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24th August 2022

Small Nations Regulators’ Forum 2022 – Online meeting (Invitation only)

Small Nations Regulators Forum, Virtual Event

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

0900 AST (Barbados) / 1400 BST (London)
Duration: 2h45

By invitation only

This was an opportunity for members of the IIC’s Small Nations Regulators’ Forum to engage with colleagues in a small group setting to share experiences, problem-solve, and plan for next steps.


Small Nations Regulators’ Forum Meeting

Report of the Small Nations Regulators’ Forum meeting that took place Wednesday 24 August.

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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.

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).

Pedro Lucas da Cruz Pereira Araújo Director, Department of Investment and Innovation, Secretariat of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Brazil

Pedro Lucas da Cruz Pereira Araújo is the Director of Investment and Innovation at the Ministry of Communications of Brazil, in charge of initiatives to promote infrastructure investments and technological development in the Brazilian telecommunications sector.

He holds a PhD in Economics and has been a civil servant since 2003, with experience in advisory, coordination and project management roles in the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Economy.

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.

Vladimir (Vlada) Radunović Director of Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Serbian-born Mr Vladimir (Vlada) Radunović is a lecturer in cybersecurity policy, Internet governance, and e-diplomacy on postgraduate and professional courses at the DiploFoundation. He also serves as an expert with the Geneva Internet Platform, and leads the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) from 2016 to 2020, and a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 2012 to 2014. Vlada has been a lecturer, speaker, and resource person on a number of educational and training programmes and events worldwide, including within the WSIS and IGF processes. His professional and research focus is on cybersecurity, cyber-diplomacy and e-diplomacy, Internet governance, broadband policy and net neutrality, and capacity development.

He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade and a Master’s in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. He is currently working on his PhD in cybersecurity. Vlada is currently member of the Board of Directors of Diplo US.

Wednesday 24 August 2022

1400 BST Welcome

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



1410 BST Introduction to Keynote speaker

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

1415 BST Keynote speaker

Vladimir Radunovic, Director, E-diplomacy and Cybersecurity Programmes at DiploFoundation

Key themes:
• Internet governance
• Cybersecurity and cyber-diplomacy
• E-diplomacy
• Capacity development

1500 BST Chair & Speakers

3 Case Studies from:

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

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

Pedro Lucas da Cruz Pereira Araújo, Director, Department of Investment and Innovation, Secretariat of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Brazil


1530 BST Audience discussion

Identify next steps for SNRF including:
• Skills needed
• Legislative framework needed
• Regulatory framework needed

1630 BST Closing speech
1645 BST Close of forum
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