The TMG team includes domestic and international experts with legal, regulatory, policy, technical, and financial expertise that provide in-depth knowledge and experience from a variety of perspectives.
Janet Hernández, President
An attorney with over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector, Ms. Hernández advises domestic and international communications companies and governments on regulatory, commercial and transactional, and trade matters in Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. She has extensive experience on licensing, spectrum, broadband, mobile termination rates, convergence, market access and Internet-related issues, among others. Prior to joining TMG, Ms. Hernández was a Partner of and headed the Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group of the international law firm, Coudert Brothers LLP. She also worked as an attorney-advisor in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce and was in the Department’s Honors Attorney Program. Ms. Hernández obtained her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her undergraduate degree with honors from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Charles M. Rush, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Rush has more than 40 years of experience in the communications industry, specializing in the areas of international telecommunications, spectrum management and wireless systems. As one of the foremost spectrum management experts in the industry, Dr. Rush works with TMG’s clients to meet current and future spectrum requirements, as well as ensuring the deployment and development of advanced wireless technologies. Dr. Rush held top management positions at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and in the private sector. He has held leadership positions at the ITU and is a fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Rush has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Public Administration at University of Colorado, and A.B. in physics at Temple University.
Daniel Leza, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory
Mr. Leza, an attorney, is a regulatory specialist with expertise in the areas of competition law and regulation. He has substantial experience in the areas of regulatory reform initiatives, interconnection, spectrum assignment processes and licensing, anticompetitive conduct and mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector, and has advised service providers and regulators on such matters in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to working at TMG, he was with the Legal Counsel’s Office of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones of Venezuela. Mr. Leza obtained his Master of Laws at University of Chicago and his law degree at Catholic University in Venezuela. Mr. Leza is fluent in Spanish and English and reads Portuguese.
Kari Ballot-Lena, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor
Ms. Ballot-Lena’s expertise is in telecommunications policy development and analysis, particularly regarding deployment of broadband networks and services, spectrum and mobile communications, technological convergence and licensing. While at TMG, Ms. Ballot-Lena has advised regulators, international organizations and commercial clients around the world on the adoption of telecommunications laws and policies that best promote competition and the development of the ICT sector, including market and regulatory reforms. She has counseled telecommunications regulatory entities on a variety of issues, including the development of a unified licensing framework, as well as assisted private telecommunications clients (operators, manufacturers, and investment companies) with expansion into new markets and ongoing, both domestically and internationally. Ms. Ballot-Lena obtained her law degree at George Mason University and her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Ballot-Lena is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French.
Jeffrey Bernstein, Senior Business and Policy Analyst
Mr. Bernstein has more than ten years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has a background in international communication and business administration. He has conducted analyses of telecommunications business and regulatory environments around the world and advises clients on relevant regulatory and strategy issues. Mr. Bernstein has experience evaluating the impact of telecommunications and information technology policies on business and economic developments and has recently analyzed telecommunications issues and services including spectrum management, mobile licensing, interconnection and mobile termination, broadband and Internet policies, and convergence. In addition, he has participated in international groups addressing issues related to emerging wireless technologies. Mr. Bernstein obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis on global information technology as well as Master of Arts in International Communication at American University and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Bernstein is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Maria Paula Gonzalez, Senior Regulatory and Legal Advisor
