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Laureen is with the IFC (World Bank), as Principal TMT Advisor, in the Global Telecommunications, Media & Technology investment sector.  As a senior member of the Global TMT Team, she is responsible for the development of new business and evaluation of TMT investment opportunities in Emerging Markets; providing guidance on new projects and with portfolio companies including deal structure & operational improvements, from concept through to exit. Prior to joining the IFC, Laureen was with Alcatel-Lucent, as Vice President 4G/LTE Strategy. At ALU, she was focused on the development of innovative, revenue generating, applications and services in order to accelerate the successful migration to 4G/LTE worldwide. As an industry veteran with 25+ years of telecoms 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 Hellas, Greece), and PT Satelindo (now Indosat) of Indonesia. Additionally, she was a Partner at KPMG Consulting in the UK and has been a member of the Board of Directors at several international telcos/startups; Paktel in Pakistan, Mobikom in Bulgaria, MTN in South Africa, and Surfkitchen in the UK. Her background includes; private equity/venture capital, 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.

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