Less than a month to the IIC Anual Conference!

WAPA is an official partner of the IIC Annual Conference, to be held in Johannesburg on 3 and 4 October, which gives you a major opportunity to meet with senior industry representatives, government officials, regulators and other experts from around the world to address the critical issues that the African telecommunications and media sectors, and indeed these industries worldwide, are facing.

For two days, the IIC Annual Conference – ‘Trends in Global Communications: Making Digital Society a Universal Reality’ – will provide a high level and thought-provoking international environment where you can:

• discuss the problems and opportunities that directly affect you, your organisation and your industry’s future
• gain from the insights of other experts and understand how they approach similar issues
• test your ideas about the development of future business and public policies, and regulation
• clarify your plans about successful outcomes
• explore new insights into the future of the increasingly competitive communications market.

Expertise, in-depth experience and knowledge of the particular issues facing the African continent, will be provided by prominent and highly successful representatives from African business, regulatory and government bodies, and academia:

Radhakrishna (Roy) L Padayachie MP – Minister of Communications, South Africa • Linus Gitahi – Chief Executive Officer, Nation Media Group, Kenya • Dr Guy Berger – Professor of Media Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa • Dr Tracy Cohen – Chief Corporate Services Officer, Neotel, South Africa • Dr Alison Gillwald – Executive Director, Research ICT Africa • Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane MP – Chairperson, Portfolio Committee on Communications, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa • John Kotsaftis – Chief Executive Officer, DStv Online • Dr Tawana Kupe – Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa • Dr Stephen Sipho Mncube – Chairperson, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa • Mandla Msimang – Managing Director, Pygma Consulting, South Africa • Richard Mwanza – formerly Director General, Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority • Dr Ernest Ndukwe – formerly Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Commission • Professor John S Nkoma – Director General, Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority • Ory Okolloh – Policy and Government Relations Manager, Africa, Google • Gerhard Petrick – Manager, Research and Development, Multichoice Technical Operations • Michèle Scanlon – Director and Principal Consultant, Indian Atlantic • William Stucke – Councillor, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa • Peter Ulanga – Chief Executive Officer, Universal Communications Access Fund, Tanzania • Keith Weeks – Divisional Manager: Enforcement and Exemptions, Competition Commission of South Africa.

They will be joined by a highly expert, international cast of speakers, including:

Dr Cezar Santos Alvarez – Vice-Minister, Ministry of Communications, Brazil • Fabio Leite – Deputy Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union • Dr Sreedhar Sarma – Chairperson, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India • Dr Martin Cave OBE – BP Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science • Gabrielle Gauthey – Executive Vice President, Global Government and Public Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent • Dr Tim Kelly – Lead ICT Policy Specialist, InfoDev, The World Bank • Paul Mitchell – General Manager, Interoperability and Standards, Microsoft Corporation • Professor Hyacinth ‘H’ Nwana – Group Director, Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, UK • Dr Robert Pepper – Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems • Dr Kamal Sameer Shehadi – Group Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat • Rasheda Sultana – Senior Specialist, Strategy, Grameenphone, Bangladesh • Valerie Tan – Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs for Asia-Pacific, Skype • Michael Yap – Deputy Chief Executive (Regulatory) and Executive Director, Interactive and Digital Media Programme Office, Singapore Media Development Authority.

For the IIC Annual Conference programme, the full list of confirmed speakers and how to register, please go here.

The International Institute of Communications is a leading independent, not-for-profit, international membership organisation focused primarily on global telecommunications, media and digital policy and regulation, and their impact on business and on society. Its activities cover global themes: the key trends and developments relevant to the telecommunications, content, media and internet industries. Individually these span many areas, from broadband telecommunications policies and deployments to content regulation, media and telecommunications market structures, competition policy issues, intellectual property regimes, privacy and consumer protection.