Tomas Lamanauskas
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Envision Associates was founded by Tomas Lamanauskas.

Tomas’ extensive experience in strategy, policy and regulation in the information and communication technologies (ICT) include positions of Group Director Public Policy at VEON, a multinational (primarily emerging markets) communications and technology company; Head, Corporate Strategy at the International Telecommunication Union (UN); as well as Deputy General Director, Board Member and CEO of telecommunications regulators in the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe, along with acting as a senior government advisor on ICT policies in the Pacific.

Tomas is a recognized thought-leader in the industry, having delivered around 200 presentations, session chairman and other speaking roles at conferences and similar events (held in more than 40 countries as well as online). He has published more than 20 articles and blogs, co-authored three books, and contributed to a number of reports produced by such organizations as the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, World Economic Forum and EastWest Institute.

Selected Achievements / Experiences:

  • COVID-19 industry support programme for ITU:
    Set up a COVID-19 industry support programme for the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union. It included a launch (in less than a week) of the Global Network Resiliency Platform (REG4COVID) to enable policy makers, regulators and industry to exchange experiences in keeping networks resilient and services available. With support from Saudi Arabia and Japan, ITU also launched the Connect2Recover initiative to reinforce national digital infrastructures in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Investment protection and market environment improvement for VEON: 
    As part of a multi-track multi-functional effort, pushed for the transformation of a policy and regulatory environment in Uzbekistan (including by engaging diplomatic channels, national government authorities as well as international stakeholders), leading to currency liberalization (resulting in VEON for the first time successfully repatriating $200m from the country), approval of a tax reform concept with an expected significant reduction in the tax burden, and commitment to liberalization of the international internet connectivity.

  • Recognized leadership of national telecommunications regulators:
    Worked as Head of Legal and, later, Deputy General Director and Member of the Board of the Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) earned its’ 15th Anniversary Award “For laying foundations for legal regulation of electronic communications”. As Deputy General Director contributed to building of the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, recognized by SAMENA (South Asia, Middle East and North Africa) Telecommunications Council as the “Most Progressive Regulator of the Year 2009” and telecommunications publication CommsMEA as the Regulator of the Year for 2009.

  • Connect 2020 Agenda and Strategy for the International Telecommunication Union (UN):
    Supported the adoption at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 of Connect 2020 Agenda, the first inter-governmentally agreed agenda with tangible targets on the global development of information and communication technologies, with more than 100 countries setting out their commitments. At the same time, spearheaded the development of the ITU Strategic Plan for 2016-2019 with the ITU’s Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) “express[ing] its support for the excellent and innovative approaches adopted” (8/1/2014).

     

  • Operational management framework for the ITU:
    Designed and implemented an updated operational management framework for the ITU, with updated KPIs, and instituted a risk management process, to support implementation of the Strategic Plan. ITU’s Independent Management Committee (IMAC) commended the “impressive progress made in a short period of time” (22/1/2015). Also, dramatically improved ITU’s compliance with the recommendations of the UN Joint Inspection Unit (ITU moved to the Top 5 of the compliant UN agencies from below 20th).

  • Qualifications:

  • Sloan Master in Leadership and Strategy (Mid-Career), London Business School, London, UK

  • Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

  • Master in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Master of Laws, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

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