Following on from the closed Regional Regulators’ Forum, this open, two-day discussion brought industry and civil society into the conversation to examine the components and regulatory frameworks that can enable the development of an effective digital economy. This year’s event examined the progress to date, evaluated existing policy frameworks, and discussed how these can be improved to ensure future investment in accessibility, affordability and security.
Panels of experts joined the debate with delegates, and explored whether policy makers in government, regulatory authorities and industry are doing enough to encourage investment and develop digital skills. The Miami Telecommunications & Media Forum attracted colleagues from the LatAm and Caribbean regions and beyond to share their experiences and learn from one another in a neutral, collegiate environment.
Panels of experts joined the debate with delegates, and explored whether policy makers in government, regulatory authorities and industry are doing enough to encourage investment and develop digital skills.
Alee Fa’amoe is the Deputy CEO and Executive Director ICT for OfReg, the newly formed (January 2017) converged utilities regulator overseeing ICT, fuels, electricity, and water industries in the Cayman Islands.
Mr Fa’amoe has a broad background in technology, operations, and management and has spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working as an industry expert on telephone numbering and network operations. He spent several years at Deloitte Cayman as Chief Operating Officer where he was responsible for HR, marketing, IT, operations, and finance departments. He also served as a subject matter expert on client consulting engagements, and worked with Deloitte offices in several Caribbean locations with operational matters.
Mr Fa’amoe spent some time as an independent consultant, and was appointed Managing Director of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in 2013, which has since become part of OfReg.
Alejandro Peralta Vierci has almost 30 years of professional experience focused on the area of management and business management, especially those related to the world of telecommunications. After having held high positions in one of the most important business groups in Paraguay, both in the country and abroad, in 2006, he assumed the position of Director of the Media Holding of the Vierci Group, made up of 4 television channels, 4 radios, 2 newspapers, a magazine publisher, a digital products company and a gaming company.
As Director of one of the most important multimedia in the country, Mr Peralta worked in the field of telecommunications, print and digital media, developing comprehensive solutions to facilitate the achievement of strategic objectives through the use of the most advanced technology available. He led a human team made up of more than 1300 employees.
Among its main achievements we can mention the achievement of leadership in the Paraguayan market, for more than 10 years with the Telefuturo air channel. Its role in the expansion of the media holding was of vital importance, incorporating the Latele and Red Guaraní open television channels, and the Noticias Paraguay cable channel with a 24-hour uninterrupted transmission.
In the radio aspect, Mr Peralta led the creation of Radio Monumental 1080 AM and Palma FM 106.9. He achieved leadership in the FM radio market for the last 10 years at Radio E40. As for the print media, he contributed his experience to Diario Última Hora, Diario Extra and several leading regional magazines in its segments. In the digital world he was in charge of the management of leading content portals such as UltimaHora.com and Paraguay.com, as well as the leading free classifieds portal in Paraguay called Clasipar.com.
With the company Servicios Digitales, it obtained leadership as a provider of value-added services for the 4 telephone operators in Paraguay and launched the e-commerce site Wevia.com in February 2018.
Alexandros Koronakis is the Editor & CEO of New Europe, leading both the editorial and development of the newspaper. Mr Koronakis also advises governmental, commercial, and civil society bodies on media, internet, and political strategy and development.
Mr Koronakis holds an MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences from University College London, an MA in Political Strategy and Communication from the University of Kent and a BA in Communications from Vesalius College – Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman of the Barbados Broadcasting Authority and Director of National Transformation Initiative, Government of Barbados, is also an independent media and human development consultant. She led a coalition of 112 Media Houses in 24 Caribbean countries for 12 years and trained over 2000 Caribbean broadcasters. She served on the Executive Board of the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) and was elected for 2 terms as Chairman of the Global Steering Committee for the World AIDS Campaign. She was also Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy covering the Caribbean and Officer-In-Charge and Student Coordinator at the University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), now the Open Campus.
Dr Leacock has a wide-ranging professional background including in executive management in corporate communications, media, needs assessment, training, human resource development and leadership, as well broadcast media including production and presentation as TV News Anchor, and as General Manager of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.
She holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Canada and BA (Double First Class Honours) in English and Education and the Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed with distinction) from Stirling University, UK. Her training also includes Diplomas in Human Resource Management, Facility Management, Arts Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
A former national athlete, gymnast, dancer and actress, Dr Leacock is trained in sign language, is a volunteer with Special Olympics and Barbados Council for the Disabled.
Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave, Director of Regulatory Fora, is an independent advisor on regulatory policy and research, working across the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors. Formerly the IIC’s Director General from February 2009-March 2020, her interest in developments in the communications industry is evident from her experience, both regulatory and business-facing, initially with media content development, and now with emerging technologies that make up the converging digital ecosystem.
An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and serving as an Expert with the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), Andrea has published widely on media policy in an international context. She has a keen interest in communications and digital literacy and has acted as an Expert in for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for international organisations.
Andres Maz’s current role is Public Policy – Latin America for Amazon Web Service.
