Registration & Coffee
|Speakers:||Mr Hassan Al-Sayyed, Assistant Secretary General of the Supreme Council of ICTQatar and Qnbn Board Member||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Mr Brahima Sanou, Director BDT - ITU||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Ms Suvi Lindén, Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development - ITU||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Mr Faris Awartani, Chairman of FTTH Council MENA||Presentation:||N.A.|
The Government Initiatives for Connecting the MENA Region (Panel)
The Government Initiatives for Connecting the MENA Region (Panel)
With the world's main objective to
connect the unconnected, governments in MENA region play a crucial role to
promote and facilitate the deployment of FTTH and FTTX as part of their
initiatives. This includes their future plans for developing the necessary frameworks
to encourage the FTTH investments and deployments, and Public Private
Partnerships initiatives. In this session, panellists will discuss examples of
government initiatives in the world, the MENA region, and how the MENA
region governments can benefit from the experiences of other regions in developing
|Moderator:||Faris Awartani, Chairman FTTH Council MENA|
Faris Awartani, Chairman FTTH Council MENA
Mr Faris Awartani is the founding board member and the Chairman of the FTTH Council MENA.
Mr Awartani has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunication industry and held many high level positions with regards to the Wireless telecommunications systems such as CEO of International telecommunications and Electronic corp (ITEC) in Palestine and he is currently the CEO of Moseco Group with operations in Saudi, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, and the UAE.
Between 2001 and 2011 he grew his business portfolio by creating Bazy Trading and Contracting in Saudi, he also established many companies such as ESCO Jordan and ESCO Saudi as main dealer for Fastlink and Zain Jordan and Saudi, and concluded a Joint-Venture with Kathrein Germany and created Kathrein ME.
Between 1997 and 1999 he was member of the International Chamber of Commerce of Jordan where He participated in the liaising between the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce office in Jordan in order to create awareness for the local business community about the ICC objectives and regulations to be as the reference for any possible conflict abroad.
Since 1997 and till date Mr Awartani set the policy and acted as strategy guider where he was one of the main investors in participating and reviewing the executive management’s performance, policies and goals achievement as the Vice Chairman and Board member of several companies and financial institutions such as the Jordan Gulf Bank (Jordan), Al Jallaf General Trading(UAE), Al Salam Investments (Jordan), Falcon Investments (Jordan) and the Chairman of the Board of FTTH Council MENA.
Faris holds a BS of engineering management and operations research from SMU,Texas, USA.
|Speakers:||Alexandre Serot, TRA Bahrain|
Alexandre Serot, TRA Bahrain
Dr Alex Sérot is a regulatory and competition
economist with in-depth expertise in economic regulation, regulatory affairs,
and public policy in the telecoms sector.
Alex is the Director of the Market and Competition Department of the
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain. He leads a team of
economists and analysts tasked with economic regulation and regulatory
strategy. Prior to joining TRA, Alex was a Senior Economist with the Commerce
Commission - New Zealand utilities, telecoms and competition regulator. He also
advised governments in the MENA and Africa regions on ICT sector reform while
working at the World Bank. He holds Master’s Degrees in Economics and a PhD in
|Ebrahim Al Haddad, ITU Regional Arab Director|
Ebrahim Al Haddad, ITU Regional Arab Director
Ebrahim comes with an experience in the telecom field that stretches
over 25 years in the international arena as well as the private sector.
Having worked for Bahrain Telecom Company (Batelco) for over 17 years
and held various posts, culminating in creating and heading the Regulatory
Affairs unit in readiness for the market liberalization in Bahrain.
In 2002, Ebrahim joined the ITU and spent six and a half years between
the headquarters in Geneva and the regional office in Cairo where he was the
In July 2008, Ebrahim joined a telecom consultancy group that provided
consultancy worked to governments, regulators and private sector entities in
the Arab region.
He rejoined the ITU as the regional director of the Arab office in
Ebrahim hold a Master’s degree in Information Analysis and Management from
Bond University in Australia.
|Firas Abi-Nassif, Advisor to the Minister of Telecommunications of Lebanon|
Firas Abi-Nassif, Advisor to the Minister of Telecommunications of Lebanon
Firas currently serves
as Advisor to the Minister of Telecommunications in Lebanon and is an Operating
Partner at Fortitude Partners, a New York-based Private Equity fund. Prior to
that, Firas was Director and Head of Technology and Telecom Investments at Vision
Capital Advisors, a New York-based hedge fund, where he focused on investments
in Technology and Telecom, and in Greater China. During his tenure (2008-2010)
at Vision Capital, Firas generated an IRR of over 70% on the combined private
and public equity investments that he led. Prior to that, Firas worked at
Credit Suisse’s Technology investment banking group in New York specializing in
corporate finance and M&A, and served as special advisor to Edgar Masri,
President and CEO of 3Com Corp. From 2000 to 2005, Firas was a founding
engineer of Airvana, Inc., a worldwide leading vendor of wireless
infrastructure equipment, acquired by a consortium of private equity funds for
$535 million, after going public on the Nasdaq. From 1997 to 2000, Firas was a senior
engineer at Motorola, Inc., where he led critical research and development
projects. Firas holds an Engineering degree in Computer and Communications with
Distinction from the American University of Beirut, a Master’s in Electrical
Engineering with a focus on Telecommunications from Northeastern University,
and an MBA in Finance and Economics with Honors from Harvard Business School.
