Speakers

Bishar A. Hussein, 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.

Pascal Clivaz, 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.

Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Federation

Arkady Dvorkovich has been Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation since May 2012.

Previously, Mr. Dvorkovich held several high-level positions within the Russian Federation, including aide to the President, Head of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate and Minister for Economic Development and Trade. He has also been a consultant, senior expert, chief executive and scientific director with the Economic Expert Group of the Russian Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Dvorkovich holds a Master of Economics from both the New Economic School and Duke University. 

German S. Klimenko, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation

German Klimenko has been Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation since January 2016 and has been Chairman of the Counsel of the Institute for Internet Development since February 2015.

Mr. Klimenko graduated from A.F. Mozhaysky’s Krasnoznamenniy Institute in Leningrad (now A.F. Mozhaysky’s Military-Space Academy, St. Petersburg) with a specialization in «Electronic computing machines» and qualifications as an engineer of electronic machines. He also graduated from the Retraining faculty of Higher School of Economics with a specialization in «Banks and banking» and quali cations as an economist.

Mr. Klimenko has been awarded seven times with a place in the «Runet Magnifcent Twelve». 

Rashid Ismailov, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Media, Russian Federation

Rashid Ismailov was appointed as the Russian Federation’s Deputy Minister of Telecommunication and Mass Media in 2014. He worked previously as Director of the Ministry’s International Cooperation Department.

Mr. Ismailov has engaged in the telecommunications sector since 1998. Between 1998 and 2005, he held executive positions with Ericsson Russia. Subsequently, he joined Nokia Siemens Network Russia as head of the service administration for the Russian region and sat on the company’s Board. In that capacity, Mr. Ismailov led an integration team for the Northeastern region (Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, the CIS and Turkey) for Nokia Networks in the process of its merger with Siemens Com.

Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, he served as Vice President for services, procurements and supplies with Huawei Technologies in the “Russia” region, which included Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia.

Mr. Ismailov studied history at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) and later went on to earn his master’s degree in Economics and Corporate Management from the Moscow State Machine Manufacturing University. Between 1988-1991, he was a faculty member at the Moscow Institute of Chemical Engineering. 

Nikolay Podguzov, CEO, Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Russian Post"

Nikolay Podguzov was appointed to the position of CEO of Russian Post in July 2017. Before moving to the postal industry, Mr. Podguzov worked as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, Mr. Podguzov held other positions in various state institutions, including the Ministry of Finance and the Government of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Podguzov has extensive experience in the nancial sector, having worked as Vice President of Trust Investment Bank and Renaissance Capital. He has also worked for VTB Capital as Head of Fixed Income Strategy.

Mr. Podguzov holds degrees from Saint Petersburg Institute of Technology and Moscow State Institute of International Relations.  

Rohana Abeyaratne, Postmaster General, the Department of Post, Sri Lanka

Rohana Abeyaratne has been Postmaster General since 2012. Mr. Abeyaratne is an officer belonging to the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (Special Grade) with more than 20 years experience in administrative service with various disciplines. Mr. Abeyaratne has been working for different government organizations such as the Provincial Council, Ministry of Industries, Land Commissioner’s Department, Department of Immigration and Emigration, Divisional Secretariats, National Gem & Jewellery Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Economic Development and foreign funded projects.

He also works as a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Security Board of Sri Lanka and a member of the Board of Directors of Government Pensioners Provident Fund. He is a visiting lecturer for the Institute of Human Resource Advancement of University of Colombo. 

Usamah Mohammed S. Altaf, Acting President and CEO, Saudi Post Corporation

Dr. Usamah Mohammed S. Altaf was appointed President of Saudi Post in 2016. He also serves as the Chairman of several boards, including those of Naqel Company for Transport and Logistics, the Ersal Money Transfer Company, the EMS Company and Postal Services Company.

Dr. Altaf formerly served as Vice President of the Saudi Post for Transformation and was an adviser to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology. He also served as Vice President of Technical Affairs and Information Technology.

Before joining the Post, Dr. Altaf worked as General Manager of the National Company for Data and Integrated Solutions (Part of Atheeb Group). He also served as Director of the Computer Department for the Ministry of Defense, Director of Research and Development at the General Directorate of Technical Affairs. 

Mark Barnes, Group CEO, South Africa Post Office

Mark Barnes was appointed CEO of the South African Post Office in January 2016.  

