Veena Rawat, GSMA
Dr. Rawat is President and CEO of Expert Strategies International, LLC, a US-based consulting firm, advising national and international entities on telecommunication policies and regulations. She is consulting for GSMA as Senior Spectrum Advisor. In 2014 Dr. Rawat was awarded ‘Officer of the Order of Canada’ for her “contributions to telecommunications engineering and for leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management”. In 1973 Dr. Rawat received PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada, and in 2019 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa, Canada. In 2021 she was made Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum). Between 2011-14, Dr. Rawat worked as Vice President and Ambassador to ITU for BlackBerry. During 2004-11, she was President of Communications Research Centre of Canada. Before that, she spent 28 years within the Canadian Government where she held executive positions in managing radio frequency spectrum. Dr. Rawat has many trailblazer ‘firsts’ in her career include being first woman to receive PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, Canada in 1973 and has a long list of national and international awards.