TechPolis provides international consulting services to leading players in the mobile technologies sector.

Who We Are

TechPolis provides international consulting services to leading players in the information and communication technologies sector. We help them navigate ever-evolving business development, policy, regulatory and strategy challenges. This includes guiding gaining market access, 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.

Where We Work

We work anywhere our services are required.

Some of our recent projects have included research for an American technology company on U.S. and European data privacy regulations, advising and helping a major European vendor in Brazil, smart cities’ market and policy research for a major U.S. tech company in the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia and Turkey, research reports for an international financial agency on telecoms markets in Mongolia, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, white papers for a European multi-national mobile operator for release in Pakistan, guiding a British satellite operator into market access in India.

In short, we are comfortable operating in countries on six continents, and have a good understanding of, and sensitivity to, different political and economic systems and a variety of national cultures.

This combination of our international experience and expertise coupled with our knowledge of both technology and policy, offers you unique consulting capabilities you simply won’t find anywhere else.


Ricardo Tavares | CEO

Ricardo Tavares  |   CEO

Ricardo Tavares is a business and policy strategist in global technology markets. He helps businesses to find entry in foreign markets and navigate complex policy and regulatory environments. His clients represent a Who’s Who of the technology industry, with particular strength in wireless technologies. Ricardo was Sr. VP at the GSM Association, the international trade association for mobile operators; Head of Government and Industry Relations (GIR) for Ericsson, and policy strategy consultant for Qualcomm. He has extensive international management experience with projects in over 30 countries on five continents. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute and completed course work at the Ph.D. level at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Ricardo is a member of the Board of Regents of the Harris Manchester College at Oxford University, is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and is a member of the International Advisory Board of GPS.

Martyn Roetter | Senior Director, Research

Martyn Roetter

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.

Aimee Barnes | Research Analyst

Aimee Barnes

Aimee Barnes has helped write reports comparing international legislation on Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Everything technologies, assessing the impact of changes in spectrum allocation on satellite services, and analyzing how liability legislation will play a role in the development of autonomous vehicle technologies. Outside of TechPolis, she interned with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center working on spectrum, connected vehicle, and technology policy. In June 2020, she will complete her master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in economics from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.

William Shumate | Research Analyst

William Shumate

William Shumate is skilled at synthesizing complex policy environments into concise, accessible explanations. William has four years of experience in public policy including time in politics, nonprofits, and community organizations. He received his bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from California State University Northridge, and is pursuing a master’s in International Affairs at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. He has participated in a wide variety of research projects on public policy and emerging technologies. His research focus includes the quantitative analysis of Internet and Communications Technologies in China and Africa.


Cathy Slesinger | VP, Freedom Technologies

cathy slesinger

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).

Lourenço Pinto Coelho | Owner, LPC Consultoria Empresarial

Lourenço Pinto Coelho

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 A Khaliq

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.

The best strategies emerge from deep understanding of facts. Download and share our insightful research into topical issues for the mobile technologies sector.

Visit our research notes


Thought Leadership
Deep analysis of regulatory / policy cases through white papers and presentations, including responses to regulators’ public consultations.

Industry Coalitions
Management of industry coalitions to strengthen regulatory advocacy cases and commercial ecosystems.

Advocacy campaigns
Design and execution of advocacy campaigns including media strategies and face-to-face meetings with government officials.