About

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, GSMA Europe represents and leads mobile network operators in Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In this region more than 200 mobile network operators provides connections to 710 million unique subscribers. We use our combined expertise to give the mobile communication industry a single and powerful voice.

The GSMA is a global organisation unifying the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver innovation foundational to positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unlock the full power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organisations across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers for its members across three broad pillars: Industry Services and Solutions, Connectivity for Good, and Outreach.

Connectivity for Good engages members, governments and civil society, to advance positive policy and spectrum outcomes, facilitate digital innovation to reduce inequalities in our world, and tackle todays’ biggest societal challenges such as digital inclusion, climate change and sustainability.

Industry Services and Solutions underpins the technology and interoperability that make mobile work. Via our projects, working groups and promotional activities we facilitate the industry’s focus on areas such as 5G, Mobile IoT, fraud and security. And our technical services offer tools, data and resources data, resources and tools to enable even more efficient and robust mobile experiences for users.

Outreach provides the world’s largest platform, convening and informing the mobile ecosystem, at MWC Barcelona, Shanghai, Los Angeles and the M360 series, and through Mobile World Live and GSMA Intelligence with breaking news, insights and expert analysis.

Meet the GSMA Europe Team

Daniel Pataki

Vice President, Policy and Regulation & Head of Europe, Russia and CIS, GSMA

Daniel leads the GSMA’s global engagement on mobile-sector regulatory affairs. Under his direction, the GSMA is contributing new ideas and analysis to the global policy dialogue at a time when emerging digital technologies and widespread broadband connectivity are reshaping society and the economy.

Daniel also leads the GSMA activities in Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is responsible for all Advocacy Initiatives (Public Policy, Spectrum, Mobile for Development, External Affairs), Strategic Engagement and Industry Programmes (Future Networks, Identity, Internet of Things) of the GSMA in the wider European region.

Daniel has a unique record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority, chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC) and chair of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG). More recently, Daniel was Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO).

He holds a MSc in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma from a leading French institutional programme led by Ecole de Mines, Ecole des Ponts and Sciences-Po.

He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 for his work in EU electronic communication regulation and the Order of Merit (Knight’s Cross) of the Republic of Hungary in 2005 for his work promoting the development of the information and communications technology sector.

Laszlo Toth

Head of Public Policy, Europe, GSMA

Laszlo Toth is the Head of Public Policy of GSMA Europe.  Laszlo leads the public policy team in Brussels, overseeing all the advocacy activities of GSMA Europe and representing European mobile operators on a broad range of policy and regulatory matters. He works closely with members to facilitate coordinated advocacy efforts at the EU level in order to create a policy environment that maximizes the mobile industry’s ability to invest in infrastructure and drive economic growth and social development.

Laszlo started his professional career working at telecoms operators. Prior to joining GSMA in 2011, he spent nine years at the Hungarian public administration, including spells at the Ministry responsible for ICT and at the national telecoms regulator. Laszlo has an MSc. in economics and holds a degree in computer sciences.

Gary Healy

Director, Public Policy, GSMA Europe, GSMA

Gary Healy has over 20 years’ experience in Telecommunications working both in regulators and with operators. Gary was Director of Market development in ComReg and has held senior regulatory and public policy positions for Telefonica/O2 in Ireland, Vodafone Ireland and most recently Gary was Director of regulation and public policy with incumbent operator eir in Ireland.

Gary also has extensive experience of energy markets and the climate agenda as a former CEO of Wind Energy Ireland the association that represented wind power developers and as a board member for the Irish national energy grid.

Gary has an MBA and a phd from Dublin City University where his thesis focused on the independence of telecom regulators and spectrum management.

Tair Ismailov

Strategic Engagement Director, GSMA

Ruta Lynikaite

Senior Marketing Manager, Europe, GSMA

As Senior Marketing Manager, Ruta is heading marketing and communications activities and partnership management in Europe, Russia, and CIS countries. In her role, she collaborates closely with colleagues from the regional team, Industry Programmes, Advocacy Initiatives, and the Mobile 360 Series team to create and implement region-specific marketing campaigns.

