Who We Are
TechPolis provides international consulting services to leading players in the mobile technologies sector. We help them navigate ever-evolving policy and regulatory challenges. This includes guiding government relations, building solid industry alliances, designing advocacy campaigns, and providing crisis management.We combine a deep understanding of political and governmental structures with detailed, ongoing monitoring of market developments and state-of-the-art knowledge of technology innovation. This combination offers you unique consulting capabilities you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Where We Work
We decided early on that our competitive advantage would come from focusing on emerging markets. In the intervening years these have grown to become central to the mobile industry and our work has expanded globally. Our greatest experience is concentrated in five regions:
- Middle East & North Africa
- South & Central Asia
- Southeast Asia
- Latin America
Ricardo Tavares is a leading international consultant on ICT policy and regulation. From 2004 to 2010 Ricardo was Sr. VP at the GSM Association, the international trade association for mobile operators. He was a Sr. Director of International Operations at San Diego, California-based Wireless Facilities, Inc. from 1999 to 2003, and was General Manager of WFI’s Brazil office in 2001/02, managing the roll out of 1,500 cell sites from radio planning to civil works to core network connectivity. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (Iuperj), and completed course work at the Ph.D. level at the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). Ricardo is a member of the Board of Regents of the Harris Manchester College at Oxford University in the UK and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the United States.
Michael Newlands | Editor/Research Analyst
Mike Newlands has been a journalist for nearly 40 years, reporting on business and technology in dozens of countries on five continents. For the past 20 years he has focused on ICT, mainly as a freelance writer and researcher/analyst for many of the big technology, and specifically telecoms, publishing and research houses. These include Computer Business Review, Global Technology Business, Infoconomy, Total Telecom, Telecom Paper, Point Topic, PolicyTracker and Informa Telecoms & Media. He was Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for ComputerWire, based in Perth, Australia. Before that he set up one of the first desktop publishing companies in Hong Kong and published business magazines and directories for, amongst others, the British and Australian Chambers of Commerce. He has a BA (Hons) degree from Rhodes University, South Africa and a BSc (Hons) from Manchester University, UK. At TechPolis, Mike edits all major writing pieces and does research on ICT issues for a variety of the company’s clients.
Cathy Slesinger | VP, Freedom Technologies
Cathy Slesinger is an accomplished government relations and public policy executive with more than 25 years of demonstrated success in securing positive results before and with national and foreign regulators. Before joining Freedom Technologies, Inc. (FTI), she served in executive public policy positions with the GSM Association, Cable and Wireless and NYNEX/Bell Atlantic (now Verizon).
Martyn Roetter | Independent Consultant
Martyn Roetter has decades of experience in the telecommunications and high tech industries, working in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific. He has provided advice to private-sector clients and investors on business and technology strategies and tactics, as well as analyzing regulatory and policy issues for governments. While based in the US, France and the UK he worked as a partner in several consulting companies, including Arthur D. Little, PA Consulting and Decision Resources, and most recently with his own sole proprietorship, MFRConsulting. A member of the IEEE, he served for several years on the Board of a supplier of wireless equipment, where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He holds a doctorate in physics from Oxford University.
Lourenço Pinto Coelho | Owner, LPC Consultoria Empresarial
Lourenço Pinto Coelho is an associate professor at the Dom Cabral School of Business in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where he is involved with the Partnership for Excellence (Paex) program which provides coaching to executives of medium-sized companies. He is also a Director of the infrastructure department of the influential Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP), Brazil.Lourenço is a board member at Ascensus, a trading company based in Joinville, Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil. Previously, he was Ericsson’s Vice President of Strategy & Marketing for Latin America. His experience encompasses strategy, sales & marketing, coaching and M&A.
Zouhair A Khaliq | Independent Consultant
Zouhair has worked in the mobile telecoms industry at the highest level for many years, and has extensive experience in leading strategy, launching start-ups, supervising turnarounds and managing high growth companies to sustainable profitability. Until very recently, he was Managing Director, Mobile for Development with the GSMA. Before that, he was a key player at CEO and Board level for more than 10 years in the development and expansion into new MENA markets of Orascom Telecom.He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumni of INSEAD, France. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.