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:

Tomas Jakimavicius

Senior Director, Public Policy, Europe, GSMA

Tomas Jakimavicius

Tomas Jakimavicius is a Public Policy Director for the European region at the GSMA. He is working on government and regulatory affairs, where he focuses on the EU telecoms & digital regulatory and policy developments that affect mobile communications industry. In his role, he creates public affairs strategies for the GSMA membership, as well as facilitates the association members when executing advocacy campaigns geared toward their public policy and business goals.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Tomas has served as a diplomat with the Lithuanian Permanent Representation to the EU, where he represented Lithuania at the EU Council as the Telecoms and Digital Affairs Attaché in 2010-2014. He was also a Chairman of the EU Council’s ‘Telecommunications and Information Society’ Working Group during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the second half of 2013.

Prior to this role, he served at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, where he was a Chief Policy Expert at the ICT Policy department in 2009-2010.
Earlier in his career, Tomas held advisory and consultancy positions in the private IT and trade business sector companies.

Tomas received a Masters of Leadership with an International Relations concentration from Boston University, Mass. (US), a Masters of Enterprise Information systems from University of Westminster, London (UK) and a Bachelors of Informatics from the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.


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 Malte Firlus, Deutsche Telekom.

GSMA Contact:

Pierantonio Rizzo

Senior Manager, EU Affairs, GSMA

Pierantonio Rizzo

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

Melissa Blake


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

Dr Jack Rowley