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17th October 2023

Small Nations Regulators’ Forum 2023 – in person

Communications Policy & Regulation Week, Small Nations Regulators’ Forum

The IIC’s annual Communications Policy and Regulation Week comprises our flagship events:

International Regulators’ Forum
Annual Conference
Small Nations Regulators’ Forum

The IIC’s Small Nations Regulators’ Forum, follows the International Regulators’ Forum on the afternoon of 17 October 2023.

The International Regulators’ Forum will be hosted by Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunication, Post and Railway (BNetzA) on 16-17 October 2023.

The IIC’s 54th Annual Conference, will follow on 18-19 October 2023. Senior industry representatives will join regulators, academics and other stakeholders from the telecoms, media and technology stakeholder communities for two days of discussions on the big questions and issues facing the sector.

Further information on agendas and speakers for each event will be available soon.

 

 

Small Nations Regulators' Forum speakers

Allyson Leacock (Dr) Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados

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.

headshot Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia Chenda Thong
Chenda Thong Chairman, Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)

Chenda Thong has more than 20 years of experience in public sector.  After working at the central level of government, in November 2020 he was appointed Chairman of the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia.

Prior to joining the TRC, Chairman Thong held various positions such as a Secretary of State for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, an advisor to the Office of the Council of Ministers, a legal advisor to the Chairman of the Third Committee of the National Assembly and the Vice President of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions, one of the first state institutions to offer a fair and transparent national judicial entrance examination.

As a renowned leader within the public entity, Chairman Thong creates a culture of solidarity and harmony with the core value of high integrity in the working place. His previous background powered his aspiration to lead the TRC to be one of the world class regulators, finding practical answers for some of the nation’s complex questions and to ensure good governance and transparency in management and operations.

Chairman Thong holds qualifications in Law from Norton University and English literature from the Institute of Foreign Languages in Cambodia.

Stewart Brittenden Head of Communications and Postal Regulation, Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA)

After completing an Economics degree from the University of Kingston, London in 2001, Stewart Brittenden embarked on his career in regulation with the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority in 2004. Specialising in communications regulation, Mr Brittenden has witnessed the full transition of a telecoms monopoly to full competition over the course of 15 years. He has extensive experience in dealing with the European Commission on matters relating to Market Reviews and on the specific issues relating to the smallest jurisdictions both in and out of the European Union. Mr Brittenden has also dealt with matters on competition law and broadcasting and, more recently, postal service regulation.

Tebogo Mmoshe Director Licensing, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)

Tebogo Mmoshe is the Director, Licensing at Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), the position she assumed in 2021. Her main role is to facilitate the licensing of all sectors regulated by BOCRA being Postal, Broadcasting, Internet and ICT.

Ms Moshe’s experience spans 12 years in communications regulation as a member of BOCRA family. She has 18 years of experience in the Accounting and Auditing in various sectors of Botswana.

Ms Moshe was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 and was awarded an MBA by University of Derby in 2013. She is a Fellow Member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). At National level, she was appointed as one of the founding Board Members of Botswana Geoscience Institute since 2016.

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 2 November 2022

13:45-14:00 Registration and Welcome
14:00-17:00 Building a regulatory checklist of ‘must-haves’ to enable and support digital society in smaller nations

Building a regulatory checklist of ‘must-haves’ to enable and support digital society in smaller nations

Join your peers for a candid discussion on the essential components for regulatory authorities to benchmark against, including:
• Clarity from government on the regulator’s purpose and independence
• Structure and resource
• Advisory powers
• Investigative powers
• Enforcement and penalisation powers
• Long term funding arrangements
• Pragmatic initiatives to address dimensions of convergence

Chair
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Authority; Director, National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados

Panellists include
Tim Ringsdore, Chief Executive and Board Member, Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA)
Stewart Brittenden, Head of Communications and Postal Regulation, Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA)
Chenda Thong, Chairman, Telecommunications Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)
Tebogo Mmoshe, Director Licensing, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)

17:00 Closing Remarks
17:30-19:30 Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception
Museum of Nature, Ottawa

Download the agenda (PDF)
Event details
Date:
17th October 2023
Location:
Cologne, Germany
Region:
Europe
Hyatt Regency Cologne
Kennedy-Ufer 2A
Cologne 50679
Germany

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