Emilienne Macauley

Emilienne Macauley

Communications Advisor

Emily is the current Managing Director of Wansati Communications, an agency specialized in institutional communication across Africa.  Prior to that,  she worked as the Communication Director for Africa with the ICF (The Investment Climate Facility).   She adds value with her experience in communication and corporate management earned from over 10 years working in the Mobile Telephony industry of Africa. She holds a certificate in Executive Corporate Management from London Business School (UK) and a BA from Betty Owen center (NYC).

It was in the year 2000 that she initiated a strong career in Africa by joining the telecoms industry,  to then become the first African Women CEO of a mobile operator having worked in Gabon, Burkina Faso and Madagascar.

She was distinguished with several awards: African Woman’s executive leadership award (Sierra Leone); Yenenga Award for recognition in women’s entrepreneurial leadership (Burkina Faso) and was nominated by Jeune Afrique Economia amongst the TOP 50 Managers of the African Continent.

Emily speaks several languages and has been a speaker at several panafrican events on gender issues, free trade, Ted Talks and universities.  She has recently initiated a new engagement as an international consultant for capacity building on communication and leadership skills.


Some Press Quotes and Recommendations

⦁    Mwambu Wanendeya – current CEO of ONE Group - Former communications Director at Celtel International said Emily was a much focused Managing Director when we worked together at Celtel. She achieved her targets and was one of the star performers at Celtel and as a result earned successive promotions which culminated in her being the first woman Managing Director of a country network when she successfully set up Celtel Madagascar. She has great language skills and is an excellent presenter in several languages."

⦁    Philippe Guyon – Marketing Expert -  France –
Emily is an inspiring person to work with, mentor to staff and colleagues, energetic, focused, get-things-done and thoughtful. She places strong importance on efficiency, practicality and having fun while delivering best in class results/ROI at the same time. I would certainly recommend her as her leadership and integrity are very valuable in the business world."

⦁    Baroness Lynda Chalker – President of Africa Matters.- Former UK Minister of State for Africa and Minister for Overseas Development – Member of the Board of Group 5 Corporation in South Africa said:
“Emily Macauley's hard work and perceptive approach to all the challenges we gave her, I can recommend her skills and commitment without exception".