Stephen Schmidt is Vice-President, Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel at TELUS Communication, a major provider of wireline, wireless, Internet and television services, based in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Schmidt leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals responsible for (i) making policy and legal submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Industry Canada, the Competition Bureau, the Federal Cabinet and other government bodies; (ii) conducting and directing appellate advocacy before the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada; and (iii) advising on compliance with public law frameworks for telecommunications, both in Canada and internationally.
Prior to joining TELUS, he worked at AT&T Canada and ACC TelEnterprises, with a focus on regulatory and legal matters respectively.
Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Schmidt’s publications on communications law and policy have appeared in Info, Canadian Business Law Journal, Telecommunications Policy, and International Telecommunications Law (Juris Publishing).
In June of 2016, Mr. Schmidt was elected Chair of the Board of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), an international forum where academic, private sector, and government communities can meet to identify pressing new communications policy problems and issues, share research results, and develop new approaches to address these issues. Mr. Schmidt has been a Board member of the ITS since 2004.
Senior Associate Dean
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Syracuse, New York 13244
Rekha Jain is Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India and the Executive Chair of the IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence. She has a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. She was a recipient of senior Fulbright Fellowship on Telecom Regulation in 1997-98.
She has consulted with several leading national and international organizations in her areas of research interests such as Telecom Policy and Regulation, ICT Strategy and Management, Spectrum Management, Local Exchange Competition, Information System Implementation and Impact Assessment in the ICT domain.
She has several publications in national and international journals. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM) and Board Member of several professional organizations.
She has been a member of several key national level committees in the telecom and IT sectors which include the Spectrum Committee, IT for Masses, Working Group on Internet Proliferation & Governance, National Telecom Policy 2011, Twelfth Five Year Plan, etc.
She has worked with both international and domestic organizations, including World Bank, Department for International Development, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization, International Development Research Centre, Department of Telecommunications, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Department of Post, Sixth Pay Commission, Tata Consultancy Services, Department of Information Technology, etc.
Patricia Hirl Longstaff
Senior Research Fellow
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100
Patricia Hirl Longstaff is a Senior Research Fellow in the Moynihan Institute at Syracuse University, specializing in interdisciplinary and international policy. Her current interests are policy issues for resilience in various systems and for artificial intelligence. She is a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Subcommittee on International Disaster Recovery Communications. Her book, The Communications Toolkit: How To Build or Regulate Any Communications Business, (MIT Press) integrates ideas from her interdisciplinary search for clues for answers to the problems confronting communications businesses and their regulators.
She has earned the following advanced degrees:
Harvard University, Master of Public Policy (1994)
University of Iowa, JD (1976), and MA in Communications (1976).
University of South Africa
Department of Decision Sciences
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Brigitte Preissl has studied the impact of telecommunications technologies on firms, markets and national economies for almost 20 years. She holds a diploma in economics from the University of Frankfurt am Main and a PhD in economics and economic history from the same university. After five years of teaching and university research, Dr. Preissl has continued her career at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin where she holds the position of Senior Researcher. From 1993 to 1996 she held Visiting Fellowships at Warwick University, UK. She was granted a scholarship within the Human Capital and Mobility scheme of the European Commission for a stay at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, where she did research on the impact of telecommunications in service industries (1994-1996).
Recently Dr. Preissl’s research has focused on IT and innovation, the effects of electronic trading on regional economics and cluster phenomena as well as on e-business issues. She is currently involved in projects studying e-business uptake in European countries in a comparative perspective (on behalf of DG Enterprise and Industry), and in research on regulatory practice across Europe. Apart from this, her research interests range from the changes induced in service industries by advanced communication technology to virtual clusters and economic and cultural perspectives of the information society.
Dr. Preissl has attended various International and European ITS conferences and was actively involved in organizing the Berlin biennial conference in 2004. She is also one of the organizers of the European regional conference that will take place in Porto, Portugal in September 2005.