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Speaker Biographies

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Speakers

Takorn Tantasith

Takorn Tantasith

Secretary General, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, NBTC, Thailand

 

Mr Takorn Tantasith is the first and current Secretary-General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand. Since 2012, Takorn has overseen the Office of the NBTC through many regulatory milestones amidst the challenging, fast-changing environment of the Thai ICT sector. Recent notable achievements of the NBTC include holding the country’s first spectrum auctions, registering mobile SIM cards nationwide, and starting the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Prior to joining the Office of the NBTC, Takorn held senior positions in the Bureau of the Budget and the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand. He also served as an advisor to the Senate House Committee of Communications.

Takorn holds a law degree from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Detroit University, USA. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Public Administration from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Areewan Haorangsi

Areewan Haorangsi

Secretary General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

 

Ms. Areewan Haorangsi has taken up her post as Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) on 9 February 2015. A native of Thailand, Ms. Haorangsi brings to her post over three decades of service both in national and international stage.

Before her election as Secretary General, Ms. Haorangsi served as the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand. Her long tenure with MICT included responsibilities for a variety of portfolios, i.e. Principal Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Executive Director of Policy and Strategy Bureau, Acting Principal Adviser for Communications, and Executive Director of International Affairs Bureau. Ms. Haorangsi also had extensive international experience including her postings as Chairperson of ASEAN Telecommunication and IT Services Sectoral Working Group under the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Services, Chairperson of the Working Group on Economic Transformation, People Empowerment & Engagement, Innovation and Human Capital Development under the ASEAN Telecommunication and IT Senior Officials’ Meeting, and Head of Thai Delegation to the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group as well as to Conferences, Assemblies and Meetings of International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Ms. Haorangsi has longstanding ties with the APT since 2003 when she has started working at MICT. She had been the Head of Thai delegation at various APT events. In 2011 she was elected the Vice Chairman of the APT Management Committee. She was also Chairman of the APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF) in 2014. In 2014, Ms. Haorangsi was elected Secretary General of the APT at the 13th Session of
the General Assembly of the APT held in Yangon, Myanmar. As Secretary General of the APT, Ms. Haorangsi has set a forward-looking vision in leading the APT towards the forefront of telecommunication and ICT development in the Asia-Pacific region and bringing in synergy among the stakeholders to maximize the benefits of ICT to the people.

Born in 1959 in Thailand, Ms. Haorangsi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (International Relations), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and a Master of Business Administration (Management of Technology), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. She began her career in the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) in 1981, being responsible for Foreign Affairs Group and International Transport Group of the Department of Land Transport.

Ioane Koroivuki

Ioane Koroivuki

Asia-Pacific Regional Director, ITU

 

Mr. Ioane Koroivuki , Regional Director of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of Fiji International Telecommunications Limited (FINTEL) and worked in various facets of communications including switching, data, satellite and submarine cable transmission systems. He was responsible for all of FINTEL's business operations, including accountabilities as the Landing Party Operations Manager for the Southern Cross Cable Landing in Fiji. He was also responsible for FINTEL's Network and Technology department where he was assigned to assist in transitioning Fiji’s International Gateway from analogue to digital systems, including the introduction of the first NGN platform. Furthermore, he was seconded to start up the Pacific Islands
Telecommunications Association (PITA). The Pacific regional body managing the telecommunication interests of its member states.

Mr. Ioane Koroivuki graduated from the Coventry University, United Kingdom, with an MSc in Telecommunications and has over 34 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

Stefan Zehle

Stefan Zehle

Co-Founder and CEO, Coleago Consulting

 

Stefan Zehle is the co-founder and CEO of Coleago. He has 28 years’ experience in telecoms consulting and as Director of a mobile operating company. He specialises in strategy and business planning, spectrum related issues, and regulatory topics. He gained his experience working in developed markets in Europe, Canada and the US and also in emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East.

