13th - 14th February 2019

TMF Asia 2019

Telecoms, Media & Regulatory Forum (TMRF), Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF)

Following 2018’s very successful visit to Singapore, we returned to Asia in 2019, to Kuala Lumpur. The Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF) on 13-14 February followed the Regional Regulators’ Forum (RRF) on 12 February 2019, hosted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

With a population of around 4.5 billion, and combined nominal GDP of c. US$28.2 trillion, the Asia region is an area undergoing rapid change and technological development. It is culturally and politically diverse, presenting rich opportunities for the TMT sector to help drive economic and societal benefit. The policy and regulatory considerations are complex and varied and the IIC is ideally positioned to enable fruitful discussion between all parties.

The TMF brought together experts from the region and beyond, from the regulatory sphere, government, academia and civil society, to discuss themes of regional and global significance. The 2018 event was themed “Accelerating digital transformation in Asia: building the policy/regulatory skillsets and capacity for the 21st Century so that everyone benefits”. The 2019 edition expanded on these themes, drawing upon the considerable expertise of IIC members active in the region, as well as our wider international community.

Forum presentations were on the record but subsequent discussions were under the Chatham House Rule. This enabled participants to speak freely, facilitating the open and honest exchange of information, and maximising opportunities for the sharing of best practice among peers.

TMF Asia 2019 Summary Report

Malaysia is trying to cater for the digitisation of its economy and guide society through the transformation process. This means that we need to set our own building blocks first: the legal, policy and regulatory frameworks. It is not enough to have the complete set of legal instruments to facilitate changes in the digital space, we need to develop a culture of innovation and encourage ICT entrepreneurship, start-up creation and scaling.

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Speakers

Abu Bakar Munir (Prof) Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Atmajaya, Indonesia

Professor Abu Bakar Munir is an internationally renowned scholar, expert and consultant on ICT Law and Data Protection Law. He was a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Atmajaya, Indonesia. He is also the Legal Adviser and Data Protection Consultant to the Straits Interactive Pte. Ltd., Singapore, Senior Adviser to the Schinder Law Firm, Jakarta, a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Institute for Digital Economy, (APIDE) Tokyo. He is the Founder and Advisor of the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center and Adviser and Expert Council member of the Pandya Astagina Institute.

Professor Abu Bakar Munir has been far and wide consulted by the governments and private entities in Malaysia and around the globe. He was appointed the Adviser to the Government of Malaysia and was instrumental in the crafting and passing of the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010. He was seconded as the IT Law Adviser and Principal Consultant to the Government of Dubai, UAE where he led an international team of consultants in developing and drafting several IT legislations to facilitate the Dubai Internet City, a multi-billion-dollar IT project. He was a Council Member of the Asia Pacific Privacy Charter Council (APPCC) and the recipient of the Malaysia Cyber Security Awards (Minister’s Award) 2010 and the Malaysia Cyber Security, (Information Security Visionary of the Year) Award 2010.

He represented Asia in the Europe – Asia Dialogue on the Digital Economy at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.

Professor Abu Bakar is the author of several books; Privatization (1992), Cyberlaw: Policies and Challenges (1999), Privacy and Data Protection (2002), Internet Banking: Law and Practice (2004), and Information and Communication Technology Law: State, Internet and Information (2010), Personal Data Protection in Malaysia: Law and Practice (2010). Data Protection Law in Asia (2014 ) and Data Protection Law in Asia (second edition 2018).

Afrizal Abdul Rahim Head of Consumer & Industry Research, Ericsson SEA, Oceania and India

Muhammad Afrizal Abdul Rahim is the Head of Consumer and Industry Research, Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India. Mr Rahim is also the Head of Government and Industry Relations for Ericsson Malaysia. Mr Rahim is responsible in sharing consumer and industry insights to support telecom service providers, government bodies and industry players in the region.

Mr Rahim has extensive experience in marketing, research and strategy for both consumer and enterprise markets. Since he joined Ericsson in 2005 he has been involved in the publication of numerous industry and consumer reports.

Mr Rahim holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from University Putra Malaysia (Serdang, Malaysia) and a Bachelor of Science in Finance with minor in Psychology from Indiana University (Bloomington, USA).

Andrew Hall Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International

Andrew Hall was appointed the Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at NBCUniversal International in May 2015. He leads the international government affairs, regulatory and content protection functions outside North America. He is a member NBCUniversal’s Management Committee as well as the Senior Management Team at NBCUniversal International.

Prior to this Mr Hall was Chief Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs for NBCUniversal International. He started his corporate career working in the head office at PolyGram in London, before moving to lead the legal team in Universal Pictures’ home entertainment business.

