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

Robert Hayman

Robert is the CTO’s Events Manager and manages the overall delivery of the CTO’s events and conferences, delivering knowledge sharing and policy influencing platforms for both our member organisations and others working to develop ICTs. Robert’s role involves, amongst other things, supervision of all aspects of conference production, organisation, on-site management and delivery.

Robert has considerable previous experience in events management, having headed up national and international events at the Nuclear Institute, and also having been an events officer at the King’s Fund prior to joining the CTO in 2013.



Nikisha Joshi
Deputy Manager, Finance and Pension

Nikisha Joshi