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:
Dr. Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with over thirty years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries, with over twenty years at the highest management levels. Dr. Juwah holds a PHD from the University of Manchester, UK and an MSC from Technical University, Veszprem, Hungary.
Dr. Juwah has played coordinating roles in the set up of ETACS, GSM and CDMA mobile networks in Nigeria, with hands on knowledge of the specification and construction of digital exchanges, base stations, data communications and subscriber access networks. As an experienced Network Operations Manager, Dr. Juwah has deep and profound practical knowledge of regulatory issues, pricing, billing, interconnection and network fraud control within the Nigerian environment.
Dr. Juwah, started his career as a young graduate at Shell BP Petroleum company in 1976 where he was employed as a computer systems programmer working on applications in the Commercial Information Systems section. He resisued from Shell in 1978 to pursue a Doctorate Degree Programme in the United Kingdom. Returning to Nigeria in 1981, he took up employment within the Leventis Group of Companies as Computer Systems Analyst. His flair for multidisciplinary functions led to him being promoted Sales Manager (Computer Systems) in 1984, and by 1986 he had joined the ranks of General Management as Marketing Manager. Dr. Juwah was promoted Divisional General Manager in 1988.
In 1993, Dr. Juwah was invited to join the Management of a ground breaking Mobile Telephony venture, Mobile Telecommunications Services Limited, as Director (Cellular Operations) and participated in the team that erected and tested the first privately owned mobile network in Africa.
Thereafter, Dr. Juwah held top management positions at Communication Investment Limited (CIL), where he was responsible for providing the foundational technical specifications and desisu for the mobile operator that is today known as Globacom.
In 1999, he was again invited to join the management of MTS First Wireless Limited as Executive Director (Network & Operations), a position he held until 2005 when he resisued to start his own venture, Cititel Networks Communications Limited, a wireless infrastructure and services provision enterprise that excelled in the desisu of mobile cashless payment solutions for the unbanked.
Dr. Juwah was appointed Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission on the 29th of July, 2010.
Mr. Cris Seecheran, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Cris Seecheran currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been with the Telecommunications Authority since its establishment in July 2004.
- 1983 – 1987: Chief Engineer, Trinidad and Tobago External Telecommunications Company Limited (TEXTEL).
- 1987 – 1990: Deputy General Manager, Technical Services and Operations, Trinidad and Tobago External Telecommunications Company Limited (TEXTEL).
- 1991 – 1995: General Manager – Information Systems, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT).
- 1998 – 2003: Managing Director, World Space Caribbean Limited.
- 2004 – 2006: Deputy Executive Director, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
- 2006 – Present: Executive Director (Ag) and Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
- BSc (Electrical Engineering) – University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
- MASc (Electrical Engineering) – University of British Columbia, Canada.
Mr. Seecheran has served on several government and stakeholder Committees in respect of IT, Telecommunications and ICT issues and has been a regular participant at several domestic and regional fora on telecommunications and ICT matters including the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO).
Mr. Seecheran has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at numerous regional and international telecommunications meetings/conferences including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT), CITEL and Institute of International Telecommunications (IIC).
Mr. Vimalen Reddin, Chairperson of the Information and Communication Technology Authority of Mauritius.
Vimalen Reddi is the Chairperson of the Information and Communication Technology Authority of Mauritius, the regulatory authority for the ICT sector and postal services in Mauritius. He is also a member of the Board of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, the regulatory authority for broadcasting services in Mauritius.
Aside from these roles, Vimalen continues to practice law as a barrister at 5 St James Court, a leading set of Chambers in Mauritius. He has appeared before all courts of Mauritius as well as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. In addition, Vimalen sits part-time on the Environment and Land Use Appeals Tribunal in Mauritius.
Vimalen has also previously worked for the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat both in-house and as an external legal consultant. In 2011, he was engaged as an external legal consultant to lead the negotiations with Commonwealth Member Countries on the revisions to be made to the ‘Harare Scheme’, the Scheme relating to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters within the Commonwealth. More recently, Vimalen assisted in drafting a model law on mutual assistance, which he presented to Commonwealth Senior Officials and Law Ministers for adoption in May 2014.
