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18th - 19th February 2020

TMF Asia 2020 – Postponed

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

Coronavirus Update:The International Institute of Communications has regretfully taken the decision to cancel the IIC Asia events in Bangkok until a future date.

The ongoing concerns around the novel coronavirus have made travel decisions difficult, or impossible. Of course we hope that this will be a postponement rather than a cancellation and that we might call upon you to join us at some future time.

Meanwhile may I – and the team at the IIC – thank you for your patience. We hope that the situation soon will improve worldwide and look forward to meeting you at an IIC event in the not too distant future.

Warm regards

Chris Chapman

The annual IIC Asia meetings will be held in Bangkok on 17-19 February 2020.

Comprising both the Regional Regulators’ Forum (17 February) and the Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF, in collaboration with ESCAP) on 18-19 February, the meetings will bring together, under the Chatham House Rule, experts from the region and beyond, from the regulatory sphere, government, industry, academia and civil society, to discuss themes of regional and global significance.

18-19 February: Telecommunications & Media Forum is held in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and will consider the following:

  • Accelerating digital transformation and driving the digital economy in the region
  • Telco futures – investment, infrastructure and innovation
  • Content futures – content and online video in a post-convergence world; platforms and pluralism in the global, digital environment
  • National privacy agendas post GDPR – data protection regulation, objectives, effectiveness and impacts
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning – policy & regulatory approaches to ensure that the benefits of AI are distributed across society
  • Cybersecurity and the data economy in the IoT era: rules and tools of engagement

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) supports its members to leverage technologies including frontier technologies such as AI for pursuing sustainable development and improving the delivery of public services.


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Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 February 2020

The Telecoms, Media and Regulatory Forum (TMRF) Asia 2020 will be held at: 

Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel
33/1 S Sathon Rd
Yan Nawa, Sathon
Bangkok 10120, Thailand


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Hotel Information

The Asia 2020 Telecoms, Media & Regulatory Forum (17-19 February) will be held at:

The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok                                                
33/1 South Sathorn Road
Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 2210 8399
Fax: +66 2212 3746

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Can we kindly ask that you book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible, as rooms are booking up quickly.

The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok is offering the following special room rates:

The special room rate ends on 3 February 2020.

To book, please click here to download the hotel booking form to secure the special rates.
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Superior Room:
Single @ THB 3,500.- net/room/night
Double / Twin @ THB 3,900.- net/room/night

**All rates are inclusive of government tax and service charged

Room Type includes:
Daily international buffet breakfast
LAN line and Wireless internet access in room and public area
Complimentary 2 bottled drinking water per day
Complimentary coffee and tea set in room
Infinity pool and high-tech, 24 hour gym facility access



Keynote Speakers

Supot Tiarawut (Dr) President and CEO, Digital Government Development Agency (DGA)

Dr Supot Tiarawut is President & CEO of Digital Government Development Agency (Public Organisation) of Thailand.

Prior to his current position, he was Chief Transformation Officer and Advisor to the President at Chulalongkorn University and also the Executive Director and Secretary General of Telecommunications Association of Thailand under the Royal Patronage.

Dr Tiarawut has extensive experience in the telecommunication and IT sectors. He was Senior Vice President on Corporate Strategy and Product Development at TT&T. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Director of Telecommunication Research and Industrial Development Institute, under National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Later, he joined Chulalongkorn University as Assistant to the President on IT and Strategy, and Director of Industrial Liaison Program for the Faculty of Engineering.

Dr Tiarawut has also served on several public committees, such as the National Reform Council’s Sub-committee on Digital Economy Laws and Ministry of ICT’s Broadband Policy Task Force.

Takorn Tantasith Secretary General, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

Takorn Tantasith is the first Secretary General of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), having taken up the role in 2012, Mr. Tantasith, has dedicated his time and energy to guide the NBTC and facilitate the development of Thailand telecommunication and broadcasting industry.

Prior to joining NBTC, Mr Takorn held various notable positions in Bureau of Budget and Office of the Auditor General of Thailand. Additionally, he was an advisor to the Senate House Committee of Communications for many years.