As Director of Strategy, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs, Stefan launched the third mobile operator in Algeria. He developed the strategy, designed the organisation chart, recruited other Directors and 200 staff, built the Sales and Marketing department, oversaw the development of distribution and the offer, and managed the brand creation. He also successfully challenged the regulatory status quo, transforming the interconnect landscape in Algeria by introducing best practice interconnect agreements for the first time. He filed regulatory complaints, winning million dollar cost savings.

Stefan is also the co-author of “Guide to Business Planning”, published by “The Economist”, now in its second edition (“Outstanding Academic Title, 2009” awarded by Choice, the US academic reviewers) and is an experienced conference speaker, chairing the Ministerial Programme session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Stefan holds an MBA (with distinction) awarded by the University of Westminster in 1991 and speaks French, English, and German.

Xayluxa  Insisiengmay

Xayluxa Insisiengmay

Director General, Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Laos

 

Brett Tarnutzer

Brett Tarnutzer

Head of Spectrum, GSMA

 

Brett directs the association’s full range of spectrum-related activities, in collaboration with the GSMA membership.Under Brett’s leadership, the spectrum team is focusing on areas such as the cost of access to spectrum. How regulators decide to determine the cost of access to spectrum bands has a big impact on the evolution of mobile services. It is essential that these costs are determined in a way that takes account of the necessary network investment that drives excellent service coverage. The team also works to facilitate the deployment of mobile spectrum bands and identify new bands, including preparing for World Radio Conference-2019, where spectrum for 5G will be a hot topic.Prior to the GSMA, Brett worked for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, dealing with a wide range of spectrum-related issues including designing the first-ever incentive auction for transferring spectrum from broadcast to mobile use.

Denny Setiawan

Denny Setiawan

Director of Spectrum Policy and Planning, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia

 

DENNY SETIAWAN, born in Ciamis, West Java (1971), holds the position of Director of Spectrum Policy and Planning, Directorate General of Resources and Standard, Ministry of Communications and IT since January 2018.
Dr. Denny Setiawan graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in year 1994, majoring in Electronic Telecommunication Engineering, MSc of Telecommunication Engineering from University of Indonesia in 1999, and Doctor of Engineering from University of Indonesia in February 2013.
Since joining the Directorate General of Post & Telecommunication in 1995, Dr. Setiawan has participated in many international conferences in Radio Communications, coordinating satellite orbits and frequencies bilaterally and internationally through ITU, and other regional and international telecommunication activities.
In recent years, Dr. Setiawan has been involved in formulating the strategic policy and planning in Indonesia, including Mobile Broadband Spectrum refarming and auction, Broadcasting Frequency Planning, as well as Broadband Satellite in Indonesia.
Dr. Setiawan is also has becoming guest lecture in University Indonesia and University Mercu Buana on policy and regulation of telecommunication issues since year 2013.

Ping Li

Ping Li

Bureau of Radio Regulation, MIIT, China

 

Mrs.Ping Li has been working for the Chinese Administration sine 2005. Mrs. Ping Li graduated from BeiJing University of Posts and Telecommunications in year 2001, major in Management Science and Engineering, and achieved the Master degree of Management Science and Engineering in 2005.
Now she has been involved in formulating the frequency planning and policy in China, including frequency planning of 5G, IoT etc..

Gerry Oberst

Gerry Oberst

Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory and Governmental Strategy, SES

 

Gerry Oberst is responsible for regulatory advocacy at SES, where his title is Senior Vice President, Global Advocacy, and president of SES Americom, Inc.. Gerry took this position after a long career as a partner in the Hogan Lovells law firm, in both Washington, DC, and Brussels. During his 30 years of private practice, Gerry advised many clients in the spectrum field as well as governmental agencies, including numerous projects for the European Commission. He is a prolific author and for twenty years wrote the global regulatory column for Via Satellite magazine. While in Brussels, he was the chairman of the European Satellite Action Plan Regulatory Group. He now works in Washington, DC.