Before moving in-house, Mr Hall worked in the Company and Commercial Department at the city law firm Slaughter and May in both London and Hong Kong.

Chee Kheong Foong Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad

Chee Kheong Foong is Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Group Corporate Office, Axiata Group Berhad. Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunications companies, operating in ten countries and servicing approximately 290 million subscribers.

Mr Foong has over 17 years’ experience in the field of mobile and fixed telecommunications, internet broadband, broadcasting and multimedia, primarily in regulatory strategy and policy development. Prior to this current position, he was in regulatory management roles in Digi Telecommunications, Celcom Axiata, U Mobile and the Multimedia Development Corporation.

Mr Foong holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

Choo Pin Ang Senior Director, Government and Corporate Affairs Asia, Expedia Group

Choo Pin Ang is Expedia Group’s Senior Director for Government and Corporate Affairs for Asia. In this role, he spearheads the Group’s Asia governmental affairs and public policy strategy across its portfolio of brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, and Homeaway. Through the engagement of public and quasi-public stakeholders in the region, Mr Ang helps the Group manage regulatory and business risks, forge partnerships with governments, and identify business opportunities. Mr Ang has also helped shape the debate surrounding travel, tech and e-commerce in Asia. He is the Chair of the Travel and Tourism Committee of the US ASEAN Business Council, and has provided training to senior Southeast Asian government officials on ecommerce under the Singapore-US Third Country Training Program. He is also Chair of the Asia Travel Tech Industry Association, and Chair of the Asia Internet Coalition.

Mr Ang has extensive experience in political and economic issues across Asia. He previously headed the China operations of a New-York based investment advisory firm conducting political and reputational risk analysis for a clientele of PE funds and SWFs, before joining Standard Chartered Bank as its Head of Public Affairs. Before that, he served as a diplomat in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs covering International Organisations, Middle East, and Northeast Asia, where he was Singapore’s Deputy Consul-General to Shanghai.

Mr Ang has a BA degree from Tufts University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both obtained through the Government of Singapore’s prestigious Overseas Merit Scholarship. He speaks English, Chinese, German, and Spanish.

Chris Perera Senior Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific AT&T

Chris Perera is a Senior Director in the International External & Regulatory Affairs group of AT&T, where she advances the company’s international market entry regulatory strategy and public policies across Asia Pacific. She works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external affairs advocates around the world. AT&T provides wholesale telecommunications services to over 220 countries and territories, and provides enterprise services to over 130 countries.

Ms Perera is also a Board Member and the current Vice President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC).

Prior to joining AT&T in 2014, Ms Perera was Senior Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region, GSMA, and the Chair of the New Zealand Radio communications Sector and an adviser to the Minister of ICT before that. She was also the principal Wireless Advisor on the evaluation panel for the New Zealand Government's Broadband Initiative.

Chuan Beng Wei (Dato’) Commissioner, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Choo Pin ANG is Expedia Group’s Senior Director for Government and Corporate Affairs for Asia. In this role, he spearheads the Group’s Asia governmental affairs and public policy strategy across its portfolio of brands such as Expedia, Hotels.com, and Homeaway. Through the engagement of public and quasi-public stakeholders in the region, Choo Pin helps the Group manage regulatory and business risks, forge partnerships with governments, and identify business opportunities.

Mr Ang has also helped shape the debate surrounding travel, tech and e-commerce in Asia. He is chairperson of both the Asia Internet Coalition (https://www.aicasia.org) and the US-ASEAN Business Council Travel and Tourism Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Asia Travel Tech Industry Association. He has also provided regular training to senior Southeast Asian government officials on e-commerce under the Third Country Training Program jointly organised by the US and Singapore governments.

Mr Ang has extensive experience in political and economic issues across Asia. He previously headed the China operations of a New-York based investment advisory firm conducting political and reputational risk analysis for a clientele of PE funds and SWFs, before joining Standard Chartered Bank as its Head of Public Affairs. Before that, he served as a diplomat in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs covering International Organisations, Middle East, and Northeast Asia, where he was Singapore’s Deputy Consul-General to Shanghai.

Mr Ang has a BA degree from Tufts University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both obtained through the Government of Singapore’s prestigious Overseas Merit Scholarship.

Cordel Green Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission Jamica

Cordel Green is Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica, and he has helped to lead Jamaica’s Digital Transition process.

Mr Green has been appointed to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO and represents Jamaica on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP). He is also a fellow of Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC), honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington DC), and member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems.

Mr Green is an Attorney-at-Law, a former Assistant Attorney-General of Jamaica and a former broadcaster.

He holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws Degree with distinction, from the University of Sheffield in England, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Mona School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.

