Directors

WiTT’s Directors are:


Stephanie Liston
International Strategic Advisor, Board Director, Lawyer and Regulator

Stephanie Liston specialises in providing international strategic, legal and regulatory advice in relation to a variety of types of projects and commercial transactions across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors.

As a dual American and British citizen who has lived and worked in the US, UK and British Virgin Islands, Stephanie has extensive knowledge and experience of international and emerging markets.

Stephanie is an acknowledged international expert in a wide range of technologies and has been a leading partner in the most respected communications law firms. She has significant experience in helping businesses navigate their marketing and communications strategies to address the broadest and most valuable markets.

She served as an Independent Member of the BT Equality of Access Board from 2013 to 2018, as Chief Legal Advisor to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in the British Virgin Islands from 2015 to 2017, as a non-executive Director of Ofcom and as a member of its Audit Committee from 2005 to 2008, an advisory board member of Orga Systems GmbH from 2010 to 2014, a Director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association from 2000 to 2005, and co-Chairman of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association from 2004-2006.

Currently, she is Non-executive Chair of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (with responsibility for general competition regulation as well as sector responsibility for Air and Sea Ports, Postal Services and Telecommunications); Chair of the UK Broadband Stakeholder Group; Senior Counsel to Mishcon de Reya LLP; Senior Advisor to Frontier Economics; Chief Executive Officer of Sequoia Way Limited; Associate Director of Innovation Advisors; and Founder and Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology.


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, EMEA, OpenText

Helen Kelisky is an executive sales leader with a proven track record in general management, sales and marketing, and technology, spanning more than 30 years.

She leads B2B Sales across EMEA for the OpenText Corporation, and is a member of the EMEA Leadership board. She is also a commercial advisor to SaaS start ups, and has been a WiTT board member since 2013.

Before joining OpenText, Helen was Senior Vice President at Salesforce, responsible for establishing and leading the Cloud Sales organisation for UK and Ireland, and setting the strategy for sustained double digit growth. Prior to this, Helen established and headed up IBM’s Cloud business, leading the UK and Ireland organisation’s digital transformation to think and act ‘Cloud First’, and prior to this held a number of other key IBM leadership roles.

Given the enormous amount of change the world is experiencing – health, climate, technology and more – Helen believes it’s never been more important to champion diversity and inclusion in all its forms. She has been voted as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech for the last five years consecutively 2017-2021 (Computer Weekly), and lives in London with her husband and two children.

 

 


Yasmeen Majid
Business Change Director, EMEA Cloud Enterprise Solutions
ATOS

Yasmeen Majid was invited to join the WiTT Board in 2017, following 10 years as an active member. Her career comprises many years of working with technology-oriented and technology-driven organisations leading functions and significant transformations in several sectors and geographies while developing a portfolio of NED roles.

Prior to her role with ATOS, she was Head of Aviva’s Global Networks&Voice Change and Operations and before that, she led Vodafone’s Cloud & Hosting Solutions Delivery team following the delivery of a Transformation and Business Change Programme of the Cloud & Hosting Division. Prior to that, Yasmeen held senior roles in the UK including Chief of Staff to both the COO at DLG and the Group CIO at Ladbrokes, Head of Change at Multimap which exited through acquisition by Microsoft, Head of Operations at Teleca AU-System and COO for a Managed Services start-up. In France, as Project Director for the American University of Paris, she led a major back-office system re-write and in Canada, she started her career with technical/programme roles in Publishing/Aviation, Telecoms(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.