Aamir Riaz

Aamir Riaz

Program Officer, ITU

 

​​​Mr. Aamir Riaz is Programme officer in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is currently part of the team at its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

In-line with the Global Objectives of ITU and Regional Initiatives of Asia-Pacific region, he has been working on development of ICTs in the region through country specific actions, sub-regional and regional activities across the region. He has implemented several initiatives and projects in partnership and collaboration with international/regional organizations like ASEAN, APT, PIRRC etc.; Administrations including, MSIP-Korea, DoC-Australia, SRMC-China etc. and industry including Intelsat, Nokia, Forum Global, Ericsson etc.

Mr. Aamir is currently involved in ITU development activities particularly on areas related to telecommunication policy, ICT market regulations and wireless innovation strategies with emphasis on issues related to Radio Frequency Spectrum.

Prior to joining ITU in 2013, he had been working in ict​Qatar (now CRC Qatar) from 2010 to 2013 as National Spectrum Manager where he implemented several management and planning initiatives. From 2007 until 2010 he performed his duties as Assistant Director in Strategy and Development department of the Pakistan telecomm Authority.

Mr. Aamir is an Electrical Engineer from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Pakistan and possesses advanced degree in Radio-communication from École Supérieure d'Électricité (SUPÉLEC) France.​

Istvan Bozsoki

Istvan Bozsoki

Head of Telecommunication Networks and Spectrum Management 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 and for cross-border frequency
coordination. Later, he was appointed as director of international affairs. He has a master degree in
radiocommunications and broadcasting.

Jeffrey Yan

Jeffrey Yan

Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

 

effrey Yan is Director of Technology Policy at Microsoft where he holds global responsibilities on regulatory policy engagements in areas of broadband, spectrum, Internet governance, and cloud computing. He had over 20 years of research & development, business management, and regulatory policy experiences in the ICT industry.

Jeffrey joined Microsoft in 2006 and has held various senior positions in the Entertainment & Devices division, Technology and Research group, and Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. He represented Microsoft in many international technology and policy forums such as ITU, IGF, IIC, and ICANN, and industry associations such as Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) and Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA). Prior to Microsoft, he had a 13-year telecom career with Nortel Networks, where he held various senior positions in R&D, systems engineering, product management, and sales & marketing functions in North America and Asia Pacific markets.

Jeffrey graduated from Dalhousie University, Canada, with an honors degree in Computer Science. He did post-graduate studies in Software Engineering and Business Management.

Richard Womersley

Richard Womersley

Director of Spectrum Consulting, LS telcom

 

chard is director of spectrum consulting for LS telcom. He has 20 over years consulting and business experience working in the radio spectrum management, public telecommunications, digital broadcasting and satellite industries. He has worked for regulators, network operators, financiers, governments and end-users on issues covering national and international policy; regulation and its impact; pricing, auctions and licensing; cost modelling and tariff setting; planning and consultation; network specification and procurement; and digital switch-over. His work has been international in nature having taken him to every continent except Antarctica. Richard is also an experienced trainer having been running courses on spectrum management and policy for over 15 years.

In addition to providing consultancy advice and training, Richard’s career has embraced roles in a military communications company, as a transmission manager for BBC World Service and business manager for the UK’s largest broadcast infrastructure provider ntl: (now Arqiva) giving him a broad perspective on telecommunications and broadcast technologies and industries, their commercialisation and their regulation.

Sopheak Cheang

Sopheak Cheang

Deputy Director General, General Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia

 

Dr Cheang has a Ph.D in ICT Economic, Policy and Management, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2011), Master Degree of Science, Majoring in Telecommunication Engineering, Graduate School of Telecommunication Study and Engineering, WASEDA University, Tokyo, Japan. (2006), Bachelor Degree of Computer Science and Engineering, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2001)
His current role is as Deputy Director General in charge of Telecommunications Policy, General Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia

Seizo Onoe

Seizo Onoe

Chief Technology Architect, NTT DOCOMO Inc., President, DOCOMO Technology Inc.

