Director General, UPU

Bishar Abdirahman HUSSEIN was first elected Director General of the UPU International Bureau on 10 October 2012 during the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha, receiving a second mandate during the 26th Congress in Istanbul.

Mr. HUSSEIN is vastly experienced in UPU and postal matters.

He chaired the UPU Council of Administration for the 2008-2012 cycle, having been designated by the Government of Kenya to chair the 24th UPU Congress, held in Geneva in 2008.

In September 2010, he successfully chaired the UPU Strategy Conference held in Nairobi.

The conference provided a forum for discussion of important global issues affecting the postal sector and paved the way for the development of the Doha Postal Strategy.

Mr. HUSSEIN began his postal career with the Kenya Posts & Telecommunications Corporation, which he joined in 1984 as a management trainee.

He rose through the ranks and became the first postmaster general of the Postal Corporation of Kenya in 1999.

He led the postal entity from a loss-making to a profitable and self-sustaining postal enterprise.

In 2002, he was appointed ambassador of Kenya to the United Arab Emirates, covering the Gulf Region, for a six-year period.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in political science and sociology from the University of Nairobi.

Throughout his 28 years of public service, Mr. HUSSEIN has attended many courses and seminars in postal management, human resources, finance, administration and diplomacy.


Deputy Director General, UPU

Pascal CLIVAZ has been Deputy Director General of the UPU's International Bureau since 1 January 2013, after being elected to the position on 10 October 2012 at the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha, Qatar. He was re-elected in 2016 during the 26th Congress in Istanbul.

Until his election, he was director of finance and strategic planning at the International Bureau, which he joined in 2005.

A Swiss citizen from the alpine canton of Valais, Pascal CLIVAZ has 17 years' experience working in the postal sector and the UPU.

A law graduate, Pascal CLIVAZ has held numerous roles in both private and public organizations, as well as at the European Commission in Brussels.

He began his postal career at Swiss Post as a scientific advisor responsible for finance and strategy, before rising to become director of international affairs and a member of the Swiss operator's management team.

He led the Swiss delegation at the UPU Council of Administration and Postal Operations Council sessions between 2000 and 2004.

Ubah Mohammed HUSSIEN

Ubah Mohammed HUSSIEN
Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia

Ubah Mohammed HUSSIEN has been Minister of Communication and Information Technology since April 2018.

Ms HUSSIEN is deeply involved in gender and pastoralist issues.

Since 2004 Ms HUSSIEN has served as a Board Member of the Pastoralist Concern Association Ethiopia (PCAE), an organization that improves the socio-economic circumstances of pastoralist communities in Ethiopia.

Furthermore, Ms HUSSIEN has worked as the Director of the Women and Children's Right Coordination Office at the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission since September 2011.

Ms HUSSIEN has served in many government positions, including as a State Minister at the Ministry of Women's Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

She has also been a Member of Constitutional Inquiry, Women and Children Affairs Commissioner and a Special Legal Adviser to the Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission.

Maria-Manuela CATRINA

Maria-Manuela CATRINA
State Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Informational Society, Romania

Maria-Manuela CATRINA has a background in mathematics, computer science, cybernetics, as well as training in security and international relations.

In the early 2000s, Ms CATRINA had the first opportunity to join the high levels of government as adviser for the Romanian Prime Minister, after which she continued as parliamentary advisor for Romania's Chamber of Deputies.

Since 2013, she has been leading the Ovidiu Sincai European School, one of the Social Democratic Institute's key projects, under the aegis of the Council of Europe.

Since 2017, Ms CATRINA has joined the executive branch as Secretary of State at the Romanian Ministry of Communications and Informational Society.

Here, she has dedicated her time to steering the complex preparations for Romania's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2019).

Her mandate includes broader aspects of international relations and European affairs, as well as more specialized areas, such as cybersecurity, AI and robotics.

Siyabonga Cyprian CWELE

Siyabonga Cyprian CWELE
Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Republic of South Africa

Siyabonga Cyprian CWELE was appointed Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services on 25 May 2014. He is the former Minister for Intelligence Services.

He is the former Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI), having served since 1999 and appointed as its chairperson in 2002.

His main functions included convening and chairing the multi-party parliamentary committee responsible for oversight of the civilian intelligence community, defense and crime intelligence.

After the 2014 national elections, he was appointed Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services and was tasked with ensuring that the country realizes great developmental value of the Post Office in delivering financial services to remote areas.

He will also ensure that the country derives more value out of the booming information communications and technology industry and the postal services sector.

François DAVENNE

François DAVENNE
Secretary General, OTIF

François DAVENNE has been Secretary General of OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail) since 2013.

He promotes interdisciplinary work and partnership building to expand uniform regulations for international carriage by rail.

He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d'Evry in 1988 and of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in 1999.

