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GTWN Call to Action to ensure Digital Inclusion for All

GTWN has launched a Call to Action to all stakeholders to work to close the digital gap and ensure meaningful digital connectivity for all, especially women. After years of progress towards women’s equal digital inclusion, we are now seeing a slowdown and, in some countries, a reversal.  Women are now 16% less likely than men to use mobile Internet across low and middle income countries, which equates to 264 million fewer women than men using mobile Internet. Significant and coordinated efforts are urgently needed to reduce the gender gap and ensure that women can participate fully in a more digitised society. Download a copy


GTWN congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin on her election as ITU Secretary General.

Election heralds a new era for Universal Meaningful Connectivity. Cologne, 03 October 2022:  The GTWN, the Global Women's Telecommunications Network, congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin on her  election as Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). GTWN is the world's premier network of women C-Level executives bringing about "The Changing Culture of Communications...from Generation to Generation." Four years ago, the GTWN was one of the primary supporters and promoters of Ms. Bogdan-Martin's candidacy for Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau.  As chief architect of ITU's development work, Bogdan-Martin then proceeded to champion programs for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, job creation, skills development, gender equality, and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, and reduce climate impact. Thirty years ago, the GTWN started a new era in our sector when we championed "The Changing Culture of Communications" and then added 15 years later, "..from Generation to Generation" for our slogan. "Bogdan-Martin's stated goal for 'Universal Meaningful Connectivity' as she begins her new role as the first-ever female ITU Secretary General resonates powerfully with the values and purpose of the GTWN", remarked Keri Gilder, GTWN Global President.  "The GTWN looks forward to working together with her and her colleagues to achieve this goal", concluded Gilder. Contact: Keri Gilder, GTWN Global President keri.gilder@gtwn.org Vicki Macleod GTWN Secretary General vickimac87@gmail.com Marge Salem GTWN Business Manager marge.salem@gtwn.org


The GTWN explores Networks for the Universe at Mobile 360 in Singapore

  GTWN Founding President Candace Johnson and Secretary-General Vicki MacLeod are joining with partners from GSMA at Mobile 360 APAC Diversity in Tech on 2 August 2022 to deliver a discussion panel on Networks for the Universe. We will explore how women leaders in the industry are working together across connectivity and content to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and growth across all networks – fixed, mobile, space, services, cloud, finance, etc – to deliver on the promise of full digital transformation. The panel of experts includes Susan Brazer, CEO & Founder, LionShare Media; Lynette Tan, CEO, Singapore Space and Technology Ltd; Dr Anna Yip, CEO Consumer, Singtel; Jaya Deshmukh, EVP Strategy and Transformation, Colt; Sheena Jacob, Partner and Head of IP at CMS Holborn Asia; Shweta Jain, APAC Head of Business Development, Media and Entertainment at AWS; and GTWN Board Member Rosalia Gitau, CEO and Co-Founder of My Bixie.  The discussion will be followed by a reception and networking event sponsored by Kacific Broadband Satellites. A summary of the outcomes of this panel discussion, and additional  material will be available soon.


Celebrating successfully Changing the Culture of Communications from Generation to Generation

How to begin to capture the excitement, the joy, the feeling of success and achievement, but also the dedication to continue to make the world better, with “The Changing Culture of Communications… from Generation to Generation” that was so palpable for all attending the GTWN 30th Anniversary Gala evening at the fabulous Palau Requesens in Barcelona on the occasion of the Mobile World Congress. Palau Requesens, Barcelona, Spain GTWN 30th Anniversary guests under the stars It was a night which began under the stars and continued with stars from around the world.  In the beautiful courtyard of the Palau, the GTWN International Board members received government ministers, corporate presidents,  leaders of the industry, movers and shakers and young mentees  to recognize, promote, and celebrate the contribution of women executives, innovators, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and doers in the global TMTS sector. GTWN International Board One of the highlights of the evening was the induction of the new members of the GTWN International Board including Vrinda Kapoor, Deepa Kalikiri, Rosalia Gitau, Nicola Palmer, Leticia Latino-van Splunteren and Isabelle Paradis, coming respectively from India, the UK, Kenya/Philippines, USA, Latin America, and France as well as the passing of the baton from the long-time GTWN President Bridget Cosgrave to the new GTWN President, Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt Technologies and CEO of the Year 2021 bestowed by the World Communications Awards. GTWN induction of new International Board members The induction took place before the platinum [...]


GTWN ushers in Next Generation with new Global President, Keri Gilder, CEO Colt Technology Services and 2021 CEO of the Year

16 February 2022, London/Cologne: The GTWN (Global Telecom Women’s Network) has announced today that their new Global President will be Keri Gilder, CEO Colt Technology Services and World Communications Award’s 2021 CEO of the Year. The GTWN, which will celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, has been instrumental in “Changing the Culture of Communications… from Generation to Generation”. Already in 1992, the GTWN members were thought leaders, sought out by TMT/ICT CEO’s around the world for their innovative, inclusive approach to informing and impacting the industry. This has continued throughout the years and the GTWN has inspired, led, and enabled game-changing trends throughout the entire industry around the world. “We are thrilled to have someone of Keri’s talents and transformational skills as our next GTWN Global President. It takes real leadership to move mountains and Keri has demonstrated repeatedly that she is a true leader”, commented GTWN’s Global President Bridget Cosgrave. “We could not have found anyone better than Keri to respect the values and culture that the GTWN has espoused over our 30 year existence and to carry the flame forward for the next generation,” said GTWN’s Founding President Candace Johnson. “I am honoured to be selected as the next GTWN President. In line with our vision of changing the culture of communications from generation to generation, I will embrace the privilege of this position to enable GenZ to become the next generation of leaders along with their special blend of [...]


