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Panel Discussion 6: Capacity Building

Moderator

Rhee Hyeun-Suk, Director, UN-APCICT/ESCAP
Rhee Hyeun-Suk, Director, UN-APCICT/ESCAP

Dr. Rhee Hyeun-Suk is Director of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT), a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). Dr. Rhee has over 25 years of academic and professional experience in human capacity development in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Prior to joining APCICT, Dr. Rhee worked as a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Dallas. She then held a stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) as Chief of the Information Technology Centre for Africa undertaking leadership responsibilities in capacity development for African policy makers, practitioners, and government officers from 53 African countries in utilizing ICT for development (ICTD).

Following her tenure at UN-ECA, Dr. Rhee was appointed as Director of APCICT, where she spearheaded the Centre’s work in the area of building human and institutional capacities in ICTD. As the Director, Dr. Rhee led the development and implementation of APCICT’s flagship programmes, which have been adopted by 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond in regions such as Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where she was the recipient of several awards including President’s Citation. She has been published in various internationally recognized journals and presented in ICT conferences, while also serving as a chair for a number of national and international conferences and forums.

Speakers

Cho Tae-yul, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
Cho Tae-yul, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea

Born in 1955, Vice Minister Cho Tae-yul earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Seoul national University, while studying Oxford University in 1983.

He started his career in 1979 when he passed the 13th High Diplomatic Service Examination. Then he served as a secretary in the Kingdom of Thailand and United States of America. He also served as a counselor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Korean Permanent Mission to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland and Korean Embassy in the United States of America. After that, he was an ambassador in the Korean Permanent Mission to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Spain, Ambassador for Development Cooperation, MOFAT and Ambassador for International Relations, Gyeonggi Province. Being involved in the government for more than three decades, he is now Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hanna Tetteh, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana
Hanna Tetteh, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana

Honourable Ms. Hanna Tetteh is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana; she is also the Member of Parliament for the Awutu-Senya West Constituency in the Central Region. Prior to her appointment as Foreign Minister in February of this year she was the Minister of Trade & Industry for the entire four-year period in the previous term of the Government of the National Democratic Congress.

In her previous position as Minister of Trade & Industry Hon. Ms. Tetteh was a member of the Economic Management Team, the National Development Planning Commission, the Millennium Development Authority Board, and the Chairperson of the Ghana Free Zones Board.

Prior to her appointment as a Minister of State between the years 2005 to 2008, Hon. Ms. Tetteh worked with the Ghana Agro Food Company Ltd. an agro industrial processing complex as the General Manager (Administration, Corporate & Legal Affairs). While occupying this position she also served as a Council Member of the Association of Ghana Industries, a member of the advisory Board of the Institute of Statistical and Social Research (ISSER), a member of the Board of the Awutu-Emasa Rural Bank, and the Board of Accra Hearts of Oak Football club.

Hon. Ms. Tetteh had previously served as a Member of Parliament for the Awutu- Senya Constituency between the 2001 and 2004. (This larger constituency has now been divided into the current Awutu-Senya West and Awutu-Senya East Constituencies). During her first term as a Member of Parliament she was the Ranking Member (Minority Spokesperson) on Gender and Children and served on a number of Parliamentary Committees namely; the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Trade, Industry & Tourism, the Committee on Defence & Interior, the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and the Committee on Gender and Children.

The Honourable Minister is a Lawyer by Profession having studied law at the University of Ghana, Legon and obtaining her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree in 1989, She subsequently attended the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1992. She began her legal career in private legal practice with the law firm of Ansa-Asare & Co., and also worked briefly with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, and with the Ghana Agro Food Company Ltd. as Legal Adviser before successfully contesting the Parliamentary elections in December 2000.

Samia Melhem, Lead Policy Specialist, The World Bank Group
Samia Melhem, Lead Policy Specialist, The World Bank Group

Samia Melhem is a lead policy specialist ICT for development. She chairs the eDevelopment Community of Practice, and leads ICT unit’s knowledge and learning program while coordinating the WBG ICT projects in Africa region. She is an international expert on egovernment, her projects focus on improving Public sector delivery to citizens and businesses; and on creating the enabling environment for societal transformation and governance. Samia contributes to research on eGovernment best practices. She led, amongst other, the eProcurement Reference guide, the Gender and ICT toolkit, the ICT Components guide and the Telecoms Regulatory toolkit. One of the eGovernment projects she supervised, eRwanda, won the Technology in Government Award (TIGA) in 2011 and a global award in 2013 for its eSoko mobile app for Agriculture. She worked in different regions (Africa, Europe, Asia and MENA); sectors (financial management, public sector reform, education, health, agriculture, innovation) and in more than forty countries. She has degrees in Electrical Engineer, (BSEE); Computer Sciences (MS), and MBA (Finance). She has published several research and working papers on ICTs and gender, ICTs and government modernization, Telecoms Reform and Information society.

Nur Sulyna Lim Abdullah, Chair, APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL)
Nur Sulyna Lim Abdullah, Chair, APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL)

Sulyna is the Head of the International Affairs, Legal and Secretariat Division in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). She has had 17 years’ experience in the field of ICT ranging from policy development, international affairs, corporate communications, industry development, legal and secretarial work.

