Dr. Amr Talaat
Dr. Amr TalaatEgypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology
With over 35 years of solid experience in the IT and telecom industry, implementing working strategies for the provision of innovative digital technologies, Talaat was tasked with a chief mission to lead Egypt’s Digital Transformation Initiative, 2020.

Talaat is confident of what immersive technologies can offer to serve as a strong arm to empower vital sectors of the economy and realize the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030.

Talaat’s endeavor aims to oversee the implementation of several strategic projects, that include developing and securing the country’s IT & telecom infrastructure, creating a generation of professionals specialized in advanced digital technologies, spurring innovation and improving government performance and quality of services offered to the citizen-as a main objective of the Government’s digital transformation mega program.

A strong believer in the power of youth as active participants in the socio-economic development of the nation, Talaat led a number of digitally-based empowerment initiatives to engage professionals to support such belief. And throughout his career, Talaat succeeded in materializing exceptional investments, merges and acquisitions to attract and nurture FDI to the country and create the value-add.

Before joining the Government of Egypt, under his leadership, Talaat, spearheaded IBM Egypt’s expansion plans ensuring the creation of unique job opportunities and the establishment of centers of excellence to export digital services. Throughout his career at IBM Egypt, he held various leadership roles till he headed the firm.

Talaat was an adjunct professor at Cairo University with teaching experience in marketing and sales strategies and tactics, organizational behavior and strategic management; he was an honorary member at the ICT Board at Cairo University, member of the ICT Board of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and the Chairman of ICT Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Talaat earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Paris and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and holds an MBA from Paris ESLSCA Business School, France. He is a graduate Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Amr Badawi
Dr. Amr BadawiFounder and President of BTel Consulting LLC in Virginia
Dr. Amr Badawi is founder and President of BTel Consulting LLC in Virginia. He served as the First Deputy Minister of Finance for Institutional Development from July 2014 till April 2016. He served as a member of the board of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA)in Egypt for more than ten years (January2006 till June 2016). He was the Executive President of NTRA from Jan 2006 till July 2013. He has also rejoined Cairo University where he is a faculty member of the Electronics and Communications Dept. since 1987.

He served as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, where he handled the development of the Telecom Sector. He also directed the process of the IPO of Telecom Egypt in 2005.

Dr. Badawi joined MCIT after a nine-year tenure with GTE & General Dynamics.
There, he acted as Program Manager and in several other technical positions in the Telecom Sector Support and the ICT programs in Egypt. Prior to his tenure at GTE he founded Telecomp International in Egypt in 1990. He was a Telecom consultant for several government and private entities from 1987 – 1995.

Dr. Badawi was a Telecom Systems Engineer at Aydin Systems, San Jose, California from 1984 – 1987.

Dr. Badawi received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, California in 1986 and obtained both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in
Electronics Engineering from Cairo University in 1979 and 1977.

Dr. Fadel Digham
Dr. Fadel Digham Executive Director of the R&D Department at the National Telecom Regulator Authority of Egypt
Dr. Digham enjoys a diverse experience encompassing the dimensions of policy, industry, and academia.

Dr. Digham is currently the Chairman of the “Smart Cities and Society” group under the Development sector at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He also served in the past as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the IEEE Wireless Communications Engineering Technology (WCET) certificate program. Dr. Digham is a co-founder of the IoT Egypt forum.

He has been developing and teaching a specialized course on “Telecom Policy and Technology Trends” at Cairo University.

In the past Dr. Digham worked for Alcatel Telecom (Egypt branch), Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (USA), and the University of Minnesota (USA).

Dr. Digham got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA, and his B.Sc. from Cairo University, Egypt.

Emad El Azhary
Emad El Azhary Strategy &Business Development Director in Vodafone Egypt
Emad El Azhary is the Strategy &Business Development Director in Vodafone Egypt and he previously held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone Egypt who leads brand, communication, consumer marketing, customer intelligence & Internet and content.

