Mohammad Chowdhury

Partner, Strategy & Telecom, Media and Technology Sector Leader for Australia, PwC

Mohammad Chowdhury

Speaker Bio


29 years’ experience in the Telecoms and Tech industries covering 86 countries

Advised on telecommunications sector reform and restructuring across Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia

Worked for IBM, Vodafone Group and PwC and served as Cabinet Adviser to Myanmar during its ICT and telecom reforms

Focuses on 5G mobile strategies, growth and the digital economy advising operators, industry and Government

Extracts of relevant Experience

Advised Department of Communications and the Arts (Australia) on future options for telecommunications sector (2019)

Lead adviser to Victoria’s digital future now programme investing $600m in digital economy (current)

Global advisor to GSMA on IoT and Big Data market opportunities for mobile operators (2019)

Advice on m-health strategies to mobile operators, GSMA and government in multiple countries

World Economic Forum - drafted WEF paper on role of 5G in economic development post COVID-19

Advised Western Parkland City (Sydney) on creation of a Digital Action Plan for government (2019)

City of Melbourne 5G Testbed: explored how 5G and IoT will transform citizens’ lives

Springfield - advised on Fourth Industrial Revolution plan for Australia’s largest private master planned city (2018-date)

Advised GSMA and UN SDGs on how mobile technology can be used to drive social impact (2019)

Established IBM’s first telecom solution delivery center in India (Bangalore) 2005-2007

Advised UN Broadband Commission on digitalization across key industries including in cities

Other roles

Board Member, UK’s Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW)

Council of Economic Advisers, City of Melbourne, Member

Conference Advisory Board Member, GSMA; chair at Ministerial Programme at MWC Barcelona 2013-2019

Board member and/or adviser to several technology start ups

Vodafone Group: Strategy Executive for Emerging Markets and External Affairs Director, Vodafone Egypt

IBM: 5 years in the telecommunications industry business including 2 years running strategy

Business writing for Forbes, New York Times, other journals


Oxford University: BA Hons Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1986-89)

Cambridge University: MPhil Economics (1989-90)

Harvard Business School: Executive Program, Competition and Strategy (2002)