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Andrew Rugege

Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa, 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).

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director 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.

Tshoganetso Kepaletswe

Tshoganetso Kepaletswe

Chief Technology Officer, BOCRA

 

Mr. Kepaletswe has extensive knowledge and experience on telecommunication and broadcasting regulation. He is one of the founding staff members of Botswana Telecommunications Authority (Now Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority), where he has been involved for over twenty (20) years. Prior to the current position Mr. Kepaletswe was the Deputy Chief Executive – Regulatory Affairs responsible for the technical and economic regulation at the Authority.

He has distinguished career in with a wide experience on various telecommunications regulation aspects such as spectrum management, interconnection, Numbering, cybersecurity, broadcasting etc.

Mr Kepaletswe was previously Head of Spectrum Management and represented the Country actively participating in the World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC’s) and Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC). Kepaletswe played an active role in the identification of the spectrum to the IMT services during the previous WRC’s. As the founding Head of the Spectrum Management division, he has developed the spectrum management framework for the Authority by establishing appropriate National Radio Frequency plan, Spectrum Management Strategy, Broadcasting Frequency plan, Frequency Assignment and Licensing Systems and Spectrum Monitoring systems. In addition, he also served as National Broadcasting Board Member for a period of three years.

Mr. Kepaletswe obtained his B.Eng. Telecommunication Systems Management and Design from the Anglia Polytechnic University & Cable and Wireless College, United Kingdom and MSc. Telecommunication and Information Systems from University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with Botswana Engineers Registration Board (ERB) and a Member of the Botswana Institution of Engineers (MBIE), Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (MIEEE)

Ben Ba

Ben Ba

Head of Terrestrial Publication & Registration Division, Radiocommunication Bureau , ITU

 

Mr Ba joined the Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU in 1997. From 1997 to 2012, he worked as an engineer in the Terrestrial Services Department, where he was dealing with notification and harmful interference issues.
Since 2012, Mr Ba is Head of the Terrestrial Publication and Registration Division. Mr Ba’s role is working with administrations of ITU Member states in the application of the Radio Regulations and procedures associated with World and Regional Plans. Mr Ba is responsible for the processing of notifications, the preparation of the BR IFIC, maritime publications, monitoring reports and harmful interference.

From 1987 to 1997, Mr Ba worked as a radiocommunication engineer in Spectrum Management and International Affairs in the Administration of Senegal before joining the ITU.

Mr Ba graduated in Master of Science in Telecommunication at the University of Toulon in 1987.

Souhila Amazouz

Souhila Amazouz

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC)

 

Ms. Souhila Amazouz is a Senior Radio Communication Officer; she works for the Information Society division where she contributes to the elaboration and formulation of policies and regulations, master plans for the development of programs and projects relating to Radio communications and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).
With the African Union Commission Mrs Amazouz is also involved in projects related to cybercrime and cybersecurity policies.
Before joining the African Union, Ms. Souhila Amazouz worked as a senior development engineer within the Algerian broadcasting corporation.​

Mawuli Amoa

Mawuli Amoa

Programme Officer, Telecommunications & Networks , ECOWAS

 

Mawuli’s experience spans 15 years in varied roles in ICT. He is currently a Programme Officer in the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). His role involves the development and execution of Community programmes in the telecommunications sector, including coordinating the process to develop of common positions for countries in the sub-region on World Radiocommunications Conferences (WRC) agenda items.

Prior to joining the ECOWAS Commission, Mawuli has gathered industry experience in the private sector from companies such as Ericsson, Vodafone, Huawei and Deloitte. He holds a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Master of Science in Communications Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Basebi Mosinyi

Basebi Mosinyi

Deputy Director of Spectrum Management, 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.

Kamal Tamawa

Kamal Tamawa

Senior Policy Manager, SSA, GSMA

 

Kamal is a Policy Manager on the Africa Team. In his role, Kamal is involved in the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and the dissemination of messages on a wide variety of policy topics, including Spectrum.

