Global Spectrum Series

Speaker Biographies

Please see the biographies of all speakers of the 2016 event below. For more information on how to become involved in the 2017 event, please contact Dan Craft on dan.craft@forum-global.com or call +44 (0) 292 0783 021

Speakers

Ben Ba

Ben Ba

Head of the Terrestrial Publication and Registration Division, ITU

 

Mr Ba is graduated in Telecommunication from the University of Toulon in France (1987).
From 1987 to 1997, he worked as radiocommunication engineer in Spectrum Management and International Affairs in Senegal.
Mr Ba joined the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU in 1997.
From 1997 to 2012, he worked as an engineer in the Terrestrial Publication and Registration Division within the Terrestrial Services Department of the BR, where he was in charge of the processing of the frequency assignments submissions, the harmful interference and infringement, etc.
Since 2012, Mr Ba is Head of the Terrestrial Publication and Registration Division.

Abdoulkarim Soumaila

Abdoulkarim Soumaila

Secretary General, African Telecommuniations Union

 

Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumaila is the current Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January 2011, having been elected at an Ordinary Session of ATU plenipotentiary Conference held in Brazzaville - Congo, in September 2010. He is leading the continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora. Prior to his election as the Secretary General of ATU, he was the Director of Information Technologies at the Ministry of Communication, New Information Technologies and Culture in Niger from 2007 to 2010.

Mr. Soumaila in his 20 years as a Telecommunication expert and professional, has acquired a solid experience in Management of Telecommunication networks and services development strategy and has contributed immensely to the implementation of sectorial policies and innovative investment projects in several African countries. He has also diligently managed the affairs of the Union for the period he has been the Secretary General.

Mr. Soumaila holds a Master of science in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry (UK) and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat (Morocco).

Eric  Fournier

Eric Fournier

Chairman, Electronic Communications Committee, CEPT

 

Graduated from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC) in 1991, Eric Fournier is currently Director for Spectrum Planning and International Affairs in the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management. In his position, he is directly responsible for preparing the revisions of the French national table of allocation and for the coordination of French positions in international meetings on spectrum within ITU, CEPT and EU. He was Chairman of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (CPG-12) and, as French representative in RSPG, has chaired several RSPG working groups dealing with EU interests in international meetings and cross-border issues.

Antony Chigaazira

Antony Chigaazira

Executive Secretary, CRASA

 

Antony worked over 16 years in the Banking Sector in Zimbabwe in various senior executive positions specialising mainly in Corporate Banking and Information Technology portfolios.  He served with distinction, in all the three banks that he worked for and took an active part in in most of their computerisation projects. He also worked for five years as Commercial Director in TelOne where he not only played a key role in the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy but also championed implementation of most of the commercial deals that the company structured to raise foreign currency for network deployment. In addition he was a key member of the team that was managing implementation of the billing and network projects. For the past twelve months Antony was a turnaround consultant for a company in the ICT Sector.
Tony is a holder of a BSc Economics Degree and an MBA both from the University of Zimbabwe, An Advanced Banking Diploma from the Bankers Institute, an Advanced Lending Diploma from the Damelin School of Banking in South Africa, a Money and Capital Markets qualification and an International Investment Advice Certificate from the UK Securities Institute.
An active Rotarian and a keen golfer, Tony is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Msasa.  
At CRASA he hopes to work very closely with the Team, the Cooperating Partners and the Principals to take the organisation to another level. Tony, a strong proponent of African and Regional Unity is eager to follow through all the on-going projects as well as revive and ensure completion of the several aborted ICT and Postal Projects in the Region.  Tony is a focused team player who does not believe in starting what he cannot finish.

Noel Kirkaldy

Noel Kirkaldy

Head of Technology Middle East of Africa, Nokia

 

Noel Kirkaldy is Head of Technology for Nokia Siemens Networks in the Middle East and African Region. Noel has gained close to 25 years in the telecoms industry, having begun his career working in Europe and the US he has spent the past 20 years based in the Middle East and Africa Region.
He works with operators to provide commercial and market-facing expertise and engagement support for Wireless Broadband end-to-end solutions. He has also been working with Regulators and associated organisations to enable the allocation of additional spectrum that will be required to develop the Mobile Broadband Market in the MEA region.
Noel Kirkaldy was instrumental in developing for the use of Wireless Technologies to provide Voice and Data solutions in a number of countries in the MEA region. As such Noel has contributed to Nokia Siemens Networks strong market position in the Middle East and African Region.

Kelly O'Keefe

Kelly O'Keefe

Chief, Multilateral & Regional Affairs Branch, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

 

Kelly O’Keefe is Chief of the Multilateral and Regional Affairs Branch of the International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which leads the FCC’s bilateral engagement with foreign officials and its global participation in international and regional organizations and multilateral conferences. She has extensive experience participating in international fora including International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) and in various regional inter-governmental organizations. In addition, she currently serves as Rapporteur for the ITU Development Sector (ITU-D) study group on emergency communications. Prior to joining the FCC, she served as Director of International Public Policy at Access Partnership, an international regulatory and policy consultancy, and as a program coordinator with the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI). Kelly holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University.