Throughout his career, Firas generated six internationally patented inventions
in the field of telecommunications.
|Natalija Gelvanovska, World Bank|
Natalija Gelvanovska, World Bank
With over 10 years experience in telecom
sector Ms Natalija Gelvanovska is a Senior ICT Specialist in the ICT Department
at the World Bank where she is currently developing the regulatory practice in
public policy and regulation in the MENA and the ECA regions. Prior to that, Ms
Gelvanovska was the Chair of the Working Group on Technical Regulatory Issues
at CEPT grouping over 20 European countries to discuss on relevant issues for achieving
universality of broadband services such as Infrastructure maps, Emergency
communications, QoS for Internet Access among others.
Ms Gelvanovska has an extensive experience on
advisory services to the European Commission on the design of regulatory
policies in countries as Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Colombia, Serbia, Ukraine,
Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was deputy director of Electronic Communications
Department at the Regulator RRT in Lithuania. She has been author of several
articles and speaker at numerous seminars and conferences for the ITU, the FTTH
Council and the European Commission among others.
|Suvi Lindén, Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development - ITU|
Suvi Lindén, Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development - ITU
ITU Special Envoy for the
Broadband Commission for Digital Development
CEO and founder of PearlCon ltd
Lindén was Finland’s Minister of Communications in 2007-2011. She was
previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. Ms Lindén is a member of the
National Coalition Party and was a Member of Parliament 1995-2011
Parliament she has been Chair of the Education and Culture Committee, and Vice
Chair of the parliamentary group of the National Coalition Party. She has also
been Member of the Speaker’s Council, Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee for
the Future, Transport and Communications Committee, Environment Committee, and
the Finnish Delegation to the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic
Lindén holds positions of trust in a number of organisations. These include
positions as Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for
Digital Development, Member of the United Nations Advisory Board of the Digital
Health Initiative, Strategic Adviser for the Global Partnerships Forum,Chair of the Oulu Region Joint Authority for
Education, Member of the Advisory Board of Walsh University Institute for the Study of
the Intelligent Community and Member of the Oulu City
Council to mention only her present duties.
was Chair of the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board for the
Government of Finland and Member of the Board of the Finnish Cultural Heritage
Intelligent Community Forum, a New York-based think tank named her as its
“Visionary of the Year for 2011” for her commitment to ensuring affordable
broadband access to every citizen in Finland.
Lindén holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oulu.
Coffee Break and Exhibition Visit
Operators Session (Platinum Sponsors)
Operators Session (Platinum Sponsors)
will show their existing FTTH roll-out achievements along with the services
provided. Different models will be presented depending on each operator's
strategy from deployment and subscriptions perspectives.
|Moderator:||Karim Taga, Arthur D. Little |
Karim Taga, Arthur D. Little
Karim Taga is Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little and leads the Global TIME (Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media and Electronics) Practice.
He is active in this industry for 18 years already. His interests are primarily focused on three functional areas:
Growth strategies and business transformations
Corporate Finance – Transaction support
Boardroom presentation and facilitation
He acts as Jury for several telecoms awards in Asia, Europe and in the US, beside his role as an advisor in several telecommunication councils and associations as well as governments and regulators. He chairs and facilitates yearly more than 20 top executive international events and conferences on four continents.
Karim had a major responsibility and was in charge of more than 100 assignments in Strategy, Organization and Technology for: fixed and broadband operators, content aggregators, media players and broadcasters, suppliers as well as supported investors in corporate finance, bid management and transaction support.
Karim Taga received a Master of Science in 1989 from the Ecole Supérieure de l’Energie et des Matériaux, Orléans France with a master thesis accomplishment at the University of California Berkeley. After his studies he worked as a research assistant at the Vienna University of Technology where he developed an infrared fibre optical sensor. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 followed by an MBA in International Business from the Webster University St Louis Mi in 1993.
Karim Taga is fluent in French and Arabic (mother tongue), English and German
|Speakers:||Mohammed Al-Mannai, CEO Q.NBN||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Richard Daly, CEO Vodafone Qatar|
Richard Daly, CEO Vodafone Qatar
Richard’s work history is a lot like a stroll
through Doha’s Landmark Mall. He began with Marks & Spencer at age 16,
where he learned all about retail directly on the shop floor. He then moved on
to BHS to hone his retail management skills, and finally joined Vodafone UK’s
retail operation in 2000.
Richard has served in many roles at Vodafone, most-recently as CEO of Vodafone
Egypt (through 2009), CEO of Vodafone Partner Markets (until September 2011),
and now as CEO of Vodafone Qatar (beginning October 2011).
With a relentless pursuit of excellence in customer experience and an obsessive
attention to detail, Richard immerses himself in Qatari culture to understand
the nation’s rich history and reinforce Vodafone’s local roots. This depth of
understanding, combined with his experience and Vodafone’s international
capabilities, together bring the people of Qatar the tools that empower them to
live their lives better.
