2016 Global Summit Speakers
Mr. Mauricio Agudelo
Technology, Media and Telecom Specialist, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America-
Mauricio has over 15 year experience in the industry of Technology, Media and Telecommunications, where he has held management positions and has also provided regulation and strategic consulting services to private companies and national governments.
He has extensive international experience in the design of investment strategies, structuring infrastructure projects, market reforms and equity and debt transactions, especially in Latin America.
He has participated in the design and subsequent implementation of broadband plans in the countries throughout the region. Currently, he is CAF’s specialist for the telecommunications sector and leads the broadband strategy of the Bank. Previously, he was a consultant partner in an international strategy consulting firm, adviser to the President of the Republic of Colombia for political competitiveness and innovation, Director of COMPARTEL Program of universal access, adviser to the Commission for Communications Regulation, consultant for IDB and USAID.
He has a strong academic background in economics and finance and an MBA in Telecommunications from the UK.
Mr. Orlando Ayala
Chairman and Corporate Vice President of Emerging Businesses, Microsoft Corporation
In this role, Ayala catalyzes growth and development in new business models for Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing and Services Group (SMSG), fostering internal and external collaboration to help drive long-term success. Ayala’s highly-focused team leverages technology as a transformative force in accelerating growth with emerging audiences, segments and markets around the world offering new ways for individuals, communities and entire countries to realize their potential.
Currently, Ayala heads up the newly formed Sports Industry team and the recently announced technology partnership with the Real Madrid soccer club to transform the digital platform for this international sports organization, while developing a new business model for Microsoft. Ayala is also the Executive sponsor for National Competitiveness initiatives at Microsoft which helps national, provincial and local governments in developing the digital infrastructure, educational programs and human resource potential that turns a government’s particular capabilities into a competitive advantage on an international scale.
In his over 20 year history with the company, Ayala has served in a number of roles, joining the company as the senior director of the Latin America region. Ayala opened 33 worldwide subsidiaries as Senior Vice President of the Intercontinental region, before taking on the role of Group Vice President of the Worldwide Sales Marketing and Services Group. Ayala went on to run the Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partner group during which time he also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the then-nascent Microsoft Dynamics business.
Born in Philadelphia, Peter holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Rural Development from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Xochimilco, Mexico. Mr. Bloom is the founder in 2002 and ex-director of Juntos, the first organization in Philadelphia dedicated to organizing and defending the human rights of latino immigrants. In 2009 Peter began working in Nigeria as a development consultant and media maker and lived in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria for two years co-founding the Media for Justice Project based outside of Port Harcourt. Since 2011 Peter has been coordinating Rhizomatica, an organization he started to promote new communication technologies and that helps run the first community owned and managed cell phone network in the Americas.
Mr. Otávio Caixeta
Chief of Staff, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Brazil
Mr. Otavio Caixeta has been the chief of staff of the Secretariat of Telecommunications at the Brazilian Ministry of Communications since 2012. His main focus is in policies for increased telecommunications penetration and quality. Mr Caixeta holds a degree in electrical engineering and worked in the telecom equipment industry up until joining the Ministry in 2009.
Mr. Daniel Castano-Huertas
Investment Officer, Global Telecom, Media and Technology Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Daniel has over 15 years of financial experience and has been at IFC since 2006 as part of the investment team based in Bogota. Initially working in transactions across sectors, in 2010 he joined the Telecom, Media and Technology Team in Bogota and later Washington, DC where he has been responsible for originating, executing and supervising debt and equity transactions in Latin America and Asia. Prior to IFC, he spent 4 years working for a leading Colombian investment banking boutique firm focusing on M&A transactions. Daniel is an Economist from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia and has a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.
General Director, Quality of Service and Spectrum Department, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (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.
Paul Garnett is the Director of Affordable Access Initiatives at Microsoft, where he focuses on innovative, practical, and scalable last-mile access technologies, cloud-based services, applications, and business models that can reduce the cost of Internet access and help billions more people affordably get online. Through partnerships with network operators and governments, these projects are designed to deliver the greatest socio-economic impact to the greatest number of people.
