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, Spectrum Advocacy
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.
Director of Africa
Mortimer joined the GSMA in July 2014 as the Director of Spectrum and Public Policy and in February 2015 he assumed the role of Director of Africa. He is responsible for developing and disseminating GSMA public policy in areas such as spectrum, infrastructure sharing, international mobile roaming and taxation. This involves close work with mobile operators, regulators and government departments across Africa.
Prior to the GSMA, Mortimer spent ten years as Executive Head of Division for Technical Regulation at Vodacom, where he was responsible for developing policy as well as obtaining and managing scarce resources such as spectrum and numbers. Before Vodacom, Mortimer spent six years at the South African Communications regulator ICASA in various engineering management roles, one of which was Senior Manager for spectrum management.
Mortimer holds a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications from the Moscow Technical University of Communications Technology and Informatics and an MBA from the University of Pretoria. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
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 Manager
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 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 Zhao 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.
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.
Senior 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
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.
Senior Policy Manager
Oliver has worked in the mobile industry for over a decade in a range of marketing and policy roles. Oliver joined the GSMA in 2013 as marketing content manager. He led the development of all spectrum related content and advised on communicating policy best practice.
In February 2016, Oliver became Senior Policy Manager at the GSMA where his focus is on major and emerging spectrum policy issues including 5G, the Internet of Things and spectrum pricing.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Oliver organised communications campaigns for major industry bodies, operators and vendors. They included the Small Cell Forum, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, Vodafone, ZTE and start-ups like Flarion, Kineto Wireless and Ubiquisys. Oliver has an MA in political communications, a post-graduate diploma in journalism and a BSc in information systems.
Policy Manager, Africa
Kamal is a Policy Manager on the Africa Team. In his role, Kamal is involved in the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and the dissemination of messages on a wide variety of policy topics, including Spectrum.
He has worked with the Nigerian Telecoms Regulator and, prior to joining the GSMA, he worked with Etisalat Nigeria where he managed Regulatory Compliance, Spectrum Policy and Technical Regulatory matters. Kamal has also been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee that prepares Nigeria’ s participation at International fora on spectrum and other technical matters.
Kamal holds a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the American University of Cyprus and an M.Sc in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London. In his spare time, he indulges in Photography and has been witnessed cheering for Manchester United.
Senior Spectrum Advisor
Veena is currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management”
Between 2011-14, Veena worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, she was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Veena spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions in managing radio frequency spectrum.
Veena‘ s many “firsts” in her career and her long list of national and international awards include being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU’s WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 for which she was awarded ITU’ s gold medal by the Secretary General.