Before to joining the GSMA in 2017, Ruta was responsible for communications and outreach activities at the European Internet Forum (EIF), a high-level platform bringing together members of the European Parliament, tech business leaders and relevant stakeholders to discuss the future of digital/tech/mobile in the EU. Prior roles on her CV include working in the European Commission’s external communications team and within the advertising and banking sectors in Lithuania.

Ruta holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and International Commerce from Vytautas Magnus University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania).

Maria Sendin Valle

Antitrust Counsel, GSMA

As Antitrust Counsel Maria provides advice and counsel to GSMA departments on all aspects of antitrust law and policy. Additionally, Maria follows antitrust policy and enforcement developments in the world with a particular focus in Europe and the European Union Institutions.

Before joining the GSMA in 2017, Maria worked for a Public Affairs consultancy in Brussels, where she developed and implemented public affairs, communications and public relations campaigns for clients in the technology, competition and social affairs sectors. Maria moved to Brussels in 2012 to work for the European Commission Competition department and prior to that worked as a competition and EU lawyer for an international law firm in Madrid (Spain).

Maria has a Bachelor degree in Law, a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in EU and Competition law by Carlos III University of Madrid. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and Italian and has good knowledge of German and French.

Pierantonio Rizzo

Senior Manager, EU Affairs, GSMA

Pierantonio Rizzo is a Public Policy Manager for the Policy & Regulatory Affairs team at GSMA Europe, working primarily on Consumer Protection, Platforms, Copyright and Cybersecurity issues. In his role, Pierantonio creates public affairs strategies for the membership and represents the GSMA towards the EU Institutions.

Prior to joining the GSMA in 2017, Pierantonio worked at the European Parliament, where he followed the workstream of the IMCO and AFET Committees. He began his career as an articled-clerk in an Italian law firm and then moved to Brussels to intern for Rohde Public Policy, a public affairs consultancy firm.

Pierantonio holds a Masters of European Affairs from the Catholic University of Paris and a LLM from the University of Bologna, during which he had an exchange program with the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Pierantonio speaks Italian, English, French and is currently learning Spanish.

Paul Alix

Manager EU Affairs, GSMA

Paul Alix is Government Affairs Coordinator for the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs team at the GSMA Europe office. His work includes facilitating engagement with EU institutions and policymakers in the EU Member States and supporting GSMA’s advocacy on regulation concerning the European Digital Single Market. Prior to joining GSMA, Paul worked in the US finance and legal sectors and interned at UNDP. Paul holds an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in International Affairs from Vesalius College.

Jeremie Darrieux

Senior Marketing Manager, Europe, GSMA

Jeremie Darrieux is Senior Marketing Manager, Europe and leads marketing and communications activities as well as partnerships and events in Europe, Russia and CIS countries. He drives marketing campaigns and events for the GSMA Brussels office to amplify advocacy and policy initiatives.

Jeremie has over 10 years of international experience in marketing, events and programme management. He has a track record of delivering global flagships initiatives including the GSMA MWC Ministerial Programme and marketing campaigns on behalf of the mobile industry such as the ITU WRC-19.

Jeremie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing and events management from the University of Orleans in France. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Rita De Castro

Director of Policy, GSMA

Rita de Castro has 15 years’ experience in European public and regulatory affairs, with a strong focus on the digital and telecom sectors, and a mix of international private sector and public sector experience.

Rita worked in the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). She was EU Affairs Manager for Hutchison Europe (Three Group). Having also worked for a consultancy specialising in European public and regulatory affairs advising FTSE 100 clients, Rita has extensive experience in the sector.

Rita holds a Master in European Political & Administrative Studies from the College of Europe. She graduated from Lisbon Nova University. A Portuguese native, she is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.