Stephen Young

Stephen Young BA (Econs), MA
Tel: +44 (0)845 094 5581


Key Skills:
- Advice and consultancy: project directing, project managing; provision of specific subject expertise.
- Advocacy: Influencing public policy.
- Communication: presenting, lecturing, chairing, facilitating - conferences, training sessions, workshops; lectures and seminars in higher education.
- Content creation: analysing and writing material for books, reports, blogs and websites; producing materials for public presentations and use in higher education.

Key Experience:
Advising, consulting, presenting and writing on markets, strategy, policy and regulation in international telecommunications, with an increasing focus on behaviour change and sustainability, especially climate change. Published in over 60 books and reports, chapters in books and reports, and press and journal articles. Speaker or chair at more than 60 international conferences. Leader or speaker at around 50 workshops and customer briefings for international clients. Director, manager or subject expert on over 20 bespoke consultancy studies for individual clients, including major corporations, governments and regulators. More details at:

2007 to date: Senior Lecturer at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, subject leader for behavioural economics. Responsible for creating content, teaching, and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Also lecturing on behavioural economics at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, teaching postgraduate students on Commissioning and Public Health courses, as well as GPs. Providing presentations and talks on behavioural economics to non-academic audiences.

2009-2011: Consultant to the United Nations International Telecommunication Union. Including, author: Climate Change, ICTs and Regulation, a chapter in the UN ITU book Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2010. Main findings presented to the UN ITU 10th Global Symposium for Regulators: Dakar, November 2010.See:

1996-2007: Principal Analyst at Ovum Ltd, Europe’s largest independent ICT research and advisory company.  Manager and/or director of research and consultancy assignments in North & South America, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe, for telecoms companies, equipment manufacturers, financial institutions and governments. Ovum Thought Leader on Climate Change and ICTs. Frequent chair and speaker at international conferences. Author of numerous books, reports and articles. Many media appearances.

1990-1995: Head of public policy and public affairs at Mercury Communications Ltd, Europe’s first competitive telecoms company. Responsible for monitoring and responding to regulatory and public policy developments affecting Mercury and parent company Cable & Wireless in Europe, including managing relations with the European Commission. Managing Mercury’s public affairs activities - engaging with elected and appointed officials, think tanks & stakeholders.