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GPM – Meet The Team

Areef Kassam

Programme Director

Areef is the Green Power for Mobile Programme Director. In this role he is responsible for development and delivery of the overall programme and the related mobile industry products and services. Areef also works directly with our vendor partners to understand their products, services and provide visibility to the mobile operators. He is responsible for managing the full scope of the programme, leading the international team located in London, Africa, and Asia.

Michael Nique

Innovation Manager for the Mobile Enabled Community Services Programme

Michael joined the GSMA as a Strategy Analyst for the Green Power for Mobile programme. In this role, Michael leads the development and dissemination of content on new innovations and trends affecting the sector. A particular focus at present is analysis on the issue and solutions for off-grid handset charging.

Ferdous Mottakin

Programme Manager

Ferdous is the Programme Manager for the Green Power for Mobile Programme. Within GSMA Mobile for Development, he is responsible for leading and managing the GPM programme globally. Additionally, his role involves creating industry collaborations and enhancing mobile for development outreach.

Prior to his role as Programme Manager, Ferdous successfully completed India-specific GPM projects for 18 months. He also led successful projects in South America, Central Asia, South Asia and East Africa for GPM. Ferdous was also involved in the GSMA-led pilot projects on Community Power from Mobile in East Africa and India.

Prior to joining the GSMA, Ferdous spent much of his career across the globe of working in different layers of telecom industry. Ferdous holds a Bachelor degree of Engineering from Simon Fraser University of British Columbia.

Charlotte Ward

Programme Development Manager for the Mobile Enabled Community Services Programme

Charlotte is a financial consultant based in Nairobi working on the Community Power for Mobile program. She previously consulted government and corporates on carbon and energy projects in East Africa. She is a Masters in Applied Environmental Science from Sydney University. She has 8 years investment banking experience with Deutsche Bank in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Mary Roach

Programme Operations Manager for the Mobile Enabled Community Services Programme

Mary Roach joined the GSMA in 2011 as an advisor for the Community Power from Mobile Programme. Prior to joining the GSMA she spent two years working on rural energy solutions in sub-Saharan Africa and 5 years working with GE Power Generation as a project and operations manager. She holds a MBA from Oxford University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from McGill University.

Hélène Smertnik

Market Intelligence Analyst for the Mobile Enabled Community Services Programme

Hélène is the Market Intelligence Analyst for the Mobile Enabled Community Services Programme. In this role, she conducts knowledge management and outreach activities as well as participates in the team’s research. Hélène also supports the Green Power from Mobile – MECS’s older sister programme- in its programme coordination activities. She manages the organisation of both programmes’ Working Groups. Hélène joined MECS following her master’s dissertation on M4D in Kenya during which she developed a strong interest in business-led development, using telecommunication technology and infrastructure to create socio-economic impact.