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
Friday 23 February, 2018 | Blog | blog | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | Global | Global
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 ...
Tuesday 19 September, 2017 | Blog | blog | Digital Identity | Digital Inclusion | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Refugee crisis
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 ...
Tuesday 9 May, 2017 | Blog | blog | Digital Identity | Sub-Saharan Africa
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 ...
Thursday 3 November, 2016 | Blog | Digital Dividend | Digital Identity | English | Global | Global | Local content | Operational best practices | Product development and product design | State of the industry and trends
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 ...
Tuesday 24 May, 2016 | Blog | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital Identity | English | Financial services products | Global | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile Money | Mobile Money for Women | Operational best practices | Policy and regulation
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 ...