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WBBA Leadership

Our Chairman, Director General, and Board head up our global broadband and cloud network industry leadership, supported by our Oversight Committee.

Li Zhengmao

Doctor of Engineering, Professor, WBBA Board Chairman

Li Zhengmao was awarded the title of “Chinese Doctors with Outstanding Contribution” by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council & the former State Education Commission, and granted the China Youth Science and Technology Award by the China Association for Science and Technology, and the 2017 Distinguished Industry Leader Award by IEEE; he was inducted into the 2020 IPv6 Internet Hall of Fame and enjoyed special government allowances.

Li served as Vice-Chairman of China Institute of Communications, Vice President of Internet Society of China, Vice-Chairman of the Association of Communications Across the Taiwan Straits, Vice-Chairman of All-China Environment Federation, Board member of GSM Association (GSMA), Board Director of Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance, Executive Director of Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), Vice President of China United Communications Corporation Limited, Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation Limited, and President of China Telecommunications Corporation Limited.

Martin Creaner

Director General of the World Broadband Association

Martin Creaner is one of the leading strategic thinkers in the global communications industry with a successful career as an executive with Motorola and British Telecom, as well as over a decade as President and CEO of the TM Forum.

Martin currently advises the boards of a number of companies in the communications and high tech industries, ranging from up-and-coming digital economy companies, to market leaders.

Martin has been named among the 25 Most Influential People in Telecom Software by Billing World and has twice been named as one of Global Telecoms Business’ Top 100. Martin holds a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, Cranfield School of Management; a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the University of East Anglia; and Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Physics from Dublin City University and the University College Dublin, respectively.

Martin is also a recognized thought-leader on digital transformation and the trends of the emerging digital economy. His most recent book “Transforming the Telco” explains the opportunities and challenges that digital transformation presents and outlines how the Telco might navigate this difficult process.

Previous books include “Delivering the Digital Economy”, which outlines the dynamics of the digital economy, and “Frameworx Distilled” & “NGOSS Distilled”, which provide a detailed guidebook to the standards that underpin the Telecom software industry.

Martin was appointed unanimously to the role of Director General by WBBA members.

Martin lives in Cork, Ireland.

Board Members

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Chen Banghua
Vice President
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Mr. Chen is the Vice President of Huawei and President of the Optical Business Product Line. He is responsible for Huawei's optical business from end to end, including strategy, R&D, marketing, service, and supply. He takes charge of the transformation and evolution direction of the optical business, builds the leading competitiveness, and take responsibility for the commercial success of the optical industry.

Since joining Huawei in the year 2000, Mr. Chen has taken on various management roles in the company, including President of Marketing & Solution Sales Department of Enterprise BG, President of Enterprise BG Commercial & Distribution Business Department, Marketing Director of Data Communications Product Line, Director of Network Strategy & Business Development Department, General Manager of Microwave Domain, and Director of Transmission Network Product Line. Mr. Chen also served as Director of the Latin America Network Marketing and Solution Sales Department, leading marketing and sales strategies in Latin America.

Mr. Chen has extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, and product and solution sales, and product R&D in the carrier and government and enterprise markets, with fourteen years in research and development, four years in strategy and marketing, and five years in sales.

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Chip Strange
Chief Strategy Officer
Ookla

Chip Strange is the Chief Strategy Officer at Ookla, the global leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights.

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Chip leads global corporate development, strategic partnerships, government and industry affairs, and the Ookla for Good program. Prior to joining Ookla in 2018, he supported the successful divestiture of Mosaik Solutions to Ookla, where he had been responsible for corporate strategy, marketing, product management, and software engineering functions.

Chip has twenty-six seven years of telecom industry experience, working with network intelligence and communications service providers.

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Kurt Rodgers
Network Strategy Manager
Chorus

Kurt Rodgers has over twenty years’ experience in the fixed and mobile broadband industry in Europe and New Zealand. He has a passion for new technology and how it will change and improve our lives. Part engineer, part storyteller, Kurt likes to take the complexity out of emerging technology and explain it in a simple way that everyone understands.

Kurt has held a wide range of technology roles within service provider and vendor organisations, including network planning, architecture, solution consulting and strategy. Over the last decade he has been closely involved in NZ’s Ultra-Fast Broadband programme and works for Chorus as the Network Strategy Manager and Director of the Chorus Fibre Lab.

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Maged Tawfeek
Access Planning Director
Telecom Egypt

Maged Tawfeek is a business and technology executive who specialized in Fixed Access network and broadband planning leading company strategy to future evolution to the F5G era.

Mr. Maged has thirty-six years of experience in business management and Fixed Access strategy development.

Mr. Maged has experience in Fixed Network products and technologies,FTTH penetration and evolution strategy. He is also responsible for National Network Broadband Speed and Network Transformation from Copper to fiber using different FTTH evolution strategies.

