Speakers

Nawaf Abdulrahman, Vice President Internet Society Bahrain, Bahrain

 

Nawaf M. Abdulrahman is Chief, Information Technology, Ministry of Housing, Bahrain, Vice President of Bahrain Internet Society and Head of the Jury & Technical Committee in Bahrain eContent Award Nawaf oasts 12 years of experience in the IT field with proven ability to manage large scale projects through the entire lifecycle.
 


Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO Afri NIC, Mauritius

Adiel A. Akplogan is Executive Council Member of the Number Resource Organization's Executive Council where he has respectively served as Treasurer, Secretary and Chair. He also works as the CEO of the nonprofit AfriNIC Ltf, the regional Internet Registry for Africa Region. Before having carried out these activities, he worked for the UN based Internet Governance Forum in terms of advisor.


Manar Alhashash, General Manager & Secretary General of Kuwait e-Award, Kuwait

Manar Al-Hashash is the Founder and General Manager of Dot Design, a software development company. She has also launched the IT magazine Dot, of which she is the owner and Chief Editor. In 2004, Ms Al-Hashash launched and managed a local e-Content contest, the Ghiras Electro Contest 2004, which was aimed at youths in Kuwait (14-22 yrs old), competing for best website design, best presentation and best graphic design.

 


Suleman Bakhsh, Senior ICT Analyst, Telecommunication Regulation Authority, UAE

Eng. Suleman Bakhsh, a young, experienced and active engineer, holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor degree of Electronic Engineering. He works for the UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority as a Senior Information and Communication Technologies Analyst.
As project manager and technology analyst, he supervises and manages many projects including policy development, comparative analysis and benchmarking. He is also heavily involved in internet technologies, telecom market advancements, cyber security, and internet governance.


Reshan Dewapura, CEO, ICTA, Sri Lanka

Reshan Dewapura holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and a Masters in Project Management and has been involved in the ICT industry for the last 21 years with over 15 years experience in driving large, complex IT programs and projects. Reshan is the Chief Operating Officer at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka as well being the Program Director in charge of four key program areas. The ICT Agency is the apex ICT policy body in Sri Lanka as well as the implementing organization for e-Sri Lanka - an ICT led National Development intiative.


Alexander Felsenberg, Head of Marketing, Sapient Nitro, Germany

Since 1980 Alexander Felsenberg had different Jobs in film productions, production management for TV and later on as director for Corporate Videos and TV-Commercials. Felsenberg is a freelance writer and editor for TV-Programs. In addition to that, he is the author for special interest magazines on media development and wrote a book about the introduction of HDTV. In 2005, he was appointed as Conference Director of the ICT Africa and the 3rd African PrepCom for the UN-WSIS. Since 2008 worked as a media- and marketing strategy-consultant until he took over the Head of Marketing & Communication at Sapient.

 


Dorothy Gordon, Director General, Ghana-India, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence

Dorothy K. Gordon is the first Director-General of Ghana’s first Advanced Information Technology Institute (AITI), the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. She is a specialist in international development with over 20 years experience working throughout Africa, the US, Europe and Asia in Executive and Consulting positions – principally with the United Nations but also working with private sector and civil society organisations.

 


Nibal Idlebi, Team Leader, ICT for Development, UN-ESCWA, Lebanon

Dr. Nibal Idlebi is the chief of the ICT Applications Section at ESCWA working on issues related to the ICT policies and strategies, enabling environment for the Information Society, the development of ICT applications, e-Services and Digital Arabic Content.
Previous to her work with ESCWA, Dr. Idlebi was Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Technology (MCT) in Syria for two years, and ICT professor at the Higher Institute of Applied Science & Technology (HIAST) in Damascus for more than 8 years.

 


Eric Idiahi, CEO Spinlet.com, Nigeria

Eric Idiahi joined Spinlet in 2010 from the private-equity firm, he co-founded in 2008, Verod Capital Management Ltd. Verod Capital is an investment firm focused on investing in attractive greenfield opportunities in Africa; who took note of Spinlet in 2010 and gave them their first round of financial backing. Eric serves as a director on the board of several of Verod’s portfolio companies.

 


Chitranganie Mubarak, Programme Head, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

 

Chitranganie holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Colombo. With over 20 years' experience in formulating and implementing national programmes for export development and promotion, she has spear-headed key export oriented initiatives besides coordinating donor-funded programmes of the EDB. She is presently Programme Head at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. Her main focus is the e-Society Programme which seeks to ensure that the dividends of ICT reach all sections of society.

 


Alfredo Ronchi, General Secretary, Medici Framework, Italy

Alfredo M. Ronchi is the General Secretary of the European Commission-MEDICI Framework, Secretary of the European Working Group on “EU Directives and Cultural Heritage” and head of the representative of OCCAM NGO at UNO International Centre in Vienna. He is appointed by ICNM as a member of the World Summit Award Grand Jury and President of eContentAwardItaly the Italian pre-selection of the World Summit Award.
 

 


George Sharkov, Regional Manager, European Sofware Institute (ESI), Bulgaria

George Sharkov is the Director of ESI Center Eastern Europe – the regional excellence center of European Software Institute in Sofia. He graduated Mathematics and Computer Science at Sofia University in 1986, obtained PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), specialized in applied informatics and applied research in biophysics and genetics (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and University of Gent – Belgium). Since 1994 he is leading international teams and projects for software and information systems in the fields of banking and finances, online trading, e-business and e-commerce solutions, internet exchanges and B2B markets, interactive and cross media systems.

 


Ralph Simon, Founder, Mobile Entertainment Forum US, UK

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry. Over the last decade he has been a global trailblazer and innovator, growing the global mobile entertainment & content industry, and playing a central role in its development, significance and presence world-wide. He has been dubbed the 'father of the ring tone', as he and his team created and developed the first commercial ring tones in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australia in 1998. Prominent internationally, he has evangelized mobile operators, media & film companies, TV networks, brands, ad agency groups and platform providers on how to create and grow mobile revenues, impact and content on mobile devices and smart phones. He co-founded the Zomba group, became the Executive Vice President of Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in Hollywood and started EMI Music´s global New Media division in the mid 90s. Simon founded the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum, and acts as its chairman as a high level adviser.