President, Group CEO, Telenor
Mr. Sigve Brekke is the President and CEO of Telenor Group, a position he has held since 2015. Telenor is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 211 million mobile subscriptions and mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordics, Central Europe and Asia. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Brekke served as Executive Vice President and Head of Region Asia. He has been instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in the region: From being part of setting the initial direction in 1999, Mr. Brekke has been a key driver and shaper of making Telenor a leading force in key Asian markets. He has served as CEO of Telenor-controlled mobile network operators in Thailand (dtac) and India (Uninor/Telenor India). He has also been key in M&A activities and most recently entered the market in Myanmar. Prior to joining Telenor Sigve Brekke had a political career in the Norwegian Labour Party and the Labor Youth Organisation (AUF). He served as State Secretary of Defence in Norway from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Brekke holds a Master of Public Administration degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is married, has three children and resides in Oslo.
Dr. Nasser Marafih
Group CEO, Ooredoo
Dr. Nasser Marafih
former Acting Director, International Finance Corp (IFC)
Director General, GSMA
Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events.
Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets.
Mats serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, which is focused on leveraging ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development. Within the Commission, he chairs the Working Group on Digital Gender Divide to address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use. Mats is a leader with The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. From 2016 to 2018, Mats was also a Commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, working with CEOs across many industries to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy.
Mats brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2016, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators with more than 16 million customers across nine countries.
Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti.
Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Chief Financial Officer, GSMA
Louise Easterbrook is Chief Financial Officer of the GSMA. In this role, Louise is responsible for overseeing the business and financial performance of the GSMA, leading the company’s corporate services functions, including finance, legal, HR, IT and facilities. Before joining the GSMA in September 2014, Louise was Regional Financial Controller, Africa for Vodafone Group. Louise joined Vodafone as Investor Relations Executive, acting as the liaison between Vodafone and the financial community. From 1996 to 2006, Louise held a series of positions at Cable & Wireless plc., including Group Director of Investor Relations, Director Corporate Finance and Head of Group Planning, Reporting and Analysis. Louise is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Birmingham.
Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA
As Chief Regulatory Officer for the GSMA, John Giusti is responsible for leading the organisation’s public policy and industry advocacy agenda with governments, regulators and international institutions, as well as overseeing the work of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation and engaging with key development organisations worldwide. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2011, Giusti spent 17 years at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), working in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he served as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps, where he provided legal, strategic and policy support to the Commissioner on all major agency actions, including the implementation of the National Broadband Plan. He also previously ran the FCC’s International Bureau, where he managed the agency’s relationships with its foreign counterparts and served as the its chief negotiator at meetings of the International Telecommunication Union, the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission and other multilateral organisations. Giusti was educated in the United States, earning a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida. He has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1994.
President and Group CEO, MTN
Rob is a seasoned Executive with experience in the Telecommunications and Financial sectors across the African and European markets. Prior to joining MTN in March 2017, Rob served as CEO of the Europe Cluster at Vodafone and CEO of Vodafone Netherlands. He is the former Group CFO of Vodacom Group. During his banking carrier, Rob served as Managing Director of Nedbank Retail and head of Investment Banking at Standard Bank.
Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
East Africa Regional Director & Director, Finance for Life at BFA Global