During his tenure as a Secretary General of the NBTC, the organisation has delivered many tangible and meaningful projects such as spectrum auctions and price regulations that simultaneously advance Thai telecommunication and broadcasting industry as well as protect consumers’ benefits. He also pushed for universal services to ensure equal access to technology for Thai people.

Mr Takorn received a bachelor of laws with second-class honors from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand in 1982 and a master’s degree in public administration from Detroit University, USA in 1986. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in public administration from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2013.


Ann Marie Nemenzo Executive Director, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)

Bio coming soon

Caitlin Bentley (Dr) Research Fellow, 3A Institute, Australia National University

Dr Caitlin Bentley joined the 3A Institute, Australian National University, in July 2018. Dr Bentley has assisted in the development of a new applied science through her role as Research Fellow, teaching the 3Ai Master of Applied Cybernetics. Dr Bentley’s belief is that in order to manage AI at scale and make an impact we need to develop a new generation of practitioners. Her focus, in addition to assisting with developing and teaching the Masters, includes case study research on cyber-physical systems and how to apply findings to the real world. She is particularly interested in applications of AI for social good, focusing on how to make cyber-physical systems more inclusive.

Prior to joining the 3A Institute, Dr Bentley worked within the area of information and communications technologies (ICT) for development since 2003. With a research career spanning from Canada to the UK, Africa, Singapore and now Australia, Caitlin has contributed to a number of projects focused on enhancing learning and accountability through ICT, open development, the platform economy and artificial intelligence.

Dr Bentley holds a PhD in Human Geography from Royal Holloway University of London, UK, an MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Canada, and a BA in Computer Science from McGill University, Canada. She is a Fellow of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute and of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

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.

Chris Chapman Former President, International Institute of Communications 2016-2024; Chairman, Nihilent Australia Pty Limited

Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016. He is also Chair of the IIC Nominations Committee.

Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.

Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.

Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.

Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.

Chris Perera Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Asia Pacific, AT&T

Chris Perera is a Senior Director of International External & Regulatory Affairs, where she advances AT&T and Warner Media’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 and global public policy advocates around the world.  AT&T is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology.

Ms Perera works with Governments, National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and users, to advocate open market policies and best practice regulatory frameworks to promote competition and efficient investment in telecommunications and media markets.

Ms Perera is also a Board Member and previous Vice President of the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC), an industry association of global and regional telecommunications carriers operating in the Asia Pacific region.

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

Ms Perera has a Masters (Thesis) Degree from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and holds a Management Accounting Degree from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom.

Desarack Teso Legal Counsel & Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft

Desarack (“Des”) Teso joined Microsoft based in Thailand since July 2009 and serves as the legal counsel for the Microsoft subsidiaries in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. He represents the company externally on issues relating to digital transformation including privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, among others. Currently, Mr Teso works extensively on regulatory compliance with commercial banks and the central banks to support the industry’s digital transformation journey.

Mr Teso has had both regional and country roles in the Asia Pacific region for over 20 years, and was previously based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos before moving to Thailand.

He attended Linfield College in Oregon on a tennis scholarship (BA Accounting).

Mr Taso is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Hawaii as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Gidon Freeman Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International

Bio coming soon

Gordon Moir Partner, Wiggin LLP

Gordon Moir was appointed a Partner with Wiggin LLP in November 2020.

Mr Moir is well known in the telecommunications space and is a global leader in the delivery of complex projects involving aligned legal, regulatory, public affairs and media strategies and the leading of multi-disciplinary teams. Mr Moir was Chair of the well-respected International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Telecoms and ICT, driving their work on international market access, internet policies and dispute settlement and resolution models globally as well as internet policy.

Mr Moir was previously General Counsel and on the executive of BT Retail (1999-2009), as well as having responsibility for BT’s global antitrust and regulatory activity. During his ten years at BT, he secured access to markets and wholesale facilities across the world as well as dealing with a vast array of commercial, legal and regulatory matters. He was recognised by the Lawyer magazine as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers for his work on telecommunications regulation and regulatory policy.

Post BT, Mr Moir was head of the London office of Webb Henderson (2011-2014), a boutique regulatory firm, before taking his team across to Shepherd and Wedderburn to continue that work in 2014 until 2020 after successfully building the practice.

