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.