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Cristian Gomez is Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA and is responsible for providing spectrum policy advice and regulatory best practice across markets in the Asia Pacific region. He has over 17 years of experience in spectrum regulation including international allocation, national spectrum management and policy issues related to national allocation and assignment of the spectrum resource.
Prior to joining the GSMA, Mr Gomez’s experience spanned across roles within the New Zealand spectrum regulator and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He served at the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU in Geneva, Switzerland between 2011 and 2015 as spectrum regulation and policy officer. In his role he was responsible for providing assistance to Member States on spectrum matters, focusing on Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
In his most recent role (2017) within the New Zealand spectrum regulator (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), Cristian served as Principal Policy Advisor on spectrum matters. He provided advice to the New Zealand government on national spectrum issues as well as international matters. He has represented the New Zealand government as deputy head of delegation to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference and Radiocommunication Assembly, and regionally as a delegate to the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Cristian also served in other roles within the New Zealand government including spectrum planning, engineering and licensing between 2004 and 2011 and has a former engineering background in military radiocommunications and digital microwave systems.
He has authored various conference papers and publications on policy and regulatory issues on spectrum allocation, planning and national implementation. Mr Gomez has been a keynote speaker at major international regulatory forums in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Mr Gomez’s academic background includes electronics and communications engineering (Chile, New Zealand), post-graduate studies in Public Policy (University of London) and an MBA (Massey University, New Zealand).