Richard’s management philosophy is to work hard and have fun, which even
carries through to the lives of his family. When Nicky, his wife, and Georgia
and Daniel, his teenage children, visit him in Qatar, they’re out constantly
exploring and experiencing all that the country has to offer. Beyond the
family, his biggest personal passion is football, specifically keeping tabs on
his Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
|Karim Taga, Arthur D. Little ||Presentation:||N.A.|
Internet heavy usage is done at homes, the need for super fast broadband
solutions prevails to answer the different and new fascinating services and
applications. With FTTH 100MB and beyond speed, this is just the start to
enhance and improve the life of both the residential and business communities.
This session will show how fibre is definitely the only symmetrical technology
to guarantee the delivery of services like e-Government, e-Learning, e-Health,
e-Business, and smart grids; and to ensure a sustainable future.
|Moderator:||Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Board Member FTTH Council MENA|
Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Board Member FTTH Council MENA
Dr. Suleiman Al Hedaithy is a founding board member of the FTTH Council, Middle East & North Africa. He is also the president of Middle East Fiber Cable Manufacturing Co. (MEFC) located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 2006. During the past five years, MEFC expanded its operations to be the largest producer of optical fiber cables and related products in Middle East. Prior to joining MEFC, Dr. Al Hedaithy worked for Ministry of Defense and Aviation for more than twenty years during which he held several positions in fields on planning, budgeting, and research. He actively participated in the development of the National Science& Technology Plan and the National Information Technology Plan representing the Ministry at the national level. He took early retirement from government while he held the position of Director of Research & Statistics department. Dr. Al Hedaithy was also involved in consultancy projects in industrial business development, information technology, and private equity.
Dr. Al Hedaithy holds a Doctor of Science degree and a master’s degree in management information systems from George Washington University, USA. He holds a B.S. degree in business statistics from the University of Tennessee, USA. Dr. Al Hedaithy also serves as a board member in several industrial organizations.
|Speakers:||Masahide Migita, NTT Japan|
Masahide Migita, NTT Japan
Since he has the experience of working at "NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories" and also was in charge of a senior manager of Plant Department in branch office, he has been able to get deeper understanding of Access Networks. Mr. Masahide Migita is now a responsible position for FTTH deployment in NTTWest, and he is pursuing a coherent strategy for the evolutionary migration for our telecommunications facilities with a view on changes and future development of our business environment.
|Mohamad Mourad, Google|
Mohamad Mourad, Google
Google’s business in the Gulf Region. He has joined Google in 2011 with the
mandate to drive Google’s investments, to streamline its business operations
and strengthen partnerships with key ICT stakeholders. Prior to joining
Google, Mohamad held the position of Principal at Booz & Company, a
strategy consultancy, where he led the Middle East region’s Mergers and
Acquisitions and New Business Development activities in the Telecommunications,
Media and Technology sectors. Prior to joining Booz & Company, he held
positions in industry in the capacities of business development and business
planning. Mohamad holds an MBA degree from INSEAD in France.
|Richard Jones, Ventura Team LLP|
Richard Jones, Ventura Team LLP
Richard has developed strategy and innovative new business
models in Europe and the Gulf - including designing new businesses for BT and
creating a number of NGA based operators from scratch.
With his Ventura Team partners, he co-founded and funded a
telecom operator in Sweden that has now grown to 120,000 subscribers covering
broadband, TV and telephony and ranked number 4 in the World by Point Topic
(for broadband service value).
He led the team working on strategy and technology evaluation
for the deployment of a 1 gigabit service available to all subscribers in an
incumbent’s network – a World first.
Richard also headed Ventura’s team in the start-up of an FTTH
operator in the Gulf from strategy development through business case design to
implementation (150,000 homes passed).
Formerly Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer of a next
generation start-up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – having contributed from
bid stage to design of all aspects of strategy and planning for the largest
WiMAX deployment in the EMEA regions as well as access fibre and FTTH.
Regularly holds workshops on business strategy and cases at
events like FTTH (FTTH Council Conferences in Europe and Middle East) and WiMAX
(WiMAX MEGNA) in Paris and for operators such as du, Mobily and Omantel.
He has recently been working on building an all-fibre operator
in the Gulf as well as looking at improving operations and profitability in a
number of companies.
Richard has led under-fire teams across four continents –
managing or turning around major telecoms programs. He has developed strategy
and business cases/models across FTTx, DSL and WiMAX technologies
and has formed and/or invested in a number of NGN operators.
Richard is recognised as an expert on the development of
telecommunications strategy and he and his colleagues are proud to help the
FTTH Council of Europe through running workshops on developing effective
business cases as well as contributing to the Business Guide book. He
also runs workshops on business strategy and modelling for FTTH Forum, FTTX
MEGNA, and Broadband Congress as well as for operators (e.g. DU, Mobily,
Omantel, Zon) and utilities.
Richard also writes books for Kogan Page on technology management
including Project Management Survival (also available in Chinese and Latvian)
which outlines his experience in turning around troubled telecoms operations
and the One Day MBA – a book on strategy and implementation in troubled times.
