The Global Carrier Awards 2018 - Judging Panel

  • Nan Chen



    Nan founded and is president of the MEF, a leading standards/certification organisation in the networking industry with aggregated member market capitalisation of $2 trillion. He also co-founded CENX, a pioneer and leader in service orchestration solution for software defined and virtualised networks.

    Prior to founding CENX, Nan held executive roles at Atrica (acquired by Nokia) and Bay Networks/SynOptics (acquired by Nortel). Nan has been well-recognized with awards/accolades, including the Leader of the Year in telecom, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Industry.

  • Mike Conradi


    DLA Piper LLP

    Mike is one of the lead telecoms partners at global law firm DLA Piper. His interest in the sector dates back to 1998-9 when he was placed on secondment to OFTEL, then the UK telecoms regulator. He is rated by the Legal 500 as a "leading individual" for telecoms matters and the legal guide Chambers and Partners says of him that “ produces punchy and straightforward answers - he’s direct and commercial, and gets to the point quickly.”

    Mike is the editor of the Communications Law Handbook published by Bloomsbury Professional and has been a guest lecturer on UK telecoms law to the telecoms law LLM programme at University College, London.

    His recent work has included:

    • working on several different large mobile network "active" and "passive" RAN sharing deals in various emerging markets.
    • acting on the renegotiation of the outsourcing of the management of a telecoms network in a European country, a deal worth around €500m over 5 years.
    • advising international MVNO Lebara as they (successfully) bid for a new licence in Saudi Arabia and subsequently negotiated wholesale access to their host operator's network and purchased a cloud-based BSS system.
    • advising on the US$750m acquisition of the Globenet submarine cable system by BTG Pactual
    • advising the telecoms regulator in Bermuda on their market reviews and ex ante remedies

  • Laureen Cook

    Executive Adviser to the TMT industry

    Extelcon Consulting

    Having recently concluded her long tenure with the IFC (World Bank), as Principal TMT Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology investment sector, Laureen has resumed the helm of Extelcon Consulting as Executive Adviser to the TMT industry. As a senior member at the IFC (World Bank’s) Global TMT Team, she was responsible for the development of new business and evaluation of TMT investment opportunities in Emerging Markets; providing guidance on new projects and with portfolio companies including deal structure & operational improvements, from concept through to exit.

    Her investment sectors of focus include; Mobile/MVNO’s, Towers, Broadband (Wired & Wireless), Backhaul (Sateliite & Terrestrial Fiber), Subsea Fiber, Data Centers and Fintech. Prior to joining the IFC, Laureen was with Alcatel-Lucent, as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. At ALU, she was focused on the development of innovative, revenue generating, applications and services in order to accelerate the successful migration to 4G/LTE worldwide.

    She is a founding Director of GTWN, Global Telecommunications Woman’s Network, connecting C level women in the TMT industry on a global basis. As an industry veteran with 25+ years of telecoms experience, she has held Executive and BOD roles with some of world’s leading operators. Her global portfolio includes; MTC-Vodafone (now Zain) in the Middle East, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Cable & Wireless, PLC (UK), and NYNEX USA (now Verizon). She is a founding Director of several joint venture European and Asian wireless companies; Debitel GmbH (Germany), Telestet (now Wind Hellas, Greece), and PT Satelindo (now Indosat) of Indonesia. Additionally, she was a Partner at KPMG Consulting in the UK and has been a member of the Board of Directors at several international telcos/startups; Paktel in Pakistan, Mobikom in Bulgaria, MTN in South Africa, and Surfkitchen in the UK.

    Her background includes: private equity/venture capital, business development, strategic planning, operational execution, engineering and re-engineering of Telco’s. She holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Long Island University in New York. In June 2017, Laureen was named to the Top 50 Women to Watch in the Telecoms Industry by Global Telecoms Business.

  • Stephanie Liston

    Founder and Director

    Women in Telecoms and Technology

    American and UK educated, lived and worked in the US, the UK and the British Virgin Islands. Works with businesses in many countries on multi jurisdictional projects and commercial transactions and providing strategic, regulatory and compliance advice. An acknowledged international expert in communications law and strategy with a keen understanding of all forms of technology.

    Stephanie has been providing strategic and regulatory advice to the communications and technology sector since 1990. She is a qualified lawyer in the US, UK and BVI and has been a senior partner in a number of leading international law firms. 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.

