‘Your phone, my life’
‘Or, how did that phone land in your hand?’
‘Your phone, my life. Or, how did that phone land in your hand?’ is the adventurous story of
how the world built and expanded its mobile networks over the past thirty years.
The author’s journey started in the USSR, Ukraine, where she, as part of a team, negotiated
with the Minister of Telecommunications of a country with virtually no telecom
From Kiev, her work took her first to other countries in the former Eastern Block and then to
Western Europe, Kosovo, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and Haiti. As CEO, she was in charge of mobile
network operations in all these countries, and managed them through periods of political
unrest, war, bomb attacks and other serious obstacles.
She and her teams have received many awards, ranging from prizes for the best CSR, best
branding, and best technology programmes, to recognition from the UN for the work she
and her team did for the UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese PM
Rafiq Hariri. She also received a personal award as Best International Manager whilst
working in Azerbaijan.
Looking back, she says, ‘I’m happy our efforts made that people are able to stay in touch, no