Anneliese is a dynamic, positive and award-winning corporate lawyer. Described as a ‘bastion for diversity’ by The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Middle East, she has featured in LegalEra’s definitive guide, World’s Best General Counsel, and recognised as one of EMEA’s 20 ‘Leading Women in Communications Technology’ by CommsMEA magazine.
Currently based in Dubai, Anneliese is general counsel and most senior female executive of leading telecoms operator du, (2018 revenue: ~ $US 3.5Billion). She has led du Legal to become the first and so far only law department of a non-UK company to be awarded the prestigious Lexcel accreditation by the UK Law Society.
Anneliese serves as vice-chair of the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a founding member of the Middle East Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a founding investor and Investment Committee member of Dubai Angel Investors Ltd, positions that have contributed to her growing reputation as an expert commentator on digital/tech SME trajectory and entrepreneurship.
She is a regular speaker on issues including corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance, investment and growth strategies, and telecoms law and regulation.
Anneliese has a Bachelor of Laws & a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Economics) from the University of Melbourne. She is a graduate (GAICD) of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ International Company Directors Program, has a Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and holds a current practising certificate as a solicitor from the Law Society of New South Wales.
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