Leigh Smith

Leigh Smith

Managing Director

Leigh entered the telecom industry in the era of deregulation and grew European Telecom (a reseller to the Belgian corporate market) from nothing to revenues of BEF 390 Million. An international business executive with extensive experience in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Strong sales & marketing background gained in a series of multi-nationals (Lanier, 3M and Uniroyal).

Mr Smith has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Flinders University, Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, from S.A.I.T., Adelaide.


Benoit Bolsee

CTO & Founder

CTO & Founder of World Telecom Labs and the creator of the original SS7 over IP architecture at the heart of the WTL product. One of Europe’s leading telecom experts, Mr Bolsee holds a number of patents in the field, has been a speaker at industry events and has been a consultant for many Tier 1 & 2 service providers.

Before founding WTL almost 20 years ago, he was Dialogic’s Senior development and support Engineer in Europe. He was educated at the UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES where he gained Diplôme d’ingénieur civil in Electronic and Telecommunication. Grade: la plus grande distinction.

Simon Pearson

Simon Pearson

Business Development Director

Simon Pearson is Business Development Director at World Telecom Labs, Brussels. Mr. Pearson has over 20 years experience in the communications industry mostly at senior Management or Director level.

He has 10+ years VoIP experience with first hand experience of many VoIP carrier deployments. He has been a regular speaker at industry events. Before his time with World Telecom Labs, Mr. Pearson was with Hewlett Packard running their worldwide launch programs for network backup products, this amounted to more than $100m of new products per year and included establishing the brand in Japan and introducing two new tape technologies. Mr. Pearson has a BA degree from Exeter University, England.

satya mekala

Satya Mekala


Mr Mekala is an established business man and serial entrepreneur from Belgium. He is a Director of World Telecom Labs, responsible for South and East Africa and Brazil. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT and the communications industry mostly at senior Management or Director level.

As an entrepreneur, he has founded several successful companies in a number of fields including: Ifoon (telecom), Het Brouwhuis (brewing), Intellinet (IT), VinciChem, (chemicals) and Grenova Labs (chemical testing)

He was also the first Managing Director of World Telecom Labs and during his tenure grew the company from startup to a valuation of 120 Million USD