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Leaders Summit 2014

THE RISE OF THE BROADBAND ECONOMY

“SHAPING EXCELLENCE IN COOPERATION
... GOVERNMENT, OPERATORS, INTERNET PLAYERS...”

SAMENA Council’s Leaders Summit serves as the Council’s signature platform, bringing together Telecom Leaders, Operators Leaders, Regulators and Ministers to discuss a prospect for cooperation and collaboration, in order to make use of the emerging business opportunities which have been created as a result of evolving Telecommunications & ICT landscape in the SAMENA region. The primary motivation behind the discussion is to debate and build consensus on the identified theme which will lead to sustain investment in the future.

Why SAMENA Councils' Leaders Summit

SAMENA region and beyond
SAMENA Council’s Leaders Summit offers a collaborative, workshop-centric experience to exchange ideas and receive inspiring leadership knowledge from prominent CEOs, Chairmen, and Senior Executives from the Telecom & ICT sector from the SAMENA region and beyond. SAMENA Council’s Leaders Summit is a leaders-only program, designed to explore critical business, policies and regulatory strategies within the Telecom & ICT landscape. The Summit focuses on helping to turn your insights into practical results with an emphasis on the key issues of the Telecom & ICT industry within the SAMENA region.

The scope covers the following anchor themes:

1. Enable practicable strategies, to help reap maximum socio-economic benefit of the digital agenda and adoption of national and sector specific digitization policies that create new growth opportunities for telecom operators and ICT industry stakeholders

2. Accelerate the progress of telecom sector governance and regulation in the region to support the evolving scope, dynamics, and needs of the telecommunications industry, and enable its growth and sustainability

3. Support the creation of a conducive environment for operators’ investment in next generation mobile broadband, including enabling policies, regulation, standards, and business models

4. Elucidate suitable environment for better cooperation between telecom operators and other industry stakeholders to enhance industry efficiency and value creation.

Who is entitled to attend
  • Telecom Ministers
  • Telecom Regulators
  • Operator CEOs

Dr. Nasser Marafih

Chief Executive Officer,

Ooredoo Group

Dr. Nasser Marafih is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ooredoo Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a PhD in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University, USA. Dr. Marafih started his career at Ooredoo in 1992 as expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was involved in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in February 1994. Following his appointment as CEO in 2002, Dr. Marafih spearheaded Ooredoo’s transformation and growth from a single operator in Qatar with 500,000 customers to a leading regional and global player having presence in 17 markets in Middle East, North African and Southeast Asia with more than 96 million customers today.

In addition to masterminding strategic and bold acquisitions including Wataniya in 2007, which was the biggest telecom acquisition in the Arab world at the time, and Indosat in Indonesia in 2009.

Dr. Marafih ensured close partnership with the key global and regional players in the industry’s eco-system to ensure best engagement and provide cutting-edge innovation to customers. These include Skype, Google, Universal Music Group, Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), Qatar Science and Technology Park and Qatar University wireless Innovations Center (QUWIC). Dr. Marafih is viewed as one of the industry’s visionary leaders and received prestigious awards including “Outstanding Industry contribution 2010 by Telecoms World Middle East, “Outstanding Leader of the Year” by TMT Finance and Investment in 2010, and “CEO of the Year” award and “Leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CEO) awards by one of the region’s leading publication - Arabian Business. He is also ranked 72 among the world’s top 500 Most Powerful Arab Nationals, in the “Arabian Business Power 500 Survey.” Dr. Marafih’s contribution to the industry in general and the Ooredoo Group in particular were recognized by the GSM Association, the mobile industry’s leading global institution, when he was appointed to its board of directors in 2010.


Mr. Shi Yaohong

Regional President,

HUAWEI

Mr. Shi Yaohong is President of Middle East Region for Huawei. In this role, he oversees all Huawei group activities and around 4000 staff. As the regional President, he is also responsible for guiding the organization’s strategic direction, business development as well as leading general operations in the Middle East markets.

Mr. Shi joined Huawei in 2005. Prior to his current position, he held several senior positions in succession within Huawei Middle East including Vice President of Regional Sales and General Director of Etisalat Key Account. With a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Shi has played a key role in many of the company’s milestone projects within the region.

Mr. Shi graduated from Sichuan University with a Bachelor Degree of Electronic Information Science and Technology.


About Huawei

uawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end capabilities and strengths across the carrier networks, enterprise, consumer, and cloud computing fields. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom carriers, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive ICT solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world’s population.

