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TTIGF 2022: Panelists

Panel Session:

BUILDING A DIGITALLY COMPETENT SOCIETY

Darren Mohammed is a Senior Manager at Microsoft responsible for the Corporate & Government business across 33 countries, mainly within the Caribbean. Darren is also the Country Representative for Microsoft in Trinidad and Tobago.
As more organizations and governments turn to technology to better Engage and Empower people, Optimize Operations and Transform
Products & Services, Darren continues to build partnerships throughout the region with entities who are agents for that transformation.
Darren has a background in Computer Engineering and has been working in the ICT industry for over 26 years. During that time, the most notable tenures have been 14 years at Microsoft where he has been recognized with several excellence awards, 6 years of entrepreneurial experience, having built a successful technology startup prior to joining Microsoft and 5 years working for a multi-national Oil & Gas company as a technologist building and supporting upstream apps. He uses that wealth of experience to assist in the development of an ecosystem of technology service companies across this complex geography, with the goal of that ecosystem contributing to the regional GDP.
Darren also serves as Independent Director on the board of JMMB Bank and JMMB Express Finance in Trinidad & Tobago and on the regional JMMB Group IS Committee.

Dr. Birbal currently holds a Doctorate and Masters degree in Educational Technology from the University of Sheffield, a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational technology (Dist.) (UWI), a Post Graduate Diploma in the Teaching of Mathematics (UWI), a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics (UWI) and a Certificate in Technology Integration from the Thompson River University Canada.

He has been a Teacher/Lecturer for the past 35 years. He spent 20 Years teaching at a tertiary level and 15 years teaching at a secondary school. He currently teaches Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Learning Management Systems, Web Design and Development and several other courses such as Research methods, Practicum and Classroom Support Technologies at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

His main areas of research are directed at blended and online learning and he has written several Journal Articles and book chapters. He is the Co-Author of several ICT Secondary school books. These titles include, “Log on to IT for CSEC”, “Log on to IT”, “Interact with IT books 1 – 3”, “ICT for Senior High School”, “Information Technology for CXC” and “Longman ICT for IGCSE” and he is currently working as a Series Editor and author for Cambridge Primary Computing Series Stages 1 to 6.

  • ​​Pundit Shiva Maharaj, Director and Chief Operations Officer, I.C.T Expertz Ltd
  • Mr and Mrs Bhola, Internet User Parents

Panel Session:

ENHANCING INTERNET RESEARCH, DATA AND MEASUREMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

Nigel Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over thirty years of experience in the technical, operational and executive management of telecommunications systems and services. He has intimate understanding of a broad range of information and communications technologies and services, with practical experience in network and service planning, operations management and domestic and international telecommunications policy development.

Mr. Cassimire has functioned as a Consulting Telecommunications Specialist since July 2005 and has worked extensively with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretariat in Port of Spain developing and promoting harmonised Caribbean positions in the areas of spectrum management, Internet governance and ICT policy. He has also successfully conducted consultancies for several of the member governments of the CTU.

Mr. Cassimire has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as a Diploma in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He is a fellow of the Telecommunications Engineering and Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and an alumnus of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fountainbleau, France

Kim Mallalieu (BS MIT, MS UR and PhD UCL) is a senior lecturer and the leader of the Communication Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies. She is a past Head of Department, and developer of the Master’s in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy, MRP (Telecommunications), coordinating its delivery to participants from over thirty developing countries around the world.

As Principal Investigator of the Caribbean ICT Research Programme (CIRP), founding member of Diálogo Regional sobre Sociedad de la Información (DIRSI), and Leader of the ICT4Fisheries Consortium, Dr. Mallalieu is engaged in multidisciplinary action research on context appropriate strategies for the purposeful application of information and communications technologies (ICT) for human good; with an emphasis on building the resilience of underserved populations. She is a regular speaker, chair and multichannel contributor to international fora on topics relating to development-focused technology, policy and regulation. As a keen advocate for gender equality for development, her works include the ITU/ETC report on Women, ICT and emergency telecommunications which has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese; and she is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Network of Women (NOW) for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s quadrennial World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC). In other capacities, she has led national, regional and international initiatives variously designed to build capacity in ICT policy, regulation, development, application and use. 

