The GSMA has a presence in the Latin American region, with teams based in Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and most recently in Brasilia (Brazil). GSMA Latin America is focused on managing and delivering the Regional Interest Group (RIG) priorities defined by its members through GSMA governance bodies, as well as coordinating working groups and events. The team is also responsible for representing the GSMA’s views and initiatives at regional institution meetings and events.
Head of Latin America
Sebastián is the director of GSMA regional office in Latin America, responsible for representing and leading GSMA activities in the region. Sebastián has been working at the GSMA since 2006 on mobile broadband and spectrum issues in developing countries, based in Latin America. He is often consulted by government agencies and mobile operators on telecom public policy and is currently member of the National Committee of Spectrum of Colombia. Prior to joining the GSMA, Sebastián worked as a consultant, in private and public international organisations including TechPolis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and the Organization of American States (OAS). He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a Licenciado degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina).In 2003, he was honoured with a Fulbright Grant.
Director GSMA Brazil
Amadeu Castro is the Director responsible for representing GSMA in Brazil, including the setting-up of the office of the Association in the country. In the last decade, Amadeu has served as consultant to various companies in the telecommunications sector on matters of policy and regulatory strategies. In the same period, he was CEO of National Association of Cellular Operators (ACEL) and Senate representative on the Advisory Council of Anatel. Previously, he served in the Anatel as Radiofrequency and Control Superintendent, Executive Superintendent and Substitute Consultant. Prior to its experience in Anatel, Amadeu served in the Ministry of Communications of Brazil as Director of the Planning and Engineering Department and head of the Brazilian delegation at the World Radiocommunication Conference of the ITU in 1995 and 1997. At CITEL, he was Vice President of PCC III Radiocommunications. Amadeu is graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Brasilia.
José Antonio Aranda
Jose Antonio Aranda is our Technology Director for Latin America at the GSMA and responsible to provide technical expertise to the Region. In 2008-9 he was the Event Director of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain). Also he has held different positions in GSMA since 2006 as Technical Working Group Director managing first the BARG (roaming) Group, then IWG (Interconnection) Group and more recently IREG (network) Group. Prior to joining GSMA, Jose worked during 8 years for Vodafone Spain in the Institutional Relations and Customer Service Departments. In 1996, Jose began his career in operational positions of technical departments at the Austrian National Television in Vienna (Austria), the Cybernetic and Artificial Intelligence Department of the Faculty of Kosice (Slovakia) and North-American Studies Centre in Madrid (Spain).
Strategic Engagement Director
Valter Wolf joined the GSMA in 2012 and is responsible for engaging key ecosystem stakeholders, developing and facilitating traction for selected strategic initiatives of the mobile industry, including SIM-based NFC, Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Connected Living. He has broad experience in telecommunications in Marketing & Strategy area, with working experiences in Germany and Brazil. Previous management experiences include heading up the business development team in Siemens’ Strategic Marketing and Leading the Market Intelligence process in Nokia Siemens Networks. Valter has a degree in Electronic Engineering form Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Senior Strategic Engagement Director
Marco Galván is Senior Strategic Engagement Director
Senior Technology and Innovation Manager
Alexis joined the GSMA in July 2005 and is responsible for conducting GSMA LA technology and business-related initiatives. He coordinates operator expert working groups and task forces and helps operators develop industry positions. Alexis also represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and Regulatel and is key regional spokes person on roaming issues. Before joining the GSMA, Alexis built a broad experience in business/projects management and products development in multinational companies such as Ericsson, Agfa and BellSouth, with over 15 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. Alexis has a degree in Electronic Engineering and an MBA from the Universidad de Chile. Besides his native Spanish, he speaks fluent English, and effective Portuguese and Italian.
Senior Policy Manager, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Luciana joined the GSMA in September 2012 as Senior Policy Manager responsible for Government and Regulatory Affairs. She graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia and has an MBA in Telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She worked at Anatel Technical Advisory Unit from 1999 to 2006 on strategic spectrum planning. After completing her Masters, Luciana returned to Brazil as a government affairs consultant, representing the telecoms industry in Brazil and internationally as part of the Brazilian delegation, shaping the future of mobile services at international forums. From 2009 to May 2012, based in London, she worked at consulting firm Access Partnership, in charge of negotiating efficient use of spectrum, as well as the entrance of new services in the market, at international meetings at the ITU, CITEL, CEPT and other regional groups.
Senior Marketing Manager
Bernardita joined the GSMA in June 2005 and is responsible for marketing activities, sponsorship and event organization of GSMA Latin American office. She has been responsible of coordinating GSMA LA plenary events for the last 5 years and developed the GSMA LA Vision Magazine. Before joining the GSMA, Bernardita was Regional Marketing Coordinator at Microsoft and worked for advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam (for Colgate Palmolive global account) and Lowe among others. She has over 17 years of experience in the marketing and advertising areas. Bernardita holds a degree in Marketing and Advertising from the Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
Focal point for the GSMA global service platform bringing together the existing GSMA OneAPI Gateway service with the new GSMA service platform to ensure that the services offered are complimentary from a developer and operator viewpoint. Identify existing developer ecosystems to introduce network APIs and secure adoption of the GSMA APIs by these communities.