Claude Isaac DÉ

Claude Isaac DÉ
Minister of Digital Economy and Post, Côte d'Ivoire

Claude Isaac DÉ is the Minister of Digital Economy and Post. Previously, he served as Minister of Construction, Housing, Sanitation and Urban Development.

Mr DÉ has 28 years of professional experience in a wide range of development sectors.

In particular, he has formulated sector policies and strategies, preparing, evaluating, negotiating, monitoring and supervising their execution with bilateral and multilateral investors as well as the private sector.

He has extensive experience working in a culturally diverse team environment and has a wealth of invaluable contacts in the private sector, public administration, associations, non-governmental organizations and both bilateral and multilateral international financial institutions.


Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, in charge of foreign trade, Morocco

Rkia DERHAM, was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, as Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, in charge of Foreign Trade.

A graduate of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Morocco (IIHEM), Ms DERHAM is currently preparing a master's degree in business administration in Great Britain.

A member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (PSU), in 2011 she served as deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives during the last legislative term.

Ms. DERHAM has participated in several economic forums and conferences in several countries around the world.

Houda-Imane FARAOUN

Houda-Imane FARAOUN
Ministre de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique, Algeria

Houda-Imane FARAOUN is an Algerian physicist and materials scientist who has served as the Minister of Post, Information Technology & Communication in the government of Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal since May 1, 2015.

She is also a professor of Physics at the University of Tlemcen, a post she has held in various capacities since 2006.

She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Sidi Bel Abbèsand a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard.

She is the youngest minister in the current Algerian cabinet, and one of the youngest women ministers in the country's history.

Along with Aïcha Tagabou and Mounia Meslem, she is one of only three women in the current Algerian cabinet.

In 2015, Forbes named FARAOUN #9 on its list of the Ten Most Powerful Arab Women in Government.

Nguyen Minh HONG

Nguyen Minh HONG
Vice Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications, Viet Nam

Nguyen Minh HONG has been the Vice Minister of Information and Communications of Viet Nam since 2006.

He has worked for the ministry responsible for the Post since 2002, holding various positions including Director General of Personnel Departments and Director General of the Bureau of the Ministry of Posts and Telematics.

Previously, Mr HONG worked the Department of Posts, including as its Director General between 1996 and 2002.

Mr HONG holds a PhD in Telecommunication, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic.

Mebratu G/mariam KALLO

Mebratu G/mariam KALLO
State Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia

Mebratu G/mariam KALLO has served as State Minister of Communication and Information Technology since May 2018.

Between 2015 and 2018, he served as a Member of the House of People's Representatives.

Mr KALLO has a background in education, having worked as founding president of Mizan-Tepi University and an assistant professor with Addis Ababa University.

He holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in physics from Addis Ababa University and a PhD from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.


Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization, Belarus

Natalya GORDEENKO is the Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus since 1 July 2011 and has previously held various positions in the civil service of the Republic of Belarus.

For the last several years, Ms. GORDEENKO has been working on the development of economic policy directions and pricing in the field of communications.

She has been administering state regulation and management of postal services, fulfilling obligations on the provision of universal services in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

MA Junsheng

MA Junsheng
Director-General, State Post Bureau of The People's Republic of China

MA Junsheng was born in Guangxi Province, P. R. China in August, 1961.

In July 1982, he graduated from Nanjing Post and Telecommunication Institute, majoring in Telephone Exchange.

In July 2000, he obtained an MBA at Beijing University.

Between 1982-1995 he worked as a Director of Planning and Finance in Guangxi Provincial Post and Telecommunications Administration.

In April 1996, he was appointed Deputy Director General of Guangxi Provincial Post and Telecommunications Administration.

During the period of 1997-1998, he served as Deputy Director General of the Planning and Construction in the Department of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.

From 1998 to 2006 he was Deputy Postmaster General of the State Post Bureau.

Since December 2006, Mr. MA has occupied the position of Director General of the State Post Bureau.

Mouhamed Anouar MAAROUF

Mouhamed Anouar MAAROUF
Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Tunisia

Mouhamed Anouar MAAROUF is the Tunisian Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy.

He is a graduate of the Institut National des Télécommunication in Paris and holds a Master of Change Management from Université Paris-Dauphine and a PhD in Mathematics from the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France).

He began his career as a consultant to numerous prominent companies including France Telecom, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Nokia on topics such as network architecture and engineering, before eventually directing several projects in these domains.

He joined the Department of Information Technology and Communication as Adviser to the Minister and was in charge, among other responsibilities, of the steering of the National Strategy Tunisia Numérique 2018.

He also participated in the work of the Intelligence Unit and Strategic Foresight of the Presidency of the Government.


State Secretary, Director General of the Federal Office of Communications, Switzerland

Philipp METZGER took office as Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications on 1 January 2014.

Before that, Mr METZGER was Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva.