Mr Moir has had a Placement with Judge Edward, European Court of Justice. He is also an Author of works on the Maastricht Treaty, and previously editor of Encyclopaedia of European Union Law, both Sweet and Maxwell

Mr Moir has an LLM from College of Europe, Belgium, cum laude, a Dip LP from University of Aberdeen and andLLB (Hons) from University of Aberdeen.

Guillaume Mascot Senior Manager Global Regulatory Policy, Shure France

Guillaume Mascot is Senior Manager Global Regulatory Policy, Shure France.

He was in previously in charge of Government Relations for Nokia in APJ (Asia-Pacific, Japan) & India. He oversaw all aspects of current and future policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he was 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 also 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.

Hanafi Nasir Senior Specialist Regulatory Affairs BT

Hanafi Nasir is the Senior Specialist in BT regulatory team and has over 10 years of working experiences in the telecoms industry. His expertise includes consulting the business on telecom matters and advocating stakeholders on any regulatory matters with the objective of ensuring a sustainable business environment for the organisation.

Mr Nasir is currently responsible for BT regulatory operations in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He is also working with the BT Group Regulatory Affairs for regulatory policy issues. Prior to BT, Mr Nasir has served both Private and Government Sectors in Malaysia. He is able to provide recommendations which focusing on the end users in the telecoms industry without compromising business objective.

Mr Nasir is a visionary person and always has the passion to grow together with the industry.

Jared Dougherty Executive Director, Head of External & Regulatory Affairs Asia, AT&T and WarnerMedia

Jared Dougherty leads External and Regulatory Affairs for the AT&T businesses across the Asia Pacific region. His team advocates for the communications and media businesses – and for interests of the cross-sectoral enterprise clients who depend on the secure global network of AT&T – to advance the positive role of technology in life, work, and entertainment.

Mr Dougherty is actively engaged in global and regional policy developments across industries, including broadcast and streaming video, 5G, digital trade and data movement, content protection, privacy, IoT, and AI governance. In previous roles, Jared has lead regional and global functions in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including International Carrier Relations, Marketing and Alliance
Development, Sales, Finance, and Global Program Management.

Based in Singapore, Mr Dougher volunteers supporting English education and community engagement of migrant workers and is co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Technology Media and Telecom Committee. Jared also serves on the Policy Council of the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and as a member of the Asia Council of the Motion Picture Association, and co-chairs the Broadband India Forum AI and IoT committee.

Jean-Jacques Sahel Asia-Pacific Head of Content Policy and Global Head of Telecommunications Policy, Google; Director, International Institute of Communications

Jean-Jacques Sahel was appointed Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead at Google in November 2019, overseeing Google’s public policy approach in the region for issues including misinformation, online safety and intermediary liability.

He has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. Before joining Google, Mr Sahel was Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s corporate strategy and operations across the European region. He also led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.

Previously, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.

Ex officio, Mr Sahel chaired the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) from 2009-2019.  He currently serves on the IIC’s Board and is Chair of the IIC Strategy Committee. He was a member of OSAB, the Advisory Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom for 2 terms until 2016. He has authored articles and research in both mainstream media and academic publications particularly on Internet policy and governance.

Jesada Sivaraks (Dr) Head of Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson

Dr Sivaraks has worked in the telecommunications and IT sector for more than 25 years, having started his career as a systems analyst in the Thailand Supreme Command Armed Forces in 1991. He moved into working with the Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT) and worked as RF expert for some years in the Bay Area, USA before coming back to Thailand in 2004.

On 2011, Dr Sivaraks took up role at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and worked with Colonel Dr Settapong Malisuwan, one of the two Vice-Chairmen of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and Chairman of the Telecommunications arm of the NBTC before he has joined Ericsson Thailand in the position of Head of Government and Industry Relations in December 2017.

He was appointed to the Board of Government Housing Bank as well in 2014. He was also an Honorary Advisory’s chairman of Science &Technology committee and Honorary Advisory’s Science & Technology Committee of Parliament in 2008, 2009, respectively. Moreover, he had been appointed by many government agencies, Private Organisations, Associations for the role of advisor, counselor, and member of Strategy/Executive team.

