Leading Access Partnership’s UK and Europe geographic practice, Nina develops and implements market access strategies, designs trade advocacy campaigns, and performs network due diligence for commercial, government and military clients across the region. These include global network operators, service providers, governments and military establishments, as well as international organisations.
Nina joined Access Partnership after serving on a bilateral Joint Economic Commission of the United States Treasury. There, she was responsible for bilateral project negotiations, management planning, and program strategy in support of US and non-US government agencies. She previously managed bilateral research efforts on the West Bank, has worked in mission reporting at the International Monetary Fund, in financial publishing, and in political development research.Email Nina
Greg supports some of the world’s largest governments and companies in developing and executing public affairs strategies. Active in policy forums worldwide, he has assembled an internationally-recognised team capable of managing outcomes of national and multilateral policy processes on five continents.
Before becoming Managing Director of Access Partnership, Greg spent time both in government service and in the commercial arena, where he held responsibilities for leading campaigns to lower trade barriers. Prior to that, Greg worked as a ghost writer of publications covering international affairs and economics.Email Greg
Laura leads Access Partnership’s data policy and trust team, and helps manage the diverse international public policy group across four continents.
This group provides consultancy and advocacy services to some of the world’s largest companies across the full range of data issues affecting global corporations, including intellectual property, data privacy, security, Internet governance, and network regulation. Laura herself specialises in trade, intellectual property, privacy, and security.
For over ten years, Laura was president of Sallstrom Consulting until its purchase by Access Partnership. Prior to that, Laura was Director of the Business Software Alliance (Asia Pacific), based in Singapore, and also served as that organisation’s global trade manager in Washington DC. Prior to that, Laura was in public service in the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) where she assisted in the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and supported the Special 301 process.Email Laura
Colin provides support to wireless network operators, systems integrators and equipment manufacturers to ensure laws and regulation the swift delivery of these services to market. His work includes the development of authorisation processes for new wireless technologies, and adjustment of regulation to ensure that clients’ service offerings are compliant with international and national regulatory requirements. Colin is active in a number of European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) working groups, and maintains daily contact with Europe’s national regulatory authorities.
Colin joined Access Partnership in 2005 from Vislink Communications Ltd., where he was Technical Director, responsible for the development of communications technologies for the broadcast and defence markets. Colin has also held management and engineering positions with a global network operator, where he supported some of the world’s leading energy companies, and with EADS where he served as a project manager and engineer. Colin began his career as a research scientist with the UK Defence Research Agency working on naval research projects.Email Colin
Kathryn obtains spectrum and service rights in foreign markets for a variety of military and commercial clients. She has broad experience negotiating with commercial and government entities to secure operating licenses, numbering rights and interconnection agreements. An engineer by training, she represents clients’ technical interests at international fora such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Kathryn joined Access Partnership in 2000 from the private sector, where she secured frequency access for a global network. Kathryn also served five years at the US Department of State, where she led delegations of government and industry representatives to spectrum and standards-setting bodies at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.Email Kathryn
Mike provides technical and engineering support to network operators in the terrestrial and satellite markets. With many years of experience in regulatory engineering, Mike provides innovative solutions to market entry, network expansion and integration problems that arise from hardware limitations and regulatory restrictions.
Mike is a chartered engineer (CEng), and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has managed regulatory programmes within a global network operator, including interaction with bodies such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Conference of European Post and Telecommunications administrations (CEPT). Prior to joining the private sector, Mike was a team leader within the UK Radiocommunications Agency.Email Mike
Abdou is Access Partnership’s Director for Africa, and leads its office in Dakar, Senegal. He supports clients in the charitable, communications, food, government, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors, informing clients on African policy environments and influencing developments. His experience as an international consultant includes collaborations with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Radio France Internationale, Instituto de Investigaciones de la UNAM, Mexico, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), South Africa, and the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA), Senegal.
