About Us

Who we are

Since our founding, TMG has helped shape all aspects of the information and communications technology (ICT) regulatory landscape. Believing deeply in the power of ICTs to positively transform the world, TMG leverages our multidisciplinary approach (regulatory, economic, and technical) and keen understanding of the entire technology development and value chain to assist our clients in their endeavors.

Our modular approach combines analytics with traditional economic and regulatory expertise to address the needs of all stakeholders in this highly dynamic sector, including network operators, government regulators, manufacturers, technology companies, and more. As the private sector and governments alike understand, addressing convergence and other trends brought on by technology requires this kind of dynamic approach.

We advise stakeholders in the ICT ecosystem, from tech and new space pioneers and startups looking expand their footprint internationally, to regulators looking to modernize their regulatory frameworks. In the end, our goal is to create a vibrant and inclusive ICT sector.

Areas of expertise

TMG specializes in a broad range of subject matters, including mobile services, emerging technologies (such as IoT and 5G), and digital services.
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Key Team Members

Key Team Members

Janet Hernandez

An attorney with over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector, Ms. Hernández advises domestic and international communications companies and governments on regulatory, commercial and transactional, and trade matters in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. She has extensive experience on licensing, spectrum, broadband, mobile termination rates, convergence, market access and Internet-related issues, among others. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Hernández was a Partner of and headed the Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group of the international law firm, Coudert Brothers LLP. She also worked as an attorney-advisor in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce and was in the Department’s Honors Attorney Program. Ms. Hernández obtained her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her undergraduate degree with honors from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Mr. Bernstein has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has a background in international communication and business administration. He has conducted analyses of telecommunications business and regulatory environments around the world and advises clients on relevant regulatory and strategy issues. Mr. Bernstein has experience evaluating the impact of telecommunications and information technology policies on business and economic developments and has recently analyzed telecommunications issues and services including spectrum management, mobile licensing, interconnection and mobile termination, broadband and Internet policies, and convergence. In addition, he has participated in international groups addressing issues related to emerging wireless technologies. Mr. Bernstein obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis on global information technology as well as Master of Arts in International Communication at American University and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Bernstein is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Erik Whitlock

An economist with over 20 years experience in the ICT sector, Dr. Whitlock provides advisory services to companies, regulators and investors globally. He specializes in solving problems in a broad nexus of economics and commercial and regulatory issues in the field of telecommunications: pricing, costing, compliance, organizational design, forecasting, valuation, business case development and strategy. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Whitlock was a director within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ strategy and valuation practice in the Middle East and worked with PwC’s global telecommunications practice out-of-region – in North America, the Caribbean and Africa. Before joining PwC in 2008, Dr. Whitlock worked for a decade with the Cable & Wireless Group. His last position at C&W was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Finance with C&W Americas. Before joining C&W, Dr. Whitlock worked in various economic and financial advisory capacities for investors, operators and regulators on projects in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dr. Whitlock earned his Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University. He is fluent in English, speaks Russian and has a working knowledge of French.

Joel García

Mr. García has extensive experience in financial analysis, business valuation and business planning processes. He has participated in the deployment of quality assurance systems, as well as corporate risk assessment and response evaluations in the Caribbean. Mr. García has also analyzed organizational processes and procedures in various industries, conducted feasibility analyses, and served as project manager in diverse responsibilities. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

Daniel Leza

Mr. Leza, an attorney, is a regulatory specialist with expertise in the areas of competition law and regulation. He has substantial experience in the areas of regulatory reform initiatives, interconnection, spectrum assignment processes and licensing, anticompetitive conduct and mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector, and has advised service providers and regulators on such matters in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to working at TMG, he was with the Legal Counsel’s Office of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones of Venezuela. Mr. Leza obtained his Master of Laws at University of Chicago and his law degree at Catholic University in Venezuela. Mr. Leza is fluent in Spanish and English and reads Portuguese.