Dr Mallalieu is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) where she served as an inaugural member. She otherwise has a rich service portfolio, having sat on several commissions, committees and panels at regional, national and institutional levels in operational as well as advisory roles. She is a Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of local, regional and international teaching and research awards, and other awards of distinction. Dr Mallalieu is a licensed amateur radio and GMDSS short-range operator, and member of Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams (REACT). She is married with 3 sons and is the Schutzhund handler of Jax Vom Haus Compton. 

Patrick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he obtained five degrees including a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked at Bose Corporation, Bell Laboratories, AT&T Laboratories, Ericsson and Huawei. He has published extensively with over 150 refereed journal and conference publications. He holds 41 granted patents in the areas of telecommunications and wireless technologies. He was nominated for the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award in 2004, was the Huawei US Wireless Research Employee of the year for 2007 and is a 2015 Anthony Sabga Caribbean Laureate for Science and Technology. Patrick is presently the administrative and technical contact for the TT top level domain, CEO of the TTNIC and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. His present areas of research include Applied Data Science, Operations Research and Performance and Pricing Optimization for Cellular Networks.

Ms. Annie Baldeo is the Executive Officer, Policy, Planning and Economics at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT). She has served with TATT for over seventeen years where she is responsible for policy development, statistical indicators, competition analysis and strategic planning. She contributes to the publication of Trinidad and Tobago industry’s Market Reports and was previously appointed vice-chair of the International Telecommunications Union international expert group on benchmarking telecommunications and ICT indicators.

Prior to this position, Annie was employed with organisations both in the private and public sector including the National Information and Communication Technology Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Administration where she was involved in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National ICT Plan.

Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management, Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies, and an MBA in Strategic Planning.

Niran Beharry is a Caribbean Technologist, Researcher, Project Manager and Engineer. He holds multiple degrees and certifications inclusive of BEng Materials Science and Engineering (Imperial  College), MEng Civil Engineering (Imperial College), BSc Computing and Information Systems  (University of London). He has over 20 years’ experience having worked in several sectors within the Caribbean and Globally inclusive ICT, Finance, Civil Engineering, Industrial Design, Logistics and Environmental Management.  

Under his first company CITSAS Limited he developed vision algorithms and hardware systems with several patents pending for use in remote imaging applications, it was acquired by Lockheed  Martin Aerospace Electronic Systems now BAE Systems Electronic Systems. 

He is also the CEO of a multidisciplinary consultancy company Proteus Technologies Limited and a standing board member of Kairos Capital Investments as their lead technology advisor. 

He also gives guest lectures on several topics inclusive of Entrepreneurship, Innovation,  Blockchain, and other emerging technologies and has spent many years mentoring and nurturing Caribbean startups.  

His introduction to Internet Governance came with him becoming one of the founding members of the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter in 2011 and serving on the Executive as the  Assistant Secretary, until 2017 when he accepted the nomination to serve as Vice-Chair and then served as chair of the chapter from 2019 to 2021. He also assisted in drafting the ATLAS II  statement in 2015 as a member of the ALAC. He is also a member of the Internet Society’s Blockchain SIG.

  • Annie Baldeo, Executive Officer – Policy, Planning and Economics, TATT

Panel Session:

THE INTERNET AND THE LAW

Grace is a commercial and intellectual property lawyer based in Kingston, Jamaica. She has worked with local and international clients in a diverse range of sectors looking to do business in Jamaica or Jamaican entities with regional or international corporate aspirations. Her practice covers commercial law, intellectual property, technology and technology transactions, e-commerce, trade, regulatory matters, cybersecurity, data protection, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions. A Chevening Scholar, she attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from which she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Competition, Trade and Innovation with a focus on technology regulation.

Grace has been consistently ranked as a leading trademark professional in the Caribbean by the World Trade Mark Review (WTR) since 2014. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPPE), an accreditation given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and was an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Fellow for the years 2017-2019. She currently sits on the Legislation and Regulations Committee of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce as well as the Commercial and Intellectual Property Committees of the Jamaica Bar Association.

