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Nominations and Voting are Closed

This is the final list of nominees for ROCCO IOO 2022

Adeep MaharajMTN GlobalConnectManager International Roaming
Ahmad DaamoushAntwerp Technologies CEO
Aidah NabukenyaMTN UgandaWholesale Analysist
Alessandro GiacobazziCommify Italia Srl Routing Team
Alex PereiraInfobipHead of Operator Partnership LATAM
Alexandros MygdaliasDIMOCO Messaging AGCarrier Partnerships Manager Procurement
Andreas ConstantinidesMorethan160CEO
Andreas MannVodafonePrincipal Product Manager
Andreas NeocleousCytaCEO
Andreas SommerwerkDeutsche Telekom LaboratoriesService Design Lead
Andy GladwinCheetah DigitalGlobal Senior Director, Mobile Go To Market
Anna GussmannSyniverseSenior Director Customer Products and Industry Relations
Anurag AggarwalTanla Platforms LimitedVice President - Partnerships & Alliances
Arne CasteleynMTN Global Connect MTN Global Connect Roaming hub General Manager
Atim Akeh-OsuMTN GlobalConnectRoaming Wholesale
Aviram RonenPelephone IsraelRoaming Manager
Benjamin ZatoMTN GhanaManager: International Roaming
Beverly ReidMTN GlobalConnectWholesale Roaming
Brian D'ArcyAnam Technologies LtdChief Commercial Offer
Bruno MouraTelefonica GlobalCommercial Manager
Cameron DunnAT&TGlobal Intercarrier Product Development
Cedric GoninOrange International CarriersSenior Marketing Director, Global Carriers
Charles BernardZARIOTCTO
Chiamaka EzehMTN NigeriaAnalyst - Roaming Operations.Marketing NG
Chris LennartzIBasis VP product
Dario CalogeroKaleyraCEO
David BishayNextgenSettlement
David VigarTwilioDirector, Alliance Partnerships
Dawood GhalaienyZariotCEO
Deepak BishtSinchOperator Relations
Dimitri RepinecMTN Global ConnectProduct Management, Development & Strategy
Dmitry StrelkovLANCK TelecomDirector of Messaging and Products
Duncan RoseCommify Uk LtdRouting team
Eli KatzXConnectCEO
Elira KlosiVodafone Roaming ServicesRoaming Billing Systems Manager
Erjavec SimonTelekom SlovenjieSenior Manager
Fabio BottanTelia CarrierSenior Messaging Specialist
Farhang ArminMavenirSolution design and engineering
Florin NeamtuiBasisSoftware and Systems Security Advisor & Principal Security Researcher
Fred SchepensMTN Wholesale
Fredrik SöderlundSinch & RedShieldSoftware and Systems Security Advisor & Principal Security Researcher
Geok Chwee OngBridge AllianceCEO
Gideon NdogoSafaricomSystems Support Engineer
Girindar SinghAirtelRoaming and Interconnect
Hassan MansourMonty MobileGeneral Manager
Hatem DowidarEtisalat GroupGroup CEO
Henning LagerbielkeEnghouseDirector, BSS
Irfan AbubaidHGC Global CommunicationsVP Messaging and Digital Services
Isabelle ParadisHot TelecomCEO
Ivan RamosTelnaVP Connectivity Services
James WilliamsMEFDirector of Programmes
Jason OlivieriVerizon WirelessMgr-Prod Mgt/ Dev/ Strategy
Jaymy TehBicsProduct
Jocelyne PaqueteMTN Global ConnectMTN Global Connect Roaming test hub
Johannes OpitzDeutsche TelekomVice President Commercial Roaming and International Mobile Wholesale
John MurtaghAnamChief Technology Officer
John PawlukSwisscomRoaming Manager
John WilkinsonTMT Analysis LtdCEO
Jordi MartinezVodafoneIPX Manager
José García GTCCEO
Juan Felipe Santos SeguraVOX CarrierVice President Strategic Partnerships Latam
Katlego KapariInfobipOperator Partnership
Kevin Chan China MobileDeputy Head, Carrier Business
