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Manoj Sinha is a minister of communication (independent charge) and minister of state for railways. He has a B.Tech And M.Tech degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi (earlier called IT-BHU).

His political career got an impressive start when he was elected the president of Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and repeated the term in 1999. Sinha has been a member of the BJP national council from 1989 to 1996. He was elected to the Lower House for a third term in national politics when the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

He was inducted as a member of the BJP National Council in 1989. He was elected for successive terms in 1996 & 1999 and again in 2014 to the Lok Sabha from Ghazipur Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He was made the Minister of State for the Railways Ministry in the first set of ministers inducted into Narendra Modi government in May 2014. In July 2016, during the second cabinet reshuffle, he was also made Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Communications Ministry.

Mr. Shyamal Ghosh, IAS (Retd. Chairman of Telecom Commission) has taken over as its new Chairman of TEPC. Mr.Shyamal Ghosh brings in a rich leadership experience of serving across many Government departments in the ICT sector, including as Chairman of Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Secretary Department of Information Technology, Director General of Foreign Trade and he was also the first Administrator of the Universal Service Obligation Fund. He is credited with for initiating the formulation of the Information Technology Act 2000 and took the early initiatives for conceptualization of the Information Super-Highway in India. During his tenure as Chairman, Telecom Commission, many major reforms in the Telecom Sector were initiated and implemented leading to the opening up of the Telecom Sector in India for private sector participation and the exponential growth of telecom penetration.TEPC will benefit from his deep understanding and rich experience in the telecom sector as well as foreign trade, as it pursues its mission ofmaking India as a major exporter of telecom equipment and services.

 

sanjay-nayakSanjay Nayak (Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Tejas Networks) is a technologist with over 27 years of industry experience in India as well as the USA. Sanjay is well regarded as a thought leader in the Indian telecom and electronics industry and is sought after for his views on innovation and entrepreneurship. Sanjay co-founded Tejas Networks Ltd in the year 2000, in Bangalore, at a time when product companies were unheard of in India. Under Sanjay’s leadership Tejas Networks not only became a leader in optical networking in India but also among the top ten global equipment vendors in the optical aggregation segment. Sanjay inculcated a culture of innovation and excellence within the company and led the team which proved that it was possible to build world class products out of India. Today, Tejas is clearly considered amongst the top R&D and IPR driven company in India, and has the distinction of over 160 patents filed and customer success in over 60 countries.

Over the last few years, Sanjay has made outstanding contributions to the development of the indigenous Electronics Industry in India. He worked with several stakeholders in the government, policy makers, industry associations and academia to create the awareness, importance as well as the opportunity that India has in the entire ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing) sector.

Sanjay serves on the Telecom Export Promotion Council, is a member of many Government committees (of DOT and DEITY), is a member of the CII National Committee on ICTE as well as Defence, a member of Karnataka ICT Group-2020 and is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Sanjay has M.S. degree in ECE from North Carolina State University and B.S (E&C Engg) from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, where he was the Gold Medalist of his graduating class.

Mr. M Soundarakumar, Director, CDOT, Bangalore-India, has been graduated from MIT Madras in 1983.  And he also did Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management from AIMA, New Delhi.  He joined Engineers India Ltd, a premier R & D in New Delhi, India in 1983 and was responsible for establishing Digital Electronic Control Systems and Instrumentation in India upto 30th June 1986.  He joined CDOT in July 1986 as Research Engineer and rose upto the highest position as Board Member in 2014.  His major contributions in CDOT are established Transfer of Technology and Production process in CDOT and established more than 40 manufacturers for productionisation of CDOT products.  He has worked in the area of design development, deployment and transfer of technology, Vendor development and also providing end-to-end solutions to various customers, specifically, Department of Telecommunication, BSNL, MTNL and Defense Networks. As Chief of Business Units, he has interfaced with various countries for the Business Development activities of CDOT products.  He also developed more than 70 indigenous manufacturers like ITI, BEL, ECIL, IL, HFCL, HTL, Indchem, and UTL. Mr.Soundar also developed more than two thousand vendors to support CDOT Technology and Mass propagation in Telecommunication arena.  More than two third of the Indian network CDOT products are manufactured, deployed and supported solely by his contributions and directions.  More than 32000 exchanges are still working without any issues and supported these exchanges in the field beyond the life time of the products.

