PRINCIPAL AND ASSOCIATES PROFILE
Judith Hellerstein is the President of Hellerstein & Associates, www.jhellerstein.com, a research consultancy specializing in opening up telecom and technology opportunities worldwide. Judith Hellerstein has over eighteen years experience in business and competitive analysis having worked on several high profile projects while she was at the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, MCI Communications, and Former Vice President Gore's Reinventing Government office before founding her firm. She advises private sector companies, Governments, and multilateral organizations on policy consulting, regulatory reform, regulatory capacity building, Internet Governance, e-government assessment, convergence and its impact on regulatory frameworks, Intellectual Property, e-Commerce and e-Transactions, standards, and in evaluation & assessment of the broadband marketplace telecom. Judith is a Director and Board member of the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society. She has written extensively on telecommunications, competition policy, broadband access, and convergence strategies.
As an international consultant, Judith has vast experience with developing countries and with post-conflict countries. She has significant experience in regulatory reform and liberalization projects, broadband and e-Government strategies, Internet Governance, regulatory capacity building, convergence and its impact on regulatory frameworks, Intellectual Property issues, and in evaluation & assessment of the broadband marketplace. Judith has also participated and/or organized in workshops on competition policy, cybercrime, broadband adoption and deployment, liberalization, convergence, the impact of disruptive technologies, and other broadband policy issues for regulators and other high-level government officials in the US, Africa, and Latin America. She is also a non-Bank member of the World Banks e-Development Services Thematic Group, participating in, organizing videoconferences, and blogging/summarizing these events.
Over the past seven years she has worked with several West African, Caribbean, European, Central and East Asian Countries on developing new ICT and e-Government laws, reviewing and amending old laws, developing ICT policies, and providing regulatory and policy capacity building.
Judith has vast experience in coordinating projects from inception to completion, including coordinating inputs from the World Bank, from other consultancies, academicians, practitioners, Governments, and subject experts. She has been Project Manager/Coordinator for several projects and has strong organizational, problem-solving, and planning expertise and is also experienced in leading projects requiring strong interpersonal skills for planning, gaining cooperation, making decisions, and consensus building. Judith has the ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust and prioritize a variety of complex tasks. Judith founded Hellerstein & Associates in 1997 as an international consulting firm focusing on emerging markets and developing countries and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City, where she focused on International Management.
RENE ADRIAN BUSTILLO, Associate
During his 22 year professional career Dr. Bustillo worked at several posts at SITTEL (Bolivia's top Telecom Regulatory Authority). In January 2003, he was appointed Superintendent of Telecommunications of SITTEL (rank equivalent to Minister) by the President of Bolivia to carry forward the telecom sector reforms implanted since 1995. While he was Superintendent he reordered and rearranged Electromagnetic Frequency Assignments, devised Public Tender Regulation for Licensing, implemented multi-carrier selection scheme for long-distance, established ITU Fundamental Technical Plans, restructured the institution with a focus on consumer and market protection, settled disputes between operators, obtained recognition at regional level, certified main regulatory processes for ISO 9001:2000, carried out successful auction processes for new services and mobile, launched ENTEL's Internet Services nationwide, participated in ENTEL's privatization process and was instrumental in restructuring the largest Bolivian fixed-line operator (COTEL) from bankruptcy though intervention.
As Superintendent of Telecommunications, he was a key player in setting up the Bolivian's National Strategy for ICTs, presented at the 2005 Information Society Summit in Tunisia. Many of the activities performed by the regulatory agency in Bolivia aimed at developing the ICT sector in rural areas, and Dr. Bustillo fostered the development of programs such as telecenters, computers for schools, and roundtable discussions with civil society, government, and industry for preparation of the so called "digital agenda" in the country. He has also, worked for the largest telecom operator in Bolivia, Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ENTEL) and held several positions, including Data Networks Division Chief. Dr. Bustillo also worked as Spectrum Management Consultant in Colombia where he was responsible for providing a diagnostic of the current regulatory regime and evaluating existing policies and proposing options and alternatives for the Ministry of Communications and the telecom regulator (CRT) to establish a new policy and regulatory framework. He also prepared a study, about Broadband technologies, convergence, and regulatory situation for REGULATEL, performing a country-by-country diagnostic of the broadband regulatory regime and recommending regulatory and normative measures.
