Caribbean Internet Forum 2006 Presenter Bios

Ms. Bernadette Lewis

Ms. Bernadette Lewis was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in August 2003. Ms. Lewis is the first woman to hold the position since the CTU was established in 1989.

Previously, Ms. Lewis served as the Technical Manager at the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations (CANTO), an organisation of Caribbean telecommunications operators.

Her experience also includes work at Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. the incumbent operator at the functional and managerial levels.

Ms. Lewis holds a BSc from The University of the West Indies and a Master's degree in Telecommunications Technology from the University of Aston in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Bevil Wooding

Mr. Wooding is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Congress WBN, an international non-profit organisation, focused on effecting human, social and national transformation through the propagation of values-based development principles, patterns and approaches and operating in over 70 nations.

He has been responsible for the design, development, and implementation of numerous Leadership Development and ICT projects and initiatives for Governments, Private Sector and Non-Profit organisations involving:

A graduate of the University of the West Indies, he also serves as the Executive Director, Strategic ICT Services at Congress Global Consulting, the consulting arm of C-WBN, focusing on innovative, values-based approaches to Leadership and Organization Development. He has facilitated seminars and consulting assignments on e-Government and Institutional Strengthening for the Commonwealth Secretariat and currently heads the portal development team in Trinidad and Tobago's Government Portal initiative.

Mr. Carlton Samuels

Carlton is the University Director of IT & CIO at The University of the West Indies. His undergraduate degree (honours) in Natural Sciences comes from The University of the West Indies at Mona. He was awarded a Master of Science in the Management of Information Systems from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and post graduate diplomas in Internetworking and Strategic Management from the University of California at Berkeley and MIT, respectively.

He has over twenty (20) years of industry experience across North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, honing his skills and craft with industry leaders such as AT&T, Software Ag, and Lucent Technologies. His practice experience covers telecommunications, software development, service provider, banking & finance and strategic consulting. Prior to his arrival at the UWI, he held senior management positions at Software AG Federal Systems, The Workers Bank Group, HGM Management & Technology Consulting and the Neal & Massy Corporation.

His involvement in the higher education sector is as a result of the convergence of several of his passions; the ever fascinating power of the mind, how people learn and what one might do with ICTs to make it better, do it quicker, save some money and make some money.

Mr. Donnie Defreitas

Mr. DeFreitas graduated with honors from the University of ISPJAE (Instituto superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeveria) with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering in Havana Cuba. His thesis was on electro-medical equipment. The design and building of a miniature digital thermometer. The thermometer was designed specifically for the remote monitoring of temperature in body extremities that had been traumatically amputated and then surgically replaced.

On graduating from the Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeveria, Havana, Cuba with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering in 1987, Mr. DeFreitas worked as the Vincentian Government chief advisor on all matters relating to telecommunications.

He worked first as the telecommunications advisor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and was later promoted to the post of Deputy Chief Engineer while still maintaining the portfolio of Telecommunications.

In his tenure at the Ministry, Mr. DeFreitas represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines at various international and regional telecommunications meetings of telecommunications. His representation culminated in the offer of the post of Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and the election of the post of representative for the Americas in the International telecommunications Union Development bureau Study Group 1. He also served as an expert on the International Telecommunications Union special task force of experts on accounting rates.

He has represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines in most of the meetings of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (C.T.U.), and attended meetings of The Inter-American Commission of Telecommunications (CITEL), and the International Telecommunication Union (I.T.U.) including the 1994 I.T.U. Plenipotentiary conference in Kyoto, Japan. He has received training at the United States Telecommunication Institute (U.S.T.T.I.) in; "Advanced Frequency Management Techniques and Computer Assisted Monitoring", "Resolution of Radio Frequency Interference", "Amateur Radio administration", "Disaster Mitigation Administration and Packet Radio Transmission Techniques".

Training was also obtained in Destrellan Training Center, Guadeloupe, France in "Frequency Spectrum Management and Human Resource Development".

Mr. DeFreitas has been involved in government's efforts to diversify the economy and develop the infrastructure needed to support ICT related industries. He has developed and managed an electronic "store and forward" mail system for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, coordinated the construction of a national "Home Page" for the Ministry of Tourism, worked on informatics access for Ministries of Health, Education and Environment and in developing a National Information Policy.

Mr. DeFreitas was contracted by the Governments of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to manage the OECS Telecommunications Reform Project and subsequently offered the post of Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority.