He has a BSc (hons) in electronics, an MSc. Equivalent in
engineering and an MBA with distinction.
|Sergio Sandoval, McKinsey & Company|
Sergio Sandoval, McKinsey & Company
Sergio Sandoval is an Associate Principal in
McKinsey & Company’s Brussels Office. Sergio joined the firm in late 2001
and has been part of McKinsey’s global efforts in regulation, regulatory
economics, and stakeholder management for the past 5 years. He is also part of
the core leadership of McKinsey’s Next Generation Telecommunication
Sergio has been a lead author in the
annual Global Information Technology Report of the World Economic Forum since
2005. The articles were focused on topics of regulation, Next Generation
Networks and economic impact of high speed broadband networks. He is also the
key liason person between McKinsey and the European Union – His Brussels based
location enables Sergio to maintain high level contacts and get information
first hand from key European industry stakeholders in
Brussels such as European Telecommunication
Network Operators Association (ETNO), The European Competitiors Association
(ECTA), The Center for European Political Studies (CEPS) and Euroactiv.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Sergio worked
Presidency of the Republic as economic advisor to the President. Sergio has
obtained a B.S. and M.A. in Economics
Colombia, and an M.B.A., with high honours from
FTTH Infrastructure, the Path for a Digital Society
FTTH Infrastructure, the Path for a Digital Society
This session will
raise the importance of fibre infrastructure in every nation to increase
accessibility through content digitization to the country and to the government
information. This session will show the best practices and future trends for
efficient FTTH deployment
|Moderator:||Gamal Hegazy, FTTH Council MENA|
Gamal Hegazy, FTTH Council MENA
Gamal Hegazi is the founding board member of the FTTH Council MENA. Gamal is a Solution architect with Alcatel-lucent Solutions & Marketing with responsibilities ranging from network design & architecture, business development, Solution marketing for the Africa & middle east region focusing on IP transformation, Ultra speed broadband and new innovative service introduction. A veteran of the ICT industry for the last 15 years, he holds a Master degree in Telecoms & information systems from
University of Essex
UKand BSc of Electronics from
Cairouniversity. He has also worked with the Egyptian Cabinet information and decision support Center (IDSC) participating in the introduction of Internet service to Egypt with technical responsibilities ranging from planning to implementation of the ISP setup of the IDSC.
|Speakers:||David Banes, MADA Qatar|
David Banes, MADA Qatar
David Banes is CEO of the Mada Center, Qatar Assistive
Technology and Accessibility Center based in Doha in the state of Qatar. He has
worked in Doha for the past three years, firstly as Deputy CEO and more
recently as CEO and has been charged with developing services to ensure that
people with a disability in Qatar are digitally included. Prior to taking up
his post in Qatar, he worked as a teacher of people with special needs and
principal of a school before working in the realm of digital Inclusion in the
UK and Europe as Director of Operations and Development for a UK NGO. He writes
regularly in the area and was recently featured on Anthony Salcitos looks at
Global leaders in Education at http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2012/03/20/for-students-with-disabilities-personalized-technology-is-great-equalizer-qatar/
Mada offers a single point of co-ordination for all activities
related to digital and eInclusion in Qatar. Increasingly the center is also
seeking to influence the emerging Access ecosystem in the region promoting cooperation
between states and supports the development of assistive technology solutions
and digital content that meet the needs of Arabic speaking people with a
|Louay Abou Chanab, Booz & Co|
Louay Abou Chanab, Booz & Co
Louay Abou Chanab is a Principal with
Booz & Company and a member of the firm’s communications, media, and technology
practice. He has 15 years of management experience and has spent the last
decade focusing on the telecom industry in operational and consulting roles. He
specializes in ICT-sector policymaking, regulatory management, and wholesale
growth strategies for the communications and media industries, covering an
extensive area of the MENA region and some parts of
Mr. Abou Chanab works with leading telecom
operators in the region, helping them to develop retail and wholesale growth
strategies, as well as to comply with and shape regulatory regimes in their
respective countries. He recently formulated a number of ICT, digitization, and
next-generation broadband policies and strategies. He has also helped clients
define and pursue new organic and inorganic wholesale growth opportunities in
the Middle East and beyond.
Abou Chanab holds a BS in management from the
and an MBA from ESCP-EAP in
|Paolo Sebben, Effectas|
Paolo Sebben, Effectas
Paolo Sebben started his telecom career over twenty years ago at Alcatel. After several years of experience as Manager in telecom technology development companies he moved to the Swiss Telecom carrier Swisscom, where he was Director of Key Account Management.
Since ten years Mr. Sebben uses his experience in the field as consultant. Mr. Sebben is co - founder of effectas. effectas is very focused on FTTH and is the market Leader in Switzerland for FTTH consultany and turnkey solutions. Paolo Sebben was one of the main drivers behind the FTTH development in Switzerland. Together with power utilities he founded and managed as the former managing director the Swiss FTTH – association, called “openaxs”.
Utilities and Cities which developed FTTH made just the first step. Now they want to get a maximal benefit out of the network and are now pursuing together with effectas the path towards smart grids and smart cities.
This year effectas group acquired two companies, one of them focusses in building atomization and the other is in the field of solar solutions.
Mr. Sebben is mechanical engineer and holds an MBA from Strathclyde University of Glasgow.
