Akhet Consulting is a telecommunications consultancy with a specific focus on regulatory and strategic advice. All its principals and senior consultants have prior experience as regulators or advisors to regulators and governments, and are uniquely placed to advise governments, policy makers, regulatory authorities and operators on strategic ICT policy and regulatory issues. Akhet provides services to clients in the Middle East, North Africa, India, South Asia and the Asia Pacific region.
The senior level experience of our team as former regulators, or advisors enables us to:
- Give strategic advice to operators, regulators and governments on the full ambit of regulatory issues; - balance national public and commercial objectives - give clear, pragmatic advice; and - act as honest brokers between operators and regulators.
Stewart White is a regulatory lawyer by background with more than 30 years of experience. He 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 advisor on a number of World Bank projects in 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 has been an expert to the European Commission, an advisor to four Secretaries General of the ITU, and was Head of Telecoms for KPMG in Middle East and South Asia between 2010 and 2012. He founded Akhet Consulting in June 2012 and is resident in the UAE.