Stewart is a regulatory lawyer by background with more than 30 years of experience. He has a Masters Degree in International Law from Cambridge University and has worked in many jurisdictions in developed and developing countries advising both the public and private sectors in fixed, mobile and satellite. He was the founding Group Public Policy Director of Vodafone Group plc (where he was known as Vodafone’s “Foreign Minister”), and has been a director of many Vodafone operating companies and more recently a director of Etisalat’s Nigerian operation.
He was the lead legal and regulatory advisor on a number of World Bank projects in Europe and the Middle East, including the privatisations of operators and creation of regulatory authorities in Jordan, Palestine and Oman.
He was an advisor to the Australian Government regarding the creation of the NBN, including separation undertakings of Telstra, and other NGN related projects including in Kuwait and Qatar. He advised the Oman Broadband Company on its commercial contracts with operators.
He recently advised a regulator in the GCC on changes to its regulatory and policy framework for the space sector.
He advised a Central Bank in the GCC on the creation of a regulatory regime to foster a national digital payment system. This connects with his work on m-commerce; e/mGovernment and SMART Cities.
He has been an expert to the European Commission, an advisor to four Secretaries General of the ITU, and other governmental bodies.
He founded Akhet Consulting FZ LLE based in Dubai in June 2012 and was resident in the UAE between 2010 and 2017. Since 2017 he has been based in the UK trading as Akhet Consulting.
He is an associate of MFX – mobile financial experts – and was appointed in October 2017 as an alternate Member of the European Space Agency’s independent Data Protection Supervisory Authority. He is also a senior consultant with the London-based ICT regulation and competition law specialist firm Preiskel & Co, as well as a consultant with the satellite sector policy, regulatory and strategy consultancy Alden Advisers. Further details available on request and see also LinkedIn profile by clicking the icon below.
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