 

Seizo Onoe became Chief Technology Architect of NTT DOCOMO, INC in June 2017 after his 5 years tenure as Chief Technology Officer, while retaining the position of President of DOCOMO Technology, Inc. since June 2015.
Prior to his current position, he was Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DOCOMO from June 2012.
Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took the position of Managing Director of departments in charge of Radio Access Network development from July 2002 to June 2008.
He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system (1G), the digital cellular system (2G), W-CDMA/ HSPA (3G), LTE, LTE-Advanced (4G) and 5G. He has been working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and services.
He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.

Marc Eschenburg

Marc Eschenburg

Partner, Aetha Consulting

 

Marc has worked in the telecoms industry since 2008 advising fixed and mobile operators as well as regulators. He has spent the past few years supporting operators worldwide in developing their spectrum strategy and assisting them to value spectrum ahead of auctions. Marc's other experience includes detailed geographically-based cost models of next generation networks, work on public sector interventions in broadband networks (and economic benefits thereof), as well as various assessments of economic issues within the television and media market. Marc has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Infonomics, both from Universiteit Maastricht.

Bharat  Bhatia

Bharat Bhatia

President, ITU - APT Foundation of India; and Head of International Spectrum and Regulatory Team, Motorola Solutions Inc

 

Mr. Bharat Bhatia has over 43 years of experience in Telecom and ICT policy, regulations and spectrum management.

Mr. Bhatia currently heads International spectrum and Regulatory team at Motorola Solutions’ Government Affairs and leads a global team of Spectrum and regulatory resources in Motorola Solutions. Mr. Bhatia is also the President of ITU-APT Foundation of India and founder President of the Core Group of Telecom Industries Association of India (CTIA). Mr. Bhatia is also the Chair of the Public Safety and Disaster Relief communications -PPDR working group under the ITU-R study group 5D .as well as the Chair of the APT Task Group on -PPDR and Earlier he was also the President of TEMA (Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India) and a Vice President of Association of Telecom Industries of Singapore (ATIS). Mr. Bhatia is an expert on spectrum, ICT Policy, Regulations, public safety and emergency and disaster relief communications. Mr Bhatia works closely with many Asian, European and African governments on issues of Policy and regulations concerning PPDR, Spectrum, ICT technologies and services.

Mats Norin

Mats Norin

Program Manager 5G for Industries, Ericsson

 

Mats Norin is a distinguished business leader and at present Program Manager 5G For Industries at Ericsson Research. In this capacity Mr. Norin is responsible for Industry wide 5G programs outside Europe.
Mats Norin rejoined Ericsson August 2, 2013 as Vice President and General Manager, Head of Business Unit Modems. Business Unit Modems included the design, development, supply and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem solutions, including 2G, 3G and 4G interoperability. This activity was transferred to Ericsson from ST-Ericsson where Norin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since 2012.
Mr. Norin brings more than 25 years of experience in the industry to this role. Before his assignment at ST-Ericsson, Mr. Norin served as the Head of Mobile Broadband, business unit Networks, at Ericsson. In this role, he supported Ericsson’s regions with market trends and deep insights on network performance as well as being responsible for regional coordination and target setting.
Between 2014 to 2016, Mr. Norin headed Portfolio management for Business Unit Radio and in parallel from July 2016 also started up a new Product Area Transport for Microwave, Routers and Optical products.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Norin was Vice President of Ericsson’s Mobile Broadband Modules business unit Networks and was responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing and development of ‘built in HSPA modules’ for consumer electronics. Under his leadership, Ericsson took mobile broadband modules from a niche market to a mass market product lowering the barriers for PC and tablet OEMs so that connectivity can be included at a reasonable cost.
Mr. Norin began his career at Ericsson in 1984 within software development for the Swedish aircraft industry, followed by a position as manager for base station software for the Japanese market. From the establishment of WCDMA in 1996, Mr. Norin held different R&D positions, and from 2001 he was appointed head of R&D for WCDMA radio networks - including overseeing the development and maintenance of the entire range of radio network equipment at Ericsson.
Mats Norin earned his M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He also holds a degree in business education from Colombia Business School in New York, NY.

