Senior Management Team
Group Chief Executive Officer
Nic became Liquid Telecom CEO in 2004, when the company rebranded from Econet Satellite Services, and has played a lead role in the creation of our pan-African network, which now stretches over 70,000km.
He has been listed in Global Telecom Business Magazine's 100 most influential people in the telecommunications industry for five consecutive years – highlighting his dedication to building Africa's digital future.
Nic is a well-recognised entrepreneur and legal expert within the industry. He played a key role in the internationally recognised landmark constitutional cases resulting in end of the monopoly over fixed and mobile line telecommunication services in Zimbabwe. Nic remains a strong advocate of recognising access to telecoms as a human right and promoting open access to the internet across Africa.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Kate is our Chief Financial Officer, having resumed the role in November 2019. Kate previously served as our CFO from 2007 to 2018, before becoming our Chief M&A Officer for just over a year. Kate has over 20 years of experience in the telecoms industry in the United Kingdom and South Africa, having worked for Cable and Wireless in London and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Johannesburg. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science with Honours from the University of Cape Town.
Group Chief Operating Officer
Ahmad joined Liquid Telecom as our first Group Chief Operating Officer in June 2018 to help drive operational excellence across the group’s 13 countries of operation.
Ahmad brings over 20 years of ICT experience to the role, having worked for some of the Middle East and Africa’s largest telecoms groups, including Orascom, Etisalat, Ooredoo and Airtel Africa. Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Ahmad served as COO for Airtel Nigeria for three years. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President of Consumer and Digital Business for du, overseeing the company’s Smart City business, and has also served as CCO for Asiacell Iraq, part of Ooredoo Group.
Ahmad lives in the UK with his wife and two kids Adham and Maryam. He is very passionate about taking new adventures, reading and playing squash on a daily basis.
Group Chief Strategy Officer
David Eurin joined Liquid Telecom in 2013. He is responsible for leading the formulation of the commercial strategy in his role as Group Chief Strategy Officer.
Prior to Liquid he was a Partner and Head of Africa at Analysys Mason, a management consultancy specialising in TMT. David has extensive experience in the fixed and mobile telecommunications industry, gained in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa where he advised senior management teams on strategic, regulatory, financial and commercial issues.
He has an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs (France), an MSc from the University of British Columbia (Canada), as well as an engineering degree from ParisTech (France). David was born in France and now lives in London.
Group Chief Business Development Officer
Willem joined Liquid Telecom in May 2015 as CEO for South Africa, while also leading the group's wholesale data business.
In mid 2017, Willem was appointed Chief Business Development Officer to oversee the group's business development and expansion into new markets. In addition to his previous responsibilities, his latest role includes focusing on new market growth, strategic partnerships, large infrastructure projects and acquisitive growth.
Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Willem served as Chief Commercial Officer at SEACOM, where he was responsible for group revenue across all lines of business and led the sales, product, marketing and commercial teams, which were responsible for customer engagement and strategic channel development, globally. He has also held numerous senior management positions in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), media and telecoms industries, including the Siemens Group of companies.
Chief Executive Officer - Africa Data Centres
Stephane Duproz is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Africa Data Centres (ADC), where he oversees the commercial and operational development of our pan-African network of data centre facilities.
As well as growing ADC’s customer base of local and international cloud providers, carriers and enterprises, Stephane also manages the expansion of ADC’s network of data centres across the continent.
A highly experienced data centre professional, Stephane has worked for over 20 years in the sector, including over 14 years at TelecityGroup. Stephane has also served as Chairman of the Board for the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA), and acted as Vice President Member of the French Data Centre Association (CESIT).
Born and raised in Africa, Stephane is now based in France and is passionate about the role technology can play in transforming both society and economy.
Group Chief Technical Officer
Shahzad has served as our Group Technical Officer since November 2019. He is an experienced technologist with a track record of designing, managing and implementing innovative technical solutions.
Joining Liquid Telecom as a Senior Engineer in February 2006, Shahzad was promoted to Group Chief Network Architect in 2009, when he was made responsible for the design and implementation of our transmission, wireless and IP networks. In July 2018, he became interim CTO at Liquid South Africa, where he oversaw a project to upgrade the local network and improve service assurance.