    Stephanie is currently Chief Executive Officer of Sequoia Way Limited, Associate of Frontier Economics, Associate Director of Innovation Advisors, Senior Counsel to Coffey Graham (UK) Limited, advisory board member of Digi-Me Limited, founder and director of Women in Telecoms and Technology and Chair of the International Chapters Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

  • Guy Matthews


    Technology & Business Sectors

    Guy has been a journalist for over 30 years during which time he had edited and written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Much of his career has been focussed on covering technology and business issues.
    A particular specialism for the past 12 years has been the market for wholesale telecoms services. As one of the main freelance writers for Capacity magazine, Guy has written in depth on topics ranging from developments in subsea cabling and the birth of the Internet of Things to Carrier Ethernet standards and the challenges of network security. 

  • Tim Passingham

    Founder and Chairman

    Cambridge Management Consulting

    Tim is also the Non-Executive Chairman of SaaS business Precursive, Non-Executive Director of Cyber Security start-up C2 Cyber and a strategy advisor to numerous organisations. Tim has extensive executive experience in the information and communications technology industry including BT, Level3 Communications and Colt Technology Services.

    Tim is also the Non-Executive Director of C2 Cyber, a Non-Executive Director of cyber security start-up, Invasec, and an adviser to numerous other oprganisations. Tim has held number of other non-executive roles previously including director of Cloud professional service business, Intergence, director of software-as a-service (SaaS) sales platform, Omnecore, director of the desktop-as-a-service company, Molten Technologies Ltd., BT Group General Manager for Cambridgeshire and non-executive advisor to Oilfield-Services start-up SaberOFS.

    Tim lives in Cambridge, UK, with his wife, Shareta and three children aged 11, 5 and 3. Tim has a passion for the outdoors, enjoys extensive international travel and runs most days for fitness.

  • Daniel Preiskel


    Preiskel & Co LLP

    Daniel is a co-founder of Preiskel & Co and has about 25 years' experience working in the telecoms sector, advising across the industry and globe. He has been ranked for over 15 years in major independent research guides as one of the world’s leading communications lawyers.

    He is particularly recognised for his international commercial and regulatory work in the telecoms sector as a whole. He leads a team of international lawyers advising a range of fixed and wireless carriers across the globe including MNOs and MVNOs on their wholesale relationships, agreements and to a certain extent, strategy. Daniel also advises OTT providers, handset manufacturers, mobile data clearing houses, telecoms data centres, minutes’ exchanges and various telecoms resellers. Other clients include hosted telephony providers, governments and communications regulators.

    He also advises communications providers on GDPR, data retention and privacy, surveillance, interception and encryption issues as well as on international acquisitions.

    The Chambers UK guide states that “Daniel Preiskel is regarded as “the man telecoms companies turn to for strategic advice thanks to his “grassroots understanding of the industry””.

    Daniel is a MEF EMEA Board member (Mobile Ecosystem Forum).

    He enjoys playing and watching football, opera, travel and meeting interesting people from diverse backgrounds and countries.

  • Julian Rawle


    Julian Rawle Consulting

    17 years’ experience in the submarine fiber-optic industry together with a business development track record in emerging markets going back to 1990.

    Developed several new businesses in countries of the former Soviet Union, latterly with Cable & Wireless. Went on to lead international marketing efforts for Japanese marine installer, NTTWEM, before joining Pioneer Consulting. Acquired Pioneer and transformed the business into a leading center for submarine expertise. Member of Extended Team which successfully supported the Main One (Nigeria-Portugal) private submarine cable project.

    Member of Extended Team which successfully supported Brazilian investment bank, BTG Pactual, in acquiring GlobeNet (Brazil-US) submarine cable. Now operating independently and leading business development for the MYTHIC cable project between Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as supporting other cable development projects around the world.

  • Michelle Senecal de Fonseca

    Area Vice President/GM

    Citrix Systems

    Michelle Senecal de Fonseca has developed a career of more than 30 years in international telecommunications and technology. Currently, Ms Senecal de Fonseca is an Area Vice President/GM at Citrix Systems. Prior to 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 for Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Fidelity Data Networks, NextiraOne, Worldport, Global One, Sprint International and US West International. 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.

    Ms Senecal de Fonseca holds a dual degree in Business and Political Science from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona where she also serves on the school’s Global Council. She currently serves as a non-executive Director of the FDM Group, a FTSE listed IT services company, Director of Women in Telecom and Technology, a non-profit organisation she co-founded in 2000, and serves on the Investment Board of MOVe Capital, a TMT-focused growth equity fund investing in mid-sized digital B2B service companies. With dual British/American citizenship, she was named as one of the 100 Women to Watch of 2016 by Cranfield University School of Management as part of their annual Female FTSE Board Report and acknowledged as one of the telecom industry’s most influential leaders by Global Telecom Business Magazine per their selection of the Global Telecom’s Power 100.

