The GSMA’s Spectrum Experts
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.
Senior Director, Future Spectrum
Luciana Camargos is the GSMA’s Senior Director of Future Spectrum. She is responsible for the coordination and application of mobile industry positions on spectrum plans and is the manager of the future spectrum team, which looks after the GSMA’s WRC and ITU-R activity. She is also responsible for the GSMA’s Future Spectrum Group, the global committee of industry experts focused on future spectrum issues for mobile.
She is a specialist with long 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.
Prior to this, Luciana worked at Brazilian regulator Anatel, in its Technical Advisory Unit on strategic spectrum planning. Luciana is still an active participant in Brazilian planning processes for spectrum and ITU activity and is active in shaping the future of mobile services at international fora such as the ITU, CITEL, CEPT and other multilateral organisations.
Luciana earned an MBA in telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia.
Senior Spectrum 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.
Senior Spectrum Director
In October 2017, Laurent joined the GSMA’s spectrum team as the Senior Director. He represents the organisation with governments and regulators. He focuses on developing policy positions on spectrum issues, responses to consultations and monitoring new technology developments in the communications industry.
Laurent is a chartered engineer. He has been working on spectrum management since 2000.
He has previously worked for the UK Radiocommunications Agency (UK), Ofcom (UK). He then led the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games spectrum programme from 2009 to 2012. After the Olympic Games, he joined the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (French administration) where he was the head of future spectrum and European Affairs.
Spectrum Policy Director
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.
Head of Policy, Greater China
Joe manages the public policy agenda for the Greater China region. He leads engagements with governments and regulators as well as outreach to institutions and think-tanks. He advocates for members’ common interests, provides expert advice on policymaking and thought leadership to the evolution of policies and regulations. Joe is also active in capacity buiding, policy debates, and treaty conferences where China and the mobile industry play an important part in.
Before joining the GSMA, Joe 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
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).
Senior Spectrum Analyst
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.
Public Policy Director
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.
Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Cristian is responsible for providing policy advice and regulatory best practice on spectrum matters across markets in Asia Pacific and leads the engagement with governments on spectrum issues. He has over 17 years of experience in national spectrum regulation, international allocation and assignment strategy.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Cristian worked at the New Zealand spectrum regulator and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He served within Radiocommunication Bureau of the ITU as spectrum regulation and policy officer, providing assistance to Member States on spectrum issues primarily in Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
In New Zealand he was principal policy advisor at the spectrum regulator. He worked in policy development and represented the government at the World Radiocommunication Conference, Radiocommunication Assembly and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Previously, he undertook other regulatory roles including spectrum planning, engineering and licensing and has a former engineering background in military radiocommunications and digital microwave systems.
He has authored publications on spectrum regulatory issues and has been a speaker at international regulatory forums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Cristian’s academic background includes electronics and communications engineering (Chile, New Zealand), post-graduate studies in Public Policy (University of London) and an MBA (Massey University, New Zealand)
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, O.C., Ph.D.
Senior Spectrum Advisor
Veena Rawat, O.C., Ph.D.
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.
Senior Policy Manager, Sub-Saharan 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.
Ross is a long-term special adviser to the GSMA on government affairs across a number of issues affecting mobile broadband growth. He fulfils this role through his consultancy business RB Communications. Prior to this Ross worked at Access Partnership where he served as a director charged with government affairs and as a financial analyst for the mobile and satellite industries at TelecomFinance.