Austin Nwaulune

Austin Nwaulune

Director Spectrum Administration, Nigeria Communications Commission

 

Bio to follow shortly.

Galiam Ouedraogo

Galiam Ouedraogo

Head of Radio Spectrum Planification and Coordination Service, ARCEP

 

Is responsible for «Planification and Coordination" service in the Spectrum Management department of ARCEP “l’Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes », Burkina Faso.

Graduated with a Master of engineering in Electronics and Communications Systems from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Rennes. Since 2007, he has worked on numerous Telecom projects in Europe, particularly on behalf of operators like UPC Broadband in Holland, SFR and Bouygues Telecom in France, before joining ARCEP Burkina in 2015.

He was WRC-15 agenda item 10, ATU Coordinator, defending African positions on the 5G Topic.

He is currently Vice-Chairman of ITU-R Study group 1.

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est le Chef du Service Planification et Coordination au sein du département de la Gestion du Spectre de l’ARCEP « Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes » du Burkina Faso.

Ingénieur de formation, il est diplômé de l’Institut Nationale des Sciences Appliqué (INSA) de Rennes depuis 2007, en Electroniques et Systèmes de Communications. Il a travaillé sur de nombreux projets Télécom en Europe notamment pour le compte d’opérateurs tels qu’UPC Broadband en Hollande, SFR et Bouygues Télécom en France, avant de rejoindre l’ARCEP Burkina.

Coordinateur de l’UAT pour le point d’agenda 10 lors de la CMR-15, il a défendu les positions africaines sur la 5G.

Il est actuellement Vice-Président de la commission d’étude 1 de l’UIT-R,

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Senior Policy Manager, Africa, GSMA

 

Aurelie Adam Soule is Senior Policy Manager for Africa at the GSMA and a sound Telecoms and ICT professional (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin, GSMA). At the GSMA, she assists in the engagement with relevant stakeholders (Governments, Regulators, regional organisations) on public policy matters in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Aurelie works in various areas related to mobile telecoms development in Africa such as digital inclusion, taxation, spectrum... Prior to that she was Head of Spectrum Management at the National Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Benin and as such, played an active role in the preparation of Benin and Africa for WRC 2015. Before ARCEP BENIN, Aurelie worked in various engineering roles in the Telecoms and ICT sector at SFR France and Accenture France.

Aurelie holds a MSc Degree in Engineering – Telecoms and ICT from Telecom SudParis and a Certificate in Public Policy Management and Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York). She is a Mandela Washington Young African Leader Initiative fellow.

Souhila Amazouz

Souhila Amazouz

Senior Radio Communication Officer, African Union Commission

 

Ms. Souhila Amazouz is a Senior Radio Communication Officer; she works for the Information Society division within the African union Commission (AUC), where she is asked to contribute to the elaboration and formulation of policies and regulations for the development of programs and projects relating to Radio Communications, Spectrum Management, Broadcasting Technologies and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).
With the African Union Commission Ms. Amazouz is involved in projects related to the development of the Information Society in Africa and works closely with the African Union Member States to coordinate regional and continental initiatives, harmonize the legislations and provide policy guidance on critical and emerging global issues such Cybersecurity, Internet Governance, Broadband strategies and Spectrum Management.
Before joining the AUC, she worked more than 10 years with the Algerian Broadcasting Corporation as a Chief Engineer specialized in spectrum management and Network planning.
She was responsible of the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television Network (DTT) in Algeria, Radio frequency coordination with neighboring countries and also she used to manage relationships with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) by handling the Notification and registration of new assignments to the ITU / BR and she took part to many ITU meetings and World Radio Communication Conferences (WRC).

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa, Qualcomm

 

Elizabeth Migwalla is Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs (Africa) for Qualcomm International Incorporated (Qualcomm). In this role, which she has held for eight years, Elizabeth interfaces directly with key government ministries, regulatory authorities as well as regional and international regulatory forums, in order to drive the adoption of advanced broadband wireless technologies and service on the continent.

Elizabeth’s distinguished career in various aspects of telecommunications engineering, operations, services and policy spans more than 31 years. She has built a reputation as one of Africa’s leading experts on communications policy through her many accomplishments during this period. In 2012 Elizabeth was named among the top 50 female executives in Middle East and Africa by CommsMEA magazine.

Prior to joining Qualcomm Elizabeth served The Boeing Company as its Regional Director for Regulatory Affairs for four years. Elizabeth also performed a similar role for ICO Global Communications for a period of five years.

Before entering the private sector in 1997, Elizabeth worked at the Kenya Post and Telecommunications Corporation, as both head of its International Services and Planning and Engineering departments. Elizabeth holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and an MBA from Bond University in Australia.

