Meet Our Course Leaders
Advocacy and Regulatory Specialist
Saad Farooq is the Advocacy and Regulatory Specialist for the Mobile Money programme at the GSMA and is based in London. With a global focus, Saad works towards advocating the enabling of regulatory policies to promote the role of mobile money as a tool for improving the social and economic lives of the poor. Saad is currently leading discussions with regulatory and commercial stakeholders signifying the role and achievements of mobile money as a strategic enabler for reducing the costs of international remittances in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining the GSMA, Saad was working for a mobile money issuer and was responsible for the development of new and innovative payments services and ensuring regulatory compliance in EU and MENA regions. Saad holds an MBA with a focus on strategy and international business.
Market Engagement Director
Lara is the Market Engagement Director for Asia for the Mobile Money Programme. Based out of Mumbai, she supports mobile network operators to address regulatory barriers and engage with regulators to develop mobile money deployments.
Previously, Lara worked as a consultant at Bankable Frontier Associates. In this role she focused on assessing the regulatory landscape for new mobile payment products. This involved investigating the linkages between financial inclusion, stability, integrity, and consumer protection, and developing the strategies, structures and measurement frameworks to institutionalise financial inclusion as a policy objective.
Senior Engagement Manager & Course Moderator
Head of Policy, Greater China
As the GSMA’s Head of Policy for Greater China, Joe leads a wide range of spectrum campaigns for the GSMA, covering spectrum management and planning, regional harmonisation, policy development, regulatory affairs, and capacity building. He also contributes to GSMA’s regional advocacy programmes advising government and regulatory bodies across the region.
Before joining the GSMA, he worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment — in a variety of roles ranging from radio engineering, spectrum licensing, compliance, to project management. He was heavily involved in the development of the New Zealand government’s online register of radio frequencies and its online spectrum licensing and compliance systems.
Joe has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, specialised in radio engineering and digital signal processing. He is also a certified PRINCE2 practitioner with many experiences in project and programme management.
Public Policy Director
Jenny is responsible for the GSMA’s mYouth programme, which is concerned with children’s use of mobile phones, and encouraging the safe and responsible use of mobile devices and services. She also leads the Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content. Previously, she worked for Vodafone Group and Spectrum Strategy Consultants. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.
Strategic Engagement Director, APAC
“Johnny” John David Kim is the Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the GSMA engages deeply with its mobile operator members and ecosystem partners, as well as governments and policymakers across the region. He works across the region to introduce and execute GSMA initiatives and to foster commercial strategies, development and commercialisation of new technologies, and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics including 5G and the Internet of Things.
With over 20 years of research and consulting experience in the ICT and telecoms industry, especially in North East Asia, Johnny has executed and directed major research and consulting studies for mobile network operators and vendors, as well as governments and regulatory bodies.
Johnny holds a BSc from the University of Melbourne and a BBus from Swinburne University of Technology. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.
Public Policy Director
Dominique works on cyber security policy and internet governance for the GSMA and also leads the GSMA’s Internet Governance Task Force. Previously, she worked for Yahoo!, eBay and Apple in the US, and more recently for the Taxpayers’ Alliance in the UK. She holds a BA from Cornell University, an MSc in Information Systems Management from the London School of Economics and a second master’s degree from the University of Bath.
Head of Public Policy, APAC
As Head of Public Policy for the APAC region for the GSMA, Emanuela closely tracks developments in competition law and regulation. Prior to joining the GSMA, she was a partner at a leading law firm in London. In this role she advised governments, regulators, competition authorities and corporate clients on matters of competition law and regulation. This work included acting as an advisor to the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain, as well as providing training courses to Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator. A lawyer by background, she also has an MSc in Economic Regulation and Competition from City University London and from 2006 to 2015 she was a visiting lecturer, teaching the legal module of that MSc.
Niall works with subject matter experts within the GSMA to develop and manage the content for all of the GSMA’s Capacity Building training courses. He also serves as a trainer for courses on Mobile for Socio-Economic Development and the Internet of Things. Further to this, Niall compiles and edits the GSMA’s Mobile Policy Handbook, the publication which details all of the GSMA’s public policy positions. Before joining the GSMA, Niall worked as a freelance journalist covering developments in the technology sector for many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers. He holds a BA in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting from the University of Wales.
