Global Policy Team

Global Policy Team

Public policy is global. BSA is global in its approach to public policy. Working with governments around the world and multilateral organizations, BSA's global public policy team advocates for innovation in the commercial software industry, strong intellectual property protection, patent reform, cyber security, reduction of trade barriers, and other emerging technology policy issues.

 

Karen N. Antebi

Director, Global Compliance Programs

Karen N. Antebi plays a pivotal role in BSA’s efforts to open global markets and leads key antipiracy issues.

Antebi brings a 17-year background in trade policy for the Government of Mexico, including serving as Lead Counselor for Economic Affairs for the Embassy of Mexico and in senior roles with the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development and in the NAFTA Negotiations Office. She represented Mexico in free trade agreement negotiations with the United States and Canada (NAFTA) and the European Union. She has a proven track record of addressing complex issues and delivering high-quality results for Mexican agricultural, manufacturing and service exports, as well as on the resolution of high-profile bilateral disputes such as sugar, avocado and cross-border trucking services.

Antebi is bilingual. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Brandeis University and a master's degree in international policy studies from Stanford University. She is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Rita Balogh

Senior Manager, Policy - EMEA

Rita Balogh is responsible for software policy in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. A Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E), Balogh has particular expertise in data protection policy. She also focuses on cyber-security issues as well as on policies that promote technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Balogh worked in APCO Worldwide's Brussels office, leading public affairs support to clients in various policy sectors, including ICT, security and transport. She also worked as policy advisor in the legal and corporate affairs department of Microsoft in Brussels.

Balogh holds a Master of International Relations from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a Master of Politics and Societies in Europe from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. A Hungarian national, she speaks fluent English and has a good knowledge of French. She is based in BSA's Brussels office.

 

Thomas Boué

Director, Policy - EMEA

Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.

Boué holds a Master of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

 

Randolph Court

Senior Director, Communications

Randolph Court drives BSA’s policy communications in Washington. He helps produce BSA’s flagship studies, develops messaging for executive events, edits BSA’s blog, and manages media relations strategy for priority issues such as intellectual property protection, trade policy, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Court was a Vice President with the global public relations firm MS&L Worldwide. He developed and executed strategic communications plans and public affairs campaigns for leading corporations, trade associations, and philanthropic foundations, including Deutsche Asset Management, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the World Gold Council, and the Corn Farmers Coalition. Previously, Court spent nine years as a policy analyst, editor, and fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Policy Institute, where he co-authored a path-breaking series of “New Economy Index” reports illustrating the economic impact of information technologies and recommending policies to spur the transition to a digital economy.

Court started as a business writer for Wired News in San Francisco, having earned a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz. is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Alasdair Grant

Managing Director - APAC

Working from BSA's regional headquarters in Singapore, Alasdair Grant leads strategic planning and execution of advocacy initiatives and compliance programs, serving as the organisation's most senior regional representative, its primary point of contact for governments in the hemisphere and its chief media spokesman. Grant manages a team working across offices and operations in China, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia.

Over the past 14 years, Alasdair Grant has worked extensively throughout his region, holding "Head of Asia" public policy, regulatory and corporate development roles with telecommunications operators Reliance, Verizon Business and Level 3; advising major global companies as part of his TMT strategy advisory; and leading industry organisations to promote and drive international public policy and market access initiatives. Prior to this he practised intellectual property at Gilbert & Tobin, a leading Australian law firm. Grant is the founding editor and co-author of Australia's leading textbook on telecommunications regulation. He is a board member of the International Institute of Communications and has degrees in Literature (Honours) and Law from the University of Sydney.

 

Chris Hopfensperger

Director, Policy

Chris Hopfensperger works with the BSA | The Software Alliance’s members to develop the BSA’s technology policy positions and articulate these positions to US and international policy makers. He advises members in such critical areas such as innovation, copyright protection, privacy, e-commerce, and cloud computing.

Prior to joining BSA, Hopfensperger served as a technology and trade policy associate with K&L Gates, where he advised companies and industry associations on pursuing legislation and representing their issues before Congress and the federal agencies and in the courts. Previously, Hopfensperger worked as a newspaper journalist. He edited and wrote for several metropolitan dailies, including The Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, and the St. Petersburg Times.

Hopfensperger holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Yolynd Lobo

Director - India

Yolynd Lobo currently leads the country operations for BSA | Software Alliance in India as Director, India. BSA is the world’s leading trade body representing the commercial software industry to promote trade, growth of the legal software market, technology innovation and cyber security. In this capacity she represents the software industry’s interest with government and policy makers on issues that impact the business environment for industry. Her role also requires her to oversee awareness and outreach programs for software end-users and the promotion of a safe and legal software environment in India. Prior to her current position at BSA, Lobo has worked for over 13 years in the area of government relations with companies such as Tata Infotech Limited, Pfizer and Caterpillar. Lobo holds an MBA with a specialization in the Management of Innovation from the Cardiff Business School in the United Kingdom.

