Joe Natuman is a ni-Vanuatu politician, member of the Vanua'aku Pati. He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, and was also an exchange student at the University of Papua New Guinea.
In the 1980s, he worked in the highest ranks of the civil service, culminating with the position of First Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office from 1987 to 1991, at the time of Prime Minister Walter Lini. He then worked as assistant registrar at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, until 1995.
He entered national politics when he was elected MP for Tanna, representing the Vanua'aku Pati, in the 1995 general election. He has been continuously re-elected since and has served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu since 2014.
Fred Samuel worked for many years as engineer and business manager for Telecom Vanuatu, Ltd., before assuming the role of Chief Information Officer of Vanuatu, one of the first government CIOs in the Pacific island nations. He received a master's in telecom engineering and marketing from Coventry University in Britain. As CIO and a Vanuatu native, he has played a key role in the country's ICT and E-GOV successes.
Jackson Miake is the ICT Program Manager at the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Prime Minister's Office, Government of the Republic of Vanuatu. His role is to develop and implement government policies in the information and communication technology (ICT) and telecommunications sector. He has been in this role for the past four years and enjoys working in a vibrant and enthusiastic office with a team committed to developing Vanuatu as an ICT hub in the Pacific. Prior to taking up the role, he was in the private sector in the banking and aviation industries. Jackson is also the current Board Chair for the Pacific Islands Chapter of Internet Society, a chapter that represents the interests of users in the Oceania-Pacific region. The chapter consists of over 600 members across all 22 Pacific Island countries including Australia and New Zealand. The chapter focuses on local ICT issues and developments in the Pacific region, and seeks to provide impartial advice to governments and the public on Internet-related matters that are relevant to Pacific Island people.
Ron Box has a wealth of experience in ICT development and regulation across the Pacific and the world. He served for 19 years with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), was the telecom regulator in Fiji, served for three years with the United Nations Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), and has served as an expert consultant for the APT and ITU in Mongolia and across the Pacific. Ron has led delegations, been a high-level office bearer and represented his country in a range of regional (APT) and international (ITU) fora and events, including the APT Standardisation Program, and World Telecommunications Standardisation Assemblies and Plenipotentiary Conferences of the ITU. Currently he is the Regulator at the independent Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator of Vanuatu (TRR). Ron holds tertiary qualifications in electrical engineering, telecommunications regulation, and business administration and policy. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
As a high tech engineer, inventor, executive, entrepreneur and angel investor during the last 50 years, Mr. Geilhufe has served as senior executive at world leading companies, served as Founder, CEO, Chairman, Board Member for start-up companies and served as Mentor/investor to many technology companies in Silicon Valley. Social Enterprise Development in developing countries is his current focus.
Jordan Weinstock is the director of consulting at Open Revolution, a firm which specializes in mobile financial services, mobile applications and broadband access. Mr. Weinstock has over 30 years of rural telephony and ICT experience, and has worked in 25 developing countries on every continent. His specialties are telecoms finance, modeling, mobile financial services products and marketing, submarine cable financial analysis, and ICT policy. Mr. Weinstock holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia.
Tony Lansdell established (1996) his own consulting firm, aiming to provide business analysis (primarily performance analysis and workflow) and systems consultancy services to a wide range of courts and justice agencies. He has worked with the World Bank Group, AUSAID and elsewhere with the Asian Development Bank and other donor agencies and consulting firms in the Pacific, Africa, Asia and Europe with an emphasis on developing countries and transition economies. Major highlights in this time include the Courts/Justice agencies in Vanuatu, Ghana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, Philippines, India, Ireland, Samoa and Malaysia. Within Australia, Tony has worked with the High Court, Federal Court, Federal Magistrates/Circuit Court of Australia, Family Court of Australia, the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Courts of Victoria, the Victorian Department of Justice, Northern Territory Magistrates Courts, South Australian Courts Authority and the ACT Courts.
Oliver Dziggel is assisting the OGCIO to shape its national eGov portal initiative, which will provide a broad portfolio of ICT shared services by Government of Vanuatu (GoV) institutions to citizens, businesses and investors. He is presently drafting documents that will be presented to the World Bank and other donors for financing the project, which will consist of infrastructure (backhaul and broadband connectivity to GoV facilities), applications (ePayment, Paperless Government) and specialized technical assistance. Previously, Oliver spent nine years in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo, helping to make ICT as a fundamental enabler of economic development and growth. He has worked in more than 30 countries around the globe and written three professional books on doing international business.
Sameer Sharma is currently Senior Advisor at ITU Regional office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, responsible for South Asia covering India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Maldives where he is responsible for providing technical assistance to the countries for ICT for development including creating conducive policy and regulatory framework. He has assisted several countries in migration from legacy networks to Next Generation Networks, designing Broadband Policy Framework and wireless broadband master plans for over ten countries including countries from Pacific Islands and ASEAN. He also actively works with UN Agencies including UNESCO on ICT for Education and WHO for e-health, UNICEF for School Connectivity. He was recently involved for development of policy framework on ICT for Persons with Disability for Afghanistan, Nepal and India. He organized several regional events and training courses for Asia-Pacific countries. Before joining the ITU, he held several senior positions such as Advisor, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia. He also worked as Director TRAI, India with extensive work on convergence and regulatory issues in Indian telecom sector. He has been awarded by ITU with a medal of excellence for performance in 2009.
Marc Warin is an inventor and entrepreneur who has been developing internet and mobile payment solutions for 15 years in Australia and the South Pacific. He has lived and worked in Vanuatu for the past six years in an Australian-government funded aid program, so he has a keen knowledge of the needs and challenges of Pacific Islanders. His vision is to use innovations in ICT to provide an easier, safer, simpler, convenient, and less expensive way for ni-Vanuatu to send money to each other.
