Universal Services Leaders Forum 2013
John has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and has been working for over 20 years on various spectrum and regulatory policy matters.
Over that time he has authored several refered papers on antennas and electromagnetic compatibility. In his most current role, John is a senior manager of spectrum and regulatory policy in Intel's Global Public Policy organization, focusing on broadband and universal service matters.
John works with global policy regulators and stakeholders to share the latest best policy methods to help capitalize on all the benefits that broadband has to offer to national economies and global citizens.
Susan Mochache is the Assistant Director in charge of the Universal Access Obligation and Funding at the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). She has over 15 years experience in both the private and public sectors within the ICT industry in Kenya.
In her position in CCK Ms. Mochache is responsible for the newly established Universal Service Fund in Kenya. Previously, she has worked as a member of the team that spearheaded the development and deployment of key government infrastructure projects including The East African Submarine System (TEAMS) and the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure. Presently, she is the chairperson of the National Steering Committee responsible for the development of the National Broadband strategy for Kenya.
She holds a master's in communications management from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom and a BSc. in International Business. Ms. Mochache is a certified MSP Programme Management Practitioner and Prince2 Project Management practitioner. She has also undertaken various telecommunications, leadership, and management training programmes both locally and abroad.
Alliance for Affordable Internet, Web Foundation
Sonia N. Jorge is an expert in the confluence of development and communications policy. She has over 20 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her work has included ICT policy and regulatory advice and analysis, strategic industry planning, national ICT/broadband policy development, creating new legal and regulatory frameworks (to address issues including competition, interconnection, cost-based pricing, spectrum allocation and management, infrastructure sharing and convergence), understanding universal access and digital inclusion in the context of development, and promoting gender analysis and awareness in the ICT planning process.
Sonia has worked in over 20 countries around the globe, including many in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia. She holds a master's in public policy (Tufts University) and a BA/BS in economics and business finance (University of Massachusetts) and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Ms. Jorge assumed her current role on 1 July 2013, having previously been Director of Research & Consulting at Pyramid Research, a UBM company.
David Townsend is an international expert in ICT policy and economics. He is President of David N. Townsend & Associates (DNTA), an internationally prominent consulting firm specializing in ICT development.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Townsend has been a leading contributor to the evolution of the communications sector worldwide, and has advised governments in more than 40 countries on economic issues and policy options for ICT growth and access.
He has been a leading voice for expansion of access to advanced ICTs in developing countries through strategic policy initiatives, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on Universal Service/Access policy and funding. He has been one of the pioneers in the design of Universal Service Funds in numerous countries, and has been an advocate for modernizing and expanding the goals of USFs to link rural and underserved communities through broadband, Internet, and other ICTs. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, the ITU, the United Nations, and many other organizations, governments, and companies, and has conducted ground-breaking studies of ICT development issues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
Mr. Parvez Iftikhar is the Asia Regional ICT Advisor for the Global Broadband and Innovations program. He is the founder CEO of USF Co. (Universal Service Fund Company) in Pakistan, that he helped set up and ran it for its first five years. Working through private sector telcos, USF Pakistan provided broadband to hundreds of small towns (free for all higher-secondary schools, colleges, and libraries over there), optic fibers to nearly 60 remote unserved subdistricts (laying more than 6,000 kilometers of fiber cables), hundreds of community broadband telecentres, and basic telephony to thousands of unserved remote villages.
When Parvez left, USF Pakistan was executing projects with more than USD 200 million as subsidies plus another USD 70 million subsidised projects that were ready for signing. All of this accomplished through open and transparent competitive bidding (not a single dispute/litigation and no audit observation).
Parvez is presently working as a international ICT consultant and his advice on Universal Service matters is sought in various countries and by global institutions like ITU, USAID/GBI, CTO and World Bank, etc., as he is one with practical experience of successful implementation.
A telecom professional with more than 30 years in the field, before USF, Parvez was country-head of Siemens Telecom, where he got extensive management and technical training, mostly in Europe. There he managed several multi-million dollar telecom related contracts making the company grow 10 times in 8 years.
A graduate engineer from Engineering University Lahore, he has also been on sabbaticals to Carnegie Melon University USA and Oxford University UK, and speaks English, Urdu, and German.