Laeticia NicolasIliad International Roaming Business
Lizzy FondufeMTN GlobalConnectWholesale Roaming
Majd SheehaWafa TelecomRoaming and Interconnect
Manos GarbisWind Hellas Telecommunications S.A.Senior Product Manager
Manuela MontagnaCKH IOD; Hutchison group Quality of Service and Customer Experience - Manager
Mark Page TMT Analysis LtdSales
Mateja SoncTelecom SloveniaRoaming
Mattias StillnérusTelenor Global ServicesRegional Manager Roaming
Md Mahbub HassanAxiata GroupBusiness Information Security Officer
Mihaela AmbrozieVodafoneVRS Principal Service Manager
Milena DekovaViacom BulgariaManager voice and Roaming services
Mohamed FawzySTC Kuwait Wholesale
Mountasser HachemMonty HoldingCEO
Muhammad Dawud Saifullah Bin FadlullahMaxis MalaysiaHead of Information System and Security
Nabil Baccouche Etisalat GroupVP of Roaming and Mobile Services
Nadeem LadhaTMT Analysis LtdSales
Nasreen IbraheemZain SudanWholesale (interconnect and roaming)
Nassia SkoulikaritiApiro DataFounder & CEO
Nermeen SobhyEtisalat MisrHead of Roaming Operations
Nick MillwardKaleyraVP & GM Europe
Nila Roheen NazirMTN AfghanistanSr. Manager - Carrier Operations
Nina HurstT-MobileMobile Payments
Obaid Ur RahmanAxiata Group BerhadAxiata Group Wholesale
Ori SharonSalt Mobile SADirector Roaming and Wholesales
Ornella SicilianoHutchison Whampoa (Europe) LimitedKey Account Manager
Patrick GeorgeiBasisBusiness Development
Pedro MoraisVodafoneInternational Roaming Coordinator
Peter RippsteinComfoneEVP, Global
Rajdip GuptaRoute Mobile LimitedManaging Director, Group CEO
Randa Naboulsi Monty HoldingCFO
Rasha YassinMTN YemenSenior Manager Roaming Account Management
Ravinder SinghDUHead of Roaming , Voice and Messaging
Riadh BoukrisBlue MenaCeo
Robert GerstmannSinchChief Evangelist
Roberto LimaComfoneHubbing and Clearing
Ryan RochfordSinchAccount Management
Samuel ChiwandaClick-MobileFounder & CEO
Sarah BarakatMonty MobileBusiness Develpment
Sebastiaan JoustraVodafone Carrier ServicesVP of Sales
Shah Mahmood YariMTN AfghanistanSupervisor Interconnect
Shalini TamhankarPCCW GlobalSMS Monetization product manager
Shikha BhartiAirtelHead of Roaming
Silvio KutićInfobipCEO
Sizo NkosiInfobipOperator Partnerships
Søren SvendsenNuuday Mobile PartnersHead of Roaming
Stephen Breen Verizon Roaming
Sundip Raval CKH IODAccount Manager Roaming
Sunil Joshi BT Roaming
Susie SioutiSmartViserSales and Marketing
Tamara Al BakriVodafone QatarHead of Roaming
Tarek ZeidRakuten Symphony SingaporeVice President of International Business
Tareq AminRakuten SymphonyCEO
Thomas MoeTelia Company Head of Roaming
Tim BiddleSinchDirector of Operator Relations, UK & Ireland
Tola WardHaudSales
Tom MoretonCommifyRouting
Tom PostiGibtelecom LimitedHead of Roaming
Tomislav MaticRakuten ViberMessaging business unit
Travia StewartGMSRoaming Manager
Vanessa Smith Etisalat GroupSenior Manager
Victor LeePCCW GlobalSenior
Vishal Gandhi MobileumProduct management
Vivek JhambOOREDOO Group Executive & Group Chief
Walid Ben ChamekhRoamsmartCEO
Wites ChenthanakijAdvanced Info Services Plc.Head of Cyber Security
Zana NovakovicMtel, MontenegroRoaming - wholesale

Why ROCCO 100

Roaming and Interconnect wasn’t built in a day. It’s existed over 30 years and for the first time we would like to recognise the people who have made our industry what it is today, the 100 most influential people in Roaming and Interconnect.