Abdou is an expert in political science, having been published in academic journals and presented at conferences. He holds a PhD and a Postgraduate Certificate from the Univerisité Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, as well as a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Université de Caen-Basse-Normandie, France. He is also a respected authority on politics in Senegal and West Africa, and is regularly consulted by Senegalese and international media.Email Abdou
Matthew advises across a range of sectors to devise and execute government affairs solutions and manages engagement with governments and international organisations, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the International Telecommunication Union, and the United Nations. He has engaged in negotiations in Brussels and internationally on behalf of clients and trade bodies.
Prior to joining Access Partnership in 2007, Matthew worked on a number of legal research projects. Before that, he obtained an MPhil. in Medieval History and a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge.Email Matthew
Chris has worked in ICT regulation since 2000, in both the public and private sectors. He is an adviser to industrial clients and to national regulatory authorities on all matters of policy, with a specialism in the regulation of satellite services, including both ground and space segments, which have sector-specific technical, operational and regulatory requirements.
Internationally, he has participated in the work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication Sector and Technical Standardization Sector, and in other bodies including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He has also done work at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) and the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM).
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.Email Chris
Daphné devises reports on country-specific licensing processes and regulatory best-practice for the use of several services, including satellite or terrestrial communications. Her recent projects have focused on the regulatory review of SMS and VoIP services utilising cloud technology in 80 countries, as well as the data privacy obligations associated with this service. She regularly attends European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) meetings, advising clients on current and prospective regulatory changes that may affect the positive development of current projects or forthcoming business plans. She undertakes her work in both English and French and has a particular interest in the development and regulatory telecom environments in the Caribbean, Europe and West Africa.
Daphné obtained an MA in Political Science from the University of Geneva and an MA in Latin America and Caribbean Studies from the University of London.Email Daphné
Luca works to uncover, monitor and influence decision making processes that impact the ICT sector at the global level. In order to best inform and advise Access Partnership clients, he regularly engages with decision makers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. His fields of expertise are spectrum policy, taxation, data protection, intellectual property law and legal and institutional theory.
Luca has experience working for private firms and public bodies, as well as for non-profit organisations both in his home country and in the UK. He obtained an MA in Legal and Political Theory at University College, London, specialising in normative analysis of supranational financial regulatory frameworks. Prior to that, he was awarded a BA in Literary and Philosophical Studies by Università degli Studi, Milan.Email Luca
Azar works on compatibility studies in interference and coexistence in mobile radio scenarios, focusing on mobile and cognitive systems. She joined Access Partnership in 2014 from King’s College London, where she completed her PhD studies in telecommunications research. Her research was on interference management in cognitive radio networks and published various international journal and conference articles. In addition, she was a teaching assistant for the Digital Signal Processing research group at King’s College London. She is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), reviewing technical research papers on cognitive radio technology.Email Azar
Sade manages the daily operations of Access Partnership’s Washington, DC office and provides direct support to the office directors. She provides a wide range of support for the company’s public policy team and clients. She has several years of experience working in administration for private-sector organisations.
Sade holds a Master of Science in public relations and international marketing and is a a doctoral candidate, working on her Juris Doctor.Email Sade
Christopher joined Access Partnership in 2012, and has since contributed to growth in emerging markets across five continents. During his first years with Access, Christopher maintained a Latin-America focus, developing specialised knowledge of market and policy issues affecting different sectors and building relationships with an extensive network of decision-makers in the region. He currently conducts business in developing and emerging markets across the globe, where he leads advocacy campaigns for new services and products, develops public policy and market access strategies for clients in the technology sector, and provides clients with intelligence on emerging ICT policies and gives advice on how to shape them. His areas of expertise include connectivity policy, data policy and Internet regulation.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Christopher held senior positions in Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and in the National Competition Commission. He holds a Master of Science in ICT Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelors degree in Political Science and Government from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Christopher conducts business in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.Email Chris
Christopher Martin leads Access Partnership’s office in Singapore and manages operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Consulting on information and communications technology policy, he works with global companies and organisations to develop strategies, shape policy discussions, and access new markets. Martin began his work in Asia in 2001 by helping small businesses grow and trade internationally. Since then, he has worked on public affairs issues and campaigns across the region, as well as North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He previously worked for five years at the United States Council for International Business, where he managed ICT policy and served two years as the large-business representative on ICANN’s Nominating Committee. He also coordinated development of global self-regulatory standards in marketing and advertising, and advanced stakeholder positions in various national and multilateral government bodies.
Christopher Martin’s career includes experience in the non-profit sector and at the World Trade Organization, and he has published papers on trade and economic reform in Asia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from James Madison University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.Email Christopher
Geneviève provides wide-ranging support for clients in Access Partnership’s Dakar office. Drawing on her experience working in non-governmental organisations and on development projects, she assists the Director for Africa in monitoring political events, as well as managing the administration of the office.
She holds a Master of Science in development project management and is a doctoral candidate in History at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, where she also works on several research programmes.Email Genevieve
Ramatoulaye is the Finance Manager for Access Partnership in Dakar. She holds a certificate of Higher Technician (BTS) from the Dakar School of Business and Management (ESUP-Dakar), as well as a Master of Science in Accounting, Control and Auditing from the Training Centre in Accountancy (CEFEC-ESP).
Before joining Access Partnership, Ramatoulaye interned for the National Electricity Society of Senegal (SENELEC), and Grant Thornton International (GTI Senegal). She also works as an accountant at the training school for nurses and state midwives (EFISE).Email Rama
Logan supports the implementation of advocacy strategies of several leading ICT clients including device manufacturers, electronic and network service providers, and satellite operators. He regularly provides analysis on key markets in the Asia-Pacific region, supports campaigns to shape spectrum management policies, and advises on the US legislative process. Areas of expertise include international trade regulations, data protection laws, Internet governance, and multilateral processes.
Logan holds an MA in International Relations and Economics, specialising in European and Eurasian Studies, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. He also holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Loyola University, Chicago.Email Logan
Caroline manages the daily operations of Access Partnership’s London office and provides direct support to the office directors.Email Caroline
Simon Jones is Access Partnership’s Head of Growth, and is responsible for reforming and monitoring company processes to ensure they deliver ever more for clients.
Before joining Access Partnership, Simon ran a global telecoms consulting and publications business for 12 years. Before that, he spent his early career in a variety of roles in commercial banking, and strategic and transformation-management consulting. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an MA (Hons) in Economics from Cambridge.
Simon served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Cornwall Energy for six years and is now a Senior Independent Director, and maintains a portfolio of non-executive directorships, angel investments and board advisory positions.Email Simon
Andrew provides advice on policy and regulation to a number of clients, aiding access to markets across the globe.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Andrew worked at a global public affairs and strategic communications agency in London, where he advised clients across a wide variety of sectors. He has also worked at the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, and a Brussels-based public affairs consultancy. Andrew holds an MA in European Studies from Maastricht University and a Master of Modern Languages (MML) in French and German from the University of Manchester.Email Andrew
Filip supports Access Partnership’s portfolio of industry-leading ICT clients and international organisations, making sense of changing landscapes in technology policy, as well as trade matters affecting ICT and cyber-security issues in key markets across the globe. He regularly conducts research and policy analysis based on client needs, assists with content creation, and contributes to Access Partnership’s business development proposals.
Before joining Access Partnership, Filip worked for Koch Companies Public Sector, the public policy arm of Koch Industries, where he supported the Deputy General Counsel tracking and analysing priority legislation and litigation on criminal justice and freedom of speech matters. Filip holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from DePaul University.Email Filip
Richard helps advise, assist and attract some of the world’s major ICT organisations. He conducts research on policy developments relevant to client operations, prepares materials to promote client interests at international fora, and helps facilitate Access Partnership’s business development agenda.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Richard worked for a leading healthcare software firm, where he helped medical professionals around the United States overcome the challenges associated with adopting an electronic medical record software system. He also worked alongside Foreign Service Officers at the US Embassy in Beijing, where he helped manage US-China people-to-people relations. Richard holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Asian Studies from Furman University. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.Email Richard
Tymoteusz ensures that clients’ technologies and services are authorised everywhere they operate. The team he leads then ensures compliance with national and international regulations in every jurisdiction in the world, on time, and on budget.
