Akhet Consulting

Stewart White is MESA Head of Telecoms in 2010. He is involved in providing clients in the region with highly focused telecoms sector-specific advice to operators and investors from a regulatory, policy, public affairs and commercial perspective based on 30 years experience. He has also advised a number of governments on sector reform, drafting legislation to implement and establish regulatory authorities, drafting licenses and interconnection agreements, particularly in the Middle East. He has worked closely with a number of operators in the region and was one of the key players in Etisalat’s successful bid and for and negotiation of the third mobile license in Egypt. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Group Public Policy Director of Vodafone Group, where he was described by its CEO, Sir Christopher Gent, as ‘Vodafone’s Foreign Minister’, with responsibility for its public policy and affairs worldwide. He has had a long involvement with the International Telecommunication Union and has been an advisor to a number of Secretaries General, including Hamadoun Touré, particularly with regard to NGN and access issues and digital age issues, including IP interconnection. In June 2010 he was invited to be a keynote speaker at a closed Ministerial Roundtable hosted by the Singaporean regulator, iDA, on Government Strategies and Policies on providing ICT access to their Populace.