Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA (Hong Kong)
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
Head of Public Policy, APAC (Hong Kong)
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 Director, India (New Delhi)
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 (Hong Kong)
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 Policy Manager, India (New Delhi)
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).
Saira Faisal Syed
Country Lead, Digital Transformation, Pakistan (Islamabad)
Saira Faisal Syed
Business Manager, APAC (Hong Kong)
Government Affairs Coordinator, APAC (Hong Kong)
Government Affairs Coordinator, India (New Delhi)
Mobile For Development
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.
Senior Market Engagement Manager, mAgri, APAC (Islamabad)
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, M4D Utilities, APAC (New Dehil)
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.
Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, APAC (Singapore)
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.
Senior Market Engagement Manager, M4D Utilities, APAC (Dhaka)
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.
Bilal Ali Qureshi
Market Engagement Manager, Ecosystem Accelerator, APAC (Islamabad)
Bilal Ali Qureshi
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.
Regulatory Manager, Mobile Money, Asia
Sakshi Chadha is the Regulatory Manager-Asia for the Mobile Money Programme. Based in New Delhi, India, She works with the mobile money industry on commercial, regulatory, and technology issues to encourage its growth to reach the underserved across Asia. She works to build a broad network of public and private sector actors committed to this goal.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Sakshi worked with MicroSave leading digitization initiatives with regulators, policymakers, bankers, MNOs and fintechs in India, Kenya and Nepal. Her work mostly focused on engaging with MNO and PPI players to develop business processes, work with government and regulators to launch and streamline digital welfare payments, and, to work with donors to study the impact of various FI initiatives. She has also consulted UNCDF on business planning and the launch of mobile wallets in Nepal. Before this, she worked with Lehman Brothers and Nomura, and consulted IFC.
Sakshi received an MBA from the Indian School of Business, India and completed her bachelor from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. She is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), GARP and Six Sigma Green belt.
Senior Market Engagement Manager, Clean Tech, APAC (Sri Lanka)
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.
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.
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 (New Delhi)
Head of Technology, APAC (Hong Kong)
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.
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
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.