Karim Lesina is executive vice president and chief external affairs officer at Millicom. He was previously senior vice president of international external & regulatory affairs at AT&T Services Inc. Before that, he held the position of Vice President of AT&T, covering International External Affairs for the European Union, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions and was in charge of Trans-Atlantic Relations. In this role he lead AT&T’s advocacy in those regions.
He is also been an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Vice Chair of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and Chair of the Presidency Group of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He is a Board Member of the European Internet Foundation, of the Transatlantic Business Council, of the EU Brazil Association, of AHCIET and member of the GSMA Chief Regulatory Officer Group for Central and Latin America. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, TPN, WEF, etc. Mr Lesina has a Master Degree in Economics of Development from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
Lesina was an event speaker at the Dialogue and commentator in the Latin America Advisor publications.
Covid-19 has accelerated digitalization all over the world. Things that chief technology officers had planned to be implemented in years had to be put in place in weeks, or even days. E-commerce, e-payments, remote work, video calls and streaming are now essential parts of our social and productive lives. Indeed, some in-person activities are gradually coming back, but a significant part of our day-to-day activities will likely become digital forever.
The Latin America Advisor’s latest video features Karim Lesina, chief external affairs officer at Millicom. Lesina spoke with Advisor editor Gene Kuleta in October about the role of technology in Latin America’s economic recovery.