Voice of the Industry (Gold Sponsors)
Voice of the Industry (Gold Sponsors)
Leading vendors will present their
FTTH deployment solutions to explain how their products are evolving to meet
the challenges of the market and consumer needs to connect fibre in urban and
rural areas. This will highlight the solutions
according to the geography and structure of the country, and according
to the homes and rooms structure.
|Moderator:||Faiq Shahrouri, FTTH Council MENA|
Faiq Shahrouri, FTTH Council MENA
Faiq was an active member within the FTTH Council Europe since 2009 and has been appointed as Founding Board Member and Treasurer of FTTH Council MENA. Faiq has an experience of 20 years in the Telecommunication industry with international companies such as Siemens, Corning and currently he is the Middle East Sales Manager at Prysmian-Draka.
Faiq holds BSC in Telecommunications from Cardiff University-United Kingdom.
|Speakers:||Alain Bertaina, Prysmian Group|
Alain Bertaina, Prysmian Group
Alain Bertaina was born in 1973. He graduated in
Optical Engineering from the Institut d'Optique Graduate School in France
(1995), and holds a PhD in Photonics Science from the University of Paris; in
1997 he joined Alcatel as a researcher on fibre optics, then moved to product
management functions for optical fibre and high bit-rate WDM systems within the
Optics Business Division of Alcatel, then Alcatel-Lucent; in 2008 he joined
Draka, now Prysmian Group, as responsible for product line management of
|Dieter Verdegem, TE Connectivity|
Dieter Verdegem, TE Connectivity
Dieter Verdegem leads TE
Connectivity’s Telecom Networks product management group in EMEA (Europe,
Middle East & Africa). He has more than 12 years of experience in the
telecommunications industry, with focus on innovative fiber connectivity &
fiber management solutions for FTTH deployments of key carriers across the
world. Dieter holds a Master of Science in Commercial Engineering from
the University of Leuven (Belgium) and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth
|Thomas Martin, CALIX|
Thomas Martin, CALIX
Thomas has more then 15 years experience
in Service Provider Access solutions, covering the SP markets in EMEA
(Europe, Middle East and Africa)/,Latin America and now on a global base.
Thomas focused early in his career on
Broadband Access and Aggregation, starting with xDSL and for the last 12 years
with a special focus on Fiber to the Home, where he aids customers and partners
with solution designs and consultancy.
Thomas is a long-term member of the
FTTH council Europe’s Deployment and Operations Committee and was vice-chair of
the FTTH council MENA
FTTH Opportunities and Investments in MENA region
FTTH Opportunities and Investments in MENA region
market in MENA is witnessing a very dynamic development of fibre projects
and ultra-high-speed broadband. This session will give very detailed and deep
insights into this market as well as the latest FTTH projects and the FTTH
business opportunities in the region. Operators and service providers in the
region will show their success stories and business cases.
|Moderator:||Hosein Badran, Board Member FTTH Council MENA|
Hosein Badran, Board Member FTTH Council MENA
Dr. Hosein Badran holds the position of Regional Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Distinguished Systems Architect, with Cisco Systems International, covering the Middle East and Africa region. With close to 25 years experience in the telecommunication and networking industry as well as academia. As a Regional CTO, Dr. Badran is closely engaged with major operators on the deployment of new IP NGN technologies, as well as with government agencies, telecom regulators and ministries for the promotion of new ICT-related country transformation initiatives.
Dr. Badran holds a PhD in ATM Networks from Queen’s University in Canada (1994), MSc in Teletraffic Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt (1987), and B.Sc. (Highest Honors) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University (1985). He held teaching positions at both Cairo and Queen’s universities. Dr. Badran has been a Senior Member of the IEEE since 1998. He is a recipient of the Cisco Chairman’s Club Award, a Cisco WiMAX Ambassador and an International ATM Forum Ambassador.
Dr. Badran is the official Cisco representative to the ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (CWG-CP), and has been appointed as Founding Board Member of the newly formed FTTH Middle East and North Africa Council.
|Speakers:||Khalid Said, Energya-PTS, Egypt|
Khalid Said, Energya-PTS, Egypt
Mr Khalid Said is the Partner & Managing Director of
Energya Power & Telecom as well as the Managing Director of Energya Cables
in Africa, Middle East and worldwide via its local partners.
Energya-PTS was the first company deploying FTTH in
fenced community in Egypt connecting more than 1000 users.
Khalid has around 20 years of experience in the Power and
Telecommunication sectors as an executive leader. Through his engineering and
leadership backgrounds he concluded many partnership and international agreements
leading the company to a successful development and global expansion especially
in the cable and turnkey solutions.
He also built 5 companies organization independently “
HR, Supply Chain, Finance, Sales, Operations within Energya managing 3000
persons from different nationalities over the regional offices.
Khalid holds a B. Sc. Electrical Engineering Degree from
Ain Shams University of Cairo and Executive MBA from the American University of
|Nasser Al Saadon, STC, Saudi Arabia|
Nasser Al Saadon, STC, Saudi Arabia
Nasser AlSaadon , Home Marketing GM , responsible for :
Developing marketing strategy Granular demand, conduct marketing research and intelligence,
Developing Fixed Voice & Value add services, Broadband services, Bundle & FMC services, & manging them.