Emanuela Lecchi Head of Public Policy, APAC, GSM Association

Emanuela Lecchi is the Head of Public Policy for APAC at the GSMA, having previously worked in the organisation’s London headquarters as Head of Competition. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2015, Emanuela was a partner at leading law firms in London, where she advised governments, regulators, competition authorities and corporate clients on matters of competition law and regulation. A lawyer by background, she also has an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition from City University London and from 2006 to 2015 was a visiting lecturer there, teaching the legal module of that course. Emanuela is based in the GSMA’s Hong Kong regional headquarters.

Grace Paul Director, Regulatory, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SINGTEL)

Grace Paul heads the regulatory team for the Singtel group licensees in Singapore. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the regulatory field and is responsible for managing regulatory and competition issues. She provides advice on a wide range of issues covering telecommunication, broadcast and m-commerce/finance issues and heads a team of experienced staff in the regulatory and compliance units.

In this capacity, Ms Paul deals extensively with industry regulators, particularly the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and other relevant Government authorities and Ministries.

Before joining the regulatory team, Ms Paul managed customer experience and liaison matters.

Ms Paul holds a Master of Business Administration from the Adelaide University, Master of Arts from Macquarie University and has a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism.

Guillaume Mascot Head of Government Relations Asia-pacific & Japan, Nokia

Guillaume Mascot is in charge of Government Relations for Nokia in APJ (Asia-Pacific, Japan) & India. He oversees all aspects of current and future policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he is working with institutions and other relevant stakeholders to create a favourable political and regulatory environment to foster public and private investment in the digital and broadband industries with a focus on innovation for sustainable growth, competitiveness, and quality of life in a connected environment.

Previously, Mr Mascot led Alcatel-Lucent’s EU representation in Brussels, managed European Affairs and engaged with the European institutions. He was a board member of the EIF (European Internet Foundation) - a European think tank supporting European political leadership for the development of European multilateral public policies responsive to the political, economic and social challenges of the worldwide digital revolution - and was also an associate member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

Mr Mascot holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science with a major on Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Lille.

Håkon Bruaset Kjøl Senior Vice President, Partner and External Relations Asia, Telenor Group

Håkon Bruaset Kjøl was appointed the Head of Partner and External Relations for Asia on 15 October 2018. Prior to this Mr. Kjøl served as the Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President and Head of Group Public & Regulatory Affairs.

Mr Kjøl joined Telenor in 1995 in the domestic mobile operation in Norway. Since then he has gained extensive international experience through his involvement in Telenor’s international mobile network operator activities in Europe and Asia. He has played a key role in managing the business environment in the areas of regulatory and public affairs, government and public relations, corporate communications and sustainability, particularly in Asia.

Mr Kjøl serves on the Board of Directors of several Telenor Group companies in Singapore, Telenor Myanmar, Telenor Pakistan, Dtac in Thailand, Grameenphone in Bangladesh and Digi in Malaysia where is the Chair of the Board.

Mr Kjøl holds a Master of Business Administration degree and studies in public relations from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.

Jake Lucchi Head of Content and AI, Public Policy, Google Asia Pacific

Jake Lucchi leads Google’s policy work on AI, among other areas, for the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he works with government, academia, industry and civil society to build an ecosystem in which AI can be leveraged to achieve economic and social benefit around the region through promoting the positive development and application of AI, while also establishing strong governance frameworks. He also works to amplify the voice of APAC on AI governance and adoption in various global fora. In addition to AI, Mr Lucchi leads Google’s work to ensure its platforms have a positive social impact and addresses the issue of harmful content.

Prior to joining Google he worked on a range of law and policy issues for the United Nations, INGOs and as a consultant for the Thai government, for which he helped improve the policy framework to prevent human trafficking.

He holds a juris doctorate (law) from Yale University and a BA, summa cum laude,in politics and philosophy from University of Missouri.

James Filippatos Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

James Filippatos is Vice President for Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company where he is responsible for developing and directing strategic international public policy initiatives across the company. He focuses on internet policy, human rights, children’s issues and business entry and expansion in developing markets, among other areas. Before joining Disney, Mr Filippatos served as Senior Counsel at the US State Department and Assistant Administrator for International Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration. Prior to that, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington, DC, London and New York.

Mr Filippatos is a member of the Board of Overseers of Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a member of the Advisory Council of World Relief, Southern California, and a Board Member of Each, Inc. He has developed and taught an International Business, Human Rights and Social Responsibility course at Jilin and Northeast Normal Universities in Changchun, China, the first such course taught at a Chinese law school.

Mr Filippatos is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.