Dr Sivaraks has a number of academic papers published in both domestic and international journal relating to Telecommunication and Digital Trend.

Dr Sivaraks gained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, an M.S., Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University and has a bachelor’s degree of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand. He has done many comprehensive programs for company director such as DCP(Director Certification Program), ACP (Audit Certification Program), etc. from IOD (Thai Institute of Directors) and executive director in State Enterprise from King Projadhipok’s Institute.

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.

Jonathan Wong Chief of Technology and Innovation, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific

Jonathan Wong is the Chief of Technology and Innovation at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He joined ESCAP from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where he was the inaugural Head of Innovation. He has led the establishment of several high-profile innovation initiatives, including the Global Innovation Fund, a partnership between the Omidyar Network and the governments of the US, UK, Sweden, Australia and South Africa; and the Amplify programme, an open innovation platform for development in partnership with and OpenIdeo.

He has extensive experience in social innovation and entrepreneurship, impact investing and tech for good. He has substantial technology and innovation policy expertise, having advised governments across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has also spearheaded social enterprise and impact investing policy development in the Asia-Pacific region.

A current focus of Mr Wong’s work is AI governance and policy in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this, he is currently partnering with several global tech corporations and think tanks in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining DFID, Mr was a founding partner of a technology and innovation venture-capital fund and supported the establishment of the UK NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Mr Wong has also served on APEC’s E-commerce Business Council and is a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow.

Montri Stapornkul Data Protection Officer (Data Privacy), DTAC

Montri Stapornkul is currently holding a position as Data Protection Officer at Dtac where he is looking after all data processing activities there. He is also producing and upholding the data protection related policies and procedures to control both operations and technologies.

Mr Stapornkul has engaged in various Data Privacy and Cyber Security conferences ie; ETDA on GDPR, Chulalongkorn University on GDPR, Data Protection implementation guest speaker at Thamasart University, and has written several articles on data privacy ie; “why it’s time consumers ask tough questions about data privacy”
Prior to joining Dtac, Mr Stapornkul was working in the finance sector (2006-2015) where he was looking after Consumer Sales, Collections, Operations, and IT governance. He has the expertise in the area of data protection as it is the basic part of financial operations.
Mr Stapornkul also has experience working in industries such as Oil & Gas retail, Stock Brokerage, and Logistics.

He graduated from California State University, Northridge (BS International Business).

Natee Sukonrat (Col. Dr) Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

Dr Natee Sukonrat is Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and also Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission, whose main responsibilities are licensing, promoting and regulating the broadcasting sector (radio and television) in Thailand.

Dr Sukonrat has worked in the broadcasting and telecommunications sector for more than 20 years with regulatory concerns for broadcasting. His first objective is to license all unlicensed broadcasting in Thailand. He has held senior posts with several organizations during his career, including Qualcomm Inc., Directorate of Joint Communications Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited in Thailand, and TOT Public Company Limited in Thailand.

Dr Sukonrat has a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Electrical Engineering (Gold Medal), Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Thailand, and PhD in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

Peter Lovelock (Dr) Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership; Chair, Singapore Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Dr Peter Lovelock is Principal, Fair Tech Institute, Access Partnership. Prior to its acquisition by Access Partnership, Peter Lovelock was the Director of TRPC, along with Professor John Ure.  Peter and John established the Telecommunications Research Project (TRP) at the University of Hong Kong in 1993 and the Telecoms Infotechnology Forum (TIF) in 1996. Peter subsequently established the TRPC offices in Beijing (1999) and Singapore (2006) and expanded the academic collaborations in both locations, initially with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and subsequently with Qinghua University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Between 1999 and 2004, Peter built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy, and prior to that he was a lead policy analyst at the UN in Geneva, where he was principal author on the World Telecommunications Development Report amongst others, including many of the ITU Secretary General’s speeches from this period.

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.

Prapanpong Khumon (Dr) Associate Dean, School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce

Assistant Professor Prapanpong Khumon (PhD) is an Associate Dean of School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand. He is the President of Academy of Public Enterprise Policy, Business and Regulation (APaR). He also acts as an Expert Committee in the Personal Data Protection Committee of Thailand.