The Telecommunications Reform Project was designed to introduce pro-competitive reforms in the OECS and develop the informatics related skills in the region. This involved the introduction of new legislation, regulation, establishment of a regional regulatory body and to increase the level of ICT related skills. The Project lasted until 2002 and the Project Unit evolved into the new regulatory body, ECTEL.

Mr. Defreitas has been involved in the ground breaking exercise of establishing a regional regulatory regulator in the Eastern Caribbean from inception. He successfully piloted ECTEL on the present course and has facilitated the creation of a new regulatory infrastructure and the introduction of competition in telecommunications.

He continues in the process as a consultant to ECTEL in the post of Director of Technical Services.

Mr. Jacob Malthouse

Jacob is the regional Liaison for Caribbean and Canada at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, whose role it is to:

  1. Respond to requests from the region.
  2. Explain what ICANN, the DNS and IP systems are.
  3. Increase participation in the Internet technical policy development.

Jacob previously spent five years in Geneva, Switzerland. Left as Head of the Investment Team at the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), a global partnership between the United Nations and the financial services sector.

His responsibilities also included the UNEP FI Asset Management Working Group and North American Task Force.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and Economics.

Dr. Kim Mallalieu

Dr. Kim Mallalieu, a graduate of MIT and University College London, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of the West Indies (UWI) where she leads the Department's academic, commercial and industrial outreach groups in Communications. In these capacities, she builds partnerships between the UWI, various policy groups, industry and international universities.

She has sat on a variety of technical and academic boards, at home and abroad, including the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Telecommunications Authority and the Board of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education.

Dr. Mallalieu is a Fulbright fellow and the recipient of several other fellowships and international affiliations. She has authored scores of scholarly publications, including book chapters. She is also the recipient of local, regional and international teaching awards and is the coordinator of The University of the West Indie's Master's degree programme in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy, MRP (Telecommunications).

Professor Lee McKnight

Dr. Lee W. McKnight is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; partner in the Internet Governance Project; and President of Wireless Grids Corporation. Lee teaches 'Telecommunications and Information Policy' at Syracuse, and 'Organizing for Innovation' at MIT, an executive course.

Professor McKnight's research interests and consulting span policy, economic, business and technical aspects of the global information economy, with much of his recent work on effecting change in national and regional innovation systems including Internet governance processes. McKnight is affiliated with, and conducts some of his research through, Syracuse University's Convergence Center and CASE Center. McKnight is a co-founder of the Caribbean Internet Forum and remains active on its organizing committee.

McKnight leads the NSF Partners for Innovation program-supported research project, 'Virtual Markets in Wireless Grids.' Faculty and students from Syracuse University, MIT, ETHZ, Tufts University, Northeastern University and Boston University are involved as well as firms including British Telecom, Cisco, Hitachi, and Novell. See for more information.

In addition to close to 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in leading information, policy, communication, and technical journals, his published work includes the co-authored and co-edited books, all from MIT Press: 'Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy' (2001, 2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003, Chinese translation 2006), 'Internet Telephony' (2001) 'The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway' (1997, 1999); and 'Internet Economics' (1997, 1998). McKnight's next book edited with John Wroclawski of MIT's Laboratory of Computer Science, is 'Internet Services. Quality of Service in Grids, Networks, and Markets.' (MIT Press, 2007).

McKnight is frequently invited as a keynote speaker before government, industry and academic audiences worldwide. He has spoken to groups in Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, among other nations. He has been cited as a leading authority on information and communication technology and policy by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, El Pais, O Globo, NPR, TechTV, WCNY-TV, and CNBC.

McKnight received his PhD from MIT in Political Science (International Relations and Communication) in 1989; his MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in 1981; and his BA (magna cum laude) in Political Science and German from Tufts University, in 1978. McKnight lives in Manlius, New York with his wife Elaine and their three children, Phillip (13), William (10), and Christina (8). He enjoys coaching and playing soccer, and downhill and cross-country skiing.

Mr. Mawaki Chango

A national of Togo, Mawaki Chango attended higher education in France where he graduated in Philosophy at the University Charles-de-Gaulle in Lille, in 1995, and in Political Science (African Studies) at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, 1996.

He has held posts with UNESCO in Paris, IDRC in Dakar, and various institutions in Mozambique. His extensive experience includes the delivery of courses via distance education; the provisioning and evaluating of community telecentres and ICT baseline research relating to the telecom and Internet market.

