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Executive Summary

Laureen has joined the IFC (Worldbank), as Principal Industry Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology investment sector.Laureen is a key member of the IFC’s Global Investment Team, primarily focused on deal flow creation and the technical & operational aspects of new TMT investments, as well as for the portfolio of companies.Prior to joining the IFC, Laureen was with Alcatel-Lucent as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. At ALU, she was focused on developing next generation of ultra-high bandwidth applications, services and revenue streams, in order to accelerate the successful migration to 4G/LTE worldwide. As an industry veteran with 25 years of worldwide telecommunications 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 Greece), and PT Satelindo of Indonesia. Additionally, she was a Partner at KPMG Consulting in Europe and has been a member of the Board of Directors at several international telcos; Paktel in Pakistan, Mobikom in Bulgaria, MTN in South Africa, and Surfkitchen in the UK. Her background includes 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.