Kari Ballot-Lena

Ms. Ballot-Lena’s expertise is in telecommunications regulation and policy with a focus on digital communications policy development and analysis, particularly licensing/authorization frameworks, data protection, convergence, and trending issues, such as net neutrality, over-the-top (OTT) services, and digital platforms. She advises national governments and international organizations worldwide on the adoption of telecommunications and ICT laws, regulations, and policies that best promote competition and the development of the digital economy, including market and regulatory reforms, such as adoption of unified licensing frameworks. She also helps private telecommunications and Internet-based clients with expansion into new markets around the world, as well as assist them with ongoing regulatory compliance obligations. Ms. Ballot-Lena obtained her law degree at George Mason University and her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Ballot-Lena is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.

Juan Luis Núñez

Mr. Núñez, based in Santiago, Chile, is an attorney with 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and digital technologies sectors. He focuses on policy, regulatory and competition matters and has worked in both Chile and the United States (including TMG, 2008-2009), advising ICT and telecommunications companies, as well as governments. He served as Chief of Staff of the Vice Ministry of Telecommunications in Chile and as Head of the Telecommunication Development Fund within the same ministry, where he was directly involved developing legislation on number portability, net neutrality, and infrastructure deployment. Between 2012 and 2018, he was the CEO at the “Pais Digital” Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the ICT industry in order to promote digital development in Chile. In this position, he worked closely with private and public sector stakeholders in developing digital policy in Chile, participating in the last two Chilean digital agendas and several other bills related to the digital ecosystem. He is also Chairman of the e-Commerce Committee within the Chilean National Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Núñez has a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a Masters in Law (LLM) with certification in international commercial law from American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Andrew Joseph

Mr. Joseph specializes in analyzing global ICT policy and trends, with an emphasis on the Middle East region. Some of his recent work includes examining the market effects of past U.S. telecommunications legislation and assessing the state of personal data security in the United States. Prior to joining TMG, he worked in the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau on spectrum and broadband access issues in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Mr. Joseph obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University. He also studied in Amman, Jordan and has a working knowledge of Arabic.

Dr. Charles M. Rush

Dr. Rush has more than 40 years of experience in the communications industry, specializing in the areas of international telecommunications, spectrum management and wireless systems. As one of the foremost spectrum management experts in the industry, Dr. Rush works with TMG’s clients to meet current and future spectrum requirements, as well as ensuring the deployment and development of advanced wireless technologies. Dr. Rush held top management positions at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and in the private sector. He has held leadership positions at the ITU and is a fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Rush has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Public Administration at University of Colorado, and A.B. in physics at Temple University.

Geraldo Neto

Mr. Neto, an engineer with more than 10 years of experience working in the telecommunications sector, is based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has extensive technical and regulatory expertise in broadband, convergence, mobile technologies, spectrum management and interference, television broadcasting, international telecommunications regulatory framework, the Internet of things (IoT), and over-the-top (OTT) services. Mr. Neto actively participates in ITU and CITEL meetings, representing companies at different study groups and committees on issues related to mobile services, spectrum, OTT services, and ICT technologies. He holds leadership roles in both organizations, including the chairmanship of an ITU group responsible for studying new spectrum identification for mobile broadband and an ITU sub-working group on audiovisual content over international mobile telecommunications (IMT), as well as serving as rapporteur on the New Technologies and Trends group in CITEL PCC.I. He was involved in technical studies related to the analog-to-digital television transition, the liberalization of the digital dividend, interference between television broadcasting and mobile services, and regulatory levers for the development of mobile broadband and IoT in countries in Latin America and in international fora. Mr. Neto has previously worked in both the mobile and the broadcast industries, as a Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Latin America, at RBS TV (Globo TV affiliate), and in the Brazilian National Agency of Telecommunications (ANATEL). He holds a Master of Embedded Electrical and Computers Systems degree from San Francisco State University (SFSU), and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Brazil. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Lauren Crean

Ms. Crean is an economist with experience working in the telecommunications sector, both for private companies and at an international organization. In her role at TMG, Ms. Crean advises clients on regulatory and policy matters, and assesses the impact of various regulations from an economic standpoint. Some of her recent work includes analyzing ICT and spectrum policy to assess their impact on the economy. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Crean worked in Europe at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and at the international telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia, in the UK and Belgium. She has a Master in International Economic Policy from L’Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and an undergraduate business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in English, professionally fluent in French, and has a working knowledge of Dutch.