Until March 2017, Mr Maz was Executive Director of Public Policy in Cisco’s Global Policy group where he lead Cisco’s Digitization Policy Strategy and global policy initiatives. Mr Maz played a vital role in crafting Cisco’s policy vision and strategy and he is also member of Cisco’s Latin America Senior Leadership Team.
A recognized global business and thought leader in the ICT space, Mr Maz has a strong track record in P&L management, international business, risk management, corporate finance, business development, negotiations, M&A, and strategy. Over his career, he has worked in the US, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and previously worked for Verizon Business, where he focused on corporate and regulatory strategy, and M&A.
Mr Maz holds a BA in Economics, an MA in Telecommunications, and an MBA from Columbia and London Business School.
Andy Haire is Chair of the IIC’s USA Chapter.
Mr Haire has been associated with some of the industry’s most successful telecom initiatives and his portfolio includes architecting major policy frameworks in the telecoms, technology, and postal sectors, as well as serving as regulator and ICT policy for 10 years at Singapore’s IDA, soon after its inception in the year 2000.
Previously, his experience included senior management roles with regulatory and public policy portfolios at one of the world’s largest telecom operators and before that, various engineering and management positions at the world’s largest computer company.
Mr Haire holds a degree in engineering in the United States, and attended the advanced management program from Harvard University.
Professor Antonio García Zaballos is Lead Specialist on telecommunications in Institutions for Development and also leader of the broadband initiative. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector where he has worked for various companies.
Additionally, Professor García Zaballos is member of the steering committee at the IEEE on connectivity and the Internet for All Initiative at the World Economic Forum. He has an extensive experience in the telecom sector where has been working in different positions of responsibility.
At Deloitte Spain he led the practice of regulation and strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, and previously he was the Head of the Cabinet for Economic Studies of Regulation in Telefónica of Spain, and also was Deputy Director of Economic Analysis and Markets at the Spanish Telecom Regulator (CMT). Professor García Zaballos has provided advisory services to Regulators, Telecom Operators and Governments in countries such as Saudi Arabia, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Dominican Rep., Paraguay, Polonia, and the Czech Rep.
Professor García Zaballos holds a PhD in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid and is an associated professor of applied finance to Telecommunications at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. He is author of several publications on economic and regulatory aspects of telecommunications.
Arturo Robles Rovalo is a Commissioner at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications in Mexico.
Dr Robles previously worked for European telecommunications operators – such as Airtel-Vodafone in Spain – in areas related to strategic development and technological evolution, and for global consultancy firms specialized in technological, economic and political-regulatory analysis of multinational projects in telecommunications and information technologies. In addition, he was Senior Consultant at Détente Group for the deployment, evaluation, policymaking and international coordination of satellite systems for national security. In 2015, he started working at the Federal Telecommunications Institute as Deputy General Director for Prospective.
Dr Robles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He completed the Joint Doctorate in Telecommunications from Polytechnic University of Madrid and also earned a Masters degree in Signal Theory and Communications from the same University. In addition, he has taken postgraduate courses in Management of Telecommunications (Spain) and Regulation in Digital Markets (Belgium).
Carolina Limbatto is an economist specialising in regulatory and competition issues. She has worked for Cullen International since 2014 monitoring, reporting and benchmarking on regulatory issues and policy developments in telecommunications, media and digital economy in the Americas. Ms Limbatto is lead author of the Telecoms Cross-Country Analysis report and the spectrum service in the Americas. Ms Limbatto also regularly participates in regional relevant forum and engages with main stakeholders providing a neutral and accurate assessment and provides training and briefings on policy and regulatory issues. Before joining Cullen, Ms Limbatto worked at the Argentinian telecoms regulator for five years, advising on regulatory and economic issues.
Drew FitzGerald is a telecom reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Washington, DC. His coverage focuses on trends in media, network infrastructure and technology policy around the world.
His recent work covered the protracted court battle over AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner and the factors that led T-Mobile to bid for rival Sprint. He has also written about the roadblocks hindering 5G network deployment, competitive forces buffeting the pay-TV industry and the impact deep-pocketed Silicon Valley companies have made on the Internet’s plumbing. Previously, as a retail industry reporter, he wrote extensively about e-commerce and chronicled RadioShack’s decline and ultimate bankruptcy.
Mr FitzGerald holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University and is a Dow Jones News Fund alumnus.
Eduardo Guzmán represents telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) companies on regulatory and dispute resolution matters in the US and Latin America. He advises telecommunications providers on matters ranging from traditional common carrier regulation and network interconnection to the regulation of IP video, broadband internet service, and consumer privacy.
Mr Guzmán has particular experience litigating intricate jurisdictional and regulatory policy issues and handling commercial disputes in domestic and international arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
In the Caribbean and Latin America, he regularly represents the interests of private corporations and industry groups in matters before courts, administrative agencies and other government entities in Puerto Rico. With the recent changes in US policy toward Cuba, Eduardo has counseled US companies considering entering the Cuban market, and he has published articles and is frequently invited to speak on the Cuban telecommunications sector, the history of foreign investment in that sector, and the risks and opportunities for US investors looking at Cuba.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his bachelor degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Enrique Iglesias is a Telecommunications Specialist in the Division of Connectivity, Markets and Finance of the Inter-American Development Bank. His functions are based on support to the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to develop agendas of broadband and digital economy through mechanisms of technical assistance and loan operations.