He has worked with the Nigerian Telecoms Regulator and, prior to joining the GSMA, he worked with Etisalat Nigeria where he managed Regulatory Compliance, Spectrum Policy and Technical Regulatory matters. Kamal has also been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee that prepares Nigeria’ s participation at International fora on spectrum and other technical matters.

Kamal holds a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the American University of Cyprus and an M.Sc in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London. In his spare time, he indulges in Photography and has been witnessed cheering for Manchester United.

Nese Guendelsberger

Nese Guendelsberger

Deputy Chief, International Bureau, FCC

 

Neşe Guendelsberger serves as the Deputy Bureau Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The International Bureau administers international communications and satellite programs and policies, leads the FCC’s bilateral, regional, and multilateral initiatives, and coordinates global spectrum and other communications related activities. Ms. Guendelsberger has held a number of positions within the FCC, including the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Wireline Competition Bureau, in various capacities. Before joining the FCC in 2000, Ms. Guendelsberger taught law at the University of Baltimore and the University of Ankara and was a consultant on international law matters.

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.

Sarah Kabahuma

Sarah Kabahuma

ICT Liaison Manager , EACO

 

Ms. Sarah A. Kabahuma has vast experience in the telecommunication sector; having worked for Airtel Uganda, Ericsson AB , Uganda Communications Commission. She is currently working with EACO as Liaison Manager for ICT.

She has participated and contributed both at regional and international fora where she has provided insight on the current technology and policy trends taking place especially in the East African region.

She aspires is to contribute and participate in the work geared on how ICT can result in economic development in low income communities especially in Sub Saharan Africa.

She holds a BSC in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University and MSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town.

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.

Xaverine Ndikumagenge

Xaverine Ndikumagenge

Regional Networker for Africa, Consumer International

 

Alongside the Consumers International Global Office, Xaverine maintains the organisation's regional presence in Africa. She is the first point of contact for our members on the continent and plays a key role in connecting our transnational campaigning and advocacy work with our members and sharing good practice.

Together with the Consumers International team, Xaverine is instrumental in contributing to developing an agile, well connected global network that can play a vital role in regional member engagement and networking across the globe.

Xaverine has been active in development, research, management and administration programmes for more than 15 years with numerous international projects all over Africa before joining Consumers International in 2012.

Xaverine is based in Johannesburg.

Laith Hamad

Laith Hamad

Director Market Access, OneWeb

 

Laith is a telecom regulatory engineer and is the Director of Market Access at OneWeb LLC.

Before devoting his work fulltime to OneWeb, Laith has worked as a consultant for major telecom players providing advice on global satellite, mobile and Internet regulatory issues, and facilitating co-ordination of agreements between clients and national telecommunications operators in the Middle East and Africa region.

Laith has contributed to the implementation of international agreements affecting satellite technology innovations and best practices in national regulatory processes in the region. He assisted clients to introduce and manage their services by conducting a complete market research, engaging with national governments to gain information on their practices, and influencing outcomes. He also drafted licence applications and developed argumentation in support of network approvals.

Laith has participated in the ITU-R and ITU-T conferences and events, and he engaged in its practices internationally and in the region on the issues of the public policies related to satellite communications.

Laith has run a telecom and media industry group for four years - a private sector group charged with advising the UAE government on optimizing policy.

Guichard Tsangou

Guichard Tsangou

Head of Telecommunications/ICT, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

 

In 1999, Guichard TSANGOU graduated as engineer in Electronic from the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene of Algier (Algeria). He continued on the Pierre et Marie Curie University of Paris and graduated with a master’s degree and DEA degree in Electronic systems.
Guichard TSANGOU is the head of Telecommunications/ICT division at the Economic Community of Central Africans States (ECCAS) which the headquarter is located in Libreville (Republic of Gabon), he is in charge of development of policies and regulations, elaboration, and implementation of ICT projects in Central Africa region from 2008 to now.
Before joining ECCAS, Guichard was in charge of GSM BSS product support at Nortel Networks for EMEA regions (2001-2008). The main challenge of that position was to identify a process of continuous and sustainable improvement that can first identify and collect all the weaknesses of the product and then spend a phase of definition and implementation of improvements.
In 2006 and 2007, Guichard receives Recognition Award from Nortel Networks for his involvement in the resolution of critical issues leading to outage of the network on customer’s sites (T-Mobile USA, Bouygues Telecoms France, Vodafone Spain, Singular Telecoms).