Mr. Barnes has more than 30 years of experience working as a leader in the South African financial service market, having previously held leadership positions with Standard Bank, Capital Alliance and Brait. He has had a wide exposure to financial markets previously as head of the biggest treasury operation in South Africa and as Chairman of the South African Futures Exchange. Mr. Barnes is currently the Chairman and a significant shareholder in the Purple Group.

Mr. Barnes holds a Business Science degree in Actuarial Science from University of Cape Town and a certificate from the Harvard Business School’s Programme for Management Development. 

Kenan Bozgeyik, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Turkish PTT Corp.

Kenan Bozgeyik graduated from the Eskisehir Anadolu University Department of Finance. He has ful lled various senior positions in many public administrations such as the Ministry of Environment as inspector and adviser to the Minister, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as adviser, the Ministry of Health as Head of Research Planning and Coordination Department and Head of Strategy Department, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication. He has also served as Head of the Research Planning and Coordination Department and Under Secretary of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies.

He was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of Turkish PTT Corp. on 31 March 2016. Mr. Bozgeyik currently represents Turkey as Chairman of the UPU Council of Administration. 

Moez Chakchouk, Chairman & CEO of La Poste Tunisienne

Moez Chakchouk was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Tunisian Post in April 2015.

He began his career in the late 1990s as a research engineer in the Tunisian Center of Telecommunication Studies and Research and as a member of PINA RD. In 2002, he became the chief of RACINES RD.

He joined the Telcos Regulation Authority (INT) in 2005 as chief of technical department and was later promoted to Head of Interconnection & Access. Mr. Chakchouk was appointed Chairman and CEO of the Tunisian Internet Agency in February 2011 after the Tunisian revolution.

Mr. Chakchouk graduated from the Higher School of Communication of Tunis (Sup'Com) in 1998. He later received his M.S in telecommunications from ENIT School and obtained his PhD in telecommunications under a joint programme between El Manar University and Paris Descartes University in 2009.

Nabi Issa Coulibaly, Director General, Société national des postes (SONAPOST)

Nabi Issa Coulibaly has been Director General of the National Post Office (SONAPOST) since 11 August 2017.

Prior to his appointment as head of the Post, Mr. Coulibaly spent 12 years with Ecobank Burkina, the leading bank in Burkina Faso, a subsidiary of the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) group. He previously worked as head of the private banking department, responsible for implementing the modernization and development strategy of the banking branch for individual clients in the emerging and high-income category. Prior to this, he held several other positions of responsibility, both commercial and analytical, within the bank. These included regional director, responsible for business development and value chain, and charge d'affaires for SMEs and individuals.

Mr. Coulibaly is a financial actuary, having graduated from the Higher Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Morocco (INSEA).

Ivan Culo, President of the Board, Croatian Post

Ivan Culo was appointed CEO of the Croatian Post in January 2017.

He previously held the title Executive Director of the Board of Directors, where he formally managed the Post Division. He has been with Croatian Post since 1997 and has worked during the past 20 years on all processes and tasks undertaken by Croatian Post.
 
Mr. Culo has been directly participating in the strategic part of the company’s operations as a member of the higher management team for more than eight years. Even though his responsibility has always been associated with the fundamental business operations, he has been actively involved in other important strategic projects of the company as well.

Mr. Culo completed his formal higher education while working at Croatian Post. He was enrolled at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, where he received his BSc in Traffic Engineering. He also attained the title of University Economy Specialist following the completion of postgraduate studies at the University of Rijeka.

Gabriel Di Bella, IMF Resident Representative for the Russian Federation

Gabriel Di Bella is the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative for the Russian Federation. Previously, he served as desk economist for the U.S. as well as other emerging and low-income economies, and as IMF’s Resident Representative in Nicaragua.

His research has mainly focused on debt sustainability, real exchange rates, and programme design in low-income countries. Before joining the Fund in 2002, he worked in an economic and financial consulting firm in Buenos Aires.

Mr. Di Bella is an Argentinean national and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Essam Mohamed El Saghir, Chairman, National Post Organization of Egypt

In the Middle East and North Africa, Essam El Saghir is considered a prominent expert in developing and automating postal and logistical services. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chairman of Egypt Post, where he is responsible for leading the Post’s transformation.

Mr. El Saghir is known for his visionary development strategy. He has led projects which have taken the Post from a loss of 450 million EGP to net profit of 4 billion EGP over the last two years. His mandate also includes developing advanced e-services provided by smart governments that meet the highest quality and control standards, as well as reducing operational costs.

Mr. El Saghir has participated in several strategic projects for developing postal systems in many countries worldwide, such as Japan, Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, India and Denmark. He is board member of Post for Investment, Post for Systems and Post for Delivery.

