Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is chaired by the Chairperson of the CTO Council and is composed of:

  • The Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons of the Council
  • Two persons representing the ICT Sector Members, elected by ICT Sector members attending the CTO Forum, one of whom should be elected from amongst Industry Partners and one from amongst Development Partners.
  • The immediate past Chairperson of Council
  • The Chairperson of the CTO’s Programme for Development and Training (PDT)
  • The Secretary General in his or her official capacity.

The current membership of the Executive Committee is as follows:

Gilbert C. Peterson S.C
Chair – Trinidad and Tobago

Gilbert C. Peterson S.C, Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

Gilbert C. Peterson S.C currently holds the position of Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.


Mr. Peterson, S.C., has recently been appointed Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has wide experience in all areas of Civil and Criminal Law. Since his admittance to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1987, Mr. Peterson has appeared in numerous criminal trials both as Defense Counsel and Special Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions of Trinidad and Tobago. He has functioned in both capacities in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Peterson was admitted to the inner bar and became Senior Counsel in November 2003. He has appeared at Court of Appeal and Privy Council Level for the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago in constitutional motions and judicial review applications. His expertise has seen him function temporarily as a High Court Judge in Trinidad and Tobago. He was former Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of Trinidad and Tobago. Today he sits as Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Gilbert Peterson SC is widely considered one of the best practitioners of law in Trinidad and Tobago and has the reputation of being an extremely well prepared and tenacious advocate.

Shivnesh Prasad
First Vice-Chair – Fiji

Shivnesh Prasad, Director of Communications, Office of the Attorney General, Fiji

Mrs Jamiilah Linton-Anane
Chairperson of the CTO’s Programme for Development and Training (PDT) – Mrs Jamiilah Linton-Anane, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago


James M. Kilaba
2nd Vice-Chair – Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

James M. Kilaba 2nd Vice-Chair – Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

Eng. James M. Kilaba is currently working as Director General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), the government communications regulatory entity that regulates the country’s Information and communications Technologies (Telecommunications, Postal and broadcasting) Sectors.
Before his new appointment, Eng. Kilaba held various posts, progressively from being an Executive Engineer to Director of ICT in TCRA.

Mr. Kilaba has been working in the communications sector regulation for more than 20 years. Over this period he has been a pioneer in many ICT development initiatives in the country and beyond.
He has also been active participant in the ITU Standardization and Development activities as well as serving the ITU as ITU-T Study Group 2 Vice Chairman for two Study periods (2009–2016). At East Africa region level, the TCRA Head was the motivator behind the establishment of the EACO Standardization Group in East Africa.
James Kilaba is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers’ Registration Board (ERB) of Tanzania, Senior Member of the Institution of Engineers Tanzania and Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of USA for over 15 years.

Eng. Kilaba is a graduate of Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Information Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in electronics & Communications Engineering. The TCRA Chief also holds a Diploma in Development and Management of Small Businesses & Industries. Additionally, he has completed a postgraduate Diploma course in Business Administration.

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta
Immediate Past Chair – Nigeria

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Professor Danbatta obtained his BEng and MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK.

He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. His main administrative responsibilities in the university included deputy and acting dean of students’ affairs, administrator of the works department and later, director of the Centre for Information Technology.

He was also a member of over 60 university committees and task forces, including numerous stints as chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer deputy and acting vice-chancellor when it took off in 2001.

Professor Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external examiner to seven universities and polytechnic schools. He is an assessor, technical reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals; he has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.

Professor is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. He has served two terms of five years as a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) where he is a registered engineer. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
He was the vice-president of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the NCC to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of ICT. Until his current appointment at the NCC, Professor Danbatta who recently served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano was acting vice-chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology in Wudil, Kano State.

Philémon Zo’o Zame
Development Partner Representative

Philémon Zo’o Zame, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon

Industry Partner Representative


Shola Taylor
Secretary General – CTO

Shola Taylor photo

Shola Taylor, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), United Kingdom

A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was appointed Secretary-General of the CTO in June 2015. Until then, we 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).

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As one of the organs of governance of the CTO, the duties of the Executive Committee are laid out as follows in Article 8.3 of the Constitution:

  • To make recommendations to the Council concerning the CTO’s strategies and policies;
  • To consider the draft Budget, Annual Report and business plan before submission to the Council;
  • To provide guidance to the Secretary General on the development and management of programme activities, the development of work with ICT Sector Members and other partners and on any other matters where it considers such guidance may be useful;
  • To conduct, on behalf of the Council, the process to select a candidate for appointment as the Secretary General and recommend to Council a candidate for appointment as Secretary General, as and when required;
  • To appoint a Chairperson for the CTO Forum each year;
  • To consider and, if deemed appropriate, to recommend to Council any proposals for the CTO to become an investor in a venture or to use the name of the CTO or any part thereof for another venture, which may create a significant obligation on the CTO;
  • In the interval between meetings of the Council, to act on behalf of the Council within the limits of the powers delegated to it by the latter; and
  • To perform such other tasks as may be directed by the Council.