He enjoys a vast experience in the field of communications and marketing that extends over twenty years, with major accomplishments in both Egyptian and international companies.

Before joining Vodafone in February 2012, El Azhary served as Senior Vice President for Commercial Affairs at Telecom Egypt, since August 2008. He joined the team of Telecom Egypt in 2001, where he became the Vice President and Managing Director of TE Data – a company specialized in providing Internet services and data communication. El Azhary has extended the portfolio of TE Data to reach Jordan, Gulf countries, and Palestine.

In 2005, he served as the CEO of the second fixed operator in Algeria, in a joint venture with Orascom Telecom. Before joining Telecom Egypt Al Azhary was a consultant for Telecom Egypt and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

In 1992, he co-founded “In Touch”, the first specialized Internet services provider in Egypt. His efforts, together with his partners’ led the company to become one of the leading companies in the field of Internet services in Egypt. From 1990 to 1994, he worked as an engineer at IBM.

Emad Al Azhary graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1989, majoring in computer.

Dr. Abdulhadi
Dr. AbdulhadiHead of Technology Standardization
Head of Technology Standardization, Spectrum Management, IoT & Smart City development and Radio Access Transformation (e.g. NB-IoT, 5G). He has held various leadership roles at the Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (ETISALAT) and UAE since 2008. He is leading expert with more than 10 years of international experience in the strategy, design, development and implementation of next generation networks technologies and related infrastructure as well as the work of many international organizations (e.g. ITU, 3GPP, GSMA, SAMENA), in which he has been Chairing various technical groups. He has also been leading several national and international projects including propagation modeling for the Gulf region, cost modeling of telecom services, analysis of business challenges/opportunities, and modeling/optimization of wireless systems/networks. Also, he is the representative of Arab Group for relevant agenda of Mobile spectrum, IoT & Smart City, OTT… etc, under the ITU World Conferences including WRCs, WTSA, Plenipotentiary and WCIT-12. Before 2008, he was working in three UAE universities and research centers. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in wireless and mobile communication from University of Bradford, UK. He is the author and co-author of many journal and conference papers.
Stephen Schmidt
Stephen Schmidt V.P. at TELUS Communication
Vice-President, Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel at TELUS Communication, a major provider of wireline, wireless, Internet and television services, based in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Schmidt leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals responsible for (i) making policy and legal submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Industry Canada, the Competition Bureau, the Federal Cabinet and other government bodies; (ii) conducting and directing appellate advocacy before the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada; and (iii) advising on compliance with public law frameworks for telecommunications, both in Canada and internationally.

Prior to joining TELUS, he worked at AT&T Canada and ACC TelEnterprises, with a focus on regulatory and legal matters respectively.

Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Schmidt’s publications on communications law and policy have appeared in Info, Canadian Business Law Journal, Telecommunications Policy, and International Telecommunications Law (Juris Publishing).

In June of 2016, Mr. Schmidt was elected Chair of the Board of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), an international forum where academic, private sector, and government communities can meet to identify pressing new communications policy problems and issues, share research results, and develop new approaches to address these issues. Mr. Schmidt has been a Board member of the ITS since 2004.