He previously worked as a strategy and operations consultant based in Madrid where he had the opportunity to provide services to the leading telecommunications companies in Europe and Latin America.
Mr Iglesias is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Markets from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
Enrique Medina Malo is Chief Policy Officer at Telefónica S.A.. He joined Telefónica’s legal department in 2006, as Head of Public Law and later Head of Telecommunications and Information Society Legal Affairs, where he was responsible for regulation and competition legal issues.
In 2008 he was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Telefónica, S.A., reporting to the Group’s General Counsel and in September 2011, General Counsel of Telefonica Europe, reporting to the regional CEO.
Until 2006, Mr Medina Malo served as State Lawyer for the Spanish State Administration, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Energy and the High Court of Cataluña. From 2002 to 2004 he was General Director for Legislation (Secretario General Técnico) of the Ministry of Science & Technology, and had been Chief Legal Officer of the Spanish Broadcasting Corporation RTVE (2004-2006).
Mr Medina Malo has a Law degree from Carlos III University of Madrid (1994) and was admitted to the Spanish Government Legal Services in 1997.
Ernesto Estrada Gongález is an expert economist in competition policy and economic regulation. He has lead competition and regulation studies in several sectors: telecommunications, finance, transport, energy, public tenders, pharmaceuticals, notarial services, food and beverages and manufacturing, among others. He was the leading economist in multiple complex competition cases at the Federal Competition Commission.
Mr Gongález is a Partner at E.H. Economic Analysis. Previously, he was Commissioner at the Federal Telecommunications Institute; and Chief Economist at the Federal Competition Commission.
He holds a Ph. D. in Economics from The University of Chicago, an M.A. in Economics from El Colegio de México, and a B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional.
Ernesto Orozco has more than 23 years’ experience in the television sector in Colombia, currently serving as a Board Member of the National Television Authority (ANTV) from 2015 to 2019. He was recently elected as Vice President of the Platform of Regulators of the Audiovisual Sector of Ibero-America (PRAI) and has been an independent consultant in the ICT and television sectors, external advisor to the ANTV and advisor and technical deputy director of CNTV. He also worked as an engineer of the Inravisión (RTVC) network.
Mr Orozco is an electrical engineer by training, with a Master Business Administration qualification (MBA). He has been a professor of Masters and Specialization in Legal Regulation of Telecommunications of the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He has also been a teacher of the Master’s Degree in Digital Television at the Pontificia Universidad Bolivariana and the Specialization in Television at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Gabriel Solomon is Head of Government & Industry Relations, Europe & Latin America. He runs Ericsson’s regulatory and policy practise across some 110 countries. He has more than 25 years international experience of the communications industry, in roles spanning the different business functions.
Before joining Ericsson, Mr Solomon served as Vice President, Public Policy at the GSMA where he developed a comprehensive portfolio of policy and regulatory strategies and led multiple advocacy initiatives. Earlier in his career, Mr Solomon worked in management consultancy and established commercial technology ventures in Africa, Asia and Europe.
He has a MBA from INSEAD and volunteers as Chairman of the UK Telecommunications Academy.
Germán Darío Arias Pimienta is an Expert Commissioner for Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia. He has acquired experience in the public and private sectors to building the telecommunications regulatory policies in Colombia.
His professional career started in 1995 with Empresas Públicas de Manizales in Colombia (Public utility companies of Manizales), where he played a key role in restructuring the institution, as a result of the entry into force of the Public Utility’s Act.
In August 2003, Mr Arias joined the Sector’s Development Directorate team of the Ministry of Communications. In that tenure, he contributed to the achievement of various regulatory challenges, namely: the opening of the long distance market, the interconnection between operators; the allocation of additional spectrum to mobile operators as a response to the growing service demand and to the freeing of frequency bands for the use of wireless access technologies, such as Wi-Fi.
Mr Arias returned to the private sector between 2007 and 2013, as Regulatory Affairs Manager with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB), (Bogota’s Telecommunications Company), where he led the definition of a comprehensive regulatory strategy combining economic, legal, financial and technical elements and their implications on the company´s business strategy.
Mr Arias also served as Manager of the ICT and Agro Initiative at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, intended to ensure that ICTs improve the quality of life of peasants while they help increase land productivity in Colombia.
Mr Arias is an Economist with a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and Specialisation in International Business Management.
Gustavo Pupo-Mayo is Chairman of the Television Association of Programmers Latin America (TAP), an industry trade association, that represents more than 120 Pay TV channels throughout Latin America in regulatory and legal matters.
Previously, he was founding President and CEO of MGM Networks Latin America and has held various positions in the media industry such as founding President of CBS TeleNoticias; Senior Vice-President of News and Public Affairs for Telemundo Network; General Manager of El Nuevo Herald; and News Director of WLTV Channel 23, the Univision flagship station in the Miami market. Indeed, Mr Pupo-Mayo, a lawyer and journalist with more than 40 years’ experience in television and print media, has founded and led a number of international media properties throughout his career. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Americas Society/ Council of the Americas, a business association dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas.
