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Speakers

David Luna Sánchez

David Luna Sánchez

ICT Minister, Government of Colombia

 

David Luna Sánchez, is a lawyer from Universidad del Rosario. He is a specialist in Administrative Law and has Masters in Government and Public Policies from Universidad del Externado in Colombia and from Columbia University from the United States. He has been president for the environmental organization Globe, “Capítulo Colombia.” Professor of various universities and author of the book, Starting Point: Nine Proposals for the Governance of Bogotá.
He began his public career as a leader of the community action board in the neighborhood. In 1997, he was elected Mayor of Chapinero. Then he was Councilman of Bogotá for two terms and was elected twice as the best city Councilman for the program Bogotá, Cómo Vamos. In 2006, he was elected into Congress with the highest votes in the country. During his term in Congress, he was chosen as the best House of Representatives of Colombia. In 2011, he ran for Mayor of
Bogotá. ICT Minister, David Luna In December 2011, Luna was appointed Deputy Minister of Labour
Relations. During this role, he executed important policies for the benefit of workers and employers in the country, including the conclusion of the minimum wage figure for the first time in five years; promoting telecommuting; issuing laws and labour inspections for the Occupational Hazards Decree; regulating collective bargaining in the public sector; and the reactivation of the Special Committee for the Handling of Conflicts referred to the ILO; among others.
On February 1, 2013 he resigned from the Vice Minister for Labor Relations to continue participating in the political construction of the country and the city through public debate. He became part of the workbench of the radio broadcast program, “La F.m. Radio” with Vicky Dávila and her team of journalists and “Alerta Bogotá” with Pacho Romero.
On September 27, 2013 he was appointed Presidential Advisor for Regions, where he supported President Juan Manuel Santos, by being in permanent contact with the 32 departments and more than 1,200 municipalities. Luna, was the voice of the government in the regions, and the ears of the President to the concerns of citizens.
On July of the same year, he decided to deepen his experience with the private sector, becoming a solution associate consultant, specializing in the social policy realm. During this new challenge he continued to contribute to building a better country by complementing his public policy experience with the strategic vision of the private sector.

Martha Suarez Peñaloza

Martha Suarez Peñaloza

Director General, ANE

 

Martha Liliana Suarez Peñaloza, PhD. born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She received her degree as Electronics Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in 2004. During her undergraduate studies she participated in an exchange program with the Ecole Superieure Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon CPE in 2001 in Lyon, France. She received her Master degree in high frequency communication systems from the University of Marne-la-Vallee, France in 2006 and her Ph.D. degree from the University Paris-Est in 2009.
She joined the department of Telecommunications and Signal Processing at École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Électronique et Électrotechnique de Paris ESIEE and the Esycom Research Center where she worked on wireless transmitter architectures. In 2011 she was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship and worked at the Instytut Technologii Elektronowej ITE in Poland for the Partnership for Cognitive Radio Par4CR European Project. Her research interests were in the areas of wireless system architectures and the design of high performance RF transceivers.
Since 2013 she joined the National Spectrum Agency in Colombia, ANE, where she worked as Senior Adviser to the General Director and supported international activities of the Agency. Since December 2015 Martha Suarez is the General Director of ANE and she continues promoting the efficient use of the Spectrum and the mobile broadband connectivity in Colombia.

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Deputy Director, BR, ITU

 

Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for the application of the Radio Regulations and for technical and administrative support of ITU World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences, Radiocommunication Assemblies and Study Groups. The Bureau also carries out the international regulatory processes for registration of frequency assignments and satellite orbits and assists administrations in their coordination and implementation of frequency spectrum and orbit requirements as well as in resolving cases of harmful interference. It provides the specialized technical secretariat for the work of the Radiocommunication Study Groups and the Radiocommunication Assembly in the development of recommendations for spectrum utilization and radio system characteristics.


Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for more than 25 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility at ITU headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices in Peru, Chile and Brazil, leading activities towards fostering global telecommunications development.

During his tenure at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, as Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, Mr. Maniewicz directed ITU’s efforts to assist developing countries in bridging the digital divide by promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment. This includes the provision of guidelines and tools for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, financing policies and strategies, development of telecommunication and IP-based networks, promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, as well as the use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. Mr. Maniewicz is also responsible for the Union's activities in the promotion of access and use of telecommunications and ICTs for groups that have been marginalized in their access to current mainstream ICT services, including women, youth, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people living in remote communities.