In his latest role as Group CTO, Shahzad is developing and implementing a new operating model to help make Liquid Telecom the number one choice for enterprise customers across Africa.
Born and raised in Pakistan, Shahzad moved to the UK in 2001 and has a master’s degree in computer sciences. Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Shahzad worked for Cisco, Telephony.com and BT as a VOIP engineer. Shahzad is a motor sports enthusiast and in his spare time enjoys riding fast motor bikes.
Raoul du Plessis
Group Chief Information Officer
As the Group CIO, Raoul is responsible for Liquid Telecom’s critical IT functions, including systems, infrastructure and new implementations, supporting the group as it expands its product offerings and enters new geographies.
Raoul's career in IT spans over 25 years and he brings diverse experience from his time in academia, at an independent software vendor, as well as working in the banking and telecommunications industries.
His previous roles include university lecturer in information systems, software development manager, IT development manager, head of information security and head of architecture.
CEO - One Africa Network
Sam is a former Cabinet Minister for the Republic of Rwanda and was in charge of energy and ICT, playing a pivotal role in formulating ICT, regulatory and energy national policies. He was involved in several African and global infrastructure initiatives, including dealing with stakeholders, development partners and related funding entities.
He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Canada and is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of progressive executive management in the utilities and the telecoms industry in Africa and North America. He is the Chairman for Liquid Telecom Group in East Africa, and previously served on Rwandatel, MTN and Altech East Africa and local power utilities’ boards.
Sam has been the Group Chief Managing Executive for Business Development and Government Relations and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for One Africa Broadband Connectivity (1-ABC). Part of the Liquid Telecom Group, 1-ABC focuses on new business markets delivering national and cross border fibre networks linking the Africa continent.
Group Head of Regulatory
Mike Silber is a South African attorney and our Group Head of Regulatory, leading on policy and regulatory matters, as well as advising on certain key commercial transactions.
He joined Liquid Telecom in 2011 and has previously worked for other telecoms companies, as well as in legal and consulting practices, focussing on telecommunications and technology issues. Mike also served three terms as a non-executive director on the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Mike is involved in a number of internet and technology organisations and serves on the board of the Internet Service Providers Association of South Africa, the board of the FTTX Council Africa and the Number Resource Organisation’s Number Council (NRO NC) / Address Supporting Organisation’s Address Council (ASO AC). Mike holds B Proc and LLB degrees from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and has attended courses in risk management and finance at the Harvard Business School.
Group Head of Legal
Lauren is our Head of Legal for both UK and Group, providing expert legal advice and support to all areas of the organisation. She joined Liquid Telecom in July 2018 as Group Counsel and has since managed a variety of cross border legal matters, including M&As, joint ventures and corporate finance.
Lauren joined Liquid Telecom from Lonrho Plc; an investment management company that invests in diverse industries throughout Africa, where she spent six years, initially as Group Counsel and later promoted to General Counsel. She qualified as an attorney at Schindlers Attorneys in South Africa. Lauren began her career as a Paralegal for Linklaters in the UK.
Lauren is a qualified lawyer in England & Wales and South Africa. She holds a BA in Industrial Psychology and Legal Theory as well as a Bachelors of Law from Rhodes University. Originally from South Africa, Lauren now resides in London.
Group Managing Executive
Malvin has been with Liquid Telecom Group since 2008 as Group Managing Executive. A seasoned telecommunications professional who was responsible for implementing most of Liquid Telecom’s pan-African and global interconnects as well as the commercial aspects of our wholesale voice business.
He has been in the telecommunications industry for 42 years, covering infrastructure planning, switch deployment and commissioning, corporate account management, managing international carrier relationships and business.
He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. When he finds the time over weekends, Malvin enjoys the odd game of golf and the restoration of classic and vintage cars.
Regional CEO - Southern Africa
Wellington joined Liquid Telecom in February 2009. He oversees and sits on several boards of the Group Companies in Southern Africa. He is directly responsible for the leadership, strategic and operations management of Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe.
