Yiannis Theodorou

Senior Director, Advocacy/Acting Head of Digital Identity,

Yiannis is the Acting Head of the GSMA’s Digital Identity programme and leads the development of several policy and advocacy initiatives in Development and Humanitarian contexts. He is currently exploring the role of mobile and government policy in accelerating digital identity ecosystems to support the digital and financial inclusion of underserved populations. He has been researching and advising Governments and Mobile Operators on Mobile SIM registration and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) regulations across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Yiannis also delivers several regulatory training courses and represents the GSMA at various public fora globally, closely engaging with key partners such as the World Bank and UN bodies. He previously led public policy initiatives related to the use of Big Data for Social Good and the Internet-of-Things, focusing on consumer data protection and Privacy-by-Design. He authored a number of reports and policy recommendations on these topics. Prior to the GSMA, Yiannis was a Strategy Associate at the UK regulator Ofcom, developing strategic and regulatory policy insights across the Internet, TV, and telecommunications sectors. Yiannis holds a MSc. in Management from Cass Business School and a Law Degree from UCL (London).

Posts by Yiannis Theodorou

Access to Mobile and Proof of Identity: A global snapshot of linkages, challenges and opportunities

With a global subscriber base that surpassed 5 billion in 2017, the mobile ecosystem has created a global digital platform that is increasingly connecting everyone and everything. Given this scale, the mobile industry has a unique opportunity to bring the benefits of digital ...

Enabling Forcibly Displaced Persons to access mobile services by addressing identification barriers

The importance of mobile phones, networks and services to people’s lives today is undisputed. However, the increasing emphasis on proof-of-identity requirements in more than 135 countries worldwide is preventing large numbers of underserved people who lack identification ...

Reflections on ID4Africa 2017: Pathways to Digital Identity

The GSMA Digital identity team recently participated in the third annual ID4Africa Forum 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. More than 800 public and private sector delegates from over 50 nations and 22 development agencies attended the 3-day event, themed ‘Pathways to Digital ...

Using Mobile-derived Big Data 4 Social Good – Reflections from the UN’s first World Data Forum, Cape Town, January 2017

Earlier this month, the GSMA attended the UN’s first World Data Forum in Cape Town. The 3-day event brought together more than 2000 experts from public and private institutions to discuss how data can be used for sustainable development and life-enhancing services. ...

Digital Identity – Regulatory trends and the role of mobile

The GSMA has just published a new report exploring various Regulatory and Policy trends impacting Digital Identity and the role of mobile. The ability to prove that you are who you say you are is a fundamentally important building block of economic, financial and social ...

Mandatory ‘real name’ registration of prepaid SIM card users: Considerations for policymakers

Mandatory registration of prepaid SIM cards is a policy that a number of governments have adopted in recent years. It requires consumers to provide proof of identity in order to activate a prepaid mobile SIM card. The primary justification for this policy is that having a ...