Josh Woodard

FHI 360, USA

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Josh Woodard

FHI 360, USA

Josh Woodard

Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor

Josh has over ten years of experience in the international development space, primarily focused on helping people use ICT more effectively to achieve development outcomes. He is currently based in Bangkok from where he works on a number of different activities across Asia.

Among those activities, he leads a Rockefeller Foundation award to identify and support the scale up of high potential digital technologies for positively impacting resilience outcomes. As a part of that work, he published an Inventory of Digital Technologies for Resilience, with more than 100 entries.

In 2016, he designed and facilitated the two-day Harnessing the Data Revolution for Resilience Summit in Bangkok, which catalyzed a dialogue focused on harnessing the power of digital data to transform the design, implementation, and monitoring of international development programs to support resilience capacities at various scales. Previously, he was the lead for a multi-stakeholder effort to develop a mobile-based game for resilience through the Global Resilience Partnership, which made it to the finalist stage. He is the author of numerous toolkits on using technology for development, and has conducted trainings on the appropriate design, deployment and use of technology for hundreds of people across more than 10 countries globally.

Dann Diez

SEED4Com

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Dann Diez

SEED4Com

Dann Diez

Chief Executive Officer, SEED4Com

Dann Diez is a climate justice activist, his passion for people and planet brought him to help and mobilize eco-actions in the island communities. His training, experience and global involvement in social enterprise and sustainable development made a mark because of his dedicated commitment in sharing this to the grassroots communities.

For the past 3 years campaigning for a clean and healthy planet as the country Leader of Let's Do it Philippines Movement that aims to mobilize 5 million volunteers for a one-day nationwide cleanup in Sept 15, 2018 and founder of Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities promote Renewable Energy for all in off grid, lastmile and disaster risks communities.

He is currently the Board Member of Internet Society of the Philippines, Regional Advisory Council member for the Visayas of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Board of Trustees of the Projects Abroad Philippines. A Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy for Rural Prosperity Fellowship in India, a Climate Reality Leader trained by Nobel Peace Prize Al Gore in Miami, Recipient of the Miguel R. Magalang Individual Climate Leadership Memorial Award, ASEAN Leadership Fellow on Smart Cities, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mandaue North and former Board Member of Coalition for Better Education.

As a citizen of the world he gives back and volunteer his time and resources to promote friendship, prosperity​ and peace.

Ramon Isberto

Smart Communications, Inc.

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Ramon Isberto

Smart Communications, Inc.

Ramon Isberto

Group Head/FVP, Public Affairs Group Smart Communications, Inc.

Mr. Isberto is the concurrent Public Affairs head of the Philippines’ biggest telecommunications firm, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), and its wholly-owned wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc.
His media experience spans over 30 years of work in newspapers, wire service, television and public relations. He was a special sections editor of a leading Philippine business daily and Manila bureau chief of an international wire service covering not only domestic events, but also regional and international development issues. He was executive producer of a leading public affairs program and a talk show host of a business and general affairs morning program. He also served as the vice president for public affairs of a major broadcast network.
Outside of the PLDT Group, Mr. Isberto is the president of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), a fellow of the Social Weather Stations, an independent opinion poll organization, a member of the National Press Club, the Philippine Futuristic Society, and the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines.
In 2012, Mr. Isberto was conferred with the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) distinction from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) for displaying excellence and integrity in the practice of the profession.

Satoshi Kotabe

NTT, Japan

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Satoshi Kotabe

NTT, Japan

Satoshi Kotabe

Senior Research Engineer, Supervisor Wireless System Innovation Laboratory - NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Japan

He received the B.E. and M.E. in electronic engineering from Ibaraki University in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He joined NTT in 1995. His work has focused mainly on high-speed data communication network architectures. His current research interests include the protocols and architectures of disaster relief networks. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)

Roland Emerito Otadoy

CenGES

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Roland Emerito Otadoy

CenGES

Roland Emerito Otadoy

Physics Professor, University of San Carlos (USC) -Cebu City

Dr. Roland Emerito S. Otadoy is a Professor of Physics at the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City. He graduated BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of San Carlos in 1991. After a 4-year teaching stint at the USC Department of Physics he went to the National Institute of Physics (NIP), University of the Philippines-Diliman for his Ph.D. in Physics degreeunder the Engineering and Science Education Project (ESEP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). In 1998 he went to VrijeUniversiteit-Amsterdam Department of Physics for his doctoral research under the Netherlands Joint Financing Programme for Cooperation in Higher Education working on theoretical mesoscopic superconductivity. His current research interest is in condensed-matter physics and geophysics. He is the Head of the Theoretical and Computational Sciences and Engineering Group, USC Department of Physics and the Project Leader of USC Phil LiDAR 1 and Phil LiDAR 2. He served as Chair of the USC Department of Physics from 2004-2009.

Lawrence Hughes

Sixscape Communications, Singapore

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Lawrence Hughes

Sixscape Communications, Singapore

Lawrence Hughes

Chief Executive Officer, Sixscape Communications, Singapore

Lawrence Hughes is one of the top contributors of public domain software for Control Program/Monitor (CP/M) since the 1990s. Having an educational background of Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics (minor in Physics), Hughes ventured into the plethora of microcomputer applications. Mastering computer graphics and application programming over the years, his expertise include internet protocols, cryptography, public key infrastructure (PKI), computer security and many others. He attended college at the Florida State University where a litany of scientific computing labs were made available, all of which became his work ground. One of his major achievements include Mycroft Labs and CipherTrust, the companies which he co-founded and established himself. Much of these experiences had given him the credibility to conduct professional trainings on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) worldwide. He has also written a book entitled “The Second Internet”, made available online.

