Pascal DutruGeneral Counsel at Qatar Communications Regulatory Authority
Dr. Pascal Dutru works since 2012 with ictQATAR – the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), the independent authority in charge of communications, access to digital media and postal services in Qatar - where it has held various senior manager positions ranging from strategy, policy, planning and legal. In that capacity, he has ensured that the mandate of the regulator enables an over-arching regulatory approach, comprising new digital services (convergence, e-content, IoT, OTT, data transfer, e-money, smart cities, etc.). Amongst a wide span of achievements, he has defined the regulatory strategy and reviewed practices, adopting a forward-looking perspective. He has also developed specific regulatory frameworks for competition, access, quality of service and reviewed regulatory policies and instruments related to spectrum, numbering and addressing. His actions have contributed to Qatar transforming into a connected nation, with very high speed broadband available everywhere (full fiber and 4G+ network coverage, preparation for 5G roll out by 2019).
Pascal brings with him over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, with an in-depth understanding of markets at all stages of competition and the deployment of proactive strategies tailored to foster growth. Previously, Pascal worked closely with the Minister of Information and Communications Technology.
Formerly, he was General Counsel of Clear Channel (France), a worldwide external communication group, and of Alten SA, a listed IT services company. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel in charge of the regulatory and competition division of Bouygues Telecom. As part of his duties, he helped the company branch into new markets, oversaw strategic contract negotiations with French and Foreign service providers, handled complex litigations and was deeply involved in the regulatory field in France and in Europe. His earlier professional experience includes working as an attorney at law with Thieffry & Associes, and Bigle, Carbonnier, Lamaze & Rasle, amongst other distinguished organizations.
Pascal is an Attorney at Law (Paris) with a PhD in Law and an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe (Bruges). He also graduated from ESSEC in Finance and Control. Pascal often conducts lectures in telecom law and electronic commerce, and regularly speaks at high profile international conferences.