The GSMA today announced the appointment of Manoj Misra as the GSMA’s new Senior Public Policy Director for India. Misra, who was most recently General Manager and Head of Regulatory & External Affairs for Vodafone India, takes on his new role effective immediately, reporting to Emanuela Lecchi, Head of Public Policy, Asia Pacific. Misra will work with the GSMA’s operator members in identifying opportunities that will advance the development of the mobile communications industry in India.
“Manoj Misra brings to the GSMA a combination of deep market knowledge and broad experience in the telecommunication sector, both of which will be critical as he works with GSMA members to identify opportunities and implement strategies and initiatives that would benefit the local mobile industry,” said Alasdair Grant, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA. “His appointment comes at a critical time for the development of public policy in India, and his experience will add depth to the ongoing debate about fundamental industry issues, including the future regulatory regime, treatment of data, improvements to socio-economic development that the industry can make and the cost-efficient deployment of networks.”
Manoj Misra joins the GSMA from Vodafone India, which is the Indian subsidiary of UK-based Vodafone Group plc, the world’s second-largest mobile phone company, and the second largest provider of telecommunications services in India. As General Manager and Head of Regulatory & External Affairs, Misra engaged with government officials and national regulators to lobby and support Vodafone’s commercial activities, while he undertook relationship building and public affairs work with government and public authorities
Prior to Vodafone, Misra was Deputy Advisor (Financial Analysis) for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the national regulator of the telecommunications sector in India. At TRAI, he developed cost based pricing models for telecommunications network services, advised on matters of revenue share and examined issues related to competition.
Misra holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Lucknow, India, and is a Chartered Accountant with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi.
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The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.