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 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.
Mike 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.
Eunji Kim | Research Analyst
Eunji Kim is Research Analyst at TechPolis. Eunji applies both quantitative and qualitative analyses in research on global technology policy. Eunji received her bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently pursuing a master’s in public policy, specializing in business, government and regulation at the University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Prior to graduate school, she worked with cloud migration, hardware support and general client services at the Office of the Chancellor of the University of California.
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.