences and learn from one another. They considered a number of issues including:
The best response to the challenges of digital media is the creation of local content industries funded through Universal Service or Tax, and facilitated by the regulator. Several governments are supporting both infrastructure and content development, facilitating the association of both commercial and social content producers.
Alee Fa’amoe is the Deputy CEO and Executive Director ICT for OfReg, the newly formed (January 2017) converged utilities regulator overseeing ICT, fuels, electricity, and water industries in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Fa’amoe has a broad background in technology, operations, and management and has spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working as an industry expert on telephone numbering and network operations. He spent several years at Deloitte Cayman as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for HR, marketing, IT, operations, and finance departments. He also served as a subject matter expert on client consulting engagements, and worked with Deloitte offices in several Caribbean locations with operational matters.
Mr Fa’amoe spent some time as an independent consultant, and was appointed Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in 2013, which has since become part of OfReg.
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 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 Gita Millwood Hargrave, Director of Regulatory Fora, is an independent advisor on regulatory policy and research, working across the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors. Formerly the IIC’s Director General from February 2009-March 2020, her interest in developments in the communications industry is evident from her experience, both regulatory and business-facing, initially with media content development, and now with emerging technologies that make up the converging digital ecosystem.
An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and serving as an Expert with the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), Andrea has published widely on media policy in an international context. She has a keen interest in communications and digital literacy and has acted as an Expert in for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for international organisations.
Antonio Martusciello is a Commissioner at the Authorità per le Garanzie nelle comunicazioni (AGCOM) in Italy, having served first from 2010 to 2012 when he was re-elected. He previously worked as a business executive in the media and communications field and was the President of Mistral Air Srl, an Italian Post Office owned company.
During the XII legislature Mr Martusciello was elected deputy for the first time, and was reelected during the XV legislature. He was involved in the Budget Committee with the office of the Parliamentary Committee Opinions. In the same legislature Mr Martusciello was a member of the Commission for the reorganization of the Italian broadcasting system.
In the XIII legislature Mr Martusciello joined the Foreign Affairs and Anti-Mafia Committees. In the XIV legislature Mr Martusciello was appointed First Secretary for the Environment and subsequently promoted to Deputy Minister for Cultural Heritage .
Mr Martusciello graduated in Science of Public Administrations and is a member of the Commission Services and Products. He also lectures at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples on ‘New Media and Consumer Guarantees’ and at the University Sapienza of Rome on ‘The Cultures and Industries of Television’.
Botlenyana Mokhele has a wealth of experience in broadcasting media policy and regulation from a career spanning over two decades. Prior to being appointed to the Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), she was a Principal Consultant at Pygma Consulting based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before becoming a consultant, Ms Mokhele served in a number of senior positions at the Department of Communications (DoC), including that of the Chief Director 2010 Broadcasting, responsible for implementation of the South African Government’s ICT Guarantees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to this she served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of Broadcasters and Manager at Broadcasting Policy Research and Development at ICASA. During her tenure in both positions, Ms Mokhele contributed towards broadcasting policy and ICT legislative processes in South Africa, and served on the country’s Digital Migration Working Group.
Ms Mokhele has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has Honours in counselling psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA), a Postgraduate Diploma in information policy from UNISA, a Postgraduate Diploma in telecommunication studies from the Cable and Wireless College and an Advanced Project Management Diploma from Damelin College.
Ms Mokhele passed away in September 2020.
Carlton Smith was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer on 3 June 2020. Mr Smith joined the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) in December 2018 as Director of Electronic Communications, having previously spent 25 years with the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), serving 16 years at the managerial level and eight (8) of those years in Executive Management Positions. Among the senior positions he held were Deputy General Manager of News, Current Affairs and Special Projects and Senior Deputy General Manager of Operations and Support. In 2010, Mr Smith led the planning team that developed the strategic approach for BCB’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
He also served as the Local Organizing Committee Chairman for the Bahamas’ hosting of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) in 2008 and was inducted into the Ring of Honour of the CBA for contributions to the development of Public Service Broadcasting in The Bahamas.
A graduate of the London School of Journalism and Ravensbourne University in the United Kingdom, he also holds Graduate Certificates in Management Development and Business Communication.