Rishi is the holder of a BSc. and MSc. in Government from the University of the West Indies and is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). 

He is currently the founder and principal consultant of Privacy Advisory Services a boutique digital compliance consultancy that specialises in supporting organisations as they navigate data expansion and digital transformation.

With over 15 years of experience within both the public and private sphere, he has considerable knowledge and experience of the workings of government both from an operational and policy aspect as well as a unique insight into the challenges faced by organisations trying to engage in digital transformational change. 

Some of his major accomplishments while in the public sector included being the Co-Project Lead for the conceptualization and implementation of an Integrated Service Delivery One-Stop Shop Model (TTConnect). He was also the project lead on the final drafting, passage and partial proclamation of the Data Protection Act of Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and participated in the drafting of model legislation on Freedom of Information and Data Protection through the International Telecommunications Union HIPCAR Project. 

Within the private sphere, he has guided organisations in the development and implementation of data governance programs as well as data protection management programs that are in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as well as recent data protection legislation in the region (Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas etc). Rishi is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Mukta is presently an In-house Legal Counsel for a financial institution. In his present role, he helps to protect the financial institution from various types of risk, including regulatory, legal and reputational. Previously, Mukta practiced corporate and commercial law at a well-established law firm in Port of Spain where he advised local and international clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. He started his career as a Judicial Research Counsel, at the Judiciary of Trinidad & Tobago where he gained invaluable experience at the appellate level in a wide range of civil matters. In 2017, Mukta pursued his LL.M in Media Law at Queen Mary University of London having won a Chevening scholarship; there, he studied topics such as EU Data Protection law and Cybercrime. He then went on to experience the compliance aspects of data protection, as a Data Privacy Analyst-Intern in the Privacy Practice of an international consultancy firm in London, where he supported multinational clients with their compliance of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and other related laws. Mukta is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

  • Tira Greene, Legal, Policy and Legislative Drafting Consultant, Tira Greene Consultancy

Panel Session:

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY – WHAT’S NEXT?

L. Anthony Watkins is the CEO and Principal Consultant of ODYSSEY CONSULTinc Limited – a premier human resource and organisational development consultancy in the Caribbean. He has been actively involved in public and private sector organisational transformation and development throughout the region, since the early 1990s.

After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, he worked in the fields of social pathology and correctional services in Canada, and later in education on returning to Trinidad.

A founding and honorary life member of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), he is currently Chairman of the Community Recovery Committee, and has served as a member of the ‘Caribbean Leadership Project’ Delivery Team, the Task Force for Establishment of the National Statistical Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, and on numerous Boards of Directors.

In 2020, he was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and was awarded a Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold) in 2019.

As an OD consultant with over 30 years’ experience, his areas of specialisation include organisational change and transformation, visioning and strategic planning, leadership development, team building and expert process facilitation.

His life work as an author, renowned keynote speaker and his service to organisations and community-based initiatives are rooted in a commitment to enriching our region and the lives of our people.

Kandyss is a serial entrepreneur, having 13 years of experience in business leadership & technology focused on innovation, creating strategic vision and driving high impact technical teams to consensus and delivery.

She also holds the position of Director of OOS Global & OOS Cyber Security Ltd. overseeing and managing Product Design & Development of software applications & security teams in the Caribbean, US & Eastern Europe.

Recently, she joined the team of TheFinRoute as CEO, a revolutionary FinTech company in the Caribbean & US and in 2021 was appointed to the IGovTT Board of Directors.

Kandyss specialises in Virality, utilising digital marketing analytics to monetize digital platforms. These skills and ability to test and analyse data bleeds seamlessly into her focus in Product Development and creating strategic visions that drive high impact technical teams to execution and delivery.

She holds a BSc. International Business Management from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill and has led a variety of mentorship programs with a total base of over 6,000 participants throughout the Caribbean.

In 2015 alone, together with Royalink Ltd., she created a cohort of students between the ages of 12 and 19 to build 15 tech startups all solving problems in their communities.