Kezias  Mwale

Kezias Mwale

Radiocommunications Coordinator , African Telecommunications Union (ATU)

 

Kezias Mwale is the coordinator for radiocommunications affairs at ATU since 2012. Prior to the ATU appointment, he was head of spectrum planning and licensing at the Zambia ICT Authority (ZICTA). 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 Plan and WRCs. He holds Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunications (2002), Master in Broadband and Mobile Communications (2008) and Master in Business Administration (2017).

Pradeep de Almelda

Pradeep de Almelda

Group Chief Technology Officer, Dialog Axiata

 

Pradeep leads the Technology function of the Dialog Group. In addition, he chairs the Technical Expert Working Group across South Asian Region covering Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. His portfolio spans the planning, development and operation of multiple networks and services including but not limited to the Group’s Mobile, Broadband, Fixed Line, Digital Television and International Telecommunications infrastructures. Pradeep joined Dialog Axiata in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka. He is a Chartered engineer by profession. Over the course of his 22 year career in technology management, Pradeep has garnered extensive experience across multiple generations of mobile telephony technology leading up to the most recent 4.5G technologies, based on which the Dialog Group has implemented Mobile FD-LTE and Fixed TD-LTE networks. Pradeep is a regular speaker at Technology forums.

CK Foong

CK Foong

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata

 

Foong Chee Kheong is Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Group Corporate Office, Axiata Group Berhad. CK has about 17 years of experience in telecommunication, with roles in regulatory strategy and policy development with prior experience in network engineering and project management. Prior to this, he was in regulatory management roles in Digi Telecommunications, Celcom Axiata, U Mobile and the Multimedia Development Corporation. CK holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom and an MBA from University of Strathclyde.

Cheng Zhu

Cheng Zhu

President of Wireless Industry Development Department , Huawei

 

Diana Tomimura

Diana Tomimura

Spectrum Regulation and Policy Officer, Radiocommunications Bureau, ITU

 

Kai Sahala

Kai Sahala

Head of 5G, Asia Pacific Japan, Nokia

 

Kai is head of Radio Marketing, Mobile Networks. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki and over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, which is slightly ironic given his passion for sailing on the high seas, way, way out of network reach.

Cristian Gomez

Cristian Gomez

Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA

 

Cristian Gomez is Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA and is responsible for providing spectrum policy advice and regulatory best practice across markets in the Asia Pacific region. He has over 17 years of experience in spectrum regulation including international allocation, national spectrum management and policy issues related to national allocation and assignment of the spectrum resource.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Gomez’s experience spanned across roles within the New Zealand spectrum regulator and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He served at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU in Geneva, Switzerland between 2011 and 2015 as spectrum regulation and policy officer. In his role he was responsible for providing assistance to Member States on spectrum matters, focusing on Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

In his most recent role (2017) within the New Zealand spectrum regulator (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), Cristian served as Principal Policy Advisor on spectrum matters. He provided advice to the New Zealand government on national spectrum issues as well as international matters. He has represented the New Zealand government as deputy head of delegation to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference and Radiocommunication Assembly, and regionally as a delegate to the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Cristian also served in other roles within the New Zealand government including spectrum planning, engineering and licensing between 2004 and 2011 and has a former engineering background in military radiocommunications and digital microwave systems.

He has authored various conference papers and publications on policy and regulatory issues on spectrum allocation, planning and national implementation. Mr Gomez has been a keynote speaker at major international regulatory forums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Mr Gomez’s academic background includes electronics and communications engineering (Chile, New Zealand), post-graduate studies in Public Policy (University of London) and an MBA (Massey University, New Zealand).