Before becoming Chief of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies at ITU’s BDT, where he was responsible for the Union’s activities in the policy and regulatory domain, human capacity building, ICT statistical data collection and analysis, and other development domains, including Internet and IP networks development. Previously, Mr. Maniewicz was Head of Human Capacity Building, where he was actively involved in promoting projects and activities in developing countries specifically related to Training, Human Resources Management and Development, Organizational Development and Managerial Development for Telecommunications. He was directly involved in the development of models and guidelines for the transformation of telecommunication organizations to better face a changing environment towards competition. He has helped governments, regulators and operators of developing countries in the definition of their organizational and managerial strategies and policies, the identification of their HR and Organizational Development needs, including training of top level managers of telecommunication organizations in modern management and competitive transformation related aspects. He has also broad experience in project management in various fields such as rural telecommunication development, frequency management and monitoring, transformation of the telecommunication sector, strengthening of regulatory agencies and transformation of telecommunication operators, among others.


Carmelo Rivera

Carmelo Rivera

Chairman of the WG for preparation of WRC-19, CITEL

 

In 1973 Carmelo Rivera joined the United States Navy and served for 20 years as a Telecommunication Specialist. During this time Carmelo had the opportunity to experience the telecommunications field from several different aspects, locations and platforms. While in the service Carmelo completed courses in Information Systems Management and received degrees from Central Texas College and the University of Maryland. His last 3 years in the service were spent as the Assistant Communications Officer at the Naval Testing Facility on Andros Island, Bahamas. After his retirement from military service he returned to Andros and worked in the communications department as a civilian for several more years before accepting his current position as a Telecommunication Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Radio Frequency Management Division (RFMD). RFMD is responsible for spectrum management for all Dept. of Commerce agencies including, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which encompasses the National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries, National Ocean Service, and many others. Carmelo has been the DOC representative at ITU Plenipotentiary conferences, World Radiocommunication Conferences, various ITU-R Study Group 4, 5, and 7 Working Parties, CITEL Permanent Consultative Committee II (Radiocommunications) (PCC-II), and CITEL Executive Committee (COM/CITEL), as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) representative to Asian-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) conference preparatory meetings. Carmelo was the vice-chairman of CITEL’s PCC-II (Radicommunication and Broadcasting) WRC Working group for WRC-15. Carmelo is the chairman of this group preparing for the next WRC scheduled for 2019.

Franklin Merchan

Franklin Merchan

PCC.II Chair, CITEL

 

Electric Engineer graduated from the Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogotá, Colombia. With over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector. Specialist on Engineering Management Systems and in Telecommunications and New Technologies Regulation from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad Externado de Colombia, respectively. Currently is a Magister candidate in Foreign affairs and Businesses in the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Bogotá.
His experience has been developed around the international area in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies -MINTIC-, also in communications resource management and in the development of the National Plan of Allocation for Frequency and Broadcasting Bands.
Since 2006 he has been serving as advisor of the MINTIC in foreign affairs, performing as head of countless delegations of Colombia in the ITU, ITSO, CITEL, CAN among others, where he has presented and defended Colombia’s position in ICT matters. Since 2011 Mr Merchán is the alternate chair of the Permanent Consultative committee II: Radiocommunications, of the Interamerican Telecommunications Commission -CITEL-, Attached agency of the Organization of American States -OAS-.

Hector  Huici

Hector Huici

Secretary of Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Communications, Argentina

 

Héctor Huici is Secretary of Communications and Information Technologies, Argentina He held positions in the public sector, working for both the National Telecommunications Commission, as well as the Energy Secretariat during the 90´s. 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 from 2005 till 2013. He holds teaching positions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at various education providers and Universities. His research has led him to be published in prestigious local and international peer reviewed journals. Prior to becoming Secretary of Communications and Information Technologies, he held a chair in the City of Buenos Aires Legislature for three years. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bachelor of Laws from University of Buenos Aires 1989. Mr. Huici also has a Master`s degree in Administrative Law, from Austral University 1992.

Hector Bude

Hector Bude

Head of Spectrum Management Department, URSEC

 

Chairman, WG for WRC-15 CITEL, Head of Spectrum Management Department , URSEC. Hector Bude De Leon studied Electronics at Domingo Savio, a Salesian Institute in Montevideo and Engineering in the University of the Republic (UDELAR).

He has developed his work in the field of administration and management of the radio spectrum since 1991 when he joined the National Communications Authority (DNC), which in 2001 became the actual Communications Regulatory Agency (URSEC) of Uruguay.

For nearly two decades he was the Head of Radio Frequencies and today he is the Head of the Frequency Management Department and also is one the members of the Management Committee of URSEC.

Within the PCC.II of CITEL (Inter American Telecommunication Commission) he has been y several positions, including Vice-Chairman for the period 2010-2013 and Vice-Chairman of the Working Group for the Preparation for the Regional and World Radiocommunication Conference for the period 2008-2011.

Today he is the Vice-Chairman of PCC.II for the period 2014-2018 and the Chairman of the Working Group for the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference.

