APCC Board 2016


Simon Smith


Director, Regulatory Affairs – Pacnet, Telstra

Simon started his career at Cable and Wireless where he worked on pricing strategy for the Caribbean. He subsequently was made responsible for Regulatory Affairs and worked extensively with Governments on the various policy issues concerning the Americas at various Government fora, including CITEL, the telecommunications arm of the Organization of American States.

He subsequently joined ICO, a Global Mobile Satellite company where he was responsible for regulatory affairs and business development for Europe. Whilst at ICO he was also was involved in GMPCS issues at the ITU as part of the British delegation.

In 2006 Simon moved to Singapore to become Senior Regulatory Manager for Pacific Internet. He has remained in the same position in Pacnet, the new entity created with the merger of Pacific Internet and Asia Netcom.

Chris Perera


Senior Director – International External & Regulatory Affairs – Asia Pacific, AT&T

Chris Perera is a Senior Director of International External & Regulatory Affairs, where she advances AT&T’s International market entry regulatory strategy and public polices across Asia Pacific. Chris works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external affairs advocates around the world. AT&T provides wholesale telecommunications services to over 220 countries and territories, and provides enterprise services to over 130 countries.
Prior to joining AT&T in 2014, Ms. Perera was a Senior Director, Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region, GSMA, and the Chair of the New Zealand Radio communications Sector before that. Ms. Perera was also the Principal Wireless Advisor on the evaluation panel for the New Zealand Government’s Broadband Initiative.

Priya Mahajan


Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Verizon

Ms. Mahajan is the Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel where she is responsible for strategic-level Regulatory and Policy advice regarding Verizon’s business operations in Asia Pacific. She is currently based at Singapore. Priya has previously served as Chief Counsel for Verizon-India where she was responsible for prohttps://asiapacificcarriers.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=138&action=edit#viding legal advice and guidance on regulatory, policy & commercial matters pertaining to India operations.

Priya holds extensive experience in advising on Telecom, Media and Technology areas on a range of regulatory & policy matters such as  converged networks, new age digital services models, outsourcing, Data Privacy laws, Traditional Telecommunication Services (Mobile, Access, International Long distance &  OSP Licensing issues, OTT/Platforms regulations. In her policy role, she closely monitors the public policy developments related to Internet, emerging technology trends & new age Digital & Media services.

She holds honorary position of vice President at the Association of Competitive Telecom Operators (ACTO), an industry advocacy body representing the interest of Global carriers in India. She is a founding member of the Society of Women Lawyers (SoWL), focused on continuing Legal education, improvements of laws relating to women, mentoring and professional platform for women lawyers in India. Priya is a qualified attorney, an Associate member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). She has also attended the Accelerated Management Programme (AMP) at Indian School of Business , Hyderabad.


Tanya Tang


Partner, Rajah & Tann LLP

Tanya joined Rajah & Tann’s Competition and TMT practices as its Chief Economic and Policy Advisor, giving the practices the unique capability of providing fully integrated legal and economic advice to clients. Tanya has extensive competition and regulatory experience, having worked in the policy and competition team at the then-Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), as well as the then-Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS). At IDA, Tanya’s key responsibilities included implementing the Telecom and Postal Competition Codes, such as assessing M&A applications and investigating alleged anti-competitive practices.  She also led key policy and regulatory reviews, such as reviews of the Telecom Competition Code and guidelines, as well as the Quality of Service frameworks for telecom services.  At CCS, Tanya was responsible for conducting economic analysis for investigation of competition cases.

Since joining Rajah & Tann, Tanya has been instrumental in lending her economic and regulatory capabilities to advise extensively on both general and sectoral competition law, as well as regulatory issues, covering the telecoms, media and energy sectors. Other than assisting private sector clients, Tanya has also provided counsel to government agencies in policy-making, from her involvement in the Brunei Telco-Media Convergence laws to building the telecoms-related capabilities of Cambodia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

Tanya has been recognised annually since 2016 as a leading competition economist in the international Who’s Who Legal: Competition, and as a consulting expert in the International Who’s Who Legal Consulting Experts: Economic Consulting – Competition Economists.