Tim Unwin was appointed as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in September 2011. At the CTO Council meeting in October 2012, his title was changed to that of Secretary General. He has led the organisation to embark on its ambitious new Strategic Plan, which includes the six new focus themes for the CTO’s work. Of these, Tim leads the CTO’s activities on ICTs for people with disabilities and ICTs in education, focusing on skills development and entrepreneurship. Tim has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth, not only through his research experiences in Commonwealth countries, but also through his work as Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. He has written or edited 15 books and more than 200 academic papers and chapters.
As well as his roles at the CTO and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Tim is UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China. He has recently been appointed to the International Advisory Board of IMPACT, the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats.
Director, Head of the Finance and Administration
Rakesh Luchmun was appointed at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in July 2004, bringing with him his vast experience in the field of accountancy within different sectors in the UK. He is the Director of Finance & Administration and oversees a consolidation of functions involving Finance, logistics and travel, procurement, office facilities, IT, human resources and administration.
Rakesh is a qualified accountant and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). He also holds a BSc with Honours in Accounting and Finance from the South Bank University UK.
Director and Head of the Operations Department/Corporate Secretary
Lasantha De Alwis
Lasantha De Alwis is the Head of the Operations Department/Corporate Secretary at the CTO. As the Director of Operations, Lasantha manages the three operational divisions of the CTO; Research & Consultancy, Capacity Development & Training, and International Events. As the Corporate Secretary he assists the Secretary General in the governance aspects while liaising with the member institutions and other stakeholders to ensure that their priorities are properly reflected across the entire range of CTO activities. One of his key objectives is to promote inter-Commonwealth cooperation as a mechanism to assist the less developed members of the Commonwealth. In addition, Lasantha leads on the CTO’s Cybersecurity work, which aims to help strengthen the Cybersecurity frameworks of Commonwealth countries.
Lasantha is an Attorney-at-Law and also holds a Masters in Business Administration. He initially spent nine years in the banking sector in Sri Lanka, before joining Sri Lanka Telecom, the leading telecommunications company in Sri Lanka, first as the Head of Legal and then as the Acting Chief Administration Officer. He left Sri Lanka Telecom in 2004 to join the CTO.
Senior Manager, Head of Membership & Communications
Marcel Ambiana Belingue was appointed as Senior Manager and Head of Membership & Communications in September 2013. He joined the CTO in 2004 and held two previous positions, first as Marketing Communications Manager (2004-2006), then as Senior Manager, Capacity Development & Training (2006-2013).
Mr Belingue also leads the CTO’s work on regulatory environments, one of the organisation’s six strategic areas. Prior to joining the CTO, he worked in advertising, video production, and publishing. Mr Belingue holds a degree in Law from the University of Yaoundé II (1997) and a Master’s degree in International Communications & Development from City University London (2002). Mr Belingue speaks English and French.
Head of Research and Consultancy
Martin is Head of Research and Consultancy division at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (CTO). He has extensive experience working in the telecoms sector and academia on ICT research and development.
Before joining CTO, Martin was a Senior Researcher/Technical Lead in Information Security with BT, where he worked for over 10 years in various R&D positions within BT Group and BT Technology Services & Operations (TSO). While at BT, he participated and lead several ICT research & development projects (both within and outside BT). Part of his achievements involves developing and down-streaming innovative ICT solutions into BT’s line of businesses; and designing, prototyping and deploying Information Security solutions for BT customers.
In the last two decades, Martin has worked on numerous technical projects in Africa, Europe and US. He was among the first Internet engineers to pioneer the Full-Internet deployment & connectivity in Kenya in early ’90s, while working as the Principal Engineer with African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC). He is also a technical expert/reviewer for the European Commission (EC) and has published widely in international journals and conferences, and co-invented several patents.
Martin has a PhD in Communications Engineering from Aberdeen University, UK and an executive education in Service & Managing Innovation from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.
Manager, International Events
Robert is International Events Manager and manages the overall delivery of the CTO’s events and conferences, both for member organisations and other entities working in the field of ICT for Development. This involves, amongst other things, supervision of all aspects of conference production, organisation, on-site management and delivery.
He has considerable previous experience in events management, having headed up national and international events at the Nuclear Institute, and also having been an events officer at the King’s Fund prior to joining the CTO in 2013.
Deputy Manager, Finance and HR
Marianette began working for the CTO in 2007. She is a Deputy Manager in the Finance and Administration Department.
Marianette’s main duties include the general accounting for the CTO which consists of purchase ledger processing, customer and supplier invoicing and the monthly payroll. As part of Marianette’s HR duties, she advertises new vacancies, organises interviews and inductions for new staff and maintains staff records. She previously worked as an Accounts Assistant for four years after obtaining a BA in Accounting and Finance, and is currently studying to obtain her professional ACCA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant.
Deputy Manager,Capacity Development and Training
Hilda started working for the CTO in 2012 as Programmes Management Officer for the Capacity Development and Training team. In 2014 Hilda was promoted to Deputy Manager. Hilda is responsible for the delivery of the CTO’s capacity development and training, both for member organisations and other entities working in the field of ICT for Development.
She has a professional background in publishing and communications, having started her career with a leading International B2B publication within the EMAP MEDIA Group, UK before moving onto project and account management. She subsequently worked as Project Manager for a leading UK telecoms service provider, coordinating fixed telephony and mobile installations and migrations for SMEs. She is a PRINCE 2 qualified project manager and holds an honours degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Rhodes University in South Africa.