Jasmine Begum (Dr) Director of Legal, Government & Corporate Affairs, Malaysia and New Markets, Microsoft

Dr Jasmine Begum is Director of Legal, Corporate & Government Affairs for Malaysia and New Markets. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Dr Begum has held this role since 2010, where she oversees corporate affairs and government and policy engagement as well as philanthropies for Microsoft businesses in Malaysia and the emerging markets.

Dr Begum joined Microsoft with over 20 years of award-winning experience that uniquely straddles both legal/policy engagement and communications, that included leadership and regional stints at companies such as Dell Malaysia, the United Nations Development Program, the Malay Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as having been a corporate litigator.

Dr Begum has broad educational qualifications having completed a double law degree at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur. Jasmine then pursued post-graduate studies in both Law and Communications in the UK, before completing her PhD in Law, Business, and Human Rights.

Jeff Paine Managing Director, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), Singapore

Jeff Paine is Managing Director for the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC). The AIC is an industry association comprised of leading internet and technology companies, and seeks to promote the understanding and
resolution of internet and ICT policy issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Paine has been based in Singapore for more than 20 years and has held regional roles covering Southeast Asia for more than fifteen years. In 2014, he established PS-engage, his own government relations consulting firm, working with leading IT, e-commerce, finance and payment companies to provide guidance on constructive engagement with governments and to assist with regulatory and policy work.

At Visa Inc. Mr Paine was Senior Director and Head of Government Relations for Southeast Asia. In this role, he was responsible for managing engagement activities to develop and maintain relationships with public sector officials in Southeast Asia. He was also responsible for the oversight and monitoring of various policy and regulatory issues impacting Visa’s business across the region.

Prior to working with Visa, Mr Paine worked at Microsoft as Director of Public Sector Partner Business where he was responsible for driving revenue via the Microsoft partner ecosystem which supported governments across Asia Pacific. While at Microsoft, Mr Paine successfully managed multi regional projects for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and spearheaded the implementation of Microsoft’s global Government Engagement Programs efforts in Asia.

Mr Paine also has experience in the financial services sector, having previously worked at Reuters Financial Services as a Business Development Manager and as an Institutional Foreign Exchange Dealer for the Royal Bank of Canada in Singapore, Australia and Canada.

Mr Paine has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University in the USA. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he has completed a diploma program on Innovations in Governance.

Jeremy Godfrey Chair, BEREC 2019; Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland

Jeremy Godfrey joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in 2013 and was Chairperson of the Commission from February 2015 to February 2017. He is Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) for 2019.

Mr Godfrey has almost thirty years’ experience in the ICT sector, as an industry executive, business consultant and Government official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Government Chief Information Officer in Hong Kong. In this role, he had responsibility both for Government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, internet governance and the promotion of inward investment in the IT sector.

Mr Godfrey began his career in the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, serving as private secretary to the Cabinet Minister as well as in a variety of other roles. He then spent ten years in the Cable & Wireless Group, in Hong Kong and in the UK, mainly in strategy, marketing and regulatory roles – including Director of Strategy and Director of Marketing for Hong Kong Telecom.

Between 1998 and 2008, Mr Godfrey worked for PA Consulting Group where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office, serving clients in the communications, transportation, financial services and government sectors. Projects that he led included major change initiatives, business start-up projects, and due diligence assignments. He worked in around a dozen markets in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Godfrey has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics.

Jin Hian Founder & CEO, Evie.AI

Jin Hian is the creator of Evie - the enterprise AI Assistant Platform that powers the Intelligent Enterprise of the future. He's passionate about solving hard problems and leads a team of world-class product managers & engineers dedicated to using AI to power productivity in the intelligent enterprise.

Mr Lee graduated from Stanford University with BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1999, and has spent twenty years building and launching innovative mobile and Internet tech products on a global scale at companies like StarHub and Yahoo.

John Medeiros Chief Policy Officer, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), Hong Kong

John Medeiros is the Chief Policy Officer of AVIA as well as Senior Government Relations Advisor to the Board. He leads the Association’s programme of engagement with governments and the policy community inside and outside Asia. AVIA’s advocacy of members’ interests and ongoing dialogue with a wide range of regulatory officials on behalf of the multichannel video and satellite industries are under his direction. He also coordinates the Association’s research, education, and intellectual property enforcement activities.

Since Mr Medeiros joined AVIA, he has spearheaded the Association’s development of a sustained programme of regulatory advocacy on behalf of industry growth and development. He is one of the principal authors of the seminal “Regulating for Growth” comparative studies of video regulation across the Asian region. He was instrumental in the 2017 establishment of AVIA’s “Coalition Against Piracy,” which brings together the entire video industry in support of action against digital piracy networks.

Prior to AVIA (and its predecessor Association, CASBAA) Mr Medeiros has over 28 years’ experience in economic diplomacy, with most spent in Asia.

