CTO Forum 2018 speakers

Angus Smith, MSc, CDRE.

Angus Smith is an ICT professional with over 15 years of experience in Information Technology with a focus on IT Security, Cyber Security Incident Response and Management, Systems Administration, and IT Governance. Currently focused on the development and implementation of the National CSIRT and Cyber Security in Trinidad and Tobago, with the aim of developing a framework to assist in the improvement of the nation’s IT\IS infrastructure. Angus has been directly involved in the development of the National Cyber Security Strategy and the associated Cyber Crime bill. He currently represents Trinidad and Tobago at various hemispheric cyber security forums.


Annie Baldeo is the Executive Officer, Economics at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

She has served with TATT for over thirteen years where she is responsible for policy development, statistical indicators, competition analysis and strategic planning. She contributes to the publication of the industry’s Market Reports and was appointed vice-chair of the International Telecommunications Union international expert group on benchmarking telecommunications and ICT indicators.
Prior to this position, Annie was employed with the National Information and Communication Technology Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Administration where she was involved in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National ICT Plan.
Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University.


Anselm Charles

Anselm Charles is the current Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager with oversight of ICT projects, services and infrastructure at CARICOM IMPACS. Anselm joined the Agency in 2008 as the Network Administrator and was confirmed as ICT Manager in April 2018 after acting in the position from June 2017. Anselm Charles brings a wealth of management and operational ICT knowledge and a high level of logic and determination.
Anselm is currently responsible for the implementation of the activities that fall under the CARICOM Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Action Plan (CCSCAP).
Anselm holds a MSc (Distinction) in Network Security and numerous industry certifications.
In his free time Anselm enjoys learning about new technologies, reading and photography.


Cleveland Thomas, ITU’s Representative for the Caribbean

Prior to this appointment Mr. Thomas was the CEO for the State Enterprise, National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago). He also held the post of National Chief Information Officer (NCIO) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to this we worked at a very senior level for the local telecommunication operator TSTT with responsibility of products and services costing, pricing and regulations.

He has a wealth of ITU experience. He was Trinidad and Tobago’s representative at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for over 14 years and sat as the Caribbean region’s representative at the ITU Council. He chaired a number of Study Groups, Rapporteur Groups and was TAL’s chairman.

Cleveland is a Certified Accountant and also possesses a Masters’ Degree in Information and Communication Technology for Regulations and Policies.


Kieran Meskell

An engineer by training, Kieran has 30 years experience in telecommunications covering both fixed and mobile sectors. In that time he has primarily been involved in dealing with regulated products and services and their associated regulatory processes. He has also worked the Irish National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. More recently he has been focused on the regulatory issues associated with the digital economy. Kieran is Head of Regulatory Affairs at Digicel Group and is responsible for regulatory affairs across all of Digicel’s markets in the Caribbean.


Daniel Smith, Senior Manager, Digital Marketing, TSTT

Daniel Smith has 18 years experience in the digital landscape as an Entrepreneur, Product Manager, Consultant, and now as Sr. Manager Digital Marketing at TSTT. He co founded two companies in the ICT space, worked and advised organizations both locally and internationally on positioning themselves in the digital space.
He currently leads the effort at TSTT in Digital Marketing focused on some of our Digital Transformation efforts; leading online payment to a 300% growth and creating increased engagement on our Social Media platforms.
He has worked in projects for both the public and private sector in the Caribbean region from Caribbean Airlines, Telecoms, Conglomerates and Government Ministries across the region and IAD Miami. He has worked in Education, Fashion and a lifestyle platform.
Daniel has a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from Andrews University.


David Geary.

David Geary is General Counsel Caribbean for the Digicel Group and is responsible for legal and regulatory affairs for Digicel in the Caribbean. He joined Digicel in the South Pacific in 2010 and moved to the Caribbean in 2013. David is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and in England & Wales and practised anti-trust and regulatory law with major law firms in Sydney, Brussels and Dublin. He also previously worked for Batelco, the fixed and mobile incumbent operator in Bahrain. He is a graduate of the European University Institute and the University of Limerick and currently sits on the GSMA Chief Policy and Regulatory Officers Group for Latin America. He is the author of various publications and is a regular commentator on EU law matters in the print and broadcast media in Ireland.