Mr Pupo-Mayo is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, also from the UM.
Dr Heber Damian Martinez is an attorney by profession and Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) (Argentine Catholic University). Previously Dr Martinez was the corporate affairs and institutional relations manager for the Telefe Group, as well as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Argentine Association of Television and Radio Broadcasters (ATA). He was also a member of the Board of Directors at the International Broadcasting Association and Chairman of the Employers’ Commission of Independent Communication Media (CEMCI). Dr. Martinez is one of the Vice-chairmen of the Study Group 16 – “Multimedia coding, systems and applications” of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector.
Horacio Romanelli is the Director of Regulatory Affairs LatAm at Millicom (TIGO), in charge of the regulatory and public policy strategies for the region across Central and South America, and has been with Millicom for 10 years.
Mr Romanelli has more than 15 years of experience in the regulatory sector, and has worked both in the public sphere at Regulatory Agencies as well as in the private sector, leading the Regulatory Affairs function.
Mr Romanelli has an MBA from IAE Business School at Austral University, a degree in Industrial Engineering from ITBA (Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires) and Specialization in Economic Regulation of Public Services and Antitrust among other specialisations.
Dr Héctor Huici is ICT Secretary, Secretary of Modernisation, National Presidency, Argentina
Dr Huici has held positions in the public sector, working for both the National Telecommunications Commission, as well as the Energy Secretariat. In the private sector he specialised in the Telecommunications and Energy Sectors, as well as government regulated industries and has been partner of M&M Bomchil Law firm from 2005 till 2013
Prior to serving as Secretary of Communications and Information Technologies since January 2016, he held the position as chair in the City of Buenos Aires Legislature for three years.
Dr Huici holds teaching positions at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at various education providers and Universities. His research has led him to be published in prestigious local and international peer reviewed journals.
Dr Huici graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from University of Buenos Aires in 1989 and a Master’s degree in Administrative Law, from Austral University in 1992.
Ivana Kriznic is Verizon’s head of public policy for Canada and Latin America as well as regulatory counsel. Verizon and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading providers of communications, entertainment, information technology, and security solutions. Ms. Kriznic is responsible for policy and regulatory advice and guidance regarding the corporation’s business operations in the region.
Ms. Kriznic received her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law and her legal degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She holds a master degree in Telecommunications Management, a bachelor degree in International Affairs and she has been certified as an information privacy professional by the IAPP.
Ms. Kriznic started her career in private practice at Morrison and Foerster and worked in different legal, regulatory, compliance, government affairs, and policy positions at AT&T, BT and Orange, before joining Verizon.
Jacquelynn (Jackie) Ruff has more than 25 years of experience in global public policy around digital trade, Internet governance, policy frameworks for digital services, expansion of broadband connectivity, and women and technology. As of February 2019, she is a consulting counsel at the law firm of Wiley where she provides legal, regulatory and public policy guidance on international issues impacting telecom, media, and technology industries.
Previously, Ms Ruff was Vice President of International Government Relations and Policy at Verizon Communications. Her responsibilities included leading work in international organisations such as the ITU, the OECD, ICANN, and the Internet Governance Forum, and regional organisations CITEL and APEC. She also represented Verizon on federal advisory committees to the US Department of State, the US Trade Representative, and the US Department of Commerce. Ms Ruff was a board member of the US Telecom Training Institute and co-chair of the Digital Trade group of the US Council for International Business, and she participated in the Policy and Spectrum Groups of the GSM Association. She is currently a Director of the International Institute of Communications.
Ms Ruff joined Verizon in 2004 from the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was Associate Chief and Chief of Staff for the Bureau. Previously she practiced with the communications and Latin America groups of an international law firm and served as staff for a US Senate Committee.
She has a BA from Radcliffe College/Harvard University, MA from Harvard University, and JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Jorge Fontevecchia is President & CEO of Perfil Network S.A., but also holds the post of Rector of the School of Communication, Perfil, and is a Member of the National Academy of Journalism, holding the Manuel Laínez Chair.
Mr Fontevecchia began his journalistic career in 1975, and went on to found a number of publications in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and on into Portugal and, through licensees, in Angola and Russia, and directly in China. News reporting has been the cornerstone of his work and his publications have been banned (and the bans overturned by the Supreme Court), he and his colleagues have been threatened and he has survived a kidnapping.
In 2015, Mr Fontevecchia obtained two open television licenses by tender, and a radio station is scheduled.
Mr Fontevecchia is the Director of the Academic Committee of Postgraduate Studies in Journalism of Investigation Perfil-USAL and of the Diploma in Scientific Journalism Perfil-Favaloro. He himself studied (1973 -1975) at the School of Business Administration – Universidad Argentina de la Empresa; read Studies of Television at the New York University and from 2009-2013 completed a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Subjectivity in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires. He has published and spoken widely.
