Panel discussion: Opportunities & Challenges of Broadband in emerging markets

Eric Festraets
Director, Strategic Marketing, Fixed Networks
, Nokia

Eric leads Fixed Networks strategic marketing in Nokia. His role is focusing on consultative and best practices sharing, helping carrier & network operators in many regions to leverage on successful business models, go to market tactics and deployment strategies, suitable for their broadband market.  His consultative workshops are targeted to C-level engagements, including but not limited to Marketing & Strategy teams within the carrier & network operators.  Since May 2020, Eric presides the FTTH Council Europe, after 5 years of membership of the Board of Directors.

Phillip Henderson
Vice President, PITA & CEO
, Vodafone Cook Islands

Rich Henn
, Fibertime Networks

Rich has 15+ years of experience in telecommunications and was previously Chief Commercial Officer of Herotel and Chief Executive Officer at Kathea Communications. As CEO of FibertimeTM Networks, Rich is using his wealth of experience to create a world-class pay as you go Fiber Network Operator (FNO), focused on helping to connect the next billion people to the Internet across middle to lower income communities.

Sewa Pathak Bohra
, Vianet Communication

Sewa leads Vianet Communications with an impressive two-decade tech journey. As a Chartered Accountant turned tech leader, she bridges finance and tech expertise, propelling Vianet’s broadband revolution across 50+ cities.

Recognized as Leadership Female of the Year 2022, Sewa and her team introduced Nepal to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technology for the first time, reshaping internet access. Under her guidance, Vianet expanded to 90 cities, 51 branches, and a team of 1500+, championing inclusivity and innovation.

Sewa’s commitment to women’s empowerment inspires breaking barriers. Her strategic vision fuels global discussions on emerging market broadband. At Vianet, she drives innovation, customer satisfaction, and a seamless digital future.