Mr Medeiros holds a Masters Degree in International Finance and Communications from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Kyoung Jun Lee (Dr) Professor of Information Systems, Business School, Kyung Hee University, South Korea

Dr Kyoung Jun Lee is currently the Director of the International Centre for Electronic Commerce (http://icec.net) and Humanitas Big Data Research Centre. Dr Lee is the year 2017’s President of Korean Intelligent Information Systems Society (2017) and the current President of Korean Association for Business Communication (2019-2020).

He was a member of the Government 3.0 Committee in South Korea and held the position of Information Sharing and Collaboration Committee Chair. He has also worked as the head of IoT/IoE Division of the public-private partnership for e-Government. Dr Lee was a Korean government member of the Strategic Committee for Fourth Industrial Revolution and founded Benple Inc., IoT & AI-based company, and Allwinware Inc. and received the Presidential Award for his contribution to e-government in Korea.

Dr Lee served as a visiting scientist and professor at Carnegie Mellon University (1995-1996), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009), and the University of California at Berkeley (2010).

Dr Lee graduated with a BS (1990), MS (1992), and PhD (1995) in Management Science from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He also completed a MS and PhD course in Public Administration at Seoul National University in 2003. He won the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Awards in 1995 and 1997 from the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Louis Boswell CEO, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Louis Boswell is the Chief Executive Officer of AVIA, the Asia Video Industry Association. As CEO his remit is to lead the industry through championing all broad-based initiatives that result in a more vibrant and healthy video ecosystem. This includes being at the forefront of industry research, supporting evolving business models, understanding the role of technology, representing the industry in conversations with regulators and taking a leading role in eliminating piracy.

Mr Boswell’s background in Asia includes senior positions at Discovery, ESPN Star Sports, BBC, AETN All Asia Networks and, most recently, as the General Manager, Asia for Da Vinci. His experience includes leading businesses in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and all of the major markets in southeast Asia.

Mr Boswell has a degree in Chinese from Oxford University.

Louise Lucas Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times


Louise Lucas is Asia Technology Correspondent for the Financial Times in Hong Kong. Ms Lucas has been at the FT for over 20 years in a variety of roles based in London & Asia. These include Asia Lex writer, based in Tokyo; acting Lex editor in London; consumer industries editor and Asia news editor in Hong Kong.

Ms Lucas has a BA from Oxford University.

Maria Yolanda Crisanto Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Globe Telecom

Maria Yolanda Crisanto is the Corporate Communications Group Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of the principal mobile telephony company in the Philippines - Globe Telecom Inc. There, she handles stakeholder relations involving employee culture development through internal communications, media and government relations, as well as the company’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability programmes.

A marketing and corporate communications executive with over 30 years’ experience in integrated marketing communications, her expertise lies in strategic communications for corporate, brand, and crisis communications. Ms Crisanto is a member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD), and Public Relations Society of the Philippines. She became the first Filipino to be recognised with a C4F Davos Award by winning the Ideas of the Future-Personal category under the Start-up and Technology Categories. She was also recognised as one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2018 by the Asian Sustainability Reporting Awards. She was also recognised by PRWeek as one of the 500 most influential people in the global PR industry from 2015 to 2017.

Ms Crisanto studied AB Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas and an MBA from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Matthew Cheetham Head of Business Affairs, Asia Pacific, Premier League

Matthew Cheetham joined the Premier League in 2018 as the first Head of Business Affairs, Asia-Pacific. He manages the Premier League’s regional office in Singapore and oversees enforcement efforts in the region.

Prior to joining the Premier League Mr Cheetham was the Managing Director of the New Zealand Screen Association for four years. From 2004-2014 Mr Cheetham was the Regional Legal Counsel Assistant and Policy Officer at the MPA, Asia Pacific.

Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor (Dato’ Dr ) Secretary General, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia

Bio coming soon

Nur Sulyna Abdullah Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Nur Sulyna Abdullah is the Chief Officer of Corporate Strategy for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). She joined MCMC in 2000 and since 2001, has been responsible for the International portfolio, which she established.

Ms Abdullah has held various positions on the international front representing Malaysia. On the APEC front, she was the Chair of the APEC Ad Hoc Steering Group on the Internet Economy from 2015 – 2017, chairing the APEC TEL Working Group immediately before that. She also Chaired the APT Preparatory Group for the ITU Plenipotentiary 2018 (PP-18) and went on to chair the Working Group of the Plenary at the ITU PP-18 itself. She is currently the Honorary Advisor to the ASEAN ICT Centre.

Ms Abdullah holds an LLB (Hons.) from the University of London and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar.

