Dario Betti, CEO

Dario’s experience in the mobile industry goes back to 1999; first as a consultant for Ovum advocating for attention to the nascent Mobile VAS, then launching the first Mobile Internet product for T-Mobile in Europe, and more recently expanding the concept of innovative partnerships between telcos and digital players in Asia and the Middle East, for Ooredoo and Axiata and as Director of Products for MTS.

Dario’s focus is in creating new business opportunities in the fast changing digital world, and he enjoys the cultural challenges of working in different countries to give deeper and richer engagement. Previously Dario has also worked in the Middle East, for Qatar based group Ooredoo (in Qatar, Myanmar and Indonesia). For Ooredoo Dario was part of the launch team for its greenfield mobile operator in Myanmar and repositioned the mobile brands of Indosat in Indonesia.

Joanne Lacey, COO

Joanne joined MEF as COO in 2013 to oversee its global programming and PL. She was appointed to the global board in November 2018. She leads the MEF team to deliver a roadmap of industry programmes and member services including events, knowledge sharing platforms as well as MEF’s award winning blog. She is responsible for the development of its industry partnerships and oversees MEF’s Future of Messaging Programme which through cross-stakeholder collaboration tackles fraud and promotes the enterprise messaging channel.

Joanne has worked in the mobile industry since 2000 helping to establish the nascent mobile games ecosystem with market pioneer I-play (Digital Bridges) and later more broadly looking at mobile entertainment services with Player X / Zed Worldwide. She has worked across the mobile ecosystem partnering with MNOs, solution providers and content owners.

Ewa Peppitt, Global Member Manager

Ewa joined MEF in 2013 as Member Services Manager. Prior to MEF, Ewa worked at GSMA, where she managed membership of operator members from all over the world.

She is experienced in databases and business to business membership management and development.

Ewa has been involved in various internal projects and regional and global events including Mobile World Congress. Before joining the mobile industry she worked at Bartercard, the world’s biggest business to business trade exchange.

Sam Hill, Global Communications Manager

Sam Joined MEF in 2012 as Communications Manager for MEF globally. Sam is a digital marketing specialist who has previously worked for the premium rate phone regulator in the UK.

Sam manages the day to day global communications and social networks for MEF and built and maintains content on the website.

He can usually be found at events reporting for MEFTV, and created and edits the MEF Minute – the award winning mobile industry oriented blog.

Carol Benites, Member & Marketing Coordinator

Carol joined MEF in September 2016 as the Member & Marketing Coordinator of the LatAm Chapter. Carol graduated in Advertising & Marketing from Anhembi Morumbi University. Prior to MEF, Carol worked as Marketing Strategist in retail companies and as Digital Business Developer in a Portuguese digital agency based in Brazil.

As part of MEF’s digital marketing team, Carol supports MEF’s programmes and events roadmap, with an emphasis on Future of Messaging Programme. She is also responsible for member engagement in Latin America.

Mike Round, Project Director

Mike has worked for fixed/mobile operators for over 35 years in a number of product management & development roles covering voice, data and messaging services. In recent years he has focused on the development of policy, operation and policing of compliance regimes for payment services used in mobile billing applications. He has worked closely with MNO’s, regulators, aggregators and merchants to optimise payment flows and has been a member of the cross-network Payforit Management Group for over a decade – pressing for greater clarity in merchant service promotions.

After many years working at BT/O2, Mike left in 2017 and set up as a consultant, taking on an assignment with EE – where he worked to improve the due-diligence in carrier-billed merchant services and drove a reduction in consumer complaints.

Mike joined MEF in November 2018 as Project Director. Initially he is focused on driving fraud prevention initiatives within industry – specifically on the SMS anti-phishing project.

Iain McCallum, Advisor

Iain is a MEF Advisor and has, since 2012, worked extensively with mobile network operators across Europe and the Russian Federation to drive adoption and uptake of the GSMA’s Mobile Connect identity, RCS and Smart Cities initiatives.

Prior to this, he ran third-party Messaging at Telefonica O2 UK from 2002 until 2010, working with Aggregators and Brands (Lloyds, ITV, C4, et al), driving the uptake of premium and bulk services and managing the issues of self regulation (PayForIT, a UK joint-MNO initiative), and subscriber protection.

Valter Wolf, LatAm Director

Valter joined MEF in 2019 as LatAm Director.  In this role, he leads MEF LatAm in supporting its regional membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and regional events.

Valter serves on the Brazilian Artificial Intelligence Association, which is focused on leveraging innovation and new technologies. Within the association, he chairs the Engagement Committee, working to support the market development of BOTS among other innovative initiatives.

Prior to joining MEF, Valter has worked as Director of Strategic Engagement at the GSMA, where he established the GSMA’s first legal entity in the region. Previously he worked as the Head of Market Intelligence of Nokia Networks and Business Developer Manager of Siemens Communications.