Agostinho Linhares

Agostinho Linhares

Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, ANATEL

 

Agostinho Linhares received his PhD degree in Telecommunications from University of Brasilia in 2015. He joined Anatel in 2005 and has already worked in the Enforcement Division, Spectrum Engineering Division, Board of Directors Advisory and, currently, is Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting. Before Anatel, he has worked at Petrobras as a Telecommunications Engineer developing projects related to optical communications systems, RF links and IP Networks. He is the Coordinator of the Brazilian Communication Commission - Radiocommunication Sector (CBC-2) and participates in ITU-R and ITU-T Study Groups, being the vice-chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for the Americas (SG5 RG-AMR).

Allan Ruiz

Allan Ruiz

Executive Secretary, COMTELCA

 

Allan Ruiz, born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He received his degree as Electrical Engineer from the University of Costa Rica in 1988 and his Master Degree in Telecommunication form the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros en Telcomnicaciones (Universad Politécnica de Madrid) in 1993 he also got a Diploma as Network Architecture from the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications, Télécom Paris in 1991.
He is a self-motivated, success-driven, detail oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience in information and communications technologies in the private and public sectors focusing on ICT networks, spectrum management, wireless, fixed and mobile, broadcasting, digital television, satellite, and broadband. He has been responsible for the planning and implementation of many diverse projects in the areas of: network operations, network planning, sales, pre-sales, post-sales, product manager, project manager, marketing and policy maker. He represented Costa Rica in different international telecommunication organizations such, CITEL (COM/CITEL as the Chairman), ITU (ITU council member), World Radio Communications Conferences and at the OECD infrastructure Chapter. OECD Ministerial Meeting 2016. He worked with several large global corporations, including Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Intel, General Electric and ICE (Costa Rican telecom operator). As well as international organizational organizations as World Bank and currently with the Interamerican Development Bank as a broadband consultant, the International Telecommunication Union as a Consultant for the Central American region on spectrum management on wireless broadband, broadcasting, satellite, aeronautical and maritime issues and public policy development. He was the Spectrum Director and Deputy Minister of Telecommunications at Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications in Costa Rica and he is the current Executive Secretary of COMTELCA (Comisión Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones) that covers Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Graham Friend

Graham Friend

Managing Director, Coleago

 

Graham Friend is a specialist in financial modelling, strategic business planning and valuation and is a leading expert on spectrum auctions and spectrum valuation. Graham has been consulting for more than 20 years and has been in the telecoms sector for over 15 years.

Graham has led more than forty spectrum valuation and auction projects and has guided clients through some of the most complex spectrum auctions in the world. Graham has led projects for both regulators and operators and has delivered projects on every continent. Graham’s experience also encompasses MVNOs, mobile licence applications, due diligence and a wide range of strategic and operational projects.

Graham is also one of the most innovative developers and inspiring facilitators of business games, simulations and management development programmes within the telecoms sector today. Programmes developed by Graham include The Mobile Operator War Game, The X-Venture Game and The Dragons’ Apprentice, which is based on the popular television formats The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den.

Prior to forming Coleago Consulting in 2001 with Stefan Zehle, Graham worked for Cable & Wireless where he provided internal consulting support across the C&W portfolio of mobile businesses and prior to C&W Graham worked as a management consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers in the Financial Management and Business Appraisal Practice. Graham holds both an M.A. and an M.Phil in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge and is also a Chartered Accountant.

Along with Coleago’s Stefan Zehle, Graham co-authored the award winning “Economist Guide to Business Planning” and he has also co-authored the “Economist Guide to Business Modelling.” Away from the consulting arena Graham is a keen triathlete and has represented Great Britain at the Age Group Olympic Distance World Championships. Graham lives in Verbier, Switzerland with his young family.

Lucas Gallitto

Lucas Gallitto

Public Policy Director LatAm, GSMA

 

Lucas currently serves as Public Policy Director at GSMA 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.
Lucas leads GSMA´s regional efforts related to Spectrum and represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and ITU.
Before joining the GSMA, Lucas 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. Lucas completed a Masters in Business Administration from Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), holds an Specialization in Telecommunications Management from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. Besides, Lucas speaks fluently Spanish and English.

Gilles Brégant

Gilles Brégant

Director, ANFR France

 

Born in Chambéry (France) in 1963, Gilles Brégant graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (1986) then from Telecom ParisTech (1988). Following a 7-year-career at France Telecom research center, Gilles Brégant led the transition project from “Minitel” electronic directory to its companion web site, www.pagesjaunes.fr. He was then appointed technical adviser to the Minister in charge of Research (1996-1997). He had to coordinate international projects and themes in relation with information technology. He then worked for the department of trade and industry as deputy director in charge of Prospective. He was appointed secretary general of the ministerial task force “Digital Economy” (2001-2005). He was then appointed Technical Director of Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (the French Media Regulator) in 2005. Gilles Brégant is the CEO of ANFR since 2011. He was elected President of RSPG in November 2011.

