CTO Consultancy Group
CTO Consultancy Group
Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was appointed Secretary-General of the CTO in June 2015. Prior to that, he 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).
Lasantha De Alwis, Head of ICT Development Department & Corporate Secretary
Lasantha De Alwis is the Head of the ICT Development Department/Corporate Secretary at the CTO. Lasantha is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a Masters in Business Administration. He spent nine years in the banking sector in Sri Lanka, before joining Sri Lanka Telecom, first as the Head of Legal and then as the Acting Chief Administration Officer. He joined the CTO in 2004.
Lasantha has wide ranging experience in ICTs, having headed the Research & Consultancy division of the CTO since 2006 and the ICT Development Department since 2014. He has been a key resource on a number of CTO projects including regulatory strategic planning, National Broadband Strategy development and National Cybersecurity Strategy development.
Lasantha led the development of the Commonwealth Cybergovernance Model which was adopted by Commonwealth ICT Ministers in March 2014 and the Commonwealth approach for developing National Cybersecurity Strategies, which has been used to develop National Cybersecurity Strategies in Botswana, Cameroon, Fiji and Uganda with more countries due to follow suit in 2016. Lasantha was a member of the High Level Experts Group convened by the International Telecommunication Union on its Global Cybersecurity Agenda in 2007 as the East-West Institute’s Cybercrime working group and the Commonwealth Working Group of Experts on Cybercrime.
Marcel Ambiana Belingue, Senior Manager and Head of Membership & Communications
Marcel was appointed Senior Manager and Head of Membership & Communications in September 2013. He joined the CTO in 2004 where he since held two other positions: Marketing Communications Manager (2004 to 2006), and Senior Manager, Capacity Development & Training (2006 to 2013).
Marcel has in-depth knowledge of ICT policy and regulation globally, teaching on these subjects occasionally. Specific subject areas include national policy development and implementation, licensing, consumer interests, competition, and economic regulation. Since 2012, he has led the CTO’s work on regulatory environments, one of the organisation’s strategic areas. Marcel is deeply passionate about the role of communication technologies in social and economic development.
Prior to joining the CTO, Marcel worked in advertising, video production, and telecoms publishing. He 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). Marcel speaks English and French fluently.
Martin Koyabe, Head of Technical Support & Consultancy
Martin is the Head of Technical Support & Consultancy division at the CTO. He joined the CTO in 2014, as Head of Research & Consultancy division until early 2016. He has extensive technical expertise & experience working in academia and telecoms sector on ICT research, development and implementation projects.
Before joining the CTO, Martin worked as a Senior Researcher/Technical Lead in Information Security with British Telecommunications (BT) for over 10 years. He served in various positions in BT Group and BT Technology Services & Operations; and lead several ICT R&D projects in BT including:- down-streaming innovative ICT solutions into BT’s line of businesses; designing, prototyping and deploying Cybersecurity solutions.
Since joining the CTO, Martin has lead a number of Broadband & Cybersecurity strategy development projects. Most recently, he was involved in developing national Broadband Strategies for Dominica, Botswana and Sierra-Leone; and National Cybersecurity strategies for Uganda, Botswana, Cameroon and Fiji. He’s also a technical expert & reviewer for both the EU/EC and ITU; and has published and presented widely in various forums, 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.
Hilda Muchando, Head of the Capacity Development
Hilda is Head of the Capacity Development Division at the CTO. She is responsible for managing CTO’s capacity development portfolio both for member organisations and other entities working in the field of ICT for Development. She joined the CTO in 2012 as Programmes Management Officer for the Capacity Development and Training team. She was promoted to Deputy Manager in 2014 and subsequently to Manager in 2016.
Since joining the CTO, Hilda has facilitated the provision of specialised ICT capacity development training programmes to Ministries, regulatory agencies and ICT operators around the world. Annually, she is overseeing the implementation and delivery of over forty programmes in policy and regulation, business development and management and technology.
Hilda’s professional background is 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.
Fargani Tambeayuk, Senior Officer of Technical Support & Consultancy
Fargani has a Masters in Communications Systems Engineering and has experience in ICTs and development gained while working at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. Fargani has a particular interest in development, specifically how ICTs can be used to promote development. Fargani is a Cameroonian
national who is passionate and knowledgeable about the emerging countries’ ICT sector.
Indeed, in the past 5 years, Fargani has provided research and project management support on projects in Vanuatu, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on a variety of subjects including Cybersecurity, Broadband, Universal Service and Access, ITES-BPO, ICT Policy and Strategic Planning for ICT Regulatory Agencies.
CTO Associate Consultants
Philip Cross, Independent Consultant, self-employed
Philip is currently an ICT consultant with 39 years of experience. He worked at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva in the External Relations and Technical Cooperation Departments and then served as the ITU Caribbean Representative, based in Barbados, with responsibility for 22 Caribbean countries.
During the period, he developed ITU policies for the Caribbean and provided technical assistance and support on a wide range of issues including privatization/liberalisation of the telecom sector, regulation and spectrum management. He was also involved in activities related to Millennium Development Goals and the World Summit on the Information Society.
He also served as the Chief Telecommunications Engineer with responsibility for policy and regulatory matters in the telecom and broadcasting sectors in his home country, Jamaica. He also led Jamaica’s delegation to various international and regional conferences.
Since retirement from the ITU he has provided consultancy services to governments, organisations and private sector companies including the CTU, CANTO and CTO on a wide range of ICT matters including policy, regulatory and strategy issues.
Philip graduated from the University of East London, UK, in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (including Electronics and Telecommunications).
Stephen A. Bello, Principal Partner of Kayafas Konsult Limited
Stephen has over 40 years of experience in the telecommunications. He has a BSc degree in engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria, in 1975. He has worked for International Telecom companies in Europe and Nigeria such as International Telephone & Telegraphy Corp (ITT)-now Alcatel-Lucent and GTE.
Stephen has developed valuable skills in training and capacity development in his 11-year experience in the academia while working at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Another 10-year employment in the Nigerian Communications Commission gave him experience in telecom regulations, telecom licensing, telecom policy formulation and implementation.
Mr Bello has considerable exposure to international telecom environment through various seminars, conferences, task forces and committees he participated in. He represented Nigeria in various activities of international telecom bodies such as Geneva-based ITU, the Nairobi-based African Telecommunications Union, the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and the West African Telecom Regulators Association (WATRA) based in Abuja. He is now the managing partner of Kayafas Konsult Ltd, a company he founded six years ago.
Karl Hentschel, MBA, BEng
Karl Hentschel carries a BEng (Bachelor in Electronic Engineering) and an MBA (Economics) obtained in Germany. In addition, he participated in deep dive training throughout his career, specifically in project management, risk mitigation, business continuity, marketing concepts and other topics relevant to his responsibilities.
From 1969 to 1990 Karl held senior line and staff positions in the areas of regulatory relations, network operations, planning and expansion, customer service, marketing, training and product development at AT&T Canada. He was a senior member of the team supporting long distance competition in Canada, responsible for developing the marketing, operational plans and underlying budgets. He worked closely with regulatory staff at the CRTC in Canada and with the FCC in the US on cross border services and facilities.
In his consulting practice, he was responsible for the development of rural broadband connectivity strategies and support projects in remote areas of Canada, the US and overseas on behalf of local and regional Governments.
Karl conducts training courses and workshops globally ranging from competitive marketing strategies in Saudi Arabia to detailed technology topics in both fixed wireline and wireless network environments in most Commonwealth countries.
He is a member of BICSI, PMI and IEEE.