Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA
Julian is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of experience working in the mobile industry leading group and operator business transformation initiatives and establishing new digital business opportunities. He has pioneered new business and innovation in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. He has always been at the forefront of establishing partnerships and disrupting conventional business models including launching award-winning startup programs in Indonesia and Myanmar. He has been recognized for his innovation in digital women, health and agriculture services with industry awards and grants. He now leads the GSMA APAC team engaging CxO leaders across the region to optimize member participation and commitment to GSMA programs while providing a trusted channel for exchange of ideas, priorities, and focus. Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia and is now based in Hong Kong.
Public Policy, Spectrum, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Head of Public Policy, APAC
Emanuela Lecchi is the Head of Public Policy for APAC at the GSMA, having previously worked in the organisation’s London headquarters as Head of Competition. She is the author of the GSMA Competition Policy Handbook and the companion piece, Competition Case Studies Handbook. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2015, Emanuela was a partner at leading law firms in London, where she advised governments, regulators, competition authorities and corporate clients on matters of law and regulation. A lawyer by background, she also has an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition from City University London and from 2006 to 2015 was a visiting lecturer there, teaching the legal module of that course. Emanuela is based in the GSMA’s Hong Kong regional headquarters.
Senior Public Policy Director, India
Manoj is responsible for leading the public policy team in India and industry advocacy agenda with governments, regulators and international institutions. Prior to joining the GSMA, Manoj spent 20 years working in a variety of capacities with the Industry (Vodafone-India, Cable &Wireless and Koshika Telecom Ltd-Ushafone) and Regulator (as Deputy Advisor of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Manoj holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lucknow and is a Chartered Accountant. He is also an insolvency professional (IP) from the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India.
He has contributed a lot in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) related activities as a lead & member of National working group of DoT. He was member of SAARC working Group on Telecom Tariff of DoT, the Government of India. Lectured in various National & international seminars on Telecom Pricing, Regulatory Accounts, Merger & Acquisitions, Interconnection (Interconnect Usage Charges) Costing , Cost Management, Licensing and Regulatory levies etc.
Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, APAC
Cristian is responsible for providing policy advice and regulatory best practice on spectrum matters across markets in Asia Pacific and leads the engagement with governments on spectrum issues. He has over 17 years of experience in national spectrum regulation, international allocation and assignment strategy.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Cristian worked at the New Zealand spectrum regulator and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He served within Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU as spectrum regulation and policy officer, providing assistance to Member States on spectrum issues primarily in Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
He has authored publications on spectrum regulatory issues and has been a speaker at international regulatory forums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Cristian’s academic background includes electronics and communications engineering (Chile, New Zealand), post-graduate studies in Public Policy (University of London) and an MBA (Massey University, New Zealand)
Senior Public Policy Manager, APAC
Jeanette Whyte is responsible for providing a single point of contact for public policy support and engagement in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Her role entails providing public policy support to Mobile Network Operators; co-ordinating the GSMA’s position on consultations from the industry including: telecoms policy, data privacy, spectrum policy, the internet of things and competition policy; and providing the Asia Regional input for GSMA reports. She is also the Regional lead for GSMA’s engagement with ASEAN and Asia Pacific Telecomunity (APT) programs.
Before joining the GSMA Jeanette ran a Telecoms Media and Technology consultancy firm where she led a wide range of projects including development of fixed broadband strategies and business plans for mobile operators. Jeanette is a former British Telecom Director where she held senior roles in the areas of strategy, portfolio management, product development, Merger& Acquisition and IT.
Jeanette graduated from Loughborough University in the UK with a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences. She is a Sloan Fellow with an MSc from London Business School and has a post graduate Diploma in Marketing from the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Senior Public Policy Manager, APAC
Paul has lead country coverage for Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Since joining GSMA in October 2017, Paul has worked on, researched, and/or presented about the following range of topics: taxation of the mobile sector, enabling rural broadband infrastructure, data security and privacy, cross-border data flows, modernising regulatory frameworks, competition policy, IoT security guidelines, artificial-intelligence policy, and blockchain for digital identities.
During the previous five years, Paul consulted on economic, trade, and environmental policy for the Asian Development Bank and Hong Kong foundations. His early career with NGOs and the U.S. government focused on development policy (food aid, microfinance) and subsequently he consulted on ICT and mobile telecommunications (Accenture, IDC, UN).
Paul trained as a development economist. He has graduate degrees in public administration and applied development economics from Harvard and Stanford universities, respectively. He also has an undergraduate degree in Russian and East European studies from Yale college.