Chris Anderson is an incident management and infrastructure protection expert with almost three decades of government, military, and private sector experience. He is currently the Federal Communications Commission’s Chief of Operations and Emergency Management. In this role, he is responsible for the Commission’s incident management activities, including the management of two operations centers, the FCC’s national security coordination, and Continuity of Operations and Government programs.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Anderson worked in critical infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security and as a project and program manager for America Online. Mr Anderson began his career with a decade on active duty in the US Navy as a helicopter pilot. Mr Anderson retired from the Navy Reserve in August 2016.
Mr Anderson is a 2010 graduate of the National War College with a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy; he holds a second Master’s degree in Management Information Systems. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.
Currently Chief Executive of the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda, Mr Williams brings 29 years of industry experience in electrical engineering and information technology, of which eight were at the senior executive level. He was former Chief Operating Office of an electric utility, Bermuda Electric Light Company, and his related accomplishments include his active participation in the consultation processes that resulted in the publication of the island’s energy green and white papers. These publications formed the basis for electricity regulatory reform in Bermuda and the creation of the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda.
As an advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education and electric transportation, Mr Williams keeps abreast of the latest advancements in these areas through continuous personal development.
Germán Darío Arias Pimienta is an Expert Commissioner for Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia. He has acquired experience in the public and private sectors to building the telecommunications regulatory policies in Colombia.
His professional career started in 1995 with Empresas Públicas de Manizales in Colombia (Public utility companies of Manizales), where he played a key role in restructuring the institution, as a result of the entry into force of the Public Utility’s Act.
In August 2003, Mr Arias joined the Sector’s Development Directorate team of the Ministry of Communications. In that tenure, he contributed to the achievement of various regulatory challenges, namely: the opening of the long distance market, the interconnection between operators; the allocation of additional spectrum to mobile operators as a response to the growing service demand and to the freeing of frequency bands for the use of wireless access technologies, such as Wi-Fi.
Mr Arias returned to the private sector between 2007 and 2013, as Regulatory Affairs Manager with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB), (Bogota’s Telecommunications Company), where he led the definition of a comprehensive regulatory strategy combining economic, legal, financial and technical elements and their implications on the company´s business strategy.
Mr Arias also served as Manager of the ICT and Agro Initiative at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, intended to ensure that ICTs improve the quality of life of peasants while they help increase land productivity in Colombia.
Mr Arias is an Economist with a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and Specialisation in International Business Management.
Dr Heber Damian Martinez is an attorney by profession and Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) (Argentine Catholic University). Previously Dr Martinez was the corporate affairs and institutional relations manager for the Telefe Group, as well as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Argentine Association of Television and Radio Broadcasters (ATA). He was also a member of the Board of Directors at the International Broadcasting Association and Chairman of the Employers’ Commission of Independent Communication Media (CEMCI). Dr. Martinez is one of the Vice-chairmen of the Study Group 16 – “Multimedia coding, systems and applications” of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector.
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Kirk Sookram currently holds the position of Executive Officer – Technology & Engineering at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been employed with the Authority since its inception in July, 2004, starting as a Telecommunications Engineer, advancing to Manager, Spectrum Management and Monitoring and, in 2015, to the position he currently holds. During his tenure at the Authority, he has specialized in spectrum management, wireless technologies, telecommunications regulation, ICT and broadband development, cost modeling and policy development.
Mr Sookram also currently serves as the Chairman of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force established by the Caribbean TelecommunicationsUnion.
His qualifications include a Bachelors of Science Degree (with Honours) in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science Degree (Distinction) in Operational Telecommunications from Coventry University, United Kingdom.
Superintendent Gonzalez Wer is the Superintendent of Telecommunications in Guatemala, and has had a long career within the manufacturing industry, as well as being the President of Boards and Boards of Directors of several organizations and foundations. He is the current president of Funsek, a Foundation to support children with cleft lips and cleft palates.
Superintendent Gonzalez Wer has been advisor to the President of the Banco de Guatemala and a representative before the Monetary Board. He also has worked as a production manager and chief engineer of different companies.
With a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from the American University, Washington DC USA, and a background as an industrial mechanical engineer from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, he is Professor at the Rafael Landívar University, and the founder and first director of the course for University Technicians in Production Control.
