In the four years since its launch, MEF’s LatAm chapter has become a leading voice for the mobile content and commerce industry in the region.

In 2010, a MEF initiative led to the creation of a Unified Code of Conduct for mobile content subscription services and advertising in Brazil which has been endorsed by all four of the major network carriers and the regulator Anatel. In 2011, MEF is again taking the lead in producing a set of guidelines to define the standards for consistent application of the Code and its sanctions. MEF LatAm is also promoting the M-Commerce market in the region with the recent launch our M-Commerce Initiative. With a focus on micro-payments and the virtual goods market, MEF LatAm is at the forefront of educating network carriers, games publishers and social networks on the potential of mobile payments.

MEF Executive


Ricardo Bastos
General Manager, MEF LatAm

Ricardo joined MEF in August 2014 as the General Manager of the LatAm Chapter. He is a seasoned telecoms industry professional with over ten years of experience gained through senior roles at Vodafone Group, Siemens as well as digital agency, Accedo Brasil. Bastos will oversee an enhanced roadmap of LatAm activities across areas such as Mobile Innovation and Mobile Money in collaboration with MEF’s LatAm Board Chaired by Filipe Rosa. 

Ricardo holds a Masters of Science (MSc) in Computer Science Engineering, from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.


Rafael Pellon
Policy & Initiatives - MEF LatAm

Appointed as MEF LatAm General Manager in May 2012, Rafael takes on the role of GM at a critical time for the LatAm chapter, with plans in place for expansion in 2012 and an extensive programme of initiatives, events and new member services scheduled to build the mobile market in advance of the Olympics and World Cup.

Rafael is an established TMT Lawyer with a law degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro(UFRJ), a post-graduate degree in Information Law from the Universidade Cândido Mendes do Rio de Janeiro and a Post-graduate degree in Civil Law Procedural Strategies at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas FGV) in São Paulo. He is currently a member of the Information Technology Law Commission for the bar association, as well as lecturer at the E-Net Chamber. With extensive experience in the technology and telecom sector gained at enterprises such as Claro, Embratel, IG and UOL, Rafael was also previously Head of the MEF LatAm’s Policies and Initiatives committee.