Huawei’s vision is to enrich life through communication. By leveraging our experience and expertise in the ICT sector, we help bridge the digital divide by providing opportunities to enjoy broadband services, regardless of geographic location. Contributing to the sustainable development of society, the economy, and the environment, Huawei creates green solutions that enable customers to reduce power consumption, carbon emissions, and resource costs.


Telecom Leaders' Summit 2014 - Report

The Rise of the Broadband Economy

“Shaping Excellence in cooperation: … Government, Telecom Operators, Internet Players…”

The need for ‘Cooperation’ thus needs to accentuate each other’s responsibility to stimulate development and progression in the overall telecoms & ICTs landscape. The primary motivation behind the discussion is to identify areas of further business growth and means to sustain investment in the future through SMART regulations.

The Summit will discuss regulatory approaches, ways of cooperation and strategic engagements and help turn insights into practical results with an emphasis on broadband is vital for digitization within the SAMENA region.

1. Role of Government

  • Enacting investment friendly policy frameworks for Broadband development
  • Balancing costs of Broadband networks upgrades and regulatory frameworks
  • Enabling a conducive environment by reducing regulatory burdens on operators

2. Digital Governance

  • Evolving trends in Digital Governance and the need for a win-win model
  • Digital Governance and the need for striking a balance between operators & Internet players
  • Significance of cooperation in the Digital Governance space
  • Digital Governance approaches in the SAMENA region

3. Broadband development strategy

  • CAPEX-OPEX Challenge: The need for a balance to boost real broadband infrastructure growth 
  • Emergence of mobile services and Internet Players applications, OTT video
  • Content distribution challenges and remedies – the need for collaboration
  • The need for localized content in the SAMENA region and operators’ strategies
  • Best class service delivery platform – ubiquity of broadband networks

Telecom Leaders' Summit 2014 - Report

TDCA Roschan
Karim Khoja
CEO

Department of international cooperation, Ministry of industry and information technology peoples republic of China
Tu Senlin
Director General


Cai Guolei
Deputy Director Of Minister


WANG Chaonan
Official – International Corporate Department

National Telecom Regulatory Authority
Amr Badawi
Board Member

National Telecom Regulatory Authority
Amr Badawi
Board Member

PCCW Global
Marc Halbfinger
CEO

Tawasul Telecom
Hani Al Shakhs
CEO

Tawasul Telecom
AbdulRahman Al-Essa
Carrier Relations Officer

Viva Kuwait Telecom Company
Salman Al Badran
CEO

FAB
Shahzad Sami
Executive Director / Vice Chairman

PTCL
Walid Irshaid
President & CEO

Saudi Telecom Company
Abdulaziz Al-Sugair
Chairman & MD

Saudi Telecom Company
Khaled H. Biyari
Senior Vice President Technology & Operations

Saudi Telecom Company
Fraser Curley
VP of Strategic Planning

Saudi Telecom Company
Omar Al Fayez
GCEO Assistant

Bravo
Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ageel
CEO

Zain Saudi
Hassan Kabbani
CEO

ARTP
Abou Abel Thiam
President

ARTP
Isaac Sissoko
Director of International Corporation

ARTP
Malick Yero KA
Advisor to Chairman

ARTP
Abdou Karim SALL
General Director/ CEO

ARTP
Cheikh Ahmed BA
Advisor

Expresso Telecom
Tariq Rahamtalla
CEO


Galip Zerey
Vice Chairman

Turk Telekom
Hakam Kanafani
Advisor Chairman

Turk Telekom
Mustafa Aykut
International Affairs’ and Policy Coordinator

UAE

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Sheikh Nahyan Bin Moubarak
Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development

Higher College of Technology
Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi
Chairman

TRA
Mohamed N. Al Ghanim
General Director

TRA
Majeed Al Mesmar
Deputy General Director

EITL
Deepak Padmanabhan
CEO

AreebaAreeba
Ayman Irshaid
Founder & CEO

Etisalat
Ahmed Bin Ali
Group SVP Corporate Communications

Etisalat
Jonathan Fiske
Policy & Legal Affairs

Teralight
Thomas Wilson
Founder & CEO

Etisalat
Daniel Ritz
CSO

Etisalat
Rob Middlehurst
Group Senior VP Regulatory Affairs

Etisalat
Hatem Bamatraf
CTO

Virgin Mobile - Friendi
Mikkel Vinter
Group CEO

DU
Osman sultan
CEO

DU
Farid Faraidooni
Chief Operations Officer

DU
Rashid Al Ahmedi
Director - External Affairs

DU
Fahad Al Hassawi
Chief Commercial Officer

DU
Jawad Shaikh
Executive Vice President - Digital Business

DU
Ahmed Mokhles
Executive Vice President Consumer Business

DU
Tariq Al Bahri
Vice President - Regulatory & External Affairs

Yahsat
Shawkat Ahmed
Country Manager

Yahsat
Samer Bazyan
CEO

Yahsat
Hamed Munther Odeh

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GBI
Amr. A.Eid
Chief Commercial Officer