What’s really special about this community is the many outstanding people. Some who have been on astonishing journeys in their careers, moving around the industry but always staying part of it. We have a rich culture of people helping and supporting each other and making a difference. People whose ideas and actions have made a significant contribution to the industry.

We all have people who teach us, some we know intimately, others who speak to us in conferences or whose wisdom appears only on our device screens. Many of them we admire for their commitment and for inspiring us, but we don’t always have an opportunity to share this feedback.

ROCCO 100 is a time to pay tribute

We want to generate a culture of appreciation by recognising people known and unknown who have played a part in shaping it. The ones in spotlight at conferences and the ones who quietly make a difference from their cubicle or corner desk. From Andorra to Zimbabwe there’s people in every organisation, male or female, young or old, who often get forgotten under the pressure of our day to day work.

We are therefore building a community of leaders, who will be at the forefront of sharing ideas, who will challenge each other and from whom we can all learn. When you can connect exceptional people, who knows what exceptional things our industry can produce.

The History of ROCCO 100

2019 marked the start of ROCCO 100, but the idea was on our minds for a few years already.

In 2017 a number of significant voices were crying out for more equality in telecoms. Panel sessions filled with white men, seemed to be more and more common and to a great degree the unconscious bias and traditions of our industry were not enabling women to be recognised or visible as men. The people who use the products and services we make are diverse, so it only made sense that the people who designed them so also bring diverse opinions on how they should be made. This is when we had the idea to create a survey were the most influential women in telecoms could become more visible. However, on sharing the ideas it became clear women didn’t want to be treated differently to men on any level. What we really needed was inclusion.

Some years ago the team at ROCCO also recognised that many significant people in our industry were not active on social media, they had other platforms and what they were saying and sharing was often lost, much of which was great wisdom and learnings about our industry we felt needed to be more remembered and made more visible. ROCCO Radio’s “Well Connected”, “Big Interviews” and “Mastermind” podcasts started the journey to bring visibility to people in a small way but there was still some way to go.

In April 2019 the team at ROCCO decided that as well as the other industry wide initiatives we were doing such as “The Innovators”, there was also need to uncover who were the people behind the best companies in our industry and what were they doing.

We knew that great companies usually had great leaders, but leaders weren’t always the ones at the top or in the spotlight. We knew by identifying the progress of individuals in the industry, we could also spot their progress and encourage learning, mentorship and inspire a new generation of people to be part of our roaming and interconnect world.

However, then came the difficult part. We didn’t want the selection of these people only to be based on the number of people who voted for them (wouldn’t everyone just vote for their boss? and would the boss ask them to do that?) it needed to have more integrity.

There needed to be reasons why the people were selected and our methodology needed as with all our projects to have integrity. Different to all other 130+ research projects we have conducted, this was not about or product or service this was about people. People, with all their complexity, personality and characteristics, we would be recognising individuals which whomever they worked for had an influence on the industry.

A complex task lay ahead for the team. Months of debate ensued, calling in confidants from the industry to test theories. This was our most important research project of all time and the first time any organisation in our industry had even attempted to do this.

In October 2019 we came to our conclusions on our scope and methodology:

  • The scope is Roaming and Interconnect people in any kind of company, role and at any level, anywhere in the world
  • Who have done influential things in the last year.
  • Who were necessarily “influencers” in the social media sense, they could be known or simple unknown to the industry.
  • They would be rated based on several factors, number of votes, characteristics and examples of influential things they had done
  • We would have two stages, nominations first, then voting, to ensure we had generated enough awareness of the programme and ensure inclusion.
  • We decided at the analysis stage to have a panel of people who were known for identifying leadership in people, analytical and who would be able to judge what was influential and what wasn’t
  • Above all we wanted to be sure we identified extra-ordinary people whomever and where ever they were and we gave them some visibility and a chance to be heard

Our methodology is documented and our dates are set and we have now started the most interesting study of our history which we believe will change the course of the industry and lead us all into a new chapter. ROCCO 100 connects the most influential people in our sector to see what our industry can do next.