She has helmed the International Affairs portfolio since 2001 and took on the Legal Department in 2011 and had the Commission’s Secretariat added to her responsibilities in 2012. She is a lawyer by profession and practiced law for a while before pursuing a different career path in communications. She spent four years in Grey Worldwide as a Public Affairs and Public Relations consultant focusing in ICT and fast moving consumer goods. She joined MCMC in 2000 and has been there ever since.

She has helmed the International Affairs portfolio since 2001 and took on the Legal Department in 2011 and had the Commission’s Secretariat added to her responsibilities in 2012. She is a lawyer by profession and practiced law for a while before pursuing a different career path in communications. She spent four years in Grey Worldwide as a Public Affairs and Public Relations consultant focusing in ICT and fast moving consumer goods. She joined MCMC in 2000 and has been there ever since.

Sulyna holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of London and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Malaysian Bar to which she was called in 1992.

Matt Thomlinson, General Manager, Microsoft
Matt Thomlinson, General Manager, Microsoft

Matt Thomlinson is General Manager of Product Security at Microsoft and leads the Microsoft Security Engineering Center (MSEC), the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) and Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy (GSSD) teams as well as internal Network Security (NetSec). His teams are responsible for proactively implementing training, tools and processes to improve security of Microsoft products and services.

Matt built Microsoft’s security research group to further security science, improve the security of products and develop fundamentally new methods to mitigate security vulnerabilities. He owns all aspects of Microsoft’s security response, from the triage of new vulnerabilities, through the management of Product Group solutions, to responding to vulnerability exploitation emergencies. His technical teams investigate vulnerability reports and associated malware and work closely with the many associated communities ranging from researchers to law enforcement and governments. His GSSD team is responsible for tracking and responding to legislation and government information assurance relationships; the NetSec team is responsible for monitoring and investigating issues on Microsoft’s own network.

In his 19 years at Microsoft, Matt has led many security engineering efforts with global customer impact. Early in his career, Matt led development teams during the development of Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000. In 2003, he was the inspiration for the creation of Windows XP Service Pack 2, the first significant security improvement of the Windows client platform.

Matt is involved across the software industry as a security specialist, and is the chairman of NIST’s Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB). Matt is named as inventor or co-inventor on over 20 patents on security technologies ranging from secure secret storage to various vulnerability mitigation techniques. He is a Seattle native and holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from University of Washington.

Sadie Creese, Director of Global Center for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, Pofessor of Cyber Security, University of Oxford
Sadie Creese, Director of Global Center for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, Pofessor of Cyber Security, University of Oxford

Sadie Creese is Professor of Cyber Security in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. She is Director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre, Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School, and a co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing at the Oxford Martin School. Her research experience spans time in academia, industry and government. She is engaged in a broad portfolio of cyber security research spanning situational awareness, visual analytics, risk propagation and communication, threat modeling and detection, network defence, dependability and resilience, and formal analysis. She has numerous research collaborations with other disciplines and has been leading inter-disciplinary research projects since 2003. Prior to joining Oxford in October 2011 Creese was Professor and Director of e-Security at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory. Creese joined Warwick in 2007 from QinetiQ where she most recently served as Director of Strategic Programmes for QinetiQ’s Trusted Information Management Division. Recent publications include papers on topics including insider threat detection, visual analytics for cyber attack, cyber risk propagation prediction, identity attribution across physical and cyber spaces, personal privacy in the face of big data, vulnerability of identities in social networking contexts, and trustworthiness metrics for openly sourced data.

Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Deputy Assistant Administrator Director, ad interim, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy
Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Deputy Assistant Administrator Director, ad interim, UNDP Bureau for Development Policy

Magdy Martínez-Solimán has been working for the UN for the past 15 years. From 2008 to 2012, he was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mexico. He was the Senior Governance Advisor for the 18 West African countries (2000-2003) and Practice Manager of the Democratic Governance Team (2003-2006). In 2006, he was appointed by the Secretary-General as the first Executive Director of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF). He has also served in Burundi, Togo, Bangladesh and Senegal. Prior to the United Nations, Mr. Martínez-Solimán has been State Secretary for Youth in the Spanish National Government, CEO of two public corporations and member of the Organizing Committee of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, in charge of relations with the Parliament of Andalusia, and an elected member of the Municipal Council of his hometown, Malaga. Mr. Martínez-Solimán initiated his Law Studies at the University Complutense of Madrid, holds a degree in Law (Juris Doctor) from the Universidad de Malaga and has been a Member of the Spanish Bar Association since 1984.

Lead Discussant

Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
Tim Unwin, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)

Professor Tim Unwin was appointed Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in September 2011, and he leads the CTO’s activities on ICTs for people with disabilities and ICTs in education, focusing particularly on skills development and entrepreneurship. He has also been Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission since 2009, and a Commissioner since 2004. His continuing academic roles include his position as UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), on the ITU's m-Powering Development Advisory Board, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Affordable Internet.

In 2004 he created the ICT4D Collective at Royal Holloway, University of London, which was recognised in the 2012 GoTo Think Tank Report as being the 10th top science and technology think tank in the world. Professor Unwin has written or edited 15 books and more than 200 academic papers and chapters, many of which focus on the use of technology in development practices, especially education. His latest collaborative book, entitled simply ICT4D, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. He holds a BA in Geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in Geography from University of Durham, UK.