Deleen Powell, Communication Specialist

SMs. Deleen Powell is a Communication Specialist with a decade of experience in Journalism, Marketing and Public Relations, Environmental Education and most recently Telecommunications. She has a passion for fostering national development and as part of the Universal Service Fund Jamaica team, is instrumental in the design and promotion of initiatives aimed at increasing the use of and access to Information and Communication Technology among marginalised groups. She possesses a BA in Media and Communication from the UWI and is completing her MSc in Telecommunication Policy and Technology Management at the Mona School of Business and Management.


Gerard Best, Caribbean-based Development Journalist

Gerard Best is a Caribbean-based Development Journalist with a special interest in how the Internet is changing Caribbean society. He is the writer behind SightLine, the industry news and analysis site covering infrastructure resilience, network peering and interconnection, local content opportunities, marketplace regulation, Internet governance, cybersecurity and Internet organisation meetings, all from a Caribbean perspective.
An experienced Communications Specialist, he manages a diverse portfolio, including content strategy, institutional advertising, reputation management, stakeholder engagement, qualitative research, executive speechwriting, translation services, publication design, print brokerage, digital asset management and media liaison services.


Gisa Fuatai Purcell, Acting Secretary-General, CTO

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.


Hallam Hope

Hallam Hope holds the Master of Arts in Communication Policy Studies from City University, London (2000). He has been a tutor in telecommunications policy and regulation with the University of the West Indies (UWI) at St Augustine, Trinidad and in mass communications at the Barbados Community College (BCC). A graduate of the University of the West Indies at Mona and the Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC) in New Delhi Hallam has served as a director of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA), Vice President of the Barbados Economic Society and the Barbados ICT Professionals Association (BIPA) and served on the committee which provided oversight to HIPCAR, a European Union-funded regional project.
Hallam is a prolific writer on technology policy and regulation including Blockchain and Crypto Currency, has presented papers to Central Bank of Barbados conferences on several occasions and is a follower and analyst of global developments in Blockchain technology and Crypto Currency and a contributor to the development of a Regulatory Sandbox model. He is Managing Director of the Barbados-based consultancy, CARITEL.


The Hon. Melford Walter Fitzgerald Nicholas, was appointed Minister of Information Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Information Technology, Antigua and Barbuda

The Hon. Melford Walter Fitzgerald Nicholas, was appointed Minister of Information Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Information Technology on June 18, 2014 and once again in March 2018 after early elections in Antigua and Barbuda.

With almost three decades worth of experience in the Telecoms Industry, the Hon. Melford Nicholas for many of those years was the lead commercial voice in the sale and adoption of technology solutions for both business and government.

This background has ideally prepared Minister Nicholas to be the driving force that he has become in the local and regional arena in the adoption and use of ICT’s as a tool for the digital transformation of governments in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean.

Minister Nicholas has propelled the automation and digitization of a number of agencies in Antigua and Barbuda as well as the implementation of the Online Driver’s License Renewal Program, the digitization of records at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), the Antigua & Barbuda Intellectual Property, the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda and the Civil Registry just to name a few projects.

In 2017 Minister Nicholas was appointed President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU).

Through his leadership Minister Nicholas and his team held the 21st Century Government Summit and CityNext Antigua 2018 ICT Symposium in Antigua and fulfilled the expectation for all attending to have a better understanding of how to approach their tasks of transforming their respective governments.