Dr. Mona Farid Badran
Dr. Mona Farid BadranAssociate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
Dr. Badran is an economist with a main focus on digital economics, and information and communication technology’s role in development (ICT4D). She has extensive consulting experience working for numerous private sector clients and international organizations, such as the World Bank, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), GSMA, and ILO. For more than five years, she advised the Egyptian Ministry of Investment, where she led the research department. Numerous times, she was awarded Cairo University’s International Publications Award for publishing in Thomson Reuters–indexed journals in the area of ICT4D.
Pierre de Vries
Pierre de Vries Executive Fellow of the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Co-Director of its Spectrum Policy Initiative.
He is a Visiting Senior Scientist at the Institute for Networked Systems of RWTH Aachen University, and serves on the FCC Technology Advisory Council. His current work focuses on maximizing the value of radio operation by modeling and managing inter-system interference.
De Vries was a Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Center of the University of Washington (Seattle) from 2007 to 2010, and served as a technology advisor on spectrum matters to Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP in Washington DC. He was a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, from 2006 to 2007.
Prior to this he held various positions at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA, including Chief of Incubation, Senior Director of Advanced Technology and Policy, and Director of User Experience Design (1993–2005). His work there included managing incubation projects in the office of the CTO, creating the company’s first integrated user experience design team, developing the Trustworthy Computing Framework, supervising the start-up of the European Microsoft Innovation Centre, and leading the company’s work on unlicensed spectrum policy. He started his career at Korda & Co, a London-based seed capital company and technology consultancy where he advised corporations on the business impact of new technologies, evaluated venture capital investments, negotiated investments and relationships, and served on start-up boards (1987–1993).

He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford. He is named on six U.S. patents.

P. H. LONGSTAFF
P. H. LONGSTAFFLongstaff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs at Syracuse University
She is currently working on the analysis of public policy and security issues around artificial intelligence. Her research affiliations include the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University. She has been a featured speaker on these topics at ITS conferences in Torino, Italy, and Bangkok, Thailand.

She also has an international reputation for her multidisciplinary analysis of the concept of “resilience” and its implications for business planning and public policy. She pursued this work further as a Senior Visiting Scholar at Oxford University in 2010-11. She has published extensively on topics related to resilience and security. She has been invited to speak on these topics to groups all over the world. She is member of a US State Department subcommittee on communications in international disaster relief. She was a panel member for an interindustry study of resilient infrastructure in the communications sector for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

She received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard. She has graduate degrees in law and communication from the University of Iowa.

Related Publications

UPCOMING: Longstaff, P., “Artificial Intelligence: Can We Develop Public Policy Before it is Too Late?” in Telecommunications Policy, 2019

Oxford lecture on resilience and managing uncertainty
http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/videos/view/81

Longstaff, P. H. and S. Yang 2008. Communication Management and Trust: Their Role in Building Resilience to “Surprises” Such As Natural Disasters, Pandemic Flu, and Terrorism. Ecology and Society 13 (1): 3.

Longstaff, P., 2005, Security, Resilience, and Communication in Unpredictable Environments Such As Terrorism, Natural Disasters, and Complex Technology, Harvard University Program for Information Resources Policy. www.pirp.harvard.edu

Dr. Omar Nasr
Dr. Omar Nasr Associate Professor at the Electronics and Electrical Communication Department, Cairo University
Dr. Omar A. Nasr received his B.Sc. degree with honors from Cairo University in 2003. He received his M.Sc. in the field of speech compression from Cairo University in 2005.

In 2009, he received his Ph.D. degree in the field of Wireless Communications from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His Ph.D. research was in conjunction with Silvus Technologies, where he worked in the development and testing of 802.11n MIMO-OFDM systems. His work included doing field trials for the developed radios and characterizing their performance in different environments.

He joined Cairo University in 2010, where he is currently an Associate Professor at the Electronics and Electrical Communication Department. He worked in projects funded by the STDF, ITIDA and the TEMPUS European program with partners from Egypt and different European countries including the Netherlands, Italy, and Austria. He has diverse research interests covering the topics of video processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, networking, implementation of signal processing blocks, and IoT. He was one of the core team that initiated the professional MSc program at the Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering department. This new program, that was launched in Fall 2014 is completely sponsored by the Egyptian industrial partners.

Dr. Nasr is also a part of the R&D team in the Egyptian National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). He is a research scientist in an ambitious program to stimulate research activities in the field of telecommunications in the Egyptian universities and research institutes. He is actively following up the running projects that cover many telecommunications areas including smart grids, cellular networks optimization, smart irrigation systems, software defined radios, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and others.

