Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell
Director of Telecommunications
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative with the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He has worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in automated quality assurance for software. He earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College. Read more »

Bernard L. Schwartz

Bernard L. Schwartz
Chairman and CEO
BLS Investments LLC

Bernard L. Schwartz is an industrialist, a progressive public policy advocate and a philanthropist. Currently chairman and chief executive officer of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm founded in 2006, Mr. Schwartz served for 34 years as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Loral Space & Communications, a NYSE-listed producer of satellites and satellite systems, and its predecessor company, Loral Corporation, a leading defense electronics firm. In addition, from 1989 to 2005, Mr. Read more »

Chris Coons

Chris Coons
United States Senator
Delaware

After 10 years of service to Delaware's largest county, Chris Coons was elected by the people of Delaware to represent them in the United States Senate in November 2010. Read more »

Brian Pomper

Brian Pomper
Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Brian Pomper focuses his practice on policy issues. He has more than a decade of experience working in the government and representing businesses in the private sector.

Mr. Pomper is the founding partner of Parven Pomper Strategies (PPS) Inc. He has helped clients on political strategy and advocated for them before the U.S. Congress and administrative agencies on a wide array of issues, including international trade, customs, tax policy, health care, patent reform, intellectual property and financial services. Read more »

Rasika Abeysinghe

Rasika Abeysinghe
Director
Networks Solutions

Dr. Rasika Abeysinghe joined the famous Bell Labs after completing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in the U.S. There he worked in the Network Planning and Process Engineering group focusing on improving customer processes using workflow automation. He joined the Wireless Business Group at the advent of 3G. Since then he has worked on new and emerging technologies such as 3G, IMS, and 4G/LTE. Read more »

John Veroneau

John Veroneau
Partner
Covington & Burling LLP

Ambassador John Veroneau is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP in the Washington, D.C. office. As vice-chair of the International Practice Group, he provides legal and strategic advice to clients with global interests. Read more »

Peter M. Cleveland

Peter M. Cleveland
Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs
Intel Corporation

Peter Cleveland is vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs and director of Global Public Policy (GPP). GPP is responsible for establishing favorable legal, regulatory, statutory and market rules and policies to enable Intel's continued global business success. Read more »

Hal J. Singer

Hal J. Singer
Managing Director and Principal
Navigant Economics

Hal J. Singer is Managing Director and Principal at Navigant Economics and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. His areas of economic expertise are antitrust, finance, and regulation. He is the co-author of the book Broadband in Europe: How Brussels Can Wire the Information Society. Read more »

Neeta A. Bidwai

Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Senator Mark Warner

Ms. Bidwai is the Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA). She is responsible for policy relating to telecommunications, technology, competitiveness, and trade. In that capacity, she has worked on spectrum management policy, broadband deployment, incentive auctions, and efforts to sustain long-term innovation and U.S. competitiveness. She also supports the Senator’s work as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. Read more »

Karan K. Bhatia

Karan K. Bhatia
VP and Senior Counsel, International Law and Policy
General Electric

Karan Bhatia serves as Vice President and Senior Counsel, International Law & Policy, for General Electric. In this role, he oversees GE's engagement on public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets. Read more »

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