Global trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) today announced the results of its regional board elections in Asia for the 2015/16 term which took place during the MEF Asia AGM in Bangkok prior to MEF Connects Thailand in association with Telenor on the 13th of May 2015.

Senior executives from  Bango, F-Secure, Syniverse and  Uteeni were elected to the Asia Board and will help champion MEF’s focus on building a sustainable and trusted mobile ecosystem with a focus on driving innovation, new partnerships and social inclusion across the key territories of Asia.

The election took place alongside the dynamic MEF Connects Thailand which brought together more than 100 industry leaders for an evening highlighting the best of mobile and access opportunities across South East Asia. The evening also featured innovation pitches from DTAC’s Accelerate programme as well as an expert panel moderated by e27 Thailand with speakers from Agoda, Google, Mono Technology, PlayLab and Telenor.

Incumbent board directors representing senior execs from Empays Payment Systems, Indosat, MasterCard, Mono Technology, Smart e-Money and Telenor Digital are joined by the following new directors:

  • Trevor Goldberg, Vice President Business Development, Bango
  • Paul Palmer, Vice President, APAC, F-Secure
  • George Guo, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of APAC, Syniverse
  • Benjamin Fauchald, CEO, Uteeni

The newly elected Board has elected Ravi Rajagopalan, CEO at Empays Payment Systems as MEF Asia Chair and Sissel Henriette Larsen, Director Global Partnerships & Head of Music Asia at Telenor Digital as Vice-Chair.

Rimma Perelmuter, CEO at MEF said: “We are delighted to welcome the newly elected Directors to the MEF Asia Board. As the mobile opportunity continues to expand and evolve so does MEF’s mandate to champion innovation and accelerate the growth of a sustainable mobile industry that drives inclusion for all and delivers trusted services that enrich the lives of consumers.

“Nowhere is that more important than in many of the growth markets across MEF’s Asia Chapter where mobile is about creating high-value sticky services, identifying mobile solutions and in many cases introducing customers to the internet for the first time.  The Asia Board represents several markets reflecting the diversity of the region including China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. I look forward to working with all of the Asia Board as they help shape the mobile future in the region, focusing on the key areas of innovation, consumer trust and social inclusion.”

She added, “On behalf of MEF, I would also like to thank outgoing MEF Asia Chair Colin Miles for his contribution, support and guidance to MEF in Asia for the past four years.”