Melesia Sutherland

Melesia Sutherland

Director, CANTO

 

Melesia Sutherland is a regulatory specialist working with the multinational company Cable & Wireless which uses the consumer brands FLOW and Horizon (Cable TV) in the Caribbean.

Ms. Sutherland has twenty (20) 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. She has spoken at several conferences organized by regional and international organizations such as the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the International Satellite Organization (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 from the Universities of Manchester and Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Jose Ayala

Jose Ayala

Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America, Ericsson

 

Jose Luis Ayala, Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America at Ericsson, is responsible for leading Ericsson’s strategy regarding telecom policies, which favour the massive adoption of broadband services in the region. He joined Ericsson in the USA in 2000, and moved to Latin America operations in 2002. In his position, Mr Ayala has supported several governments, developing successful strategies in areas of spectrum management, national ICT plans and, mobile broadband strategies. Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Ayala worked with leading telecom operators based in Central America, United States, and Spain.

A telecommunications engineer with over twenty years of experience in the industry, Mr Ayala holds a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology University under a Fullbright Scholarship. In addition, he received a fellowship from AHCIET.

Jozef  Svrcek

Jozef Svrcek

Director, Specure Auctions

 

Since 2000, 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 across Europe.

 Recent SMRA auctions of radio frequencies (800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands) in Czech Republic (2012-2013, 2015) and 5-band CCA auction in Montenegro (2015-2016)
 SPECURE, Vienna, Austria, since 2014:
Director - spectrum auctions, auction theory, consulting
 Red Bull, Fuschl am See, Austria, 2010-2012:
Project manager, project portfolio management, vendor management
 Bayer Business Services, Berlin and Leverkusen, Germany, 2000-2007:
Project manager, managing international projects, change management

Roman Rabinovich

Roman Rabinovich

Senior Director, FTI Consulting

 

Dr. Roman Rabinovich is a Senior Director based in Los Angeles with nine years of experience working in FTI’s Telecom, Media & Technology practice.
Over the last six years Dr. Rabinovich specialized on providing wireless spectrum auction advisory and related services for wireless carriers.
Dr. Rabinovich’s expertise includes leading software design and development, information technology and security support, bid strategy analysis, war room preparation and management, and spectrum valuation analysis.
Recent auction engagements include:
Combinatorial Clock Auctions (CCA) in Switzerland (2012), the Netherlands (2012), Austria (2013), and Canadian 700MHz and 2.5GHz auctions (2014-2015)
Simultaneous Multiple Round Auctions (SMRA) in Germany (2011), Belgium (2011), Pakistan (2014), and US AWS-3 (2016)
And auctions of other types – Columbia 3G auction (2013), Slovakia 3.7 real-time (2016), and US incentive 600 MHz Auction (2016-2017)
Dr. Rabinovich also has extensive experience in business valuations and litigation support for US and international telecommunication and companies. Particularly, Dr. Rabinovich worked on a variety of spectrum valuation projects assessing value of low-band, mid-band, and mm-wave spectrum.
In addition to spectrum-related work Dr. Rabinovich’s experience with FTI’s Corporate Finance practice includes working on business strategy, performance improvement, due diligence, and restructuring projects in telecommunications, publishing, entertainment, technology, and software industries.
Dr. Rabinovich has advised clients in the Wireless, CLEC, Media, Broadcasting, Motion Picture, Online Commerce, and Software segments.
Prior to joining FTI, Dr. Rabinovich was conducting academic theoretical and experimental research in the area of cluster physics in the University of Southern California and St. Petersburg State University, Physics Research Institute. His experience includes leading research projects and teaching.
Dr. Rabinovich is an author of 9 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.

Nicolás Silva

Nicolás Silva

Director of Industry Direction, MinTic

 

Bio to be available shortly

Wilmer Azurza Neyra

Wilmer Azurza Neyra

Technical Advisor, Research on Spectrum Issues, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) of Peru

 

Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (2010), he had ICT Expert Training Program: Spectrum Management at KISA study sponsored by Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of South Korea (2013), Master's Degree in Strategic Management of Telecommunications at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (2014) with postgraduate studies in Telecommunications and Information Technology with mention in Regulation and Radio Spectrum Management and Satellite Communication Systems at INICTEL-UNI (2016 and 2017). Furthermore, he won the scholarship of Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcast (DTTB) Engineering Course at NHK Communications Training Institute sponsore by the Japan International Cooperation Agency of Japan (2016), and the fellowship Internet Governance course in the Eighth South School on Internet Governance, scholarship sponsore by Organization of American States in USA (2016).
Since 2011, he works as Technical Adviser on Telecommunications and Radioelectric Spectrum Management in the General Directorate of Regulation and International Affairs of Communications - Ministry of Transportation and Communications, MTC- Peru, where he researchs and analyzes various technical topics of telecommunications: technical standards, telecommunications services and networks, numbering, signaling, radio frequency spectrum allocation, IMT, Internet, among others, which serve as a basis for the policies and regulations of the sector.
Actually, He is full member of the Permanent Multisectoral Commission in charge of issuing technical reports and recommendations for the planning and management of the radio spectrum of the National Frequency Plan – PNAF (by its initial in ispanish) - Peru. He is also a member of the Technical Group to update the Master Plan for Digital Terrestrial Television and was a member of the Technical Committee to update the EM.020 standard of Communications of the National Building Regulations (2013-2015).
He participates in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) meetings on ICT issues and radio spectrum management, mainly for the preparations prior to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference and CITEL Permanent Consultative Committees CCP.I and CCP.II, Radiocommunications and Telecommunications/ICT
Member of the Internet Society (ISOC) Peru Chapter, At-Large member Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization (LACRALO), and is a member volunteer of the At-Large Ad-hoc Working Group on IANA Transition & ICANN Accountability.
Between 2007 and 2011, he worked on the implementation of telecommunications infrastructure projects for the country's main operators and the largest CATV and DTH head operation in Peru.

Istvan Bozsoki

Istvan Bozsoki

Head of Spectrum Management and Broadcasting Division, ITU

 

Mr Istvan Bozsoki joined the ITU in 1997 to work at the Space Department of the Radiocommunication Bureau and he was dealing with coordination and notification of satellite systems. In 2007 he moved to the Telecommunication Development Bureau and is responsible for spectrum management and broadcasting issues. Since April 2013 he is Head of Spectrum Management and Broadcasting Division. After obtaining his degree in telecommunication engineering at the Technical University Budapest in 1980 he spent 17 years at the Hungarian Communication Authority and he was dealing with technical and regulatory aspects of the spectrum management. Among others, he was responsible for the development of a computerized spectrum management system. Later, he was appointed as director of international affairs. He has a master degree in radiocommunications and broadcasting.

Alejandra Ornes

Alejandra Ornes

Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA

 

Senior Director, International Regulatory & Market Access for Inmarsat, mobile satellite company. Her main focus is licensing, regulatory/spectrum, policy & market access for Inmarsat satellite system in Latin America & the Caribbean. Before joining Inmarsat, for 10 years, her company, Ornés Associates, provided support to the telecommunications private sector as well as foreign governments in regulatory & market access, and spectrum and procurement matters including policy development. She previously held various positions at Iridium, Astrolink and Intelsat in strategic planning, regulatory/licensing, service provision as well as global policy and spectrum management.

Cesar Ivan Acero

Cesar Ivan Acero

Regulatory Manager, Telefonica

 

Cesar is an Industrial Engineer, with a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes and a specialization in Finance from EAFIT University, with 17 years of experience in the telecommunications sector.
 
Since 2016 he has served as regulatory manager for LATAM and previously at the regional level, he served as Project Lead - Spectrum Processes of Telefónica, where he participated in spectrum auction projects for Latam. Previous to the regional work worked in Colombia as Manager of Strategy and other positions in the areas of marketing, finance and commercial since the year 2000.

Santiago Pardo Fajardo

Santiago Pardo Fajardo

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Industry Relations, Claro

 

Santiago Pardo Fajardo was appointed Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Industry Regulations for Claro Colombia in 2013. Prior to this he has held positions as with AMX Argentina SA (Claro Argentina), British American Tobacco-Colombia. He has also been foreign associate at a number of leading law firms in Colombia.

Mr Pardo Fajardo joined the Colombian Army in 1989 and became a member of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East (Israel-Egypt).

He graduated with LLM-K with honours, Graduate Programme in Law and Business from Northernwestern University School of Law, Chicago, USA (2001) and a Masters in International Business Law – LLM from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1997). He graduated as an Attorney from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia (1994).

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Business Development Consultant, LS telcom

 

Robert currently works with LS telcom AG, a German company which delivers spectrum management solutions, consultancy, and hardware solutions to over 90 regulators and operators worldwide. Robert coordinates LS telcoms’ project as one of the FCC approved whitespace database administrators in the USA and on whitespace projects and strategy throughout the world. Robert was a former director at Ofcom, the spectrum and media regulator in the United Kingdom, responsible for spectrum interference investigation, enforcement, spectrum monitoring, and regulatory compliance. After leaving Ofcom Robert established his own consultancy company, Erkmar Ltd., which has worked with regulators and manufacturers worldwide in developing regulatory policy, marketing policy for spectrum related services, strategy development, market access, product development, and senior management consultancy support. Robert has an MBA and is based in the United Kingdom.