Hughes desires to disseminate his learnings and share his experience in application programming, even in establishing curricula labs suitable for both professional and student classes. Watch him talk about microcomputer applications at the Information and Communications Technology Disaster Response Conference this coming September 20, 2017.

Sylvia Cadena

APNIC Foundation, Australia

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Sylvia Cadena

APNIC Foundation, Australia

Sylvia Cadena

Head of Programs, APNIC Foundation, Australia

Sylvia has been working for over two decades on strategic use of the Internet for development, since her early years as a UN Volunteer working on south-to-south farmer’s information exchange in 1993.

She joined COLNODO in 1994, where she worked to build a strong and consistent Internet presence from civil society around the LAC region, which provided technical training on web design, usability and accessibility, and coordinating the first Latin-American telecenter network which providing access for marginalized communities. At the same time, offering input to the National Connectivity Agenda in Colombia and similar initiatives that flourished throughout the region during the mid-late 90s, as well as supporting over 400 NGOs to establish their first Internet presence, share research data and establish collaborative initiatives around human rights and the peace process, gender, biodiversity, climate change, among others.

In 2000, she joined the Tropical Whitefly IPM Project, a global research initiative on integrated pest management from the CGIAR Consortium to develop an online content management system based at the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT). In July 2003, her work was recognized with the "Annual Award for Young Professionals" by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) where she supported ICAmericas to start-up a variety of initiatives such as OSILAC, FRIDA, WiLAC & TRICALCAR, the World Dialogue on Regulation, among others.

She worked as a consultant from 2005 to 2008, mainly on community wireless initiatives, focusing on collaboration platforms to provide training, localized materials, such as the Wireless Networking for the Developing World book series, as well as sourcing equipment to support network deployment.

In 2008, she moved to Australia and joined the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) to coordinate the design and implementation of funding partnerships among the Internet technical community that support social and economic development in the Asia Pacific region.
She worked to design and established the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia), a program that allocates grants and awards to innovators working on Internet technologies for development as well as capacity building opportunities to scale. She also supported the establishment of the Seed Alliance, an umbrella initiative were ISIF Asia actively collaborates with other two grants programs covering the global south -FRIDA, covering Latin America and the Caribbean and FIRE, covering Africa-.

As Head of Programs for the APNIC Foundation, Sylvia is now working on the design and implementation of collaborative programs to expand APNIC’s capacity building efforts that support the development and growth of a global, open, stable, and secure internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community. The programs cover Training, Technical Assistance, Fellowships, Community Development, Grants and Awards, and Research.

Toshiaki Miyazaki

The University of Aizu, Japan

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Toshiaki Miyazaki

The University of Aizu, Japan

Toshiaki Miyazaki

Regent and Dean, Undergraduate School The University of Aizu, Japan

Toshiaki Miyazaki is a full professor, the Regent and the Dean of Undergraduate School of the University of Aizu, Fukushima, Japan. His research interests are in adaptive networking technologies, reconfigurable hardware systems, and autonomous systems. He received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in applied electronic engineering from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan in 1981 and 1983, and Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1994, respectively. Before joining the University of Aizu, he has been worked for NTT for 22 years, and engaged in research on VLSI CAD systems, telecommunications-oriented FPGAs and their applications, active networks, peer-to-peer communications, and ubiquitous network environments. Dr. Miyazaki was a visiting professor of the graduate school, Niigata University in 2004, and a part-time lecturer of the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in 2003-2007. He published more than 350 technical papers including IEEE Transactions and conferences, and has 50 patents. He has been serving many international conferences as a general/program chair or program committee member, which include IEEE MCSoC and IEEE CIT. He is a senior member of IEEE, IEICE, and IPSJ.

Maria Regina Estuar

Ateneo de Manila University

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Maria Regina Estuar

Ateneo de Manila University

Maria Regina Estuar

Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Ateneo de Manila University

Dr. Reena is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Ateneo de Manila University. She is the Executive Director of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center where mobile-web and cloud RnD and solutions are designed for transport, health, environment and disaster. She heads the Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory, where eBayanihan was founded. The laboratory works on social, behavioral and organizational predictive analytics, modeling and social network development and analysis. 

Nei Kato

Tohoku University, Japan

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Nei Kato

Tohoku University, Japan

Nei Kato

Professor and the Director of Research Organization of Electrical Communication (ROEC) - Tohoku University, Japan

Nei Kato is a professor and the Director of Research Organization of Electrical Communication, or ROEC, in Tohoku University, Japan. He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, Ad Hoc & Sensor, and mesh networks, smart grid, IoT, Big Data, and pattern recognition and has published more than 350 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

He became the Editor-in- Chief of IEEE Network Magazine, and was Associate Editor-in- Chief of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Sendai Chapter. He served as a Member-at- Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society(2014-2016), a Vice Chair of Fellow Committee of IEEE Computer Society(2016), a member of IEEE Computer Society Award Committee(2015-2016) and IEEE Communications Society Award Committee(2015-2017). He has also served as the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee (2010-2012) and Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee(2014-2015) of IEEE Communications Society.

He was awarded numerous awards which include the Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize which was given last 2003, the Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee, the FUNAI information Science Award, the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion, the IEICE Network System Research Award, the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award, the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award, IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award, IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award, Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award given last 2014 by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan, Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award 2016 from IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, Radio Achievements Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2016) and Best Paper Awards.

Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and IEICE.