Chris Weasler

Chris Weasler

Head of Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Planning, Facebook

 

Chris is Facebook’s lead on spectrum policy and mobile access and in this role is one of the key stakeholders driving Internet.org’s connectivity strategy. Previously, Chris managed Facebook's partnerships with mobile operators. Prior to Facebook, Chris was VP of Business Development at LightSquared and VP of Global Development and Roaming at Sprint Nextel. During his career he has consulted with start-­‐ups, wireless operators and also provided consultation to the FCC on a host of roaming and spectrum issues. Early in his career, at Palm he helped launch the first wireless PDA, and at OmniSky, Chris led the product and business development for its wireless portal. He has an undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School.

Graham Friend

Graham Friend

Managing Director, Coleago Consulting

 

Graham Friend is a leading authority on spectrum valuation, pricing and assignment procedures. Graham has been involved in the telecoms sector for the last 20 years and in that time has led more than 80 spectrum pricing, valuation and assignment projects around the world including experience across the African continent. Graham has led projects in Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, Egypt and Uganda. Graham is an economist and holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge. Graham is also a Chartered Accountant and an award winning author for The Economist. Away from the world of consulting Graham is a keen age group triathlete and has represented Great Britain at the European and World championships and recently qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

Rosine Dzonteu

Rosine Dzonteu

Global Spectrum Regulatory Policy, ESOA

 

Rosine DZONTEU is a spectrum management engineer, currently working in Rascomstar as head of the frequency coordination department. She started her carrier in the communication system monitoring of the Rascomstar satellite system in March 2008.

Born in 1983 in Cameroon, She holds a degree of Telecommunications Engineer from the National Advanced School of Post and Telecommunications of Yaoundé (Cameroon). She has acquired experience in satellite network coordination processes, analysis of ITU network filings, the use of space networks and related ITU softwares, ITU Radio Regulations, satellite interference mitigation.
She is working as frequency coordination manager in Rascomstar since 2010. She has been involved in regional preparations of world radiocommunications conferences since 2011.

Mrs DZONTEU usually participate in international events regarding spectrum management including meetings of ITU (International Telecommunications Union), ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) and ATU (African Telecommunications Union).

Abdou Karim Sall

Abdou Karim Sall

Director General, ARTP

 

Abdou Karim Sall, Directeur Général de l'ARTP (Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes)/Sénégal, est un ancien Cadre de Sonatel (Société Nationale des Télécommunications). Auparavant, il a été nommé comme membre du Fonds de Développement des Services Universels des Télécommunications (FDSUT) par le Président de la République du Sénégal, S.E.M. Macky Sall puis au Collège de l'ARTP.

Depuis son arrivée à la tête de la Direction Générale de l'ARTP, il a à son actif plusieurs réalisations.
-Le lancement de la technologie 4G
-La portabilité des numéros de téléphone,
-L'audit des coûts appliqués par les opérateurs,
-L'identification des abonnés aux services de téléphonie mobile,
-L'adressage postale etc.

Au plan national, il a reçu plusieurs distinctions grace notamment à ses innovations majeures et sa vision managériale claire et vertueuse à la tête de l'ARTP.

Il est Lauréat 2016 du "Prix IAM African Award de l'Économie Numérique".

Abdou Karim SALL est l'un grand des plus grands défenseurs des intérêts des consommateurs.
Ce, pour une meilleure qualité de service et de réseau, l'effectivité du service universel par le biais du FDSUT, la mise sur orbite de la régulation postale et l'impulsion d'un marché dynamique des Télécommunications et des Postes au bénéfice de tous les usagers.

Sans nul doute, son plus grand chantier actuellement reste, entre autres, l'achèvement de l'ambitieux programme du "Free roaming" en Afrique de l'Ouest.

Nommé en mai 2014 à la tête de l'ARTP, l’homme est en terrain connu. Il a effectué toute sa carrière dans le secteur des Télécommunications.

Après avoir décroché son Baccalauréat avec la mention «Bien» au Lycée Maurice Delafosse de Dakar, il est allé poursuivre ses études en Tunisie où il décrocha un Ingéniorat en Télécommunications.
Il revient au bercail pour intégrer la SONATEL en 1996.
Là-bas, il occupa plusieurs postes de responsabilités jusqu’à ses nominations au FDSUT d'abord, puis au Collège de l'ARTP et enfin comme DG de l'ARTP.

Abdou Karim Sall connait très bien le secteur des Télécommunications. Il y exerce depuis une vingtaine d'années.

Yaya Abdoul Kane

Yaya Abdoul Kane

Minister of Post, Information and Communication Technologies

 

Bio to follow shortly

Basebi Mosinyi

Basebi Mosinyi

Manager Spectrum Planning, BOCRA

 

She holds A post graduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and Knowledge Society from Dublin City University in Ireland. Mrs. Mosinyi also holds a BEng Honors in Electronics majoring in Telecommunications from Multimedia University in Malaysia. She graduated from Cable and Wireless College in Coventry 1994 with a BTEC Higher National Diploma. She also holds a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy and Regulation from Witwatersrand University in South Africa. She has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications field 16 of which have been spent in Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority a communications regulator in Botswana. During the 16 years, she has been responsible for several portfolios including Licensing, Type Approvals, Compliance and Spectrum Management where she was appointed to the Position of Manager Spectrum Planning in April 2016. Mrs. Mosinyi has been very instrumental in the preparatory processes for WRC’s on behalf of Botswana and SADC Region from 2010. She started her career in Telecommunications in 1991 where she was working at the incumbent Botswana Telecommunications Corporation as an Assistant Switching Engineer. In 1996 She joined the Botswana Police as a cadet Inspector under the Transport and Telecommunications Branch and she was mainly responsible for the entire telecommunications network of the Police Service. In 2000 She then joined the Regulatory the Botswana Telecommunications Authority under the Department of Engineering Services where she was responsible for Licensing, type approvals etc.

Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

Head, National ICT and Digital Economy Office

 

Hon. Mohamed Ibrahim was the former Somali Minister of Post and Telecommunication. And now heads the National ICT and digital economy office. His professional experience spans from academia, public and private sectors. He previously was ICT practitioner and member of the Australia Computer Society (ACS) and Australian Professional Engineers, Scientists, Managers Association of Australia (APESMA). Over the last twenty five years he has worked in the ICT industry in Australia, Energy sector in Papua New Guinea and Kuwait as a senior business analyst, and in the Education sector as a lecturer and education technologist in Australia and the UAE.
He led the implementation of award winning solutions as a CIO in Australia, published scholarly papers as a research fellow at Melbourne University and launched the .so country code top level domain name (ccTLD) in Somalia, and other internet based businesses, enabling the Somali government web presence and promotion of the country’s digital identity.
He continued to champion strategies of moving and transforming Somalia into the digital age in all spheres over the last five years. His emphasis being on Spectrum management, the Somali telecommunication law, MOOCs (delivery of online education) and enhancing the legal and technical capabilities of the mobile money facilities used in the country by the education sector and the telecommunication industry respectively. He setup the ISOC Chapter of Somalia, represented the country at the ICANN Government Advisory Committee, reestablished and renewed the country’s ITU, UPU, WIPO and WTO membership. His focus is on improving public sector delivery to citizens and business; and more specifically creating the enabling environment for societal transformation and governance via the development of legislations and necessary legal framework.

Cecil Ameil

Cecil Ameil

Senior Manager. European Affairs, SES

 

The Luxembourg-based satellite operator on public affairs and regulatory matters with the European Union (EU), the CEPT, the Council of Europe and the ITU, under the responsibility of the SES General Counsel. He‘s now responsible for SES regulatory affairs (advocacy and licensing) in Europe, Africa and Middle East.
Cécil looks back at more than 20 years of experience in dealing with regulatory affairs, specialised in ICT regulations for media and telecommunications. His dedicated expertise covers the supervision and impact of telecoms legislations and spectrum policies, in the context of increased liberalisation in radio frequency management and usage.
Cécil has been the chairperson of the working group on regulation in ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) for several years. In this capacity, he represents the satellite sector for the development of electronic communications regulation in Europe, Africa and Middle East, and he defends the interests of the space industry in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations between the EU and the rest of the world.
As an active member of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), Cécil Ameil is also contributing to the coordination of the satellite sector‘s efforts to defend access to and usage of essential radio spectrum at regional and ITU levels (including for WRCs).
A French national living in Belgium for years, Cécil is married and the father of 3 boys. He performs theatre and music as amateur.

Alessandro Casagni

Alessandro Casagni

Director, Wireless Regulatory Policy EMEA, Wireless Network Product Line, Huawei Technologies

 

Director, Wireless Regulatory Policy EMEA, managing the wireless regulation issues within Huawei Wireless Strategies & Business Development Department.
Alessandro holds a master degree in electronic engineering from Rome University.
During the period 2008 to 2010, Alessandro worked in Huawei LTE Product Line departments with special focus on the European regulation matters.
Prior to joining Huawei, Alessandro held several marketing and technical positions in Mediaset broadcasting company (2006 – 2007), Siemens mobile communications (2002 – 2006) and Accenture ICT consulting company (2000 – 2002).

Jozef Svrcek

Jozef Svrcek

CEO, Specure

 

Since 2001, Jozef Svrcek worked as IT manager and IT consultant at several global corporations, for example Bayer Schering, Deloitte and Red Bull. Since 2012 he participated at several spectrum auctions in central Europe as a project manager.
- Vendor's project manager in the recent auction of radio frequencies in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands in Czech Republic (2012-2013, 2015)
- SPECURE / alladin-IT GmbH, Vienna (Austria):
Senior Consultant, project management - spectrum auctions, auction theory, consulting
- Red Bull, Fuschl am See (Austria):
Project manager, project portfolio management, vendor management
- Bayer Business Services, Leverkusen (Germany):
Project manager, managing international projects, change management (2006-2007)
- Schering AG (now Bayer Pharma AG), Berlin (Germany):
IT analyst, Lotus Domino and Lotus Notes administration, application support, incident, problem and change management, project management (2001-2006)

Erwan Le Fur

Erwan Le Fur

Spectrum Engineer, Orange

 

After a PhD obtained from Rennes University in France, Erwan Le Fur joined Orange in 1997 where, as a research engineer, he developed propagation models and planning tools for mobile networks. In 2009, he changed positions moving into the area of spectrum engineering in the Orange Group Spectrum Office. He has been working at CEPT and ITU-R levels on several subjects including 800 MHz and L band. He has also participated in the development of the CEPT regulatory framework for public safety. He prepared and participated in the 2012 and 2015 World Radiocommunication Conferences and assisted in securing access to additional spectrum required for internet mobile services. He is as well heavily involved in the 5G preparatory studies at ITU-R level, in particular at Study Group 3 level for the development of propagation models.

