Andrew Mikkelsen is a telecommunications and media consultant. Formerly a lawyer at Gilbert & Tobin in Sydney, he helped to start up 2 Degrees Mobile, the long-awaited third mobile network in New Zealand, and Red Bull in New Zealand and Australia. He has worked for clients in media regulation and Fibre-To-The-Home strategies (via Venture Consulting, based in Sydney), and in strategy for Vodafone Australia.  His telecommunications work has also taken him to Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Africa, where he was involved in projects for new telecommunications entry as these markets were liberalized and expanded. He is a Trustee of the internet charity service,, which provides an online facility for micro-payments to charities. He’s been travelling to India for the last 10 years; he speaks excellent English and very slow and imperfect Hindi.