Oliver Walsh Regional Director, Online Content Protection Operations, APAC, Motion Picture Association

Oliver Walsh is the Regional Director, Online Operations, Asia-Pacific Hub for the Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I).

Previously with the City of London Police in the United Kingdom, Mr Walsh worked as a police officer for 11 years before joining the MPA-I in May 2016 and was instrumental in the esatblishment and ongoing success of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

Having gained specialist knowledge of intellectual property crime whilst attached to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, Mr Walsh took on a leadership role for Operation Creative. This ground breaking initiative brought together content protection organisations, advertisers and payment providers in an attempt to curtail the revenue made by websites engaged in content theft. He guided the Operation from conception through to implementation under PIPCU.

Mr Walsh was also active as the UK representative to various international operations and forums such as Operation “In Our Sites” and the UK Public Safety Working group, helping to guide UK government policy towards Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Mr Walsh holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Keele in the United Kingdom and qualifications in open source intelligence investigation.

Peter Lovelock (Dr) Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.

In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.

In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.

Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.

Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China's leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.

Priya Mahajan Head of ASPAC Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon

Priya Mahajan is the Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel where she is responsible for strategic-level regulatory and policy advice regarding Verizon's operations in Asia Pacific. Ms Mahajan previously served as Chief Counsel for Verizon-India where she led legal, regulatory & policy matters pertaining to India operations.

Her expertise includes consulting and advising on a range of telecom, media and technology matters. In her policy role, she works closely with the stakeholder’s policy makers, regulators and trade associations to build, support and promote the company’s policy position on ICT issues. She has successfully led policy efforts related to regulatory simplification, market access, digital trade, anti-trust, data protection & Cyber Security policy across the region.

Ms Mahajan holds honorary position at Executive Body of the Asia Pacific Carriers Coalition (APCC), an industry advocacy body representing the interest of global carriers, closely working with the policy makers in the Asia Pacific Region. She is a founding member of the Society of Women Lawyers (SoWL), a mentoring and professional platform for women lawyers in India.

Ms Mahajan is a qualified attorney, an Associate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India. She has also attended the Accelerated Management Programme (AMP) at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

R S Sharma (Dr) Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Dr R S Sharma was appointed Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on 10 of August 2015. Prior to joining TRAI he was Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. He has also worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) where he was responsible for the overall implementation of the project to provide Unique Identification (christened as “Äadhaar”) for all residents.

Before his posting at UIDAI, Dr Sharma worked with the Government of Jharkhand as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development. As Principal Secretary of the IT Department, Dr Sharma was responsible for formulation of State policies in the IT and e-Governance areas and oversaw the implementation of various e-Governance Projects in all the Departments of the State Government. Mr Sharma's contributions to IT and e-Governance have been widely recognised both within and outside India and he has been responsible for implementing a number of Projects relating to ICT Infrastructure, Process Re-engineering and Service Delivery with Public Private Partnership (PPP) models.

Dr Sharma holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from IIT, Kanpur (India), a Masters in Computer Science from the University of California (USA) and a PhD from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Seow Hiong Goh Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems

Seow Hiong Goh advises government officials and regulators across Asia Pacific on a range of ICT-related policy issues, assisting them in adopting policies and regulations that foster investment, innovation, growth and adoption of advanced ICT technologies and services. His current focus includes advising on national broadband strategies and deployment, convergence policy, cyber-security and e-government.

Previously, Mr Goh was in the Singapore public service for 10 years, where he undertook various responsibilities including Deputy Director for Infocomm Development Policy, Deputy Director for Infocomm Security and Special Assistant to the CEO at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. He was subsequently in private legal practice for several years, before taking up the position as Director, Software Policy for Asia with the Business Software Alliance for five years. He joined Cisco in his present position in 2008.

Mr Goh has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, with Honors and Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also holds a Bachelor of Law with Honors from the University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma of Singapore Law with Merit from the National University of Singapore. He has completed the Executive Management Programme in Strategic Management at the National University of Singapore. He is called to the bar of the Supreme Court of Singapore as an advocate and solicitor.

Simon Smith Head of Regulatory, Asia, Telstra

Bio coming soon

Sohni Kaur Director, Strategic Engagement & Analytics, Netflix

Sohni Kaur is Director, Strategic Engagement & Analytics at Netflix.

She has worked in the field of public policy and diplomacy for over 15 years. She started her career with the Asia-Europe Foundation, an international organisation focused on building dialogue and partnerships between communities in ASEAN and the EU. Since 2014, Ms Kaur has worked in field of technology and media policy. She was a consultant with TRPC, led the secretariat for the Asia Cloud Computing Association and managed public policy for Twitter in Southeast Asia. She joined the APAC Public Policy team at Netflix in 2016.