Senior Public Policy Director
Mani is a versatile tech product and public policy strategist with more than 15 years of experience. As Senior Director at GSMA, he focuses on the business and regulatory drivers impacting the mobile telecoms industry, developing and communicating the industry thinking on tech and digital public policy to governments, institutions and other stakeholders.Mani has worked with major technology vendors, start-ups, consultancies and a regulatory authority leading initiatives. He has in-depth knowledge and experience of a broad range of public policy areas including market reviews, price regulation, net neutrality, taxation, universal service funds and broadband and network infrastructure models. Mani is a Master’s Scholar with a First Class Honours degree and a Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Market Engagement Manager
Ferdous is the Market engagement manager for the GSMA Connected Society, responsible for developing strategy and engaging with mobile industry players for Asia. Additionally, his role involves creating industry collaborations for enhancing rural connectivity and bringing best practice around it.
Ferdous joined the GSMA in February 2010. Prior to his current role, he was the programme manager for the GSMA Green Power for Mobile Programme. Ferdous was involved in GSMA pilot projects on M4D Utilities for East Africa. He also led Green Power projects in India, South America, Central Asia, South Asia and East Africa.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Ferdous led Huawei’s PMO for the Telenor global account in Asia-Pacific region. Ferdous holds a Bachelor degree on Electronics Engineering from Simon Fraser University of British Columbia.
Regulatory Director, Mobile Money
Brian is the GSMA Mobile Money Senior Regulatory Specialist based in Nairobi. In this role he provides tailored support to mobile operators in the Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions, helping them find solutions to the regulatory barriers inhibiting the growth of their mobile money services. Brian is a regulatory practitioner with over 13 years of corporate experience spanning converged telecommunications and digital financial services. He joined the GSMA from Safaricom where he spent five years providing legal and regulatory support for M-PESA and contributed to the development of Kenya’s digital financial services regulatory framework. Brian is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds LLB and LLM degrees.
Policy Director, Technology Policy
Stefano is the M2M Regulatory Manager within the Connected Living Programme at the GSMA. Stefano works closely with member companies and ecosystem stakeholders to identify priorities, execute activities and communicate findings with a particular focus on policy and regulation. His objective is to stimulate growth and innovation in connected Internet of Things services. Prior to this, Stefano was a principal consultant and analyst specialising in telecoms regulatory policy. He holds an MSc from the University of Siena and a BSc in Economics from the University of Florence.
Senior Policy Manager, Spectrum
Oliver Chapman has worked in the mobile industry for over a decade in a range of marketing and policy roles. He joined the GSMA in 2013 and is currently a Senior Policy Manager in the GSMA’s spectrum programme. His focus is on major and emerging spectrum policy issues including 5G and IoT spectrum. He has also overseen research into spectrum pricing. He previously led the development of the GSMA’s spectrum related content and advised on communicating policy best practice. Prior to joining the GSMA, Oliver organised communications campaigns for major industry bodies, operators and vendors – with a focus on radio networks. They included the Small Cell Forum, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, Vodafone, ZTE and start-ups like Flarion, Kineto Wireless and Ubiquisys. Oliver has an MA in political communications, a post-graduate diploma in journalism and a BSc in information systems.
Market Engagement Manager
Olly Parsons joined GSMA in 2013 as the Disaster Response Programme Coordinator. He supported the programme and the development of its initiative, the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter as Assistant Project Manager. Now, as Market Engagement Manger, Olly works to build relationships with mobile network operators across priority regions in order to identify strategic opportunities to provide capacity building support and drive adoption of Humanitarian Connectivity Charter principles and activities, with the ultimate aim of increasing resilience and preparedness. Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Parsons supported a number of projects in the Research and Higher Education Division of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He has conducted ICT4D-related research projects across East Africa, on vulnerabilities, OSM and community mapping, and on the spread of hate speech. Olly holds an MSc in Practicing Sustainable Development with ICT4D specialism and a BSc in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Director, Consumer Insights and Policy for Digital Inclusion
Gaia leads the Mobile Affordability Solutions work stream of the GSMA Connected Society programme, supporting the industry’s objective to increase mobile broadband connectivity by driving policy change to reduce the cost of mobile ownership and usage. She works with policy makers and international organisations in emerging markets to lower the cost of investing in infrastructure and providing mobile services, including cost barriers such as mobile sector specific taxation. As part of her role, Gaia also supports mobile operators and ecosystem players to devise strategies that can lower the cost of connectivity. Gaia is an economist by background and has extensive experience in economic consulting and research. Prior to joining the GSMA, Gaia spent several years in consulting advising private companies, governments and NGOs through the application of economic theory, evaluating policy interventions, economic and social impacts, and business profitability in a wide range of industries. Gaia holds an MA in Economics from Boston University and BA and MSc in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University.