Vimalen also has substantial teaching experience, having previously taught law to both undergraduates and postgraduates at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He now lectures on Public International Law at the University of Mauritius.
Vimalen holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a Diploma with Distinction in Admiralty Law and Practice from the Lloyds Maritime Academy in the UK. He called to the Bar in both England & Wales and Mauritius and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
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).
Ms. Halima Letamo, Head, Capability Development, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation
Ms Halima Letamo is Head of Capability Development (A) for Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, responsible for Organizational Development and Training function of the business. Her major responsibilities include implementation of the corporations training plan and budget, performance management system, employee benefits policies, structure review and re-alisuments, job profiling exercises as well as Talent management.
Ms Letamo holds a Master of Education degree and 13 years work experience, spread across service in the Botswana Government, UNESCO, Botswana Training Regulator and BTC. Professional qualifications she holds include, among others, Change Management, Project Management, Balanced Score Card, Targeted Selection, and Implementation of Quality Management Systems.
Ms Letamo has to her name, published conference papers in the area of training and development, unpublished presentations, as well as a publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Professor Tim Unwin, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), United Kingdom
Professor Tim Unwin was appointed as Chief Executive Office of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) on 19th September 2011.
Having been Professor of Geography and Head of Department at Royal Holloway, University of London between 1999 and 2001, he was chosen to lead the UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo initiative, based in the Department of International Development, between 2001 and 2004. This initiative was desisued to create partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society organisations to implement ICT-based educational initiatives in Africa.
On his return to Royal Holloway in 2004, he created an ICT4D Collective, desisued to explore ways through which the highest possible quality of research in the field of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) could be developed to serve the interests of some of the poorest and most marginalised people and communities. The notion of this group of researchers specifically being a Collective reflected his passionate belief in the collegial nature of universities, and the commitment of academics to work together collaboratively for the common good.
Building on his experiences of crafting multi-stakeholder partnerships, he was then invited in 2007 to work part-time as Programme Director in the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, leading their Partnerships for Education initiative with UNESCO, and eventually becoming a Senior Advisor to the initiative.
He has served the academic and professional community in a range of roles including as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) (1995-1997), a member of the British Council’s Education and Training Advisory Committee (2002-2006), Chair of the Developing Areas Research Group of the Institute of British Geographers (1990-1993), and undertaking a range of roles for research bodies including the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the National Science Foundation (USA), the Academy of Finland, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
He is the author of more than 200 papers in international journals and chapters in edited books, and has written or edited 15 books of his own, including “Wine and the Vine” (Routledge, 1991), “The Place of Geography” (Longman, 1992), “Atlas of World Development” (editor, Wiley, 1994) and “A European Geography” (editor, Longman, 1998). His most recent collective publication is the widely praised Information and Communication Technologies for Development (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which included contributions from more than 30 authors, and of which he wrote five main chapters. Reviewers have described this as “as the first book that brings some considerable order and authority to the field. It is thorough, accessible, rich with examples, and deserves to be read by a wide swath of the development community”.
In recent years, his research has focused especially on the uses of ICTs by poor people in Africa and Asia, especially those with disabilities, and young people at risk of living and working on the streets. He is also a respected authority on e-learning, and has been a leader in the field of using ICTs in delivering effective and innovative teaching in universities. His research has taken him to some 25 countries across the world, including Australia, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mozambique, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania, and he has worked on subjects as diverse as the role of banknotes as expressions of national identity, and the historical-geography of viticulture and the wine trade. In 2011, he received a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK-China Fellowship for Excellence, he is an Honorary Professor at Lanzhou Univerisity, and was also a Visiting Scholar at Peking University. He also served as Academic Advisor and External Examiner for the Institute of Masters of Wine between 2004 and 2011..
Tim Unwin has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth, not only through his research experiences in eight Commonwealth countries, but also through his work for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, the Non-Departmental Public Body that provides funding for Commonwealth scholars and fellows to study and undertake research or training in Britain. He was appointed as a Commissioner by the Secretary of State for International Development in 2004, and was then appointed in 2009 as Chair of the Commission.