RIPE NCC
Chafic Chaya
Regional Communications Manager

BlackBerry
Ahmad Olaywan
Country Director

BlackBerry
Ali Khanafer
Director of Government Relations

Syniverse Technology
Nabil Baccouche
Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Syniverse Technology
Nour Al Atassi
Vice President Sales

Analysys Mason
Erik Almqvist
Partner - Global Head

AT Kearney
Marc Biosca
Vice President and Partner

AT Kearney
Laurent Viviez
Senior partner

Strategy&
Bahjat El Darwiche
Vice President

Strategy&
Amr Goussous
Principal

Devoteam
Osama Ghoul
Executive Vice - President

Deloitte & Touche
Santino Saguto
Partner, Consulting TMT Leader for Middle East

Deloitte & Touche
Allan Roenn
TMT Director – Consulting

Trace Media Inter.
Toni Eid
CEO

Princeton & CO
Andre Popov
Managing Partner

McKinsey & Company
Tarek Elmasry
Managing Director

McKinsey & Company
Sanjeev Kohli
Senior Partner

Accenture MEA
Milan Sallaba
Managing Director

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Charles Ding
Senior Vice President
Public Affairs and Communications for the Middle East, Africa and the United States

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Pan En
Vice President of Solution Sales& Marketing ,Middle East

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Ihab Ghattas
Assistant President of Middle East

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Shi Yaohong
Président of Middle East

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Russell Matthews
Director, UK Business Consulting

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Tony Wong
Head of FBB Business Consulting

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Ammar Tobba

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Amjad Al Arabi

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
James Wu

TRA Bahrain
Mohammed Al Amer
Chairman

Viva Bahrain
Andrew Hanna
Chief Commercial Officer

Batelco
Alan Whelan
Group CEO

Batelco Bahrain
Rashid Abdulla
CEO

Eutelsat
Ghassan Murat
Business Devolvement Director

Kalimat
Wilson Varghese
CEO

Telecom Italia
Elisabetta Ripa
Chief Executive Officer - Sparkle

Puntoit
Alessio Parolari
Vice-President

Cullen Inter.
Sufian Shunnaq
International Consultant

Zain Levant Region
Ahmad Al Hanandeh
CEO

Umniah Mobile Company
Ihab Hinnawi
CEO

Orange JTG
Patrice Loze
Deputy CEO

SODETEL
Patrick Farajian
Chairman  & CEO

Ogero
Abdel-Menhem Youssef
CEO

TRA
Salim Hasan Al Shanfari
Senior Manager Ir Media & Consumer Affairs

TRA
Dr. Hamed Salim Al Rawahi

Omantel
Dr. Amer Rawas
CEO

Nawras
Greg Young
CEO

Wataniya Mobile/ Palestine
Fayez Husseini
CEO

PALTEL
Abdulmajeed Melhem
General Manager

Orange
Maciej Witucki
CEO

GBI
Ahmed Mekky
CEO

Ooredoo
Dr. Nasser Marafih
Group CEOOoredoo

Ooredoo
Lynn Dorward
Executive Director -Group Regulatory Affairs of Ooredoo Group

Ooredoo
Sh. Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani
CEO

Ooredoo
Samer Fares
Director, Regulatory Affairs

Squire Sanders & Patton Boggs
Ann LaFrance
Coordinator European L.P.     

Charles Russell
Gareth Mills
Associate

BT Teleom
Wael El Kabbany

PWC
Rolf Meakin
Partner

ETNO

Luigi Gambardella
Executive Chairman

ITU

Hamadoun I. Toure
Secretary General

GSMA
John Giusti
Head of Public Policy

ITU

Houlin Zhao
Deputy Secretary General

FTTH

Dr. Suleiman Al Hedaithy
Chairman


Telecom Leaders' Summit 2014 - Report

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Moubarak

Minister of Culture Youth, and Community Development

United Arab Emirates

Speech (PDF)

Shiyahong

President of Middle East

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Speech (PDF)

Charles Ding

Senior Vice President,
Public Affairs and Communications for the Middle East,
Africa and the United States,

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

Speech (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)