He holds several regional and international certificates in information technology, and electronic systems design and development. 

Isaac Gnamba-Yao, Director General, La Poste de Côte d’Ivoire

Isaac Gnamba-Yao joined La Poste de Côte d’Ivoire in 2011 as Deputy Director General, later becoming Director General in 2016.

Before joining La Poste de Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Gnamba-Yao brought to eTranzact Global his vast sales experience in French Africa. He worked in various divisions within the eTranzact Group, having been involved in IT, Operations, Finance, HR and Marketing.

Prior to eTranzact Global, Mr. Gnamba-Yao held senior account executive positions and sales manager positions in both the Windows Mobile platform industry (i-mate Dubai) as well as the Mobile Network industry (Moov, Orange & MTN). He was responsible for the introduction of i-mate brand into the African market and worked closely with many of i-mate’s Top distributors in 34 African countries and Malta. 

Zoltán Illés, Chairman and CEO, Magyar Posta

Zoltán Illés was appointed Chairman and CEO of Magyar Posta (Hungarian Post) in 2016.

Mr. Illés  has spent a majority of his career in the banking sector, having worked previously with  OTP Bank as Member of the Board of Directors and CEO of the bank’s Russian branch and before that as Managing Director of the Retail Sector Directorate at OTP Bank Hungary. He has also worked as Director of Quality Management with Erste Bank and held several positions with ABN AMRO (formerly KBC Group in Hungary), including Head of Retail Sales – Managing Director.

Mr. Illés holds a BA in Economics from Budapest College of Finance and Accountancy (Budapest Business School), an MSc in Quality Management from Budapest University of Technology and Economics and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD.

Lyudmila Kononova, First Deputy  Chairman  of Council of the Federation Committee on Social Policy, Russian Federation

Lyudmila Kononova is the Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Council of Federation for Social Policy in the Russian Federation.

Previously, Ms. Kononova worked as the Deputy Governor of Arkhangelsk Region for Social Affairs and as a member of the Arkhangelsk Regional Assembly of Deputies of the sixth convocation on a non-permanent basis.

Ms. Kononova has an educational background in history, socio-political science, law, economics and historical sciences at the M.V. Lomonosov Pomor State University. 

Khaled Lahham, Director General, Jordan Post Company (JPC)

Khaled Lahham is a senior professional with more than 20 years of experience holding positions in different governmental and international organizations. Throughout his career he has held leading positions, including Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General for the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology for Financial and Administrative Affairs. He was also Secretary General for the Ministry of Public Sector Development, where he played an active role in public sector reform.

While Mr. Lahham has spent much of his career in public service, he has also supported the growth of the private sector in Jordan. As the Secretary General at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, he helped establish a competitive environment to support private sector investments in ICT and to find opportunities to link international companies with local Jordanian businesses.

Mr. Lahham holds a PhD in Finance and has completed numerous training courses on public policy, leadership, business management and government financing. 

Joel L. Otarra, Postmaster General and CEO, Philippine Postal Corporation

Joel L. Otarra has been the Postmaster General and CEO of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) since 2016. Mr. Otarra was formerly Director of the PHLPost Board of Directors.

Before joining PHLPost, he chaired the Center for Integrated Development and Social Marketing (CIDS), Inc. from 1996-2015. Mr. Otarra has a solid background in management and social marketing, having held various consultancy positions in government and private organizations.

Mr. Otarra studied economics at Asian Social Institute and theology at St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary, Davao City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Notre Dame of Marbel University, Koronadal City. 

Stéphanoel Razafimanantsoa, Director General, Paositra Malagasy

Mr Stéphanoel Razafimanantsoa is the Director General of Paositra Malagasy, the designated operator of Madagascar.

Before his appointment as head of Madagascar Post, he had various responsibilities within the postal sector, such as Head of the Postage Stamp Supply Centre, Head of the Sorting Centre, and in particular, Interregional Director of the Post in the province of Antananarivo.

During his years of service, he has also actively participated in various meetings and workshops organized by the Universal Postal Union and the Pan African Postal Union, including Congresses, Strategy Conferences, Plenipotentiary Conferences, and quality of service forums and workshops.

He holds a Chief Postal Inspector diploma. 

ZHANG Ronglin, Vice President, China Post Group

ZHANG Ronglin, born in December 1959, is the Vice President of China Post Group.