Mr. Chango has attended the DiploFoundation online Capacity Building Programme on Internet Governance (March-June 2005), and was awarded a UN Fellowship to assist the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance in drafting its final report for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. He was also involved in the WSIS process through various electronic forums, and was elected for a two-year term as ICANN-GNSO Council member in November 2005.

Since August 2005, Mawaki Chango has been engaged in a Ph.D. programme in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, where he has been awarded the Katzer Fellowship for the academic year 2006-07.

Mr. Nigel Cassimire

Mr. Nigel Cassimire has been the Consulting Telecommunications Specialist at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretariat since July 2005.

Mr. Cassimire is a telecommunications engineer with over twenty-four years of experience in the industry, most of which were gained at the functional, management and executive levels of the incumbent telecommunications carrier of Trinidad and Tobago, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT). He has intimate understanding of a broad range of telecommunications technologies and services and now works in telecommunications policy development at the Secretariat.

Mr. Cassimire has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 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.

Dr. Patrick Hosein

Patrick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained five degrees including a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

He has worked at Bell Laboratories, AT&T Laboratories, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies and has also been a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

He has published extensively and recently received the Best Paper award at the 2006 Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC).

He holds 11 granted and 20 pending patents which are mainly in the areas of wireless networks and telecommunications.

Patrick is presently the administrative and technical contacts for the TT top level domain and President of the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Center.

Mr. Teni Housty

In 2004 he was one of the founding partners in the law firm of Fraser & Housty Attorneys-at-Law.

A competent and innovative Attorney-at-Law and legal consultant, as well as a trained Mediator, specialising in international trade law, with specific interest in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce.

A Graduate of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with honours. His studies were completed at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, in 1996 and thereafter he was admitted to the practice of law at the Guyana Bar. In July, 2002 he completed studies for the degree of Master of Laws at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

He has written several papers and made presentations for CARICOM, CANTO and the CTU on numerous issues surrounding ICTs, most recently The legal Issues surrounding Internet Governance. CTU Guyana 2005, CTU Jamaica 2006.

He is also a lecturer at the University of Guyana in Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights Law. Currently Vice President of the Guyana Bar Association.

Mr. Thomas Soja

As President of T Soja & Associates, Inc., Tom Soja oversees the strategic direction of the company. He also is intricately involved with the company's research process and has completed market studies for the Pacific Crossing, East Asia Crossing, Global Access Ltd., Africa ONE, Bahamas Internet Cable System (BICS), and Pangea-1 cable networks. Earlier, Mr. Soja also conducted a feasibility study for the Mid Atlantic Crossing and Pan American Crossing systems and several terrestrial fiberoptic networks in the United States. With TSA's assistance, over $7 billion has been raised in financing by various parties.

Mr. Soja has more than a dozen years' experience as a Senior Analyst in the fiberoptics industry and as a Director of Submarine Cable Research. In these capacities he conducted feasibility and market demand studies for projects such as Atlantic Crossing (AC 1, Global Crossing Ltd.), the first independent investor-owned carrier's carrier submarine cable system. In the Pacific region, Mr. Soja completed a market study for the Hawaii-Americas (HIAM) and Western Hemisphere (WH) submarine cable systems (GST International).

In addition to producing submarine cable studies, Mr. Soja has written several innovative studies in areas such as global production and deployment of optical fiber and cable, high-temperature coating, long-distance communications, plastic optical fiber systems, and undersea fiberoptic systems and components.

He has written many articles on the fiberoptic and submarine cable industries. His work, bylines, and opinions have been published in more than a dozen publications worldwide including: Lightwave, Communications Week International, Telecommunications, Wire Journal International, The New York Times, Exchange, Telenews Asia,, Der Spiegel, Photonics Spectra, Fiber Optics News, Money On-Line,, Pacific Telecommunications Profile, Laser Focus World, Asian Communications, Wired, Business 2.0, Soundings, Real Time and proprietary research in the investment banking community. He has provided numerous industry briefings on a variety of fiberoptics and international telecom related markets to clients worldwide.

Prior to his involvement in the submarine and terrestrial telecommunications industries, Mr. Soja was a research associate at the Harvard Business School in the Entrepreneurial Management and Finance area.

Mr. Soja has chaired conferences and delivered keynote addresses at numerous publicly attended conferences and private customer meetings throughout the world.

Mr. Soja holds an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester.