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

Who We Are

Between 2003 and 2020, TechPolis provided international consulting services to leading players in the information and communication technologies sector. We helped them navigate ever-evolving business development, policy, regulatory and strategy challenges. This included guiding market access, government relations, building solid industry alliances, designing advocacy campaigns, and providing crisis management. We combined 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 Worked

We worked globally anywhere our services were required. Our strengths were in emerging markets and on US and EU corporations and governments strategies to those markets.


Ricardo Tavares | Former CEO

Ricardo Tavares  |   CEO

Ricardo Tavares is a public policy and business-government relations strategist in global technology markets. He has helped businesses to find entry in foreign markets and navigate complex policy and regulatory environments. His past 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) at Ericssonç and policy strategy consultant for Qualcomm and the World Bank. Ricardo was Head of Public Policy for TikTok in Brazil in 2020-2021, when he also supervised the building of TikTok’s public policy  team in Latin America.  He has extensive international management experience with projects in over 35 countries on five continents. 

Ricardo holds a master’s degree in political science from the Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute (iuperj) and completed course work in international relations 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.

Between 2014 and 2020, Ricardo published blogs on this site discussing technology policy trends.

Since July of 2021, Ricardo has been a Senior Manager at Google’s Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) area, focusing on the company’s hardware supply chain (Pixel, Nest, FitBit, semiconductors, and more).

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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 mapping of decision-making structures.