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Feb142017

Advisors Join from Africa, Europe, Americas

Kalba International Announces Former GSMA Africa Chair, Regulatory Head, Mobile Money Expert and Others Join Consulting Team

New Haven, CT, USA, February 21, 2017—Kalba International has recently added several seasoned experts to its consulting team and its global Points of Presence (shown on map below). They include a former mobile CEO and mobile money service developer, the chair of a European regulatory agency, a university administrator, the recent chair of GSMA Africa, and a mobile taxation expert.  Their profiles follow below.

Kalba International, 2017

Vitalis Olunga is a technology and operations expert, with extensive operator and regulator training experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the former Head of Wholesale and of Regulatory Affairs at Safaricom and until recently served eight years as Chairman of GSMA Africa. He has negotiated joint ventures between operators, managed a mobile service business, and holds MBA and BSEE degrees.

Francois du Plessis created the business plan for the successful EcoCash service and ecosystem in Zimbabwe and served as Board Member at a mobile financial services startup in Southern Africa. He was previously the founding CEO of MTN Rwanda and CEO of payphone operator MTN publiCom, with responsibilities that included customer care, vendor negotiations and financial recovery.

Krisztina Rozgonyi specializes in telecom law, EU regulations, copyright, and the Digital Switchover process. She has served as Chairperson of the National Communications Authority in Hungary and as a legal and regulatory expert at the ITU and PwC. She’s worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus, and holds J.D. and MBA degrees.

Nancy Ruther is a specialist in higher education management, serving until recently as Associate Director at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Her focus is on applying technology-based solutions to international education and on global public health initiatives. Dr. Ruther has worked in Bolivia, Brazil, China, Korea, Japan, Pakistan and other countries.

Gabriel Solomon has analysed the economic and fiscal effects of taxes on mobile equipment, services and devices in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and elsewhere. Until recently he served as VP Public Policy at GSMA, where he dealt with regulatory, policy and governance issues. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and is currently Chairman of the UK Telecommunications Academy.

About Kalba International, Inc.

Kalba International is a management consulting and advisory firm, specializing in digital connectivity. The firm’s work (across 75 countries to date) benefits from a network of consultants in 40 countries. It offers service operators, governments, investors and other clients analysis and advice on transactions, broadband services and innovations, network operations, spectrum auctions, regulation and disputes.

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