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Global

 

Paul Adamson joined Forum Europe as Partner and Chairman in 2014, bringing with him an unrivalled experience and in-depth knowledge of EU affairs spanning more than 30 years.
Paul works with the team on content, business development and strategy both through Forum Europe and the company's international subsidiary, Forum Global.
In addition to his role at Forum Europe, Paul is editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. He is also a Senior European Policy Advisor at Covington & Burling.
Paul is a member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and sits on the advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. In addition, he is a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project, and British Influence - an organisation that promotes the UK's role in the European Union.
Paul is a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation.
He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.
In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Mamadou Mandialy Bodian

Mamadou Mandialy Bodian

Head of Spectrum Management Services, ARTP Senegal

 

Mamadou Mandialy BODIAN is the Head of the Spectrum Management Service of the Senegalese regulatory authority (ARTP), where he is mostly responsible of making sure that the Senegalese spectrum allocation and policies are aligned to the international ones defined in the Radio Regulations and other international treaties. In this position, he participated in the establishment of a framework for the coordination and sharing of radio electric frequencies in the border between Senegal and its neighboring countries for terrestrial services between 87.5 MHz and 30 GHz and actively participates in the preparation of the Senegalese participation and contributions to the WRCs since the WRC-12.
After starting his career in the customer service technical team for Canadian Satellite TV provider Bell ExpressVu, he worked as an Engineer Team leader for Laria, a company specialized in setting up automated machines for DVD and games distribution in Canada and finally as a consulting project engineer for Rheinmetall Canada, a Canadian system integrator that was chosen to setup wireless systems for access control and video surveillance for the Senegalese Port Authority.
He is an electrical engineer specialized in Electronics and graduated in 2002 from École Polytechnique de Montreal (University of Montreal). He also obtained and Executive MBA degree from Université Paris Dauphine and Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2015.

Shiv. K. Bakhshi

Shiv. K. Bakhshi

Vice President, Ericsson

 

Shiv K. Bakhshi, Ph.D., is Vice President, Industry Relations at Ericsson. He is charged with the responsibility of technology and regulatory strategies for Africa and the Middle East. In his role, he works closely with industry and policy leaders in those regions.
A recognized expert in mobile technology and markets, Dr. Bakhshi is a strong believer in the role mobile broadband can play in economic development and in helping unleash the digital vitalities of the peoples in emerging economies.
Earlier, as an industry analyst and consultant, Dr. Bakhshi was a director at IDC, a global research and advisory firm, where he headed the company’s worldwide mobile network and device practices for several years. A frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, he has presented on a broad range of topics pertaining to the structural transformation of the mobile industry.
Dr. Bakhshi started his career as a journalist in India. Later, as an academic, he taught international telecom policy and strategy, and directed graduate and doctoral research, at the University of Kentucky. A political economist by training, he has a bachelor’s in Economics from Calcutta University. He earned his master’s as well as his doctorate in Communication from The Ohio State University. He is based in the United Sates.

Khalilou  Niane

Khalilou Niane

Director of Radiocommunications, ARTP Senegal

 

Mr NIANE gratuated in Electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology of DAKAR (IUT).
From 1984 to 2005, he worked as Head of braodcasting Center and Head of broadcasting Departement for Senegalese Radio and Television (RTS).

Mr NIANE joined Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Senegal in 2005.
He successively held the functions of :
• Head of Radio Networks Management Service ;
• Head of Frequency Management Department ;
• Director of Radiocommunications.

At the international level, Mr NIANE is currently :
• Vice chairman of ITU-R Study Group 6 (Broadcasting Service)
• Rapporteur of African Preparatory meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019
• Chairman of ATU Working Group 4 (WRC 19) : Science services (Chapter 4).
• Rapporteur of ECOWAS preparatory meetings for WRC 19

He was :
• Chairman of WG 6B for World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC 12)
• Vice Chairman of WG 6A for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC 15)

Shergen Padayachee

Shergen Padayachee

Executive Head, Technology & Wholesale, Vodacom Group

 

Mr. Shergen Padayachee is Executive Head: Technology Regulation at Vodacom Group. He holds a B.Sc. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He has over 18 years of experience in telecommunications predominantly in network technology and has held various technical roles across the sector including Telkom S.A., Ericsson, Motorola and Telkom Mobile (a division of Telkom S.A.). He has extensive experience in Radio Access Network technologies, namely 2G, 3G, LTE, WiMax, WiFi and the implementation and planning of related radio frequency spectrum.

