Chief International Affairs Officer, Vimpelcom
Robert Conway was appointed as Chief of International Affairs Officer effective September 1, 2011.
Since 1999 Rob Conway served as the CEO and board member of the GSMA, which represents the interests of more than 800 mobile operators and some 250 vendors worldwide. In the CEO position Mr. Conway played an instrumental role in the growth and expansion of the GSMA into the most influential global trade organization in the mobile space with members from over 200 countries serving two thirds of the world’s population. Under his leadership the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Mobile Asia Congress became industry leading events. Mr. Conway was also keen to support the industry connecting with and delivering mobile services to those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Therefore he established the GSMA’s Development Fund and launched such initiatives as Mobile Money for the Unbanked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and mWomen. He was instrumental with many other leading industry initiatives ranging from Mobile Broadband to the Green Agenda.
Rob was named the most influential telecom executive by Global Telecom Business magazine and among the most influential industry executives by Tech100. He received with President LULA of Brazil, the UN ITU’s most prestigious achievement award. He was also recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative for the innovative work of the GSMA’s Development Fund.
In addition to his membership on the GSMA Board, Mr. Conway is a member of the ITU Board and the Carmel and Mofilm Advisory Boards as well as involved with G100. He was an executive at Motorola where he was instrumental in introducing the first GSM deployment in the Americas.
Mr.Conway earned a B.A degree from Dickinson College, a juris doctor from Catholic University of America and attended executive programs at Oxford University and Kellogg School of Management.