Hounarable Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa

Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa; a position she has held since 31 March 2017.
Born from the Sakhela Village in Mthatha, Eastern Cape; Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams was previously the Deputy Minister of the Department of Communications (DoC) from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017. Prior to the 2014 elections, she held the same position in the then DoC (now Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services) from 25 October 2011 until 25 May 2014.
Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams holds a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Diploma in Telecommunications and Managements Systems, a Certificate in Telecommunications, Policy and Regulation Management (Wits University), an Advanced Certificate in Project Management (Rhodes University) and a Project Management Diploma (Cranefields College).
Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a member of the following parliament committees:
//Portfolio Committee on Communications and Committee Whip in 2011;
// Portfolio Committee on Defence and Committee Whip from 2009 to 2011;
// Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Intelligence; and
// Member of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus Sub-Committee on Political Education.
She is currently a member of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee, and a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Working Committee.
Prior to being an MP, Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams was a Project Manager for the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council from 2003 to 2009.
She is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for her involvement in voluntary activities aimed at improving peoples’ lives.


Honourable Wayne Caines

Honourable Wayne Caines graduated Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Minor in Political Science. He went on to obtain a Law Degree at the University of Kent, School of Law; and enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst), Territorial Army Officers Commissioning Course.

Wayne was employed for seven years as a Crown Counsel with the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions. Minister Caines is the former Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Bermuda and CEO of SENIAC Consulting.

Mr. Caines is the Minister of National Security, having administrative responsibility for the Bermuda Police Service, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Customs, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bermuda Department of Corrections. His portfolio also includes the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, E-Commerce and FinTech.


Keino Cox
Vice President Supply Chain and Enterprise Portfolio Management
Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago

Keino Cox is the Vice President Supply Chain and Enterprise Portfolio Management and Secretary to the Tenders Committee for the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).
Mr. Cox has over 18 years’ experience leading teams in Revenue Assurance, Finance and Supply Chains in the Telecommunications industry and possesses a Masters in International Business (Distinction) from the Arthur Lok Jack GSB, Bachelor Degree Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and most recently certification in Supply Chain Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr. Cox is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Australian Institute of Business in various Supply Chain Degree programmes.
Mr. Cox is the pioneer of the e-Tender Software as a Service (SaaS), leading the innovation from concept to implementation of TSTT’s first and only totally in-house developed SaaS for RFx Management, e-Auctions, Tender Evaluations, Document Work-Flow and Contract Management facilitated via the World Wide Web and Mobile APP functionality.


Kirk Sookram, Executive Officer – Technology & Engineering, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

Kirk Sookram currently holds the position of Executive Officer – Technology & Engineering at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been employed with the Authority since its inception in July, 2004, starting as a Telecommunications Engineer, advancing to Manager, Spectrum Management and Monitoring and, in 2015, to the position he currently holds.
Kirk is a national of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. His qualifications include a Bachelors of Science Degree (with Honours) in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science Degree (Distinction) in Operational Telecommunications from Coventry University, United Kingdom. During his tenure at the Authority, he has specialized in spectrum management, wireless technologies, telecommunications regulation, ICT and broadband development, cost modeling and policy development.
Kirk also currently serves as the Chairman of the Caribbean Spectrum Management Task Force established by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.


Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General

Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015.
From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities.
Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT.
From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.


Mr Martin Mokgware, Chief Executive of the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)

Mr Martin Mokgware is the Chief Executive of the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) a position he assumed on 1st December 2017. Mr Mokgware is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Universal Access and Service Fund (UASF).

BOCRA regulates the communications sector in Botswana, comprising Telecommunications, Internet and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), Radio Communications, Commercial Broadcasting and Postal Services.

As the Chief Executive Martin’s responsibilities includes overseeing BOCRA operations and execution of the organisational strategy to achieve strategic areas of Universal Access and Services; Competition; Affordability; Consumer Protection; Efficient Management of Scarce Resources; Organisational Efficiency and Effectiveness as well as Contribution to and Implementation of Public Policy. As a Board Member of the UASF he is instrumental in the formulation and implementation of the UASF Strategy for Botswana

An Economist by profession, Martin spent the longest part of his career in BOCRA dealing with licensing of telecommunication players, development of regulatory guidelines on costing, interconnection, Broadband and Universal Access. He was part of the team that developed the National Broadband Strategy for Botswana.