Communications and Sustainability Manager
Mauro currently serves as Communications and Sustainability Manager at GSMA Latin America, based in Buenos Aires. He coordinates communications tasks, web 2.0 and website content, media relations and the editorial development of the GSMA LA Vision Magazine. He is also in charge of coordinating the Mobile & Health Task Force and the Corporate social responsibility Task Force in Latin America. He holds the title of Senior Technician in journalism from the TEA University of Buenos Aires and has extensive experience in digital journalism covering the mobile industry in Latin America.
Strategic Engagement Manager
Fabio joined the GSMA in 2013 as Strategic Engagement Manager and is responsible for engaging key ecosystem stakeholders and securing MNO alignment with GSMA programs to promote adoption of globally interoperable capabilities and services with focus mCommerce and Future of Communications. He built his career in Telecommunications in Business Development and Sales roles in Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Giesecke & Devrient, with working experiences in Brazil and Germany. Fábio has a degree in Electric Engineering from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado and MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
Senior Advocacy Marketing Manager
Paula joined the GSMA in 2014 with the purpose of bringing together the mobile industry’s social responsibility efforts and the Latin American government’s social objectives in the “We Care” campaign. In her current position as Senior Advocacy Manager, she is also responsible for designing and implementing GSMA’s marketing and communications strategies across the region.
Before joining the GSMA, Paula held progressive communications and marketing positions in companies such as British Telecom (formerly known as Comsat Lockheed Martin), Pamar Jacques Whitford y Reader´s Digest. She has also been a teacher and an independent consultant. Paula holds a BA in Public Relations and has specialized in marketing communications throughout her career.
Andrea is the Relationships Manager of GSMA Latin America, based in Santiago. She is in charge of organizing and coordinating office operations and managing the financial and administrative issues of Latam. She also cooperates in the organization of GSMA LA events in the region. Andrea assists our members in Infocentre, our information exchange platform exclusively to GSMA members and is charge of coordinating the GSMA CROG Latam, group that guides the GSMA’s public policy activities in the region. She is responsible for coordinating the GSMA Latin America mLearning Interest group (Latam mSIG) and supporting GSMA initiatives such as mYouth in our region. Andrea is completing a Master in Linguistics and holds a bachelor degree in Education in English from the Universidad de Santiago, Chile.
Regulatory Policy Manager
Philipe is a Regulatory Policy Manager at GSMA, assisting in the engagement with Latin American operators. His primary activities involve shaping public policy efforts in the region and assessing industry and regulatory developments. Prior to joining the GSMA, he was a Director at TechPolis, Technology Policy & Global ICT Regulation, where he worked with markets in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, advising governments and leading companies on telecom policy and regulation issues. He held several research positions in think tanks in the U.S., Sweden and Brazil, where he looked at issues of global technology policy. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia (UnB).
Lucrecia is currently serving as Regulatory Manager at GSMA Latin America, based in Buenos Aires. She is focused on regulatory initiatives throughout the region on Digital Inclusion, Regulatory Modernization, Competition, among others. She also supports the coordination of the Regulatory Working Group for Latin America. Before joining the GSMA, Lucrecia worked as an Advisor in international affairs at the Social Development Ministry and as an Advisor on legislative committees in the National Deputies Chamber and at the Buenos Aires Province Senate. She has a Master Degree in International Studies from the Torcuato Di Tella University and holds a degree on Political Science from the Catholic University.
mMoney Regulatory Manager – MMU
José is the LatAm Regulatory Manager for the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme. Based in Atlanta, he conducts GSMA mobile money regulatory initiatives in Latin America, and coordinates operator working groups and task forces. Prior to joining GSMA in 2014, he worked at the Colombian Ministry of Finance and Public Debt in Bogotá, Colombia. José holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Northwestern University and a certificate in business management from Kellogg School of Management. José is a licenced Colombian lawyer, and graduated from Los Andes University with a further specialization in Commercial Law.
Public Policy Director
Lucas currently serves as Public Policy Director at GSMA Latin America, based in Buenos Aires. He is currently focused in the mobile industry developments and key regulatory decisions related to the operation and deployment of mobile network infrastructure, as well as developments on electromagnetic field (EMF) policy as it relates to the mobile industry, roaming, and disaster response, among many others. Before joining the GSMA, Lucas built a broad experience in project management and Support in multinational companies such as Ericsson and Nokia, with over 10 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. Lucas completed a Masters in Business Administration from Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), holds an Specialization in Telecommunications Management from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) and has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. Besides, Lucas speaks fluently Spanish and English.
Market Engagement Manager
Tiago Novais is Market Engagement Manager of the GSMA’s Mobile Money Programme. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, he is responsible for mapping mobile money deployments in Latin America, collecting best practices and supporting stakeholders on leveraging services in the region. His background comes from project and product management, with working experiences in Brazil and the United Kingdom on technology, mobile operator and banking industries. Tiago holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo.
Tatiana is the office coordinator of GSMA Brazil, based in Brasilia. She is responsible for financial and administrative matters of the office on a daily basis. She has a degree in Biological Science and experience on planning events.