Dr. Bustillo is both an Engineer and a registered Attorney, having graduated as Electrical Engineer Cum Laude from Utah State University (U.S.), with a Masters Degree in Computer Systems Design from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (U.S.), and holds a Degree in Civil Law from "Franz Tamayo" University (Bolivia). Dr. Bustillo is also a university professor for ninth and tenth semester courses for Data Communication and Project Assessment/Counseling, at the Electrical Engineering School of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (UMSA) in Bolivia. He is frequently invited to speak in forums and workshops in fields related to sector regulation and infrastructure, telecommunications, and ICT development. Dr. Bustillo is a dual citizen (U.S. and Bolivian), and speaks Spanish (Native Proficiency), English (Advanced Professional Proficiency), and German (General Proficiency).
DANIEL ESPITIA, an associate, is an economic development specialist with 24 years of professional experience in public sector reform in the ICT sector, privatization and restructuring; 20 years of experience as development economist, policy and regulation planning specialist, regional harmonization, institutional restructuring and governance. Mr. Espitia has extensive Field experience in the ICT development in 33 countries worldwide, in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia, including some regional economic blocks. He is a specialized project manager with 18 years experience directing complex international projects coordinating multi-disciplinary specialists, chief of liaison in communications and negotiation with stakeholders that include: individuals, companies, regional organizations, development banks, NGOs, government ministries and agencies, specialized presidential offices, and as on-call mission specialist for the UN.
Mr. Espitia is a senior expert with a number of international organizations including USAID, the IDRC, the World Bank, the WTO, regional development banks and international NGOs and has a successful track record in international project management and on the design, development and application of economic development models in the field of access to information and communications.
His competence in public sector reform projects is focused on government strategic planning, multi-industry business development and business case modeling. He has also significant experience in institutional restructuring projects, and has been an executive coach with conflict resolution skills and has been called to facilitate resolution of organizational conflict crisis situations.
ALAN HOOPER, an associate, has particular expertise in public private partnerships (PPP), privatization, financial and organizational re-structuring, infrastructure finance, project finance and cross-border investment. He has strong negotiations experience and specific sector expertise in telecommunications, development banking, tourism and agribusiness.
Alan has an extensive track record in leading sensitive and high-level commercial negotiations in the telecommunications sector. Most recently, when he was the lead negotiator of the advisory team supporting the Kenyan Ministers of Finance and Telecommunications and other senior Kenyan Government officials working on the Privatization of Telkom Kenya Ltd. (TKL). Alan was involved in sensitive high-level negotiations concerning unbundling of TKL's 60% in Safaricom, with the top management of Vodafone UK. This paved the way for the successful US$390 million privatization of TKL by sale of 51% to France Telecom, and was an essential pre-cursor to the initial public offering (IPO) of 25% of the shares in Safaricom on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, the largest IPO ever in sub Saharan Africa outside of South Africa.
In Africa, Alan has worked in Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda where he has advised on telecommunications regulatory issues with a focus on implementing Universal Service, privatization, and attracting direct foreign investment into the telecommunications sector.
Alan has substantial transactional experience in telecommunications. He has led transactions with five different African operators while they were being privatized. Alan was also financial and strategic advisor to the team from Telkom SA that conceptualized and implemented the US$650 million, 28,000km, SAT3-SAFE submarine cable linking Europe and the West coast of Africa to Asia. He has the capacity to identify and evaluate the economic, financial and legal implications of different courses of action available to Government in seeking an agreement. In the course of his career with the International Finance Corporation and subsequently, Mr. Hooper has been responsible for the evaluation of the financial viability of literally hundreds of projects, and for the successful financing of dozens of them. In the field of telecommunications he has been involved in some of the largest transactions on the African continent (see above) and also some of the smallest. In South Africa, together with Mr. Espitia, he has assisted small groups of black entrepreneurs in rural areas of South Africa with the successful development of winning strategies for highly competitive underserviced area licenses.