  • Richard Steenbergen

    Founder and CEO

    Petabit Scale

    Richard is the founder and CEO of Petabit Scale, and organization devoted to helping companies with unique large-scale networking challenges. A well-known innovator and serial entrepreneur, Richard has helped build some of the largest and most disruptive networks in the world for over two decades, and is a frequent contributor at a variety of technical events.

    Prior to founding Petabit Scale, Richard was a founder and served as the CTO of PacketFabric, a highly disruptive "Network as a Service" platform which helped interconnect users across hundreds of major datacenters with a fully automated SDN-based platform. Before PacketFabric, Richard served as the CTO of GTT Communications, where he helped build the company into one of the largest and most competitive global Tier 1 networks in the world. Richard was also the founder and CTO of nLayer Communications, served as Chief Scientist for ServerCentral, and worked at AboveNet and NetVMG in senior network architecture roles.

  • John Wilkinson


    TMT Analysis

    John has more than 20 years’ experience in telecommunications and technology, with a proven track record creating technology products. From tier 1 operators such has AT&T and Swisscom to data startups John has successfully launched a number of analysis product sets, as well as mobile and unified communication solutions. TMT Analysis are a market leader in IP registry and Alternative Data.

  • Peter Zanatta



    Peter Zanatta is currently a freelance consultant specializing in Telecoms wholesale products and IoT infrastructure planning. Prior to this he worked for the EMEA Division of GlobalData where he ran the Telecoms sector.

    With 24 years of experience in the Telecoms and IT industries, Peter has worked for companies such as Cable and Wireless, MCI (now Verizon Business), Interoute, Inteliquent, TINET and more recently Thomson Reuters, where he has held senior positions in both operational and commercial management roles.

    Building on his operational and programme delivery expertise, he advises at board level in areas such as vendor management, supply costs, pre-sales/sales processes and infrastructure delivery programmes, covering both voice and data networks. Peter was one of the founding members of the Service Operations Committee of the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) and lead the last review and change to the ITU ICT indices.

    Natalie Bannerman


    Capacity Media

    Natalie has been with Capacity since 2017 and the role is her first introduction into the world of B2B and telecoms business. With a master’s degree in journalism and media communications, Natalie has secured interviews with the likes of: NTT’s Micheal Wheeler, CenturyLink’s Amir Hussain, Paul Scott of C&W Networks and Seaborn Network’s Larry Schwartz. She has taken a lead role in our subsea-centric content. Prior to joining Capacity, she worked for a number of small lifestyle titles, as well as creating her own collaborative blog.

  • Alan Burkitt-Gray


    Capacity Media

    With a degree in physics and electronic engineering from the University of Leeds (UK), Alan has been a business and technology journalist for over 40 years, writing for most of that time for publications covering telecommunications, broadcasting, IT and electronics, as well as working with radio and TV programmes and writing and contributing to a number of books. He lives with his family in London.

    In 1992 he set up a monthly magazine, Cable & Satellite Communications International, which he edited for three years. He then spent five years as editor of Government Computing magazine, an independent publication, before being recruited by the Euromoney group to edit Global Telecoms Business.

    Alan became editor of Global Telecoms Business in December 2000, and editor of Capacity magazine in August 2015, as part of a unified editorial team for the industry’s two leading titles. In 2017 he became executive editor of the two publications and is now editor-at-large of Capacity Media.

  • Jason McGee-Abe


    Capacity Media

    Jason was promoted in June 2018 and is responsible for Capacity Media’s editorial strategy and content across the print and digital portfolios.

    Jason, who joined the Capacity family in February 2016 as News and Content Editor and held the role of Editor from April 2017, also helps to oversee and manage the news agenda for the magazine, website and Show Dailys at Capacity events and at International Telecoms Week (ITW).

    Prior to joining Capacity, he spent six years reporting in the process excellence, business, technology, trade finance, public policy and property sectors.

  • James Pearce

    Deputy Editor

    Capacity Media

    James Pearce is Capacity’s deputy editor. He joined in August 2016 and is tasked with setting the news agenda for the magazine and website, writing features and conducting interviews. He also helps to decide the editorial agenda for the WAN Summit Series. Prior to joining Capacity, James spent two years covering the UK mobile telecoms scene with Mobile News Magazine, where he launched its first ever video news project.

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