  • Master Christie-Anne Morris-Alleyne, Court Executive Administrator, Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago

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TTIGF 2022: Speakers

TTIGF 2022 Introductory Keynote Speakers

Vinton G. Cerf (Vint Cerf) is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Mr. Cerf will be giving an introductory keynote address at the TTIGF 2022 and begin the Open Forum to jump-start the discussion on what’s next for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Anriette Esterhuysen is the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network of organizations working with Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support social justice and development.

Prior to joining APC Esterhuysen was executive director of South African APC member SANGONeT, an Internet service provider and training institution for civil society, labour and community organizations. From 1987 to 1992, when she joined SANGONeT, she did information and communication work in development and human rights organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

During this period, and while she was at SANGONeT, Esterhuysen, with many others, helped establish email and Internet connectivity in Southern Africa. SANGONeT hosted a Fidonet hub that provided universities and nongovernmental organizations in, among other places, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with email links to global networks as part of a collaboration between the APC and the United Nations Development Programme.

She has served on the African Technical Advisory Committee of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa’s African Information Society Initiative and was a member of the United Nations ICT Task Force from 2002 to 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Task Working Group on Financing Mechanisms, and the Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvements.

She is currently a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum and the outgoing Chair. Esterhuysen has published extensively on ICTs for development and social justice.

Senator the Honorable Hassel Bacchus was appointed a Senator and Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation on August 19, 2020. In 2021, the Ministry of Digital Transformation was made a standalone ministry with Senator Bacchus at the helm.

Senator the Honourable Hassel Larry Bacchus is the holder of A.A.S. Electronics Engineering Technology from the University of the District of Columbia. Van Ness Campus, 1986 to 1987.

Senator Bacchus  on a personal and a professional level is self-motivated, goal orientated, creative, experienced Telecom Technology Leader with a proven track record across multiple I.T. and Telecom Managerial and Operational environments. He understands and is at ease working within all levels of a corporation. Senator Bacchus possesses an in-depth knowledge of service provider deployment, fulfilment and assurance processes. Track record in developing new operational areas and ensuring functional integrity.  Detailed understanding of I.T. solutions, legacy and Next Generation switching and transport networks in both wired and wireless core and access spheres. Proficient in creating and evaluating business documents with the ability to understand and negotiate with a focus on value and Customer and Service. Senator Bacchus passion for educating and sharing is at the heart of his work.

The passion for Electronics and Telecom fueled his decision to enter the Telecommunications Industry This passion was demonstrated during his tenure at TELCO and subsequently Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. It is almost impossible to speak about Senator Bacchus without talking about the company in which he spent over thirty (30) years, and has led many teams through technological and operations change. This journey started on October 16, 1989.

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TTIGF 2022: Panels

Panel Session 1

BUILDING A DIGITALLY COMPETENT SOCIETY

Covid-19 has brought up the timeline for predictions of a connected world via the internet. Existing Internet technologies now play a more essential role for everyone in work, school and entertainment. Even those with technophobia are now required to use some sort of technology for everyday purposes. While there are efforts to bridge the infrastructural gaps of the digital divide, competency gaps grow larger and are not being addressed. There is a need for the inclusion and integration of 21st-century competency programmes in our schools’ curriculum that produce lifelong learners that will excel through efficient and effective use of existing and emerging digital technologies in a safe and ethical manner.

Panel Session 2

ENHANCING INTERNET RESEARCH, DATA AND MEASUREMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT

In charting the future development of the internet in the Caribbean, there is a dearth of data available that is specific to the Caribbean to enable evidence-based policy development and even for ensuring that developmental initiatives are appropriately targeted for optimal effectiveness. This is relevant to initiatives for the development and affordability of access infrastructure, addressing aspects of the digital divide (e.g. locality, gender etc.) and digital inclusion generally, critical internet infrastructure, digital skills and so on.

Where is the data to show the current state of these various elements in Caribbean territories, to foster remedial initiatives and to measure progress over time? How can this situation be improved expeditiously?