He has been honoured with a number of awards for his work , including the Cabot Award in Journalism 1997, Columbia University; Río Branco´s Order to the Knight Commander, from the government of Brazil, for his contribution to the cultural exchange between both countries in 2000 and most recently, Legislatura, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Declaración de Ciudadano Ilustre (Declaration of Illustrious Citizen), 2019.
Juan Antonio Ketterer is the Chief of the Connectivity Markets and Finance Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is responsible for the financing programs of the Bank in the areas of fintech (including digital payments and financial inclusion), digital connectivity infrastructures and green investments.
He also leads an extensive research program on the interaction between the financial services industry and digital change, and in applying digital technologies to find innovative solutions to the problems of long-term financing.
Mr Ketterer has worked extensively with the international financial sector, with emphasis on financial engineering, capital markets, and digital finance (fintech). This includes managing positions with different financial and trading firms, and with the Spanish Derivatives Exchanges.
Mr Ketterer has a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Minnesota. He became professor of finance at the Tepper Business School of Carnegie Mellon University and at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.
Karim Lesina was appointed Senior Vice President, International External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T Services Inc. in 2018. He previously held the position of Vice President of AT&T, covering International External Affairs for the European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions and was in charge of Trans-Atlantic Relations. In this role he led AT&T’s advocacy in those regions.
In addition to developing and implementing market access strategies to enable AT&T’s global expansion to satisfy customer needs, responsibilities for Mr Lesina included ensuring compliance with international telecom regulations, and advocacy on a wide range of policy matters related to the stable growth, innovation and investment by the information and communications technology sector.
Mr Lesina is based in AT&T’s Washington DC office. He is an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Vice Chair of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and Chair of the Presidency Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He is a Board Member of the International Institute of Communications, the European Internet Foundation, of the Transatlantic Business Council, of the EU Brazil Association, of AHCIET and member of the GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer Group for Central and Latin America. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, TPN, WEF, etc.
Prior to joining AT&T, Mr Lesina held senior positions with another leading US-headquartered ICT company (Intel Corporation), and a number of leading public affairs agencies in Brussels. Mr Lesina also recently joined the Advisory Council of the “Global Free Speech and the Internet” of the Media Institute.
Mr Lesina has a Master Degree in Economics of Development from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
Laurent Therivel is the Chief Executive Officer of AT&T in Mexico, a wireless company that operates under the AT&T and Unefon brands. He leads a team of over 18 thousand employees, focused on connecting Mexican consumers through innovative offers and solutions. This is possible because of its advanced 4G LTE network that today covers nearly 100 million people in Mexico.
Prior to this role, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance responsible for all financial operations of AT&T Business. He was also Senior Vice President of Business Solutions for AT&T, where he was responsible for leading a national sales and service team delivering integrated solutions to small and medium businesses. His responsibilities included sales, service, customer experience, employee development, and the operational and financial performance of the business unit.
Mr Therivel also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy, where he was responsible for setting the company’s long term plans for the Mobility and Business groups, including wireless, internet, voice, network, and services.
Among other roles at AT&T, he served as Vice President and General Manager of AT&T’s Mobility and Consumer Markets in the Carolinas, responsible for the successful operation and overall performance of wireless and wireline sales, as well as network strategy and investment prioritization.
Prior to joining AT&T, Mr Therivel served as Chief Operating Officer for IPcelerate, Inc., a Voiceover- IP applications development company. At IPcelerate, Laurent was responsible for all areas of the company’s business operations, including sales, customer support, channel management and financial oversight.
Before IPCelerate, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he focused on assisting top executives in driving change in their organizations.
He also served as a Communications Officer in the US Marine Corps. Laurent has been awarded the Naval Commendation Medal and two Naval Achievement Medals for leadership and initiative.
Mr Therivel received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BBA double major in Marketing and Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Lester Garcia, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, LATAM, Facebook has more than 20 years of experience in the ICTs Regulation and Policy in Latin America. Mr Garcia is the former Chief of Regulatory Policy at COFETEL (the Mexican Telecom Regulator), where he was in charge of the design and coordination of regulatory decisions for the Mexican telecom market. He was also a Regulatory and Policy Consultant for ICTs and Telecoms for 10 years before joining Facebook.
Mr Garcia has been a lecturer and Professor in Economics and Public Policy for different schools and universities in Mexico.
Mr Garcia holds a PhD in Public Policy (Universidad Anahuac 2008), a Masters in Public Policy (University of Chicago 1996) and a B.A. degree in Economics (ITESM 1993).
Lorenzo Montanari is Director of the international advocacy & affairs at the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an advocacy group affiliated with ATR for the protection of physical and intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally. At Property Rights Alliance, he is in charge of publishing the International Property Rights Index, an international comparative study focussed on intellectual and physical property rights.
As Director of international advocacy, Mr Montanari has developed advocacy networks such as the Taxpayers Leaders Forum (TLF); the Coalition Leaders Forum (CLF) and the International Coalition Meeting (ICM) in partnership with Atlas Network. On the international stage, PRA works closely with famed property rights champion and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru, Hernando de Soto and a further 91 think tanks.
