Ceri Howes

VP Government & External Affairs, Opensignal

Ceri Howes

Speaker Bio

As VP of Government and External Affairs for Opensignal, Ceri spends her time working with policymakers, regulators, multilateral institutions and industry to drive evidence-based decision-making that will genuinely improve digital inclusion and drive accessible and high-quality connectivity for all.

Ceri joined Opensignal in 2020 after spending years at the GSMA, working in both the Public Policy and Mobile for Development teams. She joined as a Spectrum Policy Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, focusing extensively on policy issues aimed at improving connectivity access for historically underserved populations. She has advised on spectrum policy and strategy, national broadband plans, infrastructure regulation and the underlying supply and demand-side factors that reinforce the digital divide.

In addition to her global industry experience, Ceri worked for the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, where she was the policy lead for several rural connectivity work streams, including the reform of the UK Electronic Communications Code, mobile coverage mapping and Ofcom’s advice to the UK Government on the design of a fixed broadband universal service obligation (USO). She has also managed mobile technology programmes for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, working with governments and service providers to address the connectivity gender gap.

Ceri holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and earned B.A. degrees in International Relations and Business from the University of Redlands in California.