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 mobile technologies sector. We help them navigate ever-evolving policy, regulatory and strategy 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.

Where We Work

We work anywhere our services are required, which basically means everywhere. We have people on the ground in the Americas (U.S. and Brazil), Europe (the U.K.) and Asia (India) while our globe-trotting advisors spend a lot of time on the road.

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, market and policy research for major U.S. vendors in the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia and Turkey, research reports for an international financial agency on telecoms markets in Mongolia and Afghanistan, white papers for a European multi-national mobile operator for release in Pakistan.

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 different 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 | Principal ConsultantAddressPhoneE-Mail

Ricardo Tavares  |   CEO

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.

Mike Newlands | Editor/Research AnalystAddressPhoneE-Mail

Michael Newlands

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.

Adam Rosenberg | Research AnalystAddressPhoneE-Mail

Michael Newlands

Adam Rosenberg is a China-focused researcher working on the public policy and geopolitical implications of emerging technologies. A native English speaker who is fluent in Mandarin, he worked at an education-technology company in Shanghai and, more recently, was an intern at the U.S. Trade Representative Office (USTR) in Washington, D.C., where he researched trade policies related to Chinese foreign direct investment.  He is a graduate student at the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), where his focus is international management.


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).

Martyn Roetter | Independent Consultant

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.

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.

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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.