In 2007, he had been employed by City of London Telecom, United Kingdom as Director-Technology, to establish Development centre in India by utilizing his expertise on the Telecom Technology and Transfer of Technology.  He has also groomed thousands of Telecom professionals in the area Software Developments, Hard ware Developments, System Integration and testing, Manufacturing and deployment and extending the technical support to the Customers.  After contributing in the International arena, in November 2014, he joined back CDOT as a Board Member.  Responsible for Design, Development and Deployment of cutting edge technologies to the Indian Strategic networks like security, defense and projects of Ministry of Home Affairs.  As a whole, Mr. Soundarakumar has more than 33 years of rich experience in Electronics, Telecommunications, and Network and travelled to more than 15 countries to establish Business Development activities.

Shivendra Singh is a Vice President & Head of Global Trade Development at NASSCOM. Heading the Global Trade Development Department at NASSCOM and responsible for global positioning of NASSCOM and industry and work towards increasing the Indian Industry export revenue, currently valued at nearly USD 100 bn. Primary role is to Develop, Direct, Strategize and implement all NASSCOM international efforts regarding Policy advocacy and Government relations, Market development, Communication and Outreach activities. The Policy advocacy and Government affairs part includes Research to evaluation – emerging legislative and regulatory issues that may impact the industry and making appropriate recommendations/action plan to address industry issues in key focus markets by working closely with various stakeholders.Strong focus on the US market and regularly travel to engage with various stakeholders. Closely engaged with GOI and various departments. On the Market development side, focus on identifying business opportunities in developed, emerging and strategic markets globally and implementing a plan to access business opportunities in target markets for member companies. On the outreach side, role entails maintaining relationship with Governments overseas,Think tanks, Analysts, Embassies, Indian Missions overseas, partner organisation and country specific stakeholders. Managing inward and outward delegations from companies and visiting dignitaries.

Mr. Rajesh Tuli is a management graduate and a first generation entrepreneur who promoted Coral Telecom Ltd in 1995 with the objective of designing and manufacturing telecom switches for enterprise requirements. They have total control on hardware & software of the products promoted by them.

Over the years he has nurtured Coral Telecom Ltd, to be a Leading Indian communication solutions provider for enterprise voice applications with focus on the Defence and next generation communication systems. Primarily engaged in designing, developing & re-engineering of IP, GSM, FMC and CTI products. Company has developed associated embedded and application software to offer Unified communication & Call centre solutions. Starting as a PBX company, CTL has reinvented itself to cater to full range of enterprise communication needs that offer seamless integration of business management applications, mobile devices & cloud services.

Most, security sensitive organisations of the Government, depend on Coral Telecom for their requirements of secured communication platforms. India’s largest Aircraft Carrier, Naval bases & Defence head quarters use Coral switches for their communication needs.

Mr. R.K. Pathak (Director Telecom Centre of Excellence (TCOE), India, Deputy Director General (International Cooperation) at Department of Telecommunications) , a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree and Master in Power Electronics, with more than 28 years of experience, is instrumental in promoting R&D, manufacturing and exports of telecom equipment and services.

Telecom Centers of Excellence India (TCOE India), a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, are established at 08 premier academic institutes of the country with the objective of creating an ecosystem for a sustained, high rate of growth of Telecom in the country. TCOEs created a platform for Government, Industry & Academia to come together and work in synergistic manner to position India as a global Telecom Leader in terms of Innovation, New Technologies, IPR Generation leading to global standards, Policy Advocacy and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Bhatnagar with 39+ years Telecom experience including 11 years with two Telecom Regulators as Advisor on Techno-Regulatory issues (6 years with Indian Telecom Regulator TRAI [2000-2006] and 5 years with TRA, Sultanate of Oman [2007-2012]) is one of the best Telecom Regulatory expert at International level. More than 7 years were spent by him as International expert outside his home country. At present, Mr. Bhatnagar is functioning as Director General, Telecom Equipment & Service Export Promotion Council (TEPC) in India and is leading the TEPC event in Kenya. ITU has identified him as e-Health Expert to liaise with the ITU‐D Study Groups on the e‐health study Question 2/2 in honorary capacity.

