Management profiles

Shola Taylor

Shola Taylor

A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was appointed Secretary-General of the CTO in June 2015. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Kemilinks International, an ICT consultancy firm based in Lagos. A telecommunications engineer by training, he brings to the CTO over 35 years of global experience in ICTs with government and the private sector. Previous positions held include regional director for Africa at Inmarsat (1994 – 1999), space technology coordinator for developing countries at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, 1993 – 1994) and project director, also at the ITU (1987 – 1993). Twice elected as a member of the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (vice-chair in 2004, and chair in 2005), Mr Taylor has a rich inside knowledge of international organisations. Early in his career, he worked in telecommunication engineering, including as senior engineer at Nigerian Telecommunications (1981 – 1985) and spectrum engineer at Intelsat (1985 – 1987).

Mrs Gisa Fuatai PurcellDirector, ICT Development Department

Gisa Fuatai Purcell

Gisa Fuatai Purcell was the Head, LSE Division at the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union. She was responsible for ITU-D’s activities concerning special assistance to least developed countries (LDCs) small island developing states (SIDS) land locked countries (LLDCs) and countries in special needs. She was also responsible for Emergency Telecommunication, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. She is also responsible for ITU-BDT Study Question 8/2: Strategies and policies for the proper disposal or reuse of telecommunication/ICT waste material.

Gisa holds a Master of Commerce and Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; with a major in telecommunication and information systems.

Prior to joining ITU, Gisa was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Samoa after working as ICT and Financial consultant in Wellington, New Zealand for many years.


Martin Koyabe
Manager, Technical Support and Consultancy Division

Dr Martin Koyabe

Martin is Head of Technical Support and Consultancy division at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO). He has extensive experience working in the telecoms sector and academia on ICT research and development.

Before joining CTO, Martin was a Senior Researcher/Technical Lead in Information Security with BT, where he worked for over 10 years in various R&D positions within BT Group and BT Technology Services & Operations (TSO). While at BT, he participated and lead several ICT research & development projects (both within and outside BT). Part of his achievements involves developing and down-streaming innovative ICT solutions into BT’s line of businesses; and designing, prototyping and deploying Information Security solutions for BT customers.

In the last two decades, Martin has worked on numerous technical projects in Africa, Europe and US. He was among the first Internet engineers to pioneer the Full-Internet deployment & connectivity in Kenya in early ’90s, while working as the Principal Engineer with African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC). He is also a technical expert/reviewer for the European Commission (EC) and has published widely in international journals and conferences, and co-invented several patents.

Martin has a PhD in Communications Engineering from Aberdeen University, UK and an executive education in Service & Managing Innovation from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.

Robert Hayman
Manager, Events and Acting Manager, Capacity Development and Training

Robert Hayman

Robert joined the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in 2013 as Manager, Events. Robert manages the overall delivery of the events programme, delivering knowledge sharing and policy influencing platforms for the membership and the telecoms sector as a whole.  Robert manages the Events Division that delivers forums across the Commonwealth, including the biennial Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum and the Annual Commonwealth ICT Forum and Council meeting. His role involves, supervision of all aspects of conference production, organisation, on-site management and delivery, liaising with speakers, Commonwealth Ministers, host countries, Commonwealth member countries and ICT and Telecom regulatory bodies.

Robert is also the Acting Manager for Capacity, Development and Training, a temporary position that he has held since the summer of 2018.

Robert also has membership duties and is Member Account Manager (MAM) for the following Commonwealth countries or territories: The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Jamaica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Robert has considerable previous experience in events management, having headed up national and international events at the Nuclear Institute between 2008-2012, as Events Manager, as well as, working as Senior Events Officer at the King’s Fund, prior to joining the CTO.


Nikisha Joshi
Manager, Finance and Pensions

Nikisha Joshi

Nikisha is the head of Finance and Pensions division at the CTO since July-2017. She is certified Chartered accountant and holds degree in Bachelor of Commerce. She has around 5 years post qualification experience in the field of financial reporting, Budget Preparation and monitoring, System implementation, Audit and assurance, Pension Fund Management, IFRS, Local GAAP, Taxation, Payroll and governance. She has a knowledge of technical tools such as SAP FICO Module, Sage 50 Payroll, Sage 100 Accounts, Quick Books, Tally ERP 9. Before joining CTO, Nikisha has worked for different types of organisations such as multi-national companies (Listed as one of the Fortune 500 companies), Public sector Unit, Private limited companies, Service Industry and Audit firm. Her professional experience ranges from various countries like India, England, China, and America.

Deputy Manager HR & Admin

Dorothy Elangot

Dorothy heads the Human Resource division at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO)
Before joining CTO, Dorothy worked in various UK government departments including; the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Cabinet Office, Department of Culture, Media and Sports and House of Lords. She also worked at the Conservative Party Headquarters.
Dorothy holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from Middlesex University, London. She’s also a CIPD Associate member (Assoc CIPD).