Speaker profile


  • Mr Serafino Abate
    Director, Competition Economics


Serafino Abate is Director, Competition Economics, at the GSMA, where he works on economic and regulatory issues relating to the mobile sector, developing the GSMA’s position on key regulatory and competition policy issues. 

Before joining the GSMA, Serafino worked in Brussels, first covering economic and regulatory affairs for ETNO, the association of European telecom’s network operators, and then as Director of the Centre for Regulation in Europe in Brussels, an economic policy think tank. Before that, Serafino was a senior Competition Policy Manager at Ofcom, the UK telecom, post and media regulator. He started his career working for Ovum, an independent research and advisory firm based in London, where he lead various consulting and research projects advising leading telecom and media operators around the world.

Serafino is a recognised regulatory economist and competition policy expert. He has a strong track record in policy development for the telecom and media sector, his expertise covering media, telecoms and consumer issues in the digital economy.       

Serafino holds a BSc in Political Economy and Industrial Organisations from the Università degli Studi di Firenze and a MSc in economics from the University of Bristol.

Serafino speaks Italian (his native language), English, Spanish and French.

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