Spectrum Policy Team
Head of Spectrum
Brett Tarnutzer directs the association’s full range of spectrum-related activities and, in collaboration with the GSMA membership, represents the industry on critical spectrum policy issues with national governments and multilateral organisations. Prior to joining the GSMA, Brett worked for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where Brett served as both assistant chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, dealing with a wide range of spectrum-related issues and as senior member of the Incentive Auction Task Force, designing the first-ever auction to incentivise the transfer of spectrum from broadcast to mobile use.
Senior Director, Global Spectrum Campaign
Herman Schepers is responsible for a wide range of spectrum campaigns across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and leads the GSMA’s team of regional spectrum-policy experts. Herman has more than a decade of experience as a business and policy advisor to multinational companies and trade associations in the ICT sector.
Previously, Herman was vice president and head of public affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a global communications agency. Before joining Waggener Edstrom, Herman worked for British Telecom in a variety of roles, ranging from product operations to sales and European public affairs. In 2008, Herman was interim director of GSMA Europe.
Herman holds an MBA from Henley Management College, UK, and earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Head of Policy Planning
Working closely with GSMA members, Wladimir Bocquet is responsible for defining and building consensus around spectrum policy positions, and promoting best practice in spectrum management.
Previously, he was deputy director in charge of spectrum strategy and international planning at Orange – France Telecom Group, and he led the Orange delegation at WRC-12. Mr Bocquet worked in Japan for several years, first in mobile broadband communication for Fujitsu Laboratories and subsequently as senior manager of broadband access technologies for Orange Labs Tokyo-Seoul (formerly France Telecom R&D).
Wladimir earned a degree in telecommunications from Telecom Bretagne (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France) and a doctorate from the University of Kyoto, Japan.
Senior Director, Long-Term Spectrum
Roberto Ercole leads the GSMA’s work with the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R). Roberto headed up the GSMA’s promotion campaigns at WRC-07 and WRC-12 to secure global spectrum for international mobile telecommunications (IMT) and specifically mobile broadband.
Prior to joining the GSMA in 2006, Roberto worked as an independent consultant, advising on radio spectrum engineering issues and spectrum valuations. Roberto previously worked for Oftel, the UK telecommunications competition regulator, for five years, focusing on spectrum competition issues. For two years, Roberto worked for a GSM1800 operator in the UK as a spectrum engineer specialising in regulatory issues, and previously as a radio spectrum regulator in the UK for seven years.
Roberto is a Chartered Engineer in Europe, specialising in mobile radio systems and radio spectrum regulation. Roberto earned a degree in applied physics in 1988 and a master’s degree in electronic engineering in 1990. Roberto also has a post-graduate certificate in EU and UK competition policy and law.
Matias Fernandez Diaz
Senior Spectrum Policy Manager, Latin America
Matias Fernandez Diaz engages with governments, regulators and mobile operators across Latin America, focusing mainly on spectrum policy and mobile broadband. Matias coordinates the GSMA’s Regulatory Working Group and Security and Fraud Working Group for Latin America. Matias also represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and WRC.
Before turning to government and regulatory affairs, Matias was a research analyst at the GSMA. Matias conducted market research, gathered company intelligence and generated regulatory environment studies of the IT industry, with specific knowledge of the mobile industry.
Prior to Matias’s appointment at GSMA, Matias was a coordinator at IBM’s Global Delivery Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matias is currently completing his master’s degree in telecommunications management services at San Andres University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad Catolica Argentina.
Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor, GSMA India
Nitin Sapra joined the GSMA in 2011 as a regulatory affairs and spectrum policy advisor. As such, Nitin works on all spectrum-related issues in India and provides insight, knowledge and analysis on the Indian market to the organisation’s global public policy team.
Previously, Nitin was deputy manager at Cellular Operators Association of India, where Nitin engaged in a wide range of spectrum and regulatory policy issues. Nitin has an engineering degree in electronics and communication and a post-graduate degree in wireless communications.
Senior Spectrum Policy Manager, Brazil
Luciana Camargos is a specialist with over a decade of experience in mobile telecommunications and spectrum policy. In 2012, Luciana joined GSMA Brazil, after having worked in the UK for consulting firm Access Partnership from 2009. There, Luciana was 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 multilateral organisations.
Earlier, for six years, Luciana worked at the Anatel Technical Advisory Unit on strategic spectrum planning. Luciana previously worked in 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 fora.
Luciana earned an MBA in telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia.
