Press Release

Mobile Ecosystem Forum, has announced the results of its Global, EMEA and LatAm board elections for the 2017/2019 term following its AGM in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress last week.

19 executives representing the diversity of the global mobile ecosystem from mobile operators to companies at the forefront of mobile payments, messaging, personal data and content were elected to take forward MEF’s mandate.

Andrew Bud, CEO and founder of iProov and James Lasbrey, Global Business Leader, Wholesale SMS at Telefónica were re-elected as Global Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. Darren Foulds Managing Director, Mobile Payments at Barclays and Adia Sowho, Director, Digital Business at Etisalat Nigeria were re-elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of MEF’s EMEA chapter.

The new boards will champion MEF’s remit to advance cross-sector collaboration to accelerate growth of a sustainable mobile ecosystem that drives inclusion and trusted services for consumers. Specifically, the Directors will engage with the vertical sectors and emerging technologies that are leveraging the mobile platform. Building blocks for growth include MEF’s key initiatives around Consumer Trust, Enterprise Messaging and Growth Markets.

Newly elected board members are:

MEF Global Board
Andrew Bud – Founder and CEO, iProov, Global Chairman
James Lasbrey – Global Business Leader, Wholesale SMS, Telefónica, Global Vice-Chairman
Ray Anderson – CEO, Bango
Filipe Roup Rosa – Business Development Director, Boku
Rob Malcolm – VP Marketing & Online Sales, CLX Communications
Julian Ranger – Exec Chairman & Founder,
Suhail Bhat – Group Director, Entertainment, Digital and Financial Services, Ooredoo

Darren Foulds – Managing Director, Mobile Payments, Barclays Bank, EMEA Chair
Adia Sowho – Director, Digital Business, Etisalat Nigeria, EMEA Vice Chair
James McNab – Managing Director Africa and Executive Director, Basebone Group
Waheed Adam – Executive Chairman, iTouch
Grahame Riddell – Global Director Carrier Billing, Universal Windows Store, Microsoft
Dario Betti – Director of Products and Services, MTS
Emanuele de Leonardis – Deputy VP, Data Strategy & Governance, Orange
Danny Preiskel – Co-Founder, PREISKEL & CO LLP

Joining incumbent directors:
Mark Stannard – Vice President – Business Development & GM EMEA, Boku
Antos Stella – CEO, Content Connect Africa
Roseline Ilori – CEO, Mtech Communications
Tim Houlihan – Commercial Lead A2P Messaging, Telefónica

MEF LatAm Board
Julio Barrientos – Senior Program Manager, Payments, Universal Windows Store, Microsoft
Roberto Guenzburger – Mobility Products and Content Director, Oi
Fernando Luciano – Digital Services and Innovation Director, Telefónica Vivo
Fabiana Smolka – Head of B2C Services, TIMWE

Joining incumbent directors:
Rafael Pellon – Partner, FAS Advogados
Yuri Fiaschi – LATAM Sales Director, Infobip
Warren Platt – CEO & Founder, Mobile Life
Ricardo Souza – Business Director LATAM, Movile
Brian Mullen – VP Business Development, Twilio
Renato Marcondes – Business Development Director, Zenvia

Rimma Perelmuter, MEF CEO said: “Mobile is the primary point of consumer engagement for an increasingly diverse range of content and services across all verticals and emerging technologies. It’s MEF’s role to facilitate cross-stakeholder collaboration and help members to navigate market complexity in order to accelerate new business opportunities.

"We warmly welcome a diverse and talented group of board directors committed to advancing MEF’s mandate to grow a sustainable mobile ecosystem.”