Ricardo Tavares
CEO, TechPolis, Inc.

Speaker Profile

Ricardo Tavares is a thought leader in information and communication technology policy.  From 2004 to 2010 Ricardo was Sr. VP at the GSM Association, the global 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.  

Ricardo advises international organizations and the private sector on smart cities and other ICT issues on a global scale.  He advised Qualcomm on smart city opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa; the World Bank on telecom infrastructure in Afghanistan, Mongolia and Zimbabwe; Ericsson on electronics manufacturing in Brazil; and Inmarsat on inflight communications in India, to mention a few.

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 Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). 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.

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