He joined Vodacom in 2014 where has since been primarily responsible for Spectrum Policy within the Regulatory Affairs division. His responsibilities include written and oral engagement with National Regulators and Ministries in respect of Spectrum Policy as well as representing Vodacom in respect of ITU-R WRC activities.

Malick N'Diaye

Malick N'Diaye

Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Senegal

 

Malick NDIAYE is the Chief of Staff of Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Rep of Senegal) since July 2014. He was previously ICT advisor of the Prime Minister for 8 years and General Manager of digital economy of the Ministry of digital economy. Mr Ndiaye was also Deputy General Manager of the national broadcaster (RTS) between 2005 and 2007. For many years, he contributed to the development and implementation of Telecommunications, ICT and broadcasting policies in Senegal.
He led the national committee for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transition and was the coordinator of the ICT cluster of national Strategy for Accelerated Growth (SCA). He is founding member of the Senegalese Internet Society Chapter (ISOC) and the Observatory on Information System in Senegal (OSIRIS).

An artificial intelligence and software engineer since 1994, he has a telecommunications and digital economy regulation qualification (Telecom - ParisTech), a Masters on ICT law and judicial expertise and a Master of Business Administration.

Brahim Ghribi

Brahim Ghribi

Director of Government Affairs, Middle East and Africa, Nokia

 

Brahim Ghribi is a telecommunications expert with broad experience in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was previously Director of Government & Public Affairs for the Middle East & Africa at Alcatel-Lucent prior to Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent operating as a combined company. In his current role, Brahim is in charge of managing partnerships and orchestrating strategic engagements with regional and international public and private stakeholders and institutions. In addition, he is active in various bodies dealing with as policy and regulatory matters affecting the telecommunications industry, and is also involved in different initiatives and programs targeting social and economic development.

Andrew Kisaka

Andrew Kisaka

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)

 

Worked with Public Broadcaster (Radio Tanzania) from 1983 - 1999 for 16 years in different capacities including in charge of Transmissions station, and Head of Planning and Training department.
• In 1999, Joined Tanzania Communications Commission (TCC) as a Senior Frequency Management Engineer.
• In 2003 worked with Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) after Tanzania Broadcasting Commission (TBC) merged with Tanzania Communication Commission and became Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authorities (TCRA).
• From 2008 – 2010 worked with Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authorities (RURA) as an expert and Consultant in spectrum management and the Director of ICT
• Member of National Technical Committee for digital migration in Tanzania
• Registered by Engineer Registration Board of Tanzania as Professional Engineer
• Currently Principal Broadcast Engineer in TCRA

International Responsibility
• Consultant of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) working on the Project of Harmonization of ICT policy in Sub-Sahara Africa on part time basis. This project aimed at developing and promoting harmonized policies and regulatory guidelines for the ICT market as well as building human and institutional capacity in the field of ICT through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures.
• Chairman of Africa Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG) an Advisory Body to Secretary General of ATU

Academic qualification:

Possess a Master degree of Information Communication Technology (ICT) offered by Coventry University of United Kingdom in collaboration with Kigali Institute of Technology and Post graduate of Electronics and Information technology from University of Dar e salaam (UDSM).

Mezom Melouta

Mezom Melouta

Deputy Coordinator, UTO/CAM-DTV

 

M. Mezom, est Ingénieur en Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication de la promotion 1994 de Télécom Lille, aujourd’hui Mines-Télécom Lille. Il a fait ses études à l’ENSPT de Yaoundé, à la Fachhoscule Telecom de Dieburg en Allemagne. Ses recherches dans les laboratoires de télécommunications FTZ de Darmstadt en Allemagne, au Centre National d’Etudes des Télécommunications (CNET) d’Issy les Moulineaux Paris, ont porté principalement dans les domaines de la cryptographie des images (stéganographie) et de la compression des images animées, base de la norme MPEG adoptée à ce jour par la communauté internationale. Cette activité de recherche s’est achevée au Laboratoire d’Electronique et de Traitement du Signal et des Images (LETS) de Polytechnique Yaoundé où il a obtenu un DEA. Dans le domaine des sciences économiques, M. Mezom est titulaire d’un Diplôme Universitaire en Ingénierie de Gestion de la Production obtenu à l’Université de Marne La Vallée de Paris et d’un certificat en Gestion de projets TIC obtenu à « University of System Sciences » de Singapore. Il a obtenu plusieurs autres certificats dans le domaine des radiocommunications, notamment en gestion des fréquences, obtenus en France, en Allemange, au Japon et en Chine.
La carrière professionnelle de M. Mezom s’est déroulée dans le secteur des télécommunications et TIC. D’abord à la CRTV en 1983, d’où il part en 1999 pour le MINCOM, avec le grade de Sous-Directeur (Ingénieur Conseil Multimédia). Au MINCOM, il occupera jusqu’en 2011 respectivement les fonctions de Sous-Directeur, de Directeur des TIC (2004) et de membre du Conseil d’Administration de la SOPECAM. Il a été l’initiateur dans ce département ministériel de deux importants projets dont celui de la couverture audiovisuelle des zones d’ombre aux frontières (Projet REDCOMZOFT) et l’Agence Virtuelle de Presse. Il introduira le concept de « Centre de Presse » pour les grands événements lors de la venue au Cameroun en 2005 du Pape Jean Paul II. Pendant ce séjour au MINCOM, il continuera d’apporter son expertise au secteur des télécoms en général, notamment en occupant les fonctions de Directeur des Etudes l’Informatique et de la Coopération à la CAMPOST (2004-2006), de membre du Conseil d’Administration de l’ANTIC, de membre du Conseil de Direction de l’ENSPT, membre du Fonds Spécial des Télécommunication (FST), Conseiller Technique de l’ANTIC (2013-2016). Il a depuis 2003, joué un grand rôle dans le processus de migration de la télévision analogique au numérique au sein des équipes camerounaises à l’UIT et a été expressément désigné par le MINPOSTEL comme Chef de la délégation qui a signé l’Accord-Plan de Genève 2006.

