Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum 2018

TTIGF 2018 was held on Friday 26th January, 2018 at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, with online participation available for those unable to attend at the venue.

The TTIGF 2018 theme was “Shape Your Digital Future” in keeping with the International Internet Governance Forum 2017.

The TTIGF 2018 Agenda featured Mr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) as a keynote speaker and and three panel sessions :

  • Digital Financial Services
  • Gender Activism Online
  • Blockchain

plus an open forum.

You can watch the TTIGF 2018 event on YouTube and look at the TTIGF 2018 photos. You can read the TTIGF 2018 Meeting Report.

Shola Taylor

Keynote Speaker

Shola Taylor
Secretary General, CTO

A Nigerian citizen, Mr Taylor was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Kemilinks International, a global ICT consultancy firm based in Lagos. A telecommunications engineer by training, he brings to the CTO over 35 years of global experience in ICTs with government and the private sector. Previous positions held include regional director for Africa at Inmarsat (1994 – 1999), space technology coordinator for developing countries at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, 1993 – 1994) and project director, also at the ITU (1987 – 1993).

Twice elected as a member of the ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (vice-chair in 2004, and chair in 2005), Mr Taylor has a rich inside knowledge of international organisations. Early in his career, he worked in telecommunication engineering, including as senior engineer at Nigerian Telecommunications (1981 – 1985) and spectrum engineer at Intelsat (1985 – 1987).

Over the years, Mr Taylor has developed a strong interest in the use of ICTs in sustainable development and has supported many governments in their development agenda for ICTs.

Mr Taylor holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of East London (UK, 1979) and an MSc in telecommunication systems from the University of Essex (UK, 1981).

Randall De Freitas

Randall De Freitas
Manager, Risk Assurance, Ernst & Young Global Limited

Randall has an extensive set of experience providing professional ICT services to organisations and projects in the private and public sectors.  He has worked on several public sector improvement projects, business process improvement, in cloud infrastructure service management, in ICT risk management and software implementations.  By leveraging his expertise in business and technology, he brings both perspectives to issues in the ICT space.  Of particular professional interest to Randall is the function and behaviour of systems and markets.  Outside of the professional space, Randall enjoys a number of health and fitness activities.

Glenn McKnight

Glenn McKnight
Trustee, Internet Society Canada Chapter  

Glenn divides his time with the IEEE Smart Village project to encourage small scale energy solutions to the 3 billion consumers,  Past chair and current secretariat of ICANN NARALO, the North American ATLARGE organization dedicated to the end users.  He is also a  ISOC Board of Trustees.

Former  director with the Linux Professional Development which included the development of the world’s leading Linux certification which included presentations to the UN and many developing countries to encourage Free and Open Source Software adoption for domestic IT development capacity.

His business experience includes international business development in South Africa with the Baygen Freeplay Radio, launch of the  first Inkmedia Netbook and work in China for twenty years in encouraging  environmental technology transfer.

Peter George

Peter George
Chairman, Bitt Inc.

Peter founded Trent Restaurants in 1999 and it has since become the largest privately owned Restaurant management company in Trinidad with multiple units in both Trinidad and Barbados and one currently under development in Jamaica. In 2008 a group led by Peter as a major shareholder acquired Linda’s Bakery Ltd, a family owned bakery. Since then it has grown from 4 stores to 21 and has seen its revenue grow 1600% and its workforce grow from 63 to 596. He was also seed developer in several retail focused businesses including SuperPharm.

In 2013 Peter formed a VC fund, Avatar Capital, which aimed to facilitate specific businesses that were in need of angel capital. The focus was on business ideas that had the potential to disrupt existing legacy models and provide opportunities for those individuals to grow those concepts. The funds first and major investment has been in Barbadian Blockchain startup Bitt Inc.

He currently serves as Chairman of the board of Avatar Capital, Linda’s Bakery Ltd, Bitt Inc., PeerBank and Novelty Curve an embryo development firm focusing on assisting Blockchain entities. He is a firm believer in both Blockchain and digital currencies as the future and was an early adopter of Bitcoin since 2013.

Nigel Romano

Nigel Romano
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, JMMB Bank

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant who brings over thirty years (30 years) experience in accounting and banking across the globe. His career to date has included various senior positions at KPMG, Citibank, Ernst & Young, RBTT Financial Group and the ANSA McAL Group. Whilst some of these have been in Trinidad, Nigel gained global exposure with opportunities in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines. Nigel joined Caribbean Development Bank based in Barbados as Director, Finance and Corporate Planning.

His core belief is: be not afraid to reach for the sky. Life is about constant learning and growth.

Zaf Rahaman

Zaf Rahaman,
Owner and Founder, Forward Multimedia

Zaf Rahaman is a premier web design company in Trinidad & Tobago, now in its 7th year. With a love for writing, his blog became a key driver of his website’s success, in all industry related topics: website design, SEO and online marketing. But he is best known for E-commerce, especially as it relates to the local environment, and these articles have become the principal source of information for anyone locally who wants to start an online store.

Glynis Alexander-Tam

Glynis Alexander-Tam
General Manager, InfoLink Services Limited

Glynis Alexander–Tam is the General Manager of InfoLink Services Limited, a position held for last ten years (InfoLink is the owner of the LINX brand of debit payment services and manages the electronic debit payment network in Trinidad and Tobago).

Prior to joining InfoLink, she worked within the ICT sector as Technical Director and Project manager for ICT projects both locally and regionally for several years.

Mrs. Alexander-Tam holds a Bachelor degree in Physics, Masters degree in Electronic and Instrumentation both from the UWI St. Augustine campus and an MBA in Marketing attained at the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business. A certified Project Manager, she currently sits on the board of the Project Management Institute (PMI) local chapter PMI Southern Caribbean Chapter. She is the current Chairperson of the eBusiness Round Table (a Public Private Partnership Advisory Committee to the government of Trinidad and Tobago).

Rabindra Jaggernauth

Rabindra Jaggernauth
Director, TTMAG

Rabindra Jaggernauth is an experienced IT and Management Consultant. He was a former Partner in charge of Consulting Services at Ernst & Young, a former CEO of the National ICT Company Limited (iGovTT), and was the Managing Director of Esprit Consultants Limited. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Operational Research and Systems Analysis from the University of Aston in Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

He has over thirty five years industry experience including thirty in consulting at the Senior and Executive levels and has a special interest in the utilization of digital and information technology, process reengineering and change management to improve corporate productivity and performance.

He is a founding member and Past President of the ICT Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the Immediate Past President of the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries.

Ian M. S. Royer

Ian M. S. Royer, PHF
Creative Director, Writer, Marketing & Advocate, Anansi Tales Marketing

Ian is a 34 year old marketing professional, writer, advocate and activist. His marketing career spans over 10 years, and he has worked with various brands in Trinidad and Tobago, including Fashion Week Trinidad and Tobago, Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Anya Ayoung Chee, Sasha Gates, The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago and more. He also has had a 13 year run working with various civil society arms of the United Nations, specifically in the area of HIV/AIDS and LGBT advocacy and youth development. For more on Ian you can visit his website