Ethan Lavan

Ethan Lavan

Director of Orbital Resources, Eutelsat

 

Bio will appear here shortly

Hazem Moakkit

Hazem Moakkit

Vice President, Spectrum Strategy, Intelsat

 

Hazem Moakkit is responsible for shaping Intelsat’s strategic long-term positioning in the marketplace. In his role, he works closely with the company’s product management and innovation service teams to analyze and identify emerging growth opportunities for Intelsat. In addition, he is responsible for managing efforts that protect, optimize and leverage the company’s spectrum assets in support of Intelsat’s broader long-term growth strategy.

Mr Moakkit is a veteran of the satellite industry. Prior to rejoining Intelsat in 2015, Mr Moakkit served as Vice President, Spectrum Development, at O3b Satellite Networks where he was responsible for managing and acquiring spectrum assets for the non-geostationary satellite operator, in addition to overseeing all of their regulatory activities at the ITU, CEPT and other regulatory bodies. Before that, he was the Director of Regulatory & Spectrum Affairs where he created and managed the spectrum strategy at Yahsat (UAE), and was a key member of the corporate strategy team where he was instrumental in formulating the expansion strategy for Yahsat in Africa and South America.

Prior to Yahsat, Mr Moakkit was a member of the spectrum & regulatory group at Intelsat (previously PanAmSat) in Washington D.C. During his tenure at PanAmSat, he also worked in various system and sales engineering capacities.

Early on in his career, Mr. Moakkit served as a systems engineer at ATCI, a nascent satellite systems integrator based in Tempe, Arizona. While at ATCI he designed and built RF systems for several Fortune 500 clients.

Mr Moakkit earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Sergio Bovelli

Sergio Bovelli

Manager, Market Access and Regulation, Airbus

 

Sergio Bovelli, Ph.D. is Manager, Market Access and Regulation at Airbus Defence and Space in Germany. In his role Dr. Bovelli works closely with Administrations, Regulatory Authorities and Policy Makers in all regions to promote and develop new aeronautical and space technologies and communication.

With over 15 years of experience in aeronautics and space industry, he joined Airbus in 2005, where he held several positions, both technical and managerial. He is co-author of several scientific articles and holds a number of patents related to communication systems.

Sergio holds a PhD degree in “Information Engineering” and a Master degree on “Telecommunication Engineering”

Eran Shapiro

Eran Shapiro

Director, Business and Technology Ventures, AMOS Spacecom

 

Eran has over twenty years of experience in devising and bringing to market Communication and IT solutions for operators and enterprises.

As Director, Business and Technology Ventures at Spacecom, Eran heads strategic planning and designing of innovative satellite based services. Eran and the rest of the Spacecom team are deeply involved in enabling solutions for affordable connectivity via satellite to African regions where there is limited or no connectivity. These solutions offer great scale, flexibility and value to African communities – and we are proud that we can do it.

Jean-Pierre Faisan

Jean-Pierre Faisan

Head of the Communications Working Group, Broadcast Networks Europe

 

Jean-Pierre Faisan is Vice-Chairman of Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE) the trade association for terrestrial broadcast transmission network operators. He seats at the Board of BNE representing TDF and is chairman of the BNE Communications working group.

Jean-Pierre Faisan is a graduate from Polytechnic school in Paris and Telecom Paris Tech. He has more than 30 years of experience in wireless telecommunications networks in a variety of contexts: satellite operations, mobile network deployment, railway dedicated radio networks and terrestrial broadcasting networks, including digital switch over. Since 2012 he has specialized in spectrum policy for vertical sectors especially with respect to access to spectrum for the broadcasting industry and the strategic link between spectrum and a thriving national and regional creative and cultural industry.

