Ivan Fong is the President of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Pacific Island members in telecommunications development. He is also the General Manager of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited, the largest telecommunications investor in Fiji with holdings in Vodafone Fiji Limited, Telecom Fiji Limited and FINTEL. Having served also as Chief Executive Officer at Telecom Fiji Limited, Ivan has worked across the organization from corporate strategy, business development, regulatory affairs, wholesale, marketing, engineering, network design and operations. Ivan has 19 years experiences in telecommunications and holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Business Administration from Deakin University.
Winifred Kula Amini
Co-founder of WIN-IT Consultancy, Winifred is the Managing Director of a start-up company registered in 2009, specializing in Project management, Business-IT Advisory and Mobile enterprise development. Prior to that, she was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the national postal administrator POST PNG from 2006-2009. Winifred is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. She participated to the APEC Start-up Acceleration Leadership Summit in 2013, an inaugural leadership summit by APEC's Small and Medium Enterprise Working Group (SEMWG). She believes that there is potential to develop the PNG business eco-system, National Innovation System and connect local entrepreneurs (SMEs) to build international business relationships, and facilitate Venture Capital/Startup fundraising activities. Winifred holds a Masters in Business specializing in entrepreneurship from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (with Merit) from the PNG University of Technology, Lae. She is also a pioneer of the Government High School top-up system introduced in 1994 at the Gordons Secondary High School in Port Moresby, National Capital District. She is a volunteer executive to the PNG ICT Cluster, Vice President of the PNG Computer Society and Board member of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC).
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.
John Jack is the Business Relations Officer in the Office of the Government CIO. In this capacity, Jack leads the ICT business solution within the Office of the Government CIO and represents the CIO in meetings with the Director Generals and Directors of the Government of Vanuatu.
John Jack has extensive experience in the ICT field, spanning hardware, network, and software development both private and public sectors. He holds a Computing Degree from the University of the South Pacific and Masters Degree in Information Technology & Systems from the University of Canberra, Australia.
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.
Nettie Collins started her ICT career by working in Telecommunications for five and a half years at Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) as Internet Technician and then promoted to Assistant Systems Administrator. Spent another year and half working at Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) , as Pacific Island Network Associate (PINA). From SPC was fortunate to be employed as the IT Manager at University of the South Pacific (USP) Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu . She has been working in USP for over ten years. She has been involved in the organizing of PacInet conference for PICISOC in 2004 and again in 2010 when Vanuatu hosted the week-long conference. Nettie is Cisco instructor for CCNA 1 & 2. She holds other Professional IT certifications such as CCNA, Network+, A+ and Microsoft. Her area of expertise is in Network and Systems. Nettie's tertiary qualification includes a Bachelor in Engineering degree (Control Systems) from Massey University, New Zealand and Masters Information Technology (MIT) (Networking) from James Cook University, Australia.
THE JURY FOR THE 2017 EDITION
Sameer Sharma Sameer Sharma is currently Senior Advisor at ITU Regional office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, responsible for South Asia covering India...
Sameer Sharma, Senior Advisor, ITU Pacific
Ivan Fong Ivan Fong is the President of the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, a non-profit organization that represents the interests...
Ivan Fong, President, PITA, and General Manager, ATH Ltd. Fiji
Winifred Kula Amini Co-founder of WIN-IT Consultancy, Winifred is the Managing Director of a start-up company registered in 2009, specializing in Project management...
Winifred Kula Amini, Co-Founder of Win-IT Consulting
Nettie Collins Nettie Collins started her ICT career by working in Telecommunications for five and a half years at Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) as Internet...
Nettie Collins, IT Manager, University of the South Pacific
Dalsie Baniala Dalsie Baniala started working for TRR after leaving USP, Emalus Campus in April 2008. She has been in her Managerial position in TRR since...
Dalsie Baniala, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Manager, TRR
John Jack John Jack is the Business Relations Officer in the Office of the Government CIO. In this capacity, Jack leads the ICT business solution within the Office of the Government CIO...
John Jack, Business Relations Officer, Government of Vanuatu
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