Panellists 2.1 Improving Networks and Services through Convergence

 

Chair  
Daniel Alejandro Sepulveda   Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Sepulveda served for more than a decade in the Senate advising Senators Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama and John Kerry. Sepulveda also worked in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Labor and during the first term of Obama Administration as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative leading a team that managed relations with Congress. Additional prior work experience includes service advocacy at the nation's largest Latino organization, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Mr. Sepulveda received a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Emory University.
     
Ministers    
Gerardo Ruiz   Gerardo Ruiz Esparza has a B.A. in law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and an MA in Law from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a specialization in Comparative Law and Public Management. He has served continuously for over 40 years in public office, implementing and managing projects of national relevance, such as: Secretary of Communications in the Government of the State of México; Management Director of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE); Management Director of the Mexican Institute of Social Service (IMSS); General Secretary of Governance for the Government of the State of México; Assistant Legal Manager of the Public Debt Directorate and of the Financial Policy Directorate at the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). He currently serves as the Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation for the Government of Mexico since 2012.
     
Amy Adams  

Amy Adams was first elected as a member of the New Zealand Parliament in 2008 and was appointed to the Cabinet in 2011. Minister Adams is currently Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications. She is the second highest ranked women in Cabinet and has previously held the roles of Minister for the Environment, Minister for Internal Affairs and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. Prior to her appointment as a Minister, she chaired both the Finance and Expenditure and Electoral Reform committees of Parliament. Before being elected to Parliament, Minister Adams was a partner in a Christchurch law firm, specializing in commercial and property law. Minister Adams lives in Christchurch in New Zealand’s South island with her husband and their two children, on their 250 hectare sheep and crop farm.

     
Marcelo Jenkins Coronas  

Marcelo Jenkins, Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications for Costa Rica, has a Ph.D on Computer Engineering, from the University of Delaware, U.S.A, researcher and academic specialist of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). He has worked in the School of Computing and Informatics of the UCR since 1986, where he was professor and director. He directed the master's program in Computer and Information Technologies at UCR. In the same university he held the direction of the Program Society of Information and Knowledge (PROSIC) and the Center for Research in Information and Communication Technologies (CITIC). Since the latter two counts Jenkins is aware of the progress of telecommunications in the country, the digital divide, the software sector and the impact of technology in various sectors.

     
 Speakers      
  Jean-Pierre Blais began his term as Chairperson & CEO of the CRTC in June 2012.  Prior to this, Mr. Blais was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Government Operations Sector and Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Cultural Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage (2004-11). His responsibilities included legislation, policies and programs related to copyright modernization, broadcasting, the cultural industries, the arts, as well as cultural trade policy and treaties. From 1994-2004, after practising law with a large Montreal law firm, Mr. Blais served as Senior Legal Counsel, General Counsel (Broadcasting) and Executive Director (Broadcasting) at the CRTC, and as ADM of International & Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage.  Mr. Blais holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University.
     
 

Thaddeus Arroyo is Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Mexico, LLC, a Mexico City based wireless service provider operating under the Iusacell, Nextel and Unefón brand names. AT&T Mexico, LLC operates a network that covers over 80 million people in Mexico. Arroyo is leading the expansion of AT&T Mexico’s mobile network and distribution channels to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses while transforming the sales and service experience for customers. Arroyo was appointed to his current position in January 2015. Previously, he served as President - Technology Development where he successfully advanced AT&T’s technology transformation strategy from integration, rationalization, and capabilities development to an innovation-fueled organization focused on transforming business processes and market offerings. Prior to joining AT&T, Arroyo served as CIO at Cingular Wireless and prior to that, as senior VP of Product Marketing and Development for Sabre Corporation.

     
  Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for Mobile and Global Access Policy at Facebook where he oversees, among others, Facebook's connectivity programs and communication regulatory issues. Previously, he served as Chairman (2005-2009) and Commissioner (2001-2005) of the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure, the FCC adopted a non-binding policy statement on net neutrality which led to the 2010 Open Internet Order. After leaving the FCC he joined the Aspen Institute as a Senior Fellow at the think tank's Communications and Society Program, and later the law firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP as a Partner. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.P.P. from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
     
Jari Arkko   Jari Arkko is an Expert with Ericsson Research. Since 2013 he has also served as the Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet technology standards development organisation. He has published 43 technical specifications (RFCs) at the IETF. As a developer, Jari works on routers, VPN software, testing tools, AAA systems, and AI. He received his Licentiate’s degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1996. Jari’s main interests include Internet architecture, the Internet of Things, Internet privacy, Internet governance, and cutting through technology hype. He likes to personally build and and use the technology that he works with.
     
Key Interveners  
 

Yair Hakak is the director of the Planning Policy Division of the Ministry of Communications. He previously held posts in the Ministry's Economics Department, and, before joining the civil service, as a software development team leader. He holds a BA degree in economics from Columbia University, an MBA from the Hebrew University, and an MA in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public policy at the Hebrew University. 

  Academician Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong is Chair, UNESCO International Science Technology Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation; Commissioner, UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; Pro-Chancellor, Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur; Chair, Global Council, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Program; Member, International Committee, LAMAP Fondation France; Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; founder President of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology; former President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO); Co-chair of Task Force “Science, Technology and Innovation” of the United Nations Millennium Project; former Member of the Board of Trustees of Engineers Against Poverty, U.K; former Member of International Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada and former Member of the National Economic and Social Council Kenya. He is Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; the founder President of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology.

 

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