In this capacity, 5 Case Studies/ country experiences as below have been finalized and sent for ITU-D meeting in September 2015. These include e-Health Case Study from India : Pan-African e-Network for Tele-education & Tele-medicine, SAARC TELE-MEDICINE PROJECT : e-Health Case Study from India, Long Duration of Mobile Phone Usage and Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, Summary Analysis of WHO 2012 Survey on Risk Management Policies regarding EMF and M2M Enablement in Remote Health Management : Technical Report from TEC, India. He is Member of TSDSI Working Groups on 5G Technologies and M2M- Internet of Things. He is Chairman, ITU-T SG of ITU-APT Foundation of India in honorary capacity.

His proposals on Telecom Regulatory Training are with ITU for Asia & Africa Regions and Pacific Telecom Council covering modules on Telecom Regulatory overview, Competition and Price, Authorization of Services, Universal Access and Service, Radio Spectrum Management, Legal and Institutional Framework and New Technologies and Impacts on Regulation. His proposals with some of the Regulators were on setting up of IXPs, Type Approval Procedures, National Numbering Plans, Spectrum pricing. EMF Radiation, Rural Telecom and Focus Group on Smart Water Management/ Smart cities, Technical Issues of LTE, Radio Interfaces for IMT Advanced and Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Issues for 4G and beyond are some of the issues addressed by Mr. Bhatnagar at International level through his papers in last 2 years. As Advisor (Technology), DoT, India he addressed issues relating Network & New Technology, Development of new unified Licensing regime based on shared active/ passive network elements and spectrum sharing), Universal Service Studies, Cyber and Network Security Issues, Broadband Studies, National Telecom Standards, Type Approval, Interface Approval & Service Approval, Training, R&D (CDOT, Telecom Centre of Excellence), Policy (National Telecom Policy 2012 implementation), IPV6 & M2M implementation, Spectrum Pricing (Auction, Administrative Allocation), Spectrum Planning, EMF Case Studies at ITU, EMF Radiation compliance, Rural Telecom and Green Telecom Networks (USO Project), Policy on Indigenous Manufacturing, Green Telecom, and EMF Precautionary Approach Study at WHO. As ITU Telecom Expert, he worked in China (2 times), Mongolia (2 times), Vietnam (2 times), Cambodia, Ghana and Bangladesh.

On a World Bank Project, he developed the National Numbering Plan of FIJI. He was Chairman of ITU Project Group on Interconnection and provided honorary support to ITU for Regulatory Tool Kit. He has made many active contributions for ITU-T, ITU-D and ITU-R activities. He is empaneled with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in their Roster of International Telecom Regulatory Experts with Expert ID No 01438 covering Telecom Regulatory fields of Broadband, Competition Policy, Convergence, Enforcement/ Dispute resolution, Interconnection, International Gateway Liberalization, Licensing/ Authorization, Market Dominance, Mergers, Unfair Competition, Naming, Numbering and Addressing, Quality of Service, Tariffs, Unbundling, Universal Access/ Service. Network Planning Software developed by him two decades back on Computer Aided Network Planning for RAS/86/165 Inter-country Project as ITU Expert at Beijing University of Posts and Telecom was distributed in 23 countries of Asia & Pacific Region after successful field trial on Master Plan formulation for Mongolia and Vietnam. Same Software was subsequently used for Master Plan formulation on ITU missions to Ghana and Cambodia. His original concept of ‘Interconnect Exchange’ at APT & ITU level has led to establishment of more than 450 IXPs across the world in 150+ countries.


Dinesh has a multi-faceted experience in Telecom having worked with Telco majors such as Hutchison, Airtel and Tatas. He is now the Marketing Director for Airtel Nigeria.

In his previous stints, he was Chief Marketing Officer in India’s largest telco market of Mumbai and Rest of Maharashtra & Goa.He was also the National Product Head for Tata DoCoMo before moving into Nigeria

Olusola Teniola is currently a Client Partner with Detecon International a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, Germany; responsible for Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to his appointment he was a board member and CEO of IS Internet Solutions (a Dimension Data company) in Lagos, Nigeria. Previously he was the COO and Director of Engineering at Phase 3 Telecom, Abuja.