He had already held previous positions at OFCOM, including Vice-Director and Head of the Telecom Services Division from 2007 and Deputy Director General from 2012.

After passing his bar exam Bern in 1992, Mr METZGER began his career in major commercial law firms in Geneva and London.

From 1996 to 2001, he was a Legal and subsequently Senior Legal Officer at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels and Geneva, mostly dealing with European Economic Area matters.

He then served as a Senior Corporate Counsel of a US multinational IT corporation company in Amsterdam and rejoined EFTA in 2002 as the Director of the Trade Relations Division which assists the EFTA States in their free trade negotiations with partner countries worldwide.

Mr METZGER is a member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

Fatuma Hirsi MOHAMED

Fatuma Hirsi MOHAMED
CBS – PS Broadcasting & Telecommunications, Ministry of ICT, Kenya

Prior to her appointment as Principal Secretary, State Department of Broadcasting & Telecommunication, Ms Fatuma Hirsi MOHAMED was the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Tourism.

Ms MOHAMED had also served as an international Civil Servant working for the Universal Postal Union.

Ms MOHAMED has previous experience in various business sectors including former Kenya Posts and Telecommunication Corporation, the Communications Commission of Kenya now Communications Authority; Kencell Communications Ltd, currently, Airtel Kenya Ltd, Nation Media Group and the Gulf African Bank.

Ms MOHAMED has wide experience in strategic implementation and governance of business through marketing, public relations, communications, community and stakeholder relation building, Corporate Social Responsibility and media engagement.

While at the Tourism Ministry, Ms MOHAMED, steered the tourism sector to become the second highest foreign exchange earner in the country with a growth rate of about 17% in both arrivals and revenue receipts.

This achievement earned her global recognition as 2018 Woman Achiever in the promotion of tourism by the Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW) at the annual International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Germany.

Abdur-Raheem Adebayo SHITTU

Abdur-Raheem Adebayo SHITTU
Minister of Communications, Nigeria

Abdur-Raheem Adebayo SHITTU is a renowned lawyer, administrator, author, entrepreneur and community leader who, by dint of hard work and industry, rose to national limelight.

In 2015, he was appointed into the current Federal Cabinet as the Minister of Communications in which capacity he oversees the Telecom Regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission; IT Regulator, National Information Technology Development Agency; Nigerian Postal Services; Nigerian Communications Satellite; and the Government Digital Infrastructure Agency, Galaxy Backbone.

Since his assumption of duty as the Honourable Minister and Chief anchor of the Communications Sector in Nigeria, Mr SHITTU has recorded significant achievements including the development of an integrated Roadmap for the sector; re-engineering of the policy, legal and regulatory framework; infrastructure development and capacity building.

His vision for the Postal subsector is that of a modernised Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) that will be a key ICT asset for inclusiveness.

He aims at transforming the Post to an efficient nation-wide infrastructure for communication and distribution of public interest services like basic financial services, IT services, Government services and other third party services to the people thus contributing to the phenomenal growth of the Nigerian economy.


Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

Oleg VOITENKO has held the position of Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation since July 2018.
Mr VOITENKO has held various positions with the government.

Before joining the ministry, he was First Deputy Head of Administration of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation.

He has also headed the Department of Cooperation with Public and Municipal Authorities of the Federal Foundation for Assisting the Development of Housing Construction and worked in the Department of Regional Programs in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Mr VOITENKO graduated from the Higher School of Economics with specialization in Public and Municipal Management.


Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Katsuya WATANABE was born on 13 December 1961 in Tokyo, Japan.

He obtained his degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Keio University.

In April, 1984 he started working in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT).

In August, 2005, he obtained the position of Director of Telecommunication Systems Division, Telecommunications Business Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC.

In July, 2007, he became Director of Land Mobile Communications Division, Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC.

In July, 2008, he was Director of Radio Policy Division, Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC.

In July, 2011 he was appointed Director of ICT Strategy Policy Division, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC.

In June, 2013, he became Deputy Director-General of the Information and Communications Bureau, Minister's Secretariat, MIC.

In July, 2015 he obtained the post of Director-General of the Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC.

In July, 2017, he was Director-General Telecommunications Bureau, MIC.

In July, 2018 he became Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), MIC.


Head of Information Society Division, Department of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Moctar YEDALY is a satellite, telecoms and computers Engineer with an MBA in international Business.

He graduated from George Washington University, Amity University and the Institute of Informatics.

He held the position of senior capacity planner at Intelsat from 1996 to 2004.

From 2005 to 2006 he became chief of strategy and implementation of new projects at Societe Mauritano-Tunisienne des Telecommunications (MATTEL) and has been owner of Beiticom since February 2011.

He has more than 20 years of International experience in the field communication and networks management, resources evaluation and policy preparation.

Mr YEDALY has managed and contributed to many projects and conferences around the world.

He is Fluent in English, French, Arabic, Russian and Wolof.