Asia Pacific

Leadership

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian is the Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA, leading a highly experienced cross-functional team to advance the impact, growth, and sustainability of digital economies by collaboration between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystem. He is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience across Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy and Digital Transformation. He has pioneered new digital partnerships and business units in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. As an advisor to management executive teams and Boards, he has extensive insight and relationships to support collaboration and delivery of industry alignment.

He has been recognized for his leadership in digital innovation, digital women, health and agriculture services with industry awards and grants.

Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia.

Public Policy, Spectrum, Government & Regulatory Affairs

Jeanette Whyte

Head of Public Policy, APAC, GSMA

Jeanette is Head of Public Policy, APAC at the GSMA. Her role entails providing public policy support for mobile network operators on telecoms, data privacy, spectrum policy, IoT, 5G and competition policy.

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 across Asia: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Macau, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea Sri Lanka and Thailand.

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.

 

Christiaan Segura

Policy Director, APAC (Singapore)

Christiaan Segura is the Policy Director of the GSMA APAC public policy team. He is based in Singapore.

Before joining the GSMA, Christiaan was the legal and regulatory counsel for Voxbone, a CaaS provider, focusing on a wide variety of international regulatory issues. Prior to moving to Singapore, Christiaan was based in Washington, DC, where he worked for Clearwire, a mobile broadband operator and at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, focusing on wireless broadband policies.

Christiaan earned his Juris Doctor from Penn State University, Dickinson Law, and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Natasha Nayak

Senior Policy Manager, South Asia, GSMA

Natasha is the Senior Policy Manager, South Asia for the GSMA.

Prior to joining the GSMA, she was a senior manager with a consulting firm, Ernst & Young’s Policy group. Natasha is a lawyer who has worked globally on technology regulation and innovation policies. She has consulted for the UN Development Program, World Trade Organization, the Economist Intelligence Unit as well as different governments. She was appointed as a fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA and is the recipient of the Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship at George Mason University, USA. Her writings on innovation policy and regulation issues have been published widely.

Natasha has a LL.M from George Washington University, USA and has studied Economics for Competition Law at King’s College, UK.

 

Saira Faisal Syed

Country Lead, Digital Transformation, Pakistan (Islamabad)

Saira is working as the Country Lead Digital Transformation for GSMA1 in Pakistan. She focuses on the promotion and execution of the GSMA’s global programmes and advocacy initiatives at the country level, as well as managing and delivering regional priorities defined by its members through GSMA governance bodies. Her focus is to advance the impact, growth, and sustainability of digital economies by collaboration between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystem.

Saira is a telecommunication & project management executive with around 15 years of experience in Technology, Project Management, Regulatory, Policy & Digital Transformation. Before joining the GSMA, Saira was working as Head of Projects at Apollo Telecom leading various technology projects with the telecom industry. Saira has also worked with UNAIDS & Cure2Children Foundation Italy.

Saira has a degree in Information Technology.

Lilian Hung

Business Manager, APAC (Hong Kong)

Carissa Ng

Government Affairs Coordinator, APAC (Hong Kong)

Mobile For Development

Rahul Shah

Mobile for Development Director, APAC (Mumbai)

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.

Ahmed Javed

Senior Market Engagement Manager, AgriTech (Islamabad)

Ahmed is a Senior Market Engagement Manager for the AgriTech programme based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He provides consultancy and implementation support to AgriTech partners across the Asia Pacific region, focusing on the design, development, launch and commercialization of B2B and B2C agritech products and platforms. He also leads the user experience and design workstream for the programme. 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 and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Radhika Sarin

Senior Manager, GSMA Innovation Fund (New Delhi)

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.

Bilal Ali Qureshi

Manager, GSMA Innovation Fund (Islamabad)

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.