His ICT career spans some 25 years across the globe in strategic management positions at several major telecom companies. He was instrumental in the rollout of mobile and broadband services by World Telecom in Portugal (2003 – 2007) and has served in executive positions at British Telecom, Vodafone, Cisco Inc; and AlcatelLucent Technologies.

He has also been involved as a member to the ETSI Standardisation Work Group committee for Next Generation Protocols and IP Distribution Architectures (2001). Olusola served as a sub-committee member of the Nigerian Broadband Plan (2012- 2013), is currently a member of the IPv6 Council in Nigeria and a member of the A4AI coalition.

Olusola, is the National President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and also a Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD) both in Nigeria and London, UK.

Qualifications : HND Electrical & Electronic Engineering, B.Eng (Hons). Computer & Information Engineering (South Bank University), MBA (University of Bath School of Management)

Yaw Owusu founded Gateway Innovations to develop high impact technology parks in top-performing African economies. He co-authored the book Modernizing Commonwealth Governments (publisher: Commonwealth Business Publications, London, England, 2004). The book, available on Amazon.com, outlines the role of tech hubs in transforming Africa’s economy. Mr. Owusu has appeared on SABC TV (South Africa), CCTV (China) and Bloomberg TV (UK) to discuss innovation hubs and smart cities in Africa.

He was featured in the February 2016 edition of Forbes Afrique and listed among the 100 African Business Movers of 2015 by Seneco. Owusu worked for General Electric and IBM Global Services in Washington, DC before joining Goldman Sachs in New York. He studied in the Executive MBA program at Columbia BusinessSchool, 2001-2002 and majored in Mathematics and Economics at AlbrightCollege, Reading, Pennsylvania. He earned a certificate in Planning, Developing and Managing Technology Parks in 2007 from the Shanghai International Business Incubator.

BS Yadav is a seasoned telecom professional with around 30 years of experience in the Telecom domain. He has handled various leadership assignments across many levels & geographies. He joined the Shyam Group in 2000 as General Manager for International sales & marketing. From there he moved up as COO of Shyam Telecom as successfully led the company for 6 years.

In his current assignment with VNL as EVP- Operations, he is responsible for the full business operations; his deep exposure to telecom business provides a strategic edge to VNL. Travelled to more than 50 countries and promoted VNL/Shyam Brand and products. Almost 100 operators worldwide are using Shyam /VNL products. Company is one of leading design and manufacturer of telecom products from last 40 years. Our products are installed in small countries of Pacific Islands like Micronesia, Vanuatu, Fiji and in countries like USA, Portugal, Mexico, Bahrain, Nigeria, Ghana, Saudi Arabia which not only proves that the products work in various terrain and environment but also proves the Operator acceptability of these products in various countries and regions.

He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics and MBA in International Marketing. He also completed Executive MBA from Rutgers University, NJ.

Arijit Roy : General Manager- West Africa for Eastern Software Systems (ESS). Has Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata (IISWBM). Over 15 + years of experience in Africa, spread over many African countries.
Currently based out of Accra, Ghana responsible for managing West Africa operation of ESS.Have developed strong clientele for ESS both in private and government space in West Africa. Represented ESS in several ICT trade delegations from India to Africa

Date of Birth: 14th September 1976||
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Email id: arijitkroy@gmail.com||Skype: arijit7

Arnob Roy is a co-founder and President Optical Products at Tejas Networks. He has over 25 years of experience in developing products in the domains of Telecom, Networking, Semiconductors and Electronic Design Automation. Prior to Tejas, he has held senior engineering management positions at Synopsys Inc., and Cadence Design Systems.

At Tejas, Arnob has been leading the R&D team in the development of leading-edge Optical Transmission and Data Networking products, which have been deployed in over 60 countries world-wide.​

Arnob Roy holds a Masters’ Degree in Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Sanjay Nayak is the MD & CEO of Tejas Networks (Bangalore, India) India’s pioneering R&D driven, optical and data networking products company. Tejas Networks is one of first Indian technology product companies which has successfully grown from being a startup to publicly-listed company, by an IPO on BSE/NSE in India in 2017.