William Gifford

Mr. Gifford specializes in analyzing global trends in ICT Policy with an emphasis on the Latin America region. His recent work includes tracking and analyzing regulatory trends throughout the Americas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he studied International Relations and Social Anthropology. Prior to joining TMG Mr. Gifford taught English in the public school system in Chile. He has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Maria Paula Gonzalez

An attorney with over ten years of experience in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, Ms. Gonzalez has advised Colombian and international tech companies as well as Latin American governments on regulatory matters related to telecommunication/ICT, administrative and commercial law. She has experience with licensing, spectrum, broadband, convergence, regulatory compliance and the formulation of policies and regulations related to ICT and public utilities, among others. Prior to beginning a master’s degree (LL.M) program in the United States, she worked in both the public and private sectors. She worked for Nokia as head of government relations and industry affairs for the northern region of Latin America, and worked as an attorney-advisor at Colombia’s Superintendence of Public Utilities, an agency dedicated to the enforcement of ICT regulation, and at the ICT Ministry, designing and drafting spectrum titles and licenses. Prior to joining the ICT Ministry, Ms. Gonzalez worked as an associate attorney for a law firm dedicated to ICT-related issues. She obtained a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh (magna cum laude), and a law degree and two graduate degrees equivalent to Masters of Arts (M.A.), one in telecommunications and one in commercial law, from the University of Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Camilo Zamora

Mr. Zamora has more than 10 years of experience working in the telecommunications sector, specializing in regulatory and policy issues associated with spectrum management, mobile technologies, ICT policy, traffic and spectrum forecasts, Internet of things, and spectrum planning and valuation, among others. He participates actively in various meetings of the ITU and CITEL, where he has held a number of leadership roles. Mr. Zamora has worked in both the public and private sectors, as an engineer designing and planning wireless networks and in the Colombia National Spectrum Agency (ANE) as a senior advisor. For ANE, he led international spectrum management strategy and preparation for participation in ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences and CITEL PCC.II meetings, and also formulated proposals for ANE strategic planning. Mr. Zamora holds a Masters in Business Administration from ISEAD of Spain, and graduate degrees in finance and in negotiation from Universidad Santo Tomás and Universidad de los Andes respectively, in Colombia. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Alina Denis Jarjour

Ms. Jarjour, an attorney, has over 20 years of experience providing international legal counsel, regulatory advice and corporate compliance management to numerous companies, including companies in the ICT sector, as both a company executive in charge of legal and compliance departments and as a private practitioner. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to negotiating corporate deals, including private-public partnerships; handling licensing matters; structuring and managing business governance and compliance programs; and addressing privacy and cybersecurity issues. Ms. Jarjour works with TMG clients on a wide range of issues, including market expansion, sales practices, commercial collaborations and consumer-oriented matters. Ms. Jarjour obtained her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her undergraduate degree from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Aid regulators and government agencies in forming their policies and regulations to create a robust ICT sector

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Assist private-sector stakeholders in working with governments, entering new markets, and adjusting to the dynamic industry

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Monitor ongoing developments around the world and in regional & international institutions

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Monitor ongoing developments around the world and in regional & international institutions and create tailored market access and intelligence reports

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Research and write papers on key topics in the ICT space including current and future trends, topics of relevance for clients, and preparatory materials for global events

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Global expertise on assessing regulatory, technical, and corporate requirements to roll-out new products and services

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