Prakash has 15 years working experience in the telecom industry of which 7 years at senior and top management level. He is a registered professional engineer with a first class Telecommunication engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, India. He has an MBA in Marketing from Leicester University, UK and an executive MBA in Telecom Strategy from the Telecom Academy, London. He started his career in the Orange Group with Mauritius Telecom. He has worked at the C-level and top management with Telecom System Integrators throughout Africa for 6 years with Operators like MTN, Etisalat, Vodafone, Airtel and Safaricom. From January 2014, he is the CEO of Telecom Vanuatu limited a company forming part of the Orange Group and owned by Mauritius Telecom.
Mr. Adams is an experienced international communications lawyer with a background in private commercial law practice. He has more than 20 years of experience on projects for the modernization and reform of telecommunications, Internet, and other ICT sectors. In this capacity, he has advised governments and firms on policy, legal, and regulatory reform in the areas of broadband access and convergence, local loop unbundling, interconnection, market access, sector restructuring and streamlining (and elimination) of licensing regimes, e-commerce and e-government, consumer protection and competition rules, international Internet governance, and norms set by international regulatory bodies. He has extensive project experience in the Pacific Africa, the Middles East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He also provides advice to non-U.S. governments and companies on privatization, corporate restructuring, and investments in telecommunications, the Internet and other ICT markets.
Bob has had a long and distinguished career in the communications field initially with the carrier, Telecom Australia in the Research Labs and later as Director of Industry Strategy for the organization. He took up involvement in regulation with the first independent regulator, AUSTEL in Australia, and was Deputy Chair and then Chair of its successor, the Australian Communications Authority, overseeing many exciting developments at the cutting edge of regulatory development. He was also a Board Member of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. In Australia he was voted ATUG Communicator of the Year, 1993, SPAN Architect of Competition, 2005 and recognized with the CTN award for services to consumers, in 2005. He is well known in international regulatory circles, and as a private consultant has advised many governments in the Asia Pacific region on regulatory matters, in both telecommunications and radiocommunications, and contributed to significant activities in the ITU and APT. For the last 4 years he has been a Board Member and Expert Advisor of NICTA, the regulatory body of PNG, a consultant to Intelsat and Inmarsat, has consulted for DBCDE in Australia and is an Ambassador for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.
Richard leads the sales efforts for Inomial, with a focus in assisting the company with its expansion into international markets. Having a Business Degree with a major in International Marketing, Richard enjoys the diverse cultural experience that comes from working with clients across the globe. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. With more than 25 years product management, marketing strategy and business development experience, Richard has been involved with multiple industries including IT, telecommunications, finance and retail. As a Product Manager at Telstra, he was responsible for significant changes that impacted the development of broadband internet in Australia. He has experience in working with small-medium business to large multinationals and has been with Inomial for the last 3 years. Richard is married and has 5 children, he enjoys family time, and the occasional game of golf.
Mr. Fikiasi holds the position of Manager Legal and Market Competition within Vanuatu Regulator's Office. Managing regulatory competition and provide support in the development of including Cyber security policy and legislations. Lloyd is a member of the Cybercrime Working Group supporting Government in development of the cybercrime legislation for Vanuatu.
Mark Lillywhite worked as a software developer in the healthcare industry before founding one of Australia's first ISPs in 1994. In 1998, he went on to start Inomial, which has become a leading provider of billing and service management software in Australia. Today, Inomial's flagship product, Smile, is a complete, web-based ordering, accounts receivable, rating, authentication and provisioning system used in multiple industries around the Asia Pacific region. Mark still contributes to the development of Smile and drives Inomial's direction of platform-neutral, infrastructure-inclusive automatic billing solutions.
Andrew has over 10 years experience in the ICT industry, starting out working with Australian mid-sized organisations to utilise communication technologies, specialising in data and application aggregation, to provide the base for growth in changing markets. Following 7 successful years in Australia, Andrew moved to Digicel in Papua New Guinea as the Head of ICT Sales and Service to work with organisations with little or no ICT adoption to develop and encourage business growth through ICT solutions in a market on the cusp of a technology boom. In April, Andrew joined Digicel Vanuatu as Sales Director.
Jacques-Samuel has over 15 years' experience in senior telecommunications and IT roles, challenges of scaling-up companies, building world-class operational teams and managing strategic partnerships on the global stage. Before joining Kacific he spent a decade working for language technology solutions, Appen Butler Hill, helping take it from start-up to a global leadership position. As Senior Vice President Operations, he led project teams in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Prior to that he worked for Altran Europe, providing project management and infrastructure optimisation services to Philips, Solvay Group, BASE, Sud Presse and British Telecom. He holds an eMBA from the AGSM and two master degrees, including a telecommunications engineering degree from a French grande ecole, Telecom Sud Paris. Like other members of the Kacific team, Jacques-Samuel is strongly committed improving the economic wellbeing of Pacific nations.
Brad Partridge has over 20 years experience in the IT & telecommunications industry with extensive experience in strategy, architecture, planning, sales, commercial procurement and contracts in the telecommunications industry. Brad has broad experience in running both consulting and technical teams, providing strategic analysis and definition to stakeholders at all levels. Brad has the ability to apply strategic analytical skills to the business and financial objectives and map these objectives with strategic options and the impacts that these may have on clients business. Brad has for the past three years been engaged by Digicel providing strategic telecommunications advice across the South Pacific, with the most recent role being responsible for Business Solutions in Vanuatu.