The Executive Committee is chaired by the Chairperson of the CTO Council and is composed of:
- The Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons of the Council
- Two persons representing the ICT Sector Members, elected by ICT Sector members attending the CTO Forum, one of whom should be elected from amongst Industry Partners and one from amongst Development Partners.
- The immediate past Chairperson of Council
- The Chairperson of the CTO’s Programme for Development and Training (PDT)
- The Secretary General in his or her official capacity.
The current membership of the Executive Committee is as follows:
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Professor Danbatta obtained his BEng and MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK.
He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. His main administrative responsibilities in the university included deputy and acting dean of students’ affairs, administrator of the works department and later, director of the Centre for Information Technology.
He was also a member of over 60 university committees and task forces, including numerous stints as chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer deputy and acting vice-chancellor when it took off in 2001.
Professor Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external examiner to seven universities and polytechnic schools. He is an assessor, technical reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals; he has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.
Professor is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. He has served two terms of five years as a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) where he is a registered engineer. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
He was the vice-president of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the NCC to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of ICT. Until his current appointment at the NCC, Professor Danbatta who recently served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano was acting vice-chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology in Wudil, Kano State.
Gilbert C. Peterson S.C, Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Gilbert C. Peterson S.C currently holds the position of Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Shivnesh Prasad, Director of Communications, Office of the Attorney General, Fiji
Mr. Peter Mate Crabbe, Learning and Talent Development Manager, Vodafone Ghana
Mr. Peter Mate Crabbe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from the University of Ghana and a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management specialising in Management Development and Learning and development from the University of Westminster, London.
Mr. P. M. Crabbe has gained significant experience in Human Resource Management and Development through working as a trainer and personnel supervisor in Sainsbury’s Supermarket (United Kingdom), Human Resource Officer in Metropolitan & Allied Bank (now UT Bank), Human Resource Analyst with MEL Consulting Ltd, Trainer and Human Resources Services Manager with Scancom Limited (MTN Ghana). He has also worked in Air Liquide as Human Resource Manager
Currently he is with Vodafone Ghana as Learning and Talent Development Manager after having served as Reward & Recognition Manager for over four years.
Through his working experience, he has performed numerous functions which include leading and developing teams, serving as a key member and representative of management in labour Standing Negotiation committee, managing salary surveys through to annual reward reviews, designing and implementing talent development modules, training and facilitating, coaching, recruitment and placement. He has also designed, developed and adapted Human Resource Tools such as interview guides and procedures, Competency policy, Appraisal forms and Employee handbooks.
Furthermore, he is fulfilling his passion of impacting the next generation of leaders positively by contributing to the development of the next generation of HR practitioners in Ghana through serving as a weekend lecturer in Recruitment and Compensation module and giving talks and motivational teachings at churches and youth gatherings.
Mr. Juma Kandie, Director of Human Resources, Communications Authority of Kenya
Juma Kandie is the Director/Human Resources and Administration at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), the country’s ICT industry regulator. He has nineteen (19) years’ experience in management, spanning across Financial Services, Development Sector and ICT.
He started his Career at the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC), where he joined as Administrative officer in 1990 and left in 1998 when he was holding the position of Principal Administrative Officer and reporting to the Head of Human Resources. AFC is a state owned organization charged with the mandate of financing the Agricultural enterprises and has branches in most parts of the Country
In early 1999, Juma moved to Australia, where he had a stint at Murdock University as a tutor in Management.
Upon return to Kenya in 2000, he worked for K-Rep Development Services, as an Organisation Development Consultant, before joining CAK, as Director of Hunan Resources & Administration. The position reports to the CEO and is responsible for ensuring that the Human Resources are utilized effectively in order to attain the Commission’s strategic objectives. Juma is the Chairman of the commission’s Integrity Assurance Committee and also sits in various Committees in the organisation such as Management Committee, Tender and disposal Committee,
He has been representing Kenya in the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) Council since 2001 and served as the Chairman of the Program for Development & Training Management Committee (PDT-MC) from 2009 – 2011. He is also a member of African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) Governing Council, and Board member of Scripture Union Kenya, a faith based NGO. AFRALTI is an intergovernmental Organization responsible for Training and Development within the member countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Juma holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) from Manchester University, (UK), Bachelor of Commerce from Nairobi University and Post graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from National University of Singapore. He has also attended several Courses both within Kenya and abroad. He has also presented papers in several international conferences such as International Telecommunications Union, (ITU) and CTO.
Mr. Jean Louis Beh Mengue General Manager, Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon
Beh Mengue Jean Louis, Administrator General, Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon, was born on 26 July 1946 in Endengue, Djoum sub-division in the Southern Province of Cameroon.
- 1969: Baccalauréat scientifique, série D (GCA Advanced level in science)
- 1974: Diploma – Inspector ofPosts and telecommunications, National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT) – Yaounde
- 1982: Diploma – Administrator of Posts and Telecommunications, National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT) – Paris
- 1974 – 1979: Lecturer at the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications (ENSPT), Yaounde
- 1989 – 1990: Director of Mails at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon
- 1990 – 1999: Secretary General at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
- 1999 : General Manager of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board
- 2005: Member of Executive Committee (Exco) – CTO
- 2005: Representative of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications at the Central African Customs and Economic Union (CACEU), Conference of Central African Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CAPTAC), Conference of Central African Posts and Telecommunication (COPTAC)
- 2004 -2005: CEO – ARTAC (Association of Central African Telecommunications Regulators)
- 2001: Permanent representative ofCameroon in CTO Council Training:
- 2003: IPPP ( Institute for Public Private Partnership), Georgetown, Washington DC
- 2000: TEMIC (Telecommunications Executive’s Management In~t’itatiotUir Course) CANADA
- 1999: JlCA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) – Japan
- 1977: Belgium posts management – Brussels, Belgium
- 1975: PMC (Postal Management College), Great Britain
- 1992: Knight in the Order of Valour
- 1997: Officer in the Order of Valour
- 2000: Excellency Award, African Manager of the year (CIMA – Paris) Award for the Best telecommunications regulator in Central Africa African jury)
- He is married and has six children.
Ms. Abigail Sono, International Key Account Manager, TelKom South Africa
Abigail Sono is the International Key Account Manager for Telkom SA’s Center For Learning. She is an expert in Human Resources, and has managed recruitment, graduates’ bursaries, talent management, implemented the first learnerships and Internships, and other related HR projects in Telkom SA. Ms Sono currently heads the training department nationally focusing on external and international training projects at Telkom SA’s Centre For Learning.
She holds a Masters Diploma in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Public Administration and Political Science. With twenty years experience within HR and Training departments, Ms Sono is involved in various Leadership Programs and also a member of Institute of Peoples Management (IPM).
Shola Taylor, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), United Kingdom
A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was appointed Secretary-General of the CTO in June 2015. Until then, we was Chief Executive Officer of Kemilinks International, an ICT consultancy firm based in Lagos. A telecommunications engineer by training, he brings to the CTO over 35 years of global experience in ICTs with government and the private sector. Previous positions held include regional director for Africa at Inmarsat (1994 – 1999), space technology coordinator for developing countries at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, 1993 – 1994) and project director, also at the ITU (1987 – 1993). Twice elected as a member of the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (vice-chair in 2004, and chair in 2005), Mr Taylor has a rich inside knowledge of international organisations. Early in his career, he worked in telecommunication engineering, including as senior engineer at Nigerian Telecommunications (1981 – 1985) and spectrum engineer at Intelsat (1985 – 1987).
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