Ahmed Said
Ahmed SaidVice Chairman of SG3 NTRA
Ahmed Said is the Head of Economic Affairs at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt. At present, he is carrying out all the economic related issues in the telecom sector and monitoring the performance of the telecom market and the progress in implementing the cost modeling process and the financial related issues.

Mr. Said received his Master of Science in Business Information Technology from University of Middlesex in London, in the year 2001 and he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, from Cairo University in the year 1999.

Mr. Said started his career in Mobinil (First mobile network operator in Egypt), followed by TheWayOut (Regional ISP head quartered in Egypt) whereby he reached the position of the business development manager. In 2002 Mr. Said moved to General Dynamics (U.S. based Corporation) as eGovernment and eBusiness Consultant. During this post Mr. Said has managed successfully to manage several telecom and IT projects with the ministry of communication and information technology.

In 2004 Mr. Said moved back to TheWayOut as the Head of WayOut Wireless (A Subsidy of TheWayOut Group) whereby he has managed to expand the business of the company in the Middle East region opening 5 new offices in Dubai, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman and Yemen.

In 2007 Mr. Said joined the National telecom regulatory authority as the economic affairs director. Throughout his career at NTRA he gained extensive experience in the field of telecommunications regulations, cost modeling, regulatory economics and Market analysis.

Mr. Said was also a member of the implementation team responsible for the development of major regulatory frameworks in the Egyptian telecom market including Access Framework, International Gateway Frameworks and Egypt’s national broadband plan and recently the 4G license framework.

Mr. Said has represented the Egyptian administration in several conferences & venues including the WTO, GSR, ITU Telecom indicators, WTSA12, PP14, WTSA16 and Arab Tariff Group (Arab League)..etc.

Mr. Said is currently the Vice Chairman of ITU-T SG3 where he is leading the work on many topics like OTT, Mobile Financial services and Alternative calling procedures this is beside his active role in leading the restructuring process of ITU-T SG3 whereby he succeeded in adding more questions and expanding the area of study in the SG3. Also Mr. Said was appointed as the Chariman of ITU-T SG3 RG ARB where he lead the Arab member states in starting this regional group and expanded the activities to study a lot of topic that interests the Arab region and positioned the group as an active regional group within SG3. Recently Mr. Said has been also appointed as a Vice chair for the Focus Group on Digital Fiat Currency, leading the regulatory and economic impact working group.

Pr. Samir B. MALIKI
Pr. Samir B. MALIKIProfessor of Economics and Management at University of Tlemcen (Algeria)
Dr. Samir Maliki is a full Professor of Economics and Management at University of Tlemcen (Algeria) since 2000. He served in academic position as Deputy Director of Tlemcen School of Management (2010-2015).

Maliki completed his PhD at Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines University in France, his Magister degree at University of Tlemcen (Algeria) and his undergraduate studies at the same university. Maliki’s research interests lie in the areas of Applied Economics, Water Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in MENA region.

Currently, Dr.Maliki, is the Director of doctoral program on Economic Engineering and Enterprise at Tlemcen University, and also Head team research (Economic Engineering, Environment and Management of Enterprises) at Mecas laboratory in the same University.

He published several papers in international scientific reviews such as International Journal of Economics and Business Research, International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, Economic Modelling, International Journal of Arts and Commerce, International Journal of Scientific Management and Development, etc.

Ahmed Rashad Riad
Ahmed Rashad RiadProgramme Coordinator ITU
Mr. Riad is a programme coordinator at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) HQ
in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently he works in the core team of the Artificial Intelligence for
Good Global Summit. The AI for Good is United Nations platform, centred around annual
Global Summits, that fosters the dialogue on the beneficial use of Artificial Intelligence, by
developing concrete projects to achieve the implementation of the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs). Mr Riad also manages the Small and Medium Enterprises Innovation
programme at ITU Telecom World events.
Mr. Riad has extensive experience of more than 10 years working in the field of Information
and Communications technologies, through working with ITU, Nokia Networks and Ericsson.
He delivered various projects across Middle East and Africa and Asia regions, ranging from
Mobile Broadband projects, to global technology events and forums coordination focused on
digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence, and SMEs and Scale-ups development
programmes.
Mr Riad is currently working on his PhD, from University of Geneva, researching and
working on the role of digital innovations such as AI in “modelling sustainable digital
transformation”. He holds a Master of Sciences degree from University College London in
Telecommunications with Business, UK, and a BSc degree in Electrical Communications and
Electronics Systems Engineering from Egypt.
Dr. Brigitte Preissl
Dr. Brigitte Preissl Head of Research Unit ZBW
Is Editor-in-Chief, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and Head of Research Unit ‘Knowledge Transfer in Economics’ at German National Library of Economics, ZBW.