Previously, he worked for a public affairs firm and for the international department of the GSPM/George Washington University in Washington, DC as well as a political analyst and electoral observer in Latin America.
Mr Montanari holds a BA in Political Science, a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and MA in Political Management from the George Washington University.
Lucas Gallitto currently serves as Acting Head of Latin America, based in Buenos Aires. He is currently focused in the mobile industry developments and key regulatory decisions related to connecting everyone and everybody for a better future, engaging with Governments, Operators and players in the Mobile ecosystem.
Mr Gallitto leads GSMA´s regional efforts related to Spectrum and represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and ITU.
Before joining the GSMA, Mr Gallitto built a broad experience in project management and Support in multinational companies such as Ericsson and Nokia, with over 10 years’ experience in the telecoms industry.
Mr Gallitto holds a Masters in Business Administration from Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), a Specialisation in Telecommunications Management from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering.
Mario de la Cruz Sarabia is the Executive Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs for Cisco in Latin America, driving ICT, regulatory and corporative policies through institutional relations in the region.
He has a 20 year career in the private sector and public service, and his leadership was recognised in 2016 when he became President of the National Chamber of the Electronic, Telecommunication and Information Technology Industries, CANIETI, the leading ICT industry association in Mexico. Previously, he was the National Digital Strategy Vice-president in CANIETI.
He worked in the financial sector in Banamex-Citibank and the World Bank in Washington, DC, being part of the team that elaborated the World Development Report. In the public sector he served as Economic Development Secretary of his state and President of the Mexican Association of Economic Development Secretaries, being the first unanimously elected President of this organization.
Mr De la Cruz holds a Bs in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM) and graduated with honors from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC), where he obtained his MBA degree. He also has studies in telecommunications from ITAM, business development from IPADE and energy industry at the University of Texas at Austin.
María Dolores Souza has been with the broadcast regulator, the ‘National Television Council’ of Chile (CNTV), since 1993. As Head of Research, she is responsible for the development of research aimed at stimulating social debate on broadcast regulation; and for producing information for decision making and public policy. Ms Souza has developed the cultural and educational syllabus at CNTV; and initiated a Network of Regulatory Authorities in the Ibero- American region (PRAI).
Ms Souza earned her Doctorandus (Drs), from the Royal University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and has a Master’s degree in Communications from Diego Portales University (Chile) and Pompeu Fabra University, (Barcelona, Spain).
Melesia Sutherland is Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, working with the multinational company Cable & Wireless, now a part of Liberty Latin America, which uses the consumer brands FLOW and Horizon (TV) in the Caribbean.
Ms Sutherland has twenty years’ experience in regulatory management. She is a director of the trade association for telecoms operators across the Caribbean region (CANTO) and Chair of the Regulatory & Emerging Technologies Committee of CANTO. The Committee addresses policy issues which are priorities for CANTO members including Universal Service, Spectrum Management and promotion of an enabling environment. She has spoken at several conferences organised by regional and international organisations such as the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), International Institute of Communications (IIC), Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) Latin America Spectrum Management Conference, and the International Satellite Organisation (Intelsat).
Ms Sutherland holds a first degree in Government from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance.
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An expert on telecommunications public policies and digital development, Mr Bello worked for the Chilean Government from 1997 to 2010. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Head of the Division of Regulatory Policy and Studies of the Telecommunications Sub-Secretariat and, during the Presidency of Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010), he was the Telecommunications Vice Minister. He was part of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and is currently a member of the MultiStakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum and the High-Level Advisory Group of Internet Jurisdiction.
Mr Bello is an Economist from the University of Chile and has an MBA from the ESADE Business School.
Pau Puid Gambarro has worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as Telecommunications Specialist since 2016, supporting governments from Latin America and the Caribbean to reform digital technologies public policies and to plan investments in telecommunications infrastructure.
Mr Gabarró holds a Bachelor and a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering, as well as a Postgrad in Business Administration and a Masters in International Business Administration.
Ramiro Camacho Castillo was appointed Commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) in March of 2019 for a period of nine years.
Commissioner Camacho has worked as an economist at the competition and telecommunications authorities of Mexico for the past twelve years. He was General Director of Economic Consulting at IFT and Deputy General Director of Economic Studies at the Competition Commission (COFECE). Previously, he was an Associated Professor at the University of Guadalajara for eleven years.
Commissioner Camacho holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Guadalajara, and three master’s degrees: In Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; in Operations Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and in Energy Economics from Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei in Italy.
Ricardo Sheffield took up his post as General Prosecutor of the Mexican Federal Consumer Agency in December 2018. Prior to that he was Executive President of the Chamber of the Footwear Industry.
He was City Councilman in Leon from 1994-1997, State Congressman from 1997-2000 and Federal Congressman over two separate periods (2000-2003 and 2015-2018). Additionally Mr Sheffield was Undersecretary of Land for the Federal Government and Mayor of the city of Leon between 2009 and 2012. During this time, the city of Leon received the “Sustainable Transport Award 2011” from the UN, the “Ciudad campeona del agua” award in 2012, and was recognized as one of the ten best cities to live in in Latin America in 2012.
