Senior Director, GSMA Foundation and Ambassadors Programme
Sarah manages the Foundation team and runs the Ambassadors programme.
The Ambassadors Programme positions highly respected individuals from the mobile sector and beyond to raise awareness about the role of mobile technology in sustainable development, inspiring tangible actions to connect everyone for a better future.
Sarah joined the Foundation team from Save the Children International where she was Head of Communications. Sarah spent 10 years at Save the Children working on humanitarian issues and covering every major humanitarian emergency since 2006. She managed high-level visits to disaster areas, acted as spokesperson and was responsible for coordinating and producing output of all media and communications content in emergencies. Prior to this she was Senior Press Officer at the anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International, working on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Sarah started her career working as a producer with Associated Press TV and MSNBC.
Sarah holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
External Relations and Sustainability Director
Anne works with GSMA member organisations to drive responsible business models and practices. Responsive leadership is needed if businesses are to incorporate the SDGs into their core growth strategies, value chain operations and policy positions.
Anne comes to the GSMA Foundation from spending over 10 years in sustainability consultancy. During this time she worked with major international companies on developing responsible business strategies that are aligned to corporate purpose and core business objectives. Her work covered performance strategies and programmes (human rights, climate change, supply chain, bribery & corruption), stakeholder engagement, benchmarking and communications. She has worked extensively across a range of sectors, including telecoms, FMCGs and extractives. A lot of Anne’s work focused on corporate responsibility issues in emerging and developing economies and she has worked across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Business, and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Nottingham University.
Director of UN Relations
As Director of UN Relations, Anoush cultivates strategic alliances and relationships between United Nations agencies and offices, experts from the broader sustainable development community, and leaders from the mobile technology sector.
Anoush comes to the GSMA Foundation from United Nations headquarters in New York where she served as Strategic Communications Officer for Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Anoush managed partnerships and advocacy strategy, advancing the global ‘data philanthropy’ movement, in which big data and data science are applied to development and humanitarian challenges. Previously, she held leadership positions in the NGO sector, including as Director of Projects and Partnerships for Mobile Active, a global network of experts using mobile technology for social impact, and as the Executive Director of the Armenian Volunteer Corps, a grassroots development organisation in Armenia.
Anoush holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government/International Relations from the College of William & Mary, and a Master’s degree in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California.
GSMA Foundation Department Manager
As the Foundation’s department manager, Emma provides a critical link between the Foundation and other teams at the GSMA, allowing co-ordination of common goals and activities. She also provides support to Foundation stakeholders at industry events.
Emma joined the GSMA in 2013, having previously worked in private equity, specialising in sustainable, green energy projects in Europe, and investment banking. Prior to this, she had a long career in sports journalism and marketing.