Suzanne Malloy

Suzanne Malloy

VP Regulatory Affairs, O3b Networks

 

Suzanne Malloy is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for O3b Networks, with responsibility for global market access strategy, advocacy and licensing for O3b’s satellite-enabled connectivity solutions. Previously Ms. Malloy served as Senior Regulatory Counsel for SES, with responsibility for the Asia and Americas regions. Ms. Malloy has worked on satellite regulatory matters for over 20 years, in both the private and public sectors, managing satellite and earth station licensing, satellite policy advocacy and spectrum regulatory issues. Prior to joining SES, Ms. Malloy served for nearly 10 years as Vice President, Regulatory for DBSD North America, and acted as Senior Regulatory Counsel for Teledesic. Ms. Malloy began work in the satellite sector as Attorney-Advisor in the International Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, issuing satellite licenses and participating in treaty negotiations related to satellite market access.

Eduardo Chomali

Eduardo Chomali

Regional Director, ASIET

 

Eduardo Chomali is the Regional Director for the Andean Countries at ASIET, and member of the Latin American Center of Telecommunications Studies (cet.la).
Political Scientist (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Master’s Degree in International Business, Trade and Tax Law (IEDE Business School) and MBA candidate (Universidad de Deusto), he has been especially active in the field of public policies and regulation of telecommunications for the digital development. Prior to joining ASIET in 2012, he was part of the Institutional and Corporate Affairs team at Telefónica Latin America.

Brett Tarnutzer

Brett Tarnutzer

Head of Spectrum, GSMA

 

Brett Tarnutzer directs the association’s full range of spectrum-related activities and, in collaboration with the GSMA membership, represents the industry on critical spectrum policy issues with national governments and multilateral organisations. Prior to joining the GSMA, Brett worked for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where Brett served as both assistant chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, dealing with a wide range of spectrum-related issues and as senior member of the Incentive Auction Task Force, designing the first-ever auction to incentivise the transfer of spectrum from broadcast to mobile use.

Nigel Cassimire

Nigel Cassimire

Telecom Specialist, Caribbean Telecommunications Union

 

Mr. Nigel Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over thirty years of experience in the industry, most of which were gained at the functional, management and executive levels of the incumbent telecommunications carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT). He has intimate understanding of a broad range of telecommunications technologies and services and practical experience in network planning, network operations management and telecommunications policy development.

Mr. Cassimire has functioned as a Consulting Telecommunications Specialist since July 2005 and has worked extensively with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretariat in Port of Spain in the areas of spectrum management and Internet governance.

He has also successfully undertaken consultancies for several of the member governments of the CTU and notably for close to two years with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Public Administration and the National Secretariat for the Fifth Summit of the Americas and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2009.

Mr. Cassimire has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as a Diploma in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is a fellow of the Telecommunications Engineering and Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fountainbleau, France.

Carolina Limbatto

Carolina Limbatto

Senior Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

 

Carolina Limbatto is an economist, specialized in regulation and competition. She works at Cullen International and follows telecoms, media and digital economy regulation in the Americas. Before joining Cullen, Carolina worked at the Argentinian telecoms regulator, SeCom, for five years, advising on regulatory and economic issues.

Celedonio  von Wuthenau

Celedonio von Wuthenau

Director, LAT Government Relations, Nokia

 

Celedonio von Wuthenau is Director, Government Relations – Latin America of Nokia, based in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Nokia has presence in more than 100 countriesand is driving the transition to smart, virtual networks and seamless connectivity bycreating one, single network for all services, converging mobile and fixed broadband, IProuting and optical networks, with the software and services to manage them seamlessly.
Celedonio is involved in the development of the relation with government representativesand public officials and works in collaboration with Nokia´s LAT leaders to advance the company’s information and communications technology policy agenda throughout the
region.
Before he took this position, Celedonio was CALA Public Affairs Director – AmericasRegion at Alcatel-Lucent, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean with theCDMA Development Group (CDG), Public Affairs Director at Lucent Technologies forSouth America excluding Brazil and International and Institutional Manager of the National Commission of Communications (CNC), Argentina’s telecom regulator authority. He has a
rich background in external relations and public affairs in Latin America.
Celedonio, born in Buenos Aires, married and with three children, is Bachelor in PublicAdministration and Political Sciences of the University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina) and Ph.D in Political Sciences of the University of Mainz (Germany).

Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan

Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

 

Thomas Sullivan is the 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.

Ricardo Castañeda

Ricardo Castañeda

Director General of Spectrum Engineering, IFT

 

Ricardo Castañeda is the General Director of Spectrum Engineering in The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, the Mexican telecommunications regulator. Mr. Castañeda is a telecom and electronics engineer, with specialization in telecommunications by The Instituto Politécnico Nacional and have several studies regarding spectrum technologies, regulation and telecom public policies.
Mr. Castañeda have more than 15 years of experience in telecoms sector, playing different roles and responsibilities in the private and public sectors. He is specialized in spectrum regulation, as well as spectrum planning, engineering and optimization.
As part of the Mexican telecommunications regulator, Mr. Castañeda has participated in the development of numerous public policies, technical rules and studies related with the use, planning, and regulation of spectrum in Mexico.

In international matters, has represented Mexico in several conferences and meetings. Collaborates actively in specialized organisms like ITU, CITEL and in bilateral Mexico – USA authorities’ workgroups for spectrum sharing in the border zone with United States.

Michael  O'Rielly

Michael O'Rielly

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

 

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.

Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester

Glenn Fallas

Glenn Fallas

Director General of Quality and Spectrum, SUTEL, Costa Rica

 

Electronic Engineer, with a degree on Telematics and Telecommunications Project Management.

 Mr. Fallas has more than 10 years of experience in regulation of the telecommunications sector, including the areas of quality of service, operators-users relations and spectrum management. 

In the spectrum area, has extensive experience in spectrum planning, administration and monitoring, bidding process formulation and auctions, and also was the leader of the interdisciplinary group in charge of the design and implementation of the National Frequency Monitoring System and its administrative database. 

Frequently supports the country representation in terms of spectrum management at CITEL and ITU, and had proposed improvements to the National Frequency Allocation Plan which have resulted in the availability of more spectrum for IMT applications and other modifications in order to comply with the international standards.

 Head Costa Rica’s number portability project, which involved the technical requirements, the management of the operator’s positions and requests, as well as the direction and coordination of the number portability committee among other requirements for its implementation. Also imparted local courses on telecommunications regulation and spectrum management.

Kevin Murray

Kevin Murray

Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm

 

Kevin Murray serves as senior director of engineering for Qualcomm’s Engineering Services Group where he leads engineering activities in the Americas.
Dr. Murray joined Qualcomm in 2004 as a systems engineer specializing in the planning and optimization of wireless networks. Subsequent successes in both engineering and project lead roles elevated him to various management positions that enabled him to play a key role a key role in helping numerous wireless operators successfully deploy CDMA2000, UMTS, LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. He is also a key contributor to Qualcomm’s Wireless Academy.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Dr. Murray was an RF Engineering Manager with Wireless Facilities Inc. and led multiple large-scale wireless deployment projects worldwide with telecommunication industry leaders such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, Vodafone, Sprint and AT&T.
Dr. Murray received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees, both from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom in 1989 and 1993 respectively. In addition he has numerous published articles and is a co-author of “The WCDMA (UMTS) Deployment Handbook: Planning and Optimization Aspects”.

Moderators

Carolina Limbatto

Carolina Limbatto

Senior Analyst, Americas, Cullen International

 

Carolina Limbatto is an economist, specialized in regulation and competition. She works at Cullen International and follows telecoms, media and digital economy regulation in the Americas. Before joining Cullen, Carolina worked at the Argentinian telecoms regulator, SeCom, for five years, advising on regulatory and economic issues.

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew

Business Development Consultant, LS Telcom AG

 

Robert currently works with LS telcom AG, a German company which delivers spectrum management solutions, consultancy, and hardware solutions to over 90 regulators and operators worldwide. Robert coordinates LS telcoms’ project as one of the FCC approved whitespace database administrators in the USA and on whitespace projects and strategy throughout the world. Robert was a former director at Ofcom, the spectrum and media regulator in the United Kingdom, responsible for spectrum interference investigation, enforcement, spectrum monitoring, and regulatory compliance. After leaving Ofcom Robert established his own consultancy company, Erkmar Ltd., which has worked with regulators and manufacturers worldwide in developing regulatory policy, marketing policy for spectrum related services, strategy development, market access, product development, and senior management consultancy support. Robert has an MBA and is based in the United Kingdom.

Joaquin Restrepo

Joaquin Restrepo

Head of Outreach and Publication Services Division (OPS), ITU Regional Office for Americas

 

Joined the ITU in July 2012, acting as Head of Outreach and Publications Division at Radiocommunications Bureau, having in charge the Outreach Strategy for this Bureau.