So far, Microsoft and its partners are delivering Internet connectivity to communities in 18 different countries, across 5 continents. These projects are leveraging new wireless technologies like TV white spaces and new forms of Wi-Fi to reduce the cost of Internet access and make it easier for people to access online applications and services.
As part of its Affordable Access Initiative, Microsoft has launched a grant fund to help cultivate companies with solutions that bring affordable Internet access to underserved markets. In addition, Microsoft Philanthropies has announced that it intends to support 20 cloud, connectivity, and training projects in at least 15 countries around the world by the middle of 2017.
Director, Structured Finance & Insurance Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Mr. Alexander Hadden is a Director with the Structured Finance & Insurance Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. In his current role, Mr. Hadden originates and underwrites project finance, commercial finance and risk sharing frameworks for investments in emerging markets. Most recently, he has been active underwriting investments in mobile and fixed broadband operators (using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum ) in Latin America and South Asia. Previously, with OPIC’s Investment Funds Department, he monitored the performance of OPIC financing for private equity funds, including investments in East African telecommunications. Prior to joining OPIC, Mr. Hadden was a capacity building specialist with the public-private partnership (PPP) unit at Tetra Tech Inc. He received his master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
Rich Kennedy, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Director of Global Spectrum Strategy, has been involved with Wi-Fi and WLAN regulatory matters for over 17 years, beginning with his position as Communications Architect for the Consumer Division of Compaq Computer in 1998. Since then he has taken the lead both in IEEE 802 and Wi-Fi Alliance, chairing their regulatory groups for seven and nine years respectively. He has contributed to ETSI BRAN and ERM TG11 standards for RLANs, and led the development of the IEEE 802.11af standard. Currently he chairs the Wi-Fi Alliance Spectrum & Regulatory Task Group and the IEEE 802.18 Radio Regulatory Technical Advisory Group. Rich has held positions ranging from Principal Engineer to Director of Engineering Operations for wireline modem design and development companies, and is an IEEE Senior Member.
Dr. Heikki Kokkinen is the founder and CEO of Fairspectrum.
Fairspectrum is a Finnish startup, which provided the geolocation database service for the Europe’s first TV White Space radio licence based on a geolocation database and the repository service in the world’s first Licensed Shared Access (LSA) 2.3 GHz field trial. Heikki is a requested speaker in spectrum sharing events globally.
Heikki holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science, an academic entrepreneur degree from Aalto School of Business, licentiate degree in telecommunications and industrial economics, and Master’s degree in electronics.
Heikki is devoted to marketing, research and development, financing, system integration, piloting and deploying of spectrum sharing technologies.
Dr. Agostinho Linhares
Manager, Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), Brazil
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), 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), and was Head of Brazilian Delegation in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).
David has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sectors at a senior level, serving across the Airline, Telecommunications, IT and Media industries. Among his most recent appointments are Managing Director of Products & Services for LIME Caribbean, the CEO of one of Jamaica’s largest media groups, the CVM Media Group, Regional VP e-Business for Cable & Wireless Caribbean, and VP IT for Air Jamaica.
Currently he is the Managing Director for the Spectrum Management Authority of Jamaica, the body responsible for licensing and regulating the Radio Frequency Spectrum. David holds a B.Sc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, and read for a D.Phil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Married with two children he enjoys a game of squash or table tennis, and is an amateur orchid enthusiast.
Frank McCosker is General Manager of Affordable Access and Smart Financing in Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiatives. He is responsible for designing and implementing affordable access projects in many countries on the African continent utilizing new technologies including TV White Spaces and dynamic spectrum allocation. He is also finding new and smart ways to make access to finance more affordable for the ICT ecosystem in African countries.
Frank McCosker has previously held the role of General Manager of Microsoft’s East European Headquarters in Munich, Germany, in 2000. For the next four years he was responsible for the overall East European Sales, Marketing and Services business and managed the Headquarters team. From 2004 until 2013 he held the role of Global Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts, Multilateral Organisations for Microsoft with responsibility for Microsoft’s engagement with multilateral organisations United Nations, NATO, European Institutions, World Bank including all the International Financial Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations and the bilateral providers of Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Dr. Apurva N. Mody (apurva.mody@WhiteSpaceAlliance.org) is the Founding Chairman of the Whitespace Alliance. As the Chairman of the WSA, Dr. Mody is responsible for the Vision, Direction and Execution of the various activities that WSA undertakes. These include technical, standardization (e. g. Wi-FAR™, WSAConnect™), regulatory outreach, market and business development, and overall growth of the WSA. Dr. Mody is the Vice Chair of the United States National Spectrum Consortium. He is also the Chairman of IEEE 802.22 Working Group (WG) on Wireless Regional Area Networks (www.ieee802.org/22). The IEEE 802.22 (Wi-FAR™) technologies adopted by the WSA is designed to provide cost-effective broadband internet access in rural areas and developing countries which includes smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Under Dr. Mody s leadership, the IEEE 802.22 WG is the recipient of the IEEE SA Emerging Technology Award. Dr. Mody received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a world recognized expert on Spectrum Sharing, Dynamic Spectrum Access and WhiteSpace Communications. Dr. Mody has been a key contributor to many pioneering technologies and invited speaker at Government and Commercial events including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations (UN). Dr. Mody has published more than 50 conference, journal publications, book chapters and is an author of more than 15 US and international patents. Dr. Mody is the Senior Member of the IEEE, President’ s Fellow while at Georgia Tech, Member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies. Dr. Mody is leading the Spectrum Sharing Group within BAE Systems.
Mr. Shrikant Shenwai is the CEO and one of the founders of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Under his leadership, the WBA has transformed into a global industry organization with 100 members, including leading wireless & broadband operators and technology companies who are strategically focusing on delivering the next generation Wi-Fi experience that is seamless, secure and interoperable.
With a global experience of more than 25 years in the ICT industry, Mr. Shrikant Shenwai has held several management and leadership roles in telecom, internet, IT and multimedia businesses. After starting his carrier with HP, he founded and successfully grew an entrepreneurial venture in India before moving to Singapore where he worked with leading telecom companies (StarHub & SingTel group), before taking over as the CEO of WBA. He has extensive experience in successfully building and managing partnerships/alliances and a proven track record in taking new initiatives and ventures from concept to operations.
Mr. Shrikant Shenwai is an Electronics & Communication engineer by training. Having lived and worked in Asia for many years, he currently lives on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia with his wife and two children.
Martha Liliana Suarez Peñaloza, PhD. was 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.
Richard Thanki is an economist specialising in issues related to telecommunications and the role of unlicensed spectrum in particular. He was formerly Senior Associate Economist at Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator. Whilst at Perspective Associates he was the principal assistant to Kip Meek in his role as the UK Government appointed Independent Spectrum Broker. He has written extensively on the organisation and success of unlicensed wireless technologies with studies in 2009, 2012 and 2013. Richard holds an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and is currently reading for a PhD on the economics of infrastructure at the University of Southampton.
Richard (Rick) Whitt currently is Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Google Inc. Rick is responsible for guiding the Google Access company’s approach to working with governmental bodies and international organizations to deploy communications infrastructure globally, particularly in emerging market countries. His primary focus is on wireless and aeronautical access platforms, and radio spectrum policy.
From 2012 to 2014, Rick was vice president for global public policy and government relations with Motorola Mobility, a Google company. Prior to joining Motorola, Rick served as Google’s director and managing counsel for federal policy, overseeing the Company’s strategic thinking on issues such as privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, free expression, and international trade. In his first five years with Google (2007-2011), Rick headed up the public policy team on telecommunications issues. Among other achievements in that role, he led Google’s advocacy on open Internet, broadband deployment, and spectrum policy. Rick also guided the Company’s participation in the 700 MHz spectrum auction, involvement in TV White Spaces spectrum allocations, and launch of Google Fiber.
