GLF announces launch of Executive Accelerator talent programme


The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) launches the GLF Accelerator, a ground-breaking new programme for executive leaders in international telecoms

Dubai, 7 March 2023: The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) has announced today the launch of the GLF Accelerator. A ground-breaking new executive leadership programme designed by the industry to support the next generation of C-Leaders in international communications.

The GLF Board, which comprises 32 international carrier executives voted in May 2022 to create a Talent programme to address key industry problems:

  • Improve diversity at C-level and lack of process to change

  • Innovate internal recruitment and training to support a growth mindset and create inclusive company cultures

  • Enhance retention of top talent in the face of the retirement cliff and talent scarcity

  • Enable knowledge sharing and learning in the face of evolving industry needs

The GLF Accelerator sits within the “People” pillar of the GLF’s work alongside the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Working Group.

Chair of the GLF Board and Chief Network, Operations and Wholesale Officer at TIM, Elisabetta Romano said upon launch, “The GLF Executive Accelerator Programme supports next generation C-leadership development, whilst future-proofing succession planning in the face of everchanging technical landscapes, skillsets and cultural evolution.”

The GLF Accelerator is the first of its kind for the international telecoms industry, designed within the GLF by an Advisory Board lead by Oliver Camplin-Warner, CEO – International of Telstra including Marisa Trisolino, CEO of CMC Networks, Paula Cogan, CEO of euNetworks, Cathy Doyle, CPXO of Symbio and Aidan Walker, MD – Communications & Technology of Expand Group.

Upon announcing the GLF Accelerator, Oliver Camplin-Warner, CEO International of Telstra said, “The GLF Accelerator programme is about creating leaders of the future and giving them the tools they need to succeed. I am delighted to be a founding member and partner of this program and am looking forward to supporting the first cohort.”

The first cohort will be inducted at ITW 2023 for a 12 month programme that will support peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in addition to a full course of curated and tailored learning which will be provided by the TMT Academy, the L&D arm of Delta Partners. Head of the TMT Academy, Sam Evans, said “Our partnership with GLF makes us proud. Together we are committed to delivering a transformative programme to nurture the next generation of TMT leaders and support their professional growth. Drawing on Delta Partners' solid expertise in the sector, the TMT Academy and the GLF Accelerator will offer an agenda that includes industry-leading guest speakers, in-depth industry knowledge sessions, and an engaging learning format.”

An additional core and unique aspect of the programme is the unparalleled panel of mentors who have stepped forward to support the GLF Accelerator and the industry. These include:

  • Staffan Göjeryd, CEO, Arelion

  • Alessandro Adriani, SVP, BT Group

  • Ricky Chau, CSO, CBC Tech

  • Marisa Trisolino, CEO, CMC Networks

  • Keri Gilder, CEO, Colt

  • Rolf Nafziger, SVP, Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier

  • Nabil Baccouche, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer, E&

  • Eric Kuisch, COO, Eurofiber

  • Paula Cogan, CEO, euNetworks

  • Martijn Blanken, CEO, EXA Infrastructure

  • Rajiv Singla, CTO, Globe Teleservices

  • Alexandre Pébereau, CEO, iBasis

  • Amajit Gupta, CEO, Lightstorm

  • Annette Murphy, President EMEA & APAC, Lumen

  • Frederic Schepens, CEO, MTN Global Connect

  • Emmanuel Rochas, CEO, Orange International Carrier

  • Diego Teot, Head of International Business, Retelit

  • Mohammed Alabbadi, Chief Wholesale Officer, STC

  • Cathy Doyle, CXPO, Symbio

  • Budi Satria Dharma Purba, CEO, Telin

  • Oliver Camplin-Warner, CEO International, Telstra

  • Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Business Solutions

The GLF Accelerator will run with an initial cohort of 20 from May 2023 to May 2024, the hope is to be able to expand capabilities to enable greater scale and impact from 2024 onwards. The deadline for candidate nominations to take part in 2023’s programme is 13 March.

The Director of the GLF and the GLF Community, Annabel Helm, said, “the launch of the GLF Accelerator demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the future. The overwhelming support of members for the initiative has been extremely gratifying. I’d also like to thank the TMT Academy by Delta Partners for their partnership, their expertise in combination with the GLF has enabled us to create a compelling and one-of-a-kind programme. The future of the GLF Accelerator is bright and I look forward to building its reach and impact for the industry in 2024 and beyond.”

For more information please visit to download the brochure

About ITW Global Leaders’ Forum

The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) is a network of the leaders from the world’s largest International ICT service providers, who convene to discuss strategic issues and to agree collaborative activities with the aim of upholding the principle of interoperability and ubiquitous international and technological coverage. The international wholesale industry is a critical part of the global ICT ecosystem, providing the backbone that enables digital services to be distributed around the world. The GLF’s primary objective is to provide leadership and direction for the industry by advocating common priorities that improve interconnectivity so that new digital services can be delivered at scale anywhere in the world. Please visit for more information.

Press Contact:

Elena Harris, GLF Community and Communications Manager, ITW Global Leaders’ Forum


About Delta Partners

Delta Partners is the leading Strategy Consulting practice focused on the Telecom, Media and Tech (TMT) industries. With offices around the world, we partner with C-suites and Board of Directors to tackle the most strategic challenges and opportunities in their agendas. We have a unique proposition to support shaping the future of the TMT industry. Now part of FTI Consulting, we have formed one of the largest telecom, media and technology-focused industry practices in the world.

TMT Academy is the learning and development centre of excellence from Delta Partners.  TMT Academy helps both its own people and industry peers to develop the skills required to lead the TMT industry in the future.

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