M. Mezom est membre fondateur de l’Association des Ingénieurs de Génie Electrique du Cameroun, membre fondateur de l’Internet Society au Cameroun (ISOC). Il parle et écrit, couramment le français et l’anglais, un peu l’allemand et le latin ; Sur le plan religieux, MEZOM est chrétien Catholique, et poursuit en ce moment sa formation de Théologien Laïc à L’Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale.

Mamadou Baal

Mamadou Baal

Consultant, African Union of Broadcasting

 

Benjamin Mouandza Mboundzou

Benjamin Mouandza Mboundzou

Directeur des Ressources en Frequences, ARCPE, Republic of Congo

 

A partir d’Octobre 2013 : Directeur des Ressources en Fréquences à l’Agence de Régulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE) ; Conseiller Technique du Directeur Général.
Juin 2011-Octobre 2013: Conseiller Technique du Directeur Général de l’ARPCE, Chef de Service Gestion du Trafic National.
Mai-2010 à Mai 2011 : Directeur Technique AZUR Télécom.
Mai-2009 à Mai 2010 : Responsable technique du réseau AIRTEL Congo (ex ZAIN) à Brazzaville, pool et zone nord. Directeur des Opérations par intérim.
Septembre 2007 à Mai 2009 : Chef de Division Macro planning, méthodologie et
Procédures. Directeur des Opérations par Intérim à AIRTEL Congo (ex ZAIN)
Mars 2006 : Chef de service Ingénierie BSS (Base station sub-system) au sein du département Ingénierie de Celtel Congo.
De Mars 2004 à Mars 2006: Chef de service Opérations et maintenance BSS à la Direction des Opérations Celtel Congo.
2002/2004 : Chef de Service Radio au sein de la Direction des Opérations de Celtel Congo à Brazzaville.
Janvier 2000/2002 : Responsable de la Transmission à Brazzaville (Direction des Opérations Celtel Congo) . 1998-2000 : Chef de section Radio électronique au sein du service Technique de la Navigation Aérienne à l’agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile.
-Inspecteur de l’aviation civile pour la délivrance du CEIRB (Certificat de fiabilité de l’infrastructure Radio électronique de bord).

Aminata Cisse Ndao

Aminata Cisse Ndao

Head of Department, Universal Service, ARTP Senegal

 

Aminata CISSE NDAO is a head of the department of universal service of the Senegalese regulatory authority (ARTP in French) where she is in charge of operational implementation of universal service programs whose aim is to prioritise access to the information and communication technologies and to promote their use.
Having worked at ARTP since 2006, Mrs. Ndao has occupied numerous posts starting from the tariff regulation of various market segments to universal service.
Economist by training, Mrs. Ndao has received her Master’s Degree in Economics as well as Master’s of Advanced Studies in Audit and Risk Management from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne (France).
Her career and education allowed her to gain multidisciplinary experience and develop a broad vision of the regulatory field of telecommunications.

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Aminata CISSE NDAO est Chef du département service universel de l’Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes (ARTP). Elle est chargée de l’exécution opérationnelle des programmes de service universel dont l’objectif est de favoriser l’accès aux TIC et de promouvoir leur utilisation.
Mme NDAO a intégré l’ARTP en 2006 où elle a eu à occuper plusieurs postes allant de la fonction achats au service universel passant par la régulation des tarifs sur les différents segments de marché.
Economiste de formation, Mme NDAO est titulaire d’une maitrise en économie et d’un Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisés (DESS) en Audit et Gestion des Risques de l’Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (France).
Son parcours et sa formation lui permis d’avoir une expérience pluridisciplinaire et une vision transversale de la régulation des télécommunications.