Tymoteusz has worked at senior levels of European policy-making on technology and cybersecurity: prior to joining Access Partnership, he was responsible for multilateral outreach and coordination on technology issues for the government in his native Poland, where he developed an extensive network of government and industry contacts and broad experience in international affairs. In the private sector he was responsible for cybersecurity policy, including lawful interception and communication encryption regulation, at an international services firm, and served as lead project manager before moving back into the market access arena.
Tymoteusz holds a degree in International Law, PRINCE Foundation and Agile PRACTITIONER certificates, and is an experienced negotiator. He is fluent in English and Polish, and speaks working-level Spanish.Email Tym
As International ICT Policy Manager, Erika analyses policy issues, political trends, processes, and regulations to provide competitive intelligence in support of client business objectives. She works closely with clients to develop public policy positions and represents their interests before national governments, industry groups, and multilateral forums.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Erika worked with Ernst & Young in New York and London where she counselled global financial institutions on the policy issues that arise from the use of new and transformative technologies. She has substantial expertise in the design and implementation of company-wide policies and strategies to respond to ever-increasing regulatory requirements in various sectors. Erika has also worked with leading international organisations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she developed studies on the impact of technology on the financial sector across Latin America and used key findings to draft tailored policy recommendations.
Erika holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from ITAM in Mexico City. She is qualified to practise law in New York and Mexico.Email Erika
Seha works with the Access Partnership team in Asia to help technology clients shape and influence the regulatory and policy environment in the region. She develops policy briefs and reports on various technology topics including fintech, mobile, payments, big data and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Seha worked for the world’s largest package delivery company to raise thought leadership on trade and industry issues such as cross-border trade, e-commerce, high tech, industrial manufacturing and free trade agreements. She began her career in the Singapore Ministry of Manpower where she formulated and executed communications plans for foreign manpower policies as well as labour trafficking issues.
Seha holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and a Bachelor of Business Management from the Singapore Management University. She is fluent in English and Malay.Email Seha
As a spectrum engineer, Kevin works on compatibility and sharing studies between different radio communication services to provide technical contributions to the relevant administration.
Growing up, Kevin lived in eight different countries around the world (Malaysia, Angola, Venezuela, USA, Congo, Gabon, UK, France). He graduated in 2016 with two masters’ degrees, one as an aeronautics and aerospace engineer at Supaero (Toulouse, France) and another as a mechanical engineer at Berkeley.
Kevin is fluent in English and French and is proficient in Spanish.Email Kevin
Haude specialises in EU policy, Brexit and business development. She analyses policy issues, identifies political trends and supports Access Partnership’s advocacy activities.
Haude has extensive experience working with senior policymakers, FTSE100 CEOs and trade associations in London, Brussels and beyond. Prior to joining Access Partnership, she led EU public affairs for a pro-European business organisation in London.
Previously Haude was based in Brussels, where she worked with the former president of the European Parliament and built a boutique communications agency, overseeing campaigns for European institutions. She works in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese and holds a degree in Political Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.Email Haude
Tamer provides advice on policy and regulation to clients from Access Partnership’s Abu Dhabi office, managing their services in the Middle East and aiding access to markets globally.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Tamer worked for ten years at one of first telecommunications regulatory authorities in the Middle East as the head of spectrum planning and strategies, where he established technical and regulatory measures to regulate the use of the spectrum for public and private sectors. He specialised in spectrum planning, allocation and assignment for fixed, mobile, broadcasting, satellite, aeronautical and maritime services.