Professor Khumon leads a number of research projects for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) including a comparative study about media regulation in ASEAN, a comparative study of media regulation of the EU and ASEAN, and a study on regulation of the pay TV sector, child online literacy, market access and communications satellite services liberalisation, and ASEAN cross-border personal data protection. He also heads a research project for the Thai Council of State on Digital Economy regulations for Thailand.

Professor Khumon has published a number of scholarly articles on cross-border data protection and trade in services in a number of academic journals, including the law and development review and Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy.

Priya Mahajan Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Verizon Communications

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

Renuka Rajaratnam Manager, APAC Public Policy, Access Partnership

Prior to joining Access Partnership, Renuka Rajaratnam worked on national economic development, digital transformation and policy thought leadership projects at the Boston Consulting Group and The Economist Intelligence Unit. There she supported and led engagements for Asian governments, corporations, and multilateral organisations. Ms Rajaratnam has also worked in the Singapore government’s trade promotion arm, Enterprise Singapore, providing market intelligence and analysis on key trade trends. During her career, she has represented Singapore at an ASEAN secretariat meeting and has spoken at regional conferences on establishing National CERTs, the growth outlook for Asia and the ASEAN Economic Community.

Ms Rajaratnam holds a MSc in Financial Economics from Cardiff University and an honours degree in Economics from Nanyang Technological University.

Samiran Gupta Head of India, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)

Samiran Gupta is the Head of India for ICANN and a veteran in business strategy and public affairs management.

Prior to joining ICANN, Mr Gupta was a Senior Director with APCO Worldwide responsible for counselling clients in business and public affairs strategy. Earlier, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities. Mr Gupta has worked extensively in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables.

Mr Gupta has a Masters degree in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.

Sean Kennedy Partner, DT Economics LLP; Treasurer, International Institute of Communications

Sean Kennedy is a Partner at DT Economics LLP, based in the UK. He is a telecommunications regulatory specialist with more than 22 years of wide-ranging international commercial and regulatory experience in public and private sectors. Mr Kennedy has specialist skills in network economics, cost modelling, telecoms strategy development, interconnection agreement negotiations and the economic impact of regulatory interventions in digital markets. His clients include leading telecoms multinationals such as Vodafone, BT and Etisalat and regulators such as Ofcom (UK), ICASA (South Africa), NCC (Nigeria) and CRA (Qatar). Mr Kennedy is a IIC Board member and Treasurer.

Mr Kennedy is Chair of IIC Finance and Governance Committee.

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 Robinson President APAC & CFO International, Discovery

Simon Robinson, President for Asia Pacific at Discovery, oversees the operations of all Discovery’s businesses in the region. Mr Robinson is also CFO for Discovery’s international business. He plays a key role in shaping Discovery’s global strategy and priorities, while tapping into his deep understanding of the organization and its capabilities for opportunity and innovative partnerships in Asia, especially in the digital space.

A veteran in the field of finance and transformation, Mr Robinson joined Discovery in 2006 as Vice President Finance, EMEA. He was a part of the management team that significantly expanded the business in the region, opening new sales offices, launching new channels and Discovery’s first free-to-air business. He also oversaw Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis.


08:15 Registration
09:00 Welcome

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

09:15 Opening Keynote

Vunnaporn Devahastin, Secretary-General, National Digital Economy and Society Commission, Thailand
Dr Supot Tiarawut, President and CEO, Digital Government Agency (DGA), Thailand

09:45 SESSION 1: Accelerating digital transformation and driving the digital economy in the region
  • Policy skillset and capacity requirements for managing a 21st Century economy
  • Technological advancements to drive economic growth and social good; Tech-lash – and how to deal with it
  • Cross sector enablement – examples of what works, public / private sector initiatives, and the role of the regulator as enabler / facilitator
  • The role of multilateral organizations to address regional issues in digital transformation. How can business best participate?

