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2nd - 3rd February 2021

Annual Asia Telecommunications & Media Forum (Online)

Virtual Event, Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF), Chapter event

Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 February, 2021 
1400 SGT /1700 AEST / 0600 GMT
Duration: 4 hours each day

In association with IIC Chapter Singapore

The IIC’s well respected annual Asia Telecom & Media Forum returns, albeit online. Regulators and policy makers from across the region will discuss the initiatives taken in response to the pandemic and how that will translate into objectives and priorities in 2021 and beyond. Addressing the connectivity and usage gaps laid bare by the pandemic will be the starting point for discussions focusing on infrastructure, capacity building to accelerate digital transformation for all, privacy, cybersecurity and trust post COVID-19, online platform responsibilities, content and online video – lock-down learnings, innovation & governance to support the digital and creative economies.


Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 February, 2021 
1400 SGT /1700 AEST / 0600 GMT
Duration: 4 hours each day

Registration is now open – please click on the link on the right to complete your registration.

Registration Fees for delegates


NON-MEMBERS – £150 GBP (inclusive of VAT)

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Atsuko Okuda Regional Director, Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Ms Atsuko Okuda was appointed as the Regional Director in April 2020. Prior to the new assignment, she was the Chief of the ICT and Development Section of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand from 2015 to 2020. At ESCAP, she promoted the development of regional broadband connectivity and inclusive broadband through the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative.

Before joining ESCAP,  Ms Okuda served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut as the Chief of the Governance and State building Section and as the Team Leader responsible for ESCWA Knowledge Management. Prior to it, she contributed to the Umoja project, the UN Secretariat ERP initiative, as Testing Manager at the Department of Management, UNHQ for 2 years.  From 2002 to 2010, she was responsible for promoting a wide range of ICT for development initiatives at ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as Senior IT Officer.  She started her UN career in the area of ICT for Development at the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, the Bureau for Development Policy and UNDP Country Office in Bhutan from 1997 to 2002.

Ms Okuda obtained a BA from Kyoto University (Japan), MA from Helsinki University (Finland), and has currently been enrolled as a research fellow on e-governance at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands.  Her academic articles on broadband and AI were published by the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy. Among other publications and research papers, she was the author of a chapter on e-resilience in the 2018 UNDESA E-government Survey and a recent ESCAP blog on digital resilience against COVID-19.

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.

Deborah Elms (Dr) Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre

Dr Deborah Elms is Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr Elms is also Vice Chair of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) and sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Academy.

Previously, Dr Elms was Head of the Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) and Senior Fellow of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her projects include the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and global value chains.

Dr Elms received a PhD in political science from the University of Washington, a MA in international relations from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees from Boston University. Dr Elms publishes the Talking Trade Blog.

Elaine Hui Assistant Director (Regulatory), Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), Hong Kong, China

Elaine Hui is currently Assistant Director (Regulatory) of the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the executive arm of the Communications Authority established in April 2012 as the unified regulator for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Hong Kong.

Miss Hui joined the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, predecessor of OFCA in 2000. As Assistant Director (Regulatory), she currently oversees all matters relating to the licensing and regulation of telecommunications network and services, including the assignment of spectrum for public telecommunications services and facilitation of the installation of telecommunications infrastructures by telecommunications licensees.

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.

Ir. Ismail (Dr) Director General of Spectrum Management and Standardisation of Post and ICT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) of Republic of Indonesia

As Director General of Spectrum Management and Standardisation of Post and ICT, Ministry of ICT of Indonesia, Dr Ir. Ismail leads the directorate general with approximately 1500 civil servants throughout Indonesia to fulfill an effective, efficient, dynamic and optimal frequency spectrum management, as well as encouraging the use of innovative technology that meets technical requirements. Currently, He is focusing on how government could be a booster for ecosystem, particularly being a facilitator.

Dr Ismail has been with The Government of Republic of Indonesia for 25 years. Prior to his current role, he was one of the initiator of Palapa Ring, a pivotal project to connect all provinces and capital districts with high capacity national backbone.

Kyung-Sin Park Professor, Korea University Law School; Director, Open Net Korea

Professor Kyung Sin Park a.k.a. “K.S.”, is Professor at Korea University Law School, having been one of the nine Commissioners of the Korea Communications Standards Commission, and one of 20 members of the congressionally appointed National Media Law Advisory Committee.

He has written academically and been active on the issues of internet, free speech, privacy, defamation, copyright, etc., through organising (and expert-testifying in) major free speech and privacy lawsuits and legislative advocacy, including the 2012 unconstitutionality decision on Internet Real Name Registration Law, the 2010 decision on online “false news” provision, the 2011 online election campaign regulation, and the 2011 suit against telcos and portals for warrantless disclosure of identity data. In 2008, he also founded the Clinical Legal Education Center of Korea University School of Law (f.k.a. Global Legal Clinic) and under CLEC’s auspices, founded both, an online platform for free online counseling in 2011 and, a national transparency reporting project on both surveillance and censorship of the Korean government in 2014.

As one of the founders and the current Executive Director of Open Net Korea, Executive Director of the PSPD Law Center, Professor Park also was a key drafting partner in the Principles of Application of International Law on Communication Surveillance and International Principles on Intermediary Liability

Professor Park has an AB in Physics, Harvard University; and JD, UCLA Law School, Class of 1995.

Tom C Varghese Manager Public Policy, Access and Connectivity, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Tom Varghese is the Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for Asia Pacific at Facebook. He focuses on regional issues involving spectrum, infrastructure, net neutrality, online communication services and accessibility. Mr Varghese is also a Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Prior to joining Facebook he was a Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs at Telenor Group, supporting the companies businesses in South- and Southeast Asia. In his role he worked extensively across spectrum, licensing and infrastructure deployment for mobile network operators. He has previously also been a consultant to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Mr Varghese holds a Master degree in Law and a Bachelor degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Wei-Chung Teng Commissioner, National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan

Mr Wei-Chung Teng is a Commissioner in the National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan. Prior to taking up this role he was Vice Chairman, Consumers’ Foundation, Chinese Taipei (2017/1-2018/7) and is also a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2018/8-).

In addition he has served as Director, Consumer Reports of Taiwan (2012/11-2014/10), and as Director and Secretary General, Taiwan Alumni Association of the University of Tokyo (2017/3-). He began his career as a Researcher in the Graduate School of Information Science & Technology, University of Tokyo, (2002/3).
His principal research areas have been in Network Communication Protocols, Information Security, Network Security, and Virtual Reality.

Mr teng holds a B.Sc. and M.S. in Computer Science & Information Engineering from the National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, and a DEng, University of Tokyo,

Day 1, Tuesday 2 February 2020

14.00 SGT Welcome
14.15 SGT Intra-regional regulatory coordination – during and post pandemic
15.30 SGT Accelerating digital transformation for all – digital enablement, capacity building, inclusion - steps being taken nationally and regionally to close the digital divide
16.45 SGT Communications infrastructure - maximising coverage, resilience and flexibility; implications for policy making and regulation
18.00 SGT Close of day one

Day 2, Wednesday 3 February 2021

14.00 SGT Welcome
14.15 SGT Content and online video – lock-down learnings, innovation & governance to support the creative economy
15.30 SGT Online platform responsibilities, intermediary liability and trust – the evolving picture
16.45 SGT Trade - RCEP and its implications for the telecoms and e-commerce sectors
18.00 Close of Forum
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