Sue has over 25 years work experience in various roles across the Telecommunications and ICT Industries in Huawei, IBM and Accenture. During this time she has worked with numerous Telecom Operators, Governments and local Industries supporting them in the development of their ICT Strategies & Plans. Sue is currently leading several National ICT Infrastructure and Smart City initiatives across the region creating visions, strategies and supporting governments in developing their IT plans and business architecture.
With over 30 years' experience in the Telecommunication Industry, Barry has held various positions in Telecom Operators, IT Companies, and Network Equipment Providers. In these roles he has worked across USA, South America, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Barry is currently the CIO for the South Pacific Region and in this capacity he is responsible for championing ICT solutions across the region. Barry has an MSEE and an extensive background in both Telecom Networking and IT Solutions. Barry hold multiple patents in the area of telecommunications.
Sajjad has been instrumental in Digicel’s roll out in the Pacific, as part of the core team planning and optimizing the networks in Vanuatu, Fiji and Nauru for launch. Sajjad started working in Huawei Technical Support in Shanghai and subsequently moved to Digicel to take up the role of RF planning and optimization Manager in Fiji, where he then became Access Network Manager and was subsequently promoted to CTO in 2008. Sajjad, who hails from Pakistan, moved to Vanuatu in 2011 to the role of Digicel Vanuatu CTO.
Madhukar comes with 13 years of experience from fast growth emerging Asian markets in areas of consumer telecom brands,sales and marketing. He also has consulting experience in consumer behavior and has mentored a mobile start-up based in Mumbai.
He holds a MBA degree from UBS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
Ian is currently working at the University of the South Pacific as a senior fellow of e-Learning. In this role, he jointly manages the Teachers Education Resources and e-Learning Centre and focusses on helping Pacific Ministries of Education develop strategies, policies, capacity building plans and trails of ICTs to help improve education outcomes.
Ian has 10 years' experience working in the region, starting at SPC as the inaugural ICT Outreach co-ordinator. Has helped develop and review the regional ICT and ICT for Education Frameworks and has led many trails, including the OLPC and Rural Satellite connection projects and more recently has been involved in OER and MOOC developments in the region.
He is currently working actively with five ministries of Education and developing regional approaches that will assist many more. His engineering background and Pacific experience helps him develop ICT solutions appropriate for Pacific Education systems and his research into the latest international developments ensures he is across good practice use of ICTs from around the globe.
Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen
Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen is Senior Lecturer at Flinders University as well as a Shuttleworth Telecommunications Fellow and Mercator Fellow. His research focus is on creating resilient off-grid telecommunications solutions that can benefit communities following disasters, or those living in areas where they cannot reliably access conventional communications, whether through remoteness of economic circumstances. He is best known for leading The Serval Project, a non-profit research and development project to bring these technologies to those who need them. He lives in Adelaide, Australia, with his wife and two children.
Laura Hosman is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and in The Polytechnic School. Her work is action-oriented and focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries. Presently, she focuses on ICT-in-education projects, and brings her passion for experiential learning to the classroom by leading real-world-focused, project-based courses that have seen student-built technology deployed in schools in Haiti, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Samoa, and Tonga.
Huseyin is an experienced technology strategy, architecture and consultancy professional with an industrial background in a wide range of sectors. Over last 5 years, he has worked at a major global technology practice as a chief technologist with the focus varying from Internet of Things, mobility and end-user computing to digital transformation programs. A major part of his work specialized in public sector transformation using technology as an enabler. His clients included regional and national governments, as well as international organizations. He developed reusable technological frameworks for healthcare, education, life sciences, cloud, mobility and Internet of Things. He is based in the Netherlands.
Dalsie Baniala started working for TRR after leaving USP, Emalus Campus in April 2008.She took up the position for the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator since December 2, 2015. She has been in her Managerial position in TRR since 2010. She is experienced in organising national events such as ICT day. Ms. Baniala has a lot of passion working in the Telecommunications Sector and in particular in the challenging environment where she currently is. She also has a lot of experience working with the rural communities and she works very closely with the women and Community leaders of her own home island (Maewo) and in where she is currently living today. Her aim and passion is to connect the disadvantage people (in her own term) with the elites (those who know more of the subject)and also to make sure the people in other rural areas experience the same level of quality Telecommunications services, at an affordable price, as the people of Port Vila are experiencing today.
Charlot Salwai is a ni-Vanuatu politician and former accountant. He is the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, having been elected on 11 February 2016. He is the leader of the Reunification of Movements for Change, which is part of the Unity for Change bloc. Salwai is a Francophone from Pentecost Island. He has previously served as Minister for Trade, Minister for Lands, Minister for Education, Minister for Finance, and Minister of Internal Affairs.
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. As of 2016, he assumed responsibilities as the OGCIO's Project Management Contractor/Advisor. 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.
Gerard Metsan is the Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Prime Minister's Office, Government of the Republic of Vanuatu.
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.
Mr Barlen Lutchmoodoo is currently the Chief of Corporate & Business Markets. Mr Lutchmoodoo has been handling several managerial posts in Mauritius Telecom from 2002 to 2014. He holds a B Tech Electronics and Communication from the University of Kakatya India and a Master in Communication Management from Strathclyde University Scotland. In TVL, The CCO is responsible for the Marketing, Direct Sales, Customer Excellence, Call centre and In-direct sales.