Roberto Balmer (Dr)
Adjunct Professor, USI University of Italian-speaking Switzerland; CEO, ABCgate Advisory Services
Dr Roberto Balmer is an economist focused on regulation, competition policy, industrial organisation and econometrics. As CEO of ABCgate Advisory Services Ltd he works as a regulatory and public policy consultant for global telecoms, equipment and IT companies in Europe and North America and as a lecturer. As such he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Italian-speaking Switzerland and lecturing also at other Swiss and Italian Universities.
Dr Balmer has previously worked as an economic advisor for the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (BAKOM) as well as other European regulatory and antitrust authorities and as public policy and Government Affairs executive in the ICT industry (Microsoft).
Within BEREC and IRG Dr Balmer represented Switzerland as a Contact Network member for many years, coordinating the work of national experts. At European level he also led BEREC drafting teams, delivering for instance the BEREC report on co-investment and significant market power in Next Generation Access Networks.
Dr Balmer holds Master's degrees in Economics from the University of Lausanne and the London School of Economics, as well as a PhD from the University of Rome 1. He has published the book Competition and Investment in Telecommunications and Media Markets (2014).
His current subjects of interest include artificial intelligence, general ICT regulation, access regulation, infrastructure investment incentives, co-investments, net neutrality, privatisation, regtech, e-government, data protection, privacy, internet of things, big data, standards