Richard Magkotlho

Richard Magkotlho

Radiocommunications Specialists, ICASA

 

Paris Mashile

Paris Mashile

Councillor, ICASA

 

Since Mashile joined ICASA as a councillor in 2004, just four years after the regulatory authority was formed through a merger of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 2000, the ICT landscape has changed dramatically.

Shortly after joining the authority, Mashile was appointed ICASA chairman, a position he held from 2005 to 2010 leading a team of nine (9) Councillors in decision making on matters pertaining to the licensing and issuance of Electronics Communication Network and Service, (ECNS &ECS) Broadcasting and Postal service licences; developing regulations on markets where there is lack of effective competition, Interconnections, Universal Service Obligation, Protecting and Promoting consumer interests through enforcement and monitoring of compliance of licence terms and conditions imposed on operators, management of scarce resources such as frequency spectrum and numbers.

The remit encompassed facilitating the convergence of the telecommunication, broadcasting, and IT sectors. When his tenure ended in June in 2010 he joined Sentech, the signal distributor as a non-executive director and for a while as the acting Chairperson. During that period he was working fulltime as a Programme Director at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on Digital Multimedia Communication.

Councillor Mashile has long held a passion for ICT. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in the field of Fibre Optics Communications from Washington University in St. Louis. MO, USA and a Master of Science in Physics in the field of Semiconductor Laser Physics from Lancaster University in the UK. His undergraduate degree was a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Electronic Engineering (combined) from Leeds University in the UK.


It’s been just over 26 months since Paris Mashile re-joined the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) as a councillor.

He is responsible for the engineering and technology portfolios, in which he deals with spectrum, Square Kilometre Array (SKA), 5G forum, IMT 2020 and Call Termination.

He was acting as the Chairperson of the Authority from September to December 2017 until a permanent chairperson was appointed by the Minister of Communication.

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.

Osamu Kamimura

Osamu Kamimura

Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office , SoftBank

 

Mr. Osamu Kamimura is Vice President and Head of Spectrum Policy Office at SoftBank Corp. and is responsible for international standardization and domestic regulatory activities relating to SoftBank's mobile telecommunications business. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Based on his knowledge obtained through his experience in several mobile operation companies, he has played a key role in various activities such as the development of ITU-R Recommendations and domestic regulations for "AXGP", which is a mobile telecommunications system based on next generation PHS, enhanced to incorporate LTE technology.
He currently leads SoftBank's international standardization and domestic regulatory activities for 5th Generation Mobile Communications System (5G) as well as activities towards future WRC meetings for SoftBank's HAPS project.

Mortimer Hope

Mortimer Hope

Microsoft

 

From September 2016 to date Mortimer Hope has been Managing Director of GH Communications, an ICT Policy, Regulatory, Strategy and Business Development Consultancy. He is also Associate Director and Africa Lead at Policy Impact Partners, a Consultancy Platform which helps clients impact connectivity and digital policies.

Prior to this he was Head of Africa (and Director of Spectrum and Public Policy) at the GSMA from July 2014 until August 2016. In this role he provided leadership to the Public Policy team in Africa and coordinated the work of the GSMA Africa office in Nairobi. He was responsible for developing and disseminating GSMA public policy in areas such as spectrum, infrastructure sharing, taxation and Mobile Financial Services. This involved working with various stakeholders such as operators, regulators, government departments and local industry bodies across Africa.

Before the GSMA Mortimer spent ten years at Vodacom where he was responsible for all technical regulatory matters, including frequency spectrum and numbers, for Vodacom South Africa and provided support on these matters to the Vodacom operating companies in Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As part of his role Mortimer worked, as a member of the South Africa delegation, to ensure that the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 (WRC-07) approved the Digital Dividend in the 800 MHz band and WRC-12 approved the second Digital Dividend in the 700 MHz band for mobile services in Region 1 (Africa and Europe).