Spectrum Director, Asia Pacific GSMA
Chris has extensive telecoms regulatory and policy experience across developing and developed economies in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Chris recently joined the GSMA as Spectrum Director, Asia Pacific in its Hong Kong office. Chris’ focus is on securing more spectrum for mobile services and on supporting the GSMA’s future spectrum campaign as part of WRC 15. Chris works closely with member operators in the Asia-Pacific region to create long-term understanding and support for the GSMA’s spectrum agenda.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Chris was Senior Manager, Industry & Policy at Macquarie Telecom – a telecom and hosting services provider in Australia’s communications sector. Chris has also held senior positions with Windsor Place Consulting (Australia), Etisalat (UAE), the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Bahrain) and the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Hong Kong).
Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Asia Pacific
Joe Guan is involved in a wide range of spectrum campaigns for the GSMA, and contributes to our advocacy programmes advising government and regulatory bodies across the Asia Pacific region.
Before joining the GSMA, Joe worked for the New Zealand spectrum regulator — the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment — in a variety of roles ranging from radio engineering to business analysis and project management. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Public Policy Manager, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Peng joined the GSMA in 2011 and works on the global campaign to allow the mobile industry to access more harmonised spectrum. He is involved in various ITU activities leading to World Radio Conferences. Peng also helps other projects in the wider GSMA Public Policy team such as NFC and Mobile Energy Efficiency for the Asian markets.
Peng has an engineering background and prior to joining GSMA, Peng has worked for Orange in Switzerland and various non-profit organisations in the UK as consultant. Peng holds a MS Telecommunication Systems from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. In addition to English, Peng is native French and Mandarin speaker.
Spectrum Analyst, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Glyn Carter’s expertise spans a range of areas, including technology strategy, spectrum and other regulatory issues, standards, and the specification and procurement of voice and data terminals and services. Glyn’s knowledge of mobile telecoms technologies includes LTE, UMTS/HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO, GSM/GPRS and TETRA.
Glyn currently works in the Future Spectrum team at GSMA, preparing for the next ITU World Radio Communication Conference (WRC). In particular, Glyn is developing technical studies into compatibility and sharing between mobile and other services in spectrum bands. Before joining the GSMA in February 2012, Glyn spent over 10 years working for mobile operators in countries including Portugal, Romania and the UK.
As a consultant, Glyn has participated in numerous projects for regulators, operators and users of telecommunications, including replanning the radio spectrum in South Africa and other spectrum management projects for regulators in the UK, Japan, Sweden and Jordan. Glyn also undertook spectrum compatibility studies in CEPT and was editor of ECC Report 42 on spectrum efficiency. Before this, Glyn designed communication terminal products for Racal Electronics. Glyn has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a PhD in cryptography from London University.
Jawad Jalal Abbassi
Head of MENA, GSMA
Jawad Jalal Abbassi’s career experience in ICT and Media spans 21 years. Before joining the GSMA as head of MENA in October 2015, Jawad managed the Arab Advisors Group which Jawad founded in 2001. Jawad’s previous career experience included working as a senior telecommunications and technology consultant with the Yankee Group in Boston, USA. Between 1998 and 2000, Jawad was a Senior Analyst with the communications research arm of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Boston.
In March 2013 Jawad acted as Chairman of Jordan’s information technology association. Jawad is also a Member of the Arab Business Forum for Information and Communication Technology ABFICT, and a Member of the steering committee for UN ICT Task Force of the “Wireless Internet and the Arab-World” series. Jawad was chosen for membership in the Young Arab Leaders Organization, and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars related to technology, communications and media in the Arab World.
Jawad holds an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt (1993). In 2010, Jawad attended Harvard Business School Executive Education.
Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou
Policy Manager, Africa
Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou is Policy Manager for Africa. As such, Aurelie assists in the engagement with relevant stakeholders in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, with a focus on West Africa, and undertakes the coordination, research, analysis and reporting required to manage the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes and the dissemination of key messages in the areas of spectrum, digital inclusion, infrastructure sharing and the future of regulation.
Aurelie has over eight years of experience in the Telecoms and ICT sector (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin). Prior to joining the GSMA, Aurelie was Head of Spectrum Management at the National Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Benin and as such, played an active role in the preparation of Benin and Africa for WRC 2015.
Aurelie holds a MSc Degree in Engineering – Telecoms and ICT from Telecom SudParis and a Certificate in Public Policy Management and Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York).
Aurelie is a Mandela Washington Young African Leader Initiative fellow.
Public Policy Advisor, European Union
Daniel Gueorguiev is a Public Policy Advisor on the European Union and handles the spectrum-related activities in Europe and, in collaboration with the GSMA membership, represents the industry on critical spectrum policy issues with the European institutions. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked in Brussels as a public affairs consultant representing, among others; Intuit, Bloomberg, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s interest in Europe. Daniel has an Advanced Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy of the EU at the College of Europe (Bruges) and holds a double degree in Psychology and International Relations from McGill University.