George Kibala Bauer is the Director of the Digital Utilities program at GSMA. The program supports urban resilience in low- and middle-income countries by enabling access to essential utility services through digital solutions. His responsibilities include developing and managing strategic partnerships, conducting research on basic service provision in the context of rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income countries, disseminating insights and best practices, and representing the program at a range of external events. Prior to joining the GSMA, George gained experience in economic research, development finance, consulting, and government affairs. George holds an MSc in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris, and a BA in Economics from McGill University, as well as certificates in infrastructure finance, impact evaluation, and urban planning.