PhD in Economics, University of Frankfurt / Main (Professor Dr Bertram Schefold).
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research – DIW in Berlin (1984-2005).
Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (Coventry) und at Aston University (Birmingham, England) (1993-1996), at the University of California, Berkeley (2001-2002) and at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) (1998 and 2002).
Senior Research Economist, Deutsche Telekom (2005-2007).
Since then Editor-in-chief for Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, ZBW .
Since 2011 also Head of the Research Unit ‘Knowledge Transfer in Economics’, German National Library of Economics.
Since 2004 Member of the Board of the International Telecommunications Society, ITS
2006-2013 Vice President of the ITS.
Member of Editorial Boards of various International Journals.

J. Scott Marcus
J. Scott Marcus Senior Fellow at Bruegel
J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based macroeconomics think tank. He also works as an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory issues related to electronic communications, media and ICTs.

He is best known as an economist, but his academic training is as a political scientist (with a specialty in public administration) and as an engineer. Mr. Marcus is based in Brussels, Belgium, and in Bonn, Germany.

Current and past private consulting clients have included the European Parliament; the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF); the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); national regulatory authorities of Bahrain, Jamaica, and Namibia; Systra (the systems engineering arm of the French rail system); and various market players.

From July 2005 to August 2015, he served as a Director for WIK-Consult GmbH (the consulting arm of the WIK, a research institute in economics and regulatory policy for network industries, located in Bad Honnef, Germany). From 2001 to 2005, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a position equivalent in rank to the Chief Economist or Chief Technologist. In 2004, the FCC loaned Mr. Marcus to the European Commission (to what was then DG INFSO) pursuant to a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to working for the FCC, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), one of the world’s largest Internet backbone service providers at that time.

In early 2014, Mr. Marcus served on a panel of three experts appointed by Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to review the state of broadband infrastructure in Italy and prospects for achieving European broadband goals. Mr. Marcus is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Communications and Media program at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), a unit of the European University Institute (EUI) / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). He is also a Fellow of GLOCOM (the Center for Global Communications, a research institute of the International University of Japan).

He has served as co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE Communications Magazine. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has served on the Meetings and Conference Board of the IEEE Communications Society from 2001 through 2005 and as Chair of IEEE CNOM. He served on the board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2000 to 2002.

He is the author of numerous papers and of a book on data network design: Designing Wide Area Networks and Internetworks: A Practical Guide, Addison Wesley, 1999. Much of Scott’s published work is interdisciplinary, combining economic, public policy, and technological analysis.

Mr. Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York, and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.

Dr. Emad Eldin Helmy Khalil
Dr. Emad Eldin Helmy KhalilCyber Risk Resilience & Business Continuity Exec. Director in the NTRA
His career began in 1985 as a system engineer for many communications projects in Egyptian Armed Forces. Gained experience in a variety of technologies, including research, education, practice and Internet. His previous work involved field engineering and deployment of many communication systems related to many technologies (Fiber, CDMA, Microwave, Mobile…. etc.), also inspecting many ICT equipment according to certification standards. He graduated from the Military Technical Collage has the Master and the Ph.D. degree in the field of Design for Test-ability especially for the VLSI circuits.
Joined the private sector as The Project Manager for the Egyptian company for Tracking & Information Technology (ETIT) setting up the tracking technology to the Egyptian market using the latest GIS technology.

