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Hon. Catherine Hughes

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Guyana
Hon. Catherine Hughes
  • Hon. Catherine Hughes

    Catherine Andrea Hughes is a Media Specialist with extensive knowledge of the Caribbean media and advertising environment. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Mass Communications.

    Mrs. Hughes has worked at media bodies in the Caribbean and internationally for more than 20 years, having served as a news reporter for the Caribbean News Agency and with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) as a television producer. She was part of the BBC’s Radio Merseyside team as a freelance reporter.

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Ms. Bernadette Lewis

Secretary General
CTU
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  • Ms. Bernadette Lewis

    Bernadette Lewis was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in August, 2003. Under her stewardship, the CTU has been transformed into a relevant and vibrant information and communication technologies (ICT) organization and is now at the forefront of activities to harmonise policies and practices for the development of the Caribbean ICT sector and to coordinate regional ICT Projects.

    A strong proponent for ICT-enabled Caribbean development, Ms. Lewis has been advocating the use of ICTs through an initiative called the Caribbean ICT Roadshow, designed to raise awareness and educate on the power of ICT and how they may be effectively employed to enhance every sphere of endeavour. Concurrently, she has been a relentless in her endeavours to improve cyber security in the region and was instrumental in the development of a Caribbean Cyber Security Framework with the Organisation of American States.

    Through Ms. Lewis’ Leadership and project management expertise, the CTU has built capacity in and now has a demonstrated record of accomplishment for successful coordination of regional ICT projects.

    Ms. Lewis is a champion for ICT-enabled public service transformation in the Caribbean, having recently launched an initiative called 21st Century Government that seeks to establish citizen-centric seamless governments in the region. The initiative, when implemented will transform the Caribbean public service and governments and enhance the region’s competitiveness.

    Under Ms. Lewis’ direction in 2005, the Caribbean initiated the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in the world. In 2012, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Registry for Internet Numbers for her seminal work in Internet Governance.

    Ms. Lewis is passionate about ensuring that the citizens of the region have affordable access to, and are able to benefit from effective use of ICT.

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Mr. Gregory Dean

CEO Digicel Guyana
Mr. Gregory Dean
  • Mr. Gregory Dean

    Greg spent a total of 8 years in various Finance functions in the healthcare and retail sectors in the UK. Following this he returned home to join Digicel Guyana in June 2007 as CFO. A year later he assumed the CEO position and has worked in this capacity both locally and regionally for Digicel over the past 10 years. During this time in addition to Guyana he has also had responsibility for Digicel markets in ABC, Guyana, Suriname and French West Indies.

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Mr. Ian Galt

Chief Sales Officer of Central America and the Caribbean
Mr. Ian Galt
  • Mr. Ian Galt

    Ian Galt is a veteran of the ICT and Telecommunications Sectors with over 38 years of knowledge and experience.

    Ian joined Digicel Business in October 2017 as Chief Sales Officer of Central America and the Caribbean.

    Prior to this he served the largest conglomerate in the English speaking Caribbean - ANSA McAL as Group CIO and Services Sector Head.

    He has served as Executive Chairman on eight Boards and has served on numerous Boards as a Director and in an advisory capacity

    Prior to joining ANSA McAL, Ian spent the previous 23 years working for two large Multinational Companies, running businesses in the Caribbean and Central America.

    During that period Ian held several Executive roles within the ICT Industry including Country General Manager, Regional Executive Vice President and Regional Managing Director.

    He has worked extensively in the UK and Europe for over ten years in addition to having extensive experience in multiple Caribbean locations.

    He was intimately involved in the build out of Trinidad and Tobago’s first Tier 3 Data Center Facility and had Executive oversight of the launch of a number of the initial Managed and Cloud Services to be launched and made available in the Caribbean.

    Ian completed his Secondary education in the UK and is an Honors Graduate of International Technical Institute, Tampa.

