Ms. Bernadette Lewis


Ms. Bernadette Lewis has held the position of Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) since August, 2003.

Under her stewardship, the CTU has been transformed into a relevant and vibrant information and communication technology (ICT) organization which is at the forefront of activities to harmonize policies and practices for the development of the Caribbean ICT sector.

Ms. Lewis is a strong proponent for ICT-enabled Caribbean development and has been advocating the use of ICTs through an initiative called the Caribbean ICT Roadshow, designed to raise awareness and educate on the power of information and how ICTs may be effectively employed to enhance every sphere of endeavor. The CTU has been supporting the countries of the Caribbean in leveraging ICT to enhance governance and promote social and economic development.

Ms. Lewis holds a BSc. from The University of the West Indies and Master’s Degree from Aston University in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Patrick Mwesigwa


Mr. Patrick Mwesigwa is the Director, Technology and Licensing at Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

Eng. Patrick Mwesigwa holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering (Makerere University, Kampala) and a Masters in Operational Telecommunications (Coventry University, UK). He has also undertaken a number of postgraduate courses related to telecommunications and regulation over the years.

Eng. Mwesigwa worked with Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation and later Uganda Telecom for over 20 years rising through the ranks to the post of Chief of Planning. During his service with Uganda Telecom he was involved in planning, construction and maintenance of transmission and switching systems around the country.

Eng. Mwesigwa joined the Uganda Communications Commission as a Technical Manager in 2001. In January 2008, he was appointed Director/Technology and Licensing. He was Acting Executive Director of UCC from January-December 2010 following the end of the contract for the then Executive Director.

A member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), Eng. Mwesigwa has participated and presented at a number of regional and international fora on telecommunications and ICT. He was Vice-Chairman of ITU Study Group 17 (that deals with telecom security on which he represents the African Region) in 2008, and chairperson of East African Communication Organisations (EACO) in 2010.

Mr. Joshua Peprah


Mr. Joshua Peprah, Director, Regulatory Administration, National Communications Authority, Ghana 

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by training, Mr Peprah has over 30 yrs of experience in the ICT industry, starting as a Design and Applications Engineer with the Semiconductor Division of Texas Instruments (TI) in Dallas, Texas, USA for 15years and later as an electronic communications regulation expert. 

With an MBA in Operations Research and Marketing and a first degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, he managed several Digital Logic Design projects at TI and was a member of the team that introduced the famous Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip that has become an integral part of most Telecom and Computing Systems. 

As the Director, Regulations and Licensing (now Regulatory Administration) for the past 8 years, with the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana, Mr Peprah has contributed immensely to the liberalization and rapid growth of the ICT/Telecom market in Ghana, which now boast of close to 85% penetration in total access lines (Fixed and Mobile) with several of the world class operators playing in the market. 

Mr Peprah has extensive experience in telecom standardisation through his active participation in the ITU-T system. He is currently part of the expert group working on the implementation of the WTSA-08 Resolution 76, after guiding its successful acceptance at the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly in 2008 (‘WTSA 2008’) in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Mr Peprah is currently the Vice Chairman for Africa Region on the Telecommunications Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) at ITU. He also led the introduction and implementation of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Ghana, one of the most successful MNP implementation within Africa. 

Mr. Peprah served as the Chairman of the national multi-stakeholder committee established by the Government of Ghana to develop policy recommendations for the attainment of a timely, cost effective and environmentally responsible migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in Ghana. The recommendations were wholly approved by Cabinet. He is currently the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC), the body established to oversee the implementation of the television migration project in Ghana. He recently oversaw the development of comprehensive technical specifications for the tendering process for the site survey, network design and supply of a nationwide Digital Terrestrial Television Network based on the DVB-T2/MPEG-4 standard for Ghana which attracted 16 world acclaimed manufacturers, suppliers and system integrators of digital television head-end, transport and transmission systems. He also chaired the evaluation of the bids. 

Due to his in-depth experience in the ICT sector, the Ghana Government in 2009 appointed him as a Board member advising on ICT, for Ghana’s premier bank; the Ghana Commercial Bank, a position he still holds till now.

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