He actively participates in regional and international radiocommunications conferences and meetings. Tamer holds BSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Jordan.Email Tamer
Vadim works to manage regulatory compliance and market access, ensuring that our clients obtain their needed authorisations worldwide. He also participates in national and international regulatory advocacy, working with relevant stakeholders to shape policy and decision making process by the authorities.
Having worked in telecommunication and aerospace business for over six years, Vadim has developed an extensive skillset and knowledge of telecommunication issues, including compliance with telecommunication law and policies worldwide, obtaining administrative authorisations from authorities in different jurisdictions, and negotiating and drafting agreements with telecommunication service providers. Vadim holds a Master of Laws degree from Tartu University and a Master of Laws degree (International Commercial Law with Professional Skills) from the University of Aberdeen. He is fluent in English, German, Russian and Estonian.Email Vadim
David leads Access Partnerships’ project management practice. He is responsible for direct delivery of the company’s key projects and has full oversight of all client projects and internal programmes. He has expertise in both project and programme management, specialising in engagement management, business change, and operational design.
David has worked across the technology industry, financial services, and the public sector. In doing so, he’s managed everything from cloud services and virtual data room delivery to large-scale transformation and business development projects in both the UK and the UAE. David also holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham.Email David
As a Senior Consultant, Technical Policy and Regulatory Engineering, Matteo provides engineering support to telecom clients and ensures that both existing and new technologies benefit from rapid and consistent access to radio spectrum through the coordination process.
Before joining Access Partnership, Matteo was the Radio Resource Management Engineer at Inmarsat in London, where he was responsible for spectrum management, customer service, design and validation, working with with private and public sectors. He began his career in the early 2011 as a RF Engineer in Eutelsat, where he was responsible for earth station access and management in Eutelsat’s satellite fleet.
Matteo is a graduate in Engineering, has a Masters degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Cagliari, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).Email Matteo
Ivan is responsible for the marketing and communications strategy of Access Partnership, helping to drive media and stakeholder engagement around key tech policy issues. He oversees the development, planning and delivery of all marketing activity for the global team.
Prior to Access Partnership, Ivan headed the marketing of Coresight Research (formerly Fung Global Retail & Technology), where he curated and managed the marketing and communications strategy of the company. He also spearheaded the rebranding and the monetization of its new business model. Prior to that, he planned and executed Ovum’s marketing campaigns, where he led the transition from a “product-first” to “customer-first” strategy and implemented ongoing improvements to Ovum’s marketing communications in the telecoms, media and technology space.
Ivan holds an MSc in Management with a specialism in Marketing from Cass Business School, London and a dual degree in International Business & Management from HAN University Netherlands and ESCE Paris.Email Ivan
Kirsten monitors and analyses public policy across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She provides advocacy support for the team with a particular focus on European Union policies on technology and innovation.
Before joining Access Partnership, Kirsten worked in political risk and policy for organisations in London and Brussels. She holds an MA in European Studies from King’s College London and Sciences Po Paris, and speaks fluent French, German and some Spanish.Email Kirsten
As International Public Policy Manager, Simona’s main focus is on European Union policies, Brexit, and national capitals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She works to inform decision-makers and companies in the ICT sector worldwide on issues including data privacy, security, and Internet governance.
Simona has an extensive background in EU policy and foreign affairs, having worked as Advisor and Chief of Staff for a Member of the European Parliament and as a lobbyist for various organisations. She holds a Master’s degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy from the College of Europe in Bruges. Prior to that, she obtained a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Simona works in English, French and Lithuanian and is proficient in Russian and German.Email Simona
Alexis Serfaty is Access Partnership’s Director of Global Public Policy and helps lead US operations from Washington, DC. He is a recognised leader in public policy, international business, and economic development with proven success managing international public affairs campaigns for Fortune 50 companies, non profits and start-ups in the US, Europe, and greater Middle East.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Alexis served as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the US-UAE Business Council in Washington, DC, where he advised on strategic development and represented the organisation in multiple international fora. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as a Trade Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Transportation, managing bilateral and interagency technical cooperation programs with China. Before this, he was Policy Director at the Transatlantic Business Council in Washington, DC and Brussels, where led international engagement strategies on tax, privacy and data security policy.
