The Senior Leadership Team comprises of renowned and respected professionals from both the Industry and the Government.
Chairman Emeritus, BIF
Mr. M F Farooqui, Chairman, Broadband India Forum
Mr. MF Farooqui is the Chairman of Broadband India Forum
Mr. Farooqui has retired as secretary, department of telecommunications (DoT) and chairman telecom commission.
Prior to the current assignment, he served as Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India. He also played a key role in Tamil Nadu government in increasing the footprint in the industry sector as principal secretary, department of industry.
Mr. Farooqui also served as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests and was instrumental in shaping up critical environmental and climate change
policies in the Ministry.
During his career, he worked as Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. In mid-nineties he worked as Consul General of India in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as chief executive and member, secretary, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).
Mr. Farooqui is a 1978 Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer and holds Masters degrees in Physics and Business Administration.
Other notable leaders who lend their knowledge
and acumen to BIF include:
Panel of Honorary Principal Advisors
Amrita Choudhury is the Director & President of CCAOI. An active member and contributor at national, regional and global Internet Governance (IG) platforms, she serves as the President of Internet Society India (Delhi); Member of the Nominating Committee 2020 at ICANN; heads the Asia Pacific Women Special Interest Group at Internet Society and is one of the founding member of India school of Internet Governance. She also advises and guides youth initiatives like Youth IGF in India the Rural SIG at Internet Society.
Mr. Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Pyramid Cyber Security & Forensic. He has 30+ years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. He is President of Global Alumni Association of Bimtech (GAAB), Member Board of Governors Bimtech. He is a founding member of DSCI Cyber Forensic Forum & on the Faculty FAFD ICAI.
Prof Rekha Jain had been the Executive Chair of IIMA-IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence since its inception in 2008 and was faculty, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India from 1985 until her superannuation in December 2019. Her research and teaching interest are in the telecom sector (policy and regulation), e-governance, ICT Strategy and Management,
Mr Ravi Kant, Principal Adviser, Former Member (S), DoT
Mr Ravi Kant is Former Member (Services) Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunication, Government of India. Prior to his assignment as Member (S), Mr Kant worked as Advisor (North-East), DOT for facilitating telecom growth in N-E area. He has worked in various capacities as Telecom District Head on deputation to BSNL and carried out operational & developmental activities. He has also worked on deputation to TCIL in Kuwait after Gulf War-I and carried out telecom restoration & developmental work in the country.
Dr. Mahesh Uppal, Telecom Consultant for the last 20 years – he was actively involved in the formative years of regulation and competition in India’s telecom sector and contributed extensively to the process in creating the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s first market regulator.
Our Notable BIF Directorate who lend their
knowledge and acumen to BIF include: