Meet Our Course Leaders
Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou
Senior Policy Manager, Africa
Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou is Senior Policy Manager for Africa at the GSMA. As such, she assists in the engagement with relevant stakeholders (regulators, policy-makers, regulators, regional organisations) in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, in various public policy areas such as Spectrum, Taxation, Digital Inclusion, Infrastructure sharing. She undertakes the coordination, research, analysis and reporting required to manage the delivery of GSMA programmes in the region and the dissemination of regulatory best practice.
Aurelie is a sound Telecoms and ICT professional (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin). Prior to joining the GSMA, she was Head of Spectrum Management at the National Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Benin. Aurelie holds a MSc Degree in Engineering – Telecoms and ICT from Telecom SudParis (INT Evry) and a Certificate in Public Policy Management and Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York). She is a Mandela Washington Young African Leader Initiative fellow.
Mobile Money Regulatory Specialist
Lara is the Regulatory Specialist for Asia for the Mobile Money Programme. Based out of Mumbai, she supports mobile network operators to address regulatory barriers and engage with regulators to develop mobile money deployments.
Previously, Lara worked as a consultant at Bankable Frontier Associates. In this role she focused on assessing the regulatory landscape for new mobile payment products. This involved investigating the linkages between financial inclusion, stability, integrity, and consumer protection, and developing the strategies, structures and measurement frameworks to institutionalise financial inclusion as a policy objective.
Senior Policy Manager, Asia Pacific
As the GSMA’s Senior Policy Manager for the Asia Pacific region, Joe leads a wide range of spectrum campaigns for the GSMA, covering spectrum management and planning, regional harmonisation, policy development, regulatory affairs, and capacity building. He also contributes to GSMA’s regional advocacy programmes advising government and regulatory bodies across the region.
Before joining the GSMA, he worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment — in a variety of roles ranging from radio engineering, spectrum licensing, compliance, to project management. He was heavily involved in the development of the New Zealand government’s online register of radio frequencies and its online spectrum licensing and compliance systems.
Joe has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, specialised in radio engineering and digital signal processing. He is also a certified PRINCE2 practitioner with many experiences in project and programme management.
Public Policy Director
Jenny is responsible for the GSMA’s mYouth programme, which is concerned with children’s use of mobile phones, and encouraging the safe and responsible use of mobile devices and services. She also leads the Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content. Previously, she worked for Vodafone Group and Spectrum Strategy Consultants. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.
Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia
“Johnny” John David Kim is the Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the GSMA engages deeply with its mobile operator members and ecosystem partners, as well as governments and policymakers across the region. He works across the region to introduce and execute GSMA initiatives and to foster commercial strategies, development and commercialisation of new technologies, and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics including 5G and the Internet of Things.
With over 20 years of research and consulting experience in the ICT and telecoms industry, especially in North East Asia, Johnny has executed and directed major research and consulting studies for mobile network operators and vendors, as well as governments and regulatory bodies.
Johnny holds a BSc from the University of Melbourne and a BBus from Swinburne University of Technology. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.
Public Policy Director
Dominique works on cyber security policy and internet governance for the GSMA and also leads the GSMA’s Internet Governance Task Force. Previously, she worked for Yahoo!, eBay and Apple in the US, and more recently for the Taxpayers’ Alliance in the UK. She holds a BA from Cornell University, an MSc in Information Systems Management from the London School of Economics and a second master’s degree from the University of Bath.
Head of Competition
As Head of Competition at the GSMA, Emanuela closely tracks developments in competition law and regulation. Prior to joining the GSMA, she was a partner at a leading law firm in London. In this role she advised governments, regulators, competition authorities and corporate clients on matters of competition law and regulation. This work included acting as an advisor to the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain, as well as providing training courses to Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator. A lawyer by background, she also has an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition from City University London and from 2006 to 2015 she was a visiting lecturer, teaching the legal module of that MSc.
Niall works with subject matter experts within the GSMA to develop and manage the content for all of the GSMA’s Capacity Building training courses. He also serves as a trainer for courses on Mobile for Socio-Economic Development and the Internet of Things. Further to this, Niall compiles and edits the GSMA’s Mobile Policy Handbook, the publication which details all of the GSMA’s public policy positions. Before joining the GSMA, Niall worked as a freelance journalist covering developments in the technology sector for many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers. He holds a BA in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting from the University of Wales.
Mani is a versatile tech product and public policy strategist with more than 15 years of experience. As Senior Director at GSMA, he focuses on the business and regulatory drivers impacting the mobile telecoms industry, developing and communicating the industry thinking on tech and digital public policy to governments, institutions and other stakeholders.Mani has worked with major technology vendors, start-ups, consultancies and a regulatory authority leading initiatives. He has in-depth knowledge and experience of a broad range of public policy areas including market reviews, price regulation, net neutrality, taxation, universal service funds and broadband and network infrastructure models. Mani is a Master’s Scholar with a First Class Honours degree and a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Senior Policy Manager, Asia Pacific
Austin Menyasz is a senior manager responsible for public policy in Asia Pacific at the GSMA. He leads regional thought leadership and works closely with governments and regulators to deliver a business environment that maximises development opportunities for the mobile industry and long-term benefit for citizens. He was previously a strategy consultant based in Hong Kong, and a government official in Canada holding a variety of public policy development and strategy-focused roles.
Austin received his honours bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and his master’s in international and public affairs with highest distinction from the University of Hong Kong (China).
Mobile Money Senior Regulatory Specialist
Brian is the GSMA Mobile Money Senior Regulatory Specialist based in Nairobi. In this role he provides tailored support to mobile operators in the Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions, helping them find solutions to the regulatory barriers inhibiting the growth of their mobile money services. Brian is a regulatory practitioner with over 13 years of corporate experience spanning converged telecommunications and digital financial services. He joined the GSMA from Safaricom where he spent five years providing legal and regulatory support for M-PESA and contributed to the development of Kenya’s digital financial services regulatory framework. Brian is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds LLB and LLM degrees.
M2M Regulatory Manager
Stefano is the M2M Regulatory Manager within the Connected Living Programme at the GSMA. Stefano works closely with member companies and ecosystem stakeholders to identify priorities, execute activities and communicate findings with a particular focus on policy and regulation. His objective is to stimulate growth and innovation in connected Internet of Things services. Prior to this, Stefano was a principal consultant and analyst specialising in telecoms regulatory policy. He holds an MSc from the University of Siena and a BSc in Economics from the University of Florence.
Market Engagement Manager
Olly Parsons joined GSMA in 2013 as the Disaster Response Programme Coordinator. He supported the programme and the development of its initiative, the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter as Assistant Project Manager. Now, as Market Engagement Manger, Olly works to build relationships with mobile network operators across priority regions in order to identify strategic opportunities to provide capacity building support and drive adoption of Humanitarian Connectivity Charter principles and activities, with the ultimate aim of increasing resilience and preparedness. Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Parsons supported a number of projects in the Research and Higher Education Division of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He has conducted ICT4D-related research projects across East Africa, on vulnerabilities, OSM and community mapping, and on the spread of hate speech. Olly holds an MSc in Practicing Sustainable Development with ICT4D specialism and a BSc in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Mobile Affordability Solutions Workstream Senior Manager
Gaia leads the Mobile Affordability Solutions work stream of the GSMA Connected Society programme, supporting the industry’s objective to increase mobile broadband connectivity by driving policy change to reduce the cost of mobile ownership and usage. She works with policy makers and international organisations in emerging markets to lower the cost of investing in infrastructure and providing mobile services, including cost barriers such as mobile sector specific taxation. As part of her role, Gaia also supports mobile operators and ecosystem players to devise strategies that can lower the cost of connectivity. Gaia is an economist by background and has extensive experience in economic consulting and research. Prior to joining the GSMA, Gaia spent several years in consulting advising private companies, governments and NGOs through the application of economic theory, evaluating policy interventions, economic and social impacts, and business profitability in a wide range of industries. Gaia holds an MA in Economics from Boston University and BA and MSc in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University.
Senior Policy Director
Vikram is a communications regulatory and policy specialist, with a focus on a range of international telecoms regulatory matters. With over 15 years telecoms experience, Vikram has worked across a range of telecoms communications sectors – fixed and mobile, business and consumer. He has previously worked for mobile operators Orange, Verizon and Lebara Group. At the GSMA he covers a range of subjects in international mobile regulation including International Roaming, Taxation, Trade and ITU with a focus on developing markets in Africa, the Arab States and Asia.
Dr Jack Rowley
Senior Director Research & Sustainability
Jack leads radiofrequency safety and environmental activities within the GSMA’s Public Policy department. He has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is the author of over 100 publications on mobile communications safety. He holds an Electronics Engineering degree with a First Class Honours from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and a PhD from the RMIT University (Australia). Jack is also a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and a senior member of the IEEE.
Senior Policy Manager, Africa
Shola Sanni joined GSMA in 2016 as Policy Manager – Africa. She is based in the GSMA Africa office in Nairobi and is responsible for the delivery of GSMA’s various advocacy programs on mobile sector policy in East Africa. She works with the Africa Policy Team to engage policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem to disseminate GSMA’s public policy messaging on issues such as spectrum, taxation, KYC and infrastructure sharing. She also leads on mYouth/Child Online Protection issues in Sub Saharan Africa.
Shola holds an LLM Masters Degree in International & Commercial Law from the University of Hertfordshire and is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Director, Infrastructure Economics, Connected Society Programme
As Infrastructure Economics Director, Guillaume is supporting GSMA’s efforts to tangibly assist operators in bridging the mobile broadband coverage gap across emerging markets. Guillaume’s work has consistently focused on the development of the mobile industry across AMEA for the past 10 years. His prior roles in the industry involved developing market strategies in collaboration with C-Level management to enhance value generation of mobile products and services across mobile operations in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. As a consultant, he advised a wide variety of MNOs on organic as well as external growth strategies. He also led projects looking at the regulation of interconnection, broadband networks roll out and content digital strategies. Guillaume has worked extensively in Indonesia, Thailand, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Mali, Jordan and Kenya. Guillaume holds an MSc in Media & Communication Regulation & Policy from the London School of Economics as well as a BSc in International Relations. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Director of Privacy
Boris is the Director of Privacy at GSMA. In his role, Boris seeks to lead public debate around privacy in mobile and to help deliver long-term benefits for mobile users.
He brings with him a wealth of privacy experience in the areas of IT and digital. Before joining GSMA, Boris was at Accenture for nine years where he lead the data privacy function for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and successfully obtained one of the first ever approvals from EU data privacy regulators for so-called Binding Corporate Rules.
Previously, Boris spent three years as legal adviser to the UK’s Information Commissioner and six years in private practice. He has also worked at the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Boris sits on the European Advisory Board for the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and holds IAPP CIPP/E and CIPM certifications in addition being a 16+ PQE solicitor.
Senior Digital Learning & Training Manager
Ronda manages and leads training through the Capacity Building programme’s eLearning portal, and serves as an on-site trainer for the Mobile for Socio-Economic Development and Children and Mobile Technology courses. She has more than 10 years of face-to-face and online teaching and training experience, and has worked with learners on five continents and across all education levels. At the GSMA, Ronda is also the in-house expert in mobile learning and training. Formerly, she was a Mobile Telecommunications Analyst with regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa and subject matter expertise in public policy and gender. Ronda holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts – Boston, and an MSc in Practising Sustainable Development with ICT4D specialism from Royal Holloway, University of London.