Prior to joining Google, Rick founded and headed NetsEdge Consulting, a public policy consulting firm that provided legal analysis, regulatory strategy, and advocacy counsel to Web companies. From 1994 to 2006, Rick worked in the legal department at MCI Communications, where he most recently served as vice president for federal law and policy. Rick previously spent over five years as an associate attorney in the communications practices of two large Washington, D.C.-based law firms.
Rick is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1984 graduate of James Madison University. He currently resides in Mountain View, California.
Steve Wimsatt is Sr Director of Business Development at Ruckus Wireless, the #1 market share Wi-Fi equipment vendor for Service Provider and outdoor Wi-Fi deployments worldwide. Its Smart Wi-Fi platform delivers scalable, high-performance Wi-Fi with simplified control and management for on-premise and cloud-based Wi-Fi deployments. In addition, Ruckus is a leader in developing new solutions utilizing the US 3.5 GHz Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) to address the challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through the introduction of OpenG™ technology. OpenG technology combines coordinated shared spectrum capabilities, with neutral host capable small cells to enable building owners of all sizes to deploy cost-effective in-building cellular coverage for all of their customer and employee needs via a dramatically less expensive, easier to deploy solution.
Mr Wimsatt leads Ruckus’s alliance and strategic customer activities, and has been actively engaged with global partners seeking new approaches to deliver broadband and other services to emerging market customers. In addition to Wi-Fi access, these solutions include new backhaul solutions such as TVWS, access management, lighting, and power. He is also leading Ruckus activities to create new solutions for Retailers, Smart Cities and IOT markets. Mr Wimsatt has been active in the Wi-Fi industry for over 20 years, having previously led Wi-Fi marketing and business development initiatives at Cisco Systems and at CAIS Internet.
Ricardo Castañeda Alvarez
General Director, Spectrum Engineering and Technical Studies, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), Mexico
Ricardo 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 has 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, congress and meetings. He collaborates actively in specialized organisms like ITU, CITEL and in several authorities workgroups for spectrum sharing in the border zone with United States.
Recently, he played an important role in carrying out the technical studies that led the analog TV switchoff in Mexico. Nowadays, he is leading the spectrum planning for the 2nd digital dividend in Mexico, and developing studies about regulatory and technology trends related to dynamic access and spectrum sharing.
Patel Mmusi Barwabatsile worked as an Applications and Software developer in the telecom, insurance, business process reengineering industry. Have extensive experience delivering technical projects in the telecom industry, as an Applications and Software Engineer and a Product Development Manager. Patel is currently an Innovative products and services developer, assisting companies and new ventures to deliver innovative products for Business and individual customers in the ICT and tech industry. He develops commercial processes and corporate strategies for generating new revenue streams through disruptive new products and services in telecom and new media industry. Have great interests in digital economy, such as social media, e-commerce, new media content based ecosystem and development of the related business models.
Patel hold an Engineering degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton University (BEng), in Canada, and two executive/professional development certificates in Innovative Futures and Project Management from Stanford University Center for Professional Development and University of Stellenbosch Business School – Executive Development respectively.
Currently Patel is head of the ICT Cluster Development at Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) where he was lead the formation of the Microsoft Innovation Center and Cyber City Kgotla Developer Community programs. In this role Patel is responsible for growing the local ICT and Digital Economy of Botswana through Cluster approach as part of the BIH Science and Technology Park mandate. Before joining BIH Patel worked for ERP software development start-up, Huawei and Orange Botswana (Subsidiary of French Telecom).
I have had a successful 30 year career working in communications both in Europe and Africa and worked on many exciting developments and deployments from the data communications revolution of the last 30 years. Some key times in my career include in the 1980s working on the very first satellite TV broadcasts from BSkyB and the first satellite data connections in the London Stock Exchange; in the 1990s working in high pressure environments with the UN for deployment of emergency communications systems following the Rwanda genocide; to the 2000s working on satellite (vsat) ground receiver internet systems, and in the last few years, Wi-Fi mesh networks in the African bush, and most recently the Scottish Highlands and Islands with deployment of the widely lauded Isle of Bute White Space Network with University of Strathclyde, the BBC, and British Telecom.