His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Europe’s World, and The Daily Caller, among others, and he was named as one of the “Top 99 under 33 Young Foreign Policy Leaders” by Diplomatic Courier Magazine in 2012. He also was named as the first-ever Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) Fellow, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s Degree from Sciences Po Paris. In addition to his native English, Alexis speaks fluent French.
As a public policy analyst, Hussein analyses policy issues and trends across the digital ecosystem, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. His work has touched on bridging the digital divide, fostering innovation, disruptive technologies, and the establishment of successful public private partnerships in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Hussein worked at various multilateral organisations including the International Telecommunications Union and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where he was responsible for the ICT4SDGs initiative. He has provided advisory services for private-sector companies and think tanks on overcoming cyber security policy dilemmas. Hussein conducts business in Arabic, English and French. He is reading for a Master’s of Arts in Security Studies from King’s College London and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy.Email Hussein
Mila is part of Access Partnership’s project management practice. She helps deliver the largest advocacy campaigns for new products and services, and is responsible for programme management activities and internal development projects.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Mila worked at The Boston Consulting group as Project Coordinator, where she was responsible for managing daily workflow in multiple projects across the technology, media and telecoms, public sector and consumer goods sectors. Prior to that, she worked in research analytics within alternative investments. She also holds BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Plymouth.Email Mila
Amy manages the Reception of Access Partnership’s London office and provides administrative support to the London staff.Email Amy
Héloïse is part of Access Partnership’s content management team. She works across departments to provide editorial support for all outbound written products, including reports, editorials, presentations, and digital content. She also develops internal commercial collateral and undertakes desk-based research to support client work.
She holds a MA in American History and Politics from University College London and a BA in Political Science and Human Rights from Concordia University in Montreal. Before joining Access Partnership, she worked as a research analyst for the Canadian Centre of Strategic Studies. Héloïse speaks French and English.Email Héloïse
Maria provides advice on policy and regulation to a number of clients, helping them access markets around the globe.
Prior to joining Access Partnership, Maria worked in the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union, where she worked on data protection rules and issues around Brexit, and several law firms in Greece, where she is a qualified lawyer. Maria is currently a Master of Laws candidate in Computer and Communications at Queen Mary University of London and already holds a Master of Laws in Specialised Public Law at the University of Bordeaux IV. She works in English, French, Spanish, and Greek.Email Maria
Xiaomeng is Access Partnership’s International Public Policy Manager. She is well-versed in the technology sector, specialising in standards, cybersecurity, Internet governance, sustainability, and market access issues. She has extensive experience within Asia, with a strong emphasis on China, and her expertise includes how government agencies, indigenous companies, foreign businesses, industry groups, and media influence and interact with each other to form technology policy. Her in-depth understanding of the Chinese market and people serve as the basis for valuable political and policy insight and analysis. She has achieved favourable policy outcomes for Fortune 100 technology companies across the world, including in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan and the UAE.
Before joining Access Partnership, Xiaomeng spent six years at the Information Technology Industry Council where, among other initiatives, she led a coalition of industry groups that successfully secured the indefinite delay of a Chinese manufacturing regulation, saving global information technology manufacturers billions in potential losses.
Xiaomeng holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade Policy from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics and Trade from Renmin University of China.Email Xiaomeng
Richard leads technical regulatory projects and supports access to international markets. As well as providing technical support and analysing market access requirements, he’s an ITU filing specialist and liaises regularly with global communications regulators. He also manages satellite filings and coordinates technical studies for international technical meetings within the CEPT and ITU.