Dulip Tillekeratne

Senior Market Engagement Manager, ClimateTech (Kandy)

Dulip is the Senior Manager (Market Engagement) for the CleanTech programme based in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He works closely with Mobile operators, technical partners and other key stakeholders to MNOs, private and public sectors to unlock and enhance the Digital technology’s role to become an enabler in the world’s transition to the low carbon economy. In his role, he supports MNOs in their efforts to establish stronger environment management processes with an additional focus on e-waste management and off-grid green power solutions. In his previous role for GSMA, Dulip managed the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter under the M4H programme and supported Mobile Operators, Technical and Humanitarian partners to collaborate and work towards more innovative and resilient digital solutions for communities faced with sudden onset disasters and protracted crisis situations.

Dulip worked with Axiata Group in Malaysia and its OpCo Dialog in Sri Lanka managing their Sustainability Reporting Process. He also set up the Sustainability Strategy for the Axiata Group. Dulip’s first degree is in Natural Sciences. He’s a trained GRI professional, ISO 9001 and SA8000 auditor.

Shayne Rose Bulos

Market Engagement Manager, AgriTech (Manila)

Shayne is a Market Engagement Manager in the AgriTech programme, based in Manila. She leads the access to credit project for farmers in Papua New Guinea.

Shayne has a strong background in financial services, with a focus on inclusive insurance, climate risk insurance and insurtech. In her previous role, she was a Senior Advisor for an international NGO that focuses on Climate Risk Insurance protection for low-income households and MSMEs. Prior to that, she used to head the Microinsurance Division of the Philippine Insurance Commission and was a part-time instructor of financial and management accounting courses.

Shayne is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA degree. She has also completed coursework in AI for Finance as well as Credit Reporting & Awareness and is a participant in Women’s World Banking’s Leadership and Diversity for Innovation program.

Outside of work, Shayne has an open water diver certification and is also a self-published author of a poetry book on Amazon.

 

Arham Shoukat

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Digital Utilities

Arham Shoukat

Senior Market Engagement Manager

Muhammad Arham Shoukat is a Senior Market Engagement Manager, APAC in the Digital Utilities programme. Arham’s responsibilities include engagement with key stakeholders in the water, energy, sanitation and waste management sectors to unlock potential solutions to problems being faced by developing communities in those sectors.

Arham holds expertise in building and digitally transforming small organisations to scale, leveraging his experience in government, banking, advocacy, strategy and operations. Prior to joining the GSMA, Arham served as the Head of Digital Lending and Government Solutions for Ant Group in Pakistan. He was also the founding lead of the Digital Transformation and Strategy vertical at the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications in Pakistan. Arham also had the honor to represent Pakistan as the lead for the Government of Pakistan at UNCTAD working closely with WTO to build a one-window technology solution to monitor global trade. Arham currently serves on the Citi-PPAF Jury Board for microfinance grants and is an active member in the Digital Pakistan movement. He also holds the honor of being the core author of the Pakistan Digital Policy which was adopted in 2017 by the Government of Pakistan.

Arham holds a B.A in International Relations/Economic from Tufts University and a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Columbia University in New York. He is also a certified sustainability consultant with the U.S Green Building Council and holds numerous certificates in fintech specialisations from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Strategic Engagement

Kevin Henry

Head of Strategic Engagement, APAC (Kuala Lumpur)

Kevin has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector working with various mobile operators regionally in APAC. He has held multiple senior positions with the last being the Chief Operations Officer of Tune Talk. He has worked with large mobile operators like Maxis, Celcom, Indosat Ooredoo (Indonesia), Robi (Bangladesh) as well as smaller startups like UMobile, P1, Seatel (Cambodia) and Tune Talk. He was crucial in the end to end service launch of 4G and content services for the large mobile operators stated above. He has both commercial and technical experience in the various roles he has held during his tenure.
Kevin has a BSc Physics Degree (Honors) from the National University of Malaysia.

Johnny Kim

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.

Technology

David Turkington

Head of Technology, APAC, GSMA

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.

Terence Wong

Market Development Director, APAC (Hong Kong)

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).

Marketing and PR

Christina Cheung

Marketing Director, APAC (Hong Kong)

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.