Developing and managing multimedia services ( IPTV & OTT and their VAS), Content management, Portal development and management
Planning communication and strategy, managing traditional and digital media, managing PR & Events,
Conducting portfolio pricing, providing regulatory support, & providing analytical reporting
|Charles Ian Dench, Qtel, Qatar||Presentation:||Charles-Ian-Dench.pdf|
The Entertainment World Challenges in the Home
The Entertainment World Challenges in the Home
the best quality for video streaming is among the entertainment challenges
within the homes and through multiple devices. TV and VOD companies are leading
the way for broadcast and broadband possible joint ventures where FTTH is the
best solution to ensure HD and 3D streaming and to convert subscribers into the
digital model. This session will give an important insight on the content and
movies companies' experience with FTTH to deliver the best quality of services.
|Moderator:||Richard Jones, Ventura Team LLP|
Richard Jones, Ventura Team LLP
Richard has developed strategy and innovative new business models in Europe and the Gulf - including designing new businesses for BT and creating a number of NGA based operators from scratch.
With his Ventura Team partners, he co-founded and funded a telecom operator in Sweden that has now grown to 120,000 subscribers covering broadband, TV and telephony and ranked number 4 in the World by Point Topic (for broadband service value).
He led the team working on strategy and technology evaluation for the deployment of a 1 gigabit service available to all subscribers in an incumbent’s network – a World first.
Richard also headed Ventura’s team in the start-up of an FTTH operator in the Gulf from strategy development through business case design to implementation (150,000 homes passed).
Formerly Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer of a next generation start-up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – having contributed from bid stage to design of all aspects of strategy and planning for the largest WiMAX deployment in the EMEA regions as well as access fibre and FTTH.
Regularly holds workshops on business strategy and cases at events like FTTH (FTTH Council Conferences in Europe and Middle East) and WiMAX (WiMAX MEGNA) in Paris and for operators such as du, Mobily and Omantel.
He has recently been working on building an all-fibre operator in the Gulf as well as looking at improving operations and profitability in a number of companies.
Richard has led under-fire teams across four continents –managing or turning around major telecoms programs. He has developed strategy and business cases/models across FTTx, DSL and WiMAX technologies and has formed and/or invested in a number of NGN operators.
Richard is recognised as an expert on the development of telecommunications strategy and he and his colleagues are proud to help the FTTH Council of Europe through running workshops on developing effective business cases as well as contributing to the Business Guide book. He also runs workshops on business strategy and modelling for FTTH Forum, FTTX MEGNA, and Broadband Congress as well as for operators (e.g. DU, Mobily, Omantel, Zon) and utilities.
Richard also writes books for Kogan Page on technology management including Project Management Survival (also available in Chinese and Latvian) which outlines his experience in turning around troubled telecoms operations and the One Day MBA – a book on strategy and implementation in troubled times.
He has a BSc (hons) in electronics, an MSc. Equivalent in engineering and an MBA with distinction.
|Speakers:||Ben Reneker, SNL Kagan|
Ben Reneker, SNL Kagan
Ben Reneker is a
Senior Analyst at SNL Kagan, and heads up the company’s international markets
research team specializing in global pay-TV, over-the-top video and new media
business models. He is the lead analyst on SNL Kagan’s web-based GLOBAL
MULTICHANNEL MARKETS SERVICE. Mr. Reneker also serves as a consultant for Kagan
Media Appraisals specializing in international video competition, OTT,
programming economics, mobile entertainment and emerging media
Prior to joining Kagan World Media in February 2002, Mr. Reneker operated as an
independent new media and mobile device consultant while serving as founder and
president of ReelMind, Inc. a streaming media affinity portal targeting
independent filmmakers and animators. Mr. Reneker holds a BA from The
Colorado College and an MSc awarded with distinction from the London School of
Economics and Political Science.
|Luke Beermann, Intigral|
Luke Beermann, Intigral
is a pioneer of international digital linear and on-demand television. He has worked worldwide on the top brands in
the industry including HBO, Cinemax, ESPN Star Sports, Showtime, and Paramount
Luke landed in
MENA in 2001 as SVP Programming & Production at Showtime. While there he launched premium western and
Arabic movie, sports, and series channels. He secured the first studio PPV and VOD agreements in the territory,
launched the first regional PPV and catch-up services, and was part of the
Senior Management Team that launched and operated the first tapeless broadcast center
and DTH platform DVR in MENA. In 2008 he
moved to Rotana Media Group, getting his first taste of advertising supported
television. He is currently GM of IPTV
Content at Intigral, working on the leading edge of IPTV/OTT, TV Everywhere,
Luke began his career with HBO in New York,
working at Cinemax on the first suite of multiplex channels in the industry. He moved to HBO International, beginning a 20
year career in international pay and ad supported
TV. At HBOI he launched the first
franchise of the brand with Sky Ltd. in New Zealand and was seconded to TV1000
in Scandinavia, before joining the launch team of HBO Poland as VP of
Programming and Network Operations. His
HBOP Operations team launched one of the first MPEG2 satellite channels in
Europe and built and operated HBO’s first online non-linear post production
facility. After HBO Poland, Luke spent a
year at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore before moving to MENA.