Senior Manager, Spectrum and Policy, South Asia
Nitin Sapra joined the GSMA in 2011 and offers 12 years of substantive experience in Spectrum and Policy issues in mobile telecom industry. He is now responsible for leading the spectrum strategy in the South Asia region. He also anticipates and responds to spectrum-related policy decisions and provides insight, knowledge and analysis of this region to the organisation’s global public policy team.
Mr Sapra works closely with member operators to create long-term understanding and support for spectrum. He holds an engineering degree in electronics and communication, as well as a post-graduate degree in wireless communications.
Senior Policy Manager, India
Saurabh currently serves as Senior Policy Manager at GSMA India, based in New Delhi. He works on organisation’s public policy and industry advocacy agenda with Government, Regulator, Operators and other players in the Indian mobile ecosystem. Saurabh focuses on policy and regulations that are strategic to mobile industry (e.g. Digital India, National Telecom Policy), and champions GSMA´s efforts around M2M, Mobile taxation, Privacy and Data protection.
Saurabh is also responsible for GSMA’s engagement on key policy issues with members in Sri Lanka.
Prior to GSMA, Saurabh for almost a decade built broad experience in Telecommunications Public Policy and Regulations, working in multinational Telcos like Vodafone, Etisalat and Airtel on financial/economic analysis of regulations and policies (e.g. MTRs, roaming etc.).
Saurabh is Post Graduate in Business Administration (MBA) from ITM, Warangal (India), specialising in finance, and holds Bachelor of Commerce from Meerut College, Meerut (India).
Business Manager, APAC
Office Manager, India
Mobile For Development
Mobile for Development Director, APAC
Rahul currently serves as the Mobile for Development (M4D) Director for the APAC region, where he manages M4D’s portfolio of programmes that aim to find innovative, commercially sustainable solutions to a variety of socio-economic problems through partnerships between mobile operators, tech innovators, governments and development organisations. Prior to this, Rahul worked in the M4D Utilities team at GSMA where he managed grants and provided advisory services to operators on the opportunity in the energy, water and sanitation sectors.
Rahul has a varied professional background. He spent over a decade in the engineering of wireless communications systems and network planning. Post-MBA, he switched tracks to general management and worked in solar energy and media & entertainment.
Rahul has an MSEE with a major in communications and digital signal processing from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA in general management from IIM-Ahmedabad.
Senior Market Engagement Manager, mAgri, APAC
Ahmed is a Senior Market Engagement Manager for the mAgri programme based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He provides consultancy and implementation support to partner Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), assisting in optimizing the rollout and commercialization of their mAgri product initiatives. He also leads the agri-tech stream with the objective of facilitating partnerships between MNOs and emerging technology providers in the agriculture space.
Before joining GSMA, Ahmed was managing multiple mobile money products for Telenor easypaisa. Prior to that, he worked with Standard Chartered Bank, primarily within the product management and Small and Medium Enterprise functions. Ahmed completed his undergraduate studies from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States.
Market Engagement Manager, Connected Women, APAC
Ashima is responsible for engagement with the mobile industry and partners in the wider mobile industry in Asia to help them recognize and realize opportunities arising from delivering mobile connectivity and mobile money to underserved women.
Before GSMA, Ashima worked in Telenor India for seven years in Communication and Sustainability roles where she spearheaded projects on bridging mobile gender gap and Child Online Protection with external stakeholders including Child Helpline and UNICEF.
Ashima holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Commerce from Delhi University and Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Kurukshetra University in India.
Market Engagement Manager, M4D Utilities, APAC
Radhika has joined the GSMA M4D Utilities team as a Market Engagement Manager to manage, facilitate and support mobile-based innovations in energy, water and sanitation across the Asia-Pacific region. She will support the programme by managing select Innovation Fund grantees, share key learnings & insights from grantees and map out industry trends so as to understand and showcase how the mobile industry can support commercially viable energy, water and sanitation services for the underserved.
Prior to GSMA, Radhika has worked in healthcare consulting at IPE Global, New Delhi and telecommunications at Vodafone UK, England. She has built expertise in healthcare consulting, private sector led sustainable social enterprises, mobile product pricing and large-scale fixed & mobile commercial solutions.
Radhika graduated in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She speaks fluent Hindi and English.
Senior Market Engagement Manager, M4D Utilities, APAC
Ferdous is the Senior Market Engagement Manager for M4D Utilities. He is responsible for supporting Innovation grant organisations using mobile to improve energy, water and sanitation services for the underserved. He is also responsible for providing advisory services to Mobile Network Operators, disseminating insights to the broader ecosystem and developing pipeline of opportunities for the programme in APAC region.