Panel Session 3

THE INTERNET AND THE LAW

This panel will discuss how the internet is regulated locally and regionally, with a close examination of the modes of regulation. The issue of free speech and the internet as well as topics like cyber-bullying and privacy.

We will look into where CARICOM states have progressed in terms of adapting and updating where necessary existing privacy laws, an in-depth discussion into the institutions of supervisory regulators and installations of Information Commissioners’ Offices (ICOs).” case studies from the region and how it relates globally. How do new DP laws relate to what’s happening worldwide; for example, vaccination certification processes.

Panel Session 4

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY – WHAT’S NEXT?

Trinidad and Tobago is at a crossroads in its digital transformation journey. With increasing pressures from all corners, there is an increasing push to move beyond rhetoric. The establishment makes promises, but have we been here before? The list of initiatives that have come and gone grows, while there is a view that the country is “stuck”, lacking direction and momentum to move away from oil and gas.

While the Government attempts to digitize the public service, what is the role, position and status of the private sector, academia, technical community and civil society in this effort?

Are we ready to move from talk to action and to move beyond ad-hoc, reactive interventions to commit our support to a whole country digital transformation effort?

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TTIGF 2022 Partners

TTIGF 2022 is proud to partner with:

Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre

United Nations Internet Governance Forum

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Thank you to our partners for making TTIGF 2022 possible
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TTIGF 2022 Agenda

DAY 1

8:00 – 8:10National Anthem
 Opening Remarks
Anita Sohan, Chair, Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group (TTMAG)
8:10 – 8:30Introductory Keynote Addresses
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Incorporate

Anriette Esterhuysen, Outgoing Chair, United Nations Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (UN-IGF MAG)

Senator the Honourable Hassel Bacchus, Minister of Digital Transformation, Ministry of Digital Transformation 
8.30 – 10:00Panel Session: Building a Digitally Competent Society
Moderator:
Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, Director, TTMAG 

Panelists: ​​
Pundit Shiva Maharaj, Director and Chief Operations Officer, I.C.T Expertz Ltd

Dr Roland Birbal, Assistant Professor, Centre for Education Programmes, UTT

Mr and Mrs Bhola, Internet User Parents

Darren Mohammed, Senior Solution Specialist Manager – Caribbean Region, Microsoft Country Representative, Microsoft Trinidad & Tobago

TBA
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45Panel Session: Enhancing Internet Research, Data and Measurement for Development
Moderator:
Nigel Cassimire, Telecommunications Specialist, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)

Panelists: 
Patrick Hosein, Director, TTMAG

Niran Beharry, Chairperson, ISOC-TT

Kim Mallalieu, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UWI 

Annie Baldeo, Executive Officer – Policy, Planning and Economics, TATT

DAY 2 

8:20 – 8:30Opening Remarks
Anita Sohan, Chair, TTMAG
8:30 – 10:00Panel Session: The Internet and the Law 
Moderator: Rabindra Jaggernauth, Director, TTMAG 

Panelists: 
Rishi Maharaj, Executive Director, EquiGov Institute

Grace Lindo, Attorney at Law and Partner, Carter Lindo Attorneys-at-Law

Tira Greene, Legal, Policy and Legislative Drafting Consultant, Tira Greene Consultancy

Mukta Balroop, In-house Legal Counsel, Financial Institution
10:00 – 10:10Partner Showcase – Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC)
10:10 – 11:40Panel Session: Trinidad and Tobago’s Digital Transformation Journey – What’s Next?
Moderator:
Ajmal Nazir, Director, TTMAG

Panelists: 
L. Anthony Watkins, CEO & Principal Consultant, ODYSSEY CONSULTinc Limited

Ingrid Riley, Executive Director and Co-founder, SiliconCaribe

Kandyss Trancoso, Founder, The FinRoute

Master Christie-Anne Morris-Alleyne, Court Executive Administrator, Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago
11: 40 – 12:00Feature Address
Vint Cerf, VP & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
12:00 – 12:50
Open Forum
12:50 – 1:00Closing Address
Tracy Hackshaw, Vice-Chair, TTMAG