Mr Sheffield ran for Governor of Guanajuato with the Morena Party in 2018, finishing second in the election.
Mr Sheffield has a degree in law from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a Master from Harvard Law School, and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Procedural Law from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. As a specialist in private international law, he has been a professor and taught in many public and private universities and government institutions.
A leading voice and advocate for the multistakeholder internet governance model in Latin America and the Caribbean, Rodrigo de la Parra is a Regional Vice President for ICANN. Based in Mexico City but frequently travelling through the region, Mr de la Parra is responsible for outreach, support and engagement with user groups, governments, private sector and civil society throughout the region. In his role, he works closely with the Latin American technical community to build a robust internet infrastructure in the region. Under his leadership, ICANN has opened an engagement centre in Montevideo, Uruguay, in the House of the Internet.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Mr de la Parra served as Director General of Prospective Regulation and Director General for International Cooperation of Mexico’s Federal Commission of Telecommunications (Cofetel) before joining ICANN in 2011. While at Cofetel, he leveraged his skills and knowledge of internet governance structures and ICT to develop public policy and regulation recommendations for new technologies. He was involved with various ICT groups of international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organization of American States, and the World Trade Organization, among others.
Mr de la Parra also represented Mexico on ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee which gives governments a voice in the organisation’s policy formation. He was a member of the Consultative Committee of NIC.MX, the non-profit operator of Mexico’s country-code Top-Level Domain and the registry that manages allocation of Internet Protocol address space to Mexican Internet Service Providers.
Mr de la Parra has a Master’s degree in political economy and international relations from the University of Essex in the UK. He has been a lecturer of International Organizations and Economic Negotiations and a consultant to the Latin American Cooperation for Advanced Networks.
Sebastian Cabello is an accomplished digital and ICT expert with significant experience in driving collective action, public-private partnerships and technology and public policy advocacy in Latin America. Until December 2018 he was Head of Latin America at the GSMA, the global association of the mobile industry, and led the organisation’s activities in the region.
Mr Cabello is a recognised Latin American industry leader, who has shaped the regional discussions in all matters related to mobile and broadband expansion, the use of spectrum, infrastructure development, taxation, security and innovation. He is a regular spokesperson at conferences across the region and the world. He was a Member of the National Committee on Spectrum of Colombia and the Latin American Internet for All Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Cabello worked as Market Research Director at TechPolis and as a consultant on international trade issues for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Argentina and the Organisation of American States (OAS). He was also involved in academic activities teaching ad hoc ICT courses at the Universidad de Palermo (Argentina) and as associate researcher at the Centre of Technology and Society (CeTyS) of Universidad de San Andres (Argentina).
Mr Cabello holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a specialisation in International Economics and a Licenciado degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina). In 2003, he received Fulbright Grant.
Sebastián Nieto Parra is the Head of Latin America and the Caribbean at the OECD Development Centre, and leads the annual flagship Latin American Economic Outlook as well as Revenue Statistics in Latin American and the Caribbean and the OECD Multi-dimensional Country Reviews in the region.
His research interests include financing for development, economic development, infrastructure and connectivity policies and political economy in emerging economies. Before joining the OECD, Mr. Nieto Parra was an economist for Latin America at Santander Bank, Madrid. Prior to that, he worked on the regulation of the financial sector and the development of the mortgage market, both at the Central Bank of Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Finance.
In addition to his OECD position, he also teaches economic policy of emerging markets at Sciences Po, Paris. He holds a PhD in Economics and completed his graduate studies in Economics at Sciences Po, Paris and Toulouse School of Economics.
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Dr Stephen Unger was until recently a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator responsible for digital communications. He had various responsibilities, including setting regulatory strategy for the UK, representing the UK internationally, and leading Ofcom’s technology programme. For a period he was Acting Chief Executive.
Before becoming a regulator Dr Unger spent several years in the private sector. He worked for a variety of high-tech start-ups who were developing and exploiting new wireless technologies.
Dr Unger’s current focus, working both as a consultant and as an academic researcher, is on the practical implications of disruptive technology change.
He has served as a non-executive Board member for several organisations. Some have been responsible for promoting international collaboration on public policy (BEREC, the IIC), others the commercial application of technology (The Geospatial Commission, Cambridge Wireless, Assia Inc).
For more background see www.linkedin.com/in/ungersteve. Dr Unger can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Sullivan is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) International Bureau, which represents the FCC in international meetings and oversees the licensing and policy activities for international telecommunications services and satellite services.
From March 2010 to January 2017, Mr Sullivan served as the Chief of Staff for the International Bureau, where he coordinated International activities within the FCC and advanced the FCC’s international representation within the US Government and at international events.
He joined the FCC in 1991 after receiving his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Tiago Machado was appointed in 2017, as the Director of Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson for Brazil and Latin America South, representing the company towards local and foreign governments, industry trade associations, international bodies and the press.
Mr Machado has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is an enthusiast when it comes to technology. Prior to joining Ericsson in 2016 as a Senior Strategy Manager, he held different technical, sales and business development positions at Siemens Communications and Nokia Siemens Networks in Brazil, Mexico and Italy.
