Felleng Sekah, the new Executive Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy just hired by MTN Group may have been picked because she is conversant with the Nigerian telecoms terrain as the South African mobile phone group weathers a stormy regulatory season.
Sekah, the new exec coming to help shape the future of MTN Group’s relationships with regulators and policy makers in Nigeria, where the company’s MTN Nigeria is the largest mobile phone network in the country, will also oversee 22 other markets straddling Africa and the Middle East.
She is coming amid the imposition of a N1.04 trillion fine against MTN Nigeria by the telecoms regulator over accusation that the mobile phone company did not register some 5.2 million subscribers. MTN and the Nigerian government have subsequently renegotiated a reduction of the fine to N330 billion.
The new Executive Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at MTN Group who resumed work at the mobile phone company this October, was part of the close knit-team that successfully pulled off the mobile phone group’s win of its Nigeria GSM licence back in 2001.
Sekha was to eventually stay on at MTN Nigeria where she rose to become the Executive Director of Corporate Services, the unit of the business that involved management of key stakeholders across media, policy makers, regulators, industry associations, among others.
On Sekha’s watch at MTN Nigeria, she was able to successfully deliver on her job before her departure from the company to pursue other career opportunities.
Sekha’s profile reviewed on LinkedIn today by Technology Times also confirms thus: “Felleng was at the forefront of MTN’s expansion strategy. Between 1999 and 2006, she enjoyed a succession of Executive roles within MTN Group. She led the acquisition of the GSM licence in Nigeria and drove acquisitions of GSM operators in Cameroon and Zambia. She spent five years in Nigeria as Executive Director Corporate Services.”
Sekha returns to MTN Group with skills and expertise cutting across Policy, Law and Regulation, Strategic Public Affairs, Stakeholder Management, Risk Management, Strategic Communications, Crisis Management, Business Development and Market Entry as well as Advocacy & Coalition Development.
Her education cuts across Post Graduate Diploma in Media, Communications & Information Technology Law, University of Melbourne, Australia (1994 –1995); LLB, University of Cape Town (1990 – 1992) and BA Law, National University of Lesotho (1985 – 1989), among others.
The LinkedIn profile further describes her as a well-known leader in Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), with expertise in the management of political, public policy, law and regulatory risk forged through a career spanning twenty years in the ICT industry.
“She played an instrumental role in revolutionising the telecommunications and broadcasting industry in South Africa and the rest of Africa, working with policy makers, regulators, ministers, legislators and industry stakeholders to formulate policy, legislation and regulatory systems.”
She has served in Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in public and private organisations in ICT and other sectors, and was recently appointed Chairperson of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), one of the top five think tanks in Africa. She is part of CCR policy advisory groups covering a range of research agendas such as “The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria/South Africa Relationship” and “South Africa, Africa and International Investment Agreements.”
Recognised for her enormous contributions to the ICT sector, Felleng has received numerous industry accolades and has consistently been recognised in Africa’s top ICT leaders.