María Dolores Souza has been with the broadcast regulator, the ‘National Television Council’ of Chile (CNTV), since 1993. As Head of Research, she is responsible for the development of research aimed at stimulating social debate on broadcast regulation; and for producing information for decision making and public policy. Ms Souza has developed the cultural and educational syllabus at CNTV; and initiated a Network of Regulatory Authorities in the Ibero- American region (PRAI).
Ms Souza earned her Doctorandus (Drs), from the Royal University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and has a Master’s degree in Communications from Diego Portales University (Chile) and Pompeu Fabra University, (Barcelona, Spain).
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.
Ricardo Sheffield took up his post as General Prosecutor of the Mexican Federal Consumer Agency in December 2018. Prior to that he was Executive President of the Chamber of the Footwear Industry.
He was City Councilman in Leon from 1994-1997, State Congressman from 1997-2000 and Federal Congressman over two separate periods (2000-2003 and 2015-2018). Additionally Mr Sheffield was Undersecretary of Land for the Federal Government and Mayor of the city of Leon between 2009 and 2012. During this time, the city of Leon received the “Sustainable Transport Award 2011” from the UN, the “Ciudad campeona del agua” award in 2012, and was recognized as one of the ten best cities to live in in Latin America in 2012.
Mr Sheffield ran for Governor of Guanajuato with the Morena Party in 2018, finishing second in the election.
Mr Sheffield has a degree in law from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a Master from Harvard Law School, and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Procedural Law from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. As a specialist in private international law, he has been a professor and taught in many public and private universities and government institutions.
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Suzy Sierra Ruiz has been the representative of the civil society at the National Television Authority since December, 2016.
With more than 15 years of experience in the Colombian public sector. Mrs Sierra has also held the position of Chief of the Information in the Ministry of Justice, and she also held several positions of Directive level in the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications. She also held the position of Director of International Legal Affairs and Head of the Legal Advisory Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mrs Sierra is an attorney and law graduate from the Sergio Arboleda University, specialist in Commercial and Financial Law and in Marketing strategy. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Law at the University of Amsterdam and in Business Administration at the University of Viña del Mar.
Currently, Mrs Sierra is working on the policy of gender equity and citizenship in the audiovisual sector as her major interest.
Thomas Sullivan is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) International Bureau, which represents the FCC in international meetings and oversees the licensing and policy activities for international telecommunications services and satellite services.
From March 2010 to January 2017, Mr Sullivan served as the Chief of Staff for the International Bureau, where he coordinated International activities within the FCC and advanced the FCC’s international representation within the US Government and at international events.
He joined the FCC in 1991 after receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Director General, International Institute of Communications
María Dolores Souza, Head of Research, Consejo Nacional de Televisión (CNTV), Chile
Antonio Martusciello, Commissioner, Authorità per le Garanzie nelle comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy
Carlton J Smith, Director of Electronic Communications (DEC), Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), The Bahamas
Ricardo Sheffield, General Prosecutor, Federal Consumer Agency (PROFECO), Mexico
Daniel Vidal Mattos, Head of Market Analysis, ANCINE (National Cinema Agency), Brazil
Jorge E Torres, Secretario Adjunto, Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), Honduras
Germán Darío Arias Pimienta, Executive Director, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)
Dr Heber Damian Martinez, Director, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), Argentina
Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Denton Williams, Chief Executive, Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Alee Fa’amoe, Acting CEO & Executive Director ICT, OfReg, Cayman Islands
Kirk Sookram, Executive Officer, Technology and Engineering, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
Chris Anderson, Chief, Operations and Emergency Management Division, Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
Most countries are in the same zone for radio.
Thomas Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, USA
Manuel Enrique González Wer, Superintendent of Telecommunications, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala (SIT)
Giuliano De Vita, Senior Advisor to Commissioner Antonio Martusciello, Authorità Per Le Garanzie Nelle Comunicazioni (Agcom), Italy
16:00 Wrap up and close
16:15 Transport back to The Palms Hotel
18:30 Drinks reception at The Palms Hotel (pre-booking required)
All sessions will have Spanish/English simultaneous translation to ensure maximum participation from all.
Para garantizar la activa participación de todos, todas las sesiones contarán con interpretación simultánea español/inglés.
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