During 2011-2012, was Senior Technical Advisor in REGULATEL. In 2010 Founder and 1st. Director General of the National Spectrum Agency, NSA, Colombia, in 2006 Director Office of International Affairs, Ministry of ICT of Colombia, in 2002 Director of Planning at COMPARTEL Program (universal service) at the same Ministry.

M.SC and Ph.D. Telecommunications, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Toulouse, France; Electronic Engineer and M.Sc. Technology Management, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia., Extensive experience in meetings and conferences on ICT multilateral ITU, CITEL, CAATEL, COPUOS, etc. Project Manager regional satellite: Satellite Andean Colombian Satellite (SATCOL). More than 20 years of experience in academic sector, devoted to R&D projects in Radiocommunications. Author of numerous scientific papers in specialized magazines as: EEE, IAF, etc. Holder of several patents in the domain of Non-GEO satellite communications.

Pierre Blanc

Pierre Blanc

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Pierre led the analysis behind the winning bid for Türk Telecom in 2005, and then spent several years advising at C-level on all aspects of the integration. Pierre also designed and implemented the budget and business plan process for a large telecoms group. His detailed knowledge and expertise in fixed and mobile telco operations has led him to become a highly sought-after market and technical adviser on major transactions. Pierre has supported over 50 transactions, including licence acquisitions, due diligence for fixed and mobile assets, valuation of content rights and synergy analysis. Pierre has worked in over 60 different countries, including countries in Latin and Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Pierre joined the Aetha management team in 2011. He previously worked as a Partner at Analysys Mason (a specialist telecoms strategy consultancy). Prior to that he worked at Nomura International plc and Vivendi Telecom International.

Pierre has an M.Sc. in Physics from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, plus a European Masters Degree in Society, Science and Technology from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Mario Maniewicz

Mario Maniewicz

Deputy Director, BR, ITU

 

Mr. Mario Maniewicz is the Deputy-Director of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for the application of the Radio Regulations and for technical and administrative support of ITU World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences, Radiocommunication Assemblies and Study Groups. The Bureau also carries out the international regulatory processes for registration of frequency assignments and satellite orbits and assists administrations in their coordination and implementation of frequency spectrum and orbit requirements as well as in resolving cases of harmful interference. It provides the specialized technical secretariat for the work of the Radiocommunication Study Groups and the Radiocommunication Assembly in the development of recommendations for spectrum utilization and radio system characteristics.


Mr. Maniewicz has been with the ITU for more than 25 years, where he has held various positions of responsibility at ITU headquarters as well as in the Regional Offices in Peru, Chile and Brazil, leading activities towards fostering global telecommunications development.

During his tenure at ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, as Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, Mr. Maniewicz directed ITU’s efforts to assist developing countries in bridging the digital divide by promoting the use of ICT-based networks, services and applications, while ensuring the use of appropriate technologies to build or extend their information and communication infrastructure and adapt to the rapidly changing telecommunication/ICT environment. This includes the provision of guidelines and tools for the development of policy and regulatory frameworks, financing policies and strategies, development of telecommunication and IP-based networks, promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, digital broadcasting and spectrum management, as well as the use of reliable and cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cyber-security. Mr. Maniewicz is also responsible for the Union's activities in the promotion of access and use of telecommunications and ICTs for groups that have been marginalized in their access to current mainstream ICT services, including women, youth, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people living in remote communities.


Before becoming Chief of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, Mr. Maniewicz was Chief of Policies and Strategies at ITU’s BDT, where he was responsible for the Union’s activities in the policy and regulatory domain, human capacity building, ICT statistical data collection and analysis, and other development domains, including Internet and IP networks development. Previously, Mr. Maniewicz was Head of Human Capacity Building, where he was actively involved in promoting projects and activities in developing countries specifically related to Training, Human Resources Management and Development, Organizational Development and Managerial Development for Telecommunications. He was directly involved in the development of models and guidelines for the transformation of telecommunication organizations to better face a changing environment towards competition. He has helped governments, regulators and operators of developing countries in the definition of their organizational and managerial strategies and policies, the identification of their HR and Organizational Development needs, including training of top level managers of telecommunication organizations in modern management and competitive transformation related aspects. He has also broad experience in project management in various fields such as rural telecommunication development, frequency management and monitoring, transformation of the telecommunication sector, strengthening of regulatory agencies and transformation of telecommunication operators, among others.


Logistics

When

Wed 6 September, 2017 12.00 to
Thu 7 September, 2017 17.00

UTC - 5

 

Where

Radisson AR Hotel Bogota

Carrera 60 No. 22-99,
Bogota 111221,
Colombia

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Downloads

Global Spectrum Series Sponsorship Brochure

Invitation Letter / Carta de Invitación

4.° Conferencia sobre la Gestión del Espectro en América Latina

 

 

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