The meeting will draw participation from the following:

  • All African LDCs will be invited, with funding made available for two representatives from the capital (one from an entity spearheading implementation of the global agendas and the second participant from the ministry in charge of telecommunication)
  • Development partners
  • Representatives of the United Nations and other relevant international organizations
  • The private sector

Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Gyan Chandra Acharya is the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for UN-OHRLLS. He is also a member of the UN Senior Management Group, the Advisory Board of the SE4All initiative, the High-Level Task Force for Global Food Security as well as a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission. Prior to joining the UN, he served at various high-level positions for the Government of Nepal, including as the Permanent Representative of Nepal to the UN in New York (2009-12), Foreign Secretary with the Government of Nepal (2007-2009), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and the WTO in Geneva (2003-2007). He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Tribhuven University in Nepal.

Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Masud Bin Momen is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, New York. He is the Chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the Least Developed Countries. He previously served as Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan and Italy. He also served in Bangladesh Missions in New York, New Delhi and Islamabad in different capacities. Ambassador Momen also worked in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat as a Director. Previously, he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director General. He holds a MSSc in Economics from the University of Dhaka and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University, USA.

Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Heidi Schroderus-Fox is the Director of UN-OHRLLS. She has previously served as Ambassador, Head of Policy Issues in the Cabinet of the President of the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Prior to joining the United Nations, she served in Finland’s diplomatic missions in Paris, Washington, Tel Aviv, Pretoria and New York. During her 24 years of work for Finland, she made significant contributions in the areas of inter-governmental policy dialogue, partnership building and negotiations. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Aalto University, Helsinki.

Bineswaree Bolaky, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Bineswaree Bolaky is currently an Economic Affairs Officer within the Africa Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). For over a decade she has worked with the UN, specifically in the areas of economic research, program management and policy making, while specializing in international trade, economic development and institutional economics. She has written and co-authored a number of articles on economics, trade and tourism. She holds advanced degrees in economics from the University of Cambridge, UK; Simon Fraser University, Canada; King's College, London and the University of Maryland at college park, USA, where she specialized in international trade, development economics, industrial organization and institutional economics.

Vanessa Gray, Head of the Division for LDCs, SIDS, and Emergency Telecommunications, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Vanessa Gray is the Head of the Division for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Emergency Telecommunications under the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau. Prior to this role, she was a senior Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) analyst in the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the ITU, and she has also served as the ITU focal point for the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on Millennium Development Goal/Sustainable Development Goal indicators. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Donna Bethea-Murphy, Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory, Inmarsat

Donna Bethea-Murphy is the Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Policy and Development for Inmarsat, where she leads the company’s domestic and international regulatory policy activities. She also serves as an appointee to the Federal Communication Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. In the international arena, Donna is Vice Chair and a founding member of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Board, and is a Focal Point on the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, where she manages the Working Group on broadband technologies in space and the upper atmosphere. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.

Eunice Kamwendo, Strategic Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Eunice Kamwendo is a Strategic Advisor at UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, New York. She provides strategic advisory support to the region and programme countries, including policy advice on Sustainable Development Goal implementation. She has extensive experience in development policy planning and implementation in the African region and contributes to several flagship reports that track progress on development issues such as the Africa MDG/SDG Reports and the African Human Development Report. Prior to joining the UN, she worked as an Economic Governance Research Specialist for the African Peer Review Mechanism in South Africa and as a Senior Economist in the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning in Malawi. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics and Economic Planning from the University of Southampton in the UK.

Oumar Diallo, Senior Officer and Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary General and High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Oumar Diallo is a Senior Officer and the Special Assistant to the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative at UN-OHRLLS. Prior to this role, he has worked in various capacities within the United Nations and has contributed to a number of UN flagship reports. Mr. Diallo has also authored or co-authored several articles and papers. The above analytical contributions cover a wide spectrum of economic and development issues—including macroeconomic policies, economic growth, business cycle synchronization, poverty and Millennium Development Goals. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Auvergne/CERDI in France.

Sabine Mensah, Country Technical Specialist for Senegal, UN Capital Development Fund

Sabine Mensah is a Regional Technical Specialist Digital Finance for UNCDF Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) program, an initiative to make mobile and branchless financial services available to low income and rural households in the LDCs. Sabine has a market facilitator role working with regulators, governments, service providers and donors to build inclusive DFS ecosystems in Senegal, Benin and Liberia and develop financial services for the poor. Sabine is a DFS ecosystem enabler with a remittance background and 19 year private sector business development experience in alternative delivery channels in money transfer, electronic payments and mobile money services across Africa, United States and Canada.

Housseynou Ba, Expert on e-Health, World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO)

Housseynou Ba is a Technical Officer at World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) since 2014. He has extensive experience in healthcare and information communication technologies. Some of his previous roles include: Mauritanian Minister of Health (2011- 2013), Mauritanian Minister of environment (2010-2011), Secretary General of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Mauritania (2007-2009), ICT national Director in Mauritania (2001-2006) and Technical Director at Mauritel, a telecom company in Mauritania (1989-2000).

