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The five-day International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2012 kicks off in Dubai on October 14. The focus will be on the radical transformation of the ICT industry and the importance of ensuring connectivity in a transformed world is universal, fair, open and secure. ICT leaders from around the world will be participating. “Bringing the right people together to discuss the right topics on an open, neutral and equitable platform is the foundation of constructive dialogue and debate. It is only by engaging with diverging opinions, viewpoints and values that fresh perspectives, strategies and policies can be created,” says  ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. 


Delegates from the ICT industry speaking at the event include Wim Elfrink, Executive VP Emerging Solutions, Cisco; Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson; Eileen Healy,  CEO, Healy & Co; John Davies, VP Sales and Marketing, Intel; Sifiso Dabengwa, Group President and CEO, MTN; Franco Bernabè, CEO, Telecom Italia; Zheren Ma, Head of Corporate Strategy, Tencent; Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice-President, Walt Disney Company;  Ashish Srivastava Pallia, Chief Enterprise Architect and Head, Wipro Technologies; and Ming Xu, Vice President, ZTE.

Participants providing a perspective of regulatory bodies will include Carlos Andrés Rebellón Villán, Executive Director, Colombian Communications Regulation Commission; Hessa Sultan Al-Jaber, Secretary-General, ictQATAR; Eugene Juwah, CEO, Nigerian Communication Commission; Abdullah Al-Darrab, Governor, Communication and Information Technology Commission, Saudi Arabia; and Alan Horne, Telecommunications Regulator, Vanuatu.

Thought leaders from consultancies, universities and think-tanks will bring new research, innovative theories and the benefits of cross-sectoral strategies to the round table in Dubai. Participating in a series of panel discussions will be Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting; Stewart White, CEO, Akhet Consulting; Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD; Suraj Moraje, Senior Partner, McKinsey; Dean Bubley, CEO, Disruptive Analysis; Laina Greene, CEO, GET-IT; and Rob Frieden,  Professor  at Pennsylvania State University.

Representatives from international organizations will feature Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS;  Axel Leblois, President, G3ict; Danielle Jacobs, Chairman, INTUG ; Suleyman Anil, Head, Cyber Defence Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO; Ali Jazairy, Head of Innovation at WIPO; and  Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji, Director of Knowledge Management and Sharing, World Health Organization.

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