Now as Cyber Risk Resilience & Business Continuity Exec. Director in the NTRA (National Telecommunication Regulator Authority), his primary tasks include inter agency cooperation, cyber risk assessment, resilience, field experimentation, research on technologies and policies related to disaster response and recovery, and public-private cooperation. Also, his career is a fast growing one having an ample vision and a wide range of business scope so, He is willing and working hard to establish the first national Common Criteria laboratories to assure security of ICT devices to bring trust to the critical infrastructure of ICT in Egypt via Defense in Depth.

In addition to that he published several monographs and papers in Fault Simulation, Boundary scan and built in Self-Test in FPGA design as well as being cited in numerous publications. He has experience teaching at the graduate and postgraduate levels and also as a public speaker.

Ayman Essam
Ayman EssamExternal Affairs and Legal Director
Ayman graduated from Faculty of Law, Menufia University in 1996. He worked in several leading legal consultancy and law firms, where he played a fundamental role in numerous massive acquisitions in Egypt.

Ayman joined Vodafone Egypt in 2001 where he was a key player in the Legal Department, with significant role in Vodafone Egypt’s several major acquisitions that took place during his 10 years tenure.

In 2010 Ayman joined the reputable Zaki Hashem & Partners Law firm as a Partner to the firm; responsible for the firm’s transformation and regional expansion in addition to his role as a partner.

Later in 2012 Ayman moved back to the Telecom industry, joining Orange Egypt, as Legal & Corporate Affairs Director at the company
In Jan. 2017, Ayman returned to Vodafone Egypt as External Affairs and Legal Director, leading the External communications, Corporate Responsibility Vodafone Egypt Foundation, Regulatory Affairs, Government relations, legal and corporate security departments’ teams.

Dr. Muneer Zuhdi
Dr. Muneer ZuhdiHead of Global Smart City Solution
Head of Global Smart City Solution in the Global Digital Economy Practice. In his role, he leads the Smart City E2E Solution based on existing and emerging technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, and Blockchain.

Dr. Zuhdi has worked globally for telecom vendors and operators. He led functions such as Technology Strategy, Network & Digital Transformation, Smart City Solutions, and global R&D while working for Etisalat, Tellabs, and Ericsson.

Dr. Zuhdi has a Ph.D., MSEE, MBA, and over 20 American patents, and he is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship and innovation management.

Georges Vivien
Georges Vivien Economic researcher at Orange Labs
He holds a Ph.D. from the Paris School of Economics, and postdoctoral positions at the Toulouse School of Economics and Ecole CentraleSupelec
Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki
Dr. Eesa Mohammed BastakiPresident, University of Dubai
Dr. Eesa Bastaki is the former CEO of the ICT Fund and is actively leading the effort to create an eco-system in the UAE ICT industry, by encouraging entrepreneurship, funding R&D projects and University scholarships and implementing ICT initiatives at the school level. As a UAE national scientist and researcher he studied abroad where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine. His research interests are Multiple Access Communications, Coding and Synchronization. He was a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering Department at UAE University since 1989 until 2011. During his career he held many posts. He was the Chairman of the Energy & Technology Sections during 1990-1992 at the Technology & Energy Research Center, UAEU. At UAEU, he was the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in 1992-1996 and the Director of the IT Center in 1998-2000. From 2000 to 2003 he founded the IT Center at Al-Ain Municipality. He was Consultant and Director of Education & Technology from 2003 to 2008 and one of the founders of Dubai Silicon Oasis. He is one of the founders of Rochester Institute of Technology-Dubai. Now, he is the President of University of Dubai, Chairman of Emirates Science Club, Board Member of Cultural & Science Association. He is also the Honorary Chairman of IEEE, UAE Section and member of Society of Engineers. He is a member of Advisory Boards of 7 universities. He is the recipient of Sheikh Rashid’s Award for Scientific Excellence. In 2009, he received UAE’s highest award “The Emirates Awards for Science, Arts and Literature” in sciences.
Mr Roberto Ercole
Mr Roberto ErcoleSpectrum Telecoms and Consulting Ltd. Cambridge, UK
Roberto is a Chartered Engineer in Europe, specialising in mobile radio systems and radio spectrum regulation. He graduated with a degree in Applied Physics in 1988, and a Masters in Electronic Engineering in 1990. He also has a post graduate certificate in EU and UK Competition Policy and Law.

