Bernadette Baynie is the Legal Affairs Advisor to the Zain Group. She was formerly the Batelco Group General Counsel. Her vast experience ranges from roles in leading Australian law firms to senior in-house counsel roles for leading companies in the banking and finance and telecommunications industries across various geographies. Bernadette has a proven executive leadership capability and strong in-house corporate counsel expertise, in a wide range of areas of law that impact upon the end-to-end operations of large companies. She is focused on achieving the strategic outcomes and performance goals for her organisation. She has a compelling vision that inspires individuals, teams and the organisation to perform at a higher level and embrace change. She was the first female appointed as an executive general manager for the Batelco Group and the first female appointed as a board director to one of its group operating companies, Umniah Mobile Company, a licensed telecommunications operator in Jordan. She is currently engaged in local and international mentoring programs that develop aspiring corporate counsel for our profession.