Operator Expert Groups

Regulatory Operator Expert Group – REG

REG covers public policy issues related to the regulation of mobile communications services and infrastructure in the EU. Focus areas include Digital Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Telecoms Supply Chain, Net Neutrality and Roaming. The group also contributes to the work of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA).

Chair: Volcy Lesca, Orange

Vice Chair: Javier Lacasa, Telefónica

GSMA Contact:

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.


Mobile Commerce Operator Expert Group – MCOM

MCOM focuses on European policy developments in the fields of platform regulation, content regulation, artificial intelligence, data protection, consumer rights and others.

Chair: Lisa Felton, Vodafone Group

Vice Chairs: Elin Nolsøe Nielsen, Orange and Jakob Greiner, Deutsche Telekom.

GSMA Contact:

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.


Frequencies Operator Expert Group – FREQ

FREQ focuses on radio spectrum issues including the future use of the “Digital Dividend” and the newly proposed Radio Spectrum Policy Programme. The group has an EU focus but also contributes to the work of the Conference of European Post and Telecommunications Authorities (CEPT), in particular the ECC Project Team 1 (PT1).

Chair: Massimiliano Simoni, Telecom Italia

Vice Chairs: Javier Lacasa, Telefónica and Stephen Pentland, Vodafone Group.

GSMA Contact:

Melissa Blake

Advocacy Governance Manager, GSMA


EMF and Health – HEALTH

HEALTH focuses on the responsible management of health, safety and environmental issues relating to mobile telecommunications. It tracks, monitors and helps inform public policy debate in these areas, acting in close collaboration with GSMA’s Health Policy Subgroup and EMF Expert Panel.

Chair: Martin Busch, Deutsche Telekom

Vice Chair: José Moure, KPN.

GSMA Contact:

Dr Jack Rowley

Senior Director Research & Sustainability, GSMA