George Kibala Bauer is Senior Advocacy and Insights Manager in the GSMA Digital Utilities programme. The GSMA represents mobile operators worldwide, and its Mobile for Development department drives innovation in digital technology to reduce global inequalities. Within Mobile for Development, the Digital Utilities programme supports urban resilience in low- and middle-income countries by enabling access to essential utility services through digital solutions. George’s responsibilities include developing and managing strategic partnerships, conducting research on the role of digital innovations in improving service provision in low- and middle-income countries, supporting African and Asian start-ups in the utilities space in their journey to scale, and representing the Digital Utilities programme at a range of external events. Prior to joining the GSMA, he gained experience in economic research, development finance, consulting, and government affairs. George holds a MSc in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris, a BA in Economics from McGill University, as well as certificates on infrastructure finance, impact evaluation, and urban planning. He’s also an On-Deck Climate Tech Fellow, and contributes to IntelCongo, a platform for opinion and analysis on the Democratic Republic of Congo.