|Fares Akkad, MBC|
Fares Akkad, MBC
In his role at MBC,
Fares looks after the digital portfolio for MBC and is responsible for helping
define the digital strategy for MBC group. Further, Fares also heads all distribution efforts for the group across
TV, Music, Radio, Online and Mobile. Fares
is an experienced strategist, having founded several successful internet
startups both in the US and the Middle East. He also has extensive experience in management consulting having advised
global and regional clients on a variety of technology and digital issues. Prior to MBC, Fares was with Booz and Company
where he focused on the Media Technology and Communications industries. Fares Hold a BS in Biotechnology, an MS in
Information Systems and an MBA from a top USA University.
FTTH Networks Financing and ROI
FTTH Networks Financing and ROI
FTTH networks is an important topic to develop the countries’ economies
through creation of digital highways of information. The initiatives
and the government’s role are crucial to find the best models and key players
such as operators, municipalities and utilities with the best possible financing
solutions to implement the national super fast fibre networks. This session
will discuss the financing models and the efficient ROI through the marketing
and management of FTTH services and subscribers.
|Moderator:||Jan Schindler, FTTH Council Europe|
Jan Schindler, FTTH Council Europe
Jan Schindler is Market Intelligence Manager and a part of new Prysmian Group – a company created by the merging of Draka and Prysmian. With over 10 years of professional experience in telecommunications, market research, and business consulting, Mr Schindler has a proven track record of developing successful strategic and competitive positioning campaigns for leading technology companies. These include Draka Communications, SSA Global Technologies, and the Baan Company.
Mr. Schindler contributes to FTTH Council Europe activity as Chairman of its Market Intelligence Committee, with a mission to expand economical and macroeconomic information and private funding topics for investors and infrastructure deployers.
Jan holds a MS degree in Business Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Zittau, Germany, and a Bachelor degree in International Business.
|Speakers:||Luc De Heyn, Comsof|
Luc De Heyn, Comsof
After obtaining his Master Degree in Photonics Engineering
in 2011 at the University of Ghent, Luc De Heyn joined Comsof, a spin-off
company of this university. He works on various consultancy projects related to
the costs of FTTx deployments and researches the impact of design- and
rollout-strategies on FTTx business cases. Comsof develops FiberPlanIT, an
advanced design tool for FTTx access networks, supporting business case
development and roll-out strategy optimization for FTTX networks. The platform
has been used in many projects worldwide to deliver accurate input on costs and
revenues for the FTTx business case. Luc is also involved in the Business
|Martin Kellenberger, R&M|
Martin Kellenberger, R&M
Martin Kellenberger is Head of Consulting at Reichle
& De-Massari AG. He is responsible for internal and external consulting,
sales support and training in the business segment "Public Networks"
on a global base. In this role he is involved in many FTTH projects not only in
Switzerland and Europe but
also in the Middle East and
Martin Kellenberger has more than 20 years of international experience in
Public Networks and is a real expert in fiber optic technology. He graduated as
an Electrical Engineer in
|Jeremy Foster, Ericsson|
Jeremy Foster, Ericsson
Foster leads Ericsson's engagement with Government and Industry in the
Middle East and North East Africa region. With telecoms
being a cornerstone for growth in both GDP and development of society,
Government policy becomes all the more important to ensure a sustainable
telecoms to continue driving every other industry.
Jeremy graduated from
Auckland with a BSc
majoring in Physics. After applying for a place on a graduate development
program, Jeremy completed most of the Ericsson engineering courses over the
succeeding few years to build up a platform of knowledge over every aspect of
Telecommunications. Post the development program Jeremy held technical and
sales support roles before joining Vodafone New
as an Account Director looking after some of the largest corporate customers
Vodafone had in NZ at that time.
Before leaving Vodafone,
Jeremy held Head of Business Product Marketing responsible for all business
products in the NZ market. Jeremy was also involved in the launch of 3G in New Zealand meeting many
customers and presenting at the largest telecoms forums leading up to and post
Jeremy returned to
Ericsson in 2006 as Marketing Director for the
region. Responsible for marketing the complete product portfolio of Ericsson,
Jeremy was also engaged with sales development and customer value propositions
post his 5 years at Vodafone.
In July 2010 Jeremy
was appointed Head of Marketing, Government and Industry Relations to spear
head Ericsson’s cooperation with Government across the ME and NEA region.
|Mohamad Medawar, MaxCell|
Mohamad Medawar, MaxCell
been in the telecom industry for the past 30 years and has extensive experience
in OSP cable networks.
for many years with 3M and his last position was Regional Business Development
Manager for the 3M Telecom Division in the Middle East & Africa region.
his own company in 2007 and he currently represents & provides professional
services to a number of international telecom manufacturers (including MaxCell)
in the Middle East area.
holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut.
|Rong Zhao, DETECON|
Rong Zhao, DETECON
Dr. Rong Zhao has more than 13 years experience in telecommunications, and joined in Detecon International GmbH in Germany since 2008, with focus on fixed access and transport networks. Following the business concept of the company from strategy to implementation, his expertise covers FTTx cost modeling, strategic planning and optimization, migration to FTTH, and network rollout. He has been involved in a number of projects in Europe, MENA and Asia. Since April 2012, he has been the vice chair of Deployment & Operations Committee by FTTH Council Europe. In addition, he is also the member of German VDE/ITG Expert Group 5.2.5 – “Access and Home Networks” and IEEE member.