Mr Machado holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a full-time MBA degree from INSEAD, in France. He specialises in Internet of Things and 5G, wireless technologies, spectrum, data privacy, cyber-security, industrial policy, innovation, regulatory modernization and public policies to foster digitalisation.
Tobi-Ann Chang joined Digicel in 2016 and is the Legal and Regulatory Director for Digicel (Jamaica) Limited.
Ms Chang was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2005 and has worked with three of Jamaica’s leading law firms in their Commercial Departments with primary focus on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring.
She graduated from the University of the West Indies having obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and then completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School.
Yaël Ossowski is an economic journalist and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He organizes global campaigns advocating for consumer choice, writing articles, testifying before lawmakers, and appearing on TV and radio. Previously, he worked as a national investigative reporter and Spanish translator for Watchdog.org
Andrew Haire, Vice President, Americas, International Institute of Communications; Principal, AJH Communications
Juan Antonio Ketterer, Division Chief, Connectivity Markets and Finance, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Gabriel Solomon, Head of Government & Industry Relations, Europe & Latin America, Ericsson
Lester Garcia, Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, LATAM, Facebook
Sebastián Nieto-Parra, Head of Latin America and the Caribbean Unit, OECD Development Centre
Dr Allyson Leacock, Chairman, Barbados Broadcasting Commission
Dr Heber Damian Martinez, Director, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM), Argentina
Alejandro Peralta Vierci, Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Paraguay
Professor Antonio García Zaballos, Telecommunications Lead Specialist – Leader of the Broadband Program, Institutions for Development (IFD), Connectivity Markets and Finance (CMF), Inter-American Development Bank
Drew FitzGerald, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Laurent Therivel, CEO, AT&T Mexico
Ricardo Sheffield, General Prosecutor, Federal Consumer Agency (PROFECO), Mexico
Dr Héctor Huici, ICT Secretary, Secretary of Modernisation, National Presidency, Argentinal
Gustavo Pupo-Mayo, Chairman, Television Association of Programmers Latin America
María Dolores Souza, Head of Research, Consejo Nacional de Televisión (CNTV), Chile
Ernesto P Orozco O, National Television Authority (ANTV) Board Member; Vice President of the Platform of Regulators of the Audiovisual Sector of Ibero-America (PRAI)
Jorge Fontevecchia, President & CEO, Perfil Network
Karim Lesina, Senior Vice President, International External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T
Pablo Bello, Executive Director, Inter-American Association of Telecom Operators (ASIET)
Andres Maz, Public Policy – Latin America, Amazon Web Services
Horacio Romanelli, Regulatory Affairs Director Latam, Millicom (Tigo)
Tobi-Ann Chang, Legal and Regulatory Director, Digicel (Jamaica) Limited
Lorenzo Montanari, Director of International Advocacy and Affairs, Americans for Tax Reform
Yaël Ossowski, Deputy Director, Consumer Choice Center
Alexandros Koronakis, Editor & CEO, New Europe
Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica S.A.
Dr Stephen Unger, Senior Advisor, Flint Global, UK; Director, International Institute of Communications
Ernesto Estrada González, Partner, E.H. Economic Analysis, Mexico
Ramiro Camacho Castillo, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
17:45 Closing of day one
19:15 Dinner at Ocho Restaurant (pre-booking required)
Andrew Haire, Vice President, Americas, International Institute of Communications; Principal, AJH Communications
The road to 5G – how will the LatAm / Caribbean regions keep pace? What are the realistic use cases and timelines?
Sebastián M Cabello, Associate Director, Latin America, Policy Impact Partners
Germán Darío Arias Pimienta, Executive Director, Commission for Communications Regulation of Colombia (CRC)
Dr Arturo Robles Rovalo, Commissioner, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico
Stephanie Walker, Director, Global Public Affairs, AT&T
Tiago Machado, Director of Government and Industry Relations, Latin America South, Ericsson
Eduardo Guzmán, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Carolina Limbatto, Principal Analyst Americas, Cullen International
Oscar G León, Executive Secretary, Inter‑American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
Thomas Sullivan, Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, USA
Melesia Sutherland, Director, CANTO
Lucas Gallitto, Public Policy Director, GSM Association
Jacquelynn Ruff, Consulting Counsel, Wiley Rein LLP, USA; Director, International Institute of Communications
Ivana Kriznic, Head of Canada and LatAm Public Policy, Verizon
Mario de la Cruz Sarabia, Executive Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Latin America, Cisco
Alee Fa’amoe, Acting CEO & Executive Director ICT, OfReg, Cayman Islands
Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, Latin America & The Caribbean, ICANN
Enrique Iglesias Rodríguez and Pau Puig Gabarró, Telecommunications Specialists, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Dr Leonel Arévalo, Telecommunications Advisor to the President, Government of the Republic of Honduras
Fatima Udagawa, Advisor, Ministry of Communication and Technology, Paraguay
Allan Ruiz Madrigal, Executive Secretary, Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones (COMTELCA), Honduras
15:30 Closing remarks
Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Director General, International Institute of Communications
15:40 Close of Forum
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