Magne Pettersen

Magne Pettersen

Senior Vice President Spectrum, Telenor

 

Chris Woolford

Chris Woolford

Director, International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom

 

Chris Woolford is Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where his responsibilities cover the UK’s international spectrum interests, especially in relation to the ITU, CEPT and EU. He is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Executive Team and Strategy Steering Group.

Chris is active in various European spectrum committees and currently represents the UK on the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). He has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European and international spectrum initiatives and led the UK delegations to WRC-15 and WRC-12.

Before joining Ofcom, Chris worked in various UK Government Departments, including 6 years at Oftel, where he worked on different aspects of telecommunications regulation. Chris has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

Thomas Ewers

Thomas Ewers

Representative, CEPT, Head of Section, International Frequency Matters, BNetzA

 

Head of section for international spectrum affairs and utilization concepts in the Federal Network Agency, Germany.
After a university degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Federal Armed Forces, Germany, Mr. Ewers has been working continuously since 1992 in the area of national and international spectrum regulation on different levels. Having started in the beginning of his career with frequency coordination issues his responsibilities have been broadened to strategic frequency utilization concepts and the transposition of those to the international level of CEPT, EU and ITU.
Nowadays Mr Ewers is predominantly active in the Radio Spectrum Policy Group and the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the CEPT and was a member of the Radio Spectrum Committee. After participating in several meetings of the ECC and its subordinate groups Mr. Ewers was Chairman of the ECC between 2007 and 2012.

Ismail Shah

Ismail Shah

ITU Area Representative for Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste, ITU

 

Dr. S. Ismail Shah is the ITU Area Representative and Head of ITU office for South East Asia and Timor-Leste. He is a renowned ICT professionals and has extensive background in spectrum auctions, technology implementation, ICT policy-making and regulations. Dr. Shah is a strong proponent of using ICT to create smarter societies. Combination of his very strong intellectual and technical rigor with his leadership roles, has given him unique and un-paralleled perspective to become a global ambassador for unleashing the power of ICTs. He has also worked on initiatives for Persons with Disabilities, Women Empowerment, Big data analytics, Internet of Things, Shared Economy and Digital Entrepreneurship. Dr. Shah holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a registered professional Engineer and is also a Senior Member of IEEE, USA and Member of the Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineers, Japan and has more than 100 technical publications.

Zar Ne Aung

Zar Ne Aung

Director, Posts and Telecommunications Department, Myanmar

 

Graduated in 1996 ( Bachlor of Engineering From Yangon Technical University ). Join to Posts and Telecommunications Department in 1997 as Officer and Researcher of International Teleommunication, licensing of Telecommunication Equipment and Spectrum management. Main function is designing Telecommunication Equipment licensing data and spectrum assignment , notification of spectrum user register. Participated in Regional and International Conference.
Participated in Myanmar Telecommunication Reform in technical part and counterpart in drafting National Frequency Allocation Tables (2001, 2011, 2015). Director of Radio Monitoring and standardization section of PTD. Member of Telecommunication and ICT Standardization technical committee, drafting Broadcasting rules by Ministry of Information. Member of drafting Analog to Digital Broadcasting Transition Master plan. Instructor Certificate from Onboard University, Sweden in 1998 and Lecturer for Aeronautical and Maritime personals.
Main duties include Radio Monitoring, Radio Engineering, Spectrum Planning, Spectrum Management and standardization.

Tawhid Hussain

Tawhid Hussain

Senior Assistant Director, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

 

Moderators

Masanori Kondo

Masanori Kondo

Deputy Secretary General, APT

 

Masanori Kondo is Deputy Secretary General of Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). He is elected for the post of Deputy Secretary General of APT and commenced his term since February 2015. Before joining to APT, he has been working at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan for more than 20 years in the field of telecom policy and regulation, bilateral/multilateral negotiation, postal service and postal banking services etc. During his service at the Ministry he was also a visiting scholar and gave lectures and conducted academic activities at several universities including Waseda University and Keio University in Japan and Harvard University in U.S.A. He holds B.A. in Economics from Keio University and MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) in U.K.