Ms Kaur has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University (Canada) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore).

Stacy Baird Executive Director, IP Program of the US-China Clean Energy Forum

Stacy Baird is an attorney and advisor to businesses and governments on information technology (IT) and intellectual property (IP) public policy issues. Mr Baird serves as Executive Director of the US-China Clean Energy Forum Intellectual Property Program where he works with leading US and Chinese public and private sector institutions in bilateral relations addressing technology transfer, licensing and other IP issues in the context of clean energy research and commercialization. He is also Consulting Director to the Singapore-based consulting firm, TRPC.

Mr Baird served as Senior Policy Advisor to US Senator Maria Cantwell, and previously, as Brookings Legislative Fellow, advising US Congressman Howard Berman, ranking member on the Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee, on issues related to IP and the then-nascent Internet, addressing many policy matters of first-impression. Prior to entering the field of law, Mr Baird worked as a music recording engineer with clients including Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello and Brian Eno and on noteworthy projects including Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now."

Mr Baird has held appointments as Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.

Stephen Gale (Dr) Telecommunications Commissioner, Commerce Commission, New Zealand

Dr Stephen Gale was appointed as the Telecommunications Commissioner in July 2012, and his term was renewed for a further three years in June 2017. Prior to July 2012 he was an Associate Commissioner for two years.

Dr Gale has specialised for some years in infrastructure economics (energy, telecommunications and transport) and competition proceedings at the economic consulting firm, Castalia Advisor. Before this he was at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research and also in an economic advisory firm.

Dr Gale holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Tenzin Norbhu Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific, Facebook

Tenzin Dolma Norbhu is Head of Facebook’s Access and Connectivity Policy for Asia Pacific. Prior to Facebook, Ms Norbhu was ICT Policy Advisor, having worked as a lead ICT policy specialist in the World Bank Group in several countries across Africa, East and South Asia. Her work focused on ICT sector reforms; broadband policy regulatory and investment issues; transformative use of ICT for public sector reforms and ICT industry development. Before the World Bank, Ms Norbhu worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan in the communications sector in telecommunications operations, policy and planning and as head of the telecommunications regulatory agency.

Thongchai Sangsiri Specialist, Office of Policy and Strategic Affairs, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Thailand

Bio coming soon

Yat Hung Chan Manager, Spectrum Management, Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat)

Yat Hung Chan is currently the Manager of Spectrum Management with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong.

Mr Chan has worked in the field of spectrum management for satellite communications for over 25 years. During these years, Mr Chan has been responsible for the frequency coordination activities of the company, preparatory work within ITU and APT for World Radio Conferences (WRC) as well as national frequency allocations within the Asia-Pacific region. For this purpose, he is leading a team of engineers and has successfully conducted frequency coordination of AsiaSat’s fleet with adjacent satellite networks in planned and non-planned bands. Mr. Chan has actively followed the Mobile and BWA allocation discussions, analysis and testing on the compatibility with FSS and has participated in several field trials in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Mr Chan holds an MPhil degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a BSc (Hons) degree from the City University of Hong Kong, both degrees are in Electronic Engineering.

Yi Shen Chan Director, Plum Consulting

Yi Shen Chan is a Director at Plum and a specialist in policy and regulatory issues in the telecoms, media and online sectors. His experience covers radio spectrum policy and management, digital broadcasting, economic regulation of networks, competition and market assessment of communications and audio-visual sectors.

In the field of spectrum management, he has worked on a range of projects on the valuation and pricing of spectrum for mobile and other uses. His expertise covers both theoretical and practical implementation of spectrum pricing approaches such as administered incentive pricing (AIP), cost recovery, benchmarking analysis and market valuation. As a key member of Plum’s spectrum advisory team, Mr Chan has provided advice to governments and regulators around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK.

In addition, Mr Chan has been involved in studies covering a variety of issues related to the audio-visual sectors, including digital switchover for broadcast TV and radio, competition analysis, impact assessments, broadcast-broadband convergence and online platforms.

His previous work experience includes roles within regulatory authorities in Singapore (Media Development Authority) and in the UK (Ofcom).