He worked as a radio spectrum regulator in the UK for 7 years, following that he worked with a UK GSM1800 operator as a spectrum engineer, specialising in regulatory issues (related to the UK spectrum auction for) 3G for 2 years. After that he worked for the UK telecoms competition regulator (Oftel) for 5 years looking at spectrum competition issues such as spectrum auctions.

Prior to joining the GSMA in 2006, He worked as an independent consultant advising on radio spectrum engineering issues, as well as in spectrum valuations. Roberto has also assisted governments developing spectrum liberalisation policies and in helping to promote competition in mobile markets by encouraging new entrants.

Roberto left GSMA in 2016 and now works as a consultant for a number of clients and has worked extensively in the MENA region.

Sofie Maddens
Sofie MaddensHead of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the ITU BDT
Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division of the ITU BDT. Lawyer by training, Sofie Maddens has worked as Regulatory and Policy Expert in the telecommunications/ICT sector in international and multi-cultural environments, including in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in the Americas, Europe and Africa. She has managed complex private sector, government, and regional and international projects and grants for national governments and their National Regulatory Authorities, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Telecommunications Development Bureau of the ITU as well as for a wide variety of private telecommunications, consulting and financial sector clients. Her scope of expertise has focused in particular on the information and communications sectors, the postal sector as well as the information society (including Internet policy and governance, e-commerce, privacy, cybercrime and cyber security).
Jason Whalle
Jason WhalleProfessor of Digital Economy at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Dr Jason Whalley is Professor of Digital Economy at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. His research focuses on the telecommunications industry, with four discernible themes. The first theme is that of the structure of telecommunications markets. The research here, often with Professor Peter Curwen, initially focused on mobile operators and, more recently, on broadband access markets. The diffusion and adoption of broadband is a second theme, examining the availability and adoption in rural and remote areas as well pricing and the factors that determine the speed that is delivered to users. A third area of research examines the development of ICT in Himalayan countries like Bhutan, while the fourth focuses on the Internet of Things. This latter area looks at the interplay between 5G and fibre, as well as the strategies that companies are adopting as they embrace the Internet of Things. Dr Whalley is vice-chairman of the International Telecommunications Society, a global society that brings together academia, industry and regulators, and is also an Associate Editor of Telecommunications Policy, the leading journal in its field. He has a MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge, MA in Modern International Studies from the University of Leeds and PhD in Management Science from the University of Strathclyde, all in the UK.
Hossam El Meadawy
Hossam El Meadawy External Relations Director at Etisalat Misr
He joined Etisalat in July 2017.

Throughout his career, that spans almost twenty years, he has managed External Relations, telecom Regulations, Governmental Affairs, Public Policy, Network Design, Implementation Management and Quality of Service.

Mr. Meadawy started his career in Alcatel Egypt in 1999, where he managed the implementation of Mobile networks. He also led local projects for Alcatel in the oil and gas industry, Hossam also managed network design and implementation in countries like; Uganda, Algeria and Nigeria. 2004, Mr. Meadawy became responsible of Transmission network design in Africa, Middle East and India.

In 2005, Mr. Meadawy moved to Vodafone Egypt, where he managed the transmission Quality and Performance function for three years. Then he moved to the Regulatory Affairs until 2012 where he became Head of Regulatory & Public Policy.

Mr. Meadawy has a BSc. in Electrical and Communications Engineering (’98) from the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University.