Executive Committee

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:

Chair – Fiji


Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
Chair Person – Fiji

Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service, Communications, Housing and Community Development, Republic of Fiji

Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is Fiji’s Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service, Communications, Housing and Community Development and serves the Minister responsible for climate change.

As the Minister for Communications, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has overseen a massive expansion in access to mobile services, extending coverage to 95 per cent of the country. Fiji has also experienced a boom in access to high-speed internet services and Free-to-Air digital television, which is now available all throughout the geographically remote nation.

Chief amongst the Attorney-General’s reforms of the communications sector – which have garnered international acclaim – has been the establishment of community “telecentres,” an initiative that has already exceeded expectations, providing free Internet access to more than 800,000 Fijians, including 8,000 schoolchildren.

To position Fiji as the IT leader in the region and as a preferred hub for data processing services, the Attorney-General is overseeing the digitalisation of Government services. Fiji has already made remarkable progress over the past five years to improve its telecommunications and ICT regulatory environment, resulting in Fiji receiving the ICTs in Sustainable Development Award from the International Telecommunications Union. Under his leadership, Fiji was also named Chair of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.

He completed his Masters in Law (LLM) degree at the University of Hong Kong, and his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of New South Wales (Sydney), Australia.

He attained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, majoring in political science and development studies.

He lives in Suva with his wife, Ela, and their three children –– Ibrahim, Idris, and Imaan.

First Vice-Chair – Tanzania


Dr. Jones Killimbe
First Vice-Chair Person – Tanzania

Dr. Jones A Killimbe, Board Chairman, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)

Dr Killimbe has an MSc and PhD in Telecommunications from the University of Communications and Transport, Dresden, Germany.

From 1994 to 2014, Dr Killimbe has gathered a mix of experiences in strategic planning, project management, commercial services, executive and senior management, leadership, and policy making.

He has held several senior management positions in Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL) between 1994 and 2003, including Director of International Relations, Director of Construction, Deputy Managing Director in charge of commercial services, Director General and Executive Director.

He has served as Governor (Board Director) of Intelsat representing Africa Region 1 and was Director and Chairman of Regional African Satellite Organization (RASCOM).  For ten years since 2004, he worked as Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the RASCOM which is an organisation coordinating the launching the Pan-African satellites with its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

From 2004 to 2014 was Chairman of the Board Directors of RascomStar-QAF, the Commercial Operating Company of the RASCOM satellite with its Headquarters in Mauritius.

Has been a speaker and panellist at different international conferences.

From 2007 to 2013 he was Chairman and member of the African Regional Working Party on Private Sector Issues at the Fora on Telecommunications/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa (FTRA), the conferences are organised by ITU.

During 2004 and 2013 he was a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) steering committee of experts for the launching of the Pan African e-network for e-learning and tele-medicine in Africa. A member of the expert group for the establishment of the Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) and a member of the expert group of the AUC for the harmonization of regulatory framework and policies of African Regulators. He is the current Chairman of the Board of TCRA since November 2016.

From 2017 to date, Dr Killimbe is Chairman of the Board of Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) . He is also representing TCRA at CTO where Tanzania is serving as current First Vice Chairman.

Second Vice-Chair – Mozambique


Mr Tuaha Mote
Second Vice-Chair Person – Mozambique

Mr Tuaha Mote, Chairman, Communications Regulatory Authority of Mozambique (INCM).

Before joining the INCM, where he also held the functions of Director General, Mr Mote was a staff member of Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM) having held the functions of Supervisor of Satellite Services and Head of Transmission Systems in the Quelimane Operational Area.

With over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications sector, he has been teaching at national universities in various disciplines in the fields of computing and information and communications technologies.

Mr. Mote has a degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Communications Management from the United Kingdom Telecom Academy in partnership with the University of Rwanda.

Exco Member – Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago

Mr Gilbert Peterson S.C.
Former Chair Person – Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Gilbert Peterson, Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and Former CTO Chair Person – Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Peterson, S.C. has wide experience in all areas of Civil and Criminal Law. Since his admittance to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1987, Mr. Peterson has appeared in numerous criminal trials both as Defense Counsel and Special Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions of Trinidad and Tobago. He has functioned in both capacities in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Peterson was admitted to the inner bar and became Senior Counsel in November 2003. He has appeared at Court of Appeal and Privy Council Level for the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago in constitutional motions and judicial review applications. His expertise has seen him function temporarily as a High Court Judge in Trinidad and Tobago. He was former Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of Trinidad and Tobago. Today he sits as Director and Chairman of the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Gilbert Peterson SC is widely considered one of the best practitioners of law in Trinidad and Tobago and has the reputation of being an extremely well prepared and tenacious advocate.

Exco Member – Cameroon


Mr Philémon Zo’o Zame
Development Partner, Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon.

Mr Philémon Zo’o Zame is the Director General at the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB) of Cameroon starting in June 2017. Prior to his appointment at TRB, Mr Zo’o Zame was Secretary General at the Department of Public Works a position he held since October 2010 and has held several senior positions in a variety of sectors in Cameroon.

Exco Member – Huawei
Mr Ashley Lumsden
Industrial Partner, Huawei.

Mr Ashley Lumsden, Industrial Partner, Huawei.

Mr Ashley Lumsden currently serves as Director of Government and Public Affairs, in charge of Huawei’s UK strategy for relationship building with the UK Government, Parliament, and Regulators.

Over the past 5 years at Huawei he has worked with colleagues in the UK, Brussels and Shenzhen Headquarters to develop solid strategic relationships with policy-makers, regulators, advisers and legislators, and has worked with international organisations such as the OECD and UNCTAD.

As part of his work at Huawei, Ashley serves as a member of the CBI’s International Advisory Group, is a board member of the Commonwealth Telecoms Organisation and has joined the Business at OECD delegation to the Committee for Digital Economy Policy.

Before joining Huawei, Ashley was Special Adviser to the then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sir Vince Cable in the UK Coalition Government and prior to that was an adviser on finance, transport and infrastructure policy at City Hall, London. Ashley studied Mathematics at Imperial College London.

More Information:

As one of the organs of governance of the CTO, the duties of the Executive Committee are laid out as follows in Article 8.3 of the Constitution:

  • To make recommendations to the Council concerning the CTO’s strategies and policies;
  • To consider the draft Budget, Annual Report and business plan before submission to the Council;
  • To provide guidance to the Secretary General on the development and management of programme activities, the development of work with ICT Sector Members and other partners and on any other matters where it considers such guidance may be useful;
  • To conduct, on behalf of the Council, the process to select a candidate for appointment as the Secretary General and recommend to Council a candidate for appointment as Secretary General, as and when required;
  • To appoint a Chairperson for the CTO Forum each year;
  • To consider and, if deemed appropriate, to recommend to Council any proposals for the CTO to become an investor in a venture or to use the name of the CTO or any part thereof for another venture, which may create a significant obligation on the CTO;
  • In the interval between meetings of the Council, to act on behalf of the Council within the limits of the powers delegated to it by the latter; and
  • To perform such other tasks as may be directed by the Council.

Further Information:

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