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Mr. Selby Wilson

Telecommunications Strategist (Consultant)
CTU
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  • Mr. Selby Wilson

    The Telecommunications Strategist is the Secretariat’s primary advisor on issues of ICT regulations and policy and provides the strategic planning support for directing the activities of the Union.

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Mr. Nigel Cassimire

Consulting Telecommunications Specialist
CTU
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  • Mr. Nigel Cassimire

    Mr. Nigel Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over thirty years of experience in the industry, most of which were gained at the functional, management and executive levels of the incumbent telecommunications carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT). He has intimate understanding of a broad range of telecommunications technologies and services and practical experience in network planning, network operations management and telecommunications policy development.

    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 in the areas of spectrum management and Internet governance.

    Mr. Cassimire 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.

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Mr. Kevon Swift

Head of Strategic Relations and Integration at LACNIC
Mr. Kevon Swift
  • Mr. Kevon Swift

    Kevon is the Head of Strategic Relations and Integration at LACNIC. He has extensive knowledge of external relations and digital policy in the Caribbean.

    Kevon joined LACNIC in 2014 where his work focuses on Internet Governance processes, Caribbean affairs, and leading engagements with various Internet actors including governments, international organisations, private sector entities and members of the LACNIC Community.

    Kevon is the architect of LACNIC On The Move - an information campaign in Central America and the Caribbean that fosters bottom-up, open dialogue on a wide range of Internet issues. He also champions LACNIC’s newest initiative called LÍDERES, which aims to bolster Internet Governance spaces across the Latin American and Caribbean region.

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Mr. Ashish Uttamchandani

Senior Business Development Manager
CrimsonLogic
Mr. Ashish Uttamchandani
  • Mr. Ashish Uttamchandani

    Professional Profile:

    Background

    Ashish is a senior executive with over 15 years of experience in working with public and private sector organisations in a variety of capacities including Strategy, Leadership, Sales, Business Development, Consulting and Project/Change Management. He is currently a Senior Business Development Manager with Singaporean ICT firm CrimsonLogic. He is responsible for strategy and business development for the OECS, Jamaica and DR. He also advices regional Governments on their digital strategy and cross-border trade. Before joining CrimsonLogic, he was the Professional Services Manager of Massy Technologies InfoCom (Barbados) Ltd. While at Massy Technologies InfoCom, he initiated and directed the company’s Consulting Business Unit in 2015. He also had responsibility for the overall leadership, strategy, and growth of the Professional Services Unit in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

    He has worked extensively in the Caribbean and Latin America and was also a columnist for the Barbados Business Authority and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and sat on several not-for-profit boards including PMI Barbados, the Variety Club and was an advisor to the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation. His experience spans a wide range of industries including banking, finance, manufacturing, commercial, insurance, telecommunications, and ICT.

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Mr. Alpha Sennon

Founder of WHYFARM
Mr. Alpha Sennon
  • Mr. Alpha Sennon

    Alpha Sennon is a Tribagonian farmerpreneur, motivational speaker and a creative youth in agriculture advocate. Alpha is the founder of WHYFARM (We Help You-th Farm) a globally recognised and award-winning nonprofit organisation established to creatively promote agriculture among children by increasing their awareness of the world’s food problems and by doing so grow the future feeders of 2050 In 2015, Alpha, discontented with the lack of growth and support for youths in the agriculture sector started a mission to reposition and rebrand the agriculture industry through his invention AGRIman - the world's first and only Superhero for food and nutrition security. AGRIman is part of a tangible on the ground engagement campaign that teaches children the importance and how they can contribute towards achieving food and nutrition security. WHYFARM has since been launched in 9 countries worldwide, including 5 countries in Africa.