As well as the technical knowhow I also have wide connectivity outside of the engineering world. Over the years, I have engaged with senior governments officials and aid agency directors in Uganda and other African countries; in the last two years I have met with Government officials and ministers in Scotland, the UK and EU, and since 2000 have worked with agencies including USAid, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations, the World Bank and others. More recently on my research work on wireless white space at Strathclyde I have worked with senior engineers and met with Directors and senior officers from British Telecom, Intel, BBC, Microsoft, Motorola and many others. Notably, these senior colleagues all usually have time to hear about knowledge transfer projects to the developing world and how this might map to their own corporate social responsibility plans. Hence, as such, I hope to leverage these contacts in the future.
James Carlson, founder of Carlson Wireless, has served as CEO, Chairman, and Chief Technologist since inception. With 30 years of experience in fixed-wireless telecommunication systems, being both engineer and hands-on CEO, Mr. Carlson has a life-long passion to promote affordable communications for education, health, and commerce in rural and remote areas of the globe. In 1990, he founded Carlson Communications. As President and CEO, he invented and produced the Optaphone, a point-to-point UHF radio using wireless signals for standard telephone service. In 1999, Mr. Carlson founded Carlson Wireless Technologies, continuing his work with rural wireless equipment for voice and data, now serving communities worldwide for industry and public safety. Recently, Mr. Carlson has worked directly with the FCC and Ofcom to free up TV white space for rural communication devices, the first of which is a non-line-of-sight software-defined radio from Carlson Wireless Technologies. Mr. Carlson majored in electrical engineering and computer science at Grand Rapids Community College from 1973-1976. In 1996 he received certification in application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design from Portland State University’s Center for Advanced Technology Education. Since 2008, Mr. Carlson has worked with regulators in the US (FCC), UK (Ofcom) and South Africa (CSIR) to help develop rules and regulations for dynamic spectrum sharing. He also serves on a committee working with the IEEE 802.22, holds the regulatory outreach position with the White Space Alliance, and has served as director on the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance board. Mr. Carlson’s background demonstrates his innovation and commitment to remote connectivity.
Mr. Manuel Gonzalez
Analista de Telecomunicaciones Departamento Administración del Espectro Radioeléctrico y Número, SUBTEL (Chile)
Electrical Engineer at the University of Chile, postgraduate degree on Communication and Networks at the University of Santiago. From 1996 to 1999 I worked in the Concessions Division of Undersecreatiat of Telecommunications. From 1999 until today I have been worked as Analyst on Telecommunications in the Department of Administration of Radio Spectrum of the Undersecreatiat of Telecommunications, participating in the development of telecommunications regulations, particularly with regard to radio spectrum and telecommunications services, and assigning frequencies to the Chilean armed forces.
Ingeniero Civil Eléctrico en la Universidad de Chile, postítulo en Comunicación y redes en la Universidad de Santiago. Desde 1996 a 1999 trabajé en la División Concesiones de la Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones. Desde 1999 hasta hoy me desempeño como Analista en Telecomunicaciones en el Departamento de Administración del Espectro Radioeléctrico de la Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones, participando en la elaboración de la normativa de telecomunicaciones, principalmente en lo relativo al espectro radioeléctrico y servicios de telecomunicaciones, y asignando frecuencias a las Fuerzas Armadas de Chile.
Mike Jensen is a South African ICT consultant currently based in Brazil who has worked in more than 40 developing countries over the last 25 years, mainly in Africa. He provides advice on a wide range of ICT projects, ranging from national and regional ICT policy development to international fiber and rural community wireless network support. In 1987 he co-founded an Internet service provider for NGOs in Canada and he currently acts as Internet Access Specialist for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) where he manages projects on promoting awareness of the benefits of infrastructure sharing, public access facilities and innovative use of radio spectrum.
Mr. Yacine Khelladi
Regional Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Yacine Khelladi joined the Web Foundation in June 2014 as the A4AI Latin America and the Caribbean Coordinator. An economist who became a field activist promoting the use of ICT for human and social development, Yacine’s work focuses on the use of ICTs to empower marginalised social groups, develop cultural identity, community development, education, environment, NGO capacity, grassroots advocacy, and sustainable business. As the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Yacine supports the implementation of A4AI’s strategy and work in the region.
