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GSMA mWomen: Meet the Team

Claire Sibthorpe

Director, GSMA mWomen

Claire is the GSMA Connected Women Programme Director. She has been working for over 15 years in the public and international development sectors on social policy and service delivery with a focus on information and communications technology (ICT) policy and practice. She has worked with governments, international agencies and NGOs in Africa, Asia and the UK. This has included working as a senior consultant at Atos KPMG Consulting where she managed the Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA) programme and at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on initiatives aimed at empowering communities to apply ICTs to their own social and economic development.

Dominica Lindsey

Senior Manager of Research Strategy and Evaluation, GSMA mWomen

Dominica joined the GSMA mWomen Programme in 2012 as Senior Manager of Research Strategy and Evaluation. She has performed research, strategy development and project management for a variety of corporate and non-profit organisations.

Most recently she was an independent consultant to the COO of VisionFund International, a microfinance subsidiary of World Vision. Prior to this, Dominica spent five years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, working with a variety of clients across the charity, healthcare, financial, media, consumer goods and energy sectors. She has also conducted research for WWF Cameroon, led a social research project in Western Java and supported a microfinance charity operating in India and Nepal.

Dominica graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management.

Max Cuvellier

Senior Commercial Programme Manager, GSMA mWomen

Max is a Senior Commercial Programme Manager for the GSMA mWomen Programme, providing technical advisory and overseeing grants to operators and development partners.

Before joining the GSMA, Max worked for the Orange Group’s Technocentre for Emerging Markets, first as a Project Manager on Customer Base Management-related topics based in Amman, Jordan, then as the team’s Business Development/Strategic Marketing Manager in Paris, in charge of identifying opportunities for new innovative products and services for the Group’s 20+ AMEA affiliates. He has previous experience with Altai Consulting where he was a Telecom Strategy Consultant, contributing to projects for Roshan (Afghanistan) and Asiacell (Iraq). His first work experience was with Apple as part of the EMEA Product Marketing Team in London.

Max holds a Master’s Degree in Management from HEC School of Management (Paris, France) and in International Management from ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain).

Mahesh Nayak

Commercial Project Manager, GSMA mWomen

Mahesh is a Commercial Project Manager at the GSMA mWomen Programme, supporting the team’s efforts to stimulate action among operators and other ecosystem partners in developing world markets. Prior to joining the programme, he was with 4C Associates, a boutique management consultancy providing cost transformation advice to large private and public sector clients in the UK and in Europe. He has previous experience of working at an Angel Investment firm and a management consultancy providing strategic and operational support to Microfinance Institutions.

Mahesh pursued a Masters in Management degree at London Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from University of Delhi.

Elisa Minischetti

Insights Analyst, GSMA mWomen

Elisa is the GSMA mWomen Insights Analyst. Before joining the GSMA, Elisa worked as an intern at the social enterprise WomenCraft in Ngara, Tanzania, where she contributed as Grant Manager and Budget Analyst. Prior to that, Elisa worked for Europe Direct, Forli’, Italy, as a European Trainer and covered roles at the Italian Consulate and at a shipping firm in Germany.

Elisa holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in International Economics and Conflict Management. This degree was a complement to her MA in International Security and Politics from University of Bologna and BA in Political Science and International Relations from University of Siena.

Catherine Highet

Pacific Manager, GSMA mWomen

Catherine is the Pacific Manager at the GSMA mWomen programme, focussing on building a healthy M4D ecosystem among MNOs, NGOs and other partners in this region. Prior to joining GSMA, she managed IREX’s Social Media |Social Action program, connecting NGOs with technology resources across the Middle East. She has also worked with Palestinian M4D company Souktel, using mobile to connect aid agencies with their beneficiary communities in East Africa, the Pacific and the Middle East. Catherine has previous experience in mobile financial services, having spent two years working on a cross cultural microfinance initiative in Jerusalem.

Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Priya Bhandari

Commercial Programme Manager, GSMA mWomen

Priya is a Commercial Programme Manager for the GSMA mWomen Programme, providing assistance and overseeing grants to operators and development partners.

Prior to this, she worked as a salesperson for Goldman Sachs and BP in their energy derivatives businesses for 6 and 3 years respectively. Her clients included transportation companies, utilities and industrials from across Europe and she advised them on their hedging strategies and provided them with solutions to manage their risks. Most recently, she did an internship at Dalberg, a strategy consultancy focusing on the development sector. During this time, she worked with a social enterprise in India to define their expansion strategy and secure a grant for this purpose.

Priya has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Social & Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

Salima Fazal Karim

Commercial Programme Manager, GSMA mWomen

Salima is a Commercial Programme Manager for the GSMA mWomen Programme, providing assistance and overseeing grants to operators and development partners.

Salima has a decade of experience with various mobile operators in Africa, Afghanistan and France. Her work has largely involved VAS design, development and management for operators including Millicom, Roshan, France Telecom R&D (now Orange Labs) and East Africa Telecom.

She holds a masters in engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs.

Shireen Santosham

Senior Insights Manager, GSMA mWomen

Shireen Santosham joined the GSMA mWomen Programme in 2013 as the Senior Insights Manager where she oversees the knowledge publication, partnership, and marketing strategy.

Prior to joining the programme, she was a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company where advised multilateral international development institutions, governments, and corporations on strategy, operations, and organizational design. While there, she also helped found the McKinsey Center for Government.

Previously, she worked in impact investing while at Vulcan Capital and served as a technical consultant to a variety of organizations including the Government of Liberia where she advised on rural development policy, Save the Children in Bolivia where she worked on health impact evaluations, and with the conservation organization Oceana where she managed a multi-country market entry feasibility study.

Shireen holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

Georgia Barrie

Commercial Programme Manager, GSMA mWomen

Georgia is a Commercial Programme Manager for the GSMA mWomen Programme, providing assistance and overseeing grants to operators and development partners.

Most recently she was as a consultant with TechnoServe Swaziland, working with MNOs and governmental organisations to develop and implement mAgri and mobile payment services. Prior to this Georgia spent two years as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, working with a variety of clients across the charity, healthcare, retail, insurance and energy sectors. She is also a trustee of women’s education charity Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need.

Georgia graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Physics.

Alexandra Tyers

Insights Manager, GSMA mWomen

Alexandra is the GSMA mWomen Insights Manager, leading on the monitoring and evaluation of the innovation grants portfolio.

Alex has worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, focusing in particular on research into low-tech mobile solutions for resource-poor contexts, gender issues in ICT4D and mobiles for development, and content creation and delivery on IVR and SMS platforms. Before joining the GSMA in 2014, Alex spent several years in Bangladesh working with NGOs and mobile operators in using ICTs and mobile platforms to help reduce the gender digital divide, working for BBC Media Action, BRAC, DFID and the British Council.

Alex has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Education and International Development (with a focus on ICTs) from the Institute of Education, University of London.

Madeleine Karlsson

Programme Coordinator, GSMA mWomen

Madeleine Karlsson

Madeleine is the Programme Coordinator for GSMA mWomen.

Before joining the team, Madeleine worked as Aftersales Key Account Manager in the marine fire protection industry. Previously she worked with research analysis for Plan UK with a focus on reproductive and maternal health, and were Organisational Development Consultant for a community empowerment organisation in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Madeleine holds a Master’s Degree in Development Administration and Planning from University College London and a BA in Peace and Development Studies from Linnaeus University. Through her degrees, Madeleine specialized in rural development and food security and has conducted research in rural Tanzania and Ethiopia on these subjects.

Madeleine is also a trustee of children’s sports and education facilities charity Building Malawi.