Hans Ihle

Hans Ihle

Senior Consultant, Nera Economic Consulting

 

Hans-Martin Ihle is a member of NERA's global Auctions Practice, which focuses on the design of allocation mechanisms, including auctions and trading, bidding strategy, and related competition, pricing, regulatory, and public policy issues. Mr. Ihle has nearly 10 years of experience in the design and implementation of auctions. He advises NERA clients on auctions and regulatory issues in energy, communications, and other sectors worldwide with a focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Ihle worked for an economic consultancy in London. During this time, he advised on the design and implementation of spectrum auctions in over a dozen countries. Mr. Ihle also implemented the software used in seven combinatorial spectrum auctions in Europe to determine winners and prices from thousands of competing bids.

Mr. Ihle advises both government bodies and companies on regulatory and policy issues in relation to spectrum management. For example, he advised UK regulator Ofcom on the development of methodologies for setting annual licence fees for liberalised 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to reflect full market value. His advice included the development and implementation of methodologies to determine the full market value of comparable spectrum sold in the 4G auction in 2013 using the bids submitted in this auction. For bidders, he has convened workshops on bidding strategy and run mock auctions to help the bid team understand the likely dynamics of the real auction. Mr. Ihle has developed software to support the chosen bid strategy and to analyze the behavior of other bidders. He also provides onsite client support during auctions.

In the energy arena, Mr. Ihle has worked on the design of a procurement auction for balancing services. He has also conducted research on a novel mechanism to remunerate capacity in electricity markets.

Mr. Ihle holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he specialized in industrial organization, game theory, and applied econometrics.

Scott Minehane

Scott Minehane

Managing Director, Windsor Place Consulting

 

Scott W Minehane is an international regulatory and strategy consultant in the telecommunications sector and has been involved in advising investors, operators, Governments and regulators in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and South Africa for over 25 years. His expertise extends to policy, legislation, regulation, spectrum management, NBN and new generation fixed and mobile technologies.

He is the principal of Windsor Place Consulting Pty Ltd an independent consultancy practice, through which he has advised a range of leading corporates and organisations including the Australian, South Australian and Victorian Governments, the Malaysian Government, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the Lao PDR Government, APEC Business Advisory Council, NBN Co, Competitive Carriers Coalition, Broadcast Australia, Macquarie Group, Leighton Holdings, Macquarie Telecommunications, IDA Singapore, Telekom Malaysia, Axiata Group and various Axiata Opcos, ARCIA, Australian Music Association, Investec, Fiberail, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE, KPMG, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), APT, Telkom South Africa, PCCW, Verisign Australia, Telecom NZ and the World Bank.

Scott is also an independent director of Etherstack plc (www.etherstack.com) an ASX listed company that specialises in wireless technology including waveforms and public mobile radio (PMR) solutions including LTE being used for first responders and iSignthis (www.isignthis.com) an ASX listed company with a range of US and Australian patents which allows merchants (via their credit card gateways or banks) to verify/authenticate identity, card not present and online credit card transactions.

Scott has a Bachelor of Economics (1986) and a Bachelor of Laws (1991) from the University of Queensland and holds a Master of Laws specialising in Communications and Asian Law from the University of Melbourne (1998).

Richard Handford

Richard Handford

Asia Correspondent, PolicyTracker

 

Richard is an experienced telecoms journalist who has written for a variety of publications. He has contributed to The Economist, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as working full-time for Financial Times Newsletters, Breakingviews and, most recently, Mobile World Live. In January 2017, Richard moved to Australia and has since become PolicyTracker’s Asia correspondent.

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When

Tue 17 July, 2018 09.00 to
Thu 19 July, 2018 17.00

UTC + 7

 

Where

Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit Road Soi 57
Klongtan-Nua, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

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