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Global leaders flock to Dubai for ITU Telecom World

Global ICT leaders will gather to discuss topics including the ‘radical transformation of the ICT industry’ at this year’s ITU Telecom World 2012, opening in Dubai next month.

The event is staged for 14-18 October, and will bring together a uniquely inclusive list of international speakers for five days of constructive dialogue and debate.

“No ICT forum in the world can rival ITU Telecom World 2012 for the breadth, depth and mix of its delegates and speakers,” says ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

High-level delegates from the ICT industry speaking at the event in Dubai include Wim Elfrink, Executive VP Emerging Solutions, Cisco; Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson; Eileen Healy,  CEO, Healy & Co; John Davies, VP Sales and Marketing, Intel; Sifiso Dabengwa, Group President and CEO, MTN; Franco Bernabè, CEO, Telecom Italia; Zheren Ma, Head of Corporate Strategy, Tencent; Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice-President, Walt Disney Company;  Ashish Srivastava Pallia, Chief Enterprise Architect and Head, Wipro Technologies; and Ming Xu, Vice President, ZTE.

“Bringing the right people together to discuss the right topics on an open, neutral and equitable platform is the foundation of constructive dialogue and debate. It is only by engaging with diverging opinions, viewpoints and values that fresh perspectives, strategies and policies can be created,” added Touré

Participants providing the crucially important perspective of regulatory bodies will include Carlos Andrés Rebellón Villán, Executive Director, Colombian Communications Regulation Commission; Hessa Sultan Al-Jaber, Secretary-General, ictQATAR; Eugene Juwah, CEO, Nigerian Communication Commission; Abdullah Al-Darrab, Governor, Communication and Information Technology Commission,Saudi Arabia; and Alan Horne, Telecommunications Regulator,Vanuatu.

Thought leaders from consultancies, universities and think-tanks will bring new research, innovative theories and the benefits of cross-sectoral strategies to the round table in Dubai.

Participating in a dynamic series of panel discussions will be Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting; Stewart White, CEO, Akhet Consulting; Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD; Suraj Moraje, Senior Partner, McKinsey; Dean Bubley, CEO, Disruptive Analysis; Laina Greene, CEO, GET-IT; and Rob Frieden,  Professor  at Pennsylvania State University.

An impressive array of representatives from international organisations will feature Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS;  Axel Leblois, President, G3ict; Danielle Jacobs, Chairman, INTUG ; Suleyman Anil, Head, Cyber Defence Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO; Ali Jazairy, Head of Innovation at WIPO; and  Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji, Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing, World Health Organisation.

The truly international nature of ITU Telecom World – and the importance accorded it by governments everywhere – is reflected in the presence of telecommunications ministers such as Stephen Conroy of Australia; Rene Castro of Costa Rica; Kapil Sibal of India; Abdelkader Amara of Morocco; Dina Deliwe Pule of South Africa; Ivo Ivanovski, of the FYR Macedonia; and Anudith  Nakornthap  of Thailand.

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