Matthew Botwin

Matthew Botwin

Matthew Botwin is Managing Director of the Regent Square Group, a telecom and government affairs consulting practice. In this capacity, he serves as a bridge between governments and telecom companies seeking greater market flexibility. He is expert in matters of spectrum policy, foreign market entry and raising capital for start-up telecom ventures. Botwin's clients at the Regent Square Group include CBS, Sony, Intelsat and other giants of the communications industry. He has raised $500M for start-ups in the satellite launch and wireless ISP industries.

Botwin serves as Chairman of the Regulatory Working Group for the GVF, an industry association for the satellite industry. In this capacity, he manages the government affairs efforts for an entire global industry and seeks to protect the spectrum rights of the satellite community for purposes of national defense, telecommunications and broadcasting.

Mr. Botwin is an advisor to the World Bank's Global Innovation Fund. Housed at the Bank's InfoDev division, the Fund is an effort to create greater access to private capital for medium sized technology-driven businesses in the developing world.

From 1998 through 2003, Botwin was Senior Manager for international government relations at PanAmSat Corporation where he had responsibility for PanAmSat's affairs at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva and PanAmSat's licensing in foreign markets. In this role Mr. Botwin negotiated the first full international satellite service license in Pakistan. He developed a strategic partnership to create market access in Kazakhstan. Botwin secured operating agreements for PanAmSat in Thailand and in the Philippines. At the ITU, he delivered support from the US FCC, State, Commerce, and Defense Departments as well as an international coalition involving the governments of Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mali, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Togo, for a PanAmSat initiative at the ITU to grant commercial access to 250 MHz of radio spectrum worth $200 million in annual revenue.

Before this, Mr. Botwin worked for AT&T Corporation. His responsibilities there focused on negotiating with the FCC and foreign telecom regulators over settlement rates for terminating international traffic.

Mr. Botwin received his BA in Philosophy from Hobart College, his MA in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and his Masters in International Telecommunications Policy from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.