Analyst Session: MENA & The World
Analyst Session: MENA and the Global Ranking
FTTH MENA Market Panorama |
This session will show the latest figures of FTTH connections in terms of
homes passed and homes subscribed in the region. What are the key factors to
enhance this ratio, ensure the necessary sustainability, and reduce churn? It
will also examine the specific situation in MENA and the world today and the
opportunities and outlook for fibre deployments in the region over the next few
Global Ranking and Benchmark in the World-FCGA
The annual ranking from the FTTH Councils Global Alliance provides a benchmark for authorities around the world. In this session, industry analysts will present a complete overview of the worldwide markets for broadband and FTTH, which will show the potential global opportunities.
|Moderator:||Roland Montagne, IDATE||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Speakers:||Anil Pande, FTTH Council APAC|
Anil Pande, FTTH Council APAC
Anil Pande has over
30 years of experience in all aspects of management including Manufacturing,
Projects, Operations and Marketing essentially in the Telecoms Field. Anil also
co-founded and managed Consilnet Inc. an Internet start-up company based out of
San Jose with operations in several countries.
He is currently
Director – Business Development of Dura-Line responsible
for the company’s business in Africa, Asia and Pacific regions.
Anil is a Director
on the Board of the FTTH Council APAC.
|Roland Montagne, IDATE|
Roland Montagne, IDATE
Roland Montagne joined IDATE in 1998 and he is now Director
Telecoms Business Unit. In his position he is responsible of IDATE Consulting
and Research activities covering Telecoms markets.
Roland is also Head of Broadband / FTTx Practice at
IDATE. Mr Montagne played a leading role in previous IDATE International
studies. He has carried out several studies dealing with European Broadband
roll out and he is in charge actually of an annual Survey on Broadband Access
for the DGInfSo. Since 2004,
Montagne is leading FTTx works at IDATE and is also the
project leader, twice a year, for the
FTTH Council Europe
European FTTH projects panorama (10th edition in 2012). He also achieved
a major study for the French Government on scenarios for deploying Very High
Broadband networks in France (cost model and Government options).
Roland Montagne also carried
out several strategic analyses focused on US and Asian developing FTTH markets.
He has been recently involved on FTTH cost model analysis for the United
Kingdom as well as best practice study looking at fibre indoor deployments as
well as ducts sharing. Recently, He was also leading a study on the potential
of NGPON technologies as well as maturity of active wholesale for developing
FTTH markets. In 2012 Roland is conducting FTTH projects Panorama for Latin
America FTTH Chapter (8 countries covered), FTTH Council APAC (14 countries
studied/3rd edition) and is leading an annual worldwide FTTx watch
service proposed by IDATE and covering more than 60 countries (5th
Roland is a regular speaker in key events related to
FTTH topics at an international level (FTTH Councils Europe, Asia Pacific,
Middle East, Latin America and US, FTTH Forum, Broadband World Forum, IIR,
Informa & IQPC events, ETNO, CITI and IDATE Digiworld Summit).
Roland Montagne is a
Telecommunications Engineer (ENST Paris, 1994) and received a Master on
Electronics (University Paris 6, 1994). He also worked for AT&T Bell
as Engineer on DWDM Optical Networks and ATM technologies. He started his
carrier in the France Telecom R&D labs working on optical communications.
|Nadia Babaali, FTTH Council Europe|
Nadia Babaali, FTTH Council Europe
FTTH Council Europe
Over the course of her 20-year career in the
international ICT world Nadia has held various positions in the field of
European Affairs, International Development and Public Relations with large Groups
such as BT Group and Telindus-Belgacom, but also with industry organisations
and networks such as Opticsvalley and System@tic Paris-Region. Nadia holds an
MBA from London Business School, an MA in Economics from the University of
London and an MA in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Paris.
PANEL CLOSING DISCUSSION : High Speed Broadband importance in the Regulatory Environment
PANEL CLOSING DISCUSSION: High Speed Broadband Importance in the Regulatory & Economic Environments
The role and importance of FTTH in
the economy along with the regulatory challenges will be debated by high level
panellists in this closing session.
|Moderator:||Louay Abou Chanab, Booz & Co||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Speakers:||Dr Amr Badawi, Chairman National Telecom Regulatory Authority, Egypt ||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Ms.Suvi Linden, Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development & former Minister of Telecom Finland||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Mr Faris Awartani, Chairman FTTH Council MENA||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Mr Paolo Seben, Managing Partner Effectas Qatar & Head of the Smart City Team FTTH Council Europe||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Rainer Schnepfleitner, Policy and Economic Affairs, ICTQatar ||Presentation:||N.A.|
|Hartwig Tauber, Chair Fibre Councils Global Alliance||Presentation:||N.A.|