Martin began has career, prior to joining BOCRA, at Standard Chartered Bank of Botswana and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning as an Economic Planner in charge of development projects in the Telecommunications, Civil Aviation and Roads construction sectors.

Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Transport Economics from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Botswana and a Post Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications Regulation from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.


Nigel Cassimire, Consulting Telecommunications Specialist

Mr. Nigel Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over thirty years of experience in the operational and executive management of telecommunications technologies and services.
Mr. Cassimire has functioned as a Consulting Telecommunications Specialist since July 2005 and has worked extensively with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretariat in Port of Spain harmonising Caribbean positions in the areas of spectrum management, Internet governance and ICT policy. He has also successfully conducted consultancies for several of the member governments of the CTU.
Mr. Cassimire has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering as well as a Diploma in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is a fellow of the Telecommunications Engineering and Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fountainbleau, France.


Nyombi Thembo George William-Profile

Nyombi Thembo is the Director Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF), the Universal Access Fund the Republic of Uganda, managed under the Uganda Communications Commission. Thembo is a Development Economist with close to 25 years of development work ranging from Development Planning, Project Planning and management, ICT Policy and oversight and Local Government leadership. He is the former Minister of State of the Republic of Uganda serving in various portfolios including: Primary education, ICT and Prime Minister’s Office.
Thembo has been at the center of ICT policy oversight for the last seven years-serving as Minister of State in charge of Communications and currently as the Director, Rural Communications Development Fund. In all these deployments, Thembo has been at the center of extending ICTs to the unserved and underserved areas of Uganda: digital literacy has been the cornerstone of these efforts and Thembo has been at the center of these endeavors from both policy and operational levels.
Thembo is qualified with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Master of Science (Development Economics), Project Planning and Management (University of Bradford-UK) and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (Uganda Management Institute). He is also qualified with a host of qualifications in ICT Policy, Telecommunications Management and Cyber Security. Thembo is also a Certified Public Private Partnerships professional.


Sergio Pengel, Founder of PIEDATA/Sonar

Mr. Sergio Pengel is the Founder of PIEDATA/Sonar.
His motto is “some of the best ideas will come from the minds of underdeveloped countries”.
Piedata is a software development firm for startups in the Caribbean. Mr. Pengel considers himself to be a lucky father, a mobile engineer and a social influencer committed to elevating lifestyles through creative technology and minority inclusion. He has over seven years of experience indeveloping mobile commerce solutions, working with governments and the private sector in more than 12 countries, organizing regional hackathons and pre-accelerator programmes for startups in underserved communities. He loves to serve others who are committed to the fundamentals of applying innovativeness and creativity, driven by enhanced citizens and centric solutions in order to make our world a safer place.


Shernon Osepa is the Manager, Regional Affairs for Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau of the Internet Society (ISOC).

Prior to joining ISOC, Mr. Osepa was the Manager Regional Relations Caribbean for ICANN for more than three years. Before ICANN he worked as a Policy Advisor with the Telecommunications & Post Regulatory Authority (Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post) in the Netherlands Antilles for almost 6 years. Previously he worked with the local telecommunications incumbent operator UTS/Setel in Curacao, for almost nine years.
Mr. Shernon Osepa is a national of Curacao. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University for Professional Studies in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University for Professional Studies in Enschede the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago.
He is fluent in Dutch, English, Spanish, Papiamento and has a working understanding of French.
Mr. Osepa is based in Curacao.


Tracy Hackshaw

Tracy Hackshaw is an ICT and Digital Economy Strategist possessing close to twenty-five (25) years’ local, regional and international experience spanning work in the public and private sectors where he has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of several globally recognized award-winning initiatives such as SurePay , ttconnect , TTBizLink , and Star.tt . Tracy has represented Trinidad & Tobago in various international forums, including at the 2016 G77 Meeting of Experts on ICTs and Sustainable Development for South-South Cooperation, the Executive Management Committee of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative , a two-year term as Vice Chair of ICANN ’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) annual workshop coordination at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum .


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