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Ms. Diana Sirila

Head of Legal and Regulatory, Financial Services for Digicel Group
Ms. Diana Sirila
  • Ms. Diana Sirila

    Diana is the Head of Legal and Regulatory, Financial Services for Digicel Group. As part of her role, Diana is charged with leading the legal and regulatory aspects of Digicel’s Financial Services products as well as its E-Commerce products. She has been in the law profession 9 years, in telecommunication for 7 years and specialized in Mobile Payments and Fintech issues for 7 years. Diana has a Master of Law from Harvard Law School, a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi and has been admitted to several Bar associations as an attorney including the state of New York, Kenya and other East Africa Countries. Diana is also a member of the prestigious Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

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Mr. Shernon Osepa

Manager Regional Affairs Latin America & Caribbean at Internet Society (ISOC)
Mr. Shernon Osepa
  • Mr. Shernon Osepa

    Shernon Osepa, is a Telecoms & Internet Policy Professional.

    He holds the following degrees:

    • BSc. in Electrical Engineering, (from the University of Professional Studies, Eindhoven in the Netherlands);
    • Bachelor in Business Administrator, (from the University of Professional Studies, Enschede in the Netherlands);
    • Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Regulations & Policy(from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago).

    He is currently the Manager Regional Affairs Latin America & Caribbean at Internet Society (ISOC). Previously he had worked for ICANN as the Caribbean liaison(three years), the Regulator, Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post in the Netherlands Antilles(almost six years) and the incumbent telecoms operator, SETEL/UTS in Curaçao (eight years).

    Shernon is a firm believer that the Internet should be utilized beyond just the function of a search engine.

    He is a co-founder and contributed to the development of the “Caribbean Peering & Interconnection Forum (CarPIF).
    (Small Islands Development States)SIDS, Digital Economy Development, Natural Disaster Mitigation Strategies and Cybersecurity are also key areas of interests.
    At (World Summit on Information Society) WSIS 2017 he was selected as a High Level Track Facilitator, representing the global technical community.
    Shernon Osepa is a national of Curaçao and is fluent in Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish and has a working understanding of French.

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Mr. Devindra Ramnarine

Executive Director & Caribbean Lead, Government and Public Sector
EY Caribbean
Mr. Devindra Ramnarine
  • Mr. Devindra Ramnarine

    Devindra leads EY Caribbean’s Government and Public Sector practice. He brings over 25 years of direct experience in planning, leading and managing technology-enabled transformation in the public and private sectors. He led the development of national ICT strategic plans for several small island states and managed high-risk technology-enabled change projects in the private sector. Devindra has Masters’ degrees in Electrical Engineering Science and in Telecommunications and has considerable experience in telecommunications, information technology, project management, strategic planning and e-government. He served the countries of the Commonwealth as Head of the Commonwealth Connects Secretariat where he managed the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Digital Divide Program and Digital Divide Fund and as Adviser, Public Sector Informatics at the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK.

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Mr. Anil Persad

Executive Director, IT Risk and Cybersecurity Services
EY Caribbean
Mr. Anil Persad
  • Mr. Anil Persad

    Anil leads EY Caribbean’s IT Risk and Cybersecurity Services. He has presented keynote addresses on Information Security across the Caribbean for many professional organizations and chapters including the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Information Systems Audit Control Association and the Caribbean Association of banks. Anil has been involved in security engagements for Fortune 100 companies. He brings over 15 years’ experience and has considerable exposure to some of the largest organizations within the financial, manufacturing and energy sectors in the region and has been involved in numerous IT security and IT forensic engagements with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Mr. Theo Boomsma

Founder and Chairman of IT-Core Foundation Suriname
IT-Core Foundation Suriname
Mr. Theo Boomsma
  • Mr. Theo Boomsma

    Theo Boomsma is founder and chairman of IT-Core Foundation Suriname that has been in the forefront of Innovation in ICT for the past 7 years. Started with the first yearly Hackathon in 2013, the Robokidz club and more recently the HackOmation Internet of things challenge.

    Studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Eindhoven and did many startup ventures since then.

    His motto are "do re-invent the wheel, as thats the only way to innovate it!"

    "Innovation is done hands in the mud so one fails and learns fastest"

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