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Markus Reber
EVP Networks
Swisscom

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Mohamed Amine Benziane
Vice-Chairman
Algérie Télécom

Mohamed Amine Benziane is the vice-chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15 that deals with Networks, technologies and infrastructures for Transport, access and home, he also served as ITU-D vice-rapporteur for the 2017 – 2021 cycle, where he dealt with aspects of broadband deployment strategies and policies in developing countries.

Mohamed has represented Algeria in various ITU major conferences and meetings, such as, the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly(WTSA), the World Telecommunication Development Conferences (WTDC), ITU Council (ITU governing body) and the ITU Plenipotentiary conferences (ITU higher decision making body), where he was Vice-Chairman of the steering committee of the 2022 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22).

He also served as African Telecommunication Union (ATU) consultant for the 2022 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) preparatory process for the African region, where he was in charge of defining the region’s strategy and approach to the conference.

He is currently Head of Technology Watch Unit at Algérie Télécom, overseeing SDOs technical standards, including ITU, and has more than 10 years’ experience in telecommunications engineering.

Mohamed Amine Benziane is a State Engineer in electronics and he holds an MBA.

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Pa Touray
Quality Assurance (M & E)
Gamtel/Gamcel

Pa Touray is the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Gambia Telecommunication Company Limited and the Telecommunications Cellular Company (GAMTEL/GAMCEL), the Gambia's primary provider of core telecommunication services. In this capacity, he focuses on developing strategies to assess the processes, viability, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of projects to enhancing Quality of Service and the delivery thereof to aid in decision making. Pa has been in the telecommunications industry for two decades. He previously held the positions of Regional Core Engineer, Manager Transmission, and Manager Enterprise Risk Management (GAMTEL/GAMCEL). His background is Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication systems and Digital Networks and Information Technology. Pa has also successfully completed a number of professional training programs, such as Managing Contingent Liabilities and Government Fiscal Risks in Projects, Enterprise Risk Management, CCNA, Next-generation Network Systems, WLL CDMA Engineering and Planning, and Satellite Systems and Space Technology with Application

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Paul Morrissey
Advisor
EXFO

Paul Morrissey is a Globally renowned figure in the world of Telecommunications and Media. He advises many International Groups and Governments on Operational Strategy, Technology, AI and Data Analytics.

He is an Industry veteran who has grown, sold and acquired Telecommunications and Media assets throughout his career. He is also the chairman of the Venture Company Nova Growth Partners in the UK which specialises in Venture Building at the very early stage of the problem life cycle.

Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) the British Computing Society (FBCS) and The Royal Society (FRSA) as well as a visiting Professor at the University of Bolton where he guides students and staff alike through Innovation and Entrepreneurship journeys.

The Professor is also the Global Ambassador for AI, Big Data Analytics and Customer Experience at TM Forum the Global Standards body for Telecommunications and sits as an active advisory board member at the industry agnostic entity AI Forum.

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Sami G. Jarrar
Chief Executive Officer
FiberTech

Sami G. Jarrar career calling has been to build and develop organizations that deliver sustainable businesses and financial growth through a customer-focused approach.

His diversified experience in multiple startups as well as large organizations, be it managing P&L, people, projects, or commercial initiatives has allowed him to have an impact on business performance and market presence.

He was fortunate to have attained this from the vantage points of both a business leader, CEO/GM, and head of a variety of business units.

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Sandy Motley
President, Fixed Networks
Nokia

Sandy Motley was appointed Vice-President and General Manager of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Division on January 1st, 2021. She is responsible for managing the Fixed Networks business, operations and portfolio with a strong focus on profitable growth.

Sandy started her career at Bell Labs, where she led teams responsible for the design, analysis and manufacturing of military communication systems. She then moved to Wireless where she progressed through a series of positions that showcased her expertise in product design, bids and proposals, contract management, and portfolio product management. In addition, Sandy was on the Board of Directors of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation and is the executive sponsor for Nokia’s HISPA organization.

She was also named to the Board of Advisors for Light Reading’s Women in Communications. Sandy holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, is an Executive Business Program graduate from Smith College, Massachusetts, has done Post-Masters Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, New York, and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Sunil Piyarlall
Executive, Network Architecture and Modelling
Openserve

Sunil Piyarlall is the Executive for Network Architecture and Modelling at Openserve. With over thirty years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology fraternity, Sunil has held key Business and Technology Strategy positions within the Telkom Group.

He serves on various industry bodies, including the World Broadband Association. Sunil brings his extensive FTTH knowledge, as well as experience from presenting at several local and international conferences, to address industry challenges and advance technology evolution.

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Tang Yongbo
Senior Vice President
China Unicom

Tang Yongbo is a postgraduate with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was appointed as Senior Vice President of the company in December 2021. Mr. Tang served as Deputy General Manager and General Manager of Hunan Branch of China Unicom,and General Manager of Marketing Department of Unicom Group. Mr. Tang is currently Vice General Manager of Unicom Group, Senior Vice President of a Share Company as well as Director, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CUCL. He is also Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress. Mr. Tang has extensive experience in management and the telecommunications industry.

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