Chief Regulatory Officer
As Chief Regulatory Officer of the GSMA, John is responsible for overseeing the association’s full range of advocacy activities, including securing critical spectrum resources for mobile, promoting best practice in areas such as regulation, taxation and privacy, and fostering digital empowerment for citizens globally through the GSMA Foundation and the GSMA Mobile for Development programmes.
Prior to joining the GSMA, John worked at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), most recently serving as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps. He also ran the FCC’s International Bureau, where he managed the agency’s relationships with foreign counterparts and served as its chief negotiator at international and regional organisations. John holds a Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Vice President for Policy and Regulation
Daniel Pataki leads the GSMA’s global engagement on digital and telecommunications policy. Under his direction, the GSMA advocates for policies and regulatory frameworks that enable sustained innovation and investment in the networks that underpin the digital economy and society.
Daniel has a unique record of strategic input into Europe’s telecommunications policy agenda, having previously served as head of Hungary’s National Regulatory Authority (2004-2009), chair of the European Regulators Group (ERG, now BEREC, 2008) and chair of the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG, 2009). Daniel was also Director General of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association (ETNO, 2012-2015) and Deputy Secretary of State for Communications (Hungary, 2002-2004)
He holds a MSc in Economics from the Budapest University of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma from a leading French institutional programme led by Ecole de Mines, Ecole des Ponts and Sciences-Po.
He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Republic of Hungary in 2009 for his work in EU electronic communication regulation and the Order of Merit (Knight’s Cross) of the Republic of Hungary in 2005 for his work promoting the development of the information and communications technology sector.
Head of Spectrum
Brett directs the association’s full range of spectrum-related activities, in collaboration with the GSMA membership.
Under Brett’s leadership, the spectrum team is focusing on areas such as the cost of access to spectrum. How regulators decide to determine the cost of access to spectrum bands has a big impact on the evolution of mobile services. It is essential that these costs are determined in a way that takes account of the necessary network investment that drives excellent service coverage. The team also works to facilitate the deployment of mobile spectrum bands and identify new bands, including preparing for World Radio Conference-2019, where spectrum for 5G will be a hot topic.
Prior to the GSMA, Brett worked for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, dealing with a wide range of spectrum-related issues including designing the first-ever incentive auction for transferring spectrum from broadcast to mobile use.
Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs
Natasha is the Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs at the GSMA, leading the association’s work on responsible approaches to trust and safety including data privacy, security and child online protection.
Natasha has been working in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry for over 20 years within both blue chip international and start up companies. She joined the GSMA in 2006 and built up the association’s advocacy work in consumer affairs, including founding the GSMA’s Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content and the Mobile Privacy Initiative. She is a board member, and former Chairman, of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and sits on the International Advisory Panel of the EU Kids Online research network.
Natasha holds a BA in Economics, qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is an alumni of the INSEAD Executive Development Programme.
Head of External Affairs and Industry Purpose
Alix is responsible for GSMA’s External Affairs and Industry Purpose activities. She leads the GSMA’s efforts to advocate the role of the mobile industry to “Intelligently Connect Everyone and Everything to a Better Future” and to address global challenges. She is responsible for a range of initiatives to position the mobile industry as a thought leader on responsible and sustainable business, Big Data for Social Good, Trust and Purpose and oversees the engagement of GSMA with key stakeholders including industry partners and international organisations, World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the UN, etc.
Alix joined the GSMA in 2011 and has held various advocacy roles within the organisations. Before joining the GSMA, she worked for Waggener Edstrom, a public affairs and communications agency, based in their Brussels office.
Alix holds a master’s degrees in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence and from the University of Law in Nantes, France.
Head of International Relations
Belinda leads the GSMA’s relationships with international intergovernmental institutions, including the ITU, the World Bank and the OECD. To help develop best-practice policy frameworks, the GSMA actively engages with these organisations by sharing industry data and analysis, as well as conveying the business perspectives and priorities of mobile operators.
Belinda is also responsible for the GSMA’s Capacity Building programme, which works with more than 20 institutional partners to deliver face-to-face and online training courses for telecoms and ICT regulators worldwide. Belinda is a Director of the US Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and the UK Telecommunications Academy (UKTA).
Previously, Belinda was responsible for running the GSMA’s Ministerial Programme at Mobile World Congress. She was also Marketing Director for the Government and Regulatory Affairs team at the GSMA, a role to which she brought more than 15 years of marketing experience within the telecoms and ICT industry. Belinda has a BA degree in French and Linguistics from the University of Exeter.