Ferdous joined the GSMA in February 2010. Prior to his current role, he was the Market Engagement Manager for Connected Society, programme manager for Green Power for Mobile (GPM) and founding member of Community Power from Mobile (CPM) programme. He also led GSMA projects in India, South America, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and East Africa.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Ferdous led Huawei’s PMO at Telenor global account in Asia-Pacific region. Ferdous holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University of British Columbia.
Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, APAC
Kaung is a Market Engagement Manager based out of Singapore. He builds and develops relationships with mobile operators and start-ups in South and Southeast Asia, and supports the start-ups Ecosystem Accelerator will be funding through the Innovation Fund. His key focus is the Asia Pacific ecosystem.
Kaung started his career as a software engineer and business development in Singapore’s manufacturing and software development industry. On his return to Myanmar in 2014, he co-founded Myanmar’s first start-up accelerator: ideabox. Following that he co-founded Digital Kaway Ltd where he continues as an advisor to the digital marketing firm.
Kaung holds a degree in Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a Masters in Management of Technology from National University of Singapore.
Bilal Ali Qureshi
Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, APAC
Bilal is a Market Engagement Manager for the Ecosystem Accelerator programme based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He builds and develops relationships with mobile operators and start-ups in South and Southeast Asia. He provides support in recruiting start-ups and then provides consultancy in building their relationships with mobile operators to launch commercially viable products that can also create social impact. His key focus is the Asia Pacific ecosystem. Most recently, Bilal worked with Karandaaz Pakistan where he led digitisation initiatives to increase digital financial inclusion. Prior to Karandaaz, he worked for Easypaisa, where he launched Pakistan’s first ‘Pay as you go’ solar system to provide low cost, high quality renewable energy to off-grid areas. Bilal has also worked at UNDP and the World Bank.
Bilal has an MBA from Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan. He has also received training in financial inclusion and policy design from Harvard Kennedy School.
Strategic Engagement Director, Head of North East Asia
John David Kim is Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with GSMA mobile operator members, ecosystem partners and government/policy-makers in the Asia Pacific Region. His activities involve working closely with these organisations to introduce, implement and execute GSMA initiatives/programmes to foster innovative business/commercial strategies, new technology adoption/commercialization and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics such as IoT, 5G commercialization, VoLTE Interconnection and RCS etc.
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 MNOs, vendors and government/regulatory bodies across a wide range of areas. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked as Regional Head/Managing Director for ICT global research and consulting companies specializing in Telecoms & ICT and key industry verticals, respectively for North East Asia.
Johnny completed studies in Science and Business/Marketing at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology, respectively and has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.
Strategic Engagement Director, India
Head of Technology, APAC
David Turkington is the Head of Technology for the GSMA Asia Pacific. David is responsible for driving the technology direction of the GSMA across the APAC region and working with its membership to execute key technology initiatives. Prior to joining the GSMA, David held senior positions in companies including Pixel Networks, Ericsson, SmarTone, Nokia and British Telecom. David is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Technology Director, APAC
Market Engagement Director, APAC
Terence serves as the Market Development Director at APAC Technology team in GSMA. He drives the GSMA IoT and Mobile Connect programmes in the APAC region.. The key focus is on IoT, big data, eSIM, security and Mobile Connect. He actively engages the operators, innovators, and ecosystem player in order to accelerate the rollout of the Mobile IoT leveraging cellular technology across various verticals such as Smart Agriculture, Smarty City Smart Building, Smart home, environment protection, logistics, and asset tracking and other consumer markets, etc.
Worked for IT/Telco industry for over twenty years, Terence has strong and broad experiences in telecom industries on infrastructure, product development and management, consultancy, sales and marketing. He has worked for multinational companies such as Fujitsu, Nokia, and served as the architect, consultant, product lead and pre-sales head of BSS/OSS in the Asia region.
Terence has Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering) in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Master of Business Administration (Information Technology Management) in Hong Kong Polytechnics University, previously certified as Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).
Senior Ecosystem Manager, APAC
Project Manager, India
Nimisha currently serves as Project Manager at GSMA India, based in New Delhi. She is currently focused on Mobile Connect, a mobile-based Identity product. She is instrumental in Mobile Connect deployments, engaging and supporting the Service Providers to implement Mobile Connect. She plans along with the operators and platform vendors for product roadmap of Mobile Connect India.
Before joining the GSMA, Nimisha built broad experience of more than 16 years in product development, project and product management, supporting various operators and banks by delivering various mobile financial products and network management services. She holds Batchelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science. She speaks fluent English and Hindi.
Marketing Director, APAC
Christina is responsible for developing and implementing GSMA’s marketing and communications strategies across the APAC region.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Christina held senior marketing positions in companies such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell, and Compaq. She has extensive experience in Product Marketing and Strategy, Project Management and Marketing Communications.
Christina holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA in International Marketing.