Yacine moved to the Caribbean over twenty years ago to participate in efforts to build early research networks in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He has since been based in the Dominican Republic and in 2003, founded Fundación Taigüey, an NGO that engages in grassroots community development, empowerment through the strategic use of ICTs and knowledge networking. The organisation has developed many community-based projects over the past 10 years, including an eco-tourism service and a sustainable agro-processing enterprise managed by a women’s cooperative.
Yacine also works as a project manager and consultant for a range of international development and cooperation organisations worldwide, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, IIDRC, USAID and a number of UN agencies (see www.yacine.net).
Originally from Algeria, Yacine holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne
Mr. Tshoganetso Kepaletswe
Deputy Chief Executive, Regulatory Affairs, Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Botswana
As the Deputy Chief Executive – Regulatory Affairs Mr. Kepaletswe is responsible for the technical and economic regulation at the Authority. He has extensive knowledge and experience on telecommunication and broadcasting regulation. He is one of the founding staff members of Botswana Telecommunications Authority, where he has been involved for the past nineteen (19) years. Prior to the current position Mr. Kepaletswe was the Head of Spectrum Management and he represented the Country and actively participated at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC’s) and Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC). 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).
Mr. Oscar Leon Suarez
Executive Secretary, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, CITEL, of the Organization of American States, OAS
Oscar has over 18 years experience in the ICT sector, has extensive experience in project management and implementation of new business and appropriation of new technologies. He is an Electronic Engineer Graduate Telecommunications Project Management and Master in Business Administration.
He was Director of Projects Solutions Providers of MICROSOFT, he worked in the Colombian telecoms regulator, was Manager Regulatory Claro (America Movil COLOMBIA) has advised three Ministers of Communications. He was Director General of the National Spectrum Agency of Colombia for nearly five years and was elected Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission since September 2015.
The engineer Oscar Leon has been an international speaker in the development of wireless broadband services. The areas covered include both electromagnetic fields and their relationship to human health, spectrum auctions, and strategy for developing countries.
David Luna Sánchez, Colombia’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology, has a law degree from El Rosario University (Colombia), a specialization in Administrative Law from Externado University (Colombia) and a Master’s in Government and Public Policy from Columbia (USA) and Externado University (Colombia).
As a result of his extensive career in the public sector, in which he has occupied positions like Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Presidential Advisor for Regions, David Luna has developed an action plan to use ICT as a tool for the communities, particularly those with lower income and those located in rural areas of the country.
The ‘Plan Vive Digital para la gente’ -public policy for ICT sector leaded by Minister Luna- includes the auction of the 700 Mhz band, also known as digital dividend.
Under Luna’s leadership as ICT Minister, in 2016 Colombia received the award from the GSMA as the country with the best government strategy for managing spectrum for mobile broadband communications.
Mr. Mario Maniewicz
Deputy Director, Radiocommunications Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (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 developing recommendations for spectrum utilization and radio system characteristics.
Originally from Uruguay, Mr. Maniewicz is an Electronic Engineer specialized in Telecommunications. He has been with the ITU for 28 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, 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. This includes 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 cost-effective ICT applications while enhancing cybersecurity.
Mr. Hugo Miguel has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom sector, working both in the private and public sectors. Previous to be appointed in January 2016, Undersecretary of Planning in the Argentinian Secretariat of ICT and Communications, Mr. Miguel was Chief Operating and Technology Officer at Tesacom where from 2004-2015 was involved in a number of telecom projects in Argentina and several other countries in Latin America.
As Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, H Nwana assists with the development and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives and outreach to and recruitment of potential partners and members across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Nwana was Group Director of Spectrum Policy at Ofcom, where he ran UK’s Spectrum Policy and spearheaded UK’s dynamic spectrum management activities, specifically focusing on TV White Spaces for broadband and other applications. While at Ofcom, Nwana was responsible for multi-million pound policy projects including the UK’s Digital TV Clearance programme (part of UK’s digital switchover programme) which concluded in 2013. Nwana also oversaw the UK 4G auction that raised billions and concluded in February 2013.