Sanjay is a technocrat with 30 years of experience ranging across Telecom, Electronic Design and Semiconductor industry- both in India as well as the US. Prior to founding Tejas Networks, Sanjay was the MD of Synopsys (India), a global leader in EDA software. Sanjay is well regarded thought leader for the telecom and electronics industry as well as the startup and entrepreneurial eco-system in India. He is the Co-Chairman of the Telecom Export Promotion Council of India, Member of CII National Committee on ICTE, Member of FICCI Committee on Startups, Member of Karnataka ICT Group KIG-2020 and advisor to iSpirt.

Sanjay has received several awards for his contribution to the Indian industry, including the “Technovation Sarabhai Award” in 2013 for his contribution to the Indian industry from Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the “Electronics Man of the Year 2011” from ELCINA, and was selected as one of the “Top-20 Stars of Indian Telecom Industry” by Aegis Graham Bell Awards in 2012.

Sanjay has a M.S. from North Carolina State University where he has been inducted into ECE Hall of Fame and B.Sc (Engg) from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, where he was the Gold Medalist of his graduating class.

Mavis Ampah is CEO of STINSAD CONSULT, a Telecom & Technology Consulting Company that provides Telecom Policy, Research and Advisory services, leverages digital technologies to improve competitiveness, innovation ecosystems, and service delivery for both Government and Private sector, and provides information technology solutions for building strong institutions and improving business processes Ms. Ampah is a results-driven Telecommunications and Information Technologies professional with extensive experience in policy and regulatory advisory work, strategic planning, skills development, entrepreneurship development, and institutional capacity building.

Mavis has a passion for promoting policies and investments to make internet access and new technologies affordable, reliable and usable. During the last 13 years at the World Bank, she has led the delivery of several highly complex regional and country level investments in Africa and the Caribbean which focused among other things, on improving access and stimulating policy reforms, leveraging technology to create jobs, extending delivery of services to underserved communities, and strengthening public sector institutional capacity to improve enabling environment for innovation. She has also led initiatives in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria to improve innovation ecosystems, including capacity building for Technology and IT/ITES Associations, and development of business incubation and IT Park.

She has also led assessments of ICT sector potential in several countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

Ms. Ampah has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst U.S and a Masters in Public Policy (International Trade and Development) from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Having been associated with International trade in diverse industry segments – steel, aluminum electrical, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Textile, etc. for years 12 years & IT systems for the past 17 years, Atul brings the best of both worlds – a high level of functional knowledge & domain expertise as well as an understanding of possibilities / limitations that IT enabled systems offer business today.
Extensive expertise in the following areas:
• Supply Chain management
• Client relationship management
• Enterprise wide management systems (ERP)
• Healthcare management systems
• e-Commerce
• IT enabled services.

Qualifications: B.Sc – Applied Physics, MMS – International Marketing Currently occupying dual responsibilities:

  • Managing Director of Hoesch Pipes (Nig) Limited – a company that Manufactures –Steel & Stainless steel Pipes, Z-Purlins, Door frames, Cement Fibre Ceiling sheets.
  • Director – International Data Management Services (IDM) – that provides the following services :
  • Customer care center
  • IT @ School
  • ERP & Supply Chain Management (using SAP)

Vice President of Indian Professional Forum – This professional forum is the premier with an objective to enhance the social & business integration between Indian professionals & Nigerian business men / professionals.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agencywas born on 20th October 1972 and hails from Pantami District of Gombe State. Prior to his appointment, he worked as an Academic in various capacities. He completed his Primary and Secondary Education in Gombe State with excellent results; after which he acquired more advanced religious knowledge before moving to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology in 2001 where he obtained his first degree of BTech, MSc in Computer Science (2008), MBA (Technology Management) all from the same University. He ob¬tained his PhD in Computer Information System from the famous and prestigious Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Erstwhile to that, he earned a post graduate certificate on Research Methods and another on Teaching and Demonstrations in the UK.

He registered with Cisco in 2004 and passed the CCNA examination. In addition, he enrolled in Capacity Building Programmes on System Design and Networking. He lectured at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria for over a decade where he taught courses: such as Multimedia; Software engineering; hardware Technology; Software Technology; Fundamentals of Software Engineering; Advance Programming languages; Management Information Systems; Geographic Information Systems; among others. In the same University he supervised 8 post graduate students to completion, in addition to over 100 undergraduate students. He held many positions in the Faculty. He was also a member of 4 University committees constituted by the Management.