Moderator

Kezias  Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator, ATU

 

He holds an MSc in Broadband and Mobile Communications with distinction from the University of Kent (2008). He started his spectrum management career as a junior engineer in 2003 at the Zambia ICT Authority, rising to manager spectrum management in 2010 – a position he held until his appointment by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) as a Radiocommunications Coordinator in 2012. He has been a keen and active contributor to national, regional and international spectrum management successes including development of the first Zambian national spectrum plan, the SADC spectrum plan, the GE-06 Conference during which he was appointed one of the planning experts for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Amit Nagpal

Amit Nagpal

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Amit Nagpal is a Partner at, and one of the co-founders of, Aetha Consulting. Amit has over 20 years of experience on spectrum management issues having started his career with the Radiocommunications Agency (now part of Ofcom) in the UK. Amit advises regulators/government bodies, fixed and mobile operators, broadcasters, financial institutions and industry associations on a wide range of issues including spectrum policy development and spectrum valuation and auction support. Amit’s experience includes leading studies for the European Commission on the introduction of spectrum trading and a harmonised approach to the digital dividend. Amit has undertaken projects for clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America and is therefore able to bring a global perspective to his work. He recently supported a mobile operator in Colombia with its preparations for the AWS
spectrum auction.

Bashir Gwandu

Bashir Gwandu

Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group

 

Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji

Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji

Central Africa and Madagascar Representative, ITU

 

M. MASSIMA –LANDJI Jean-Jacques is a Senior Engineer in Telecommunications ,Electronics and Computer science graduated in Paris in 2003. He is actually ITU representative, for Central Africa and Madagascar resident in Yaoundé since 2009. As Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Communications and Telecommunications of GABON, he was posted in Geneva as the Permanent Representative of Gabon to ITU from 2004 to 2009. He spent before four years in ITU Headquarters in Geneva at the Telecommunications development Bureau (BDT) as Coordinator of Iraq Project, from 2000 to 2004 after a first international experience two years as Regional Director for Central Africa for ICO Global Communications, based in South Africa from 1998 to 2000.
He is a Director of Posts and Telecommunications in the Gabonese administration and has managed the Telecommunications of this country during more than 15 years. He was the first Chairman and set up in 2001 the Regulatory Body of Gabon : “Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications ”.
Mr MASSIMA is a recognized ICT senior expert worldwide and shows a proven experience of more than 30 years in the field of ICT. He was involved in the implementation of RASCOM as a continental expert and has chaired RASCOM Board of Directors in 1994 and 1995.
He has chaired several meetings in ITU World and regional Conferences and has been elected for the ongoing duties of Vice Chair of TDAG in WTDC06 and vice chair of TSAG in WTSA 08.
As senior expert Consultant of ATU, he used also to coordinate the African Common positions for several international meetings as the last WTDC 06 and the WTSA 08.
He started this long career in 1983 as specialized engineer in charge of data transmissions and also cumulatively lecturer in the National School of post and telecommunications and in the African Institute of Informatics (IAI) from 1984 to 1987 in Libreville Gabon.

Papa Cire Cissé

Papa Cire Cissé

Director of Radiocommunications, Network and Services, ARTP

 

Mr. PAPE CIRE CISSE holds a MSc. Degree from the Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications (USSR) and a MBA from IAE - Paris Dauphine.

His career started with the telecommunications operator SONATEL where he was responsible for engineering and spectrum frequency planning.

After joining the ICT Regulator ARTP in 2002, he served for more than 10 years as Director of Radiocommunications and Director of Radiocommunications, Network and Services.

Mr. CISSE is also a trainer at the “Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT) in Dakar” in the fields of radio propagation and spectrum management.

In 2010, Mr. CISSE headed the National Technical Committee responsible for the drafting of the digital transition strategy in Senegal.

Also, from July 2014 to July 2016, he was the Director of the DTT project at EXCAF TELECOM, the company responsible for the deployment and operation of the digital television infrastructure.

Mr. CISSE has led many studies and missions of training as an expert and trainer in several African countries, particularly in the areas of:

─ Spectrum management and monitoring,
─ DTT roll out,
─ Migration strategy
─ Spectrum refarming and pricing,
─ digital dividend,
─ Radio propagation,
─ Audit of spectrum occupancy,
─ Type approval,
─ Non-ionizing radiation, etc.

He also participated as a panelist at several forums and roundtables.

Andrew  Rugege

Andrew Rugege

Regional Director, ITU

 

Andrew Rugege, a veteran of 26 years in the Information Technology field is currently the Regional Director for Africa of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Specialized Agency for Telecom and ICT, based in Addis Ababa. He is also the Representative of the ITU to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC) in Ethiopia.
Andrew is responsible for collaboration with and assistance to the ITU Members States in Africa and the development of Telecommunications/ ICTs in the continent. He believes that by putting ITU’s resources and expertise at the disposal of African Member States, Telecommunications/ICT can become the backbone of Africa’s knowledge-based social-economic development.
Prior to joining the ITU, Andrew served in different executive positions in the private sector, including as the COO of MTN Rwanda, a mobile Telecom Operator, CEO of Artel Communications, a VSAT-based Rural Telecom services provider also in Rwanda and as Director of International Business Development at ABSinteractive in Washington D.C.
Andrew’s formal training is in Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science & Business Administration, for which he holds Masters Degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen in Scotland and Marist College in New York respectively. Passionate about sustainable leadership in Africa, Andrew is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute and the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI-EA).