Spectrum Policy Team

Brett Tarnutzer

Brett Tarnutzer

Head of Spectrum

Brett Tarnutzer directs the association’s full range of spectrum-related activities and, in collaboration with the GSMA membership, represents the industry on critical spectrum policy issues with national governments and multilateral organisations. Prior to joining the GSMA, Brett worked for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where Brett served as both assistant chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, dealing with a wide range of spectrum-related issues and as senior member of the Incentive Auction Task Force, designing the first-ever auction to incentivise the transfer of spectrum from broadcast to mobile use.

Luciana Camargos

Luciana Camargos

Senior Spectrum Policy Manager, Brazil

Luciana Camargos is a specialist with over a decade of experience in mobile telecommunications and spectrum policy. In 2012, Luciana joined GSMA Brazil, after having worked in the UK for consulting firm Access Partnership from 2009. There, Luciana was in charge of negotiating efficient use of spectrum, as well as the entrance of new services in the market, at international meetings at the ITU, CITEL, CEPT and other multilateral organisations.

Earlier, for six years, Luciana worked at the Anatel Technical Advisory Unit on strategic spectrum planning. Luciana previously worked in Brazil as a government affairs consultant, representing the telecoms industry in Brazil and internationally as part of the Brazilian delegation, shaping the future of mobile services at international fora.

Luciana earned an MBA in telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia.

Peng Zhao

Peng Zhao

Regional Spectrum Policy Director

Peng is responsible of the GSMA campaign to gain access to harmonised spectrum for mobile broadband. He is leading a team of regional experts and delivering spectrum policy and licensing best practice to key markets across the globe. He is also involved in various ITU activities leading to World Radio Conferences and is in charge of the WRC campaign for APAC.

Peng has an engineering background and prior to joining GSMA in 2011, Peng has worked for Orange in Switzerland and various non-profit organisations in the UK as consultant. Peng holds a MS Telecommunication Systems from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. In addition to English, he is a native French and Mandarin speaker.

Oliver Chapman

Oliver Chapman

Senior Policy Manager

Oliver has worked in the mobile industry for over a decade in a range of marketing and policy roles. Oliver joined the GSMA in 2013 as marketing content manager. He led the development of all spectrum related content and advised on communicating policy best practice.

In February 2016, Oliver became Senior Policy Manager at the GSMA where his focus is on major and emerging spectrum policy issues including 5G, the Internet of Things and spectrum pricing.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Oliver organised communications campaigns for major industry bodies, operators and vendors. 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.

Joe Guan

Joe Guan

Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Asia Pacific

Joe Guan is involved in a wide range of spectrum campaigns for the GSMA, and contributes to our advocacy programmes advising government and regulatory bodies across the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining the GSMA, Joe worked for the New Zealand spectrum regulator — the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment — in a variety of roles ranging from radio engineering to business analysis and project management. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Mohamed Abbes

Mohamed Abbes

Public Policy Director

Mohamed’s career experience in ICT spans 15 years. Before joining the GSMA as Public Policy Director – MENA in February 2017, Mohamed managed advisory and strategic consulting in the telecommunications regulation within PwC in all the African French speaking countries within MENA. Mohamed’s previous career experience included working as a senior manager Regulatory Affairs for Ooredoo Group in Qatar, between 2014 and 2016, where he provided support to the 11 Ooredoo operators worldwide and participated to several missions across Ooredoo’s footprint. Before that, Mohamed was the head of Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Business Department at Ooredoo Tunisia for four years.

In addition to regulatory affairs and wholesale experience, Mohamed’s telecommunications experience also includes a role in 2003 as an engineer at the technical department of Ooredoo Tunisia where he ended in 2009 as Head of Rollout of the mobile network of Ooredoo Tunisia. Meanwhile, Mohamed was chosen by Orascom Holding in early 2009 to participate in the mission to restructure the newly acquired operator in Central African Republic (Telecel CAR) as a Head of Rollout.

Mohamed holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tunis School of Engineering (2001).

Glyn Carter

Glyn Carter

Spectrum Analyst, Government and Regulatory Affairs

Glyn Carter’s expertise spans a range of areas, including technology strategy, spectrum and other regulatory issues, standards, and the specification and procurement of voice and data terminals and services. Glyn’s knowledge of mobile telecoms technologies includes LTE, UMTS/HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO, GSM/GPRS and TETRA.

Glyn currently works in the Future Spectrum team at GSMA, preparing for the next ITU World Radio Communication Conference (WRC). In particular, Glyn is developing technical studies into compatibility and sharing between mobile and other services in spectrum bands. Before joining the GSMA in February 2012, Glyn spent over 10 years working for mobile operators in countries including Portugal, Romania and the UK.

As a consultant, Glyn has participated in numerous projects for regulators, operators and users of telecommunications, including replanning the radio spectrum in South Africa and other spectrum management projects for regulators in the UK, Japan, Sweden and Jordan. Glyn also undertook spectrum compatibility studies in CEPT and was editor of ECC Report 42 on spectrum efficiency. Before this, Glyn designed communication terminal products for Racal Electronics. Glyn has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a PhD in cryptography from London University.

Matias Fernandez Diaz

Matias Fernandez Diaz

Senior Spectrum Policy Manager, Latin America

Matias Fernandez Diaz engages with governments, regulators and mobile operators across Latin America, focusing mainly on spectrum policy and mobile broadband. Matias coordinates the GSMA’s Regulatory Working Group and Security and Fraud Working Group for Latin America. Matias also represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and WRC.

Before turning to government and regulatory affairs, Matias was a research analyst at the GSMA. Matias conducted market research, gathered company intelligence and generated regulatory environment studies of the IT industry, with specific knowledge of the mobile industry.

Prior to Matias’s appointment at GSMA, Matias was a coordinator at IBM’s Global Delivery Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matias is currently completing his master’s degree in telecommunications management services at San Andres University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad Catolica Argentina.

Lucas Gallitto

Lucas Gallitto

Public Policy Director, Latin America

Lucas currently serves as Public Policy Director at GSMA Latin America, based in Buenos Aires. He is currently focused on mobile industry developments and key regulatory decisions focusing on connecting everyone and everything to a better future, engaging with Governments, operators and players in the mobile ecosystem.

Lucas is responsible for the Regulatory Working Group and Fraud and Security Working Group activities. Lucas also represents the GSMA in international forums such as CITEL and ITU.

Before joining the GSMA, Lucas built a broad experience in project management in multinational companies such as Ericsson and Nokia, with over 10 years’ experience in the telecoms industry. Lucas completed a Masters in Business Administration from Universidad Torcuato di Tella (UTDT), and holds a Specialization in Telecommunications Management from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. Lucas speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Daniel Gueorguiev

Daniel Gueorguiev

Public Policy Advisor, European

Daniel Gueorguiev is a Public Policy Advisor on the European Union and handles the spectrum-related activities in Europe and, in collaboration with the GSMA membership, represents the industry on critical spectrum policy issues with the European institutions. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked in Brussels as a public affairs consultant representing, among others; Intuit, Bloomberg, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s interest in Europe. Daniel has an Advanced Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy of the EU at the College of Europe (Bruges) and holds a double degree in Psychology and International Relations from McGill University.

Veena Rawat

Veena Rawat, O.C., Ph.D.

Senior Spectrum Advisor

Veena is currently working as a Communications Technologies Consultant, providing advisory services to a number of organizations and corporations nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management”

Between 2011-14, Veena worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, she was President of Communications Research Centre, the only Canadian federal government research lab conducting R&D in all communications technologies. Before heading CRC, Veena spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions in managing radio frequency spectrum.

Veena‘ s many “firsts” in her career and her long list of national and international awards include being the first female (and first Canadian as well) ever to chair ITU’s WRC (World Radio Conference) in 2003 for which she was awarded ITU’ s gold medal by the Secretary General.

Nitin Sapra

Nitin Sapra

Spectrum & Policy Manager

Nitin Sapra joined the GSMA in 2011 as a regulatory affairs and spectrum policy advisor. As such, Nitin works on all spectrum-related issues in India and provides insight, knowledge and analysis on the Indian market to the organisation’s global public policy team.

Previously, Nitin was deputy manager at Cellular Operators Association of India, where Nitin engaged in a wide range of spectrum and regulatory policy issues. Nitin has an engineering degree in electronics and communication and a post-graduate degree in wireless communications.

Kamal Tamawa

Kamal Tamawa

Policy Manager, Africa

Kamal is a Policy Manager on the Africa Team. In his role, Kamal is involved in the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and the dissemination of messages on a wide variety of policy topics, including Spectrum.

He has worked with the Nigerian Telecoms Regulator and, prior to joining the GSMA, he worked with Etisalat Nigeria where he managed Regulatory Compliance, Spectrum Policy and Technical Regulatory matters. Kamal has also been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee that prepares Nigeria’ s participation at International fora on spectrum and other technical matters.

Kamal holds a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the American University of Cyprus and an M.Sc in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London. In his spare time, he indulges in Photography and has been witnessed cheering for Manchester United.

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

Senior Policy Manager, Africa

Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou is Policy Manager for Africa. As such, Aurelie assists in the engagement with relevant stakeholders in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, with a focus on West Africa, and undertakes the coordination, research, analysis and reporting required to manage the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes and the dissemination of key messages in the areas of spectrum, digital inclusion, infrastructure sharing and the future of regulation.

Aurelie has over eight years of experience in the Telecoms and ICT sector (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin). Prior to joining the GSMA, Aurelie was Head of Spectrum Management at the National Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Benin and as such, played an active role in the preparation of Benin and Africa for WRC 2015.

Aurelie holds a MSc Degree in Engineering – Telecoms and ICT from Telecom SudParis and a Certificate in Public Policy Management and Leadership from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York).

Aurelie is a Mandela Washington Young African Leader Initiative fellow.

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