Alan has an MBA from Harvard Universitys Business School, a MSc diploma in Management Science from Edinburgh University, UK, and a BSc in Organic Chemistry from Leeds University, UK. He speaks English, and some French and Spanish.
TIRA GREENE, an Associate, is an attorney at law with very considerable experience in design of legal and regulatory frameworks and reviewing and drafting telecommunications, technology and trade laws, and preparing related policies, regulations, licences and contractual documents. She has provided legal advice and legislative drafting on WTO implementation and communications laws and/or regulations for over twenty countries.
Ms. Greene is a trained and highly experienced legal and legislative drafter who has advised on and drafted hundreds of laws, regulations, guidelines, leases, licences and other commercial documents in international projects. She has advised on communications, e-Government and trade policy and legal and regulatory frameworks and drafted enabling and implementing laws. She is particularly experienced in telecommunications liberalisation, e-Government and WTO implementation issues in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). She has an Advanced Diploma in International Law (Masters Degree programme), and a Masters in Telecommunications Policy and Regulation from the University of the West Indies.
Ms. Greene has exceptional interpersonal skills and develops excellent working relationships with persons from all cultures and backgrounds, evidenced by her track record of repeat consultancies from the same Governments/Countries. She has worked in many regions of the world and collaborated closely with colleagues in and from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. She is a very engaging speaker, with considerable experience in the conduct of consensus building and training workshops.
DR. DEREK G GILL, Associate
Dr. Gill's expertise is in designing and building global satellite and fiber optic telecommunications infrastructures to link the developed and developing worlds to facilitate information exchange, economic cooperation, foreign investment, and international trade and development. He also has vast experience in performing cost/benefit analyses of alternative sales, marketing, and product and pricing strategies in the global telecommunications market and in conducting research to understand the drivers of demand and supply for global telecommunications capacity.
DR. PETER KNIGHT, Associate
Before joining the private sector, Dr. Knight led the Electronic Media Center at the World Bank from (June 1994-February 1997), and before that for six years was Chief of the National Economic Management Division in the Bank's Economic Development Institute (EDI), now called the World Bank Institute. His World Bank career spanned over 20 years, with more than eight devoted exclusively to work on Brazil. He became the World Bank's Lead Economist for Brazil in 1987. Before joining the World Bank in 1976 he held positions at Cornell University, the Ford Foundation (based in Lima, Peru) and the Brookings Institution (where he worked on studies of Latin American economic integration in collaboration with research institutes in most Latin American countries, including Brazil and Peru). His dissertation research was conducted in Brazil. In 1997 he co-founded Knight-Moore Telematics for Education and Development (www.knight-moore.com).
In 2001, Dr. Knight founded and a Brazilian IT corporation, Telem?tica e Desenvolvimento Ltda. (www.tedbr.com) in Rio de Janiero, and within seven months was named to the Telecommunications and Information Technology Council of the Associa??o Comercial do Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Knight also writes regularly in Portuguese for the Brazilian financial sector magazine Banco Hoje, on topics linking ICT with economic and social development. He has consulted on e-government and distance education for the state governments of Rio de Janeiro and Paran? and conducted lectures on these topics at academic, research, and business institutions in S?o Paulo.
Dr. Knight has published extensively in various languages, including Portuguese and Spanish. He is a member of the Board of the Journal of E-Government, and has extensive contacts in the e-government circles, especially in Brazil, where he was a speaker at the last Public Informatics Congress (CONIP) in June 2004 (he participated in the previous two CONIPs), and Peru. He is also a non-Bank member of the World Bank's e-Development Services Thematic Group, participating in and organizing videoconferences and other events in this field.
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