Jean-Jacques Sahel, Asia-Pacific Information and Content Policy Lead, Google; Director, International Institute of Communications

Panellists include
Col. Dr. Natee Sukonrat, Vice Chaiman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand
Jonathan Wong, Chief of Technology and Innovation, Trade Investment & Innovation Division , United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Choo Pin Ang, Senior Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, Asia, Expedia Group

11:00 Break
11:30 SESSION 2: Telco futures - investment, infrastructure and innovation
  • Digital inclusion – the fundamental imperative of connecting everyone to drive economic growth and social inclusion
  • How will near ubiquitous coverage, consistent levels of quality and the industrial internet be achieved?
  • Spectrum policy – frequency availability, license length duration, renewal criteria
  • Taking stock of 5G rollout in Asia – a reality check
  • Competition dynamics and market concentration – policy and regulatory implications

Sean Kennedy, Partner, DT Economics Limited; Director, International Institute of Communications

Panellists include
Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations Asia-Pacific & Japan, Nokia
Hanafi Nasir, Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, BT
Dr Jesada Sivaraks, Head of Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson
Chee Kheong Foong, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad

13:00 Lunch
14:00 SESSION 3: Content futures - content and online video in a post-convergence world; platforms and pluralism in the global, digital environment
  • Trends in distribution & consumption of video & entertainment – policy and regulatory implications and responses; post-merger analysis
  • Creating an enabling regulatory and policy environment both within country and across borders
  • Impacts (unintended or not) of regulations on the Internet
  • Tackling harmful content and disinformation online – building and maintaining trust and authenticity in content

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

Panellists include
Ann Marie Nemenzo, Executive Director, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Philippines
Jared Dougherty, Head of International External and Regulatory Affairs – APAC, AT&T
Gidon Freeman, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International
Simon Robinson, President APAC & CFO International, Discovery
Yi Shen Chan, Director, Plum Consulting

15:30 Break
16:00 SESSION 4: National privacy agendas post GDPR - data protection regulation, objectives, effectiveness and impacts
  • The cross-cutting issues of privacy and (personal) data protection as they impact on the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sector
  • Emergence and convergence of privacy and data protection legislation in Asia and beyond
  • Enabling responsible and trusted data sharing – technical, societal/economic, regulatory and policy perspectives
  • How to avoid a “Privacy premium” creating new inequalities in society
  • Intersection of privacy regulation, competition regulation, and telco/media regulation – finding new ways of working together

Gidon Freeman, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, NBCUniversal International

Panellists include
Montri Stapornkul, Data Protection Officer (Data Privacy), DTAC
Dr Prapanpong Khumon, Vice Dean, School of Law, University of The Thai Chamber Of Commerce
Desarack Teso, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs Director, Thailand and Indochina, Microsoft
Samiran Gupta, Head of India, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)


08:30 Registration
09:00 SESSION 5: Artificial Intelligence and machine learning – policy & regulatory approaches to ensure that the benefits of AI are distributed across society
  • National government’s AI priorities – comparative analysis
  • Policy principles and regulatory frameworks under consideration to both enable AI and safeguard against harms
  • Building and enabling environment for AI – broadband and cloud infrastructure; access to data; data protection & security – building online trust and confidence
  • Models of collaboration, clarifying roles and responsibilities, generic versus sector-specific approaches

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

Panellists include
Priya Mahajan, Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon Communications
Dr Caitlin Bentley, Research Fellow, Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute, Australian National University

10:30 Break
10:45 SESSION 6: Cybersecurity and the data economy in the IoT / 5G era: rules and tools of engagement
  • Protecting an increasingly digital economy and society in a world of tension between end-to-end encryption and security
  • Cloud computing, data sovereignty, security and compliance issues
  • Supply chain security; roles and responsibilities of the private and public sector
  • Ongoing DNS security efforts
  • 5G and IoT deployment – managing vulnerabilities without stifling innovation
  • International cooperation and collaboration

Gordon Moir, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Panellists include
Chris Perera, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, AT&T
Seow Hiong Goh, Executive Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
Samiran Gupta, Head of India, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)
Renuka Rajaratnam, Manager, APAC Public Policy, Access Partnership



12:00 End of Forum
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18th - 19th February 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
Asia Pacific
Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel
33/1 S Sathon Rd, Yan Nawa
Sathon, Bangkok 10120

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