GTWN marks 30th Anniversary with appointment of new Board Members

On the eve of celebrations marking the association’s 30th Anniversary since its foundation, the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) is delighted to announce the election to its Board of five new members: Rosalia Gitau – the CEO and Founder of Bixie Pte Ltd, a financial platform that encourages women to save and generate wealth Deepa Kalikiri - Vice President and Head of Legal at Boku, Inc., empowering the new age of digital commerce in a mobile-first world Vrinda Kapoor – CEO and Co-founder of 114ai, an AI platform which enables causal infer-ence from unstructured data Isabelle Paradis – President and Founder, HOT TELECOM, a global digital telecom media marketing and transformation advisory Leticia Latino-van Splunteren – President and CEO, Neptuno USA, Corp, an innovative digital engineering, software and infrastructure provider. Nicola Palmer - Tech Ambassador in Verizon who liaise with colleges and universities to develop STEM and tech talent The new Board members join their peers from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia, in furthering the goals of this global non-profit, which provides a network and forum for influential senior women to exchange innovative ideas, to mentor younger women and to contribute to the global information society in a positive way. The new Board members will be officially welcomed at a gala Anniversary dinner to be held during Mobile World Congress Barcelona on Monday 28 February at lPalau Requesens. We are also delighted to announce that Caixa Bank, the leading financial group in retail banking in Spain [...]


GTWN hosts a virtual webinar on 04 March 2021 to launch the new edition of the flagship publication The Mobile Century.

The 2020 Reception was to take place on 24 February 2020 at the Fondacion Rocamora but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Given the uncertainties still surrounding international travel for many of the GTWN members from around the globe, we are instead organizing a very special virtual event, which will showcase the advances in digital technologies we have all come to rely on during the pandemic.  Special thanks to our sponsor CMS for jointly hosting this event.


GTWN celebrates its 27th year at the historic Silk Museum in Barcelona

The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN) held its traditional Welcome Reception on the evening of Monday 25 February to mark the start of MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The location was the magnificent Casa de la Seda (Silk Museum), which is the only former guild house open to the public and which has more than 300 years of history behind it.


Viviane Reding receives GTWN Silver Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award for ground-breaking work in shattering Mobile Roaming Costs, Glass Ceilings for Women on Boards and guaranteeing Data Privacy for EU Citizens

27 February 2017, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona Former European Commission Vice President and European Union Member of Parliament Viviane Reding received the award at the GTWN 25th Anniversary celebration during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The Lifetime Achievement Award, the first to be bestowed by the GTWN, recognises Viviane Reding's dedication and ground-breaking work in addressing three major challenges for EU citizens' shattering Mobile Roaming Costs and Glass Ceilings for Women on Boards and guaranteeing Data Privacy for EU Citizens. Ms. Reding's vision of a borderless mobile world for Europe will come into effect finally in June of this year, 13 years after she took on the challenge of shattering mobile roaming costs while she was EU Commissioner of Telecommunication, Information and Media. This stance was often very unpopular with mobile operators but consumers cheered her on and finally, this year the GSMA embraced it whole-heartedly with its Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the billionaire Indian telecoms tycoon, has called calling on the industry to stop fighting attempts by regulators to force down roaming rates and said that mobile companies have created a "disaster" with such high charges. Christian Salbaing Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa The award ceremony took place during the GTWN Silver Anniversary celebration in front of senior industry executives from the world over, including GSMA CEO and Board Member Mats Granryd and GSMA Board Member, Christian Salbaing Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa and representatives from "The Next Generation" which the [...]


GTWN celebrates Silver Anniversary during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

27 February 2017, Mobile World Congress, Barcelona The Global Telecom Women's Network (GTWN) marked its 25th Anniversary at a special gala dinner on Monday 27 February (View the celebration photos here). Present at the gala event were many of the senior executive members of the GTWN Board who have contributed so much over the past decades to the development of the mobile and broader ICT sectors, as well as the role of women as leaders in that industry. Also participating in the celebrations were many senior industry representatives of the GTWN sponsor organisations who over the years have made the GTWN events and other activities possible. These included the GTWN Silver Anniversary Dinner sponsor iTalent, whose CEO Renee LaLonde was also acknowledged as a role model for women led business and Every European Digital, whose founder Bridget Cosgrave is also GTWN Global President. A focal point of the celebration was the awarding of the inaugural GTWN lifetime achievement award to Viviane Reding, former Vice President of the European Commission and current European Union Member of Parliament (see related press release). Christian Salbaing, GSMA Board Member and Deputy Director Hutchson Whampoa gave an appreciation of Ms. Reding from an operator's perspective. Throughout the evening the GTWN paid hommage to all of the speakers, sponsors, members, senior executive and "next generation" women who have made and continue to make the TMT industry the most exciting, most impactful, and fastest growing industry in the world. Special guest, Mats [...]

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