Previously, Richard worked in the satellite and space services regulatory division at Ofcom UK, where he engaged with satellite clients for long-term international research projects, evaluated studies for high-priority WRC agenda items, and designed an inventory of UK-created satellite filings.
Richard also has in-depth experience developing and carrying out radio-frequency testing, particularly between the latest 5G technology and licence-exempt Wi-Fi devices. He graduated with an MSci. degree in Physics from Nottingham after working on a major electron-spin research project.Email Richard
Dermod is Chief Financial Officer at Access Partnership, leading the global finance team from the London office. He provides insight and analysis to support the management team in decision-making and to ensure business decisions are commercially sound.
Dermod also works closely with the Head of Operations to improve the firm’s processes and systems to provide the platform for growth and business management.
Dermod has a broad range of commercial experience in professional services spanning 20 years, with a period as CFO at Cartesian Inc. preceded by 7 years as Managing Director at Cartesian EMEA, overseeing rapid growth organic growth and acquisition. He holds a BSc from University of Westminster.
Juan works in the Latin America, Africa & Middle East to support regional campaigns and represent clients in conferences, multilateral organisations, and government meetings. He monitors and reports on the regulatory frameworks and policies across the American continent, with a special focus on telecommunications, satellites, and digital policy.
Before joining Access Partnership, Juan worked for more than 10 years in the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires and in the Argentine National Senate where he drafted and implemented regulation. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Political Science and another in Law, and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He works in English and Spanish.
Ilaria monitors and analyses ICT regulatory and licensing frameworks in over a hundred jurisdictions, helping companies access markets and ensure their compliance. She also researches policy developments in satellite and terrestrial communications, specialising in the Latin American political landscape. She holds a LLM with distinction from the University of Naples Federico II and pursued a one-year course in Public Law at the University of Seville. Ilaria works in English, Italian, and Spanish.
Chris works in the Infrastructure team supporting wireless network operators, systems integrators and equipment manufacturers with technical and policy expertise to ensure the swift delivery of their services. He also brings his extensive experience of the wider TMT sector and ecosystems to assist clients in maximising the value of their technologies and service offerings.
Chris has 20 years experience in the TMT sector, starting his career at Nortel Networks as a wireless systems engineer in the Wireless Technology Group. He later moved to Ofcom, leading a wide range of policy projects including 4G auctions, clearance of Ch61/62 and DTT/mobile coexistence, digital switchover, and fixed and mobile broadband QoS for consumers. Most recently, he has been working independently to advise fixed and mobile telecoms market developments and regulation in the UK and EU.
Chris holds an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Management from the University of Birmingham.
Doug works with the Infrastructure team to navigate telecoms technical theory and their governing regulations, helping bring new products to the market. Previously, he worked in construction engineering for both the transport and water sectors, and also spent two years in sports statistical modelling.
Doug holds an MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from UCL, including a final year project on antenna design.
Shannon is a member of Access Partnership’s content management team. She works across departments to provide editorial support for all outbound written products, including reports, editorials, presentations, and digital content. She also develops internal commercial collateral and undertakes desk-based research to support client work.
She recently graduated with a PGDip in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King’s College London and previously obtained an LLB from the University of Hull. While at university, Shannon volunteered for the Legal Advice Centre where she provided free legal support and written guidance to members of the local community relating to civil, family, housing and employment disputes.
Tiernan is an International Public Policy Manager at Access Partnership, working on technology issues at a European Union and national level. He advises companies on policy and political trends covering the full spectrum of ICT topics.
Tiernan has an extensive background in technology public affairs and policy, having spent several years working in Brussels on topics including data privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property. He has also worked as a policy advisor on Brexit for the UK’s largest business advocacy organisation. Prior to joining Access Partnership, he ran a technology non-profit focusing on augmented-reality accessibility solutions for vision impaired people, including leading the organisation’s advocacy and standardisation work at a national, regional, and global level. Tiernan has a BA in History, Politics, and International Relations and a Master’s Degree in European Public Affairs and Law from University College Dublin.