 

Tim Molino

Director, Policy

Tim Molino coordinates and manages BSA’s US government relations activities. He is responsible for BSA’s relationship with members of the US Senate regarding issues important to the tech community.

Prior to joining BSA, Molino worked in the US Senate. He served as Chief Counsel for Senator Amy Klobuchar and worked for the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee. He was responsible for advising Senator Klobuchar on a variety of tech issues, including intellectual property, trade, innovation, telecommunications, broadband deployment, cyber security, and privacy. His portfolio also consisted of antitrust, transportation, tourism, and consumer protection issues.

He began his career in Washington as an intellectual property attorney at Bingham McCutchen and prior to that, Burns, Doane, Swecker, and Mathis (now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney). During his law career, he focused on patent litigation in the areas of software, electronics, business methods, medical devices, and biotech. He also litigated copyright and trademark cases. In addition, Molino prosecuted patent applications and provided counseling regarding noninfringement and validity issues.

Molino received his law degree from Washington and Lee University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mary Washington. He is based in BSA’s Washington DC, office.

 

David J. Ohrenstein

Director, Policy

David Ohrenstein focuses on BSA’s trade initiatives and public policy efforts related to key international markets for BSA members. This includes issues related to intellectual property protection and enforcement, market access barriers, e-commerce and cloud computing.

Before joining BSA, Ohrenstein was senior counsel to Fontheim International, LLC, where he advised clients on international trade, business, and government relations matters related to their international operations. Prior to that, he was Executive Director and Trade Counsel to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an advisory body established by Congress to analyze and report on the trade and security dimensions of the US-China relationship.

Ohrenstein also served as a senior adviser to the chairman of the US Export-Import Bank, where he coordinated a broad portfolio of emerging market export initiatives and served as a liaison to the White House, Treasury Department, and State Department. He began his career in Washington as a legislative assistant to Congressman Lawrence J. Smith (FL).

Ohrenstein received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

 

Boon Poh Mok

Director, Policy - APAC

Boon Poh Mok supports and promotes BSA’s public policy and government-outreach agenda throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with a specific focus on South East Asia and Oceania regions.  He covers issues such as intellectual property rights, copyright, cloud computing, cyber security, market access/trade, privacy and software policy legislation.  He also works on a range of antipiracy issues where they intersect with BSA’s public policy and government-outreach agenda.

Before joining BSA, Boon led government outreach and legal work in APAC for Nokia Location & Commerce.  Prior to that, he worked for the Singaporean government diplomatic service and was based in China leading the promotion of ICT business exchanges between China and Singapore.

Boon holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Warwick Business School, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Loughborough University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Boon is bilingual and is based in Singapore.

 

Lisa Randles

Director, Communications - EMEA

As Director of Communications for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, Lisa Randles oversees BSA’s corporate communications activities across the region, and provides public relations and communications support for BSA’s European public policy efforts. She also drives communications for BSA’s global research initiatives devising strategies to raise awareness of the scale and impact of software piracy, and to communicate the value of intellectual property to society and global economies.

Prior to joining BSA, Randles served as Deputy Director, Communications, for a US not-for-profit organization, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, where she devised and executed groundbreaking PR initiatives to educate communities about the dangers of illegal drug use. She also spent nearly a decade at global PR firm Burson-Marsteller, most recently as a director in the public affairs practice where she drove internal and external communications programs for global telecommunications and consumer goods clients.

Randles has a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is based in BSA’s UK office.

 

Emery Simon

Counselor

Emery Simon is Counselor to the BSA | The Software Alliance. He advises the BSA and its member companies on a broad range of domestic and international policy issues including intellectual property, technology policy, trade and security. The BSA’s members include the leading software and computer companies in the business of developing creative software solutions for the work-place, school, and home.

Previously, Simon was the Executive Director of the Alliance to Promote Software Innovation, and was the Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he was the principal US negotiator on intellectual property. Simon has also worked for the Congressional Budget Office, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council on Environmental Quality, and Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler.

Simon has a law degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queens College. He is based in BSA’s Washington, DC, office.

Sophia Wang

Director - China

Sophia Wang oversees BSA’s advocacy, enforcement, marketing and communications activities in China. She serves as BSA’s liaison with member companies, government agents and industry associates, and serves as BSA’s spokesperson in the Chinese market.

Wang started her career at IBM where she spent 10 years and was heavily involved in establishing and managing several of IBM’s strategic service joint ventures in China. Wang was then named vice president of Beyondsoft, a leading China-based outsourcing company where she was in charge of marketing and corporate development. In 2009, Wang joined Accenture as the director of outsourcing.

Prior to joining BSA, Wang was vice president of marketing, growth and special initiatives at Genpact Asia, responsible for Genpact’s overall business strategy in Asia.

Wang received the “International Woman of Influence” award from GlobalExecWoman in 2007. She graduated from Tsinghua University and holds an EMBA from CEIBS. She is currently the vice chair and secretary general of CEIBS Outsourcing Service Alumni Associate and co-chair of the BPO chapter of AmCham China. 

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