Adou Xianjun, Deputy General Manager of Huawei, Senegal Office

Adou Xianjun is the Deputy General Manager of Huawei - Senegal Office. He has 9 years of work experience in the domain of Information and Communication Technology/Broadband in the Africa region. He previously worked in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Gambia, Cape Verde, Morocco etc. He is an expert level 4 in Huawei.

Matthias Bruckner, Economic Affairs Officer, Committee for Development Policy (CDP), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Matthias Bruckner is an Economic Affairs Officer at the Secretariat of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, working primarily on the analysis of least developed countries. He has been responsible for preparing the last two triennial reviews of the list of least developed countries. In his previous career for the United Nations, he has worked on measuring sustainable development as well as on trade policy in Asia and the Pacific. He has also authored or co-authored several articles and papers on sustainable development, macroeconomic policy and political economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Michael Minges, Lead Consultant, ictDATA.org

Michael Minges is the lead consultant at ictDATA.org. Previously he was Senior Market Analyst for the Telecommunications Management Group Inc. (TMG). In the past, he has headed the Market, Economics and Finance Unit of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau. He has written and contributed to a number of published works, including the Broadband Strategies Toolkit. He recently led a team advising the Ethiopian government on a new broadband strategy. Mr. Minges is an alumnus of George Washington University, USA, having graduated with a Master of Business Administration Degree.

Ulrich Loiseau, Deputy Managing Director and Key Accountant Manager, Ericsson

Ulrich Loiseau is the Deputy Managing Director & Key Account Manager at Ericsson Senegal. In this capacity, he drives the need and adoption of innovative telecom solutions and services to deliver an enriched User experience for the Senegal Market. Prior to this role, he led the Mobile Broadband sales engagement organization in various African countries. He has vast experience in Network Strategies and Mobile Broadband value propositions for Sub-Saharan Africa markets. He holds an MBA from IAE-Paris Sorbonne Graduate Business School.

Matina Deen, Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group

In her capacity, Matina Deen provides technical support to the World Bank Group teams implementing Government to Business (G2B) software applications to improve the business and investment environment in client countries. She has led or contributed to several innovative software development initiatives designed to improve access to business, investment and regulatory information and to move business registration and licensing processes online, hence increasing transparency and accountability. Before joining the World Bank Group, Matina worked as the Africa Regional ICT Specialist for the US Peace Corps and supervised IT Operations of 28 Peace Corps Offices in Africa Region. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, she worked as an IT Manager for a number of international organizations including the European Union, actually totaling twenty years of experience in Information Technology. Matina’s academic background includes a bachelor in computer science and a Master of Science Degree in network systems and security from Paris Graduate School of Management.

Malick Ndiaye, Head of the Office for the Ministry of Post Offices and Telecommunications, Senegal

Malick Ndiaye est le Directeur de Cabinet du ministère des Postes et Télécommunications depuis juillet 2014. Il a occupé auparavant le Poste de Directeur général de l'économie numérique du ministère de l'économie numérique. Il est membre fondateur du Sénégalais Internet Society (ISOC) et de l'Observatoire du système d'information au Sénégal (OSIRIS). Il a également été Directeur général adjoint de la RTS entre 2005 et 2007. Pendant de nombreuses années, il a contribué au développement des Télécommunications, des TIC et de Radiodiffusion au Sénégal. Ingénieur en Informatique et intelligence artificielle, il est titulaire d'un Mastère spécialisé en régulation du numérique (Telecom-ParisTech), d'un Master professionnel en droit des TIC et d’un Master en Business et Administration.

Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy and Finance, Senegal

Amadou Ba is currently the Minister of Economy and Finance for Senegal. He began his career in Diourbel, before moving to the Center of Taxation Services in Dakar Plateau, and then worked as the Commissioner-Inspector of Insurance at the Insurance Directorate. He studied economics at the Cheikh Anta DIOP University of Dakar, from which he graduated four years later with a Masters in Economics degree, with a specialization in business management. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Mahamadou Touré, Co-founder and Coordinator of the IKON Teleradiology Network, Mali

Mahamadou Touré is a healthcare practitioner based in Bamako, Mali. He helped develop the innovative IKON Tele-radiology Program, which enables patients to have X-rays taken at their local hospitals, after which the medical staff forwards the images via the internet to the radiology specialists based in Bamako, facilitating diagnosis and treatment. He is the Head of the Medical Imaging Department at the Centre Hospitalier Mère-Enfant Le Luxembourg and is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Sciences and Technology of Bamako. He obtained his M.D. from the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy of Bucharest.

Semano Sekatle, Minister of Development Planning, the Kingdom of Lesotho

Magoi Yassin, State Minister

Bintou Djibo, United Nations Resident Representative and UN Designated Official, Senegal

Birima Mangara, Minister of Budget, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning of Senegal

Boileau Loko, Resident Representative in Senegal and Mission Chief for West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), International Monetary Fund

Yaya Abdoul Kane, Minister of Post and Telecommunications of Senegal