Mr Chan has an MSc in Media and Communication Governance (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

08:15 Registration and Welcome

08.15 Registration and networking

09.10 Welcome
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Opening Keynote:
Dato’ Dr. Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor, Secretary General, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia

09:30 Session 1: Accelerating Digital Transformation and Driving the Digital Economy in the Region
  • Policy skillset and capacity requirements for managing a 21st Century economy
  • Cross sector enablement – examples of what works, and the role of the regulator as enabler / facilitator
  • Digital inclusion – the fundamental imperative of connecting everyone to drive economic growth and social inclusion

Chair:
Dato’ Chuan Beng Wei, Commissioner, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Panellists:
Dr R S Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
Thongchai Sangsiri, Specialist, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Thailand
H.E. Chakrya Moa, Chairman, Telecommunicaiton Regulator of Cambodia
Choo Pin Ang, Senior Director Government and Corporate Affairs, Asia, Expedia Group

11:00 Break

11:30 Session 2: Examining the Intersection of Trade Policy and Telecom/Media

Balancing trade commitments, tax revenues and digital enablement

Chair:
Dr Stephen Gale, Telecommunications Commissioner, Commerce Commission NZ

Panellists:
Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications
Jeff Paine, Managing Director, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC)
Jeremy Godfrey, Chair, BEREC 2019; Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Choice of Workshops:

Stream A: In partnership with AVIA AVIA
Issues related to online video content

Part 1: Self-regulation for the Internet age

Chair:
John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Panellists:
James Filippatos, Vice President, Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company
Sohni Kaur, Director, Strategy & Development, APAC, Netflix
Nur Sulyna Abdullah, Chief Officer for Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

15.30 Break

Part 2: Online content and IP piracy

Chair:
Louis Boswell, CEO, Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA)

Panellists:
Oliver Walsh, Regional Director Content Protection APAC, Motion Picture Association
Grace Paul, Director, Regulatory, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SINGTEL)
Andrew Hall, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International
Matthew Cheetham, Asia Representative, English Premier League
Maria Yolanda Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Communications, Globe Telecom

Stream B:

  • Artificial Intelligence and the potential for industrial and societal transformation
  • Definitions, and overview of current and near-term usage of AI
  • Capacity building – ensuring all stakeholders have the right tools at their disposal
  • How policy, and regulation, might fulfil enabling and safeguarding roles with AI

Part 1

Chair:
Stacy Baird, Executive Director, IP Program of the US-China Clean Energy Forum

Keynote:
Dr Kyoung Jun Lee, Professor of Information Systems, Business School, Kyung Hee University, South Korea

Panellists:
Louise Lucas, Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
Oli Bird, Head of International Policy, Ofcom, UK

15.30 Break

Part 2

Panellists:
Jin Hian Lee, Founder & CEO, Evie.ai
Tenzin Norbhu, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific, Facebook
P Anandan, CEO, Wadhwani AI
Jake Lucchi, Head of Content and AI , Public Policy, Google Asia Pacific

17:30 End of day one

Followed by drinks reception (pre-booking required)

Thursday 14 February 2019

08:45 Registration and Welcome

08.45 Registration

09.10 Welcome
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:20 Session 3: 5G Roadmap- Policy, Spectrum and Connectivity Issues
  • What are the realities of 5G rollout in the region?
  • Compatibility between satellite / terrestrial players in the region
  • Role of delicensed and unlicensed spectrum bands in promoting digital economy goals
  • Progress with IoT roll-out – regulatory and policy approaches

Chair:
Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting

Panellists:
Afrizal Abdul Rahim, Head of Consumer & Industry Research, Ericsson SEA, Oceania and India
Yat Hung Chan, Manager, Spectrum Management, Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat)
Chee Kheong Foong, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad
Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations Asia-Pacific & Japan, Nokia
Simon Smith, Head of Regulatory, Asia, Telstra

10:50 Break

11:10 Session 4: Law Enforcement in the Digital Age- Cybersecurity and Data Governance Frameworks
  • Cybersecurity – regional developments
  • Data localization, cross-border data flows, bilateral mechanisms
  • Data ownership, data rights, data sharing architectures
  • Data privacy – update on GDPR; progress with regional data governance frameworks and equivalence in national data privacy laws

Chair:
Dr Peter Lovelock, Director and Founder, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC); Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Panellists:
Priya Mahajan, Head of ASPAC Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon
Chris Perera, Senior Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific, AT&T
Seow Hiong Goh, Executive Director, Global Policy & Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
Emanuela Lecchi, Head of Public Policy APAC, GSM Association

12:40 Keynote

Håkon Bruaset Kjøl, Senior Vice President, Partner & External Relations Asia, Telenor Group

13.00 Lunch

13:45 Session 5: Disinformation, Online Falsehoods and the Future of News

Chair
Louise Lucas, Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

Panellists:
Professor Abu Bakar Munir, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Atmajaya, Indonesia
Dr Jasmine Begum, Director of Legal, Government & Corporate Affairs, Malaysia and New Markets, Microsoft
Cordel Green, Executive Director, Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica

15:15 Closing remarks

15:30 End of Telecommunications & Media Forum Asia 2019

Event details
Date:
13th - 14th February 2019
Location:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region:
Asia Pacific
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