An attorney with over ten years of experience in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, Ms. Gonzalez has advised Colombian and international tech companies as well as Latin American governments on regulatory matters related to telecommunication/ICT, administrative and commercial law. She has experience with licensing, spectrum, broadband, convergence, regulatory compliance and the formulation of policies and regulations related to ICT and public utilities, among others. Prior to beginning a master’s degree (LL.M) program in the United States, she worked in both the public and private sectors. She worked for Nokia as head of government relations and industry affairs for the northern region of Latin America, and worked as an attorney-advisor at Colombia’s Superintendence of Public Utilities, an agency dedicated to the enforcement of ICT regulation, and at the ICT Ministry, designing and drafting spectrum titles and licenses. Prior to joining the ICT Ministry, Ms. Gonzalez worked as an associate attorney for a law firm dedicated to ICT-related issues. She obtained a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh (magna cum laude), and a law degree and two graduate degrees equivalent to Masters of Arts (M.A.), one in telecommunications and one in commercial law, from the University of Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Alina Denis Jarjour, Corporate Compliance & Strategy Advisor
Ms. Jarjour, an attorney, has over 20 years of experience providing international legal counsel, regulatory advice and corporate compliance management to numerous companies, including companies in the ICT sector, as both a company executive in charge of legal and compliance departments and as a private practitioner. A significant portion of her practice is devoted to negotiating corporate deals, including private-public partnerships; handling licensing matters; structuring and managing business governance and compliance programs; and addressing privacy and cybersecurity issues. Ms. Jarjour works with TMG clients on a wide range of issues, including market expansion, sales practices, commercial collaborations and consumer-oriented matters. Ms. Jarjour obtained her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her undergraduate degree from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Geraldo Neto, Senior Technical and Policy Advisor
Mr. Neto has more than ten years of experience working in the telecommunications sector, specializing in the regulatory and policy issues associated with spectrum management, mobile technologies, digital television, the Internet of things, and corporate social responsibility, among others. He participates actively in various meetings of both the ITU and CITEL, where he has held a number of leadership roles. Mr. Neto has worked in both the mobile and the broadcast industries, as a Senior Manager of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Latin America, at RBS TV (Globo TV affiliate), and in the Brazilian National Agency of Telecommunications (ANATEL), at which he acquired extensive regulatory experience. Mr. Neto holds a Master of Embedded Electrical and Computers Systems degree from San Francisco State University (SFSU), and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Brazil. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Erik Whitlock, Associate Advisor, Economics and Regulatory Finance
An economist with over 20 years experience in the ICT sector, Dr. Whitlock provides advisory services to companies, regulators and investors globally. He specializes in solving problems in a broad nexus of economics and commercial and regulatory issues in the field of telecommunications: pricing, costing, compliance, organizational design, forecasting, valuation, business case development and strategy. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Whitlock was a director within PricewaterhouseCoopers’ strategy and valuation practice in the Middle East and worked with PwC’s global telecommunications practice out-of-region – in North America, the Caribbean and Africa. Before joining PwC in 2008, Dr. Whitlock worked for a decade with the Cable & Wireless Group. His last position at C&W was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Finance with C&W Americas. Before joining C&W, Dr. Whitlock worked in various economic and financial advisory capacities for investors, operators and regulators on projects in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dr. Whitlock earned his Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University. He is flunt in English, speaks Russian and has a working knowledge of French.
William Gifford, ICT Policy Analyst
Mr. Gifford specializes in analyzing global trends in ICT Policy with an emphasis on the Latin America region. His recent work includes tracking and analyzing regulatory trends throughout the Americas. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he studied International Relations and Social Anthropology. Prior to joining TMG Mr. Gifford taught English in the public school system in Chile. He has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Andrew Joseph, Regulatory and Policy Analyst
Mr. Joseph specializes in analyzing global ICT policy and trends, with an emphasis on the Middle East region. Some of his recent work includes examining the market effects of past U.S. telecommunications legislation and assessing the state of personal data security in the United States. Prior to joining TMG, he worked in the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau on spectrum and broadband access issues in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. Mr. Joseph obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University. He also studied in Amman, Jordan and has a working knowledge of Arabic.
Joel García, Financial Controller
Mr. García has extensive experience in financial analysis, business valuation and business planning processes. He has participated in the deployment of quality assurance systems, as well as corporate risk assessment and response evaluations in the Caribbean. Mr. García has also analyzed organizational processes and procedures in various industries, conducted feasibility analyses, and served as project manager in diverse responsibilities. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.