Mortimer spent almost six years at the telecommunication regulator Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in various engineering management roles. A major achievement at ICASA was the reduction of the processing time for radio frequency spectrum and type approval licence applications from eight months to two weeks on average.

Mortimer holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics and an MBA from the University of Pretoria. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IODSA)

Cesar Gutierrez Miguelez

Cesar Gutierrez Miguelez

Head of Africa Wireless Regulatory Policy , Huawei

 

Cesar Gutierrez joined Huawei in November 2016 as head of Wireless Regulatory Policy for Africa. He leads on key initiatives for Africa such as the identification of the 3300 – 3400 MHz band for mobile and the work in preparation of the WRC19. Previously, Cesar was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ofcom in the UK where he was involved in several spectrum and consumer policy projects, notably the policy and the implementation of Ofcom’s TV white spaces programme. Before, Cesar was with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute where he was part of the leadership team of 3GPP Radio Access Network group. He had a key role in a number of high profile initiatives, such as the kick-off of LTE specification in 3GPP. Cesar has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnics University of Madrid, and a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

Bashir Patel

Bashir Patel

Global Spectrum Policy, ESOA

 

Bashir Patel is Inmarsat’s Regional Advisor for the South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) region. He is widely recognized as a highly experienced executive in ICT, satellite systems and defence aerospace. He has over 35 years experience in the high tech industry, working mainly in the telecom sector including satellites and defence industries, both in management consulting as well as in regional regulatory policy, business and market development. He has been working with the Governments throughout the regions and launched satellite communications technologies as far back as mid 1980’s. He is a passionate technologist with experience gained from his time spent in advance aerospace projects in BAe Systems, Inmarsat, ICO Global Communications and prior to re-joining Inmarsat in 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), dealing with 54 Commonwealth Governments around the world.

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.

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.

Richard Womersley

Richard Womersley

Director of Spectrum Services, LS telcom

 

Richard 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.

Peter Wright-Gardner

Peter Wright-Gardner

Senior Solutions Architect, Zephyr (HAPS), Airbus Defence and Space

 

Peter has recently joined the Zephyr team as the Senior Solutions Architect. With an extensive background in military fast jet aircraft avionics he joins Airbus after spending 35 years in the Royal Air Force. During that time he worked on a multitude of platforms, seeing Operational Service during Gulf War 1 and culminating with the Typhoon. An experienced Requirements Manager Peter was part of the team responsible for the introduction into service of a replacement Emergency Personal Locator Beacon used to locate downed aircrew.

Peter holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Management from the University of Lincoln.

Bertus Ehmke

Bertus Ehmke

General Manager: Technocal Regulation , MTN

 

Bertus Ehmke has been in the telecoms industry for 25 years of which the last 21 were with MTN. Currently he is the Head for Technical Regulation for the MTN Group of Companies, with areas such as Technical License Obligations and Spectrum Strategy under his portfolio. He holds a Mobile Communications Diploma and degrees in Electronic Engineering, Commerce and Marketing.

Laminou Elhadji Maman

Laminou Elhadji Maman

Executive Director, WATRA

 

With more than twenty years of experience within telecoms & ICT sector, ELHADJI MAMAN Laminou, has a very good knowledge of this sector and its evolution. After working for government telecommunications organizations for fixed and mobile network, regulation, he moved to serve sub regional organizations since 2002 working for the development of ICT services and infrastructure. He worked actively for the development of telecommunications infrastructure and services in the sub region conducting several studies for the implementation of network including mobile, fixed, in Africa.

ELH MAMAN Laminou is now the Executive Secretary of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), an organization of 15 independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), working for the development and harmonization of regulations for ICT service delivery and pricing in countries in the sub-region. WATRA is working to promote the establishment of efficient, adequate, and cost-effective ICT infrastructure and services in the West Africa to meet the diverse needs of customers at affordable price everywhere in West Africa including rural and under profitable areas.