He has served on several Boards and currently sits on the board of directors of CEC Liquid Zambia, Liquid Botswana and ZOL Zimbabwe. He has been heavily involved in the planning, set up and build of the Liquid Telecom network and business in Zimbabwe.
Wellington, who holds a B.Sc. degree and an MBA, has worked in telecommunications, consumer electronics and industrial electronics industries in both the UK and Africa since early 1980s. He has worked in these respective industries at both technical and senior executive levels. He has also worked in senior executive positions in both public and private sectors.
He is a keen golfer and loves watching football – he’s an ardent Manchester United supporter and loves to travel all over the world.
Adil El Youssefi
Regional CEO - East Africa
Adil joined Liquid Telecom in April 2017 as CEO for Kenya. In October 2018, he became Regional CEO of East Africa and is directly responsible for the leadership, strategic and operational management of Liquid Telecom’s wholesale, enterprise and retail businesses throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Adil served as Managing Director of Airtel Kenya for three years. He has over 15 years' experience in senior management across Africa, Asia and Europe, with expertise in developing markets, leadership, strategy, telecommunications, sales & marketing, and digital TV. Prior to joining Airtel, Adil had risen through the management ranks of global telecoms and media company Millicom, initially as a Senior Advisor to the Chief Officer Asia in Sri Lanka, before moving to Chad to take up the Chief Executive position and then becoming Chief Executive of Millicom Ghana.
Regional CEO - Middle East and West Africa
Mohamed Abdel Bassit is the Regional CEO for Middle East and West Africa (MEWA) at Liquid Telecom.
Joining Liquid Telecom in January 2019, Bassit is responsible for overseeing the group’s expansion further into the Middle East and West Africa while exploring new market opportunities in some of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
Bassit has more than 20 years of experience in the ICT industry spanning sales, business operations, product marketing, outsourcing and establishing partnerships.
He joins Liquid Telecom from Orange Group, where he served as Regional Director for voice, data, messaging and mobile services in the Middle East. During this time, he was responsible for leading the sales teams to uphold Orange’s wholesale strategy. He previously served as VP of operations for Gulf Bridge International (GBI) and was instrumental in leading his team to further accelerate sales channels and partnerships for the wholesale business, along with his sourcing and service delivery responsibilities. Prior to that, Bassit spent 10 years as Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa at Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS), where he helped establish the company as a leading regional voice and mobility services carrier and driving continued growth year over year. Bassit holds a master's degree in marketing.
Group Head of Network Engineering
Mathew Chigwende is our Group Head of Network Engineering. Joining Liquid Telecom in 2009, Mathew has been closely involved with the engineering and planning of our pan-African fibre network. In his current role Mathew is responsible for a range of engineering projects and network planning activities across the group, including adding new PoPs, network integration, international capacity planning, IP transit and peering.
Mathew has over 15 years of experience in telecoms. He started as a graduate Engineer at TelOne in Zimbabwe and in 2002 joined Econet as Technical and Support Manager for its Ecoweb Brand, where he was responsible for building the network into one of the biggest ISPs in Zimbabwe. In 2006, Mathew moved to the UK and joined BT as a Project Engineer working on MPLS and Financial Extranet projects.
Mathew was educated at University of Zimbabwe where he obtained a BSc in Engineering and later an MBA. He holds a number of Cisco professional certifications.
Mathew is married and lives with his wife and three children in Kent, UK.
Group Chief Marketing Officer
Enitan joined Liquid Telecom in July 2019 as Group CMO and is responsible for developing and executing our marketing strategy across all countries of operation. He has over 20 years of experience working across a diverse range of industries, including telecoms, consumer packaged goods and consulting. Prior to joining Liquid telecom, Enitan served as Vice President of Brands & Advertising at Airtel Nigeria. He has also previously served as Director of Brands & Customer Experience at Etisalat.
Earlier in his career, Enitan worked for Procter & Gamble and The Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria, British American Tobacco in South Africa and Mckinsey & Company in the U.S. Enitan has a degree in Economics from University of Ibadan and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management. He is based in Kenya and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and 3 daughters.