In 2014, he moved to the International Islamic University of Madinah where he served as the Head of Technical Writing. He also taught courses, such as Operations Research; Software Engineering; Information Systems Application; Analysis and Development; Principles of Marketing. He was also the Secretary and member of three committees: University Accreditation committee; Staff Training and Development Committee; and Information Technology Committee. He serves as an IT consultant to many national industries.

Dr. Isa has authored more than a dozen books on many areas ranging from Technology, Religion and Peaceful coexistence and over 12 publications in International Journals, which include The Importance of Identity Management Systems in Developing Countries.” International Journal of Innovative Research in Engineering and Management (IJIREM). Volume 2, Issue 6; the Macrotheme Review: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Global Macro Trends, Paris, France, Volume 2, No 1.pp.1-7, International Journal of Computer & Information Technology, Volume 2 No 1.pp.1-10; Volume 1, No 2 .pp.159-164; Nigerian Journal of Management Technology, Volume 1, No. 2.pp.41-47; Volume 1, No. 2.pp.41-47; Volume 3, No 2.pp.15-21; Volume 2.pp. 39-47; Volume 2, No. 1.pp.83-91; Volume 2, No. 2. Pp77-84; Volume 1, No. 2.pp.41-47. among others which can be viewed at www.ijircst.org.
Dr. Isa has presented many papers which includes, Good Governance in Nigeria; ICT Globalisation and the Role of Religious Organisation in Peace Building in the Chad Basin; Theology and Jurisprudence in the Ideological Framework of Current Insurgences: Towards an alternative Islamic Discourse and among others.

Furthermore, he has attended many International workshops/seminars and conferences in Switzerland, England, France, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Dubai, Thailand, Kuwait and Egypt among others.He is a member of many professional bodies such as NCS, CPN, ABET and CISCO Alumni.

Prof. Umar GarbaDanbatta is the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Office (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission.Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.
He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. His main administrative responsibilities, in the university, included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT).

He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, , he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.

Prof. Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external examiner to seven universities and polytechnics and is an assessor, technical reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals. He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167-page book titled Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.
He is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. Prof. Danbatta has served two terms of five years as a Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN registered engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). While at DBI he has developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT implementation, policy and regulation:

  • Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of the Nigerian Economy;
  • Competition, Interconnection and Price Regulations in a Developing Economy;
  • Issues concerning Authorization of Telecommunications Services in a Developing Economy;
  • Strategies for ensuring Universal Access and Service to Telecommunications Services;
  • Strategies towards Effective Spectrum Management in a Developing Economy;
  • Issues on Institutional and Legal Framework for Effective Regulation of Telecommunications Services; and
  • New and Emerging Technologies and Impact on Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of a Developing Economy.
    Until his appointment as the EVC, Prof. Danbatta, who recently served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, served as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.

Ms. Funke Opeke, is founder and CEO of MainOne, formerly Main One Cable Company. MainOne is West Africa’s leading communications services and network solutions provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, open access 7,000 kilometre undersea high capacity cable submarine,a $240 million dollar project that was completed in time and on budget in 2010. MainOne also built West Africa’s largest Tier III Data Centre, MDX-i’s Lekki Data Centre, a $40 million investment with a capacity for 600 racks. Ms. Opeke is an experienced telecommunications executive who returned to Nigeria in 2005 as the Chief Technical Officer of MTN after a twenty-year career in the United States.

Prior to her return, she was the Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division. Subsequent to MTN, Ms. Opeke advised Transcorp on the acquisition of NITEL and briefly served as the interim Chief Operating Officer, post-acquisition of NITEL. She obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.

Engr. Gbenga Adebayo is the current Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an industry association for all Telecommunications Operators in Nigeria. Membership of ALTON includes all the major telecommunications licenses in Nigeria, particularly those providing voice and data telephony as well as those providing ancillary and other related value added services.

He is the Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Communication Network Support Services Limited Group of Companies, whose operations cuts across Telecommunication Network maintenance, Call and Contact Centre Service, Media, Broadcasting, Agriculture, Hotels and Hospitality Services, Medical and Hospital Services.

He is the Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Communication Network Support Services Limited Group of Companies, whose operations cuts across Telecommunication Network maintenance, Call and Contact Centre Service, Media, Broadcasting, Agriculture, Hotels and Hospitality Services, Medical and Hospital Services.