Directors

WiTT’s Directors are:


Stephanie Liston
Independent Member, BT Equality of Access Board

Stephanie Liston is an acknowledged international expert and strategic advisor with 25 years of experience in the communications sector. In addition to her position on the BT Equality of Access Board, she is Business Development Director of Fentiman Consultants Limited, Associate Director of Innovation Advisors, Chair of the International Chapter Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association. A qualified lawyer in the US and UK, Stephanie served as an Advisory Board Member of Orga Systems GmbH from 2010 – 2014, a Non-Executive Director of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) and a member of its Audit Committee from 2005 to 2008, a Director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) from 2000 to 2005 and co-chair of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association from 2004-2006.

Stephanie co-founded Women in Telecoms and Technology with a few other like-minded women who were lonely (founded in 2000 – with current membership of over 1000) and has been a senior partner in a number of leading law firms.

Stephanie has advised on strategic regulatory issues, contractual negotiations and commercial transactions for numerous companies in the European and international communications sector since 1990 when she was a senior lawyer for MCI Communications Corporation. Highlights include advising MCI on its joint venture with BT, Energis on its Metro Holdings joint venture with France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, One.Tel in the 3G Auctions, the UK Telecoms Adjudicator appointed by Ofcom and Cable & Wireless on Ofcom’s 2004/2005 strategic review of the telecoms market.


Annette Nabavi
AHV Associates / Anchusa Consulting

Annette has a broad range of public and private board experience and currently holds a number of Directorships.  She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Maintel Group, an AIM listed unified communications services  business.  She also serves as the Chairman of Maintels’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.  She is on the Advisory Board of the National Media Museum, part of the Science Museum Group,  and a Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) Ltd.

Annette is a Partner with AHV Associates, a firm of corporate finance advisors specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Raising, Structured Finance and Derivatives Advisory work for privately owned businesses.  She specializes in corporate finance projects for small and medium privately owned enterprises in the IT, technology, telecoms and media sectors.

Annette previously held the position of Head of Telecoms Global Business Development for Corporate Finance at ING Barings where she gained significant experience in M&A, private equity, structured debt and public equity transactions.

She later became the founding director and CEO of XchangePoint Holdings Ltd, a Venture Capital backed Internet Interconnect company providing broadband metro peering services to ISPs and carriers.  Annette was responsible for tripling revenues every year for 3 years, and grew the customer base to over 100 customers while expanding the company into Germany.  She successfully achieved two rounds of VC financing.

Her early years were spent with the PA Consulting Group where she specialized in strategic partnerships, business planning and marketing strategy. She became a Senior Partner with PA before moving to Barings.

Annette holds an MA from Oxford University and a Doctorate from the University of Dijon.


Michelle Senecal de Fonseca
Area Vice President
Citrix

Michelle Senecal de Fonseca has developed a career of more than 30 years in international telecommunications and technology and currently serves as Area Vice President for Citrix Systems. Prior to joining Citrix, she was the Director of Cloud & Hosting Services, a global line of business for Vodafone Group Enterprise. With operational experience in more than 50 countries on all continents, she has worked with Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Fidelity Data Networks, NextiraOne, Worldport, Global One, Sprint International and US West International. Ms Senecal de Fonseca’s executive positions have ranged from Managing Director and CFO to head of Sales and Marketing, Corporate Development, Strategic Planning, and Corporate Communications.

From 2007-2011, Ms Senecal de Fonseca worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she managed the Telecom, Media and Technology banking team and its associated €3 billion investment portfolio within the international financial institution.

Michelle also serves as a non-executive Director of the FDM Group – a FTSE listed IT service provider, serves on the Investment Board of MOVe Capital – a first time European fund investing in enterprise services businesses and is a Director of the Women in Telecom and Technology. She holds a dual degree in Business and Political Science from the University of Kansas and Masters in Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona where she also serves on the school’s Global Council. She has dual British/American citizenship, has been recognised by Global Telecoms Business magazine as one of the telecommunication industry’s most influential leaders and lives with her husband and three children in London.


Audrey Mandela
WiTT Chair
Co-Founder, Multimap
Independent Consultant /Angel Investor

Audrey is WiTT’s chair and company secretary. She is also director of Mandela Associates, which provides market research and consulting services for select clients in the telecom, internet and geographical information sectors.

Audrey was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers, where she acted as the company’s corporate counsel and marketing director, and was a board director. Multimap was sold to Microsoft in December 2007.

Audrey was formerly Senior Vice President, International, for the Yankee Group, one of the industry’s leading IT research firms.  As Senior VP, Audrey was responsible for managing the Yankee Group’s research, consulting and sales activities in Europe, Latin America and Asia. She was a frequent speaker at telecom industry events around the world, and the author of numerous reports and studies on global telecom trends.

Audrey is also a member of the steering committee for the Global Board Ready Women initiative; a board director for Wedu, a charity that mentors and supports young women leaders from underserved communities in Southeast Asia; and an NED for Clear Returns, an award-winning and innovative SaaS company; its returns intelligence platform enables retail clients to boost profits by reducing the costs and impact of returns.

For the past five years Audrey has been an advisor for London Business School’s TEDxLondonBusinessSchool event. She has also judged for the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards since 2012, and is a member of Angel Academe, which offers angel investment to women-led businesses.

Audrey holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, US.


Helen Kelisky
Vice President for IBM Cloud in the UK & Ireland (UK&I)

Helen Kelisky is the Vice President of IBM’s Cloud Business in the UK and Ireland.  She leads an organisation shaping and implementing IBM’s Cloud Strategy across all IBM’s lines of business to support the Cloud ambitions of our customers and to capitalise on market opportunity.

Helen is part of IBM UKI’s leadership team and has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry. In addition, Helen is a board member of Women in Telecommunications and Technology.

See an interview with Helen on the IBM jobs blog.


Yasmeen Majid
Acting Head, Cloud & Hosting Solutions Delivery
Vodafone

Yasmeen Majid is the most recent addition to the WiTT Board (2017), having been an active member for the past 10 years. She has spent the past 25 years working with technology-oriented organisations leading significant transformations in several sectors and geographies.

Prior to her current role as Acting Head of Vodafone’s Cloud & Hosting Solutions Delivery team, Yasmeen led Transformation and Business Change for Vodafone’s Cloud & Hosting division. Before that Yasmeen held senior roles in the UK including Chief of Staff to the COO at DLG and the Group CIO at Ladbrokes, Head of Change & Professional Services at Multimap, Head of Operations at Teleca AU-System and COO for a start-up delivering Automated Managed Services. in France, Yasmeen was the Project Director for a major and multi-year back-office system re-write with the American University of Paris and in Canada she started her career with technical roles in Publishing, Telecommunications(Bell Canada), Government(Ministry of Health, Ontario), and management consulting(KPMG).

Yasmeen holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University, Canada, and an MBA from EDHEC-Theseus, France.