Mr. Zhang began his career in 1978. From 2001, he has been the Deputy Director General of Beijing Municipal Postal Administration. In 2003, Mr. Zhang was promoted as the Director of Public Services Department, State Post Bureau. In 2006, he joined China Post Group as the Managing Director of Marketing Department and Postal Services Bureau. A year later, he worked as the Managing Director of China Post Group (Hubei Branch) and the Chairman of China Postal Express and Logistics (Hubei Branch). In 2011, he became the Managing Director of China Post Group (Jiangsu Branch) and the Vice Chairman of China Postal Express and Logistics (Jiangsu Branch). In 2012, he was promoted as the Vice President of China Post Group.

Mr. Zhang holds a PhD degree in Economics and is a top level senior engineer.

Gilarsi W. Setijono, President Director, PT Pos Indonesia (Persero)

Gilarsi Wahyu Setijono is an experienced professional who has held key positions in several leading global companies. He has served as Business Excellence Director of Philips Lighting Asia-Paci c and Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Investment for the Thailand, China and Philippines region. In 2015, Minister of State-Owned Businesses Rini Soemarmo appointed Mr. Setijono as President Director of PT Pos Indonesia (Persero).

Before being appointed as head of the Post, Mr. Setijono held the position of CEO of PT Sha ra Corporation Enterprise and is considered a key gure behind the revival of the fashion retail company. 

Ingimundur Sigurpálsson, Managing Director & CEO, Iceland Post

Ingimundur Sigurpálsson has served as a Managing Director and CEO of Iceland Post since 2004. He has decades of experience in business, both in the public and private sector. Mr. Sigurpálsson has served in number of roles for corporations, public and private, including director positions and management. He holds a Cand. Oecon degree from the University of Iceland and pursued graduate studies in economic development and planning at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and DBE from Columbia Business School, New York, USA.

Rubina Tayyab, Director General, Pakistan Post

Rubina Tayyab has the honour of being the first female Director General of Pakistan Post. She was appointed Director General of the Pakistan Post in November 2016. Before taking over as Director General, she worked as the Postmaster General Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province. She has also worked as Additional Director General (Operations).

Ms. Tayyab is a civil servant and has worked in various staff, command and instructional positions. She has remained a member of faculty of the National School of Public Policy, the premier training institute for the senior civil servants of Pakistan and friendly countries. She has represented Pakistan at various international fora and is an Elected Member of the Management Committee of the International Mail Services User Group (IMSUG).

She chairs the Postal Services Management Board, the highest decision-making body of the Pakistan Post. 

Amin Benjelloun Touimi, Director General, Poste Maroc

Amin Benjelloun Touimi has been the Director General of Poste Maroc since October 2009. He has chaired the Board of Al Barid Bank (postal bank) since its creation in 2010.

Before his appointment as head of the Post, he led a career of nearly 20 years in the banking group Attijariwafa Bank where he was appointed in 2004 as a Member of the Group Executive Committee and Deputy Managing Director of Specialized Financial Services. Between 1990 and 2003 he had assumed several responsibilities within the former Wafabank and its subsidiaries, including as Secretary General in 1999.

Early in his career, he worked as a lecturer at several Parisian universities including Paris Dauphine (1987), and has a PhD in Statistics from the University Paris VI. 

Philippe Wahl, President and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste

Philippe Wahl was appointed President and CEO of Le Groupe La Poste in September 2013, has been chairman of the La Banque Postale Executive Board and was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Le Groupe La Poste.

Mr. Wahl was the CEO (France) of the Royal Bank of Scotland, adviser to the RBS Global Banking and Markets Board in London, and later the CEO for RBS France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Previously, Mr. Wahl has been the Chief Executive of the Havas Group and Vice Chairman of the Bolloré Group. Mr. Wahl was also the Deputy CEO of Compagnie Bancaire, and member of the Executive Committee with Paribas. He was the Chief Executive of the Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Épargne (CNCE).

Philippe Wahl holds a Masters’ Degree in Economics and is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques and the Ecole nationale d’administration. He also served as a specialist adviser responsible for business, financial and tax affairs at the office of Prime Minister Michel Rocard in 1989.

David Walsh, CEO, New Zealand Post

David Walsh was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer from 1 May 2017. Prior to that time Mr. Walsh held the position of Chief Financial Officer, having joined the organization in February 2015.

Before joining New Zealand Post, Mr. Walsh held the positions of General Manager Corporate and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at KiwiRail.

His professional background also includes Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Racing Board, and senior finance roles at Fonterra, TransAlta, and Shell Oil New Zealand.