Senior Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs
Vikram is a communications regulatory and policy specialist, with a focus on international telecoms regulatory matters. With over 15 years telecoms experience Vikram has worked on a range of communications sectors including fixed and mobile and business and consumer.
At GSMA he has built on his international experience regionally – in particular, the Arab States – GCC, Africa – CRASA and Asia, and working across a range of ITU matters in ITU-T Study Groups including the WCIT 2012 and WTSA 2016. Recent experience includes International Mobile Roaming, Taxation and Internet of Things.
Prior to this Vikram was Head of Regulation for Verizon Business, UK and Ireland where he covered business regulation, competition and EU export dual-use regulation. At Lebara Group, a consumer focussed MVNO, he was Head of Regulation for EU and Australia. Previously, Vikram was responsible for interconnection and regulatory matters at Eircom UK and worked across internet, telecoms and broadcast regulation at cable operator NTL (Virgin). He also managed a range of regulatory matters at Orange UK that related to mobile commerce which included mobile payments, advertising and gambling services. He also took the lead on telecoms data protection, security regulation and online child protection.
Vikram has a combined degree, BA Hons Economics and Law, and post graduate studies in Law – LPC, from the College of Law London.
Dr Jack Rowley
Senior Director Research & Sustainability
Jack leads radiofrequency safety and environmental activities within the GSMA’s Public Policy department. He has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is the author of over 100 publications on mobile communications safety. He holds an Electronics Engineering degree with a First Class Honours from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and a PhD from the RMIT University (Australia). Jack is also a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and a senior member of the IEEE.
Senior Policy Manager, Africa
Shola Sanni joined GSMA in 2016 as Policy Manager – Africa. She is based in the GSMA Africa office in Nairobi and is responsible for the delivery of GSMA’s various advocacy programs on mobile sector policy in East Africa. She works with the Africa Policy Team to engage policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem to disseminate GSMA’s public policy messaging on issues such as spectrum, taxation, KYC and infrastructure sharing. She also leads on mYouth/Child Online Protection issues in Sub Saharan Africa.
Shola holds an LLM Masters Degree in International & Commercial Law from the University of Hertfordshire and is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Director of Connectivity Solutions
As Infrastructure Economics Director, Guillaume is supporting GSMA’s efforts to tangibly assist operators in bridging the mobile broadband coverage gap across emerging markets. Guillaume’s work has consistently focused on the development of the mobile industry across AMEA for the past 10 years. His prior roles in the industry involved developing market strategies in collaboration with C-Level management to enhance value generation of mobile products and services across mobile operations in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. As a consultant, he advised a wide variety of MNOs on organic as well as external growth strategies. He also led projects looking at the regulation of interconnection, broadband networks roll out and content digital strategies. Guillaume has worked extensively in Indonesia, Thailand, Congo Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Mali, Jordan and Kenya. Guillaume holds an MSc in Media & Communication Regulation & Policy from the London School of Economics as well as a BSc in International Relations. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Director of Privacy
Boris is the Director of Privacy at GSMA. In his role, Boris seeks to lead public debate around privacy in mobile and to help deliver long-term benefits for mobile users.
He brings with him a wealth of privacy experience in the areas of IT and digital. Before joining GSMA, Boris was at Accenture for nine years where he lead the data privacy function for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and successfully obtained one of the first ever approvals from EU data privacy regulators for so-called Binding Corporate Rules.
Previously, Boris spent three years as legal adviser to the UK’s Information Commissioner and six years in private practice. He has also worked at the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Boris sits on the European Advisory Board for the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and holds IAPP CIPP/E and CIPM certifications in addition being a 16+ PQE solicitor.
Dr Ronda Zelezny-Green
Policy and Regulation Training Delivery Director
Ronda developed and directs the Capacity Building programme’s eLearning platform. She has more than 10 years of teaching and training delivery experience, both face-to-face and online. She has also worked with learners across five continents, at all education levels, and in government. She has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and subject matter expertise in public policy, gender, and mobile learning. Ronda has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies for Development from the University of London.