Before this, Nwana was Managing Director at Arqiva and earlier in his career he worked at Quadriga Worldwide Ltd where he was instrumental in the introduction of digital technology and services to the hospitality industry across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before Quadriga, he was a venture capitalist for 2 years and, even earlier, a Senior award-winning and published technologist at BT plc for 5 years. He also holds university professorial visiting appointments. Nwana has just published an authoritative book entitled Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) for Emerging Economies: How to make TMT Improve Developing Economies for the 2020s – published in April 2014.
Christopher Szymanski is Director of Product Marketing and Government Affairs for Broadcom in Irvine, California. Prior to taking on this role, Mr. Szymanski served as Global Trade Compliance Officer, Director of Global Regulatory Affairs, and Secretary of the Political Activity Committee (PAC) at Broadcom. Before joining Broadcom, Mr. Szymanski lived in China for over four years, serving in a compliance and government relations role for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) at its headquarters in Shanghai. Prior to SMIC, Mr. Szymanski served as a congressional aide focused on policies related to economic competitiveness, telecommunications, foreign relations, national security, and trade. Mr. Szymanski received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Washington University Olin School of Business, with a focus on leadership in China.
Haiyun Tang received B.S. degree from Caltech and Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley. He was a system architect at Advanced Technology Group in National Semiconductor now part of Texas Instrument, working on the early development of 802.11 MIMO systems. He was a co-founder of Adaptrum, Inc., a silicon-valley based company developing cognitive radio technology and was heavily involved in the TV White Space rulemaking in the US and worldwide. Haiyun is a world leading expert on dynamic spectrum access and TV White Space technology and has published numerous technical papers and held several patents in wireless communications and systems area.
Chris is Facebook’s lead on spectrum policy and connectivity planning and in this role is one of the key stakeholders driving Internet.org’s connectivity strategy. Previously, Chris managed Facebook’s partnerships with mobile operators. Prior to Facebook, Chris was VP of Business Development at LightSquared and VP of Global Development and Roaming at Sprint Nextel. During his career he has consulted with start-ups, wireless operators and also provided consultation to the FCC on a host of roaming and spectrum issues. Early in his career, at Palm he helped launch the first wireless PDA, and at OmniSky, Chris led the product and business development for its wireless portal. He has an undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School.
Mr. Juan Manuel Wilches Durán
Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation (CRC), Colombia
Juan Manuel Wilches has a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated with honors in 2009.
His work experience began in Colombia in 2000 as Advisor for the Telecommunications Regulation Commission – CRT where, for a period of almost 7 years, he led and advised several projects on telecom regulation, carrying out activities in the definition of interconnection conditions, termination rates and conflict resolution, as well as performing market analysis, and developing models for fixed and mobile network costing.
During his stay in Canada, he worked at Kazam Group as a consultant in telecommunications, where he specialized in wireless communications.
In 2010 he was contacted to be part of the team that created the National Spectrum Agency (ANE) in Colombia, joining the Agency as Senior Advisor to the Director General. He was subsequently promoted as a Deputy Director for Spectrum Management and Planning, position in which, together with his team, he developed the National Spectrum Management Policy adopted in 2012 and a comprehensive spectrum management and planning framework currently in place in Colombia.
His recognized experience in regulation and spectrum management led him to be appointed by the Minister of Information and Communications Technologies as Commissioner in 2013 and Executive Director in 2014-2015 for the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC).
Dr. Robert Wu, the CEO and founder of 6Harmonics Inc., has over 20 years’ experience working in wireless technologies and IP practice including senior positions with multiple wireless companies and 10+ years as a full professor with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has a strong background in standard wireless systems design, adaptive radio design and implementation, smart antennas, data compression, encryption and wireless mesh routing. He has filed over 80 patents (http://www.patentmaps.com/inventor/Shiquan_Wu_1.html) for 3G/4G systems including the invention of MIMO OFDM and spectrum sharing for WCDMA and WiMax and published over 50 technical papers.