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The ROCCO IOO Methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can people from my company vote for me: Yes
  • Can I vote more than once: Yes up to three times
  • Can people outside of the industry vote for me: No, we don’t believe they would have the perspective on the industry
  • Can I see how many votes a Nominees has received: No
  • Can I create my own promotional campaign: Yes, If you want any materials (logo, etc)  just contact 

The nomination phase of ROCCO 100 is very simple. Anyone in the Industry can nominate anyone in the sector of Roaming and Interconnect for what they consider to be influential work within 2020-2021 (ROCCO employees including its directors are not eligible to nominate or be nominated).

Please note, self nominations are not considered valid. 

Here are the steps:

  • The nominator enters the survey.
  • They choose 3 characteristics from a list of 12 they consider are representative of an influential person.
  • They then choose 3 people they would like to nominate.
  • They provide their contact details incase ROCCO needs to check anything about the nominated people.
  • The contact details will also be used to notify the nominators about when to vote.

On the 18th November 2021 the nominations close and on the 19th of November all the nominated people will be listed here and voting will be begin.

On the 19th November 2021 until February 26th 2022 voting is open.

Voters will have seen the list of nominated people and can choose to vote for up to three people.

  • They will enter the ROCCO 100 Voting survey.
  • They will select a nominated person
  • They will state which three characteristics represent that specific person
  • They will state in a sentence why they think the nominated person is most influential from their perspective.
  • They will have the opportunity to do this for three people.

Voting closes on the 26th February. Then it’s over to ROCCO to analyse the data.

The analysis stage runs between 28th February and March 30th 2022. The point of this stage is to rank the people according to the three elements of their votes which all hold equal importance in the overall ranking.

  1. The number of votes they have received. ROCCO will rank all the people according to the number of votes they have received.
  2. The Characteristics Score*. ROCCO will rank all the people according to the scores they have gained on their characteristics.
  3. The Panel Opinion. ROCCO will use a panel of judges who will rank the ROCCO 100 people according to the statements given by the voters as to why they are influential. The panel will not know the identity of the people who were voted for, only the statement why they were chosen.
  4. ROCCO will then bring these three ranking together into an overall score and final ROCCO 100 ranking.

*The Characteristics Score is calculated as follows.

  • At nomination stage every nominator first states which 3 characteristics they feel best represents an influential person. ROCCO ranks the characteristics chosen by the industry by counting the number of times a nominator selected them. This is felt to be a fair way to judge what characteristics make up an influential person. ROCCO therefore does no prescribe which are the most important characteristics, the nominators choose that.
  • ROCCO selects the top ten characteristics and gives them a score based on how important the industry feels they are. ROCCO does not disclose the scoring for each characteristic.
  • At Voting stage, the voters choose three characteristics which they feel best represent the person they are voting for, the scores for the characteristics are calculated, creating an individual characteristic score for each and every vote.
  • All the scores are added up for an individual and all ROCCO 100 are ranked according to characteristic score.

The communication of the ROCCO 100 will take place on April 4th  2022 online and through a report.

  • The top twenty five people will be notified on Monday April 4th 2022 in alphabetical order. The ranking will not be revealed.
  • They will be invited to take part in interviews and a photoshoot at a location and date to be determined.
  • They will be invited to speak at Genesis.

The final stage is that the ROCCO 100 top 25 will be invited to receive the ROCCO IOO awards at our Visionaries Gala on 17th May 2022.

  • We have some slots in the Genesis agenda to hear from some of the ROCCO IOO.
  • All Top 25 will receive an award at ROCCO’s Visionaries gala on the evening in rank order.
  • On May 18th the ROCCO IOO report will be revealed and the overall ranking of all ROCCO IOO people will be shared.