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Raghunath Mandava Raghunath Mandava - MD & CEO - Africa

Raghu, an Airtel veteran, joined Airtel Africa as the Chief Operating Officer in July, 2016 and having well settled in this role, took full leadership control.

He joined Airtel Africa from Airtel India & South Asia where he was Director – Customer Experience.

During his tenure as Director – Customer Experience, Raghu brought in new thinking and innovation, enabling Airtel India to take big leaps in the experience scores, while costs were reduced significantly. Previously, he has had successful stints in several roles such as Operations Director, Chief Marketing Officer Mobile – Airtel India, CEO – Rajasthan, COO – Tamil Nadu (TN) etc. His stint in Rajasthan saw our RMS in that Circle, a 6-player market, leap from 25 per cent to 42 per cent in 3 years.

Prior to his joining Airtel in 2003, Raghu worked in Hindustan Unilever in several Sales, Marketing roles and general management roles.

Raghu is Indian, married and has two daughters. He is a B.Tech in Electronics from IIT Kharagpur (1988 batch) and an MBA from IIM - Bangalore (1990 batch).

Olivier Pognon – Airtel Africa Chief Legal Officer

Olivier Pognon joined Airtel on 3 June 2014 as Chief Legal Officer for Africa, in charge of coordinating legal support to Africa HQ functions and overseeing the legal practice and processes across all 17 opcos. A corporate and finance lawyer by profession with 13 years professional experience, Olivier has worked with several international law firms based in Paris (France) between 2001 and 2007 and also for the French government finance development institution (Agence Francaise de Developpement) from 2008 to 2009.

Before joining Airtel, Olivier was Senior Legal Counsel at MTN Group from 2009 to 2014, based in Accra and Johannesburg and overseeing the legal and regulatory practice across 21 countries in Africa and Middle East.

Olivier has a Post graduate degree (DESS) in Project Finance and Structured Finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (2006 - Paris, France), a Post graduate degree (DESS) in business law from Paris V Malakoff University (1998 - France) and was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2000.

Olivier was born and raised in Cotonou, Benin and is also holder of a French passport.

Jaideep Paul – Chief Financial Officer Jaideep Paul – Chief Financial Officer

Jaideep Paul is the Chief Financial Officer, Airtel Africa since May 2014. Before taking up the Africa Chief Financial Officer role, he had worked at Airtel Nigeria for 3 and half years as the Nigeria Chief Financial Officer. He has a total work experience of 25 years having started his career at with Pricewaterhouse in 1989. Thereafter, he worked in Hindustan Zinc, HCL, Telstra V-Com, Caltex (A Chevron Texaco JV). He joined Bharti Airtel Delhi Circle in 2002, moved to Mumbai Circle as PFO in 2004, became Regional Controller - East in 2006, worked as CFO of Bharti Retail for 2 years (2008 and 2009), CFO of Fairtrade LLC Muscat for a short period of 8 months before joining Airtel Nigeria as CFO in September 2010.

Jaideep is a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University and a Chartered Accountant from ICAI. He likes watching football especially FC Barcelona matches and travelling to new places with his family. He is married and has two sons.

Jaideep is an Indian national.

Daddy Mukadi- Chief Regulatory Officer Daddy Mukadi- Chief Regulatory Officer

Mr. Daddy Mukadi Bujitu joined as Chief Regulatory Officer – Airtel Africa with effect from the 5th of January 2015. He is in charge of crafting a long term Regulatory Strategy for Airtel Africa, as well as proactively build relationships with our key stakeholders, Business partners as well as Functional Leaders to seize innovative opportunities for competitive advantage.

Daddy joined Airtel from the Vodacom Group where he was the Executive Head of International Regulatory as well as the Executive Head of International Commercial Legal. Before joining the Vodacom Group, Daddy had been the Group Corporate Legal Counsel at Gateway Communications Group. He has also had successful career stints at Mkhabela Huntley Adekeye Inc., and at Communication Users Associations of South Africa. He holds a Masters of Law degree in Communications Law (LLM) and an Executive Development Diploma – both from the University of Witwatersrand - South Africa. Daddy also holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of Lubumbashi – DRC.

Daddy is a Congolese national.

 Razvan Ungureanu - Chief Technical Officer - Africa

Mr. Razvan Ungureanu joined as the Chief Technical Officer – Africa with effect from March 2016. He has been the Group Chief Technical Officer for Digicel – Caribbean & Central America since 2014.

Razvan started his telecoms career at the National Institute for Design in telecommunications  - TELEROM PROJECT S.A as a Senior Radio Communications Design Engineer in September 1992. He then moved to MOBIL ROM S.A (Orange Group -Romania) as Radio Optimization Expert Engineer in April 1997. He thereafter worked with Mobistar, Orange Group between  September1999  and June 2011 where he served in different capacities including; Ad Interim Wireless and Broadband Network Director, Multi Access Network Director and Telco Solutions and Performance Director. He later moved to Orange Dominicana where he worked as the Chief Technology Officer/ Chief Information Officer between July 2011 and May 2014 before moving to Digicel Group as the Group CTO/CIO for  Caribbean and Central America cluster.

He holds an Executive MBA from EM Lyon and Cranfield University, and a Bachelor’s in Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Faculty, Bucharest, Romania;

 Irene Kitinya – Chief Human Resources Officer

Irene, having 21 years of experience, joined as CHRO for Airtel Africa in Dec 2017. She joined Airtel in May 2011 as HR director for Airtel Kenya. During her stint in Kenya Opco, she transformed the HR function by leading a lot of people centric initiatives which ensured better business partnering and engaged workforce. Prior to Airtel, she has worked with Barclays Bank of Kenya and GlaxoSmithKline under various roles within HR.

Irene did her Post Graduate diploma in Human Resources from IPM Kenya and MBA in Strategic Management from University of Nairobi. She also has Leadership Coaching Accreditation from Senn-Delaney Consultants UK and Strategic Leadership training from INSEAD.

 Rajeev Sethi – Chief Commercial Officer

Rajeev is responsible for the formulation and implementation of customer-centric commercial strategies across all the 15 African countries where Airtel operates. His key focus is across Consumer and Enterprise Businesses covering products and pricing, distribution, brand and customer experience. Rajeev brings with him over 21 years of diverse experience across several sectors such as Telecom, IT, Paints and Petroleum. Till recently, Rajeev was at the Telenor group where he served for more than 7 years. In his last assignment, he worked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grameen Phone, the largest operator in Bangladesh. Rajeev holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (1997) and is an Electrical Engineer from Gujarat University (1993).

 Neelesh Singh – Chief Information Officer

 Ramakrishna Lella – Chief Supply Chain Officer