Marius Engelbrecht

Marius Engelbrecht

Senior Strategy Consultant, Huawei

 

With 29 years in Telecommunication solution environment Marius has held various Senior positions within Middle East and Africa pertaining to Product Management, Network Engineering, deployment and integration of Telecoms technologies. He is currently in the portfolio of Senior Strategy Consultant for Huawei Southern Africa Region.

Olivie Nakamatte

Olivie Nakamatte

Officer Frequency Planning and Propagation Analyst, Uganda Communications Commission

 

A Telecommunications Engineer aged 38 years in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering field. Ten years working experience in the Radio communications environment.

Developed a career around the Telecommunications in spectrum management with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) since 2010 serving as Spectrum Compliance Consultant, Officer in Frequency Planning and Propagation Analyst.

Holds a Masters in Management studies(MMS) Business Administration option from Uganda Management Institute in addition to a Bachelor Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (BETE) from Kyambogo University Uganda.

Worked on projects regarding Spectrum monitoring & compliance, and refarming & repurposing of spectrum bands. Before joining UCC, served in Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) and UMEME as a radio communication engineer for a period of 4 years.

Oluwatoyin Yusuf Asaju

Oluwatoyin Yusuf Asaju

Head of Infrastructure Projects, Nigeria Communications Commission

 

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Wydeman Coetzee

Wydeman Coetzee

Regulatory & Industry Analyst, Ericsson

 

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Martin Mokgware

Martin Mokgware

Chief Executive Officer, BOCRA

 

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Moderators

Dick Sono

Dick Sono

Chief Director - Radio Frequency Spectrum, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa

 

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Soren Sorensen

Soren Sorensen

Associate Director, NERA Consulting

 

Dr. Soren Sorensen is an Associate Director in NERA's Auction Group with more than 10 years' consulting experience, whose work spans spectrum auctions in more than 25 countries, and includes auction design and auction implementation for regulators as well as advice on bidding strategies for mobile operators. Dr. Sorensen has extensive experience with advising mobile operators in combinatorial clock auctions (CCA), and has also advised bidders on simultaneous multiple round auctions (SMRA), clock auctions, sealed bid auctions and various hybrid auction formats. During the majority of these projects, Dr. Sorensen has provided on-site strategy support during the auctions. He has also developed software tools for analyzing bidding behaviour, including efficient algorithms for determining winners and prices in combinatorial clock auctions.

Alongside his work on spectrum auctions, Dr. Sorensen has advised clients on auction design and auction strategy in diverse markets such as natural gas, electricity, terrestrial TV broadcasting licences, airport slots, water abstractions rights, rough diamonds, and flue ventilation systems.

Dr. Sorensen holds a PhD in economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he specialized in microeconomics, game theory, and auction design. Dr. Sorensen has published part of his PhD thesis in Economics Letters and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Istvan Bozsoki

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 and since 2017 he is head of Telecommunications Network and Spectrum Management 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 master degrees in radiocommunications and in broadcasting.

Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji

Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji

Representative for the Central African Zone and Madagascar, 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.

Makram Chehayeb

Makram Chehayeb

Manager, Aetha Consulting Limited

 

Makram has gained experience across a wide range of topics in the telecoms industry. In particular, he has managed the development of detailed valuation models to prepare mobile operators for (multi-band) spectrum auctions. Makram has also worked on market transactions, including work on a vendor-side commercial and technical due diligence ahead of a potential tower sale.

Makram has a background in telecommunications and financial modelling, as well as a strong understanding of the mobile business. In addition to his work supporting clients to prepare for spectrum auctions (regulatory support, spectrum valuation, spectrum strategy), he has also supported clients by preparing a due diligence report ahead of a tower sale transaction. Furthermore, Makram has developed a model on spectrum leasing and associated supply and demand analysis in the USA to inform his client’s spectrum investment strategy.

Makram has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in International Finance from HEC Paris, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) from the American University of Beirut.

Elizabeth Migwalla

Elizabeth Migwalla

Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs for 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.

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