CEO, TechPolis Inc.
Ricardo Tavares is a leading international consultant on ICT policy and regulation, with extensive experience in China.
Ricardo Tavares is a leading international consultant on ICT policy and regulation, with extensive experience in China. In 2003-2004, he represented the GSM Association (GSMA), the world trade association of mobile operators, in negotiations with the Chinese government to introduce 3G WCDMA technology into the Chinese market. As Senior Vice President for Public Policy at GSMA, Ricardo met with Chinese government officials from NDRC, MII, and representatives of state-owned companies China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, and ZTE. Between 1995 and 1998, he studied Chinese Politics at the University of California’s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), in San Diego. At that time, he researched the emergence of the Internet in China. Ricardo was Senior Vice President at GSMA from 2004 to 2010, and, prior to that he held senior positions with Wireless Facilities Inc., in both his native Brazil and in San Diego, California. 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). He also completed the Oxford Programme on Negotiation at the Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford and is also a member of the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.